Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the end of the first quarter in 2009. This year, I want you all to know that God has truly shown His Faithfulness to us who believe and accept His word to be infallible and we have indeed experienced fruitfulness despite the challenges already.
Some of us might think that the pressure of individual’s challenge is the work of the enemy.
No it is not but an ingredient of your making.
You and I should know by now that pressure is necessary for healthy life in Christ.
Pressure is not Stress.
Stress is an affliction generated as a result of anxiety, trauma, unnecessary pressure, burden, and nervous tension.
Pressure is healthy while Stress is not healthy. Pressure exposes what material you are made from.
Pressure is a tool to stretch you from comfort zone to where you see things God’s point of view.
Pressure of intense fire brings purification to raw materials and I want you to gain understanding today that we were all raw gold. Uncut with no shape and beauty because of sin until Jesus picked us up.
You are not the first and you will not be the last to be stretched and purified.
So before you continue the next quarter or rather the rest of the year, get rid of the weight you have mounted on yourself.
· What is the weight am talking about?
It is any load that makes you bend or buldge. An unnecessary burden or hindrance
Burden is any anxiety, task, clog, encumbrance, trouble or service. Get rid of any of these task or service that has taken God’s time from you.
Drop any burden that has robbed you of your love life.
Love for God and fellow human being. Some of us have no love for anyone anymore including our marriage and especially in marriage!
We have become so ambitious and selfish it is unbelievable. I always ask myself some serious questions and one of them is, if what I am doing is of God and from God why should I be so stressed up? Why should I be plagued with anxiety, trauma, unnecessary pressure, burden, and nervous tension.
· It is either I am missing out on some command or I delegated to the wrong people for the job or shared with wrong people who should not have heard my assignment. One of the golden scripture for me is 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “He who call you is faithful who also will do it”
If all the work you done this year has been done only by sweat which is the curse of the first Adam so where is the blessing of the last Adam. I want to experience the blessings that maketh man rich without adding any sorrow to it.
Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light so DROP THE WEIGHT and accept His word today.
The purpose of the weight: The purpose of the is to BEND your life.
To bend is to be out of shape which was the position of the world before the creation. Anything that has no shape is meaningless. Your life will not be meaningless if you accept this offer am presenting to you today.
Also to all my brothers and sisters reading this message, I prophesy over you today no more bending low. Your life will have shape in Jesus name.
Stand up straight in the name of Jesus.
You must realise also that burden will not let anyone see the potential in you because you are bow down. When you bend down, your identity is bent. You are known as a burdened man/woman. The devil is a liar. Stand up you mighty man/woman of valour.
From the scripture, Apostle Paul made us to know that God is at work in us and the work is a progressive work.
He said “not that I have already attained or perfected but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” Phil 3:12
You must understand that you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10
You are precious to God. You are the apple of His eyes. If you cannot settle that now, you will miss out on God and it has nothing to do with anyone but yourself.
What are the loads we carry that robbed us of our true identity?
· Guilt of sin
Many times we have asked for forgiveness but because of guilt of what we have repented of we shortchange ourselves from receiving the best from God. Romans 8:1-2 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but the Spirit.
· Financial Debt.
Understand that the structure of this nation is a structure of debt. Especially in western culture. It is a structure that encouraged us for many years to borrow and the rule is you become a slave to the lender until you complete payment of the your loan! Financial debt is a burden. It has cost many of their marriage, family broken down, many have become depressed and afflicted with all manner of sickness as a result of debt. Today, if you will drop this weight and trust Jesus Christ, He will help you. Afterall if you cannot pay back the loan now why not trust Him to remove the burden if it in exchange for His wisdom and peace of mind. Someone said we have no money problem but wisdom problem. I agree.
· Empire building is a weight
God is into Kingdom building NOT an empire. God is committed to faith venture. Faith venture is anything that originate from God and is done in obedience to His word. He is into Kingdom. Kingdom is the domain of the King. He is interested in what you do to promote the agenda of His domain. Not your domain! It is all about the dominion of our King!
· Empire is collections of Kingdoms and States under one person with complicated and vast government. God’s kingdom is not complicated.
During the last British Empire, all the other nations were seen as colonies. USA, India, Nigeria etc were colonies under this small nation. So to decide on matters of relevance to the people, they have to come to London. Any decision has to be made in London.
The Kingdom of God is not a collection of many. There is ONLY ONE KING OVER ONE KINGDOM. You have no faith to pay for £100 bill and you are building an empire to boost your ego and now you are struggling to pay for £500.
3John2 says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers”
Do you know that you cannot prosper beyond the state of your soul? Kingdom matter is a step by step principle but empire is man made driven agenda.
Finally drop these weights before it is too late! Today is the day of Salvation! Today is your day of deliverance from dead weight. This is your year of fruitfulness.