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WATER SIDE

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Psalms 1:2-4.

While growing up in the city of Aba, I always heard the talk of waterside. It was the place adjoining Aba river which is densely populated at the time. A swim is free, fishing and sundry business activities are unending. The ever busy fishing village brought much flourishing economic activities. Food was cheapest at this location and restaurant businesses thrived also.

Those that lived by the waterside never lack fish! A local saying. The abundance in this location is positional and locale specific. They were too close to the source and could not lack the sauce. The word of God is the water of life that nourishes abundant living. Communities thrive around rivers, streams and steady source of water. This is the same principle with in the word of God, those that delight and meditate in it are vitalized; spirit, soul and body.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”Joshua 1:8.

Financial struggle is not the product of how much is earned but how it’s managed. It’s amazing that those that earn so much are sometimes the biggest borrowers.

The lifestyle of waste and affluence have a high maintenance cost. Living for a show or to please your peers is the recipe to lack. Borrowing to buy perishable things is key to a debt full life. God”s word is the recipe for a watered lifestyle &vitalized not wasteful living. His commandments are instructions for frugal not frivolous living.

The book of the law is the word of God, the manual of life that is failure proof. The quality of Christian life is the byproduct of the word-full living. We’re like a fish in water that dries and dies out of water. The word is our life! Become a watered garden, live abundant life by the living water.

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11.

Prayer: My father, I am destined for a failure proof life by the word of God. In drought, My soul shall be satisfied, I am a watered garden by the Guide of your word. Grace to grow into a tree by the riverside of abundance in the name of Jesus.

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A TREE BY THE RIVERS

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalms 1:1-3.

Blessing is a serious quest, it’s not a casual or coarse minds. Blessing has enemies, and the first psalm enumerates them. They include; the counsel of the ungodly, the way of sinners, the seat of the scornful. Blessing has friends. Delight in the word of God and meditate in it always.

Stand up comedy is becoming the rave of the moment, so many are drawn to it. Sometimes, the holy thing is scorned, ungodly counsel is promoted and the sinners sit in their congregation. There is also seat of the scornful; it started with the new birth, speaking in tongues to miracles signs and wonders.

More recently tithe, offerings and supernatural prosperity. It’s even more appalling when supposed believers are caught in the web.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world:but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2.

The demarcation between the world and the kingdom of God is clear. The truth has been the source of scorn for many generations, it’s not new. It’s easier today to claim to be a Christian even when all the signs are contrary. It’s fashionable to attend Christian services and belong to a congregation. It’s however not synonymous with renewing your mind and knowing the truth.

You cannot scorn what is holy when you are holy, neither can you sit on the seat of the scornful.

A living sacrifice is incomplete until the mind is renewed for acceptable service. The counsel of the ungodly shall perish, the way of sinners end in hell. The church is marching on and the gates of hell cannot prevail. Receive the friends and refuse the enemies that deprive the blessing of God.

Become a tree planted by the rivers of water, sufficiently nourished from the sanctuary.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8.

Prayer: Thank you father for making me a tree planted by the rivers. The sanctuary of blessing and sufficiency is my portion as I meditate in the word of God and observe to do according to do your commandments. This is my utmost delight in Jesus name.

GIVEN

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering:of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, Exodus 25:1-3

I heard the story of two friends drinking in a bar and jesting . One complained about the way these new generation churches talk about money. A heated discussion on the issue of tithes and offerings became the topic. At the end of their talk they took their bill and one paId for all. Jokingly the other said to him “you just paid your tithes” and they laughed and walked away. Doing the Maths later, it dawned on him that more than 10% of his income was spent in pub related expenses.

A wise man said that if you don’t pay the tenth in church, you will pay more elsewhere. Giving is God’s commandment for the abundance of your substance. Those that imagine that their giving supports their Pastor miss the mark. I do not tithe and give offering because my Pastor said so, I do because it is commanded.

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalms 1:1-3.

Offering is a commandment but tithe is a covenant, none is to be taken casually. My writing may inform you about giving but my goal is not to compel you to give.

God taught us how to give by his example, no one has ever given more than God. In Jesus, God gave his best, in the Holy Spirit, God gave his all. All you need to have all your needs met has been given.He is not asking us to give what he has not given; his grace is our example.

God gave everything, that is the basis of every gift. The tenth is too small for those that have received  from his generosity. Giving is Godliness, withholding is godlessness. I give out of the abundance of his blessings; I was given, so I give.

