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The Man From Above

I think that one of the most misunderstood concepts in this life is salvation. It is not healing or anything else but rather, salvation.  People know all about healing and many other things but the reason why they cannot connect them together and get results is because they missed out on the ultimate thing called salvation.  If you understand the concept of salvation, your life cannot stay the same.

What it means to be Born Again

John 1:12-13 AMP 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— 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].

How can you have cancer? How can you have HIV? How can the doctor say you have Hyper Tension and then you get onto medication? The Bible calls them that are born of God. He personally begat them.

It goes on to say;

And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).

Young’s Literal Translation says; and the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth.

When the bible says that he became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, fixed his tent of flesh on earth, it means that he got a body and entered it. However, his coming out of a woman was not the beginning of his story. The beginning of Jesus’ story was not when he entered Mary’s womb. His beginning was more eternal. The decision to enter the body was the day she was impregnated but it did not mean that he did not pre-exist. He was the rock from which they drunk [1 Corinthians 10:4]. He pre-existed. In the beginning, he was the light that shone in darkness and darkness comprehended him not. Even though he became flesh, he pre-existed.

Some people think that when you get Born Again, you change and become a better person. You stop cheating and lying and so they say that this man is Born Again. If you understand the Bible you will realize that those are works.

Let me explain something that religious people have failed to understand. I have learnt that some people are not truly Born Again.

The Man from Above

John 3:3 says; Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

The Greek word for kingdom is realm. The amplified rendering is; Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot[ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.”

Salvation is not when you changed on the earth. Salvation is when a new man from above entered you. The old man had to die to give way to the second. It is why the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:46 that howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. Before you were born again, you were a natural man. There is nothing spiritual about the second man.

You are the lord from heaven. You come with the spirit of lordship. Except a man be born from above, that man cannot experience the realm because the realm is supposed to be an experience. Salvation is supposed to be an experience.  You are from above.

In Genesis 1:26-27 he says; And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

However, this individual that was created did not come. In Genesis 2:7, it says, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The bible says that that man became a living soul. He was not a spirit. God did not carry the Genesis 1:26 spirit and put him into the Genesis 2:7 man. For, the man in Genesis 2:7, he simply breathed into him the breath of life and he became a living soul. Now the book of Corinthians says that the first man in 2:7 was natural but the second man, he in 1:26, which is Christ, was spiritual. That man who you were before you were born again was just a living soul. He was not a living spirit.

God is not a soul. He is a spirit. The bible says that he created them in his image and likeness. That means that they were spirit but they were held in heaven, waiting. The first man who is Jesus said, let me give you a sample and he came into the body, healed the sick, cast out devils, did all these kinds of things and said, ‘it is for your good that I go. Why? Because I have just shown you a sample.’

But many claim, ‘Jesus, we are comfortable with doing what you did’ and he says, ‘no, you do not get it. These things that I have done, you shall do more because I go to the father.’ The superstar returned above and the moment he reached heaven, he said ‘Apostle Grace, go down on earth and show them.’ I came the day I got Born Again. The moment I entered the tabernacle, the angels told me, ‘welcome to the world of men.’ I am not ordinary. I am from above.

 Have you ever heard of microscopes, hospitals, the lame or influenza in heaven? That nonsense is not there.

There is a reason why Jesus never fell sick. He could be crucified and suffer all that pain but there is a reason he did not fall sick. When it came to sickness, he told God ‘papa am not that humble.’ It is humility. The bible says that he humbled himself and took on the form of a man. It is humility to be human. That is why he asked Nicodemus, why do you marvel when I say that I am from above?  The day you start to be normal and desire to live a predictable life in salvation, trust me that day, you will die. Spiritual death is a place where a man wants to be normal.

You are Christ on Earth

Galatians 3:16 says; Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

What this means is that if I say seeds, I mean descendants of Abraham but if I say seed, I mean one which is Christ.

Galatians 3:29 further says; And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The Message Bible says in Galatians 3:16 that now, the promises were made to Abraham and to his descendant. You will observe that Scripture, in the careful language of a legal document, does not say “to descendants,” referring to everybody in general, but “to your descendant” (the noun, note, is singular), referring to Christ. 

The 29th verse says also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.

I told people that Moses preached the law enough and he became the law. 2 Corinthians 3:15 says that every time Moses is read. It does not say every time the law is read.

The devil entered the serpent enough until revelation referred to him as that serpent. He was not originally the serpent but he entered, ‘tabernacled’ in the serpent and revelation calls him that serpent. In fact, when you dream about a snake, you know that that is the devil, you do not say that that is an angel. If a snake can become the devil and the law can become Moses, how about you child of God? Didn’t you become Christ?

Some people claim that we are the body and we are not the head, Christ. In grammar, if I punched your chest and you fell down, they would not say that I punched the chest of the head. They would say that I punched a man.

