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IT IS NAILED!

This once-prosperous town was now a ghost of its former self. The big factory that had fuelled the growth and prosperity of the city had been closed for years now. The population suffered bitterly, with no work to do. But a movement was afoot to remedy the situation, as a group of believers took it upon themselves to pray life back into the dead city! They fasted and prayed over the city and its people. One morning, the people woke up to a unusual sight: A naked man was stranded at the top of the long chimney of the factory.

They managed to get the man down and asked how he got up there and why he was naked. The man narrated that he was a part of a group of sorcerers who were responsible for the factory shutting down. He said that every year, they would renew the covenant they had made against the factory, and the night before, he had gone to the factory to renew the covenant. But as he finished his business and was about to fly back to his house, he suddenly lost all his occult powers and landed at the top of the chimney, naked.

Colossians 2:13-14 says “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had [l]disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through [m]Him.” (NASB)

WOW!!! What we’re told in this passage of Scriptures is powerfully illustrated by what happened in that town! Evil decrees were made against the factory, its workers and the entire city by evil rulers and authorities of the occult, until the day the Lord Jesus arose and nailed their decrees to the cross and literally made a public display of them by arresting one of them upon that chimney!!!

Brethren, understand who you are in Christ! Understand the meaning of the finished work of the Cross! In that work, the Lord took care of EVERY possible evil that the devil and his people can do in this universe! Any decrees, incantations, agreements, sacrifices, etc., made against a believer has already been nailed to the Cross the moment The Lord pronounced that IT IS FINISHED! (John 19:30)

So why does this finished work not seem to be evident in the lives of believers? Why do so many believers still suffer under the weight of various forms of oppression? It is because we fail to act on it! We fail to do what we need to do in order for it to work in our lives. That’s one powerful lesson that can be learned from the story of the factory: As long as no one called on the Lord to apply His finished work unto that city, the city remained dead! Someone had to pray that the finished work of the Cross be applied to the situation the city was undergoing. GOD HAS DONE HIS PART, WE MUST DO OURS!!! He has made a provision for destroying the works of evil, but we must now make use of the provision ourselves!

Here’s a crucial thing to understand about Christianity: When a person becomes saved, the finished work of the Cross does not automatically go to work on its own to destroy the various bad conditions that the person has been dealing with. Rather after becoming saved, the believer is expected to begin to apply BY FAITH the truth of the finished work to the various issues in his own life. This is why ‘faith without works is dead’. The believer must now begin to apply his faith in Christ to the various areas of his life, and trust in the Lord to help make them better.

By faith the group of believers called on the Lord Jesus to heal their city. Meaning that by faith they invoked the fact that according to the Scriptures, whatever was killing their town had already been taken care of on the Cross. As they set out to stand on that belief, the power in the finished work was released upon the issue they were dealing with, and it was destroyed!

So brother, sister, I don’t care what it is that you might be dealing with, begin to call upon the fact that The Lord has already destroyed that issue on the Cross! By faith in the finished work of the Cross, tell that issue that it cannot remain in your life! As you stand on this belief and release your faith into it, it WILL be destroyed!

Another crucial lesson from the story of the factory is that WE HAVE A JOB TO DO! People are suffering all around us, being shackled and tormented by the devil. As long as no one prayed about the situation in that town, the situation remained. And as long as you and I do not pray about the situations around us, they will remain. How tragic!

So child of God, arise and be a son/daughter to your heavenly Father! Be active in taking care of your Father’s business! His business is to make this world better! His business is to heal the sick, set the captives free, make lives better! BUT HE NEEDS YOU TO DO THAT! He needs your prayers. He needs your faith. It is only the prayers of the saints that can release the finished work upon a situation and cause its power to reverse the situation!

We’ve all heard that evil prospers where good men do nothing. It’s evermore true that evil prospers where Christians keep quiet! Determine today to do something about the evil and suffering around you! Begin to call upon the Lord to release the power of His finished work upon the bad situations you see in people’s lives. Do your job of helping to set the captives free!

God bless you as you do His work!

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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GOT GRACE?

King Herod loved to hear John-the-Baptist, even though John always gave him grief over his illicit affair with his brother’s wife…  You’ve probably heard or read the statement “God will never lead you where His grace will not be with you”. Very true statement, because God would never set you up for failure; and without the backing of His grace, you will find it very hard to succeed in your endeavors.

