SPEAK WHAT YOU BELIEVE!

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Imagine what would have happened if David had not spoken the Word of faith in his encounter with Goliath (1 Samuel 17:45-50). Imagine the destruction he would have invited to himself and the people of Israel.

1) God would not have heard him.

2) He would have been destroyed in the hands of Goliath.

3) The people of Israel would have been routed.

“If he had not spoken the Word of faith, his word would not only have been idle, it would have been very destructive. If David were not to speak the Word of faith, he would have considered the size of the giant. I mean, he would have been intimidated by the size and armour of his adversary. Remember, the giant was better armed than David in the physical. Apart from his size, he had a spear, javelin, machete and a shield, as against small David, barely with a simple catapult.

“His people looked on to see what would become of the small David after his encounter with Goliath. Among them were his relations, his friends, his enemies, those who believed in him and those who did not – they were all watching to see the outcome of his faith. Now at the battlefield, if what David spoke with his mouth were not what he believed in his heart, imagine what would have become of him, now that he was face to face with the giant. His word would have been idle, meaningless and at that point destructive.

“Imagine what will become of you hereafter if you are speaking with your mouth what you do not believe in your heart – your words will be idle, meaningless and destructive. Speak what you believe. If you are not heard by God, you would be heard by satan. That is, if you cannot deliver, you will be delivered.”

– T.B. Joshua

CHRIST AND THE WORD ARE ONE!

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“Faith is not imitation; it cannot be imitated. It must arise in each person’s heart based on the Word of God. Faith is not imitating someone else’s actions. Because I say, “Show your excitement”, you begin to show your excitement when you are not excited. You cannot expect answer to prayer based on the testimony of others, what other people said or did. God will not meet you because you imitate what someone else did. God will meet you when you obey what He told you by His Spirit based on His Word. If you take action in obedience to God, you will prosper.

“Christ and the Word are one. I quote, John 15:7 – “If you abide in me and my Word abides in you, whatever you ask shall be done for you.” The Word here is dwelling in us. ‘Whatever you ask for shall be done for you’ – this means producing prayer fruits (whatever you ask or desire).

“Remember Ephesians 3:17 – “…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” It is not only committing the Word to memory which is valuable but it is letting that Word become an integral part of your being. It lives in us. When it becomes an integral part of our being, faith forms. It is the Word bringing forth its own kind in the believer’s life. He sends forth His Word – He delivers, saves and blesses.”

– T.B. Joshua

A CONSCIOUSNESS OF LITTLE FAITH – TB JOSHUA

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

The father of the demon-possessed boy, realising the weakness of his faith, cried to Jesus, “Lord I believe – help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) This means, ‘I believe in my own way. Help me to believe in Your own way’. He realised that his belief was equal to unbelief before God. That was why his belief could not meet the condition for the healing of his son. This means, his belief could not see beyond the healing, whereas Jesus’ standard of belief sees beyond the healing.

Now, you have to realise the weakness of your faith and cry to Jesus for help. How do we do this? We do this as someone who wants to receive of Jesus, not as someone who wants to be seen or noticed. The father of the demon-possessed boy did not just cry, he cried a cry of faith. I mean, a cry born of faith.

This teaches us that a consciousness of little faith – far from being a reason why we should not ask, should be an encouragement, an inspiration and a motivation. A consciousness of little faith should be the reason why you should pray the more. A consciousness of little faith, far from being a reason why we should not pray, ought, on the contrary, to be an incentive to us to go to God, acknowledging our need, and take from Him the faith which He is prepared to give.

It is like someone who says, “I have no money. I don’t want to work anymore”. Your poverty should be the more reason why you should work harder. Jesus is ready to help, but you must realise and admit your weakness before you can be helped. The father of the demon-possessed boy realised and admitted his own weakness before he was helped by Jesus.

For Jesus to say, “You unbelieving generation”, He knows that we are undeserving of His grace and He is ready to help our weakness, limitation and shortcoming.

