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Pleading Your Case by Rev. Funke Ewuosho

[Excerpt taken from the message]

Base Text: “Present your case,” says the Lord. “Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.’’ Isaiah 41:21(NKJV)

In this chapter God says, present your case. There might be doubts about whether we can plead with God, but the truth is, we are granted permission to do so. In fact, God Himself affirms this truth.

The book of Isaiah, chapter 43:26(NKJV), says “Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted.”  God urges us to put Him in remembrance and engage in a dialogue. Although some may ask the question whether God forgets, the truth is that God never forgets. However, He instructs us to remind Him of His promises.  While the original context may involve negative circumstances, let’s focus on the underlying principles. It is essential to grasp that God challenges us to bring our concerns before Him, emphasising the importance of communication and seeking His deliverance.

How to plead your case with God 

The purpose of presenting the following examples is to illustrate the precedents found in the Bible, which can assist you in pleading your own case with God. Observe the pattern and precedent in these examples, for God does not show favouritism.

In Genesis 18:20-26, we encounter a passage concerning Abraham. The Lord declared that the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was significant, and their sin was exceedingly grave. In verse 21, God expressed His intention to investigate the allegations against Sodom and Gomorrah and determine if they were indeed as severe as the outcry suggested. He stated, “I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” In verse 22, the men turned their attention towards Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Can someone acknowledge that Abraham stood before the Lord?  One important aspect to learn about pleading your case with God is that you have right-standing before Him. The Bible instructs us to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy. Abraham stood before the Lord with righteousness, without any sense of shame, guilt, or inferiority. Praise the Lord, for God has granted you a right standing with Him! Abraham approached and asked, “Would you also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” In verse 24, he presented his case, suggesting that if there were fifty righteous individuals in the city, God should spare it. He continued to advocate, saying, “Far be it from you to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked. Far be it from you!” Take note of his words. He questioned, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” In response, the Lord assured Abraham that if fifty righteous people were found in Sodom, He would spare the entire place for their sake, due to Abraham’s intercession. Abraham emphasised the righteousness of the Judge of all the earth and questioned whether He would destroy the wicked alongside the righteous.

Now, let’s consider the account of David and the census he conducted, which displeased God, as described in 2 Samuel 24:15-17. You may already be familiar with this story. God’s displeasure stemmed from David’s census-taking. The Lord sent a plague upon Israel from the morning until the appointed time, covering the region from Dan to Beersheba. God had given David three options through the prophet, and David chose to fall into the hands of God because of His mercy. As a result, the angel of destruction began its work. The plague caused the death of 70,000 men across the land, from Dan to Beersheba. However, when the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented from further destruction. In the Book of Joel, it is written, “Let the ministers weep, let the people cry out. Perhaps God will relent.”  Remember when God instructed Jonah to go to Nineveh and declare its impending destruction? The king of Nineveh humbled himself, came down from his throne, and sought God’s mercy. And what happened? God relented. You see, you have the knowledge of how to plead your case with God. Even when God declares a judgment, there is room for His mercy and compassion. 

David demonstrated this when he pleaded with God during this particular incident. When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented from further destruction. The Lord spoke to the angel who was carrying out the destruction, and some may ask, “Does God relent? Is He a merciful God?” The answer is yes, He does relent. He is a merciful God. 

Some may think, “Well, if God has declared that I will suffer for three days, I should just accept it.” But no, you see, just like Eli, when he received a message from God, he said, “He is the Lord. Let Him do as He pleases,” instead of pleading for God’s mercy. But let me tell you something: where I come from, if you know how to beg, you wont be on your knees too long. If you know how to say, “I’m sorry,” sincerely and genuinely, not just a simple “sorry,” and if you further express, “I apologise. I regret my actions. What can I do to make it right?”  you will realise that the full course of the consequence doesn’t have to play out. If you know how to apologize and plead your case, God will relent, and the devil’s mouth will be shut. You can remind him, “Didn’t God say this? Didn’t God declare that?” And God will respond to the devil, “Hey, are you deaf? Didn’t you hear? My child has repented.”

How to plead your case against the devil 

And when it comes to pleading your case, where Satan is concerned, The Bible explicitly states that Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He assumes the role of accusing the brethren. Frequently, he accuses individuals without their awareness of what he holds against them. One significant aspect that Satan consistently exploits is people’s sins. In a way, Satan acts as a bad bailiff—although not a reliable one. Some of you may not be familiar with the role of bailiffs. Bailiffs act based on court judgments. When the judge pronounces a ruling, such as instructing you to forfeit your assets due to outstanding debts, bailiffs enforce it accordingly.

There are numerous accusations that the enemy holds against people. You may be unaware of what the enemy is utilising against you. Thankfully, we have the blood of Jesus.  You can pray and declare, “Whatever you are using against me, I don’t know, but I command the blood of Jesus against it.” Why is the blood so effective? It’s because through the blood, you obtain forgiveness of sins and redemption. In case you need to swiftly confront the devil, simply declare, “Satan, I apply the blood of justice against you.” According to 1 John 1:9, the Bible says that “if you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive you”. Pay attention to the word “just.” Do you want to know why the Bible says that God is faithful and just? It pertains to the role of justice in God’s forgiveness of your sins. He has placed your sins upon Jesus, so it would be unjust on His part, having transferred your sins to Jesus, to make you bear the punishment for them.