When Paul was persecuting the church, Christ did not tell him, Paul, why are you persecuting my body? Rather he told him, why are you persecuting me? [Acts 9:4]. He did not say why do you persecute my body which is connected to the head which is Christ? When you touch a Christian, you touch Christ. When you attack a Christian you attack Christ. When you bite a Christian you bite Christ.

You are from above. When you ‘taberbacled’ into this earthly body, something about you changed. That is why we move in another realm, why I can know things before they happen. I am from above. I live in a realm that is much faster than the devil. The Bible says that the spirit quickeneth but the flesh profiteth nothing. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

You are from above. Speak to any circumstance in your life like you are from above. Speak to every situation like you are from above. You will experience the realm. Speak to your family, marriage, body, business, ministry and everything around you. Speak like you are a woman from above. The world is in trouble because of you. You are changing this world; you are changing Africa; you are changing   Asia; you are changing Europe, television, media and the military. You are full of God. You are full of the Holy Ghost. You are full of Jesus. He loves you. He cares for you. He is there for you. He intercedes for you. You will not fail in this life. No devil can stop you. Nothing can stop you. Nothing can stop a people who pray. Nothing can stop a people who know their God. Nothing can stop a people who know who they are in Christ. If God be for you then who can be against you?  Greater is He that is in you than the devil in the world. Enough is enough. You cannot fail. Weakness is far from you. Sickness is far from you. Witchcraft is far from you. You are an influence. You are a force. Jesus is with you. He says for ‘lo I am with you until the end.’ You are the man from above.

 

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Understanding Your Fold

[Luke 8:8]; And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bear fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The Abundant Life.

When Mark speaks of thirty fold and Matthew speaks of sixty fold, Luke does not tell us thirty fold or sixty fold. Many Christians say that they shall produce thirty fold or sixty fold. There is something wrong with that because Luke does not speak of a thirty or sixty fold but he brings us to a hundred fold.  No mediocrity.

There are Christians who only want to be above average. Even when they go to class, they look for their results from downwards. When they reach the middle, they say, no, I did not check properly. When he gets to the top ten, he returns to the bottom of the list and tells himself that he needs to check more diligently.

When he gets to a hotel and asks for the menu, he does not look at the foods but rather at the price.  He asks, how much is chicken? What about meat? When he realizes the prices are high he says, ‘give me gonja.’ That’s not who we are!

Christians have lived a mediocre life, one barely above average, because they did not understand the scriptures. When Luke carries the understanding of the fold, he does not give thirty fold but talks of a hundred fold.

Why do you have a problem with abundance, child of God? There are people that are not comfortable with abundance. They claim that they do not want a lot of money that could cause them to forget God but they also do not want less that will put them under covetousness.

The Bible says that Abraham was rich in gold, cattle and silver. This is our father. The ministry of a son is that he must be greater than his father. That is when you prove that you draw from the father. Some claim the scripture that the love of money is the root of all evil. There is nothing wrong with money. The issue is the love and passion for money.  God says that silver and gold belong to him. The devil has no money. Money is not of the devil.

It is a Place of Understanding

It is a place of understanding. You can carry the life of abundance God has for you. He said that I have come that you might have life and that you might have life in abundance. Abundance is our calling. A hundred fold is your portion.

What happened to Luke? The Bible says in Luke 1:3 that Luke carried a perfect understanding. You can carry a perfection of the understanding of who you are by the seed that the fowls of the air cannot locate you.

Paul says that when I was a child, I spoke as a child, understood as a child and thought as a child. That is the breastmilk level.

Christians have lived on milk for so long. But listen child of God, milk cannot intoxicate you. At the milk level, the fowls of the air will find you, AIDS will kill you, and cancer will kill you. But there is a place where you are so intoxicated that HIV AIDS becomes Vitamin C.

We have fed Christians with milk for so long. We are still teaching the doctrine of baptism which the bible says is elementary. Jesus said that we shall lay hands on the sick and they shall be healed, but the apostle Paul comes after Jesus and says that the laying on of hands is elementary. This thing can come without the laying on of hands. The Apostle Paul is coming after Jesus with revelation. He has a revelation that Jesus said greater works shall you do.

If we are still on the elementary, we shall have unskillful men in the word of righteousness because they do not carry the understanding of the things that they have received because they have been fed with milk. Milk will not intoxicate you. The mind of the spirit is that you might drink the word.

Of the Baptism of the Spirit

The scriptures say be ye not drunk with wine but be ye filled with the Holy Ghost. In Acts 19:1-3, we read an account of Paul. It says, And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

It means that there was another preacher that came to these men. He had another Jesus, another gospel and another spirit. The spirit he had was one that could not speak in tongues.

