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.

7th January, 2018

PASTOR’S CORNER

PERFECTION DEMANDS PREPARATION:

PREPARATION DEMANDS PERSONAL VISION (B)

REFERENCES: I SAMUEL 9:17-27; 10:1, PROVERBS 23:1-2, NUMBERS 22:41, II SAMUEL 22:34

As we walk into our year of divine perfection, we must understand that we have a part to play in bringing that word to reality in our lives.

Perfection demands preparation. God desires to perfect all that concerns us this year, but we must prepare for His work of perfection.

The level and depth of a man’s preparation is determined by the level and depth of his vision. The bible says that those who err in vision stumble in their judgements. This means that you cannot prepare beyond what you see.

You have to see well to prepare well.

Speaking to a multitude demands a different level of preparation than is needed to speak to 5people.

This means that the size of your vision will also determine the level of your preparation.

Your ability to see the size and magnitude of your destiny will determine how well you prepare unto perfection.

 

I Sam 9:17-27; 10:1

The ability to see well, and thus prepare well will be discussed today in relation to divine connection.

When purpose is not understood, abuse and waste are inevitable.

Many are connected to the grace of God upon my life, but do not understand the purpose for it.

The first thing to understand is that you are connected to this grace because I invited you through prayers. Everything that happened to bring you to this ministry and connect you to me was a divine set up to ensure that you honour the divine invitation.

Saul’s journey that morning seemed to be in search of missing animals. His servant’s suggestion that they seek a seer may seem to have been the invitation that led Saul to Samuel. Yet, when Samuel saw him, note what God said to him

And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! This same shall reign over my people.

What was a chance encounter to Saul was an expected and awaited one to Samuel. Although his servant has made the suggestion, both men had been invited by Samuel.

Understand this: whoever it was that invited you to TRPM, I invited both of you- the first to invite the other- by the Spirit of the LORD.

Note also that God did not say, ‘behold the men’ but ‘behold the man’.

Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.

Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is. And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.

When you walk with a man who dwells in the high place, be careful to understand the purpose for the connection, so that you do not abuse it.

Saul stood before the seer and did not know who he was. However, the seer knew who he was, and had prepared for his arrival.

And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found.

It is time to get rid of the idea that your problems drove you to TRPM. You are not here because of what troubled you. You are here because I invited you.

This also means that your problems are inconsequential in comparison to the divine purpose for God called you.

And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house? And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

Saul wondered at the words that Samuel spoke. When he considered his present reality, he struggled to see how that declaration of greatness could refer to him.

Have you also ever wondered at the prophetic declarations made concerning your life, especially when you consider your background and your problems?

And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.

I am here to let you know that God has called me to take you to the high place. I therefore declare that you shall get to the high place, of wisdom, power, prosperity, dominion, and might.

And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul.

In Israel, the shoulder is the portion of the priests (Lev 7:32-34).

This means that, not only did Samuel invite Saul to the high place, and set him in the best seat, he also had the priest’s portion reserved for him.

At this time, Samuel was the priest, prophet and ruler in Israel. By offering Saul the shoulder, he initiated him into priesthood.

Note that it was not placed before the servant of Saul. So, although the servant invited Saul, and he did get to eat at the table, it was Saul God was looking for.

It is possible to invite someone to TRPM, but have them occupy a higher position than you. Do not take offence at that. Remember that they are there at the invitation of God, not yours.

If you are the one who has been invited and have been set at the chiefest place of the table, and served priestly meals, you will do wisely to consider the purpose so that you do not abuse the opportunity.  

Understand that you are not here because someone invited you; you are not here because of your problems. You are here by divine appointment, and it is important that you see well in order to do well.

And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day. And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

The priestly portion had been prepared and set aside for Saul long before the asses went missing. Samuel had him in mind before he invited the others. Saul should therefore have been at the high place sooner, but he was delayed. The missing asses were therefore nothing more than a set up to get him to his place, portion and purpose.

Your portion had already been set aside for you before your arrival here.

Considering all that the prophet said to him, as he ate, did Saul really understand the significance of what was before him?

You know God brought you to me, to be fed and prepared for destiny. Do you take time to consider the weighty words you hear, the strong meat of the Word you receive, they hardness of the discipline you are called to endure?  Do you consider if they are for you, and if yes, why?

And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

So it was that Saul was anointed king after he had been anointed a priest and a prophet by reason of the shoulder he ate.

Like Saul, David was also anointed to be priest, prophet and ruler in Israel. The difference was that Saul did not understand what he had been given and he abused it.

Saul is gone, but you are here.

Pro 23:1-2

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Saul, when you sit to eat with Samuel, consider what is placed before you. Ask questions: why have you set this before me? Why is he speaking these words to me? Why is he giving me these revelations?

Consider, diligently, what is set you before on this mountain. To do otherwise, to care only about eating the food, without paying attention to the message, is like putting a knife to your throat.

There are some people who will only take you to their low places, but Samuel took Saul to his high place- to the place of power, wisdom, dominion, victory.

You cannot be in the high place and be insignificant in your world. Christ has made you priests and kings, but you need a priest to take you up to his high place and feed you with the shoulder.

At the high place, no enemy can prevail against you. Saul learnt that the hard way when he chased David to the high place of Samuel.  

Num 22:41

And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.

Every kingdom has its high places. You also must get to your high place in wisdom and power. Your high places are higher than where you are at present.

While many Christians fail to lay hold of the high place, the wicked understand and use it to get maximum results.

When king Balak desired to have Israel cursed, he took prophet Balaam to the high places of his idols. He understood that, to see well, shoot well, and deliver maximum damage to your enemies, you must stand on the high place.

From that vantage point, Balaam could see the cover of God over Israel. He also saw that the way to get them was to lure them into pollution and defilement, because he was on the high place.

If you also desire to see and know the enemy, to gain the upper hand against them, you must also go up to your high places.

When you go to the high places, you will see, you will hear, you will prophesy.

Do not make the mistake Saul made. When you get to the high place, consider well what is set before you.

II Sam 22:34

He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places.

Standing on your high places demands that your legs be trained. Like a soldier, you must submit to drilling in order to get your legs lean and strong- like the deer’s feet- for the journey up.

God is saying, ‘for you to stand on the high places of your destiny, I need to train your feet.’ Many are in dire need to an overhaul. Their inner man is too soft for the journey to the high places. They are too encumbered with irrelevant things and too lax in their judgement about their destinies.

Your feet must be made, your soul must be drilled in order to be set, established on your high places.

Saul did not return to the high place, but David went back.

Make your journey to the high places your priority.

Train for it.

Consider what is set before you there.

Live from your high places.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My Father, feed me with Your raw fire and take me to the high places.
  • My life, receive sufficient power to go the high places.
  • Holy Ghost, open my eyes to see and hear well. Open my ears to hear and see well.
  • Every attack against my life, from the high places of the devil; I scatter and slay 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.