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GO TO THE SEA
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Go to the Sea book by
Marcus Agboola. He believes that by implication, the sea has a forceful influence upon everything that dwells on the surface of the earth including man and that Jesus has commanded us to go to the sea and recover all that the sea had taken from us.
 


 

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Go to the Sea

Divine Command for a Victorious Life

By Marcus Agboola
 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Preface
Golden Page
Chapter 1: The Sea
Chapter 2: Operations of Territorial Gate Keepers
Chapter 3: Superiority Contest
Chapter 4: Silence the Sea
Chapter 5: Subdue the Sea
Chapter 6: Plunder the Sea
Chapter 7: Handle the Season
Chapter 8: Are You Ready!

About the Author

Published by:
SOW House Publications
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Lagos Nigeria
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© 2018 by Marcus Agboola

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Dedication

This book is dedicated to my Father in the Lord, Apostle (Professor)
Johnson Suleman, the Pathfinder and dragon slayer.


Acknowledgements

My profound gratitude goes to God Almighty. Thank you for making
me your choicest pen and for your glory that is embedded in me.

I am grateful to my Parents in the Lord Apostle (Prof) and Reverend
(Dr) Johnson Suleman. Thank you for showing me the path to
greatness through Grace.

I acknowledge my mentors and pastors Reverend Fidelis and Pastor
Gladys Ayemoba. Your wisdom -teaching has taught me how to
imitate you. Thank you for teaching me for free.

My thanks also go to my mother and siblings whose love and
encouragement have helped me this far.

I also thank my cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Adedayo Akomolafe for their
sincere help and support in the course of this work.

To all pastors and members of Omega Fire Ministries, Lagos, I
appreciate your love. I say you are the best.

King’s House family worldwide, I appreciate you all for believing in
me. You have made the work quite easy.


Preface

A baby was born to my family before me, but a foretelling came to
him at infancy that “his head was not ripe” hence, he would not live
long because he would not be able withstand the wiles of the enemy.
He was actually born with a terrible disease and eventually died after
four months. This made my parents to consult powers so that the
baby coming which is me would have a stronger head. A major
herbalist was employed to monitor the pregnancy. Amazingly, after
birth the herbalist said that the baby did not eat all the concoctions,
which my mother had been fed with. She fed my mother with
concoctions so that the fetus could eat from it. In her terms, she said
the baby (I) turned back to the concoction. But a bigger hand hid me
in the womb.

That is not all; the herbalist then said since the baby refused to eat
concoction in the womb probably he would have nothing to do with
potions. He should be dedicated to water; after all, water is life.
Nobody makes enmity with water. That was how the baby was
dedicated to water, by throwing him to the river bi-weekly with full
incantations for dedication. The child (I) started growing with
challenges, limitations and frustrations, until I heard the voice of the
master who said, “Go Thou to the Sea” and thought me what I want
to share with you in this book.. As you read it and pray all the prayer
points in Chapter eight, you will conquer and take back what the sea
has stolen from you in Jesus name.

Marcus Agboola


Golden Page

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute
money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He
saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented
him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the
earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the
children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou
to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh
up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of
money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
 


Chapter 1: The Sea

The “SEA” is a metaphorical face of powers that rule in the affairs of
men by taking the advantage of the sea as the hidden place, the
marine powers and the principality of waters. These powers impose
their will upon the earth. That is why, the Jews hate the sea with
utmost passion; Hebrew culture viewed it as evil and destructive. The
sea is the foundation of tribute,

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered
together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the
waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:9-10

The Lord commanded the sea to shift so that dry land could appear.
Then the sea practically became the landlord to the dry land because
it allocated part of its property to the earth. By implication, the sea
has a forceful influence upon everything that dwells on the surface of
the earth including man. The fall of Adam in Eden brought tilling
activities to man and tribute to the sea. God owns all things; He gave
the terrestrial kingdom to man before man lost this mandate to the
devil in the Garden of Eden. Hence, when it comes to matter of the
sea, it is the duty of man to address it.

The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. 2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And
established it upon the waters.
Psalms 24:1-2 NKJV
 
The sea provides respite for the earth every day. Scientific procedure
explained that the sea blows cold wind towards the earth (land)
during the day to cool the surface of the earth and protect the land
from the scourge of the sun. In the night, the reverse is the case; the
land blows cold wind to the sea. This process is called sea breeze and
land breeze. By the virtue of this mutual relationship, it is mandatory
for man to interact with the sea. Man has an obligation to breathe to
the sea and breathe from the sea. This interaction allows the sea to
rule the earth. The sea uses the power of the night to plunder the
earth. It usually demands for a tribute from the earth along with
breeze while men sleep. It does not just demand for land breeze, it
demands for treasures. Since about three quarter of the earth surface
is covered by the sea, the land will need more than breeze from the
remaining twenty nine per cent of earth surface to pay tribute. Men
do not have choices other than to comply. Sea is ruling over the
earth. Because all the labour and activities of man are performed on
the land and the respites come from the sea.

Moreover, every treasure on earth is connected to the sea. Mineral
resources found in a particular topographic area is connected to
climatic factors which are functions of the sea.

Whenever the sea requests a tribute from the land, the land
withdraws tributes from the treasures amounted for the generations
of Adam and pay.


Chapter 2: Operations of Territorial Gate Keepers

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute
money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus
prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon?
Matthew 17:24-25a

The sea is always after a mission. If a man has no dream or
assignment, he may not be bordered by the marine powers. The
moment you have a purpose and determine to pursue it, you become
a target of the sea. The sea has territorial gate keepers. They that
received tribute were the gate keepers at Capernaum. Landlord or co-
tenants, or even co-workers could be the gate keepers in your own
territory. Gate is a place where transaction takes place. Gate is a
place of negotiation, a place of buying and selling, where destinies are
being traded. Destiny of Ruth was redeemed at the gate.

Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and,
behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he
said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside,
and sat down. 10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon,
have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead
upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from
among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses
this day. Ruth 4:1, and 10


The sea even negotiated with Jesus at the coast of Galilee called
Capernaum. The gate keepers operate in various ways and their
target is to stop you and your mission. When you open your door to
gate keepers, they manipulate you to the advantage of the sea. If you
do not pursue your dream, you enrich the sea.

MISSION CHALLENGES

The sea will surely challenge your mission; here are some of the
challenges the sea pose through the gate keepers before a man of
vision:

(1) LOCUS ENCOUNTER

And when they were come to Capernaum,

Capernaum was at the seashore of Galilee. The sea was planning to
truncate Christ’s mission at the coast of Galilee where he should be
glorified. The city of Capernaum had a lot to do with Jesus Christ’s
ministry. Every assignment is attached to a location. And every
promise land has its giants. Jesus fought his greatest battle with the
sea at Capernaum because that was his location. There will always be
territorial battle at your location because that is where your
allocation will come. These are some the reasons why opposing force
is strongest at your location:

       a) Your location is your place of prophecy.
Capernaum was the place of Jesus’ prophecy. Just as prophet Isaiah
was waiting for the appearance of messiah at Galilee of nations by
prophecy according to Isaiah 9:1, the sea was also waiting for Jesus to
fight his prophecy at Capernaum.