If we fail to bring men to the experience of what we have experienced then we have failed in our ministry because able ministers are able ministers not according to the letter but according to the spirit and the place of the spirit is the place of experiences. Christianity is an experience.

Unto what then were you baptized? Baptism means that we have been stained and overwhelmed by a nature of our baptism. We are drunk. We are crazy. We are overwhelmed because we were baptized into the Holy Ghost.

A Path Unreached

The mystery of understanding who you are is simple.  Then you will understand that as a seed, no foul of the air can eat you up.

My assurance as the seed that is sown by God is simple. If I am sown, even in the high way, the fowl cannot find me because Job 28:7-8; says, there is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.

There is a ministry, a job and a marriage that no demon can destroy because they are sown in a path that no devil can reach. There is a place where the devil cannot attack you, a place where cancer cannot kill you, a place where no man can uproot you.

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Revelation

[Romans 1:1-5]; Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:


Of the Grace Received

I want to describe the kind of grace that you have. The grace message is the oldest message but there has been a total delusion in the body of Christ pertaining the grace.

When you talk about grace, we are talking about a life that starts from the spirit of holiness. When you say you are born again, you cannot talk about ‘sinner’ in the same context.

When he speaks of Jesus Christ by whom you have received grace, understand that you are not about to receive grace but rather that you have already received it. This grace is the divine influence of God in the human spirit, meaning that everything that you are is of God. This grace that you received was for the purpose of bringing all nations to obedience.

Many people claim that we ought to be careful where this grace is concerned, that we ought to maintain some kind of balance. What are you balancing? Instead of bringing nations to the obedience of Christ, some people are trying to balance the grace. I realized then that the grace of God is a revelation. Even Paul says this; that the gospel he preached was not taught to him by man but that it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost [Galatians 1:11-12]. Until Christ is revealed to you, you cannot walk in this grace.

The problem we have is that most men want to understand the grace of God mentally. When the bible says that Noah found grace in the eyes of God, a Christian who perceives these mentally will think that Noah was having a walk and then stumbled on grace. No. That is not it. The scriptures say that he found grace in the eyes of the lord. It means that the Lord looked at Noah and saw grace. Grace was God’s vision of Noah. It was not about Noah looking for God but rather Noah was God’s vision. Noah was a revelation of God.

Today, we find people seeking for a God who seems to be hiding yet they are the very revelation of God. The Bible says that his eyes are on the righteous. You are God’s vision.

The Redemptive Power of Revelation

[Proverbs 19:18]; where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

The Bible says that where there is no vision, the people perish. People are actually failing because they do not have vision. Another version says that men cast off restraint. It means that when the Christ is revealed, you do not tell a man to move here or there.

God cannot be revealed to you and you remain the same because revelation is redemptive by nature. Revelation is a spirit by which we minister and the more Christ is revealed unto you, the more you minister  Because it is redemptive power, when you have revelation, you don’t have to give men laws, ‘do this or do that.’ Give them Christ. That is what makes revelation paramount to us in the body of Christ. This revelation is a place in God that he has given to us freely. This spirit of revelation is the connecting line between logos and rhema. Once the logos is revealed, you start to hear rhema naturally.

How is revelation redemptive? Romans 3:24; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

 This redemption is in Christ Jesus. What is redemption? The Greek word used therein points to the release effected by the payment of a ransom. It means that there is a release as regards one’s life because a ransom was paid.

When you are in Christ, you are free, you are released and you are delivered. There is release and redemption, because one man died. It means that it is no longer legal for a man to be sick in this dispensation.

The Place of Humility

The Lord told me that the only thing required in our time is that this Christ ought to be revealed.

The Bible says that Jesus found it not robbery to be equal with God [Philippians 2:6]. The true place of humility is knowing that you are God in the flesh. Pride is when men look like men. Humility is when men carry the true picture of God.

God has promised that he can become real to you. He is no longer a mystery. The true revelation of Christ is when a man realizes that he and God are inseparable, God’s experience is his experience, God’s life is his life, and God’s heartbeat is his heart beat. At that place, the word of God becomes a personal thing. That is why when he speaks of Mary, he says that what she had received could never be taken away from her.

Until you come to a certain knowledge, there are some things that you will never see. Christ is an experience of the flesh. He is real to us. You cannot know this and remain the same. You cannot know this and not have impact.

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The Increase Of Knowledge

[Phaneroo 60]

[Daniel 12:4] There are prophesies that have been spoken regarding the church. For example, wars and rumours of war to signify the end times, prophesies of pestilences and disease, of iniquity abounding, of the Son of Perditon exposed and of the love of many waxing cold because iniquity abounds. There are many things spoken of as regards the last days but one thing that catches my spirit is the fact that he said that in the last days, knowledge shall increase.

Thus, regardless of all the prophesies made about the church, the fact that knowledge shall increase is one thing that the church has to embrace. With all this increase of knowledge also comes the ultimate issue. He says that we should not desire to be teachers because with that comes a weightier judgment. To whom much is given, much is required.

