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21Dec
A Healthy Approach To Prophecy
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I identify a lot with Amos who said in Amos 7:14 “But Amos replied, “I’m not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one. I’m just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.’

I am a teacher of the Word. That’s my calling. God allows me the privilege to preach sometimes. He also allows me the privilege to prophesy sometimes. So I’m teaching mainly from the point of view of a receiver of the prophetic.

It’s that time of the year in Christendom where, rightly or wrongly so (that’s a conversation for another day), there’s all kinds of messages that go out in the form of prophecies about the next year.

I just thought it’ll be good to help you understand how to posture yourself in this season. If you approach prophecy, prophets & the prophetic wrong, you’re either bound to experience a lot of gas and no substance or you’ll miss out on what God has in store for you through an authentic expression of the prophetic gift.

So here’s what I’ve learned over the years, when it comes to the matter of prophecy, especially at this time of the year.

Prophetic words are declarations made in time, about what God has already completed before time began. In other words, a prophetic declaration does not necessarily create something new, it just helps you see what God has already created. All the prophetic words about the messiah did not create the messiah. The lamb of God had already been slain before the foundation of the earth (Revelation 13:8b) . The prophets were only declaring in time, that which was already completed outside of time.

Don’t give the prophet more credit than He/She is due. They are not God. They cannot create a better life for you. They can only help you see and articulate what God has already completed. They help you see what God intends to manifest in a season of your life. They bring light shining in darkness (2 Peter 1:19-21)

Prophetic words are not magic words that we sit back and expect to unfold like a good magic trick. They are given to help with the warfare of faith. If you don’t work the prophecy by believing it (faith) and conducting your life in the light that the prophecy brings (Works), you set yourself up for a shabby fight of faith. A fight that lacks precision. Wage a good war of faith with the prophetic word. (1 Timothy 1:18)

Even with the best of intentions, prophetic words can often come with flaws, because a perfect message communicated by an imperfect being is prone to be riddled with some error from the communicator. So don’t get so flattered that a word was brought to you that you swallow everything you heard. Check it with what God has been speaking to you.

By the way, don’t let it be the case that you only ever hear from God when someone brings you a prophetic word. That’s how you get susceptible to deception. Prophets and their ability to prophesy are gifts from God to you. Since we still have the flesh, our communication channel can be clogged with all sorts.

The gift of prophecy helps with that problem. The gift of prophecy should confirm something that you’ve already been processing in your personal time with God. If you don’t utilise this privilege of direct access to God, you will fall prey to charlatans in the guise of prophets. (1 John 2:20)

Seeing as you have direct access to God for yourself, this should eliminate the need for you to approach prophetic words suspiciously. Walking in Love is believing the best upfront whilst trusting God with any possible disappointments that come with having that posture. The best of everything God has for you comes through, when you’re in a posture of love. Don’t miss out on the gift that God sends you because you’ve met a dubious prophet before.

If you need to pay to receive a prophetic Word, it’s probably not a Word from God. If the prophetic word lines up with what’s in the Written word, but there are parts of it that doesn’t, lay the whole thing on the word. The Word is sharp enough to divide the soul from the Spirit. The Word will reveal which bit came from the soul of the prophet and which bit came from the Spirit of God in the prophet. If you’re not sure, about something that was said to you, keep it on the Word until you’re sure one way or the other. NEVER ACT ON SOMETHING, JUST BECAUSE THE PROPHET SAID. Every thing we do in the New Testament, we do by faith in God. If you don’t have faith, that this is God, don’t do it!

Honour those who God uses to prophesy to you, don’t worship them. By the way, God doesn’t only prophesy through people in the office of a prophet, He can use anyone! That’s why it’s wise to honour everyone around you…just as you’d honour the man or woman of God. It is disingenuous to honour people in the five fold ministry whilst you dishonour everyone around you. Wise people in the ministry do not lean on the honour offered by someone who dishonour those in their world.

I believe God still speaks through prophets today. But first, He speaks to you through His Spirit in you. Believe the Lord your God so shall you be established. Believe His prophets, so shall you prosper. 2 Chronicles 20:20. Prophecy in the life of a believer, works best and is such a gift that can cause you to prosper (to have a successful journey) when it comes to people who are established in God, through faith in God.

In the next season of your life, I pray that you will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it! I pray you never lack direction in this next season. I pray you won’t beat the air in your fight of faith. I pray that you receive all you need to fight with precision.

