Think Big: The Battle of the Mind

If your mind cannot contain enlargement, then you can’t accept enlargement. The fight for prosperity begins with your mind.

 3 John 3:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as you soul prospers.

Your “soul” is your “mind, will and emotions”.

“You cannot go beyond what your mind cannot take. You cannot rise above what you do not know” – Pastor Austyn

Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.


Isaiah 54:2 –  Make the place of your tent larger, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare, lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes;

 

It is the desire of God that you be prosperous. The man Isaac (in the Bible) began to prosper continuously.

 

Ask God for the grace of continuous prosperity. Can your mind handle the enlargement?

 

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 


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Do not have a defeatist mentality. You will continue to believe until you see results.

God in His heart wants to see you succeed.

 

Joshua 1:1-3, 8 1 And it happened after the death of Moses the servant of Jehovah, Jehovah spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, 2 My servant Moses is dead. Now, therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people to the land which I give to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, I have given that to you, as I said to Moses.

8 This book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it by day and by night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall act wisely.

 


Enlargement is a continuous journey. Joshua’s mind had to be reprogrammed after God told him that His servant Moses was dead because now God wanted to use Joshua for a great destiny.

 

You need to rise above that level where God makes you the Head and you believe it so that you can extract the goodness, the favour and enlargement.

If you have the mindset that you possess the increase, you can receive it. It’s your responsibility to work on pursuing prosperity.

 

You must love the Word of God (The Bible). If you want to enjoy unhindered prosperity, you must love this book called the Bible.


 

Proverbs 4:1-2 1 Sons, hear the instruction of a father, and listen in order to know understanding. 2 For I give you good teaching; do not forsake my law.

Proverbs 4:21 -23 21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all his flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.


Spiritual warfare


If you believe God’s Word, it will become your reality.

Whose report shall you believe? You shall believe in the report of the Lord.

What is programming your mind? Is it the Word of God or the philosophies of this world?

Guard your mind with the Word of God.

“There are churches that lose its power when it’s all about political correctness rather than spiritual correctness.” – Pastor Austyn

You have to be persuaded by the Word of God. 


Philippians 3:13 – My brothers, I do not count myself to have taken possession, but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind and reaching forward to the things before,

Until you change your mindset, certain things will not come to you until you do. Until your mind is transformed, you cannot go to the next level. It is indeed a battle field that you must fight the good fight of faith in your mind. Meditate on the Word and observe to do what is written.

Faith without actions is dead.

You observe what is written and then do what it says you should do.


James 2:18-24– 18 But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith from my works. 19 You believe that there is one God, you do well; even the demons believe and tremble. 20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Do you see how faith worked with his works, and from the works faith was made complete? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness, and he was called the friend of God.” 24 You see then how a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.


Why are believers not acting on what they believe? It is because they do not do the work that is required of Faith to move to the next level.

You must be willing to re-position yourself to become relevant. If you don’t believe in relevancy than you cannot increase and become relevant. There is no spiritual substitute for life and skills.


 

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Abraham was justified by works. It takes action to get results. Your actions will also expose to you who your enemies are in order to function strategically in the course of your life.

There are Christians who have faith and can look at someone and believe for their healing and deliverance, but when it comes to money and finances, they don’t have the faith in that area because it requires “WORK”.

Think Big and don’t think small. Peter acted in faith when Jesus told him to cast his net back in the water despite the fact that he was an experienced fisherman. But because he believed in the Word of Jesus to throw his net back in once again after trying so many times before, he obtained increase.

“Faith + Work is equal to results” – Pastor Austyn

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Understanding Your Adversary: Remain Focused and Don’t Get Distracted

If you want to be successful in life, you have to move by principle, and I mean by Godly principles that can be best understood through the life of Jesus. Jesus shows us so many examples of how we ought to live, so take a look at this on your own and do some soul searching as you pursue greatness in your life. Amen!