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Definition: Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, flourishing and well-being. It’s important and needful for you to be happy.  Know that God also wants you to be Happy.    “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable)  Psalms 1:1a AMP (Jas. 1:12a AMP)

  1. Know God for yourself- cultivate a personal relationship with God. Happiness starts with knowing the Lord.

1a. Be secure in God; and in your Relationship with HIM! You’re a new creation. Your sins and past are forgiven and no more held against you. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.

You’re accepted in the Beloved; and adopted into God’s family! Ephesians 1:5-6

You’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:21.

There’s therefore now no condemnation unto you, because you are in Christ. Rom. 8:1

You’re blessed with every spiritual blessings in Christ and chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world. Eph. 1:3-4

  1. b. Have the right Focus-

Jesus had the right focus- Hebrews 12:1-3

NOTE Verse 3- For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

Focusing on the right things gives your strength! Therefore-

Focus on the Gain, and not on the Pain

Focus on the Joy, and not on the Cross

Focus on the Glory, and not on the Shame

Focus on the Positive, and not the Negative

Focus on the Outcome, and not the Process

Focus on the Lord, not on People.

  1. c. Have the right Priorities- The right focus usually leads to the right priorities.

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Tim. 2:4

Your priority is to be pleasing to the Father-

that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:10 | NKJV

Jesus was pleasing to the Father- Matt 3:17c.

Don’t try to please people; you won’t succeed anyway, because people differ in their ideas, opinions, pictures, etc of what you should be!Get your priorities right, so you don’t become a loser; and people like to associate with success at the end of the day-Pro. 19:4 NIV.

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7).

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33.

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9. Being Focused

“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:1c-2).

There are many things around you calling for your attention, but you must remain focused on your course or else you won’t finish what you started! In the parable of the sower, the seeds that fell among the thorns represented those who allowed the cares of this world among other things, to choke the Word, so THEY became unfruitful! (Matt. 13:22).

Abraham was able to become the father of many nations, because he focused on God’s promises and not on his body or Sarah’s. (Rom. 4:18c-21). The Psalmist said, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm16:8 NIV).

10. Thanksgiving and Praise

“Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments”. (Psalm 119:164).

The Bible says we should give thanks in all things and not just in good things. “Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 MSG). This brings the mind the story of Paul and Silas in prison; they were in the most painful and uncomfortable situation yet they prayed and sang praises.  And “suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

(Acts 16:22-26). God inhabits and reigns in our praises (Psalm 22:3). It seemed Jehoshaphat understood this when he appointed singers ahead of the army; and as they began to sing and give praise God caused their enemies to turn against themselves and they were defeated. (2 Chron. 20:21-23).

11. Being Spirit-led and Spirit-controlled

“But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit];” (Gal.5:16 AMP).

The desires or dictates of the Spirit are just the opposite of those of the carnal nature; and if we live only to satisfy our own sinful nature we will reap decay, deterioration, destruction and death in different areas of our lives. (Gal. 6:8)

Daily we are faced with decisions to either yield to the Spirit of God who lives in us or to our flesh; the more we yield to the leadings and prompting of the Spirit, the more we mature spiritually! (Rom. 8:14). This explains why many Christians, though having been long saved, have remained spiritual babes. Paul told the Corinthians, “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.” 1 Cor.3:1 NIV).

The Spirit of God will always lead us in line with God’s Word- not contrary to or away from it! He is the Spirit of Truth, and He will always guide us accordingly. He is also teaches us and helps us to do what the Word says.

12. Warfare

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith,” (1 Peter 5:8-9a). The devil is already on the loose but we must learn to stop him and hinder his operations in our own lives. He has been likened to a roaring lion. In addition to his strategy of sending fear into the heart of its prey, is also the surprise element to his attacks! Jesus told His disciples to watch and pray, so that they may not fall into temptation “without knowing it” because of the weakness of the flesh. (Mark 14:38 MSG).

The lifestyle of warfare is characterised by watchfulness and prayerfulness. In the parable of the Wheat and Tares Jesus said that while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. (Matt. 13:24-25). Herod had killed the apostle James, and then took Peter to also kill him; Peter was therefore kept in prison, “but fervent prayer for him was persistently made to God by the church.” Their prayers made the difference in Peter’s case, as he was miraculously released from the prison!

We mustn’t leave to chance or to the devil; we are admonished to pray without ceasing, and to watch in prayers. (Eph. 6:18;1 Thessalonians 5:17).

13. Joy and Rejoicing

“Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 AMP). The MSG Bible says, “Be cheerful no matter what”. Jesus told His disciples to rejoice even when unjustly persecuted and falsely accused! (Matt. 5:11-12). And they did exactly that, after they were beaten for preaching in the name of Jesus they left, “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.” (Acts 5:41c).

