Apply the Salt to the Source – 1

 

Key Passage – 2 Kings 2 : 19-22

Key Text“Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’” 2 Kings 2:21

 

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The Source. The Fountain-Head. The Origin. The Foundation. The Beginning. The Genesis. These are all words a strategic thinker employs when trying to resolve a problem. But you would be surprised how many people attempt to solve problems and enigmas by dealing with the fruit or symptoms.

So, take the case of this lady called Grace. Grace was grossly overweight and no matter what she tried, she always ended up adding more weight. She is a very nice person, loves people and the Lord, but simply hated herself. She had severe low self-esteem and she often attributed her mood swings to her lack of control over her diet and her excessive weight gains.

Fast forward many years and Grace meets Ed. Ed loved Grace and accepted her the way she was. Never judged her and never once complained about her weight. Grace started feeling better about herself and for the first time, took a deep breath and considered her state without feeling bad. She then had an ‘aha’ moment. She realised she had always felt bad about herself and she traced it to the fact that her dad always told he she was not pretty.

Ed on the other hand said the exact opposite. Ed married her when she was a size 20. Ed just loved Grace. Grace now somehow felt better about herself, could ask God for help, forgive her dad and began a diet that made her lose all the excess weight and she became a slim size 10 dress in less than two years. Grace has never regained the weight and today she is a very happy mother of three beautiful children and totally adores her Ed. The fact is she discovered the root of her problem and the rest is history like they say.

The passage today shows us how God does not deal with symptoms primarily, but He goes to the root of the matter and deals with it. In this powerful story, the men of a certain city came to Elisha, explaining that the location of the city was quite nice, but the water was bad and it caused death and barrenness on the land. Elisha’s response is quite instructive. He asked for salt to be put in a clean bowl, then he took the salt and emptied it at the source of the river that flowed through the city and blessed the source and told the men, the river had been cleansed and it would no longer produce death or barrenness, and the bible says it remains so to this day!

God has the solution to every human problem. God understood that the genesis of man’s problems is sin. God therefore sent Jesus Christ His son, as a sinless man, to redeem sinful man and as a result, whoever believes in Jesus will be miraculously transformed from sinner to saint. This is the mystery of the gospel or the good news of the Kingdom. All you need to have a transformed life is to get fixed at the source. If your nature is sinful, you would always produce sin, despite your most valiant efforts to do right. It is an effort in futility.

What is your problem today? Have you considered the perfect provision of Calvary? The Cross of Jesus Christ, where God supernaturally absorbed and dealt with all man’s problems and provided the permanent antidote and release for mankind. Please hear me. Whatever you may be going through today. Whatever the problem. Jesus fully paid for you to have a solution, but you need to discover the source or foundations of your problem and then apply the power of the cross to that source and watch God perform His healing and restorative work in your life.

Is it that simple? Yes. Absolutely. Just some salt at the source and the water is purified. God’s salt is His Son Jesus. He is the simple solution God provided for man to be free. Without Him, there is no hope of transformation.

What are you waiting for?

Let’s Pray: Father God, today I ask for your help in resolving the problems of my life. I recognise I have been trying to solve my problems by dealing with all the symptoms and I have done a bad job. Father today, I acknowledge your perfect provision for my predicament. I accept Jesus Christ you son into my life and I ask that you deal with my problem at its very roots and foundation. By faith I apply the Salt of God, Jesus to the source of my life’s challenges and by faith I declare I am healed and restored. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Amen.

God’s sense makes Nonsense of Man’s sense – Part 2

 

Key Passage: 2 Kings 6:1-7

Key Text: Malachi 3:6 – “For I am the Lord, I do not change;

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Is the earth still rotating around the sun? Did night give way to day this morning? Did birds sing and cocks crow? Is time still working? Then we can be sure that God is still on His throne and whatever He says will come to pass!!

