Faith

Faith Upgrade

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22: 31-32 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: John 4: 6, Malachi 3: 6, Philippians 4: 13, Galatians 4: 1, Hebrews 11: 1.

The greatest tragedy is not the shouting of the loss of anything but for someone to end a year depressed. The greatest mishap is for someone to enter a year happy but end it depressed with little or no faith.

There are times we do things and find ourselves tired. Being tired is not the issue but where you stopped when tired. It’s okay if you find yourself weary or tired but what you do when that happens is what matters. Why are you tired now? Who are you surrounding yourself when you are tired? When you are tired, your guard is out & when your guard is down, that is when the devil strikes. Why are you giving up right now? If God’s plan is to give you what he desires to give you at a particular time & you are tired, you loose that privilege and can only get it back by his mercies. Why is your faith failing now after all you have been through?

The challenges you face are not meant to break your faith but mend it & make it stronger. Only people that stand till the end are going to be rewarded. It’s not how you start the race that matters. Heaven did not just send you to earth to start but to also finish. Jesus says he prays for you. God is not praying for you for what you want but for what you need and what you need is faith.

The reason why God hasn’t answered some of your prayers is because you have downgraded your faith. Whatever is yours will always be yours, your faith is what matters. Your faith speaks! It’s either you are managing your faith, downgrading it or upgrading it.

Upgrade your faith!

Miracle

By Pastor Ayo Elijah

"For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1: 37 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 1: 26-38, Matt 7.

You are going to hit a season in your life where you will run out of your own human limitation. You need to believe in a miracle before it comes. The advent season teaches us that God is a God that is amazingly interested in your everyday life. Real wisdom and knowledge come from God. Don’t be a critical people but you can be a critical thinker because at a point, you will need a miracle. When you don’t understand it, you begin to give credit to the universe for what God has done. Miracle is an inexplainable anomaly that is orchestrated by the eternal. A miracle is when God makes something happen that couldn’t happen, shouldn’t happen and wouldn’t happen unless he made it happen. Sometimes we get miracles and we don’t realize that we are getting it. 

Three prerequisites for miracle.

⁃ Failure: There would be no need for a miracle if there is no problem or if it’s a problem you can solve. 

⁃ Favour: Unmerited favour; it’s a preferential treatment you don’t deserve. Favour is what God uses to get what he has for you. It doesn’t come at anyone’s expense. If you don’t get favour from anyone, then you don’t need it from them. Favour is when God puts flavour in your life. 

⁃ Faith: 

Miracles exists! You don’t earn a miracle, it only comes from God. God gives it to you.

Faith for abundance

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Then the people went out and plundered the tents of the Syrians. So a seah of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord." 1 Kings 7: 16 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 2 Kings 7: 1-20, Matthew 13, James 1: 8, Luke 24, Psalms 107: 2, Luke 5: 18.

Faith is laying hold of unrealities of hope and bring them into the realm of reality by the word of God.

Faith is not hope. Hope is the vehicle that faith drives on. Faith is now! If it not now, it is not faith. We do not receive by hoping but by faith. If it doesn’t work, it is not God’s fault but your fault. The word can only work when you are ready for it. If your heart is not ready, nothing an happen. Sometimes the reason why you have not seen some things is because your confession and action is different. Your faith must match your action. Faith changes things, faith doesn’t change God. When God speaks, he is looking for who will agree. What kind of faith do you have?

Faith never looks back. It says now, it is mine. Be moved by what you believe not what you see or hear. Faith without work is dead. Unbelief is going against what the lord says. Satan always challenges real faith. Satan will always challenge whatever is real. Do what God says you should do not what your mind says you should do. Satan will challenge whatever is of God. Satan will test that faith. Don’t always wait for something to happen, make it happen. Enough of waiting for miracle to happen, be a miracle worker. Start acting the word!

Faith is not a promise, it is a statement of fact. Real faith says about you what the word of God says about you. Faith is a mystery that makes you a master over a situation. Faith puts you in command and makes you a commander. Faith is speaking the word of God over every area of your life.

The nature of faith

By Pastor Mike Mustapha

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11: 1 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: 2 Corinthians 5: 7, Romans 10: 17, Romans 4: 18, Hebrews 11: 2, Psalms 23: 1, Proverbs 23: 7, Hebrews 11: 3-6, Psalms 91: 1, Romans 10: 17, Psalms 24: 2, 1 Corinthians 2: 7, Hebrews 11: 23, Proverbs 3: 5-6, 1 John 2: 15-17, Hebrews 11: 32-34, 1 Timothy 6: 12, Matthew 17: 20.

