Born To Win- Bishop Oyedepo
Born to win is a book written by Bishop David Oyedepo, here is a snippet of the book
. The first thing you must understand is that, you are engaged in a spiritual warfare. If you do not know this, you have no right to victory. There is a need for a battle, fight or competition before there can be a winner or a loser. A winner does not emerge from a no–duel situation. This is important for your victory. you are born to win It will be ridiculous for you to claim to be victorious over nobody. It means when you talk of being a winner or victor, that you are talking of a battle that is being fought. There are many indications of this in the Bible.It is sad to see many believers live and walk without a sense of war.
They are at “ease” and that is why they are constantly down. If an enemy is fighting you, and you do not seem to know it, you make his victory certain and easy. But the Bible has given a clear understanding that the Christian life is a life of constant war. It is war. We get clear indications from the Pauline epistles about the fight. Now thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14 The fact that God causes us to triumph means there is something to triumph over.
You do not triumph over an easy situation. A triumph comes after a period of hard fighting and one of the contenders eventually emerges victorious. You must know that you are engaged in a fight. In another place, Paul said we are in a wrestling contest. We are not playing around. The fight is not one-sided.
It takes two to fight. Whether or not you are ready to fight, the fight is on.The devil has really sought to put the church on the defensive. He is constantly putting situations and circumstances against the people of God. He wants you to be beaten all the time. But God wants you up and victorious always. That is why this is a fight.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand (withstand) in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Ephesians 6:12–13
You will never need an armour in a peaceful setting. It borders on insanity for a man to be heavily dressed after the manner of the Roman Soldiers — with helmet, shield, breastplate and sword. Just heavily dressed, ready for battle at a time everybody is celebrating. That person will need quick attention from his psychiatrist. But we are given the picture that we are doing something important.
We are engaged in some serious battle. This is repeated over and over again in the entire Bible. We are in a battle. You, in particular, are engaged in this war. The devil has aimed at destroying your life. Thank God, we are in war against the devil.It is very important for you to know who your enemy is.
The best military strategist will want to know some basic facts about the enemy he is fighting. He will want to know who the enemy is; what is his purpose and what resources are available to him; that is, he wants to know the strength and or weakness of his opponent. Identifying Your Enemy the common thing people think and say in today’s world is that, they are being troubled by one kind of bad luck that was transferred to them from some of their ancestors.
Some claim their only problem in life, is the old woman (popularly known to be a witch) in their village. Others have some strange opinions and ideas about their situations. They always try to explain the sources of their problems. The Bible has made it clear and obvious that your enemy is the devil. Many people find it difficult to believe this.
Their minds have been soprogrammed to believing that some people are responsible for their problems. The point is that, the devil will want to keep you from identifying him as your enemy, because he knows, the moment you identify your enemy, the battle is almost as good as won.
He keeps blinding people to this fact. But know assuredly that the devil is your adversary.Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the DEVIL, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 That is your enemy. It is not the herbalist or the witch. Your enemy is the devil. He is the source of every fight you are fighting. It does not matter what fight it is. God is not your enemy. If you are born again, God is your Father. The devil is the enemy. He is your accuser before God. He has sworn that
nothing will go well with you. This is where the fight is. He does not want to see you progress. He wants to ruin your business. He is always mounting pressure on you, to keep you away from God. He is not interested in any good thing coming your way. His thoughts towards you are evil. Just as God is light, so is the devil darkness. Just as there is no darkness in God, so there is no light in the devil. He is complete and absolute darkness. This is the fight. He is determined against you.
That is why Paul said, “We wrestle…” It takes determination to wrestle. Nobody ever goes into the wrestling ring lightly. He must go with some ruthless determination to win. He must be victory hungry to go into the ring else, he will be carried out unconscious. I want you to realize the level of hatred the devil has for you.
He has no bit of love for you. He is your archenemy. He is waging war against you.The battle you are engaged in is not physical. The devil is a spirit. You cannot fight him physically. It is a spiritual battle that is fought spiritually. A physical problem has a physical solution and a spiritual problem can only be solved spiritually. If you look closely at Ephesians 6:13 you will notice a few things there.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:13 It says not against flesh and blood! Not human beings. They are not your enemies. The devil has used this particular lie.
