BECOMING AN AUGUST PERSONALITY
AND RECIPIENT OF AUGUST BLESSING
Days, weeks, months, and years pass but it is what we put in it that remains. July this year has passed forever and ever but for some of us, it did not pass without notice, there are things to show for it.
au·gust adj. 1. Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic’ … 2. Venerable for reasons of age or high rank
AUGUST’, a. L. Grand; magnificent; majestic; impressing awe; inspiring reverence.
Now is August.
You have to agree with yourself that – ‘this is my time’
You must become an August personality and receive August blessings
WHO IS AN AUGUST PERSONALITY?
2 Samuel 7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.
Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, Rehab the Harlot, Jephthah, David, Peter, Paul, Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
These were men and women who came from obscurity to become AUGUST PERSONALITIES.
WHAT CAN BE CALLED AN AUGUST BLESSING?
EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO RECEIVED AUGUST BLESSINGS
WHAT HELPED SOME OF THEM?
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Things around can trouble us. The problems of the world can also trouble us.
Among the children of Jacob, none had problems like Joseph. So, we should not allow any trouble to disturbed us.
Hab 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Even though everything look upside down, still we should not be troubled.
With all the problems that Jesus went through, He was never troubled.
The promises of God should encourage us. He said “I will never leave thee”. So we should not be troubled whatever we are going through.
David moved away from being troubled to God before God could talk to him and that was when solution came because of those that carried their families away.
Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee 7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
God expects us to relax in His hands
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Jesus must be in your life. He is able. Always remember that prayer brings solutions down.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Hebrews 12:2 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
With all that Joseph went through, he overcame.
With all that Joshua faced in the wilderness, he reached the Canaan Land.
With all that Saul planned for David, David still reined.
With all the noise of Nebuchadnezzar, the three Hebrew children could not be burnt by his fire.
Why will you not relax in the hands of the Almighty God?
Has He ever disappointed somebody in the past?
Is He not there for you?
RELAX IN CHRIST.
READ PATIENTLY PLEASE!!! At A Time When The Church Has Become A Ground For Entertainment. We Need Revival. At A time When A Music Minister Competes And Compares Himself With Secular Musician: We Need Revival. At A Time When The Altar Of God Is Used For Comedy: We Need Revival. At A Time When A Successful Minister Of The Gospel Is Measured By How Financially Rich He Is; And Not How Much Impact He Is Making: We Need Revival. At A Time, When Passion For Souls Have Been Replaced With Fashion Parade In The Church: We Need Revival. At A Time When Motivational Speaking Has Replaced Biblical Preaching: We Need Revival. At A Time When You Really Cannot Differentiate Between A Daughter Of Zion And An Harlot: We Need Revival. At A Time When Pastors Kill Each Other For Posting And Higher Position: We Need Revival. At A Time When Modern Preachers Now Tell Us That JESUS Is Not Coming Soon: We Need Revival. At A Time When PAINTING, ATTACHMENT And JEWELERIES Have Replaced The Beauty Of God’s Glory: We Need Revival. At A Time When Sexual Sin Is Referred To As Weakness And The Grace Of God Is Taken For Granted: We Need Revival. At A Time When Prophets Prophesy; Using Demonic Powers As Livelihood: We Need Revival. At A Time When The Church Does Not Know The Difference Between Witchcraft Spirit And The Holy Spirit: We Need Revival. At A Time When Filling The Seats In Our Place Of Worship Has Become A Priority; And Raising Of Funds Than Raising Disciples Of Jesus: We Need Revival. At A Time When Sinners Feel Comfortable In Our Churches And Saints Feel No Sense Of Urgency To Preach The Good News To The Lost: We Need Revival. At A Time When Pastors Are More Concerned About How Much Money Members Give Than How Much The Members Truly Love The LORD: We Need Revival. At A Time When The Word Of God Is Scarce And The Fire On The Altar Is Going Out, And The Priests Have Become Blind, The Watchmen Sleeping, And Holiness Is No Longer Our Standard: We Need Revival. We Need Revival, Not A Programme. We Need Reawakening Of Our Souls And A New Awareness Of The Power Of God. We Do Not Need Another Jamboree, But True Repentance Coupled With A Changed Life. We Do Not Need Another Noise, We Need A Shaking And A Mighty Rushing Wind. We Do Not Need Another Movement, We Need A Reformation. We Need The Lord To Come Again And Restore Us Unto Himself. We Need The Lord To Open Our Eyes Again That We May See Him. We Want To See His Holiness Again That We May See Our Depravity. We Need A Genuine Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit, We Are Tired Of Speaking In Tongues And Not Living Christ-Like. There Is No Other Desire That We Have Than To Hear Again The Same Voice That Spoke In The Valley Of Dry Bones To Bring Us Back To life. Our Nations Are In Darkness, Yet We Are The Light. We Cannot Pretend Anymore, We Need To Activate The Power Of Holy Ghost And He Will Reawaken Us. He Will Revive Us Again Because We Do Not See Our Signs And Wonders As Done By The Apostles Of JESUS. There Are Only Few JESUS’ Prophets In Churches, Some Are Not Even Recognized. Let Us Pray That God Should Have Mercy Upon Us! And Revive Us Again! Let Revival Hit The Earth In These Last Days. Be Prepared FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD. IT WILL BE LIKE A DREAM. DO NOT BE CAUGHT UNAWARE. . . ! PLEASE LET OTHERS READ THIS THROUGH YOU.
