OVERDEPENDENCE ON OUR INTELLECT CORRUPTS THE ATMOSPHERE FOR THE MIRACULOUS.
Years ago, I listened to Benny Hinn and he made a statement that I appreciated so much, but now, having walked a bit in the miracle ministry, I can tell you that I understand clearer what he was saying. He said this that in many of his meetings; if their attention (the people’s attention) was just on their healing or problem; most times they would not receive anything.
They would have to take their eyes away from the problem and focus on Jesus because for many people you see, they do not agree that God has the absolute power to help them, so they just feel like; “God, I don’t want You to come into every aspect, I’ll manage this one. I just want you to touch this and that” and God says, “you are either ready to get out of the way and allow me step in or you finish fighting and exhaust your pride.”
We live in a world that is largely philosophical; there is overdependence on the flesh, so when people come for a Miracle Service like this for instance, you are trusting God to reach you and open doors but from head to toe, you are full of yourself; “my certificate, my qualification, I have all these things; all I need is just a bit of the anointing on it and I am on fire” and God says, No! Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD watches over a city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to wake up early in the morning, to sleep late in the night, only to eat the bread of sorrows.
To lean means when it has to do with dealing with God, do not bring your understanding to compete with Him. His realm is higher than your realm; His thoughts higher than your thoughts.
– Apostle Joshua Selman at Koinonia,
February Miracle Service.
Lift up your hands and worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords; deserving of all praise, glory and worship.
Father, we thank You for the miracles, for the mighty and marvelous manifestations of your hands; we thank You. No man can do these things except God be with him, in the name of Jesus Christ.
It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord; in as much as we expect Him to move and to do great and mighty things in our midst, it is important to first pay attention to what God has done and then, you can release your faith for what He wants to do.
As I sat back quietly, you will notice it was almost as if I was not in the Service because I came with a burden in my heart; one to see God’s people experience His power and His grace. But number two, I came with a determination in my heart to see to it that every long-standing issue; issues that have refused to give up, issues that have been there, the doors are called ancient doors but that under a certain condition, they can lift up their heads. In one minute, I’ll like you to pray:
Every long-standing issue that has refused to bow to the name of the Lord, let this be the season that it must give up over my life.
The Bible says the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. Do you know what that means? That means every time Jesus is proclaimed, what you are hearing is prophetic. That in what you are hearing is the ability to make it happen again.
So, if you hear that Jesus is healing someone, in that testimony is the faith for you to connect to make it happen again. Let me encourage you; I know that this is a house that God has so honoured with His power and testimonies, but never trivialize the manifestation of the hand of God.
Wave your hands to Jesus and thank Him by faith; a wave offering is a real offering just like the one you put in your envelope. This is not some rituals. Lord, we thank You. We wave our hands to You in honour of Your power and of Your grace in Jesus’ name.
Welcome to our Miracle Service for the month of February. Miracle Services are designed to give us the platform to experience the supernatural power of God to heal, to deliver, to set free and to bring breakthroughs.
We have maintained an understanding that while we love Jesus and while our primary focus is to learn of His ways and to grow, we must always give Him the allowance to visit His people in remarkable ways as we’ll experience tonight and bring them relief, healings, salvation and so, I want your heart to be opened. The Bible says the Word of God was preached to them but they heard the Word and did not mix it with faith and the Word did not profit them because they didn’t mix it with faith.
We are welcome in Jesus’ name.
I’m just going to give us a charge; there is so much to do tonight, we are trusting God and in my prayers to God especially today, I asked the Lord and I said “Lord, please let no one’s situation be shifted to another Miracle Service, let it end here once and for all.” But you see, you have a role to agree with me by faith. You can decide that for you, Miracle Service of May will be your own and you can be right based on your faith. But I am sure that there’s someone who is saying, this is my time and this is my season.
- May it be so for you in Jesus’ name!
We just finished a series on the supernatural and so, for those of us who are part of this vision, we are not in the dark as to the fact that God is a supernatural God and that the supernatural was designed by God to be common place for every believer; the supernatural is every believer’s heritage in Christ – a life of miracles, signs and wonders should be part of our heritage.
Jesus said, these signs shall follow those who believe. That means, believers are not supposed to be sign less or ordinary people; as you move, something should follow you and that whatever follows you are also messengers like we have taught. You are not the only one preaching; the signs and the miracles, God is with him, they say. These signs and miracles are not just following you; they are saying something. So, the supernatural is our heritage in Christ but, miracles, signs and wonders require certain spiritual atmospheres to happen.
