BUILDING CAPACITY FOR POSSESSION
For a while now I have been writing about prosperity- Godly Prosperity. I have learnt so much in my recent musings with the Spirit of God and I have shared all my learnings as I was getting them. However, there is more from where that has come from.
I am back in Nigeria and it’s been amazing to be back home. On one of the Sundays, I heard a man of God, Pastor Tony Rapu speak about building capacity to enter the reality of God’s promises. He referred us Ezekiel 47: 3-10 and explained a few things. 3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this? ” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. 7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.
Pastor Rapu talked about the different levels of water Ezekiel saw as being likened to the levels of spiritual stirring in the believer’s life. For Ezekiel, He experienced it at the ankles, knees and waist before the Lord took him to the place where he saw trees bearing fruit.
I could identify with what Pastor Rapu was saying because I realise that for me to experience the things the Lord has been speaking to me about I will have to doggedly maintain active fellowship with the Spirit of God. Remember that when the Bible talks of waters, it typifies the Word and presence of God.
I asked myself for examples in scripture of this type of empowerment to take hold of God’s promises and the Lord reminded me of a few. Moses, after being away from Egypt for a while had to get empowered to go back. So he met with God at the burning bush where God gave him the rod of authority. Exodus 3:2-6 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” 4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. The Lord gave him a rod, the symbol of authority, his constant connection to God. It was the tool God used to manifest Himself until the children of Israel were out of Egypt. It never failed.
Just before Joshua began his march into the promised land, he experienced such an empowerment exercise. Joshua 5:13-15, 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “ Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshipped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.It was after this encounter that he was able to cross the Jordan and take the land flowing with milk and honey.
Another man was Gideon, Judges 6:11-14, 11 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valour!” 13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” 14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
Gideon could not handle this information and he threw fleeces for the Lord to confirm what He said. After a lot of persuasion, he was able to defeat the Midianites and free the people of God from bondage.
Esther is another Biblical example. She had to spend time with Hegai who gave her preparations of oils, a type of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. She spent a year in these oils before she went in to the king. She eventually became queen and went on to deliver her people from Haman’s genocide. Esther2:8b- that Esther also was taken to the king’s palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women. 9 Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favour; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. 12 Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women. 15 Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all who saw her. 16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
All the people who did great things for God all had this kind of encounter-an empowerment for exploits-David, Solomon, Daniel, even Jesus. One could also call it a pronouncement. Whatever we choose to call it, we know that after that experience, they did the unusual.
Hebrews described them like this, Hebrews 11: 33-35 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
They lived lives of great achievements for God, beyond their normal capabilities. That is what this season is about-possessing that which God has for you. What would be the equivalent of emersing ourselves in water like Ezekiel to get the same enablement to be fruitful in this church age?
It would involve spending quality time in the Word, prayer, praise and worship. Also constantly being in a conducive spritually uplifting atmosphere. It’s an engagement with the Spirit of God. It gets one to the place of oneness with God. We can then begin to apprehend the mind of God for our lives- the glorious plans He has for us.
These times also engender the faith to, not just believe, but also act on the revelation, or simply put, information one has received from God. With this type of immersion into the Holy Spirit, the impossible becomes possible, the immovable becomes movable, one is able to look beyond their inabilities and frailties and put their entire attention and focus on God. They literarily become super humans.
That is why I am so excited. Since I got back, I have been walking on air. I got to church and all the messages are messages the Spirit of God had shared with me in the last couple of months. It’s amazing. It feels like I gave my notes to the Pastor. The same stories, even the same phrases. Amazement and wonder have been my companions. What it says to me is that, something big is about to happen.
I shout from the mountain tops, SOMETHING BIG IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. It’s a dispensation of God, not just for individuals. Everyone should key in. Get out your dusty Bible and start to read it all over again. Pray as often and as long as you can. Pray the word. Pray in the Spirit and the understanding. Give as much and as cheerfully as ever. When you go to church ask the Lord to give you hearing ears and an understanding heart. Pray that the enemy will not steal the Word God has for you. Speak what you know the Lord has said to you and act on the Word that you have.
To say I am excited is putting my state of mind mildly. I really don’t have the words to describe my euphoria. I have got a Holy Spirit fix. Nothing in Nigeria has been able to daunt it-not the long hours of darkness, not the rains, not impossible driving, not the constant attempt to out smart each other, nothing. This past week was trying but I snapped out of it quickly. I will not allow the devil to steal my joy.
I am grateful to God for the future that is about to unfold, while enjoying my present. I share it with you once again because I know it a corporate move of God, for every believer who will believe and join up. Testimonies will abound as to God’s unending faithfulness. We will all see God like the people in Psalm 126:1-3. 1 When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad. We will see His immense goodness. We will all testify, in Jesus Name. Amen. Can’t wait to see it all unravel. CK