2017 (What faith draws therefrom)

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Looking at the New Year 2017 I receive prophesies from the digits, with the heart and eyes of faith. Do figures talk? Yes, à la the faith in God’s word, they are endowed with the ability to speak encouragement to our failing hearts.

The number 2 is of witness and of testimony. This year, do expect testimonies coming from your lips, in honour of the beneficence of a loving, generous God. It is from the mouths of 2 or 3 that a ruler is enabled an adjudication; your life itself will be such a huge witness so much that you do not need to open your testimonial mouth. You will be evidently blessed this 2017, if you believe it is not impossible for God to do it. Joseph needed not stand on a podium to testify, the LORD God elevated him like the Everest and like the lighthouse he needed not be sought for. Your success will be evident in Jesus’ name.

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Zero is a symbol indicating an absence of magnitude or quantity: a cardinal number between a plus one and minus one. It is a nothing, a nil. Zero is of the vanity of this world of satanic influence. Zero is of the viciousness of the circle, around which demonic activities direct global affairs. Satan will do everything to involve us in peregrinations of vanity, with an intention of tiring us out spiritually, to enable him have his nefarious intrusion into our glorious lives. Who did not see the indubitability of the hopelessness of the challenge David threw at the legendary war mongering Goliath? David looked every millimeter like an indubitable ought. The Devil told him, “You’re an irremediable zero before the gargantuan viciousness of this Goliath!” to scare him. The Bible said, “And the Philistine cursed David by his gods” (1Samuel 17:43). But David did the necessary thing: he said, “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” (1Samuel 17:45). David went the way of Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith”. The word ‘author’, in the Greek, is archēgos (ar-khay-gos’): ‘one that takes the lead in any thing and thus affords an example, a chief leader’. ‘Finisher’ is teleiōtēs (tel-i-o-tace’) Thayer Definition: ‘a perfector; one who has in his own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith’. Strong’s Definition: ‘a completer, that is, consummater’.

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This year, 2017, the Devil will, no doubt, want to evoke the spirit of zero to disparage God’s word. Do not listen to him, fix your eyes of faith on Jesus, the archēgos and the teleiōtēs of your faith. Amen!

The number 1 scripturally is unity of purpose of the Trinity. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one”. What He said, in essence, is, “I and my Father are the Jehovah”. How I do know this is couched in the verse. ‘Are’ is esmen, meaning ‘exist’. It is the plural of eime, Greek interpretation of ‘AM’ when God gave Moses His name as I AM i.e. JEHOVAH, in Exodus. Heis, the Greek for ‘one’ means ‘one thing (including the neuter gender)’. These definitions tell us that Jesus and the Father are one in thought, will and power, and of the same essence, hence, anyone who looks on Jesus, and is born again, is of the same essence as Jesus: for He did pray that we should be one in the Father just as He is with Him (John 17:21). Our oneness with Him, the Most High, is the guarantee that we have victory against the evil forces of the enemy this 2017.

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Seven is God’s number. 7 speaks of perfection and of the involvement of God. We have attained perfection in Him this 2017. His righteousness has made us righteous to receive all our desires from the heavenly donation. Seven says that the good LORD has perfected my ways this 2017. Your hands are wrapped around the trophies of excellent successes of this 2017. God calls things that be not as though they were. Be bold. Call those things of your heart’s desire into manifestation, and like David, you have become victorious; conquering and to conquer all your days in this 2017. God has earmarked us for testimonial landmarks.

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Let us look at seventeen. It is 10+7: trial and perfection. Genesis 7:11, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened”. The ordinal 17th spelt both doom (for disobedience) and survival for eight (believing) souls. There is too much evil acts on the terra firma. Complete dependence on the Lord, and not on our understanding is paramount. The first time the cardinal number seventeen shows up in scripture is in Genesis 37:2, “These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren…” Joseph faced daunting challenges. At the end it was a sweet, victorious, testimonial, praise-the-Lord story for Joseph. The good Lord will take us through the testy trials of 2017 and bless us with a triumphant joy.

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Do an arithmetic of 2+0+1+7; it gives ten. There will be trials but the good Lord will hold your hand, though the turbulence, just like a dutiful Father that He is. Happy 2017 and years beyond.

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