Luke 4:1-13 (NKJV) – Satan Tempts Jesus

4 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a] the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

But Jesus answered him, saying,[b] “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”[c]

Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him[d] all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

And Jesus answered and said to him, Get behind Me, Satan![e] For[f] it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”[g]

temptation-christ.jpgThen he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you,’

11 and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”[h]

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’[i]

13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.


John 16:33 NIV

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.


When you are pressing through for your blessings in life, when you are in pursuit of elevation or promotion, and going to the next level, you must understand that there is a battle you face against your destiny. This battle is against the adversary (the devil).

You have to understand who your adversary is and how he operates in order to overcome his schemes.

We are praying and fasting not as a religious exercise, but as a spiritual exercise to develop emotional strength, wisdom, discernment in order to grow in knowledge, power and Faith to achieve desired results.  It takes a lot of work to remain focused, and through prayer and fasting is where your spirit becomes sharpened to deal with things ahead of you that you would not have seen had you not prayed and fasted.

It’s time to understand what it is that you are dealing with when you are in pursuit of elevation in your life.


In Luke 4:2 – Jesus was tempted for 40 days and nights by the devil this means that your enemies do not rest until they take you down. Christians are sleeping while their enemies are plotting for their downfall day and night. You cannot afford to take on a passive approach in your daily affairs when the enemies of your destiny do not rest until they have achieved the destruction of your destiny.

Matthew 17:21

However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

My question to you is, are you still sleeping?


1372260154_Temptation_of_ChristIn Luke 4:3 – The devil undermines Jesus by mocking him and attempting to see if Jesus has an area of pride to prove himself and test his loyalties – Do not get suckered into this. You will have people who will mock what you are about and will attempt to get you to prove your self-worth by provoking you to prove who you are in an arrogant way. This provocation is really just a method to get you to act out of pride and arrogance which can turn people off who could potentially be your destiny helpers. Be still and know that this can cause you to sin and do something outside the will of God if you get suckered into proving your identity and self-worth just because someone mocked you. Try not to be moved by the provocation of your enemies who rile you up to puff yourself up with pride and arrogance to cause you to miss opportunities with people who want to help you move to the next level.


In Luke 4:4 – Jesus didn’t need to prove himself –  He already knew who he was and therefore responded with dignity and grace and told the devil plainly that “listen, you…I know what you’re trying to get me to prove but I’ll tell you something, you need to remember what Your Creator (God) has said and commanded you to do” (this is my paraphrasing what has happened) and therefore, Jesus turned the conversation around to pinpoint the enemy’s lack of obedience to do what the Lord has commanded all creation to do and that is to live by every Word of God. The Devil could not come with a good come back on that point because he knows very well how rebellious he is to God the Father. This is where Christians need to learn to order their conversations right. Just because someone is undermining you doesn’t mean that it gives you the license to respond with contempt. Learn to wisen up and respond with wisdom and grace. Order your conversations right and act with humility.


Jesus-TemptationIn Luke 4:5-7 – The devil takes Jesus to a high place and claims that he has authority over all the things that any man/woman would desire to have and that if he works and acknowledges the devil by giving him praise, he could have a share of what he has as well as a promise to this allegiance – Listen, do not be fooled by people who try to trick you out of your rightful place of promotion by getting you to side with them and work for them like a gopher to make them look good. I am not talking about rightful submission to authority here. I’m talking about those who scheme to get you to undermine the right authority by causing you to take a side that is rebellious in nature in order to achieve gains and/or promotion by dishonest means.

To take this into context, try and imagine this: Have you ever been in a workplace where a supervisor undermines the authority of the manager who you report to and gets co-workers to side with the supervisor in order to gang up together to attempt to overthrow and get the manager fired so that they can take the manager’s place by bribing people into being disobedient through lies and slander (accusations) in order to receive promotion at the promises that the supervisor makes as a form of a pact, or allegiance. “If you do this for me, I’ll help you get the promotion you deserve…”


The devil attempted to do the same thing with Jesus. But how did Jesus respond?  