HOLINESS is living the life of CHRIST. Being like Christ in love, care, relationship and in thought.
One day after preparing to go out, I looked at my hand and was so surprised to see that my wrist is now looking fairer than all the parts of my body. Could it be my cream and why am I just noticing this? I thought.
On a second thought I remembered that this place has often been covered by my wristwatch. It dawned on me that the mark was given to me by my leather wrist watch.
Wow! So my consistency in wearing a wristwatch has left an evidence or a mark on my body.
In the same way, If you see a chain smoker, observe the colour of his teeth and see that the smoke has left an evidence on his teeth. Even without a cigar you will know he has interacted
If you see a drunk, he wakes up in the morning uncoordinated even when he has taken no wine.
If you see someone who uses glasses, it leaves a mark at the sides of his face..
If you see someone that gyms, it leaves an evidence on his body building.
Beloved, when a man begins to seek God in prayers and the word, it leaves an evidence on him. Suddenly the fear of the future begins to fade… New hope begins to rise.. He sees the sick and feels like laying his hands…
He begins to speak wisdom when he talks… You suddenly become bold as a lion. You suddenly discover that even though you lack money but you are rich… And so you say “silver and gold I have not but what I have I give thee… Rise up and walk”! You cannot interact with God’s Spirit continually and the evidence will not be there…
The apostles discovered the evidence that followed them and then said.. “let’s give ourselves to Prayer and the Ministry of God’s word”.
Brethren… Power failure in Christians is due to prayer/word failure.
#Anything you practice overtime leaves an evidence on you…
We practice God’s presence too. Moses practiced it for 40 days and people could
not look at him again. But in our days, His presence is ever with us yet we don’t practice it.
Isaiah 45:19″… I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found…”
We can’t give ourselves to seeking God and come out with nothing as the evidence.
God living in a man should produce an evidence of His presence in the man!
Stop living a casual life, you wake up in the morning and all you think about is business, money and food..
Your prayers are done on the road. Mind you that living a life with no place for God has its own evidence…
We don’t seek Evidence, they naturally manifest
over time not after one long prayer…. It’s over time.
Consistency is key to Greater Manifesting.
Tarry in The Place Of Prayer. It will rub off, and pay off very soon.
THE POWER OF EMPATHY
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Definitions of empathy encompass a broad range of emotional states.
The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner
We all have the capacity to empathize but we do not have the ability. It is more difficult for the extroverts because the primary goal if more of action.
Empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of others. It is the fulfilment of “love thy neighbour as thyself”. Matthew 22:39
This is the oil that lubricate the engine of relationship. All your efforts will become more fruitful if empathy is cultivated.
We cannot discover it by the road side, we do not acquire or develop it as we grow neither pray to collect if from the Father, we must cultivate it in our own garden.
We shall see some examples from the bible.
Jesus is our perfect example.
Joh 11:32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
Jesus had and still has the power to raise the dead and He did. Why did He weep? To empathize with Mary and Martha
His weeping was not out of weakness or destitution of what to do but He empathize with the women. When Jesus
Wept, the people said,” Behold how he loved him!” the empathy that Jesus demonstrated made the Jews to see the love of Jesus for Lazarus.
