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The Affirmation of Things

[1 Timothy 1:6-7]; From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

Of the Places of Our Affirmation

The Bible says that men who desire to teach the law do not understand what they say or from where they affirm. There are things you might never be able to explain but yet know how to do them. I might not know how to explain to a man how to heal the sick and I might also not carry the understanding of how the sick are healed but I must carry the affirmation in my spirit of how it works.  It is possible depending on who you are ministering to and what kind of thing you are dealing with. It is natural that certain people in this world might not have the understanding of the things they do (even though it is not a good thing) but it is okay if the man does not have the understanding but carries the affirmation. I might not have an understanding of what I give but I must carry the affirmation. When I say we are going to do such and such a thing next year, I know it is going to happen. That is the confidence that we have in Christ. When you tell someone that you are not going to die next year, you ought to know where it is coming from. It is not coming from healthy living and a good diet. Man of God, when you say, ‘I am rich, I am blessed and increasing,’ do you have the affirmation and do you carry the understanding?

The Pendulum

The affirmation of the spirit swings on the pendulum of two things. The first is the revelation of the mind of the Spirit pertaining that issue; not your idea. If you have a financial issue, what is the mind of the Spirit? If you are sick, what is the mind of the Spirit? The place of affirmation means that you carry the revelation pertaining that particular issue. The second thing is that the man receiving it ought to carry the stability to judge matters and the knowledge to execute. I need the mind of the Spirit to confirm and explain to me whatever I am dealing with but I also need the stability in the spirit to reconcile judgment and knowledge on that issue.

I may have the mind of the Spirit but if I do not have knowledge and judgment to deal with the issue, the stability in my spirit, it means that I might not get the desired results. It is one thing when Pharaoh has received the mind of the Spirit pertaining the famine. It is another when he does not have the stability of the Spirit to carry both judgment and the wisdom to execute which is why he needed Joseph.  

You say you are rich, are you sure you are rich? You say that you are blessed, are you sure you are blessed? You say that you will get married this year, are you sure? You might say, ‘No. I am walking by faith.’ Really? Faith is substance. Do you have the substance to make it happen?

Look at the people who desire to preach the law. It means that they neither carry the affirmation, the stability nor the mind of the Spirit revealed to them. That is what Peter means when he talks about they who are unlearned and unstable; they twist those scriptures of Paul like they do others to their own destruction.

The mind of the Spirit in every child of God revealed in every circumstance is a learning; then comes the stability of things which is the place where a man is well placed in the things of the Spirit both to carry judgment and the knowledge of execution.

Of the Fear of the Lord

These men who desire to teach the law know not from where they affirm and end up in endless meats and genealogies. Let me show you an example in Isaiah 29:12 -13. It says;

And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.

Men were separated and alienated from the life of God that when you spoke of the fear of the lord, they taught it by the precepts of men. If you want to understand what I mean, ask a number of Christians why they fear God. What do you do because you fear God? You will realize that it is the precepts of men and not of God.  Now if you miss the mind of the Spirit, if you are not learned in this, by the time you get to the place of stability, you might not be able to interpret and explain certain things.

There is a preacher who once said that men ought to stop sinning because God is a consuming fire. As a result of such a teaching, someone will say, I will stop sinning because I fear God. If you fear God and desist from doing something because you fear him, do you realize that it does not remove the desire to do that thing? Since it does not remove the desire to do the thing, God ups the game and tells you that if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has committed adultery. If I do something because I fear you yet with my eyes and my mind, I have seen a woman and lusted after her, does it mean I have not committed it? I have.  It only means that I have not done it physically.

Do you have the power to deal with that from within when it is a nature issue? You cannot because it is inherent in your system.

Look at Psalms 103:3-5;

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

This is the mind of the Spirit on how men ought to fear him.   Why is he doing all that? Why does he find a man with issues and just seeks to forgive all his weaknesses? What is his mind on forgiving? The answer is in Luke 7:47. It says; Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

God knows that if a man is forgiven too much, he is going to love much but if a man is forgiven little, he is going to love less. That is why in Psalms 130:3, he says; but there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. According to God, the reason why men fear him is because he forgives a lot but the precepts of men teach that men fear him because he is a consuming fire.

Israel rebelled against God every day and he smote them. They rebelled and he smote them again. He smote them and they still rebelled some more. Up to date, Israel is still rebellious. No amount of beating will change your child. A woman who is forgiven when she wrongs her husband will love him more. However, if he beats her up so that she does not do that wrong thing again, she is less likely to love him.  If you beat her up for her not to do it again, it does not mean that she will stop doing it. One day, some people get cold blooded and say ‘I know they are going to beat me but let me do it anyway.’ How do you fix that? You cannot win men over by anger. You can only win them over by love. 1 Corinthians 13:8 is clear; love never fails.

I do not understand how a man can refuse to receive the grace of God. Its purpose is simple. It is to remove sin out of you without effort. They claim that we tell people to do nothing because Jesus finished it. Yes, he finished it. He said so. Just receive. He says that we which have believed have entered into rest. I am rested that I am okay. I am rested that my finances and my marriage are okay. Everything is okay.

Do I mean that in salvation there is no struggle? Salvation can either be hard or easy. Choose what you want.