It doesn't take God long to do something big. He may be God to the world but he is a father to us. The father's business requires haste. If you have to live by faith, there are some essence of faith you have to exhibit to show it. Faith starts with God and he has given us access to it. 

What is faith? Faith is the cancellation of the natural laws. Faith is believing in reality before it happen. Faith is a now thing! Your future is God's present. God doesn't have a past or future. He lives in the now. Faith has hope. Faith says you don't need anybody. Faith gives you a good report. To see if faith is working in your life, see if the word of God is framing your life. Faith is a good testimony.

Faith is a walk with God. Its time to take this thing serious. God is spirit. He is not trying to be spiritual. When you are walking with God, you can't walk with too many people. You don't need the details for tomorrow. When divinity contacts humanity, that's all that matters. Faith is being willing to trust God. Faith is a persuasion.

Faith is a conviction. Faith relies on the faithfulness of God. Faith has no fear. Faith doesn't align itself with sin. There are some people you don't need in your life. Faith chooses Jesus. Choose Christ even if it is not convenient. Faith qualifies you. Faith gives you a running over.

Walking by Faith

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11: 6 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Hebrews 11: 1, Romans 8: 24-25, Hebrews 11: 5, Genesis 17: 5, Numbers 23: 19, Genesis 11: 6.

Once hope is seen, it's no longer hope. If you don't work in faith, you are not part of the category of God's people. Life is about faith. You live a life of faith to please your creator, master and God. Faith is an important ingredient in a day to day life. You need faith to exist. For you to please God, you just have to work by faith.

Faith is talking something big. If you can do it yourself, it is not faith. God is a big God so when you talk big, you talk at his level and his language. The moment you have something else to fall back on, you are no longer exhibiting faith. You can't say you have faith and have options. The moment you start doubting, it is no longer faith.

If you have to walk with God, you have to talk his language. The God that you please, rewards faithful faith livers. When you think big, God meets that expectation. Faith is the only language heaven hears. You can't offer a sacrifice without faith and expect a reward. Faith can deliver even when you think it is not possible. It's not about how long, it's about your faith. When you commit God to something, you have committed his integrity to it. The reason why things have changed for you is because you have changed. You can't change and expect God to remain.

Are you willing to live by faith? Stop looking for people to pity you. Walk like a royalty. Stop talking low to fit in, start talking big to fit out. Have the God kind of faith. God will never dishonour his word. Talk big, think big, act big, expect big and you become big. Do you want to make history or you want to become history?

Prayers

⁃ Lord, help me to start thinking big.

⁃ Lord, reward me big.

 

Strategies for success: Faith

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11: 6 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Romans 12: 3, Matthew 15, Hebrews 11: 1, Mark 11: 22, Proverbs 16: 9, Daniel 11: 32.

Success is your birthright but you need faith to access it.

Faith is that connect grace and power that links you to make whatever you are wired to, to come to pass. The purchasing power to get the blessings and promises of God is faith. To succeed, all you need is faith. Faith is simple! It is trust in God. Have the God kind of faith. Have the trust that is of God. Trust your maker and creator. When you trust God, it means you have faith in God. It doesn't take God anything to change situations. All you have to is trust him that he can do whatever you want. You can't throw God and go back to him when you like. God wants total and absolute dependence on him. You cannot lie to God. He sees your heart.

If you have lost something, God is the reason why you have not lost everything. People don't know how to trust God. You cannot use your physical strength and common sense, and expect God to answer. It takes faith to believe that Jesus has saved you.

The reason why you have not received that blessing from God is because you don't trust him. You can only trust someone you know. So to trust God, you have to know him. The reason why you are not getting things from God is because you don't know him in that area. The reason why you don't trust God is because you don't know him enough.

What part of God do you know? You can know him by a relationship in the place of the word and in the place of prayer.

Faith for recovery (Faith for Harvest)

By Pastor Matthew Kassim

"So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” 1 Samuel 30: 8 (NKJV)

Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 30: 1-8, 1 Samuel 30: 16-20.

Maybe you have left your life unguarded and that is why the devil has been able to get into your finances, spiritual life etc. The sleeping moment of your life, is the weakest part. The process of the sleep is when you leave your house unguarded( spiritually, finances etc). 

