Session 1:Text Pr 23:17-18: #prayerFocus – provoking change 1:
Have you ever wondered why you seem to be recycling problems?
The reason victims end up victimized is in perception and presentation. Like attracts like.
When you go about with a victim mentality, oppressors will be attracted, to further victimize you. Just the same way as blood in water will attract sharks.
Yesterday, we discussed about the curse of poverty and how to get rid of it.
Today, our opening scripture says,
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always. Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.”~ Proverbs 23:18.
The state of your heart your- perception and what you meditate on will go a very long way in recreating your future.
Lots of Christians allow their heredity, environmental condition, and prevailing economic circumstances determine their future.
When you lack knowledge of your inheritance in God, you will continue to be stressed out about issues.
If for example you are under threat of eviction due to inability to pay your rent or because of joblessness or your mortgage payment is overdue: Can you imagine the fear that would assail you?
Your imagination would be running riot, your blood pressure would spike etc.
You would be suffering all that stress because you have no knowledge that the building has been bequeathed to you.
That is what many Christians are going through- suffering because they lack knowledge of their inheritance in Christ. They envision a very bleak future based on how they see their present challenges.
And the forces of evil take advantage of that ignorance to further victimize.
However, “through Knowledge shall the just be delivered” See Pr. 11:9.
Lack of vision also cause people to perish-Proverbs 29:18.
When you have foresight or revelation knowledge about God’s plan for the future, you won’t be bothered by circumstantial evidences.
This is where the change begins. You really need to call a stop to all these drama in your life.
Aren’t you tired of recycling problems?
Something has got to change. Draw the line today. Take that decision that you are no longer going to be the victim-of that disease, in that abusive relationship, in your workplace, or society. It begins in the mind.
Refuse to be treated as the poor relative, the bad sheep in the family, the addict or pedophile.
Don’t let the bad you did in the days of ignorance, continue to define you. That is not who you are now.
Take a stand today against the forces of evil, your perception and mental attitude that are imposing that evil status on you.
As a Believer, you are the just; having been justified by your faith in CHRIST JESUS. You have now become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. No one can bring a charge against you.
Society can be so unforgiving at times. That is who they are, – the unforgiven lot. However, that is not who you are. You have been forgiven by the One person who matters – God.
The plans of God for you are to prosper you and to give you hope for the future – See Jer. 29:11.
There is great deliverance for those who KNOW, BELIEVE and APPLY the victories of the Cross in their reality.
For ”the people that do know their GOD shall be strong and do exploits”.-Dan. 11:32.
Moses knew the ways of GOD whereas the Israelites knew HIS works. Guess who did exploits!
In order to KNOW the ways of GOD, you must be Bible literate, Word perfect and prayer-full.
By these you will develop intimacy with GOD, know HIS voice, have HIS mind and understand his perspectives and how HIS mind works.
When you read through the Bible, you will discover here is no middle ground with God. You are either above or beneath, first or last, with us or against us, the poor or the rich, the sick or the healed, the regenerate or the degenerate.
And if you are neither hot nor cold, HE spews you out.
The Bible is the mind of GOD given to us in print! Wisdom is profitable to direct. Study your Bible. The secret of your advancement is there.
You are the wise when you apply Biblical principles to your reality. And are foolish when you base your life on your senses or hard work. The labor of the foolish is wearisome.
Please do not get me wrong. There is dignity in labor. Labor is sweet when God is in it. But it’s laborious when devoid of God’s grace.
You will keep going in circles if your life is ruled by customs, tradition of the elders, societal norms, philosophies and ideologies you are receive from warped minds, Who are informed and influenced by the forces of evil ruling the cosmos.
Such knowledge from those perverted sources are what has opened you up to economic woes, abject poverty, gross indebtedness, frustration, depression, addiction, and other related evils.
Whereas, revelation knowledge gained by a personal relationship with GOD through a faith-walk with CHRIST will enable you have/live life and enjoy all its fullness.
