I am Excelling Inside Out
By Pastor David Adabale
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: 3 John 2
Sunday 20th September 2015
I am sharing a message with you titled ‘I am excelling Inside Out’. This is a prophetic word and instruction to our spirit. 3 John 2 reads: ‘Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]' (Amplified).
We have been given a mandate by God, right from the beginning of this year to excel. Genesis 17:6 reads: ‘I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you’. God has an intention of excelling us both spiritually (invisible things) and physically (visible things). Ultimately, the invisible things must translate into the natural realm. However, we must be careful not to place undue emphasis on the physical things without paying attention to the spiritual, as we could inadvertently be looking at our ‘Excel’ in the wrong place and from the wrong perspective. Hence, we ought to look beyond the natural realm into the spiritual realm to fully embrace all that God has already provided for us.
Let me re-emphasise this truth that God’s bounties in the spiritual realm always unfailingly translate into tangible blessings in the natural realm. Hebrews 11:3 puts it this way: ‘By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible’. The creation story is a product of the words that God spoke, bringing our world into existence. Genesis 1:3 reads: ‘Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light’. Simply put, God translated the realm of the spiritual into the natural. Conversely, there are words that God has given to each one of us already existing in the spiritual realm. It is now our responsibility to draw them from the spiritual into the natural realm. Ephesians 1:3 reads: ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ’. All we see in the natural realm is simply an expression of that which has already been concluded in the spiritual realm. So then, whatever God has promised each one of us will eventually come to pass irrespective of how far time may have gone. Hold on to His word concerning your life, because God’s word never fails. Nevertheless, we ought to get our perspective right.
How do you see your ‘Excel’? What do you see? Jeremiah 1:11-12 reads: ‘Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word’. I declare that in the name of Jesus, you will see well. When what we see is in line with what God has already concluded, it is impossible for that word not to come to pass. In Genesis 12, God gave Abram a promise regarding his future – Genesis 12:2 reads: ‘I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing’.
Abram from that point onwards as recorded in Genesis 15, believed God and soon after this, received the manifestation of God’s word. So then, what do you see? Sick or healed? Broke or enjoying abundance? Hopeless or hopeful? Here is how Hebrews 10:35-36 says it: ‘Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise’. Keep your confidence in God, despite all odds. His words concerning you will not fail. Have you ever wondered what causes a ship to sink? It is simply as a result of water seeping into the ship. Conversely, if you can protect your heart from what whatever news may be circulating around you and hold on to God’s word, you are undeniably going to experience a breakthrough. Simon Peter’s experience on water was similar to this. He walked on water as he looked at Jesus, until he began to look at the storm, eventually causing him to sink. So then, what do you see? Whenever you feel discouraged about your situation, it is merely happening because you have diverted your attention from Jesus. Instead, focus on and give glory to Him; your circumstances will soon change for the better.
Let’s spend some time discussing the duality of reality. This can simply be defined this way: ‘everything physical or natural has a spiritual undertone’. We are simply reflecting in the natural by our gathering this morning, all that God had concluded in the spiritual realm. Besides, some of the things we have not seen yet in the natural realm, may simply be due to some necessary ‘catching up’ with what God has already finished in the unseen realm. What we see is not all there is to see. This is a good reflection of these words from Jesus: ‘So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does' (John 5:19 NLT). May God open our eyes to see beyond our physical circumstances and into His mind regarding our lives in Jesus name!
The duality of reality further elucidates this truth, that there is a wind behind every storm and there is a problem behind every symptom. There is a root behind every shoot. We cannot deny this, simply because we cannot see it with our physical eyes. Our human nature has overemphasized the importance of the natural, at the expense of the unseen. As a matter of fact, we’ve been raised to see things usually from the natural perspective. During our nursery school days, we were instructed to paint or shade within the lines. In primary school, our arithmetic sums were correct, provided it added up to the right answers. In secondary school, our titration techniques often lead to a particular end-colour. So were the physics exams with a pendulum experiment measuring the acceleration due to gravity. Such was the head start that our physical perception had before our spiritual faculties came alive, when we became Christians. Is it any wonder then that our natural tendency has always been to rely on our physical senses? Notwithstanding, my encouragement to you today is to look beyond what you can see physically and take a peep into the corridors of Heaven to see what God has already concluded concerning you which is great and glorious!