In Luke 4:8 – Jesus told Satan to get behind him – Sometimes you need people to get behind you so that you don’t lose focus on what’s ahead of you.You can shove such people who are there to distract you “one side to the back” (a Nigerian saying) if they are in your face. Jesus refused to entertain the conniving nature of his enemy to be disobedient to the True authority Jesus submits to, which is God the Father. In the same way, you may face people in life who will try to get you to be rebellious and cause you to attack the leadership, to undermine and scheme against the heads of your company or church and overthrow managers to steal their places of authority by dishonest actions and slander. This also is a test of where your loyalties lie.


God does not approve of rebellion in any fashion, so why should you side with the devil and become associated with the oppressor? You will find that those that help such conniving people become a slave to the oppressor who never intended to fulfill their blanket lies and promises. Children of God, it is important to understand the meaning of submission to the right authority. Where do your loyalties lie? Do not entertain people that get you to rebel. You will find a tight noose around your neck if you fall for such schemes in your life. This is a trick the adversary uses every time to get you into bondage. Be wise to rebuke those who attempt to get you to undermine the leadership in your church, your workplace, your family or in any other area of your life. You will preserve your soul if you understand the meaning of submission.


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In Luke 4:9-11 – The devil attempts yet again for Jesus to prove himself, but in this time, he wants Jesus to take a huge risk to prove that his identity is indeed the “Son of God” based on his qualifications – Sometimes your enemies will be able to guess and see where you are heading in your destiny, and they will try to trick you into proving yourself quickly by taking a high and unnecessary risk just to prove that you are indeed what they suspect you are in your journey of life. They entice you to seek recognition concerning your identity and abilities by pursuing to get noticed in the wrong way.


Do not be fooled into seeking recognition for the wrong purpose. This will undermine your integrity.

Let us take an example to understand what is going on here:  Say for example, you know that you are good at public speaking and your boss acknowledges it and has given you the responsibility to be his speech writer. You are then invited to listen to your boss speak at a function but a co-worker thinks it is unfair that you aren’t being acknowledged for the numerous speeches that you have written for your boss to speak. This co-worker then tells you, to hijack the function and embarrass your boss by letting everyone know that you wrote that speech for him and that your boss doesn’t know how to do speeches without your help. By doing this, it is assumed that people will give you praise and acknowledge you for your skills and this will draw away the attention from your boss and put you in the spotlight. But the catch is, if you listen to your sly co-worker’s advice, you will find out by the very next day that you are fired and without a job because you undermined your integrity by undermining your boss in your pursuit of recognition for promotion.

Do not be provoked into seeking recognition and acknowledgement the wrong way.

The adversary is always provocative, and malicious in what they try to get you to do in order to miss the mark in your destiny.


How did Jesus respond to that provocation?

In Luke 4:12 – Jesus responded by rebuking the devil and telling him you can’t tempt me to go outside the will of God. In the same way, if anybody attempts to get you to seek recognition in the wrong way, you should tell them where to go and not bother you because you want to hold on to this beautiful thing called INTEGRITY! Do not allow people to cause you to miss opportunities for advancement by making you undermine authority, and doing things dishonestly in order to achieve promotion or elevation. Smarten up and do not give room for nonsense.


In Luke 4:13 – The devil departed from Jesus after tempting him for the last time and will wait for another opportune time to tempt him again to go outside the will of God – Your enemies will try and try again to get you to do something wrong that will make you miss the mark. Sin is defined as “missing the mark”. You don’t want to miss the mark in your destiny, so as we pray and fast, seek God to give you wisdom to know what to do, strength to withstand temptations to do something outside the will of God concerning your life, discernment to identify who your enemies of your destiny are, knowledge to handle every situation with God’s grace, and the will to remain focused on the goal without being distracted.


