The Just Shall Live By Faith 1:  Vision & Humility – By Tokunbo Adejuwon

Sometime in 2014, I had a stirring in my spirit to enroll in Rhema Bible Training Center Abuja Nigeria. I did and I can tell you that that was one of my best decisions of the last decade.

My time in Rhema helped to realign the trajectory of my life and refocus my vision and purpose.

One of my favorite instructors and Director of Rhema Nigeria was gracious enough to share a synopsis of one of his teachings. I strongly believe that this message would help you as you chart the course of your journey through the next decade. Be Blessed!

Get The Vision

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Habakkuk 2 King James Version (KJV)

  1. I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
  2. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
  3. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

God’s plan was for righteousness to be made available to mankind through the finished work of redemption. And thanks be unto God, Jesus consummated that plan. Several Old Testament prophets prophesied of this coming redemption which we now have today.

To Live Outside Of Faith Is Pride And Arrogance

The believer who is now made righteous in Christ is to live by faith. Faith is man acknowledging his utter dependence on God. To live any other way than by faith in God’s Word is pride.

Jeremiah 17 King James Version (KJV)

5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

Romans 10:1-3 speaks similarly about Israel

1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

To walk by faith is to walk in submission to God’s way

Romans 4:13

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Romans 3:21-22 speaks further along these lines

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”

A refusal to embrace the faith life is rebellion and arrogance to God. One can’t really walk in humility before God without walking in faith. Similarly, a person can’t really walk in faith without walking in humility. We must continually realize and remind ourselves that in ourselves we are nothing. It’s Jesus Christ Who is everything and it’s in Him that we are something.

What Do You See?

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A key ingredient to walking in faith is vision. God’s Word brings vision of who we are in Christ, what we have in Him and what we can do because of Him. By taking time to meditate on the Word and fellowship with the Lord in prayer, He brings vision to our spirits of who we are and what we are called to do.

We need to write out the vision that God gives us plainly and follow His plans for our lives. Many times we make a plan of our own and then ask God to bless it. But God can’t put His approval on man’s plans. We should go to God to get His own vision and plan for our lives for that is already blessed.

2 Corinthians 5:7 James Version (KJV)

For we walk by faith, not by sight

We shouldn’t lead our lives primarily by the testimony of our physical senses. We need another kind of sight- we need God’s vision, which is His Word and not man’s limited vision. Anything that can be seen or perceived with the physical senses is transient, temporal and subject to change. It is God’s Word that’s eternal.

Where’s Your Focus?

What we keep looking at is of great importance if we are going to walk in faith.

2 Corinthians 4:18 James Version (KJV)

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Proverbs 4: 20 -21 James Version (KJV)

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart

Hebrews 12:1-2 James Version (KJV)

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

You Can Only Go As Far As You Can See

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A man goes in the direction of his vision. We need to get God’s vision for us which is contained in a general sense on the pages of the Holy Writ. His specific plans for our individual lives would be revealed to us by His Spirit in our spirits as we spend time waiting on Him in prayer. Faith is acting on the Word of God, God’s written Word and also the specific instructions He speaks to our spirits.

Constant Fellowship with God will most certainly cause us to be visionary and see beyond natural limitations. There are absolutely no impossibilities with God. Whatever that God-given dream or vision God has placed in your spirit, He will bring it to pass if you will dare to believe Him and act upon His Word.

God Bless You.

About The Contributor

Rev. Tokunbo Adejuwon graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He also graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center Nagpur, India as well as Rhema Correspondence Bible School Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

He was ordained by Pastor & Mrs. Kenneth W. Hagin and is credentialed with Rhema Ministerial Association International, USA. He additionally successfully completed the Senior Management Programme of Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria.

He currently serves in Rhema Bible Training Center Nigeria as the National Director, with campuses in Abuja (National Headquarters), Port Harcourt, Kaduna and currently making plans for the start of the Lagos campus.

He has been actively working in the ministry for over 34 years. He has helped pioneer works, pastored, served in administrative roles and he also now itinerates both nationally and internationally.

He preaches and teaches God’s Word with passionate fervor especially on the subjects of faith and healing. He’s also very strong on following and flowing with the Holy Spirit.

Brother Toks, as he is fondly called is happily married to Dr. Akunna and they have 3 lovely children: Zoe, Sophia and Victor. They are based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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What’s Different About 2020?

Happy New Year!

We hear these words every time a 365-day cycle is completed. So many people start looking forward to a new year once the end of November rolls up. It seems that folks forget that a new year is basically a new day just like any other. The only difference being that it heralds the start of another 365-day cycle.

