My last couple of days have been so super exciting! Like, I’m finding it difficult to put them/it into words. My church here in Vienna, Austria, has been preparing for its Convention 2012 since last year, and it’s finally here! Again, my parents invited my lovely pastor from London, Pastor Michael Omawumi Efueye (commonly known as Pastor O) from House on the Rock, London (yup, that one, G.O. being Pastor Paul Adefarasin) to head it. We’ve been having revivals, seminars, workshops, out-door events, etc. and tmr- to crown it all- the ordination of ministers.
I can hardly tell you just how blessed I have been. You know, there is always a word for you. God speaks all the time; to both believers and unbelievers. The only thing is: we often fail to hear Him, or even worse: hear Him speak, yet fail to recognize it as His voice.
Today, I want to share something with you. And yes, it is a word from the Lord! I want you to read it carefully, and meditate upon it. It’ll try keeping it relatively brief, and I admonish you to take the time to go through the Scriptures.
The Father’s Cry
There are so many misconception blinding and clouding the understanding of men. Many of these misconceptions have been spread through misinformation, lies, or sheer ignorance. The solution to so many of our problems is much closer than we dare to think or believe.
When Moses told God he needed a sign when going before Pharaoh, the Lord asked him, “What is this you have in your hand?” The Lord never ever asks us to do something, speak a word, or go a place, without equipping us. Sometimes, we do not consider what we have “powerful” or “significant” enough; or worse: trust Him enough.
I’ve thought about this so many times. We say we love Him, want to serve Him, give our lives to Him, claim to believe Him, seek to follow Him, yet fail to fully trust Him.
“If only you believe..”
At the beginning of our walk with Him, everything seemed to be going fine, smoothly. We felt powerfully anointed, ready to preach the Gospel everywhere and at all times; we felt we could ask Him for anything; and we believed every single of His promises. But with “maturity” things changed. We began to see wider, dig deeper, know “better”. We started testing all spirits, questioning all messages, doubting the truthfulness of all His promises.
Why does the Scriptures constantly tell us to remember the faith of Abraham and other men of God in the Bible (Hebrews 11)? Not a single one of them- although faced with trials, temptations, and persecutions- ever doubted God. It was because they knew Him; personally, intimately.
Christ asked, “When I return, shall I find faith?” (Luke 18:8). He didn’t ask whether He’d find holiness or righteousness, for man has none of himself (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3: 21-24; Galatians 2:16; Romans 8:1), all He asked for was faith. (I don’t want to go into the issue of faith and (good) works, as that’s a long topic and not my focus for today.)
When we were kids, regardless of whether we obeyed or disobeyed our parents, we were fed, we were clothed, we were provided for, protected, loved. Regardless of whether we listened to them and heeded their instructions, they remained our parents; doing what parents do. Of course- as nature demands- there had to be consequences for each and every of our wrong-doings; sometimes they took the form of extra tasks, the withdrawal of a goody, or even a smack; but they were always there to teach us something, cause us to understand the importance of obedience, and ultimately, make us better people.
If earthly parents- limited in their knowledge and possibilities- can be so gracious and loving toward us, why don’t we understand that God is too? And so much more!
He’s repeatedly stated to want to be a Father to us; a father, mother, protector, provider, sustainer, etc. Why do we so often feel that our Heavenly Father- the One who created us in His very own image and after His very own likeness, the One who looked at us and called us “very good”, the One who blessed us and commanded us to “go forth and multiply”, the One who created us (humanity) last, making sure all that we needed was there for us, right at our disposal (“creation’s day 1-6”)- has worse desires for us that our earthly parents? Where did we get that idea from?
Why do we find it so impossible to believe that He, in His infinite mercy and unconditional love, still wishes to show us just how much He loves us? Why do we feel we have to beg, and cry, and fast, and almost die, in order to prove to Him that we deserve to be blessed?
In fact, let me bust your bubble by saying just this: on your own merits, you really deserve nothing! All that we have, we were given! I really love Job’s statement in Job 1:21 and Habakkuk’s words in Habakkuk 3: 17-18
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job)
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk)
They both speak wisdom in its most beautiful form: relationship. They both speak of loving Him regardless of what they have or do not have. You see, it is easy to trust Him when things are going well: you can see He’s been/being good. It is easy to believe Him for more, when you have been given little; for a child, when He has blessed you with a husband; for a promotion, when He has blessed you with a job. But what do you do, how do you feel, and what do you say when you feel you have received none of the things you have asked for? Do you pray and speak them into existence? Do you fast and pray for Him to open the flood-gates of heaven? Do you cry unto Him to remove all curses and limitations placed upon your life? Many of us resort to such measures, but I have really come to tell you: You have been blessed already!