That’s how crucial grace is! Grace is ‘unmerited favor’ from the Lord. Favor from the Lord opens doors; makes hard things simple; makes impossible things possible; provides divine and miraculous help from above; puts angels to work on our behalf; causes people to be favorable towards us; helps to succeed where others have failed; causes the elements of creation to work for us; and so on… And grace is that unmerited favor from the Lord, which does all these wonderful things in a believer’s life.

Grace is unmerited, because it is something that God chooses to bestow upon a believer. A good human father who has the power to do all things will be willing to help his child in every way possible. Grace is that willingness from God to divinely and supernaturally help His children succeed and enjoy life in this world. The only condition is… that we be in God’s will for our lives.

This is why it is indispensable that a believer always be where God wants him to be at any given time! God has designed a particular life for each of us; this means that there’s a specific place that He has ordered that we must be, according to the plan that He has made for us. WHERE GOD HAS ORDERED FOR US TO BE IS WHERE HE HAS ORDERED HIS GRACE TO WORK FOR US.
Needless to say then, that one of the chief reasons that believers struggle in life is that they are not where God has purposed for them to be. They’re living and working outside His will for them, where they don’t get to enjoy the power of His grace in their lives.

As long as John-the-Baptist was where God wanted him to be, he enjoyed a serious dose of grace! According to Mark 6:20, King Herod, whom John rebuked constantly, was afraid of john, and enjoyed listening to him. Instead of trying to kill John, Herod loved him. That’s an example of how grace from God can cause even your enemies to love you. During Abraham and Isaac’s days, their rivals and enemies came and begged them to be at peace with them, because God’s favor that was upon them caused the dread of heaven to fall upon their enemies for their sakes!

So John was able to get away with saying to people things they didn’t want to hear. So does a minister who is ministering where and how God wants him to minister, enjoy divine grace, help, protection and success from above! The problem is when we fail to see where God has ordered for us to be; how He has ordered for us to serve Him; what He would have us do; how He would have us do it… In John-the-Baptist’s case, he failed to understand what set time had come upon his life.

You see, John was called to proclaim and announce the coming of the Lord Jesus. So obviously, this ministry of announcing the coming of Jesus was supposed to end the day Jesus started His own ministry. If you’re announcing that somebody is coming and the person comes, do you continue to announce that he is coming? No. But John kept on baptizing and preaching. What message was he preaching now, since God did not give him any new message to preach? Therefore, he was now clearly operating outside the will of God for him. Here’s what should have happened: Now that Jesus had started His ministry, John should have sought to know from God what he was to do next.

Personally, I believe that John should have become Jesus’ very first disciple! Now that his Master had come and started His ministry, he should have placed himself at his Master’s service. He should have started following Jesus to hear and see what Jesus had come to say and do. And it is this failure to follow Jesus that caused him to start doubting whether Jesus was truly the Messiah or not. This is why when John sent his disciples to Jesus to ask if He was indeed the Messiah, Jesus told them to tell him that the blind are seeing, the deaf are hearing, and the cripple are walking. That was to tell John that if he had been here  with Jesus like he should have been, he would have seen the Lord do those miracles for himself, and would have no doubt that Jesus is indeed the Messiah.

You see, brethren, as long John was doing what he was supposed to be doing ACCORDING TO GOD’S PLAN FOR HIS LIFE, the grace of God was with him, and he was untouchable! But when he failed to see the new direction that he was to take in life and follow Jesus, but kept on ministering and announcing the coming of Jesus, the grace moved on from him, and the same Herod, who used to enjoy listening to his rebukes and insults, had him arrested. And, before long, he was killed.

Never dwell outside the will and plan of God for your life! His grace is available for you only where He has purposed for you to be; only in the particular ministry He has called you into; only at the particular church where He has purposed for you to worship and serve Him; only with the particular spouse He has made for you; only in the job He has purposed for you; and so forth…

Someone eloquently said “if your will is God’s will, you will have your will”. If what you set out to do is what God wants you to be doing in the first place, then His grace will be with you in doing that thing, and success would be guaranteed for you.

Grasp this understanding and determine to make His will for your life your will for your life! Make out time to earnestly seek His face to know exactly where He has purposed for you to be in every area of your life. That’s where His grace and the hosts and powers of heaven are waiting to work for you and help you accomplish the great things that God has purposed for you to accomplish, to His glory!

