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5. God Commands the Blessing



ROMANS 8 V 31 - 39

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay a charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The apostle Paul shares wonderful truths with us in Romans 8, especially in the above verses. We can sum these up as follows:

  • If God be for us, who can be against us ?
  • Who shall bring a charge against God's people ?
  • Who can condemn us ?
  • Who shall separate us from His love ?
  • In all these things, more than conquerors


This is an awesome message to the Lord's people - it is revelation that all believers should take hold of and embrace. These principles are enshrined in our covenant with Jesus, which is better than the covenant God made with Abraham.

Hebrews 8 v 6

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

I believe many of God's people do not understand their covenant rights by the blood of Jesus. Many do not even understand how good the old covenant was - and how much better the new one is. Looking at the blessings of the old covenant, my comment is "I could live with that!" Let's check it out. It's based on the covenant God made with Abraham.


These are the minimum blessings:

  • God changed Abraham's name

God changed Abraham's name from Abram. A name is important - it always reflects who and what you are. The name "Abraham" means "father of many nations."

Under the new covenant, Jesus has given us His name. It is the name above all names - at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. In His name, every work of the devil is brought under subjection. The name of Jesus has authority over sin, sickness, poverty and demon spirits.

There is an old Pentecostal song that goes like this - "There's a new written down in glory, and it's mine, Oh yes it's mine." Because your name is linked with the name of Jesus under the new covenant, it is written in the Lamb's book of life, ensuring eternal life.

  • God gave Abraham great possessions

Abraham had great wealth, many possessions and was very prosperous indeed. He was well respected by the kings in the land and enjoyed the favour of God and man.

But this was the blessing of the old covenant - our covenant is based on better promises. Think about it - better wealth, better possessions, better prosperity.

  • God blessed Abraham's seed

God promised Abraham (under the old covenant), that these blessings would be inherited by his descendants. God said "I will make your seed as the stars of heaven"

Remember, under the old covenant, God promised a blessing up to the third and fourth generation. It meant that any man or woman of God, who served God faithfully, could believe that God would pass these covenant blessings on to the children, grand-children as well as the great-grandchildren.

But the new covenant blessings are based on even better promises. These blessings are applicable today - the blood of Jesus has power to ensure that our children will be saved and touched by the power of the blood, up to the fourth generation.

I have seen parents sow many tears for their children, so that they could come to know Jesus. However, let us trust in the covenant of Jesus, which is based on better promises - let us trust that the Lord will not permit our children to go to a lost eternity. We may not see their conversion in our lifetime, but God's Word is sure!


We can now understand Romans 8 v 31 - 39 is part of our new covenant blessings. We can say with confidence:

  • If God be for us, who can be against us ?
  • Who shall bring a charge against God's people ?
  • Who can condemn us ?
  • Who shall separate us from His love ?
  • In all these things, more than conquerors

We have authority in the name of Jesus over sin, poverty, sickness and every work of the devil. We have received power to perform great things for God by the baptism of the Holy Ghost - God has placed His kingdom inside our bodies - we are the temple of the Holy Ghost!

We have free access into the most holy place - "having the boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus" We are included, not excluded. The veil has been torn in two. Our sins have been blotted out and removed as far as the east is from the west. We have fellowship with the Father - we have two-way communication with Him. Surely, the new covenant is better than the old. We are truly blessed!


When we walk in true fellowship with the Lord, He commands a blessing upon us. As He did under the old covenant, the same applies under the new - God commands a blessing.

Remember, with God there are conditions - He requires us to fulfill the first and second commandments - "to love the Lord with your whole heart, mind and soul - and to love your neighbour as yourself." These are the conditions. If they are fulfilled, God commands a blessing upon you.

Deuteronomy 28 v 8

The LORD shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouses, and in all that you set your hand He shall bless you in the land which the LORD your God has given you.

That's great news - the Lord commands a blessing - how does He do it? Easy - He does it, you don't.

I have seen Christians stress and panic trying to manipulate things, so that they can be blessed. Relax, chill out, and let God do it for you! If you understand your new covenant position with Christ, you would stop trying to make things happen and let God make them happen for you. HE COMMANDS A BLESSING - not you.

So, how doe He do it. Don't ever forget this Scripture in 1 Kings 17 v 9 . Elijah, God's prophet, was in desperate need of provision due to the drought the land was experiencing. Because he was a covenant son, Elijah did not have to sort the problem out - God did it for him. How? God commanded the blessing to come.

1 Kings 17 v 9

Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to provide for you.

