Tuesday, April 8, 2008

You Are Of God

By Adenuga Sunday Joseph

Of God: -

Consider I John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

When you get born-again, you become of God. You are of God. It means that you are made of God; it does not only mean that you belong to God, it means you hail from God, that you are made of God’s stuff. If I say that the table, upon which I wrote this article, is of tree, I would be correct. Yes, because it is made of wood, and wood comes from trees. The tree was cut, processed and worked on, then, it became a table. With that understanding, you will know, when the Bible says ‘ye are of God’ that something took place to make you ‘a god’.

Adam lost the dominion because the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus recovered the dominion because He came that we might have life and have it in abundance (John 10-10). When you understand these things, you are on your way to a major victory in life.

Of the devil: -

Consider John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there was no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and father of it.

Before you get born-again, you are of the devil. You hail from the devil; you have the nature of the devil. Now, try and understand this, it doesn’t matter how good you might think you are. Your nature is evil, even though you think you are producing good fruits, your nature disqualifies you. Adam disobeyed God to obey the devil; thereby he lost the nature of God (this is spiritual death) and inherited the nature of the devil. To know more about spiritual death (or death in general), get my book "Winning in life’s battles". Taking over the nature of the devil is putting on darkness and in this case you cannot rule, you cannot dominate, you cannot be in control. When you are under the dominion of the devil, you are under the influence of the products of the devil. What are the products of the devil?

Products of the devil

The devil is never a creator, but he fakes, counterfeits and corrupts every good thing made by God. Through his acts of deception, and cunningness, he was able to invent sin. Sin is the major product of the devil. He is the first sinner. The other products are by-products of sin. What I mean is this: by-products are those other products that come as a result of sin. They include, fear (as we see in the life of Adam when God came in the cool of the day to fellowship with him Gen. 3:8-10), doubt, physical death, sickness, diseases, poverty and lack, oppression of the devil, sadness etc.

Understanding you:-

If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the truth is that you are a child of the devil. You have the nature of the devil and you must be dominated here on earth by the devil and his products. You are built (by the devil) never to be able to understand who you really are at this point of your life, because the devil knows that if you understand, he will loose you. So get wise and understand this truth. You have the nature of the devil and you cannot but be oppressed by the devil and his demons.
If today, you think about this and you are ready to mend your ways before God. If you repent and turn to God, the Bible says ‘whosoever call upon the name of the Lord, He will in no wise cast out’. No matter what you’ve done, He will not reject you, He will take you in, make you a new creature, give you a new nature – the nature of God.
You need to make this decision now because this article was inspired by God to encourage those who ‘are of God’. If you are not ‘of God’ you may not even understand ‘the you’ that God made.

Receiving Jesus:-

The bible says in John 1:11-13
He came unto His own, and His own received Him not
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe in His name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Immediately you confess that you are a sinner and invite Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, something happens. No one can explain the process, but that instance, I mean, immediately; you are changed from ‘of the devil’ to ‘of God’. You become a Son of God, and you will know it in your heart. To become means to turn to what was not e.g. the skin of a goat can be processed and it will become leather. You know that before processing, it was an animal skin, after processing it has become another thing – leather. An expert can explain the processing. The processing from ‘of devil’ to ‘of God’ cannot be explained because it is a spiritual transformation. But you will know it in you, the joy and peace, will make the difference too clear. You cannot know the process but you are required to believe it. Don’t try to understand it, just believe it.
The bible says in Colossians 1:12,13
Giving thanks unto the father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.
Two things happened when you received Jesus, first you are delivered from the power of darkness: that is the power of the devil. This means that the devil or his product no longer can dominate you legally. You are by right of standing (spiritually speaking) out of control, out of the domain of devil’s authority. Secondly, you are given power (John 1:12) and this translates you to the kingdom of Jesus. This translation establishes you to enter into a new covenant; it is called the new covenant whereby you are now a child of God. You are not a slave of God, no, you’re not an ordinary servant or creature of no consequence. You become an heir of God, joint heirs with Jesus.