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The Experiences Of The Word


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1 John 4:1-3]; 
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Of The Spirit of Error

John says test the spirit. He doesn’t say test what the spirit says. There is a difference between testing what the man says and testing what the spirit of the man is.

The Bible says that every spirit that says that Jesus Christ, is come, not came or will come but is come in the flesh is of God.

That is not what religion taught you. They sang songs that asked, where is he? That is the spirit of the antichrist. When they ask where God is, just stand up straight, chin up, chest out and present yourself because this is the mystery that was hidden from the ages past but is now revealed, Christ in you, the hope of glory [ Colossians 1:26-27].

1 John 4:6 goes on to say; We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

If a man is of the world, the world will hear him. The word used herein for ‘know’ is ginosko; revelational knowledge. It means He that has a perception of God, that ginoskos God hears us. People who have a perception of God, hear us.

There is something called the spirit of error and the spirit of truth. When a man is of God and another has the spirit of error, he that has the spirit of error cannot hear him. If some people do not hear you, don’t worry. There is a kind that cannot hear me because of the spirit of error. John says that they that know God hear us. I hear John. Some people do not hear John at all.

For example, John says in 1 John 3:9; whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. You should see the blogs and commentaries on that scripture. Some people even disqualify John at that point. They do not hear him. But I do hear him.

They that Know God Hear You

The question is; who is born of God? What in you is born of God? Your spirit is born of God. If your spirit is born of God, how can your spirit sin? When people question this, that is when you realise the spirit of error. John made it very simple. He said test the spirit.

In the book of Acts, we see an account of the woman with the spirit of divination. She kept shouting after the apostles, ‘these are the men who show us the way of the most high’. She said the right words. Paul heard her all the while. However, the bible says that after a while, he cast out the spirit. This was a place of maturity. Maturity is deeper than just hearing the words. It is a place where having heard the words, you test the spirit.

When a man matures in God, he just does not hear words. She was accurate but the spirit by which she said it was by divination. It is why it is important for you as a child of God to know the word. He says that these words are spirit and they are life.

If you know God, men that know God, that have the spirit of truth will hear you.

God says of Jesus, that this is my well beloved son, hear him ye. He was not telling just men and trees. He was speaking to everything around. God gave authority to Jesus. Wind could hear him and calm down. Everything was under a mandate to hear him. The only thing that can block a man from hearing God is the spirit of error. Once the spirit of error takes over a man, he cannot hear you.

Faith Redefined

The Bible says that by faith, Enoch was translated that he might not see death [Hebrews 11:5]. It means that Enoch was not made aware of death. The first place of the word is that it shields you from certain things. There are things that you can no longer look at. When the bible says that you are the righteousness of God, there are thigs that it has shielded you from.

That is why Paul speaks of the shield of faith. He says put on the whole armour of God that you might withstand the wiles of the enemy. He speaks of the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit and all these things are wonderful but then he says above all, put on the shield of faith that you might quench the fiery darts of the enemy. The word quench means you extinguish everything that the devil throws at you. There are certain thigs that you should not allow yourself to see, that when a doctor says you are about to die, you tell him, ‘doctor, you say am about to die, how come I do not see it?’  The scriptures say that they that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercies. So, because God said that, when you come into faith, the first thing He does is to shield you because he knows that what you see you get.

 

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The Spirit of Sonship

[Deuteronomy 32:8 MSG]; When the High God gave the nations their stake, gave them their place on Earth, He put each of the peoples within boundaries under the care of divine guardians.

Of Divine Guardians

The divine guardians are the sons of God. Look at the mind of God in this regard. He gets Uganda or Tanzania or whichever country and puts his child in charge of it. However, the Christian is still believing God for a plot of land in Mukono. So you ask, what if the children of God are too many for the nations? He will create more nations for the children. Someone else claims that it seems the current reality is that the Christians are too many to own nations. It is the way it is because the church lost a certain place.   Let me tell you the mind of the spirit; if a man says that he is going to pastor a million people, it is the responsibility of heaven to make people reproduce those people. It is not the responsibility of government. It doesn’t matter how many people are in that nation. God drew boundaries according to the number of the sons of God. Now if we read this, it means that there can be more nations than presently are on the face of the earth.

Christians are still believing God for plots of land. The man to whom God said ask me of nations? God was not joking. He did not mean Kampala. That is a city in a nation. He said ask, but the Christian is asking for land and a job. You might ask again, what if a hundred of us asked for a nation? That is God’s problem to fix. It is not yours. He said ask. The problem is not God; it is you. The Bible says that with God, all things are possible. It is possible for God to create that nation for you if he has to. He can increase the birth rate if he has to.

The Gospel

We used to read scriptures where the bible says that the gospel is foolishness but men never spoke foolish stuff. They spoke stuff that was predictable. Stuff like God will give you a husband. Even the heathen have husbands. That God is going to give you a job but even the heathen have jobs and food. We want you to start speaking stuff so that men say, there is something wrong with us. I refuse to be predictable. That is what you are; an unpredictable marriage; an unpredictable job; unpredictable money on your account; an unpredictable ministry. The gospel is foolishness. Men used to hear us and the things we said made sense and they never got Born Again yet they were listening to us. It is about time we started to do things that do not make sense.

God made the earth big enough for any man to create his dream. This earth is not small. That vacuum up there is empty. It is waiting for the manifestation of you and I.

