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The art of Declarations Part 2: Guidelines to winning by Positive Declarations

Dear Conquerors,

I trust this post finds you well. In Part 1 of the journey to making fruitful declarations we covered a brief history of this facet across religion and culture and found self-righteousness to be the major hindrance to a meaningful life of calling things that are not into being.

Today we look at some guidelines to achieving results for the words we speak. It is a fact that words are powerful but have you ever wondered why your negative words seem to prosper more than your positive ones in achieving anything you want? The simple answer is that evil is very good at capitalising on any of its own words and God being sovereign will not move on words of a double standard origin. This weakness is best potrayed in the text of scripture below;

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

(James 1:6-8 KJV)

It is thefore important to make sure that one is united in themselves- body, soul and spirit to achieve what they declare. If the spirit is pushing for it (as it naturally knows what it deserves) and the soul is denying it by the action of the body or the pressure thereof, then we have a major problem. The body whose senses are decoding messages from the environment  must be brought to subjection first and align with what the spirit sees so that the soul can think it, imagine it, perceive it and then declare it to manifestation in unity with God, the doer himself. If the body is sending negative messages, the soul will make negative decisions even when the spirit wants positive things. The spirit belongs to God and is loaded with good but cannot impose that goodness on a soul being housed in a nody that is subjected to much rejection and negativity. This is how one can speak positive from the spirit (the good it wants) while the soul is full of negative because of the bodily experiences thus far. This conflict will only be disastrous until the spirit is given his place. This is typical of confused people- people who are not sure where they stand because they want a bit of both worlds. As seen in James 1:6 above, these kind of people will never achieve anything. In the things of God you are either with God or not. Any business conducted on the centre or the fence is considered ungodly and evil business anyway. A total waste of kingsom time!  People set aside for spitting according to Revelations because they are lukewarm and not hot!


To get into the zone where there is unity between body, soul and spirit one must lose some rights in the earth realm in order to assume them in the spirit realm. This is infact choosing the spirit over the body, life over death.  In the book of Matthew 10:39, Jesus teaches that, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Therefore the only way to actually ever gaining something is by losing it first. All of this is spiritually done in the innerman. However, sometimes we are actually stripped down to zero in real life before we begin to rise up as often experience is the best teacher! Unfortunately some people even when they are on zero, refuse to accept it and this hinders the process of rising up as they look for all kinds of scapegoats for their troubles. Some even mistake pride foe refusing to give up. There is a difference between giving up and and surrendering to a hire power.


If you can lose everything, then you are ready to make considerable gains in this lifetime. You empty yourself and make way foe the Holy Spirit of God to fill you. The Holy spirit has 7 expressions which can be seen in Isaiah 11:1-3


Lord

Counsel

Understanding

Knowledge

Fear of God

Strength

Wisdom


These are not in particular order but i have discovered that if we can lose the following rights in the earth realm,  we can prepare our minds to receive the Holy Spirit in the manifestations above and then be able to agree with him in the things we declare which he will by his own power bring to pass.


LOSE YOUR RIGHTS

1. Lose your right to POWER and being in control- All power belongs to God. Lose your guard, be vulnerable, submit and never ask ‘why me?’ He is the potter and you are the clay. Where ever you are, he is there and if you know he is God, behave in his presence by being humble. No pride! This is war and in the presence of our superior commander, we behave! To lose the right to power is to gain the presence of the Holy Ghost.

2. Lose your right to BE RIGHT – he justifies you. Once you find yourself under pressure to have a say or explain yourself to others, you have already lost to them. Just surrender and leave it ro God. To lose the right to be right is infact to receive the Holy Spirit of Counsel


3. Lose your right to COVER– Come clean with God for he sees all and knows all, be naked and unashamed before him who died for your sins. Be truthful and accept that you are not perfect. This is where you stop looking at why other people are or seem to be getting away with all kinds of sin or wrong doing and mind your own repentance & spiritual biz. To lose the right to cover is to gain the Holy Spirit of Understanding

4. Lose your right to ‘I KNOW lT ALL’- be foolish as is alluded to in 1 Corinthians 1. As humans we are limited and clueless when in the presence of the infinite and undescribable God. He is the all in all and you can never know it all because his ways are past finding out (unsearchable). He is always there and everywhere so that makes you nothing in his presence. To lose the right to know it all is to make way for the Holy Spirit of Knowledge

5. Lose your right to REVENGE -lose the right to self protection. God fights for you.  Vengeance is mine says the Lord. Thus, theres no point to stay angry if the anger won’t do anything for you…To lose the right to revenge is to receive the Spirit of the Fear of God.

