January Article - Invest Your Time in the New Year
  • Invest Your Time in the New Year
    Welcome to the New Year of 2017!
    In this New Year, I want to encourage you today on yet another very important step you must make in order to get to the top.
    We have talked about the power of your thinking….as a man thinketh so is he.  You are not what people think you are, you are not what you think you are.  What you think you are - You are the outward display of your inner self.
    We talked about our attitude as it relates to our altitude.  Our attitude determines our altitude.  How high you go in life is determined by your attitude.
    We also talked about the power of vision.  You must have a clear vision of where you want to be.  Without vision you will arrive at any destination.  Today I want us to look at a very crucial step; and that is, you must invest your time.
    If you are ever going to get to the top you must invest your time.  Nothing separates successful people from unsuccessful people more than how they utilize their time.  Successful people understand that time is the most precious commodity on earth.  As a result they can give an account of their time.  They continually analyze how they are using their time and ask themselves the question, “Am I getting the best use of my time?”
    You don’t really pay for things with money but rather your time.  For instance, if you decide that in five years you’ll have put enough money away to buy the vacation home of your dreams and then you’ll slow down.  The truth is the house will cost five years of your time.
    Time is a gift from God.  It is the only gift God gave to man equally.  Life is measured by time. The type of life you will eventually live is determined by what you use your time to do.  Man was created into eternity and will return to eternity.
    In Genesis 1, we see how God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is in it.  He blessed them and gave them the blessing to multiply, to increase in number.  However there is a significant truth that was revealed in the account of the fall of man. God said in Gen 2:16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
    In Gen 3, man did eat of the forbidden fruit and so man because of sin stepped out of eternity into time.  God drove man out of the garden to ensure that man does not return to eternity in a fallen state.
    Gen 3:22 “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”
    Man was not forbidden from eating from the tree of life before the fall.  It was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that they were told not to eat.  It is therefore reasonable to conclude both Adam and Eve were eating from the tree of life before and continuation of this fruit would have meant living forever.
    When man sinned against God, man was placed into time.  Time was the consequence of the fall. Time is actually a form of compensation to help man out of the dilemma of rebellion.  We thank God for time. Time is a piece of eternity.  It was carved out of eternity to create a beginning and end.
    Your present condition has an end.  You will not be struggling forever.  The end has come to your pain, to your rejection, to your poverty and to your future.  It is a time of joy, a time of celebration, a time of promotion, a time provision, and a time of all round peace.  The time of your restoration and favor has come in the name Jesus! 
    Imagine if you had been living in eternity, then your toothache would have been forever. Your headache in eternity would’ve been an eternal headache.  We thank God for time.
    Time separates our present moment from our past.  Time gives us the opportunity to start again.    See Luke 19:12-27 , Notice He gave ten minas to ten servants, which means one mina to each servant and asked them to “do business until I come”.  I know that Luke 19:15 called the minas money.  I agree but I also want to suggest to you that the multiplier factor of the mina is time.  Each of them has one mina and they had equal time to do business with their minas.
    You and I have 24 hours a day.  The way we use our 24 hours will determine whether we will remain prosperous or not.  So, how do you ensure that your time is being properly invested?  How can you avoid wasting YOUR time?
    Eph 5:16 says, “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
    In order to invest your time properly you must do the following:
    1. Invest your time in daily prayer before leaving home.  Mark 1:35 “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”  If you want to get the most your day, simply start your day with prayer.  God will guarantee the result.
    1. Invest your time in reading the bible daily – Joshua 1:8.  If you want good success and you want to get to the top, then you need to create a goodly habit of reading and meditating on the word of God every single day.  You will increase in wisdom, favor and strength.
    1. Set priorities in all your tasks.  Our greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important things.  Unless you learn how to set priorities and follow them, you will never be able to get all your jobs done.  Jesus set priorities, so that he was able to finish the work the Father committed to Him. John 17:4 “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.”  Recognize your assignment and stick to it.  You are not called to do it all!
    1. Invest your time in developing yourself.  Time used to develop yourself is the most productive time of your life. If you need to go to school then go to school.  Invest time to develop yourself.  It will pay you back!
    1. Take time to rest.  If you don’t rest, they will lay you to rest.  Hebrews 4:11 says “Be diligent to enter that rest”.  In Gen 2:2 “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He has done and rested on the seventh day.”  Your performance is at the high level after you have rested.  Productivity is all time high.
    February Article - Faith in the Name of Jesus
  •  February KCCC Article

