Let me tell you the story of how I got funds for my book…
At first, I had faith to carry only 100 copies which they told me was 38000 Naira… that wasn’t a problem on my faith walk because I simply calculated that I had the money in my bank account… even though it would totally deplete my NYSC savings.
Afterwards the idea came to get the book up to 500 copies which was 85000 naira… for this I had to seriously put my faith to work which is what I wanted to avoid by planning for 100 copies of the book only.
Afterwards again, the idea again came to increase it to 1000 copies as I felt/knew that this book was a vision meant to stay and thrive and so I had to run with God’s mind for the vision.
The only snag was that 1000 copies was 160000 Naira and for that, I had no means of calculating with my human mind how the money was to get to me.
It was a faith or nothing.
God had already put the plan in my heart and so of course I had to walk in faith journey to get the plan to life and so I started walking…
I wrote this post on faith and did everything God spoke to my heart with that study.
I asked and then started a higher form of faith which was thanksgiving for what I hadn’t seen physically.
And the money came.
Like the promises overwhelmed and had me crying in gratitude to God.
We had sponsored copies for the students at the school and almost all the promises for sponsorship of the work God gave me to do on the book was fulfilled but one…
I simply withdrew my entire savings that was supposed to keep me after NYSC + some other cash from elsewhere and made up for it pending when that last promise will be fulfilled…
But then things are happening and there is a delay.
Which directly means that for now, I am on another faith walk, the faith walk to survive pending when money will come to replenish my savings.
God knew that I had been worried about this so on Friday at Night of Worship Lagos, He got a word to me: “You cannot be broke, you cannot be little, I haven’t forgotten. I haven’t forgotten your sacrifices”.
Now when I got that word, I laughed and cried and laughed in the Holy Ghost.
Like He knows!
Even though it seems like I am waiting for end, He hasn’t and cannot forget! And boy! I know the sacrifice He is referring to and it’s really not even my savings that went into the book.
For that He has told me that He doesn’t owe.
He cannot ask me to do something and then takes from me to do it, instead He gives me money for His errand.
So I was secure in all these truths.
This new week, I just felt like reminding the awesome person who’s promise was still pending (which I normal won’t do as everyone who gave unto the book work, God asked me not to ask anyone for funds but laid it in their hearts to give)… so I reminded the person and it just happens that there is another delay so I would actually have to hang in there for a bit…
For a minute my heart skipped.
I am not working right now and it’s unimaginable that the plan I had from NYSC, save for the rainy day was beginning to go up in flames.
And then a Bible Passage kicked into my heart which is what we’ll be focusing on today…
“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord !
Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.
Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.”
Isaiah 31:1-3 KJV
I read it in the NLT version but the KJV just seems to breather more life so I’m sharing that.
It’s amazing that God said “woe to you who trust in men”.
NLT says “what sorrow awaits those who trust in men”.
He says because men are just flesh, they cannot be constant.
A man can only do what I ask Him to do, you cannot trust that his yes today will be yes tomorrow…
Now, I don’t think that this promise will fall to nought from this helper but I believe that God wanted me to know that my reminder to him wasn’t necessary.
It was a bit like me putting my trust in the man that that’s how God will replenish my savings and provide what I need at this season in time.
I know how God deals with me on my faith walk, it’s an absolute removal of everything my human mind calculates to be “it”.
So when this word came yesterday, I sat up straight.
And as I studied the word again, I went onto Psalms…
“Donât put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever. He will be your God, OÂ Jerusalem, throughout the generations. Praise the Lord!”
Psalms 146:3-10 NLT
When I got to “the Lord keeps His promises forever”, I was like okay God I got it.
See, think about the reason why that Psalm goes further to extol God’s attributes after saying that we shouldn’t put out confidence on men…
It’s like listing out the characteristics of this God you want to put your trust in so you can go with full confidence that He indeed is the ONLY one you should trust in.
It says first of all…
He made the heavens and the earth…
What did He make the heavens and the earth with?
By the words of His mouth.
He forgets not His promises, He keeps every single one of them…
He feeds the hungry..so you cannot go hungry…
He protects you when you’re oppressed… even the orphans oh, He protects…
And on and on…
There’s a reason why these things are listed… to call to mind the supremacy and absolute “doability” of the God you are trusting in.
But then He says, trusting in man and things has a limit and like Isaiah 31 says even if they do not have a limit, God will destroy both the helper and the helped when they leave Him out of the equation.
What does destroy mean?
Definitely a death of those plans you are making with your uncle to fix you up in a job.
A death of those plans to travel abroad without asking God about His will for your life.