Can you see how easy it is - as a covenant child of God, He knows your need even before you ask Him. He knows you need a miracle - He knows you need supernatural intervention, supernatural provision. He promises to command a blessing for you - which means He commands people to come to your aid. The blessings come from outside sources - the provisions do not fall from heaven, but God commands people to tend to your needs.

What a great God we serve. What a wonderful covenant we have. Let us serve Him with our whole heart, mind and soul - let us walk in those blessings - let us stop trying to make things happen - let God command a blessing upon you - and walk in victory.

Let me end with Romans 8 v 31 - 39

  • If God be for us, who can be against us ?
  • Who shall bring a charge against God's people ?
  • Who can condemn us ?
  • Who shall separate us from His love ?
  • In all these things, more than conquerors


There are certain characteristics that take believers from a mediocre Christian life to one of victory and success. However, one's motivation must not be a selfish one, but a desire to extend the Kingdom of God.

The Word of God gives us many examples which we can use in this assessment. There are examples of those who succeeded as well as those who failed. The characteristic traits of both types are valuable in extracting information which will help us to fulfill our purpose and to achieve the impossible.

The Bible gives us an account of only two men who did not see death. Enoch and Elijah were unique in that they did not die. Both were taken alive from the earth (raptured). They received glorious bodies and were brought into the presence of the Lord.

So what is the difference to being translated in this fashion and dying a normal death? The answer is simple. The spirits of those who die in Christ are with the Lord. However, their bodies are not. They have to await the end of this age before they are united with their bodies. So, it must be remembered, that they are not complete. The Bible tells us that they are in a state of "rest". This indicates that we are probably going to be busy again once we are united with our bodies.

Not so with Enoch and Elijah. They are complete in the presence of the Lord; body, soul and spirit. In fact, they are no different to Jesus who was raised from the dead and received a glorious body (ie: in terms of completeness, not deity). Jesus afterwards ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand side of God the Father.

In our first two character studies, we will study the life of Elijah and Enoch.


There is no limit to achieving great spiritual growth. The limit is a walk that is so close to the Lord, that you are taken out of this world alive and in the presence with God as was the case with Enoch. So, if that has not happened to you, there is still room for improvement! I believe Enoch's life is a lesson to each and every believer not to become complacent or proud in our spiritual growth and achievements.. There's always room for improvement, there always are higher heights to rise to, always greater levels of spiritual achievement, even when we think we "have arrived".

The Bible tells us that "Enoch walked with God."

Let us examine his life.

Genesis 5 v 21 - 24

And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Although we are not given much detail of Enoch's life, we are told that his walk with God was so perfect that God took him. But we can see from the above passage of Scripture that Enoch did not always walk with God. It was only after his son Muthuselah was born (Enoch was already 65 years old) that he changed his relationship with God to one that was more intimate and closer. The issues that separated him from his walk with God became non-existent.

One of the characteristics of great men and women of God are those who deny the flesh, who walk in the Spirit, who shut off the voice of man and pursue a life that is pleasing to God. Those who feel the heart beat of God on every issue of life, who are in touch with the Lord each and every moment of the day. Their entire existence is one which is God breathed, God inspired, God ordained and God-centred.


The second person whose character we will study is that of Elijah. His walk and relationship with God also took him bodily into the presence of God.

The Spirit which was upon Elijah motivated him to turn the hearts of the people to God. His entire life was spent focussing people on the one and only true God - the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

This same Spirit was upon John the Baptist. Jesus referred to him as a type of Elijah because his sole purpose was to exhort men and women to repent of their sins and turn their hearts and minds to the Lord.

Malachi 4 v 5 - 6

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

God has called each and every one of us to turn hearts to Jesus. Many Christians busy themselves with other kinds of "heart turning" for eg: turning their fellow Christians hearts against their Church, their Pastors, leaders, the vision of the Church. Or they get so engrossed in issues of doctrine that the simple salvation message and soul winning is no longer a fire that burns within them.

Jesus has empowered us with the Holy Spirit for this very purpose.

Acts 1 v 8

But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

We are reminded of one of the greatest questions ever asked (Elijah) "How long will you halt between two opinions" What he was asking was "How long are you going to be stuck in the middle - make a decision today and become either hot or cold, but don't get stuck in the middle. Choose today between the world and God, but don't get stuck between the two."

Great men and women of God are those believers who turn the hearts of the lost toward Jesus..


The Bible tells us that we are to be "filled and continually filled with the Holy Spirit." This kind of reminds me of the internet.