     Faith in the Name of Jesus: The Power in Jesus' Name

    A.     Limiting Our Own Authority
    That Name is the most powerful name that you could ever hear.  I want to start a series on faith in the Name of Jesus.  As the return of our Lord Jesus Christ draws near, we as Christians must start to walk in the fullness of the authority that God has given us.  Many Christians today are limited in our ability to walk in our God-given authority.  We are limited.  We are limited because we don't understand the power that resides in the Name of Jesus.  In fact, many have dumbed-down the Name of Jesus.  It's now slang where we say, "Oh Jesus."  Because we dropped something. "Oh gee."  So, it doesn't produce for us because the Name is not slang.  It is not something that we can just trivialize.
    He said, "I will not hold them guiltless who profane My Name."
    And we say so many things, and we say, "Gee.  Jesus."  And we really don't mean it, and therefore instead of us getting what we want, we get the opposite.  But in this teaching, you will come back to realize that you have a tool to humiliate disgrace and put in their place every power from hell.
    B.     The Authority of the Name of Jesus
    The Name of Jesus is not just an afterthought.  The power in the Name of Jesus saves.  The power in the Name of Jesus heals.  The power in the Name of Jesus delivers.  The power and the authority we have to use that Name are two essential truths that all Christians need to know, and unfortunately don't.   It's time for us as the body of Christ to begin to focus again on the power and the authority that we have in the wonderful, mighty Name of Jesus Christ. 
    You see, when we come to understand the authority that is vested in that Name and the right we have to use that Name, we will see God's power released on the earth, released in our home, released in our business, and released in our health.   We live as if we have no power.
     Acts 3:1-16
    Turn with me to Acts 3:1-9, "Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, 'Look at us."'5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, 'Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.' 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them-walking, leaping, and praising God.9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God."
    Now, let's jump to verse fifteen.  Peter was now talking, when people were looking at them, and they were saying, "How did this happen? How?"  They were all amazed, and Peter gave his sermon, and then when he got to verse sixteen, and it says: "His name."
    Verse fifteen says, "15and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses. 16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes"-faith-"the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."
    What it Means to Have the Name of Jesus
    I want you to note verse six.  Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have…"  You may not have money.  You may not have fame.  As a believer, you have something that can cure problems.  You have something that can put away your problem.  You have something that can make you to live like God wants you to live.  Peter said, "You are looking for money.  You are looking for gold and silver.  I don't have that, but what I do have, when I give it to you, it will change your story forever.  Because empathizers and sympathizers are not going to fix your problem-there is only one person that fixes problems and that is the one I have.  His Name is Jesus."  And in the Name, and in the faith in His Name, this man got up.
    And the people were wondering, "What's going on?"
    When people try to badmouth you, don't worry.  You have something they don't have: The Name of Jesus.  When the enemy tries to attack you, don't worry.  What you have is the Name of Jesus.  If we don't have the Name of Jesus, we are the most miserable.
    C.    The Power of the Name Operates by Faith
    But the Name of Jesus will not work unless we have faith in the Name of Jesus.  The Name of Jesus will not work just by saying, "Yes, Gee."  It will not work.
    Look at verse sixteen.  "His Name, through faith in His Name has made this man strong."  Yes, through faith.  I want to remind you: The Devil does not want us to know the importance of the Name of Jesus.  Because it is through faith in the Name of Jesus that we can operate in the supernatural.  The Devil wants you to say, "It doesn't matter."  The Devil wants you to operate in the natural.  He wants me to operate in the natural, because as long as we operate in the natural, he is the lord of the natural.  That's what the Bible says.  The god of this age, Satan, is the lord of the natural.  But God is the Lord of both the natural and the supernatural. 
    The Devil Fears the Name of Jesus
    And that's why Satan doesn't want you to mention the Name of Jesus.  That's why the government wants to remove the Name of Jesus.  That's why during Christmas, they don't want you to mention Christ; they just want you to mention the mess.  Because Satan is afraid of that Name.  If you want to pray in Congress now, they don't mention the Name of Jesus anymore.  If you want to pray in the city now, they don't mention the Name of Jesus anymore.  If you want to pray in any meeting now where the government puts money, you cannot say in the Name of Jesus anymore.  Because they are scared.  Their father the Devil is afraid of that Name. 
    And many of us as Christians as well, because we want to be politically correct and heavenly irrelevant, we become like that, in the Name of anything.
    They asked me to come and pray.  They invited me, and they said, "We want you to do the opening prayer."
    I said, "You know me.  I will pray in the Name of Jesus and I will scatter your program.  If you don't want your program to be scattered, don't call me.  I am not here for politics.  I am not here for you to like me.  Let's settle it."
    Losing Popularity
    You see, when you go to war as a soldier, do you go there for the people to whom you are sent to like you?  No, you have an assignment.  It is the assignment that will cause them to love you.  You understand me?  When they see the result of your assignment, they will love you.  Everyone that is sent and is looking for popularity is already lost.  So, I'm not here for people to like me.  So, when people don't like me, I say, "Yeah, I'm doing the job."  And the thing that I do is I look back, and the people that are following me are more and more every day.  I say, "Who are they?"
    He says, "Because you are doing My job."
    Some people are pursuing popularity and they've lost their Name.  And those of us that pursued the Name of the Lord, we didn't lose anything.  I said, "I will pray in the Name of Jesus."  If it is not in the Name of Jesus, then in the name of who?  The Devil doesn't want you to mention the Name of Jesus, because that name is so powerful that Satan has deceived many Christians into downplaying the power in the Name of Jesus.  So, you see that people will pray and not even mention the Name of Jesus-in the church!
    D.     All the Names of God in One
    In the Old Testament, God is known by many names.  Let me give you some of them.  Jehovah Jireh-the Lord Provider.  Jehovah Shalom-the Lord my Peace.  Jehovah Rapha-the Lord my Healer.  Jehovah Nissi-the Lord my Banner.  Jehovah Ra'ah-the Lord my Shepherd.  Jehovah Shammah-the Lord is there.  Jehovah Tsidkenu-the Lord my Righteousness.  Jehovah Sabaoth-the Lord of Hosts.  And many, many other names that the people in the Old Testament had to memorize, but when you get into the New Testament, all those names were packed into one Name: The Name of Jesus Christ.  So, you don't need to keep looking for a concordance to find out what is Sabaoth, what is Ra'ah.  You don't even know a good English, and now they are telling you to go and find Hebrew words.  God has already taken care of your laziness-He just packed everything into one Name: The Name of Jesus.
    And so, when you mention that Name, you have mentioned Jehovah Rapha, you have mentioned Jehovah Shalom, you have mentioned Jehovah Nissi, you have mentioned Jehovah Tsidkenu, and you have mentioned Jehovah Whatever.  Because that Name alone combines all the names of God in the Old Testament in power and in authority.  That's not the Name you should be playing with.  That's not the Name we should be toying with.  That's the Name that when Satan hears it, he says, "What's going on there?"  That's the Name that when the angels hear it, they stand at attention.  That's the Name that when principalities and powers hear it, they run away, and then Christians that are supposed to use it to their advantage, trash it.  No wonder many Christians are being buffeted.
    E.      Praying the Right Way
    Hear this: even when you pray, you don't pray for Christ's sake.  Have you heard people say, "And for Christ's sake pray"?  What did Jesus do that you are praying for His sake?  You are praying for your own sake.  That's what religion does.  You pray in the Name of Jesus; it's the power of uttering.  When you pray for my sake, I need the prayer.  Who needs the prayer, Jesus or you?  You see the Devil is so smart, he will make sure you pray to your own emotional satisfaction without God's instruction, because I don't care how much you can pray, if you don't pray according to the prescribed order, you won't get the same result.  If you want water, you need two molecules of hydrogen, and one molecule of oxygen.  If you say, "I am just going to use three molecules of oxygen; I'm not going to add any hydrogen at all," you will not get water.  I don't care how powerful you are as a scientist; you must follow the prescribed order.  If you want your prayer to be answered, you've got to come to a place where you will let all this cultural prayer go away.  I was telling somebody the other time, I said, "The prayer you are praying, God cannot answer it."
    He said, "Why?"
    I said, "You are preaching."
    Christianity is so simple, but it gets into the hands of theologians, and they make it so complex.  Hear this: in Matthew 1:21, the Lord spoke to Joseph, He said, "Your wife is going to have a child.  She is with child.  You shall Name Him Jesus."  Why?  "Because He will save His people from their sins.  What is sin?  The word 'sin' comes from a root word that means 'missing the mark'.  He will save you from missing the mark.  You know what we do?  We begin to look at the fruit instead of the root.  If I go ahead and I badmouth him to him, we look at that as the sin, but that is the fruit of a man that has missed the mark.  Beat me.  Get angry with me.  Until you take care of the root which is missing the mark, I will do it again.  You understand me?  I will just do it to somebody else, not only to you.  How many of you know that there are things that you say, "I will never do that again," and you find yourself doing it, because all you are pursuing is the fruit, not the root.  The word sin means 'missing the mark'.  So, you've got to go back and say, "Where have I missed the mark?  And Jesus came to make sure that everywhere we have missed the mark we are reprogrammed.  Financially have you missed the mark?  Spiritually have you missed the mark?  Emotionally have you missed the mark?  In relationships, have you missed the mark?  But Jesus came, and He said, "He will save His people from missing the mark."  And yet we make His Name look as if it doesn't have power.
    Receive the Power of the Name
    We are Progressively Being Transformed
    2 Corinthians 3:18; that's the very last verse in the chapter.  "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed" (or changed) "into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."   
    In the presence of the Lord, by the Name of the Lord and by faith in that Name changes come, dreams are fulfilled and expectations are met-in fact great expectations are met.  This verse says, "We all look into the glass."  The glass is the Lord Jesus.  The glass is the Word of God, and Jesus is the Word of God.  We all look into the glass, into the Word.  We all study the Bible, and as we study we see the glory of the Lord Jesus, and we are changed from one level of glory unto another.  A progressive way of making our brains meet-Jesus is the answer.  Jesus is the answer, and today I want to use my few minutes to show how glorious the Name of Jesus is and how that Name alone can solve our problems, meet our challenges, and pave the way for our Prince to be met.
    The Power in the Name of Jesus
    In Philippians 2, you have heard it over and over before, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow-knees in heaven, knees on earth, and knees under the earth-that all knees should be bowed and every glory should be given to the Father in heaven.  Christ is the answer to every problem.
    What is in that Name?  What authority is in that Name?  How does He manifest Himself?  Let's look at a few verses of scripture, and you'll see what Christ will do for you, will do in you and will do through you.  On one day after His resurrection on the way to Emmaus, He appeared before the two disciples, and He told them something.  He said, "You are foolish.  Why don't you remember all the things I have been teaching you?  How Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms speak about Me of the things that must happen."
    Jesus is revealed in the Old Testament as the One who is to come and the only One who can be trusted.  The only One who can save.  And today we want to look at some things Jesus can do and will do for you as you bring your faith into Him.  I'm going to concentrate on one chapter of the Bible.  Let's go to Matthew 9 and see some of the glory of the Lord Jesus.  I have prayed in my heart, and many people have prayed, that today you may enter a new realm, a realm of fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ so that things may happen in your life in your family and in your work.
    A.     Your Sins are Forgiven
     Jesus Forgives the Paralytic
    Matthew 9.  That chapter starts-Khun! -with a miracle.  Now, everything in chapter 9 of Matthew happened only on one day.  Please note that.  Everything.  So, you can see how Jesus was just flowing-flowing into the lives of people and bringing untold blessings. 
    Chapter 9 verse 1-2.  "And getting into a boat (Jesus) crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.'"
    Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.  Take heart, my daughter; your sins are forgiven.   
    The only one who can say that is Jesus. He forgives sins.  Are you sitting here with a guilty conscience today?  Your Savior, your Forgiver has come.  He is the only One who can forgive, and He's the only one who will forgive, and He's the only one who has forgiven.  Amen.
    Listen to that.  The man didn't ask Jesus to forgive him.  The man was paralyzed-he could not even speak-but Jesus knew his heart.  Jesus knew the burden of the sin upon that man.  Please listen to some things He said.  He said, "Cheer up! Don't lose hope.  That's not the end; it is only the beginning.  Cheer up!"