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You need God to help you with every attack that may come from the enemies of your destiny. It is not “if” the enemy comes that you need God’s help, it’s “when”. You will face obstacles; you will face trials but you must determine within yourself to hold onto your integrity. Jesus demonstrates that you can strengthen yourself through prayer and fasting to face such schemes that occur in your life. This battle is won when you operate in the realm of the Spirit of God. Your own might and power is not sufficient to handle each attack that comes your way. Seek God and He will show you the way to gain success the right way. Put your Faith and Trust in God.


Zechariah 4:6

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.


Don’t make prayer and fasting a religious exercise, it is your spiritual warfare weapon for success.

Philippians 3:12-16 – Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

 

 

Enlargement Requires Endurance for Increase

James 1:2-8 – Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

When you seek enlargement you will face trials and temptations.

  • Verse 3 – Testing your Faith produces perseverance;
  • Verse 4 Perseverance causes you to mature and become complete as a person, not lacking anything

make things happenWhat is Perseverance?

  1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
  2. Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

 

  • Verse 5 If you lack something, this is where you ask God for wisdom and He will provide it to you. You have not if you ask not (James 4:1-3)

 

  • Verses 6-8 – When you ask you must believe and not doubt
    • If you doubt, you will not receive anything from the Lord
    • Such a person is classified as a double-minded man unstable in all that they do
      • They are neither here nor there;
      • You can consider such a person to be a lukewarm individual. They are neither hot or cold and worthy of being spat out (Revelations 3:16).

 

focus-on-your-goalIf we seek Increase and Enlargement we must be groomed for it.

Look at Joseph in the Bible. He was a slave, a servant, a prisoner and then eventually after all those trials and tests he endured, he eventually became a prime minister (2nd in command) in all of Egypt under Pharaoh. He was groomed through those tests and trials and endured humiliation, temptation, disappointment and discouragement that could have made him lose focus off of his dream, that he would one day rule over his family.

 


You will require – Integrity, Wisdom, Maturity in Faith and application of your faith through Action.

You must understand that Faith requires you to listen, and then do what you hear.

 Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


df97a7852398fe9ae1ff346a811f53bcJames 1:19 – 25 – Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

  • Verse 19 – Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger – A person who lacks self-control is unable to listen nor take advice, is argumentative, unwilling to obey instruction and therefore becomes unteachable. This verse highlights how pride can get in the way of doing what you have heard and been instructed to do, not on just a biblical basis, but also on practical basis with what you do in your everyday life.
  • Verse 20 – anger does not produce a right attitude that the Lord wants us to have
  • Verse 21 – get rid of the arrogance in order to obtain the promises of God that is contained in His Word which should be planted in you if you believe. What you ultimately believe in, is what you end up becoming.
  • Verse 22 – do not be just a listener of instructions, do what you have been told to do. You must apply what you learn and put your faith into action.

Example: It’s like learning how to swim, you can be told verbally what to do in the water, but simply hearing the instructions and then not applying those instructions into action are of no effect for you if you don’t get into the water to practice what you have been taught to do.


Those that practice doing what they hear (or have been instructed to do), will eventually become experts in what they repeatedly do and elevate to new levels from being just a beginner to a professional standard. This is how God wants us to apply our Faith in life. You may be a beginner at first, but you can only increase when you continue doing something repeatedly by practicing your faith and putting it into action.


 

  • Focus ConceptVerses 23 – 24 – If you do not put the instructions given to you into practice, you will forget and will therefore become useless and undependable to anyone’s standard. No one wants to waste time with someone who cannot follow basic instructions. Laziness is a vice to your quest for increase.
  • Verse 25 – Those that act on and obey instructions will be rewarded in all that they do. Any teacher enjoys a student dutifully practicing what they have learned in the classroom and attempting to apply what they have learned into action. Those that practice continuously on the basis of that instruction will be able to move to new levels and new heights.

Yes, you will face adversity from others who will be jealous of where you are going, but the first hurdle of adversity that you must conquer is yourself.

No one can make you act on faith. No one can force you to listen to basic instructions, no one can cause you to move and apply what you have learned into action. These things are non-transferable responsibilities. If you cannot change your pattern of behavior and thinking to match what it says in God’s Word, you will not go anywhere if you yield to the temptation of laziness.