I am blessed to be a blessing

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32.

Prayer: Father, I am grateful for all the gifts you have given me and making me a giver. Thank you for this secret to living life to the fullest; given. Grace to continue giving in Jesus name.

THE BENEDICTION.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:22-26.

Blessing is one of the deliverables of the new covenant. God’s prescription of blessing for his covenant children is in the verses above. His word delivers blessing, it is released when spoken by an authorized priest.

Many of us have heard this verse of scripture during benediction at the end of service. Blessing is the total package of the help of God to man from the sanctuary. I am yet to see someone that rejects blessing from God or to be blessed.

Yet, I see many that reject the process of being blessed. When the pronouncement of blessings is made, it distils on all present but manifests on the obedient. Every blessing that is unconnected to the high priest of our confession is bragging

While some brag about the blessing, the obedient receive the blessing; Keep bragging.

“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” Genesis 14:18-20.

One frequently asked question is how do I know where to pay my tithes.  Wherever you connect to the blessings of God continually. Has anyone ever asked which country do I pay my taxes? You belong to a local congregation where you serve God with a priest over you. They have to believe in the ordinance of tithing for it to be acceptable and not a donation.

The tithe does not come before the blessing, it’s blessing before the tithe.  We give tithes of all because we are blessed of God; that maintains the cycle. When the cycle of blessing and tithes of all is broken, the blessing ceases. Wherever you say the benediction, do not forget to remember your tithe is key to continuous blessing.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

HELP WAITING IN ZION.

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Psalms 20:1-3.

Heavenly help is available and accessible in Zion. Help from the sanctuary is the same as Zion; city of the living God. Zion is the meeting point of heaven on earth, unlimited help is possible. It has always been the dread of the disobedient and the delight of believers. It was the mountain that may not be touched in Moses but the new Jerusalem in Jesus. It is the point where help is ever present and helpers freely accessible. It is the meeting point between human and divine for a change of status.

Offerings and burnt sacrifice are received and remembered in Zion. The new covenant and the mediator are resident and present in Zion, the sanctuary. Angelic presence and activities abound, the spirits of just men are perfected with the host of heaven present. For those that have called the church ordinary and the members fools think again; Zion is the spiritual house.

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24.

One thing for sure, in Zion, there is no situation too hard to be helped. None is referred, nothing deferred; the lord of hosts is in his temple.  All the agents of help and the help needed is in Zion.

Zion is not mystical or magical, it’s the birth place of salvation, miracles, deliverance and breakthroughs. Everything you need is available in Zion. Many are helped without their knowledge and help is given before being aware of needing help. Those that dwell in Zion are helped in advance, every meeting reviews and releases all the help needed. All you need is in the sanctuary, Zion city of our God.

Heaven on earth is the deliverable in the sanctuary; accept nothing less.

“And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:16-17

Prayer: Father, thank you for surrounding me with diverse helpers in Zion. Helplessness is terminated at every meeting in the sanctuary. My gift procures divine help and heaven on earth experience. Thank you lord, in Jesus name.

FINANCIAL MIRACLE OR MANIPULATION

And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. Mark 12:43-44.

I am an offering steward in church; I pass the basket for tithe and offerings. Time of offering is a very defining moment for me. Since it’s customary envelope the seed, most of the offerings cannot be seen. In between the envelopes are offerings of 10 or 5 Naira notes. As the expression on my face does not change, I can imagine how Jesus feels. I can’t reject them, as am not the receiver but collector. Jesus was watching in the verse, and is always watching in the church. He knows your worth and the measure with which you give.

The widow gave her all, much more than the rich that gave bigger amounts.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38.

It is not the amount that matters; it is the measure that counts. The usual excuse is that what i have is not much. While I celebrate those that give, there are others that gave not. When given becomes a routine, the hundredfold reward becomes a mirage.

My measure of offerings at the beginning of the year has changed according to the blessings of God. If my offering is what i gave two years ago, won’t it be an indictment. While the gift of the widow was acceptable the rich insulted God with their gifts.

Giving is serious business, your measure determines what is measured to you. I have had to empty my pockets in church countless times on instruction to the detriment of my returning from church. I never regretted any of those actions as they were met with instant rewards.

Get set for financial miracles and be free from manipulations.

“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.” Deuteronomy 16:17

Prayer: I am indeed grateful to serve you with my substance. It is my delight to have the pleasure of giving to you from the abundance of your blessings.