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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GET READY FOR THE LAST LAUGH!

Sarah laughed when she overheard God telling Abraham that she would soon have a child (Genesis 18:12). Our all-seeing God saw that she had laughed and asked “is anything too hard for The Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).
So when The Lord did what He said He would do, and Sarah had her son, He told them to name him ISAAC, which means ‘he laughs’.
Who is the ‘he’ that’s laughing? It is The Lord! He laughed the kind of laughter that people laugh when they do something that everyone said they couldn’t do. That’s why He told them to name the child ‘He laughs’, as a testament to the fact that He had the last laugh over the matter!
Somebody else also laughed because of what The Lord had done: Sarah. When she had her son, she sang and danced and laughed.
Brethren, rejoice! Because you will ALWAYS have the last laugh! Why? Because your God will ALWAYS have the last laugh!
I don’t care what issue has caused people to laugh at you, the great news I have for you is that as long as the God of Abraham and Sarah is your God, you will have the last laugh over that issue BECAUSE YOUR GOD WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH OVER THAT ISSUE!
Fully trust in the God of Abraham, and watch Him give you that last laugh! You may not see how such a thing could be possible right now, but remember Sarah. She couldn’t see how either. But as she found out, nothing is too hard for our God! Start practicing your last laugh over that issue!!!

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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JOY: YOUR SOURCE OF POWER!

The man hated his job so much that one day he just couldn’t take it anymore and quit. What was missing from the man’s job? Joy. He didn’t have any joy in doing that job at all. Now remember the job you loved doing so much that you actually looked forward to going to work every morning? You liked what you did and was proud of your achievements on the job. You loved what the job was about, and felt like it was worth doing, and for that reason you applied yourself to doing it excellently. What gave you the drive to do that job well? Joy. The joy that you had in doing that job gave you the motivation, pleasure, dedication and challenge to not just show up for the job, but to want to excel at it.

Jesus too was able to do His work on earth by no other power than JOY! This joy is what is known as joy in the Holy Spirit. We read in Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” (NIV)

The entire chapter of Hebrews 1 is about how Jesus was made God’s Son, was placed above all else, founded the universe, walked in obedience and righteousness, redeemed sinful mankind from death, and went back to His throne to reign forever. And we learn from this verse 9 that JOY is the source of the power by which He was able to accomplish all this. God enabled Jesus to accomplish all these great acts that set Him above His companions by anointing – empowering – Him with joy!

If joy was the source of the Lord’s strength that enabled Him to do the incredibly hard work that He did in the universe and on earth, you’d better believe that you and I could never succeed in living for Him and in serving Him without the strength that comes from joy.

Isaiah 12:3 says “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

This passage says it all. It likens salvation to a set of wells, each of which contains at its bottom one of the blessings of God that believers are to enjoy for being saved. We became saved from the various bad and evil things of this world, therefore, salvation brings the saved person into the good things that God intends for His people to have.

But the characterization of salvation as a set of wells reveals something powerful, which is that salvation doesn’t automatically bring the good things of God into the life of the saved person. Rather salvation only brings a person into the place where the good things of the Kingdom of God are available for him to have. What remains now is for him to do what must be done in order for those good things to come to him. In order words, salvation is like being brought into a room where there are several wells, and you can now draw from the wells. What you draw out is what you get! What you don’t draw out, you don’t get.

So for example, in salvation we have a well of good physical health, a well of healthy and blissful marriage, one of prosperity, another one that contains favor from God, and so forth. Therefore it goes without saying that if you do not actively and consciously work at drawing any of these blessings from the well that carries it, you will not experience that blessing in your life, though you may be a genuine child of God in good standing.

There are principles that govern the release and the working of each and every blessing from God in a believer’s life. ‘Drawing’ The blessings from the wells simply means observing the principles that release and put to work the blessings of God in our lives. It is by following the commands that God has given us in His word (the Bible) concerning any of His blessings that we get to ‘draw’ those blessings out the wells that contain them.

Thus, a married couple WILL enjoy the love, joy and peace of God in their marriage if each spouse observes the commands that God has given husbands and wives on how to treat one another. A believer will know and enjoy financial success if he or she observes the commands and principles put forth in the word of God concerning wealth acquisition and sustenance, and the ability to enjoy wealth. The same goes for every single other promise of blessing made by God unto His children.