Oh yes I have a great God but I am great too. You are claiming to be down to earth, nothing before God. When a man is not Born Again and says that he is nothing, he is right, but when a man is Born Again, he is something.

Of the Pendulum of Maturity

The bible says that the first man is of the earth earthy and the second man is the Lord from above. You might say that perhaps it meant the Lord Jesus, but what does Galatians 4:1 say? It says; Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all.

He is Lord but because he is a babe, the bible says he is a child and differs nothing from a servant. This is the difference between a man who is grown in God and one who is not; that is the pendulum; it swings between nepios and teleios. Nepios is one who is untaught. That is the essence of the fivefold ministry. He gave some prophets, pastors, evangelists, apostles and teachers for the perfecting and growing of the saints into a perfect man[Ephesians 4:13].The word used therein for perfect man is teleios. The pastor, evangelist, apostle, prophet or teacher is perfecting, growing and maturing you unto a spiritually mature man.

Let us look at John 1:12-13 AMP. It says; But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

The Greek word used in John 1:12 for children is teknon. The definition of teknon in its simplest sense is, a direct descendant by sperm; an offspring. Teknon means you are entirely the seed of God, so according to God, you are his child 100%. That is where Christians have a problem. I have only seen it in the Christian faith where children fear to share the father’s name. They are too humble.

Let us see another term in Romans 8:14. It says; For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

The word used for sons here is huios. He says that for many as are led by the spirit, those are the ones who are huios. The translation there is that they are in a relationship. That means there is a place of becoming a child of God by reason of relationship.

You are by sperm teknon but you must cultivate a relationship with God to be huios as well. You are his child by sperm but are you his child by relationship? Do you relate with him like you relate with your father? Do you even understand what it means to have a relationship with him as your father? If that relationship is not built, you cannot claim to be led by the spirit, cannot cry Abba father and your intercession is frustrated. That is why many people cannot intercede. Their life of intercession is a myth. They are teknons without a huios experience trying to call on the father.

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The Way of the Lord

A Love that Surpasses Knowledge

When God is talking about his relationship with you, he is talking of a love that passes all knowledge. God wants to relate with you at a level that is deeper than anything that a man can ever define as knowledge. There is a place above knowledge.

One time, I was carried in the spirit and was taken to a place of what men call knowledge by reason of what a man adopts either through reading or listening or any other way and I saw that there was an end to it. When the Bible speaks of knowledge puffing up, you ask yourself; ‘how can a man be puffed up in what has an end? I saw the end of knowledge and to the end of that knowledge, I saw the life of heavenly creatures which lived the life of in-Christ beings verses the heavenly creatures who never had an experience of the in-Christ.

Look at the angels for example. God has never dwelt in an angel and so no angel understands God. Even Peter says it. He speaks of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into[1 Peter 1:10-12].

Even angels have a hunger to look into certain things. These things are not in heaven. They are in a human spirit in whom God dwells. Angels want to understand how God gets into a small man and starts to work. What is salvation? What is grace? Angels do not understand grace; they do not understand salvation; they inquire; they are like students learning every day. Some people think that because the angels worship God every day, then these angels understand God. The Bible says that they are ministers to the heirs of salvation. There is something in you that they need. That is why you cannot die when you know; the Bible says you are preserved by knowledge; you cannot die when you know too much. The eyes of the lord preserve knowledge. People usually die because they do not know. You have to get to a place where it will take too much to get you off the earth because of what you know unless it is your time to leave and depart home. I refuse that you die early.

The angels do not know so they come to search out inorder to know what is in that kind of man. Even the prophets which prophesied did not understand what is in you. The bible then says, eye has not seen, ear has not heard what the Lord has prepared for us. If you have heard of Reinhard Bonnke or Benny Hinn or Deo Balabyekkubo, we are talking about something that you have never heard done by any of those men. A human heart cannot apprehend what the lord has prepared for you.

The Way of the Lord

[1 Corinthians 2:9 AMP] says; Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].

The Bible says that God has kept these things ready for them who love him, not for them he loves. The quickest way to the deepest dimensions of God is though the lines of love. That is why he says that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

This is a place where salvation becomes an experience and not the passive abandonment of just sitting in a chair during the service and going back home at the end of it all.  It means a man can contain the fullest and richest measure of the divine presence and become a body, wholly filled and flooded with God. You cannot tell that man that he cannot walk on water; you cannot tell that man that he cannot pass through walls; you cannot tell that man that he cannot go to Milan or Canada right now because that man carries the freedom which comes because of the kingdom.

When I went to the end of knowledge, I saw this thing called the love of the father. I realized that his primary interest was for me to understand myself in who he is; to know how I fit into him. When you are in that dimension, knowledge is lower; truth is the standard.  Truth is whether you know it or not. You can adopt by the knowledge that comes to you to know truth but there is a place where even if you did not know, you are; that is why he called it the perfection of love. He says and he says herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

When I saw this love, I understood the way of the lord. I knew ways but I did not know the way. The love of God is his way. I found myself weeping bitterly but the tears I carried in my soul were for the end of what I thought could not end. When I saw knowledge fading away before my very eyes, I wept because the spirit of revelation was the very substance of God’s redemptive power. When a man sees redemptive power fade, he weeps. Hardly had I known that he needed to show us that beyond that, there is a place where a man needs not redemption. If that man is perfectly in love, he becomes as I AM; the Christ does not need redemption.

