We began looking at a series of teachings titled walking in financial dominion. It is important for us to understand that where the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. It is understanding that brings outstanding results. So we are going to look at two things before going into the teaching for today.
Why do we have monthly thanksgiving?
1. To acknowledge the blessings of God for every month.
In Revelation 22:2, the Bible makes us understand that God has blessings that He allots to us every month. The appropriate response is to return with thanksgiving.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
What God has done is more than what you desire. And the Bible instructs us in Psalm 150:6: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Our breath itself is a gift from God. People don’t die because oxygen is absent, they die because breath is taken. When there’s breath in a man, it is by the facilitation of God.
I remember visiting a man in the hospital. The man couldn’t absorb oxygen by himself. So they needed to pump his blood through a machine where it is first mixed with oxygen before it is circulated back into his body. And that procedure costs nine thousand pounds per week. The fact that you have breath and your blood can take in oxygen effortlessly is more than enough reason to give thanks to God.
2. To preserve our blessing
The second reason we must give thanks is to preserve our blessings. The blessings of God are reversible when there is no appreciation to preserve them. (Malachi 2:1-2, Psalm 28:5) When you’re thanking God for your health, you are preserving your health. When you’re thanking God for your business, you’re preserving your business. The things we rejoice over never turn to tears when we continue to give thanks to God.
3. To multiply the blessings of God
The blessings of God are not only preservable, they are multipliable and they multiply at the frequency of thanksgiving. In John 6:6-11, Jesus needed to feed a crowd but all that was available was five loaves of bread and two fishes. The disciples were complaining that it was not enough.
Rather than complaining like the disciples, Jesus gave thanks. And after every one of the 5000 men (apart from women and children) ate their fill, there were 12 baskets of remnants. What was insufficient became more than enough. Anything you thank God for multiplies.
If you have a job, thank God for it. If you’re looking for a job, thank God that you’re even qualified to look for a job. Everything that you’re confronted with can be an opportunity to give thanks. And when you do that you position yourself for a change of level.
4. To perfect our blessings
In Luke 17:11-20 Jesus healed ten lepers but only one returned to give thanks when he saw that he had been made whole. And for the one that returned, Jesus perfected his healing. He asked, “Where are the other nine?” Jesus asked them to go for cleansing to see whether they would come back to give thanks. Like the other nine lepers, many people don’t see what God has done for them. So they don’t return to give thanks.
5. To access the next level of testimony reserved for us.
In John 11:42 when Jesus was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, he started by giving thanks.
Having seen the reasons we should consistently give thanks, let us do it with understanding.
Why must we commit to Operation 615?
Operation 615, as declared by God’s servant, the apostle over this commission, is drawn from Nehemiah 6:15. In 52 days, Nehemiah became a governor because of his commitment to kingdom advancement endeavours.
It’s important for us to know that we serve a God of times and seasons. God never forces any man, he only gives opportunity to every man. (Ecclesiastes 9:11) And the opportunities God provides to uplift our lives and destinies are tied to His times and seasons. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, Psalm 31:15)
Those who miss their time of visitation end up in frustration and devastation. Jesus wept over the people of Jerusalem because they did not know their time of visitation (Luke 19:44). This moment is our time of visitation.
Remember that prophets are the custodians of divine mysteries and they are the timekeepers of God. (Amos 3:7) By prophetic word we have been made to understand that Nehemiah rose from cupbearer to governor in just 52 days. In these 52 days, out of which two weeks have already gone, may you receive your own enthronement as you commit to advancing the kingdom.Those who miss their time of visitation end up in frustration and devastation. (Luke 19:44) -Pastor David Oyedepo @DavidOyedepoMin @FT_Canaanland cc: @ft_press #MyNewDawn Click To Tweet
Walking in financial dominion
Our teaching series in our Sunday services this month has been Walking in financial dominion. Today, we’ll be looking at kingdom promotion projects as a platform for financial dominion. In Psalm 112:5,9 we read that “A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.”