And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is
upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet,
saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the
way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; Matthew
4:13-15


The sea will usually fight your prophecy, but you must not give in. If
you want to enter into your prophecy, you must also be ready to deal
with the sea. In spite of the sea, every prophecy hanging upon your
head whether from the scriptures or direct personal prophecy, it shall
be fulfilled at the appointed time. Every agent of the sea waiting for
you at your Capernaum will not be able to gainsay your grace to
contend in Jesus name. It was regarded as Galilee of the gentile
because it was the administrative capital of Galilee.

Interestingly some of the attributes of Capernaum made it a
territory of powers of the sea. It was a centre of operation of the sea.

       b) Your location is your base

Capernaum was Jesus ministry base. There is always a giant at every
promise land. Christ moved from Nazareth to Capernaum at the
inception of his ministry because there was a need for enlargement. If
you have a big assignment and you find yourself in a small location,
God may need to enlarge the location to accommodate your vision or
take you to a larger location that is able to accommodate it. The latter
was the case of Christ. Capernaum was a commercial centre being a
coast as usual. Jesus left Nazareth because it was too small for his
assignment,

And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb,
Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in
Capernaum, do also here in thy country. Luke 4:23

The Sea will do everything to attack your base. There is hope for a
tree when it cuts down but there is no hope for it when it is uprooted.
If the sea cannot shift you or make you a vagabond, he cannot
terminate your destiny. He knows that your root determines your
height and fruits.

       c) Your location is the place of your greatest battle

Capernaum was Jesus greatest battle field. At Capernaum, Everybody
was just behaving as if nothing happened despite the signs and
wonders performed by the messiah, and the prophecy that had gone
ahead of him. They were not moved. They have been waiting for this
messiah for over four hundred years. Instead of them to worship him
they exalted themselves unto heaven. They were the examples of
butterflies that call themselves birds. They embattled him in
superiority contest. They recruited themselves as gate keepers to the
sea.

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be
brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done
in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this
day. Matthew 11:23


If you want to possess your location, be ready for battle. To lay down
your sword at your location could either mean you have fought and
conquered the generation of Giants in your territory or you have
submitted your destiny at the feet of the sea. The prince of peace is a
man of war.

       d) Your location is your place of posterity

Some of the disciples including Peter, Andrew and the sons of
Zebedee were chosen at Capernaum. The strength of his ministry was
built at Capernaum. The sea knew that Capernaum was his place of
strength. The future of his assignment was handled at Capernaum.
The future of your assignment is attached to your location.

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon
called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for
they were fishers.19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will
make you fishers of men.20 And they straightway left their nets, and
followed him. Matthew 4:18-20


       e) Your location is a place of comfort and protection

Capernaum means “a village of comfort and protection”. Capernaum
was a place of comfort and protection for Jesus after John the Baptist
had been arrested.

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he
departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt
in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of
Zabulon and Nephthalim: Matthew 4:12-13


If there is any battle that territorial powers will engage you more
than any battle, it is the battle against your comfort. Dis-ease is a plot
of the devil to steal your comfort.

(2) DESTINY HELPERS TEMPTATION

They that received tribute money came to Peter:

The second challenge is the deceptive approach to destiny helpers.
They that receive tribute were agents of manipulation. They came to
attest to the decision of the sea to make Jesus submit his authority.
The attack against Peter was actually against Christ. If the sea can
weaken your pillars, he has weakened your work. If it can stop your
helpers, it has stopped you. This scenario was similar to the
serpentine visit to Eve in the Garden of Eden. He did not go to Adam,
he went to Eve but the original target was Adam.

(3) MANIPULATION AGAINST DESTINY HELPERS

And said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

Why did they ask such a sensitive question? One of the instruments
of manipulation is a rhetorical question so that you will not be able to
know their aim. It is like an arrow shot at your emotions, in order to
sweep you off your feet. I believe Christ was well more than twenty
years old at that time, may be about thirty. Which means Jesus has
being paying this tribute for the past ten years. Peter’s reply to this
question also proved that Jesus had being paying the tribute since he
got to the land of Capernaum. So, such question should not arise. This
kind of manipulation was launched against Eve in Eden to disannul
God’s divine plan for man. Each time they ask such a rhetorical
question they actually expect you to say yes! They want to hold you
by your word. Beware of manipulation.

HOW TO OVERCOME MANIPULATION FROM THE SEA

(1) DELAYED RESPONSE

He saith, Yes

The disciple was not aware of the plan of the sea to subject the son of
God, he was manipulated into it. Many a time, people have being
subjected to the condition that they cannot control. They have said
yes to sickness, poverty and limitation in the dream. And these
started manifesting in their life. There is power in your tongue. Some
have agreed to situation that can mare their future forever. Some
have submitted their destiny to demonic counsellors. You need to
delay your response if you are not sure. You must also know that you
need to consult God before you answer. Before you make any
important decision, pray for direction. Delayed response always
exposes the original intention of the manipulator.

(2) DIVINE INTERVENTION

And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him

Jesus stopped Peter and prevented him from entering the house to
forfeit the manipulation of the sea. Jesus prevented the new plan of
the sea. Peter was intending to go inside and get some money to pay
the tribute. The house is a place of treasure. When the sea attacks
someone’s life, it is after the house. The sea is a resource waster. The
sea can attack somebody’s finance, or job just to cause confusion in
the house. Marital challenges are attached to manipulations of the
sea. Sudden loss of mutual feeling as a result of demonic walls,
financial challenge, lack of appreciation, and diminishing
communication are some of the demonic tools of manipulation
against home. God prevents families from this marine manipulation
when they seek him in agreement.

The house is a place of strength, wisdom and riches. That is why
every wise man fights for his house. If you are rich it will be found in
your house. Your strength is found in your house. Queen of Sheba did
not believe in the wisdom, strength and riches of Solomon until she
came to his house.

And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon
concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard
questions. 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with
camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones:
and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all
that was in her heart.3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there
was not anything hid from the king, which he told her not.4 And
when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the
house that he had built,5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting
of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their
apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up
unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her. 6 And
she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own
land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. 7 Howbeit I believed not the
words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half
was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame
which I heard. 1Kings 10:1-7


Peter was proved with hard question and he was about to lose his
treasures before Jesus intervention. It is absolutely important to
guide your house if you want to keep your riches, wisdom and
strength and, many more.

In some situations, when we want to take certain step, God may bring
persons or circumstances to prevent us. In these cases, we need to
submit to him. We may remain stripling until God’s appointed time
when God prevents us. If you appear before your appearance, you
will soon disappear before your arrival. Prayer can help us to receive
divine intervention whenever we do not know what we are putting
ourselves into.

(3) SEEK GODLY COUNSEL

Saying, What thinkest thou, Simon?

“What were you thinking” that was an amazing question to Peter.
This time Jesus Christ had to address him as Simon. Sometimes when
there is manipulation the victims may not be able to think straight. At
that time you need someone who can address your “Simon” like a
mature Christian or spiritual father. It is very important to seek Godly
counsel instead of allowing emotions or zeal to carry you away. When
the voice of your emotion is louder than the voice of your spirit, you
need Godly counsel. Simon means “hear intelligently” Simon could
hear but he did not think intelligently. He was not aware that the battle line had been drawn. He only acted on the immediate.


