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Many Christians change their religious allegiance when they move from one place to another, or when situation of life changes course. Human being have the tendency of changing like chameleon; circumstances, favorable or unfavorable change their hope and focus. However, God’s plan concerning every believer, never change.

Longing for breakthrough requires setting a goal. The goal might be a conviction through dream, vision, revelation or inspiration. Whatever is the source that prompts the goal, all is like a vision; envisioning success in that goal should be your focus.

Every Christian must acknowledge the preeminence of God in all things; when things are rosy or lousy. No matter what situation you find yourself there is need for hope and need to remain focus.

At times, problem encountered in the process of achieving our goal may seems prolonged, some situations may seem hopeless; expectation may seems delayed or promises may seem not to be in the picture of fulfillment; all these should keep you trusting the Lord, because the Lord who promised or who gave you a revelation is faithful to bring it to fulfillment.

Longing for breakthrough requires five divine notes -

  • Waiting for God’s own set time
  • Obedience is to man while breakthrough is of God
  • God’s way are varied and mysterious
  • God remains faithful in spite of our weakness
  • Your tomorrow is today’s investment

 

Waiting for God’s own set time

At the point of achieving success, many people runs out of patience and never to see what becomes of what they have been longing for; or the fulfillment of their goal. Most of the time, we expect quick answer to our request either from God or from man; or someone to help us out of our problem. When it does not come as expected, we tend to look for alternative. However, God will respond in His own way and at the appropriate time.

Joseph’s interpretation of the dream of Pharaoh’s chief Butler came to fulfillment, and the Butler was reinstalled to his former position. Joseph implored him to remember him for good in the palace. However, the Bible says, “Yet did not the chief Butler remember Joseph, but forgot him” (Gen. 40:23)

Many times we focus our attention on people to remember us or pay us for the good we have done; unfortunately, it does not work that way; many times people have failed us; God’s ways of answering our prayers are varied and unpredictable. Therefore, we must look up unto God for our breakthrough.

The Lord said to Abraham, “…I (the Lord) will certainly return unto thee (Abraham) according to the time of life; and lo, thy wife (Sarah) shall have a son…” This was a confirmation of the promise God made 24 years back to Abraham.

Further more, the Lord said, “Is there anything too hard to do? At the appointed time, I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son

Finally, the Bible confirmed the birth of Isaac, “For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him” (Gen. 21:2)

The time of life varied from one person to another. Some come early while some are delayed. Everyone has his/her own set time; you cannot under run or over run your time. God knows individuals right time which no one will be able to tamper with. Some goals are achieved fast, some at a moderate time while some are late.

However, the scripture says, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will l (the Lord) not forget thee” (Is. 49:15). The Lord does not forget any one, more so He will not forget any believer.

One question that people will ask is how do I know the appointment time? The answer I will give is the same as that of the Lord to His disciples. No one knows the time or season which the Lord has put in His own power. However, you as a believer should trust the Lord to grant you your desire.

As a child of God, after setting your goal or made your request unto the Lord, do the following

  • Trust the Lord
  • Delight yourself in the Lord
  • Commit your way (goal) unto the Lord, and
  • Wait patiently on the Lord (Ps. 37:3-7)

 

God remains faithful in spite of human weakness

Human beings are very frail; they cannot be trusted to remain faithful all the way. Many times, ever before the nation of Israel was chosen as world role model, human beings have disappointed God because of their wickedness and unfaithfulness.

The covenant of God concerning us remains there for us; the promise of God for us remains unchanging. The problem is with us believers who always like to wander out of the covenant. When we erred this way, our journey to the promise land becomes elongated.

Samson was an exceptional child of covenant; however, he was a self-centered person; always seeking to please himself instead of God. He violated the Nazirite vow and was conquered by his enemy. He gave in to spirit of seduction lured by Delilah who was paid off to betray Samson’s trust for her.

It is dangerous for a child of God to parade the devil’s territory. Don’t always have it your way, but have it the way of the Lord. Our weakness should not be an excuse for us to disobey the word of God. Do not apply the Bible wrongly, that the spirit is willing but weak for the flesh. Why don’t you allow the spirit to take control?