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02Mar
What are you learning from your Pain?
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Pain instructs.

I believe God allowed pain to instruct us. It wasn’t his first choice. He is not sadistic to choose pain as an instructor. His first choice was obedience. God’s best plan has always been that we learn by listening to Him and obeying His instructions.

The fallen state of man however, makes it highly possible that we wouldn’t know how to discern the voice of God.

And even when we do, our sin condition often persuades us that there is life outside of LIFE HIMSELF, wisdom outside of the instructions of WISDOM HIMSELF. So we reject God’s instructions.

But God has set things up in such a way that even the negative consequence of being outside of God’s will, is pregnant with opportunities to return to Him. This is the mercy of God in action.

Pain and Hurt is a testament of the mercy of God. Pain is God saying, you didn’t hear me last time, will you hear me now that it hurts?

The trouble is that we have an enemy, His job is to pervert something that God allows for our good, he turns it around for evil.

So when we get hurt in relationships, the hurt was teaching you who you are, what you like, what is important to you.

But the enemy perverts that, and teaches us to hate others for hurting us. Teaches us to live a distrustful life because we’ve been hurt. Teaches us not to try again because failing hurt the last time.

I think this is why it is important to learn to yield our pain to God. When we do, He uses our pain to teach us His lessons.

When we don’t yield our pain to God, we open ourselves up to pick up the perverted lessons that the enemy wants us to learn in pain and hurt.

We don’t need to ask you if you are learning from your pain, because we all are. We do need to ask, what are you learning from your pain?

The right lessons will make you better, not bitter, wiser not foolish. The right lessons will provoke growth not stunt your growth. The right lessons will make you bolder, not more timid.

Don’t waste your pain. Tell God about what hurts. Find good friends who will partner with God to bring out the best lessons from your pain.

This is the gospel, that in darkest and most painful parts of the journey of life, resurrection is possible because God turns our pain and our hurt in to resurrection power!

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11Sep
Clean hands. Pure hearts.
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We no longer live in a dispensation where what we do determines how acceptable we are to God. We live in a dispensation where we are perfectly acceptable to God because of what Jesus did!

And our faith in Jesus is the bucket with which we can scoop up and use up heaps of the benefits that comes with being perfectly acceptable to God!

However, there is still something about a man or woman who is dedicated to having clean hands and a pure heart. There are heights God and in life that are reserved for those dedicated to keeping their hands clean and hearts pure.

Keeping your hands clean involves making a decision to make sure all you do empowers others and doesn’t hinder them.

Keeping your hands clean involves doing things in such a way that if anyone was to audit your actions and intentions retrospectively, they will find you guiltless.

Keeping your heart pure involves keeping your motives pure. It involves finding the best motive for anything you do, and yielding your heart to that motive.

Keeping your heart pure involves choosing to believe the very best about others even when there is reason to believe the very worst.

Keeping your heart pure is choosing God’s Word in your heart, above the jealousy, fear, resentment, envy, frustrations about yourself and others, which creep into our heart daily.

I believe we live in a time that requires us to move huge mountains and weather unprecedented storms. These are times that demands authentic faith in God. Authentic faith is characterised by clean hands and pure hearts. Authentic faith is in the state of your heart and not the size of your bible.

We are called to scale great heights in our industries, communities & families. Whilst we don’t seek to keep our hands clean and our hearts pure to be acceptable to God. We do need to desire that, for the sake of the advancement of God’s kingdom.

The grace of God does not exempt us from needing clean hands and pure hearts to scale great heights. The grace of God empowers us to live a successful life with clean hands and pure hearts.

Keep your hands clean. Keep your heart pure. Let God help you with it. Ask Him to. Make that your prayer in spite of your current situation.

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11Nov
#MylesMunroe: Tributes are good, but not enough
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Today I join with millions around the world to pay tribute to the awesome gift that is Dr Myles Munroe. I choose to celebrate your life and the life of your wife today Sir. I pray for his family and church. I pray that they experience the soothing, peace passing comfort of the Holy Spirit.

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In times like this, out of the hearts of those of us whose lives have been impacted by people like Dr Myles Munroe flows heartfelt tributes. It is right and it is fitting. However, it will be a terrible shame if that’s all we do!

