Dearly Beloved, it’s such a joy to be with you once again on this wonderful Sunday morning. Thank God for His goodness and faithfulness. He kept us through the past week, defended us, shielded us, gave us the victory, and here we are once again; Thank You Jesus. This morning, I’ve come to ask you, whose report do you believe? Do you believe you are who God says you are, do you believe that His promises are yours, or do you believe what situations and challenges are saying to you? While preaching during the just concluded conference last week, I said to you that it does not require faith to believe defeat, failure lack; you don’t need faith to be afraid, because they are more often in line with your experience. However, faith is required to believe victory, you need faith to believe God for your healing, for provision. The bible says the just shall live by faith, and that faith pleases God. We are called believers, because we believe God.
Beloved, whatever you believe is what will manifest, so if you want to know what you believe, check through your life, and find out what is manifesting, then you will know exactly what you believe.
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1 NKJV)
Our text above lets us know clearly what it takes for the arm of the Lord to be revealed; believe the report of the Lord. You cannot go on believing wrongly and expect for good things to be made manifest, no, it does not work that way. I know that things might not be going right, I know there are difficulties and challenges facing you, but in the midst of that, you must hold on to what God’s Word says concerning you, and never let go. Even in the face of contradictory evidence, you are who God says you are, you have what He says you have, you can do what He says you can do; only believe. Your part is not to know how it will happen, your part is to believe what He says, and He will figure out how to bring it to pass. Mary said I don’t know how this will happen, but be it unto me, according to your Word (Luke 1:38). The first half of the year is gone, what are you going to believe about the second half, and what are you going to say about the second half because you have what you say.
Child of God, your belief goes hand in hand with what you say, because what you say is an overflow of what is in your heart (Matthew 12:34). God didn’t tell you to call darkness, darkness, He told you to call light out of darkness. He told you to call the things that do not exist, as though they existed already (Romans 4:17). He says you can have what you say, but you keep saying what you already have. In order to enjoy the fruits of the Word, you must adhere to its principles. God wants you to talk about His promises; He wants you to speak in line with your expectations. He doesn’t want you to keep speaking in line with what you are going through. If your experience is going to be different, then you have to believe who God says you are, and then speak words that align with who God has called you. This translation of Prov. 18:21, aptly describes what I’m saying; “Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences” (Prov. 18:21 TPT).
Therefore, it’s completely in your hands – to believe God’s perspective of you, and to align your words with His perspective, irrespective of your experience. I declare that your experiences will submit to what God has declared concerning you before the foundation of the world. You will fulfill purpose; the enemy will not cut short your life, in the name of Jesus! I speak peace to every contrary wind that is blowing in your direction, and command every mountain to be leveled before you. The second half of 2018 will answer to you; you will jump over walls, and leap over troops. It is still your year of commanded blessings, and the commanded blessings will not elude you. I bless you today in Jesus’ name, Amen.
In His Royal Service,
Dr. Mike Okonkwo
The Presiding Bishop