I’m so sorry “Now I understand why… (2)” is not still out. I tried to write but it did not flow. Somehow, I believe this article was blocking it. This just had to come out first.
The article you are about to read is timely and very relevant to you. It has the ability to preserve your life and protect you from unnecessary loss.
As you go through it remember that the power is not in the reading but in the doing and not just doing but doing consistently.
Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Crime in the city of Lagos has been on the increase. Over the past month, I lost a friend to hoodlums who attacked her after her car broke down at a notorious spot in the city. Two others were shot at in traffic and another was thoroughly beaten and dispossessed of his valuables. But for the intervention of God he would have been killed. I am sure there are other incidents I’m not aware of. With all these happenings I sit back and wonder… With all the exceedingly great and precious promises outlined in the Bible about protection and preservation, how come all these wicked things are still happening? I am sure these victims knew these promises. So what must have gone wrong? Or has the word of God lost its efficacy and power?
As I pondered on these questions, the Holy Spirit led me through a series of events which shed more light on the issue. I’d share my learning with you.
Being the administrator of my website, I have learnt a lot about software programming in the last three months than I have in my whole life. One interesting concept is the role of plug-ins in website administration. Plug-ins are smaller, independent software which can be installed as add-ons into the main program script to give it added functionality. With plug-ins you can transform a basic program into a complex, interactive and multifunctional one. You’d be amazed at what you can do with these incredible programs.
Before I understood the use of plug-ins, I never really paid attention to the plug-in Page in my admin panel. It was after a friend taught me how to download, install and activate one that I became so excited about them. A simple example is the Clustrmap® at the bottom of my sidebar which shows the location of visitors to my site. (For those who have been with me from the beginning you would have noticed that this functionality was only activated recently). Another plug-in I have installed and activated is the view counter which tells us how many viewers from how many locations have visited my site. I had downloaded the Clustrmap® several weeks ago but could not enjoy its benefits because I had not activated it. Now it has been activated and we are all enjoying its benefits.
Let’s consider how the functionality of the plug-ins relate to the application of the word of God. Many of us have downloaded the beautiful verses on protection, prosperity, growth and productivity. We know where these verses are located in the Holy Book. But like the plug-in that has been downloaded but not activated, we fail to see the effect of the Word in our lives. We are still harassed by the “Area boy”, robbed in traffic, defrauded by tricksters and we wonder where we’ve gone wrong. The answer is simple – it’s because we have not ACTIVATED THE WORD! How do I do this… you may ask. The steps are simple and are as follows:
- First, identify a relevant word for your life: Search the Scripture and get a word. A word that relates to that particular situation you want to address in your life. For instance, if you are pregnant, get a word that promises there shall be no miscarriage; one that promises all your kids shall surround you like a fruitful vine. One that provides the end result you desire.
- Next, meditate on the word: By “meditate” I mean you should mull over it, turn it over and over in your mind, and consider its possible meanings and applications in your life. In doing this, do not base it on the experience of others. Get a personal revelation of the word.
- As you do meditate on the word, mentally stimulate the experience the word promises and enjoy the emotions attached to such an experience: This makes it easy for your subconscious to believe it and by this belief, you create your reality. After a while, it becomes so real that your mind finds it difficult to believe anything contrary to this new reality. It becomes so authentic that when someone suggests something contrary in a discussion your heart raises a red flag and restates your reality.
The easiest way to carry out 2 and 3 above are with thanksgiving in the place of prayer. For example if you are seeking protection from physical harm. You search the scriptures and you identify His word in the book of Psalms Chapter 91 that says:
“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling-
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
(I believe this is the most comprehensive insurance policy a man can ever be given).
As you meditate on these verses you picture yourself traveling on the notorious Apongbon Bridge without hoodlums harassing you. Incase your car decides to breakdown there, when the hoodlums come out from their hiding they eventually come to your aid without extorting money from you afterwards. You see yourself retiring to your house at the end of the day without the fear of being robbed because you know that even if robbers come to your neighborhood and rob every house, they will not come near your home. You see the angels of the Lord surrounding and upholding you so that you don’t strike your foot on the rock talk more of being involved in an accident when you are traveling. You picture them guarding you in all your ways (air, land, sea, Oshodi, Apongbon bridge, third mainland bridge, Sudan, Iraq and every other potentially unsafe spot on earth) and even if the vehicle has to crash or fighting erupts when you are there, you see His angels lifting you to safety – physically protecting you and ordering your steps. You see yourself as one who is simply invincible!
As you meditate on the word and keep painting pictures in your mind, experiencing the joy and emotions that accompany such sweet protection, it translates into your reality. After practicing this principle for a while you will begin to experience in reality what you have experienced in the place of prayer. However, to sustain this reality, you would need to be deliberate and consistent in the words you speak and in the practice of the principle. I’d share with you another experience to drive home this point.
When I was much younger I used to body build. I felt I could do with a more muscular structure. Fortunately, my muscles were very responsive so within a short time I was had developed the physique of a mini macho man. As soon as it became obvious to everyone that I was body building and the compliments began pouring in, I quit. Needless to say, within a matter of days the curves and the bulges began to disappear until I was back to my normal slim and straight self. From time to time, when I wake up on the right side I do push ups and squats. If I keep at it for a week, the results are always evident. When I slide back to my old ways, my body slips back to it slim and straight self.
There is a former class mate of mine (I choose to call him Edward) who has this ridiculously muscular structure. When you see him with his shirt off, you cannot help but comment. He has a very pronounced “V” shape, six packs on his stomach; a very well developed torso (I always teased that he should get a bra to keep them in place because of how developed they are). Though Edward has stopped building for over six years now, his muscles are still as pronounced as they were in the prime of his body building days.
What was the difference between Edward and me? Edward reached the limits and broke it. Like a rocket breaking away from the pull of gravity to the point where it needs little or no energy to stay afloat in space, so did Edward build his muscles to the point where it can no longer contract to its former size. The current size is his new reality. The old reality has passed away; he can no longer even picture it in his mind again.
It is also very possible to apply this principle in activating the word so that you reach a point where you no longer need to pray for safety and protection because you know that you are always safe and protected. At this stage, all you do is thank God for the new reality you are walking in. Jesus, our great example, in his growing years meditated for so long on the word that it became his reality. When there was scarcity of food, he did not pray for food but thanked God for always providing and there was abundance. When the end was near for him and Peter tried to defend him physically, Jesus rebuked Peter, telling him to put away his sword. He told him, I can call upon God to send a legion of angels to protect me if I want but this is how it is meant to be…. so let it be. Gehazi was jittery when the army of the King of Aram surrounded them because he had not activated the word. But Elijah who was walking in the new reality, asked God to open Gehazi’s eyes to see the reality. God did and Gehazi saw that the chariots of angel on their side filled the mountains and far out numbered those of the enemy.
At this point let me ask you
“What is your reality?”
Note that this principle is applicable to any aspect of life you desire. I am using examples on safety and protection because that is the specific issue this post seeks to address.
Since the day I set my foot on the soil of the Lagos state till today, I have never been robbed, harassed or pick pocketed because I activated the word. His angels have always protected me and his spirit orders my steps. You can make this your reality too.
Now that you know, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and ACTIVATE THE WORD!