PASTOR’S CORNER

ACTIVATING THE CREATIVITY IN YOU:

ENEMIES OF YOUR CREATIVITY IN CHRIST

REFERENCES: JOHN 4: 9-10; 15-30; 39-42, JEREMIAH 30:5-8

We continue with our study of the enemies of your creativity in Christ. As we navigate the scriptures, we will see these enemies, and their work against creativity. They include:

  • Tradition

  • Insensitivity

  • Dead words

  • Distraction

  • Trouble

  • Lukewarmness

Any Christian desiring to activate the creativity within him must be aware of these enemies, and overcome them.

 

Jn 4: 9-10; 15-30; 39-42

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

It was needful for Jesus to pass through Samaria. While seated by the well, on the outskirts of the city, he sought for water from a Samaritan woman. The following is what transpired between the woman and the Lord.

In response to His request, she asked Him, ‘how can you ask me for water, when you know that there are no dealings between Jews and Samaritans?’ That was a tradition standing in the way of her divine encounter.

 

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

 

This woman did not understand that she was a carrier of creativity; and that she had been a victim of misdirected passion and destiny.

If only she had been sensitive, to consider why it was that she had been married 5 times while other women struggled to be married once, she would have realised that she had an evangelistic calling; she would have understood that her destiny had been misapplied into seducing and marrying 5 men.

You mess up your life- you waste your time, live carelessly- because you do not know what is in you. Lack of sensitivity is robbing you of the treasures stored up in you.

Since Jesus is the husband of the church, and He dwells in you, well then your husband is in you!

The Samaritan had been too busy looking in the wrong places for what God had deposited in her. She did not see that the gift in her was her true destiny, and her husband.

Not only did she not know what was in her, she did not know who was before her either! Not only had tradition put a barrier between her and her Inspirator, insensitivity had also blinded her from seeing who it was that spoke to her.

Now, if Christ had come with the living water of the Word, it means that she had been previously feeding on dead water. Her repeated episode of failed marriages with 5 men was because the devil had fed her life with dead water. The enemy killed the great gift in her, and replaced it with perversion through dead words.

When a dead word plagues a life, it strives to bear dead fruits; to do dead things in that life. Dead words speak failure into the works of your hand; they speak death into marriages; they speak error and self sabotage into destinies.

The antidote is the living water of the Word. This will breathe life into struggling marriages, prosperity into failing businesses, and beauty into ugly experiences and situations.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw...

In response to her desire for the living water, Christ gave a prophetic charge...

Now, her answer seemed to call Christ’s prophetic word into question. If she did not have a husband, why would He command her to call him, and come with? His response was even more puzzling. ‘Thou hast well said...?’ Did she or did she not have a husband?

Factually, she was right because she was living with a man she was not married to. However, Christ spoke, not of a man, but of her spiritual husband- her destiny. That was her husband, although she was not aware of this.

The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Knowledge of the letter of the Word is not same as the knowledge of destiny. There she was, talking about the Messiah to the Messiah!

She knew the Messiah was coming but she did not know it was He who spoke to her!

Tradition had taught her that the Messiah would come to Samaria, and speak to everybody.

But there was the Messiah, speaking to her. That was why He asked for her husband- her maker, her destiny. She did not know the He was referring to her destiny to bring souls to the kingdom; to tell men about Him, to be the vessel through which He would reach others. Her husband was her maker- her destiny in her.

 

And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

Distraction... This can come in any form, and through any means. Whenever you have an encounter with your inspirator, beware of the devil’s plan to distract you. The disciples arrived on the scene to behold a curious scene- their Jewish master was talking with a Samaritan; and a Samaritan woman at that!

When you consider the prevailing mindset of the Jews about their Samaritan neighbours, you would better understand the scenario. These were people that they considered to be demon possessed and diabolic. Yet, Christ told a parable about a ‘Good Samaritan’, who had helped a man that other ‘holy’ people could not be bothered with. And now, here He was, talking to a real live Samaritan woman!

The disciples could not disrupt the flow of their conversation because Christ had dealt with that eventuality in the place of prayer. You also must be vigilant and proactive in frustrating every personality that would rise to disconnect you from your helper.

 

The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

When their conversation was over, the woman left her pot and went off to tell the people what she had encountered. When He was through with her, she went to do what He had charged her to do at the first: she called the men.

And so it was that Jesus did not preach in Samaria. Instead, He spoke to this woman and, as they talked, He made her see that she indeed had an apostolic grace on her. She learnt that the gift that had drawn 6 men to her was really given for her to draw men unto Christ. Finally, she had found within herself, what she had been looking for all along.