The just shall live by faith, however, the slothful shall die by inaction.

Therefore, choose life, and life more abundant if you want to get to the next level.


 

John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

Focus on what’s in front of you rather than dwelling on what is irrelevant and behind you.

45e84cbcf7c40a80e0dcb61a63403c08Philippians 3:11-13 (NKJV)

11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

You cannot move forward if you have the old-mindset. Think big, focus ahead, move forward towards the goal. Do not allow yourself to get distracted from what is happening around you. Be like Joseph who focused on his dream. Be determined and remain focused. You can achieve great things when you have God by your side. Remember what the Bible says about you. When you are weak, focus on the Word that tells you “you are strong”.

Ephesians 6:10

[ The Whole Armor of God ] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

 

 

 

Enlargement is a Command to Multiply the Seed Given by the Supplier

Isaiah 54:2 – “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.

If you want increase in your life, you have to allow yourself to stretch out like a tent and be challenged to stand your ground with the Word of God as your foundation.

Genesis 1: 27-31

27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

  • God commands man to multiply meaning we have everything we need inside of us to increase and grow.
  • God creates the environment for increase by providing you the ingredients that have a multiplication ability through the power of the Seed.
  • When God wants to increase you, He creates an environment that promotes:
    • enlargement,
    • Increase, and
    • Multiplication

meaning that you can double the outcome with the effort you place in applying your faith to increase in any area of your life.


Matthew 25: 14- 30 (NIV)

The Parable of the Bags of Gold (aka The Parable of the Talents)

In the NKJV vs. 14 says… “For the kingdom of heaven is like….

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went talents-600.jpgon his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


What do you learn from this parable?

  • The master is the one who supplied the servants with what they needed to increase. This is exactly like what God did for Adam and Eve in Genesis 1.
  • 2 of them obeyed the command from their master who was also their supplier of that increase and put their faith into action and achieved double for their work since faith comes with works.0c55d70b1d30164516901120e5a32265
  • Faith comes by hearing, and then doing what you hear.
  • The reward for obedience is that for those that multiplied what they were given shared in the masters increase (meaning they were able to keep what they had multiplied and not only that, they were elevated to a new level of responsibility meaning that they achieved promotion).
  • Why did they achieve promotion?
  • They were trusted with a small task to increase what they were given, and then they achieved a double outcome, they were promoted to new ranks.
  • Enlargement comes when you obey the command to multiply what you are given.
  • If you do nothing with the task that is given to you, you will remain either stagnant or you will not only be demoted, you will lose every area of responsibility and be fired without a job to do. That is why the Bible warns those who are lazy that the very little that they have will be taken away from them if they do not obey the command to put their faith into action to increase what they are given.

 

Have you ever been at work and seen your boss give you a project to do with a team and only a few members of that team produce results with the task given while others do nothing assuming that they can just take credit for work they did not even put any effort to do. In the business world, that is unacceptable and it is the same with God. God rewards those that put their faith to work rather than remain lazy and still expecting a reward for doing absolutely nothing.

 

  • Why is this so important to understand? In all your getting you must get understanding.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (NKJV)

Remember the Lord Your God

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.


The command to multiply means that there is an obedience factor. The instructions you are willing to obey will determine the miracle you are willing to receive.

  • God will give you a command to multiply what He gives you.
  • God will test your obedience and your willingness to put your faith at work
  • Those that obey what they hear receive a reward
  • That reward comes from obeying God’s Word.
  • Those that live by the Word prosper
  • God assess us by our hearts and what we think in our hearts is what we end up becoming.
  • If we believe that there is no need to work our faith like the disobedient servant that buried the talents/bags of gold, we will deserve nothing.

Those that do nothing, deserve nothing.

Those that sow nothing, get nothing,

Those that disobey instruction, reap corruption;

and that is why there will be a gnashing of teeth and a great weeping.

 


James 2:14-17

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.