The knowledge that I have little faith should be the reason why I should draw closer to Him. Knowing that I have little faith is the reason why I should draw closer to God because He came so that I might have faith. Instead of my little faith to discourage me from praying, it should be an incentive. Instead of my weakness to discourage me from praying, it should be an incentive:

o Something that attracts.

o Something that encourages.

o Something that motivates.

A consciousness of little faith, instead of being a reason why we should not pray, should be a reason why we should pray.

TRUE FRIENDSHIP – TB JOSHUA

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Never come around people just because of what you stand to gain but come around people, first and foremost because of what you have to add to others’ lives, knowing that when we give, we receive more of whatever we give (Acts 20:35; Luke. 6:38).

There can be no true friendship without love and there can be no love without giving – I mean, giving for Christ’s sake. There are friends in need and there are friends indeed. You cannot do it without others because your life depends on other people. I mean, you are what you are by reason of the company you keep. If your relationship with others is based on the principle of sharing, you would find yourself among people who are eager to add to and multiply your life. If what you are doing is according to God’s Word, you would be covered by His grace. It is His grace that covers our weakness.

WE ARE ALL CONNECTED – TB JOSHUA

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Nobody wants to be on the outside; everyone desires to have a feel of belonging to a unified whole. Everyone wants to belong. Everyone wants to be recognised. Everyone wants to be noticed. Nothing God makes is a whole in itself; everything is a part. I mean, everything God created requires a connection. The earth is not a whole in itself but a part of a bigger whole – the universe. For example, Lagos as a state cannot claim to be a whole in itself because it is a part of a bigger whole, Nigeria. Nigeria cannot claim to be a whole in itself because it is a part of a bigger whole, Africa.

Everything God created cannot stand in itself; it has to be connected to other parts. This is so, so that no one can boast. Every person God created is a part of a whole. No one is a whole in himself. In other words, the way we are all connected is beyond what a sentence can explain. This is so, so that no one can boast.

That is why I do not fancy it when people say, “I am General Overseer;” “I am the Chairman;” “I am the Chief Executive of this or that”. You General Overseer, remember, you depend on other people in your ministry for the smooth running of your organisation. Every person in that organisation is a solution to a problem in that ministry. Then how are you General Overseer when you, as a person, are just a solution to a problem?

In other words, we are all connected to one another in a way too fundamental to be explained away in a single sentence:

  • The mouth needs words,
  • The ears need sounds,
  • The eyes need a view,
  • The feet need to go places.

Such is the relationship that exists among the created things, of which man is one.

LET GOD RELEASE YOU – TB JOSHUA

Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Our common problem is that we do not wait patiently for God’s release in our regular relationships. Rather, it is our circumstances that release us. That is why we are always facing relationships that are neither lasting nor rewarding. Examples abound in our marriages, businesses, church attendances, even friendships. These relationships break out of sheer circumstance, not out of God’s release.

“As Christians, we should see situations, such as conflicts, hurts and all forms of offence as God’s way to strengthen our character. When we harbour offences too long without forgiveness, the result is that you begin a life of self-imposed isolation, self-centredness and total caging.”

INCLUDE GOD

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

The question we need to ask ourselves is, ‘What can make one who once felt close to God feel distant?’ Can hardship, sickness, persecution? No – all these cannot stop anyone who diligently seeks God. Remember, this is not your first assembly; you have been a member of many assemblies/ churches in the past. Can we call your movement from one assembly to another a sign of one who is diligently seeking God? How do we seek God? Is it by running after men of God without faith? Remember, faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument and armour by which we overcome. When we run after men of God without faith, anything can stop us – persecution can stop us, hardship can stop us, sickness can stop us (Romans 8:35).

There is a need to include God in everything we do. If you go around churches without God, I mean without faith, you achieve nothing. If you go around men of God without faith, you achieve nothing. If you are in any assembly without faith, you would still leave for another because the thing that is chasing you would not stop except through faith.

TB Joshua Ministries