‘Come’, she said to the men. ‘It seems I have found the Messiah’. Strangely, the men did not despise her words in spite of her history. No one threw her multiple marriages in her face. Destiny had been activated in her, and as she spoke, a divine force gripped the hearts of the men; they listened and they followed.

 

Jer 30:5-8

For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

 

No woman in throes of labour is casual in her demeanour. The time of childbirth is a time of great travail and groaning; and when the child is brought forth, the mother is too tender to be bothered with mindless chatter and pettiness.

 

Lukewarmness in a Christian is a sign that he is not pregnant. Anyone who bears the seeds of destiny in him; in whom creativity has been activated, will groan in the place of prayer until he brings forth. And, after delivery, he knows better than to speak and act carelessly.

 

When a man begins to travail in prayer, longing and groaning to see the day of greatness, prosperity and deliverance that God has promised him, that man is about to give birth.

 

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

 

Jacob can relate to this, because he travailed with Israel. His soul travailed all night in prayer, and when he arose the next day, Israel was born.

He travailed because his past sins were threatening to destroy his present- his family, his business, his legacy. When his attempts at appeasing his brother failed, he knew it was time to go in and travail in prayer until he brought forth.

While he travailed, he held on to the angel of God, and to help him bring forth his real name, the angel touched his thigh and forced it to make way for the baby.

 

‘Woman, you are called to call men to your maker, not to your body. The devil has misdirected your destiny for so long, but I have come to show you the truth. Now, go, stir up the gift in you, and fulfil your true destiny’.

This was the message of Christ to this Samaritan woman.

 

This is His message to you too. It is time discover the creativity in you and walk in the reality of your true destiny. Therefore, you must be ready to travail until you bring forth your assignment.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My destiny, speak to me.

  • My life, receive fire to bring forth the creativity in me.

  • Every dead word, doing dead things over my life; I cast you out by fire.

  • Any power rising to disconnect me from my destiny helpers; I destroy you by fire.

  • Any wicked power rising to break the flow of God’s power over my life; I bind and destroy you by fire.

  • Every attack of the wicked against my creativity and destiny, misdirecting my life; I bury you all by fire.

  • Any trouble rising to abort my destiny; I destroy you by fire.

20TH AUGUST, 2017

PASTOR’S CORNER

UPGRADING YOUR TOTAL MAN IN CHRIST

UPGRADING BY EATING WELL (B)

REFERENCES: HOSEA 12:1, PROVERBS 15:14, ISAIAH 26:17-18, MICAH 7: 14-17

 

In the first part of this series, we learnt that eating well was necessary for victorious Christian living, because it is not enough to be holy. As a Christian, you must feed well in order to turn the tables on the principalities and powers that have hitherto victimised you, and to enjoy the ministry of angels (Heb 1:14)

 

Hos 12:1

 

When God declares that idols have spoken vanity and the diviners have seen a lie (Zech 10:2), understand that the idols have indeed spoken, and the diviners did see something. But God declares that, in His capacity, their words and visions will amount to nothing.

 

However, to the man who has not fed well and grown to this level of divine capacity, the words and visions of the wicked will prove true, contrary to divine will. Such a Christian will use portions of the scripture but they will appear ineffective, not because the Word lacks power, but because he has not grown enough to access and wield that weapon.

 

I say this to help you understand the scripture reference above. When the bible uses words like wind, dust, lies...it is referring to different levels of information.

The staying power of your knowledge determines its capacity. Some Christians are holding on to the wind- words that are easily blown away by the pressures of life.

 

The Christian who will triumph must wield living stones of the Word, for these cannot be blown away by the wind of adversity.

 

When a church praises and prays, but fails to feed well on the Word, its members will suffer oppression, torment, and loss.

 

Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation

 

What a man feeds on determines what he produces. When a men feeds on the wind, he will produce lies and desolation. He will experience regression and loss because he has fed on food that cannot nourish and build him up.

 

...and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians

 

They feed on the wind- on lies, and empty words- because their source of information is the world. Today’s Assyrians are represented by comedians peddling lies on the altar of God.

 

...and oil is carried into Egypt.

The Church now has it upside down; rather than influence the world, she has carried the anointing into the world, and looked to it (the world) to de-stress, motivate, distract and influence the people of God.

 

Brethren, everyone has a responsibility to judge the substance he is been fed with. Check the content of the messages: how have they affected your thinking, your understanding of God and your destiny; how have they changed your life in line with the will of God?

