OPERATING ABOVE YOUR HEIGHTS
When you are in this world, life is full of battles, right at the time you are conceived in your mother's womb, the rivals of your mum want you to come out (they want your mom to have a miscarriage) or give birth prematurely so that you die before you get anything. Whether you want it or not, you will find opposition in the areas of your life. There those oppositions that are within your capacity to handle but there are those above your height. When it seems too much, there is an ability to operate above your heights. You can still operate above your heights when you are moving on comfortably. If you fail to operate above your heights that is when you think of committing suicide, doing evil to overcome, you say I need to hire somebody, I need to do this and that. But if you want to operate comfortably above your heights you need to rise on the eagle's wings.
When Goliath met David, he saw a small boy that he is going to wipe out in a short time but the boy said, ‘you pagan…’ because David knew that in the spiritual atmosphere there is always a battle. There is a battle between light and darkness. David knew that if Goliath is waging war against Israel, he is automatically an enemy against the God of Light, ‘so how do I overcome this enemy…’ He said, ‘you march against me by your muscles and your sword but I march against you in the Name of the Almighty God and am going to deal with you, cut off your head and put you down.’ Do you know who was speaking? This was a small boy speaking to an old giant, he was confessing what he is going to do knowing it’s not by his ability.
Many of us, when we get challenged, we confess to our destruction. ‘I’m going to die.’ Don’t say I am going to die with that person. No, you are confessing negatively. Someone says, ‘I am going to throw you in jail because you owe me money’ and you come and say you know what they are going to imprison me… no!
What did David Say? He reigned above his height and encountered Goliath saying, ‘I come against you in the name of Jesus Christ and the Almighty God of Israel. When he began fighting he never doubted, he got a stone went running, he threw it while running! He said before I get to you, get down, and he cut off his head.
The boy operated above his height. What was his secret? He was able to identify that this Goliath is a wicked man, He is not a Godly person obviously that is my first advantage so what do I do? I am going to confess that I come against you in the Name of the Almighty God of Israel. Imagine how he invoked power. Just like when you stretch your hand and say in the Name of Jesus. The boy said I march against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty. He invoked the power, God gave him the grace he picked the stone, threw it, he never targeted the forehead, but it went straight ahead to the forehead.
When you are a gospel child you must know who God has made you, you must discern on how to manage each situation in the way God has revealed to you; don’t just rush. Think righteousness and know that I don’t do it by myself. I have someone above me who uses me as a vessel. He can use me to do anything.
There was a king called Asa; this king came after all these kings had messed up after they had angered the Lord Almighty, they did all sorts of evil. So, there came Asa, when he came in, he first removed everything satanic, the shrines, those places where they were worshipping Baal (the altars of Baal) he cleared them, creating a relationship with the most High God and after doing all this, God allowed him to rest that he was able to prosper. So, he had about 300 soldiers from Judah. One time, they came to march against him. These were Ethiopians, they were one million soldiers with shields, with 300 chariots. During that time, the Ethiopian Army was so strong.
Let’s read from the book of the 2 Chronicles Chapter 15:8-18
‘When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of Oded the prophet, he took courage and removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had captured in the hills of Ephraim, he repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the portico of the LORD’s (temple). Then he assembled all Judah and Benjamin and the people from the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had settled among them for large numbers had come over to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him. They assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign. At that time they sacrificed to the LORD 700 head of cattle and 7000 Sheep and goats from the plunder they had brought back, they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their ancestors with all their heart and soul. All who could not seek the Lord, the God of Israel were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman, they took an oath to the Lord with loud acclamation, with shouting and with trumpets and horns. All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly and He was found by them so the Lord gave them rest on every side. King Asa also deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down, broke it up, burnt it in the Kidron valley although he had not removed the high lace from Israel. Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. He brought it into the temple of God the silver and gold and the articles that he had and his father had dedicated.
If you get to Jesus and work by the Power of that Name, you are going to operate above your heights. Your confession, in the power, in your dependency to the Lord God Almighty will back you up. You will be able to soar at all heights, operate over there and stay safe.
From day one, there have been full battles. Right from the beginning, the first battle was in Heaven where Lucifer stood against the Most High God and there was a fierce battle. This guy had convinced many angels and won them against the Most High. So when Arch Angel Michael saw that Lucifer wanted to take the position. Michael and his army rose and fought Lucifer threw him on the earth and the angels said, ‘Woe unto the habitats of the earth!'
So, if you do not mark that, you will walk a reckless life. In whatever you are doing either you have seen your opponents or not, they are there. Let it be your marriage, let it be your children, let it be your house either you have seen it or not, get to know they are there. If you are so reckless, they will control you till they destroy you but if you know it inside you, you will know the reason why you need to pray for God’s protection either you realize your adversaries or not. Pray for God’s protection. Pray for the protection of your children. Protection of whatever you do. Never take it lightly to walk out of your house before you pray for God's protection or else winds will blow you the way you do not understand.