So there’s work to do in order to get the blessings of God to work in our lives. And it is no easy work, hence the analogy to the strenuous act of drawing water from a well, and hence the need for the same kind of power that Jesus Himself had to rely on to successfully do His own work: Joy in the Holy Ghost!

Joy is the source of this indispensable power and strength because Joy in The Lord is that which keeps us sane in the midst of the most wicked of challenges. Joy is the opposite of unhappiness, sorrow, grief, bitterness. While sadness, bitterness and depression could knock the wind of life out of a person and not only try to keep him from getting out of bed, but also try to get him to end his own life, joy is that source of strength and positive feeling that helps a person get out of bed no matter what, and keeps him hoping for a better day ahead! JOY IT IS THAT HELPS TO KEEP OUR HOPE AND FAITH ALIVE IN THE LORD!  As long as we are able to maintain our joy, we WILL be able to keep our heads above the swamps of sorrow, grief and bitterness that life and the enemy of our souls sometimes throw us into, and we WILL, thereby, be able to forge ahead in our walk with our gracious Father!

Never lose your joy in the Lord! If you’ve done everything you believe the word of God says to do and you have not seen the expected result, do not despair! With joy keep observing the word of God. Though the desired results may tarry, they will come! With joy keep drawing them out till they’re yours! Wells are deep, and sometimes it may seem like it’s taking forever to draw out the water. So don’t let discouragement, sorrow and bitterness that come with hardship cause you to throw in the towel on your marriage. With joy in the Lord keep doing your part as a husband or as a wife. With joy keep drawing that marital bliss that you seek from its well! It will be yours in the end! Never tire of sowing! Keep drawing divine prosperity from its well by keeping up with the principles of sowing and reaping. You will reap indeed! Do you desire the peace of God in your life? Draw divine peace from its well by observing God’s commands and teaching concerning peace. This is why it is the truth that THERE IS A SOLUTION FOR EVERY PROBLEM IN THIS LIFE IN THE WORD OF GOD! Whatever you’re dealing with, find the ‘well’ that contains its solution in the word of God, and draw out that solution! Find out what the word of God teaches on that issue and what solution it has offered on the issue, and with joy don’t cease to apply that word to the issue until you have gotten the solution you seek!

May our gracious Lord release more of His powerful joy upon you in Jesus’ great name, AMEN!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in ATTITUDE CHECK!

 

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THE POWER OF COVENANTS

The child’s mother cried and wailed unto God for His salvation and God did nothing. But once the child of covenant wept, God jumped into action.

That’s the summary of the powerful thing that happened in the wilderness when Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, ran out of water and left Ishmael to die. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, had told Abraham to kick Hagar and her son out of their house, so Abraham sent them away with some water supply, which eventually ran out as they journeyed through the wilderness. We read in Genesis 21:15-20:

” And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.” (KJV)

Hagar knew that they had run out of water, so she told her child to wait in one place, and went far away from him because she did not want to watch him die of thirst. So from the time she left the boy, she started to weep and wail. BUT GOD IGNORED ALL OF HER CRYING AND WAILING, and it wasn’t until Ishmael himself started to cry that God intervened! Why? Because that’s who God had a covenant with! God had made a covenant of blessing with Abraham, that He would bless Isaac and Ishmael and make great nations out of them both. For this reason, God’s watchful eye was upon Ishmael, so that whenever Ishmael was in need of help, God provided that help!

Here’s the powerful thing to understand here: There was a considerable time gap between the time when Hagar started to weep and wail, and the time when Ishmael began to weep as well. When Hagar left the boy, she must have told him to wait for her for a little bit, and that she was going to be right back. So the child believed her like all children do, and started to wait patiently. So it would be after some time that Ishmael would begin to worry that his mom was taking too long to get back to him, and it probably wasn’t until the sun started going down that the lad would become scared and start weeping. So there we had Hagar who had been wailing since the time when she left the boy, and God ignored all that wailing, but the minute the boy began to weep for his mother – after many hours during which the mother had been wailing – God heard him and had one of His angels intervene.