Most times, believers want to walk in signs and wonders, believers want to walk in the miraculous; but most times, believers do not know that the supernatural is atmosphere dependent. That means the supernatural does not just happen in any atmosphere and with any atmosphere; there is a specific atmosphere that must be created. There is a combination of spiritual components that must co-exist to create the atmosphere of the supernatural. But that if and when that atmosphere is created, then nothing restrains the hand of God from reaching His people.
We learn from biology and agriculture that a seed does not grow in just any soil and any atmosphere. I had the privilege of visiting a professor and visiting his farm not too long ago and I was remarkably amazed as they did a tour for me around that farm; hectares and acres of land, superior technology, brought in a team to come and design the whole farm and I was taken somewhere where they grow vegetables in 21 days exactly; from planting to harvesting.
But I found out that they create a greenhouse system, so there is an atmosphere – they stimulate the best atmosphere that can make for that results. So, I’m saying that agriculture has taught us that it is not every atmosphere that produces the kind of miracles that we want. You can carry a seed and drop it on the ground and after one year, you will be surprised to meet that seed there.
Atmospheres speak; there are atmospheres that tell the seed, don’t grow and it remains there in obedience to that atmosphere. But the same atmosphere, you can take the same seed to another atmosphere and you watch the miracle of growth and the miracle of resurrection.
Almost every house has something called a refrigerator. What do you think the assignment of a refrigerator is? It is not just to cool whatever you put there; the refrigerator is a manager of atmospheres because whatever it is that you put in there especially if to preserve, the refrigerator is built based on a consciousness that all the bacteria and everything; they don’t just act on food, they depend on an atmosphere. So the atmosphere either avoids it or slows down drastically the activities.
There is an atmosphere that can turn raw food into cooked food. When you set your food on fire and you close it, you expect something to happen. You close the pot to create an atmosphere and something will happen under that atmosphere.
Most believers do not understand the atmosphere factor as far as the miraculous is concerned. So, there are all kinds of assumption, people just believe that God is in Heaven; He loves us, He should move and we become disappointed because we do not understand that it takes more than just the desire of God to touch you for you to be touched. There is the atmosphere component and this is what I want to teach you tonight.
There are three major components that create the atmosphere for miracles. That means, everywhere you see the manifestation of the miraculous and the supernatural in the life of an individual, especially when you see that it is a realm, it is not just an event that happens; when it becomes a realm of possibility continually, it means that that individual has been able to captured the components to create and to live under that atmosphere. The beautiful thing about the atmosphere of the miraculous is that; it does not have to remain in church here. You can find the ingredients and with the mastery of a chef, you can transport that atmosphere, not just to your house; it can live with you.
You can create your own climate so that you become a working, breathing, living manifestation of the supernatural. In 2005, I was on an extensive study on the miraculous and on signs, wonders and the glory of God particularly. I began to study the lives of the Jews because they had such profound manifestation of the glory of God as recorded in scripture, especially the Old Testament.
I wanted to study what they were taught that would cause the cloud, that Shekinah of His glory to rest with them. In fact, Moses said it this way; “do not let us depart from here if Your presence will not go with us. How shall they know that we are a people who are separated and consecrated?” and He said, my presence will go with you and because of that presence, I will give you rest.
The discoveries that I made shocked me because you see, when you watch the nation of Israel through their journey, they were not people who really had weapons of war because they were on transit. Remember that when they started their journey from Egypt, they never had the chance to stop and camp, they were sojourners until they got to the promised land and yet, they fought and many things happened.
They carried with them a formula and a climate that when the neighboring nations saw them, they were afraid. Not because of the dexterity of their soldiers; they were largely not warriors but they understood something about the atmosphere that they would carry (the Ark) and put it at the center and even when Balaam was called to come and curse them, he would stand and try to invoke a curse and it will not happen and he said, there is a formation, something about the Ark in the center has created a cloud that no speakings from whatsoever distance can reach them. He said, the shout of a King is in the midst of them.
If you can create this atmosphere; in this atmosphere, you will enjoy immunity, favour and all things supernatural. The supernatural is not limited to healings and deliverances alone; every manifestation that is beyond the realm of science and human thoughts.
So three components very quickly:
1). Genuine passion and a heart of total surrender (Matthew 11:28-29). It takes a lot to come unto Him. To come unto Him means that you realized that you are inadequate; it means that by yourself and unassisted, there’s not so much you can do.
We live in a world that is full of pride; where we are not committed to anything at all but if you must create that atmosphere of the glory and the power of God, it comes with a price and the first component is genuine passion towards God and the things of God.
God is not a herbalist, God is not a magician; God does not play games with people. If you come to Him, there must be a determination within your heart (Psalm 63:1-2).
