by Aziza Uko
This message is derived from 4 questions which are frequently asked in the Body of Christ.
1. Does God determine when we get a blessing in life?
2. Do we determine when we get a blessing in life? In other words, do we have any control over the timing of our miracle?
3. Is there anything we can do to get a miracle when we want it?
4. Does God intentionally delay our blessing or answers to our prayers to deliver them at his own time?
I have come to realize the power of our minds. Once we are taught a particular thing and tune our mindset accordingly, it takes a conscious effort to re-tune our mind and re-tune it. (Read: Proverbs 23:7, Proverbs 4:23, Romans 12:2)
I also know that many Christians believe so many wrong things and because of that we suffer needlessly. The only reason given in the Bible for why a Christian would suffer is her ignorance. That is all. The devil can't torment a Christian; he can't attack you with sickness, disease, poverty, and so on. God will also not inflict pain and suffering on you. The only reason given in scripture for a Christian to suffer bad things is ignorance and the only thing that can set a Christian free is knowing the truth.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Isaiah 5:13 says, “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
I used to be a victim of wrong teachings and I suffered so many times, terrible pain till I came in contact with the scriptural truth concerning my life and my destiny in God. I didn't go for any deliverance, in fact, I stopped intense fasting when I realised the truth about fasting. My prayers became shorter, simpler, straight to the point, and unbelievably effective - when I received the truth contained in the scriptures concerning my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Since, I received this liberating message, I have dedicated my life to using my talent (ability to communicate) to teach fellow Christians what I know so they too might be set free.
Why this lengthy preamble? Testimonies are powerful. They liberate. Also, so that some people would be able to understand why I take time to write so much on a forum like this. Also, so people whom this teaching may concern won't feel like they are being 'attacked' Not so, this is about liberty.
The only person under attack when wrong teachings are being corrected is the devil. He is the father of lies. The Bible says that the ONLY tool he has left is tricks. Nothing more. He has no power. When Jesus rose from the dead, he declared, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given unto me. Go in my name." The devil just has tricks. (Read: Matthew 28:18 John 8:44, Matthew 24:24, Ephesians 6:11, Psalm 62:11, 2 Peter 5:11-13)
An example of his tricks is that many Christians think he is a strong lion that can take anybody down. He is no lion. The Bible says he goes around like a, like a, like a (repeated for emphasis) roaring lion seeking whom to devour. The only lion in the Bible is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. (1 Peter 5:8, Revelations 5:5)
The devil is so defeated, so defeated, disgraced, messed up by Jesus Christ that he doesn't want you to realize that, hence he goes about trying to trick you.
And among Christians, his number one tool is twisting the Word of God, changing a word or two so that you will be led to believe wrong things. The moment you start believing a wrong thing, you begin to suffer in the order of your beliefs. Just in the same way that the moment you fall in line with the Word of God, you begin to walk in the order of the Giver of the Word.
Why does the devil try to twist God's Word and lead you to believe wrong things? He knows that he has no power over you. He knows the only way you can be destroyed is if you destroy yourself. And how will he get you to do that? He knows that as you think, so you are. So he tries to plant all kinds of wrong things in your mind. He sends out wrong preachers to send a wrong message even planting his agents in churches to fabricate testimonies that aren’t rooted in scriptures.
So, my sister, please open up your mind and ask for the Holy Spirit to teach you what you should know and what you should unlearn. Just open up your mind and if I am unable to show you from the scriptures what I teach, then you are free to reject it and move on. (Read: John 16:13)
As Christians, if someone teaches you something and it is not backed up with scriptures. You will not accept it. So, the devil twists one or two scriptures to back up a preconceived wrong teaching. Because he knows that once we are led to believe a wrong thing, it acts as a stronghold in our minds and our mind, is our life. The stronghold mentioned in the spiritual warfare in the Bible is in the mind, it is not a tree in your village. It is not a wicked boss who is sitting on your promotion or a wicked step-mom that swore you won't ever get married. It is a wrong belief in your mind. (Ephesians 6)
So, let us answer the 4 questions from the scriptures.
Does God determine when we get a blessing in life?
Every good and perfect gift comes from above. God causes the sun to shine on the good and the bad. God is the one who blesses us. He is the Great Provider. Children are a reward from Him. He daily fills our mouths with good things. He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. He gives us power to make wealth. He feeds us. He clothes us. He provides all our needs according to his riches and glory. There is no denying that our blessings come from God. (Read: James 1:17, Matthew 5:45, Deuteronomy 28:2, Psalm 127, Psalms 103:3-5, Deuteronomy 8:18, Psalm 23, Psalm 81:10, Psalm 84:11, Psalm 113:9, Genesis 33:5, Psalm 128:1-6, Galatians 3:29, Galatians 3:9, John 10:10, John 8:44, Deuteronomy 7:14,Exodus 23:26, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 75:6, Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 37:4, Psalm 5:12, Job 22:28, Genesis 39:21, Exodus 11:3, Joshua 11:20, Psalm 35:27, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, 3 John 2, Psalms 118:23-25, Nehemiah 5:1-13, Romans 13:8, Mark 11:24, Malachi 3:10-12, Isaiah 48:17, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:25-33, John 15:7, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Ephesians 3:20, Galatians 6:9, Joel 2:25-26, Matthew 6:1, Psalms 84:11, Deuteronomy 6:11. The promises of God in the Bible are so many.)
All these verses tell us where and what, but they don't say when. He puts no limits to our blessings - he says till we are filled. Till we have no more room to store his blessings. That tells us that God's gives us a blank cheque. A blank cheque is signed by the account holder and the bearer (the receiver) has the responsibility of filling in the name, amount, and date and present it to the bank for payment.
This message is the first of a 4-part series. You can read the 2nd Part HERE, the 3rd Part HERE, and the 4th Part HERE
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