A death of everything that He isn’t the one you place your confidence in concerning that thing.
As I sat under Him to learn these of Him, I felt so convicted and so I repented of trying to get Him to pay me back by going to men.
Every financial increase God has used men to give unto His work in me has come as a result of me not asking or bothering them.
For the book, people literally offered and paid money in without me bugging them… that’s what happens when God goes before you to make the crooked path straight.
Why did I think that this one would be different?
God has always taken me out of the equation when He wanted to use men to help me, to just let me know that none of it is of me… and I won’t let seemingly dire circumstances make this change.
God’s Word is His bond and it’s amazing how He has made this available to me.
I haven’t forgotten your sacrifices…
I keep my promises…
And so I declared in song to the Lord…
“I have no other God but you…
I have no other God but you…
You have done what no man has done…
And you will do what no man can do…”
I sang to Nathaniel Bassey’s “no other God” and declared to God with my heart that no other god, egypt’s horses, men’s promises, will be my God.
In fact, I kept repeating “the promises of men are not my god”.
This morning I almost didn’t post this because I was tired… but then just thought, what if someone else is in a phase where they need this word?
They need to know that that man/thing they are hoping on is something God doesn’t like?
Maybe you need the push to declare like I did that “you have no other god but God”.
Men aren’t your god…
Things aren’t your god…
Promises aren’t your god…
Egypt is not your God…
God is your God….
And guess what?
This God actually keeps His promises to you!
Lord, thank you for grace to be corrected by You.
Thank you for grace to know your heart concerning my running around the mind of men and not your heart…
I’m so sorry.
Today I declare that you are my God… the rock in whom I trust.
I have no other God but you… and I will never ever have any God but you.
You always come through for me, you are the creator of the universe and whatever you say stands.
I stand with you and proclaim my allegiance to your ways.
Thank you Lord.
“Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God. Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm.”
Psalms 20:7-8 NLT
Was this study for someone today?
Please stop by the comment section and let me know.
Are you determining to let God be your helper indeed today?
Let us know… we are a family of believers, let’s draw strenght and encouragement from each other’s words below…
Till our next online bible study,
PS: I was speaking to Amaka from our singles hangout last weekend when we suddenly delved into the glory of the Lord…
Night of worship was “His shekinah glory”…
Nccf Ekiti theme for now is “the glory of God”…
My church conference is “Greater glory”…
In this season, the light of God is risen to shine on believers who will tap into Him here and now.
Isaiah 60 contains such bold and audacious promises… promises that make my thinking about finances silly.
I have been reading it in preparation for my Church conference which is wrapped around the “Greater Glory” (the season again) and it blows my mind.
I have decided not to wonder but just praise God for the promises that have come to life in my life in this season.
You can please go through Isaiah 60 and also Haggai 2:9 and tap into the season God has us in right now.
See just how much He wants to help you and how putting your trust in Him will lead men to be blessings to you.
Also our Church’s conference starts tomorrow!
Mhen! My spirit is ready to receive!
Of course Pastor Nathaniel Bassey will be there along with other ministers.
In fact, we are starting with 5 hours praise today!
Venue is RCCG, King’s court, the youth church, the Oasis, 3 Keystone Bank crescent, off Adeyemo Alakija Street, VI.
Don’t decide to get stuck in traffic today, join us to praiseeee God!
Pastor Nat has been ringing out one Bible passage…
“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”
Psalms 67:5-7 KJV
You want that kind of blessing that Isaiah 60 talks about that makes the earth fear God in your life?
Stop the murmuring and complaining! Praise Him!
That’s how His glory rises upon you…
Time is from 3pm-8pm. Pop in today if you’re around…
And for the conference, register at www.theoasislagos.org/greaterglory and come tap into this season of #glory that God has for us.
Can anyone just tell that I am excited?
Yep! Anticipation of basking in God does that to someone… especially when you know it’s just in something His heart is in at this point in time.
I pray the spiritual season in the air connects with your spirit also in Jesus name, amen!
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ChidiebereNovember 25, 2015 at 12:16 pm
Yes this word is for me. I have have trusting an having faith in God for a New Job, then my mind would let me rest telling me that meet this uncle of yours bl bla. Bla. I refused, i even had to distance my self from the family so I don’t get tempted. I got led to go visit some days ago with no intention of bugging about job . God touched my uncle heart and he even gave me a double blank cheque for ajob,i have two choices.Glory to God
Frances OkoroNovember 27, 2015 at 12:20 am
It’s amazing how you and B shared testimonies here today…thank you!
