Why You don’t Manifest the Power of God

Why You don’t Manifest the Power of God

Here is a Daily Dew insight on what it takes to demonstrate the power of God in any situation and be a bearer of His awesome Presence.

Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines… And when they joined battle, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men of the army in the field. And…the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from there the ark of the covenant of the LORD…And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook. Now when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the sound of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp. So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! For such a thing has never happened before….Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong and conduct yourselves like men, you Philistines, that you do not become servants of the Hebrews…Conduct yourselves like men, and fight!” So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. Also the ark of God was captured; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died. – 1 Samuel 4:1-11

Everyone living being has the breath of God in him or her, otherwise, they won’t be alive. But that does not mean that everyone living can operate in the power or anointing of God. The ability to do that is largely dependent on the eligibility of each individual, based on his/her relationship with Jesus Christ.

In the passage above, the Israelites found themselves routed at war, so they decided to bring the Ark of Testimony (a symbol of the presence of God) into their camp with the hope that it would help them to overcome their enemies. When the Ark eventually arrived, they jubilated, as they then expected an easy run over their enemies. The Ark had made them prevailed over similar challenges in the past, it would definitely aid them again this time. How wrong they were.

Much to their rude shock, the Ark could not deliver them from their enemies because it was improperly conveyed to the camp and, worse, it was in the care of two unworthy vessels – Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli – who were both notorious in eyes of God for their excesses (1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22-36) in the ministry.

Their contact with the Ark rendered it ineffectual, and it could not fulfil the purpose for which it was brought. To make matters worse, the revered Ark was seized and taken captive by the Philistines and it could not prevent 30,000 of the Israelite soldiers from being slaughtered.

That means the Ark – a symbol of God’s presence and power – is only as effective to the extent of the right standing of the person bearing it. That is why He states in His word: With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. – Psalm 18:26

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Get Out of Entrapment and Desperate Situation (2)

But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them; so they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the LORD, and the priests sounded the trumpets. Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 2 Chronicles 13:13-15

Secondly, the priests among them sounded the trumpets in praise. They did not sing tunes of distress; the praise instruments of God are not meant for that purpose. They blasted the trumpets in praise. Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, and when you worship Him in the face/midst of troubles you are saying that He remains sovereign and far more important than the issue at hand; hence your giving Him your attention and not the problem that is threatening to wipe you out. There is no how you will accord God such honour and He will not honour you back by wrecking a mighty deliverance for you.

Lastly, the men of Judah let out a shout. They did not cower or give up the fight. They let out a shout of defiance and got ready to battle. Having prayed and praised, they were assured of divine partnership and were ready to face anything. So their shout was literally saying, “Bring it on!”

They did not need to fight the battle themselves, as they had done enough for God to unleash terror on their enemies and caused a great rout that left 500,000 of Israel’s pompous army dead, while the rest scampered across the wilderness for dear life. Thus the terrifying challenge that was about to swallow up the people of God became another milestone of victory for them and a testimony to God’s faithfulness.

God is still in the business of wrecking deliverance and rescuing His people today. The Bible says He is a “very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). The problem is that we usually accord our problem more attention than we give God and we focus more on ourselves – bemoaning what will become of us – than we engage Him on our issues.

Having read this, you should change the order of your attention henceforth and accord God prior thinking, not your problem. He is ever ready to save.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Get Out of Entrapments and Desperate Situations (1)

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But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them; so they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they cried out to the LORD, and the priests sounded the trumpets. Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 2 Chronicles 13:13-15

The passage above presents us with three classic principles for getting out of danger and desperate or life-threatening situations. Jeroboam, king of the majority nine tribes of Israel with his 800,000 army had come up against the minority tribes of three in Judah which God had reserved for David’s descendants. Numerically, the men of Judah were outnumbered by ratio two-to-one by Israel. To make matter worse, before Judah could even set out to battle, the enemies had surrounded them front and back and were ready to pounce on them and finish them off. What Judah did in that dire moment is the focus of our meditation today and a possible principle we can apply when we find ourselves in similar circumstances.

Firstly, the men of Judah cried out to the LORD in prayer. When they sighted their adversaries in front and behind them, they did not start to wail in self-pity, bemoaning their lot for coming out that day and expecting a certain death. No, they cried out to God for help. The Bible says the name of the LORD is a strong tower into which the righteous run and are safe from peril (Proverbs 18:10). That was what Judah did. By calling upon God, they activated His fortress and opened up His strong tower for their refuge. When you find yourself in similar situation, will you pray or moan?

