Blessed Beyond Labours, by Rev’d Alex Faranpojo
Bible Text: Ecclesiastes 9:11 “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all”.
Please sing this song with me, it is a song I love very much and I love to sing to my self
“You are the reason I live you are the one for me (2x)
Why should I fear when I have you, surrounded by your love, your everlasting love
Why should I care what people say; they don’t know what you mean to me”
There is this other song as well I love to sing:
“You are the reason why I lift my hands, why I lift my voice, why I sing to you
You are the reason am alive today I am here to say, it is all because of you”
It’s good to sing a new song and more often to yourself. Some people don’t understand the sentiments some of us have about Jesus but it’s amazing how sometimes it gets a better part of us. You might be reading this today and you have been waiting for so long for a testimony or for a miracle; it is bad enough when you are expecting a miracle and things are getting worse, I want to encourage you not to be discouraged, serving God is not in vain, God loves you and he will give you a miracle soon enough. I want you to be genuinely happy for others especially when you hear something good is happening to your neighbor; be happy. Relax because you are next, whatever the situation; Is it that you are hearing your friends share their wedding dates or going for antenatal and you are wondering when is it my turn? it’s your turn today in Jesus name.
As you read this; I want to challenge you today to be receptive to the word of God, and I believe that at the end of this message not only will you be better but brighter. The Bible says that the path of the just shall shine brighter and brighter unto a perfect day, if your path is not shining brighter and brighter we should query you. I bring you today Gods’ word and its sharper than any two edged sword; I do not know what you are going through now but there is a brighter position to be than where you are now and Gods word is all you need. Gods’ word does not leave us the same, it changes us and I am confident that it will change you today. The word of God is Gods’ way of connecting to you. If God makes a contact with you, it’s because he wants to make an impact in your life and He will impact your life today in Jesus name. The message I bring to you is “Blessed beyond Labours”
Bible Text: Ecclesiastes 9 : 11 “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all”.
Before I delve deeper into the word; I would like to settle it in your heart that God is Powerful, the God of the heavens and earth is a powerful God. Sometimes we go through life and we ask questions like where is God in this? For some of us we are too young to ask that question, some of us we are at the stage where we are asking that question, for some of us we are going through the process of answering that question. No matter the stage we are in from time to time we need to remind ourselves that Our God is a powerful God, the Bible records several names; Yoruba people call him “Alagbara Nla”– the “ All powerful God”. The names were not given in an attempt to give God a qualification. The names were products of peoples’ experiences with God. God unveils himself in different circumstances and ways. People experienced Gods’ power in a measure that they called Him “Jehovah Jireh”; “Jehovah Nissi”; God is powerful. The Bible says in Genesis 1:1; that your God created the heavens and the earth,
Psalm 62:11 – “One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God”
Job 42:2 – “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted”
You need to accept this reality that your God is powerful, Your God surplants the stars into the skies. In fact one way to evaluate His power is to look at the purity of a baby’s eyes “Pure innocence”. Some people are not touched when they look at a baby’s eyes their hearts have become too hard. If you look at those eyes you see pure innocence. How did it form? Creation is under Gods’ influence.
Our God is powerful; He is a God that speaks, creates and effect changes. He went to hell and effected changes in hell.
Say to yourself: I serve a powerful God” we must always remind ourselves that all power belongs to God Matthew 28:18. When we understand nothing exists outside of him, nothing goes through him without him, all things exist for Him. When we understand that we would celebrate his presence all the time. Nothing can stand against Him nothing can stop Him.
The Bible talks about the sea opening up, always remember that your God parted the Red Sea, and He knew where to part it, He made walls out of water and turned the Red Sea into an Aquarium. When He wants to make a way no one can stop him not even a Red sea. I He showed up in a woman who has never known a man, He is the only God that can break protocols to your favour.
God is revealed to you in the dimension you need him from. Some call him “Jehovah Jireh” which means He is the great provider; some know him as “Jehovah Rapha” that is; He is a healer to people that need healing. He can change things, He does all things, no one questions him.