 

Pro 15:14

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

 

In the Kingdom, we have knowledge, understanding and wisdom; and move up to more knowledge, understanding and wisdom. This cycle of growth is never-ending.

 

When a man has an understanding of his present level, he will seek more knowledge to advance- he will question the value of what he receives daily in the face of the tests of life.

 

However a fool will remain in a place of malnourishment and continue to feed on junks.

 

Isa 26:17-18

Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

 

The image here is of a man pregnant with visions of destiny. He is heavy with his vision to effect a change in his household and generation by the power of God. Picture a woman in the throes of labour. The baby is making to come forth; the lives of mother and child are at a delicate point.

 

When a Christian is in such a state, he cannot afford to sit in a place where divine substance is not provided. He comes to church to know how to bring forth his vision- to know how to walk, who to walk with, and even how to defend his vision.

 

We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

 

Sadly, many lament like these men. Like big fishes in small ponds, they have big visions, but have only been fed with junks. Therefore, when they try to bring forth, all that comes out is wind.

Such people discover that their desire to affect change does not reflect in their reality, because they have not been well fed.

 

Brethren, you have not done anything yet. Do not be deceived by how much you have, or by the things the world regard as achievements...hitherto, you have not wrought any deliverance.

 

Peradventure, you have laboured to no avail before now; it is time to sit down, eat well and generate the strength to bring forth your vision.

 

...neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

 

Christ declared that He was the light of the world as long as He was in it. (Jn 9:5). When He was to depart, He passed the mantle to you and me (Matt 5:14).

 

If you are the first Christian in your household, this charge is yours to bear, and it is not one to take lightly. You therefore do not come to church to play. You have a serious responsibility in your household: to cast out every evil- powers, covenants, curses, spells, patterns, judgements- brought in by your ancestors. You put an end to their dominion and enthrone Christ, making way for others to rise in your household.

 

Until you bring these ones down, you have not yet done the real thing. You have simply brought forth wind.

 

It is a great responsibility; that of a divine pathfinder.

This is why you must eat well, so that you can work well and leave a legacy- that is acknowledged in the heavens- for generations unborn.

Be like Moses; be a father in your household- lift up your hands in prayer for your people.

 

Mic 7: 14-17

 

We have learnt about foes; those who come against you in the realm of the spirit, and desire only to feed on your flesh. We also learnt the importance of feeding those who have been marked for destruction by such foes.

 

Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead...

 

Ps 23:4 talks about the rod and the staff.

You need to seek out a place where you will be provoked unto love and to good works (Heb 10:24); a place where you are trained in the Word and prayer. Be ready to endure correction and discipline in order to grow in these areas.

 

...as in the days of old.

O that men would seek, and sit with the Word as in the days of old! Unfortunately, while the Speaker remains stable, the seekers are unstable.

Many desire the manifestation of God’s power as of old, but they do not hunger for His Word accordingly.

Churches fill up for praise nights and prophetic services, but the head count at Bible Study sessions is a sad testament to the value this generation places on the Word.

 

As in the days of your coming forth from the land of Egypt, I will show them marvellous things (AMP)

 

 Yet, God is saying, ‘if men can seek Me as in the days of old, I will display marvellous things, as I did when I brought Israel out of Egypt.’

This is what you stand to gain when you feed well. Every enemy against your life will be dealt with, and all will know the greatness of His might towards you.

 

The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might..

 

Note the word ‘nations’. Let us establish that holiness does not exempt anyone from attacks. You must understand that there are powers rising to stop you (remember Balak and Balaam).

 

The good news is this: if you are well fed, these enemies (no matter their number) will be ashamed, because they will see all their efforts against you- wrought with all their might- frustrated, again and again.

 

...they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

In their shame, they will place their hands over their mouth, as an expression of fearful wonder, at your progress in spite of all they have done. News about your rising will make them stop their own ears because it will too much for them to bear!

 

They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

 

The ones who sought to bring you down will find themselves on the ground, licking dust like a snake...and when they are alerted of your presence, they will lose boldness before you, and hide like worms from your sight.

 

Through you, the fear of God will be established in their heart.

 

These will be your testimony, when you eat well. You become a vessel of the display of the power and might of God, and His instrument of enthroning His will in your world.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My life, you must grow in the power, knowledge, revelation, fire of God.
  • Higher power, possess my life mightily.
  • My life, receive raw fire to bring forth.
  • My life, receive fire to bring down strangers in my household.
  • Whatever my parents brought into my household, working against my destiny; I destroy you by fire.
  • My life, progress!
  • Evil strangers, in my household, showing yourself mighty against my life; I bring you down by fire.
  • Every evil power or personality rising against my life; go down and lick the dust.