6. Lose your right to RELEVANCE
– you are nothing without God, define yourself only in God and be fully armoured in him. In him you have relevance. In the world you don’t. To lose the right to relevance is to gain the Holy Spirit of Might or Strength.

7. Lose your right to ENTITLEMENT
physical or spiritual blessings and hearts desires are from God who created everything and owns everything. It is he who blesses as he wants and according to his purpose. To lose the right entitlement makes way for one to receive the gift of the Spirit of Wisdom

Now that we have made way for the Holy Spirit by losing our rights to anything, self or world proclaimed rights alike, we can now move on to be God-like and have the Holy Ghost manifestations of his Lordship, counsel, understanding, knowledge, fear of the Lord, might and wisdom. This is because our hearts become conditioned to walk in the purity and power of love which conquers all things. As he is, so are we (1 John 4:17)



Join me in Part 3 as we conclude this series by getting into the action of making positive declarations

Till then,

Remain Blessed

One Love

Ester H.


Remember falling is not the problem, failing ro rise up is!!!!


The art of Declarations Part 1: Background to Positive Declaration

My Conquerors! I greet you!

Today i’m on the subject of declaration or positive declaration or affirmations or confirmations as they are often so called.

So many people have prospered through this important spiritual weapon while many others just stumbled and fell never to rise again. There are positive quotes sold even on social media, the market place etc which shows just how crucial this aspect of using our mouth to speak good is.

History of Declaring

Declaring has been there for ages, practiced fervently by different cultures and religions and one thing this facet has in common across boards of different belief systems is faith –

1. Calling those things that are not as though they already are

2. Faith in a higher unseen power

3. Use of a medium of connection e.g water, salt, stones, machira, mudzimu, idol or word of God (unseen Christ)

People usually arrive at destination ‘positive declarations’ when they encounter challenges that threaten their livelihood especially if these stumbling blocks are stubborn. As challenges or hindrances intensify, the heart is split amidst the confusion and that tends to temper with one’s faith. Usually people backslide under the pressure or seek help. In seeking help, the idea of speaking or making positive declarations usually comes up. Positive declarations however will not work on their own. It will be pointless to wake up everyday and make utterances that one has not purposed to believe or yet live.

Before one begins the journey of using their mouth to craft a new future, they have to have an understanding of how they arrived in the pithole in the first place. We are interactive beings and anything that is wrong in our lives is wrong because someone did something or didn’t do what we expected them to do. This includes self or God. This means at any point that we have no peace inside, we have not made that peace with the blamed fellow human being or God). So, it usually it has to do with the seeds one harbours in their innerman. The seeds in the heart (spiritual) grow trees outside (physical) and sometimes these trees take so long to become visible that by the time they are seen, the owner of the tree has no clue how the tree arrived. It becomes even impossible to see the root of the tree once it has grown so with all the prayer, fasting and service in church one is often left confused and heartbroken as to why they can’t seem to get ahead. The trees we have are the antenna that attracts good or bad to us. There is no doubt that because of our sinful nature, we have both trees. It is the growth of the tree that should be our concern. Is your evil tree ouliving your good one? Are you more inclined to evil than good? Do you water the tree of sin more than the tree of righteousness? I couldnt have said it more blunt! Pain, rejection, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness should ring a bell here versus peace, love, joy, unity and meekness etc -the fruits of the spirit according to Galatians 5:22.

These are the deadly big 5 which can be conceived and harboured in secret and yet unfortunately manifestation of fruit knows no secret. Now with forces of evil and good hovering above us unseen, your trees determine what rests and what is executed in your life. Scripture talks of vessels of honour and vessels of dishonour (2 Timothy 2:20-21). If God made ALL things then evil and good are under him to accomplish his glory over all things. The demonic can wag their tail but God got them all under his full grip. So as it concerns the child of God, God will keep his sworn word to mercy and truth. His grace will prevail. This must be the basis and anchor of a believer’s positive declaration only as care is taken to water the right tree.