When you become a Son of God, what happens?

Understand this analysis:
A son of Adenuga is one who has the right and privilege to share and enjoy the riches and estate of Adenuga family. I think that is not too difficult to understand. When you become a Son of God, it means that you are entitled to enjoy and share the riches of God (and I tell you, God is rich). Yes, God is rich. Let me analyze this so that you can see a little of God’s riches.
This earth belongs to God and not to the devil as some may think. I know that the world system is under the control of the devil, the kingdoms of this world, the systems of this world is controlled by the devil but the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof Psalm 24:1. The earth is so big some one says you can travel from the earth’s North Pole to the South Pole. But traveling West of the earth, you will keep going for years; infact the ‘thing’ is big. There are so many people, creatures, animals on land, sea etc. so many things under the earth e.g. Gold, Crude oil, Precious Stones etc. But this earth, is not the only thing that God created, He created the universe. The universe is a vast creation of God. Let me explain to you the discovery of science as far as the universe is concern. The universe contains (let me start from this point) about one hundred billion galaxies of stars. Each galaxy contains nothing less than one hundred billion stars. The galaxy we belong, that is, our earth belongs is called "the Milky way" galaxy. We have billions of stars in the Milky Way of which the sun of our solar system is just one. The sun is just one of about one hundred billion other stars most of which are bigger than the sun. With our sun, we have a solar system of which about nine planets revolve round (the sun). Our earth is just one of the nine planets, and the only planet that sustains any form of life, the only planet water exist in liquid form, the only planet where life can thrive. Yet the sun is more than one million times bigger than the earth. We have less than six billion people on the earth today, what more?

No other planet has been found habitable or conducive to life (of any form, plants or animals). Yet some of the stars have their own solar systems with planets orbiting them, just like nine planets are orbiting our sun in our own solar system. Another issue is that seven out of our planets have moons; some planets have as many as eighteen moons. This is exploring God’s creation, it is vast, and it stretches on and on. Scientists say that the universe is expanding. No one can find out the work of God, let’s see Eccl. 8:17
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.
The above scripture is not even talking about finding out God’s spiritual work but even the physical things He did, you are too small to grasp it. God is rich, His riches cannot be searched out, His riches belong to His children and if you are one of us, congrats, then follow me in this adventure to discover why IT IS UP TO YOU.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

I Will Never Leave You

By Adenuga Sunday Joseph

God promised us in several places in the Bible, that He will never leave us nor forsake us Heb. 13:5,6. He promised that He is always with us Mathew 28:20b. One of the things that excite me in the goodness on God is the fact that not only is God for me; He is with men and in me and will NEVER leave me alone.

Every child no matter how weak will be very confident in the presence of his father irrespective of the size of the bully around him. God is good, He is with you and in you, He will never forsake you – believe it. Let this knowledge empower you against the devil or any weakness or failure around you. Whenever you come across an uphill task, remember this, God is with you and in you and so you can do all things. God is not partial, He doesn’t love one more than the other. Those who are succeeding only know and practice some truth which if you knew and practiced, you would become as successful as anyone of them.

Why are you afraid? God is with you, He loves you, He is willing and always ready to help you Isaiah 41:10. If you believe that God is with you, then you will be more bold and confident to face any trial or problem of life. Why do people fail in life? It is because many are so fearful and timid. Be bold, God is good, He is with you to do you good. I visited the office of a great man of God sometimes ago; his personal secretary spoke roughly to me and asserted that it was impossible for me to see that great man of God. I remained cool and tried all my best to bring the lady to see reason why I should see the man of God, I pleaded and informed her that I was in that office on appointment but she was determined not to allow me to see the man. I went out of the office to my car, on the way I thought that I couldn’t leave without seeing the man. On impulse, I started speaking in tongues, this was done for about five minutes, and I decided to go back to that same office. You have never seen such change in your life; the secretary welcomed me (to my own surprise) as if we’ve never seen that day. She began to ask after my ministry’s welfare and showed real concern and love for my ministry, she rushed inside to inform the man of God that I was around. She ushered me into the big office as if the nation’s president was coming in. After my discursion with the man of God, he saw me to the secretary’s office; she stood up with respect to say bye to me. In the car, I wondered what had happened. How many people would have left, and make a promise in their hearts never to go back to see the man of God again. To them, the man of God must have ordered his secretary to so behave in other to discourage them from seeing him. They will have grudges against the man of God and his secretary and miss the blessings God intended for them through that great man of God. To my utter surprise, the secretary could not remember that she ever treated me with contempt when I asked later.