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God or Mammon

Of Hearts and Treasures

Matthew 6:21; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also; don’t be deceived. Wherever you see a man’s treasure, there will his heart be also. Where you see a man’s investment or riches is where his heart is. You cannot say that I have a heart in God when you have not stored treasures in God.

God or Mammon?

Matthew 6:24 MSG; you can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.

You cannot worship God and money because both are Gods and you have to worship one.  When you go to the amplification, he speaks of a place where people put trust in it. Whatever you put your trust in, you worship, whether you know or do not know. 

There is someone who gets ten thousand shillings and says that they cannot give it to a poor person because they need supper.  Where is your trust? In the lord or the ten thousand shillings? Who are you serving? Who are you going to despise? Some people do it but they do not know that they do it.

Do you know Christians who live on budgets? I asked a Christian one day, ‘help me understand, have you ever budgeted for heaven? Have you ever woken up and said that I am going to win a hundred souls this year?’ If you cannot budget for God, how come you have enough time to even budget for money? How many souls have you won this year? 

When you trust in money, when you examine yourself and realise that every time you have money you trust it, then trust me, you are worshipping money. God wants to take you to a place where you say, ‘I have God. Even if my account is empty, I have God. Even if they chase me from the job, I have God!’

Have you ever asked yourself how somebody can be faithful at a workplace, work every day from 8 am to 6pm  for five or ten years, get promotions and increased pay checks, has never defaulted to go to work except if there was a genuine sickness but you plead with them to come to church? How come you come on time at work but you reach late at church? Who are you devoted to?

Even if you make a million dollars every day, there has to be a place where you say, ‘no, this is God time.’ Do you know how many people have been literally stripped from worship? They work from Monday to Sunday. That is bondage. God deliver you and get you a job that can allow you to pray on Sunday. That is the bed of sorrow; the spirit of struggle.

What Makes Money Money?

What makes money what it is, is simple. By the authority of a man, a ten thousand shilling note was declared to be ten thousand and a fifty thousand shilling note was declared to be fifty thousand.  He added zeros to it and legalized it. People stand in front of banks to keep what a man invented.   They kill people for what a man invented. Families and friends blackmail each other because of something that a man created. They divorce because of something that a man wrote. If he wants to make a fifty thousand shilling note five million, all he has to do is add zeros to it. How then can you who can speak in tongues be subject to it? He said you can decree a thing. That is why when it came to the Christian, he told him, you come without money and buy because your currency is not paper. Your currency is God. If paper is your currency, then that paper is your God. What makes us prosperous is not that paper. We can be without it and still be prosperous.

Careless in the Care of God

Matthew 6:25-26 MSG; If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God.

Careless in the care of God. Have you ever seen a bird budgeting? Does it lack? No. Budgeting has to do with the God of this world; Plutus; the god of this world; that is why it’s called plutonomics; the study of money. The Lord God has not called us to manage earthly finances with a mentality of lack. That is why he became poor from day one. You do not enter salvation as a poor man trying to be rich. You enter salvation knowing that you are rich.

Take pride in God. He will look after you. If you see a man fuss over money, that man doesn’t know God and how he works. 

Do not worry. I do not worry about anything concerning me. Even when you do not have a cent, walk back home not worried. That is God reality. God reality looks at the things that are not seen.

Do you know why Christians do not give? They worry about tomorrow. I have a principle. When I get to a place and the devil tempts me to worry about tomorrow, I give big. I have refused to put myself in a state where a king’s son is worried. I love it when I have to trust. I love when I am in a place where my demand is bigger than what is on that machine; I love those places. He says give your entire attention to what God is doing right now. What is he doing? Phaneroo, your home church. Tend to that, give into that, fast into that. Let God attend to your business.

Of Masters and Servants

Ecclesiastes says that money answereth all things. However, the challenge with most Christians is that they do not know how to call it.  If money is your Lord, it doesn’t answer to you; you answer to it. That scripture is for things above money. The servant answers to the master. Money answering to all things does not mean that everybody can order it.

There are people in this world who are masters over money and there are those to whom money is a master. How do you get money to your submission? It is very simple. One of the principles in the scriptures is clear; he that has pity on the poor lendeth unto the lord.

It means that when you pity the poor, you lend to God and put him in a position of serving you financially. But the poor are not just poor financially but the poor spiritually. Preaching the gospel to those people is an amount of money spent.

The bible said of Christ, ‘he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.’ Do you think he was talking about financially poor people? He said the poor(financially), you will always have among you. He was referring to the spiritually poor. But there are people who will say they need to plan for their weekend. The gospel has far more returns than any business in this world. The blessing in giving to God is bigger than the reward you will receive in following mammon.

The Ransom of a man’s life

He says the love for money is the root of all evil and many have pierced themselves with many evils. The ransom of a man’s life are his riches.

You find a Christian suffering from chronic hyper tension. He refused to tithe and is spending on medication every week.  Tithers do not die of such diseases. The man refuses to do principles. Since the ransom of a man’s life are his riches, the devil afflicts him. Then, you find that what you were not tithing, you spend in drugs, every week. And you are happy?

Go and read about the doctor’s sign, the caduceus; it is related with the god of making profit. If you fail to profit in God, the devil makes profit out of you. You fall sick. God forbid, but either way, your money will go.

