Prerequisite for abundance (Part 2)

Some weeks ago, we started discussing the prerequisites for having abundance. The first point we said was that you need to identify your needs and not wants. You can read the post here. Today we will move to the second point.

2. Identify your resources

Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

2 Kings 4:2 (NIV)

To have abundance, you need to be able to ascertain all your resources. You need to find out what you have and how you can use them to get the abundance. In our scripture today, the woman was asked what she had, and she said she had nothing but a jar of oil. She identified her resources and that led to the multiplication.

There are other scriptures in the Bible that highlights the importance of identifying your resources. Jesus, when he was about to feed the five thousand men (excluding women and children) asked Philip where they can get bread to feed the people? Both Philip and Andrew identified the resources (Money and five loaves of bread and two fishes), howbeit they deemed it insufficient for the task at hand (John 6:1-10).

God never multiplies emptiness. You need to identify the resources you have to be able to enjoy the abundance that God has in stock for you. Who builds a house without first sitting to count the cost (Luke 14:28-33, NASB).

Prayer

Thank you Father for your Spirit that is in us. I appreciate your love for me and your provisions made available unto me. I pray that you will help me identify the resources you have made available to me in Jesus name.

StandOut Ministry International

Prerequisites for Abundance

There are seasons in a man’s life where scarcity becomes the story of his life. It may be due to his own decision or may not be a fault of his. Irrespective of how things may look like, the obvious is the scarcity and need around. The scarcity is not limited to food, water or money. It could be anything you need, but are struggling to have access to. It is that thing that makes you worry and seek solutions from all the sources you would no try, under normal circumstances.

Prerequisites for Abundance

As I read this passage of the Bible today, I really learnt a few things about the prerequisites to see abundance in your life. Take time to read 2 Kings 4: 1-12 as I share with you some of the things I learnt:

A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.”

2 Kings 4:1 (NKJV)
  1. Identify your need and not wants

It is your needs that define your scarcity and not mere wants. A need is something you need to survive; a want is something you desire but you can live without it. Understand that God supplies our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Phillipians 4:19). In fact, He knows what you need even before you ask them (Matthew 6:8).

This teaches us to learn to set priorities, starting with what you need to what you want. With what you have at the moment, focus on the needs and you will gradually see there will enough left over. You cannot see the abundance if you have not clearly stated your priorities. If your 24 hours in a day is not enough for you, try a to-do list by stating the needed items first and the want-to-do ones later. You will then notice that you have more than enough time to do the needful and have excess for other things.

Prayer

It is my prayer that God will grant us the grace to focus on the needful and through that refocus on what God is calling us to do. God bless you and remain a blessing. AMEN!

StandOut Ministry International

The pillar of science and technology

Many inventions in recent years has emphasized the importance of science and technology. Transportation, health, communication, agriculture has been improved because men and women have been gifted with the grace to make these inventions. Just as we have noted, every invention has its purpose to serve, but there is an underlying Kingdom that it seeks to get the attention of. Having left the pillar of science and technology unattended to as a church, many have turned their attention to self as the God of man. This has led to secularism and may have lost their faith in God.

The church cannot separate itself from Science and Technology because it is a culture that influences the growth of the church. Ranging from the musical instruments, lighting system, electricity, through to the various payment options for tithes and offerings, the church relies on science and technology. As Christians, we need the airplane to travel from one country to another, we need cars to travel by land, we need mobile phones to communicate with other people, amongst many other things.

It is therefore important that we encourage ourselves to be active participants of the development of science and technology. For we have been called for the works of ministry, and we need to be agents of transformation. As others are using science to disprove the existence of God and technology to form the basis of their agenda of secularism, we can use the science and technology to advance the knowledge of God. For this is what God says:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Habakkuk 2:14 (NIV)

Let us rise up and take advantage of the wisdom and the spirit of excellence that God gives unto us to make Him known in this world. Let us create that atmosphere for the world to want to know the God we serve. For are Christ ambassadors, and He is making a public appeal through us to the world. Rise up and be a great ambassador in the pillar of science and technology.