One thing about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is that He never changes. This He said unequivocally in the book of Malachi Chapter 3 and verse 6, (NKJV) “For I am the Lord, I do not change; and the book of Hebrews 13:8 tells us Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. So this should make us ask some questions on the practice of our faith today and the dearth of miracles and earth shattering signs and wonders, we see in the bible. There are those who believe in the cessation of these aspects of our faith, but I am not even going to entertain such thoughts. God is still doing miracles today and we just need to adjust our theology to be very expectant of His miraculous intervention in our seemingly impossible situations.

Going back to the miracle of the floating axe-head, God clearly demonstrated that what man says is impossible is not impossible for Him. He showed clearly that the laws of nature will be suspended if He so chooses to express His sovereignty and power. It is good to sometimes, stop and ponder these miracles and imagine what it would have felt like to have stood by the banks of the Jordan River and experienced the sunk axe-head float back to the surface, simply because a stick was thrown into the river. All I can say is WOW!

God parted the Red sea for Moses and Israel to pass through on dry ground; God caused the Jordan to roll back so Joshua and Israel could cross over into the Promised Land. Jesus walked on water, calmed the storm, and turned water into wine at the wedding of Cana in Galilee. God can do anything and He is still doing the extra-ordinary, mind blowing, earth shattering miracles today. I mean right now!

Have you got an impossible situation on your hands? Is there a raging sea of trouble ahead of you? Is there a problem so befuddling that you are forced to cry out in despair? Let me ask you to take your eyes off your situation for a moment today and look up to the God of the bible. The God of Abraham. The Lord of Hosts. The God of the Armies of Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ, who has conquered death, hell and the grave. Just look at Him and hear what he said in His word. He said ‘I am the God of all flesh, Is anything too hard for me?’ He said ‘with God nothing shall be impossible.’ The prophet Jeremiah cried out “Ah Lord God, you have created the heavens and the earth by your great power, nothing is too difficult for you.”

Your situation is no too hard for God to change around. He is ready to help and transform your difficult situation. Just ask Him. The God of miracles is ready and willing and more than able!!!

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Let’s pray: Dear Father, creator of the heavens and the earth, please show your power to my generation and let your children see Your great miracles in their lives. There are those who are faced with impossible situations as far as man is concerned, but Lord, You are not and cannot be limited and You know no impossibilities. Please intervene and confound the sceptics. Lord thank you for what You are doing in the earth today. Thank you for Your faithfulness. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

 

God’s sense makes Nonsense of Man’s sense -1

 

 

Key Word – 2 Kings 6:1-7

 

Key Text – 2 Kings 6:6 – (NKJV) “So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float.”

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Recently, it has become obvious to me that humanity is getting carried away with our ability to solve our problems and deal with the many challenges that face us. This is not bad in a sense, because it means we are accepting responsibility for our actions and making adjustments to make our world a better place. Well that’s the theory of it. It is called Humanism. This would have been excellent, except that man is clueless as to how the earth was made and how it ought to function, without reference to God who created the earth and made man the overseer. Somehow in this arrangement, God never intended for man to become totally independent of Him. Actually God expects man to carry out his responsibilities of tending and keeping the earth, by depending on Him for the knowledge, power and grace to administrate the earth. As it stands now all man’s best efforts are failing and our world seems to be hurtling towards conflagration and bleakness. I really don’t want to be pessimistic, so I would refrain from recounting our many failures.

But today I come as a bearer of good news, not a harbinger of doom. Man can redirect his efforts and reclaim the world in the proper order, if we collectively acknowledge that without the divine, we are really going to be ineffective. Man needs God. Period. Without God’s help, man is doomed to fail. Man will fail without God.

So today’s passage shows us a very incredible story. The sons of the prophet decided to expand their dwelling place. They set about the work by cutting down some trees to make the new homes etc. Suddenly the iron axe-head came loose from the wood and fell into the water. It sank to the bottom immediately. There was no way to retrieve it, it was lost. So the building project will have to be stalled or abandoned, as there is no axe to hew down wood. But they cried out to the man of God, Elisha, and he asked where they feel the axe-head fell into the water. He cut off a piece of wood and threw it into the water and the iron axe-head floated to the surface. Elisha asked the man to pick it up and continue his work. Such a simple solution to a difficult problem???