The secret to maintaining one’s joy- no matter what is to always recall the words of the Lord in the face of the challenges and circumstances. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11).

The enemy attacks our joy, because he knows that if he can’t steal our joy, he can’t keep our goods! He knows he can’t keep us sick, poor or down for long. The Amalekites raided David and his men, they went away with all their families and properties; but they were able to recover all; because David decided to encourage himself in the Lord His God.

The joy of the Lord is our strength (Neh. 8:10c). Jesus for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame.

The devil also attacks our joy, because he knows that joy is a component of the Kingdom of God (Rom.14:17); and he will not be able to prevail against us, if we would maintain the joy of the Lord not matter what. The Kingdom of God rules over all (Psa.103:19); so one way to stay on top of your challenges and circumstances is to learn to maintain His joy in your life. Avoid murmuring and complaining, rather rejoice and be cheerful no matter what! I always say, ‘I have NOTHING to complain about, but EVERYTHING to be thankful about!’

14. Giving and Doing Good

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Gal. 6:9-10).

This isn’t what we do when we feel like, but what we commit to- whether it’s convenient or not! In the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’, the Priest and the Levite walked past the dying man; probably because it wasn’t a convenient time for them to stop and attend to him. That was an opportunity for them right there to do good; but they didn’t take it! The Bible says,

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” (Heb. 13:1-2).

We don’t do good to only to those we like or to those who can pay us back. Jesus said we wouldn’t be acting different to the unbelievers if we did that, and there will be no reward from God for that. (Matt. 5:43-48). We should do good as long as it’s within our power to do it, and be prompt about it! (Prov. 3:27-28).

The Bible gives us the ‘rules’ for giving in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: a, give bountifully not sparingly; b, give willingly not reluctantly or under pressure; and c, give cheerfully. Ananias must have come under the pressure to give like others but he didn’t have it in his heart to give everything so he decided to lie that he gave all the proceeds from the sale of his land. And Peter said to him, “The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” (Acts 5:4 NLT).

15. Diligence and Hard Work

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. (Prov. 22:29).

Being diligent is more than being hard working; but also being careful, putting in a lot of effort, paying attention to details, being persistent and persevering, and being determined to accomplish something. A diligent worker doesn’t t just bang away at the job; they earnestly try to do everything right!

The word comes from the Latin ‘diligere’, which means “to value highly, take delight in”.

Joseph was a classic example of a diligent person; and he literally ended up standing before a king- king Pharaoh! “Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt.” (Gen. 41:46a).

Joseph was diligent when his father sent him to go check on his brothers in Shechem. When he didn’t find them there, he kept lookout for them until he found them in Dothan. (Gen. 37:12-17).

Joseph was diligent as a slave in Potiphar’s house and was successful in all he did; and when his master saw that, he promoted Joseph to be overseer of his house and put him in charge of everything he had! (Gen.39:2-6). He was unjustly thrown in prison when Potiphar’s wife lied against him; but that didn’t break his spirit- Joseph remained diligent. Again in prison, he was put in charge of the prison and all the other prisoners! (Gen. 39:19-23). “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” (Prov. 12:24 NLT). The life of Joseph also shows us the connection between diligence and favour; because he was diligent in his duties, God always gave him favour with his masters.

The Bible says, “A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman- who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls.” (Prov. 31:10 AMP). No one can stop you or keep you down, nor can anyone take the credit for what you do, if you remain diligent in what you do. The Bible says God isn’t unjust to forget your labour of love. Remain diligent and keep working hard; it’s only going to be a matter of time and you shall be celebrated. “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (Prov.31:31 NIV).

16. Never Giving Up

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1 NIV).

Winners don’t quit, and quitters don’t win! Remember, Christ has already won the victory for you on the cross, and He is at the right hand of the Father interceding for you. You have the Helper- the Holy Spirit with you and in you and you have angels- ministering spirits, sent to serve you. You’re also surrounded by a cloud of witnesses cheering you on as you run the race set before you. You have the Word of God and you have the company of believers! The Syrophoenician woman didn’t give up; Blind Bartimaeus cried out louder when he was told to keep quiet; the woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of His gown; Jairus believed, even after he was told her daughter was dead; and the friends of the paralytic didn’t give up when there was no room to come in through the door to where Jesus was. The list of the ‘crowd of witnesses’ is endless; so don’t ever give up!

God bless you

Rev. Funke Ewuosho

Goal Setting by Rev. Funke Ewuosho

[Message taken from the 2023 Cross over Service]

First of all, I want you to write down the things that you are looking forward to. They can be things   God spoke to you. It does not have to be that God appeared to you or that you heard a voice. If you did, that is nice but remember that anything you heard, must corroborate with the Word. 

The Bible talks about things that our eyes havenot seen, that our ears have not heard, the things that God has in store for us. Write down those things: for example “I want to be financially independent or debt free”, “I want to have a healthier body” things that have to do with your purpose.

