​Glitches in Fulfilling vision by the Arm of the flesh Prt.2

2. Frustration and Stagnation- Every vision has a given path to be followed unto the designated destination appointed for it by God. Not only does God have a vision, He has a plan on how He wants the vision executed, He has the purpose for which He wants the vision executed and  He has a given pattern of pursuit and strategy, for the execution of His plan.
Many times when people hear about God’s Vision, plan, purpose and pursuit for man they are disinterested, because they think it means they have to become a puppet before God; but this does not make you a puppet rather it makes you have more control over all of your life’s circumstances through Christ Jesus and His Holy Spirit leading and guiding you into all truths John16:13.

Scriptures reveals that there is a way that seems right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death Prov.14:12 &16:25. When a man is guided by the Lord He can never miss it in life because He is our Lord that teaches us to profit and leads us in the way that we should go Isaiah 48:17. Scripture also revealed that as many looked unto Him (Jesus Christ) were lightened(meaning illuminated) and their faces were NOT ashamed. Stagnation and frustration is far away from a man led, guided and helped of the Lord. I don’t know about you, but if I had a central guide who could show me the way to live life perfectly and hitch free without having a visit to the hospital, nor having any financial crisis nor fights between family and friends, I won’t blink an eye to follow him. You see, being led of the Lord does not weaken your mind, rather it sharpens it because the spirit of God breaths upon your mind when He speaks to you Ezekiel 2:2 and when He does He sharpens the capacity of your mind, for exploits and conquest. A feeble minded Gideon became strengthened in His mind when the Lord spoke to Him over and again, giving him divine strategies of war and conquest, against the Midianites  Judges 6:14-16, 25-34, 7:1-25.

Gideon’s story is a classic piece, of what God can do with any man willing to be led, guided and helped by Him. A chicken hearted Gideon became a mighty man of war suddenly, all by the help, leading, and guidance of the Lord. James 4:6 and 1Peter5:5 reveals that God resists the proud but gives(releases) Grace to the humble. One way to be positioned against Grace is to carry the care concerning a God given vision and become law driven in your self effort to accomplish it Gal 5:4 rather than resting in Jesus Christ to help you and empower you, like He did for Gideon. In 1Pet.5:6-7, Peter  reveals greater truths concerning this, when by the Spirit he said, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you affectionately”. Therefore, when a person resists the leading of the lord in any area of life and living, He limits the Grace of God being manifest towards Him or her for by flesh shall no man prevail. Thus Rather than being helped of the Lord He becomes resisted because pride goes before destruction Prov.16:18. Cast the care of that vision or ministry today, let the Lord help you with it, for when you are well submitted to God in all things especially concerning your life’s vision then you would be able to resit the devil because great grace is being poured out in the place of humility.

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​Glitches in Fulfilling vision in the Arm of flesh

There are certain challenges encountered when a person chooses to run a vision in the energy of the flesh; 

1. Weariness and becoming burnt out becomes the staple of the flesh- Labouring in the flesh brings tiredness and weakness. Motivation fades out and grace is found wanting when a person relies heavily on His own ability to make things happen for His/Herself Gal.5:4. 

Peter and his crew had fished all night but caught nothing Luke 5:5. He had used His expertise as a fisherman with his long standing knowledge( by experience) in fishery to decipher the proper timing of the ocean for a good catch. But all of his experience, knowledge and effort failed him (just like it does for many people today) so they caught nothing . Notice what Peter said to Jesus, at His offer of Grace to Peter. He said “We have Toiled all night and have taken nothing ”. 

Peter had given up and thrown in the towel, but thank God for the words of Grace Jesus spoke to him   that turned him around to obey Grace in the person of Jesus Christ.

 When Jesus came along, giving them a simple instruction , it sounded stupid because they were already beat for the day, but as Jesus spoke, they dared to follow his instructions reluctantly after which was the great boom Luke 5:6-8. If Peter had insisted on his own effort, he would never have experienced the miracle of multiplication and abundance. Self effort wearies a person unto weakness and frustration but relying on Grace assures  the fulfilment of every God given vision, gallantly with supernatural strength in grand style. Paul speaking in 1Cor.15:10 says I am what I am by the Grace of God. He went further to say though I laboured more abundantly than others; it was actually Grace which was with me doing the works. Without Grace you cant fulfil destiny and without Grace, you can’t meet up with the demands of destiny.

