Downloading and Activating Pending Promises or Blessings

Downloading and activating pending blessings or promises
Old Testament altar of sacrifice

How to download and activate pending promises or blessings is our focus in this article. This is because any pending blessings not downloaded and activated may not be consummated.This is because the Bible tells us that the kingdom of God permits violent moves and only the violent in spirit can posses it. To be able to appropriate miracles, blessings or pending promises, one must learn to involve God. One must learn how to invest his/her time, money, energy, intellect, talent, etc, in relevant area of the vineyard of God and God will, in turn, act unhindered. For example, for someone trusting God in the area of the fruit of the womb, s/he can invest in or be relevant in the children department, or for some other believing God for job employment, s/he can be active member of Sanitation Unit or if s/he is a skilled applicant, can join the technical department or other skill related area and offer his/her skill to God’s service free of charge.

“Blesssed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3)

Activating with a Vow

One can seal a deal in form of vow with God as Hannah did and Samuel came forth, or as Jephtha did in Judges and won the battle even though his was an irrational and regrettable vow.

Activating with a Sacrifice

The king of Moab in 2 Kings 3:26-27 sacrificed his first son to God when he discovered that the battle was fierce against him and the Israelites were almost winning the battle. And, even though he was an alien and enemy of God as a Moabite, he won the battle against Israel.

When one is looking unto God for His speedy divine intervention, we can make a (rational) vow with God. For example, someone who is trusting God for breakthrough in the area of employment, can make a vow to God that a certain percentage of his salary would go to, say, an orphanage for a certain period of time or would sponsor an indigent child through primary school or one can even take it further by giving a sacrificial gift to God and tying it to the need in point as done by the King of Moab during a very challenging, life-threatening moment confronting him. Even though the Moabites are generational enemies of God, the King got God’s support and won the battle against Israel, the covenant people of God.

So, for speedy victory and answer to prayers, a sacrifice can be offered unto God. Desperate situations demand desperate moves. The King of Moab understood this and capitalized on it to gain victory.  Even God had to sacrifice his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, by making him an offering in order to redeem sinful and condemned man from eternal destruction. He gave up Jesus as an offering in order to reap the whole world.

Do not Make a Vow You Cannot Fulfill

“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.” (Deut. 23:21)

 “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.” (Eccl. 5:4-5)

The fact remains that, whether one makes a vow to God or not, God would still do what He purposed to do. So it will be foolhardy to make a vow to God that one would eventually not fulfill or be able to fulfill. Remember Jephthah who irrationally, because he was under pressure to win the war, made a vow unto God to sacrifice anything that first came out of his doors to God. Unfortunately, it was his only daughter that came out to welcome him from the war and to celebrate his victory. Even though Jephtha still kept his vow, he lamented and grieved for his rash and erratic action.

Do Not Sacrifice What You Cannot Let Go!

There is a common axiom that when you sacrifice a goat, you also let go of the rope. The implication of this saying is that; do not sacrifice what you hope to retrieve back later. A sacrifice is expected to be given up completely, and forgotten.

Vow or Sacrifice is not Bribing God

Making a vow or sacrifice is not to bribe God as some think but a demonstration of faith in the immutability and reliability of the almighty God. God is a covenant-keeping God and cannot fail in or break any covenant he makes with or agrees to with man.

“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”(Hebrews 6:18)

 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not dot? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

 “And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” (1 Samuel 15:29)

 Be blest!


Ordained for a Purpose

“And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:”  (Mark 3:14-15)

The purpose of ordination in the church seems to have become a misguided phenomenon as, apparently, it has been misunderstood and misrepresented in some quarters within the christian circle.  Ordination is simply a call into ministry or into the service of God either full or part time. One of the areas that has so much been bastardized today in the Christendom is the area of ordination. The uncontrollable, unhealthy and ungodly rush into misguided ordination is alarming and still on the increase – men of God carrying and answering titles they cannot defend. Ordination is the call of God upon a man for specific, clear-cut purpose and assignment but today in the christendom, the reverse is becoming the case. This is very worrisome.

A lot of self-acclaimed ‘men of God’ who had turned themselves to ‘God of men’ today, from the point of view of their unholy conduct, had actually seemed not to have been called by the Almighty God but looks like they have been called by another god called ‘the belly’ (…whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” – Philippians 3:19)

“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;” (Titus 1:10-13)

Mark 3:13 says, “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would”. The New Living Translation renders it, “…and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him”. Verse 14 of the same version says, “Then he appointed the twelve of them and called them his apostles”.

It was Jesus himself who called them out among many in the first place and it was Jesus who also ordained them as apostle. So, it is God Himself who calls men he chooses into ministry and also gives them assignment “according to their several ability”. But today, men run into ministry without a specific call and purpose, and then christen themselves with any title they deem fit. Little wonder such ecclesiastical misfits who are not appointed by God end up disappointed and disqualified.

Matthew 10:1 rendering the same scripture in Mark 3:13-14 says, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power… So then, who gives power? It is God of course! And power is defined as the ability to do work. So, it goes to say that power is not given or released unless there is a divine assignment leading to the need for the use of power, which is the ability to do the work the called is sent to do (Luke 10:1).