Life is made of battles, that’s what makes the journey to Heaven too narrow. The devil can make you drink alcohol until you urinate in your trousers and you do not realize that what you are doing is wrong unless you are awake. Get to know you need to operate above your heights in the Name of Jesus.
When you watch the news, the headlines are about fights, battles, and calamities, that is the selling news on earth. So, as a child of God, how do you sail above such news? You need the Name of Jesus. I want you to be aware of this that you are conscious but not fearful.
If you want to soar and operate above your heights, hold on to the LORD. Jesus said I am your shepherd. It sounded like a simple word, ‘I am your shepherd.’ looks minor but it has a lot. He is your caretaker. ‘Lord Jesus, you are my shepherd, as I go in my business today, my target is this much to earn everyday in my business. My trust and my hope are in thee. I operate on your shoulders, make a way.’ You move out. He will do it. ‘Lord Jesus my Shepherd, protect me and defend me in the atmosphere where I do not see, keep me in your comfort zone. Let your Right Arm protect me.’ Then you move out without any worry. You are safe because you know where you are operating from.
When money is so scarce and whatever you touch is what you lose, anoint your hands everyday, put some Holy water in your hands as you pray every morning. Say, ‘Lord as Your Blood rests in my hands, wash away every curse of poverty, wash away every curse of failure, wash away every curse of loses. Defuse every witchcraft in my hands and let your Glory reflect in my finances.
Prayer: May God give you Wisdom. Let whatever you do be blessed in Jesus’ Name. Let your blessings regain their lives. Let your blessing be blessed In the Name of Jesus.
When you operate above your heights, you will never be depressed or commit suicide because you know if your abilities have reached an end, you have a step up. In most cases when God wants to raise you, He will design someone to inspire you so that you can see hope and develop the faith.
For instance, the case of Mary (you are a virgin, you have never seen any man but they tell you that you are going to conceive a baby boy and this boy will be a savior of the whole world.) It sounded crazy because she was set for marriage with another man and now here they are saying, she is going to conceive by the Holy Spirit. You are hearing something you have never heard about. You are going to conceive by the Holy Spirit. Now, God knew that ‘yes this girl has accepted but she is not sure.’
So, what the Lord did was to prepare Elizabeth, a woman of old age though she was married. She had been barren for so many years. So the Lord prepared the barrenness of Elizabeth just to inspire Mary. When the time came for the young girl to conceive, Elizabeth conceived first. So when Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, she went to Elizabeth just to pay a visit and Elizabeth was so welcoming and praised her.
Let us see what she said, in the book of Luke 1:39-45
At that time, Mary got ready and hurried to a town in a hill country of Judea where she entered Zachariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in the womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice, she exclaimed, ‘blessed are you among women and blessed ins the child you will bear. But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in me leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord will fulfill His promises to her.’
Elizabeth was designed to confirm Mary’s calling. Elizabeth’s role was to confirm and this confirmation inspired Mary. And she says, ‘my soul magnifies the Lord.’ Luke 1:47
When God plans for you, He sends someone like me to tell you that what God has purposed for you, shall be fulfilled. You only have to believe that what God has purposed for your life shall be fulfilled. When it is confirmed, rest and relax. So, that was the case of Mary and Elizabeth.
John came out first and even begun preaching the gospel preparing the way for Jesus and when Jesus came, He said, ‘Yes! This is the One I have been telling you about.
Say, ‘Lord Jesus inspire me now, give me stakeholders that share in my vision.'
You need to meet somebody that will make your heart remember what God purposed for you. Someone you meet and your heart says, ‘yes I now know I am going to get it.’
Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus assign somebody to inspire me. Assign somebody to confirm what you purposed for me. Holy Spirit inspire me. In Jesus' Mighty Name. Lord Jesus teach me more about how I can operate above my heights.'
Obviously, one of the things you need to know is that you need each other. We need each other. Do not think the best instrumentalist is the best dancer. No! He can play instruments well but he cannot dance. He needs somebody to bring some rare strokes. Not every good singer is a good dancer as well. Not every football fan knows football. No! He is just a fan, assigned to inspire somebody. So just like a lawyer needs a doctor, a doctor needs a lawyer too. Just like a doctor can use medicine to treat, he needs the spirit of God to cause healing.
We need each other. Just like you can be good at physical things, you need me who knows spiritual things. I need you also who knows physical things. We need each other; never think that some professions are useless. We equally need each other. So, do not abuse another person's profession. You may despise a person who polishes shoes but they may call you for an interview in the city and your shoes are full of dust. You will look for a shoe shiner, desperately. So, we need each other.