The internet is a gigantic well-organised storage facility of information on virtually every topic. If you need to know anything on space technology, that information is available in detail. If you are living in South Africa and want to buy a house in France, every home on the market in France is available for you to scrutinize. Many people perform self-diagnoses on symptoms of sicknesses by merely accessing medical information on the internet.

The options are without limit, except for this one important thing. You have got to get connected. That is the secret. All that information is absolutely meaningless unless you gain access to it by means of your computer via the correct communication channel.

How does this equate to you and I becoming great men and women of God? Simple. Every bit of information necessary for you and I to conduct our spiritual walk on earth is available on God's "internet." The Bible tells us that God is omniscient - which means he is "all knowledge" or "all information" (all internet !).

So then, why do we stumble and fall because of bad moves and unwise decisions? Simple. All the information relative to our personal success and fulfillment of godly purposes, is fully available on the website "777.omniscient.univ". But you have got to get connected and stay connected!!

Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. Why? To stay connected. This speaks of a life of continual communication with the Lord. Remember, prayer is a two-way communication system. Many relationships suffer shipwreck for this very reason - there is only one person in the relationship doing all the talking. Listening is just as much a part of communicating as talking is.

Every waking moment of each day, we react naturally to information we receive from the natural environment; the things we see, the things we hear etc. However, great men and women of God do not react to the natural environment, but rather to the information God imparts to them from the spiritual environment. It's like being connected to an umbilical cord. The life-giving substance that flows from this cord is of more importance than that which is imparted elsewhere.

It is for this reason that we should never be affected by what is going on around us. In times of drought, we should be drinking the best water. In times of famine, our tables should be groaning with the variety of delicacies spread on it. In times of war and violence, we dwell in safety.


So many Christians are busy running everywhere but never really settle down. They try this for a time and if it does not work out, they try something else. And after a lifetime of fruitless searching, the best years of their lives have been wasted.

Each believer has a call of God on his or her life. It is therefore important to find out from God what that call is. Find out where God wants you to live. Found out who He wants you to marry. Find out what He wants you to spend the rest of your life doing. He is not confused.

Generally, God will send you to a certain place for a particular purpose and will keep you there until you have fulfilled that purpose. If your life is drifting by aimlessly, something is wrong. Boredom is a good indication that something BIG is missing in your walk with God.

I also believe that God plants you in a local assembly. (Depending on your call and ministry, of course). But as an ordinary believer, God will place you under the authority of a Pastor or a spiritual leader. Generally, God will not move you around. If you have moved to two or three churches in the past few years, there is something wrong. If you have moved out because of problems with the Church leaders, you have even bigger problems. You will probably never fulfill your God-given purpose unless you start seeking God once again, repent and re-discover your calling.

God has not placed you on this earth to live and die. Every step you take should be directed towards your spiritual goal. Do not take one step unless it is going to produce something positive. Don't waste time either - it is a precious resource.

Joshua 1 v 1 - 3

Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you, and all this people, to the land which I have given to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given to you, as I said unto Moses.

What was God saying to Joshua? This about sums it up "I have called you. Get up and get going. Calculate each step you take - each step must add value to your dream. Make sure you move forward and not backwards"


Great men and women of God are not afraid to confront any issue and deal with them. Many believers live a life of self-inflicted compromise, thus limiting their godly potential , because they are too afraid to confront situations. And most times, this means people.

There are two type of confrontations that are needed - external and internal.

External confrontation is the easier of the two. This comes by way of spiritual warfare. Your enemy, the devil, wages continuous spiritual warfare against believers in order to discourage them and to bring them into subjection to his will.

However, those Christians who are well- trained, know how to defeat the devil. They know how to put on their spiritual armour and to confront satan successfully by means of spiritual warfare and spiritual authority.

But when it comes to internal conflict, Christians tend to avoid confrontation, thus giving the devil a spiritual stranglehold onto them. Remember, satan always uses people in these situations and they are normally those who are close to us, like loved ones and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

In order for you to become effective in your spiritual walk, you will do well to confront these people when the need arises and settle the issues once and for all. Many Christian parents do not live victoriously because they are afraid to address their minor children on essential spiritual matters. Many Churches fail to make any impact because the Pastors and leaders are afraid to confront those who cause division and strife. Or they have allowed people to come into a position of leadership without first addressing issues of compromise and sin in the lives of these individuals.

Many great churches with great potential are standing still because all kinds of evil spirits are let loose through people and with no will on the part of the leadership to confront them.

King David was a great man of war who subdued his enemies during his rule and reign in Israel. He became famous for his mighty exploits and conquests against the enemies of God's people. However, he started out as the King of twelve tribes. At the end of his reign he only was recognised and respected by one tribe - the tribe of Judah.

