Have you ever asked yourself, Why did Jesus have to die for me and what was the implication of His death or what has His death done to and for me?
Ask yourself again, is God just after my personal need or does He too have some agenda He was hoping to fulfill in me, with me and through me. In ‘the Lord’s prayer’ it ends with this, ‘for yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory’, it’s all about the kingdom not necessarily us, and believe me friends, when the kingdom is in view, you are also not left out; you are equally encapsulated. It’s an all inclusive package.
Jesus did not come only just to make our life comfortable, if you see any scripture that says so, I admonish you to carefully go back and with an unbiased mind read the preceding verses downward, you will see that there is something He was driving at that is greater than you, yet he has your best at heart. The Lord’s prayer just as I have earlier on said started as thus: “9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6: 9- 13.
This I believe is a perfect skeletal framework for an all encompassing prayer. Notice the progression; it starts with hallowing the name of the father, then asking for His kingdom to come and be alive in our hearts. The resultant effect of his kingdom being alive in our hearts is that His will and desire will now be done in the earth as it is in heaven (the earth ought an extension of the heaven and its activities be a replica of heaven, it was not designed to function independently of heaven), my piece “What Is Praying Without Ceasing; Is It Achievable? (I)” and “What Is Praying Without Ceasing; Is It Achievable? (II)” and “What Is Praying Without Ceasing; Is It Achievable? (III)”does justice to this. After these your daily bread comes, you could see this daily bread as physical food for body nourishment, or spiritual food for spirit nourishment, whichever is still cool. Furthermore, He said, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; then He told us whose is the kingdom, power and glory. If His is the kingdom, power and glory, then his laid down principle and template should be gladly followed without any form of contention or diversion.
Based on this progression, no individual can be used as a yardstick to define or measure what the bible calls ‘The Blessing’, rather the progression and advancement of the Kingdom in the life of a believer and by extension on the earth should be the yardstick by which The Blessing can be measures, little wonder He said to Abraham, I will bless you and I will make you a blessing such that by you shall the nations of the earth be blessed. It’s the Kingdom not you, and if you are yielded and have the kingdom at heart and at work in you, its advancement equally means yours, its progression is equally yours, and its retrogression equally spells yours. We are a people called into a kingdom of kings and priests remember, and a falling kingdom is the product of a falling people; this same people and ultimately the king are responsible for the failure of that kingdom.
One of the most popular scripture used to buttress that Jesus came to make us comfortable on the earth and to enjoy life is in Peters epistle; “3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” 2 Pet. 1: 3.
However, the continued part of that same scripture is thrown away, you see, sorcery is when you use the word of God (selected word of God) for your selfish, mundane and carnal desires, sorcery is desiring result void of process, God is ‘process given’ and this is consistent all through scripture, “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery III” and its preceding parts does justice to this. There is a progression from the book of 1 Peter; however let us see what the next verses in this second epistle have to say.
“4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet. 1: 4- 11.
Verses 4- 7 are the basic additive that are necessary, and verse 8 tells us our fruitfulness is sure in the Knowledge of our Lord. Verse 9 tells us what happens if we lack these basic additives, verse 10 tells us we will never fail if these additives are diligently added to us and finally verse 11 tells us that entrance shall be given/ ministered to us abundantly into the everlasting kingdom.
That means His power made all things available to us via knowledge and this knowledge is of Jesus Christ, however this knowledge does not stand alone, it is accompanied by five additives. If theses additives are sure, then fruitfulness is inevitable and it’s by this fruitfulness that we will make our calling and election sure (this calling and making sure of our election is kingdom inclined) and having done this, then an entrance is sure for us into the everlasting Kingdom of Jesus Christ. If you are part of the kingdom, then its advancement and fruitfulness and increase is equally yours.
Amazingly, the life talked about in verse 3 isn’t our natural life, it’s the eternal life of God, which when watered by knowledge and the five additives, will yield glory in ripples and wrought out a territorial effect. You cannot have the life of God in you and taking over your body members and still not prosper on the outside; it is impossible.
You see, true increase, prosperity, blessing springs forth first from the inside not the outside, God couldn’t have consolidated a spiritual thing using natural and physical things, rather He’d consolidate it spiritually and then the expression seen physically, remember that the physical are the proof of the spiritual, so let your physical nature be a reflection of what is truly inside. Let’s take a lesson from the plants, any plant that does not have roots deep and spread in the ground will not stand the fierce winds neither does it have a chance against drought. It can only survive a short period of time in case of dry spells or drought.
Your prosperity inside is what God is more pertinent about, for in it shall you make your ways prosperous and have good success, Joshua 1: 8.
“2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1: 2. What is the essence of the prosperity of the soul and the body when the spirit isn’t prospered? Know that man is Spirit, Soul and Body.
The death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus turned the table around. The residence if the Holy Spirit ushered in a new order. Initially, the physical is what determines the spiritual in some cases, but in this dispensation, the spirit is the prima. The spirit is the preeminent of all things.
It is now glaring that blessing isn’t just physical or material, otherwise, people like Abraham should not be promised to be blessed because obviously, he was going to inherit all his father had and didn’t need more (had he not had to leave Haran); same goes to Isaac. In the case of Esau, we already know that Abraham was rich as well as his son Isaac, why would Esau cry for the blessing after Jacob stole it from him when his father’s cattle, camel, men and maid servants would all be his? Why would Rebecca be still blessed when her father already had jewelries and servants for her, added with the fact that Abrahams servant also gave her gifts as seen in “What is ‘The Blessing of the Lord That Makes You Rich and He Adds No Sorrow to It’? I” Why would the same Rebecca help her son Jacob to deceive the father in order to get the blessing if it was all about material possession? Why would an honorable man like Jabez who obviously was already rich still cry out and say, ‘Oh that thou might bless me’ “10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” 1 Chro. 4: 10.
If the blessing was in material things, then Jacob who fled his brother would be cursed and poor for the rest of His life, but we now know obviously it isn’t so.
I would like to emphatically say here that “If What We Call The Blessing Is What An Unbeliever Can Get By Hard Work, Then We Are Beguiled And Have Been Hoodwinked, We Have Been Misled And Burnt Without Even Knowing; We Are Not Any Better Than A Booby Or A Dipstick”
If our measurement of blessing is what the likes of “El chapo” of Mexico can acquire all by themselves without God, then we are worse than cursed, we are derailed and besieged.
If blessing was in material possession and acquisition of carnal things, then corrupt leaders who steal, those into cyber crimes and all kinds of vices would be the most blessed.
Observe that the scripture says: “22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” Prov. 10: 22.
Firstly, this blessing is of the Lord, it proceeds from God; secondly it has the ability to make you rich not just once but continuously; lastly and probably the most important for me, it is void of any form of sorrow whatsoever. Only the blessing that comes from God has these attributes.
“18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” Deut. 8: 18.
The last two quoted scriptures tells us that riches and wealth are a product of the blessing and power respectively. These two are not the prime gift God has for us. It is God that blesses; the same God gives the power. What then is this blessing and power?
I will continue subsequently.