There are many dimensions to this story to corroborate my position above. But I will deal with a couple today and continue, as I feel led.

  1. The wooden part of the Axe is symbolic of man and the Iron is symbolic of God. So in effect the wood alone cannot cut down trees, it needs the iron head, so without God man is useless. But it also important to note, that God has chosen to use man to do His work; so without man, God will not work. This is the mystery of God’s love for mankind.
  2. Whatever man needs to do to make this life better requires the help and intervention of God. Man cannot function effectively without the assistance and support of God. Hence the Axe-head. The moment the Axe-head fell off, the building had to be stopped. Once God is out of the equation, our best efforts become futile.
  3. God has ways to solve our intractable problems that is beyond the comprehension and capacity of the human logic to explain away. How does a piece of stick thrown into the river make the axe-head float? How? This is totally illogical and no scientific law backs this up. So this is purely a miracle and it in the realms of faith and the supernatural. It is in God’s logic. God’s sense. So all we can do here is simply submit to His superior wisdom and ways.

Today, you may be confronted with a big problem that defies human logic and all your best efforts seem futile. Please remember that there is a God in heaven who created you and who is so powerful there is nothing He cannot do. Please try asking for His help and you will be surprised what His solution maybe. I pray you get a great testimony to share with us.

Finally, I just want to leave you with a thought. How does Jesus hanging on a tree on the Mount of Calvary redeem mankind? And how does one believing in this event save one eternally? Well the floating Axe-head has a clue to this conundrum.

Only believe!!!

 

Let’s Pray: Father God, your ways are not our ways and your thoughts are so much higher than our thoughts. We have sought to solve our problems without your help and we have ended up making a bigger mess. Forgive us. Today, we ask you to intervene in our affairs (Please ask Him specifically for what you need His help with), and help us to have the solutions only you can provide for us. Father, thank you for answering us in your love. In Jesus mighty name we have prayed. Amen.

The Success Trap!

 

Key Scripture: Genesis 39:1-2

 

Key Text: and he was a successful man – Genesis 39:2

 

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Success! What an interesting word. It literarily stops you in your tracks. It makes you light up and become curious. Who? What? Where? These are some of the words that pop into your mind. We all love success stories and we all want to be successes and most of all we like to be associated with success and the successful! Nothing wrong with this! I would even say its quite legitimate. Who wants to be a failure or be associated with failures? But…

As children of God, we have to be extremely careful what we call success and how we define success. The people of the world have sold us a dummy. Honestly, they have made riches, wealth, the acquisition of material things, houses, cars, clothes, jewellery, fame, popularity, human adulation all trappings and marks of success. The world bows to these things and we are also caught up in the same dimension. But whilst there is nothing inherently wrong with these things, if these are the pursuit and object of one’s life, how sad and sorry that life is and would be?

If you have ever had some experience with wealth and riches and the acquisition of material things, you would know that the ‘high and buzz’ you get from these things is very ephemeral. It is like froth that just bubbles away. It is like vapour. You are left with the same empty feeling you had before you acquired that latest car or house. Truthfully, we are never quite fulfilled or content. Solomon called it VANITY of VANITIES! What ever is vanity vansihes!

And that is precisely the point. God did not design human beings to live for things. We are created to live for a purpose and only in living that purpose will we ever find real fulfilment and success. I am amazed at what we celebrate as successes. I am sometimes confused when so called intelligent people fall for the same trap. Lord have mercy!

Today our key text focuses on a man called Joseph. He was the son of Jacob, a very, very wealthy man. The bible tells us in Genesis 30:43 that Jacob became exceedingly prosperous! Now his favourite son, Joseph was hated by his brothers and they ganged up against him, sold him into slavery and faked his death. He was stripped of all his earthly goods and identity and he became a slave in the house of an Egyptian named Portiphar. You have to admit that Joseph’s condition at this stage was quite dire according to our human worldly standards. But God said Joseph was a successful man. Read the lines again. Genesis 39:1-2 “Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

Would you call a slave a successful man? Be honest! But God said Joseph was a successful man. Why? Let me help you. I really was confused by this myself, but the Lord helped me to understand. First, the bible says “the Lord was with Joseph”. Is the Lord with that successful person you envy? Is the Lord with you? If God is with you, it does not matter what your outward condition is, you really have everything and you lack nothing. Simply because the owner of everything is with you. But there is something even deeper I want you to consider today.

