Unveiling God’s Power From Exodus

by Kayode Crown, Greatlight booksDigital List Price: $2.99

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ISBN: 9781519961631
This is part of a series of books in which particular verses are picked from books of the bible, and the issues of The Power of God are explored, in the light of the mind of God for us.

In this book, we explore nine topics, from different verses in the book of Exodus. They are: Bring my people out of Egypt; God speaks of the end from the beginning; The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; The Lord’s insistence; No easy redemption; From the house of bondage; The Lord my healer; God as Eagle; and God: “I brought you to myself.”

Excerpts: 

Bring my people out of Egypt

“Jesus has brought the possibility of eternal fulfilment not just temporal, the possibility for everyone to serve God who is love. That is designed to be the most liberating existence. Plugged into the divine power source, we are enabled to be all we can be, and that in union with Christ.”

God speaks of the end from the beginning

“That was why Paul told Timothy to war a good warfare by the prophecies that have been spoken over his life (1Timothy 1:18). We need to pray as Jesus said, “let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10, Romans 8:26-28)” in our individual case. In a way, that shows that we agree with the will of God at least in our individual lives.”

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

“The ultimate House of God is Jesus Christ (John 2:19-22), so perish the thought of connecting with God without him. (Also perish the thought that this means a physical address on this earth, it is a spiritual location called “in Christ (Colossians 1:2)” that you enter by faith in Him and through His finished works at Calvary). With him you are guaranteed to meet God, but without him you are lost forever without ‘an option of fine.’”

The Lord’s insistence

“The Word of God carries his creative force of healing and transformation and those convey the mind of God, the insistence of God, which is displayed in the life of Jesus. In Him, God insists we should be delivered from our own Egypt: sin, addiction, obsession, sickness and diseases and death, and whatever makes man uncomfortable, representing bondage.”

No easy redemption

“Does your experience match those of these divine foot soldiers? What is it that looks like struggle in your life, in the area of your assignment? You are being trained to walk by faith; so that you can deliver on the job of bringing redemption into the reality of your world.

“No easy redemption? You bet!”

From the house of bondage

“While leaving the earth, Jesus told his disciples that not only would they be able to heal the sick and cast out devils from the oppressed, but as many as believed in Him down the years, would likewise be qualified to give quit notices to Satan’s emissaries in the lives of people (Mark 16:15-20). He said as many as believed on him, who embrace him as the Truth, will be likewise equipped with his power in their lives, would walk in his victory over satanic influences; and also display his power to set people free from the house of bondage.”

The Lord my healer

“I am not interested in making you feel guilty for your health issues but just to elevate your vision of what is possible in Christ, in the blessings locked in the words of God. We have the character of God unveiled to us in the pages of the bible and one of it is that He is the Lord who stands for healing for us, whose influence in our lives is beyond just telling us dos and don’ts, He manifests in our body as it’s repairer, so that we are always in health.”

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Unveiling God’s Power From Genesis

by Kayode Crown

ISBN: 9781524252366
This is part of a series of books in which particular verses are picked from books of the bible, and the issues of The Power of God are explored, in the light of the mind of God for us.
In this book, we explore seventeen topics, from different verses in the book of Genesis. They are: The help of the Lord; 3 expressions of blessing; The Lord fights for his people; Restoration of what is stolen; God most high; The Lord who sees; The Lord appeared; God: the name changer; Is there anything too difficult for the Lord?; The two covenants; The everlasting God; The Lord will provide; Blessing in every way; God’s help; Change of name; Help from God; The Lord’s blessing; and The favour of God.

Excerpts:

The help of the Lord

“When Jesus Christ was giving a valedictory speech for his disciples before he departed from the earth, he said that he was going to send them another helper (John 16:7), which will be with them, the Holy Spirit, who will be in them always; he said later that they shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon them (Acts 1:8).”

3 expressions of blessing

“One dimension of blessing is the making of God. Another is the blessing of the servant attitude in us. Jesus had a great name because he reduced himself to the level of servant. He said that he did not come to the world to be served but to serve, giving his life for many. Then the highest level of being blessed is to be a blessing. That is where the earlier two points leads to: for you to be a blessing.

“The blessing of being made by God (key is submission to God) + the blessing of a servant attitude (key is service to others) = being a blessing (the ultimate blessing).”