     Jesus Saves the Woman Caught in Adultery
    You remember the woman who was caught in adultery.  Jesus came over there and they said, “According to Moses we must stone her.”
    And Jesus said, “Any one of you who has never committed sin, cast the first stone.”  And He knelt down and began to write their names and to put their sins across the names.
    The Bible says ‘one by one’ they left.
    Then only Jesus and the woman were left, and Jesus said, “Woman, where are your accusers?
    And the woman said, “They are gone.”
    And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.  I have the right to condemn you, but I won’t.  I came to save you.”  For Christ came, not to condemn the lost, but—to what? —to redeem them, to save them.
    Today, if you have never put your faith in Jesus for salvation for eternity, receive it now.  Receive it now.  The blood of Jesus washes clean—perfectly—and by grace we are saved, not by works, lest any man should boast.  
    “Son, cheer up!  Your sins are forgiven.”  But Jesus said something else.  He said, “Neither do I condemn you, woman.  Go, you are free.  Sin no more.”
    When we begin to lead a new life in obedience to Jesus, His presence brings mighty blessings.  From now you receive the power to go and sin no more.  Sin is a barrier to the blessings of God, and if we remove sin from our lives, if we come out and allow God to purify us by the Word of God, some new things happen.  
    Rise Up and Walk

    Deliverance from Hypocrisy 
    Matthew 9:3-4. “3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming.’  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?”
    Do you know that He knows everything you are thinking about?  We may pretend before men, we may be hypocrites, and we may try to appear better than we are, but Jesus cannot be deceived.  See, today Jesus wants to deliver you from pretense.  He wants to deliver you from hypocrisy.  Begin to be who you are so that Jesus may deal with you in the best way.  Hypocrisy does not allow the blessings of God to come.  Be simple before Him; tell Him exactly how you are and ask for help—help will come from Him.  So He knows everything in our lives.  He knows our hearts.

    Receive Your Miracle
    Verse 5: “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?” From that statement, if you get up right now and tell somebody, “Your sins are forgiven,” nothing happens.  Nobody sees anything.  But if you say to a paralytic in this church, “Rise up and walk,” and he doesn’t walk, then something is seen by everybody.  If he walks, then something has happened.
    Then Jesus went on, verse 6-7. “’6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he then said to the paralytic— ‘Rise, pick up your bed and go home.’  7 And he rose and went home.”
    Hallelujah.  Rise, take up your bed, and go home.  And he arose, took up his bed, and went home, and all were amazed, including those who were criticizing Him.
    Friend, are you living today with a disease?  Is your body carrying a message to you that something is wrong somewhere?  Are you having pain somewhere?  In your head?  In your neck?  In your lungs?  In your arms?  In your stomach?  In your liver?  In your kidneys?  At the backbone?  In your reproductive organs?  In your legs?  In your feet?  In your blood system?  In your heart?  Are you having palpitations?  Arthritis?  High blood pressure?  Undue bleeding?  Nervous breakdown?  Depression?  What is it?  Are you suffering from cancer?  Are there some tumors in your body?
    Jesus is saying something to you.  “Son, daughter, your sins are forgiven.  Cheer up!  Cheer up!  Rise up!  Take up your mat and go.”
    If the Son of God sets you free, you are free indeed.  The Name of Jesus is over every disease—every ailment in life.  We have seen one example here: a paralyzed person getting up.  Jesus has not changed; it is we who have changed.  Our faith in Him is dwindling in these days.  We are trusting in tablets more than in the Name of the Lord.  It is time to go back to Jesus, the Maker of the body.  He is the only One who can repair it best.  Give this body to Him.  Acknowledge him every day.  Sing songs unto Him and say, “You are my Healer.  You are my Deliverer.  You are my Strength.”  

    Thinking in Faith
    And let me tell you, as a man thinks, so shall that person be.  Whatever you think of Jesus will happen to you by faith.  
    Faith comes by hearing and hearing, the Word of God.  We are speaking facts; we are not speaking fables.  Jesus is the Healer.  Jesus is the Maker of your body.  Entrust that body to Him right now and see a miracle.
    See, the man rose up and went his way.  In this same chapter, from verse 12, the Lord Jesus said it.  He said: Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
    Are you sick?  Then you need the Physician.  Jesus is that Physician.  Receive Him as your Healer.  Receive Him not only as your Forgiver and your Savior, receive Him also as your healer.  It will go well for you to do so.

    Take Heart
    Verse 19.  “19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples.”
    You know what has happened so far in the intermittent verses?  A man came to Jesus and said that his daughter was dying.  Some people came to Jarius and said, “Don’t worry yourself; the child is dead.”
    But Jesus said, “Let’s go.  We are going to the house.”

    Touching His Garment
    As they were going, something else happened.  Verse 20-21.  “20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, 21 for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.’” 
    If I can only touch the fringe of His garments, I shall be made well.  What a wonderful type of theology.  That woman had insight, spiritual insight. That woman knew that Jesus was a holy man, the Holy God, and that anything that was on His body was charged with glory—charged with life.  She didn’t need to touch the body, she only needed to touch something that was on the body, and a miracle would happen.
    Today, touch Him. Touch the garment of the Lord Jesus.  Virtue will come out of Him and bless you.  By faith touch Him.  I know miracles are happening right now because some people believe the Word of God, and that faith in the Word of God is what brings your deliverance and your healing.

    Take Heart
    Verse 22.  “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.”
    Have you been discouraged about the things happening to you?  Not only is He here saying, “Cheer up!” but He’s here saying, “Take heart.  Take heart.  Be courageous.  I am with you.  I will never leave you nor forsake you.  I will finish the work I have started in you.”
    Sometimes our healing is gradual, but it is sure.  Sometimes it is instant.  Both ways it is the Lord who is healing you.  Receive your healing today.  Receive your wholeness today. Receive your healing. Become whole.  Christ has not changed.
    Receive Resurrection

    Faith in Something More
    Verse 23-24. “23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, 24 he said, ‘Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed Him to scorn.” 
    People without faith will laugh at you, but if you stick to faith in Christ Jesus, a miracle will happen.  They believed the girl was dead, but Jesus, who is what?  The Resurrection and the Life said, “No, she is sleeping.”
    Physical death means nothing to Jesus.  It’s just a sleep, because one day even when you die fifty years before Jesus will come, He will raise you again.  For Jesus, physical death is sleep, and if it’s counted as sleep, then your sickness is nothing.  Your sickness is not bigger than death.  If He raised Lazarus from the dead, then He will also heal your diseases.  But the man who took Jesus to his house was a man of faith.  He believed that Jesus could do anything.
    I am dwelling on that faith.  That woman had faith in the issue of blood.  The man had faith and took Jesus to his house although there was news that the girl had passed away.  When they went there, there was evidence that the girl had died: people were mourning and crying, blowing flutes and singing mourning songs.  But Jesus said the contrary.  
    When conditions around you from the hospital say, you will only live for two weeks, then you trust in Jesus.  Put your faith in Jesus, and something unique will happen.  There are people who have been sentenced by doctors to die in one month, and yet they have lived another twenty years.  

    Putting the Crowd Outside
    Verse 25.     “But when the crowd had been put outside, He (Jesus) went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.”
    When the crowd had been put outside.  You are going to put outside of you all the voices coming to you, that your condition has no remedy.  Did you hear me?  You are not going to listen to negative things about you; you are going to listen to what Christ says about you.  What does the Word of God say?  And you stick to the Word of God.  That is looking into the glass.  Then you will be raised from one level of glory unto another, into the very image of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus was never sick.  Never sick.  Come to that Man who was never sick, and your sicknesses will go.  Your infirmities will go.  Your weaknesses will go.  Your failures will go.
    He put them aside.  There are some people around us, in our homes, even in the church, who will always want to dampen our faith and to tell us we cannot make it.  Let’s not listen to them.  Let’s go to the One who says, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”  Jesus removes burdens and loads.  Come to Him.
    So, the girl rose because the One who is the Resurrection and the Life was there.  That’s the Name of Jesus.  You must believe in that Name.  