If you can see in the spirit realm, you can harvest it in the natural. If the situation you are going through has not touch you, then it can't touch God. When you pray, you are giving God permission to come and do what you want him to do. If your mind can shift then they will be turning around in your life. 

If your mind can shift to where God wants it, there will be a turning around in that thing. Except there is a shift in your mindset, nothing changes. I

f it's time for harvest, it is time for a separation. 

Focused faith

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls." Hebrews 12: 1-3 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 22, Hebrews 11, Luke 24, Matthew 18: 7, Matthew 14, Luke 18: 8, Job 22: 21.

People that are distracted are people that don't achieve anything in life. People miss the presence because they lose focus. What's stops us from receiving is the lack of focus not the lack of faith. Stop looking at each other because your race is not the same. Focus on your own race! 

One thing this generation lacks is endurance. Everyone is in a race but not everyone finishes the race. The key to finishing the race is endurance. In order to finish you must look at the people before you. A person running a race who is distracted never reaches the finish line. It's not everyone that started that finished, Your faith is going to stand the test of time, so you need to focus rather than lose sight.

The reason why you haven't received answers to your prayers is not because God hasn't released it but because you are being distracted.

These are some of the things that distract us: Malice, Bitterness, Cliques, Jealousy, Pornography, Sex, Language and Smelling character. The reason why things have not been happening for you is because the enemy has creeped it. You think you are running but really you are standing still. The person you can only deceive is yourself.

Every race has a condition. The moment you run a race, if you fail to meet the conditions, you are no longer qualified to finish it. You can't get the result if you have already failed at the race of life or being disqualified.

Do you have what it takes to run this race of Christianity?

The Unity of Faith

By Pastor Drew Ugbogbo

"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4: 11-13 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Genesis 1: 26, 1 John 5: 7-8, Amos 3: 3, Matthew 18: 13, Mark 2: 1-2, Deuteronomy 28: 1, Deuteronomy 28: 13, Matthew 13: 11-17, Psalms 2: 8.

The unity of faith is vital and important to God. Without unity, it is impossible. A lot of believers don't have confidants. A lot of believers touches and agree and nothing happens because there is no unity of faith amongst them. Unity of faith makes room for team work. Come together and begin to make things happen, and to achieve what can't be achieve alone. There is no room at the bottom for you. God has set you above only and it doesn't have anything to do with when you feel like.

What can be achieved through the unity of faith (relevance to succeed in life):

⁃ Alliance: Christians pray and fast and forget to apply God's principles to succeed. What you can't achieve alone is made possible by the right association. Most believers are afraid of taking risks, they are afraid of the unknown. 

⁃ A well defined goal: Let the mission and the vision be well defined. Don't go into anything blind. 

⁃ Join forces with others: There are things that you don't know your partners would. There are areas in your life that you are deformed and paralyzed and God sends you destiny helpers.

⁃ You must have some level of trust in your partners: The devil attacks while you are still in the preliminary state. If you fall into this trap, you fail.

⁃ Be determined to succeed no matter what: Never loose focus on why you started out. Be determined to succeed no matter the obstacles. Always focus your attention on the end result. 

⁃ Don't give up on your set out goals because end result is always very satisfying: Don't be discouraged. The world is not interested in the process of how you get to your success, they are only interested in the physical manifestation of the success. 

Jesus did not die for a disjointed or deformed body of Christ. As long as the body of Christ continues to celebrate little successes/victories, they can't comprehend the full thing. They shouldn't expect the world to see the complete work of Christ. Christ did not come for individual achievements.

We can only takeover as a generation if we come together in unity.

Prayers:

⁃ Lord open my eyes to the right association.

⁃ Father I want to be reunited with you.

⁃ Lord I enter into partnership with you afresh.

Faith that changes perspectives

By Pastor Matthew Kassim

"And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Mark 2: 4-5 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Mark 2: 1-12, Hebrews 11, James 14: 17, Philippians 4: 6.

Faith cannot be over emphasized. You are not here by coincidence because there is a purpose why you are here. From the day you are conceived, you have the power to succeed. Faith brings us into the realm of God. Faith gives us hope. Faith brings us from darkness to light.

