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[Chapter 10] Excellency Of Wisdom By David Oyedepo

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Chapter 10:
Obstacles To Creativity
That a man is physically blind, is regarded as one of the greatest tragedies
of our times. At crusades, shouts and tears of joy follow the miraculous opening of blind eyes.
That God is interested in healing His people, including the restoration of
sight to the blind, is portrayed all over the scriptures. It was one of the cardinal
missions of Jesus as listed in Luke 4:18. He was so concerned about the
opening of the eyes of God’s people that only a blind man drew a second touch
from Him.
After the first touch, the man could see men walking, as trees. The second
touch brought about a clear vision (Mark 8:22–26). There is however a
blindness that supercedes this physical blindness. There are people, spirit–filled
children of God, who still walk around with their two eyes open, yet blind to
the core. These are those the Master’s hand is yearning to touch. These are the
mentally blind. They are Christians. Yes. But they have nothing to show for
their redemption. Physical blindness is bad, but mental blindness is worse
because it robs you of your ability to be productive. Blind minds are worse than blind eyes. The gospel of Jesus is a glorious  gospel. It is supposed to produce a shining in the Christian for he is the light of  the world. The Christian is supposed to stand out as a city set on the hill. His  light is supposed to shine for all to see, bringing praise and glory to God. The  Christian is supposed to radiate the glory of God. But why do most Christians
not experience a shining? Why do they keep crawling under pity, sympathy and
empathy? The reason is not far–fetched.
There was an experience related by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians
4:3–4. It says,
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the
god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of
God should shine unto them
If the gospel be hid; if the good news does not sound good or produce
good, then it is because the god of this world has blinded their minds.
Satan is the god of this world. He specializes in the blinding ministry. But

he has not as much interest in blinding your physical eyes as he has in blinding
your mind.
Why the mind? This is because the mind is the seat of wisdom and
creativity. Your creative ability does not reside in your physical eyes but in your
mind. So what does the wicked one do? He blocks your mind, then your defeat
and destruction is established. If he can block your mind, he has got you. The
blockage of the mind is the greatest bondage. When your mind is blocked, your
bondage is established and only a lifting of this blockage can guarantee
freedom.
The word says that the knowledge of the truth makes for freedom, but if
the ability to know the truth is blocked through the blinding of your mind, then
your bondage is established. Blind minds are worse than blind eyes.
If you must shine, the blindness of your mind must be lifted because
wisdom makes the face of the wise man to shine. Where is the seat of wisdom?
The brain, the mind, the soul is the headquarters of wisdom.
If you must shine, the glorious gospel of Christ must gain entrance to your
mind. If the mind is closed, the gospel has no entrance. The mind has to be
actively alive, open and resourceful; having the ability to receive, to analyse
and break into absorbable bits before it produces a shining forth. God has made
enough provision for His people to be successful. He has enough for all His
children to have absolute fulfilment; a hitch–free life — a life full of
testimonies. Satan’s blindfolds must be removed. Satan’s blockades, erected in
your mind must be pulled down like the wall of Jericho to enable you step into
your inheritance and possess your possession.
This is of utmost importance this end–time. The church has been dead and
trampled upon because, she has lost the use of her senses. For the church to
attain the realm of glory God has for her, her senses, her mind must come alive.
It must be made to produce effectual and positive results. We are dealing with
the obstacles to creativity, not just as an information, but so that you can
recognize them when they come your way and take positive steps towards
eradicating them.
Accepting The Status Quo
He has looked everywhere, even into the word of God but having not  understood it, he concludes there is no way out; he is no match for the  challenges of life; he is not lucky. He has pictured defeat, therefore he is defeated.
Accepting the status quo, accepting that low value of yourself is a creativity killer. Discover your specialty in Christ and recover your destiny.
From the day you accepted Jesus, you became a new breed. You rose from the
level of the common to that of the special breed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation,
a peculiar people that ye should shew forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light
1 Peter 2:9
You are not a pitiable specimen. You are a peculiar treasure unto God’s
glory. The whole world cannot be exchanged for your soul. You are God’s heart
beat. He created you a king. To reign, to show forth His praise and glory by
overcoming life’s challenges. David said in Psalm 139,
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
The discovery of your specialty is the beginning of your overcoming. This
is the redemptive fact that holds your future. You are meant to restore to the
world the Edenic lifestyle. This connotes comfort and dominion. You are to
give taste to the tasteless system. You are the light that shines in darkness.
Shine forth and cause praise to rise unto God.
Mental Torture Of Irreparable Past
He has lost his life; his house and all his belongings got burnt in a fire
disaster; his wife and his children were involved in that terrible air crash in
which no one survived. He is so tied to the past that he is of no use in the
present. He is unable to move forward. He suffers mental paralysis. And,
because he is of no use in the present, he destroys his future.
The word of God says:
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of  old. Behold, I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not
know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18–19
This is the law for winning the race. Don’t be unduly attached to the
irreparable past, so you can be valiant in the present to earn a future.