Habakkuk 2:2 “Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it”

We must set specific goals to accomplish those things which are ahead of us, or else they will remain in the realm of intentions, wishes, desires and aspirations.

From spiritual to whatever else, identify them, then set goals that are focused on what you need to do to accomplish them. 

There is also a need to develop an action plan to motivate and guide you towards your goal. Like the saying, ‘’if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’’. How do you intend to get those things done? what is the path you plan to take to where you are going? 

I wrote these steps in my article in the latest Wisdom Digest Magazine on “Reaching Forward To the Things That Are Ahead of Us.” Please use this link to access this article:


V. For ability:

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22).

Jesus asked, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). In Matthew 21, He also told a parable of a man who asked each of his two sons to go and work in his vineyard. He said the one who said “Yes” ended up not going, but the one who initially said “I will not” eventually went. Jesus then asked; “Which of the two did the will of his father?” And they said to Him, “The first.” (Matthew 21:28-31a).

The bottom line therefore, is the DOING, not just the saying or hearing. It is the doer (and not the forgetful hearer), that will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25). The difference between the wise and foolish builders, was also in the doing; they both came to Jesus and heard Him (Luke 6:46-49).

Many reasons could be attributed to not doing, even what we know we should be doing; but they most likely will come down to one thing- the lack of strength! Doing requires inner strength- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

Like it’s been said, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride! When Jesus took 3 of His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane to watch with Him, He always found them sleeping; and He said to them, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:37-41). You must therefore realise that, it isn’t enough to desire or be willing to do (e.g. the right thing); you also need the strength to do it- “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT).

Vi. For strength of character:

It’s been said, If you don’t stand for anything, you will fall for everything! Someone said your character is who you are or what you do, when nobody is watching you; it’s not about trying to make an impression on people. Strength of character can be defined simply as, “the amount of strength one has towards negative actions or deeds. Taking the moral high road with the strength to stand up for your beliefs and do what is right, regardless of how it may make you look or what money it may cost you. High moral fiber and the courage of your convictions held strongly.” (Urban Dictionary).

The Bible records stories of people who demonstrated great strength of character, at different times:

Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he rather chose to identify with the suffering of the people of God; “esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)

Joseph refused to sleep with his master’s wife, despite her persistent appeal; he said to her, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9).

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego refused to serve the gods of king Nebuchadnezzar or to worship the gold image he had set up. When threatened to be thrown into the fiery furnace; they still refused to bow (Daniel 3:13-18)!

Daniel remained consistent, even at the risk of his own life! When he knew that the decree has been made; “he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” (Daniel 6:6-10).

Having a strength of character is doing what is right, even when it isn’t popular, convenient; and that takes an inner strength! The Bible says those who will worship in God’s sanctuary and enter His presence are “Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts…and keep their promises even when it hurts.” (Psalm 15:2,4c NLT)

Having been challenged by Mordecai to do something about the impending doom of her people, rather than remain silent in the ‘safety’ of the palace; Esther replied, And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16c).

It’s encouraging to, however, note that each of these stories had a happy ending! About Moses: “This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer.” (Acts 7:35a). Joseph went on to become the prime minister of Egypt- a position second to only the king’s and higher than his former master’s, Potiphar. We know that not only did the 3 Hebrews not burn when thrown into the fire; but were rather promoted afterwards. Daniel told the king, “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me,” (Daniel 6:22a). He was also promoted by the king afterwards.

vii. To resist the devil effectively:

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). The Amplified Bible says, “stand firm against him;” and that would require an inner strength. To resist means, to “withstand the action or effect of.” It also means, to hold out against, to combat, to counter, to be unyielding, etc.

We are dealing with an enemy who sometimes will not go without putting up a fight. In the parable of the widow and the unjust judge, the Bible says he refused to grant her request (or ignored her) for a while; “but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” (Luke 18:4c-5 NLT).

We are also dealing with an enemy who is relentless, who would always look for another opportunity to be back. At the end of the temptation, the Bible says, “The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.” (Luke 4:13c MSG).

The enemy we’re dealing with has schemes, wiles, and strategies; and we must be strong enough to stand against them all!

You must, however, realise that you can’t take on the devil in your human strength, no matter how mentally or physically strong you are. There’s a limit to how far a strong will or sheer determination can take you, when it comes to dealing with sins, wrong habits, sicknesses, diseases, and the devil himself. Therefore we are told, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Don’t succumb to the enemy, put up a massive resistance; don’t watch him mess you up. Our adversary, the devil, goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour; but we’re told to “Resist him, steadfast in the faith,” (1 Peter 5:8-9a).