Tradition makes you believe that you have to go through the door but when the door is shut, you think it is impossible to get in. When you get to a place and you can't find the way in, it's time for you to change perspective. Don't look down on yourself. Don't give up!

When God brings you to a point and you feel like you can't move forward, it's because God wants you to look up. Expand your mind, think bigger. If the door is shut, look up because that is where your help is from. Your faith without works will not bring result. God wants us to be sensitive in the spirit but because we are affected by what we are going through, we become insensitive. Only though the situations and challenges you encounter can your faith be seen. No matter the situation, all you need is to look up and when you get there, go down on your knees and talk to God, and let your perspective change.

You have a friend in Jesus that is taking you to the top. The friends you need are the ones that take you to the top. 

Prayer.

⁃ Father as long as I know you are in a place, help me to not leave until I get my miracle. 

⁃ Lord, let me see with the eyes of God not with the way men see. 

⁃ Lord open my eyes to see opportunities where others see oppositions.

 

Faith that provokes favour. Part 2

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God." Luke 1: 28-30 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 1: 26-38, 1 Timothy 6: 20, Genesis 18: 1-2, Genesis 14: 13, Hebrews 13: 2, Hebrews 11: 1, Proverbs 18: 22, Psalms 30: 6, Psalms 30: 5, Ezekiel 36: 8-12.

Because of you, God is doing some things. Things will begin to happen because of you.

What provokes favour is worship. Even in the midst of every situation, when you drop it down and worship God, it provokes heaven.

Abraham was able to discern which package carried favour for his destiny. It's not every one that comes that is a carrier of your favour. Are you doing anything that is provoking your favour or will you miss out?

When you have faith, God is able to do more than you can even think. Let your faith cause heaven to come down and change the status quo and make you the first. Your faith should bring favour your way that makes you a reference point. It take faith to be favoured. Sometimes, favour shows up in packages that you don't recognize.

When favour comes, it manifests in a few ways: miracle children, miracle marriages, miracle prosperity and also, favour brings you out of shame.

Prayers

⁃ Eze 36vs 8-12. Father increase NextGen in every area. 

⁃ Father bring people from north, east, south & west.

⁃ Lord expand this commission.

⁃ Lord let me not miss the day of my visitation.

⁃ Every financial drought/ dryness over my life, let it come to an end now. 

⁃ Lord fast forward me to my blessings. Everything that will turn my life for good, let it begin to spring forth.

⁃ Lord let it rain in my life. Let the former and the latter rain be released this month.

Faith that provokes favour

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John." Luke 1: 8-13 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 1: 5-13, Hebrews 11: 1, Romans 5: 5, Job 14: 14, Psalms 126. 

Favour: means unmerited blessings, undeserved , preferred, acceptance, grace, mercy. Favour is when you don't earn or work for it but it came. 
Faith: is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
Fear not: means that what you have been praying for has been answered by God. 
Angel means: sent one, messenger.


When God sends you as a pastor, you are referred to as the angel of the house that you are pastoring. There might be one particular area that seem like God hasn't answered; that you have been praying about now it has been answered. Your prayer has been answered! What you are expecting and waiting for has been sent.

The forgotten prayer that you prayed at a point has provoked God to answer as you pray kingdom prayers. Whatever happens from now, favour follows you. You favour that has been forgotten and not manifested coming out. What you have forgotten about, God will bring it to you. God will bring back the things that you were excepting.

As long as there is expectation, faith never dies.

Prayers
⁃ Father let the heavens be open concerning my case tonight.
⁃ My story must change to glory today
⁃ Whatever word that I need, lord release it unto me.
⁃ Lord, let your word that is coming my way tonight, let it bring healing into my body soul and spirit.
⁃ Lord as your word comes tonight, let it bring light into every area of my life for the rest of this month.
⁃ Every enemy/ satanic agent going after every prophetic word for my life, let the fire of the Holy Ghost answer for me.
⁃ As this fasting and prayers come to an end today, I cover every word with the blood of Jesus.
⁃ Lord, let your blood cover the seed/ egg of my destiny.
⁃ Life will emanate in NGWC from east, west, north and south. 
⁃ Everyone that is connected to this commission, father we command life in them. 
⁃ Anything in NGWC, and its members that doesn't carry life, let the cross of Jesus bring life to it right now.

Faith the works by love

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love." Galatians 5: 6 (NKJV)

Bible Readings:  1 Corinthians 13: 13, Ephesians 4: 30-31, Mark 11: 25, Ephesians 3: 17-20.