Chapter 3: Superiority Contest

…….of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of
their own children, or of strangers? Matthew 17:25b


Who actually has the obligation to pay tribute? Is it children or
strangers? He did not say that because he was son of David. He was
talking of Yahweh, the master of the world.

THE SUBJECT PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE SUPREME

Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute?

This particular statement established a point that custom or tribute is
not a general levy. That there is discrimination, there is favouritism in
paying and receiving of Tribute. When God gave the children of Israel
law he commanded the Levites to receive tithes from other tribes.
The Lord called them His possessions. The son is the owner of the
tributes received by the father.

The power of word is a universal power that never fails in battle. The
ability of a gladiator to trade words and move the crowd to his side is
the strength of the arena.

Quietness is consent in warfare, there are three types of shout in the
battle field, the shout of defeat, the shout of victory and the shout of
Joy. In as much as there is battle, there must be a shout.

Moses replied, "It's not the sound of winners shouting. It's not the
sound of losers crying. It's the sound of a wild celebration that I
hear." Exodus 32:18 GOD'S WORD TRANSLATION.


       (a) Shout of defeat is the shout of “yes” to your adversaries. When
Peter said yes to the tribute collectors he wanted to give the treasure
of his house to the sea, when he said yes to the agents of the sea he
began to sink. Whatever happens in your life got your permission.
You see, even God will not do anything on earth without the consent
of man because he is a faithful God. He has given the earth, the sea
and the air to man to dominate. He will never contend with him. He
displayed his faithfulness in the garden when the woman was
beguiled. He did not interrupt the devil though he knew that Eve was
naïve. God is still faithful he will not interrupt in your affairs unless
you invite him unless you shout yes to him. If you have not made this
decision earlier, you can do it now, say:

Lord Jesus I know that I am a sinner and I believe you came to the world to die for my sin. I accept you as my lord and saviour. Thank you for forgiving me all my sins In Jesus name.

If you have said this prayer and believe it wholeheartedly, you are
now a child of God. You can now contest for your destiny because
heaven is shouting the shout of victory already.

       (b) Shout of victory is a shout of superiority contest. The sides that
have the upper hand in battle shout to motivate themselves and to
weaken their opponents. When you contest with your adversaries for
what they have taken from you, you are on the way to take back.
Your reason is your victory, if you don’t fight for your right, you lose
it. When a champion emerges in a sport or game, the only way for the
trophy or medal to change hand is another contest. The contest
between Jesus Christ and the sea was a superiority contest though
the first Adam lost the fight to the sea. There is just another contest,
the rightful owner of the tribute is right here, right now.

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword,
and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name
of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast
defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I
will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the
carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the
air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know
that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that
the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the
Lord's, and he will give you into our hands. 1 Samuel 17:45-47


David defeated Goliath with words and the host of Angels came to
fulfil his word. He acknowledged God as the warrior who only can
bring down a giant with a stone and sling. If a man loses a battle with
his mouth, he cannot win it even with most sophisticated weapons in
his disposal. The word of your mouth in the face of battle is a
platform for God’s attention to you. If a man that had been trained
how to drip sword from a distance of less than fifty centimetres could
not dodge a stone from a sling at a longer distance, another hand
must have been involved.

When we speak the word, the power of the WORD will quickly bring it
to pass.

       (c) Shout of joy is a shout of testimony. This is the celebration that
follows the victory. This celebration is meant for people whose victory
had been conferred upon by the conqueror.

ESTABLISH YOUR STRONG REASONS:

Of their own children, or of strangers?

This scripture established son ship of Jesus and qualification to
receive tribute rather than pay. If the strangers pay, it is the children
that are in the position of receiving. When a child does not know his
right, he is not better than a slave but the day he understands his
right he claims it back. Jesus was in position of a child until this day of
manifestation. That is why children must be skilful in using power of
your mouth to silence, subdue and plunder the sea.
 


Chapter 4: Silence the Sea

Go thou to the sea, and silence the roaring sea

The word SEA means roar. That is why Roaring is one of the major
attributes of the sea. The sea roars to scare his victims. When the
victim loses his stand he then attacks. You may either silence the sea
or be silenced by the sea.

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the
ship, so that it was now full.38 And he was he hinder part of the
ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him,
Master, carest thou not that we perish?39 And he arose, and
rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the
wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:37-39


THE STORMING WIND

And there arose a great storm of wind,

The storm is a very important weapon of the sea. It means heavy,
uncontrollable or violent attack. When there is storm, the end result
is loss. There will be loss of lives and properties. Then the sea will
eventually have abundance of deposit as a result of the loss. The sea
usually gathers his wealth from the labour of men.

All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place
from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. Ecclesiastes
1:7


ROARING OF THE SEA

And the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

The sea roars to defeat his victims. When a man loses his confidence,
he is about to lose out in battle. David was not scared at the terrified
voice of Goliath. In the battle of life, intimidation is an advantage.

Roaring sea is after the victim to make him lose his voice. Another
trick of the sea is to preoccupy his victim with a lot of distractions.
Such distractions will take him off balance. Thereafter, he can easily
attack. Whatever your challenges may be, the attack is not after your
present, it is just an indication that the sea is terrified about your
future. Any area of your life that attracts the greatest battle is
definitely the area that the sea fears most. The wave of life is to
distract you and change your focus.

These are some of the procedures that Jesus used which should be
our guidelines to silence the sea:

(1) HE SET A BOUNDARY

And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow,

The bible says earlier, that the ship was full of water but not a drop
touched Jesus, the sea knew his boundaries. He knew that the
commander was in the ship. He didn’t just know whether the disciples
had that understanding or should we say that the sea was aware of
their ignorance. The commander is ever ready to give you victory and
silence the sea. Jesus always maintains the boundary. If we commit
part of our life to him, he will not go beyond the boundary. When we
trust our own efforts to achieve certain measure of success, he will
not struggle with us.

A group of friends, drunk went to pick up a friend. The mother
accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the
drunkenness of her friends and she said to her daughter holding her
hands who was already seated in the car. “My daughter, go with
Jesus and may he protect you” she responded, only if Jesus travels in
the trunk, because inside here, its already filled up. Hours later, news
came that they had been involved in a fatal accident everyone had
died. The car could not be recognised, what type of car it had been
but surprisingly, the trunk was intact. The police said there was no
way the trunk could have remained intact. To their greatest
surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken.
(Campinas, Brazil 2005)


You may not be able to stop the operations of the sea on earth but
you can create your own boundary. Every child of God can keep the
sea at bay if he knows his right and ready to contend for it.

(2) HE DEMONSTRATED THE ATTRIBUTE OF A GOOD SHEPHERD

And they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that
we perish?


Jesus Christ displayed the attribute of a good shepherd in this
concept. The disciples were afraid but it is the desire of a good
shepherd that his sheep trust him completely. The phrase “master
carest thou” was used as third person singular. By implication, the
disciples were saying, “we know that He cannot perish but what
about us” when the sea roars, you do not need to panic. Jesus Christ
being a good Shepherd wanted his lambs to grow and become sheep.
You feed lamb with milk but sheep depend on straw. The lamb is very
tender and can run into evil easily but sheep trust the shepherd that
he shall lack nothing. It is the lamb that always demands for the
attention of the sheep for protection and feeding. Sheep always
believes that the shepherd will lead him to the green pasture. Then,
sheep can continue from there. In this hopeful condition, Jesus told
Peter in the gospel according to the account of John.