Brethren, if this doesn’t convince you that you need to be in a covenant with God, I wonder what could! God is a God of covenants! That’s how He operates! He wants us to surrender ourselves – everything about us – unto His care, like Abraham did. WHEN YOU DO THAT, GOD ESTABLISHES A COVENANT WITH YOU WHEREBY YOU BECOME GOD’S RESPONSIBILITY! If you submit yourself to Him, you submit yourself to His care, protection, provision, support, help, blessings, empowerment, favor, grace (unmerited favor), joy, peace, etc.! Everyone around you might be crying for something, but it’s your cry that God will hear because You have submitted yourself to his care! Famines and pestilence may kill people around you, but God will see that you live thru them all! A thousand may fall at your right side, and ten thousand at your left, but you will live to declare the goodness of God! 

Best of all, like Abraham, you will be a true representative of God-Most-High in this world! Because of the ways in which God intervened on Abraham’s behalf, the people around Abraham saw the might of his God and declared it (see Genesis 21:22-23)! The world awaits your manifestation as a covenant child of God-Most-High! So get into a covenant with God, that He might be able to do His mighty works in your life, to His glory!

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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YOU NEED THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE!

One of the greatest tragedies in Christianity is the fact that most believers absolutely lack any understanding of what it means that the presence of God is with them. One of the Lord Jesus’ names is Emmanuel, which means God-with-us. Therefore, by receiving Jesus-Christ into one’s life, one receives ‘God-with-us’, which means that one receives the in-dwelling presence of God into one’s life, commonly known as the presence of the Holy Spirit.

There’s an event that took place in the days of King David that gives us a powerful revelation of the significance of the presence of God in an individual’s life. It’s the story of the time when King David attempted to bring the ark of God back to Jerusalem from the land of the Philistines where it had been held in captivity for years. David and his people set the ark on a cart and headed back to Jerusalem. We read in 2Samuel 6:6-12:

  And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the ark of the Lord come to me? 10 So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household. 12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.” (KJV)

The major points of this story are:

  • David became afraid to bring the ark into Jerusalem, lest it kills more people.
  • He decided to leave the ark in the field of a man named Obed-Edom.
  • God blessed Obed-Edom within the space of 3 months.
  • The blessing was such that even King David heard of it!

Here’s what powerful about all this: The name Obed-Edom means ‘Obed of Edom’, or ‘Obed the Edomite’. Therefore, Obed was a descendent of Edom, that is, Esau, Jacob’s brother. This means that there was a serious curse that operated in Obed-Edom’s life: The curse of Esau. This curse put every descendent of Esau under every descendent of Jacob. For this reason, the Edomites who dwelled among the Jews were treated as second-class folks. So much so that when King David became afraid of the ark, he decided to leave it on the property of Obed-Edom, with the reasoning that if the ark must kill people, let it kill those in Obed-Edom’s house. That’s how insignificant the lives of Obed-Edom and his household were to David because of the curse at work.

So when the Presence of God came into the house of Obed-Edom, it broke this curse and turned the situation around between Obed-Edom and David in such a way that if not for the eternal covenant that God had with David, God might have let Obed surpass David! God had planned before the creation of this world that David’s throne would be eternal since Jesus would come into this world through David’s lineage and reign forever. For this reason, God granted David mercy and grace and arranged for him to hear about what was happening in Obed-Edom’s house. This is why David ran to get the ark out of there! And it is also why he danced so hard when he finally brought the ark into Jerusalem. He had seen how powerfully the ark could bless people, and rejoiced because he was bringing this great Presence of God into his own city!

Kings don’t usually hear about every little thing that’s happening in the kingdom. Court officers only share important information with their kings. So what God began to do in the life of Obed-Edom was so powerful that King David’s officers felt the need to tell him about it! In fact Obed-Edom’s case is a classic example of the saying ‘the stone the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone!’ Here’s how this saying apply to this case: In the days of the kings, a person’s wealth determined his status in the society, and the very wealthy one were treated like kings. The common people flocked to the wealthy people for help with all kinds of matters, including passing judgment between them, just as they would go to the king. This is why, when Absalom wanted to dethrone his father King David, he went and sat at the King’s gate and directed the people to him for all their needs and issues. He helped them with their needs, and judged between them. Thus, he usurped his father’s office and position before the people. Instead of fighting his own son over the power of the kingdom, David chose to abdicate and leave the palace for Absalom. If Obed-Edom had been left alone with the ark in his house, he too could have grown in power and influence over King David.