You might have been helping in different ways and areas and you are always that the people you are suffering for do not reciprocate or even show as if they see your love.
All these are happening because you need the lubricating oil of empathy.
Mar 8:1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, 2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: 3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. 4 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? 5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
The disciples had sympathy for the people. If you read the story from Matthew chapter fifteen, you will see that they recommended that Jesus should dispatch the crowd. Jesus went beyond sympathy, He allowed His empathy to work when He stated the obvious, “ 2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: 3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far”. Mar 8
Sympathy can bring compassion but empathy is the mother of it. Empathy made Jesus to know that if the people were sent home without food, they could faint on the way.
It was empathy that gave birth to sympathy and the miracle of multiplication of food came.
If you will empathize with the people, around you, then, you will tell them about the impending doom and you will also force your way to help them solve their problem.
Joab touched the button of empathy in the heart of David in the case of Absalom when he sent the widow to David.
Nathan touched the button of the heart of David when he told him about the story of a man with only one sheep in the case of the sin of David.
2Sa 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: 6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. :7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
By the time Nathan woke up the empathy in the heart of David, he realized the gravity of his sins and he went to God with heart felt repentance.
Today we need to empathize with our spouses, children, parents, brothers and sister, and our neighbours.
Empathy is the mother of compassion and it will always spur you to action.
So, my dearly beloved, sit down, think and strategize on how to grow empathy. God has given you the capacity but you must develop the ability.
Sometimes there’s no logical solution to life’s challenges. Fear says your situation is permanent. Logic says it’s impossible. Facts say it doesn’t make sense. Science says follow logic and consider the facts. Math says it doesn’t add up. Time says it’s too late. Age says you’re too young or too old. Education says you’re not qualified. Experience says you’re a novice. People say it’s never been done before. The past says check your history. Scars say you’re about to get hurt again. Comfort says it is really not worth the trouble? The future says you don’t belong here. The pocket says I can’t afford it. But faith says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Don’t seek logical solutions to every life’s challenges. Sometimes you just have to believe. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Feed your faith and all the other negative voices will starve to death.
May God bless you.
THE SPIRITUAL IN THE PHYSICAL
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) :5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Life is war and only Christians can conquer.
If you do not know that you are on the battle field, then you are defeated already.
The greatest defeat is to see things in the physical. This world is a spiritual world because everything we see or do not see are being controlled from the spiritual realm.
God is the one to give the green light before you can move. To be able to get connections to the right people in the right places, God must be your internet provider.
God sees what we cannot see, He hears what we cannot hear.
God is the Captain on the battle field. He is our Keeper, Provider, Uplifter and Supporter.
Let Him guide and guard you.
Remember that prayer is still the KEY that unlocks all supernatural locks.
Connect with God and let Him connect you to others.
Always see things from God’s point of view.
LORD CHANGE THE LANGUAGE OF MY ENEMIES
Every being has enemies, if you do; not know that, you are defeated already. The goal of the enemy is – to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: John 10:10
Some enemies are very powerful that you may not be able to face them on your own. The type of enemies you have depends on your destiny.
Among the children of Jacob, Joseph had more problem than the rest of them. Among the children of Jesse, David had more problems than all of them. How your tomorrow will be will determine the problems and the type of enemies you will have.
If you can pray, ‘Lord, Change The Language Of My Enemies’, God will give you a new song.
We shall look at two cases in the bible and use them as stepping stones for prayer.
Exo 2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.
Exo 12:30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.
The children of Israel who are the children of covenant were suffering in Egypt and they cried unto the Lord and the Lord sent deliverance to them through Moses. Pharaoh resisted but when God handled him, he allowed them to go and requested for blessing.
Pharaoh had seen the children of Israel as slaves and therefore their God must be inferior to him. When God handled him in different ways, he bowed and requested for blessings. God change his language. Pharaoh changed his language when he discovered the greatness of the God he was dealing with.
Daniel 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Dan 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar was ruling the land up to India at that time and all the countries he conquered, none of their gods meant anything to him, so, he disdained the Almighty. He saw himself greater than the Almighty and God showed him a little of His power. He was a great and powerful king but when he saw the greatness of God, he changed his language.
All the enemies that had been bragging over your life, ministry, family, finance and even your nation, pray and God will change their languages. They will start to praise and magnify the Almighty God and your victory will be the demonstration of His power.
Hindrances shall give way and victory shall be yours.