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If you want to enlargement:

  • you need to work with what you’ve got.
  • Do not be jealous of your brother or sister that have 5 talents, 2 talents or even one Talent. You have something that God gave you, so work with the abilities that God has given you to increase.
  • Every measure that ever person has, has the ability to double if you just believe.
  • God (Who is the supplier) gives people according to their abilities and what you do with the little He provides you with will determine whether you will receive double the favour in your life.
  • Remember, if you do nothing you receive nothing. But if you apply faith with the little that you’ve got, you will receive double for your trouble. Faith is the key.

The Cost of Going to the Next Level

Everything on the face of the earth has a cost.

Count-the-costThere is a cost for:

  1. Unbelief
  2. the anointing; and
  3. the cost of going to the next level

The month of May is a month where you will have to expand

 

Genesis 32:26 – And He said, Let Me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let You go except You bless me.

 

You need to go to the next level because this is your season to expand.

 

Isaiah 54:2-4 – 2 “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.

 

“You need to have a rhetoric that causes you to believe that you need to expand. If you don’t believe it you will not increase.” – Pastor Austyn

 


0c55d70b1d30164516901120e5a32265Do you want to go to the next level?

 

There is a price to the next level.

If you are not willing to pay the price to go to the next level, then you will not go to the next level.

There is a price to enjoy the next level.

 

The farmer has a seed. He has a choice of either eating the seed or sowing that seed. If he chooses to eat that seed, he will not go to the next level, because after he has eaten it, there will be no harvest. It does not come with ease.

 

“Do not be deceived by the “name it and claim it syndrome”. It’s not in the naming that you receive your blessing; it’s in the price that you are willing to pay to get to the next level.” – Pastor Austyn

 

Abraham left a legacy. Isaac, Jacob, Abraham were remembered for what? What will you be remembered for?

 

In your quest to go to the next level, what are you leaving behind?

 

Genesis 26:18-2618 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.

19 Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek,[a] because they quarreled with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah.[b] 22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth,[c] because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba. 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” 25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army.


The Meaning of the 3 wells:

 

  1. Esek – the well of “Contention” (Genesis 26:20)

water_well_wallpaper_rn5g0Your next level will be contended with. There will be a fight with your friend or foe for your expansion. Something will be there to stop you from going to the next level. Isaac understood this and did not back down.  There is a grace that comes upon you when you seek to pursue the next level. People will frustrate, malign you, be jealous of you and will fight you, but you have to persevere. You have to pray a price for the next level. Jesus paid the price – he was bruised, humiliated, tortured and killed to set you free. Are you willing to contend for your blessing?

 

  1. Sitnah – the well of “Opposition” (Genesis 26:21)

You will face opposition. You have to forget those things that are behind you and press forward towards the goal to the upward call of Jesus Christ in your life. There is something inside of you that says that “you refuse to remain the same”.

 

  1. Rehoboth – the well of “Broad Places” (Genesis 26:22)

You will make room for your enlargement. Enlarge your thinking, and thing big. As a man thinketh in their heart, so is he.  (Isaiah 54:2). Do not withdrawal, do not give up. Have this “I can do it mentality”.


 

thThe most difficult race to run is the race of the believer. You must put in the work for your blessings and believe God, and have the faith to work out what you believe.

 

Genesis 32:26 – And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”

 

You may have to fight all night for your destiny (through prayer). You shouldn’t let God go until He blesses you.  You will find a “kind” that you will have to fight for this kind does not go except through prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29).


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During this Fast, when others are eating you will say no, you want to remain focused. It’s a cost. When others are tired of praying you say no, because you will pray.

 

When you sow in tears, you will reap in joy. You have to be tenacious. You should not quit.

The cost of the anointing, and the cost of unbelief.

 

What are you willing to pay?

Christianity is a fight.

 Jabez sought to enlarge his territory. He prayed to God and received increase. Jabez was a mockery to others but when he sought God, he received his breakthrough and received blessings that overtook his expectations.

