Say It!—A Christian Hack for Living Better

If you are Christian…

Say it aloud. Say that you have been lifted out of poverty because you have. Say that you have been lifted out of debt; out of defeat; out of bondage and disease. Say it!

If you don’t say it, you won’t see it. Say that the Lord is your wisdom and your sanctification and your redemption and your righteousness.

Refuse to observe lying vanities by keeping mute. Refuse to shudder at the petering bank statements and demand letters, that give a contrary narrative of who you are.

Hold fast to your proclamations for you also have to exercise patience after you have done the will of God.

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How To Get Anything You Want


In Christ, you can have everything you have ever imagined; a beautiful family, happiness, health and wealth; and here is how:

By meditating on God’s Word about whatever it is that you want.

Trust me, the Word of God contains the anointing. And a quick definition of what the anointing is; is that it is a substance of God that destroys burdens and removes yokes (according to Isaiah 10:27) capable of delivering to you God’s intent in any situation, location or context. 

Sickness is a yoke, and so is debt, the inability to find a spouse or pay bills when they fall due. It is a burden to have to endure depression, business failure or failure in your marriage. Everyone knows this because of the pain that comes with such circumstances.

Now, the Lord Jesus Christ (the manifested Word of God) came for one purpose alone: that we who believe in Him should have His life and live it to the fullest (See John 10:10 and 1  John 3:8); and not be subject to pain of defeat.

That said, to meditate on God’s word in the Christian context means to ponder, mutter, devise, confess and shout it until your spirit is bubbling up with it in your prayer and general conduct. It is how you bring the anointing, that yoke destroying, burden removing substance into your affairs. 

So whatever you are faced with, get into the scriptures, make a list of what God’s anointed words say about it from the Bible and begin to meditate upon them.

In ending this piece, allow me to quote two scriptural references as the it is biblical rule that in the mouth of two or more witnesses, a matter is established (See 2 Corinthians 13:1 and Matthew 18:16)

  1. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8)
  2. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)

Everything you have ever wanted, if meditated on for long enough, will be manifested to you. Don’t struggle like the rest of the world. You are different. 

Take time to study Matthew 6: 31-33. Meditating is the way to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Shalom!

No Bondage to the Seed of Abraham 


Very often, certain Christians go through life bound by habits, debts or sicknesses. And they allow these conditions linger, not knowing what to do. They forget or are unaware that they are the real Seed of Abraham, not the Jews. 

Galatians 3:29 says,

‘ If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise’

That said, the Seed of Abraham has no obligation to tolerate bondage or oppression in any shape, size or form. 

And how do you know this? Someone might be asking…I know this from the word of God. 

There is a story of a woman who came into the synagogue bent over from some sort of paralysis, crippled by a spirit for eighteen long years. After Jesus had healed the woman and had been accosted by the Jewish leaders for healing on the Sabbath (The Sabbath is the seventh day in the Jewish week strictly designated for rest), He made a statement about her that was indicative of the fact that Seed of Abraham ought not be bound. (See the story in Luke 13:10-17)

In Jesus’ response, He asked,

“…this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

Notice what Jesus was saying. That woman’s eligibility for release was based on her being the Seed of Abraham.

A second witness is in John 8: 31-38

‘Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'(John 8:31-32$

Notice their response to Jesus’ freedom proclamation in verse 33:

‘They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?’

The response the Jews gave was correct in the sense that Abraham’s Seed can know no bondage.

But Jesus went on to invalidate their claims to being the Seed of Abraham saying that they were bound by sin, subject to the devil and that believing in Him alone was the only way to true freedom. (See it in John 8:34-38)

And to buttress this fact, Galatians 3:16 (New Heart English Version) says,

‘Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring. He does not say, “And to offsprings,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your offspring,” which is Christ.’

If you belong to Christ, the promises are now yours. Don’t let any false prophet lie to you to perform any deliverance rituals on your behalf so that you can be free. Abraham’s Seed knows no bondage-whether financial, health-related or social.

If you have been imprisoned falsely or maybe you have been made to swear an oath to a human trafficking ring and you have now become a Christian, you are Abraham’s Seed. 

Start proclaiming your freedom. Declare it everyday; ‘ I am the Seed of Abraham…I am free from this (put the name of whatever it is that is keeping you bound).

If it is an addiction, a relationship or some unnatural proclivity, meditate on and pray with the scriptures I put in this post until they bring you into God’s desires for you.

God desires your freedom, and in Christ the Seed of Abraham, you are free!

Shalom!

Christ Is The End of All Effort


Many times, we hear sermons or read the Bible and miss the import of what’s being taught.