    Receive Deliverance
    The stories go on, and towards the end of that chapter, Jesus does something about demons.
    Verse 32-33. “32 As they were going away, behold, a demon-possessed man who was mute was brought to him. 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, ‘Never was anything like this seen in Israel.’” 
    Hallelujah.  Are there any evil spirits harassing your life, possessing you, or tormenting you?  Today, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, I bind all satanic forces, principalities and powers, spiritual wickedness in high places, witches and wizards, and small demons—I bind all of them together in the Name of Jesus.  I declare you free.  I declare you completely delivered.  All those terrible dreams, harassing dreams, have ended today in the Name of Jesus.  Every ailment that has got a satanic power behind it is destroyed now in Jesus’ Name.

    Jesus is the Answer to Every Affliction
    The dumb spoke.  The deaf heard.  That’s Jesus.  Only on one day, look at all the things He performed: sins were forgiven, an issue of blood was stopped, the dead were raised, and the dumb spoke.  That’s Jesus.  There’s nothing He cannot do for you.  I said, “There’s nothing He cannot do for you.”
    Let’s go on with that chapter.  Verse 35.  “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.”
    Every disease and every affliction.  Bring every disease and every affliction, every failure before the Lord right now.  Do it in your heart.  Every disease, every oppression, every affliction, and every failure, bring them before the Lord.  He went from place to place, and He is visiting you.  Jesus goes about doing good.  Plug into Him; let the stream of life flow into you from the throne of God by faith.

    Becoming a Partner with Jesus
    Matthew 9:37-38. “37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
    If you are going to receive more from the Lord, you must be a partner with Him.  You must queue into His work.  Let me tell you something: the more you work with Christ and work for Christ, the greater are the dimensions of miracles and provisions that will come from Him to you.  Look, the anointing of the Holy Spirit makes things happen better.  When you are anointed, God uses you mightily, and then He also blesses you mightily.  Don’t be on the receiving end only; be ready to give unto the kingdom.  First of all give your body and your life and your time to Him.  Come out of sin.  Let the Holy Spirit take control of you, and wonderful things will begin to happen.  
    I want you to become a real disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, working with Him and working for Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Turn to Acts 5:32. “And we are witnesses to these things, and the… Holy Spirit also, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
    The Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.  It is easy to receive miracles from Jesus because of the power in His Name, but it is better to obey Him and be anointed by the Holy Spirit so that you yourself may become a channel of blessing unto people by the Name of Jesus.  I’m calling upon you to dedicate your life to the Lord today as a believer and then tell Him that you want His anointing so that, even through you, not only will you be blessed, but you will become a channel of blessing unto other people.

