GOD’S MEANS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:27 (KJV). “Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

Our Heavenly Father is almighty and has an unlimited way of meeting our needs. Our Lord Jesus demonstrated how God can use any means to meet man’s needs. He blessed five loaves and two fishes, and it was enough to feed five thousand men minus women and children. He used clay with his saliva to create eyes for a blind man. The truth is that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is a supernatural being and every child of God must raise his faith to experience His various ways of provisions

In the above story the Lord needed to make payment for some tax. I believe there was no money physically available to Him at that time. He instructed Peter to go and catch fish. The first one would have a coin in its throat. He should take it and use it to pay their tax. In this instant too, He used supernatural means to settle his financial challenges. We learnt that Jesus did not do these things because He was God, but because He put His faith into action. The next thing that made Him to achieve such outstanding feat was His dependance and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

HOW did He know that there would be a fish with a coin in its throat? It was the Spirit who revealed this to Him. The Holy Spirit is our helper, teacher and stand by, to enable us achieve and overcome whatever is beyond man’s ability to comprehend. It is the responsibility of every child of God to be commune closely with the Spirit. He will reveal hidden things as well the next step to take. God blesses His children with miracle monies and we must trust open up to the Spirit to lead us.

THOUGHT: The closer one is to the Spirit, the easier life will become

FURTHER STUDIES

  John 14:16 (KJV) “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;”

John 14:26 (KJV). “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

LIVE AT PEACE WITH ALL MEN

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:27 (KJV). “Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

Please read Matt 17:24-27

In this passage the tribute collectors at Capernaum came to Peter and asked whether Jesus his master pays tributes or not. Peter said to them no he does not pay. The Lord asked Peter further, that who does the kings take tribute from. He said the strangers. Note, tribute were special levies that people who were servants or foreigners under the rule of a particular king used to pay. The citizens of that state or land, were not supposed to pay tribute.

Notwithstanding the Lord decided to pay. The Bible said when they got home, he did not allow him to say or do any other thing but to address the issue of payment of tribute. He did that, as a means of keeping peace with the authorities and also to teach Peter the need to submit to the laws of the land.

IT is not surprising that when Peter wrote his epistle, he made the following remarks “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;”—1 Peter 2:13 (KJV)The lesson Jesus taught went well with him and he likewise reminded the brethren to be submissive to the governing body that ruled over them.

The Lord was teaching him to live at peace with all men. As a citizen He was exempted from paying any tribute, yet in order to be at peace they paid it.

Dear child of God, live at peace with all men. Know what makes the other party comfortable and give it, if only it does not go against the word of God.  Churches in residential areas, must be considerate with their neighbours, and control their sound levels. Don’t raise your amplifies too high when others want to sleep. Prayer is an expression of your desires unto God. The stronger you express it the more effective, yet loud sounds are not in any way synonymous to strong desire. Be at peace with all men.

CONFESSION

I am a product of love, and so I manifest peace. I maintain a peaceful relationship with all as much as is possible. I am therefore able to reach them with the gospel.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 12:16 KJV” Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

Romans 12:18 KJV” If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

ACCEPTING THE WILL OF GOD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:22 (KJV). “And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:”

Our Lord Jesus, at this point prophesied about God’s will for His life. God’s will for Him was shame, pain, rejection and death and finally resurrection. These were to the human mind, negative and yet that was God’s way of showing His love for all mankind. This was God’s way to save all humanity. He was the appointed lamb of God to take away the sin of the whole world John 1:29. The will of God, no matter how painful, shameful, it may be, is birth in love for us, a product of perfect wisdom and is controlled by the highest of all power. How can anyone reject such a will?

What is the will of God for your life? There are many today who are struggling with God’s will for their lives. The truth about such people is that., they live without peace and seriously make a mess of their lives. Jonah, the Old Testament prophet and evangelist would not accept God’s will for His life. He kicks against it, runs away from it, yet everything turns turbulent and ends up in the belly of a whale. Dear reader, why not accept God’s will and experience, HIS love peace and power rather than turmoil, torment and failure?

The Lord accepted the will of the Father, and now I am saved as a result. Billions of humans have received eternal life. Have you been saved? His will concerning your salvation is that you may believe in Jesus, and make Him the Lord of your life. He reigns over all things. Doing the will of God is a win win issue. If you are living in any sinful way, then accept His will and forsake that sinful way. God’s will is your deliverance, your peace and your prosperity.