The enemy likes to throw up situations and attacks- to frustrate, disrupt and destabilise us and ultimately to stop us. Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” (John 10:10a). We mustn’t be powerless or weak against his onslaught. We mustn’t allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by his attacks, like king Hezekiah was, when he received the message of threats from king Sennacherib of Assyria. In panic, he said (in his message to the prophet Isaiah); “Today is a day of trouble, insults, and disgrace. It is like when a child is ready to be born, but the mother has no strength to deliver the baby.” (Isaiah 37:1-7 NLT). It is interesting to contrast the words of king Hezekiah with the words of king David- “The Lord is my light and my salvation– so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident (Psalms 27:1-3 NLT). May we not lack strength in the day of trouble or adversity!

viii. To move ‘mountains’:

Jesus said, “whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:23c). A mountain could be anything standing in your way- to block you; or standing between you and something- to hinder you; or an oppression of the enemy (like a prolonged sickness or disease); or a difficult or seemingly impossible situation!

A mountain represents something humanly impossible to accomplish; therefore in Zechariah 4:6-7, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, ’Says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’ ”Here, the Bible contrasts human strength and the strength of the Holy Spirit (He is the Spirit of might- Isaiah 11:2). Jesus said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:27c NLT).

There are ‘mountains’ in our lives, that can only be moved by the might of the Holy Spirit within us. For instance, the Bible says; the Spirit helps in our weaknesses. “For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26). And that is of great help because He makes intercession for us saints, according to the will of God!

How then do we develop inner strength?

  1. By Waiting on God

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;” (Isaiah 40:29-31a).

The psalmist said, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalms 27:14). To wait on God is to spend time to fellowship with Him and to seek Him- in His Word, in worship, in prayers and fasting.

Waiting on God gives you inner strength; because when you wait on God:

2 .You hear from Him.

When Jehoshaphat was under attack, he and all Judah came to seek the Lord and to ask for His help. They prayed and fasted a whole day; and as they stood before the Lord, He spoke to them, through a Levite- “Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15c). Those words gave them the strength to go out against their enemies!

Also, in the Church at Antioch, while some prophets and teachers (including Saul, i.e.Paul) “were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2 NIV).

One of the reasons why believers are weak, is because they’re not hearing from God. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4c). This implies that, just as the body needs physical food for strength; man’s spirit also needs to hear from God to be strong and stay alive! Remember, you are a spirit, you have a soul (mind, will, emotions); and you live in a body! The real you is your spirit; Paul said, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection,” (1 Corinthians 9:27a). Your body is only your earthly house (2 Corinthians 5:1), to help you function on earth.

3. You get to know Him.

Inner strength comes from knowing God- “but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32c).

God reveals Himself to those who seek Him.

When you seek Him, He won’t turn His back on you; He said, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. “ (Jeremiah 29:13).

4. You develop your faith in God.

People of faith are strong- “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age,” (Hebrews 11:11a).

Those who spend time with God, are usually strong in faith. You can’t develop faith in the one you don’t know: and you can’t know the one you don’t spend time with! Paul said, “for I know whom I have believed” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Also, faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17); but you need to wait on God to hear from Him- “I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says.” (Habakkuk 2:1b). So you see how one is connected to the other; and you can’t have one without the other.

God bless you.



The times we’re living in presently, can validly be called the end-times. The apostle Paul described those times, in 2 Timothy 3:1 (AMP) as, “perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].” There’s therefore no time like now, that we would need to develop inner strength! We must understand that this isn’t about brute force or having a strong will, but having a strong spirit. A strong spirit would, however, impact every other aspect of our lives. For instance, a believer who has developed a strong spirit, will also be strong in their will and emotions! Hence Paul prayed for the Ephesians, to be empowered by God, with inner strength through His Spirit (Eph. 3:14-16 NLT). We must also make it a point of utmost necessity, to pray the same for ourselves regularly.

Let’s now look at some reasons why we should develop inner strength:

  1. To rise above challenges:

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,” (Isaiah 40:31a). To mount up also means to soar; which is “to go above normal level or to coast through the air.”

It isn’t God’s will or plan, for His people to be overwhelmed or subdued by challenges; but to always be on top of them. The Bible says, “You shall laugh at destruction and famine, (Job 5:22a); and “When they make [you] low, you will say, [There is] a lifting up;” (Job 22:29a AMPC).

  1. For endurance:

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength …. they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).

The race we’ve been called to participate in, as Christians, requires endurance; because it is a lifelong race! We are told to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith; who endured the cross and such hostility from sinners (Hebrews 12:1-3). Jesus said it is those who endure to the end that shall be saved (Matthew 24:13)!

We need endurance when our faith is being tried and tested; so that our trials can produce the best in us and accomplish the best for us (James 1:2-4)!

When we don’t see immediate answers to our prayers; endurance is needed to stay on course, so we may receive, in the end, what God has promised us (Hebrews 10:36). According to the Message Bible, “But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.” Abraham obtained the promise, “after he had patiently endured.” (Hebrews 6:15).

Jesus told a parable to the effect that people ought to pray, and not faint or lose heart or give up (Luke 18:1). After Elijah declared, “there is the sound of abundance of rain,” he

persisted in prayer until the cloud appeared (1 Kings 18:41-44)!

iii. To overcome adversity:

It has been said, “tough times don’t last, but tough people do!” This is very much in line with the scriptures; “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” (Prov. 24:10). Times of adversity or crisis might not be avoidable, but you can avoid falling into pieces. According to the Message Bible, “If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place.” Also, it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, as long as you get up again- “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,” (Prov. 24:16a NIV).