    APRIL KCCC ARTICLE Faith in the Name of Jesus Part III

    Faith in the Name of Jesus Part III

    Receiving the Glory of God
     The whole of John 17 is a mighty prayer for you and for me, a discourse between Jesus and the Father.  Verse 22 says, “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”
    The glory that you have given Me I have given to them.  Today, by faith, you will receive the glory of the Lord.  The glory that the Father has given to the Son is now yours.  What is the glory?  The glory is everything that is excellent in God, it is in Revelation 5:12. 
    1. The seven glories
    Ask God to give you the seven glories so that you may operate under the anointing of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis.  You will grow in it.
    1. They said, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive” what?  Power.  Today you will receive power.  As you surrender your life completely to Jesus and you say you will obey Him, the power will come.  The power will remain.
    2. Next, what is it?  Wealth.  God is going to do something wonderful in your business.  God has blessed His children not to be poor, but to prosper.  You will prosper in the Name of Jesus.
    3. Next one: Wisdom.  Look, wisdom is how to live well, that’s all.  Living through wisdom is how to live well, and the Word of God is going to teach you how to live well.  It will be so in the Name of Jesus.
    4. Next one:  Might.  Might means sheer physical strength.  You will be strong.  You will live many years.  You will do exploits.
    5. Next one: Honor.  Honor—that is part of glory.  That means wherever you go you receive favor.  You will receive favor from God and favor from man. 
    6. Next:  Glory itself is Glory.  Glory is the summary of everything, but when you receive the glory, the blessing follows.
    7. Last one: Blessing.
    That means all these attributes will come upon you until you become a channel of blessings unto people.  That is your statement.  The dream you are dreaming about is being fulfilled now because the glory of the Lord is your portion.  He says, “The glory that You have given unto Me, Lord, I give it unto them.”
    The Battle for Glory
    1. Whatever You Ask
    Father, open my mouth to speak only Your word.  Help us to understand the power in Your Name and glorify Yourself even in this place today as we glorify You.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray.  Amen.”
    John 14:13-14.  “And whatever you ask.”  Did you see that?  “And whatever you ask.” 
    “Whatever you ask in My Name I will do it.”  You say that Jesus is lying?  When He says that word, either He is lying to us or we are yet to get the revelation of the importance of that word.  I am so convinced that Jesus is not lying, because the Bible tells me in the book of Numbers that there is only one thing God cannot do: God cannot lie.  And if He says ‘whatever’, “whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do.” 
    1. Glorifying the Father Through the Son
    Why?  Because that glorifies the Father through the Son.  So, the reason He’s going to do it has nothing to do with your good looks.  The reason He’s going to do it has nothing to do with how good you are.  The reason He’s going to do it has nothing to do with how sinless you are.  It’s true you must be sinless, therefore sin less, but this verse of the scripture has nothing to do with any of that—it has to do with the Father glorifying the Son.
    So, He said, “And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do.”  Why? “That the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  The battle that we’ve found ourselves in today is the battle of who gets the glory.  Is it Satan that will get the glory or God that will get the glory? 
    1. The Battle from the Beginning
    Remember that in the book of Ezekiel the Bible tells us that somebody lived in the Garden of Eden before us.  His name was, and still is, Lucifer.  The Bible says, “O you Lucifer, you were perfect in all your ways.  Everything about you was perfect until iniquity was found in you.  You were in Eden, the Garden of God.  You were in Eden.”  Ezekiel 28.  “You were in Eden.”  That was before Adam and Eve showed up.  So, his home was Eden.  That’s why when Adam and Eve showed up in Eden, he knew where to go to find them.  He didn’t need a GPS.  He used to live there before.  Are you with me?
    And then he said that, “The multitude of your sin,” Isaiah tells us what is the multitude of his sin, and he gave us five ‘I wills’.  “I will lift my throne above the throne of God.”
    Remember that?  And God said, “You?  You?  My glory I will share with nobody." 
    So, from the beginning it is the battle of who gets the glory.  Is it God that will get the glory?  Is it Satan that will get the glory? 
    1. Our Battle Everyday
    When man gets the glory outside God, Satan gets the glory.  So, for every man-made man, Satan gets the glory.  That’s why He said, “Everything you do, do it to the glory of God.”  Everything you do or say, do them to the glory of God, because the battle is for who gets the glory.  And every day you and I, we vote for who gets the glory.  We vote.  Every action that we do is a vote of who gets the glory.  Every talk that we talk is a vote of who gets the glory.  Every reaction that we make is a reaction to who gets the glory.
    Jesus said, “If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it.”  Why?  “So, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
    There is a song we used to sing in those days, when I was growing up:
    Christ must be honored
    Must be honored
    Must be honored
    Jesus must be honored in my life
    If Christ is not honored in your life every day, Satan gets the glory because it’s a matter of who is going to get the glory.  The battle has been: who gets the glory.  Jesus said, “The reason that I will do anything you ask in My Name is because we are talking about glory here, and I will not contribute to anything that will give Satan the glory.  I will make sure I do it so that when I do it, my Father gets the glory.  Praise the Lord.
    1. Adam’s Test
    1. The Devil’s Fall
    You see that’s why the Devil does not want you to know the importance of the Name of Jesus because he knows that each time that you pray in the Name of Jesus, Jesus will do it.  Can you imagine that?  And the reason Jesus will do it is because God will be glorified—ahh!  Satan doesn’t want that.  Go back to the genesis of the fight.
    The Devil said, “I want the glory.  I want it. I want it.  Why is it that God is the only one everybody claps for?  Why is it that God is the only one everybody talks about up in here?”
    And God said, “You are out of here.”
    The Bible says, “He was cast out”—when he was cast down, then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image.  Let them have dominion, because Satan thinks that because I cast him to the earth, he’s going there to rule.  What a wrong calculation.  I have another plan: now let Us make man in Our image.  Let them have dominion.”
    So, when God gave them all that dominion and said, “Okay, this is how I will know you: that you will not be prideful and will honor Me and give Me glory.  Everything in this garden you can eat, but this one: don’t eat the fruit from it, for the day you eat from it, you will die.  You won’t be able to stand in My presence—that is the meaning of ‘you will die’.”
    Satan had that.  Do you understand me?  Satan had that.  Then he said, “Okay, now I know how to take over.” 
    1. Satan Tricks Eve
    So, he went to the lady.  He didn’t go to the brother; he went to the sister.  He said, “Sister-girl, what’s up?’
    And Eve said, “Just chilling.”
    Satan said, “Ooh, chilling.  With all this law hanging around your neck?  I don’t know how you can chill with that.  Did you see that tree?  Ah, I used to eat that.
    “God said we should not touch it, that the day we touch it and we eat it, we will die.”
     Am I dead?  Am I dead?  That is the food the angels eat.  You will be like God.  You will know good from evil.  I’m enjoying my life.  You’ve been going to church like a one dollar note every Sunday.  Meet me at the club, man; I’m enjoying my life.”
    It’s bait.  He wants to remove you from the presence of God so he can deal with you.  Isn’t it?
    1. Adam’s Failure
    Conversation was going on.  No man talks to my wife while I’m standing around without my permission.  Brother Adam just kept quiet, and when Eve took that apple or whatever it is, and the Bible says that as she looked at it, the brother was salivating.  She took a bite—watch this: nothing happened.  She ate and nothing happened, because she was not the one that God talked to.  But as soon as she gave it to the brother, and the brother ate, the glory departed.  If the brother had not eaten, they would not have fallen. 
    The Bible says, “And she gave to her husband, who was with her, and he ate, and the eyes of both of them opened.”
    That’s why when Paul was writing he said that it was not the Adam who was deceived—it was the woman.  The woman was doing it, not knowing that she was doing something wrong.  The man did it knowing what he was doing.  He said, “It was the man that rebelled—man rebelled; the woman was deceived.  Man rebelled; the woman was deceived.  Man rebelled, because it was the man that God told, and by the time God was telling the man, the woman was not even made yet.  Go and read Genesis; I’m summarizing Genesis 1-4.
    By the time God was telling the man, the woman was not yet made.  The woman was in the man at the time that God was speaking to the man.  So, by the time the woman was telling it, it was a retold story, but the man that was told was standing there.  Who are you going to vote for, Adam?  Who will get glory in this conversation?
    1. The Second Adam
    1. Jesus in Hell
    Temporarily Satan gets the glory.  Temporarily.  Until another Adam was sent to us, and when that second Adam died, He went to hell.   Where did He go?  Colossians tells us.  He went to hell, and when He got to hell, He was in hell, bound, and all the angels in hell were slapping Him.  Bah!  Oh!  Bah!  Daddy took His eyes off of Him.  He knew it when He was going to hell—He screamed and said, “My Father, My Father, why have You forsaken Me?”
    The Bible says, “And the whole world’s sin was laid upon Him.”  Paul says, “He who knew no sin was made sin.”  He didn’t commit sin; He was made sin.  God is love—at one point Jesus was sin.  And He was there in hell.  I can see Satan saying, “You see what I do for You?  You see what I do for You?”  And he began to name all the sicknesses, every disease, and every affliction.  You look at Him, and there was nothing left.  And when all the sins that could be mentioned were mentioned, every affliction that could be mentioned was mentioned, and all disgrace and pain that could be mentioned was mentioned, and Jesus was thoroughly dealt with in hell, God said, “Enough!”  The Bible says, “He spoiled principalities and powers.”
    1. The Only Begotten Son Spoiled Hell and the Devil
    “Enough!”  And Father called Him from heaven, “This day I have begotten You.”  Hebrews tells us.  Hebrews chapter 1.  God looked at His Son in hell and decided that the price had been fully paid, and He declared, ‘This day I have begotten You.  You are My Son.’”
    Let’s start from verse 5.  “For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘You are My Son.  Today I have begotten You’?  And again, ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son’?”
    It was not the day He was being baptized.  You know He said, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.”  That’s just talking about how He’s been pleasing to God before He was born, but in the book of Hebrews, He compares Him to all the angels, and He says to Him, “Today.”  Paul tells us, “He spoiled principalities and powers.”  Revelation tells us, “He collected the keys of death and of hell.”  Where did He collect it?  Jude tells us that He went there.  He collected it.  How did He get it when Father spoke from heaven to Him.  “Today I have begotten You.  Hey!  Hey!”  To Satan and all the demons He says, “Hey!” 
    And Jesus got up instantly healed, instantly refreshed, and He walked towards Satan and said, “Give Me the key.”  The glory was beaming so powerfully—He was still in hell, and He said, “A new Owner came here.  Now give Me.  Give Me.  For every room, every department in hell, I need the key.  Give Me.”  He got the master key of hell from Satan.  Then He walked up to death and said, “What are you doing?”
    “Aaaah!  I can’t even look at You—why?”
    The voice said, “Today I have begotten You.”
    And they said, “Yes, Sir.  Yes, Sir.  Yes, Sir.”
    And He collected the two keys, came out of hell, and went straight to His disciples and said, “All power—both in heaven and on earth have been given to Me.  From today go and use it.  No weapon formed against you shall prosper in My Name.”  The first thing He said is, “You cast out devils.”  Why?  Because they were the last to deal with Him.  Do you hear what I’m saying?  “In My Name you shall—” what?  Cast out devils.  Why?  Because He knew what He suffered by their hand when He was in hell.  “Anywhere you see them, don’t spare them.  Anywhere you find them, cast them out.  Anywhere you see their work, destroy it.  In My Name.” 
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    The Greatness of That Name - How to Make Your Name Great
    1. Being Born into a Great Name
    Faith in the Name of Jesus.    We’ve been talking on faith in the Name of Jesus.  There are names, and there are Names.  The Name of Jesus is greater than any of the names.  Go with me to Philippians 2:5-11.  “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of a man.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross.  Therefore, God has also highly exalted Him, giving Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
    The Bible says that God has highly exalted Him, and God gave Him a Name that is greater than all other names.  So, when you think about any name at all, the Name of Jesus is greater.   What we want to do today is, let’s look at how did He get to that place where God seriously just lifted this Man up that much?  How did He obtain that excellent Name?
    Some men are born great, and they came with a great name.  When my mother was pregnant with me, I was in her belly—how many of you know that’s true?  I didn’t see anybody standing by our window, trying to guess, “Is it a boy or a girl?”  I think you get what I’m saying.  But then there are some in society, that as soon as they found out they are pregnant, the Paparazzi are ready—they want to know whether it’s a man or a woman.  I’ve been a very nice person; nobody troubled my parents when I was coming.  I know that when you were coming, your family’s house was jam-packed with news media.  How many of you are like that?  Nobody?  And people are already excited to know what the name is of this one. 
    Do you remember when Prince Charles and Princess Diana were expecting?   It was as if the Queen herself was pregnant.  Everybody was running over, “Oh, what are they going to name him?”  What am I saying?  Some people came already with a great name because of how they were born and where they were born.  Their name is already known.
    1. Making One’s Name Great by Achievement