Prayer

Thank you Father for Your Spirit and power that you have made available unto us. I pray that you will continually order my steps to fulfil your purpose on Earth. AMEN!

StandOut Ministry International.

The Pillar of religion

The world and its systems are being controlled by the predominant religious systems. Although it has been relegated to its own domain, its influence on the decisions and lives of people can never be underestimated. Through the enthusiasm for the teachings from many religious sects, lots of community developments as well as catastrophes have occured. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, who was a Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman, once said and I quote, “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false and by rulers as useful”1.

In the ministry of Christ, He always has a confrontation with the religious leaders. His quest to save that which was lost, He had to confront the teachings and the lifestyle of the Pharisees and Sadducees. To Him, they were a critical part of the socio-cultural development of nation, and as such their life should reflect the laws that the Lord has commanded them.

In recent days, secularism has been the order of the day. In this generation, various efforts are being made to project man as the god of himself. Through the advancement of science and technology, many have been led away from the true God unto the things of this world, an agenda that is fuelled by the Kingdom of darkness. But Paul explain that when Christ ascended into heaven, He had the plan of regaining the entire systems of the world and make it His. He then decided to give gifts to men. These gifts are men whose sole aim is to equip the saints for the works of service. This is what Paul says:

This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.”… It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,…

Ephesians 4:8,11 (NIV)

Knowing very much the influence of the Church on the society, Jesus gave “religious” leaders as gifts for men. Jesus was not interested in the “quantity” of these men, but the “quality” of them. Jesus was not just interested in the amount of people He was sending out, but by how much prepared they would be when they have to be sent out.

Jesus is not interested in the quantity of people He sends out, but their quality o represent Him and His purposes.

Kwaku P. Adjei

Christ is still in the business of raising various men and women who will take up the religious sector for the Lord Jesus Christ. Not gaining any glory for themselves, their sole aim will be to equip the saints for the various assignments that God has given them and together win the world over to Him. Just as Martin Luther , George Whitefield, etc. were raised in their generation, so God is raising men to possess this pillar of the kingdom. Are you available for God to use?

Prayers

Thank you Father for your word that I have heard today. I thank you for the peace that you keep filling my heart with. I pray that may you break and mould me until I become a worthy vessel for your use. I ask this and many other blessings in the name of Christ our Lord.

Sources

  1. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/lucius_annaeus_seneca_118600

The Pillar of Arts and Entertainment

The increase of media outlets and advancements in technology has advanced the scope and impact of the art and entertainment industry. Movies and music of various genres are every now and then released, and the actors and the other important contributors in the industry have become centres of attraction, impacting and influencing their viewers in enormous ways. Various media outlets that air these movies and music are part of the richest companies in the world, having tremendous views and likes.

I must add sports to the arts and entertainment. Ranging from soccer, football, tennis, handball, volleyball, amongst many others, young men and women spend time either engaging in the sports as players or as spectators. The players and teams who have excelled in their gifts receive such great audience, evident through their social media handle followers. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal forward has over 125 million likes on his official facebook page, 261 million followers on Instagram and 91 million followers on Twitter1. Serena Williams, a tennis player has over 12 million followers on Instagram2 and over 10 million followers on Twitter3. Imagine the impact a message carried by these people will carry to these people. As a result, corporate and private companies like to associate themselves with them and have them as their brand ambassadors.

That begs the question of “Is God interested in the arts and entertainment Industry?“. Let me answer that question by stating that whatever we see now, is a manifestation of what God had created. God created man in His image with the inherent abilities to carry forth everything He gave unto man. However, some of them have been corrupted by the devil to spread forth his evil agenda and cause many to dwindle from the purpose of God for them. He created the devil as an archangel with music capabilities. The Bible says that:

… The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes

Was prepared for you on the day you were created.