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of
Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea,
Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my
lambs.16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of
Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest
that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.17 He saith unto
him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was
grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me?
And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest
that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep John 21:15-17.


First, that He should feed his lambs, this gave Peter the role of a
sheep because the lambs need much attention from the sheep. It is
the sheep that feeds the lamb with milk.

Second, he asked him to feed his sheep and repeated it. These gave
him the role of a shepherd. This means the sheep need to be fed as
much twice as the lamb. The sheep need to learn obedience by
challenges as much twice as the lamb. The sheep need to learn trust
by persecution as much twice as the lamb. The sheep need to be fed
for strength, to feed the lamb and for multiplication or increase.

When God allows you to pass through some difficult conditions, it
may be a need for you to be weaned and grow from Lamb to Sheep.
When you will not depend on milk but eat the straw, then you will
trust him for victory. He cares and you will not perish.

(3) HE HELPED THE HELPLESS

And he arose,

In the battle of life silence is not an option, when you cry out; there is
ever ready help for you. From the above analogy, you will agree with
me that both the sheep and the lamb need help. Help is a universal
gift from God to every creature. We are born by help, live by the help
of our environment. We breathe from there we live on plants and
animals. And we give to them in return. If your battle is fierce turn it
to God I tell you he cares. God will arise and……..

(4) HE SAID, WHY THE RAGE?

And rebuked the wind,

When he gives victory he gives it absolutely, when he gives life he
gives it abundantly. If God will silence the raging of the sea in your
life, he must visit the foundation. The foundation of the raging sea
was a raging wind. He rebuked the wind because the wind needed to
go back to its position for the sea to obey. Any foundation in your life
that is not addressed will stop you from experiencing the divine peace
prepared for you. If you do not address the sources of anger or lust, it
can make your life miserable. It may even stand against you at the
gate as a gate keeper.

(5) JESUS SILENCED THE SEA

And said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there
was a great calm.


In the previous chapter, I described the sea as powers that
determined to rule in the affairs of men without permission. We can
also read from the above scriptures, the raging waves of the sea and
how it threatened the lives of the disciples. But here is a shout of joy;
the sea is made silence for our sake.

And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner
of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Mark 4:41


I will also amplify the above scripture this way, “what manner of
man are you as you are reading this book right now that even the
wind and the sea are silenced for you”.

Jesus Christ Silenced The Sea. We are expected to keep him silent. To
be silent is a declaration of peace. It is a sign of agreement. If the sea
tends to show himelf, we have a mandate to silence him.


Chapter 5: Subdue the Sea

Go thou to the sea, and trample upon the sea. The sea is a toothless
dog, he cannot bite but he can swallow. When he swallows, he closes
mouth.

HOW TO SUBDUE THE SEA

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking
on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea,
they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Matthew 14:25-26


(1) BE A MAN OF THE NIGHT

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them,

The man that will subdue the sea must be a man of the night. The sea
wages his war vehemently in the night when men sleep as I have said
earlier. If a man cannot handle the sea in the night, he cannot subdue
him. The sea is more active in the night because that is when he
demands for his tributes. Verse 23 of the above chapter of the bible
says,

And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a
mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was
there alone. Matthew 14:23


It is crystal clear that Jesus was coming from the mountain to subdue
the sea when he knew that the sea raged against the disciples. Night
prayer is a powerful weapon to subdue the sea.

The Lord had prayed from the evening till the fourth watch while the
disciples had sailed for four hours also. But when the sea was raging
he met them at the speed of light. The same route they have
travelled with ship for four hours, he also travelled it without ship in
zero second. There is no limitation to the prayer of a righteous man.
There is no force that can be compared to force of prayer. The name
of Jesus is as potent as then. When you call on that name, he appears
at the speed of the LIGHT of the world. He is the light of the world,
the fastest traveller ever exist.

(2) KEEP THE PROCEDURE IN PROGRESS

Walking on the sea

Jesus was walking upon the sea to subdue the sea. He could have just
appeared in the ship and the wind would still be ceased. But he
decided to step on the sea to put the sea under our feet. He created
the shout of Joy. Now we are more than conqueror through him. We
are not only shouting the shout of victory, we are shouting the shout
of joy. The phrase “walking on the sea” means that Jesus is winning
continuously. If you have won the battle against academic delay, you
will also overcome marital delay. Do not give up; keep the spiritual
activities in progress. Keep trusting, keep strong faith. Each time the
challenge of life presents itself; there is an assurance of victory.

(3) BELIEVE THAT IT IS WELL

They were troubled;

Jesus said we should be rejoicing in tribulation because we are
overcomers. When I described the shout of victory earlier, I described
it as a strategic shout from those that have the upper hand to weaken
their opponent. Therefore, we are always on the winning side. We
should keep shouting the shout of victory. When it looks like there is
trouble, let’s listen to that still voice and magnify it.

There is no mountain that we cannot move!

When I say we, I mean Jesus and I!

Since I have Jesus walking by my side!

There is no mountain that we cannot move!

Verse……..

Across the bridge there is no more sorrow!

Across the bridge there is no more pain!

The sun will shine across the river!

I will no more be ashamed again!


(4) FEAR NOT IT IS I:

Saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear,

Jesus cares so much that, he often attends to all our challenges. From
the next verse we can see that Jesus attended to the challenges the
disciples were facing one after the other. He took notice of their
challenges. To meet their emotional need, to clear their doubt and to
help them.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it
is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:27


Here are the three challenges and his response:

They were troubled and Jesus said be of good cheer. He met their
emotional condition, even when nobody understands what you are
going through. He knows because he is there with you. Be of good
cheer Jesus has overcome the sea.

They said, it is a spirit and he said it is I. he assures you again that it
is I to remove your doubt. The spirit of truth that he sent to us as his
representative is our comforter, Counsellor, Helper, Advocate,
Intercessor, Strength giver and Standby. He is not just a spirit, he is I.
He always whispers to our ears the ever presently presence of God.

They cried out for fear and he said be not afraid. He is the present
help in trouble.

He said, come and let us subdue the sea together. The only way to
plunder a strong man is to subdue him first.


Chapter 6: Plunder the Sea

Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are
the children free 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,
go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first
cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a
piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
Matthew 17: 26-27


The power to plunder the sea is the power of freedom. You need this
power to be totally free. Life does not respond to desire, it responds
to demand. The principle of demand and supply has been established
since the foundation of the earth. In the kingdom where resources
are unlimited, increase in demand will result into increase in supply. It
is demand that precedes supply in this kingdom and not vice versa.
The factory of heaven never runs down of resources. It only requests
your demand to exploit the unlimited heavenly resources. Even as
innocent a baby could be, it cries to demand for attention.

THE KING HAS COME

Peter saith unto him, Of stranger,

Peter was on track by confirming a truth that tribute is a due for
strangers. Who are the strangers? They are not children. They have
not become parts of the church of the living God. They are those that
should pay tribute to the sea. But this truth seems not to manifest in
the life of believers. It is recorded in Revelation

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it
became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the
sea. 4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and
fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel
of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast,
and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed
the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to
drink; for they are worthy. Revelation 16:3-6


The sea also receives tribute from the children. That is not God’s plan.
Even after Jesus had received authority over the sea, the sea is
pouring out the blood of the saints by wasting their efforts
perpetually.

