SESSION 17 – BUY THE FUTURE

Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Genesis 12:8

Abram who later became Abraham obeyed God’s instruction to leave the land of Haran and go the unknown area called Canaan. Abraham was already a wealth man with a lot of possessions. On face value this might have seemed like an easy instruction but it isn’t when you consider that Haran was a well-developed city and that all his relatives lived there.

However, God was helping Abraham to have a generational perspective of prosperity, with all this material possessions. If Abraham had chosen to stay in Haran with all his wealth, his descendants would not have benefited from his prosperity.

The promise was first made to Abraham (Genesis 15:18-21), then confirmed to his son Isaac (Genesis 26:3), and then to Isaac’s son Jacob (Genesis 28:13), Abraham’s grandson. The promised land was described in terms of the territory from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates river (Exodus 23:31).

Benefits of having land

  1. You can expand without limitations
  2. Your children can inherit that land
  3. You can build permanent structures
  4. You can dig wells that will serve many generations to come
  5. You can build Walls of protections around the cities

 

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SESSION 16 – BUY THE FUTURE

Today I want us to look at the issue of land. If we want to leave an inheritance for our children then, the land issue should be addressed.

Landless success is not sustainable because it cannot be passed to the next generation. In Genesis 2 verse 11 and 12 we read about the river that flowed out of Eden that had four branches, one being Pishon, which flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that land was exceptionally pure, the aromatic resin and onyx stone were also found there.

Abel was a livestock dealer and Cain was a tiller. A tiller in Hebrew is an abad which means to work, service and cultivate the ground. The Hebrew word for ground is Adamah, which means soil, country and also land. What we often forget is that in addition to farming, there are also precious stones found in the land. Therefore, those who work the land will discover wealth hidden in the land, hidden for the diligent and hardworking individuals. God required offering from both Abel and Cain, they actually needed land in order to produce and also offer to the Lord.

Let us look at the account of Adam’s great grandsons, Jabal was a pioneer of those who lived in tents and raised livestock. Jubal was the first of all those who played the harp and the flute. Genesis 4:20-22. Tubal-Cain was an expert in forging tools of bronze and iron. These are the descendants of Cain who were born after the fall of man but they still showed great desire to invent things which helped generations that came after them.

Mediocrity, is not part of your DNA, you have access to things that they never had. They had no one to learn from. They had no books or internet to Google new ideas, they trusted their intuition. Things like YouTube and Google are the best inventions of this century use them for your advantage.

A long while ago our washing machine was not draining water, as it’s supposed to. I went to YouTube for a step by step tutorial of to fix it and the machine was fixed.

Fellow Africans, we know that getting the land back is a great priority for now, but this will not solve our problems overnight. Let us prepare ourselves and get more expertise; we need to teach ourselves all the things we need to learn. We should never impart a mind-set of mediocrity to our children; let’s encourage them to excel in everything they do.

Let me give you this suggestion, take any subject you want to specialize in, study it online every day for less than 1hour. Especially as these days we have online courses on different subjects. In one year, you will be more knowledgeable than most average people in that area. If you are average in this technologically advanced era, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you want to learn how to raise livestock, grow crops, breed with dogs and so on, just use google. What you need is discipline and consistency.

 

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I always wanted to study in top universities around the world; my desire was limited by resources at that time. I started to pursue my dream few years ago. Since then I have studied with UNISA and Wits University and I have excelled. My next stop is Harvard University, I’ve made enquiries, and it is only $20 000 for that short course, I will be away from home for 1 month. Hint hint, I will welcome early 50th birthday gifts.

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LESSON 15: BUY THE FUTURE

In the previous study we learned that Genesis is the Seed Plot of the Bible. Themes that begin in Genesis are developed in the rest of the Bible only to end up in the Book of Revelation.

The land produced vegetation, the land is productive (Gen.1:12)

– God created the first and rest we will have to grow through the process of planting seed in order to get a harvest.