Despite Samson’s waywardness, at the dying minute, he ask God to strengthen him one more time,

“And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes ” (Jug. 16:28).

This last request of Samson was a demonstration of his faith in calling upon God and in believing that God would help him, which He did.

Many times, the problem is not that we don’t believe that God is able to give us breakthrough, but we often go out of God’s boundary, by believing we can do it without asking for directive. We are so self-centered that even when we go the wrong way, not until we are pushed to the wall, we will not look back to go to divine source for directive. As children of God, covenant and promises of God remains and He is faithful to release it to us. The Bible says,

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (For He is faithful that promised)” (Heb. 10:22-23). “Faithful is He that called you, who also will do it” (1Thess. 5:24).

 

Obedience is to man while breakthrough is of God

Faithfulness stands to be our “certificate of insurance”, in that, God on his own part will keep His promise and covenant that is covering us. Our God is compassionate, merciful and full of grace to give to us our desires and requests; but according to His will, in our favor and far above our expectation. We cannot be a “doubting Thomas” if we want to receive anything from God, our faith must be firm.

If God will do His own part, it is our responsibility to be obedient to His commandment and directive. The Law, the Prophet, the Word and the Holy Spirit work together without contradiction; they are inseparable; it is a whole and must be adhere to as a whole.

If the word of God requires us to wait patiently for God’s timing, we must obey. Not obeying or doing things our way amounts to seeking for solution or help outside God. This our-own-way prolongs the more the appointed time for our breakthrough.

In the scripture, while Job was going through a period of excruciating painful temptation, the Bible tells us that Job did not sin or charged God foolishly. Joseph and Daniel refrained themselves from conceding to devil’s delicacy.

However, these three men of God were obedient to the word of God which helped them pass through the ozone layer of translation to their breakthrough.

Be spirit filled and let the Holy Spirit in you guide you throughout the process to achieving your goal.

 

God’s ways varied and are mysterious

“…fret not yourself because of him who prospered in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devises to pass” (Ps. 37:7b).

God’s way of dealing with individual varies because we are not all alike. Our situations differs, likewise our problems are not the same. God’s dealing with individual is therefore not going to be the same.

Most of the times, we think our desires would be met the same way as the other person, or our goal will be achieved in the same way as the other person. At times we would like to imitate another person and it turned out to be a failure for us. In another situation, we would want to predict God or dictate to Him how we want Him to answer us. It does not work that way.

The scripture says,

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord…” (Is. 55:8-9).

Rachel and Leah were sisters married to the same husband, Jacob; however, the bearing of their children did not come the same way. Leah had it the easy way, while Rachel had it the hard way, but they were both answered.

God gave many victories to the Israelites; however, not with the same method nor did He used the same weapon neither did He duplicate any particular way. God uses unpredictable ways to remove obstacles in our way of success. He also uses unpredictable ways to equip us with wisdom, knowledge and understanding that will lead us through the way to our breakthrough.

What does it take then to have our breakthrough; it is as simple as ABC: tap to divine source. The scripture says,

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:7).

How God will answer us belongs to Him. All that is required of us is to believe that He will do it, obey His directive and trust that He will not disappoint us.

 

Your tomorrow is today’s investment

How do you view the future? Your perspective, whether it is positive or negative is determined by what you are doing presently. It depends on how you intend to approach it. Are you approaching the future based on you own knowledge, self-conceiting or you are relying on divine lead.

Ability, knowledge, and agility differ from one person to the other; there is no one that is perfect except our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we are able to do all things (Phil. 4:13). Even in that area where we are weak, He is able to strengthen us.

Many have worked harder than their contemporaries yet they have nothing to show for it. Likewise, most of those who are intelligent sometimes find it had to achieve their goal in life. Why? Something is missing – divine connection. Divine connection is obedience to divine instruction and diligence.