In order for you to grasp the enormity of what happened in Obed-Edom’s life, consider this: It is the work and power of the curse of Esau that we are still witnessing today in the Middle-East between the Israelis and the Palestinians. No United Nations intervention and no deals brokered between the Israelis and Palestinians by anybody will ever break the hold that the Israelis have on the Palestinians. Isaac said to Esau that if he succeeded in breaking off the yoke that the curse has placed on his neck, then he would become free from it (see Genesis 27:40). The uprisings that the Palestinians engage in today is called ‘Intifadah’, which means ‘break off’.  As we know, they keep trying to break off the Israelis’ hold on them, and never succeed!

This is why it is such a powerful thing that God was willing to break this curse in the life of Obed-Edom. Here are some powerful lessons from this:

  • Whom God curses, no one can bless!
  • Whom God curses, He can turn around and bless!

Think about this: Could God bless someone while keeping his curse on the person? He had to first of all cancel the curse of Esau in order for His blessing to work in Obed-Edom’s life. THIS IS THE AWESOME BENEFIT THAT BELIEVERS GET TO ENJOY FOR HAVING THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN THEIR LIVES! He comes into our lives ready to destroy every curse that may have been operating in our lives, and to replace it all with His awesome blessings! This is why if God is with you, who can be against you??? If God’s presence is with you, how can any curse work against you? How could He stand idly by while some curses are waging war against you?!? Rather He moves in and looks around your life, and sets out to destroy everything in your life that has been causing you trouble! In Obed-Edom’s case, verse 12 says “The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God.”

The keyword in that passage is ‘pertaineth’. It means that God went to work to bless Obed-Edom everything that even remotely pertained to the man. If a matter concerned Obed-Edom in any way at all, God dealt with it on his behalf to give him victory in the matter! This is what God wants to be able to do in the life of every single child of His in this world, and it pains Him so much to see His children suffering at the hands of various curses, all because we fail to live lives that would be conducive to His divine and Holy Presence!

Brethren, I pray that as you read these words, you develop a deep hunger for the presence of God in your life, and that you determine yourself to walk in holiness and righteousness, that the Lord might be willing to dwell in your life. You simply cannot make it as a Christian without his holy presence in your life because, as we know, the kingdom of God – Christianity – is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).  It is only His presence in you that can place His righteousness on you, and enable you to have His supernatural peace and joy flowing in you.

Make your life conducive to God’s divine presence, and begin to see His awesome power at work in your life, to His glory!

 

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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LET GOD BE GOD IN AND THROUGH YOU!

Once when the Lord Jesus needed to pay His taxes, neither He nor any of his disciples had any money. So He sent Peter to catch a fish and get the needed coin out of the fish’s mouth. (See Matthew 17:27 for the story.) God could have provided the money for the Lord Jesus by some other means, but He chose to do it in this manner. Did it matter to Jesus how He got the money? No. What mattered was that God-The-Father provided.

The secret to the Lord Jesus’ success on earth is simply that He lived by a strict obedience to every command that He received from God-the Father. He observed a strict obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. He told us so Himself in passages such as:

  • John 12:49: “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken”
  • John 14:10: “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”
  • John 14:24: “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
  • John 14:26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
  • And Hebrews 2:10-13 quotes the Lord saying “…Even I live by placing my trust in God.” (MSG)

Therefore, in order to be as successful as the Lord Jesus was in His walk on earth, all a believer needs to do is to develop the same strict discipline of obeying, trusting in, and depending on God, that Jesus Himself had lived by.

You may read that last statement and say ‘that’s all it takes?’ And you’d be right in wondering if I’m not being too simplistic, but the simple fact is that walking with God is as simple as it is hard to do. The rules for a successful walk with God are very simple, though not easy to follow. Hence the sad state of Christianity today.

Here are the rules:

  • Believe in Christ and receive Him as your Lord and savior.
  • Give your life to Him. Meaning, submit your life – everything that makes up your life; everything that you are; everything that you own – under His leadership.
  • Consider Him to be your Master. Meaning that He owns you, and you live for one reason only: To serve Him. To do His will.
  • Depend on Him for everything in life. Meaning: look to Him for every form of need you could possibly have in this world; look to Him for protection; look to him guidance.
  • Obey EVERY instruction and command you receive from Him.
  • Comply to His rules for holiness.

Do this faithfully and flawlessly, and YOU WILL succeed as a follower of Christ and WILL see the manifestations of His presence and power in your life! Failure to faithfully and fully observe these rules is the single reason that most believers, especially pastors and ministers, do not adequately represent God in their lives and ministries the way Jesus did.