Look at Your Problem in the Face.

Be bold, look at your problem eyeball to eyeball and declare that it must move and it will obey you. I told myself, I must see the man of God and I did, I am yet to recover from the blessings God gave me through him. Seeing him that day taught me never to give up until my desire is met. I don’t give up, I get what I go for and I know I have it from the first time I begin to go for it.

I read the story of a gold miner who after investing all his life savings to purchase digging equipments, he went after the gold and soon discover small deposit. He continued, but the traces of gold were no longer found, with a lot of sadness he gave up and sold all the equipments. The new owner sought for expert advice and started digging; he didn’t dig for long before he discovered gold that made him a wealthy man.

Are you about to give up? Do not give up; your miracle is on the way. Gideon was discouraged and fainting yet he kept on pursuing his enemies see Judges 8:4. The bible says if you faint in the day of adversity, they your strength is small.

Friend, the joy of the Lord is your strength, if anybody’s strength is small, it is not you. Why? Because the Lord is your strength, you don’t have to faint or loose heart. Be bold, Abraham was bold having believe that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. See Rom. 4:18-24. Abraham became a friend of God because he believed God’s word; he was not moved by what he felt, or what people were saying or the prevailing circumstances. His faith differentiated him from all others. Do you know that faith is very spiritual? Believing or having faith is a spiritual weapon that touches the very throne of God. When you believe God and take Him at His word, you are literarily operating at the level of God. Faith takes you beyond the ordinary physical realm to the supernatural realm: it makes you a god; it makes you invincible.

When you study Mark 5:24 – 34, you will discover that the woman with the issue of blood was not loved more than all other people who thronged Jesus. They were all touching Him, but nothing happened to any of them, but here comes a woman with faith, an ordinary woman with an extra-ordinary faith who got what she wanted – here healing. What gave her the answer was her faith. That teach me that I can also get whatever I want from Jesus if I can only touch him by faith. I don’t need to see Him and physically touch Him; faith is spiritual and can reach up to Him. I hope you are getting something. Life’s blessings come to people as a result of how much they can believe God. The blessings of God are available to all, only those who understand how to tap them can enjoy them to the fullest; one of the ways to tap them is FAITH in God’s word. The healing was available in Jesus Christ, but this woman drew it out and made it her own only by faith. Wake up and understand.

Going Through Troubles?

Are you going through serious problems and solution seems far from coming to you? Maybe you’ve tried and failed, Doctors have given up on you, the job is not forthcoming, the desired spouse seems far away and you are dying as a single (unmarried) person? Whatever you are going through is designed for your breaking through. The bible says in Rom. 8: 28 that ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them according to His purpose’

All things work together for good. This means all things including your problems, trials, tribulations, weakness and failures. By experience, I know this to be true. Jesus did not promise us a smooth journey but a smooth landing. He told the disciples (after compelling them to get into the boat) to go to the other side. In obedience they were crossing to the other side when this great storm came upon them in the middle of the sea. The fact that God has assigned you to do that thing does not mean you will not encounter trials along the way. Jesus told us in John 16:33
‘… In the world ye shall have tribulations; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’
In Psalm 34:19, the bible says
‘Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivereth him out of them all
The truth is, no life is problem free. There is a proverb that says that ‘the rich also cry’, why do they cry if not because of problem. Even God in the beginning had problems and challenges. Read Gen. 1:1,2 ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth; and the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