Ezekiel 28:13 (NKJV)

As such, God was interested in arts and entertainment before creation of man. Having created man in His image and after His likeness, man has that deeper like for arts and entertainment. Man was created with the potential to give and enjoy entertainment. Throughout scripture, we see the varied forms of praise and dance (with varied capabilities to play instruments) that God’s people gave unto Him. Look at what David says in Psalms 150:

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Psalm 150:3-5 (NKJV)

With this great potential to get the attention of man, the devil has seized that opportunity to use many men and women in this arena to promote His agenda. Just as with pride He was cast away from the presence of God, so in these days He blinds the eyes of men and women to acknowledge the source of their abilities. In doing so, he has diverted the glory that is due God unto Himself. Through songs and movies, the agenda of the enemy has been projected and is sending many people to hell.

I must admit that there are several Christian movies and music out there. striving to compete with the growing industry that propagates the agenda of the devil, they have broken through with little resources and producers to leave a mark for others to follow. Beckoning on a new generation who understands the call of God to possess this arena, they have labored through their challenges to create awareness of God’s agena and have also carried forth the message of God and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ far.

However, God is still in the business of raising men and women built up with the truth to capture this pillar. Having been built up with the truth, they shall use their abilities to promote the message of the Kingdom of God, and through their godly living inspire a lot more others to live for Christ. They will not be moved by the number of followers, but will continually acknowledge that it is Grace that has made them who they are. God does not hate arts and entertainment, so we should avail ourselves for God to use in that field if we have been called there.

Prayer

Thank you Father for your word I have read today. I appreciate your love for me and the gifts and talents you have given unto me. I pray that you will grant me the grace to excel at the assignment you have given unto me. These and many other blessings I ask in the name of Christ. AMEN!!!

StandOut Ministry International.

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The Pillar of Business

No organisation runs on an empty corfex. The world as we see it is run by some selected few with enormous amount of riches. Owning various companies, they have become forces that dictate the state of affairs in most nations. Throughout history, we can name a few interventions by government and its state authorities to limit the power of the businesses in dictating the state of affairs of the nation. An example is the intervention of the U.S. government in restricting the monopoly of the Microsoft Company’s operating system1.

Throughout scripture, the importance of businessmen supporting the work of God has been very clearly defined. When the Israelites were leaving Egypt after their 440 years of slavery, God gave them favor in the sight of the Egyptians who gave them their silver and gold (Exodus 12:36). Interestingly enough, the people used this same expensive ornaments to build for themselves a golden calf to worship. Fast tracking, they also used the same gold and expensive ornaments in building God’s tabernacle (Exodus 35:1 – 36:7). The same wealth God gave unto the people of Israel was used for building a calf and for building God’s tabernacle.

Solomon’s temple had two pillars at its entrance. The names of the pillars were Boaz and Jachin. Boaz, as we know from the book of Ruth, was a kinsman redeemer. To be qualified as a kinsman redeemer, you needed to be wealthy enough to clear all the debt of the one to be redeemed and be willing to restore the inheritance to its former owner2. This means that the establishment of the Kingdom of God is men and women blessed with wealth to support the agenda of God.

There are so many projects ongoing in this world that is supported with finances. LGBT and many projects have full financial backing, with huge investments in scholarships, sports, amongst many others. For the KIngdom of God to advance in its influence, God is raising men and women who will possess the pillar of business and sponsor His cause on Earth. God is still in the business of building His tabernacle amongst us by revealing His glory in every corner of this world. He is empowering us to be wealthy because He will ask us to give the gold and silver to build the tabernacle and we should be willing to release it. Is it not interesting that it took a wealthy man called Joseph to request for Jesus’ body to be buried in a new tomb (Matthew 27:57). For the wealth is not yours, irrespective of what you think you may have done to earn it. He said:

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

Deuteronomy Chapter 8 verse 17 to 18

God is beckoning on us to open our hearts and minds to His eternal purposes. Enough of shunning away from the call of God upon our lives. God is granting so many of us business ideas. He is granting you the ability to produce the wealth and as such impact the world. Be careful when the wealth comes, for the same wealth can make you build a golden calf to worship or build God’s tabernacle.

Prayer

Thank you Father for your word we have heard today. Thank you for your Grace that is available unto us today to make wealth. We pray that you will continually shape us as you empower us to possess the pillar of business, all for the sake of your Glory. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!!!