– Seed time and harvest time will never cease.

– You reap what you sow

– You might be sowing in tears, you will reap in joy

  1. All sorts of seed-bearing plants, seeds provides for future harvest

– The future of any living thing is in its seed.

– Financial success depends on the seed you sow now

– Marriage

– Relationship.

– Health

– Career

– Family and etc

 

  1. Be fruitful, not sterile (Gen. 1:28).

– The first instruction given to man is be fruitful

– The kingdom of God is about bearing fruit

– John the Baptist said to the Pharisees, repent and show the fruits of repentance

 

  1. Multiply, increase human kind (Gen. 1:28).

– The ability to multiply is given to man

– To multiply also means to exponentially increase the same product without losing quality

  1. Replenish the earth with people (Gen. 1:28).

– “neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil.”

Genesis 2:5 NLT

– God will bring creative ideas when people are there to catch and develop them

– Steve Jobs cultivated the idea called Apple

– Bills Gates cultivated Microsoft

– Jeff Bezos cultivated amazon

– Patrice Motsepe cultivated rainbow minerals

– JD Jakes cultivated Potters House

– Eddie and Stella Phetla cultivated Gateway church International

What are you cultivating?

  1. Rule all God’s works (Gen. 1:28; Ps. 😎.

– Child of God you’ve been created to rule over all God’s creation including material resources.

  1. Till the ground and be a partaker of the garden (Gen. 2:15).

– God wants us to enjoy the benefits of our hard work; there is time for every activity under the sun, time work and time to rest. I have inculcated a culture of hard work in our organization; we work hard and play hard also. People see us on Facebook riding motorcycles and traveling, that is just one aspect of what we do.

  1. Protect your dominion from enemies (Gen. 2:15).

– Protect what has been entrusted to you

– Do not allow those who are close to you to speak you out of your purpose

– Resist carnal desires

– Resolve to obey God at all cost

 

  1. Freely eat of all things except the tree of knowledge (Gen. 1:29-30).

We live under the yes atmosphere; Adam was allowed to eat 99% of what was in the garden.

 

LESSON 14: BUY THE FUTURE: THE STORY OF GENESIS 1-3

LESSON 14: BUY THE FUTURE: THE STORY OF GENESIS 1-3

The ‘Dominion Mandate’ is one of the most important assignments given to man by God. Tragically however, to a large extent, the Church seems to have moved the ‘Dominion Mandate’ down its list of priorities. The Dominion Mandate was handed down to mankind by God at Creation.

In Genesis 1:26–28 we see God create mankind in His image and then delegate authority to them to subdue and rule the earth. “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…Then God blessed them, and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’.”

 

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MAN

God created the Heavens and the earth and then handed the title deed of the earth to mankind. Genesis 3 records man’s disobedience to God’s specific instructions – causing sin to enter the earth and in so doing, losing dominion of the earth and transferring the title deed to Satan.

Having deceived mankind into relinquishing the title deed, Satan immediately takes control of the world system and institutes his diabolical plan to usurp God’s authority and destroy mankind. God, however, had made provision for man’s frailty and institutes His plan to rescue mankind from Satan’s influence and restore the ‘Dominion Mandate’, including the title deed, to its original owners.

 

REDEEMING THE TITLE DEED

The plan of God established at the foundation of the world is the Cross of Calvary. When the last Adam, Jesus Christ, gave His life on the Cross, shed His Blood and then rose from the dead, He defeated Satan, won back the title deed and restored the ‘Dominion Mandate’.

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Col 2:15. When Jesus paid the penalty for mankind’s sin on the Cross, He went into hell – stripped the devil of his power and disarmed him of the keys of sin and death. Those keys – that unlock the awesome power of God in the earth – were given to the Church to once again enforce the ‘Dominion Mandate’ and redeem what the devil had stolen from mankind.