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​Grace and Vision Prt.2

Every God given vision is usually bigger than us, because God speaks and purposes every vision from the vantage point of His almightiness and not according to our limitations. Concerning Zerubbabel in the building of the Lord’s house, God said “say ye to Zerubabel, not by might not by power but by my spirit says the Lord of host” Zech.4:6-7. You see  God never intended for us to fulfil or run any divine vision in our life’s in the energy of the flesh. Thus, when a person seeks to run a vision with His/her own energy, He/she is sure to fail because every God given vision is usually given, to bring you to the end of yourself, so that you can tap into the infinitive grace and power of God, allowing Him to work in you, through you, with you and for you in the fulfilment of every given task.   Therefore, we see a truth revealed in Eccl.9:11 that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill. This is so because it is God who dwells in us that can do the work through us, to the glory of His holy name Philip. 2:13
In revealing this truth, Jesus said He that must find His life must first loose it and he that looses his life shall find it, for until a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it abides alone Matt.10:39 & 16:25. But when a seed is sown, it grows up and becomes greater Mark4:31-32. You see, we ought to sow our strength and energy concerning every given task or inspiration we receive from the Lord in other to reap it its manifestation a hundred fold. The way to achieve this is by first waiting on Him to receive direction, grace and empowerment for the speedy fulfilment of His plan, because they that wait upon the Lord shall Mount up with wings like eagles and shall also inherit the earth Isaiah 40:31 & Psalm 37:9. When you wait on God and allow His Grace to manifest in your direction, you would find yourself easily accessing the “how to” of every vision, thus you are sure to see the hand of God at work rather than you own efforts in toiling. This is so because where the word of the King is, there is power Eccl.8:4. 
The Lord requires us to surrender our efforts and fleshy approach in the pursuit of our lives vision to Him, in other for us to reap an incorruptible strength, grace, and empowerment for the fulfilment of a vision which cannot be flawed by the devil Eccl.8:4b. Every vision from God is always perfect, it is myopic human involvement that introduces limitations to it. Thus Paul speaking in 2Cor 4:7 says we have the treasure of God in earthen vessels so that the excellency of power may be of God and not of us. Meaning God calls us in our weak state, not for us to struggle in our weakness to perform right in ourselves for the fulfilment of Gods agenda on the earth, but He called us in our weak state, so that He can reveal His glory and omnipotence in us if we would allow Him. 
Paul paraphrased this concisely and smartly when He said “But by the Grace of God I am what I am and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain but I laboured more abundantly than ye all yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me 1Cor 1:15. This means, you have an option today, you can either receive the Grace of God to help you fulfil your life’s vision which brings you headlong into success or you can reject His Grace; an decision that would lead to failures.

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Grace and Visions

Tendencies for man to try to fulfil a God given task in the energy of the flesh is endless, because man lives in a constantly moving and progressing world that thrives on self effort, pressure and pursuit. 

On the flip side of things, the earth is ruled by a much higher spiritual force which is governed by spiritual laws. God set these laws that rule the earth into motion from the very beginning in Genesis 1. Thus these spiritual laws govern the physical laws and are superior to them, for there is  the glory of the celestial and the glory of the terrestrial 1Cor.15:40 but whatsoever is from above, is above all Psalm 97:9,113:4 & John3:31.
Therefore as believers who have being translated out of darkness into the kingdom of the dear son Jesus Christ in light Col.1:13 & 1Pet.2:9, we are to operate in the same class with Jesus Christ in God, far above all natural laws and limitations Eph.1:3 & Col.3:1-3 This means that where the world is struggling under the pressure to stay afloat in trying to achieve their goals we are not to do same, rather we are to flow in the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, under the rhythms of Grace Matt. 19:28(MSG).
The world requires that we aggressively pursue after every goal and vision set before us with all our might but with God the approach and expectation is different cause His ways are higher than our ways and thoughts are higher than our thoughts Isaiah 55:9. Therefore the Lord first requires our absolute trust in Him, (not in ourselves) for the fulfilment of every vision He gives to us, that as we trust in His ability to work in us (as He has purposed) to will and to do of His good pleasure Phil.2:13. For you see when God is allowed to work through us freely, He would do the work through us without fail. Scripture says faithful is He who has called you, who also will do it 1Thess.5:24.
Therefore every vision must first receive Grace to deliver before it can be fully manifested, because it is only the hand of the Lord that can perform whatsoever His mouth has spoken, not the arm of flesh 1Kings 8:15. For without Jesus Christ and His Grace in our lives, we can do nothing John15:5.

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Look Up!

Many ponder on what it means to look up to Jesus the Author and finisher of your faith Heb.12:2. Well, the answer is simple, it takes  focus on the Lord. When you are looking up, you are not looking to self nor to the circumstances surrounding your life rather you are looking up to Jesus Christ the author and finisher of your faith. Your faith and trust is wrapped and focused on Him unwaveringly.

Jesus as the author of your faith means he is the source of your faith. The center and focus of your faith. Many people have become deceived into focusing on their various degrees and certifications as their source. Others consider their pay check as their source. But in all of this money makes a lousy god and tragedies a deadly task master but our faith in and focus on Jesus Christ and His Word of Grace would be the spiritual force that attracts money and all forms of wealth to us and not the other way round. This is so because, because True Faith in Jesus has the capacity to attract all goodly blessings into our lives, destroying all forms of darkness and giving us the victory, in and by Christ Jesus.

When the material world becomes your source and motivation, then you have made temporal things your foundation and stronghold . Jesus said for every house built upon the sand was crumbled when the heat, storm and rain came Matt.7:26-27. But when we rest in Jesus- the Rock 1Cor.10:4 we can never be moved, shaken nor destroyed in the worst of conditions. For he that has believed has entered into rest and ceased from his own labour Heb.4:10-11. When a man focuses on the flesh he is sure to fail because the flesh profits nothing John6:63.