Faith will not work if you are not in love. Until faith is operated with love, it will not produce result.

When you operate in love, things begin to operate in your life. Favour can only manifest when there is love. One of the boosters of faith is love.

What is the motive of your faith? If it's to show off, God will not give you. You have to love God and your neighbour. Things don't happen in your life because of the bitterness you carry. When you are bitter, you can't be better. You can't claim to love God and hate other people. You have to forgive anyone that has hurt you and treat them like they haven't done anything wrong. The reason why you are not seeing results is because you hold grudges. If you want to see faith work on your life, you must be willing to let go.

There is nobody that genuinely loves that doesn't give. When you are living a life of love, you are living a life of God.

Anytime you operate out of love, you operate out of God.

You are not late to the game

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets." Hebrews 11: 32 (NKJV).

Bible Readings: 1 Timothy 6: 12.

Life is a game!

Life is like a game and people feel like when they don't make it initially, they are too late. Many people have been friendly at the first quarter of the year and the enemies have been taking advantage of you. The reason why you are being friendly with the devil in the first quarter is because you think everything will work out.

When you understand the gravity of what is ahead of you, you stop being too nice. Know when to, how to and where to be good. By the second quarter you become familiar. You are not in the game to be friendly or familiar, you are there to fight and finish. Along the line, in the third quarter, fear comes in and grips your heart and you start thinking about what you have done previously.

If you are going to win the battles, it's not because of you, but God will cause your enemies to make mistakes that will work in your favour. Those mistakes will make you start advancing in what you were not able to do in the previous quarters. In the forth quarter, you receive faith to finish. When everyone says you can't do it, somehow you have faith. You need faith that turns disadvantage to advantage. You may have faith to start but you also need faith to finish.

Today's complacency is tomorrow's captivity. Today's thankfulness, it's tomorrow's fruitfulness. Life doesn't give you what you desire but it gives you what you place a demand on.

In spite of your mistakes, there is a God of comeback.

Faith that speaks

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says." Mark 11: 23 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Matthew 17: 20, Genesis 17: 5, Genesis 12: 2-3, Psalms 19, Romans 4: 20, Romans 4: 18-19, Hebrews 11: 38.

The challenge you are facing today is as a result of what you causally said yesterday. I don't know you have faith until you speak. Until you do it, it's not faith.

Whatever you say is a seed. When you sow, you must experience a harvest. The words you speak are seeds that go into your future and they will reproduce in your future. You can't say you have faith and not speak what you have faith in. The reason why things are not working for you is because you are have other options. Everywhere you see the word faith, you see the work act. If your language is not changing, your faith cannot match up. Whatever you want to see, start acting it. Anytime God wants to bless you, he goes back to see what you have been speaking.

You have to start speaking a language of faith, a language that is not common. If you are going to walk before God, your name has to change, meaning your language has to change. Even if things appear like they are not, but you speak as though they were, you are standing with God and his word will not go void. When you know your story, you won't let anyone mess with your glory.

Faith that speaks, never stay silent. Hope is the vehicle that faith needs. You have to stand in faith that whatever God has said about you will come to pass. Will you doubt what the word says or will you continue to say it? Keep saying and speaking what God is saying.

People will say things about you anyways but what are you saying about yourself?

Faith that works

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it." Colossians 2: 14-15 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Mark 11: 23-24, James 1: 21-22, Romans 4, Psalms 126: 1-6, Isaiah 40: 1-2, Exodus 22: 18, Galatians 3: 13, 2 Corinthians 8: 9, John 1: 1-3, Romans 8: 16, Isaiah 49: 24.

God has cleared every opposition that is before you. God has made a way for you in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Your faith has to build on Jesus.

Faith has to be in the word which is Christ. There is nothing that you need to do but just accept what God has done for you.

 

Pointers to Divine Elevation

By Pastor Drew Ugbogbo

"When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” - Genesis 19: 15

Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 16: 18, John 10: 10, Jonah 1, Genesis 13:5-9

Your association is crucial for your elevation. Avoid relationships that will make you stray away from God's plan for your life. For God to elevate you, disconnect yourself from wrong associations. 

Spend more time in God's house, fellow shipping with believers. Serve God in his kingdom and vineyard. These are the pointers to divine elevation.

