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Monday, March 31, 2014

Know the Child of Whom You Are



I love the home I grew up in. My parents were selfless, sacrificing everything to give their children the best of nurturing, love, undivided attention, and top-notch education. We didn't have all the riches in the world, nevertheless we still felt like more than a million bucks. We had everything to fulfill our needs. I don't remember ever being envious of another family because my family was the best as seen through my little eyes.

As a result of being the child of my father and mother, I've grown up to be the confident woman I am today, knowing that I will be all I aspire to be. There's this unrelenting and unapologetic level of boldness on the inside that comes as a side-effect of knowing the child of whom I am. It's natural. In-born. A feeling that can't be easily unraveled. A result of a deep understanding of who I am. 

But that's not all there is to the matter...

My Highest & Foremost Identity:

I say all these, boasting of the earthly parents God gave me. But what about the Giver of life? What about the One who was before time began? The One who fashioned me in my mother's womb and catapulted me into a destiny bigger than I thought I'd ever experience.

"I am, more than anything else, a child of the King." 

Truly, this is my highest identity. If I limit my knowledge to just my parents, then it would be a mistake...for the lines of my inheritance (and also of yours) is far greater than just the family you were born into.

Know the child of whom you are. You are a child of the king. You are royalty. It doesn't matter what physical family you were born into, because some of you reading this might have had one or two problems while growing up with your family. But you were born into your family for a reason. No, your life is not merely about what you can receive from the world, it's really more about what you can give. Forget how the world has failed you. Push aside thoughts of how someone has limited your progress. Broaden your mindset right now. You were born to bring a gift into this world, a rare innate ability God has placed inside you that, when you find it, nothing (and no one) will be able to stop you.

So, friends, today you should hold your heads up high and walk around with some extra dose of confidence. Because you are a child of the King. The Author of life as you know it. He has given you what it takes to thrive. To succeed. To excel. To beat all the odds. To rise above indignation. To be an outlier. To walk among kings. To thread upon serpents. To be ROYALTY. Now and forever.

Psalms 139:13-18 NKJV

"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You."


Tell me, what will you do with this knowledge? Countless things, I hope...:)

Friday, January 03, 2014

From One End to Another Beautiful Beginning



Just when you thought you'd reached the very end...

In 1 Kings 17, there was a drought in Israel. Nevertheless, God chose to protect his prophet Elijah by sending him to a specific location, a brook that flowed into the river Jordan, where ravens were to be his amicable hosts -- providing faithfully for him by bringing him bread and meat twice a day. He also had a nearby brook to drink water from. At least that was until the brook dried up.

When the brook dried up, all hell let loose. It became the end of sustenance as Elijah knew it. He must have reached the end of his ropes, wondering what exactly was to happen next. His "secret" supply of water had run out. What was he supposed to do now?

But something happened that proves that our God is faithful. At the end of this assignment, another new one was already waiting...just when Elijah thought he'd reached the very end. As soon as the brook dried up, a new instruction came from the Lord telling him that it was time to move to the next location, Zarephath. There, he would find a widow that would provide his next supply of food and water. And that was exactly what happened (plus two extra mouth-dropping miracles of course).



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2014: A Beautiful Beginning

Today, I'm here once again to let you know that God isn't done with you yet. You are in a brand new year. 2014! It actually sounds sweet to say. Two. Thousand. And. Fourteen. Last year is burnt, over, and done with.

If you are reading this, I speak greater things into your 2014. If you reached the end of an assignment in 2013, I want you to know that God isn't done with you yet. Yeah, your brook might have dried up. You might feel like you've reached the end of your sustenance, but God has another assignment for you (you should start smiling right now). If you felt blessed in 2013, you were only just scratching the surface of your blessings. Rise up. Raise your head up. The Bible says "the expectations of the righteous (those wrapped with the righteousness of Christ) shall NOT be dashed."

The question is: what are you expecting in 2014? Are you stretching your neck to see what God has in store for you this year? Or are you already feeling fearful? Please let it not be heard of that you are afraid. Be excited, bold, and confident of your God.

At the end of one's temporary assignment is usually the beginning of another beautiful one. As long as you still have breath in you, God still wants your life to bring Him glory. There's still much of your purpose to live out. So with this, I raise my glass to you and say HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear Readers of the Light-A-Lamp Blog. Cheers to another beautiful beginning...

Love, J.

