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“When a jug of milk is spoilt, one does not add fresh milk to it, but rather, throws out the spoilt milk, washes and dries the jug thoroughly, and then adds the fresh milk.”

So likewise, before we receive the new things that God has for us, let us be sure to remove the old, especially that which is useless and a hindrance to us.

Jesus said concerning the Kingdom of Heaven, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him,” [Matthew 25.29] and concerning the Kingdom of God, “I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.” [Luke 19.26] And when it comes to considering what you listen to, He said, “Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him,” [Luke 8.18] in particular to the knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God.

Now consider this:  Whenever we come before the Lord concerning the problems we have, what are we saying?  Have a listen to yourself when you ask the Lord to heal you of your sickness, or deliver you from your enemies and your problems.  What are you saying to the Lord is an account of what you have.  So what happens?  Even if the Lord were to heal you, deliver you and supply you (He does), you will find that it will not be sufficient, for by your confession of what you have in terms of problems, you have ensured that you will have even more, for that is what the Lord said.

That is why we who know the word of the Lord to be true, when we tell the Lord the sickness we have, the enemies we have and the problems we have, even as we ask Him for healing, deliverance and salvation, no sooner are we healed do we get another sickness, no sooner are we delivered from one set of enemies do we get another, and no sooner is one set of problems solved do we get another.  Why?  Because in our words before the Lord we are saying what we have, and so to those who have more is given until they have the abundance.

To correctly apply this truth of the Lord, we should not deny what we have.  That is, we should not deny we are sick, that we have enemies or that we have problems.  But rather, we should acknowledge them in the context of the abundance of what we have been given so that we are saying and speaking to the Lord about our sicknesses, our enemies and our problems in the context of what we do not have… so that what we have and even what we think we have are taken away.

As a practical example:  A sick person may be sick in one body system, but he has many other body systems that are healthy, and he may have only been sick for a few days of the year compared to the many days of good health he has enjoyed.

As such, the correct way of bringing the sickness before the Lord is to speak of it in the context of what you do not have, rather than what you have.  E.g. a person with a sore leg can say, “Lord, I only have a sore leg,” and since it is in the context of what he does not have, rather than what he has… then even the sore leg is taken away and no more is added.  However, if he said, “Lord, I have a sore leg,” then even after that leg is healed, he will receive another sore leg… for more will be given to those who have until they have an abundance.

When Jesus taught us not to worry about tomorrow, He said a strange warning, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” [Matthew 6.34] This is a verse that can trap you, for if you are worried about the troubles of each day, then more will be given to you.  However, if you have faith in God and trust in God and Jesus, you would realise that Jesus did not say this to worry you, but rather, to teach you.  The truth is, “Each day has enough trouble of its own,” and no person alive would deny that.  But if you are one who does not trust God, then you would be inclined to think, “Why did Jesus say that?  Now I am going to have trouble because His word is true.”  That attitude of your thoughts, especially if it overflows out of your heart, will ensure you will receive even more trouble until you have the ‘more than enough’ or an ‘abundance’.

However, if you have come to know God and have come to trust Him, then you would realise that even though each day has enough trouble of its own, those troubles are there to serve a purpose, and that purpose is to train you in overcoming them and to seek out God’s provision to overcome them.  As such, the unspoken part of this verse, and it need not be spoken by Jesus but by those who have come to know and trust Him, is this: “Each day has enough trouble of its own, but greater are God’s provision to overcome them all.”  As the prophet said, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” [2 Kings 6.16] as he opened his servant’s eyes to see the army of the Lord surround the army of Aram.

Likewise, in the preparation for the days of distress, your eyes must be open to see that more are the provision of God for you than there are problems.  However, it is your words that will acquit you or judge you.  So by our words we triumph or we succumb.

Thus, before we thank God for more of His good and perfect gifts and fruits so that we who have will receive more and even the abundance, let us at this time remove that which hinders, and remove it in such a way that no more is added.

Instead of being immature children who only see the problem and are frightened by it, let us put all our problems in the context of God’s abundant provision, and put His words to practice in such a way we are not cutting (harming) ourselves by it.  For His word is alive, active and sharper than a double-edged sword, and many are they who cut themselves whilst handling a sword (knife) because of the lack of skill and practice.

As such, elect, learn to skilfully use this wonderful truth of the Lord in truth so that what problems we have are taken away and no more are added by speaking of our problems in the spirit and attitude of what we do not have.

If you are sick, speak of your sickness to the Lord in the context of what sickness you do not have.  So instead of saying, “Lord, I have a sore leg,” say, “Lord, I only have a sore leg,” even if you have a cancer or blocked artery that could kill you… as if you do not have so that what you have or think you have is taken away without more being given.

Likewise, if you have enemies, speak to the Lord in the context of what enemies you do not have so that what enemies you have will be taken away without more being given.

If you have financial debt, speak to the Lord in the context of what debts you do not have, even if you owe a million dollars, say, “Lord, I only owe a million.  I only have a debt of a million,” so that even what you have is taken away and no more is given.

And when all these are removed, then you are ready for the more to be given that is good and perfect without that which is evil and imperfect distracting you.

So speak to the Lord as if you do not have many weaknesses when you are asking Him to remove your weaknesses so that no more is given; as if you do not have many sicknesses when you are asking Him to remove your sicknesses so that no more is given; as if you do not have many enemies when you are asking Him to remove your enemies so that no more is given; as if you do not have many problems when you are asking Him to remove your problems so that no more is given; as if you do not have many failures when you are asking Him to remove your failures so that no more is given; as if you do not have many debtors when you are asking Him to remove your debts so that no more is given.

But then speak to Him of your few strengths thankfully so that more is given to those who have; speak to Him of your health you have thankfully so that more is given to those who have; speak to Him of your friends you have thankfully so that more is given to those who have; speak to Him of your solutions you have thankfully so that more is given to those who have; speak to Him of your successes you have thankfully so that more is given to those who have; speak to Him of your credits you have thankfully so that more is given to those who have… until you have an abundance.

For truly by your words you condemn yourself to more, or by your words you acquit yourself of more.  It just depends how you see and hear the distress that is coming even now.

Amen.

PS:  While the timeline is being finalised, these supplementaries are just small teachings to get you by.  Pastors should also revise the earlier teaches.

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