When you are kingdom minded, God will break every protocol for your sake. Being kingdom minded puts you in God's limelight. You will enjoy an overflow of His anointing. God will establish and elevate you. 
 

Elevation by Sacrificial Living

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

Bible Readings:  Ezra 8: 21-23, Esther 4: 16-17;  5: 1, Matthew 6: 16; 17: 21, Isaiah 58: 6-14, Psalm 102: 13-15, Hebrew 4: 16.

To be elevated, you have live a life of sacrifice. A sacrificial lifestyle involves fasting. The length of your fasting is as important as the actual act or process of fasting. Fasting helps you grow spiritually and physically.

Fasting is a challenge to many because they are not desperate enough. If you are not willing to take measure of your destiny, nobody will. Desperate situations require desperate measures. You have to pay the price to to be elevated. You can either pay now and play later or play now and pay later with interest.

If you want to go higher, you must be willing to fast. If you want to go faster, you must be willing to fast. To go higher, you must travel light. Fasting helps you shed some unnecessary emotional, physical and psychological weight. 

Fasting takes away unbelief, strengthens your faith, amplifies your voice, gives you dominion in the spirit realm over forces of darkness, creates room in your life for God, gives you faster access to God's throne room, prepares you for the unprecedented and unexpected, gives your prayers speedy response and nullifies oppositions to unanswered prayers. 

When you fast, make sure you pray boldly and faithfully, stay focused on why you are fasting, study the word of God, meditate, avoid distraction, enter God's presence with thanksgiving and pray for the advancement of God's kingdom.

Financial Harvest

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the Lord has done marvelous things! Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; For the open pastures are springing up, And the tree bears its fruit; The fig tree and the vine yield their strength. Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil." Joel 2: 21-24 (NKJV)

Bible Passages: Joel 2: 25-27, Ecc 9: 12, 2Corinthians 8: 9, Isaiah 60: 2, Leviticus 26: 10, Psalms 126: 1, Ruth 3: 2, Leviticus 26:5, Genesis 13:2.

Fear is one of the biggest challenges we face in our society today. The spirit of fear has caused many to behave irrationally but God wants us to fear not. He does not want us to be afraid and worried. For this reason, he blesses us.

We need the blessings of God to spread the gospel. To make strides as a church, money is needed. God has promised we will not lack and we should live in that promise. It is a promise of financial harvest. God is the true source of your income. He adds value to your life.

For believers, we can rest in the promise of a financial harvest. No matter how depressed and fearful our societies may be, we are safe and covered in Christ. If you are not in Christ, you are in crisis. 

There is a threshing floor where your harvest has been prepared. It is full of wheat, wine and oil. Wheat stands for wealth, wine stands for healing to your soul and oil stands for the Holy Ghost. To receive your finanical harvest, you must go to your threshing floor.

Your threshing floor is in the presence of God. 

 

Provoking Your Harvest

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

 "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." - John 4:35

Bible Reading: Exodus 23:16, Leviticus 23: 9-14, Deuteronomy 8:8; 11:10-11; 16:13-15, Matthew 13:4, Genesis 26:1-6, 12-14, John 2:5, 1 Samuel 15:22.

To provoke is to stir up, to stimulate, to give rise or induce or to bring about. You provoke your harvest by "calling those things which are not as though they were." (Romans 4:17) 

There are certain things you need to do to provoke your harvest. You must understand and follow the principles of harvest:

  1. Whatever you sow, you shall reap, don't expect to reap what you did not sow. 

  2. You reap in the same kind as you had sown. 

  3. You reap in a different season from the one you had sown in.

  4. You reap more than you sow. 

  5. You reap according to the proportion you have sown. 

  6. You reap full harvests: There is no such thing as a partial harvest but the kind of seed you sow determines the kind of harvest you will have.

  7. You cannot do anything about last year's harvest.

Famine is a time of lack, scarcity and drought. Isaac lived in a time of famine, yet he experienced harvest. He knew, understood and followed the principles of harvest. 

To provoke your harvest, you must be obedient and move by faith. Total and complete obedience to God results in speedy harvest. The heavens open up to you when you obey God wholeheartedly.

You must act and move by faith. God is not a debtor, he wants to move you forward but you must be willing to be obedient and move when he needs you to. 

You may be experiencing stagnancy in an area of your life because of your disobedience or partial obedience. A delayed obedience is disobedience.

If you want to provoke your harvest, obey God.