The Plague Of Past Failures
He has failed in business, so taking new steps is impossible to him. He is
unhappy. He is weeping. And because he is weeping, his eyes are blurred. He
can’t see opportunities passing him by. Breakthrough revelations do not
immune a man to failure, but prevent him from remaining one. Look at yourself
as a man in a wrestling contest, for the Bible says, “we wrestle.” A wrestler falls
but refuses to be paralysed by the fall. So he gets up with renewed
determination not to fall again. Failure is not strange in the covenant race. It is
remaining a failure that is contrary to the covenant.
A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.
Proverbs 24:16
The motto of the overcomer is,
Rejoice not against me, o my enemies, when I fall, I shall rise again.
Micah 7:8
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were slaves who did not allow the
weight of slavery to weigh them down. They used their minds and rose to the
top echelon in a strange land.
If anybody ought to be a failure, it was Joseph. From being his father’s
darling to slavery then to prison. But he was not weighed down by these. He
saw a bright future ahead of him. He became a Prime Minister in a foreign
land!
Most of the Pauline epistles were written in prison. He did not allow the
mental plague of prison to dampen him. He pressed on. Don’t let past failures
paralyse you. Press on. There is a weight of glory ahead of you.
The Pride Of Past Achievements
He believes he has arrived. He has reached his goal. There are no more
worlds to conquer. No more mines to explore. He therefore relaxes. He stops
growing and mental paralysis sets in. There is no more push, he then starts to
fall.
God’s intention is for the believer to come into the fullness of Christ. We

will not arrive at this ultimate until He appears to take us home.
God has not called you to bless you for yourself. He has called you to
make you a blessing. He wants to make nations out of individuals. Know that
what is successful today will not be so tomorrow except it is improved upon.
Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted
it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction
Micah 2:10
Where you are now is good enough only for the now. If you remain in it, it
will become polluted and lead to your destruction. Don’t let what you call
achievement today tie you down. What you call a standard today becomes sub–
standard tomorrow.
Comparing Oneself With Others
He looks at his contemporaries and says, “We used to be childhood friends.
We were classmates. I was even more brilliant than he was. Now he is a
Managing Director. He is only lucky, otherwise he is not that clever.” He does
not believe that they must have reached their position by a more excellent way.
Or he sees his old mates and says, “We used to be school mates. But now, they
can’t even come near where I am. I must be very brilliant.”
Comparison is an enemy of mental development. There are both negative
and positive comparisons. The use of others as the yardstick of your drive
towards your goal is a slow killer.
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare
ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring
themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among
themselves, are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12
According to the scriptures, it is foolishness to compare oneself with
others. Don’t let the achievements of others or the lack of it set a standard for
your own achievements.

Belief In Spells And Enchantments
This is more common in the Third World countries. Almost everything that
happens is traced to the devil and his cohorts. Barrenness, sickness, death,
failure, are said to be caused by witchcraft, voodoo, enchantments, and so on,
has made many Christians to believe more in the power of the devil to kill and
destroy than they believe in the power of Jesus to deliver. They trace their
failures to men: “That old woman is responsible for my failures and woes.”
“That man has sworn that I will never have a child since I refused to marry
him,” etc.
If God can deliver from hell, is it too much for Him to deliver you from
men? Your redemption gives you a new beginning. Even if there were curses
and enchantments against you, your redemption strikes them off. The effect is
erased. You have a new beginning with Jesus.
Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any
divination against Israel.
Numbers 23:23
When you become born again, you become an Israel of God, a spiritual
Israelite; enchantment loses its grip on your destiny. Mental attachment to
enchantments paralyses mental reasoning. When enchantments are used against
you, act like Moses and put down your rod. Your rod is the word of God and
just as the rod of Moses swallowed up the Egyptian rods, so also will your rod
swallow up any enchantment against you. Display your rod in the face of the
enemy. Don’t just stand and watch.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every
tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment, thou shalt
condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their
righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
Isaiah 54:17
You are to do the condemning of every tongue which rises against you.
Always fight back with your rod — the word of God in your mouth. Curses
should not determine what happens to you; you should determine what happens
to them. You are light so you are the master of darkness. The strength of
darkness is in the absence of light. The thickest darkness flees at the entrance of
light. The weakness of darkness is made manifest at the appearance of light.
Loose your mind from the mental grip of enchantments. You have power over
them. Break loose and live

Concept Of Unequal Destiny
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them
he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Romans 8:29–30
There is one destiny for all that are called. Your calling culminates in
glory. You were predestinated to be called, justified and then glorified.
The same God is rich unto all that call upon Him, nationality and race
notwithstanding. All have a common destiny in Him.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that
God is no respecter of persons.
Acts 10:34
Don’t accept your situation as your destiny. As long as where you are is not
glorious, it is not God’s destiny for you. Even if it is glorious, glory is in sizes
— one exceeds the other.
But we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as
by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18
We are being changed from one realm of glory to the other. Keep on
moving from glory to glory until Jesus comes.
These are the seven main blindfolds the devil uses to tie down God’s
people. Now that you are aware of them, watch out for them and as soon as you
notice any of them rearing its ugly head in your life, deal with it immediately

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