The Lord fights for his people

“And God has not become more tolerant of sin now than he was then. He still expects our righteousness to be more than that of the Pharisee (Matthew 5:20). And that is a direct reference to internal holiness, which had to do with the thoughts and what we do when no one is looking, and sharing in the heart of God who prioritises kindness and mercy (Matthew 23;23), in his dealings with men. But for the Pharisees it is all about appearance, about tradition (Mark 7:1-23), about allegiance to a system of religion, rather than a committed to the person of God, and to Christ his Son (John 8:42).”

Restoration of what is stolen

“We rejoiced that though gentiles, the blessings of Abraham are upon us (Galatians 3:13-14), we have full access to God through Jesus and through him we experience God-with-us (Isaiah 7:13-14) and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Colossians 1:27, Romans 5:1-5).”

God most high

“Obedience brought him to the reality of the supernatural, it opened to him possibilities that only the Most High can bring. And Jesus said that I opened a door no one can shut and shut doors no one can opened, being the one with the key of David (Revelation 3:7).”

The Lord who sees

“All these dimensions of the Lord-who-sees are to be exhibited by us through the manifestation of the gifts of the spirit. Break the limit of your mind, of what you think is possible with you, the “Lord who sees” who is in you wants to be expressed.”

The Lord appeared

“We read that in the presence of God there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), which is where we experience fullness. It is where Jesus takes us to, why he appeared to us.

“Now God appeared to us in Jesus so that we will appear before God wearing his righteousness (2Corinthians 2:21).”

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Appointed to eternal life

woman-163789_640Acts 13:48: And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (ESV)

On a cross-cultural evangelism, the apostles were seeing fruits of their labours as people chose to follow Jesus. They were not there to wile away time, they did not join a new fad, they were on a life or death assignment, communicating the love of God through Jesus to people where they are.

They were there to tell the people the implication of the death and resurrection of Jesus, to show that now the people of God can now officially include all people.

What they were doing was unique. They were pushing a novel agenda. In the time they lived, influence came either by military conquest, economic link, or long-held tradition, or a teacher rising up among the people, giving them a new perspective of things, but in Paul and Barnabas, we see pioneers of a systematic invasion of other locations with truth.

They came into an area and spoke of things the people have not heard of. They opened a door by their activity and many followed after. They are the hunters (Jeremiah 16:16), who leave the comfort of where they are, endure the uncomfortable life in the “bush”, and hunt for those appointed to eternal life.

Suddenly, everything changes

Acts 2:2: And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. (ESV)

After you have done everything, there is a “suddenly” that changes everything. At the upper room in Jerusalem, with Peter and the dozens of people there, things were going on in pretty mundane activities of prayer, for days (Acts 1-2).

In the time of prayer, they were not feeling anything, they were just putting in mind the words of Jesus, who had told them that they should wait in Jerusalem till they were endued with power from on high.

They did not know how long they would wait, but nothing else mattered as the words of Jesus. It swallowed up everything they must be considering in their minds. But they got it, and it changed everything.

From 120, their number increased into thousands, who were baptised, as a measure of the growth of the church born that day, and it was a roll from then on.

A similar thing happened when Jesus turned water to wine (John 2:1-11). He actually did not do anything except give the instructions. It involved a process of time, where nothing was happening except the servants in the wedding ceremony going back and forth filling some containers with water.

But when they did the next thing that Jesus said, which was take some of the water to the master of ceremony, that changes everything.

That is the story of the imminent return of Jesus. From the mundane existence if 24/7 daily life on earth, we enter into blissful eternity, while others go to hell. When Jesus comes back, at the trumpet sound from God, (1Thessalonians 4:15-18, 2Corinthians 15:52), it changes everything, like nothing you ever know.

Resurrection

John 20:17: Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” (ESV)

The resurrection of Jesus is a promise of what will happen to all of us who believe in him.

Those who orchestrated the crucifixion of Jesus, the Pharisees especially, have a vested interest in keeping the story of the resurrection quiet when it broke out (Matthew 28:11-15).

They decided to give the guards at his tomb money so that they will spread an alternative story, that the disciples stole his body. Therefore, even when the story of the resurrection spreads, the other story also gets mixed up in it, and the people, would at least, be confused, not quite knowing what to embrace. That is what the devil wants.

God wants something different and he commissioned the Holy Spirit for it. He wants the story of the resurrection of his son spread abroad, to focus attention on him, to showcase him as the lamb which takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), as the one true king, as the way, truth and life (John 14:6), to lift him up so that men will be drawn to him (John 12:32) for justification, sanctification and glorification (1Corinthians 1:30, Romans 8:30).