As humans, we were created with the ability to search out matters. Infact God requires us to do so, that’s why nothing just happens and that is also why although he is known as the merciful God and faithful God too, he will not spoon feed us into our blessings. He has made provision for them, now remains for us to pursue the blessings in the maze, solve puzzles and win prices- all with his help. This is why the bible refers to us as ‘stewards of God’s mysteries'(1 Corinthians 4:1). Now because of wickedness, it was impossible to lay everything out in the open and so God simply preserved it for those who would seek his voice and hear it (John 10:26-27).

The Confusion

Once upon a time i found myself wondering whether God even existed or cared. I could not understand the happennings in my life nomatter how good i tried to be. One day a secret was revealed to me. I wasn’t as good as i thought i was or made myself to be. It was a hard truth but i was determined to face it and make every effort to do right by God and by me. Afterall, with all of ‘my goodness’ my life was a mess! I thought to myself, “i have surely failed, i know nothing and can do nothing by myself.” This signaled total surrender to a higher power. For me it was God through surrender to Jesus Christ as Saviour. I didn’t know him but i knew myself- the failure! I formatted my ‘corrupt hardrive’, yes! I coudn’t take this journey with all of my rotten knowledge and limitted understanding of life, the world and myself. The feeling and thought that God didn’t care for me at all had to be erased. Ofcourse this mindset is staged by the opposition and so all is in order for the demonic while this is still in place. This brings me to the subject of self-righteousness. I want to talk about this because positive declarations are either made or killed in the area of righteousness. In the righteousness of God (as righteouness has been intended), they prevail, in the rot of self- righteousness, nothing materialises. But what is self-righteousness?

Self-Righteousness

So when i came to the knowledge of God, it was like i had now found the treasure. ‘All those people that hurt me were gonna see me now’ so i thought! Big mistake! The journey was never supposed to be about me but about God. When i made it about me i entered the phase of self-righteousness.

Self-righteousness is when individuals see themselves as right before their own eyes and may even force these ideals on others. It is birthed as a copying mechanism or the idea of self protection after a series of heartbreaking events in life so these kind of people are usually wounded soldiers. They are fighters who think they are now in charge after accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour but neglect to workout their salvation afterwards. Unfortunately this is a perversion of power as power only ever belongs to God (Psalm 62:11; 1 Peter 5:11) and it is HIS righteousness that matters. Self-righteousness is the spiritual rot that hinders people from humbling themselves before God unknowingly and for this reason some people will be in church for years and never know the day of blessing because the wrong tree is growing more than the right one. Eventually most quit and go and find solutions elsewhere (drugs, occult, quick money schemes like prostitution or crime etc). Self-righteouness is infact pride, when one’s spirituality is self defined and not God defined. This is how people end up working in church or doing a lot of religious business that has nothing to do with God himself but either themselves or the people or church they work for. Here people get obscessed with outward holiness to a point that they are blinded by that self-righteousness and forget how cold or rude, angry, bitter, unforgiving, mean, or stingy etc they may actually be to others. They don’ t want to ever see themselves in this light and so they do not see it and when people try to point it out they cry “don’t judge” meanwhile, the wrong tree prospers! God and sometimes even world sees them as they are but they don’t see themselves and infact all their acts are quite justified in their books. In worst case scenarios, the self-righteous are ‘so right’ that no one sees the hidden rot inside. These are the worst kind and sadly the fruits will never lie. In speaking about false prophets, Jesus said you shall know them by their fruits. The same can be said of the self-righteous. Apples don’t fall from thorn trees. The self-righteous have their faith based on works and it hinges on doing right and looking right. Unfortunately, as long as we are human, we will never be holy before God yet we must pursue holiness. Faith in self activates constant failure which then makes them bitter or angry unawares against those people who keep producing negative effects (feelings or actions) in them.

Further, it is only by the blood of Jesus that we have ever been counted in and not our works and work we must. The very act of putting faith in works is idolatrous no wonder the whip is already on their backs and they don’t percieve it and watch that faith is not transfered to positive declarations and not to God. Moreover, the self-righteous have a weakness of putting faith in other things that are their own creations or their own choice. They play safe incase they get hurt or disappointed e g they make or do the works, so they trust them; they choose their pastor so they trust him; they choose their friends if they have so they trust them. Now they did not make God and they don’t see him physically so it will be difficult to trust him even though they love the idea of worshipping him and occasionally they claim that they trust because that is the right thing to do yet all this is made manifest to God. In essence they like to trust own self because they have been let down a lot and can’t trust anyone. So unfortunately with the declarations, they will not achieve anything but feel a good relief with no substance. Its like a marriage without intimacy, yes there is love but there will be no fruit.