This is my understanding. Joseph was in Egypt, though as a slave, he was in the place of his divine assignment and purpose. He was exactly where God had placed him, because God was outworking a great plan to save a people through him in a very strange land. He had no money, no status, no houses, he had nothing, yet he was successful. My brother, my sister, Jesus said in Luke 12:15 The Message (MSG)

15 Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

Success must never be defined by material possessions. Success is a function of purpose and destiny. What is your assignment on the earth? If God wants you to clothe the naked and feed the hungry, and you are busy buying houses and cars and generally making more money, then you are simply a ‘rich failure’. God forbid that you would be called a successful person by men and God will call you an abysmal failure!

Success is a very sensitive word. No one can really determine who is successful or not, only God can give that verdict, because He is the creator of every life and he knows what purposes He created each of us for. Consequently, no one can say you are a failure of a success in life, unless they have the privilege of knowing your purpose. Without the knowledge of your purpose, there is no basis for the qualification or verdict.

Finally, let me say that I am not against the acquisition material wealth and possessions. But I totally abhor and am against a life that is spent in pursuit of these things. It is a wasted life. Life must be about something greater that yourself. Your God-ordained purpose.

Find your purpose; give yourself resolutely to fulfilling it and I can tell you, you will be happy, blessed and most of all, successful.

The world awaits you, don’t fall for the lie of the enemy.

Let’s Pray: Father God, please help me to understand the truth. Let me recognise that the things we look at as successes may actually not be successful at all. Lord please help me find my purpose and grant me the grace to work it out, so I can be a success according to your standards and not the worlds standards. Please deliver me from the expectations of men and let me live to bring delight to your heart in Jesus name. Amen.

That Pastor is a man!

That Pastor is a man!

Key Passage: 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18

Key Text: 2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

 

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What is wrong with human beings that we always want to attribute the divine to flesh? Why are we so quick to give our minds a holiday and not think deeply about some issues? Because God called a man, do they stop being human? Because they walk with the divine, does that make them divine? Or worse, because they walk with God does that make them God? I am actually rather shocked at the carelessness of a lot of people, when it comes to how they view the so-called man of God.

Don’t misunderstand me. I was once like this. I thought my Pastor was divine. He could do no wrong. He felt no pain. He was so anointed; his entire being was so full of God, that nothing touched him. I even used to think my Pastor was omniscient. That he simply knew everything and as such was in control of all situations. I used to see my Pastor as Mr Perfect. He really could do no wrong and definitely no wrong could touch him. But I soon learnt the error of my ways and thoughts and I became a really deeply committed intercessor for my Pastor. I developed compassion and understanding and I stopped placing lot of unhealthy expectations on him as a man. This did not reduce my respect for him; it made me respect him more. I saw his struggles and this authenticated him, rather than erode his influence with me. My Pastor always said, ‘never trust a man of God who does not walk with a limp’, referring to Jacob’s brokenness before God.

So recently, I suffered a very major bereavement. My eldest son, Olaoluwa died suddenly in Kent, England. Olaolu had for 20 years struggled with an intractable illness, which we prayed for incessantly and believed he would be healed. I really never once entertained the thought of him dying. I was so convinced God would heal him. I had many visions and dreams of Olaolu fully restored. Others also had similar visions and dreams. So you can imagine my utter shock and consternation when I was told he died. I was on my own when the news came via skype. I did not know whether to scream, shout, faint, and or collapse. But I looked up and said God, what happened here? Why? You did not warn me? You did not show me? This is not the deal we had! What? Why? How?

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.”