We gather form here that there was emptiness (void), formlessness and darkness, this suggest hopelessness and this is a very discouraging situation. But our God was not discouraged. God was not moved. Darkness was all over the place yet God was not perturbed. In that chaotic state, God spoke and said, "let there be light" and true to the word, there was light.
Is your life is full of darkness? Speak light into it. Maybe yours is empty of all blessings, speak forth your blessing, like somebody said speak your way to the peak.
In concluding this chapter, I want you to know that you are not the first person to have problems; you will not be the last. God is not partial; the problem has been permitted not to break you but to make you. That is the reason the bible says in Eph. 6: 10-12
"Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against …"

The bible says we are wrestling; we are fighting yet many do not know it, some know it, but do not understand it. That is why Paul said, "fight the good fight of faith". God is good, He is on your side but you must be STRONG not in yourself but in the Lord.

My Own Definition Of Success

By Adenuga Sunday Joseph

There are many definitions of Success as there are many people on the face of the earth. The idea that I am trying to sell to you in this book is summarized as follows, "You too can become as successful as you ever desired."

Success is the ability to set a goal and accomplish it in record time. The synonyms of success are achievement, accomplishment, victory, triumph, hit the target, winner, sensation, and so on. The opposite of it is failure. What one considers a success, another may see as nothing meaningful or important. For example, a man that set out to climb Mount Everest is going to consider himself a success only after climbing the highest mountain on planet earth.
Failure to accomplish this feat will point out to our man that he has not succeeded yet. Though presently, he may be a millionaire, but something is lacking, a goal yet to be fulfilled, this will cause a lot of heartache until that mountain is subdued, he doesn’t see himself as a success. As long as he has not climbed the great mountain, he continues to battle, plan and preplan so that he can eventually succeed. To me, climbing Mount Everest is nothing of value to me (because my interest is in something else), but it means a lot to our man who has set a goal to conquer the greatest mountain on earth.

Success therefore is the accomplishment of a purpose (or goal) that brings fulfillment, joy and satisfaction to a man. We must remember also that what a man consider a success, another man may see as a child’s play. When I was growing up (as a youth in the secondary school), I use to consider as unserious those other students whose goal in life was to excel and become stars in the field of sports. Every time they went out for practice was wasted as far as I was concerned then. Little did I know that with each practice, they were getting nearer to their life’s purpose and goal; they were getting nearer to their success; they were accomplishing their life’s vision as they went out early in the morning. I remember that I always pitied them and their parents for such waste of time, now I know better.

Success is not just accumulating a lot of money (although many people consider those who are rich as successful): Many strikingly rich people actually died lonely and unfulfilled in life. Many of them have been further destroyed because of large volume of money they do not know how to manage due to lack of vision. Success brings true joy (it is not money that brings joy), I have seen many people who are not so rich who have a lot of sense of accomplishment in life. I know that a truly successful person cannot remain poor in life, but I also know that money is not the only yardstick to measure how successful any person is in this life.

Success is not a destination but an adventure that continues to get better each day as you discover more secrets of how to better achieve your set goals with ease.

Success is not luck or winning large amount of money in a lottery. Many lucky winners of such lotteries have ended up really broke and some have died most miserable and shameful death because of their inability to maintain such life of affluence that they got from winning lotteries. Friend, sudden wealth has led more people to early grave than poverty. Poverty has helped more people to be wiser and better in life than sudden wealth. In fact, sudden wealth is very dangerous and should not be sought after. Go for real success that comes out of hard work and careful planning.

Success is not just becoming the leader of a group, organization or nation. Many leaders are not truly successful; we’ve had leaders like Adolf Hitler in this world that killed about two million Jews, his end was shrouded in mystery.

Success is not popularity or acceptability of an individual in the society, although true success always attracts many people; most of them are ready to idolize the successful one. Such successful people always know how to manage the praise of men without allowing it to get to their head.

Success is discovering God’s goal and purpose for your life and pursuing the same until you have accomplished it to the maximum, and make a mark in that God’s chosen purpose for your life.