So the day that i realised that i have been carrying a load of rot within while professing a showing holiness outside was a day of reckoning. There was no good fruit in my life because i was a stinking anger tank carrying a lot of bitterness and baggage from the past but believing that i had dealt with it and moved on. The fact is, i was corrupt inside and the fruit was corrupt outside (Matthew 12:33). I further realised how i had thought i had arrived all this time and yet i had not even began. Interestingly the word declares,

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”

1 Corinthians 10:12

In the whole of Chapter 10, i located myself and began to understand that you can be so religious that you think you are standing when you are actually falling. I am forever grateful for that day and the mercy of God and trust that this testimony will shed some light in your own life and mark the beginning of a new era as this discovery made mine.

That’s it for today Conquerors, thank you for reading this post!

Join me in Part 2 as we conclude this series and look at guidelines to winning by positive declaration as well as pursuing the righteouness of God

Till then

Ester H.

RiseupConqueror! Know no defeat!


Remember

Falling is not the Problem, Failing to RiseUP is!!!!!!

Re-Branding Self

Longtime my Conquerors,

Many times i have been approached by individuals who are confused about life, the problems or challenges they face and have come to a point where they wonder whether their lives are worth living, a picture well painted in the book of Psalms:

“Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.”

Psalms 107:17-18

To be honest, i carry scars from similar thought patterns and experiences brought about by cycles of failed missions with no real explanation. Its one thing to fail when you did nothing about prospering but its a whole different story when you have put in the hours of effort to get nothing. I have certainly been in the shackles of bondage or what would seem like a dark hole that continues to swallow you but doesn’t eat you up so you can at least know its over. Yes i have and i believe that i have been translated from the overbearing pain of hopelessness and even suicide ideation at some point.

In this series of Re-Branding Self, i want to share some insights that i have discovered through my own transition over the past decade from hopelessness and dispair to peace and victorious living. May i mention that for me the process was not as clear cut and systematic as i will present it here. It was pure discovery and learning led by the Holy Spirit of God as i submitted and inquired on him everyday. All the same, I was not aware that this system actually existed or that i was on it myself until recently when i began to look back and reflect and put together points of how i had become a better person over the years. Like Paul, i do not claim to have mastered it or arrived as i am certain that as long as we are in this world, we can’t arrive. We have to keep learning and at our very best we can still do better and so life goes on.

Background to Re-Branding Self

Since 2009, I make interesting discoveries (soul) daily in my life (body) and in the word (spirit) and i can attest to some spiritual fruits gained along the way and physical rewards that followed too.

Therefore i have discovered that the brand self has 3 operational divisions which require team spirit to function. These are the Spirit, Soul and Body which make up a complete human being. For a detailed explanation of how this is so please click here

Protocol

Hierachy and protocol must be observed as with any organized entity. The Spirit being of God was first to exist. The spirit was and is as it existed with God. The soul was created before the body as scripture mentions that we were foreknown before we were formed in the womb. Of the three, God formed the body last and then after he breathed into it, it became a living soul.

Re-branding of Self: Spirit, Soul and Body Roles

1. Spirit- This is the Breath of God which is also in body form but unseen. This means it requires food and so has all the parts of the body but is not seen by anyone except when it manifests itself in spiritual fruits. These then benefit the soul’s existence in the body on the earth. The spirit must eat the word of God only to survive as it is of God. God is Holy and pure and nothing else is pure on this earth so to feed his spirit being requires the bread of life-the word of God. Being in a body however and having an earthly experience the spirit can be subjected to counterfeit foods (religions) which then mislead the soul into making wrong decisions which in turn affect existence in the earth negatively. We all know that eating wrong foods in the earth realm causes sickness or health challenges which can be life threatening. So it is with the spirit. If the spirit is not awakened by the right food (Word) the life of an individual is that of a dead being- nothing to right home about, nothing to show for their existence and if this goes on they begin to feel like there is nothing to live for. These are cases of people who are living but dead -the walking dead! Simply put, it means that the body did not come in contact with the spirit so there is no life. As it was in the beginning, the body was formed and breathed into by God forming a living soul. Life was the result of the spirit of God coming in contact with the body he had formed from earth.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Genesis 2:7