 

There is a difference between being free, and being free indeed. You can be enslaved and be set free but still have a slave mentality. When you are free indeed, you receive your breakthrough and increase. You receive results when you are free indeed and no longer carry the slave mentality. You will see no limits and break barriers.

 

1 Chronicles 4:10 –  And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

 

When you increase, there are certain things and people that you must let go. The next level is not for everybody. It is for those who are committed and determined to pay the price.

 

1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child;  but when I became a man, It t I put away childish things.

 

The next level means you must let go of certain things. It takes time to get results. When you work out your faith, it carries results. Christianity is a way of life.


 

The 2 keys to going to the next level are:

 

  1. Obedience to Instruction

Genesis 26:2-5 –Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

  1. Taking Action

Genesis 26:12 – Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.


 

“The instructions you are willing to obey, will determine the miracle you are willing to receive.” – Pastor Austyn.


 

The next level comes with instructions and obedience. 

  • You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 

  • You must have that belief and mentality that you may be challenged, but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 

  • Believe in the next level. The month of May is your month of the next level.

 

  • God is not a man that He will lie to you, nor is he the son of Man that he should repent. That which He said, is what He will do.

 

God will make room for you as your persevere against the opposition (Genesis 26:21-22).

 

“The desire of the next level must outweigh the pain of going to the next level.” – Pastor Austyn

Anointing for Elevation Pt. 2

“The anointing is what you need to run your life. If you do not have the anointing, you will live a life of struggle.” – Pastor Austyn

  • anointed2As a believer you need to live with the anointing.
  • The Anointing locates you.
  • The anointing doesn’t not care what land you are in. It is there to bless you.
  • The anointing brings increase.
  • The anointing is what distinguishes you.
  • It hits your mind, body and spirit.
  • It guides you in everything that you do and people will do you good.
  • The anointing changes you and your mind is renewed by the anointing.

Romans 12:2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


 

You must be in a relationship with God in order to engage the anointing.

The anointing is an oil that’s on the presence in the life of that believer that establishes the kingdom of God.

Do not be ashamed of the gospel. The anointing comes in various degrees.


What is the Anointing?

Anointing means to put oil or dedicate to the service of God.

The Greek word Khristos for Christ means “anointed one”.


 

Psalm 92:10 – But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.


 

Mark 9:23 – Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”


 

Do not declare the negative from your mouth. The moment you speak, you create life in those words. Order your conversations right. If you speak that you will live in abundance, you will call into being what it is that you have declared.

God is indispensable and you need Him in order to flow in the Anointing.

The anointing wants to bless you, increase you and advance you.

People have many misplaced priorities but you have to put God first.

Whenever you face pressure, God will turn it into favour.

You have to believe God and the anointing is what causes Him to come on time for you when you relate to Him.

Whatever you are facing right now, you will see an anointing for you to change and relocate you, trace you, translate you and cause you to overcome.

The Anointing takes you from being a nobody to a somebody just like David.


Anointing requires responsibility.

“God rebrands you through the anointing. God is a God of relationship.  What you have gone through with God will determine what access is granted in your life. Anointing comes in stages.” – Pastor Austyn


Psalm 23:5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Isaiah 1:19 – If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;


The instructions you are willing to obey will determine the miracle that you will received.


 

003-elijah-widow300x2251 Kings 17:9-15 – “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

010-elijah-widow300x22513 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”

15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.


 

The anointing is not interested in your today. It is interested in your tomorrow. The God of Tomorrow showed up for the woman in Zaraphath.

If God showed up for her, what more is He willing to do for you?

The Anointing protects and sustains you in your destiny.


 

Here is a song by William McDowell feat. Blanca from Group 1 Crew called Closer/Wrap Me in Your Arms . May this song bless your spirit today.

 

Because God Said So – Pastor Monica

 

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Ask God for proper direction.

If we had everything ahead of time, we wouldn’t need faith. – Pastor Monica

God doesn’t want us to be robots; He wants to be in relationship with us.