Likewise, no man can receive power until it is given, “and he gave them power”. This is the reason why these religious opportunists who had not been genuinely called into ministry go about seeking for power – the ability to do – where there is none. They understand that, haven’t not being genuinely called of God who alone possesses the prerogative and monopoly of power (Psalm 62:11), suddenly come to realize that they really need power to do the works listed out by Christ such as healing sicknesses and disease, casting out devils and unclean spirits, hence they therefore, resort to seeking for unrighteous and clandestine power from the dark places of the earth just for them to be relevant within the sphere and committee of acclaimed ‘powerful men of God’.

Why Ordination?

One of the main purposes of being called out or ordained and, perhaps, the most important of all is for fellowship, or intimacy, or relationship with the Ordainer or Caller.

In Luke 10:39-42, Jesus comparing two personalities, Martha and Mary, who are more or else part and parcel of the ministry of Jesus, recommended Mary’s aspect of the ministry because she had discovered the secret of success in ministry by doing the needful, which is sitting still and listening to God’s word, instruction and direction first before getting unnecessarily cumbered about much servings unlike her sister Martha. Even though Jesus might not have rebuked Martha’s service or commitment, but he frowned at her misplaced priorities. Jesus was indirectly saying to Martha, “Martha, fFirst thing first…don’t misplace priorities”.

And Jesus ordained the twelve…”, first, that they might be with him, then secondly, to serve! So, intimacy with the Master first before service. But when ministers of God, the ordained, the called out, the assigned, turn this logic on its head by putting service first like Martha instead of intimacy with the Caller and Sender, frustration tends to set in, even though there may be a genuine call of God upon the ordained.

So, in essence, the major purpose of ordination is intimacy, then followed by whatever service the caller is called to do, which continues to include preaching the gospel, exercising dominion (with power given during fellowship and interaction the with the master) over demons, the devils and his cohorts, ministering healing and deliverance to the sick and the oppressed, and so on.

Isaiah 61:1-3 prophesying about Jesus, summarizes it all. That having been with the father and now the Holy Spirit released unto him just like the day of Pentecost (intimacy), the anointing (power) has now been released to preach the good tidings, that is, to work and to serve.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isa. 61:1-3)

You’re blest and highly favoured!

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Grieve not the Holy Spirit

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”. (Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of grace and power. The Holy Spirit is also the spirit of meekness and that is why one of the components of the fruit (evidence) of the holy Spirit is meekness.

In other words, meekness is an attribute only the Holy Spirit can birth. Ordinary men who are not yet filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, can at best, be humane and nice on the surface but inwardly can be dangerous. They may not be able to overlook or let go of certain annoying issues. But a man filled with the Holy Spirit can just decide to trivialize a weighty matter that can infuriate an ordinary, carnal man.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Eph. 5:16-18;22-23)

Meekness

The Greek word for meekness is praotes, meaning the disposition to be gentle, kind, indulgent and balanced in tempers and passions. It also means to be patient in suffering injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge. Meekness is a fully developed and advanced form of gentleness but while gentleness is more facial or outward, meekness is soulish or inward. This is because a man may be gentle but not meek but a man cannot be meek and not be gentle. Meekness is more spiritual while gentleness is more attached or identified with outward appearance except gentleness birthed by the Holy Spirit.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Pet 3:3-4)

Long-suffering

The Greek world for long-suffering is makrothimia and it means patient endurance, to bear long with the frailties, injuries and even deliberate offenses and provocations of others, without whining, repining or resentment.

Long-suffering or patient endurance energizes and lubricates meekness. Long-suffering helps meekness to be total and complete. Without this attribute, meekness can be overstretched and this could lead to outburst.

The Man Moses, the Meekest Man

The Bible refers to Moses as the meekest man of his time. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3), yet at a point in his ministry, he became so angry and disobeyed God’s command by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it. He became so angry even against the God who called him into the same ministry and his outburst also made God, the meekest God of the whole universe, also angry and infuriated at his disobedient action.

Moses the meekest man got so infuriated to the extent that he lost his Holy Spirit-birthed meekness and invariably also got Jehovah, the meekest God of the universe irrevocably angry too, and was banished from entering into the Promised Land he has laboured so much for, for several years.

The Way Out

In other, therefore, not to fall after the order of Moses, who having labored for more than 40 years in ministry standing in the gap for the people in intercession and shouldering all their burdens but still was denied access to the promised land, ministers of God should let the Holy Spirit develop in them other components of the fruit of the Holy Spirit most especially long suffering and temperance.

Long-suffering, hand-in-hand with meekness when the minister of God allows them to be fully developed and effectively and efficiently deployed, would help him to finish strong and end well.

While love, joy, peace, goodness and faith will endear the minister to the sheep he is shepherding, meekness, long-suffering and temperance will make him finish well and strong and able to declare like Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4: 7-8:

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4: 10-11)

This is because Apostle Paul allowed meekness, patient endurance and temperance to be fully developed in him.

The man of God must, therefore, rely on the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit to end well.