 

THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST

In Matthew 16:18–19 Jesus declares, “… I also say to you, that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys for the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” The Church is the body of believers here on earth while the Kingdom of Heaven is made up of both the earthly and Heavenly realms. The Church is given full authority by Jesus – backed up by Heaven – to take back the ground subjugated by satan and to restore His ruler ship in the earth. This means, the ‘Dominion Mandate’, originally given to the first Adam that he lost to satan and which Jesus redeemed at the Cross, is now the Mandate of the Church – the Body of Christ.

 

WE ARE TO RULE AND REIGN

Dominion is translated from the original Hebrew word ‘Radhah’ that means: to subjugate, to rule, to reign and to prevail against. The word subdue is translated from the Hebrew word ‘kabash’ which means to conquer, and to bring into subjection. Significantly, the institution God ordains to bring the earth back under His control is the Church.

The earth belongs to God and He gave His Church the express mandate and the authority to restore His rule. Sadly, the Church has abdicated its responsibility to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth.  The key to reclaiming the ‘Dominion Mandate’ is understanding our authority as Christians. It is impossible to reign, rule, or bring anything into subjection, without first exercising authority.

Psalm 8:4–6 clearly illustrates God’s intention for mankind, “What is man that You are mindful of him…For You have made him a little lower than the angels and You have crowned him with glory and honour.  You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.”

WHY ARE WE SURRENDERING?

Most of what is referred to as the Church today is confined to buildings and self-imposed Christian ghettoes from where the Body of Christ views the outside world with fear and disdain. Instead of taking hold of the ‘Dominion Mandate’ for which Jesus paid such a high price, the Church has retreated into the sanctuary, effectively surrendering the earth to the dominion of satan.

Godless philosophies are promoted at will in the public square without a response from God’s anointed leaders – who for the most part completely ignore the Scriptural imperative. The reality is that every thought and idea contrary to sound doctrine advanced in the public domain that remains unchallenged by the truth of God’s Word is accepted as ‘truth’.

The enemy understands that if a lie is repeated often enough, it will eventually be accepted as fact. Homosexual activists operate by this principle. Homosexuals who represent approximately 2% of the population often repeat the lie they represent 10% of society. Lies and deception have immense potential to destroy individuals and nations. Why then do we ignore Scriptures like 2 Corinthians 10:4-5: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”.

SESSION 13: LESSON FROM THE STORY OF JOSEPH

1. Pursue True Prosperity – True prosperity is not gaining material wealth only, it’s in glorifying God through the way you live your life. Joseph continued to cultivate and pursue a relation with God, this is true prosperity.

2. Ability to forgive – Joseph forgave his brothers even before they could ask for it. (Genesis 45:4,5)

3. Be Humble – Joseph knew that he was destined to rule over his family, but God allow circumstances that would teach him to be humble.

4. Manage Success – Even though Joseph was sold into slavery by his family that didn’t stop him from blessing them in time of desperate need. (Genesis 45:6-9)

5. Give God all the Credit – Joseph always knew that his gift to interpret dreams came from God. He never took credit and always focused on giving God the glory for that he did.( Genesis 41:16)

6. Have integrity – Joseph’s life is a powerful testimony of the long-term effects of walking in integrity. Temptation will always come, but allow God’s grace to cause you to flee sin and protect you from all of the enemy’s trap.

7. He was diligent – Joseph proved to be diligent in every assignment given to him;

-His father trusted his report over his brothers

-Potiphar left his entire household to Joseph to manage.

-He was made to be in charge of his fellow inmates

-Pharaoh appointed him to rule over the entire land of Egypt

SESSION 12: JOSEPH & JESUS

CONTINUATION: GENESIS 42

54. Joseph became a Saviour to all peoples (41:57; 54); as Jesus is the Saviour to all peoples (John 3:16; Revelation 5:9). 55. Joseph has unlimited resources to meet the need of all the people (41:49); as we read of the riches of Christ’s grace in passages such as Eph. 1:7; 2:7; 2:4; 1 Peter 1:3; Eph. 3:8; Col. 2:9; Romans 10:12.