Note these 3 things:
1. Revelation knowledge originates from GOD; 2. Divination is from the devil; 3. Vision is from you.
Revelation knowledge is received at the place of intimacy with GOD.
Although secret things belong to GOD, it is given unto us to know the mysteries of the kingdom-See Deut 29:29; Luke 8:10; Mark 4:11.
When revelation is received, the eyes of the understanding is enlightened and Vision results-you see clearly!
Vistas are opened before you and impossibilities disappear.
And as you give yourself to prayer and fasting-spending more time with CHRIST, clarity of vision occurs.
Remember the blind man who CHRIST touched a second time? With the first touch, he saw men as trees. But when CHRIST isolated him from the crowds and touched HIM again, his vision cleared up! Clarity occurred. Same principle here:Isolate to clarify vision.
Stop looking for spiritual insight outside of GOD and HIS WORD- that is Divination- a satanic spiritual gift.
When you seek the services of diviners- stargazers, horoscope predictions, palm/card/tea leaves readers and their relatives, you disable your future. “The LORD makes diviners mad”-see Isaiah 44:25b – You lose focus and further compound your troubles when you seek solutions outside of Christ.
Therefore, in all your planning for a better future, -“get knowledge-Prov. 4:12:
By knowledge depths are broken up-Prov. 3:20;
A person of knowledge increases strength-Prov. 24:25
Grow in the knowledge of God and of JESUS CHRIST-2 Peter 3:18.
Have a vision of your life.
The farther you see, the further you will go. As far as your eyes can see is as far as you can go.
In Genesis 15:5, GOD told Abraham to ‘LOOK”- to “SEE” outside and beyond the limitations of his heredity, environmental challenges, racial status and prevailing economic circumstances: and to look at HIS omnipotence.
What are you seeing in the coming season of your life? Are ready to see a paradigm shift or are you going to continue to manage the status quo-and recycle problems?
When I stopped self-pity and stopped playing the victim, was when i stopped being the victim of persons, situations and circumstances. I committed to God and He committed to my change.
I am now a master of situations and circumstances. I can never be victimized. I now help people to be rid of that victim mentality.
Mean and wicked people can’t come to me. The anointing of God’s Spirit upon my life attracts goodwill and brings blessings.
I am no longer in the league of demons. Demons are lowlife’s and i live the higher life.
Now i cast out demons off people. And so can you.
To the one who believes, all things shall be possible.
It is possible to transit from the poor to the rich in all spheres of life- POWERED by GOD’s grace!
And remember poverty is not a lack of money, poverty is in your hopelessness.
A person without vision is a living dead. Vision keeps you going.
There was a young man in my mission field who I mentored through high school and we lost touch.
However, during a season of concentrated prayer such as we are doing now, a burden for him was laid on me by the Holy Spirit. So I sent for him.
His situation report was all very wrong. He had developed a defeatist mental attitude. He had allowed the environment to condition him to believe that because he was from a very poor background, getting a higher education was outside his reach.
The young man was born into a polygamous family, while he was still a toddler, his mom died. He was the youngest of three sons by his mom, and the tenth child of his dad. None of his elder siblings went beyond secondary school if at all they went to school.
The generation before them, were all artisans or petty traders. Nobody in his ancestry ever entered into the four walls of a higher institution of learning.
As part of our missionary outreach, we encourage youths to get an education as the first step to get liberated from the abject poverty in that community. Faith without works is dead.
That young man was one of the beneficiaries of our mission-work in that poor community.
Having evaluated his heredity, andcconsidering his family economic situation and the norm in that society, he felt hopeless.
He had concluded he was destined to a life of hardship, wretchedness, mediocrity and rigorocity.
By DIVINE inspiration, I made him realize there can be a paradigm shift for him by GOD’s special grace: which ignited hope in him.
To GOD’s glory, he has graduated from a university. Praise GOD!
As a Believer in CHRIST JESUS, he is a burning and a shinning light, a trailblazer in his generation, inspiring others to break new grounds.