The resurrection was completed in the ascension which Jesus was talking about in the focus verse (John 20:17).In the ascension he paved a way for us to gain access to the father in the fullest, extent, just he has.

The resurrection is all goodies for us.

Total conquest

sword-790815_640Joshua 11:21: And Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua devoted them to destruction with their cities. (ESV)

Joshua moved with swiftness and the nations were falling before him in packs. It was the Promised Land, the people were prepared, they had a charge from God, and there was no going back. They moved forward by the word of God. They did not allow fear to hold them back. They had no other option but to follow the word of God, to move forward and take the Promised Land, there was no going back, no backing down.

Their history was a big lesson on why not to reject the word of God. After about two years that God after coming from Egypt, God wanted them to start taking over the land. But after twelve spies were sent to bring a report of the Promised Land, and ten brought an evil report, Israel chose to agree with the evil report of the fearful spies and chose to rebel against the will of God (Numbers 13-14).

God wanted them to go into the Promised Land in fulfilment of his word to their father Abraham, but they had other ideas.

Eventually, the promise of God will come to pass but in another generation. God decided that set of people would not follow God willingly, he was going to allow them to pine away in the wilderness as they wander and die there.

And the children who are under twenty years at that time eventually inherited the Promised Land. Those who rejected the word of God wasted away in the wilderness.

The wilderness represents the place of limitation, and that generation allowed their latent fear to limit their vision and motion, and they died not fulfilling their ultimate potential.

But the Joshua generation was ready. They were not suffering from slavery hangover, not suffering from the fear of the unknown, they were in awe of the word of God knowing what happened to those who chose a different path than the one God outlines.

They refused to consider their own limitation, fully believing that since God was with them, no one can be against them. They stood firm in the face of opposition. They did not consider their lack of experience, their limited preparedness.

They had their eyes on the word of God and following the leadership of Joshua they piled victory upon victory. The fear of them filled the heart of the people all around. After they parted the river Jordan to move into the Promised Land, the people knew that this group of Israelites were unique, they had the power of God backing them up.

To mount a formidable resistance against them, their opposition set out to hire those who will curse them or they combine themselves together or shut the walls of the city against them, but in the end, Israel gained total conquest because they exhibited total trust in God.

They pressed on regardless of the size and ferocity of the opposition. They believed that greater is the one who is with him than he who is with their enemies. Their God has no limitation. Our God has no limitation. The bible says that in the beginning God created the heaven on the earth (Genesis 1:1-3). That gives the picture of the kind of God that we are talking about, not one limited in power, by time or in wisdom; and because of that he is able to give total conquest.

Limitless power

The children of Israel would not have the hope of having total conquest if they did not depend on the power of God.

But in the conquering of the land of Ai, the bible noted that they did not ask God to lead them, and seeing the town as smaller than Jericho which they recently conquered, Joshua sent a few men there (Joshua 7).

The result was damning! They were routed before the enemy, and were later told that they were defeated because God withdrew himself from the nation of Israel, because in the conquest of Jericho, someone committed a sin, against to God’s instruction.

Victory for them was not by military might but by the power of God. This was brought poignantly home in a story of the battle of the children of Israel against a certain enemy nation where Moses was asked to lift up a staff. When his hand grew weak and it fell down, and his hand was up they were winning (Exodus 17:1-14). The rod of Moses represented the power of God, and in that we see how what is done in secret impacts on what happens in the public. Jesus said that when we pray in secret, God will reward us openly (Matthew 6:6).

Not limited by time

Just as God is not limited in ability, he is not limited in time. Peter said it this way: a day with the Lord is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day (2Peter 3:8). He created time. When God chose to become man, he chose to be limited by time and space, or maybe not. He told Nathanael that already knew him even though they had not met before.

Not limited in wisdom

The whole world runs on the wisdom of God. The changing season, the rotation of the earth, the balance of the gases in the atmosphere, the changing weather, the rising and falling of the sun, all manifest the wisdom of God. The bible says that the heaven declares the glory of the Lord (Psalm 19). The created are the handiwork of God and they manifest his wisdom.

Conclusion

The Joshua generation mostly kept in step with God. The connected with all powerful God, they were able to overcome the opposition, no matter how big and how subtle.