Jesus as the finisher of your faith means that He is the perfecter as He is the developer of your faith Hebrews7:19. When you are in Trial He is the one that sustains you and when your gaze is truly on Him and not the challenge, you would be at rest and not in turmoil. When Jesus is the finisher of your faith, your testimony is sure to come by Him and not by your own efforts because Jesus is the one that opens the door unto you and brings you in through it, just like He did for King Cyprus Isaiah 45:1-3. When Jesus Christ is your ‘Only True’ Source and Perfecter, nothing can ever go wrong Jer.17:7-8

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When the Earth Around you is in Turmoil; What do you Do?

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Photo Credits to Greg Olsten

     Photo Credits to Greg Olsten

Luke 21:25-28 rightly paraphrases the times we are in, and the best way to live in it. Jesus speaking to His disciples said, “there shall be signs in the sun an in the moon an in the stars and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring”. The words of Jesus rightly confirms the prophesy of Joel and Isaiah in Joel 2:2&10 where the Holy Spirit speaking through Joel said “it is a day of darkness and gloominess…the earth shall quake and the heavens tremble” and Isaiah 60:2 which said “darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people”. All of these are a pointer to the events that would take place before the coming of Christ.

All through the world, we hear of wars and rumours of wars, we see and experience hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires etc all around the world but it is interesting to note the words of Jesus Christ as regarding this times. Luke 21:26 says “Mens hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”. Men’s heart shall fail them out of fear which shall arise from all these evils. But vs 28 reveals the Lords advise to us right in the midst of disaster, saying “when these things begin to come to pass then Look up, and Lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near”

Therefore Jesus words to us right in the midst of the world’s turmoil today is “Do Not Fear but Look Up to Me, the Author and finisher of your Faith and it shall be well with you”, Hebrews12:2 & Isaiah43:1-2 Have you being buffeted today or devastated by one tragedy or the other, Jesus is saying to you today; “Look up and trust me, shift your gaze and focus unto me, relay on me to carry you through this mess, till you come to my place of wholeness that I have for you.”

Fear gets nothing done nor fixed but complicates matters, thus we know that fear attracts the devil and his work against us, but faith and trust in God attracts God to us and activates His power in life. For Job said the thing that I greatly feared has come upon me Job3:25. Thus we see and understand the truth that Jesus spoke to us, in saying ‘Men’s heart failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth’. Therefore the wisdom in this piece of advise is to focus more on God and His word than on the world. Meditate more on the truth of scriptures and Gods protection plan for you than on the tragedies of life and most importantly rest more in Jesus Christ and His love for you than being agitated by the events around you and news streaming to you because whatsoever you focus on becomes your thoughts and as a man thinks in his heart so is he Prov.23:7.
Jesus said be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world John16:33.

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Trusting the Lord Through Adversities Cont’d.

Jesus said I would be with you always Matt.28:20 and I would never leave you nor forsake you Heb.13:5. If God said that and we know He is not a man that He should lie, nor a son if man that He should repent Numbers23:19 then, we can take His statements to the bank and rest in his love for us because He always puts His action where His love is. That is the God we serve, for Rom.8:32 says “He that spared not His own but delivered Him up for us all, shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” So, if God has made up His mind concerning you and His unconditional love and commitment to you, now is the time for you to make up your mind concerning Him and your unconditional trust of Him, especially in the hardest places of your life, because then, you would be able to receive the marvellous help of the Lord He has being offering to you all along.

We need to understand that when we are at our lowest ebb, Jesus gathers us in His arms and helps us up like a wounded sheep, nursing us till we are fit to stand again. God speaking in Isa.49:13-16 says “for the Lord has comforted His people and will have mercy upon His afflicted” the Lord went on to say, though you may be forgotten and may lack compassion from everyone including tour mother, yet will He not forget you. Should this be a surprise to us? when all this decades He has always said “I am the good shepherd” John10:11 & 14. Notice that a good shepherd always protects and shields the sheep from danger even as He leads them through green pastures and still waters Psalm 23:2. But peradventure evil strikes, this good shepherd would chase hard after the attacker, whether it is a lion, a fox or a wolf, kill it and rescue the sheep from the mouth of the devourer; just as David did when He was rearing His father’s sheep 1Sam.17:34-36. David chased after the lion and the bear, killed them at two different occasions and rescued the sheep’s from the jaws of death. If a young boy like David could do this, how much more would our all powerful good shepherd rescue us each time from the perils of this world, comfort us right in the midst of loss and restore to us all the enemy thought he had stolen from us! Isa.61:7 & Joel 2:25.

All Jesus requires of us, is our faith to trust in Him and His unconditional love for us to do for us, exactly what He said and beyond. He desires that we allow Him manifest His love in our lives and receive His help, all by Faith. Isaiah 43:1-7 is a glossary of Gods protection, leads, and restoration plans for every believer. He said He would give the heathen for your life and He would give up your adversaries for your safety and peace because He loves you.

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