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

Some people pray for God to give them husbands and wives when they see that “time is running out”, but why wait until a later time to pray when you can pray before the time is over?

We have fear for the things we do not know and that is why we require FAITH.

If you are hoping for something, you have to believe.

We say that we believe in God but even the devil believes in God.

Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.


When you approach God remember these 3 things:

  1. Without faith it is impossible to please Him
  1. He who comes to God must believe that He is (v.6)

You have to believe that God exists because even the devil and demons believe and tremble at His voice.

When you believe in Him, you have to have a relationship with God. The devil believes but he does not have a relationship with God.

  1. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him

 There is a difference between those who simply believe and those that diligently seek Him. Those that seek God, obtain results.


Understand the heart of the Giver.

 The kind gift you give someone determines the kind of relationship you have with someone. – Pastor Monica

Some people give gifts out of obligation and not out of love.

obeying-god-01-1If you give out of love, you would try to find out what that person likes.

In the same way with God, if you want to give or do something for Him, you must first try to find out what it is He likes.

Kids send letters to Santa Claus expecting a gift. Santa Claus doesn’t exist and yet some children expect to receive a gift in return by simply asking for what they want by sending a letter to the North Pole.

For us, our God exists and sometimes we approach God in the same manner. We ask expecting God to give us simply because we asked Him for that blessing but sometimes we ask God for things amiss.


Where does our Faith come from?

 Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Do not base your belief system but the word of a human being, by science or the circumstances of your life. If you do that, you don’t have a base (foundation). You have to base your belief system on the Word of God.

 Seeking is not the same as praying.

If you don’t purpose to have a Relationship with God, then how can you actually know Him?

 Who is God to you?

People are so busy serving God that they don’t have time for God. Whatever you do, do it unto the Lord.


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Genesis 22:1-12

Abraham’s Faith Confirmed

 22 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad[a]and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”


Where do we place God? Abraham is the father of Faith. He believed God to the very end. The question is do we believe God to the very end?

Abraham received his promise which was Isaac and yet God tested Abraham’s faith by sending him to sacrifice his only promised son to whom he had waited to receive after such a long period had past.

What did Abraham choose to do? Abraham did what God told him to because He said so.

God may ask you to do difficult things, and you might be the first one to question His voice wonder “Did I hear correctly? Did God really say…?” and binding the devil, but you have to listen to what God has said and act by FAITH.

 People want direction to prosper but will you do what God asks you to do when He gives you instructions?

As people, we are always on the look out for the details before obeying an instruction, but that is not faith.  God doesn’t care about your logic, He cares about your faith.

Genesis 22:5 – And Abraham said to his young men, You stay here with the ass. And I and the boy will go on to this way and worship, and come again to you.

When you are on your journey of faith just like Abraham was, there comes a point where you have to drop some people and they cannot go with you.

Abraham had to do that and left his servants when he was heading to the mountain of Moriah to do what God had told him to do, which was to sacrifice his son Isaac. You do not have the time to bring people who will stop you from obeying what you have heard God say to you.

When you are asking “God where are you?” and He is silent, that is because you haven’t arrived at the place where He needs to speak to you again.

Ask yourself, will you continue on with the journey of Faith when God is silent?

Not everything that is going on in your life must be broadcasted to the world for others to listen. Learn to keep somethings to yourself out of wisdom.

Have a relationship with God. When you have a relationship with God, it is then that you will know what to give to Him.

What Gift do you give God who has everything? Your FAITH is what you can give Him because that is the gift that keeps on giving.


What does your faith do for you?

Do not pray out of necessity, do it because you love Him and because you want to do it. Don’t do things out of routine, do things with a purpose, do it because you want to and do things out of faith.

We ask God amiss because we do not understand the heart of the Giver (God). If we knew who the Giver was, we wouldn’t ask for things in prayer amiss.

 The more you pray, is the more you realize how much of God you need. – Pastor Monica


Here is a song by Chris Tomlin called I Will Follow. May this song bless your spirit today.