Elevation

life-863462_640Joshua 4:14: On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they stood in awe of him just as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life. (ESV)

Joshua did not attempt to elevate himself in the sight of the others. He waited for God to elevate him. But did he really have a choice but to humble himself for God to elevate him in view of the fact that Moses the one from whom he took over as the leader of Israel had such gigantic reputation and it was not easy to follow in his act.

In the first chapter of the book of Joshua, it was plain for all to see that it was not easy for Joshua to take over from Moses after his death. Not only did God say he needed to be courageous but the men of Israel repeatedly told him that he should be bold to take the necessary steps, that they were with him, and that they will deal seriously with anyone who acts otherwise.

Joshua did not try to make himself seem important in the eyes of the people, and that gives God the “space” to elevate him in the eyes of the people. The bible says that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). The devil is an example in this. He sought to elevate himself above God and the result was a crunching total demotion (Isaiah 14:12-16).

The same can be said for Adam and Eve. They were tempted to disobey God with the lure that eating the forbidden fruit will lead to an elevation of their wisdom. It was not to be. What they thought will to lead them to wisdom in the pursuant of their self-will, lead to their destruction (Genesis 3).

Real elevation by God may not be so interpreted by men. Men judge according to appearance, but God judges the heart (1Samuel 16:7).

It was the acts of God through the life of Joshua and Moses that lead to their elevation in the eyes of the people. And in the case of Moses he was so great that God needed to hide the place of his death and bury him himself. He died, but his burial place was not known, he was one of a kind (Deuteronomy 34:1-6).

When God was talking about him, he said that to other prophets he manifests in dreams, but with Moses he speaks face to face with God as friends (Numbers 12:5-10). Moses was the one who “singlehandedly” brought the children of Israel from Egypt.

So you can imagine how Joshua would feel trying to fill the shoes of such a great man. But he was different from Moses, having a different role from his. Moses did not lead the people into the Promised Land because of his temperament through he brought them from Egypt, but Joshua was meant to accomplish that. And while Moses parted the Red Sea and had the army of Egypt drown in the same, in the elevation of Joshua before the children of Israel, God caused him to do something for the River Jordan to be parted and the children of Israel to pass through it.

Man was created and put on an elevated stage, but he was brought down by sin in a thunderous crash. But he was not allowed to stay there as Jesus came to bear the punishment of sin and free men to go back to their place of elevation.

God, when he was about to make man, said: let us make man in our own image and let him have dominion on the birds of the air, the beasts on the ground and the fishes in the sea (Genesis 1:26-28). He was supposed to be the law on the earth.

He had a purposeful relationship with God and another human, he had the possession of the Garden of Eden, a well-watered and landscaped paradise.

But when he chose to rebel against the word of God he fell from grace. There can be no claim to the experience of grace if we do not ardently embrace and follow of the word of God, which is called the word of grace (Acts 20:32).

With Jesus coming thousands of years after the sin in the Garden of Eden, we have another opportunity to get it right, to embrace the Word of God. Jesus is the embodiment of the word of God. God spoke about Jesus from heaven in the hearing of both Peter and John (while in a supernatural appearance, Moses and Elijah stood with Jesus on a mount): this is my beloved son hear him (Matthew 17:5). His rank is higher that Moses and Elijah, both of whom existed because of him (Colossians 1:16).

To truly hear is to allow our steps to be guided by what we have heard, it is to respond in faith to the word of God by acting based on it.

God wants humanity to hear Jesus, act based on the reality that he represents, the reality of the possibility of the reset in man’s relationship with God that went downhill since the mishap in the Garden of Eden.

We went down by rejecting the word, now we will come up by embracing the word, Jesus. Jesus is the Word who is God and the God who is the Word, he is the full communication of the father and he needs to be received (Hebrews 1:1-3).

A man prayed in the bible: send forth your truth which will guide me to your tabernacle (Psalm 43:3). Remember that with the sin the Garden of Eden, man was chased from the place where he had a close relationship with God, and now God has sent his son, he has sent the Word, and when we follow him, he leads us back to the presence of God, to an experience of God, to becoming partakers of the divine nature as we once were (2Peter 1:4).

We are made new creatures (2Corinthians 5:17), and are elevated to the heavenly places, the place of light as God moves us from the darkness that humanity was plunged into as we rejected the light of his presence (Colossians 1:13). In Jesus all was not lost, all was restored and more.