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.

 

9TH SEPTEMBER, 2018

PASTOR’S CORNER

DWELLING IN THE MYSTERIES OF GOD’S LOVE:

LOVE DEMANDS FELLOWSHIP

REFERENCES: I JOHN 1:3-4, HEBREWS 4:15, LUKE 10:38-42, JOHN 11:20-35

 

There can be no love without fellowship.

When you love someone, you talk to each other. There is a communion of thoughts, emotions, and an understanding of each other.

 

I Jn 1:3-4

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

 

Good leadership demands that I take you up to the level I operate from. You should not be far from the place I am.

 

I want you to fellowship with me as I fellowship with God.

Therefore, what I have seen and heard, that is what I declare unto you; what I teach you. I do this so that you can have fellowship with me; so that you will commune with me, and be where I am.

 

If the Word of God was not taught or discussed in this church, how would God become real in the lives of the people?

 

Fellowship with me, as I fellowship with the Father; so that you can hear and see Him as I do...

That way, no one will be able to deceive you, because you will know the Father, and be known by Him.

 

Heb 4:15

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities

 

Our High Priest can be touched with the feelings of our weaknesses, sicknesses, griefs and sorrows. However, that can only happen when you are in fellowship with Him. Except you talk to Him, relate with Him, commune with Him, you cannot touch Him.

As you fellowship with Him, you develop a bond that allows Him to discern when something is wrong with you. Through fellowship, you are able to touch Him with the feelings of your pain, troubles, and sorrows.

 

Faith is ineffective without fellowship. You cannot merely believe your way into a person’s heart; you get to the core of their being through fellowship. You cannot stand apart from Christ, and yet expect to touch Him just by believing.

 

You have joy in His presence because, there, He reveals the thoughts of His heart. This was David’s secret- he was a man after God’s heart.

 

Lk 10:38-42

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

 

Length of time does not determine depth of fellowship. Fellowship is not a function of who found Christ first or how long a person has been in Christ.

 

It was Martha’s house. It was Martha who received Jesus into the house.

Martha found Jesus, but it was Mary who understood Christ.

 

It did not matter that it was Martha’s house, or that it was she who had invited Jesus in. When it came to fellowship, it was Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus and heard His word.

 

Martha was a generous and hospitable hostess; but she did not understand that fellowship was the key to getting all of Christ.

 

It is good to give, but the benefit of giving is lost when the giver fails to sit at the feet of Jesus.

 

Mary made a choice to sit, and hear at the feet of Jesus. She developed a close bond with Christ, not for immoral reasons, as some have alleged, but because she sought His word; she knew that the entrance of His word would make her a god.

 

We have learnt that the entrance of God’s word makes men gods (Jn 10:35).

By sitting at Jesus’ feet, Mary set herself to receive the word of Christ- the word that had the capacity to make her a god.

 

Jn 12: 1- 8

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 

We are in Martha’s house again. Christ is an invited guest again.

Martha is serving, again.

Mary is going for the feet of Jesus, again.

 

It is not what you give, but what you receive at the feet of Jesus, that transforms you.

 

Brethren, if you find yourself in a place where you are encouraged to give and serve, but you are not taught the mystery of fellowship; if you do not learn to sit at the feet of the pastor and receive the word of God, you are been done a great disservice.

 

While living in Martha’s house, Mary bought a very costly perfume and anointed the feet of Christ with it.

 

When you love Jesus, you will make the place of His feet beautiful (Isa 60:13). You will not need to be prodded before you do the needful in His house.

 

As Mary’s focus was the feet of Jesus, she sought to wash off the dust, making it clean and beautiful. She was not satisfied with using water; rather she used a really expensive perfume and her hair- the glory of a woman- to do the job.

 

Pride is only found in the heart of those who do not sit at the feet of Jesus.

Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

 

Her financial investment towards the feet of Christ was so great, that it caught the attention of Judas.

When the thieving apostle complained about the high cost of the perfume, Christ answered for Mary...

 

Then said Jesus, Let her alone

 

Leave Mary alone.

Leave me alone! Let me stay at the feet of Jesus!

Let this be your answer to all those who seek to draw you away from the feet of Jesus.

Let it be your answer to every one who wonders why you have chosen to hear the Word, while they are cumbered with many acts of giving and service.

 

Giving is good; hearing the Word is better.

 

...against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

 

Mary was sensitive to know that she had to prepare the body of Christ in anticipation of His burial.

She understood that, once He was arrested, there would be no opportunity for Him to anoint Himself.

 

Her preparation was so impressive that it had soldiers tearing up the garment of Christ amongst them, and casting lots for His undergarment.

 

It takes fellowship to be able take care of God.

Mary could prepare the body of Christ for His burial because she knew what was to happen. She knew what was to happen because He had revealed it to her during their time of fellowship.

 

Martha could not see what Mary saw, because she did not stay in the place where secret things are revealed.

Jn 11:20-35

Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

 

And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him...

 

Martha met Jesus, while He was on the way to her house.

Her words showed that she believed that He was the Christ; that He had the power to save her brother from death, and that He would raise Him up at the Resurrection.

 

Then she left to call Mary.

Mary also met Jesus at the same place.

She also said the same thing Martha said to Him.

 

Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

 

However, her manner was very different.

Mary ran up to Jesus, and fell at HIS FEET.

Again, her focus was His feet!

 

It was while in that position that she spoke to Christ. She did not speak with an entitled attitude; she humbled herself before Him and declared her belief.

And she wept.

 

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.

 

Her tears moved the Lord with whom she had fellowshipped.

The One at whose feet she had sat was moved by her pain. He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled (NIV)

 

This is my vision for you; that what troubles your soul must trouble the soul of Jesus.

This will only happen when you fellowship with Him.

 

Christ was moved by the tears of Mary. Her pain became His pain, and He had to do something about the matter.

 

When you are dear to God, you become a dangerous person to the wicked. Whoever troubles you will suffer the wrath of God because your trouble is His trouble.

 

Jesus wept.

Love made Jesus weep.

 

Two women. The same Lord. The same location. The same words.

However, they got completely different responses from the Lord.

The cause of the difference was in Mary’s disposition.

Mary fell and stayed at His feet. She acknowledged that she was not worthy to stand before Him.

 

Find your way to the feet of Jesus. Get close enough to touch Him. Access the mysteries of Love, until what moves you, moves Him.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My Father, I receive the Spirit of Your Love, to fellowship with You.
  • My Father, I rededicate my life, to fellowship with You again.
  • Whatever negative mindset that keeps me from seeking and hearing God; I destroy it now.
  • Whatever draws me away from the presence of God, I destroy you by fire.
  • Any form of darkness that has been covering my life; disappear by fire.
  • Any darkness working tirelessly to cover my life; I destroy you by fire.

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.