 

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

ACTIVATING THE CREATIVITY IN YOU:

DEMANDS SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER WITH AN INSPIRATOR (PART B)

REFERENCES: PSALM 36:9, GENESIS 31: 4-12, GENESIS 30:35-43

We have learnt that an inspirator is someone who sparks the fire of creativity in you. He helps you to see what you are called to do, to create. For Bezaleel and his peers, Moses was the inspirator who stirred up, in their hearts, the creative ability God that had placed in them (Ex 31: 2-6, Ex 35: 30-35). Paul encountered his inspirator on the way to Damascus and asked Him, ‘Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’ (Acts 9:3-6)

 

Ps 36:9

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Creativity cannot be discussed or activated outside of destiny; and destiny, as we have learnt, is not chosen, but discovered.

Now, just as there is no true light outside the light of God, discovering true destiny is only possible within the kingdom of God. Any destiny outside God is a poor alternative. I therefore urge you to come to God with the desire to discover your true destiny, rather than expecting Him to bless the Ishmael you brought along with you.

When you have discovered your genuine destiny in Him, then you need a supernatural encounter with an inspirator...

 

Gen 31: 4-12

And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock. And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me. And ye know that with all my power I have served your father. And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked. Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

Christianity is not a religious exercise. We do not wait, pray and fight in the spirit for nought; it is so that we can walk and create by revelation.  Jacob testifies to his wives about how his God protected his business and financial interests, in spite of Laban’s deceit; he however did not reveal how it really happened...

 

As a Christian, your excellence is revealed by your ability to generate divinely inspired creative solutions to the problems you encounter. The more unique and unusual your solutions, the more value they will attract, and the higher the demand they will generate. That, brethren, is the secret of true prosperity.

 

And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.

You must be sensitive to know when to lift up your eyes in prayer. The ability to access creative keys from heaven and open doors on earth through prayers is what sets a successful Christian apart...

When Jacob prayed, he accessed rams in heaven and encountered his inspirator- the angel of God.

 

And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.

Anyone who does business at night will reap success in the day. When you see well at night, you will succeed effortlessly in the day where others struggle. Jacob had already seen the ringstraked, speckled, and grisled rams in his dreams, so it was just a matter of time before they became reality. This was despite Laban’s best attempts to deny his due wages.

 

Gen 30: 35-43

And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons. And he set three days journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks. And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle. And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

 

As in water, face answers to face... (Pro27:19). This was one of the guiding principles behind this divine technology. Jacob played his role. He placed the rods in the water so that they would become the image, the reflection the animals beheld. The picture would not only sink into their subconscious, it would also pass on to their offspring. And so it was, that plain animals mated, conceived and bore speckled, stripped, spotted and ringstraked children.

 

The appearance of the baby rams was determined by what their parents saw. The mystery behind their different look could only have been explained by the inspirator and the inspired.

Now, ask yourself:  what inspired evil has been placed before you, to affect your life contrary to your true destiny?

What picture did your parents see, that inspired them to give you that destiny- negating name?

 

Many people are living in a mess, not because of ancestral patterns, but due to the image that was placed before them at sometime in their life. The enemy designed that they must produce according to what they have seen. This is why pregnant women are assaulted with bad dreams...it is the devil’s way of passing evil to their seed.

 

Through prayer, Jacob had a supernatural encounter with an inspirator. He received the revelation that inspired creativity in him and guaranteed his prosperity.

 

You can also stir up the creativity in you, if you are willing to spend time in the place of prayer and wait to be inspired by divine revelation. You must also be willing to play your role to shatter and destroy every evil image contending with your destiny and creativity.

 

Just like the rams, you can also look into the water of the Word to see your true destiny. As you conceive your dreams, look into the Word and behold the divine picture that challenges and overturns the ancestral patterns and experiences that once defined you.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Raw fire of God, possess my heart, to turn on creativity in me.

  • My soul, receive fire to activate the creativity within me.

  • My soul, receive fire to be what you are called to be.

  • Any negative picture sent to my soul against my destiny; right now, I cast you out of my soul by fire.

  • I receive the fire to damage and destroy every negative picture sent to my life.

  • Any negative picture the wicked has been sending into my soul, to turn off the creativity in me, by forcing me to believe a lie; I reject and destroy you by fire.

  • I receive weapons of war from heaven.

  • Therefore, you forces of darkness sending evil pictures to my life, I slay you all by fire.