All that you could ever need in this journey of life, God has provided for! He has made provision for it all already. He does not see your need today and stress Himself over “creating” it. He sees the end even before the beginning. He allowed it to be, because He has already taken care of it; making sure it turns around for His glory and your good.
We often overlook just how much the Lord has bestowed upon us and blessed us with. He has made provision for all you would or could ever need, and more. He has blessed you- in overflow- so you too could go ahead and be a blessing to someone else. Christ said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Why? Because there are levels, and there are dimensions. What you do with bread, is not what you do with corn. One has the power to fill your belly, the other the potential to bring forth a great harvest, thus filling multitudes. You have been blessed in order to be a blessing!
“What is that you have in your hand?”
I remember promises of the Lord of yester-years. Most of which I wrote down and regularly read in order to remind myself of them today. You see, God is reliable and dependable, because He does not change. Not, ever! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That is why it is wisdom to build one’s life on the truths and revelations of God’s words and promises. Running with them, keeping them alive, is what will eventually bring them to pass.
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:20)
Often we fear that our sin, our unrighteousness, has changed the mind, word, promises of God for our lives. We feel that we have done too much wrong, to deserve right. That we have disappointed Him too much to still receive His blessings. Let me repeat, you did nothing to receive the promise of a blessing in the first place; and while your good work should stand as a testament to your faith, it is not what brings the promise of a blessing to pass.
[Of course there are those blessings that simple come by nature of your obedience (I call them: principles); like the principle of “sowing and reaping” or those in the form of “opportunities” that present themselves to all men with “times and seasons”. But that’s another topic entirely.]
The fullness of God’s blessings has been promised to all that are in a covenant relationship with Him. There are certain blessings a daughter can expect from a father, that other relatives may not lay claim to. There are certain goodies that are mine, as an heir, that maids, servants, or even close kin may not even dare to think of. There is an inheritance that is mine and I can enjoy, simply because I am my father’s child.
When a child is young, it plays, laughs, and eats like every other child; but as it grows up, its behaviour changes. The company the child keeps changes, the way the child dresses, walks, conducts itself changes. Why? Because it has come to understand what it means to be the heir to the throne, the child of a mighty man. Although it might have no idea of the fullness of its father’s wealth, it can rest assured in the fact that he has access to all his father’s possessions.
It is no different for us. As children of the Most High, we have access to all that is His. We have this privilege because we are in a covenant relationship with Him. All that is ours (our lives, homes, desires, etc) are His, and all that is His, has become ours.
I am stressing this, because I want us to get rid of that mindset of having to beg our Father to bless us. He has blessed us already. You have access to all that is His! He wants you to enjoy all His blessings. Blessings of peace and joy, life and strength, hope and faith. The fulfilment of your God-given dreams and visions, your desire for marriage and children, a promotion, and so much more.
I want us to think and meditate upon the Scriptures we read more, asking Him to open our eyes and flood them with the light of His understanding. Many of us suffer because we have not yet come to fully understand WHOSE we are. You are not blessed or deserving of any blessing because of anything you did, do, or will do, but because of Who He Is and what He has done. It is a finished work!
As you think about these things, please take out time to read the following passages:
- Genesis 12: 10- end (emphasis on v.16)
- Genesis 20
God who blessed Abraham, in spite of his repeated sin (previous passages), blessed Laban for Jacob’s sake (Genesis 30:29), and blessed Pharaoh because of Joseph (Genesis 39: 2-6).
Good works are good, don’t get me wrong; but I need you to understand that regardless of whether you do right or wrong, God is a good, loving, faithful and reliable Father. He cannot deny Himself, and He will certainly not start in your time. It is a wise thing to trust the Lord and put your hope in Him. Your “righteousness” means little, for you are hidden behind the cross: He does not see you, He sees Jesus! So quit trusting in your own (in)abilities, and find your way back to simply trusting Him! He is more than willing and able to bring it to pass.
This message is for two kinds of people:
1) Those who have believed in Him, but are struggling to trust Him.
2) Those who have not yet believed in Him.
I have come to tell you this:
The Father is crying to be intimate with you (again). He wants to bless you tremendously, but cannot if you will not step out of yourself and into His faithful and stretched-out arms. What He seeks (and what you need) is a relationship.