Of Tithes, First Fruit and the Seed of Faith

You claim to be under the grace and ought not to tithe. Yes you are but Jesus tells them in Luke, that you give tithes of mint and anise and cumin but you have omitted the weightier matters. He tells them, these you ought to do and not leave the rest undone. Jesus knows that the tithe is godly. It is the least for a believer.  I do not tithe, I more than tithe. 

Someone is not giving first fruit but they are whining about how their friends are being promoted and they are not. First fruit is very clear. The Hebrew testimony and the word used therein for first fruit is the place where a man places ownership on that which must promote him. That is why some of you are not growing in your work places.

If you are a worshipper, was your first CD first fruit?  Why are you whining that people do not come to your shows and they do not give for your CDs? That you are a worshipper but people do not support you? Come on, a worker is worthy of his meat. Musicians, tithe. You claim that you sing but people do not give you money. What did you do? You ate the lord’s tithe; the lord’s first fruit. For first fruit, get your salary at the beginning of every year. For the twelve months, one month should not be yours. Take it to your priest. Let him cause a blessing to settle on you.

The other blessing is the seed of faith. Whatever is not enough to do something is seed. Sometimes you have to tell God that God, this is what I am going to give. Believe him to sort all else.

Be delivered, child of God. Either serve God or serve mammon.

 

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The Present Truth

[2 Peter 1:12]; Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

The Truth that is Above

When Peter says that there is a present truth, it means that there is a truth that is present. There are things in the Scriptures that despite there being there, some of their contexts are out of time for the New Creature.  That is why if you study the Greek word for present, it is translated to mean above, the truth that is above.

The truth is absolute. It is not relative. We are not at a place where we are claiming that your truth is not my truth. Whether you have your truth and I have my own, there is only one truth and that is Jesus Christ. But, the truth has dimensions of depth. There are certain truths that are above others and whatever is above is present.

In the Church of Christ, there are truths that became present by reason of the death and resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ; by reason of the switching of the covenant and the priest. Sadly today, in the body of Christ, Christians do not know the difference. This is why the Bible says that they err because they do not know the word and the power.

The biggest problem of the Church is the place where we do not understand the scriptures and the power of God. But do you realize that the order of the spirit is that the scriptures precede the power?  It is because the Scriptures give power. It is why the Bible calls it the word of his power; the word always precedes the manifestation of the power of God.

Peter is speaking to a church established in the present truth. The church established in present truth thinks differently from the church that is not established; one that responds to a truth that is no longer present or that is lower.

Now, you might think that I am disqualifying whatever is lower, but no, the Bible says that all scripture is profitable. Yes indeed all scripture is profitable but there is such a thing as that which is present or that which is above. There are things that were true and applicable to the men of old in the Scriptures but are no longer applicable to the Christian. However, some people have a false humility that causes them to incline to things that make them become more indifferent in the things of God because they lack knowledge.

Of The Lawful Use of the Law

One time, a man berated me, saying, ‘how can you claim not to be under the law?’  I told him that the Bible says that we know that the law is good if it is used lawfully [1 Timothy 1:8]. If a man has not understood the laws that govern the use of the law, he cannot teach the law.  It means that there is an unlawful use of the law. If you are not established in the truth of Christ, you will unlawfully use the law.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 says; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

The law is not made for a righteous man. When you became Born Again, everything changed. The Bible says that blessed be the man upon whom the lord imputes not sin but imputes righteousness. The moment righteousness came upon you, you were detached from the law. Does it mean that this detachment will cause people to do whatever they want? Well that is the biggest issue; men who believe so are not really Born Again. How can you say that removing the law means that you are going to sin except if you think that you are kept by the law? That is why when Peter was speaking of who we are, he refers to us as them that are kept by the power of God. He is not talking about them that are kept by the law. He says in 1 Peter 1:5; who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. The law does not keep you; you are supposed to be kept by the power of God.

Why do they put traffic lights at Jinja Road junction? It is because they know that if they do not put them there, men are going to drive differently. Why would a man drive differently?  It is because he is led by another thing. But God says, for as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The moment you reach the traffic lights, the spirit will tell you to stop. You do not need a light. You are the light.

Do you know why they put all these laws, it is because they do not trust men. However, love believes all things and God is love. Since God is love, he trusts you; the heavens trust you; he knows that when you get to a particular corner, you will know what to do.

Of the Righteousness by Faith

When Paul is speaking about righteousness in Romans 3:21-22, he says, But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son].

One time I told people that Moses was not legal.  He was a man God worked with to show people what the law was and what Jesus was. Moses was on Jesus’ side.  Paul in quoting Moses in Deuteronomy says in Romans 10:6, But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

In Deuteronomy 30:11-14, Moses says, For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

When Moses speaks of righteousness, they think that he is talking of a righteousness by the law, but we understand from Paul that if you want to know the righteousness which is of faith, read Moses.  That is why when the Christ appears to them, the Bible says that he expounds about himself from Moses. He literally points to himself in Moses saying, ‘this is me in the law’ such that men understand that Moses was used to give the law but he himself knew the grace of God.

The ‘it’ in Deuteronomy was the Christ, but he expects that a man who understands the present truth can go in Deuteronomy and dig out this and understand that he spoke concerning Christ. Now he is saying that there is a righteousness that is independent of the law and detached from the law but Moses also attests to it.

