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January 2017

THUS SAITH THE LORD

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: Isaiah 45:1-2.

This verse repeatedly pops out every time I read through this book of the law. Law is always with reference; The Lord is the only reference in the book. His word is the law; he says what he means and means what he says.

The book changes the status of slaves to sons. Without the truth of its pages all men are slaves to sin and the struggle continues. The word empowers men to do extraordinary  or impossible things.

Every son of God hears his word, the same is his life and lifestyle. Cyrus was a heathen king, he heard thus saith the lord. The word anointed him to do the unusual, the impossible, the extraordinary. Those that their right hand is holden do right and they never miss their way in the race of life.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Those that must subdue nations are free from the law of nature. Those that cannot rise above nature will never be the leader of nations. The load of sin and death must be destroyed to be free to reign in life. Only the free are free to free their nations and generations. Those that come to Christ are free from the law of sin and death but bound by the law of the Spirit of life.

Learning starts with hearing the voce of the lord. Those that come to him find invaluable instructions from the word of God. The word of God is the commandment for high fliers in life. Exemption from the law of nature empowers for continuous breakthrough. In this new year, accomplish more by the anointed word of God.

Thus saith the lord! Become who the word of God says you are.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2.

THE RULE OF LAW

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.

Laws are made to ensure order and forestall disorder. The book of the law has the law of life, it is the manual of life. The quality of life on earth is directly proportional to the law at work.

The law of life makes men free, that is the rule of law. A good knowledge of the provision of the writ is important to enjoy it’s benefit. Just as the law of gravity, there is also the law of flight. Gravity ensures that everything that goes up come down to the earth. Flight escapes gravity to keep planes, jets and spacecrafts airborne. There are several laws available, the inferior bows to the superior.

The law at work is seen in the quality of life. If you operate a different law, you’ll have a different life.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2.

The natural law is mired in sin and death hence the associated struggle. The law of life liberates from sin and death and the cycle therein. Two laws, but different lives and different outcomes.

I make bold to say again, your life is the reflection of the law working  in you. The rule of law is respected by the earth and her elements. If you’re not enjoying the life currently at work in you, change the law at work. Jesus is the password to life and the upholder of the law of life.

The goal of the rule of law is your liberty; the law of life is for your liberation. In Christ, liberty is not a guess, it’s a must. That is the rule of law indeed. The rule of law changes the status of men from servants to sons.

The word is the law and the law is the rule in Christ.

“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:34-36.

 

GOOD IN THE BOOK.

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.

Every time I hear this expression, I am usually overjoyed.

“We are a nation of laws” it sounds too good to be true for a nation of men.

Laws make the world go round, there are laws controlling everything. It is unfortunate that in some nations, laws are not obeyed. It’s even worse that, those that have sworn to uphold the same sometimes are the enemy of the law. When the law is not strong enough to protect the weak, chaos ensues.

The kingdom of this world is ruled by laws so also the kingdom of God. The word of God is his bond and the law of life; the first law book in print. The word of God as documented in a book is called the book of the law.

This book of the law of life contain the statutes for temporal and eternal life. Like every law book, there are benefits & consequences of action or inaction.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Jesus gives the law of life, his word is the law, his instructions are the statues. When living is not in tune with his law, struggle becomes the norm, it’s like swimming against the tide, it’s not a pleasant experience.

His law as delivered by his word carries us along to the expected end. The yoke of obedience and willingness are fundamental to enjoying rest. If men take law and order seriously, God must be the rewarded of law keepers. The earth is his creation and his laws control the flow of the good in it.

Good success begins with learning, willingness and obedience of his word. The word of God terminates struggles and makes high fliers of men. Without obedience to laws, no nation amounts to much; without obedience to God, no person becomes a high flier. Either terminate struggles by this book of the law or the struggle continues.

The good of the land is for those resting on the book of the law.

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 1:19-20

LEADERSHIP 101

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

Leadership is key to life accomplishments in any chosen field of human endeavor. We are at liberty to choose leaders through life and business. The effect of such leadership show in predictable or unpredictable results. In choosing leaders, Jesus come not to mind in many areas of life.

The meek and lowly concept does not agree with the hero idea of many. So we try out many means and change leadership styles, mentors and guides.

Many come to Christ late after everything has failed or their life is as stake. The good news is that at every point of meeting with him, help is available.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.

He does not make a way, he is the way! He does not tell the truth, he is the truth, neither does he give life, he is the life. All in one, all in him; everything you could require in a leader. That’s why he’s all you need to meet all your needs.

Jesus is not the leader and mentor for only those in ministry, but for all. The greatest teaches greatness to all with meekness and lowly heart. The meek and lowly is the Lord and master in every life endeavour. The way, the truth and the life is personalized in him.

Access to your glorious future and entrance to the high places is in him. Your leadership struggle end with subscription to his instructions for life. Move from struggle to abundant living by his leadership in life and business.

Come to me! He is life, he gives life; he makes your life matter.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.

SWEAT-LESS TRIUMPH!

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

Labour does not always correspond to rewards or prosperity. Those that do menial jobs have the least reward with the highest effort. Having a job in a choice location does not translate to prosperity. Some have earned more yet have less while others earned less and have more.

Jesus calls for labourers, rest is the first gift of his call; sweat less. Some may confuse the call for rest as an invitation to sleep. Far from it! Rest is the act of achieving more with minimal effort.

Those that obtain by labour boast of their great strength but those that become great with rest announces the grace of God. At rest, instructions are given and wisdom taught; learn of me he says. Those that follow his instructions go to the prepared places in life. Their strength is conserved, they are led to pleasure without pressure.

“If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.” Job 36:11-12.