CONFESSION

Lord your will is my life, my peace and success. I bow and accept every will you have for me. I am always the winner doing what you tell me to do.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 2:8-9 (KJV). But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

Romans 2:7 (KJV). “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:”

Genesis 22:2 (KJV). “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

THIS KIND GOES ONLY BY FASTING AND PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:21 (KJV). “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

WHEN the disciples wanted to know why they could not cast out the demon, the Lord showed them why. He first reprimanded them for their lack of faith, but afterwards He, added that “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”  Matthew 17:21 (KJV). How does fasting and prayer help us to get some kinds of devils out? Fasting and prayer generates spiritual power. In Luke 4:14, our Lord Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit after fasting. Please note, having power is not what makes people fail to bless others. The real problem is how to release the power in you.

Fasting also humbles our souls. (Psalms 35:13). In some cases, our spirits are able to act on the word when the soul is humbled. Many of us act from the soul unknowingly. There is a difference between the soul and the spirit according to Hebrews 4:12 and 1Thess 5:23.

Our souls are the self-conscious part of our being. It comprises, our mind or intellect, our emotions and finally our will or volition. One can easily act or speak from his emotions, or feelings. He may say be healed, but that may be a mental issue and nothing will result. Spiritual power can only be communicated by the Spirit. The word is spirit and it is only the spirit that can truly release the power of the word. When we fast effectively, our souls are humbled giving access to our spirit to be in charge.

Just as God is a spirit, man is also a spirit having a soul. It is the soul that gives the spirit itself consciousness. The soul should never lead. The spirit must be in charge always. One may say be healed from his emotions, his mind or his will and nothing will happen. If he says be healed from his spirit, then there will be results. Our fellowship with the Holy Spirit, through prayer, studying and acting on God’s word gradually enables our spirit man to be in charge. Faith is the response of the spirit to the word (Rom 10:9,10)

CONFESSION

I am a spirit having a soul and I live in my body. I give no place to my body or my soul to lead me. I am led by the Spirit as I act on the word of God.

FURTHER STUDIES

 Proverbs 20:27 (KJV).  “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”

Job 32:8 (KJV). “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”

WHEN WE FAIL TO HELP

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:16 (KJV). “And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.”

Many people have prayed for the sick without having the anticipated results. The disciples have seen how Jesus healed the sick. They have seen and heard him say certain words in healing the sick. They used the very words Jesus used to heal the sick, yet they failed. Many people might have used the very words that those who have been successful have used, yet things did not come out well. The man whose son was ill called on the Lord to help. After the Lord had expressed his dislike for the disciple’s failure, he healed the sick boy.

 The disciples asked the Lord, why could we not cure him, He said it was because of their unbelief. These brethren thought they had the faith to answer the situation yet, they failed. If the child had died, the normal reason to be given for the death was that God had decided to take the person home, which was not the truth. The truth is, the brethren failed because of lack of faith. The Lord added that this kind will go by fasting and Prayer.

Fasting and Prayer combined together strengthens the child of God greatly. Meditation is one discipline all must employ. One’s faith is strengthened through meditation on the word during times of fasting. The next effect of fasting is the humbling of the soul, and allows the spirit to take charge. It is the action of the Spirit on the word that releases real faith for results. Most people operate often in the soulish realm

It is time for every child of God, to seek for more and greater results by getting closer to the Lord in fasting and Prayer. Remember to spend great moments of the times of fasting in meditation on the word. This is one thing most people do not practice. We would be having greater successes in helping others and ourselves as well, when we do these things.

CONFESSION

I humble my soul through fasting and Prayer as my spirit takes charge of affairs. By the spirit God’s power is always released for greater impact and results.

FURTHER STUDIES

HEB 4:12 “The word of God is alive and powerful. Sharper than any two-aged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joint and marrow. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Psalms 35:13 “But as for me when they were sick, my clothing was sack cloth, I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned into my real bosom”

STOP ANY SPIRIT THAT ATTACKED YOUR FATHER OR MOTHER NOW

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:12 (KJV). “But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.”

There are certain medical conditions when an individual should visit the doctor with them, the doctor will ask, did any of your parents have this condition? This is called a hereditary condition. It is a condition that goes from one generation to the other. In a similar vein there are spiritual conditions that goes from one generation to the other. If you know of what battled and even destroyed your father or mother, then you must, start fighting it now. If you fail to fight and stop it now, it will destroy you also. Examples of these are, certain untimely deaths, negative occurrences at a particular time or age etc.

The Bible said John the Baptist will come in the power and spirit of Elijah. “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, ………” Luke 1:17 (KJV).