Passion for God and total surrender; surrendering your intellect and your logic. Years ago, I listened to Benny Hinn and he made a statement that I appreciated so much, but now, having walked a bit in the miracle ministry, I can tell you I understand clearer what he was saying. He said this that in many of his meetings and every time people came for his meetings; if their attention was just on their healing or problem; most times they would not receive.
They would have to take their eyes away from the problem and focus on Jesus because for many people you see, they do not agree that God has the absolute power to help them, so they just feel God, “I don’t want You to come into every aspect, I’ll manage this one. I just want you to touch this and that” and God says, “you are either ready to get out of the way and allow me step in or you finish fighting and exhaust your pride.”
We live in a world that is largely philosophical; there is overdependence on the flesh, so when people come for a Miracle Service like this for instance, you are trusting God to reach you and open doors but from head to toe, you are full of yourself; “my certificate, my qualification, I have all these things, all I need is just a bit of anointing on it and I am on fire” and God says, No! Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD watches over a city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to wake up early in the morning, to sleep late in the night, only to eat the bread of sorrows.
To lean means when it has to do with dealing with God, do not bring your understanding to compete with Him. His realm is higher than your realm; His thoughts higher than your thoughts. Most times people come to God but they have not absolutely surrendered.
“Lord, I am here so that You will lift me. It is not my assignment to tell You how. If I could help myself, I will not need to come to You.”
Don’t sit down and you are saying, Lord lift me and your mind has held NNPC, that is not how God lifts. Trust Him enough to get out of the way;
“How You will do it oh God, I do not know but I know that I am in Your presence, let the Lifter lift me.”
Overdependence on our intellects and philosophies will always corrupt that atmosphere for the miraculous. Many times, when I’m praying, preparing for any meeting especially the Miracle Service, sometimes God will usually open me to visions of what is going to happen or sometimes, I just get pictures of people’s cases and the rest, but I prepare my sermon, I do my due diligence but I never come to stand here with just an over calculation of this. He is the Lord of hosts and when I come after my preparation, I am completely yielded to Him; to move as He wills.
You see, I don’t know except it is revealed to me, I cannot know what is wrong with you and I cannot know the area of desperation and need and it is pride to stand in the way of the One who knows. In fact, it is wickedness, not just pride; I’m trying to help you but I am ignorant There is the One who know exactly where to touch you and now, I’ll not let Him touch you and sometimes, you can be the limitation yourself because you can think this is what you need but from the mind of God, what you need is totally different. It is up to you to say, “Lord, I truly believe that You can visit me.”
There are times you can have pain and you may go to the doctor with the arrogance of an amateur and almost guessing and you can say; “doctor, I’m sure it is this thing” and the doctor laughs at you and at your ignorance and tests you and tells you something totally different and say that is what is wrong with you but you are feeling another symptoms and yet the doctor from a professional standpoint; you think it is a financial problem; open up your heart and let God visit you. Allow God to interpret your situation to you.
The first atmosphere is that atmosphere of total surrender; “Lord, I have come before You.” Why do you surrender to Him? You surrender to allow His Wisdom go before you; to allow Him be the One to truly interpret what you need. Some of you in all honesty, as you are seated right now, you cannot truly articulate what is wrong with you; you can only tell the symptoms of what is wrong with you -“my money has been hanging for five months, could it really be a financial issue?
My health has been having a problem, could it really be a health issue? – let’s find out. So, if I am here right now and the Holy Spirit says, “everybody stand up and start jumping around and dancing.” As stupid as it is, that’s exactly what I am going to do. It does not make sense to me but you have to understand that I am not the one doing it. He is the One who knows what is wrong with you.
I’ve never stand on stage ministering to God’s people and then close that door to the Wisdom of the Spirit. I am aware of how limited and how very ignorant I am as far as having the full capacity to help God’s people is concerned. You have come because you believe in Jesus and you believe in me and I am grateful for that trust but let me tell you, unassisted, I’m only wasting your time. I can only share scriptures and say, let’s pray.
Do you know what it takes to stand from here and begin to make declarations over someone’s life and like that, doors are opening? You are intelligent, can a man do that unassisted? No! But I am happy to inform you that I am not alone here
2). Deep heartfelt worship.
“Apostle, I am not a musician” but you want solutions? Can I tell you; if you are not a worshipper, there are certain dimensions and certain levels of the atmosphere of the miraculous that your life will not command.
A worshipper is not just one who sings; a worshipper is one whose life, words and then singing creates that atmosphere for the Presence of God to be made manifest. Singing is only a tool.
You can sing and you are a singer and a musician and yet, not a worshipper. True worship starts from the heart. True worship is a response, a revelation; you know who God is (2 Chronicles 5:11).