The lord has been speaking to me of the weight of responsibility that the church is to have by reason of the knowledge that is being distributed to us in these last days. Sometimes, it has brought me to tears because we are still too far. We have made lame men walk, raised the dead and done great things. We have prophesied but all these have been done before.  All the gifts  that we carry have happened before.

Sometimes, stagnation is not when somebody is not moving ahead. Rather, it is when someone keeps doing the same thing that existed before. Every revival has healing and the five fold ministry and that is wonderful, but what is making the church stagnant is when you look at something done in the church today and realise that it existed in 1932, that it happpened previously under a certain man's hand. That is stagnation.

The bible says that eye has not see, ear has not heard, it has not entered the hearts of man what the Lord has prepared for us but God has revealed them unto us because the spirit searches the deep things of God [ 1 Corinthians 2:9-10].

Paul is clear in the book of Titus. If it is truth, it ought to tend to a certain level of godliness[Titus 1:1]. As knowledge increases,  there has to  be a  manifestation that is working with us because we know. But how can we deem to know what does not carry results? What is knowledge if it does not carry results? Revelation is redemptive power. If God has to reveal certain things, it means that he gives us a particular glory and power to move in a  certain dimension. That is why its not registered that christ healed by a shadow even if he could have but rather by the hem of his garment. He knows that there is a  glory to glory principle by which Peter will heal by a shadow, Paul will heal by a hankie and you and I will heal by a different dimension.

Healing by a shadow is okay but it is not supposed to be a testimony for the church; that is stagnation. It is not wrong to do miracles and all these things but what we ought to ask ourselves is; are we stagnant or are we moving forward?

Of the Latter Glory

Once, as I flipped through television channels, I watched a magician say that he was going to do something that was going to be talked about in that city forever. He stood on a building several stories high and walked downwards as though he was on a horizontal surface. If a magician can do that, how about me? Christians cannot even walk on water yet we claim that there is revival in our land. It is not that the magician is supposed to teach me God. But what power can the magician have  versus the power that the child of God has?How can you walk to such a man and tell him that Jesus loves him? What sort of gospel can convince him to come to Christ?

When the Bible says that knowledge shall increase, isn't there supposed to be an expectation that the glory must increase? Christ speaks of coming for a gloriuous Church, one without spot or wrinkle. Many people quote the portion of 'without spot or wrinkle' but they do not quote the bit of glorious. He did not say a sinless Church. He knows that sinlessness is part of it but it is not the whole picture. He wants to present a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle. He has weighed the places of offence. Sometimes the places of offence are not when a man steals and lies but when men cannot judge with knowledge and so they cannot examine the things that are most excellent.

When the lord shares a place of knowledge increasing and the Church has to adopt,  my fear is the place of stagnation as a Church  yet we think we are moving ahead. Indeed, in every generation there is a healing,  prophetic, evangelistic and pastoral arm. However, sometimes all that is God continuing his work for his name's sake and not necessarily the adoptation and mutation of the Church into a certain picture of increase and progress.

The Bible says that the glory of the latter chruch shall be greater than the glory of the former. Do you realise that he is speaking of a very big pricture as regards the glory that we are supposed to be having?

Of the Phillip Experience

Let me give you an example, that of Philip. Philip lived at the time of the beginning of the early Church.  That was a time when knowledge was not as it is now. If knowledge increases in the last days, we are supposed to know more than Philip. An angel spoke to Philip, he preached to the Ethiopian eunuch and when he was done, the scriptures say that the spirit of the Lord carried him. He was caught by the spirit and he was found in Azotus[Acts 8:26-40].

If God had said that he found himself in Azotus, it would have meant that it was a shock to Philip but the truth is that what happened  was not a shock to philip. It was a shock to them who found him in Azotus. Philip had a certain relationship with God by which it was not a miracle that he was caught up. That is why the Bible does not say that  when he was found in Azotus, he testified about it but rather, the Bible says that he continued to preach in all the cities. Disappear form one place and appear in aother.You don't even have to tell them that you diasppeared and appeared in another place. You just continue peaching like nothing happened.

God uses the language 'found in Azotus' and not him 'finding himself in Azotus'. It means that from the onset, that morning, when God told him to preach to the eunuch, the spirit of the Lord had already ministered to Philip the entire day's program. He knew that at midday he would preach the gospel to the eunuch and then go to Azotus and continue with his preaching.  Today, the highest level I have known men to experience of this is when they say that they are caught up in the spirit.

I have had spiritual experiences. I have been carried by the spirit and attended meetings, but now, I want more. I do not want to be caught up in the spirit. I want to finish Phaneroo, disappear, appear in Amseterdam, preach the gospel in Amsterdam, be caught up and be found in Newyork City, preach the gospel in Manhattan and be caught up and found in Libya Tripoli then come back to Kampala for dinner like nothing happened. God help us. If we cannot do these things then there is something wrong.