It disorganizes and disintegrates homes and families. It is the devil. Notice that it says, “but principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in HIGH PLACES.” These are not human beings. They are Satan’s angelic authorities. They are sent by him to carry out his purposes and plans in your life. Stop looking at human beings as your problem.
God has not called you into a physical fight. It is a fight of faith. Please get hold of this truth. It will change your whole outlook and you will be able to channel your spiritual energy in the right direction. You may begin to wonder why God created such an enemy to trouble you. The truth is that, God did not create him a devil in the first place. God created him perfect in beauty. He had tremendous glory in heaven. In fact, he was the highest in the hierarchy of angels. The Bible describes him as the angel “that covereth!” He had the unique assignment of covering God’s exalted throne.
Son of man take up a lamentation against the king of Tyrus and say unto him. Thus saith the Lord God: thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering … it prepared the workmanship of you in thee in the day thou wast created.Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so, thou wast upon the holy mountain of God, thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created till iniquity was found in thee.Ezekiel 28:12–15He was not created a devil. He was perfect in heaven. He took care of the throne of God. He walked before God but became Satan when iniquity was found in him. As a result of this discovery, he was cast out of heaven. It took violence to eject him. He was forced out and cast into the earth.
From that day, he decided to fight anything God. He is always pitching his tent against God and His people. That is why he is your enemy.Check the scriptures. He has always been at variance with God’s plan. He went into the garden, tempted Adam and caused him to rebel against God. He corrupted the world till it became so evil that God had to destroy it (Genesis 6). He smote Job with sickness and caused all his belongings to perish. When Daniel prayed, he sent one of his fallen angels to withhold the result. He is traditionally anti–God. And he has not left you out in this fight. He is constantlyon duty to ensure that he does not lose the battle.
If you look around you – the circumstances and situations around you, you will notice that this is true. Look at the world today. Many terrible things are happening. New deadly diseases are being injected into the world by the devil. He wants to destroy God’s crown of creation – man. Every evil in the world today is the devil’s handiwork. God does not tempt any man with evil. He cannot destroy what He has created. You are Born to win
This fight can come in any way. It may be in the area of health. It could be in other areas like need, spiritual growth, Family problems, academic frustrations – in fact all areas of life. When these things come against you, recognize that it is the enemy, the devil, that is shooting his fiery darts at you.The problems will come. Your own fight must come. You cannot escape it.it involves Every believer in it. You cannot say I am not fighting any battle. Your own battle must come and you will fight it. My battles will come too and you cannot fight it for me. I cannot fight yours. Every individual will fight his battle.When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee and
Born To Win – David Oyedepo
through the rivers they shall not over flow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flames kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2This confirms that the time for you to pass through the waters and the rivers will come.He said, “when thou passest…” not “If.” “If” makes it conditional but, “when” makes it certain.”That ye may be able to stand in the evil day …” (Ephesians 6:13).The evil will come. You cannot dodge it. It is part of the things you will need to go through to get your victory. You cannot live in victory if there is no problem. If you do not go to war, you cannot bring laurels home. It is basic that hard times will come but you know you can have your victory always.One thing is certain about your fight. It is a decided issue. You are already a winner.
God has done everything that is necessary for your victory. The devil has lost the battle. You are the winner. The problems will come because, “many are the afflictions of the righteous…” but you have been guaranteed victory already because, “…the Lord deliver eth him out of them all.” The devil is not the winner, you are! He is not a conqueror, you are more than a conqueror. Your lot with God is victory always. He causes you to triumph always on the basis of the finished work of Christ on the cross. That is your touchstone for victory. It was there that Jesus did it all. The enemy’s mission is threefold. They form his ministry towards you. This ministry is clearly stated out in John 10:10 by Jesus himself.
The thief cometh not but for to steal, to kill and to destroy… John 10:10 The devil, your enemy, is the thief. He is not coming physically to break your house or to snatch your car (he can do this however through his agents), but he has ways of stealing your money, time, health and even your property. He will do all he can to fulfil this ministry.You have to know that each time you have a fight in any area, the devil is behind it. He is the unseen hand behind every evil thing. Any time you are attacked by sickness, it is an attempt of the devil to steal your health, joy and money.The devil is desperate about this. He can throw anything at anybody, his