Sometimes, it is the noise of Old English–the language in which the popular King James Version of the Bible is written in. At other times, it’s approaching God’s word without  the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, every scripture passage is inspired by God. And that, all passages are useful for teaching, for correction, for direction and for a course in righteousness.

That said, I want to elaborate Romans 10:4

‘Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.’

The Law was about man’s performance; his ability to comply with or be like God, purely from his own effort. But Christ-the Anointed One and His Anointing-was God’s bestowal of everything; requiring no performance except to believe in the existence this gift of Christ through faith in the finished work of Jesus, the Son of God.

Nothing explains this better than in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) when the the father of the older son, who was protesting that his father hadn’t as much as killed him a young goat and was now throwing a banquet for his younger brother who had just returned home from squandering his own inheritance said:

“You could have had anything you want son. After all, everything I have is yours.”

Many Christians today are like that older son; having everything and unable to use anything. Know this, Christ is our vast pool of health, wealth, relationships, destiny and anything you could ever ask for or imagine. Christ is the end of all effort. Believing right is all you need. Because with right believing, you will act right.

No matter what you are going through in your life, don’t fret, defer to Christ.

Christ is the Anointed One and His Anointing. Christ is the Person of Jesus. Christ is the Holy Spirit. Christ is the body of believers. Christ is the Word of God; the provision of everything. 

Christ is all you need to have your needs met.

Shalom! 

The Jeremiah Principle: An Introduction To How To Really Trust God

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‘This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their heart away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a river bank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit. The human heart is the most deceitful of all things and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve. Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end, they will become poor old fools.’ (Jeremiah 17:5-11 New Living Translation)

Get quiet in your heart and hear these words. Whether you’re a business man, worker or preacher, this is what the Word of God is saying to you about the struggles you’ve been facing in your vocation. He is saying: ‘Trust me ……………………………………. (put your name in the space), I know the way.’

Trust is a very important issue in the day-to-day conduct of our relationships, whether it is with our spouses, business partners, friends or associates. Yet, one can very often hear some man or woman in daily conversation say how they trust no one; not even themselves. Or a jilted woman say, ‘All men are the same…they cannot be trusted.’ And so on…

While I might agree in part because of the bad experiences some have had with people they trusted, most people tend to get into a rut when it comes to trusting, and carry it into their relationship with our Heavenly Father. And since the lifeblood of every relationship is trust, many people fail to realize how dysfunctional the relationships they carry on are, even with God.

The Jeremiah Principle is so titled because it is the one principle for success in life central to the ministry of Jeremiah the prophet; the principle of trusting God.

Like most people, God counts it a privilege when we trust Him completely, so much so that He devoted the entire call of the prophet to wooing the children of Israel to trust Him—which they failed to do, and for which they suffered the consequences.

Prophetically, the book of Jeremiah still woos us today to trust Jehovah. There are inherent blessings in putting one’s trust in God as we find in Jeremiah 17:5-10 and consequences too, for not doing so. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some thoughts from the Bible on this subject.

God always seeks to fix our sometimes defective relationship with Him because therein lie all the resources we require to win in life. So He says to you again:

‘Trust me, I know the way!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Righteousness Part 5

 

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But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—(Matthew 6: 33)

So in my last post, we treated Meditating as a step to the ‘seeking-His-righteousness’ part of Matthew 6:33.

And while many faiths define meditating in different ways, the Bible definitions for meditation imply pondering and muttering the scriptures in a way that supplants the general way of thinking that often pilot our actions with God-thoughts from the Bible.

The next step in seeking God’s righteousness is studying the Word of God.

So What is The Word of God?

The idea of the Word of God in its original expression means God’s thoughts. The original Greek word for this is ‘Logos’, which means, an ideal or thought-system.

So God’s Word is God’s thought-system.

And invariably, studying God’s Word is studying God’s thought-system; how He thinks about and relates to anything and everything.

Rememeber God created everything. And how He thinks about anything should be the correct way to think about things.

For instance, God thinks about marriage as a fusion. Gen 2:24 says, ‘Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.’ For illustrative purposes, marriage is like taking a bottle of coke and a bottle of fanta and emptying the two bottles into one container. The two become one. And they taste different too. God thinks marriage should never end in divorce. But a lot of people in our contemporary culture think of marriage as a partnership which is dissolvable. This very patterns of thinking are what make marriages last or collapse.

God’s Kind of Thinking Vs General Way of Thinking

The purpose or original intent for anything lies in the mind of its creator irrespective of how others view or percieve it. Planes were made to fly but some folks could decide that rather than fly their Gulfstream 6, they’d just drive it from Point A to Point B, not using the aircraft in right way for which it was created.