God immediately answered me and for this I will be forever grateful. He told me three things right there and then. 1. Your son is now with me and he is perfect now. 2. If you are feeling bad, know it is your human emotions, nothing to do with your son, he is well and at his happiest now. You will need to be strong for your family 3. There is an issue of justice relating to his death I want you to act upon. Sounds rather clinical, but honestly, it was what I needed. I immediately received strength and found the hope to move forward; not knowing what the next year would feel like.

I was on the next flight out of Lagos to London and God provided a young man who sat next to me. He was very friendly and he talked most of the flight. Just what I needed to take my mind off my predicament. I really thank God for Gbolahan. He was an angel.

We went through the funeral etc and immediately went to the US to be with our younger son. Then we returned to Lagos, Nigeria. It was one year in October and only God knows how we have coped. I have sometimes cried so hard at my desk, just feeling the loss, but sometimes, I find myself thankful to God for his life. Truth is there have been many more good days than bad. The Lord has really helped us and I have known God’s under-girding hands in these season. God has simply held us up!

Coming up to the one year we had to go back to the UK to oversee some of his arrangements and attend an inquest. I dreaded revisiting the cemetery. I really did not know how I would cope. I dreaded the inquest. Reliving his last moments etc. But God took control and helped us. Helped me. I was able to go through without much pain. But I can tell you, it was not easy. I have known pain, but not like this. This is way too deep. But God soothes it all away!

Honestly, I see people reacting to us in different ways. Some people seem quite oblivious of what we have been through. They are more concerned about their own immediate pain and circumstances and they expect us as the Pastors to jump and be in attendance and ready to minister to them. We try to oblige them as best as we can, always looking to God for grace. Some treat us as if we feel no pain and so we can just get up and go. I hear all kinds of insinuations to move forward. Really! Is it that simple? Some look at us, and you can read their thoughts clearly. What did you do wrong? What sin did you commit to bring this upon yourselves? If God were with you why would you go through this? Or like some say, it is better that this happens to Pastors, because how can the ordinary man cope? What can we say to these things? Perhaps we would have the same thoughts and be somewhat insensitive, except we know better now. Stephen was stoned to death. Job lost everything, children and properties in one day. Herod beheaded James. We have seen bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. Life is not that simplistic.

I am not looking for sympathy. I only want understanding. People, need to recognise that Pastors feel pain. They bleed. They cry. They get disappointed. They fear. They can be insecure. They get depressed. They tire and burn out. They are not immune from human weakness. They are not God. They are not divine. They may be anointed and called, but they are still men. Human. Full of frailties and foibles. Truth is God does not use the strong, but mostly the weak.

So please spare your Pastor a thought this Christmas. Think of their humanity and pray for him or her. They may be in more pain than you realise.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

To my Pastor, I love you and respect you. I understand you more now and I pray that God will continue to strengthen you and bless you and your family. You have been a good example of stoicism and strength, but I recognise your pain too. I recognise your disappointments and I recognise your humanity amidst all the divine things you do. God bless you Pastor.

Remember that Pastor is a man!

Let us Pray: Firstly Father, I pray that none of my readers will ever go through what we have had to go through this season. I know you are a kind and loving God and you never tempt any man with evil. I also know that there are many people, families who are in the throes of mourning and have suffered bereavement. Father, I am asking that you would comfort them and lighten their burden just like you have helped us. Father, I want to pray for every Pastor, Church leader or minister that may be misunderstood and burdened with the unreasonable weight of expectations from people. Father, please lighten their load. Finally I pray that you would shield all men and women of God from evil and keep us all safe to continue to serve you with joy and faith. Thank you for answering my prayers today, in Jesus name. Amen

You Build the Ark; God will send the Rain

 

Key Word – Hebrews 11:7 – “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”

 

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It is amazing how what you know affects what you do. Also, what you know of people affects what you think about them and how you relate to them. Most of us react to things based on the knowledge we have. I say this to make you understand that what you think of God affects the way you relate to Him. But what you think of Him is influenced by what you know of Him. As I have observed our theology affects our lives in more ways than we realise.