Success is the ability to exhaust your entire God given talents and gifts to make this world a better place than you met it. We are talking here about the real meaning of success, it is the ability to put smiles on the faces of those whose lives touch yours; it is the ability to make men (and women) better than you met them. No matter how rich you are, if you make people bitter instead of better than you met them, then with all your money, you are a big failure. A successful life is that which leaves others with a desire to do something worthwhile with their own lives too. I assert again that success is beyond the accumulation of wealth; it is the ability to raise up many other successful men. It is the ability to produce many other millionaires. The success of Moses became established as he was able to produce a Joshua (a successor), Elijah produced an Elisha. Jesus, the greatest success that ever happened to mankind has raised us up as successful disciples of His. We are destined by His word to tread upon serpents and scorpions; we are the ones that will put the devil to shame in these last days. Jesus Christ is alive through us in this generation; we are the miracle workers; and we are called to do those things that He Himself had done when He was here on the earth.
See John 14: 12
Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do: because I go to my father.

A success without a successor is a failure in disguise. Are you surprised at that statement? If you succeed beyond measure, and have billions of dollars, when you die, except you have a good successor, all those wealth will be squandered and wasted. If you want to know how successful Jesus was, look around you, every Christian you see is a testimony to the success of Jesus. What? Jesus who neither bought a land, nor build a house, nor own a car. He didn’t even own a donkey not to talk of owning a fast horse, yet he is the greatest man that ever lived. Why is this so? Because he has millions of successors, those who carry on His God given purpose on earth. The purpose of destroying the works of the devil in the lives of innocent people who are bound by the forces of evil. This wonderful Jesus did not get married, produced no biological children, yet have turned many sons of men to become sons of God. We are changed from ordinary mortal to supernatural beings, we are giving to have the very life of God, we are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God and now the kingdom of God is within us. What a great success Jesus is.

To be the president of U.S or Nigeria is a success, but you see that is just the beginning of the show of success. Performing your duties in such a way that many people’s lives will be better because you are president is the REAL SUCCESS that we are talking about in this book.
In other words, if your success is a selfish ambition, a selfish wish for millions of dollars so that you can have something with which to oppress others, then you are not on the real road to the good success the Bible talks about. In Joshua 1:8, the last clause says, "…and then, thou shall have good success." This implies that God do not consider some successes as good. God had to qualify the type of success Joshua should go for, not the selfish, ‘me alone’ success, but the God’s type of success called the good success that will make other people better.

Any ambition that does not consider the well being of other people may be considered by people as success, but it is not a good success in God’s eyes. From years of experience as a pastor as well as an observer of nature, I have found out that people who became extremely rich did not start out to accumulate such large sums, most of them started out by helping to meet human need. Most of them started with a consuming passion in their heart to help produce things that will alleviate the suffering of people. While been faithful to this honorable passion, they have made millions (and some of them) even billions for themselves.

Consider your life and your way, if you don’t have the welfare of others in mind in your quest to become rich, though you may hit it and become rich, you may not enjoy the money and if you do, it may not last long. Bill Gates was said to be obsessed with the idea of wanting every home to have a personal computer, the result is his stupendous wealth.

Success becomes so sweet when you see others thriving and doing well as a result of your own personal input. Such success brings a sense of accomplishment, a satisfaction of a job well done, and an inner joy that glows, sometimes inexplicable. When you see a successful man or woman, you’ll know that there is something about him/her that you cannot explain; you know its not his money; not his properties; not his physical attraction; there is a magnet around him. You are sure its there, but you may not be able to lay your hands on what it is. What I am passing across goes beyond having a fat bank account, it gets to the mountain top of joy and satisfaction; it is the level of perfect peace that comes with a knowledge that your life counts. Not only that; you are also contributing positively to building other peoples lives, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Good success is always concerned about the good welfare of other people, while selfish success (that does not last) always concern itself about how to get other people’s money at all cost without giving anything of value in return. Good success is talking about what to contribute to make this life a better place than I met it; it is thinking of what to do to make others happy. Good news, you can be that person, you can be successful too. You have what it takes to climb to the top and come out successfully. There are no two ‘YOU’ on earth, you are the one and only you, and God has a purpose for bringing you on board (the earth) at this point in time.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Rule Your World

By Adenuga Sunday Joseph

Your world is your area of influence, it is your domain, where your territory of influence begins and end. In real life this includes your body, soul and spirit; it includes your plans for your own future; your home; your wife or husband; your children; your business or job; even up till your spiritual environment.