The reason for this is clear. King David was not afraid to confront any enemy of Israel. But when it came to those who worked against him within the kingdom, he failed to confront them and to deal with them. His own commander of the armed forces, Joab, was one such person. Joab committed murder and also betrayed his king. However, King David never confronted him. It took his son Solomon, after the death of his father David, to try and execute Joab for murder and treason. However, in David's lifetime, Joab enjoyed his position of power and authority.

There is also the incident of David's son, Absolom, who decided to steal the kingdom away from his father. Over a period of forty years, Absolom gained the favour of all the well-known men in Israel by inviting them over to his house and forming close bonds with them. Eventually, King David had no-one who was loyal to him. It then became easy for Absolom to drive his father from the City of David, to pronounce himself king, and to humiliate his father by raping his father's concubines in the presence of the people.

Sadly, King David never did a thing to re-establish his god-ordained position as the ruler of Israel. It took a tragic accident which caused the death of Absolom resulting in King David regaining his position by default.

Great men and women of God are fearless. They are not afraid to confront anyone, whether these people are sworn enemies, or whether they are loved ones.

If confrontation takes place timeously, most times it leads to a better understanding between individuals and the relationship can be strengthened. The reason why people do not confront internally, is because of the unfounded fear that it will cause separation. It rarely does. The lack of confrontation causes much greater heartache. Some of the greatest friendships have been forged out of confrontation.


Many Christians do not achieve their spiritual goals because they allow physical limitations to dictate their success.

If you are going to stop what you are doing for God because of limited finances, then you have failed already. Someone once said. "It is not finances that creates faith but faith that creates finances."

Many people have placed limits upon themselves because of their education, their cultural background, colour of their skin, physical handicaps, etc.

But if you have a dream that takes you beyond those limitations, you will accomplish your goals. The limitations are often not those that others place upon us, but those that we place upon ourselves.

I have met two men who were born in Africa in abject poverty, unable to speak any western languages, with little or no formal education, barely able to read and write, with every limitation possible.

But once they met Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, a spirit of victory lifted these great men above those circumstances and they have become much sought after world-wide to minister at large conferences and to impart knowledge which the Holy Spirit has given to them. Both have written best-selling books and have impacted many nations with their anointing.

Many times, victory is birthed from failure. In America you can buy a potent chemical cleaner called "409." I asked this question "Why is it called '409' ?"

The answer was a simple one. "We made 408 failed attempts to formulate the most effective chemical cleaner on the market. Refusing to give up, we finally achieved success on the 409 th attempt."

Money and material resources do not determine the success of great men and women of God - They succeed in spite of lack, in spite of difficulties and disabilities.


People will always look at your life. They will always assess whether your life lines up with the Word of God. They look for the evidence of godly character, honesty and integrity and will decide whether God's Word is effective or not.

Francis of Assissi once said "preach the gospel all the times and only if it becomes necessary, use words"

We are Christ's ambassadors here on earth, representing the Kingdom of God. The only Jesus the world will ever witness is represented in what our lives project.

Not like Lucy in the peanuts cartoon. Lucy says to Charlie Brown "I will make a great Evangelist." "How come?" asks Charlie Brown. "I convinced a boy in front of me at school that my religion is better than his." "How did you do that?" asks Charlie "Easy, I hit him over the head with my lunchbox!"

There are simple matters of integrity that can cause people to loose respect for you. For example, being on time for appointments, services, etc. The Bibles tells us "Let your 'yes' be your 'yes' and let your 'no' be your 'no'. Be determined to fulfill your commitments. They normally relate to a prophetic word over your life. Many Christians get tired of waiting for God to release them in the full manifestation of the prophetic word over their lives and give up, or pack up and try something else which, they believe, will open doors for God's purpose in their lives. They normally lose their destiny.

If you have committed yourself to serve in a particular position, then do it faithfully until God opens up new challenges for you. Remember, you don't have to make it happen. God will make it happen for you and it will be easy!

Remember to wage warfare according to the prophesies over your life in accordance with 1 Timothy 1 v 18.


ACTS 19 V 13 - 16

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

It never ceases to amaze me to see how Christians get into a frenzy by seeking the devil out in order to engage him in spiritual warfare.

Great men and women of God never have to look for the devil - he finds them. They normally draw enemy fire by virtue of their spiritual activity which makes it uncomfortable for the Kingdom of Darkness. However, when the fiery darts are launched, they are deflected by means of the armour and weapons which we have access to in accordance with Ephesians 6.

The devil knows the names of those who are active and successful in promoting God's Kingdom. He does not know the names of his own followers, or the names of those who are doing nothing to threaten his agenda on earth.

