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Day 10 of 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer – “The Liberation of The Firstborn” – Prophet Kenneth Okojie

January 21, 2018

Day 10 of 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer – “The Liberation of The Firstborn” – Prophet Kenneth Okojie

  • Base Scripture: “19 This is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac. 20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian. 21 Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her:“Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.” 24 So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau.[a] 26 Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob.[b] Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. 27 So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.[c] 31 But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” 32 And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” 33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” – Genesis 25:19-34
  • The Lord is about to reposition you!  
    • Those days and years of shame against the first-born children are over in the name of Jesus.  
    • That place of denial will no longer be there.
  • Genesis 25:
    • Ever before God would claim the firstborn as His own
    • The firstborn child brings joy to the home.  
  • The place of the firstborn is the place of nobility, a place of excellence and power.
    • Jacob called his firstborn the excellence of his dignity.
  • The bible says that the first born always had a good place but something happened.  
  • Isaac sought the face of the Lord because his wife Rebekah was barren.
    • When she took in, she noticed that something was not right within her.  
    • She went to inquire of the Lord and the Lord told her there were two nations within her and the second born child will reign over the first.  
    • When the children were born, the younger child was holding on to the heels of the firstborn.  
      • This meant that the younger one will battle the older one to the point that the firstborn would lose his birthright.
    • When they got older, there came a time when Esau, the older child, went hunting.  
      • When he came back, he was tired and weary and his brother, Jacob, was cooking lentil soup.  
      • Esau asked for some soup but Jacob asked for his birthright as payment for the soup.
      • When Esau finished eating, he despised his birthright.
        • It is not a normal thing to sell one’s birthright because of food.  
        • The selling of the birthright was already predetermined before their birth.  
        • The eating of the soup was just a means of Esau losing his birthright as already spoken by God.
      • No matter what Esau would do in life, he would not be able to break through what God has already said concerning him.
        • There are some first-born children who work hard and try to break through but they are not able to rise.  The junior one always takes the place of the firstborn.
  • Declaration:
    • You will take back your place as the firstborn.
  • Jacob took over the birthright of his brother Esau.  
    • In the eyes of man Esau was the first born, but in the eyes of God, Jacob was the first.
  • As Jacob grew and was living the home, he left with the mindset that the firstborn can be disinherited.
  • Isaac said to Esau, indeed he has given the blessings of the first born, he said that when he gets frustrated, that he should pick up his sword and break the yoke of his brother off his neck.
  • When Jacob left his father’s house, he entered the house of Laban.  
    • When he wanted to marry, he wanted to marry Rachel, Laban’s second daughter.  
    • Laban asked him to serve seven years, which Jacob did.  One the day of their marriage, Jacob drank so much, he did not know nor did he recognize who he was marrying.
    • Laban had switched the daughters and gave Jacob Leah, his firstborn daughter.  
    • Laban told him the first born does not get disinherited and Leah had to marry before her younger sister.  
      • Because of this, there was enmity between Leah and her sister Rachel.  
      • Because Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah and did wrongly against Leah, God shut the womb of Rachel and Leah gave birth.  
  • Laban tried to change the mind of Jacob concerning the first born but when Jacob left the house of Laban, he continued on with the mindset of disinheriting the first born child.
  • Genesis 35:22 “And it happened, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine; and Israel heard about it.”
  • Jacob held on to what happened but didn’t confront him about it.
  • Genesis 49:1-4 “And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days: 2 “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father. 3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. 4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it— He went up to my couch.”
    • Jacob took the blessings and the birthright of Reuben and gave it to Joseph the eleventh born child.
  • 1 Chronicles 5:1-3 “Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel—he was indeed the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel, so that the genealogy is not listed according to the birthright; 2 yet Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler, although the birthright was Joseph’s— 3 the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.”
    • The blessing and the inheritance of Reuben were given to Joseph and his sons.  
    • One would have thought that because the first born’s blessings were given to Joseph, he would rise up over his siblings but Judah rose over all his brethren.  
    • Judah became the first and took leadership over the children of Israel.
      • The lesson learned in this is to not put one child over another.  
      • Seek the counsel of God regarding your children and do not cause your children to fight amongst themselves.
  • Genesis 48:8-24 – in this passage, Jacob’s name had been changed Israel.
    • When Israel (Jacob) was blessing the children of Joseph, although his eyes were dim, he knew where the firstborn Manasseh and the second born child Ephraim were standing and he crossed his hands, blessing the blessings on Ephraim the second born.
    • Because of the curse of Jacob over Reuben, Moses had to break the curse in Deuteronomy 33:6 ““Let Reuben live, and not die, nor let his men be few.”
    • 1 Chronicles 5:1-9 highlights how the children of Reuben began to grow after the curse of their father was broken by Moses.  
    • Anyone can cry out to God and He will place the firstborn in their rightful place.
  • In the lineage of Judah, Judah had an affair with his daughter-in-law, Tamar and out of that came twins Perez and Zerah.  
    • Zerah was to be the firstborn in that he stuck his hand out first and a red ribbon was tied around his hand but his brother, Perez, pulled him back and came out first.  
    • The first child was disinherited.
  • When Moses gave the decree in Deut 23:2 “One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the assembly of the Lord; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the Lord.”
    • This caused the lineage of Judah not to be able to produce a king for ten generations.
  • Matthew 1:1-6 “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king.”
  • Prayer Points:
    • I receive back my birthright; whatever rearrangement took place let it be broken
    • I take back my position and inheritance in Jesus name
    • Every blessing attach to the firstborn child that has been taken away from me, let it be brought back to me
    • I lift off the curse placed upon me, I break the curse over me because of firstborn birthright
    • Anyone in my life that has stolen my birthright, let it be returned back to me
    • Father, prosper me as from today. Every firstborn born child in my lineage, no more shall they be cursed in Jesus name.
    • Lord help me also manifest as a firstborn child, correct errors in my life and my family
    • I break setback, let it be broken. You shall be on top in the name of Jesus Christ
    • May I not miss you at the point of my encounter

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