He Bloweth the Flesh Away

1 Peter 1:23-25 says; Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

He was speaking of being born by an incorruptible seed. Some people  think that being incoruptible entails only not  sinning. That is just part of it. However, incorruptible means that you cannot be corrupted.

The adamic nature is already corruptible. The place of corruptibility is its limitation in functioning in the spirit realm. You can never speak of corruption without defining the transcendence of the other world. Corruption is not what you see here on the earth. Corruption is primarily what is spiritual.

In that scripture, Peter was actually quoting Isaiah.  In Isaiah 40:6-7, it says;

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

In other words, the essence of the Holy Ghost is to blow away the flesh and its glory. The word of God is spirit and truth. As knowledge comes to the Church, it is blowing flesh away, the terrestial body is becoming celestial. As a result, men are walking through walls and trees because every time the word comes in, it is blowing away the flesh and its glory.

What in a man is glory? This is anything that you know can be accomplished by man. That is what the spirit of God is blowing away such that when men look at us, they will realise that we are more than mere men. It is one thing when people call us men of God but it is another if they don't know anymore whether we are men or spirits.

The Bible speaks of how Christ appeared to the disciples in a room which was locked. The same Bible says that this is love made perfect that we might have confidence on that day that as he is so are we in this world [1 John 4:17]. Which is that day of judgment? It is that day when I need to pass through a wall; on that day when I need to pass through a tree; on that day when I need to disappear from Uganda and appear in Rwanda. It says,  as he is, not as he was. God is not calling the church to do the things that Jesus did. God is calling the church to do the things that Jesus is doing. This is a present continuous experience.

The only thing that takes away the glory of the man is the spirit of the Lord. The next line says that the word liveth and abideth forever. This is what God is doing. By his spirit, he is blowing away our flesh and perfecting the manifestation of the word  in us that in the end, men will not say that that over there is Pastor Nickson  but they will say that that is the word.

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Who Hath Believed Our Report?

[Phaneroo 44]

Matthew 9:1~7; And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house.

The scriptures are clear. This was Jesus'  hometown. They brought to him one sick with the palsy and he heals him. When he heals him, the Pharisee has a problem. The pharisee's problem is that this is blasphemy. How could he say that he had the power to forgive sins? Jesus asked; 'which is easier? To tell him that his sins be forgiven him or to tell him to rise up and walk?'

Do you realise that they did not doubt that the man was healed? These were unbelievers who were believing. The problem was not the miracle. The problem was blasphemy.

I have learnt that nobody can criticise you when they doubt that you can do something. Nobody can attack you if they don't know that you can. No one attacks something without ability.They did not doubt that he was a healer. Their problem was blasphemy. There now goes the paradox.

If you study your life and see the total sum of the things that are fighting you, you will find that it is all proof that God is at work in your life ;look at the way things attack you or fight you. If you had no God, some of those things will have no business in your life.

When the scriptures speak of the sower and the seed, it speaks of that seed who are those against whom trouble and persecution arises on account of the word. This is why trouble and persecution comes. People have convinced the world that everything that happens in a Christian's life is because of generational curses. If Joseph lived in this day and age, considering all that he had been through, he would have been told that he had a spirit of rejection.

But I have told Christians that there is no such thing as a spirit of rejection. The book of proverbs calls it poverty. The bible says that the poor man is rejected. Just get money.When people ignore you, just say, 'father I thank you because I am rich.' Just start to wire money to yourself; the people will come; you will get friends.

Christians are poor becuse they want to be poor. The principles are clear in the bible. The Bible says money answers all things. There is a way to call it. When Paul says that he knows how to be full and how to be abase, he knows how. The Christian must know how.

When Joseph was made governor, do you see how many came to him? There was no need to cast out a spirit of rejection. He just became governor. That is all you need. So if you feel rejected, just get money.  Unfortunately in the Christendom today, everything is attributed to generational curses. They keep breaking but nothing is happening. Some think that we do not do deliverance. We do, but only with ignorant people. But when you know the truth, you don't need deliverance. It is the responsibility of truth to set you free.

Christians are dying every day because all they are being taught are demons. The Bible says that I would rather have you wise unto that which is good and simple concerning evil. Instead of telling you about the millions of demons on your grandfather, let me tell you about the good God.Let me tell you about the creator of heaven and earth, the alpha and omega. Why? The bible says that when you do this, the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. He will not allow it to take a week, a month or a year.

Someone can claim that they have suffered with an infirmity for twenty years. Twenty? Those that observe lying vanities shall forsake their own.mercies. Anything that is not godly is lying.