In this write up, my intension is to motivate you and provoke you to the level where you want to take control of your life and not just leave things to chance or luck.

You need to realise that when God created man, He gave him power to be
(1) fruitful
(2) multiply
(3) replenish the earth
(4) subdue the earth
and (5) to have dominion over all the other creatures:- whatever they may be, fish, birds, creaping things and all animals.
This is clearly telling us that it is the will of God for man to have success power and self improvement.

The Bible says in IIIJohn2 that God wish ABOVE ALL things that you and I prosper and be in health. Anything that goes contrary to that is not of God.
The responsibility lies on us, you and I, to develop ourselves, to increase our power and become more successful

To rule your world you have a lot of responsibilities, most things we think are up to God are really up to us. If you do not act God will not act, if you move heaven will move with you. Heaven helps those who help themselves. You are in charge of your life. Please note this and note it well, you are in charge, not the devil, not your boss, not your country or your president. You are the one who rules: whatever happens to you is an effect of a course which you have initialised.

By creation every human being have the power to rule his word according to the word of God. So my friend, take action, RULE YOUR WORLD.
To be continued...

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Power Of Your Mind

By Adenuga Sunday Joseph

The mind of man is the most important part of him that differentiate him from animals. The mind of man makes him to be the most impotant of God’s creatures. Man’s mind is so awesome and powerful that there is absolutely nothing that is impossible with any man that believes that he can. Whatever you believe you can achieve, if you put your mind to work, you find out that the impossible will suddenly become possible.

Nothing is ever impossible for a man who’s mind is made up, man’s mind is so powerful, if put to good use will make him to get whatever he desires in this life. With this mind power, man has made this world or earth better than he met it, man has put into this earth a lot of imput that makes this world easy for all of us to live in.

Can you imagine, man has competed with the birds in the air and floor them, beat them to any level, what man is doing in the sky, the birds whose natural habitat is the air cannot do it.Man competed with the fish in the sea and beat them hands down, this is the power of the mind. No fish can do what man has been able to do in the sea, man is AWESOME, because he has a mind.

On land there is no animal under the sun that can do what man is doing. Man is not an animal, man is created by God to rule this world with the power of his mind. Mna has exploited every opportunity to the extent that I am working on this weblog and in minutes you can read it from any nation of the earth. We have used our mind power to the extent that you can speak with a friend or client anywhere in the world with just a little hanset, so little are these hansets, yet so great are the functions they perform.

Do you see what I am saying? Only a few years ago nobody would believe that a time will come when you can get breaking news of happenings around the world with the aids of television and now internet. Something they taught was impossible in those days are common things to us in this generation, the model of cars we use today were made possible by the power of the mind of people like you and I.
Every convinience that we enjoy today were brought to be because somebody believe he could do it, used his mind and came out with a breakthrough that has brought great blessings to mankind. These things were brought to be by people like you and me, the only difference is that they used their minds. You too can do what others are doing, all you need to do is use your mind.Use your mind well, you can do whatever you set out to do, say I can. Yes say it again, I can do all things. The bible says, I can do all things through Christ that strenghtens me. You can do it, friend, go out and do what you need to do tobe successful

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Why do you need God in the pursuit of your success?
By Adenuga Sunday Joseph

You need Him because He is eternal; He knows all things and can do all things; and the greatest news is this: He loves you so much and He wants to help you. Solomon, one time king of Israel, the son of David was the richest man that ever lived. I took time to study his life and the reason for his stupendous wealth and I discover the following truth: -
In the first instance, God loved Solomon even from the day of his birth,

let’s read from 11Samuel 12: 24,25
And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bares a son, and he called his name Solomon: and The Lord loved him. And He sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and He called his name Jedidiah because of the Lord.