The angel who has authority over all waters cries out in amazement,
because the saints did not give him order to handle the sea while they
have a chance.

The angel watches all the atrocities of the sea and feels the pains of
the saints, and set for action, but the Saints are crying helplessly. The
word “Shed” is a figurative expression which means to “bestow or
collect with honour”. The saints and the prophets bestow their
sweats and blood upon the sea in pain. The sea collects their
treasures with honour.

There will be many surprises if the children of God fail to plunder the
sea with holy anger. There will be many unclaimed treasures, riches,
and kingdoms. It will definitely be a painful end. It is time to engage
the angels in this spiritual warfare.

If you do not plunder the sea you will keep yourself under his
bandage continually. If you wait until the second Angel slaughters the
“man in the sea” via vial, it will be too late.

THE CHILDREN ARE FREE

Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free:

The freedom we have is in Christ we only need to stand on this truth.
Freedom is an expression. It is not a mere title. Some people are in
bandage but they are professing freedom. We are the children of
most High. It is very important to know how to exercise our authority
as children of God. We have all the heavenly mechanisms at our
disposal.

THE LESS SUBMITS TO THE SUPERIOR

Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,

The word notwithstanding does not mean that Jesus relinquished his
right; rather it means that he set to claim it in legal way.

When a king has any issue with another kingdom or territory. He does
not relate with the servants because he will either offend them or be
offended by them. He deals with the ruler of that domain. Jesus
would not offend the tribute collectors because they were just gate
keepers. You do not need to fight at the gate. Go to the place of
treasure, the house of power. That is where you can find the looted
proceed and recover. He had to send his disciple to the sea. He sent
him to their domain both as an emissary as well as a contender.

COMMAND TO A VICTORIOUS LIFE

Go thou to the sea,

This is a command to a life of perpetual victory.

Jesus led the disciple to silence the sea; he also led them to subdue
the sea. But when Jesus would plunder the sea, he sent the disciple to
the sea. If the sea is roaring against you silence him. When the sea is
standing against you, subdue him. But the only way to recover what
the sea has stolen is to plunder the sea. Secondly, we can stand on his
silence and subdued protocols and keep plundering the sea. You must
surely go to the sea and plunder the sea.

HOW TO PLUNDER THE SEA

(1) BLACKMAIL THE SEA

And cast a hook,

A hook is a bent device; it is an instrument of manipulation. You need
to manipulate the sea to submission. You need to make the sea
tremble with power of your tongue. Overpower the sea on your
knees. Get your hooks into the sea by what is written about you. You
need to blackmail the sea.

With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You
show Yourself astute. Psalms 18:26 NASU


The sea cannot gainsay the power of the truth in your mouth. You
need to kill whatever needs to die and make alive whatever needs to
come alive with power of your tongue.

Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit — you
choose. Proverbs 18:21 THE MESSAGE:


(2) CAPTURE THE BEST

And take up the fish that first cometh up.

The target of the sea is to take your best. You must capture the best
and the first fruit from the sea. Demand earnestly whatever the sea
had taken from you and the generation before you. There is a glory
that belongs to your father’s house that has been captured by the
sea. You may not be aware of this. There was tribute that the
generations before you had paid to the sea. Some people whose
ancestors had rededicated to the sea will find it more difficult. I said

rededication because there was a “dedication of mankind”. These
ancestors had willingly submitted their glories and that of their
unborn children to the sea.

WHY YOU NEED TO CAPTURE THE BEST

Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of
Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished. 3 And by great
waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and
she is a mart of nations.4 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea
hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor
bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up
virgins. Isaiah 23:2-4


       (a) THE SEA IS THE BANK OF GENERATIONAL TREASURE

Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of
Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.


Sidon was a gateway to the sea; she ransacked the sea by idolatry.
She worshipped and identified the sea as a mother. Sidon could then
enter into store house of the sea to withdraw treasures. The greatest
demand of the sea is worship. He is looking for potential worshippers
that he might deliver temporal wealth to their hands. But the lord had
a plan to disgrace the rebellious nations.

The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory,
and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth. Isaiah
23:9


Sidon was an ideal place to capture the best of the sea. Sidon means
fishery, so the money-carrying fishes were the merchants of Sidon.

       (b) THE SEA IS THE MARKET OF NATIONS

And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her
revenue; and she is a mart of nations.


Destinies are being traded at the isle where the sea exchanges
treasures for the treasure, stones for diamond. Iron for gold. Some go
to the sea to acquire powers and wealth in exchange for their souls.
Some people sell souls of innocent men to the sea. The sea is more
experienced in this market. Verse 11 of the above chapter of the bible
says,

God reached out to the sea and sea traders, threw the sea
kingdoms into turmoil.God ordered the destruction of the seacoast
cities, the centers of commerce. Isaiah 23:11 THE MESSAGE.


As children of God, plundering of the sea is meant for us. God threw
the sea kingdoms to confusion for our advantage. It is time to capture
the best we desire in the market place of the sea.

       (c) THE SEA STOLE FROM YOU

Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins. Isaiah 23:2-4

The above phrase “hath spoken” means a response to a question, or
disapprover to a claim. The sea is a thief. When he speaks, he speaks
his native language. He is a betrayer.

Sidon has put her trust in the sea and the sea was yielding constantly
to her, her revenues until the sea spoke with a different tongue. The
Sea has changed the wages of his devotee. The sea always speaks of
frustration to his worshippers. It cannot defend them in time of
trouble. The sea offers shame and disgrace to his trust worthy
followers. There are two ways a thief can steal from you: he can come
to you and take away your belongings; he can also deny you of your
mandate with lying tongue.

Consider this analogy; most countries have three arms of military
forces: the army force, the sea (naval) force, and the air force. If a
thief steals from you and runs on the land, you only need a fast
runner to capture him. If a thief steals and flies into the air, there is
no packing space in the air. He will not be out of sight he must come
down. But when he jumps into the sea, you must also go to the sea.
There is a hidden place in the sea, the sea has a belly. The sea has
swallowed from you.

If you have not been able to achieve your goals in life, it is time to go
to the sea. You need to pursue and capture.

Receive grace to capture the best opportunities that will wipe away
your tears in Jesus name. You need agents of restoration if you must
recover from the sea. The fish was an agent of restoration for Peter,
that was why the sea denied Sidon he did not want her to experience
total restoration. As you plunder the sea, be watchful. If you must
recover all from the sea, you must be led. Do not make a meagre
demand from the sea, plunder it without mercy. The lord asked for
what was enough because of you. He is the conqueror but we are
more than conqueror. If he had asked more than he required, he
would also be plundering us. You need to plunder and dispossess the
sea.

If the thief be found, let him pay double. Exodus 22:7c

(3) DISPOSSESS THE SEA

And when thou hast opened his mouth,

Mouth is a very important part of every living being. It is the source
of life. It feeds the body; it supplies energy to the entire part of the
body. If a mouth is open it can even perform the functions of nostrils.
Apostle James said,

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is
a fire, James 3:5-6a.