Why is it that when you got born again things became worse? You seemed better off before. Before you got born again, things were okay but after you gave your life to Christ, things seemed to worsen. You find a Christian who has been in this walk for almost fifty years and she looks beaten. Why? Because everytime, they are breaking generational curses. I would rather have you wise unto that which is good. The principle is that the moment wisdom comes into a man's spirit, the devil is crashed.

The Bible says that whosoever the son sets free is free indeed. If you still see funny things in your life, the son did not set you free. Something else did.

The psalmist says that God performs all things for me. You need to start looking at your life as one where God is performing things for you and not demons. God will hide you as you watch the movie of demons and your enemies falling around you. Blessed be the Lord which performeth all things for me.

Any tongue that rises against you in judgment is condemned. It does not matter whether you are wrong because he is performing all things for you. Whether you are fake or not, he is on your side. The days of trampling on us are over.We know who we are. Do not play with somebody whom God died for. They don't rob us; they dont bewitch us; they don't fire us.

So, I had a problem with believers who do not believe in the work of the spirit and unbelievers who are trying hard to cover up what they believe. There are Christians
who do not believe that it is working while there are unbelievers who believe that it is working and are trying to fight it. Look at any man who fought the Christ. He asked them,'for what work do you persecute me?' The scriptures say that they hated him without cause. Why? They knew it was working.

Trouble and persecution comes because of the word. You receive too much not to attract trouble. We do not run away from trouble because the worst is not the worst. It is not what the doctor said. It is how you responded. It is not what anybody in your life said. It is how you responded.He said for our light afflictions which are but for a moment work for us a far more eternal weight of glory while we look not at the things that are seen. The things that are seen are temporal and the things that are not seen are eternal.

The unbeliever believes more in God than some Christians do. Remember when Jesus had just resurrected? The chief priests and Pharisees believed so much in the resurrection of Jesus that they could pay for the story to change while some Christians still wonder if he really died. Who believes more?

In Isaiah he asks,'who shall believe our report?'who will believe you when you tell them that you did not sell your body? Our worry is not whether it will work but whether they shall believe our story. We are scared that people will not believe that it works. Who will believe? That is where we are going. They will have to ask questions and fail to get answers until they cannot explain us anymore. People are going to ask;how did she do it? Who shall believe our story?

You are coming out of the explainable zone. Your finances will not be explained. Your apprehension of the things of God will not be explained. The anointing of God upon your life Will not be explained. The increase of God in your life will not be explained. The multiplication of th glory of God upon your life will not be explained. Who will believe our report?

Let me share a secret with you. One time Jesus found Peter and his friends who had been  fishing the whole night. He told them to cast their nets to the right. They told him that they had been fishing the whole night but had caught nothing.He told them to launch into the deep. They did and caught too much fish. I asked the Holy Ghost why he had done that and he told me that the only way you can get a man off fishing is proving to him that you can measure the amount of fish for any man. For some of us, God needed to prove to us that he could look after us enough for us to leave our jobs and preach the gospel. He needed to prove to us that he was bigger than our jobs.The man tried to fish the whole day and failed to catch fish but at the word of one man he was able to catch more than he could hold. Which Peter can stay on that water when God had proved to him that he could get fish in one day that  would take Peter a month to get?He told him to get into the mouth of a fish and pay taxes. Peter knows a God who can pay taxes out of fish. Peter marvelled and the Lord told him that that was small. He would make him a fisher of men. It meant that he would attract men; to have a certain influence on men. What makes us fishermen is not fishing only; what makes us fishermen is the influence that we have on the lives of men.

When the Lord Jesus dies, Peter goes back fishing. But something funny happened. When the Lord resurrects, they find him on the shore and he asks them,'have you had anything to eat?' He told them to cast their nets on the right and they returned with a multitude of fishes. When Peter realised that it was the Lord, he did not even wait for the boat to reach. He jumped into the water because he knew that Jesus was all he needed. You can try to fish and fail but when you carry Jesus, you will fish plenty.

God has not called you to seek him in vain. Things will happen for you. I understand why Isaiah said who shall believe our report because when you go back to the story in our opening scripture, Jesus is asking, 'which is easier? To say your sins are forgiven thee or get up and walk.' The answer is that it is easy to say than to do certain things.

Certain people will look at you and call you crazy, cult or lunatic and you will ask them, 'which is easier?' You will do the harder thing. When people doubt that you can not do it, you will do the harder thing.

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Fainting Heroes

[Phaneroo 43]

Judges 15:11-19;  Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And He said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.

And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

And when He came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men. And it came to pass, when He had made an end of speaking, that He cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.

