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.

15TH APRIL, 2018

PASTOR’S CORNER

EXPANDING YOUR TERRITORY IN CHRIST:

EXPANSION IS GOD’S AGENDA

REFERENCES: DEUTERONOMY 33:20, JEREMIAH 49:1-2, AMOS: 1:13

 

Expansion- spiritual, marital, financial, ministerial, career-wise, and health-wise- is God’s agenda for His people.

 

Deut 33: 20

And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.

 

Gad needs someone to enlarge him.

 

The plan of God for every Christian is expansion, in every area of their lives.

However, He needs a man to help enlarge His people.

 

...Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad...

Blessed therefore is that man who enlarges the chosen of the LORD.

 

The servant of God who understands the business of heaven, especially this part of his divine assignment, and carries it out, will not have need for manipulation in order to make money.

He is blessed because he enlarges the people of God.

 

...he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.

This is the picture of the Gadarene in the tomb, who cut himself with stones and broke every chain he was bound with, while oppressed of devils.

However, when Jesus appeared to enlarge him, this same man went on to preach in ten cities. (Mk 5).

 

When Jesus passed through that land again, His fame had already spread throughout the Decapolis.

 

Today, I am sent to enlarge your life with God’s power, fire, fruitfulness, prosperity, sound health, promotions, greatness...

This is my assignment.

 

A question worth asking is: who is against his expansion? What is the force or conspiracy at work against the enlargement of God, as determined by God?

 

Now, Gad is a covenant child, born to Jacob.

 

Jer 49:1-2

Concerning the Ammonites, thus saith the LORD; Hath Israel no sons? hath he no heir? why then doth their king inherit Gad, and his people dwell in his cities?

 

Observe that God did not wonder if Gad had no son; He asked if Jacob had none. His call was to the other sons of Jacob. God is saying ‘I expect someone from Jacob- an heir to the divine inheritance of the Covenant- to defend his brother, bring him out of the cage of limitation, and enlarge him’.

 

When a covenant child suffers from oppression and limitation, God’s expectation is that a son of the Kingdom- someone who has the capacity to lay claim to his Father’s inheritance- irrespective of race or tribe, will rise, defend and enlarge the afflicted one.

 

...why then doth their king inherit Gad, and his people dwell in his cities?

The land of Gad has been overrun and taken over by the Ammonites. The original owners and inhabitants of the land have been cast out of their possession, and there is no one from there to fight for his people and chase out the intruders and get back their land.

 

Well, if there is no son of Gad to deliver Gad from the invasion of the Ammonites, surely there must be another son of Jacob to do the job?

 

Concerning the Ammonites: this is what the LORD      says: Has Israel no sons? Has Israel no heir? Why then has Molek taken possession of Gad? Why do his people live in its town? (NIV)

 

Molech, the idol of the Ammonites was the power that possessed the land of God’s people.

In the same way, many Christians have become victims of demonic possession in their households.

 

An idol claims ownership over their household, and takes possession of it.

Suddenly, certain areas of these peoples’ lives are possessed by devils, at the expense of the original owners.

 

Now, God is not going to come down and expel these demonic trespassers. Instead, He will connect you to a son of the Kingdom, who He has prepared to enlarge you.

Your responsibility, when you meet the son, is to understand the purpose for the connection.

 

This begs another question. How did they get to that land, and claim possession of it?

 

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites; and it shall be a desolate heap, and her daughters shall be burned with fire: then shall Israel be heir unto them that were his heirs, saith the LORD.

 

While we ponder that question, consider the God’s solution to the problem of demonic invasion of your territory.

 

The man whom He has called will sound the trumpet and give an alarm of war against these devilish trespassers. They shall hear an alarm of war; and the war will not cease until all that is left of the invaders is desolation and destruction.

 

Prepare to strive in the place of prayer, for the sound of war is about to go forth...

 

Amos 1:13

Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border

 

This is what the LORD says: for three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not relent. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders (NIV)

 

GOD’s Message: “Because of the three great sins of Ammon-make that four- I’m not putting up with her any longer. She ripped open pregnant women in Gilead to get more land for herself...” (MSG)

 

The LORD says, “ The people of Ammon have sinned again and again, and for this I will certainly punish them. In their wars for more territory they even ripped open pregnant women in Gilead...” (GNB)

 

These idols did not establish themselves in households without cause. Sacrifices and rituals were made to ensure their settlement and enlargement in your territory.

 

Stories abound of ritual acts involving the violent ripping of pregnant women in order to take out their unborn children and use these ones for ritual purposes. They do this to ensure the expansion of their territory, at the expense of others.

 

These idols demand sacrifices of their worshippers to enlarge their territory. The more rituals, sacrifices and offerings are provided, the more they expand. They penetrate lives, wombs, businesses, marriages, health of the household; and expand at the expense of their original owners.

 

When you struggle in a certain area of your life, and you observe that other members of the family keep insisting that you cannot make headway until you bow to what they bow to, it is a sign that there is devil in your territory.

 

When God commands a sacrifice of you, do the wise thing and obey.

Whenever you are tempted to consider it to be too much, remember that there are people offering heavier sacrifices to devils for their expansion.

 

The wrath of God is ready to fall upon these evil ones. God has raised a son to sound the alarm of war on your behalf. It is time for you to rise up and fight for your territory.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Fire of God, take over my life.
  • Any sacrifice or ritual, done in my household, secretly taking over the territory of my life; I damage your power by fire now.
  • Any sacrifice or ritual, offered against my mind, to take what belongs to me; I damage your power over my life, soul, marriage...
  • Any sacrifice or ritual, done against me that takes what belongs to me from me; I crush you by fire.
  • Any sacrifice or ritual done, to hold me back, in order to hold me down; I damage and bury you by fire.
  • I receive back my portion.
  • Father, tell me whatever it is you want me to offer. I will obey You.

 

 

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.