In our scripture today we see that God warned Noah it was going to rain, gave him a blue print to build an ark and he went ahead to build the ark. Simple isn’t it? Well, not so simple. First Noah had to know God and recognise His voice to know that God speaks. Then Noah had to know God is completely trustworthy to believe everything God says. Next Noah had to risk being ridiculed as he built this huge ark in the middle of town, with no apparent reason to do so. By the way Noah took a hundred years to build the ark. WOW! Think about it 100 years of living in a paradox. The only thing he had was the word of God.  

But thank God Noah built the ark even though he must have faced ridicule and opposition. He must have faced natural human disappointments. He must have had issues with family members, who though he has a bit crazy. He just kept at the job.

What kept Noah going for 100 years? The bible calls this faith. He had confidence in the invisible God, who spoke to him, that it was going to rain and that the rain would destroy the entire living things on the face of the earth. He had assurance that he needed to do his part and that God will do His part.

And here lies the big matter. Most of us think God will do something’s if we do not do our part. We claim that God is sovereign and can do whatever He wants. And yes, He is sovereign, but He has chosen to work with human beings on the earth. So there is obedience that faith demands. I call this the ‘corresponding actions of faith’. If Abraham never left Ur of the Chaldeans, he would never have seen the promised-land. If Moses did not stretch out his rod over the red sea, the Israelites would not have crossed over on dry ground. God needed Noah to build the ark, then He sent the rain.

The bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

If Noah did not build the ark, would God have sent the rain? Would His plans be delayed? Many times, we are waiting for God to act, when actually God is waiting for you to act. God is waiting for you to take the step of obedience and start that new business. He is waiting for you to go and get that education that will enable Him position you in the place of greatness and destiny. He is waiting for you to go and speak to that neighbour about Christ then He would save them. 

He is probably waiting for you to act so He can do His own part. God is faithful and you can count on Him to do His part. Can He count on you?

Noah built the ark and God sent the rain. I am repeating this again, Noah built the ark and God sent the rain. What has God asked you to do? Why are you waiting for Him to come and do it for you? He will not do it for you, but He will certainly help you to do it. But you must accept responsibility to do your part. Great miracles are often the product of perfect cooperation between God and Man.

Stop wasting time claiming you are waiting for God to do what He told you to do. You go ahead and do your part and watch the God who never fails, do His own awesome part.

One last thing, God is patient and He will wait for you, but know that what He has asked you to do is so small compared to what He will do for you in return.

 

Let us pray: Father God, thank you for deciding to allow me to cooperate with you in creating heaven on earth. I ask you to give me the discernment to know what my part is and what your part is in what you are doing. Grant me the faith like Noah to do what I need to do with excellence and patience. Help me to be obedient. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.

Tetelestai – Fully Paid For

Key Word: So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “ It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30

 

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About twenty years ago on one of our wedding anniversary dates, an old Jewish doctor who was my wife’s mentor in the medical profession, gave both of us vouchers to go and see any play at the West End Theatres in London. Whilst we lived in the UK, we never went to see any of the West End plays. We kept on promising to go, but never quite went. We still have the vouchers and they are still good, so we have agreed the next time we are in London, we shall surely visit the West End and use our old vouchers.

This little story is important in illustrating something. The vouchers have been fully paid for. They will give us access to the best theatres in the world to see the best plays anywhere. But we have never used them. This is exactly what some of us do as believers in Christ Jesus. We know He has paid in full for our healing and deliverance, yet we refuse to use this voucher He gave us. We stress and fuss and cry, but the voucher remains unused.

Today I really felt impressed upon to let someone know, that the illness, sickness or disease you are currently enduring has a solution and it has been fully, totally paid for by Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 53, the bible tells us that ‘by His stripes we are healed’. Jesus suffered intense scourging and whipping to purchase our healing. He paid the full price for us to be healed. He died that we may live. He suffered so that we do not need to suffer.