And He was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when He had drunk, his spirit came again, and He revived: wherefore He called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

Samson's mind was that 'having given me victory Lord, Shall you now leave me to die of thirst?' The language of the 19th verse should have been 'and God clave an hollow place in the jaw.' Instead it is 'but God clave an hollow place in the jaw.' Samson said something but God did another thing. Even though the Lord brought water, there was an error in verse 18 but the Lord did not show him anger. This was God being  disappointed in how Samson prayed but the Lord gave him water anyway. It means that the prayer Samson made was a wrong prayer.

The Lord was not satisfied with how Samson prayed but God gave him an answer. I realised that there are many Christians who pray the wrong way but still get answers.They do not get the 'and the Lord answer' but get the 'but the Lord answer'. There is a difference.

We have to go past the place where Samson prayed the wrong prayer to a place where he made the right prayer to create an 'and' in the 19th verse. The statement that came out of Samson's mouth determined whether 'and God was going to give him' or 'but God was going to give him.'

Every time you see 'but' in the scriptures, there is a change of course and a change of mind. Even.though Samson received an answer, the mind of the spirit was not in agreement with the way he prayed. Sometimes the grace of God can distribute in our ignorance because in the days of ignorance the Lord winked. But now, he calls upon you to change your mind and your thinking because that is the essence of the word. That you might be renewed by the changing of your mind;that you might know that good and perfect will of God concerning your life. All things are permissible but not all things are precious. When you learn to separate the precious from the vile then shall you be a mouth piece for the Lord.

Even though things seem like they are true to you, they might not be true by the spirit. Even though some peope get answered prayer, they get it with a 'but' to it. You need to shift from the but experience to the and experience because in the but experience  even though God will answer your prayer Samson, he will have issues with you. God is too gracious that he will answer a man who is ignorant in prayer. That man will think that it is the right way to pray because he got an answer. However, when that man grows in God, he will realise that it was a but when it should have been an and.

One day such a man will pray such a prayer when he needs an answer and he will not get an answer. He will ask 'How come the other day I prayed exactly this way and it worked but today it has not worked?' It is because you are submitting your God to the mind of patterns yet your God was interested in a relationship.

God is not one dimensional. Some body one day sprinkled salt around their house  and the demons left. Now whenever there are demons, they use salt. It became tradition. Another used anointing oil one day on a demon possessed man and it worked. Now they move with anointing oil bottles. It is not bad. But how about the fact that now you carry the anointing of God? Even when you do not have the oil, you are enough.The Bible says we have this annointing;this unction from on high.

Someone gets tugged to the fact that since they prayed a certain way the last time, then they ought to pray that way again. God looks at them and thinks: they do not know the difference between the last prayer they made and my grace and mercy to bail them out of their ignorance and still answer their prayer because I am Jehovah God. He is not pleased but he has to answer because he has to live up to his word like he promised.

However he wills that he answers with an 'and' to it. Rogers did this and the Lord did that. Ritah said this and the Lord did that. It is wrong for Grace to do this but the Lord does that. Even though it is what Samson wanted and his spirit was revived, it was revived with a wrong mindset of prayer. God has called us to know how to prayer.

The reason why Christians pray but do not get answers is because they know not how to pray. If you prayed but did not get an answer it is because you prayed the wrong way. If the mind of the spirit is not revealed to you, you will not know how to pray. It is like the intercessor who does not know the mind of the spirit but is interceding for the ministry. You must first know the mind of the spirit before you to to prayer.

When Many Christians read the portion of scripture about Samson, many of them read 'and' instead of 'but' and as such, they take very indifferent requests to God, such as 'now that you have given me victory, Shall you leave me to die of thirst?'They even make it a testimony. They put an 'and' yet with the spirit it had stayed a 'but'.

To God, the imagination that he can give you victory but not give you Grace to enjoy it is quite funny.He will give you the water anyway because he realizes that you are still young.  Samson should have said,' Thank you for the victory and thank you for the water.' We do not see to believe. We believe to see. Samson was questioning God to see. God was looking at a Kiddish man pray. Samson was a big strong baby.

When you thirst on the way, you cannot accuse God of being capable of abandoning you. There must be provision. If he gives you a car, don't ask where the fuel will come from. We are not of them   that draw back. The stiffer issues become, the stiffer we become. The love of God ought to push you to certain extremities. Love must push you to the extreme.

Nothing shall separate us from this love. He loves you. It is alright. It does not matter what you are going through. It is okay.  Remove 'buts' out of your relationship. It has to be an 'and' experience. It is what God is doing because of how you are living with him. When God says he has called you, anything you will need on your way is an 'and' response because he began it.

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Understanding Our Times

[Phaneroo 41]
[Psalms 74:9];  We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

The Psalmist speaks of a situation when people were existing in a world where they could not see their own signs.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. It means that if God has to purpose on the earth, he will do it through the dispensation of seasons and times.

The place of season is the vibe he sends out in the spirit for you to sense that it is coming. The place of timing is that of your nipping in; getting a hold of it.