The life of Isaac from childhood to his old age can not be over emphasized, in that his obedience to his father and to God is one of the reasons he lived a prosperous life. This is the first spiritual investment that a child of God should gun for.

Many ministers of God today will tell you that the only way to be prosperous is by giving, quoting the book of Luke 6 v 38. This means you are giving expecting something in return; true, it is an investment: however, this is like living the main and taking the extra. The Bible expressly stated it this way,

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God” (Deut. 28:1-2).

From this passage, we can infer that the secret of Isaac’s prosperity is not because of his giving but mostly, because of his obedience – spiritual investment.

Again, we see Isaac as a hard working man. During his stay in the Land of Gerra, there was famine. The Lord instructed him not to go to Egypt that He (the Lord) would prosper him. He obeyed; however, he did not fold his hands expecting manna from heaven.

The Bible says that Isaac sow in the land and he reaped in hundred fold. The word sow shows that while God had promised him, he carried out his own responsibility by working for it, which is diligence – physical investment. It is necessary to lay your hand on something to do and not to fold your hand doing nothing.

Adam, with all the goodness that was in the Garden of Eden, God instructed him to tender the garden. You cannot be lazy and expect to have a breakthrough. Whatever a man sows, he shall reap. If you are diligent, you are sure to be a head and never to be tail.

The Bible says,

“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.” (Pro. 12:24)

The Bible says that he who does not work must not eat (2Thess. 3:10). Every believer must be ready to work to have a breakthrough.

Do not depend on man, he will fail you. Don’t be like the other man, because you do not know how or by what way he had his breakthrough. The Bible says,

“…fret not yourself because of him who prospered in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devises to pass” (Ps. 37:7b).

However, be who you are; work towards what you want God to make you. Seek for your own divine approach. Answer to your quest is not far fetch if you go God’s way.

 

By Lawrence Abitogun

 


By definition, prosperity is a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition: especially, financial respects and good fortune. It often has to do with wealth; however, for prosperity to complete, it must include elements like peace, happiness, joy, health, security etc.

I have lived enough to know that prosperity is not attained by force or violent. I have lived to behold many who have struggled throughout their lives to make wealth and never attain it. Some people dreamt of it and woke up without it. Some smelled it but unable to grab it. Some tasted it but did not last. However, some have it and it last. Why?

Prosperity resides with people who have the characteristics that attract it to them.

  • People who will use their wealth to help others, especially, to alleviate other people’s sufferings (Pro. 11:24-26)
  • People who will invest their money to employ others to live a good life
  • And, people who can take care of money without squandering it.

Wealth squandered is ill gotten: it is “Easy money, fast go”. (Pro. 21:17)

Christianly speaking, prosperity is blessings given from above to those whose way please the Lord, and seeking Him with all their heart. This kind prosperity does not have expiration date, because it is not determined by or flourish under certain circumstances or conditions (loan or financing); it is God-given.

Two factors attract prosperity

  1. Relationship with God (Pro. 22:4)
  2. Effective use of one’s natural ability

The two factors cannot work independent of the other.

Relationship with God

The Bible says

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I        command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:…” (Gen. 28:1-14)

To set on high above others is prosperity. The rest of this passage speaks of the blessing that the Lord promised for the obedient believers. Note the underline words; they speak of essentials of good standing relationship with God.

Abraham was faithful and obedient to the Lord; their relationship was superb. Jabez trusted in the Lord; he called on Him and He granted his request (chro. 4:9-10). Isaac obeyed God’s instruction; he prospered in the Land of Gerah (Gen 26:12-13). David, the man after the heart of God; the Lord gave him rest round about. Our Lord Jesus said that our primary goal is to seek first the kingdom of God, and then prosperity will be added to our bosom (Matt.6:33).

Effective use of one’s natural ability

“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under    tribute” (Pro.12:24).

Every man is endowed with some characteristics to help him achieve his goal in life. It is left to the individual how effectively he uses these characteristics. The following characteristics in addition to relationship with God will make one to prosper (Pro. 27:23-27).

