The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle – Micheal Jordan.
Genesis 1:28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. KJV
Genesis 1:28And God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it; you are masters of the fish and birds and all the animals. The Living Bible (Paraphrased).
Note please: The devil hates good things hence he will try to discourage you by the length of this post but just neglect him. He is just a squeaking rat!
Welcome back to my blog. The previous post was the second post on The Overcomers series. If you haven’t read it, you can read it now.
Back to this post, let’s analyse the verse above especially the highlighted words there, “And God Said”. In the book of Genesis 1:3, the very first thing God said was “let there be light!”
Genesis 1:3 KJV
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Did you notice something up there? If you didn’t let me help you out. Whenever God says something, it will surely happen. That is why the Numbers 23: 19 says God is not a man that He should lie… hallelujah! One funny thing is that we usually forget that God actually said something. We act upon what other people say or what we say not what God has said. Let me give a simple illustration. You want ice cream and God has said there is ice cream in the fridge then you asked your friend whether there is ice cream in the fridge and he/she said no or let’s say you asked your friend for money to even buy ice cream; ice cream that you already have. If that didn’t make sense to you, let’s use this other illustration. You have an examination and you are asking yourself whether you are ready for the exam or whether you will pass when God has already said in Deuteronomy 28:13b that
The Lord shall make thee the head and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath…. KJV
It’s just like having money in the bank and not spending it. You are sick and you are scared that you might not make it when God has given us the power in Matthew 10: 1b
He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases. KJV
He even told us in Luke 10:19
Behold I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Are you scared that when you die after getting soooooo old ( we will not die young in Jesus’ name. Amen. )you might not make it to heaven when God has said in Luke 10:20b
But rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. KJV.
Are you afraid of anything when the Bible already said in the book of 2nd Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Are you scared of your future when God has said in Jeremiah 29:11
I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. Common English Bible.
God has said a lot of things to us. The problem is we are not listening or we cannot hear. The two points above are similar, what’s the essence of ears that aren’t listening. It’s same as being deaf.
Reasons why you are not listening to what God is saying to you.
1. You cannot differentiate between The Truth and the false.
Suppose you are given two plates of jollof rice; one plate is actually white rice that is stale but it has been mixed thoroughly with stew and covered up then heated properly and served with grilled chicken accompanied with fried plantain and a fermented wine mixed with flavouring and colouring while the other plate is a fresh jollof rice but what you can see there is just fried chicken with water. You will actually go for the one with grilled chicken and the rest of the accompaniments because it looks more appealing whereas the other plate is actually better. Do you know why? The answer is that you don’t know the Truth. That is why we see so many people doing all sort of shady businesses just to get money. They do not know that heaven is actually better than earth because they are looking at earth the same way you will look at the plate of rice with grilled chicken. The bible says in John 8:32
32 And ye shall know The Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.
The question now is
what WHO is the Truth? I don’t have the answer but John 14:6 says
Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
In essence, friends, Jesus is The Truth. When you don’t know the Truth, you get deceived hence you make choices that are false (just like picking the plate of rice with grilled chicken and drinking the fermented wine. You will actually get drunk and do stupid things then when you come back to your senses you begin to regret and you might probably spend the rest of your night in the convenience because of the stale rice.)
2. You do not know The Word. This point depends on the first because if you do not know The Truth, you cannot know The Word. Remember John 1:1 says
In the beginning was The Word and the Word was with God and The Word was God. KJV
If The truth =Jesus
The Word= Jesus
Then The Truth = The Word= Jesus. ( Am I communicating?)
This post is becoming long.
In conclusion, you cannot know what God says about you when you don’t even know the sayer of The Word (does this make sense? I hope it does). If you do not know the sayer of The Word then The Word cannot apply to you. Meaning if you have an account ( The Word) filled with money ( but you do not know you have the account) and you need to buy something. You cannot buy the thing because you do not know you have that account in the first place. That is, if you are scared of failure, you wouldn’t even know that God has said you will be above only and not below when you do not know God hence that Word doesn’t apply to you.
You need the Word, you need the Truth, you need Jesus. You can just go to Him quickly by saying the prayer by crosswalk. com
The Sinner’s Prayer (by Dr. Ray Pritchard)
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.
Or we can use the one from the Scriptures
Sinner’s Prayer From Scripture – (Psalm 51, King David)
“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to Your unfailing love;
according to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are proved right when You speak
and justified when You judge.
Surely I have been a sinner from birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me…
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me and I will be whiter than snow…
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
Then will I teach transgressors Your ways,
and sinners will turn back to You.
NOTE: J.D Greerer explains it well – “It’s not the prayer that saves; it’s the repentance and faith behind the prayer that lays hold of salvation.
Congratulations!!!! You have the Word and anytime trouble comes, you can proudly say “And God said….”
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