From this scripture we understand that the man of discretion does not just waste His seeds, he invests them for maximum returns. When you put God first you can’t end up last. Anytime God’s agenda becomes your priority you are destined for the top. (Matthew 6:33)No matter how much a person strives for himself, if he ignores the kingdom his struggle will be in futility. He will gather but it will not be enough. (Haggai 1:5-9) HT @DavidOyedepoMin Click To Tweet
Solomon entered into unspeakable dimension of wealth on the platform of seeking God’s kingdom first. (1Kings 3:3-13) When people ignore kingdom promotion opportunities they end up in financial stress and distress. No matter how much a person strives for himself, if he ignores the kingdom his struggle will be in futility. He will gather but it will not be enough. (Haggai 1:5-9) Every kingdom advancement project is a platform to bless us financially.
Look at the example of David. The agenda of God was his priority. (1Chronicles 29:3, Psalm 112:3) Anyone who gets committed to kingdom promotion projects guarantees continuous flow of financial blessings. Anytime you promote the gospel with your resources you continue to enjoy financial blessings. It’s important to note that no one will be coerced to give, it must come willingly. (Exodus 35:4)
Covenant day of restoration
Today is our covenant day of restoration. It’s important to know first of all, that God has a restoration agenda. (Joel 2:25-26)
Today becomes to you a day of restoration of years. Whatever you have lost to the enemy, whatever has been consumed by the cankerwoms, the caterpillars, the palmerworms of destiny; via your encounter here today you experience restoration!
Only God can restore anything. Man can restore some things but only God can restore anything. When God restores, you see old people operating with the strength of the young.
What must you do to enjoy divine restoration?
1. You must be born again
Salvation is the beginning of your journey of restoration. (Hebrews 2:3, Romans 8:29-30) The prodigal son lost everything but he went back to the father and repented. By his repentance, the father restored him to his place of glory. As you return to God today, I see you being restored totally in Jesus’ name. Anytime a man goes back to God, God takes him back to where he should be. (Job 22:21-25)
2. Believe in God’s restoration plan in Christ
Jesus has come to restore all that the enemy has stolen. (John 10:10) You need to believe in that restoration plan before you can enjoy it. In this kingdom it is to every man according to his faith. What you believe determines what you become. (John 1:12, Hebrews 11:6) If you believe in restoration you become the recipient of restoration.
3. Commit to serving God and the interests of His kingdom
In 2Chronicles 15:3-15 the people were battered. But when they committed to serving God and the interests of His kingdom, God gave them rest roundabout. Keep looking for every opportunity to serve God — with your time, with your prayers, with everything.
We have the testimony of a man who was wrongfully dismissed in 1997 and was called back in 2017. All the salary for twenty years was paid back to him with all the promotions and benefits. If he had been working there over that period he would have finished at least 70 percent of the money but God helped him to save the money and caused the cankerworms and palmerworms to vomit what belonged to him.
4. Settle down in the house of God
The Bible says in Obadiah 1:17 that “upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. ” Everyone who dwells in Zion is ordained by God to flourish there. (Psalm 132:13-16).They that are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. (Psalms 92:13)
5. Continue to seek and pray for the wellbeing of others.
When Job found himself in a difficult situation, God gave him a way out. God told Job’s friends, “Go to Job and ask him to pray for you.” When Job prayed for his friends who seemed to be in a much better position than he was, God restored his captivity.
Never let any man’s testimony discourage you. Never be angered by anybody’s blessing. Pray for those who already have what you desire and pray for those that are also seeking what you seek. “Whatsoever good thing each one doeth, the same shall he receive again from the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:8)
My prayer is that as we key in to these demands of scriptures, our restoration will happen speedily. Job lost everything gradually but it was restored suddenly. In the same way, everything you have lost will be restored suddenly in Jesus’ name.
Salvation is the first step to restoration. If you want to give your life to Jesus and become a child of God, or you want to have a new beginning by rededicating your life to Jesus, pray with me:
Lord Jesus I come to you today as a sinner. I know you died for me. On the third day, you rose again. Come into my life and take control of my life. Now I know that I am saved; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Congratulations! It’s a new day for you.
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