Every man in this world has an appointed time. There may be seasons for us as a church but every individual has their own time. We can say that this is a season of increase but there is a time of increase for every individual.

Every time there is an understanding of the times, a man will know what to do. There is no way a man will never know the times if he does not know the signs. God is seeking that you may know your sign.

Look at the man at the pool of Bethesda. He dwelt there for thirty eight years. The Bible says that at a certain season, an angel always stirred up the waters. This man's problem was a sign. For thirty eight years, he was around something for which he could not sense a sign for. He thought he needed a man. He did not need a man. He just needed a sign.

Do you know how many people for whom God has stirred up seasons and set times but they know not the signs? Like Psalms 74:9 says, if a sign is not revealed, then at least a man should have a prophet.

However, there is a dispensation when men know not their signs, have no prophets and they know not. That is the situation in Amos 8. The scriptures say in Amos 8:11- 13; Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.  In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

This famine was sent by God himself. But there is nothing as bad as having famine in the land and a thirst yet there is nothing to fill it.

Contrast this with the situation in Isaiah. Isaiah 30: 20-21 says; And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

For these, though they ate the bread of adversity, their teachers were not removed. Why is there a hope?It is because the teachers were still present. It did not matter that they were eating the bread of adversity and drinking the waters of affliction. The teachers were there. God started to distribute the spirit on any message they preached because there were teachers. If a man does not know his sign, he needs a prophet. If he does need a prophet; he needs a teacher.

What is in Isaiah is different from what is in Amos. In Amos, God himself causes a famine but the young virgins faint. It means that in this dispensation, men will search out and not find. These are people looking for the word every where but they cannot find it. There will exist a kind of preachers, teachers or ministry but not the kind that they need. This is why men walk out of churches; it is because we do not speak Christ to them; we speak politics.

But the church has grown up. We do not want to know that this year we will have cars and build houses. We want things that money cannot buy. We want to know the divine purpose of God upon our lives. There is something bigger than the houses we will build, the cars we will drive or the jobs we will have. It is called the purpose of God.

These men in the word wondered from sea to sea. This is from the Mediterranean sea to the dead sea.When you read about the east and west in the scriptures you realise that east and west is the movement of the sun. The sun rises in the east and.sets in the west. When the bible says that the entrance of thy word brings light  the place of the sun is the figurative definition of the word of God entering and it going out. When.they moved sea to sea, dead sea to Mediterranean, east to west, they first went where the word was going out. They realised that they did not have an answer so they moved north and after word went where the word was entering in but still found no answer.  They began from the south where the dead sea is and where Jerusalem(church) is. So they left church,went to the Mediterranean where the word goes out found there was no answer and went to the north and after going to the north they went to the east.  All they are looking for is the connection between how the word enters and how it should go out. How should the word come into my spirit and how should it come out. I see men from whom words are coming out but it doesn't look as though the words really entered their spirits. If they did, then faith would be unfeigned. In the dispensation of Timothy, we see men whose faith is feigned. They speak of a God who heals but he does not heal. They can't make him heal. They can't believe him to heal. If you say it's working but it is not then it did not come out of your spirit. It came out of head knowledge;out of notes; You read a nice book.

I don't want something that comes out  of a nice book. I want something that comes from Jehovah God. That if you say God is a healer, he must heal.When you say God comforts he must comfort. When you say God uplifts, he must uplift. When you say God multiplies he must multiply. When you say God increases he must increase. When you say God speaks he must speak. I realise that Even though you speak all these words, you don't really believe them. They are not in your spirit because you have not reached the end of the commandment. You have not reached the end of the commandment because you are still in the north.

But now, the reality of the spirit must change our lives in a certain way. Men must look at us and say, 'people walked the surface of the earth but that man or woman had God.'

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The Mind of His Grace 3

[Phaneroo 40]

 Galatians 2:16 MSG:  We Jews know that we have no advantage of birth over “non-Jewish sinners.” We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it—and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good.

One of the most sensitive wars in the Christian circles is the idea of humanism; the mind that asserts no existence of God and directs all things to the power of the human being to do everything. It has crept into Christianity.

There are humanistic Christians. Even if they can confess that there is a God above them, he is not responsible for their lives, morality and future. He just watches over them to ensure that they do things as best as they can.This is the very reason for self help books. A man helps himself so that God can move.

However, you must understand that when you create an atmosphere of helping yourself, that is where filth comes from. Christianity does not ask you to help yourself. It brings Jesus to help you.

Many Christians are trying to be good. They think that Christianity is doing the right thing. They do not understand that the power in Christianity is a life; that life is Jesus. That is what men need. He is the ever present help in time of need; he is not the ever present helper. It means that he goes past sympathy to empathy; he gets inside your situation and becomes part of the solution. Stop dealing with Jesus as just the present helper but the present help.

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