Secondly, the priests among them sounded the trumpets in praise. They did not sing tunes of distress; the praise instruments of God are never used for that purpose. They blasted the trumpets in praise. Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, and when you worship Him in the face or midst of troubles you are saying that God remains sovereign and far more important than the issue at hand…Worship is an acknowledgement of God’s sovereignty, and when you worship Him in the face or midst of troubles you are saying that God remains sovereign and far more important than the issue at hand…

We’ll continue tomorrow.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How To Build A Sustainable Entity: Building The God’s Way (5)

How To Build A Sustainable Entity: Building The God’s Way (5)

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. – Proverbs 3:19-20

Understanding
Understanding establishes an entity; this is how you become renowned, a brand or a market leader. It is possible to know something and not understand it. You need to understand the intricacies of the entities you are building or the offerings you are taking to the marketplace. Understanding helps you choose the problem you solve. It is not every life problem you are created to solve. The same way your offering should not be one that aims to solve all the problems of the world or in the marketplace.

You need to have an understanding of your core. The core is the heart of a thing, the central point from where your energy exudes and your light shines. The core of the universe is the sun. It is a ball of fire; the source of energy and life. Without the sun none of us will be alive. It is the binding force that holds all the planets together. You should be able to know your own core.

Understanding will help you to achieve this. You will discover your core when you have a sound knowledge of what you are doing. Knowing your core will stop you from majoring on minor things. Seek to know the core and then build your structures, operations, marketing, etc. around it.

The account of creation in Genesis 1:1-25; 2:7, shows that God didn’t just leave creation the way He started. He kept on visiting them and making them better by the day with each visit. From the base creation of light and darkness (day and night), He fashioned a firmament to form Heaven, then Earth and Seas. From the Seas, He produced sea creatures. He didn’t stop there, from the earth He brought forth grass, herbs, trees, animals and finally humans. All these He was able to achieve because He kept appraising His output and, in doing that, He kept seeing potential for more that could come out of them. That is the way God builds. Since you are made like Him, you should consider building likewise.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew. – Proverbs 3:19-20

Knowledge
Knowledge is the tool you use to enhance the structure or whatever you are building. The questions of what, how, why, with who, when and where, is a function of knowledge.

For every endeavour you undertake, you will be faced with legitimate distractions. Some will be glaring, while others will be subtle, but you have to be able to differentiate between what you are meant to do and when you should do it, as against what is asking to be attended to. Knowledge will be of great help in such scenarios because it will help you prioritise.

Knowledge is also tied to capacity. You need to build capacity because projects grow, and with growth comes a fresh brand of challenges than the ones you grappled with when you were starting. One of the reasons entities fail is because when the project is growing, the people running it are not growing at commensurate pace with the complexity of the project at hand. The entity thus outgrows them, thereby rendering them outdated, ineffectual or irrelevant altogether to its present realities or future potentials.

Knowledge helps you to know your process, operations and industry. You must know what to improve in your process, operations, skills, expenditure of time and resources. You must know your competition and what they’re doing better than you; the competitive edge they have over you. You must also have a marketing strategy and know which one works best for you. You must know how your customers want to be served. You must research and analyse your market.

All these are the advantages that knowledge offers you in your building endeavour. It helps you to know what needs to be done, how, when and where such should be done. If you want your structure to stand the test of time, then you need to fortify it with knowledge.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Wisdom

Through wisdom a house is built. And by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. – Proverbs 24:3-4

To build a sustainable entity you need wisdom, and wisdom comes from God alone. That is why you cannot take the God factor away from whatever you are doing. James 1:5 attests that wisdom indeed comes from God: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

When building, the foundation is important; the higher a structure is, the deeper the foundation must be. The foundation includes rigorous thinking, meticulous planning, sound decision making and right choices. In business terms, these are your self-audit to determine what line of business you are best suited for, your business plan which usually covers knowledge of industry, knowledge of the market, knowledge of competition, knowledge of your processes, operations, legal and regulatory environment, etc.

When planning, the destination you see will help you in preparing appropriately. It is true that the depth of your preparation most times determines the heights of your manifestation. You must prepare mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Mental preparation is done by ingesting all information related to your field. Emotional preparation revolves around your ability to think through what you want to do from point A to Z. You have to think things through; you should have the end, the destination, or the outcome in mind. The 3Ps Planning, Preparation and Prayer are very vital to laying the foundation of an entity that will last.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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