In the days of Elijah Jezebel vowed to kill him (1 Kings 19:2) The spirit of Jezebel continued with its vow against Elijah, by attacking John the Baptist through Herodias. “For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.”—Matthew 14:3 (KJV) It was Herodias who requested for the head of John the Baptist on a charger. Matt 14:8. John the Baptist had no idea what was against his life by virtue of the grace he inherited,

Dear brother or sister, what was that thing which challenged the peace and stability of your parents. You were in the lions of your parents. Whatever fought your father or mother, if it is a spirit, then it sees you just like your father or mother. Please rise up in prayer and stop it today. If not, it will come at you and do to you what it did to your father

The Spirit of Jezebel could not kill Elijah, but succeeded in killing John who walked in the spirit of Elijah

How to deal with what confronted your parents. Address it rightly, according to how it attacked your father. Stand on your immunity as provided in the finished work of Jesus. (Gal 3:13, Col1:12,13, 2 Corinth 5:17) Declare to these spirits that you are exempted from their activities and you break their hold over your life. Always declare that because of Jesus sacrifice for you, you are free from their attacks. Remember to thank God always.

CONFESSION

Whatever spirit that fought my parents and forefathers, I declare to you, I am a new creation in Jesus Christ, I have been delivered from your dominion. I am exempted from your activities. In the mighty name of Jesus, I break your hold over my life. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, I am exempted totally from your attacks. AMEN.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 7:10 (KJV). “For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.”

Luke 10:19 (KJV). “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

JESUS’ TRANSFIGURATION

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:2 (KJV). “And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.”

We continue with our walk with Jesus through the gospels. At this moment, the Lord goes along with Peter John and James to the mountain. Luke 9:28-36, says they were on the mountain to pray. As He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered and His garment began to shine as the sun. Within that moment they saw two men talking with Him. These were Moses and Elijah, people who had passed into glory many years ago. When apostle Peter was writing his final message to the Jewish brethren scattered among the gentile world. He said in 2 Peter 1:16, that “we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you, the coming of our Lord Jesus, but were eye witnesses of His majesty and glory. Peter writes to say that he witnessed the transfiguration and, that, it is an evident of the glory and power of God.

SOME lessons from the transfiguration are as follows;

1.The scripture said as the Lord prayed, His raiment and countenance were changed. Prayer does not only change situations; it changes us to reflect God’s glory.

2. There is life after death. Moses has died and Elijah was captured into glory, yet they appeared to the Lord

3. Those who die in the Lord are not in the grave, but in the presence of the father.

4. The death of a child of God is only a change of state and location. The believer who dies changes from fleshly state, to a spiritual state. He lives in the presence of the father.

5. The dead in the Lord cannot appear to anyone by their will. They may only do so by the father’s instruction.

These events show that our Lord Jesus is God’s appointed savour of our world. We must respond to him wholeheartedly as the Lord requested. The accompanying revelations of Moses and Elijah, must be taken very seriously. The appearing of Moses and Elijah gives us a strong assurance to hold on to our hope of eternal glory as well as life after death. We must not sorrow too much, about children of God who have departed. They are not lost. Moses and Elijah are not ghost in the sense of spirits of departed ones who hover around the earth, and may appear to people. Note Elijah was taken bodily to heaven. Moses appeared with him. This suggests that Moses and Elijah were in the presence of the father. God sent them to Jesus. They could not have come on their own. (I have a book yet to be released, titled ARE GHOST REAL? It will throw more light on these matters)

CONFESSION

My Lord Jesus is the savour of the world. Believers who have departed are not lost, but are in the presence of the Father. I serve the Lord diligently, knowing that, there is glorious life ahead.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinthians 5:8-9 (KJV). We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Hebrews 6:19 (KJV). “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”

WIN SOULS, FOR THE SOUL OF A MAN, IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE THING ON THE EARTH

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:26 (KJV). “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

The Lord established in the above scripture that; the soul of man is the most expensive thing on the earth. The word says those who win souls are wise, Prov 11:30. The wealthiest individual is the man who has won many souls. Jesus said my meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish it. Life is spiritual.  Spiritual things are most important and impart greatly on the natural. Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seeking for souls and getting them saved, helps in establishing God’s kingdom in the hearts of men.

The Lord Jesus calls it the father’s business, Luke 2:49. Dear child of God you have been saved to save others. Jesus said, I will build my church. Every building is built with building blocks (1 Peter 2:5) These blocks are souls. They must be won. Jesus said the father is glorified when we win more souls. John 15:8. Dear child of God, you have not truly began living the Christian life, if you are not involved and committed to winning souls. Win souls and get them established in Christ.