    But you have others that made their name great by their achievements.  Once a child is born into the house of Mr. and Mrs. Phillips in England, you know that child is either a queen-to-be or a king-to-be.  Many of you don’t know that the Queen is Mrs. Phillips.  That’s the name of the husband.  But others, their name became great by their achievement.  If I walk past Mr. Gates Sr., I would not have thought of anything other than, “He opens the door.”  But there was a boy that was born into the Gates family that turned the entire Gates’ family name into a household name.  Bill Gates.  Remember that?  He made the name of the family great by what he did, not because he was born into a great family. 
    Now, everybody in Kenya now wants to be Obama.  Are you hearing what I’m saying?  If you are from Kenya and that part of the world, even if you are not related to Obama you will say, “My uncle’s friend who is closer to the brother of the friend of my mom’s aunt is related to Obama.”  Because what?  Mr. Obama Sr., schooled in the United States, had his master’s degree in economics, but he was a drunk.  He loved his beer.  Are you hearing me?  He impregnated and married one young white girl in Hawaii.  They were so poor, and the brother had to go back to Kenya.  When he got to Kenya he married another woman.  There’s nothing great in that family.  Are you hearing what I’m saying?  The family is divided into equal halves: half is Muslim, and half are Christian.  But the young boy, the only one that his mama had from his father because the mother now remarried, became the President of the United States. 
    And now one guy is in China, his name is Obama, from Kenya.  He’s talking to the press because his great cousin…if he was in jail nobody would want to say, “I’m related to him.”
    Are you hearing what I’m saying?  In other words, you can be born into a great family with a great name or you can actually make the name of your family great by what you achieve.
    1.  One’s Name Becoming Great by Conference
    The other one: you name can be great because they confer something on you.  The Queen can make some people MBE: Member of the British Empire.  A national award.  Especially if you are from a West-African country, I won’t mention the name, they love titles.  OFR.  GFCR.  You wonder what the meaning is of the name.  VIP.  Verger born in Power.  They love titles, and your name can become great by conferment. 
    The Greatness of Jesus’ Name
    1. Jesus’ Name Includes all Three
    It’s not very often that you find somebody that crosses two.
    But Jesus crosses the three.  His Name was great, number one, by inheritance.  His Name was great by conferment.  It was conferred—a Name was given to Him that was greater.  Number three, His Name was great by conquest, by what He achieved.  And those are the three areas we want to look at today. 
    So, in whatever area you want to use the Name of Jesus, it works!  His Name is effective in three worlds, the Bible tells us.  His Name is effective and powerful in the heavens, His Name is powerful and effective on earth, and His Name is effective and powerful in hell.  So, in three worlds.  Now, every other one I’ve told you about, their name is only effective and powerful in a sphere, in a part of the earth.  Bill Gates: in the computer realm.  The Queen: in the Commonwealth.  And even in the Commonwealth now they are dumbing it down so fast, that only Canada, the Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and then you know the Caribbean, those are the ones where they can say, “The Queen is coming, everybody." If you go to some other Commonwealth country and say, “Queen is coming,” and they say, “Which one?  Queen who?  Queen Latifa?”
    So, let’s look at how Jesus obtained an excellent Name.  How did you get your own name?  I know how you got your name.  Many of us, including me, got our name conferred on us, bestowed on us by our parents.  Is that not true?  They were the ones who gave you your name.  How many of you renamed yourself afterwards, and that’s what you are bearing right now?  The only person who named himself, and that’s the name we are calling him is Bishop Julius.  You know Bishop Julius Abiola?  Julius was not his name that his parents gave him—he gave himself ‘Julius’.  His name was an exotic name so he had to rename himself ‘Julius’.  So, I put ‘Caesar’ at the back of it, and he doesn’t like me to call him ‘Julius Caesar’.
    But other than that, everybody goes about with their own name.  Another person that named himself is Yonggi Cho.  I think Yonggi Cho started with Paul Yonggi Cho, then he ended up with David Paul Yonggi Cho, because he read about David and he loved David.  But I don’t have any problem with the name David; I love the name David.  But I love Adekunle better.  Because that’s what my parents thought would suit me. 
    My point is this: many of us are bearing our name because our parents named us.  There was a lady when we were in college, her name was Billykissu.  That’s a true story.  She changed it to Billy, but I knew her because we came from the same street—we grew up in the same street.   So, I never called her ‘Billy’ I called her ‘Kissu’.  And she would be so mad at me; she would throw water at me in a cup, and I would say, “Hey, Kiss.”
    She would say, “You’ve started again.”
    She didn’t like the name.  How many of you would have preferred another name than the name you are bearing right now?  You won’t let anybody know so that they won’t tease you.
    1. Jesus’ Name Great by Inheritance
    Jesus’ Name was conferred to Him as well, but I want us to start with inheritance.  How did He get an excellent Name by inheritance?  Hebrews 1:1-6.  This is very important, because this is what gives you the power to use that Name.  “God, at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.  Who, being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than angels as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
    By inheritance He obtained a more excellent Name than they.  “For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten You.’  And again, ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son.’  But He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’” 
    Notice verse 4.  “He became so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance, obtained a more excellent name.”  He inherited a greater Name than any angelic being.  He inherited it.  We know that Jesus is the Son of God, and Jesus is the heir of all things, but when did He inherit the most excellent Name?  How did He inherit anything in heaven and on earth?  Let me say this to you: this is not what the Bible is saying.  The Bible is not saying that He inherited that name in heaven before He came to the earth.  No.  When He came to this earth, He already had everything.  He didn’t come with a big name, the Bible even says, “He laid aside all His honor and all His glory.”  He laid them aside.  So, it cannot be that He came from heaven, because He was the Son of God, that’s why He obtained the most excellent Name, you know, like Prince Charles.  How do you become Prince Charles?  Can any of you be Prince Charles?  Yes, you can be Charles, and in fact you can be Prince Charles, but not with the same weight. 
    So, He didn’t come to the earth with all this regalia and paraphernalia of a great name.  No.  He was born in the manger.  He laid aside all His honor and glory.  When then did He inherit His Name?  Let’s find out.   Hebrews chapter 1 that we are reading verses 4 and 5 tells us, “Having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance, obtained a more excellent Name than they,” and watch this now: “For to which of the angels did He ever say, 'You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’”
    1. Today 
    Today.  So, if we want to know when He obtained a more excellent Name, we need to find out when is that ‘today’ that He was begotten?  Are you following me?  We realize that He didn’t inherit that Name from heaven.  It’s not because He was the Son of God and He was born, and so He has to have a big name.   No.  No.  The Bible says that God said, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.”  And that is the key—that is the key—to finding out when He obtained that Name. 
    When?  Most people think He was begotten when He came into the world as a babe.  “Oh yeah, angels were singing.  That’s when He was begotten.”  No, no.  The Son of God was not born when He took the flesh.  The Son of God has been before He came, remember that.  John told us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Bible says in verse 14, “The Word became flesh.”  So ‘the Word became flesh’ means that He took the form of a human being, so it was not then that He was begotten.  If we look at it like that then it means that He was not equal with God before He came.  But if He has always been equal with God, then we need to find out when was He then begotten?  If it was not from heaven, then there must be a time that He was begotten. 
    Now, look at Hebrews 10:5.  He said, “Therefore when He came into the world, He said, ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.’”  This was Jesus talking to the Father.  “You have prepared”—what?  “A body for Me.”  Because He and God were one and the same.  We have God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit—they are not three Gods, they are one God.  That is the mystery of the Trinity. 
    He said, “But when I was coming, You did not desire sacrifice and offering, but what You did desire—You prepared for me a body.”  Then that means it was not the day He was begotten.  To be begotten means to be born once again.  Ah, I hope you will get this one. 
    Now, what was ‘today’?  Another translation said, ‘this day I have begotten You’.  Who has the translation, ‘this day’?  This day.  What was that?  Look at Acts 13:33.   He obtained that name by inheritance, and we realize that the day that He obtained that name is, the Bible says, ‘today I have begotten You.’  Acts 13:33 says, “And God, God has fulfilled this for us—their children—in that He has raised up Jesus as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’”  You are My Son, today I have begotten You.
    Now, do you know the day He was begotten?  He was begotten the day He was raised from the dead.  Today: the day He was raised from the dead, that was the day He was begotten.  On that Resurrection Morning, that is the day He was begotten. 
    1. Spiritual Death
    You know, He tasted death for all of us.  He tasted death for every one of us.  He died on the cross, He took our place, and He tasted not just physical death, He tasted—what?  Spiritual death.
    Do you remember when he cried out on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” in Matthew 27:46?  And then the Bible says that He died.  Now, when He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” do you know what was going on at that point?  He died spiritually.  Spiritually.  He was separated from God.  One who was always one with God all of a sudden found Himself separated from God.  When we talk about death in the Bible—in the Bible there are many deaths; there are many different types of death, but let’s look at three that are very prominent.
    There is what is called ‘physical death’.  That’s when somebody died and is dead.  But then if physical death is the end of man, why do we then turn around and say, “May his soul rest in peace.”  Are you hearing me?  So, if physical death is the end of man, then why are we saying, “May his soul rest in peace”?  We are saying that because we know that physical death is not the end of man.
    In the year 2000, I preached a sermon “You Shall Never Die”, and that is the truth.  And if you don’t listen to that sermon, if you just see the caption, you will say, “Oh, heretic.  He said you can never die.”  But the truth is you can never die.  Spirits don’t die.  You will shed this body, but you will live on, either in His presence—and I’ll tell you another death—or in the lake of fire.  The death in the lake of fire is called ‘Eternal Death’.  Or the Bible calls it ‘the second death’.   It’s eternal death.
    So, you have physical death, you have eternal death, which is the opposite of eternal life, and then you have the spiritual death.  Say what?  Really?  Yes.  If anyone enters into spiritual death and didn’t come back he will end up in the third death which is eternal death.  When you were born, you and I were born physically, but we had not yet been born spiritually.  So, long as we carry the DNA of a fallen man...When we were born we were born physically but not spiritually. 
     That’s why when one brother came to me and he told me that he was born homosexual, I said, “Fantastic.  That is not a big problem.  I was born a sinner too.  I just got born again.  If the doctor told you that you were born homo, just get born again.  That’s all.  That will stop it.”  Are you hearing what I’m saying?  Because every one of us was born in sin.  Are you hearing me?
    1. Spiritual Life
    So, there is a physical death and a physical birth.  There is spiritual death and spiritual life.  Now watch this: when you and I were physically born, God expected us to be born again in the Spirit.  That why when Brother Nic came to Jesus he said, “What shall I do?”
    And Jesus said to him, “You must be born again.”
    And then Nicodemus looked at Jesus and said, “As big as I am?  Do you want me to go into my mother’s womb?  I can’t even fit!”
    And Jesus said, “No, no, no, no.  I’m not talking about that.  That which is born of the flesh is the flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit,” He didn’t say ‘is spiritual’.  He said, “Is spirit.  Then why did it surprise you that I said, ‘You must be born again’?”
    In other words, your spirit must be born again.  How does our spirit get born again?  When it receives the life of God.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish”—or should not perish— “but will have eternal life.”  The life of God.   Eternal life is the opposite of eternal death, and you can only get eternal life when your spirit life is born. 
    So, Jesus Christ said, “You must be born again.”
    Now watch this: how did Jesus obtain His name by inheritance?  Scripture tells us He died spiritually.  He underwent spiritual death.  Now when was that?  When He was separated from God.  God said to Adam, “Don’t touch that tree.  If you eat from that tree, you will die.”  Are you with me?  Genesis 2:17. “Don’t eat that.  Don’t eat that.  If you eat that, you will die.”
    What did Brother Adam do?  Both he and his wife went full speed ahead and ate it, and they still kept living, and yet they were dead.  They kept living and yet they were dead, because physically they were still alive, but spiritually they were separated from God, and they could no longer see God.  So, in Genesis chapter 3 when they ate the fruit and God showed up, they ran away.  They said, "We heard Your voice, and we ran away, because we were afraid." 
    Spiritual death means separation from God.  Do you hear me?  When someone has died spiritually it means they have been separated from God.  That's why when Paul was writing in Ephesians 2:1 he said, "You were dead, and now He made you alive."  He said, "You were dead in your trespasses and sins, and how you have been made alive."  In other words, you now carry Zoe, the life of God in you.
  • Jeremiah 33:16 “In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS”

