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[CHAPTER 7] EXCELLENCY OF WISDOM BY BISHOP OYEDEPO

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Chapter 7:
The Gift In You At Salvation
Salvation has beauty to offer man. It adds colour, genuine colour to life. It
orders man’s steps aright and places him where he belongs. At salvation,
everything in man changes. Salvation affects man at the three levels of
existence — spirit, soul and body. New life is ignited into the totality of man.
The spirit, the mind and the body receive new life. The life force of God is
released into these three spheres with the entrance of Jesus into the heart of man
at salvation. The believer is expected to be and to act like Jesus. He had a three
dimensional growth. With His spirit, He related with God. With His mind (the
seat of wisdom), He sorted out issues and had a solution to every challenge.
With His body, He carried out the dictates of His mind. This is your model. You should do likewise.
Rather than follow this model, however, most believers are experiencing a
lopsided growth. Their eyes have been opened to the redemption of the spirit
and that of the body. But their eyes are still closed to the truth that they have
been redeemed also in the mind. Their minds are asleep and as a result they
have no proof of their redemption.
God is saying, “I have touched your spirit, your body has partaken of My
blessings, now I want your mind to come alive too so I can deck you with the
glories of heaven by unleashing My creative forces upon you.”
It is time for believers to wake up. “Wake up, thou that sleepest, and rise
from thy slumber” the Lord is saying. The ball is in your court. Wake up. Press
the button you need and design your destiny. God does not want His people to
move around like horses or mules without understanding. You have
understanding. Your redeemed mind is able to reason and sort out issues. You
have the mind of the Son of God.
…But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16
The mind of excellence is in you. With this mind of Christ in you, you
should be able to handle all issues of life.
It is time to balance our growth, letting God’s life affect our spirit, mind
and body. There is a hidden treasure; a rich deposit in us, which needs to find
expression and this is in the mind. The mind is a gift from God.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Every gift has to be put into use before one can see the results. It is the
active utilization of gifts that make them produce. God has given you a gift. He
will not take it back. For, the gifts and calling of God are without repentance
(Romans 11:29).
God gives and He doesn’t take back. It is left for you to go into action or
go to sleep. Great possibilities exist in the covenant and only the productive
utilization of your mind will take you there.
The Abrahamic covenant has limitless possibilities. You can go as high as
you are able. There is no limit to your greatness in the covenant. Isaac waxed
great and went on to become very great until the heathen envied him. You can
become greater, but this depends on how far you are able to see. God said to
Abraham:
…Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art
northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward. For all the land
thou seest, to thee will I give it…
Genesis 13:14
The Abrahamic covenant is based on how far your eyes can see. Your eyes
are the determinant of how great you can become in the covenant. Your height
is not determined by your location. You could be east, west, south or north;
anywhere you are, your greatness depends on the strength of your vision. Your eyes are your covenant rockets for your shooting up to great heights.
Your mind is your covenant eye. Abraham could not have seen the whole
of Canaan with his physical eyes. He saw them with his mind’s eye. The clearer
you see, the faster you move in the race of life for the realization of covenant
blessings. The mind is your covenant asset for prominence, excellence,
greatness, royalty and wealth.
The covenant promises can only find fulfilment with the proper utilization
of your mind. Greatness is impossible outside of reasoning. Deuteronomy 28:1
says: “If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord, to observe and to do all his commandments…”
The word “observe” means to see with the eyes of the mind. When you see
with the eyes of the mind and you do what you see, the result is your “being set
on high above all nations of the earth.” Seeing with the mind’s eye is grasping

the understanding of the truth.
When you are explaining an issue of some difficulty and at a point your
audience exclaims “I see, I see!” What does it mean? It means he has grasped
the understanding of the subject matter. Joshua 1:8–10 also unveils this truth:
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou
shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to
do…thou shalt make thy way prosperous and thou shalt have good
success.
The word “meditate” means, to ponder upon, to think through. This
process must be reasoned out in your mind. The law must be reasoned out in
your mind before you can walk by it and make your way prosperous and have
good success. Reasoning in the ways of God leads to greatness. –
Understand that God is not opposed to the use of the mind in our covenant
journey. He is the one who calls us to reason with Him. He said,
Come now and let us reason together…
Isaiah 1:18
The mind is where matters are weighed. It is the seat of understanding and
wisdom. It is where solutions are found to difficult situations. God has said that
every trouble that comes your way has a solution. There is always a way out.
The way out is a product of the mind.
Every supernatural intervention in life is dependent on how open your
mind is to receive heaven’s ideas. You use your mind to know the way and your
body steps out to effect it, then signs and wonders follow you. Until you know
your way out, you cannot step out and if you do not step out, signs and wonders
cannot follow you.
Your mind is the asset to locating yourself in complex situations of life.
There is a call to reasoning in the body of Christ today. Every believer should
engage in reasoning. This is reasoning monitored in the word of God. As long
as your reasoning is in line with the word, you are ready to secure favour from  Him.
The Lord gives an assignment and leaves you to analyse it, sort yourself
out and get the job done. When He gave out the talents in Matthew chapter 25,
He didn’t tell His servants what to do. He didn’t even tell them if they were to
do anything with them or not. But the two servants who reasoned out what to

do to produce results received enormous rewards while the third servant, who
refused to use his mind but hid his talent, was condemned.
Look at Isaac. There was famine in the land of the Philistines where he
was sojourning. He heard there was food in Egypt and decided to go there. But
God told him not to go. The same God who told him not to go did not tell him
what he was to do while remaining in the land of the Philistines. I am sure he
must have thought at first that God wanted to kill him.
In the heat of the famine, Isaac reasoned out a way to sow his seed. He
knew the word of God said sowing must precede reaping so, while others were
busy eating up their seed, he sowed his. He sowed and he reaped a hundred–
fold. He became so rich that the Philistines who mocked him while he sowed
now envied him.
Abraham’s covenant of greatness cannot be fulfilled in your life without
the active, productive, and resourceful use of the mind. Prayer will not help
you. Fasting will not help either. Use your mind. Divine intervention is only
possible when you follow God’s ways.
There is only one way you can get to know the ways of God — through
the mind. God passes through the mind to order your steps in life. He has given
you a sound mind. It is His gift to you. He will not take it back. The use of that
sound mind is your responsibility, so use it and let the greatness of the
Abrahamic covenant, and the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ shine forth
through you.

 

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