Sweating is not the proof of hard-work, it is the sign of much effort.

Instruction is the highways of life; sweat less and noiseless triumph.Effort is not required to follow instructions; just walk on prepared paths. Quit following the crowd! God is not leading you to where everyone is going to. Rest is a place and also an attitude; it gives access to prepared places in life.

Instructions deliver from unnecessary activity and sweating for nothing. Labour does not guarantee rewards, instructions command rewards. God does not lead men to where men can lead them to, neither does his instructions guide to where your hand can procure. The high places of life is accessed at rest and following instructions.The way to the city is shown you; be delivered from fruitless & foolish labour!

“The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.” Ecclesiastes 10:15.

NEVER MISS THE WAY!

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Isaiah 48:17.

The Lord introduces himself when he’s the one guiding you. He also calls you by name. Divine guidance is personal and specific. It makes you stand out of the crown.

There is a way to go in life; everyone has his specific & special route. All roads does not lead to the same place, one way lead to your place. Those that move with the crowd end up missing their way. Jesus leads every member of the crowd personally. There is a way for you if you follow the Lord; you’ll never miss your way.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Many have walked under the illusion that divine guidance is hard, missing your way is worse. Many have been divinely guided after they have long missed their way. The way out is to return all the way back to where you started going off on a tangent before you are restored back to the right way.

Divine guidance is easy if you have never missed your way before. That is my desire for you on the new year, you will never miss your way! Jesus is not calling for some, he’s calling for all. He does not want anyone to miss his way. He does not want you to ask for directions long after you have been lost in the maze. You will be saved alright but the it’s better to begin with God. He takes no delight in your failures, but in your profiting.

Do you know what? He is the way, that’s why you’ll never miss the way. The way is not a skill, a country or a profession, it is a person.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.

FRUITFUL LABOUR.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

No pain, no gain, ever heard that cliche?

Some have quoted it so copiously that you may think it’s a verse of scripture. When a lie is repeated several times, it becomes the truth or as some persons may say alternative truth which is barefaced lies. Why do people use such terms? To justify their present situation while hoping for a better tomorrow.

God is not the author of pain, he cannot give what he does not have. He does not use pain as a toll either; he ends your pain. That is the difference between labour and sowing.  Foolish labour cause pains and regrets, fruitful labour is called sowing. Those that sow are joyful in their labour for sure harvest. That is the gateway to terminating pain and sorrow permanently.

“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.

No one envy people in pains; no one says to another, can i share your pain with you?  Or better said, please send me all your pains. Foolish labour end in pains, poverty and pressure while profitable labour is rewarded with prosperity.

Prosperity makes you the envy of many and that is your portion this year. Sweating is not sweet! Begging is not a profession neither borrowing a delight. Fruitful labour is the sure closure of these issues. God is not a partner of fruitless ventures limited; shed that yoke and learn of me. If Jesus cannot teach you wisdom (sense) you’re not educable.

No more fruitless labour! No more sweating for peanuts.

The direction to your city of accomplishments shall be delivered by following divine instructions.

“The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city.” Ecclesiastes 10:15.

 

PROFITABLE GUIDE.

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. Isaiah 48:17

There are several ways in the journey of life but only one way leads to your destination. When you don’t know where you’re going, every place looks like it. Every road does not lead to your rest, your guide leads you to the place appointed for you. Without a guide, we misses the way and without a Savior, living is at a loss. Jesus is the Savior and Lord; your guide and life, all in one.

The news have information about places that are trending or choice locations. The lord leads to location never known before but prepared just for you. Those that make it are not always from the trending locations, but in their proper placement in life. The Lord leads to your profitable place, it is also your restful place.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Many are learning outdated skills yet expecting to become rich by them. Others are learning something different to make a difference. Common skills grant common results, uncommon skills give uncommon outcome. Profiting is a must when the lord teaches; this is your year of profiting. Isaac did what everyone was not doing, he made the difference. While others were on the move because of the famine and drought, he stayed back following instructions and sowed in the land. His result in the same year was extraordinary, that shall be your testimony.The word of God is the profitable guide in the race of life.

You’ll never miss your way! Follow the profitable guide; your redeemer. Your results in this one year will silence your mockery permanently!

“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.

TEACHING AND LEADING.

Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.  Isaiah 48:17

When I was younger, I wondered about the need for a conductor before the choir. The songs always came out better, but I felt it was because we knew our parts well; yet, we sang according to instructions and directions. With the passage of time, I witnessed some superb choir performance and charismatic conductors that changed my perception.

The bigger the number of choristers, a conductor with greater skill is needed. I made it a duty to learn the art and opportunity came not too long afterwards. For any great musical performance, the choir must learn their parts & be led right. The same law applies to life and much more at such a time as this.

Who is teaching and leading you? These determine your profiting in life.

Instruction gives opportunity, directions demand responsibility from the led. The right path lead to the right places where right things happen to the led.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Those that labour struggle but the led arrive at the right destination.

Information knows what to do but does nothing; all talk but no action. Knowledge inspires action or service. Wisdom is advanced knowledge with results or testimonies from experience or the use of knowledge. Those with information are very loud, yet having nothing to show. There is no greatness without great learning and guidance.

Many are grounded by information, one word from God liberates them. Learn by the word shows what to do & empowers to do the same. Jesus makes learning easy; stop assuming life learn to live by Christ. He teaches how to profit, he leads you on the way that you should go. His word makes you walk wisely; you shall never miss you way.

Your teacher is also your guide in the profitable paths of life.

The word of God is the eternal ticket to profitable living; teaching and leading.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:for it was founded upon a rock.” Matthew 7:24-25.

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