The root of Solomon’s success is the love that God had for him since he was born. This type of love, no one can explain or justify, especially when you consider the circumstances that surround the marriage of his parents. Many people today will fault the holiness of his parents union and his eventual entrance into the world. But the Bible says God loved him despite the fault or sin or any negative condition of his parents. He was called Jedidiah, which means "the beloved of the Lord", to authenticate this love, the Lord announced this love through His prophet Nathan.

You, like Solomon are also "the beloved of the Lord". The Bible (the WORD of the Lord, which is more authentic than even the testimony of prophet Nathan) had declared in
John 3:16 that
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
In John 3: 1,2 the Bible says concerning you and me
Behold what manner of love the father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knowest us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved now are we the sons of God… we shall be like Him…

God loves you as much as He ever loved Solomon, even now, I can say that His love for you, is more special than that of Solomon. Why is this so? This is so because His love for us did not come without the sacrifice of His first begotten Son; this gave birth to us in the spirit as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ: a privilege Solomon never shared or enjoyed. Consider how God explained it in the Bible, in the book of
Hebrews 11: 40
God having provided some better things for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

He is referring to the saints in the Old Testament. All the fathers of faith in the Old Testament have lived tremendous lives of faith and holiness, God loves them but you see, God has provided some better things for us in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not only that, He gave us the promise of the Holy Spirit to permanently dwell and reside in us, a sweet communion they never enjoyed in all their days. What a blessing He has given unto us, we are so special, we are highly privileged, we are in the class of Jesus and all the Old Testament saints cannot be made perfect without us. Our lives and ministries compliment theirs and complete the job they had started for God long time ago.
Having considered the love of God for Solomon as the major root of his success in life, I now want to move a step further to the second reason for the stupendous wealth of Solomon. And that is, Solomon also loved the Lord.

Solomon loved the Lord also: this is balancing the equation. Many people today have refused to balance this equation. God loves them, they never return the love or reciprocate it. If in mathematics, you have an equation that is not balanced, you cannot get the prize until you balance the equation by making sure that what is on the left hand side of the equation is equal to what is on the right hand side. God had announced His love for Solomon, now to balance the equation; Solomon had to express his own love for God in
1kings 3: 3
And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrifice and burnt incense in high places.

The results of his loving the Lord were the two legs upon which his success stood. He loved the Lord and therefore walked in the statutes of his father; obedient to the law of the Lord: he served the Lord and also gave the best to the Lord. He offered a thousand burnt offerings to the Lord; you may recall that God accepted Abel’s offering because he offered the best he had: and it was only one sacrifice, but Solomon offered a thousand.

We reliably gathered from the Bible that God loves you, now do you love the Lord? God loves you, He gave you His best; His only begotten Son: will you love Him and give Him your best (treasure, time and talent)? The only way we knew of Solomon’s love for God was that He gave God so much offering that no other man had ever given before then. Your giving to God shows how much you love Him. In a later chapter, I will deal on giving as a spiritual law of success, but in this article, I want you to see the level of your response to God’s love whether it is powerful enough to bring you good success. How do you respond to His love in such a way that He will appreciate you? Jesus loves you; He died for you; how do you respond to this great sacrifice of love? Your success in life will rise to the degree you respond to this love of God. This is the only reason our Lord Jesus Christ admonished us to "seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you". Success and good things of life are added to you as you respond to God in a loving relationship. Let’s read Jesus’ view on how He expects us to respond to His love,
see John14: 15, 21-23
If ye love me, keep my commandments…He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him…Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

The sign and evidence of your love for God is seen in the way you position yourself to be an excited doer of His word. Doers of the word enjoy the special privilege of carrying the presence of GOD, JESUS, and THE HOLY SPIRIT, everywhere they go. The result of carrying God with you everywhere you go is an unlimited success, for God never fails.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