    This is the word of the Lord for you as I welcome you to this year Kingdom Power Conference. The word of the Lord through prophet Jeremiah is about restoration. It does not matter what you are going through right now, God will cause to grow up to you, “a branch of righteousness”!

    I want you to read the prophecy in context:

    Jeremiah 33:12-17: 12 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be a dwelling place of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. 13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them,’ says the LORD.

    14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
    15 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called:


    17 “For thus says the LORD: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a
    man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’” (NKJV)

    As you can see, this was a time when the people of Judah and Israel were under serious affliction and captivity. They were far away in Babylon as captives, yet God sent the word of assurance to them. God said in Jeremiah 33:3 that if they could call on Him, He would answer them and show them great and mighty things they did not know. I call it ‘mind blowing’ miracle! I speak ‘mind-blowing’ miracle into your life in the name of Jesus!

    Regardless of their present situation, God was already ahead of them, planning and arranging their future. All that they needed to do was to walk into it.
    If you have been robbed of your joy, peace, health, wealth, family, career, relationship etc., this word of the Lord is for you. God is about to restore you to His original intent and bring you to the place of satisfaction.

    Maybe you have been waiting for the promises of God to manifest in your life, I am saying to you under the unction of the Holy Spirit that your waiting time is over! God will manifest Himself and His promises in your life this year in the name of Jesus! 

    Jeremiah 33:14 “Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.”

    Let me encourage you what you need to do:

    1. Spend time with the Word of God. Let me assure you that the easiest way to hear from God is through the Word of God. If you are not fully in the Word you cannot be fully in the World! Many are in the World but they are not enjoying their life, because they are not in the Word of God. God is a speaking God and He doesn’t want you to walk in darkness. He wants to talk to you. Get into the Word of God, spend time with the Word. Read eight pages of the Bible every day and you will finish reading the Bible twice in one year. Psalm 119:130 says “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” 

    2. Spend time with God in Prayer. There are certain doors that will not open for you until you pray. It is not because God did not want to open the door; it is just that the enemy is resisting your answer from getting to you. Therefore, you need to pray.
    Daniel 10:12-14 say; “12Then he said, "Don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. 13But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. 14Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come." (New Living Translation)

    Daniel was praying for understanding and God had answered him, yet it took twenty-one days before he could receive the manifestation of the answer to his prayer because of the power of darkness. We must cultivate the habit of prayer if we are to become significant in life.

    3. Refuse to walk by sight. Faith is putting the Word of God that you know into action to produce for you. It is the evidence that the Word works. Everyone who walks by sight cannot enjoy the fullness of God. Start walking by faith today by putting into action the Word of God. 1 John 5:4 “Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith” (Message).

    4. Praise God until your raise comes. Praise is what to do when you don’t know what else to do. Three nations were against Jehoshaphat and he said, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” God said to Jehoshaphat if you don’t know what to do then let me tell you what to do, DO PRAISE!” (2 Chronicles 20:12-22) Praise is the prescription for every problem that is beyond description. When you can no longer describe the situation, God said the prescription is praise! 

    5. Be consistent in your giving. Jeremiah 33:10-11 10-11 “Yes, GOD’s Message: ‘You’re going to look at this place, these empty and desolate towns of Judah and streets of Jerusalem, and say, “A wasteland. Unlivable. Not even a dog could live here.” But the time is coming when
    you’re going to hear laughter and celebration, marriage festivities, people exclaiming, “Thank GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies. He’s so good! His love never quits,” as they bring thank offerings into GOD’s Temple. I’ll restore everything that was lost in this land. I’ll make everything as good as new.’ I, GOD, say so.” (Message)

    Did you notice that as they bring thank offerings into God’s Temple, God responded by restoring everything that was lost in the land? Never stop giving so that you don’t stop growing. Sowing to the work of the Lord is the best prescription against poverty and financial stagnation. Generous giving to the Lord always provokes restoration. 

    Finally, make up your mind to receive from the Lord all that He has for you during this conference and you will be able to boldly proclaim: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!
    July Article - I AM AN OVERCOMER

    Rev.  Dr.  Ade Ajala

    If you are the type that always says I am an Overcomer.  Let’s look at  1 John chapter 5 verses 4 and 5.
    “For whatever is born of God,” I love that… for whatever is born of God, how many of you are born of God?   “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.”  Whatever!  I put in my bible whatever and whoever because what is not a pronoun so I put in my Bible whatever and whoever is born of God overcomes the world. “And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” 

     It says if you are born of God you are an Overcomer.  To overcome means you have fought a battle and you won.  You are not an Overcomer when you have not overcome nothing.  So, you can see that this church and that is you, you are Overcomers.  What is the weapon that you use to overcome?  Faith.  Your faith is what you use.  Now, Go to verse 5.  Go to verse 5.  Go to verse 5.  Go to verse 5.  And who is he who overcomes the world?  But he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  Ahh…Is there anybody that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  If you are that one you are the one that he is talking to.  This is not to everybody this is only to those who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  You are the Overcomer.  Hear me, you have overcome the system of this world.  You have overcome the economics of this world, you have overcome the negativity of this world, you have overcome the hatred of this world, you have overcome the falsehood of this world, you have overcome the wickedness of this world, you have overcome the pain and the frustrations of this world, you have overcome the persecutions of this world, you have overcome the delusions and the distractions of this world, you have overcome the lust and the greed of this world, you have overcome the lies and the deception of this world, you have overcome Satan and all his demons of darkens of this world.

    If you’re an Overcomer shout amen to that!

    I’m an Overcomer and that’s the way I see myself and that’s the way I carry myself.

    No matter what you go through if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God you’re an Overcomer.  You’re an Overcomer!  That must be your testimony every day.  When we are going through a situation.  