The power of mouth cannot be underestimated. If the sea had
swallowed what belongs to you through the mouth, you also need to
open your mouth to recover it. Let it be mouth against mouth. The
sea does not understand your emotion; it does not understand your
complaint. Stop apportioning blames. Open your mouth and
command the sea to release what he has stolen. When you open your
mouth, you open the mouth of the sea. There is fire in your mouth,
that fire is your tongue.

(4) BE DILIGENT TO DISCOVER

Thou shalt find a piece of money.

Sometimes people dispossess the sea, yet unable to find what he has
stolen from them. When a man has stayed long enough in slavery, he
develops slave mentality.

There was a king long ago; he did not have a son. So, he decided to
adopt one of the slave children born in his house as a son. He loved
him and took good care of him. One day, there was a great
celebration at the palace of a king in a neighbouring kingdom. It was
a celebration of royalties. This king was invited alongside with other
kings. He took his slave-son along as it was expected of him. When
they brought food to the table for the kings, the boy just stood up as if
he wanted to use the comfort room. He went straight to the kitchen
where the food was prepared and started eating the remnants from
the pot. When people saw this boy in royal attire eating from the pot
like a goat, they called the attention of the father to it “Your Highness
come and see your son”, they said. The king shouted it loudly, “he is
not my son! He is a slave”(African folktale).


Yes, slave mentality made the boy rush for remnants but we have a
father who will not deny us no matter how many times we fall short
of his expectations.

To find back you need to be diligent and persistent. Be diligent to
discover your new identity. Do not rush for the crumbs because there
is bread well-buttered for you on the table. That you have not been
able to find it does not mean it is not there. Look again; go through
the exercise again until you discover what the sea stole from you. Do
not settle for less. The sea cannot stop you, strongholds cannot hold
you. You will surely find.

(5) RECOVER ALL

That take, and give unto them for me and thee.

When a man recovers, he always recovers what will be more than
enough for him alone. Any recovery that satisfies only you is not
absolute. You must recover what will feed and satisfy your
generation. Your recovery is a victory of many generations. One of
the factors that enhance recovery is love, the desire to help others.
When you have the mind of Christ who said, for me and you, God will
empower you.


Chapter 7: Handle the Season

Go thou to the sea, and handle the son.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under
the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1


There is a season for everything including time to handle the season.
There is no better time to handle the season than when you have
plundered the sea. Season is the SON of THE SEA and it needs to be
handled. Sea is the reservoir of the existing water. It is the sea that
releases water to the atmosphere in form of vapour and this water
comes back to the earth as rain. This process gave birth to the
scientific process called water cycle. Water cycle involves exchange of
energy which leads to temperature change. It is the temperature
change that influences climate change. This climate change is called
season (Sea-Son). Season comes at the convenience of the sea. It
puts you at the mercy of the sea.

You cannot cooperate with convenience, irregular process, and
uncertainty. Do not let the sea deprive you of your spoils by the
power of season. Know that you are the one in charge.

There is a purpose here which is to handle the season. If you do not
handle the season, it will prolong. Season will say that a particular
thing must happen only in a particular time. People get ill at this
season. Season says you cannot get your car at twenty-five because
your father got his own at sixty. Season says you cannot get married
at twenty-four because your aunt got married at forty. Your elder
sister is thirty-five and she is not even married. Season says your
atmosphere of favour is empty, it says your atmosphere of showers of
blessing is not full. What are the challenges that season is posing
before you? What is the season saying to you at present? You must
handle the season.

HOW TO HANDLE THE SEASON

(1) HANDLE THE SEASON BY KNOWLEDGE

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue
in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know
the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32


There is a need to know what season you are; you need to know what
God’s plan is for this period. The knowledge of the scripture and
knowledge of God’s plan will enable you to handle the season.

And it came to pass after many days, that the word he Lord came to
Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I
will send rain upon the earth. 1 Kings 18:1


The lord told Elijah that he will release rain to nation of Israel but the
rain did not come. Elijah had the knowledge by prophecy but the sea
held the rain to prolong the season until Elijah handled the matter.
We shall consider how he handled it in the other two dimensions
later.

STEPS TO KNOWLEDGE:

       (a) BELIEVE

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,

You must believe in him before you can learn of him. Believe also in
his prophets who he has appointed to lead you through his ways.
They may instruct you through teaching, advice or direct instructions.
The Jews believed in him and he could give them further instruction.
Belief in him will make you receive further instructions about the
season.

       (b) HAVE A TEACHABLE HEART

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Jesus requested the Jews to have a teachable heart. The heart that is
ready to unlearn the Judaism and its heresies, the heart that is
prepared to learn a new thing. You can only continue in his word
when you believe him. There is a need to unlearn whatever you have
learned that is not profitable. If what you have learned did not
produce your desired fruit. You need a teachable heart to learn new
things. There is something called deficit model in education, the
model says that a learner is empty and the teacher teaches to fill that
emptiness but there are other models that have proved it wrong.
These models say that a teacher only facilitate learning. A learner
knows some things, that may remain as a piece of information,
incoherence, or which may not be sequentially processed by the
learner. This proves that learning takes place any time at anywhere.
If you must learn, you need to know that you are not empty. If the
new things that you are learning do not correlate with what you
knew, then test it in the light of the word of God.

       (c) STAND ON THE PROMISE

And ye shall know the truth,

Another step to knowledge is to stand on the promise. Jesus
promised that we shall know the truth. If you have not been able to
find out the truth, stand on his promise. The spirit of truth will guide
you to the truth. Sometimes you may need to make enquiry from
parents or elders among your family. The spirit of truth can also
minister to you the mysteries that are hidden to any man about
yourself or family secret that will make you unveil the reasons why
the season is working against you.

       (d) WALK IN KNOWLEDGE

And the truth shall make you free.

One good thing about knowledge is that it brings freedom and
freedom got from knowledge can be maintained because you are
more than what you know. I like the word “make”. It means to
produce or manufacture. We can say the truth will produce a brand
new you, or manufacture a new brand of you. The truth has the
ability to change the way you think, the way you talk and the way you
pray. Obviously knowledge is the pivot upon which the other two
methods of handling the season stand.

(2) HANDLE THE SEASON BY SACRIFICE

And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench
also with water.36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of
the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said,
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day
that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I
have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear
me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that
thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the Lord
fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the
stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they
said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God. 40 And Elijah
said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them
escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the
brook Kishon, and slew them there. 41 And Elijah said unto Ahab,
Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of
rain.1 Kings 18:35-41

The season was speaking ill against the nation of Israel by the virtue
of their affliction because of the famine as a result of absence of rain
for a space of three and half years. Elijah remembered God and
offered sacrifice unto the lord. He had the knowledge that the season

can be handled by sacrifices. He offered three different sacrifices unto
God that day:

       (a) SACRIFICE OF NEED

And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench
also with water.


The children of Israel needed water from above to drink, to feed their
beasts and to grow their crops. Water was their need. That was why
Elijah requested for water as sacrifice unto to God. They filled the
altar and the trench with water because they needed abundance of it.
It was not a good time for them to fill the trench with twelve pitchers
of water; one pitcher for each tribe of Israel. But it was their offering
of need. Your sacrifice must also be tagged on your way to handle the
season. The oldest law in the universe is the law of sowing and
reaping. It can never change because the maker of all things also
abides by it.