I’ve walked with God a bit, let me teach you how to neutralize the negative atmospheres; introduce an atmosphere of deep, heartfelt, presence carrying worship, not senseless songs that don’t carry any atmosphere. There are songs that were written by people who were just ambitious; I’m talking of atmospheres that carry fire.
3). Your faith in God and your faith in the vessel He uses is the third key that connects you supernaturally to the power of God.
Now, I want to minister deliverance by the power of God. What is deliverance?
It is a separation between you and the obstacle, it does not necessarily have to be a spirit; most times, it is a spirit. Most of us, there are spirits that are backing many symptoms we call problems.
The symptoms are there but let me tell you, it is not just the financial or marital or whatever problem, most times there are spirits that are backing them. Deliverance is simply asking the landlord to claim ownership; when you see empty houses that are unoccupied, people can come and squat there temporarily but when the owner of the house comes and he wants to find his place, every squatter will go out.
- I decree and declare by the anointing that breaks the yoke, by the Spirit of grace; every family and all our viewers from across the globe, if there be any entity that is not of Christ causing all kinds of problems; powers of witchcraft, powers in the air, territorial spirits sitting upon the destinies of men; in the name of Jesus, release their destinies now!
- I curse the spirit of delay; delay in destiny, delay of the manifestation of the hand of God upon your life in the name of Jesus Christ!
- Everything that makes for shame and reproach, they come under arrest now!
- Everyone here involved in business of any sort and it looks like the devil has held on to you, I bring you victory and liberty!
- If there is anything that has taken away your identity in the realm of the spirit, because your identity is what distinguishes you; in the name of Jesus Christ, let there be restoration now!
- Father, visit families; may Your fire and anointing burn off altars that are speaking against the glorious destinies of families. I
decree and declare that every family represented here that is under any siege, I release their destinies now in the name of Jesus!
Why is the healing ministry important?
Because man is spirit and every spirit resides legally in a body if it is to function in the earth here and for as long as you have a body, you have the legitimate ground; the authorization to function within the earth. Whatever deteriorate your body to a point where it no longer becomes functional, it is administering death to you because there is a threshold level of health that your body must have for your spirit to be able to safely reside within it.
The assignment of satan is to ultimately lead you to that point of separation by deteriorating your health condition. It can come in any form. So, when your health is damaged beyond a certain threshold, what happens to you? Satan now ensures that your body is separated from your spirit. So every time we minister healing, it is a way of preserving your life, so that you will have that body to be able the serve the purposes of God.
Except through understanding, as you age and as time passes, because of the wear and tear of this body, naturally, medical people begin to tell us that you’ll begin to see certain things and I have found out that about the most common of these things, for men – prostrate, high blood pressure, paralysis and all of that. But I want to believe that the Word of God becomes the definition for your life.
In one of the visions that I had as God began to release me into the ministry, I saw that I was in a place and it was like the hospitals were closed, like a curfew but then there were people lying down, some sick, some lifeless; just littered across an open space and I was outside and I saw them, I felt very terrible and irritated by their conditions and they were looking up to me and it was in the night and it look like these people were hoping that I will do something and I heard a voice, that voice spoke to me and He said, “to heal them” and that is what opened me up to the healing ministry; I really believe in the power of Jesus to heal. He heals; He healed yesterday, He’s healing now and He will heal forever. The healing ministry is one of the cardinal components that put the power of God on display.
- Everyone here who has any blood condition; every stranger in your blood that should not be there, in the name of Jesus, I flush them out now! Be healed right now!
- Migraine headaches, be healed now!
- Every damaged organ in your body, we declare a brand-new organ now!
- Every eye condition, I command your eyes to be opened now!
- Every blood condition; HIV, hepatitis, sugar diabetics, severe waist pain; be healed now!
- Prophetically, I lay my hands on every point of your contact and I declare; I command them to bring back joyful testimonies for you!
- Every closed door over you, I stand by the power of the prophetic and I command those doors to be opened now!
- Everyone trusting God for a job, in the name of Jesus Christ, we shift every space that needs to be shifted and we create space for you!
- For those who are holding legal documents, if there is anything against you; in the name of Jesus, we plead mercy!
The whole of the month of March, we are going to be dealing with the subject of Deliverance, Demonology and Spirit warfare. By the grace of God, God is going to be opening our eyes, there is a lot of ignorance in the Body of Christ as to the operation of demons, foundations, yokes, destinies, the mystery of the blood; how to command and walk in perpetual victory. So, the entire month of March, we are going to be dealing with this extensively. God is going to be giving us explanations and He will be making sense out of the things around our lives.