We need inner strength, not only to withstand in the evil times; but also to remain standing when it’s all over (Eph. 6:13)! The Amplified Bible says, “and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].” The times of sickness, is an example of evil or adverse times; and we’re told, “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,” (Proverbs 18:14). We must remember that God made man in His image and after His likeness (Gen. 1:27); and since God is Spirit (John 4:24), man is also a spirit! Man is not a mind or a physical body; though he has a mind and a body. Proverbs 18:14 clearly separates the spirit from the body; the NLT says, “The human spirit can endure a sick body,”. There has been instances where doctors had given up on a sick patient, only for them to survive the sickness- owing to a strong spirit. It takes more than ‘will power’ to conquer adversity; you need a healthy spirit! Therefore, we mustn’t develop our minds and our bodies, at expense of our spirit.

iv. To endure and overcome testing and temptations:

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12 NLT).

So much has been said about ‘overcoming’, to the point where many believers haven’t learnt to endure testing and temptations! We often hear words like, “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen;” but the Bible has a lot more to say about enduring temptations! The Bible says God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear; but will make way of escape, so “that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:12-13). Until I read this over and over again; I used to interpret God making a way of escape, to mean, ‘getting out of the situation!’ I then realised it actually says, “that you may be able to bear it.” Remember, love “bears all things,” and “endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7). The Bible also says the trying of our faith works patience, and we should allow patience to finish its work (in us)- “So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well–developed, not deficient in any way.” (James 1:2-4). Imagine if Joseph had gotten out of the prison before Pharaoh sent for him? Faith isn’t just about receiving, but also refusing! Remember, “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,” (Hebrews 11:24); and some folks didn’t accept deliverance, “that they might obtain a better resurrection.” (Hebrews 11:35c). This, however, isn’t talking about accepting sickness or diseases, or what Christ has already borne for you and redeemed you from! Rather, you’re to resist the devil and to give him no room at all (James 4:7; Eph. 4:27).

Also, note it says, God won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear or to “be pushed past your limit;” (1 Cor. 10:13 MSG). That tells me, firstly, there’s a divine ‘filter’ in heaven, and the enemy can’t just throw anything he wishes at us. Remember the temptation of Job; God repeatedly warned satan not to touch his life (Job 1:12; 2:6)!

Satan isn’t allowed to tempt you beyond what you can bear or “your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure.” (AMP).

This suggests that what we can bear varies from one person to another, which is

determined by how much inner strength you had developed before the testing or temptation. The wise man had already built his house on the rock, before the storms came (Luke 6:47-48)! “He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; He will not be afraid,” (Psalms 112:7-8a). Our hearts must have been established before the evil tidings come; or else we would be afraid!

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If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!” We must set goals to accomplish those things which are ahead of us; or else they would remain in the realm of intentions, wishes, desires and aspirations! There’s a need to develop an action plan to motivate and guide you toward your goal; like the saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Goals are more deliberate than desires and momentary intentions; because they require a commitment of your thoughts, emotion, will and behaviour towards attaining them.

In setting your goals, you must, (a) know and identify specifically, ‘those things which are ahead’ of you; (b) set goals that are focused on what you need to do to accomplish them; and (c) how you intend to get those things done- that is, the path you plan to take to where you’re going!

Interestingly, a story that comes to mind is that of ‘The Shrewd Manager’ who was about to lose his job: he said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ And he clearly laid out the path he planned to take to achieve his goal and executed it. (Luke 16:3-7).

Another story was that of the ‘Prodigal son’ after he had lost everything and was starving, he came to his senses and said, ‘I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. (Lk. 15:17-20a).

A study listed 5 Step Process for Goal Setting:

  1. Set goals that motivate you.
  2. Set Smart goals. (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound).

iii. Put Goals in Writing.

  1. Make an action plan- it can help you focus on the steps it’ll take to reach your goal.
  2. Stick to it!


You must have a vision of those things which are ahead of you. You must be able to ‘see’ them, even though they are still ahead; like the people of faith- “but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them” (Heb. 11:13b). The people building the Tower of Babel had a picture and an objective in mind; to build a great city with a tower that reaches into the sky- that will make them famous and keep them from being scattered all over the world; and they were united and resolved to do it and they began to do it!

This is where most people fail, even before starting out- no picture, no objective, no unity, no resolve and no action!

Hear what God said, “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Gen. 11:6 KJV).

According to Merriam-Webster, vision is defined as, “the act of power of imagination.

When you apply vision to the future, you can create a mental picture that can be used to direct your actions. The Bible says, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves;”(Pro. 29:18b MSG). Vision serves as a guide and can be used to provide a sense of purpose- “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.” (NLT) or, “cast off restraint;” (NKJV).

The revelation of God’s Word and of His will for you can be used to create this mental picture. Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers, and was falsely accused and wrongly jailed; yet he maintained his joy, his

peace, and inner strength, because he had a knowledge of God’s will! (Gen. 45:7-8a).