Testimonies are testimonies to the fact that God does it and still do it!
I pray we all stick to God and not man everytime the situation arises as it always will…
God help us all…
MobolajiNovember 25, 2015 at 8:14 pm
This word is for me o. In fact, thanks for sharing Isaiah 60 with me. I also shared it with a friend, but I have not STUDIED it; but while I read it, I had to also meditate on the promises! When my friend asked about the chapter sef, I had to let her know that she has to chill cuz I have not fully gotten all what God is saying there yet. The promises are mind blowing. Thanks again.
To today;s post. Girl, you’re blessed. I have this inner promise from God that on whatever day my money finished; He’d provide for me. And that has been my testimony since I started school. Today, I spent my last cash to buy food while the rest was to get me to school. I didn’t know where I was going to get money to get back home. I did not even have anyone in mind that I could ask for money.
Out of the blue, my sister called me and after much gisting, asked me to take from the money she had sent to me for her business. I didn’t asked. But God must have put it on her heart to call me.
It’s not like it’s much. But knowing that He sees me and keeps His promises is enough for each day. Myles Munroe in one of his books talked about how prosperity is having enough for each day, that’s why we pray for our daily bread, not yearly bread!
God will take care of you. He will sustain you each and everyday of your life and will surprise you beyond what your imaginations could ever think of. Stand in faith and look to God, He keeps to His promises!
Frances OkoroNovember 27, 2015 at 12:30 am
B… no this testimony isn’t small…
Yes, even in the little things, He cares and provides…its amazing!
Thank you so much for sharing the words God placed in you for this study, thank you!
We are on the conference expatiating on Isaiah 60 and Haggai 2:9…I pray I can atleast blog a bit on the rhema…I pray soooo.
much love babes…
bookieyNovember 26, 2015 at 11:44 pm
God bless u for dis word. i am at dat point where all my hope and faith in man has jst stopped working… no matter how i try to manipulate things outside God’s will, it jst wont work. lemme say i am learning in d hard way and i am glad cos its a sign that he cares about me and have great things in stock for me. ooh how i love him! off to isaiah 60 now!
Frances OkoroNovember 27, 2015 at 12:33 am
I Looove your response to God teaching you lessons the hard way Bookie…its a daughter just letting Daddy do His work no matter how painful it seems to the flesh cuz she sees the #glory already!
God keep you In the centre of His will dear..He is doing so and will continue to do so in Jesus name, amen!
Take care dear!
AmakaNovember 28, 2015 at 7:25 pm
Yes o. Sis Frances, I can tell that you were really excited while writing this article. You have even spread the joy to this place. I feel it too! This season is so charged up. May we not fail to connect and receive!!!
Thanks for sharing this rhema. Trusting in God is vital to our spiritual lives, yet our faith can be so weak sometimes. If we only knew the amazing way that the Lord would open up to us if we would just open up to Him in belief. And the Lord has done an interesting thing for you (I love your story about how the finance for ’10 steps to fulfilling purpose’ was a surprise. So practical).
The point is: The only thing that can stop God’s promises from being fulfilled in our lives is unbelief. If we donât believe that God will do much for us, then He pretty much wonât. Itâs all up to us.
The more we trust in Him, the more He rewards us and reveals Himself to us. But when we doubt Him and donât have faith, nothing ever happens. He doesnât try to prove Himself or surprise us with a revelation.
Mehn, I can wait to read about the rhema you get from the conference. Please, blog about the conference as soon as you can. *plenty hugs*
Frances OkoroDecember 2, 2015 at 9:11 am
And don’t you just love learning from other believers… thank you for opening this up in this amazing way Amaka…
#trust, faith, belief in God..i’m working on not wavering in this because life done by distrusting God is just so not”sweet”
Filled with unnecessary fear…
Trust is the way to go…
And a post on some lessons from conference is up now… 🙂
mameziJanuary 5, 2016 at 3:19 am
I just read Isaiah 60 and seeing all that the glory brings is amazing, my favourite part is vs 19 where it says God will be your glory!!!! Wow!!!! Now I know why there is a price to pay for His glory!!!! I know it is a late comment but I just found this blog recently 🙂
Frances OkoroFebruary 6, 2016 at 8:03 pm
God will be your glory…God keeps reminding me of this even when people start shouting about money and all… yes those are included in the glory like we see in Isaiah 60 but where we’ve moved to, it’s God Himself that we radiate That’s the evidence of the glory. The extent to which we manifest Him is the brighter the glory we give out in Him… no problem about the late comment Mamezi..please feel free to drop comments everywhere! Glad to have you here….