StandOut Ministry International

The Pillar of Media

Everyone with a message needs a channel to voice it out. Irrespective of the obstacles they may be facing, they deem it a responsibility to let their message reach its targeted audience. In this era of technology, the impact of social media on the youth can never be overemphasized. In a survey of teens, about 91% of them have access to smartphones. Out of these, more than 50% of them are on a social media platform (Link to survey). Moreover, the media industry has seen a lot of monetization, with considerable owners of media outlets amongst the richest in the world (eg. Mark Zuckerberg). A lot of people spend time on social media than they spend on their personal stuff.

When the media started its development face, they church took the back stage and condemned its development. A creation by man through the mind God has given him, the church did not seize the opportunity to capture it for Christ, but have waited for the world to control what comes on the social media. In recent times, posting messages on Christ has been branded inappropriate. We should expect nothing less until we rise up from our sleep and shambles and act.

Recent developments have been made by Christians to engage in the media industry with television and radio stations. Coming up with various activities to engage the believers and unbelievers alike, the competition from the other TV stations overshadows them from coming out. However, I begin to question the “excellence” in the activities of the stations. What would make me watch a Christian network when their services are not up to standard. Some of us would watch irrespective of the quality, but we need to understand that a standard has been set by the world, and excellence demands that we define the new standard through quality services with the agenda of possessing the media.

God places priority on his channel of communication. His media representation is always of importance to His Kingdom. In the Old Testament, God only spoke through Prophets, who were men and women trained and empowered by God to speak forth His message to the people. In these last days where a lot of channels are coming up, He has chosen one media outlet. Who is it?

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Hebrews chapter 1 verses 1 to 2.

God’s official minister for communication or press Secretary is CHRIST. However, the information needs to go through various media outlets. You are the outlet that Christ sends his message through. That is why He said:

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 

2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 20 (NIV)

We need to possess the gates of the media. God is still in the business of letting the knowledge of His will be known to the ends of the world. That is why He is calling you to possess the gates of the media. For those of us with the inner conviction to work in the media industry, respond to it as your office of calling. That is God’s work of service He has equipped you for. In our little ways, let’s use our social media handles to spread the love of Christ and let Christ be seen through us.

PRAYER

Thank you Father for the word you have given unto us today. We appreciate you for your Grace that is over our lives. We pray that you will enlighten the eyes of our understanding to know the hope of our calling. We pray for the grace to do your bidding, now and forever more. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Jesus. AMEN.

StandOut Ministry International

The Pillar of Governance

Let’s take the pillars of the kingdom (as listed here) one after the other. We begin with the pillar of governance and politics. God’s interest in the politics and governance of any nation can never be underestimated. All through scripture, the imprint of politics and its effect on the people in the nation has been made clear. An entire nation may be branded as evil because the King that led them did evil in the sight of God, and did good if the king did right in the sight of God. Nations have been sent into captivity and its cities laid in ruins because of their kings, although there were righteous people in the nation. This reveals the extent of God’s emphasis on the “kind and character” of the people in governance.

The corridors of politics is where decisions are taken to affect the lives of others. It is the platform where ordinary citizens of the nation’s destiny are impacted by a line of decree. In essence, influencing the decisions through men with the truth, God is able to enforce His will on the Earth. When a whole nation were about to be wiped out because an influential man Haman has forced the King to, it took Esther in the helm of affairs to revert that decision by the grace of God. Notwithstanding Esther’s initial hesitation to take that responsibility to use her influence to revert the decree of the king, her uncle sent her this message:

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther Chapter 4 verse 14 (NIV)

Many Christians have shunned entering into governance for so many reasons. For the selected few who have made it unto the corridors of leadership, have become corrupted by the existing systems of operation. Nevertheless, God is still seeking and raising a group of men and women who are built up with the truth to occupy the seat of governance. Just as Daniel, Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego were enrolled in the governance of the land of Babylon to reveal the glory of God and enforce His will, so is God raising men and women, devoted to see His glory revealed in every dark and corrupt arena, to possess the kingdom of governance.