Vision gives you a vivid, imaginative conception and anticipation of those things which are ahead of you! God says His plans are plans to give you a future “an expected end.” (Jer. 29:11 KJV)

When you’re able to ‘see’ those things which are ahead of you, then you can become a reality! God told Abram, “for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever..” (Gen. 13:14-17). He said to Jeremiah, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” (Jer. 1:12). Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing; and he said, “if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” (2 Kings 2:10). The Bible says we shall be like Jesus when He is revealed, “for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2c).


Motivation is derived from the word ‘motive’, which denotes needs, desires, wants or drives within the individuals. It is what stimulates people to actions to accomplish their goals, or to perform a task or their behaviour- though some people probably may not be aware of their motivation!

Motivation is defined by needs, values and goals; which are considered the building blocks of motivation that lead to action. You must therefore set goals that motivate you; or else you won’t achieve them!

Are your goals motivated by your needs or your values? A study highlighted 4 types of motivation

  1. Incentive motivation– being motivated by external rewards.
  2. Fear motivation– i.e. being motivated by the fear of an undesirable outcome.

iii. Power motivation– i.e. being motivated by the need for power- e.g. to accomplish your goals or desires.

  1. Social motivation– i.e. being motivated by what others think about you or the desire to be accepted by others.

Jesus told His disciples to be careful not to do their good deeds with the motivation of being seen and praised by people; or else, they would have no rewards from God. (Matt. 6:1).

The Bible says God weighs our actions (1 Sam. 2:3c); I believe the scale on which He weighs our actions, is our motives!

Love should be our motivation in the operation of spiritual gifts and what we do for others. (1 Cor. 13:1-3). The Apostle Paul said, “For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us,” (2 Cor. 5:14a AMP). Love must be our motivation for desiring spiritual gifts- and not power or performance. (1 Cor. 12:31). Our motive for service mustn’t be to please men, but the fear of God; it’s the absence of this that makes people engage in eye-service.

We must see ourselves as serving Christ and not people; and knowing our reward comes from Him. (Col. 3:22-24). Joseph’s motivation was the fear of God, in his services at Potiphar’s house. The biggest test of his motivation came, when master’s wife asked him to sleep with her; he refused and said to her, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9).


To accomplish your goal, you can’t wish away hard work! A person who is diligent in his business, will stand before kings and not unknown people. (Pro. 22:29).

There can be no productivity without hard work- “[It is] the hard-working farmer [who labors to produce] who must be the first partaker of the fruits.” (2 Tim. 2:6 AMP).

We must avoid idleness. To be idle is to spend time doing nothing, avoiding work and being lazy. Idleness is a state of inaction or inactivity.

In the parable of the labourers; when Jesus saw people standing idle in the market place, He hired them to work in His vineyard. (Matt. 20:3-7). The Bible says we should learn from the ants, who, though having no leader, labour all summer, gathering food for the winter. (Pro. 6:6-11). Another example of a hard worker is the proverbial virtuous woman; “she always works hard.” (Pro. 31:17 CEV), “And does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Pro. 31:27c).

Being idle isn’t just spending time doing nothing, it’s also spending time doing anything that has no purpose or effect or something pointless- e.g. engaging in idle chatter. The Bible admonishes us to live purposefully, making the very most of the time. (Eph. 5:15-16 AMP).

Hard work is rewarding- “Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” (Pro. 31:31 NLT).


Like the saying, “No man is an island entire of itself;” you therefore need to be in the right company to accomplish your goals in life.

The Bible says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Eccle. 4:9-10,12 NLT). Could this also be why Jesus always sent out His disciples in twos; and they also followed in that pattern afterwards!

Peter and John were arrested after the healing of the man at Gate Beautiful and detained till the next day. Immediately after their release, they went to the other believers and when they heard the report; they all raised their voice together in prayer to God. They left the prayer meeting full of the Holy Spirit and boldness to preach God’s word- regardless of what they had just experienced! (Acts 4:23-31). No wonder the Bible says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another,” (Heb. 10:24-25a NLT)

The company you keep has more influence on you than you can imagine or are ready to admit! Hear this, “Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.” (Pro. 22:24c-25 NLT). Your company can make or mar you- “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (Pro 13:20); so choose wisely!

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Kingdom, Power & Glory

Study extract from message by Rev. Funke Ewuosho

Mathew 6:13 NKJV

And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen

Psalm 145:10-13 (NKJV)

”All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”

The kingdom of God is supernatural

First of all, the kingdom of God is supernatural, it is a spiritual kingdom, it is not physical and it is not worldly.

The kingdom of God is universal

God’s kingdom is universal. It includes and covers all. It is present and occurring everywhere. There is no part of the universe where you do not see the kingdom of God. And because the kingdom of God is universal, it has rules, laws and principles that are also universal: for example; the law of sowing and reaping, the law of giving and receiving and the law of work.