The first 3 of the Lord Jesus’ statements quoted above say it all: In those statements, He let us understand that He wasn’t just here on His own, but rather that He was ‘inside’ the Father. Meaning that as people saw Him, there was an invisible being that was there as well, but that they were not seeing: The Father. So He was saying that the Father is the main Person who is there, and He Himself is inside the Father. The point is that the work that Jesus came to do, it was the Father who really came to do the work, but He used Jesus to do it. So everything Jesus did, and every word He ever spoke, He did it all because the Father is the one who wanted to do and say those things, but He did it all through Jesus by using Jesus’ mouth and body.

So Jesus TOTALLY availed Himself to be used by God for God to do the things that God wanted to do in this world. Therefore, as long as Jesus followed every command that He received from God by doing everything that God told Him to do, and by speaking everything that God wanted Him to speak, God was able to be God through Jesus!

Brethren, THIS IS ALL that God is asking from us: For us to avail ourselves to be used by Him in the same manner that Jesus did! IT IS THOSE WHO SUCCEED AT THIS WHO TRULY REPRENSENT AND ENJOY CHRISTIANITY, because they get to enjoy the move of God in their lives! The single reason the power of God is not seen through the lives of believers the way it ought to be seen, is the fact that too few of us are willing to pay the price of submitting our lives unto God the way Christ did.

Too many of us let the ways of this world guide our decisions in life because too few of us understand the fact that once saved, we became kings and priests of God-Most-High!

Revelation 1:5-6  tells us:  “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

God in heaven is King and Priest over the whole universe. And on earth He uses believers to perform His kingly and priestly work. So He saves people and uses them to rule as King, and to minister as Priest in this world. Jesus came to show us how this works. He walked about this earth allowing God to rule as King through Him, and to minister to people as Priest through Him. Meaning that Jesus was king and priest in this world only as a representative of God, who is the main King and Priest. And He was able to flawlessly represent God because He flawlessly followed God’s instructions on what to do as King and as Priest. All the people that are suffering in this world, God sees their sufferings and as a Priest He wants to minister His healing, deliverance, empowerment, and blessings unto them. And as the King of this world that He created, He wants to rule over the affairs of this world. He does all that thru people, as He did through Jesus.

So you that are reading this right now, understand this powerful fact: God wants to rule as King and to minister as Priest in this world through you. That’s why He saved you and called you His own. Look closely at the lives of the successful men and women of God that you know, and you will see that the one thing they have in common is their dedication to being used by God in the ways that He wants to use them! They try more than the average believer to live by God’s laws and will for their lives. As they do this they allow God to be God in and through their lives, hence the manifestation of His presence and power in and through their lives!

I have great news for you: This great God is no respecter of persons! He is a respecter of His own principles only! And His principles are that ANYONE who obediently avails himself to be used by God will not be cast away, but will be used indeed! The powerful men and women of God that you know are simply people who decided that they would be as obedient as possible, and that they would serve God as obediently as possible, and God responded to their acts of obedience the same way He responded to Jesus’ own acts of obedience. So He is anxiously waiting for you to give Him the chance to prove Himself mighty in and through your life, for others to see and pursue after you in their quest for God, just as you are currently pursuing those successful men and women of God, and just as the crowds pursued Jesus.

So I encourage you to decide today to do the same as they did:

  • Determine to be that great servant that God expect you to be unto Him.
  • Determine to walk in His holiness.
  • Determine that you will absolutely trust in Him and rely on Him for everything in life!
  • Determine to obey every instruction and command you receive from Him.
  • Determine to submit yourself to His guidance, and to live ONLY that life that He wants for you.
  • Determine to abandon whatever you’re doing and to do only whatever He tells you to do. (He may not necessarily tell you to leave what you’re currently doing, but you need to submit it under His leadership and involve Him in it and follow His directions and how to do it.)
  • Determine to consult Him in EVERYTHING you do
  • If you’re a minister, NEVER do anything without consulting Him. The church belongs to Him. Never to you. He called you to use you to build His church, not your church. How would you then make any decisions concerning His church without seeking His consent first?
  • Determine to  ALWAYS do as He has commanded, NO MATTER how difficult the command may be to keep!

Do this and watch Him transform your life into the masterpiece that He had purposed for it to be, to His glory!!!

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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