Do you sit idle and allow the ungodly men and women to dictate what happens to us? Do we allow the righteous to perish and the purposes of God to wait unattended to because of … Wait! Do we have an excuse to give to God why we can’t humble ourselves for Him to use? Is there any reason the price for your salvation to go wasted, because you are enjoying your space and your position as a “queen”? Just as Mordecai sent Esther a message, so I end today’s blog with this message: God has placed you/is raising you through the process He is taking you through to influence the decisions of nations. Don’t forget that you are being placed there to serve His purpose and make that Kingdom the kingdom of our Lord. There is a grace released unto as many of us who desire to possess the nations for the sake of the glory of God, and you are one of them.

Prayer

Thank you Father for the grace of God available unto us. Thank you God for your power at work within us. May your name forever be praised. We subject ourselves to your bidding and we pray that your Grace will be keep us under your teachings and help us to steadfastly abide under your shadows as you prepare us for your tasks ahead of us. This and many other blessings we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen!!!

StandOut Ministry International.

Pillars of the Kingdom

Every building is founded on its solid foundations, but also on the strong pillars that hold the building together. Every establishment has organisational structure that determines how the organisation is and should be run. A very important aspect of this is the ability to capitalise on the system that operates within a defined captured unit and using it to your benefit. What this implies is that to take control of the organisation, you need to know how the system works; and to have an effect on the system, you need to be in the system.

As I write this blog post, I remembered of a quote from the American architect, R. Buckminster Fuller, I read some time ago. He said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”. Wait a minute! Is this guy really stating what God has been doing all along for us? God’s desire is to establish man to his place of dominion and control of the Earth. To do so, God has to raise men and women to infiltrate the pillars of the kingdom of this world. What are these pillars?

There are about seven know pillars of this world. These are:

  • Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Religion
  • Media
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Politics and Governance
  • Business

Taking a look at all these pillars, you can clearly note that our world is being controlled by these seven pillars. “Whoever” calls the shots dominates the Earth. For God to actualise His will of making the Kingdom of this world His own, He is sending you and I into this world, after saving us with the blood of His Son, to capture these pillars and call the shots with His will. Just as Adam named the things in the garden and it came to be, so God is calling you and I to call the shots wherever He sends us to and let His will be done on this Earth. His goal has still not changed:

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Revelations chapter 15 verse 11.

Join me as we continue discussing these pillars in details and why it is so important that we make good use of the opportunities God is opening unto us.

Prayer

Thank you God for your word today. We pray that you will grant us the grace to be faithful stewards unto you. May you lead us to the path of righteousness and help us to steadfastly walk by your grace. This and many other blessings we ask through Christ our Lord. AMEN!!!

StandOut Ministry International.

Equipped for works of service.

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A small church in a poor community felt the call to engage the community and help the pregnant teenagers and drug addicts. Looking at their human and capital resources, they thought they could not carry such a project. In the afternoon of one summer, the pastor received a call from the police. Hurriedly rushing to the location he was informed to get to, he saw his seven year daughter speaking to a group of pregnant teenagers awaiting their turn to abort their babies. She was crying and pleading with them to stop what they were about to do. When the pastor got to the clinic, she asked her daughter what was going on, and she told her dad, “God asked me to come and beg them to stop what they were doing. I may not know how to preach, but I know how to talk, so I am equipped to save another babies life today”.

God has called each and everyone of us for an assignment that He has in mind. Strategically releasing His message at the right time, He knows assuredly well that He has prepared us for the tasks He has assigned to us. Do you know why Christ gave unto the church pastors, evangelists, prophets, apostles and teachers? Let’s find this out…

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians chapter 4 verses 11 to 13.

Christ has given these men unto the body of Christ to equip us for the works of service. Irrespective of who we are and our background, we are to be equipped for the good works that was predestined for us to walk in. Our life is a monument of God’s glory, and is supposed to radiate His glory. In this month, we shall focus on how we can be fruitful as students.

Prayer

Thank you Father for your word. We pray that you will lead us to identify the purpose of our calling. May all that we see be Christ and what He has called us to do. in the name of Christ Jesus have we prayed. AMEN!!

StandOut Ministry International