So if the devil is not engaging you in any way, perhaps you need to search your heart to find out why. Or if he is busy destroying you and you are helpless to stop him, you had better find out why.

Great men and women of God draw enemy fire but always manage to make a public spectacle of the devil. Like Daniel who was thrown into the lion's den, but came out unscathed. Or like Peter who was thrown into prison, but was supernatural released by an angel sent from the Lord. The Bibles gives us many examples of conquests over the works of the devil; the greatest of course is Jesus himself, who died on the cross, rose again on the third day, taking with him the keys of hell and death and making a public spectacle of the devil, putting him to open shame!

The devil only knows the names of those who are a threat to his plans - to ensure as many people are thrown into the lake of fire with him. In hell, no-one has a name, because the devil does not know the names of his victims.

To be nameless is the final insult of eternal separation from God. The world strives for great names; names displayed in neon lights, etched in history books, in the Guinness Book of Records - but in hell, all the victims are nameless.

There is a story of a grade 5 girl who opposed her teacher who attempted to convince her class that it was impossible for a whale to swallow a grown adult, due to the restricted size of it's throat. The little girl said to her "The Bible teaches us that Jonah was swallowed by a whale and I believe it. When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah."

The teacher then asked "But what if he is in hell?" "The you can ask him", replied the girl

If you are on fire for God, the devil knows you. He knows what you are doing and he organises his demonic structures and activities around what you are doing so that he can attack you. But praise the Lord, we have the victory every time "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world."



There are supernatural laws which God has put in place for His followers in order for them to live a life of victory. "As He is, so are we, in this world."

The secret of living in constant victory, is taking the Word and believing and trusting in what it says. Many Christians are weak in their faith, because they doubt God's Word, or they try to explain away miracles, or they corrupt God's pure and undefiled Word by mixing it with man-made doctrines and philosophies.

Great men and women take God's Word literally. If God says that Moses lifting his rod and the Red Sea parted, then so be it. If the Word tells us that God himself came in the flesh, born of a virgin, died for the sins of mankind, rose again on the third day, ascended and is seated on the right hand of the Father - what right do we have to explain any of that away?

God has empowered us by His Holy Spirit to take authority over sin, poverty, sickness and to rule over every work of the devil. Let us accept that mandate and move in the power and might of God's Holy Spirit.

Living in victory means not doubting the Word even if it seems that the situation is impossible. The same applies to compromising the Word. Many Christians live far below their potential because they are not prepared to live life of holiness, but instead change the Word of God to suit their lifestyle. I believe the worn-out statement made by believers "but Jesus turned water into wine" is one the greatest deceptions which render God's people ineffective against the work of satan. This is just one example. There are many others.


If one studies the ministry of the apostle Paul, one finds that he suffered greatly in his flesh. He experienced hunger, thirst, beatings, the elements, sleeplessness, shipwreck, imprisonment, and many other discomforts.

Now find out how he summarises his attitude to the hardships of life:

Philipians 4 v 11

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content.

The theme of the entire letter to the Philippians is joy - "rejoice - and again I say rejoice."

What would cause Paul be full of joy and content, considering the hardships he had to endure on a daily basis? It is because the source of his joy did not come from the natural environment but from a spiritual relationship with the Lord.

Many Christians derive their happiness and joy from their material possessions, the position they have attained to in the secular world, modern comforts, etc.

Paul's joy did not come from any of these worldly attributes, but from the power of the Holy Spirit. When you walk in the Spirit, your spirit shuts off the voice of the flesh and it is that power which releases a supernatural emotion - love, joy, peace, and so on.

If your emotions are built on the physical, then it follows that one's emotions can be destroyed if those physical elements are removed or lost.

Supernatural rest is a blessing which the Lord wants His people to find and to enjoy. The more we pursue a relationship with the Holy Spirit, then more of the fruits of the Holy Spirit are evident in our lives, bringing us to a place of supernatural rest. Paul calls that "contentment", a state which has truly eludes God's people. It then does not matter what your physical environment becomes; your emotions remain stable, because they are founded on supernatural principles.


We have discussed ten powerful characteristics of great men and women of God - those whom God uses - those who do mighty things:

  • Walk with God (like Enoch)
  • Turn hearts to Jesus (like Elijah)
  • Spirits connected with God's Spirit
  • Don't waste energy
  • Confront
  • Not limited by circumstances
  • Live a life of honesty and integrity
  • The devil knows their names
  • Live victoriously by God's supernatural laws
  • Power, joy, peace and rest is evident
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