Many Believers are like that young man, ”holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power”. He is a Christian who was not living in the power of God.
CHRISTIANITY is about GOD’s power to change! God is the “unchangeable changer”-the unchanging, ever loving and ever faithful God.
With God in Christ, ‘the murderer becomes the missionary’, “the poor becomes the rich’ ! The rejected becomes the accepted etc.
I can hear somebody declare :” “the paradigm has shifted for me and my family; I am the advantaged! “I am debt free” I am a lender not a borrower!! I lend to nations!!! I am a financial missionar:Through my prosperity, the Gospel is preached to the uttermost parts of the earth; in CHRIST name!!!! No longer shall I be termed forsaken! I am the beloved of GOD!!! alleluia!!!! Glory to GOD!”
If you believe that, Shout a big AMEN!
When you allow the things you see around(the function of your senses), inform how you see life, hopelessness will result.
But when you meditate on the Word of GOD, you will begin to see the BIGNESS of GOD and your situation will shrivel to nothing! Alleluia!
Your thoughts inform your behavior and determine your actions.
Base your thoughts on the accomplishments of Christ on the Cross rather than on the factors of your biology, heredity or environmental conditions.
CHRIST said “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”-John 16:33.
There is no condition in this world that is not subject to CHRIST and to you in HIM; Because, “of HIS fullness have we all received, and grace for grace”-John 1:16.
By that i mean that ‘the ability to overcome the world has been imputed to you when you received CHRIST into your life as LORD and personal Savior.
Through faith in CHRIST, you have become an overcomer for it is written” For whatever is born of GOD overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-your faith-1 John 5:4;Nkjv.
Your heredity, aspirations, desires etc are also among the ‘whatever‘. The Bible talks about, because they pertain and relate to you, they can cannot be defeated. Your good dreams must become reality. You will attain your goals because the Greater One lives inside of you.
John 1:12,13 says you are empowered to ‘become a son of GOD’ when you receive and believe in CHRIST. Go on read it for yourself.
It is true that CHRIST said the ‘poor you will have with you always’. He was not referring to you my friend! You are the ”with you” and not the poor!
You are the rich ministering to the poor that are going to always be there! Take your place.
I changed places and stopped being the poor ages ago. I also stopped being the victim or poor relative. The Word works. Stand your ground against the eroding forces of evil in Christ matchless name! And see His glory in your life and circumstances.
Abundance is coming to you! But you shall remember your GOD who gave you the grace to become the rich!!!!!!
A river that forgets its source soon dries up.
Springs of living waters will flow from you! You shall be a blessing to the peoples of the world. Your wealth shall liberate them from the slave-market of sin, in CHRIST name.!
Affirm ! “I am a preacher of righteousness through my all-round prosperity, i will win souls and build lives for the Kingdom of God !. Amein!.
I declare today that your spiritual/Divine heredity gains ascendancy over your sin-corrupted and defiled natural heredity, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
Dear friend, You have to superimpose your Divinity in CHRIST over your natural heredity. A victorious mental attitude should gain precedence over that disadvantaged environmental conditioning.
Decide that the end of this season ends your defeated, rigorous and hopeless lifestyle. You will no longer be dominated by economic woes, genetic diseases, relationship failures, mediocrity, depression, sequences of failure, barrenness, mental disorders, indebtedness, sexual immorality, and all other related evils that has crossed generation lines and been plaguing you.
Pray to God to show you what He wants you to do for this incoming season. A word from God is all you need. Write it down and run with it.
Ask that He enlightens your inner man – Eph 1:18
Praise Him. From today stop whining, complaining and behaving like a victim, that attitude will attract more tormentors to you. Instead start praising – God inhabits the praises of His people. When praises go up blessings come down.
You are not a victim but a Victor. Apprehend by faith your inheritance in Christ already.
Keep affirming your blessings, position etc until there is a manifestation, and don’t stop saying it.
We are not of them that draw back to perdition, we are of them that inherit the promises through faith and patience. Shalom!
From #theWatchman Hephzibah Christly