May I continually match up my giving to your blessings in Jesus name.

THE LAW OF GIVING

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38.

The giving covenant is Gods prescription for prosperity even in austerity. There are places and people appointed for your giving to be useful. If your giving is not proper, it shall not be given unto you. When given is not according to God’s prescription it’s essentially a donation.

Covenant giving ends up in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over blessings. This is the difference between the giving covenant and donation. God is not in need, every gift meet the needs of man. When your seeds or gifts meet the need of man, men are under compulsion to meet your needs in the same measure.

When it’s your desire to meet the needs of others, God ensures that your needs are met by men. When your giving moves God, men are guided to meet your needs.

 “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering:of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass,” Exodus 25:1-3.

Giving is not convenient, but it is commanded.

Givers never lack because the commandment guarantees rewards and returns

Giving is the natural act that provokes supernatural response.  When giving stops, financial struggles begin. We are not containers of blessings but conduits or conductors of the same. Those that make themselves reservoirs of the blessing of God swell and burst. Giving is a necessity to continually enjoy the blessings of God. We’re not blessed to keep but to give the blessings.

For every blessing of God is a portion for food and seed to be sown or given.

Watch for those that become unusually fat with the blessings, they’re soon without a blessing. This is the law of giving; it describes the  roles and responsibilities for every blessing.

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3.

Prayer; My father, I understand that giving is the response to every blessing received. May my giving terminate financial struggles in Jesus name by the pressed down, shaken together and running over order of blessing.

GIVING WISDOM

The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough. Proverbs 30:15-16.

Anytime I watch the news and listen to radio, I always try to learn something new. There is this group of people that grace the airways complaining about lack of funds for paucity of performance.

The assumption is that everything is available but funds to execute them. They repeat some catchy phrases repeatedly to the point of an outrage. Those are times to change the channel as we’re not on the same thought plane. That is the excuse of a waster, nothing’s ever enough.

Austerity is the opportunity for prosperity to those with covenant wisdom. Having less is not a disadvantage, having less wisdom is a bottleneck. A little in the hand of a wise man is better that a lot in the hand of the foolish. Many great business empires today we’re built with paltry amounts. Giving is the opposite of wasting, giving is voluntary spending for rewards while wasting is involuntary spending for losses.

What is given according to covenant specification is not lost but blessed for a reward.

“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants:and the Philistines envied him.” Genesis 26:12-14.

The prevailing economic situation is not the reason for your lack. Black is not synonymous with lack but ignorance or lack of knowledge. Being of African descent is not a disadvantage, waste & frivolities is a choice.

Giving is the key to frugal living and exemption from waste. Giving is the masterkey to a world of  pressed down shaken together and running over. Giving is the lifestyle of the wise, waste is the opium of fools. Givers never lack, and wasters never have. If you don’t give, chances are that you’re a waster.

This is the giving wisdom!

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38.

Prayer: Lord I am indeed grateful for the giving wisdom. I am a giver, not a waster of seeds even in famine. Let my seeds continually speak in the harvest of blessings in Jesus name.

ACHIEVE MORE WITH LESS.

But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

I have always been asked this question on covenant giving. After giving the tax, tithe or tenth, offerings and sacrifice, what is left for the son of man to live on.

My answer is that faith is a must for covenant giving. Faith is the principal tool for the activation of covenant blessings. If your faith is not alive your giving is a waste of resources. Giving reduces your bottom line to increase your faith. I achieve more with less, but they achieve less with more; think about it

Waste is synonymous with having more but blessing is on the little. God is a rewarder, your giving delivers from waste and attracts the blessing.

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” Genesis 17:1-2.

I had to do a project recently, and at every phase I noticed that I achieved the task with less or even half of the budgeted amount.

Trusting God does not necessarily mean having more but achieving more for less. While some people see the deficits and deficiency in their resources, the task is still archived with less. God is more than enough when you walk by faith in him. Those that have their eyes on the reward have more than enough.

Blessing is the power to increase, multiply, flourish, be nourished & be an envy. Your substance may not increase and multiply, but your results are beyond your resources. God does not double resources, he blesses your endeavors.

Still worried about having less after legitimate covenant giving? Have faith in God! You can achieve more with less.

“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18.

Prayer; My father and God, now I know that you’re more than enough for me. You’re a rewarder, not a money doubler. I key into the covenant of blessings by my giving to achieve more with less in Jesus name.

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