  • Diligence
  • Assiduousness
  • Industry
  • Meticulousness
  • Thoroughness

Prosperity is good; however, man is never satisfied with its possession. Man’s desire for it rises in tandem; as a result, man looses all other pleasures that should go along with prosperity – happiness, joy, good health and peace of the mind. Is there a problem in seeking for more? No, however, the Bible says,

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into       this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1Tim.6:6-7).

God’s blessings increase without having to struggle for it in a do-or-die affair. That is capitalist notion of prosperity, always associated with greed. It is an insatiable attitude; it places those who try to prosper by force at the risk of not having a good family.

If you are in good relationship with God, it is necessary that you utilize your ability to the fullest. Will God not prosper a person without utilizing his ability? He prospers at His own discretion. However, laziness is not characteristic of a faithful Christian who wants to prosper (Pro. 20:13; 21:25).

By Lawrence Abitogun


Is there any business a child of God cannot engage? Are there businesses that are not approved of God? Do you have an in dept knowledge of what you want to do or what you are doing? What is the purpose of you engaging in the business?

Moreover, what are you good at doing? Are you equipped for your choice of business? Are you pursuing your gift or perambulating. Are you into a business because it is lucrative? Is the business a long or short term?

The answers to these questions are prerequisites to engaging in any business; however, the business must be righteous and in line with the will of God. There is no business a child of God cannot do if holds to moral and godly values. That which is not corrupt, cause one to sin or leads people astray. There are two important cautions, which must be avoided (Jude 11).

1.    The way of Cain

2.    The error of Balaam

Avoiding the way of Cain

Cain was the brother of Abel, they both engage in their different businesses. Cain was a farmer and Abel was a shepherd. Both of them sacrificed of their substance to the Lord; however, that of Abel was accepted. Cain became envious and jealous of his brother. In the process, Cain killed his brother, his future and his destiny.

The world is massive enough for everybody to do business without being a hindrance to others. Do not establish your business by destroying others, or else, it will short-lived. Any business established on envy, pride and self-righteousness would not get the approval of God. You do not succeed by destroying others or destroying competitor’s products or destroying people’s character.

Failing in a business is not an end to life; Christians should not conceive evil because of failure, frustration, hindrance, disappointment or whatever the cause of that failure may be. Most of the time, mistake or negligence is the cause for most failures. Address the issue not by effecting your grievance on others, but on how you can improve.
Are you jealous of what your competitors are doing? Do you know how they got there? Let their product be a motivation, not to kill what they have worked for.

The Bible says
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men     liberally, and upbraideth not; and itshall       be given him” (Jas. 1:5).

Cain refused to take warning, instead of him making amendment, he went ahead to commit murder. He was cursed.

Avoiding the error of Balaam

Balaam was a gifted man in the ministry of prophecy, a lucrative business in those days. Setting up a lucrative business is a good adventure; however, doing it the right way is more essential. A child of God should not feel threatened especially when you engage in what is right. But do not form any alliance with anyone or group of people to go after unrighteous gains or promises.

Every child of God is endowed with one gift or the other, for good purposes. For Balaam’s gift of prophecy however, because of greed and quest for unrighteous riches, he opted to prophesy doom against God’s blessed people. There is no problem in gunning for greener pasture but not in opposition to the will of God or at the detriment of others.

There are many businesses that resemble the act of Balaam, a way of making fast money or profit that is not legitimate and righteous: Among which is pornography, prostitution, obtaining under false pretence, computer fraud, embezzlement, credit card fraud, sharp practices, short cut, shady business, businesses that causes others to fall and so forth; they are “error of Balaam”.

What is the foundation of your business?

Not all businesses that look good have a righteous foundation. Many foundations are set on blood covenant, businesses established by misleading others into error, businesses established on stolen money and business established by robbing innocent peoples of their inheritance or entitlement. Any attempt to get rich by “all mean” could be self-destroying or deadly.

In whatever business you engage, seek God’s approval; commit your way (business) unto the Lord; and rest on the Lord. The Lord will bring your desire to pass (Ps. 37:3-7).

By Lawrence Abitogun






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