You Can’t Get Something for Nothing

By Adenuga Sunday Joseph

Like the great man Napoleon Hill said, "there is no such reality as something for nothing"; this statement is a universal truth. That is why the spirit said come and buy your wine and milk (this is your joy); your water and bread (which is your life and success), somebody must pay for it. It’s like a multi-millionaire business man telling you to go and buy as much thing as you need without (your own) money, going to buy all those things you desire on his account will cost you nothing; but it cost him (the business man) a lot depending on your purchase. You do the buying and you enjoy the product freely but the businessman had paid for the products.

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ paid the prize. Please note that whatever you will ever need is available, you need no money whatsoever to buy it (them). Jesus has already paid the prize, so go and buy, go for it, the blessings of life is already yours. Thank God, I am alive today and though a prophet warned that my enemies would send the spirit of death to me sometimes ago, it’s now many years ago, the word works, believe the word. Go and buy your wine and oil, the price had been paid on Calvary.
Note: Do not let anyone deceive you; you can buy your blessing freely even today.

You are here on a Mission

You are in this world on a special mission, you are not here by accident there is a purpose for which you were sent here. We are in this world, many forces are in place here, we have to perfectly understand some vital truth if we must shine in this world. In Isaiah 60:1,2, the bible says
"Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee".
The bible is God’s word; whatever the bible says is what God is saying for the now. He said, ‘arise, shine …’ if you refuse to arise, then know that it is your fault. God has already said it, ‘Arise’; if another man arises and begins to shine, do not blame God for being partial. The other man rose in obedience but you did not rise up in obedience, and the bible says obedience is better than sacrifice.
The bible says in Mathew 11:12 that
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Making it on earth demands great effort, you need to master life and force it to bow to you. Why is it difficult to have headway in life? Why are many people struggling and working hard and yet failing? Why is it that the strong do not always win? All these questions and more related ones are only explainable by this fact, that devil is the god of this world.

The bible refers to the devil in II Corinthians. 4:4 as the god of this world Jesus referred to him in John 16:11 as the prince of this world. It is very clear to any right thinking man that this world is full of injustice and all evil activities. Who is behind the evils, the wars, the killings, the hunger and thirst etc? It is the devil. The devil is the ruler here on earth. This is influencing many things in this world.
Read carefully, "The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof …" Psalm 24:1. This implies that all the earth and everything in it belongs to God, all the gold, cattle and everything belongs to our God. I pray you will see and understand this, but the devil controls this world, I mean the system of the world. That is the reason we must pray and pray well. The earth in this sense is different from the world.

The devil is not the owner of the earth, but he is the ruler of this world. When Daniel prayed and Angel was sent to bring answer to Daniel, a Prince of Persia (an angel of the devil) withstood the Angel of God for twenty-one days. Can you imagine this, he told Jesus to bow down and worship him after showing him all the glamour of the world system. Jesus did not argue with him, He only spoke the word of God to him. The earth and all the people belong to God, but the devil through deceit has over thrown the man (Adam) who was in charge and he (the devil) is now legally in charge. Man was in charge before, but now as a result of the fall of man, the devil is in charge – get this.

In Ecclesiastes 10:5 – 7
There is an evil, which I have seen under the sun, as an error, which proceedeth from the ruler; Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.
I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking ad servants upon the earth.
The bible calls the scenario above, confusion. It is an error and this error comes from the ruler (of the world, the devil); that some children of God, filled with the Holy Ghost are suffering and enduring serious poverty. It is the devil’s joy to see you in need, poor and dejected; it is the devil’s joy to see you sick and weakly; it is his desire to see you running from pillar to post looking for glaring solution (glaring, because solution to every problem of life is inside you).

If you noticed that your stagnation life is spiritual, if you notice that your problem has defiled every expert solution, the bottom line may be the devil. God is not partial, but the devil is posed to make sure that you very life and effort is frustrated. Now, if you understand this, you are 50% on your way to real lasting success.