June 24, 2019 | Lifeblog | No Comments
Hello! Good morning everyone. Happy new week! And welcome to another episode of LIFECLASS. Hope you’ve followed every episode of LIFECLASS, especially from the beginning of current series – ‘Gush of Abundance’.
Oh yes! Our current series is titled ‘Gush Of Abundance’ and we’ve had four (4) episodes already. Please visit our website: www.davidadeniji.com to catch all other episodes of LIFECLASS.
Today, actually, I’m challenging you to a spiritual challenge. I’m saying ‘Challenge the Standards!’ You know that what I do is to carefully show you in any series we talk about, how people in the Bible achieved theirs. Today, I need you to understand that to break loose your gush of abundance, there are some organized obstacles as well as human and demonic hindrances you need to remove from your way. More often, you need to boldly challenge so many organized lies and long-standing assumptions that the world has given you as your definition or that you have also been forced to agree with, maybe because of your family background, poor educational background or your parents’ religious beliefs.
Everyone who rose to abundance in the scripture had to at one point in time or the other, force out an escape for themselves from some organized falsehood that had existed for so long in their past. Joseph had to leave his father at home and he even had to get out of his brothers’ reach for him to stand a chance to be prepared for his gush of abundance.
In I Kings, chapter 18 verse 1, God had told Elijah that he was sending rain onto the land after three and a half years of famine, prophesied by Elijah himself. God told him to show himself to Ahab, the king and to prepare for that rain but Elijah first had to challenge the idolatry and the idolaters (idol worshipers) in the land to a contest, as he knew they were an obstacle and should to be disgraced. Remember that the reason for the drought in the first place, in I Kings 17:1 was because Elijah got provoked with the prevalent idolatry in the land, brought about by King Ahab’s treacherous rule at the end of the previous chapter – chapter 16
In 1 Kings, chapter 18 verses 19 and 20, Elijah challenged the organized idolatry in the land to a contest to change the people’s thinking and divert their attention to the one who alone is able to substitute their drought for abundant rain. In verse 21, he told them expressly, exactly what I’m about to tell you in today’s episode of LIFECLASS:
He told them: “How long are you going to waver between two opinions?” he asked the people. “If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him”.
How will there be a rain of abundance on the land when the people do not really know where they stand with God? They’re neither here nor there. They had bowed to the organized standard of idolatry in the land. And even though God had chosen to send abundance now, their hearts needed to be set right.
Let me ask you what Elijah asked the people. How long are you also going to waver between two opinions? If you want abundance, then you need to follow Jesus and follow him wholeheartedly. You need to be in and inside completely. You cannot be switching off and switching on your Christian life, I mean your spiritual life intermittently and expect Jesus’ given gush of abundance. You cannot claim to be in Christ and yet interact with the world around you in no distinct manner from what unbelievers will do, act, or say. No! You cannot serve two masters at once. You can’t serve God and the devil at the same time.
You need to choose who you really want to follow. And let me tell you something if your issue is more spiritual than it is physical, it doesn’t matter how large the organized standard standing on your way to abundance, you can challenge them, just like Elijah challenged the eight hundred and fifty (850) evil prophets (idolaters) in the land. Yours may be a religious standard that does not conform to the Word of God. Now get this clear. Many people’s problem is the fact that they’re attending a church that only believes some part of God’s Word and not all. I don’t know how many sermons that have forced you to believe that poverty is God’s will for you or that the sickness in your body is understandable for your present age range or that God’s will for your is anything short of good. All can be challenged today, with God’s Word and the Name of Jesus!
The standard you need to challenge may be a labour market standard that says people of your degree class cannot make it in life beyond certain stages. If someone says you’re too old for any employer to employ, tell them they’re right, you won’t need to look for jobs hopelessly when your father, the wise creator has made you a creator of things, including jobs. Just Challenge those standards no matter how real or organized they look.
One man, Elijah challenged eight hundred and fifty (850) evil prophets (idolaters) to a contest, because idolatry had to be cleared off from the land so that people’s faith can be restored to their God in preparation for the abundance that God had promised in verse 1 of I Kings chapter 18.
The Bible says in Zechariah 4:7 – Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Trust me, you need to challenge that organized spiritual wickedness that is blocking your abundance. And you need to do it now, not tomorrow. I mean right now. Say, Lord Jesus, I scatter every organized spiritual or human standard blocking my gush of abundance in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
It doesn’t matter how large the organized standard that stands against your gush of abundance, all you must do today is to challenge them to a halt in Jesus’ Name.
Again Bible says, I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people that have set themselves against me round about.
For Elijah, he needed God to disgrace those eight hundred and fifty (850) evil prophets of idolatry that have kept the people hovering between serving God and serving the devil; and as long as they remained in between, the drought remained in the land.
Well, I don’t know how many people need to be disgraced in order for your abundance to gush. All you need do is stand up and face your fears today. You may need to start facing those organized standards of fear and start telling yourself and everyone the truth of what God says you are. He says silver and gold are his, so let no one or circumstance tell you that you should be poor.
Abundance comes suddenly, but many times, it could be delayed if you allow any organized demonic standard to stand your way. So, stop keeping quiet! Start talking, start decreeing, start proclaiming, start calling those negative organized standards by whatever names they bear – be it – in your family, business, body, in your church, or in your marriage, or maybe in your finances. Start pulling them down in Jesus’ Name.
Today, I’d like you to make noise where you are. I need you to shout and say, I scatter every organized standard blocking my gush of abundance in Jesus’ Name.’ Amen.
But remember that the Bible says ‘at the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow’. Those organized demonic standards answer only to the name of Jesus and no other name. If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, it’s your day! Say, Lord Jesus, I receive you today, into my heart. I’m sorry for my sins and I receive your forgiveness. Thank you for writing my name in your book of life in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Thanks, everyone for attending today’s LIFECLASS. Join me again next time. Remain blessed till then, in Jesus’ Name.