As it were, if the natural man has not received Christ for re-birth John 3:5-8, life is worthless, hopeless and going nowhere slowly because the spirit is either sickly or dead by starvation and or exposure to wrong foods. Unfortunately because of the abounding mercies of God, people usually mistake some permitted manifestations of ‘life’ (a bit of riches here, some success there, some peace here and there) as life. Most have found it difficult to change or even conceptualize change and confidently ward off persuasions of the gospel with statements like:

…if God can bless me in sin, what is the point of changing…

…if a prostitute can get married, then i can…

…if the wicked are still prospering, then it doesnt matter…

…if it was meant to be, then it will be or whatever i do is written in my book/destiny and i cant change it…

What they do not know is that they are already picking a side in doing so and that is lane of the body and it’s lusts. In some cases the individuals are aware of their predicament and they fight it. Sadly not all the battles for a better life are fought on the right front and so while others may get fruit from their endeavours, others see no fruit as they remain stuck in nothingness, emptiness and a never ending cycle of failure which may lead to self harm. In the mandate given to the man of the law-Moses for the people of God lies an instruction to choose life. In saying this God reveals to his people that there are two roads to take:- LIFE- the road of the law and obedience (to the spirit) or DEATH- the road of lawlessness and disobedience (obedience to the body and its lusts). This law is unfortunately not given to the spirit but to the soul. The spirit is God’s and is loaded with godliness which it can only exhibit once the soul chooses God and begins to make daily choices/decisions to feed the spirit with the word of its maker that it rightful requires. When word taken in through choice by senses of the soul meets word already in the spirit a climax is reached that brings inexplicable joy and peace in the innerman. That is revelation and the beginning of wisdom. That is the meeting of God and man! That is the building of faith and the rebranding of self!

Thus, interms of protocol, the SPIRIT being first to be in existence, being the imprint of the Creator in us takes precedence above all other members of the tripatite being and must be honored, respected and listened to only as it has been duly fed correctly by an act of obedience-LIFE. Is is only the spirit in man that knows the thoughts of man (1 Corinthians 2:11) and only the spirit of a man that will sustain his infirmity (Proverbs 18:14)

2. Soul (mind, thoughts, will, emotions). This the centre-piece of all decisions. The administration headquaters where whatever is decided goes even if it will affect the entire being. Firstly there is the mind. Many battles of the mind take place here and for most individuals it is a total gamble and gropping about in the dark through trial and error. If something seems to work, it becomes recorded as a template and copying mechanism to be used in other like events or occurences. The problem with this as you can imagine is that there are no principles, no regard for others and this kind of government supports the dog-eat-dog theory or survival of the fittest doctrine. Everyone faces their own life fights their own battles the way they want even if it will harm others on the way -after all its a jungle and infact a battle! Next in the soul are thoughts-another challenge to human existence. Sometimes they are uninvited and invasive, sometimes even unpleasant and unwanted and yet they have the ability to bombard an individual to the point of surrender and death as in the cases of worry/confusion/frustration/anxiety/stress/distress/depression and ultimately suicide if nothing is handled properly. As it were, most actions originate from thought and one is evidence of their thoughts. Then ofcourse God gave man the freedom to choose and called it WILL. This is were intents are housed, another facet of the soul. The will power is the highest level of freedom granted to man by the creator and owner of all things. Infact the idea that the soul is the decision centre rests on this very premise. God was merciful to freely give out information on what any decision made could mean, the consequences thereof and the ultimate endgame of choice. Lastly we have emotions in the soul. The interplay of mind decisions, thoughts and choices made everyday is the cook book of emotions. It also works the otherway. While emotions can be triggered by what goes on in the soul, the emotions themselves can inspire what decisions are made therein. As it were, feelings are triggered by what we see, hear, smell, touch and taste (5 senses) and when we reach decisions in the mind because of what we have sensed, a choice is made. Yet again feelings can set a pace of how we see, hear, smell, touch or taste things!