God places people in the earth as vessels or carriers of different gifts, messages and instructions for the benefit of the rest of the World. Ultimately, God’s desire is that these things which He deposited in us will be handed down to others who come after us. In Genesis 18:19a God, speaking about Abraham said: For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment…notice that God chose Abraham because He knew He will pass on what he learnt from God to those who come after him. In fact I believe that a key to being released into a higher dimension of influence, particularly in the things of God, is to be willing to continually empty yourself of what you have received, and to keep a heart that is always ready to receive more. In other words, learn to teach and to be teachable!

Dr Myles Munroe has learnt, and poured out what he learnt. The tributes from all around the world are a testament to how much of his contents he poured out on this earth. Whilst we pay tribute to him, here are 2 things i believe will be more honourable to do:

1: Stand at your post in the kingdom! God used Dr Myles Munroe to communicate the Kingdom of God because He (God) is passionate about the establishment of the Kingdom of God on the earth! Every time God sends us His Word, He doesn’t just do it to show us how profound He is, He does it because in time, after you hear the Word, you will get the opportunity to “Work Out” the Word that He “Worked in” using people like Dr Munroe. We will truly honour Dr Munroe’s work when we look out for opportunities to “work out” what God “worked in” you. Serve the purpose of the kingdom fiercely in the market place! Serve the purpose of the Kingdom fiercely at your local church. Don’t be missing in action on any of those fronts. That is how to pay a lasting tribute!

2. Teach somebody what you know! Pass on the Baton! I don’t want to say much on this because I believe Dr Munroe articulated it so well in this short clip. Click here to watch. Your assignment is not complete when you build the church in your heart or run the business or social enterprise of your dreams. It is complete when the next generation have enough inspiration and instruction from you on running the next leg!

Please do not be distracted by how Dr Munroe and his wife passed. The enemy, the devil, can and is using the “how” they passed on from this earth to distract you from the truth that his passing means that it’s now your turn to run with what they passed on to you! How they went is not nearly as significant as the truth that it’s our turn!

To my generation, my prayer is that in 30, 40 or 50 years time (if Jesus has not to yet returned), there will be so many of us making the same impact that Dr Munroe and his lovely wife made in this world! Today, I believe that it’s our turn be teachable. It’s our turn to be consistent. It’s our turn to be faithful. It’s our turn to be grounded. It’s our turn to stop running from pillar to post. It’s our turn to be focussed. I know it’s our turn for all those things because when God calls a Moses home, the assignment is not finished, it is just Joshua’s turn!

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02Oct
The Running Generation…
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Habakkuk 2:2 – And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, so he may run that reads it

We need words, spoken & written words to communicate a vision. We need words to clarify a vision. We can only run with a vision that has been communicated effectively, continuously & clearly.

One of the most dangerous vision killers (in my humble opinion) is the “all talk and no action” syndrome. When a vision is communicated, and a vision is caught, it is to be passed on to anyone who would hear! However the real power of a vision is in running with a vision. Continuously talking about a vision is absolutely imperative, but it is not enough to make the vision a reality. Continuously looking for effective ways to communicate a vision is non-negotiable, but it is not the same as running with a vision! In fact the reason we communicate the vision is so that we can run with the vision.

Any cause that has more people talking about the vision than it has people running with the vision, will eventually stagnate and then fizzle out because talk alone does not produce results. Where there are no results, frustration sets in. Where there is frustration, it’s only a matter of time before you give up.

I say all of that to say this…ITS TIME TO RUN WITH THE VISION! If you are a christian, it’s time to do the Word at every opportunity you get! These are not times to just talk about the Word, it’s time to do the Word! If you belong to a local church (every christian should), these are not times to just talk about how great your church is, or just criticize your church and it’s leaders. These are times to go past your choking point in serving the vision of your local church. These are times to continue asking yourself, what is my part in vision? What does running with this vision look like today? Running with the vision might look like teaching the kids, it might look like cleaning the toilets, it might mean preaching the Word. Running with the vision might look like giving financially, it might look like serving in the car park.

Unfortunately I believe that most of us are happier to talk about the vision than we are to run with the vision. I am choosing to be that generation that runs hard with the vision. My faith is that by the time I am done here on this earth, there will be no doubt about what I believed and what I gave my life for. There will be no doubt about what I spent the strength of my youth on, and the wisdom of my old age on. There will be no doubt about what I spent my wealth & health on. I choose to be the generation that talks about the vision, but most importantly I choose to be the generation that runs with the vision!

The best part about making choices like this is that we know that we are able to do all things…through Christ! Jesus envisions us & empowers us!

Today I’m calling out to the running generation…RUN FOREST RUN!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4fEQGbObvc

Chido

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