January Article - Invest Your Time in the New Year
February Article - Faith in the Name of Jesus
MARCH ARTICLE - FAITH IN THE NAME OF JESUS (PART II)
APRIL KCCC ARTICLE Faith in the Name of Jesus Part III
June KCCC ARTICLE -THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS”
July Article - I AM AN OVERCOMER
AUGUST KCCC ARTICLE- How to Live a Blessed Life
How to Live a Blessed Life
I’m going to speak to you on how to live a blessed life. Do you know that
God is a blessed God? The Bible says, “Blessed be God,” so my God is a
blessed God, and He wants to bless us. He also wants to see to it that not
only are you blessed, but that you begin to live a blessed life.
Luke 6:38 (NKJV), “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For
with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
If you are ever going to be blessed, you must be a bless-er. You must be
someone that blesses others. He said that you and I can choose to be
blessed, so to live a blessed life is a choice. You might be blessed and not be
living a blessed life, because it’s a choice.
Love Your Enemies
He said, “To those who are listening and want to live a blessed life, the first
thing you do: love your enemies.” So how do you live a blessed life? You
must be a lover. And when I say ‘lover’ I mean an Agape lover. You must
love your enemy. It means to live a life that is full of love.
The Bible says the greatest commandment is: love the Lord your God with
all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” In other words, until my heart, my
soul, my mind and my strength are full of the love of God, I can’t love you.
Do you see that? I can think that I love you, I can say that I love you, until
you break my china plate, and I break you with my china plate. Because
unless I am full of love for God, I can’t love others.
He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That’s what He said in—is it not
true? But when we get to Luke 6, He is not talking about your neighbor.
He’s talking about your enemies. I can love my neighbor; it’s not difficult if
you say that I should just love my neighbor.
But then He said, “No, no, no, no; this is not about your neighbor, but your
enemies.” And it is a command, not a suggestion. It’s not, “If you can do
it…” If you want to live a blessed life, it’s a command. Love your enemies.
The word ‘enemy’ means ‘one who hates you’. Your hater—one who
opposes you. One who wants to see you fail. One who wants to see you fall.
Jesus said, “It’s easy to love those who love you. He says, “Even unbelievers
do that. It’s easy to love those who love you.” If he loves me, I love him.
Your enemy is the person who desires to see you fail. His desire is to see
you fall. His desire is to block you from progressing or to stop you from
advancing. They don’t want to see you succeed or prosper. They don’t want
anything good to come out of you. They’ve gone around badmouthing and
destroying you. Now God says, “Love them.”
Is there anyone in your life that falls into the category of enemy? Is there
anyone that has been jealous of you? Someone who doesn’t want to see you
succeed? Somebody who wants to see you fail and fall? They’ve gone
around trying to destroy you?
I want you to do something: get that person’s image in your head right now.
Remember them. Don’t just say, “To Whom It May Concern.” You know it
concerns some people. If there are many, just begin to roll the tape. 30,
40, 1000…as many as they are, please, for Christ’s sake, don’t spiritualize it.
Because you are going to be set free today. This is the operating room. You
are on the operating table. Bring their picture: it’s your ex. It’s your
present or future wife. The man you are yet to meet—all of them. Just
bring their pictures—your pastor, even if it is me, and pray for them.
“Well, God, what should I pray for?”
Would you ask that same question too? “What do I pray about? Kill them?
That’s prayer. Shoot them. I don’t know. What should I pray?”
Luke 6:28 (NKJV), “Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who
spitefully use you.”
But in this particular verse the word ‘bless’ comes from the same root where
we get our word ‘eulogy’. To eulogize means to speak well of. He said,
“Speak well of those who curse you.” That’s powerful. Speak well of them.
Say good things. So how do I pray? I go to God and I speak well of those
who hate me.
Ah, this message is not for everybody. It is only for those who are listening.
It means to pronounce God’s favor upon them. To pronounce God’s favor
on the ones who don’t like you. Your enemies—your haters. Jesus said, “If
you want to live a blessed life, pray for them. Speak well of them, and speak
blessings on them.”
When we talk about living a blessed life, what do we think of? We always
think about having money, a big house, a big car and power—is that not
true? That’s not blessing. That’s the fruit of blessing, and you don’t have to
be blessed by God to have all those. But to be truly blessed, you must do
this: live a life that loves others.
Look at Luke 6:37 (NKJV) “Judge not,”
Somebody read that and he didn’t see ‘not’. “He just said, ‘Judge.’” And
he’s been running around ever since judging everything.
Read the whole thing: He says, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. “Forgive, and you will be
forgiven”. They always jump the ‘forgive’ part and emphasize ‘and you will
be forgiven’. No, say, “Forgive”. Don’t be scared; God has forgiven you. In
Christianity we do two main things: we give and we forgive. He said,
“Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Let’s unpack that. To live a blessed life, you’ve got to live the character of
God. Look at the passage.
If you point at somebody, watch your fingers. The person you are pointing
at takes one, but you take three, and your friend that you gossip with gets
blessed with one too.
We as the church judge all the time. We judge the appearance. To judge
means to asses or evaluate a person’s heart or a person’s motive. It’s to
assume that you know the motive in their hearts. The Bible says that the
only person qualified to judge the heart is God. So when you judge people,
you place yourself on the throne that does not belong to you, and you are
equated with Satan and Lucifer when he was cast out of heaven. When you
do the same thing, it’s the mercy of God that does not allow God to cast you
out of His presence.
He says, “Stop playing God. When you judge, you are playing God.”
Do Not Condemn
Then He said, “Do not condemn.”
To condemn means to declare one to be outside of the mercy of God. When
you condemn somebody, you just said to them, “Your case is so bad that
even God cannot forgive you.” It’s saying that the person is beyond God’s
forgiveness. Is there any case that God cannot forgive? You are not God.
When we arrogate to ourselves what is an exclusive right of God, we equate
ourselves with Lucifer who was cast out.
Forgive. It’s one of the most powerful words in the Bible. To forgive means
‘to release’, ‘to let go’. It’s to give freedom or liberty. To say, “You are free
Jesus said that when you don’t forgive you have someone in bondage—you
put someone in prison. You are holding someone prisoner because of what
they’ve done to you. So you have forgiveness—it’s not that you don’t have
it—you have forgiveness, but you are holding it; you are not releasing it.
Jesus said, “You can only live a blessed life when you release them and set
How do you know that you’ve really forgiven somebody? Let’s start here:
get the picture of those that have hurt you in your mind. Your mother in
law. Your father in law. Your sister out law. Your supervisor. Your wife.
Your husband. Your brother. The police. The white folks. The black folks.
The Hispanic folks. Somebody of another race that has said something to
you. Get their picture, because that is where healing starts.
God says, “When you get their picture, the evidence that you have forgiven
them is when you can put all their pictures in your mind like this, name
them one by one and begin to declare God’s blessing upon them.”
Did you get what I just said? You can look at them, “My mother in law, my
father in law, Pastor Ade, all of you, may the Lord bless you. Ah, you just
bought a Mercedes. You will buy an aero-plane. I bless you. You are going
to be good in life. I don’t care what you have done to me, but from today I
release you. You shall be healed. You shall be protected from evil. You
shall be lifted. I pronounce blessing upon you and upon the works of your
And God said, “When you do that—watch out! Somebody is living a blessed