       (b) SACRIFICE OF VINDICATION

And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of
them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to
the brook Kishon, and slew them there.


Sacrifice of vindication is a sacrifice that justifies the all-sufficiency of
God. The prophets of Baal were slaughtered for God’s Zeal. When you
give a sacrifice that helps somebody or a people to handle the season,
it is a sacrifice of vindication. Giving a helping hand to a Christian
family or assisting a Christian organisation to complete a project, you
may even give a material such as this book to somebody, any sacrifice
that brings shame and disgrace to the sea and the season is a sacrifice
of vindication. Sacrifice of vindication is especially necessary to put
and end to the wiles of the devil. Until the prophets of Baal are all
dead, activities of Baal worship will not cease.

Phineas gave this type of sacrifice when the children of Israel were in
agony of Sin.

And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his
brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight
of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping
before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 7 And when
Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he
rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his
hand; 8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust
both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through
her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. 9 And
those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand. 10
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,11 Phinehas, the son of
Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away
from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among
them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. 12
Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: 13
And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an
everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and
made an atonement for the children of Israel. Numbers 25:6-13

God is always looking for a man who will vindicate him with sacrifice.
When we vindicate him zealously, he will vindicate us.

When you declare judgement upon every witchcraft and powers
against your purpose and destiny fulfilment, you are vindicating
God’s faithfulness. Until they are dead, they will deny you of your
progress. When you stand in the gap for someone in sacrifice, prayer
or fasting, it is your sacrifice of vindication. You may accompany your
prayer, sacrifice and fasting with praises. Your sacrifice of vindication
may or may not be necessarily placed on the altar of your place of
worship. God may lead you to any opportunity to meet a need. So far
it justifies God’s faithfulness in the life of someone or a people; it is a
sacrifice of zealousness and vindication.

       (c) SACRIFICE OF BURNT OFFERING

Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice

Burnt offering is a sweet smell unto God. God desire this type of
offering, according to God’s covenant with his people, ha said fire
must not go out of the altar. The burnt offering is constant and
regular. If you will handle the season your burnt offering must be
regular and constant at the altar. Do not go to the altar empty
handed. When the sea wants to prolong your battle, he will make you
realise that the season is not convenient. Giving is not proper now,
wait for a convenient season. Then you should know that there is a
need to handle the season. Let me make it clear here that evening
sacrifice was voluntary sacrifice usually bloodless for any one apart
from the priest.

Evening sacrifice is just a time for regular offering, until you make it a
sacrifice. The burnt offering offered by Elijah was not the usual burnt
offering offered by the priest. It was a special burnt offering. It means
the children of Israel doubled their burnt offering that day despite the
famine. You see when you are in dire need that is when you give your
best. It is not the time to reduce your offering but make it a sacrifice
indeed.

(3) HANDLE THE SEASON BY PRAYER

So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top
of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his
face between his knees, 43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look
toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is
nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. 44 And it came to pass
at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud
out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab,
Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
1Kings 18:42-44


Another important power to put the season under subjection is
prayer. There is no force like the force of prayer. It takes knowledge
to pray the right prayer.

So Ahab went up to eat and to drink.

The one on the throne may not be the one leading; leadership is not
a function of title. It is a function of knowledge and influence. Elijah
had brought hope to the nation, even Ahab could not but obey his
simple instruction.

Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy
princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
Ecclesiastes 10:17


Though Ahab was on the throne, Elijah was the one fighting the Lord’s
battle. He was confessing strong faith when he said that Ahab should
go and eat. You need dangerous confession of faith when you are
battling with the season.

TYPES OF PRAYERS THAT CAN HANDLE STUBBORN SEASON

       (a) FERVENT PRAYER

And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down
upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,


If you want to handle the season, you need to be fervent in prayer. It
takes effectual fervent prayer to handle this season because it has the
backing of the sea. Jesus Christ even said some seasons may not be
handled without prayer and fasting. That is the type that Elijah was
handling here. Elijah was not distracted with anything. He even put
his face between his knees so that he would not see the sky or any
distraction. It is not a time to pray religiously but a time to pray with
answer in focus.

       (b) REVELATIONAL PRAYER

And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea:

There is a need to know the direction which we need to focus upon.
Knowledge is germane in the battle against the season. Elijah told his
disciple to look towards the sea. Ordinarily, if we are expecting rain,
we look up to the sky. It takes divine revelation to look towards the
sea. Many times we look towards the sky, for heavenly blessings, and
help from above whereas God has released our request. It is being
held by the sea. More often, we need to look towards the sea. Most
times when we are handling the season we need to pray more in the
spirit. Praying in spirit connects us to divine understanding.

       (c) CONSISTENT PRAYER

And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he
went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go
again seven times.


You do not give up until you win. The battle against the sea is a battle
of consistency. Only those who can be persistent will overcome. Can
you keep on making the same request in prayer for seven times?
What about seven months, seven years! Consistence prayer is a work
of faith. Do not forget, Jesus is coming for those who are persistent in
faith.

THERE MAY BE NEED FOR DIVINE ACCUMULATION

And it came to pass at the seventh time

“It came to pass” means that something has passed. There was a
situation which has just come to pass. Every challenge you might
being facing now, it shall come to pass. The reason why stubborn
situations refused to change, and several promises refused to come
to pass is because you give up so soon. If you hold on a little longer,
then it shall come to pass. You say, may be this thing is not meant for
me. But the bible says all things are yours.

THE SEASON WILL BOW FOR CONSISTENT PRAYER

That he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a
man's hand


The bible says that cloud arises out of the sea. Remember that Elijah
told his servant to look toward the sea. You can only find what you
are expecting. If you are not expecting it, you would not know when it
will pass. The man in the sea has a hand, if he has a hand that means
he is still holding some peoples glory. He is holding some marriages at
ransom. He held the season of a whole nation. The rain did not come
until the hand appeared. The hand had always been there. But it was
holding and hiding the season.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HANDLE THE SEASON?

(1) YOU AVENGE YOURSELF OF YOUR ENEMIES

Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered
up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight
of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the
valley of Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed,
until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not
this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst
of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day Joshua
10:12-13.


The lord obeyed the voice of Joshua to handle the season. The sun
stood still and cooperated with Joshua in his quest to conquer the
Amorites. The pose of limitation was at display because the sun was
about to shift base but when Joshua prayed he handled it. He did not
allow the season to give command of convenience. Many destinies
have been truncated after the order of the season. To fulfil destiny
you must handle the season. Your destiny has a life span. The
currency that you need to fulfil it is time. If the time is not properly
managed or consumed by season, the destiny may not be fulfilled to
its fullness. The psalmist described the purpose of man as pages of
book.

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Psalms 40:7


If the book is not read when it is ought to be read, some pages may
not be read. Some pages may not be relevant if they are not read at
the appropriate time. Battle against the sea is a battle of vengeance.
It is a battle that provokes God unto jealousy. It is a battle of fire
himself. The sword of God in your hand is not for nothing, it is meant
to slay the sea.