God is not just powerful; he also seeks to transfer power. In life we are truly made for God; God made us he made us for a purpose, when God makes he also blesses. In Gen. 1: 26-28. The all powerful God made things and blessed it. “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Everything God made He had to bless, if it is made by God then it has to be blessed by God, there are people who God has put some things in their life but has no waited for the blessings. I would challenge you to always wait for the blessing, Don’t go without Gods’ blessings. Only Gods’ blessing maketh rich. I would like to highlight technically the importance of been blessed. I employ ladies no matter how much the guy loves you get the church blessing, always celebrates Gods opportunity to transfer power to you. Imagine Adam and Eve having been made by God but still needed to be blessed by God. You started a new idea, a new project, a new business; don’t go without the blessing. The blessing will make opportunities to be open to you. The blessing will calm everything, the word blessing means “Barah” – to empower you.
That is the wisdom of a Christian, my prayer today is that your blessing is on you in Jesus name.
Christians need to appreciate what we do every day. In reference to children of Israel in Numbers 6 after God had given them instructions; He called Aaron and instructed him to bless the children of Israel. The blessing of God is Gods innate ability in a man to make a man succeed. Read the story of Abraham, a 75yr old man wakes up leaves his family and kindred and took his wife and journey to a place he knew not, it is written that he was blessed afterwards. Oh yes different scenes might be said to have accounted for his fruitfulness but I tell you it was the intangible blessing of God that ordered his footsteps.
There is nothing you can do to a blessed man, if he is blessed; hate him, flush him, beat him, do anything; a blessed man will come back up. An exemplary life is that of Jacob, his Uncle Laban can be said to have duped him but he came back up more than a conqueror. Isaac was also a blessed man , the land he settled in it is recorded that he was so blessed that the people of the land envied him.
There is no real inheritance except the blessings of God. I used to know a man back home, anything this man touches is blessed, if he makes mistakes in the exam it becomes the marking scheme. The Bible says “the memory of the righteous is blessed”
The blessing collapses time to our favour. It makes you outrun your enemies. It is not good luck, it is not fortunate, it is not wishful thinking. Generally our culture is driven by physical things but the real blessing is intangible.
Today, I speak the blessings of God upon you; it will cause you to see the things others cannot see. It will cause to walk in divine path in Jesus name. You know some people work like elephants and eat like ants, today it is reversed in your life in Jesus name and you will begin to experience bountiful harvest and less effort in Jesus name. it is not encouraging laziness but we are saying we are no longer putting our efforts in the arm of the flesh.
To be blessed beyond labours; there are various things that are stated in the Bible that need to be done.
- Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly-
- When you honour a servant of God you are blessed
- When you obey the word of God, avoid scornful people- James 1:25
The one I am talking about is the blessing that is transferred that moves from a place of concentration to another place of glory. It is that which is been provoked by happiness. A tipping point of blessing that comes from the bottom of the heart. Been blessed in this fourth dimension is when it is transferred by been provoked by the investment upon an anointing. Receive this word and plug into it when the time comes. I will bless you from the bottom of my heart and all I want you to do is to determine to serve God, surrender to Him. Whatever God tells you to do after now, do it, I tell you one day of favour is better than 10 years of labour.
“From today whatever men has labored and sweat over because of their efforts, the father of all things; the God of all gods is making it easy for you in Jesus name, I speak upon that person who is receptive to my word this; I speak on the authority of my Anointing; I declare that where others failed you will succeed. Where others are struggling you will make it easier, as you go to and fro, back and forth it will be obvious that there is a supernatural anointing upon your life in Jesus name. I pray for somebody here; your Angels receive speed, they receive strength, they receive help. I declare that from today where others are confused you will receive direction, In a community where you are involved the blessing will stand you out in the name of Jesus. The Bible speaks about blessed is the man that has God on his side, I declare that distinction that makes Gods’ people stand out comes upon you in Jesus name. the blessing money can buy and the one money cannot buy I declare it upon you in Jesus name, when others say there is casting down you would say there is lifting up in Jesus name…..”
Note: please suspend logic when it comes to Gods’ blessing. Don’t be too intelligent for God.
Keep rejoicing. You are blessed beyond labours in Jesus name.
Blessed Beyond Labours, by Rev’d Alex Faranpojo was delivered on February 15th 2015. Rev’d Alex Faranpojo is of the Virtues Christian Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.