56. Joseph’s family is driven out of their own land (42:1-3, 5); this is in fulfilment of God’s prophecy in Genesis 15:13. And so, a few years after Joseph’s brothers rejected him they are forced out of their country as were the Jews after a few years after rejecting Christ were scattered into the world by the Romans.

57. Joseph was unknown and unrecognised by his brethren (42:6, 8); as Jesus today is not recognised by the Jews. Joseph was exalted over all the house of Pharaoh, but Jacob knew it not. All the years he thought (assumed)that Joseph was dead! Today, Jews ‘believe’ Jesus to be dead and do not know that He has been exalted as LORD over all the world.

58. Joseph, however, saw and knew his brethren (42:7); so too, Jesus’ eye is on the Jews even today (Jeremiah 16:17; Hosea 5:3).

59. Joseph punished his brethren (42:7, 17); as God (Jesus) is dealing harshly with the Jews today (Hosea 9:17; Matthew 23:35-36, 38-39. “Joseph was the cause of their troubles now. Joseph was punishing them for their past dealing with himself. The secret of all Judah’s suffering during the past centuries is to be found in the fact that the rejected Messiah has been dealing ‘roughly’ with them.”

60. Joseph made provision for his brethren while they were in a strange land (42:25); as God (Jesus) promised to provide for the Jews while they are scattered (Jeremiah 30:11; Ezekiel 11:16)

SESSION 11 JOSEPH & JESUS

CONTINUATION: GENESIS 41

49. Joseph received from Pharaoh a new name (41:45); as God gave Jesus Christ a new name (Philippians 2:9, 10; Matthew 1:21; Acts 5:31). True is was the name “Jesus” given to Him at His birth. Jesus means Saviour, but Jesus could not save His people from their sins until after His death, burial, and resurrection. As Joseph did not become his people’s saviour until after his “death,” “burial,” and “resurrection.”

50. Joseph was thirty years old when he began his ministry (41:46); as Jesus was thirty when He began His public ministry (Luke 3:23).

51. Joseph’s exaltation was followed by a season of plenty (41:47-49); as their (is) a season of harvest now after Jesus’ exaltation as LORD. This time period is known as “the time of the Gentiles.” (Romans 11:25; John 12:24).

52. Joseph’s exaltation was also followed by a period of famine (41:53-54); as ‘the time of Gentiles’ will come to an end and ‘the time of Jacob’s trouble’ (Jeremiah 30:7) will begin. (See Daniel 12:7; Mark 13:19-20 (it will a very grievous time (as in Genesis 41:31)). It will be a time when the whole earth (a picture of all of Egypt) will be tried. (Revelation 3:10). See Amos 8:11-12 for the kind of famine coming (or may already be here) – a famine of the Word of God.

53. Joseph, alone, is now seen as dispersing bread to a perishing world (41:55); as Jesus is the One who alone disperses the Bread of Life (Acts 4:12; Matthew 17:5 ‘. . . hear Him.’

 

SESSION 10: JOSEPH & JESUS

CONTINUATION: GENESIS 41

 

44. Joseph is exalted, and set over all Egypt (41:39-40); as God highly exalted Jesus (1 Peter 3:22; Philippians 2:5-11).

45. Joseph was seated on the throne of another; as Jesus shares the Throne with the Father. “Today our Lord Jesus Christ shares the throne with the Father as Joseph shared the throne of Pharaoh. As Joseph ruled over Pharaoh’s house with his word, so today our Lord Jesus Christ rules over Father as Joseph shared the throne of Pharaoh. As Joseph ruled over Pharaoh’s house with his word, so today our Lord Jesus Christ rules over the Father’s household, the household of faith, the Church, by and through His Word.

46. Joseph was exalted to the throne because of his personal worth; as Jesus was highly exalted for His personal worth (Philippians 2:6-9).

