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KNOW IT AND DO IT
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At House of Vasileia we started a series on Believers and Business, I believe some of the teachings will bless your life.
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If the Bible actually instructed the one who steal to stop stealing (Ephesians 4:28) and the lazy ones to start working (2 Thessalonians 3:10, Proverbs 12:27), it is not out of place to actually instruct believers on certain principles that will get them ready and active towards building up their careers and doing better in whatever they want to do. We need believers who are prosperous because the gospel drives on the wheels of money.
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You cannot make Rice by cooking yam. No matter how skillful you are with slicing your yam to be in tiny pieces like rice, it will still make yam. You can only make soup with soup ingredients. When the content of the ingredient is changed, the result is changed too. In other words, success can only be achieved by putting certain things in its place.
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Success isn’t denominational or religious. There is no group of folks marked out for success on earth; every man has been endowed with the ability to succeed. The Bible says in Genesis 1:26 “Then God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over creeping things that creeps on the earth”. First, we see something very important here; man was made in God’s likeness. This doesn’t suggest man was made in the fullness of God for only those in Christ can manifest the fullness of God. To be made in likeness is different from having the fullness. However, every human possess certain features of God and we can see it in the place we just read. He said “…And let them have dominion…” Productivity isn’t possible without having dominion, we see God look at the shapeless earth and bringing form to it. We see God seeing life and causing that life to manifest in a place where it has never been, God was intentional about what he was doing as he didn’t just play around and decided to experiment something and have some fun.
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We have that quality to be productive because we are made in God’s image, right there where you are you can touch yourself and tell yourself “I am made in God’s image”, you are of God-quality (if you are born again) and therefore you ought to be intentional about everything you do in life. You are not an accidental product, so don’t make things by accident! I believe we can come to that level when even things we do accidentally becomes success but we sit down to plan our works as Jesus said a man who doesn’t plan to build fails to build. He puts it this way “…he sits down and count the cost” (Luke 14:28)
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I want to rephrase the verse of the Bible we read, this is what God said “Let us make human in our image, after our likeness for the purpose of exercising dominion over everything that has been created on earth” and now many aren’t walking in the reality of whom God has made them because they are ignorant. God said “my people perish because they are ignorant” (Hosea 4:6); they are God’s people whom God has called “gods” (Psalm 82:6) but they are ignorant of whom God has called them and they live below their standards. Ignorance is the foundation of every failure; no man with the right knowledge has ever failed! You must remember that acquiring the wrong knowledge is as good as ignorance! It is even better you don’t know at all than knowing the wrong thing. Ignorance is the chief sponsor of failure, show me a man who is ignorant and I’ll show you a great and powerful man who doesn’t know what he possess, he is bound to fail until he breaks free from the shackles of ignorance.
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You don’t break free by going for deliverance; you don’t break free by fasting and prayers! You know the truth and the truth sets you free (John 8:22). God’s people perish because of ignorance, they are God’s people made in his image and they have the inbuilt ability to dominate but they still perish, why? Ignorance! Failure is found on ignorance. While success in earthly business isn’t just for believers we have an advantage because we have the word that shows us much more who we are! If unbelievers are succeeding in business the believers should succeed much more. Jesus never came to give us money because before he came people has been making money, the world has been having records of world richest people and in fact none of the Apostles made it on the list but they were all successful in what they do. Success isn’t about making it to the list of being the richest man in the world because if you are using the money to do what you are supposed to do like sponsoring the gospel, reaching out to the needy and all that you may obviously not make it on the list. But this doesn’t make us relax and say “since Jesus didn’t come to give us money, I’d rather not have it!” that would be ignorance.
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God said “…LET THEM HAVE…” and I tell you today, having is different from exercising. You have dominion because he has given you the ability but you exercise it because you know you have it. That you have dominion doesn’t mean you’ll experience it! That you are married doesn’t mean you will have kids until you start doing what people who wants to have kids do. People who aren’t married can have kids, how much more people who are married?
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Here is the big question. What do you know?
Many people know the wrong thing, they pray, fast and confess positive things, but they still live in abject poverty. Do you know why? Because they do not work out those things! Your confession should be in line with your actions. You don’t ask God to give you the nations when you haven’t start taking over your streets. You can’t ask for the nation when you have not built capacity for it. Knowing is not enough, the effect of what you know isn’t shown in debates but in actions. Practical brings evidence. Now I know God gave me dominion, oh! Praise God for that! But I shouldn’t just confess it, I ought to exercise it. Pray all you want, if you do not work with diligence, hunger will deal with you.
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Nobody gives you a job because you are born again; they can give you because you attend the same Church with them, which is not because it’s Christianity but familiarity. A Muslim would do that too to a Muslim faithful but beyond that they consider your ability to do that work. You get a job based on your qualifications; your qualifications are evidence of what you know and the acquired ability to practice it. When the Bible says “study to show yourself approved” (2 Timothy 2:15) I belief it also meant “study to be qualified”. You study to know and you do what you know for people to see and say “that is just it!”
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Knowing that you have been given power should be your motivation of diligence. If you’re a student, you are diligent with your studies because you know you are not designed to fail, if you are a business man or woman, you are diligent in your business because you know man was never programmed to fail. The same goes with those in the creative industry. As a minister of the gospel, I do not relax and wait for rhema to come. I go for the written word, I give in myself to the study of the word and the Holy Spirit finds a ground on which to reveal the meaning of the codes! The Holy Spirit doesn’t force knowledge, he teaches and reminds (John 14:26, John 16:13).
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You see that? Knowledge doesn’t propel laziness. Knowing how blessed you are makes you excited to start up something and keep working on it. The same Paul who told believers that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3) also said “a lazy man should not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Spiritual blessings don’t guarantee money when you aren’t making money.
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Every man is blessed with the ability to be successful, that you haven’t found something doing is that you haven’t discovered what to do. As you confess the word of God over your life, be doing something. As you pray about something, be working towards it. Your work is an act of faith and a platform on which the answers to your prayers are manifested, where the evidence of God’s power is felt. If a rich man tells you “God has blessed me” you wouldn’t say it’s a lie but when a poor man says the same, you may feel it’s a religious jargon. Footballers don’t enter the field praying in tongues when they should be playing their game, their ass will be sure kicked and they will successfully fail and fail again. They enter the field to play; they employ tactics and strategies if they want to win. You don’t need fasting to win a match because Jesus didn’t come to give Chelsea victory over Manchester United or vice versa, his purpose of coming was bigger than that stuff! As we pray and study, we ultimately put the word into application.
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God made man but also went ahead to form man (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:27). He didn’t relax, he spoke the word and it came to pass, he formed it and it came to be! If he never went ahead to form man, man wouldn’t be a physical reality. That is the principles God has set on earth by the reason of his actions. A lot of believers are living in knowledge of their inheritance but they aren’t manifesting it because they aren’t doing anything. On this episode, I summarize with this; you are blessed to manifest but you must be intentional with manifesting. You must be intentional with success because your making is intentional. God bless you and have great days ahead. It’s your season of POSSIBILITIES. Now go and start manifesting.
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To be continued.
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