Another reason why we find it easier to relate to the physical realm is also due to the tardiness of this natural realm. It takes time for that which has happened in the realm of the Spirit to manifest. Here is a simple illustration. Let’s take a favourite holiday for instance? Bahamas or Hawaii? Take a mental trip to either destination now. Can you picture yourself on the beach? With sand, sea, sun and Pina Colada? How long did that take you? Seconds possibly. Now, if you want to move to Bahamas for that holiday, how long will it take you to travel down? Possibly a day or two, depending on the airline schedule. So it is in the spiritual realm. Whatever God has already finished may take a while to arrive in the natural realm, but we must be audacious on standing our ground till it arrives. This was exactly what happened to Abram, until he began to embrace God’s perspective. So must we.
God never relates with us based on our natural circumstances, but rather on our spiritual outlook. Genesis 1:26-27 describes the process of God’s creation of man, which reads: ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them’. Genesis 2:7 completes the picture: ‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being’.
God created man in His image, as a spirit (being that God is Spirit) in the earlier scripture in Genesis 1, before forming the natural living body, with a soul in Genesis 2. Apostle John’s reference to a prosperous soul in our foundation scriptures can be traced back to this scripture in Genesis.
So then, everything we require on earth has already been concluded in the spiritual realm. At the fullness of time, God simply releases these bounties first to the spirit of man. Our spirit is made up of our communion, conscience, and intuition. So when we pray, God releases His ideas into our spirit. From our spirit, it is transferred to our soul. Our soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions. Our mind thinks, our will chooses, our emotion feels. Some words trigger an emotion within us. For instance, 'a big, black, ferocious dog chasing you' will certainly evoke a specific emotion in our soul, as that picture is painted in our minds. This eventually precipitates an action using our five senses. In the same way, our spirit must be fortified and strengthened. Every word from God must begin in our spirit before it translates to our minds. If we do not receive a divine instruction from God, there is nothing for our minds to process. Without a word from God, we stand the danger of being controlled by our physical senses. Our natural circumstances, with its limited possibilities often trigger unhealthy emotions within us – discouragement, despondency, doubt and eventually depression. Here is the reason why the Psalmist writes in Psalm 42:11, which reads: ‘Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God’ (NIV). Every time we look beyond the physical realm into the spiritual, we are simply connecting our spirit and by inference our minds to God’s endless possibilities, all to our advantage and victory.
Can I encourage you not to look at those physical circumstances? Always look into the mind of God from where He relates with our spirit. Let’s take a quick browse through the lives of three bible characters. Let’s start with Joseph. Genesis 39:1-3 reads: ‘Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand’. Joseph’s success as a result of the Lord’s presence with him already existed on the inside, in the spiritual realm, before it became plain for his master and all to see. Conversely, we have every reason to believe that we are successful based on what God has already written and concluded concerning us in the realm of the Spirit. Genesis 39:20 also records another instance of Joseph’s success, despite his incarceration in prison. God was with him in that dungeon. This is the same way God sees us – a success, excelling, advancing, with no limits or boundaries. Hence, we must ensure that the words of faith are always on our lips, regardless of the prevailing circumstances.
Judges 6:11-13 records the story of Gideon; ‘Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”’ Despite Gideon’s despondent demeanour as we’ve read in this passage, the angel simply saw a man of courage and valour, ready to conquer the enemy. So should we.
Lastly, let’s read the story of Elisha and his servant in 2 kings 6:15-17. The King of Syria had sent an army against Elisha and his servant, because the Syrian King’s ambush on Israel was constantly being sourced out by Elisha. On waking up in the morning, we read of the conversation between Elisha and his servant. ‘And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha’. I pray that God will open your eyes to behold the wonders and blessings in your life in Jesus name.
In rounding up, let me remind you that ‘we are not natural beings trying to have a spiritual experience, but rather we are spirit beings mastering the natural experience’. Let me end with our foundation scripture, which we began with, John 3:2: ‘Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually] – Amen!
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