When Jesus was on this earth, he healed so many people to illustrate and demonstrate the Kingdom of God and to let us know that He is Lord over all disease and sickness. I am particularly encouraged when I read about how He healed everyone that came to Him. He healed lepers, the blind, lame, deaf and dumb, epileptics, a woman with an issue of blood and numerous others. There is no record of Him refusing to heal anyone. He healed them all.

The book of Hebrews 13:8 tells Jesus is the same Yesterday, today and forever. This means He is still healing today. His healing power is still as potent as it was two thousand years ago when he walked this earth physically. He left us a voucher that we can use and keep using for the rest of our lives. It is like having a life membership of a club. You have access every time. What is this voucher? It is his word. He has given us His word and all we need to do is believe His word. If we believe His word it becomes active in our lives. Just try His word. I know He will honour His promises and heal you. Psalm 107:20 says “ He sent forth his word and healed them and delivered them from all their destructions.” His word is alive and effective. Just believe and receive your healing.

In Jn 19:30 – Jesus said ‘it is finished’. The Greek scholars tell us what He said there was Tetelestai, meaning fully paid for. He has fully paid for you to be healed. He has fully paid for your loved ones to be healed. Every sickness and every disease is subject to Him, so today I command you to rise and be healed in the name of Jesus. Right now, BE HEALED! Go ahead and use the Eternal Voucher!

 

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, Thank you for the provision you have made for us to be healed. Today, I believe that by your stripes I am healed. I believe that you have fully paid for my healing and that you are still healing even today. By faith I declare that I am healed and I rise and walk out of sickness and disease. Thank you Lord for healing me. Amen.

Rise and be Healed!

Key WordIt is finished. John 19:30

 

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About twenty years ago on one of our wedding anniversary dates, an old Jewish doctor who was my wife’s mentor in the medical profession, gave both of us vouchers to go and see any play at the West End Theatres in London. Whilst we we lived in the UK, we never went to see any of the West End plays. We kept on promising to go, but never quite went. We still have the vouchers and they are still good, so we have agreed the next time we are in London, we shall surely visit the West End and use our old vouchers. This little story is important in illustrating something. The vouchers have been fully paid for. They will give us access to the best theatres in the world to see the best plays anywhere. But we have never used them.

This is exactly what some of us do as believers in Christ Jesus. We know He has paid in full for our healing and deliverance, yet we refuse to use this voucher He gave us. We stress and fuss and cry, but the voucher remains unused.

Today I really felt impressed upon to let someone know, that the illness, sickness or disease you are currently enduring has a solution and it has been fully, totally paid for by Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 53, the bible tells us that ‘by His stripes we are healed’. Jesus suffered intense scourging and whipping to purchase our healing. He paid the full price for us to be healed. He died that we may live. He suffered so that we do not need to suffer.

When Jesus was on this earth, he healed so many people to illustrate and demonstrate the Kingdom of God and to let us know that He is Lord over all disease and sickness. I am particularly encouraged when I read about how He healed everyone that came to Him. He healed lepers, the blind, lame, deaf and dumb, epileptics, a woman with an issue of blood and numerous others. There is no record of Him refusing to heal anyone. He healed them all.

The book of Hebrews 13:8 tells Jesus is the same Yesterday, today and forever. This means He is still healing today. His healing power is still as potent as it was two thousand years ago when he walked this earth physically. He left us a voucher that we can use and keep using for the rest of our lives. It is like having a life membership of a club. You have access every time. What is this voucher? It is his word. He has given us His word and all we need to do is believe His word. If we believe His word it becomes active in our lives. Just try His word. I know He will honour His promises and heal you. Psalm 107:20 says “ He sent forth his word and healed them and delivered them from all their destructions.” His word is alive and effective. Just believe and receive your healing.

In Jn 19:30 – Jesus said ‘it is finished.’ The greek scholars tell us what He said there was Tetelestai, meaning fully paid for. He has fully paid for you to be healed. He has fully paid for your loved ones to be healed. Every sickness and every disease is subject to Him, so today I command you to rise and be healed in the name of Jesus. Right now, BE HEALED! Go ahead and use the Eternal Voucher!