I listened in on a message by Pastor Temi Odejide(London Lighthouse of House on The Rock) and he had this to say “ 2019 is not a personality but a culmination of choices and actions”. 

In order to make this relevant for all times I say “a year is not a personality but the sum total of your choices and actions”

One of such choices today would be reading this article to the end. lol. On a serious note that’s one habit you have to pick up this year. READ!

So as we rejoice that we have left an old year and come into a new one, let us settle one thing: – the New Year would not automatically make all the ills in our life disappear. If you bring your old self with the old (bad) habits and choices into the New Year, by November ending you’ll be wishing for another new year.

I attended a 7pm -10pm cross over service in my church and then came home and logged onto two more services before praying and going to bed.

As I lay on my bed meditating on all that I heard in these services and regurgitating all that God had been dealing with me on, several things came to the fore of my mind. Some of these things were from the cross over messages I’d heard that resonated with what has been on my mind.   I’ll share them with you and hope it helps someone.

A Closed Mind Cannot Fly

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Pastor Godman Akinlabi of The Elevation Church (TEC) in Lagos made reference to this quote in the cause of his message.  He posited that if you must have new beginnings, you have to keep an open mind.  (Bible Reference – Acts Chapter 10).

Do not hold on to preconceived notions about how life should work. Always be open to new thoughts, new ideas and new experiences. What if God wants you to change your line of work? Maybe you worked in the Stock Exchange last year and God wants to move you to Agriculture?  What if you are a 45 years old female and he wants you to date and subsequently marry a younger man?  What if you are planning to leave the country where you currently live and God says stay? Would you be willing to obey?

Are you ready to pioneer new moves/trends?  The Wright brothers were willing to be seen as weird. Many people told them that if God wanted us to fly he would have given us wings… hmmmm.. Think about that!

Skills Attract Kings

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Pst Poju Oyemade of the Covenant Christian Center Lagos stated in the course of his message that kings and skills go hand in hand. Kings are always attracted to skill. You cannot be mediocre and stand before kings! (Bible Reference- Proverbs 22:29).

This got me and left me almost sleepless all night. Not because I haven’t heard this scripture or even taught a class or two on it.  But it hit an already sore spot in me. I’d been regurgitating and pondering Isaiah 60 verses 1 to 3.

Isaiah 60 King James Version (KJV)

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Isaiah 60 The Passion Translation (TPT)

1 “Rise up in splendor and be radiant,[a] for your light has dawned,

    and Yahweh’s glory[b] now streams from you!

2 Look carefully! Darkness blankets the earth,

    and thick gloom[c] covers the nations,

    but Yahweh arises[d] upon you

    and the brightness of his glory appears over you![e]

3 Nations will be attracted to your radiant light[f]

    and kings to the sunrise-glory of your new day.[g]

Bishop T.D Jakes made reference to this scripture and said “Gentiles come to your light but Kings are only attracted to the BRIGHTNESS of your rising”

What have you been dabbling in on the “light” level? It’s time to take it to the “Brightness” level.

A candle is a light but it doesn’t have the same brightness as a lamp. A lamp is a light but there are different types of lamps and intensities of brightness.

Unless you hone your skill(s) until you get to the “brightness” level, you would continue to attract at best “Gentiles” You want kings to seek you out? Rise above the “light” level. (Note to Self).

Some folks are not even in the “light” level yet; well you can start the journey by rising. It’s never too late to learn a skill. Not too late to go back to school. You can intern with a master in your field. There’s so much help to be had if only you would arise!

Note to Multi-Talented Folks

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I am sharing this from experience (I am multi-talented even if I say so myself lol). You can be a jack of all trades but can you please be master of one?

Hone that one skill that would open up auxiliary platforms that would showcase your other skills and talents. This is where it pays to have the help of the Holy Spirit.

Engage God’s presence and let the Holy Spirit lead you and tell you what that one skill is.

In the short course of my life, I’ve discovered that when you trust in God with all your heart and do not lean on your understanding, he takes you by the hand and leads you in the way you should go.

Now when he shows you the way, it is your responsibility to do the work; hunker down and get it right!

Conclusion

There’s so much I can say on this subject but let’s leave the rest for subsequent posts.

My prayer for you this New Year is that by November, you’ll be taking stock of the giant strides that you’ve taken. Note however that it may need to start with baby steps.   

May you not be looking forward to 2021 as a means of escape from the frustrations of 2020.

God is ever ready to do exceeding abundantly above all you can think or ask. Are you ready to receive? Do you have the capacity to receive? In Bishop T.D. Jakes’ words “can you stand to be blessed?

To shine you have to arise. So ARISE, SHINE!

 Welcome to a new year of possibilities !

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