Hallelujah to Jesus! Thanks for joining LIFECLASS today. I really appreciate you for following. Our life classes are getting interesting these days. I urge you not to miss any episode at all. If you ever miss any LIFE CLASS, please catch it on our website – www.davidadeniji.com.
In the last LIFE CLASS, we saw the importance of always carrying the Holy Ghost fire in abundant measure, so you’re not deprived of any part of your inheritance in God. I also told you to get violent with your faith and stop being docile.
Today, we’re going deeper or let me say tougher on our journey towards having that gush of abundance. Yes, remember our current series is ‘GUSH OF ABUNDANCE‘. Like many other life classes, today’s class is an express instruction – Kill the Prophets of Baal!
When we say abundance, many people think we’re talking about something that comes very easy. A few days ago, I explained to you that the devil will always put up a fight the moment he knows you’ve caught the revelation of God’s willingness to release His gush of abundance on you. You know why? The world is okay with you just being okay to take care of yourself and maybe your immediate family. But it is only when you live in abundance that you can reach out to others and pull other people up. Bible says, ye that are saved, rise up for the salvation of others.
If you don’t have overflowing peace in your mind, how can you radiate peace onto other people you meet?
If what you have is just enough for you, you cannot pull anyone out of poverty. You can do that only when you have in abundance.
So you see, Abundance does not come without a fight, let alone a sudden gush of abundance. Now, notice I didn’t say ‘struggle’, we’re not called to struggle. To struggle is to fight, hoping to win. We’re called to fight a good fight of faith. A fight that is biased in our favour. A fight we have already won, as the Bible says in Romans 8:37 that we’re more than conquerors. To break this gush of abundance, you will not need to struggle in real life, but you have to wage a war in the spirit realm and also take clear-cut and express decisions about your lifestyle, your attitudes, and your associations. You need to take a stand. You need to kill the prophets of Baal!
So, why do we have to kill anything on our way to releasing our gush of abundance? The answer is in the scripture we’ve been seeing for the past few days. Let’s flip again to 1 Kings chapter 18 verse 38-40
38. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
40. And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
Elijah was specific and intentional. In 1 Kings chapter 17 verse 1, he got provoked by the intense idolatry in the land and he decreed that there’d be no rainfall. Then in chapter 18 verse 21, we see that the famine and drought had persisted for so long because the people’s faith had been made to hover between God and the idols due to the presence of these evil prophets and priests in the land. So, the people had been kept in suffering because they served two masters. They shared God’s glory with the devil. Our God is a jealous God and in Isaiah 42 verse 8, He says He will not share His glory with anyone.
You see LIFECLASS, Abundance begins when you destroy every barrier to it. Everything usurping the glory of God in our lives needs to be done away with. Idolatry in any form, physically or in our hearts must be purged out, for the living God to take His rightful place.
Killing the prophets of Baal in our lives could take a whole sermon and teaching, but here, I’m saying that everything sharing God’s glory in your life is a prophet of Baal. Anything that promises or guarantees you of an alternative to trusting God a hundred percent (100%) is a prophet of Baal. It could be your job, a gift you have, some friends, a grant you received, or a loan, a gathering you attend. It could even be a false sense of service to God that does not come from the heart but based on sentiments and ego. I’m not telling you to kill anyone, but get rid of such relationships if you really want to step into abundance. God will not release His gush of abundance when you already have fulfillment in something other than Him. If you already think you can get by marginally or just manage the little you have, I’m telling you, that thinking in itself is a prophet of Baal. It places a limit on God’s Providence in your life. God will just let you be. You may be a genuine child of God, but be sure; his abundance is for those who depend on him a hundred percent (100%) for it and not partially.
Here’s another reason Elijah had to kill the prophets of Baal. Because he knew the king and some people in the land still had sympathy for their idols and as long as they do, the drought would remain. Now, Can you see the point I’m making here? You need to get rid of every source of unbelief, doubt, fear or anxiety. Those are the blockages in the pipe of God’s abundance for you. Let me show you something God showed me recently:
The reason many people remain in lack is the thinking that what they have may soon finish if they don’t manage it and hoard it jealously. The moment you breakthrough that ‘it could finish’ mentality in your mind and in your spirit, your abundance will gush out.
So you’re asked to pay tithe and you think ‘Ah if I do, my money will finish‘, or you see a loved one in need and instead of giving lavishly, you are thinking ‘Ah, where will the next one come from?‘. Your children are to buy textbooks and you say ‘Oh common, manage the exercise books‘ thinking “Ah, it will soon finish‘. Of course, I’m not in any way telling you not to be prudent, but if your own reason for being prudent is so what you have does not finish, then you need to kill that thinking – that’s your own prophet of Baal.
The very point I want you to see here is, that ‘it may finish’, ‘it will soon finish’ mentality is a prophet of Baal that’s blocking your gush of abundance because it’s an insult on our God! “Silver and gold are mine” – that’s what He said. So, He cannot run out of money. He owns all the cattle upon a thousand hills. That doesn’t sound like something that can finish. So change your thinking to ‘I have in abundance’, I will do God’s will, ‘I will be a distributor because my God has more than enough, it cannot finish’
Check again closely in verse 41 and you will see the other reason why Elijah had to get rid of the prophets of Baal. They had been and would have remained a huge source of distraction to the king if they lived. In verse 41, Elijah told King Ahab to get up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of abundance of rain – calling forth those things that be not as though they were.
This instruction requires absolute faith and no speck of doubt. If you don’t get rid of certain things in your life, you will never be able to believe God. You may have to skip that your next loan cycle, maybe you shouldn’t take that next loan, so you can strengthen your faith in God’s ability to provide. If you’re in business, sometimes you see banks coming to beg you to take loans, not because they love you, it’s so you can remain in debt and unrest of mind over a pending payment and ultimately find it impossible to be still and know that He is God. You don’t need that anymore. You need to learn to trust in God a hundred percent (100%) even if heavens threaten to fall, even if bills pile up on your table. Kill your prophets of Baal and give room for God to take full control of your life.
For King Ahab to obey the next instructions that would lead to that abundance after three and half years of drought, there must be nothing distracting him (King) and he must take instructions from God and God alone. Now that’s the thing! When you have more than one alternative for success, then you cannot have abundance. When you focus on God on one side and man on the other hand, who takes the Glory? God will not share his glory with any man or circumstance. Think about this, people.
SO KILL THE PROPHETS OF BAAL
Say, Lord Jesus. I thank you for your word. You own all the cattle upon a thousand hills, silver and gold are yours, every good and perfect gift come from you. I do not need anyone’s approval to trust you. I purge myself of everything that shares my trust or confidence in you. I kill every prophet of Baal in my life in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
If you haven’t at any time received Jesus. Hear this: Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Please come to him today. Say, Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I’m ready to let go of every idol I hold in esteem, I receive forgiveness for all my sins and I receive you into my heart as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You for saving me. Amen!
Thanks for attending today’s LIFECLASS. Let’s meet next time by God’s grace. Remain blessed in Jesus Name. Amen