Someone said, ‘doesn’t that imply that men should continue sinning because of the grace?’ I told the man of God that that is his problem. I did not continue sinning because the Bible is clear- to the pure, all things are pure. Don’t you know that the Bible says that he who is forgiven much loves much? Did the Bible tell you that they sin more? Don’t you realize that people do not walk in true love and righteousness because they are not convinced of God’s love and forgiveness? For everything that happens in their life, they assume that it has to do with the fact that they sinned.

We know that the law was not made for a righteous man. That is why Paul says, for you are not under the law but under grace. Some people say that you have to balance, no, you cannot balance grace and law.

Present truth. They claim that we say that God did it all and it is finished; yes it is finished. What other work is bigger than the cross? What needs to be added to the cross to complete the work? Nothing. It is why we used to sing; ‘what can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus.’ It was not the blood of Jesus and your good manners; it was purely the blood of Jesus.

 

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The Mystery of His Will

[Ephesians 1:9]; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.

You Know

I often hear Christians say, ‘let us seek God for his will’. No, he has made known to you his will. So you might ask, ‘how do I know that she is my wife?’ You know. In fact, when you ask most married people how they knew that he/she was the one, they always say,’ I just knew.’ You just know. When you get to that job or piece of land and it is yours, you will know; you know what is yours. You are not believing to know God’s will; he has made it known to you by Sophia. How can you not know what to do? You know.

Sometimes there are men who want you to think that you do not know what you are doing. No. I know what I am doing. It is not pride; I know! I know where I am going. Que sera sera whatever will be, will be was a nursery rhyme. We are past the level of nursery school children. I know what I will be because he made known unto us the mystery of his will.

If somebody asks me, ‘how do you know?’ The answer is simple. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8-9 MSG; Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Act like It

God is working me! When I was in my second year of campus, I meditated Phaneroo. I used to see the people gathering by the thousands. In my first days of preaching, I used to tell the congregation to greet those in America that are listening to us. I could tell the choir, ‘sing for me this song’, and to the pianist, ‘turn up the volume of the piano.’

Sit in a mobile money kiosk like you are seated in a super market. Count thirty thousand shillings like you are counting dollars. When your grandmother says that you will never get married, on that very day, buy a gown and high heels and model about. Whatsoever things are lovely, think on these things. That is why the bible says, if you are serious about living this new resurrection life in Christ, act like it.  You will see how God will answer you; he will work you into his most excellent harmony.

I used to speak to mirrors.  I would look at my reflection and thank myself for preaching the gospel, and then say, ‘glory to God.’ I used to tell myself that I am the deepest preacher on earth. That vacuum is big enough for all of us.

What are you thinking? I think you are a success; I think you are blessed; I think you are big; I think you are anointed; I think you are multiplying; I think you cannot be slowed down; I think of you as restored.

I decree it upon your life; that you know the will of God concerning your life; that you think only good things; the perfect and the best; no curse; only blessing; your children are going to shake this world; they shall be for signs; they shall be for wonders; they shall be potents; in every nation you will step, you will be another story; in every district you will go, you will be above and not beneath; you are a head and not a tail; you can do all things by Christ who strengthens you; great is he that is in you than the devil in the world; the lines have fallen unto you in pleasant places, you have a goodly heritage, you cannot fail; your end is of the lord. There are people who said, think and assume that your end is of men but I decree upon your life that you are about to disprove them; you are about to surprise them; in the name of Jesus.

 

 

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The Revelations of the Christ

[Acts; 26:14-16]; And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

Of witnesses and Ministers

You can be a witness but not a minister.  You can say that you witnessed the Lord healing and can testify that he is a healer but not be able to heal. You may not be able to open deaf ears or blind eyes or cast out cancer out of a body but are a witness of certain things that certain men have done and you can attest to these things and say that you saw people get healed on Saturday.

You can be both a witness and a minister but you can be a witness and not a minister. It is possible for someone to be a witness of something they cannot minister. The  lord Jesus Christ has not intended to appear to a man that he might be a witness only; that he saw the lord on the third or forth day.

God revealed himself to Paul for two reasons; one that he might be both a minister and a witness of those things which the bible says he had seen and of those things in which he would appear unto him. That now changes the mind of the way God operates.

Christians do not understand that the pendulum swings from the things we see regarding the Christ to the things in which he appears.

Our place of ministry is not only to minister what we have witnessed. Some people only minister in the witness dispensation. I saw them heal a sick man and am going to heal a sick man but you see, the bible says, there are things in which the Christ will appear; those things will not be Christ but he will use them to appear and therein is a message to the Christian and in those very things he says that they are both ministry and witness. God has not called us to be on one side of the pendulum; to testify of the things that we have seen of the Christ but also to testify of those things in which he appears to us. Jesus is not only going to appear to you in the body.

Of Revelations Beyond the Body

Every child of God requires experiences but there is a place where the ultimate experience of God is his word. The word of God is our ultimate experience. When we experience the word of God, then you will understand that the word is God. Some people want to have extra ordinary experiences before they know that the lord appeared to them. They want for everything about the story to begin this way; ‘while I was seated in my room, a gust of wind blew through the windows and the curtains started to flap. Then an angel of the lord came in and said in a deep voice “Robert I am calling you into ministry.” And then Brethren, did I know that I was called of the Lord.’