47. Joseph was invested with such insignia as became his new position (41:42); as was our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 5:31; Hebrews 2:9; Revelation 1:13).

48. Joseph’s authority and glory were publicly owned (41:43); as Peter publicly declared the Lordship of Jesus Christ on Pentecost (Acts 2:36; Philippians 2:10)

SESSION 09: JOSEPH & JESUS

CONTINUATION: GENESIS 40

34. Joseph was numbered with transgressors (40:1-3); as it was prophesied about Jesus (Isaiah 53:12) and as it was (Mark 15:28).
35. Joseph was the means of blessing to one, but the pronouncer of judgment on the other (40:16, 17, 19); as Jesus was a blessing to one of the thieves He was crucified between (Luke 23:43).
36. Joseph evidenced his knowledge of the future and gave credit to God alone (40:8); as Jesus did the same on earth (John 12:49).
37. Joseph desired to be remembered by the butler (40:14); as Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)
38. Joseph was put in prison (the tomb) but God would not allow him to remain there because God’s purpose for Joseph was not yet fulfilled. So it was with Jesus Christ, God would not allow Him to remain in the tomb (Acts 2:24). Joseph changed his prison clothes for clothes of glory as did Jesus Christ (John 20:6, 7).
39. Joseph was delivered from prison by the hand of God (God sending a dream to Pharaoh and Joseph’s testimony in 45:7-9); as God raised Jesus from the tomb (Acts 2:32; 10:40).
40. Joseph is seen now as the Revealer of secrets; compare 41:16 with the words of Jesus in John 17:8; 8:28; and 12:49. Compare 41:25 with God revealing what He would shortly do through Jesus Christ in Revelation 1:1.
41. Joseph warned of a coming danger, and urged his hearers to make suitable provision to meet it (41:33-36); as did Jesus Christ warned His hearers that death did not end all but there was a life beyond the grave that one should prepare and be ready for now.
42. Joseph is portrayed as a Wonderful Counsellor in giving wisdom to Pharaoh (41:33-36); as Christ is known as the One “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).
43. Joseph’s counsel commended itself to Pharaoh and his officers (41:37-39); as did Jesus’ teaching while He walked on earth (Matt. 7:28-29; 13:54; and compare John 7:46 with Genesis 41:38).

SESSION 08 JOSEPH & JESUS

CONTINUATION: GENESIS 39

22. Joseph becomes a servant (39:1); Jesus became a servant (Philippians 2:6, 7)
23. Joseph was a prosperous servant (39:2, 3); Jesus was also a prosperous Servant (Isaiah 52:13; 53:10)
24. Joseph’s master was well pleased with him (39:4); the Father was always pleased with what Jesus did (John 8:29).
25. Joseph, the servant, was made a blessing to others (39:5); Jesus was a blessing to the world.
26. Joseph was a goodly person (39:6); Jesus came as a servant into the world and yet lived a goodly (perfect) life.
27. Joseph was sorely tempted and did not sin(39:7-12); Jesus was tempted and did not sin (Mat. 4:1-11; Heb. 2:18; 4:15) 28. Joseph was falsely accused (39:16-18); Jesus was falsely accused (Mat. 16:59, 60).
29. Joseph attempted no defence (39:19); Jesus gave no defence at His trials (Isaiah 53:7).
30. Joseph was cast into prison, though he was innocent (39:20); Jesus is sentenced to death though Pilate found no fault in Him (John 19:4, 6).
31. Joseph thus suffered at the hands of the Gentiles (first by his brethren then by the Gentiles; Jesus was sold by His brethren then suffered at the hands of the Romans (Gentiles.
32. Joseph, the innocent one, suffered severely (Psalm 105:17, 18); Jesus suffered by crucifixion.
33. Joseph won the respect of his jailor (39:21); Jesus won the respect of a Roman centurion standing at the cross (Luke 23:47).