Part 2     By Ps. Henry Pillai

       By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of  God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which  are visible.  (Hebrews 11:3)

This is the 19th season and this new year is the beginning of new beginnings and so we celebrate. When you celebrate you are saying, “I thank God for the past and I celebrate the future, because I expect it to be wonderful.” I challenge you beloved, to rise up and begin to celebrate the coming year.  In the midst of whatever circumstances, let us celebrate by giving thanks because we have dedicated it to the Lord.

When the Bible speaks about the things that happened in the Old Testament after the time of Moses, we tend to confine them to Israel.  But it is not true. They are relevant to all to us, whatever our culture or beliefs. Let us hear what the Lord said to the new nation of Israel so they would begin to prosper:

“When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. 2 So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people. 3 And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; 4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’ (Deut. 20:1-4)

God is not referring to just the extension of physical boundaries, but also the extension of commerce.  When kings go to war to expand their territories, they would also acquire new wealth. Every morning, when you get up to go to school or work, you are actually going out for battle.  You have to work. You have to toil. You have to struggle. When you are planting anything in your garden or farm, you have to fight with the ground and the elements of nature in order to have a harvest.  Whatever challenges you may face, do not be afraid of them. Why? Because from the beginning you have dedicated yourself to the Lord and you are going out in His name, therefore you have been blessed. The Lord your God is with you who brought you out of the land of Egypt.  The word ‘Egypt’ simply means bondage or slavery. He brought us out of bondage to sin. Remember that if He has brought you out, He can bring you in. Verse 2 says that the priest shall approach and speak to the people, before they go to war.  That is the work of the priest or the prophet. That is the work of the man in the house which would be your pastor. So, whether you are on the verge of signing a new contract, starting a new business or any kind of journey, come before the man of the house and let him speak God’s word over you.   

5 “Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying: ‘What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. 6 Also what man is there who has planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man eat of it. 7 And what man is there who is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man marry her.’ (Deut. 20:5-7)

Listen, beloved, every blessing that you have, there is somebody out there who wants to take it from you. That’s what the Bible calls warfare.  It is not God that wants to take it from you. But there is somebody out there who wants to take it from you. God is saying, I will not watch over it when you ignore me and you do as you like, I cannot protect it because you choose to leave me out. You feel you can handle it.  I respect your decision. But there are many out there who are waiting to take what you have.

And the Lord says, there is only one way. He says, dedicate it to me.  Dedicate it to the Lord. This is serious because God doesn’t want you to lose anything.  You labored. You toiled. You sacrificed. God says you have the right to keep it. But you can’t keep it on your own, partner with me.  Dedicate it. It’s yours but my presence will be there. So, it is the job of the priest to agree with you. Somebody must agree with you. Yes, you can confess it, but get someone spiritually above you to agree with you on what God says.  For there has to be agreement – heaven and earth agree, man and man agree, God and man agree – when there is agreement, the Bible says, a miracle takes place!

Beloved, I am challenging you to elevate yourself over that impossible situation.  Look at your difficult situation and speak to it.  Look to your barrenness, sickness or poverty and speak to it.  Jesus spoke to the waves and they were still.  When He saw sickness, He spoke health.  He saw death, He spoke life. He saw blindness, He spoke sight. He did not agree with what He was seeing.  He challenged it by seeing the way Father God sees it. What do you see? I elevate you today to a higher dimension to begin to see what God sees!  

God’s word is true.  When you water somebody, you will be watered in return.  He says throw out the seed and it will come back as a harvest.  There is a going out and sowing with tears. But you will come back rejoicing with the sheaves.  This is God’s law. So, we want to dedicate everything to the Lord at the beginning of this year. My joy and pleasure is to see you prosper spiritually, financially, physically and that everything you touch will prosper because that’s what God says in His word.  Prosperity is not limited to dollars and cents. It means success in everything you do! Hallelujah!

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