In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall
punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked
serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. Isaiah 27:1


(2) THERE WILL BE ABUNDANT RAIN IN SEASON

I will make them and the places around my hill a blessing, and I will
cause the rain to fall when it should — there will be showers of
blessing. Ezekiel 34: 26 CJB


To be made a blessing is Abrahamic covenant which we receive in
Christ. When we handle the season, then we can become a blessing
when we should. You can be promoted when you should, you can get
married and have your children when you should. The sea cannot
stop God from releasing the abundant rain upon your life but he can
hold it from getting to you when it should. So you need to handle the
season to your favour.

(3) YOU WILL BE HONOURED

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother
called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest
bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might
be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may
not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. 1
Chronicles 4:9-10.


The destiny of Jabez was decided by the season. The mother had a
long season of sorrow and this also conditioned her mind to sorrowful
life. She said to herself, this season will never end. So she named her
beloved son after the ordinance of the season. If you have being
named based on the condition you are, I have a word for you as a
servant of the living God. Your name shall no more be called forsaken,
your name shall be called Hephzibah because God is delight in you.
Once again, I say your name shall no more be called hopeless single,
your name shall be called Beulah because you shall be married.

Jabez realised that he needed to handle the season. You may be the
first to handle the season in your family. You just have to handle it
anyway. Jabez brethren did not handle the season; he was not the
only one whose season had been prolonged by the sea. These are the
names of his brethren and their meanings:

 Ashur- to be dim or dark,

 Coz- thorn

 Chelub- cage,

 Shuah- pit or ditch.

They all had prolonged dim, thorn, cage and pit experiences
respectively because they did not handle the season. Your name may
be the major instrument of the sea to prolong your painful season.
But as you pray today, the lord will change your season. Jabez was a
season changer; he changed the season of his generation. The names
of his children were not mentioned because he was not just a clan but
he built a city.

And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; 1 Chronicles 2:55

The prayer of Jabez can be divided into three sections. So that you
can also channel your prayer in three dimensions:

       (a) SUPPLICATION TO GOD

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest
bless me indeed,


He prayed that God should bless him; he reclaimed his inheritance
from the covenant of Israel which is the first procedure to recover
what the sea has taken from you. You must be aware that there is
something missing and call it by name, be specific and claim your
birth- right.

       (b) PLUNDERING THE SEA

And enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me,

To enlarge someone’s coast means to diminish another. God is not
creating a new land; he is only taking his people to a new land flowing
with milk and honey. If you want to enlarge your coast you must
plunder the sea. Cities on the coast will have a better understanding
of this. If they want to increase their land mass, they have to displace
the sea. He also knew that he could not overcome the sea by his own
power. There was a need for a superior hand to overpower the sea. If
you ever pray the prayer of Jabez , do not forget that you are
displacing the sea.

       (c) HANDLING THE SEASON

And that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve
me!


Jabez also handled the season. The prolonged season in his life was
grief. So Jabez also knew that when he might have plundered the sea,
he still needed to handle his son, the season which will want to
prolong his pain. He moved from the painful season to season of
abundance and became honourable.

(4) THE NAME OF YOUR GOD WILL BE MAGNIFIED

And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found
nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow
on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered
away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How
soon is the fig tree withered away! Matthew 21:19-20


This Christ experience with fig tree was not a mere coincidence. He
has silenced the sea at the earlier chapter of the book of Mark. He
has subdued and plundered the sea at the earlier chapters of
Matthew. Now the season wanted to deprive him of his sovereignty.
Even though, the account of Mark said,

And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if
perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He
found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. Mark
11:13 NKJV.


Jesus is Lord of the season. This scripture was the only account in the
bible where Jesus Christ desired a thing in his mind and it was not.
The fig tree cooperated with the season to deprive Jesus. If you have
plundered the sea, take heed that the season did not deprive you. If it
was not possible for fig to produce fruit that time, Jesus would not
have judged it instantly. That is what I call “Kanna of God”. With him
there is no impossibility; Jehovah Kanna will judge the Powers that
liaise with the season to deprive you in a hurry.

And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is
the fig tree withered away!


The name of God was magnified in the sight of everybody that saw
the wonderful judgement of God upon the fig tree. You may need to
handle the season by destroying its works. You may devour its
product. Some organisations or companies may have to fold up if they

will not let you enter your own destiny. Someone may need to be
dethroned for you to be enthroned.


Chapter 8: Are You Ready?

Now that you have realised why you need to go to the sea, are you
ready?

If you are ready, then pray the following prayers:

1. My father, my father, as I pray scatter every demonic challenge
poses before me by territorial gate keeper.

2. My father, my fighter, fight every power of the sea against my
vision and give me victory.

3. My father, my father, release every prophecy hanging upon my
head in a hurry.

4. My father, my father, let every territorial power fighting my destiny
location die by fire.

5. My father, my father, as I pray let every power domicile at my
destiny location waiting to waste my effort catch fire.

6. My father, my father, as I pray powers of the sea gang up against
my destiny’s helpers scatter by thunder.

7. My father, my father, frustrate every temptation against my
destiny helpers (mention the aspects: marital, financial, career,
ministry) with the aim of making me lose my destined focus in the
name of Jesus.

8. My father, my father, as I pray I declare judgement upon the
territorial gate keepers, programmed to manipulate me out of divine
purpose; I crush you with divine bulldozer.

9. My father, my father, as I pray, I subdue the sea and put season
under subjection.

10. I refuse to say “yes” to every “no” poses to me by the demonic
gate keepers.

11. Every giant, waiting at my destiny location I slaughter you with
divine sword.

12. My father, my father, I receive grace to contest for my destiny
with holy contest by the content of fire.

13. My father, my father as I pray, I recover everything stolen from
me by the sea and its gate keepers by fire.

14. My father, my father, as I pray, I overcome the sea and I fill my
territory with shouts of celebration.

15. Oh lord, whenever I want to give myself to the
manipulators/witchcraft prevent me.

16. I contest for my destiny with holy contest and recover what the
spirit of the sea have taken away from me.

17. My father, my father, as I pray, I cry against every power receiving
demonic tribute in my life expire by fire.

18. My father, my Lord, I silence the sea permanently in my life by fire.

19. My father, my father, as I pray every storming wind shaking the
boat of my destiny I silence you for ever in Jesus name.

20. My father, my father, as I pray every violent attack of the man of
the sea programmed to my direction scatter by fire.

21. My daddy, my God, let every power of the sea programmed to
deny me of what is written about me die.

22. My father, my father as I pray every power of the sea to keep my
favour overseas scatter and shatter in Jesus name.

23. My father, my God as I pray, let every power of marine keeping
my treasure beneath the sea expire by fire.

24. My father, my father, as I pray every season prolonging my
afflictions expire by fire.

25. Whatever cooperate with season to deprive me of my blessing
wither by fire.

26. I come against every arrangement and pattern programmed by
the sea to put me in obscurity in Jesus name.

27. Every hand upon the sea holding what belongs to me release it in
a hurry.

28. My father, my father, as I pray, every hand holding my marriage
upon the sea release it, and catch fire.

29. My father, my father, every air-borne of the sea blowing to my life
to cause me discomfort dry in Jesus name.

30. My father, my father, as I pray, every ancient family tree
empowers by the season to feed me with fruit of disappointment and
frustration wither.


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