Studying God’s Word gives us insight on how to apply ourselves rightly to all of God’s creation. It is often at variance with the general way of thinking because God’s Word communicates purpose while the general way are shroud in opinions that have become accepted either because of time or convenience.

Living in God’s righteousness is about learning through study of the Bible, how He thinks about the things He has created. Learn what He thinks about issues like money, family, love, heterosexuality and stick with them.

Remember, God’s Word states His intents, the general way is the opinion of someone who doesn’t really know for sure, which society has come to accept.

Studying Makes His Voice Decipherable

Once you learn how a person thinks, you can easily percieve how he or she communicates. For instance, God will always seek fellowship with you, so everytime you hear a voice in your head urging you to go and pray, that is God nudging you to pray. We are many times reminded in the Bible to pray for ourselves, the Church and the Lost. Prayer is God’s idea.

Learning how God thinks will make His voice more decipherable to you, particularly in this age when lies of the flesh, the devil and this world system seem more believeable than ever before. You’ll be able to discern righteousness from error because something won’t feel quite right when you come in contact with a lie.

To be continued….

Shalom!

  1. N. Igbinijesu

Understanding Righteousness Part 4

made righteous

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”—(Matthew 6: 33)

In my previous article, I wrote about how Matthew 6:33 applies to you if you have already been born again. You have done the first part which is to seek the Kingdom of God if you have declared that Jesus is Lord over your life.

I also shared that doing the latter part of our theme scripture(seeking God’s righteousness) in order to get our needs met entailed:

  • Meditating on the Word of God
  • Studying the Word of God
  • Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit and other believers
  • And practicing the Word of God

Seeking God’s righteousness is about learning the kingdom behaviour or culture. Take for instance, immigrants who have been given permanent residency status in a country, based on certain pre-qualified criteria. For them to attain the status of citizen, it will be required that they learn about their new country to an acceptable standard. That is why in certain countries, immigrant residents applying to become citizens are usually made to write examinations to test their general knowledge of the laws, history and culture of their adopted country. Seeking the righteousness of God is that way too. After you come to the kingdom, you’ve got to learn the kingdom’s way of doing and being right.
In the kingdom of God, our Heavenly Father is the standard setter. He sets the standards by the Word of God. Our thoughts, words and actions are measured on the basis of His character revealed in the Bible; how He acts and reacts at any given time, and in any given situation. And so seeking (being intentional about imbibing) God’s “ways of doing and being right” like it says in the Amplified Version of Matthew 6:33 is the only way we get our daily provision in the Kingdom of God.

Here’s the first way:

Meditating on the Word of God

When we meditate on God’s word, it alters our consciousness from mundanity to reality. For example, let’s say you get a sick report from your doctor . As soon as you read the report you become conscious of whatever sickness was written in the report. In many cases, some people may not even feel the symptoms of the disease but they may start to say in their conversation from that time on: “I have so-and-so sickness”.

Whereas meditating repeatedly on a scripture like 1 Peter 2:24 will immediately supplant that sickness consciousness with a health consciousness. Before long, it will enter your awareness that by the stripes of Jesus, you were (notice the tenses) healed. You will have a mind shift and that’s when a miracle will be born.

You see, like God, your consciousness is your creative ability. God said, let there be light in His first proclamation and light became according to Genesis 1:3. He couldn’t have said let there be light if He wasn’t at first, conscious of what light was. The truth is that you can only create what you are conscious of.

Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Put in another way, it says, “…to be carnally conscious creates death; but to be spiritually conscious creates life and peace.”

Then it goes on to say in Romans 8:7 that a carnal mind (or consciousness) is enmity against God for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can be.

In Joshua 1:8, the Bible reveals the steps to supplanting carnal consciousness with a spiritual one.

It says,

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

The word, ‘meditate’ means, ‘to ponder upon’ and ‘to mutter’. The very idea that we are to ponder upon and mutter the Word of God day and night suggests that God is after our minds; what we think about; or what we are aware of; and what we speak.

He wants us to be aware of and speak our healing; our dominion; our victory; our peace; our righteousness.

So take out your Bible and your notepads today. Get a couple of scriptures about whatever it is you want. If you’re sick in your body, google scriptures about healing and write them down. Ponder upon and mutter these scriptures morning and night until an awareness of your healing dawns on you. Trust me, you’ll know when it happens because you would have materialized your health.

To be continued….

Shalom!

P. N. Igbinijesu