What if he does not appear? The bible says in 1 Peter 1:8 that whom having not seen, ye love. There are people who have not had Jesus appear to them. That should never disqualify you from the working of the power God and his spirit. I have seen places where the Christ might not appear to you but he might appear in things to you. If you carry this knowledge, your life changes.

The biggest problem with us is that we always expect that the Lord will always appear to us in the body, that we will have that supernatural experience that oral Roberts, Kathryn kuhlman or Benny Hinn talked about and that if you do not have that experience then you will not see God.  Some of you even become jealous and ask, ‘how can God appear to another yet I have sought him for seventy years?’ It is because for long you have overlooked and forgotten the fact that he can appear to you in certain things.

That is why when he was explaining himself to individuals, there is a place where he expounded about himself from Moses.  All the disciples of Jesus Christ knew Jesus but they never knew the Christ.  The Christ can appear to you and you will still not know him; not every man to whom the Christ appears has had everything about his life change. I know of men in Church history to whom the Christ himself appeared but they died very miserable men, having lived sad, disadvantaged and pathetic lives. A man can have the Christ appear to him and give him divine instructions and tomorrow that man will walk away from those very instructions. Jesus appearing to you does not mean that you carry a particular qualification of maturity. 

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Iron Sharpens Iron

[Proverbs 27:17]; Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Of Pride

Many men are caught up in meats, sacrifices and what they are doing every day to attain a God who is more eager to have them before they even fast. Unfortunately, they cannot yield. That is the place of pride. That pride is the very reason why we are not growing in the church of Christ today because a man would rather go to a prayer mountain to seek God for something he can get from another man’s hands. Iron sharpens iron. Why are you going to a prayer mountain when a man has what you need?

Some people ignore the power of words in changing the lives of men. In Job 16:5, he says; but I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

These words we speak are not small; they are spirit and they are life. In romans 11:14, Paul says, If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

There is a place where God ministers to Paul in a particular way because he knows that if he draws certain imitations, he will save men, so he tells the church, ‘imitate me even as I imitate Christ.’ Timothy will be too stupid to refuse to imitate a man walking with God and go to a prayer mountain to get the very substance; that is pride.

It is like a man who sees Jesus walk on the surface of this earth and says ‘no, I do not want your salvation, let me go to a prayer mountain and get my own.’ Whether you want it or not, you do not need a man to get to God; you do not need any man to grow in the anointing; you don’t need any man to change anything; you don’t need any man to see God; you don’t need any man to become a success but God needs a man.

Even Jesus who was God himself realized that if he did not take on the form of a man, he would not win the souls of men; even God needs a man; you do not need a man but God does.

God Needs Men for You

Whether you are talking about revival it is God using men; whether you are talking about delivering nations, the bible says that he delivered a nation by a prophet; whether you are talking about delivering cities, he delivers them by the hand of a man.

There are always leaders in every generation; people that God has set before us. Personally, when I meet a man who has what I want, I believe I have gotten it. All I need to do is keep the fig tree and be available for the master.

The subsequent verse of the reference scripture says; Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured [Proverbs 27:18].

I just need to wait on the master; serve him if I have to, do everything I must to get what he has because God needs men. I do not need them. Paul was anointed, do not be deceived- he was given the grace to lay the foundation of the gospel, but God paired him with Barnabas and Barnabas initially had the pre-eminence. Paul was still a baby in the spirit. He did not know the order of the spirit but he was still anointed.

In Acts 13:1-2, the scriptures say,  Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

According to the spirit, Paul was not yet even translated. He was still Saul. However, that is where many miss it because one has had experiences in Damascus, and in Arabia or has a certain anointing upon his life. To God, he is not yet converted. He is still Saul. The spirit does not say separate me Paul and Barnabas, he says separate me Barnabas and Paul. To God, Barnabas is still ahead of him.

There is a place in the scriptures where Saul transitions into Paul. It is not at his conversion. The proclamation that imputes the righteousness of that name could have taken place before but the real experience of Saul becoming Paul happened in a different place. Read the scriptures. It is after they had laid hands on him to separate him for the work. Saul cannot claim that he was given the grace to lay the foundation of the gospel and that when he was separated by God, nobody was present and so he did not need any man.

In this life, there are men that God needs for you. You do not need them but God needs them for you. Some might be above you. Some might be at your level but God needs them for you. Do you remember David’s experience in I Samuel 23:15-17?

The bible says and David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood. And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.

 

Even if David was anointed to be king, he needed a certain man to strengthen his hand in God. He is king, yes, but God needed a certain man to strengthen David in the Lord.

Of Fathering

Do you know what is killing Uganda? We are orphaned. We have people they call fathers but they are just called that; they are only fathers in name.

The Bible in Galatians 6:1 says, Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Does it say criticize, talk about them on radio or go to every church warning others about them? No, it says restore.

Ask the young men in this nation who are criticized for preaching a wrong gospel; whether any father has ever reached out to them. Do you think they do not want to be fathered? They want to. Some people think that fathering is about having lived a long life or growing old and having grey hair.  Even the boys that have been raised do not know how to be fathers because they were not fathered; they ran out as prodigals.  They first have to break off from their senior pastors and leave with a rebellious spirit and start their own ministries. They want to reap what they did not sow.

