Theme scripture – Rom 12:2, Matt 14:13-21, Job 22:28
As we approach the end of the Year of Triumph, it is important that we consolidate on all our gains recorded over the past months. The difference between the one that will finish strong and well and the one who would achieve little is summed up in one word – RESPONSE.
It is so important that you respond to the Word of God that you have received and use the word and make a success of it.
The world is full of dreamers and that is why there are a lot of poor people in the world today.
They have dreams but have refused to take action!
Our Man of God, Pastor Chris once said, “A man’s life is dictated by 3 things: his Principles, his Friends and his Actions”
THE SECRET TO A TRANSFORMED LIFE
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1. The secret to a transformed life is what is going on in your mind; the things you think about.
The principles or beliefs you consciously or unconsciously live by.
2. If your principles or beliefs are the ones given to you by the world, you cannot live the transformed life; you cannot live that life that is the perfect will of God.
For example, God’s Word tells us in 3 John 2 that God wants us to prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper; that should be your thoughts too. It matters what you allow into your mind. What goes into your mind must been screened to be sure it measures up with God’s perfect will for you.
Let’s take a look at another example and what God’s Word says about it. Let’s look at MONEY. What is money?
3. Money is not naira or dollars, nor gold or pounds or currency. That’s what the world thinks. But money is anything that has purchasing power. When you look at money as dollars or pounds or naira, then you will have a challenge when the currency or the value of the currency drops.
Money (currency) can’t buy you everything. There are things that money (currency) cannot buy but favor with men can get for you. Money (currency) can’t buy you some position or influence.
But money is that, which purchases for you that which you need!
If you are always thinking of money the way the world thinks, you will get to that point where currency is not enough. Don’t pursue currency, don’t pursue gold or dollars.
4. Authority, Favor, Grace, Faith is MONEY!!!
Take Authority for example. The President of this country is not the richest man but just one law from him and things will be done. Without a cheque book he can get a plane and it is not illegal. He can sleep on a bed of gold without money! What he has is authority!
5. Jesus said all AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matt 28:18). He didn’t say all MONEY! Jesus went for Authority not money! The bible says at the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow; not because of money but because of Authority.
You see with Authority, you can do what money can do and even more!
13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Let’s analyze the story of Jesus and the feeding of the 5000 men (woman and children not counted).
It was late so Jesus insisted that the people couldn’t be sent away. And though they had some money (currency) there was no food for the multitudes. Their money was useless at that point because it couldn’t give them what they needed.
But Jesus was unruffled because he had Authority!
He asked the disciples what they had, and they told him of the little boy’s lunch of 5 loves and 2 fishes. And Jesus took it and “blessed” it. He spoke words to the food; He infused into the bread and fish the power to prosper and it multiplied!
24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
27 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.
When Jesus was confronted with a situation when they (Jesus and Peter) were asked to pay their tax, again at that point there was no money (currency) but he gave the word to Peter concerning the fish that would have a coin in its mouth. The first fish Peter caught had a coin in its mouth! How did the coin get to the fish? Jesus had authority, Jesus had faith. And that was all he needed to get the tax paid.
6. EXERCISE YOUR AUTHORITY
The exciting truth is that the Authority Jesus has, he has also given to those who believe in Him. He told us to go in His Name. He has also given us the power to decree a thing in His Name and it shall be done. (Job 22:28, Matt 16:19, Matt 18:18)
When you find yourself in a situation where you do not have money (currency) don’t resign to a state of limitation. Remember you have Authority, you have faith; you have grace and favor working for you! Decree what you want; like Jesus refuse to recognize any limitation.
Walk on the water, do the impossible, because all power has be given to you.
This is still your month of expansion. Stay focused; keep your eyes on God’s Word. Let your thoughts be consistent with the Word of God and His perfect will for your life.
Make room for more increase.
Practice doing the Word in every situation and you will experience a life of Authority, favor, grace and faith.