The Believer's Creed
By Femi Fani-Kayode
Bring light where there is darkness, joy where there is pain, hope where there is despair and respite where there is suffering. Fear not the mighty, be strong and confident in all circumstances, uphold the truth and defend the weak. Fight the power, bow to no man, stand firm on your convictions and resist the evil. Watch and pray, have faith in God, hold your head up high and fight the good fight. This is the creed of the believer: the obligation and calling of the Sons and Daughters of Zion.
Yet we still have so much to learn. Consider the following. We live in an interesting world with interesting people. We only have one life so we must live it to the fullest. Trust and love God, hold on to your dreams, be faithful to your convictions and do as much good as you possibly can to all those around you. Do not be arrogant or forceful but at the same time bow to no man and let none intimidate you.
Know who you are and where you are in the scheme of things: you are a child of the Living God, dedicated and covenanted to Him alone even before you left your mother's womb. He is your God and your strength, He is awesome in battle and true to His word and He will not allow you to fail, to fall or to be ashamed. He has a mission and a purpose for you in this difficult, lonely and oftentimes cruel world. The challenge is to identify that purpose and to fulfill it in a glorious way.
Yet despite the ugly storms of life let your resolve be strong: to live for God and to be a blessing to all those around you. And if nothing else remember this: that He loves you, that you are very special to Him and that you are destined to succeed. So take hold of your beautiful destiny and espouse it's great promise to the fullest. Let it be for you as it was written in the Holy Books before the oracles of time. Let courage, truth and honor be your armor. Let praise, love, faith and compassion be your banner. Let the earth, the wind, the water, the fire and all the elemental forces of the cosmos confirm your greatness and protect your precious soul.
Let the Lion of the Tribe of Judah watch over you. Let the Seven-fold Spirit of the Most High God defend you. Let the Holy Angels that guard the seven seas and the four corners of the earth fight for you. Let all of creation bow before you and let He that is more than able, He that sits above the circles of the earth, He that is known as Yeshua, the Son of the Living God be with you all the days of your life.
And who is this infallible God whose name we consistently invoke? Who is this mighty Lord in whom we believe and whom we exalt and worship morning, night and day? Who is this all-powerful deity that is our strength, on whose name we stand and in whom we make our boast?
He is the God of the Holy Bible: the giver of life. He is the Holy One of Israel whose coming was prophesied for thousands of years by the Prophets before it came to pass. He is He that humbled Himself and shed His divinity: who came down as God incarnate in the flesh. Who suffered on the cross under Pontius Pilate, who shed His blood, who gave up His life as a living sacrifice for our sins, who went down into hell and overcame satan and the principalities and powers, who rose again, who ascended into Heaven and who sits at the right hand of God the Father.
He is He whose Holy Spirit guides, leads, protects and fights for us on earth today. He is He who holds the universe together by the power of His word. He is He that is high and lifted up, whose train fills the Temple and whose love has no end. He is He that is more than able and whose Kingdom shall reign forever. He is He that makes all things beautiful in His own way and in His own time. He is the Spoiler of our adversaries, our Advocate, our Defender and our Judge.
He is the Man of War, the Avenger of our Blood, The Ancient of Days, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Lord of Hosts, the Comforter, the Consuming Fire, the Alpha and the Omega, the Creator of all that is, the Prince of Peace, the Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, the Balm of Gilead, the Blood of the Sprinkling, the Rejected Stone that became the Cornerstone, the Nazarene, the Conqueror of Satan and the Great Provider.
He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith, the Lifter of our Heads, our Shield and our Glory. He is our Father who is filled with love, who guards us jealously and who never fails. He is the Lord of the Universe, the Lord of the 24 Elders that sit before Him in His heavenly throne room. He is the Lord of the Angels and the Archangels, the Lord of the Cherubim and the Seraphim and He is the King of Glory. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, He is the King of Glory.
His name is Jehova Sabaoth, Jehova Rapha, Yahweh God and the I Am That I Am. He is irresistable and unfathomable. He is the God of the Armies of Israel and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the All-Seeing and the All-Knowing. He is the Compassionate and the Merciful: the Adonai, the Elohim. He is the Lamb of God, the Risen King, the one and only Messiah, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is Yeshua: Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of the Living God. We are created for His pleasure, He delights for us to prosper, He displays His splendor, glory and majesty in our lives and besides Him there is no God.
To those that know and trust Him and that believe in Him I have this to say: He will guide you and protect you through this year and beyond. He will make his face to shine upon you. Your feet shall not slip and neither shall you suffer want. You shall live long and prosper and your joy shall be full. You shall not be cut short because long life is your portion.
The Lord shall give you the fat of the land and a place of honor in the land. You shall increase. The Lord shall enlarge your coast and he shall exalt your horn. The seductions and evil of this world will not overwhelm you and neither will they consume you. The Lord shall guide you in all your ways and deliver you from the hands of the wicked one and his agents.
You shall rise up to greater heights than you can possibly imagine and neither shall you ever suffer want, shame or defeat. Before your very eyes you shall see the recompense of the wicked and those that seek your hurt and wish you to go astray. You will excel in your work and studies and the Lord will grant you joy everlasting. Because you have honored Him in all your ways your days will be long and His blessing shall never depart from you.
The love of God and his grace and mercy shall walk with you all the days of your life and his angels shall guard you jealously both night and day. May God bless and keep you now and always and may this year and beyond be great in your life and in your family. You are simply wonderful; a great blessing from a great God. You will never be ashamed but rather like a well-watered garden, you will be fruitful and productive.
You will flourish forever and neither shall your leaves ever wither. Your pockets shall never run dry for the Lord will grant you plenty and he will cause rivers to flow through your desert places. His precious anointing and Holy Spirit shall never depart from you and his peace and favor shall cover you all the days of your life.
I soak your body, spirit and soul in the precious blood of the sprinkling; the blood of the Holy one of Israel, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, son of the Living God. I commit you into the hands and power of the God of Heaven and into the presence and power of he who came down as God incarnate in the flesh.
May the deep mysteries of his precious blood speak for you at the gates and fight for you in every circumstance touching and concerning your life. Go forth into the world and the new year boldly with your head held up high knowing who you are and knowing that you serve a mighty God. Because of him you are safe and sound and you cannot be defeated. Because of him everything that you set your hands to do that is in accordance with his will , shall meet with good success.
Give him the praise and glory in all things and remember always that He loves you more than life itself. God bless and keep you and all that is yours now and always. We serve a mighty God so go forth into the world in his strength and in his power. Take dominion and conquer, be courageous and be strong and most important of all be thankful and be happy: for in the end he makes all things beautiful. Faithful, mighty and true, that is his name. Have a great year and may God be with you and yours now and always.
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