    I get up, I say that I am an overcomer.  I overcome the hatred of this world.  I overcome the lies and the deception of this world.  I overcome the economic systems of this world.  I overcome the pain and the frustrations of this world.  I am an Overcomer because I believe in Jesus.  He who believes in Him is an overcomer.  Shout Amen!  I’m an Overcomer I overcome every pain and frustrations, I overcome lack, I overcome sickness, I overcome.  I am an Overcomer.  In the name of Jesus. 

     I woke up one day there I’d not slept I’d been praying I wanted to get up, my back was holding me back for lack of enough sleep, enough rest.  I got up I sat down I said you are a liar devil I am an Overcomer shame on you and your mother in law.  I sat down again, actually I adjust myself, I said Jesus I’m doing like this to shame the devil, when the lion roars everything must run. I got up and said, JESUS! And that’s the end of that.  Not to talk about anything to anyone, nobody will lay hands on this one when Christ has already laid hands on him.  Are you with me?   Why?  Why do you say that? Look at 1 John chapter 5 verse 13 .  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the son of God. 

    1 John chapter 5 verse 13 & 14.  “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
    That you may know that you have eternal life.  1 John 5:14-15 These things I write to you that you may know that you have eternal life.
    Say, I have eternal life.  When you have eternal life you can’t have death.  Eternal life cancels death.

    That’s why when Jesus came to the grave of Lazarus he didn’t say Lazarus come back to life.  He just said Lazarus come forth.  Because when life shows up death disappears. He already told Mary and Martha I am the resurrection and the life.  I am the resurrection and the life.  I am the resurrection and the life.  So, when He shows up life showed up.  Remember when the widow of Nunn as they were helping her to carry her son to be buried.  Jesus met them, He just touched the casket.  Because what needs to happen for a dead man to come back to life is for life to be restored.  A contact with life.  You are making a contact with life today.  In your finances life is coming back, in your home life is coming back, in your business life is coming back because you are an overcomer.  Hallelujah!  1 John 5: 13:14. These things I have written to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the Name.  You have eternal life.  You don’t just believe on Sunday and begin to confess negative on Monday.  You must continue to believe, you must continue to believe, you must continue to believe.  You must continue to believe and this is the confidence that we have in Him I have a confidence in my God that anything I ask He hears me.  Anything I ask He hears me, anything, anything, anything I ask Him He hears me.  I have eternal life in my soul I cannot be defeated.  Shout amen to that!  I have eternal life in me I cannot be defeated in my soul.  You cannot be defeated outside until you are defeated inside.  Once you are defeated inside it’s a matter of time you will be defeated outside.  Listen to me refuse to be defeated inside, no matter what you are going through on the outside I am a victor and not a victim.  

    I am an Overcomer for greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.  Sometimes there are frustrations but I have eternal life, sometimes there are pains but I have eternal life, sometimes I may not have dollars in my pocket but I have eternal life.  For greater is He… He said cheer up I have overcome the world.  You know, now I want you to just look at 1 John chapter 5 verse 4 that we’ve read, for whatever is born of God, whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  Now you see the tenses there it’s a continuous present whatever is born of God overcomes.  

    In construction, they say this is hot.  That electric line is hot. In other words, there is power in it.  This is an ongoing.  You are an Overcomer, you overcame you are overcoming and you will still overcome.  And this is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith.  And who is that referring to?  Anyone that believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  Verse 6, this is He who came by water and blood.  Jesus Christ, He came by water and blood.  Verse 6,  Jesus Christ not only by water but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness because the Spirit is truth.  Verse 7 for there are three things that bears witness in heaven.  Three that bears witness in heaven; The Father the Word and the Holy Spirit and these three are one.  Now, I’ve told you before when you get to heaven and you’re looking for Jesus you won’t find Him there.  Because in heaven nobody knows Him as Jesus they know Him as the Word.  Did you hear what I’m saying?  No, it’s Jesus on the earth.  Jesus – Jesus, there is no Jesus when you get to heaven He has dropped the earthly name to the earth.  In heaven, He’s known as the Word.  

    That’s why I kept saying to you, speak the Word, speak the Word speak the Word!  Because when you speak the Word you threw Jesus into the midst of that circumstance.  He says there are three that bears witness in heaven;  the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit and these three are one.  That’s the trinity right there for you.  Look at verse 8,  and there are three that bears witness on the earth.  Now I want you to watch it.  There are three bears witness on the earth. The Spirit, the Water and the Blood.  Now watch what He said, and these three agree, they are not one.  And these three agree as one.  Very important I want you to see something here today.  These three agree as one.  Now, he said, and if we receive the witness of the Spirit, if we receive the witness of men the witness of God is greater for this is the witness of God which he testified of His son verse 10.  He who believes in the Son has the witness in himself.  He who does not believe God has made him a liar because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His son. The Father, the Word and the Spirit they are bearing witness in heaven right now, the Word of God is bearing witness, the Spirit of God is bearing witness, the Father is bearing….but on the earth it’s the Spirit, the Water and the Blood.  What is that?  The bible tells us that Jesus always minister in the spirit so we know when He was going to start His ministry He said the spirit of the Lord God is upon me.  He walked in the spirit, He ministered by the spirit, He talked by what the spirit led Him.  Now, what do we mean by the Water and the Blood?  

    We don’t have problem understanding the Spirit part, but He says three things bear witness on the earth.  The Spirit, the water and the blood.  We don’t have problem with the one in heaven.  For three things bear witness in heaven, The Father, the Word and the Spirit and they are one.  So what is the water and blood?  Go to John chapter 19, go to John chapter 19 from verse 34 and 35.  John chapter 19 we are going to read verses 34 and 35.  Now, “but one of the soldiers pierced His side with the spear and immediately blood and water came out, and he who has seen has testified and His testimony is true and he knows that he’s telling the truth so that you may believe.  Now watch this, the bible said Jesus was hung on the cross, when he was hanging on the cross He died.  Science tells us when you die it means your heart has stopped and if the heart has stopped the blood cannot be pumping, it cannot be gushing out.  That’s why when somebody dies instantly you don’t see blood coming.  When they are in the process of dying you can see blood still gushing, it is still gushing because the heart is still pumping.  Even though you’ve slaughtered his neck, you will see the blood still gushing.  The moment he dies and the heart stops pumping that’s the end of blood gushing out.  That’s the end. Because without the heart  pumping blood can’t move, it will stay where it is.  Are you hearing me?  Jesus was already dead and yet when they pierced Him on the side blood and water gushed out. Which means even though He’s dead He’s alive.  The blood and water was gushing out.  And He said, I say that you may believe, that you are not serving a dead God. John said, the one who wrote this, the one who wrote this, the one who wrote this is testifying that this is not a myth, so that his testimony is true. And he knows that he’s telling the truth so that you may believe that you are not serving a dead God.  I’m going somewhere with this. So, what does John want you to believe?  What does John want you to believe?

     This is what John wants you to believe: In John chapter 2 verse 19 to 21. “Jesus answered and said to them destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”  Whoaaa… Jesus said destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.  Then the Jew said, you crazy what are you saying it takes forty years to build this temple and will you raise it up in just three days?  The Jew said it has taken forty- six years, forty-six years you think we are slow, you think we are slow.  It took them forty-six years to build the temple.  In the last days, we build some edifices.  In Nigeria, a man of God built a fifty thousand seater auditorium in nine months, in nine months and it took the Jew that temple that was destroyed barely can take a thousand. It took them forty-six years.  No wonder Jesus said the things that I do you will do also greater works than this.  They rode on donkeys you are now on supersonic.  So, you are way ahead, forty-six years.  And Jesus then turned around and said bring the temple down and Ill build it in three days. He said what.  Destroy it! But He was speaking of His body.  Now, John understood that because John was the one that put verse 21 there.  When He said, destroy this temple and will raise it in three days, the Jews were saying you crazy how can you do that?  John said, don’t mind Him He was talking about His body.  Now, how does the Apostle see it later on?  Go to Hebrews chapter 10, Hebrews chapter 10.  How did the Apostles see what Jesus was saying?   Hebrews chapter 10 from verse 19. Verse 19-22, verse 19-22 “Therefor brethren having boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way,” you are on a new and living way which He consecrated for us.  
    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.
    Judge Not
    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
    them free.”
    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