So in the terms of protocol, the soul comes after the spirit and is foreknown by the spirit and must submit to the spirit for instruction in running its affairs. It is the soul that was given a mandate to choose LIFE and life is in the Spirit. In seeking first the Kingdom of God and his righteouness, all other things are added to one (Matthew 6:33)

3. Body- The body is the shell that houses the soul and the spirit and is made of external parts e.g head, face, legs, hands, stomach, feet, fingers, toes, mouth internal organs and systems e.g heart, lungs, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, blood stream etc. The functioning of the physical body is well instructed mostly by science or earthly discovery. We discussed that decisions are made in the soul but the soul actually needs the body to have sent information obtained through the senses to make the decisions it does. Now it is certain parts of the body that carry these senses e.g eyes=sight; fingers=touch; ears= hearing; nose=smell and tongue=taste. As much as these senses are active, the instruction to choose LIFE necessitates the observance of protocol in making decisions and dealing with life and what challenges it brings on the table.The whole of creation is aware of these guiding principles (commandments) which is why there is such a heart-bell known as conscience. Sadly, continued dishonor and failure to head to the warning signs of the conscience sears it to a point where it begins to see those disobedient behaviours and mindsets as normal, acceptable and noble. The body is prone to an insubordinate attitude caused by the very fact that is is the one housing others. It is always scheming, screaming out loud and crying to be heard at all times and in all things. The body is made from earth, knows only the earth and its earthly ways and is the one that suffers the pressures brought upon the whole being by the earth. Its is afterall the body that fellow humans see, hurt or reject. It is the body that craves for comfort and entertainment through its senses. For this cause the body is outspoken to the soul on what should go and if the soul succumbs to its pressure and neglects to observe the rule of law i.e put the spirit first, then problems and conflict begin attracting all kinds of curses, punishments and consequences. The body cannot submit to either soul or spirit as it is territorial in nature BUT by a decision of the soul to choose LIFE (spirit), the body is automatically put to sleep and can’t do anything. It is only the soul that can empower the body

Thus, in the terms of protocol the body is last in line being the one to be made last of the three. The body must submit to the soul as the soul submits to the spirit and in this way the body honors the spirit of God in it (Romans 6:19)

Summary

In self- branding therefore, the idea is to go back onto the original rail and press towards the mark of our high calling. Our high calling as human beings is embedded in the mandate to worship the Most High God and him alone.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

This is our whole duty as man and is evidenced in our day to day choices. It thus becomes imperative to focus and work on dying to self and awaken to spirit deliberately and constantly. Although choosing Christ can be done on a particular day, Salvation is not a one day event and working it out becomes a lifestyle of killing the flesh and awakening the spirit. The more the inclination of the soul to the body dies, the more the Spirit takes its place to bring life and livelihood to its host. This is the only way the soul can be governed correctly leading to God-led choices and victory therein. It must be noted that all self- insipired decisions are bound to fail being birthed from the effects of earthbound senses. It may seem like body (death) made choices work but that is purely facilitated by the mercies of God by and by we should train ourselves not to take advantage of those mercies and remain lawless. We need a higher power to lead us in the way and if we do not make that all important decision of choosing God himself everything becomes tainted by the earth and inspired by the earth even though it may seem to work. This unfortunately doesn’t alter the word that has gone out of God’s mouth concerning those things and as such, punitive curses so installed before creation are always in-play causing havoc to unsuspecting individuals or those who know but are uninterested in keeping to the book.

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.

(Romans 1:18-20)

While other individuals seek out these things, others simply work around life according to how they were raised or taught by their predecessors or how they themselves are interpreting the surroundings they find themselves in. Ofcourse they neither own themselves nor yet those surrounding they attempt to understand based on own self. Unfortunately as individuals form self-truth innocently or in full awareness of the fact, they continue to be governed by the laws of the creator set in place by him who owns everything.

As such, rebranding of self is infact the journey of returning to the first love-Christ who loved us first when we were yet sinners, reconciling every facet of our lives with him and giving him the pre-eminence in all things. All other forms or versions of peace and prosperity humanity experiences outside the blood of Christ are counterfeit and is bound to expire leaving its victims exposed. Therefore, it is not enough to be a christian and it will not change anything if one is not changing themselves according to the word of God. Like the Israelites, being a chosen people was not enough. Obedience to the Spirit is what holds tge relationship with God together.

Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses”

Psalms 107:17-19

And returning to him in repentance and humility brings restoration.

Thanks for reading this post. Dont forget to share with others!!!!

Till Then

OneLove

Riseup Conqueror

Join me again in the part 2 as we begin a step by step process of Re-Branding Self.


Remember falling is not the problem but failing to riseUP is!!!!

Accused and Voiceless: Who will you speak to & who will speak for you? Part 2- Lessons From The Upright Man Job

Greetings Conquerors

In Part 1, we considered a man called Job in the subject of being falsely accused or judged. The spirit of accusation works subtly sometimes that the accusers may think they are representing God himself in his word when they are not. There are a number of lessons we can glean on in the book of Job concerning being accused, being voiceless and speaking out.

1. Accused doesn’t mean guilty:

Job was upright and God spoke for him. If it was a crime, Job would have been arrested. Perhaps he was even called a wizard that ate up his children and his sins where catching up with him. They probably speculated that his wealth had been obtained by evil means and now it was pay back time. In my mother tongue they say “akaromba”. Then others could have said “akaroyiwa” meaning he has been bewitched. Ofcourse there is the enemy camp…these are the haters and evil ones that may have been trying to bring job down spiritually for years. This was time to celebrate their weapons and victory. Job had fallen from grace right straight into the mud. But was this really the case? In all these scenarios people are quick to say God is not there and so someone becomes labeled as a hypocrite too. Once a hypocrite then a liar, a fake, an evil person, a hater, a schemer etc. If you know God and are confident in your relationship with him, what is left is to believe HIS report against the strife of words . God will speak for you even when you can’t hear it, perceive it or see him. Therrfore, stand in that and forget everything else! Like Abraham the father of faith, hope against hope (Romans 4:18-21).

2. Faith may fail but Trust in a relationship should hold it up

Job had faith in God but while in the mud faith may have been ‘failing’. In other words, what he knew about God and what was on the ground was not matching. I mean when you pray for something and an evil thing happens instead (e.g divine bealth versus sickness or loss). The children had all died, there was no bringing them back from the grave. Faith had failed because he had prayed and made offerings for their protection but he now had lost more than just children. However, he knew and understood that God was real, superior and faithful. He therefore also stood unshaken in his faith and remained confident in that when God had tried him he would come forth as pure gold (Job 23:10). God too was confident in his servant Job and so it was a two way bond. What strikes me is Job’s faith in God even in bad times. That to me is trust. Trust anchors faith in that faith believes that God is able and trust rests in that he will do it for me. Trusting God means that even the bad things that happen to one are not used to give Satan accorlades of victory but used to stand confidently and wait on the Lord knowing that he is not only able but will show up in his wisdom. Trust also understands his wisdom as his timetable and his way. Even when i can’t hear God or trace him, when the people around me don’t see God in my life or even believe that he was ever a part of it, trust means i remain assured of his not so visible or perceivable presence. He has been there, he remains there, and will always be there and that settles it.

3. Repentance

Job had so many questions for God in his pain amd agony. In that he was to be found guilty before the throne. There will always be some challenging situations that lead us into the space of being accused. For Job it was extensive loss (children and wealth) and serious sickness. In life i always hear people asking “why?”. Its easy to say “what did i ever do to deserve this”. As humans we have a tendency of placing a price on our works and faith so that possessions becomes a measure of one’s standing with God. As we can see from the Job project, God’s ways are certainly not our ways. The lesson we can take is that people will accuse us and sometimes they will have the grounds to do so. If we ourselves know the real truth, our spirit can testify with the Holy Spirit that it is well. It may not be well at that point but it should certainly get well in God’s wisdom and time. As it were, accusation is heartbreaking, heartrending and heartwrecking on top of the already smashed-by-God heart. Accusation adds salt to injury making matters worse. A broken heart is sometimes careless with words and that is why Job had to repent. God is God above, and he was man beneath. He had no business taking God into court and making careless utterences. When God finally arrived and spoke, he realised how impure he was as man to be in the presence of God. As man we have a tendency of ‘holifying’ ourselves in self-righteousness but at our best we are nothing but sinners. For that, we should approach the presence of God with a humble and repentant mind. Even when we think we have done nothing wrong, there is sin lurking somewhere even if its in the innerman!