Monday, December 02, 2013

"Inspired" |by Tolulope Ilesanmi










Jesus made several puzzling statements, including, 

"Whosoever says to this mountain, be removed and cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things which he says will come to pass shall have whatever he says." Mark 11:23

It is puzzling because most of us
know our words do not come to pass. Why would this be? Is it because
we are not "whosoevers?" He also said elsewhere "everyone who asks
receives." Our experiences are quite different from that, to put it
mildly. Why is this? 
 
The Word of God is Spirit:



Jesus is a Spirit speaking to our spirits not to our bodies or our
minds. The Word of God is Spirit. Jesus said, "The words I speak, they
are spirit and they are life." His words are designed to be responded
to by spirits not by bodies or brains. He said, "God is a Spirit and
they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth." We can say
"they that act, pray, ask, speak to God or in response to God must do
so in spirit and in truth." It is impossible for God to respond to us
when we are not speaking and acting from our spirits, from our core,
our hearts, our essence. God does not fellowship with mere bodies or
brains but with spirits. Our minds or mouths by themselves cannot
connect with God who is pure Spirit.

 

Mountains do not respond to intellectual or emotional words but to
words emanating from a spirit in the image of God. The whole universe
obeys a command from such spirits as it would obey Jesus or God. Why?
It does not know the difference between the image of God and God. If a
Fox sees a true image of God, do you think it will be able to tell it
is not God? Jesus made it clear: "They that believe in me, the works
that I do shall they do and greater works than these shall they do." 



As far as creation is concerned a true image of God speaking from
his spirit through the Spirit is no different from God speaking.
You are not God and you, God and the devil know that but the mountain
does not know the difference. I believe the sun and the moon responded
to Joshua as they would to God. Imagine! A human being commanded the
heavenly bodies and they promptly obeyed! It is not far-fetched when
you consider that humans are God's images, whose potential is Christ. 



When God makes a copy of anything, you will need supernatural help to
tell the difference between the copy and the original. It's our reborn
spirits that are copies of God, not our bodies which are mere earthen
vessels. We severely limit ourselves and tether ourselves to the
terrestrial when we allow our bodies and senses to lead us. At best,
we would be considered "highly evolved animals." The good thing is
when I live from my spirit, my body and soul are in alignment and
supernaturally invigorated - they transcend limitations. All things
become possible. You walk on water.

Be in spirit 24/7:


Our primary calling is being in spirit 24/7. You cannot speak a word
from your spirit and God not hear you anymore than your child will
call your name and you not hear and respond. One reason for lack of
results, lack of answered prayers, stationary mountains of all kinds
is that we are not speaking and acting from our spirits, which is not
only the image of God but is also the dwelling place of God.
 
Get out of your head. It is limited, it is untrustworthy and will lead you in the way that seems right but only ends in destruction. Get out of your emotions and senses, rise above your feelings and be in spirit. Let your spirit be the one reading this - go beyond the words and letters. The letters deaden, even if they are in the Bible, but the spirit invigorates, resurrects, brings life. Let your heart and not your head or feelings be the one relating with your family, your neighbors and co-workers and see what will happen to you and your environment. You will create exactly what Jesus would create or greater if He were in your shoes. Be in spirit. You will be intensely hated or intensely loved, never in between. 
How Can You Tell Whether You are in Spirit?
When you or I are in spirit, we are in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. If any of them is missing we are not in spirit but in the flesh and no matter what I am going through, God cannot "hear" me in the flesh and the universe cannot respond to me except by toil and sweat. Check out Christ's sweatlessness - that is what we are capable of and what we ought to aspire to. 
Imagine being able to multiply material substance, heal disease, transform individuals and communities, create products like Christ did without all the deadly contraptions we use today to achieve nothing but more death. When you are in spirit, God hears and responds to you, demons acknowledge you, people recognize you even if they cannot tell what it is about you that is healing, life-giving, peaceful, joyful, full of light because you are what we all aspire to - Christlikeness. The universe responds to you as it would its Creator, when you are in spirit.

Another word for "in spirit" is, inspired.

Patanjali said this, millennia ago: 

 "When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary
project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends
limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you
find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces,
faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a
greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

 

I believe being inspired by a great purpose does that to you. But
imagine being inspired by The Holy Spirit, allowing the Spirit to find
expression through you and I, from our spirits, not in a mere
religious sense (having a form of godliness but denying the power
thereof) but in reality. 



Then, the prayer will be fulfilled, "Thy will be done on earth as it
is in heaven".


T.I.

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