Apostle Joshua Selman: Ignorance is not a demon.
You do not solve the problem of ignorance just by casting it out, you go for knowledge. The problem of ignorance is not solved by casting it away. There are spirits that enhance an ignorant person’s remaining in that state, but essentially the starting point for all men is ignorance. All men start in Ignorance by default. It is not a negative condition until it is allowed to prolong or be prolonged in your life. It is the remaining of ignorance that makes it a problem. All men begin their journey in destiny in ignorance including Jesus. The spirit of God drove Jesus in Matthew chapter 4, to go and pray and to be tempted of the devil but it was not the spirit of God that drove him at age 13 to go to the temple. As an act of His will, He went to the temple and invested time, aware of His ignorance, He began to do something about it. Jesus was not the only young man in His day but he was one of the few who dedicated themselves to learn. Ignorance is not a demon. There are many believers who want a short term fast fix solution to the issue of ignorance and most church people especially in Africa just believe that with one prophetic declaration, age long ignorance will suddenly evaporate out of your mind, leaving you with superior wisdom, it does not happen like that. The cure for ignorance is not just prayer, the cure for ignorance is not just deliverance, the cure for ignorance is the discipline to stay with light until light drives away darkness.
A real miracle begins at the point where you are aware of your state of ignorance, even if you do not know the way out yet. That you are aware that I am in this state of ignorance already begins to put you in a position of victory. For as long as you live, I want you to learn and to know this, ignorance is not a demon. All men including the ones who you call overcomers started from a standpoint of ignorance.
2 Timothy 2:15, it says “study to show yourself approved unto God”.
Can you imagine that receiving an approval unto God as far as destiny actualization is concerned has a dimension of it that only study can bring. A workman that needed not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth. There is a relationship between laziness and shame, the Bible says study to show yourself approved and in doing that, there will be no need for shame.
Proverb 1:20-33 Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you. when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Ignorance is not a demon. If you want to actualize destiny and you want to live a victorious life, you must learn to take responsibility by the spirit and to contend for high levels of spiritual illumination.
Another angle to this first point is that just because you are enlightened in an area does not cover for the darkness in another area. Every area must be uniquely pursued to get light. You may have light in the area of healing but it will not bring you prosperity by default
All the various dimensions of your life, you must pay attention to every one of them and to pursue light.
Therein lies the fallacy of short term success, you can excel in an area and usually results have a way of flattering us because in the presence of results in an area, it is difficult to admit that you are ignorant in another area after all, you have results. You may be an excellent preacher but you may be a bad leader. And because of the results that you get in preaching, it will bring you to a point where it will be difficult to admit that you need to have leadership built in you because you judge by the sincerity of your priesthood and you will automatically assume that because I preach and people are blessed, it then means that i’m an exceptional leader. You can be a responsible father in terms of your willingness to help your children but ignorant of the principles that make you a father indeed. Dimensional success is dangerous because you will excel in one area and believe that just because of the excellence in that area, there is no need for improvement or development in any other area.
1 Corinthians 8:2 the Bible says and if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. It is important for us to know that for you to excel in life, you must come to terms with the fact that getting light that empowers, the knowledge, the information that you need to rise and thrive, you will not be spoonfed with it. You have to challenge yourself and rise to the occasion. It will take a long time for you to have knowledge.
It took one day for the Holy Spirit to come upon the Apostles but it did not take one day for them to be transformed to be prepared for that impartation. The ratio of impactation to transformation was three and half years to one day. There was one day of Pentecost but there was no one day of lecture. Many years of lecture, Jesus teaching them, helping them, allowing them to ask questions.
The value of the anointing is that it comes upon a vessel that is enlightened and transformed. When you try to bring impactation upon a life and a vessel that rejects enlightenment and rejects transformation, you only wasted that impactation, it will have no profit. Ignorance is not a demon.
This finance thing, why is it not working? the devil must be attacking me. I told you that spirits are opportunist. They have found a loophole in your understanding and built a stronghold around it. I can tell you no spirit is as powerful as they look, it is the gap, the space that our ignorance has provided in their life. For as long as the demons find the vessel swept but empty, they will always call their kind mind and make the person situation worse than the first.
When I found this, I made up my mind that anything that does not work in my life, I will not blame anybody, I will take responsibility.
The first lesson we learn from overcomers is that, there are people who take the responsibility to contend for light. How do you know light has come? By the absence of darkness. If darkness is still there, you do not have light enough. The ultimate test for the presence of light, is the absence of darkness. Many Believers are plagued with the cancer of ignorance, ignorance about the ways of the Kingdom, ignorance about the laws of the cosmos. I hope you know that this universe was not designed by an intelligent God to just be run with with blind ideas, there are exact laws, spiritual laws but there are exact natural laws.
You find these laws scattered in biology, you find this law scattered in agriculture, you find this law scattered in engineering. All those today we call scientists are men who have stumbled across the laws that God created to govern the activities of the cosmos. There are laws that control the realm of the spirit but there are laws that control the earth. For instance while the earth remaineth, it’s not a spiritual law alone, it is a law that applies to all men. Now, there are certain principles that only apply to believers but there are principles that apply to all men, they are the laws of the universe. My question is how many of them do you not know and how many of them are you currently a victim of?
Ignorance is not a demon. That means everybody has a chance to as quick as your passion can afford you, get out of a real of ignorance. You must take responsibility and say “in the name of Jesus, I am tired of wallowing around this ignorance”. You came from a family where no one has risen, no glory, no beauty, I can tell you for as long as you keep blaming people and hoping like we say in Nigeria “one day go better” that is just a wise saying that does not have any biblical basis. It will not work. Time does not change things, time only reveals.
Ignorance is not a demon. The day you begin to take responsibility over your life and over your destiny, obtaining Grace and assistance from the spirit and you go through the labor of contending for light, you are now subscribing for your exit out of your realm of shame, out of your realm of mediocrity, out of the realm where nothing seems to be working. Behind everything that works is light. Light is the battery that powers everything that works. Behind every great business is an information that the owner of that business knows. Behind every great ministry, I tell you sincerely there are secrets, men rise and they stand upon the abundance of the secrets, the mysteries and the principles that they have found.
There are laws that govern the anointing, there are laws that govern leadership, there are laws that govern influence, there are laws that govern abundance, there are laws that govern relationships, there are laws that govern restoration, there are laws that govern longevity. It is your assignment under God to find this law by the spirit. Can I tell you and I say this with every sense of humility, happy are you when God plants you under a man of God who by sacrifice has distilled this laws and brings it cheaply for you. He has subsidized the price that you have to pay. This is the blessing you get when you come to the house of God, that people have paid the price by the spirit and through the sacrifice of alignment, the labor of mentorship, the sacrifice of adaptation. To get these truths together, distill them and to communicate them with Grace. There is no overcomer who sits on the throne of Glory in ignorance. There is a realm where ignorance is not permitted, the gate will not open.
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