I have been rebuked by the Holy spirit sometimes for being unrepentant. I remember situation in which i have been falsely accused. In each scenario a case eas presented against me that i could not argue out of. My accuser(s) actually offended me in their actions after it had been settled that i was at fault and i had agreed. Being close people to me, i obviously expected inquiry, dialogue and understanding as opposed to judgement, accusation and being shut out. So i started focusing on their wrongs and went through months of heartbrake, heartache, regret, disapointment and brokenness. I resented them and found i had to repent all the time because of these negative emotions that i couldn’t handle. God just watched me act all holy and wronged and plead with him for justice and restoration. In thw one case, oneday the Holy Spirit said i was “prideful and unapologetic”. I was shocked, resisted it at first but found it to be true. I was sad and cried in repentance. I was required to go and apologise. Swallowing my pride and going to apologise with a tail between my legs was the hardest thing. I was embarrased as i had to apologise in the face of other people. I had shamed Christendom by my actions. Well long story short, i did then humble myself and nothing beats the feeling of humility and obedience when you finally accomplish it against your flesh!

4. Intercession

In all of God’s word, intercession seems to be at his heart judging by the law and just the theme of love that sweeps all across scripture. God wants us to love each other and one of the ways we can do that is by intercession. After God had shown up, he instructed Job’s friends to go and make burnt offerings to Job and then Job would pray for them (Job 42:7-10). They had wronged God in the way they treated his ‘upright one’. After praying for his accusers, Jobs captivity was turned and his friends were saved from the wrath of God. So God is still interested in the welfare of our accusers and as much as in ours. Sometimes It is our prayer that will save them and God wants may want it that way. This is not to say that when you don’t pray for them they will suffer, infact when you don’t do so, you also suffer. Therefore intercession works both ways. Ps* this does not mean we pray for Satan. The spirit in the accusers must certainly be cast out.

5. Relationships

Finally we can learn something from the relationships in Jobs project

God and Satan:

God is superior and Satan is inferior. Satan knows his place as a created being and will never go beyond the bounds set by God. Satan believes in God and his power and he is aware of Gods hedges of protection. After doing his part, it remained God’s sovereign business to deliver Job, heal him amd restore him.

God and Job:

God is superior and Job is inferior. God speaks for Job and has faith in his ability to stand. Job knows his place as the created and by faith he fully submits himself wholly to God in goodtimes and in badtimes. He anchors his faith with trust that God will absolutely and undoubtedly in his love and ability to work things for his good, deliver him nomatter what. This was a solid relationship built over time. What is your relationship with God? Can he speak for you?

3. Job and his wife

Job has a faith and trust in God that his wife does not. If Job would listen to his wife, then he would have fallen. His wife is unable to trust Job in his faith journey but that does not stop Job because of what he knows he has with God. Relationship with God is therefore superior to any other.

4. Job and his friends

Jobs friends are the close to him. Three of them (Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar) are those people that break his heart further. Yes they are his fellow colleaugues in church but they do not know Job enough to see things from his own point of view. Their friendship lacks trust or even faith. Even if the faith was in God, they have gone against teaching by crucifying Job, judging him amd accusing him. The youngest of them (Elihu) stands on the greatness of God. He does not focus on Job but on the sovereignty of God. This is exemplary. As it were, age ain’t nothing but a number!

5. Job and Satan

Here there is absolutely no relationship. Satan just does what he wants and goes. Job has no thought of Satan and doesn’t look for him in his suffering. There is no time that Jobs takes to meditate on how to wage war against Satan or fight him back. Job does not see Satan as a player here but simply stands in God and on God and attributes his circumstance to he alone who orders his steps and who can change his situation.

Thus, accusers are a reality in life especially when there has never been bad intentions or actions on ones part to do wrong but things work out that way. If you encounter friends or relations like that of Job who will add salt to the injury, it remains to stand on the rock of salvation, refuse to be moved until HE speaks, intercede for the accusers while you also pray for yourself in a heart and mind of humility and repentance. Finally, it also goes without saying that as Christians we should refrain from being like Jobs three friends/wife and instead keep quiet if we have nothing positive to say or at least pray, praise and worship with those in difficult times.

Remember when accused, you can speak to God and God will speak for you. He may not speak on your timetable but you can rest assured that he got your back! Build that relationship now!