 

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, Thank you for the provision you have made for us to be healed. Today, I believe that by your stripes I am healed. I believe that you have fully paid for my healing and that you are still healing even today. By faith I declare that I am healed and I rise and walk out of sickness and disease. Thank you Lord for healing me. Amen.

Who are you?

 

Key Scripture: Matthew 16 : 13-20

Key Word: Matthew 16: 13 – “ Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

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A well-dressed couple walk into a reception room filled with guests for a new product launch. They do not really recognise any of the faces, but they ARE sure they ARE  in the right room, because of the obvious product branding etc. They are approached by a distinguished looking gentleman, who introduces himself as the Managing Director of the company and asks the most important question, “who are you?” They introduce themselves as Dr & Dr (Mrs) James. Immediately the managing director’s face brightens up and he shakes their hands vigorously, ushers them into the room, takes them to the high table and makes them comfortable. They were obviously very important people and much needed at the product launch, perhaps for a major professional endorsement. Contrast this with another couple, who walked in and met the same managing director, who asked them who they were and they said they were Mr & Mrs Ball, the MD has no knowledge of who they are and so he goes on further to ask some more probing questions, but he still cannot connect them to anything, so he looks over his shoulders and summons one of the ushers to take them to one of the seats reserved for ‘others’ in the hall.
Whether you realise this or not, this important question is posed to us every day and in different circumstances. How you respond determines how you are treated. People will ask you; Circumstances will ask you; the devil will ask you; You will even ask yourself; and God sometimes ask you, ‘who are you?’
I want to suggest to you that this one of the most important questions you would have to answer in your life! Who are you?
Jesus asked His disciples this question in the region of Caesarea Philippi, Who do you say I am? The devil asked the seven sons of Sceva in the book of Acts chapter 19:14 ‘Jesus we know and Paul we know, but who are you’? Jonah was asked on the troubled boat ‘who are you?’ and Jacob was asked by God what is your name or who are you? Remember Pilate tried to define Jesus, he asked Him ‘are you a king?’
Most times when people or circumstances ask this question, they are trying to define you and categorise you and then decide quite quickly how they would deal with you and what level of respect they should accord you. Most times, they define you based on what you say or what others have said about you. These definitions can limit you and they can also affect how you deal with situations.
But the most profound understanding I got from looking at this subject is that what you think of yourself is very powerful. What men say of you may affect you, but it does not have to stick. What circumstances have tried to make you does not have to become your identity.
But what you think about yourself has great power to affect you and stick on your life. It can make or break you and I suspect many people have this area unresolved. The bible says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he!’ Proverbs 23:7.
The only person who has the right to define and categorise you is your creator. Simon’s parents named him Simon, meaning ‘heard’ or ‘hearkening’, but Jesus said he shall be called Peter of a rock. Solid. Stable. Dependable. Jacob’s parents called him usurper, one who grabs at the heel, the Lord called him Israel, which means a Prince of God or A Prince with God. God has given as all a unique identity and knowing who you are in Christ and who God has predestined you to be is one of the biggest weapons you can ever have in your life.
Allow me to tell you that Ephesians 2:10 tells me You are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that you should walk in them. Let me tell you that you are a child of God, John 1:12 tells me “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” so If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a child of God. God is your daddy. That is a game changer in any situation. Let me tell you that you are both a priest and King and you have dominion in this earth. Revelations 1: 5-6 tells us “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Next time you are confronted with a situation that seeks to define you, simply answer that you are a child of the Most High God. You are a King. You are redeemed. You are created for good works.
Finally, seek to really know whom God has made you and I guarantee you will never grope in the dark ever again or suffer the ignominy of being wrongly categorised and even if you are, you are never really affected because you know who you are.
Let’s Pray: Father thank you that before we were born, you already defined who we would be in this life. Lord please reveal to me my true identity in you and help me to start walking in that reality. Thank you for answering this prayer in Jesus name. Amen.