Read church history; read about every general that was not accountable; none finished well; you will not be the first one. You claim to be submitted to the Holy Spirit, okay, but God needs certain people for you.

Look at Elisha. He wanted something from Elijah. Elijah told him, ‘if you see me go.’ He did not tell him to fast for forty days. He only said, ‘if you see me go.’ For the same reason, God could not speak to Samuel with a voice that was different from that of Eli even though the man was fallen. He had to speak like Eli.

It is pride to refuse a sharpening. I used to ask God, ‘why do some men resist it?’ I realized that some men are not iron. They are honing stones; some of them can sharpen but they are not sharp.  Some cannot be sharpened because every time iron gets on them, iron appears to be cutting them because they are wood!

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The Glorious Stars

[Luke 16:8]; And his master commended the unjust manager [not for his misdeeds, but] because he had acted shrewdly [by preparing for his future unemployment]; for the sons of this age [the non-believers] are shrewder in relation to their own kind [that is, to the ways of the secular world] than are the sons of light [the believers].

The men of this world are shrewder, wiser and more prudent than the sons of light.

Of Stars

In Jeremiah 31:35; the bible says;

Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name.

The bible here defines the moon and the stars in the distinct line of ordinances. In other words, the moon and the stars are for the purpose of a message.

In Genesis 1:14, it says; And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. There are firmaments in the sky, created by Jehovah God for signs, seasons, days and years.

In Jeremiah 31:35, he spoke of the moon and the stars carrying particular ordinances. Ordinances are laws; a particular set of rules. When you see a star in the sky, it is not just a star, it carries a particular rule. When you see the moon, it is not just the moon, it carries a particular rule. God did not create lights in the sky just for glory only but he has another intention. When he creates them, he says that they are for signs, seasons, days and years. In other words, you can have signs by those lights in the heavens, you can interpret seasons, days and years by those things in the heavens.

However, the children of this world have become wiser than those of the light. You might know the difference between astronomy and astrology. The mind of astronomy is to study everything up there; the heavenly bodies. However, astrology is the science that the men of this world invented to attach what happens in the sky to the lives of individuals in what is usually called horoscopes. They can connect your date of birth with whatever is happening in the sky and then determine what is happening in your life. Some people who read horoscopes realize that many times, they were factual. They are using spiritual states of things but in an ungodly way.

There is a certain understanding that God wants us to have as children of God but he does not necessarily want us to read horoscopes. But these guys are using spiritual principles. Did you know that the composition of the zodiac has a division of 12 segments? The number twelve represents divine government. They are not random. That has a spiritual significance. They can read the sky and know that in this season something is about to happen.

Of Our Place of Warfare

Judges 5:19-20 reads; The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

When you read the book of judges you realize that sisera was killed in the spirit before he was killed physically. It means that there is a time frame between when a man is killed spiritually and when he is destroyed physically. Some people are already dead physically. The battle up there was finished and all that is awaited is a manifestation of what has been done.

We wage war not against flesh and blood. Everything you see physically has a spiritual representation; now do we discover in the gospel that while men were fighting physically, some men took the war up there to the heavenly places that the stars in their courses fought against sisera. Much as there was a physical fight, there was a spiritual representation of the same. Even sisera was represented in the spiritual realm.

This means that before you sort a man physically, you must sort him spiritually. If you cannot sort him up there, you cannot sort him down here.

The church should grow to understand that our battles cannot be only physical. You might find people that seem insane but the truth is that there is something happening up there.

You might put all kinds of security systems and have all kinds of dogs in your house but until you walk around your house and speak in tongues, you will not change a thing.

I realized that when things happen up there, Christians do not know. The other day, I saw a documentary of the tsunami. Two days before the tsunami, animals went up the hills and mountains, but Christians remained in the valleys speaking in tongues. If God has gotten to the level of warning animals but Christians cannot heed, I realized that there was something wrong with these stars. How sensitive are the stars? How represented are they in their generation?

You are not supposed to live a life of idly waiting upon God with the vain hope that maybe he will eventually deliver you. No, you are supposed to know your time. The bible says that teach us to number our days that we might apply our hearts unto your wisdom. There is a wisdom that must come to your hearts to know that now, you are behind schedule when it comes to marriage, financially, or as regards your job. You are supposed to feel it the day you get promoted; you should know it. The moment you look at your profession and calculate and see that you are behind schedule, you go up where the maths is done and then seek heavenly counsel. By the time you come back on the earth, you will be doing everything right to arrest your moment.

Your Time to Shine

While I was praying, I heard the voice of the Lord say, ‘I am about to make certain stars shine.’

As sure as day light, I started seeing some glowing stars becoming brighter and brighter. As they got brighter, I saw some people get married, some getting promoted, some getting businesses, some walking into certain things and some people leaving some things.

I asked God, ‘what are you telling us?’ He replied and said, ‘This is the season. The heavens and the angels are waging war for your sake.’

There is war and I see God fight on your behalf.  . You must shine as a star. I see God making you shine. He says the path of the just shines brighter and brighter unto a perfect day.

‘This year,’ thus says the Lord,’ something is changing about your marriage, your finances, your children, your business.’

If you have been having a prolonged life of disease, God says that he is causing you to shine above it, above poverty and above rejection.

IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO SHINE. I heard it very clearly.  This is a season to make men shine. Arise and shine. Let your light shine in the world.

 

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