You must first be convinced and decided to win souls. Develop a passion for Souls by praying for the passion for souls, as well as praying for Souls. Build bridges by relating well with neighbours and giving help to people you are opportune to help. Use the opportunity to start a conversation and then present the gospel. Let your goal be to win the person for Christ. If you do not know what to say, you can share your personal testimony. The following is how you may share your personal testimony. Share with the one, how your life was before you found Christ.The you add how you were saved. Finally share with the enquirer, the changes and transformations you have encountered as a result of your faith in Jesus.

CONFESSION

I have a strong passion for the lost. I pray for their salvation. I share the gospel with them, and I seek for their establishment in the faith.

FURTHER STUDIES

Proverbs 11:30 (KJV). “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

Daniel 12:3 (KJV). “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

YOUR SOUL IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN EVERYTHING IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:26 (KJV) “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

The Lord Jesus asked a very important question that each one must consider and address very well. He asked, what is a man profited, if he should gain the whole world and lose his soul.? He compared gaining the whole world against losing your soul. He says if you do so, then you have made a big lose. It means the soul of a man is more expensive and important than the whole of the physical world put together.

What is the soul of a man? First, I will clarify that the scriptures use the term soul interchangeably in a number of ways.  In some instances, the word soul is used to mean the whole man, that is the body, soul and spirit. An example is when God breathe into man, he became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). This word living soul, also means a living being or a living man. Another use of the soul in place of the whole being of a man, is when the scripture said, the soul that sinneth shall die. Ezekiel 18:20. This scripture means the man who sins will die for his sin. (Some people refer to this, and say the soul can die: the soul does not die as in annihilation) The soul in some instances is referred to the immortal part of man, which is a combination of the spirit and soul. This meaning of the soul, is what the Lord Jesus was referring to, in our key scripture. The scriptures teaches anyway that the soul of a man is different from his spirit. (Heb 4:12,1 Thess 5:23)

The Lord teaches that, there is nothing you can trade or exchange for your soul. The real problem arises when the man dies. If he or she exchanged his soul for the physical treasures of this life, his soul is empty and lost. Our physical body needs the physical treasures to be comfortable, yet they should not rule our actions. People hate, kill and practice all wickedness because of these temporal goods of this life. Some even worry into levels of deep stress and even depression, because of certain things they don’t have. All such actions and attitudes mean you are trading your precious soul for temporal physical transient things. Would you send your car, houses, money, or even children to the next world?

 CONFESSION

I make use of the physical provisions of life, but they do not rule my heart. Jesus is the Lord of my soul. By Him my life has a meaning and an anticipation of a glorious eternity.

FURTHER STUDIES

 Luke 12:15 (KJV). “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

THOSE WHO LOVED THEIR LIVES COMPARED TO THOSE WHO LOVED NOT THEIR LIVES

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:25 (KJV). “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

The Lord taught that those who loved their lives and try to preserve it would lose it. Those who decide to lose their lives for the course of Christ would rather save their lives. We would compare some cases in the word of God.

  1. Abraham and Lot. Genesis 13

In this story Abraham the uncle of Lot found his servants striving with those of Lot over land. He gave Lot the opportunity to choose first. He selfishly chose the best land instead of rather allowing Abraham to choose first.  The land he chose was Sodom and Gomorrah. He was later captured by some kings who attacked the land and later lost every livelihood since the land was destroyed by God, because of their grievous sins. Abraham rather fought the kings who took him captive to rescue him. Abraham again prayed for God to save him from being destroyed with the people of Sodom.

  •  Lot and his wife. -Genesis 19

In this incident the angels of God asked Lot and his family to escape from Sodom without looking back. When the city was on fire Lot’s wife looked back, because of her love for herself and the things she was losing. She became a pillar of salt. Lot who did not love those things but valued the word of God did not look back and so was preserved.

  • David and king Saul.  1 Samuel 17

At this time Israel was at war with the Philistines. Goliath challenged and defiled the armies of Israel for forty days whiles king Saul fearing for his life and trying to save it could not stand up to him. This act caused him to lose the high regard his people had for him. David came to the battle, yet as a shepherd boy decided to put his life at stake to save the name and image of God which was being so shamefully ridiculed and defiled by the uncircumcised Philistine. He engaged him in a battle, killed him, saved his life, and was brought into a great prominence in Israel, because he did not love his life.

 SOME further examples are

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  • Queen Esther in Esther 3,4
  • King Asa in 2 Kings 14-16
  • Judas in John 13:27, Matt 27:5

Conclusion: Those who love their lives lose it. Whiles those who lose their lives for Christ’s sake save it.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I pray that your spirit will cause all who read this message to take a firm stance for you and never fear for their lives.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 16:26 (KJV). “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Matthew 27:4-5 (KJV). Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

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