The kingdom of God operates by seed principle

God’s kingdom operates by the seed principle. See the parable of the sower and the parable of the mustard seed. Everything in the kingdom of God starts as a seed. God gives seed to the sower. Everybody has something that God has given to them to sow.

We must sow the seed because seeds do not amount to much if they are not sown. They do not germinate unless they are sown. It is when seeds are sown that they generate a harvest. The tiniest of all seeds will become a mighty tree, but it must be sown.

Still under the sowing principle, we must always plant the right seed for the desired or intended harvest because it is whatever a man sows that he will reap. If you want to reap love, you plant love.

The kingdom of God is everlasting

God’s kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, from generation to generation.

The kingdom of God has mysteries

The kingdom has mysteries. In Mark 4:11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables.”


1. An encounter with Jesus 
That is one thing that will position and empower you to break through every barrier in your life! “So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though He were merely a human being. How differently I think about Him now! What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old is gone. A new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:16,17 N.L.T) Philippians 3:3  
2. Change 
It is said that you can change without growing but you can’t grow or make progress without changing! Change is a necessary thing we must learn to love and embrace. Everyone who broke through barriers embraced changes. You need to change the way you think- “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Pr. 23:7) 

3.Overcome your fears! 
Overcome the fear of people, the fear of failure, the fear of death, the fear of the future, the fear of the unknown, the fear of rejection, etc. Fear will keep you in bondage to the devil, to people, to circumstance, to the status-quo and even to yourself! Fear will hold you back from breaking through! Fear will keep you in mediocrity. Fear will stop you and hurt you”. (Luke. 10:19) 

4. Hard work and diligence 
“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings. He will not stand before unknown men” (Pr. 22:29). God rewards diligence. People reward diligence. Diligent people get promoted, e.g. Joseph, as a slave in Potiphar’s house and even as a prisoner!  

5. Cultivating Healthy relationships 
There are things you can never break through as a one-man riot squad. In God’s economy, there is nothing like a self-made man. In the maturing process, we move from dependence to independence and then to inter-dependence! We need others as much as they need us! A healthy relationship is not a dependent or independent one but an inter-dependent one.  

6. Help the Dreams of Others 
What you make happen for others, God (through others) will make happen for you. Jesus said “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise!” (Luke 6:31) You can’t afford to be selfish. 7. Humble Yourself 
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble”. (James 4:6) We have been talking about breaking through barriers – but those would be barriers, which are put in your way by satan, people or circumstances, not the one put there by God Himself!, that the power of Christ might rest upon him. (2Cor 12:9). 
8. Pray 
Learn to ask for God’s help in the areas you need changes, in the areas of your weakness, in the areas you need breakthroughs, etc. It, however, takes humility to ask for help. When some nations came against Jehoshaphat, the Bible says, he feared and set himself to seek the Lord. (2 Chron. 20:3). When Paul and Silas were in prison, the Bible says they prayed and sang praises. (Acts 16:23-26). When Peter was kept in prison by Herod, the church prayed to God constantly for Peter to be released (Acts 12:5).  

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God bless you! 

New Beginnings – Rev. Funke Ewuosho

(Notes were taken during the message. All scriptures are in NKJV version unless stated otherwise)

Key scriptures:

Revelation 21:5
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Isaiah 43:19
“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. We must give heed to the new thing God is doing.”

How will you experience new beginnings?

1. You must know it is NOW
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:22-24

“Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” 1 Kings 18:41-44

Everything God has done starts first on the inside!

2. You must SEE it, you must perceive it
You should see what God is doing first with your spiritual eyes. Your spiritual eyes are the eyes of faith. The moment you can see it, there is a readiness to receive it. You must keep your eyes on the goal.

“See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [d]ready to perform My word.” Jeremiah 1:10-12

Don’t let distractions get in the way, you must keep your focus on God. Ask God to open your eyes today to see what he has begun.
If you can see it then God is ready to do it!

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

3. You must forget the old
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19

Verse 19 shows us that the prerequisite of seeing the new thing is to forget the old.

We can learn from Abraham’s life; he did not consider his body when God told him that he was going to be a father.

In order to forget the past, we must maintain the stance of not dwelling on past calamities and troubles. Keep maintaining your stance and refuse to retain past experiences, thoughts and mindsets that remind you of the old. Eventually, you will forget the past. Hebrews 11:15-16 says, “And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had the opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

“And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” Gen 41:50-51

Sometimes in order to forget your past troubles, you need to leave what is familiar to you. What God is doing is a new thing and it may bear no resemblance to what you knew or experienced before.

4. You must overcome your fears and doubts
Keep saying what God says until you overcome your fears!

“Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,” Isaiah 54:1-4

You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords,

And strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited. “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. God is stretching you because God wants to do a new thing!”

You must be ready to step out of your comfort zone; it’s time to break away from fear!

5. Release your faith for the supernatural

When dealing with God put all your eggs in one basket! Believe God for something only He can do; nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”

“For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.” 2 Kings 3:17-18

In this new season, let us heed to the new things that God is doing!

Notes taken from the message by Rev. Funke Ewuosho, ‘New Beginnings’