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AND GOD SHUT HIM IN!

‘Per ardua, as astra.’ That’s Latin for ‘through adversity to the stars.’

So Noah got all the animals and his family into the ark and shut the single door of the ark behind him, and they all settled in and got ready for the foretold deluge to hit the ground, right? Not quite!

According to Genesis 7:16 “… the Lord shut him in. (KJV)

After Noah, his family and the animals got into the ark, GOD HIMSELF shut the single door of the ark from the outside! By shutting that door Himself, God assumed total responsibility over Noah and everyone and everything that were inside the ark!

Here’s one of the powerful things to understand about what happened in the story of Noah: When the flood started to inundate the earth, people began to drown, and those who could get into boats did so. But eventually, their boats proved to be incapable of withstanding the force of the raging floods. The boats broke apart and the people in them perished.

There was another factor in play: atmospheric pressure. The flood had swelled to such a level that, as we read in Genesis 8:4 “…and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” (NIV) So the flood had risen so high that it carried the ark to such a high altitude that after the flood began to recede, the ark came to rest on top of a mountain!

Now, note that this event took place in an era so primitive that there was no way Noah could have built the ark in a way that the ark could have survived the effects of atmospheric pressure! Every other boat that existed at that time was destroyed by the elements of nature except Noah’s ark! Why? Because God had assumed responsibility over it!!!

So here are some powerful lessons from all this:

1. Noah’s ark is a representation of Christ, therefore, of Christianity.

As that ark was the only means of escape from the flood provided by God, so is Christianity the only means of escape from the coming judgment that God has provided for mankind. As every other boat eventually failed to save its occupants, so will every other faith in this world fail its followers in the end. Christ is the only way to escape both the floods of this current life, and the condemnation that leads to hell.

2. The single door of the ark is a representation of Christ.

God had commanded Noah to build only one door on the ark (see Genesis 6:16). It was thru that one door that they all went into the ark. So does Christianity have only one way into it, which is Jesus-Christ!

3. The storms of life are never meant to kill a believer in Christ!

The heavy rains beat upon the ark, but never harmed the people inside. As the heavy rains fell, they gathered up under the ark and formed a raging flood that could never capsize the ark. So do the storms and floods of life beat upon God’s people, but can never destroy them, because they are hidden inside Jesus. Apostle Paul said it best in Acts 17:28: For in him we live, and move, and have our being (KJV) So just as the storms beat up on the ark and not on the people inside the ark, neither can the storms of life harm us, because we are hidden in Christ. Therefore, fear nothing in this world!!! Any harm that would come upon a believer would have to go through Christ first! As we know, that’s impossible!

4. Rather, the storms of life are meant to lift the believer to greater heights in life!

The flood lifted the ark to a level so high that when the ark started coming back down, it rested upon a mountain. So do the floods that God allows to come upon our lives lift us up in life! God is a Master Planner! Every hardship He allows into your life is always designed to lift you up in life! And note that the ark was carried around by the flood, so that in the end, the ark ended up at a different place than where Noah had built it. So are the hardships God allows into our lives designed to move us from where we have been stagnant, to new and higher places!

5. The storms are God’s teaching and training tools

Being ‘shut into Christianity’ means to abandon oneself into God’s hands, and allowing yourself to be constrained within the confines of Christianity. It means saying to Him: Have your way with me, Lord. I will only do what you say I should do, and will never do anything you say not to do. I will follow your ways only. It means depending on Him for everything in life, and aspiring to be nothing else in life but that person that He purposed for you to be here on earth.

Dependence on God is no easy thing, and must be learned, and God uses the difficult situations that He allows to come upon us, to teach us to trust and depend on Him for help, provision, well-being, protection, etc.

One example of this from the ark, is the fact that the ark had been subjected to the rigors of atmospheric pressure due to the high altitude that it had been carried to. So this must have created a severe panic in the hearts of Noah and his people, as they feared and wondered whether the ark would be able to sustain the effects of atmospheric pressure. This is the kind of fears that believers encounter when they find themselves in situations where God is telling them to be still and know that He is God! Pressure builds from every side against us, and the attacks from the enemy can get so intense, and all we can do is wait on the Lord to see us through. Just as Noah was not driving the ark, and must have feared that the ark might smash into a mountain or fall off a cliff, we have absolutely no control over the situation we’re dealing with, and have no idea if we would make it to the end alive. Like Noah, we can only trust that God knows what He is doing. But like the ark and everyone in it, we do survive! Because Jesus, in whom we have entrusted our lives and look unto, can protect us and hold us together in the face of any kind of pressure! Jesus was that ark that carried and protected Noah and his people, and He can protect against anything in this universe!

Another powerful lesson from the ark is in how God is able to provide for, and sustain His people. At high mountain altitudes, it becomes harder to breathe because there is less oxygen in the air. But Noah and everyone in the ark had no trouble surviving up there when the ark was carried up to the mountain levels. So does our Lord make sure His people never succumb to the lack of anything, no matter how scarce the hardship they’re undergoing tries to make things in their lives! He provides them with what they need! Haven’t you read that “God is our refuge and strength; an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1, NIV), and that “…those who seek the Lord lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10, NIV)?

6. We must build our Christianity right!

Brethren, here’s one extremely crucial thing to understand from all this: The ark ‘worked’ because God had accepted it. Had Noah not built the ark exactly the way God had commanded, God wouldn’t have approved of the ark, and would not have been with Noah and his people inside the ark. Like the ark, our Christianity must be ‘built’ according to the design that Christ has put forth in the Bible. And what is our ‘Christianity’? Our relationship with God. Every believer has his own personal relationship with God, and this relationship must be based on the ways that God commanded us to relate to Him. Take for example, the fact that God told Noah to build only one door into the ark. Our Christianity must have only one door: Jesus. But some of us have other doors, through which they can escape when things get tough for them. That’s the kind of believers with one foot inside Christianity and one foot in the world. When things get tough, they still try to do things the way the world does it, instead of relying firmly on the God is showing them. We must be perfect in building our Christianity – our relationship with God – the way He wants it. By commanding Abraham to be perfect before Him (see Genesis 17:1), God made it clear that we must be perfect in our walk with Him. We must be perfect in following His commands! And if we do so perfectly, then we WILL see His power and glory at work in our lives, just as Abraham and Noah saw it!

7. We must die ‘the required death’!

Noah and his people ‘died’ when they went into the ark. When they marched into that ark and let God shut them into it, they literally died to the lives they had been living, and abandoned their lives into God’s hands. Likewise, Christianity is about dying to the life you once lived, and letting God shut you into a new life that He alone has total control over! That’s the death the Lord Jesus said we must die in John 12:24-26Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My father will honor the one who serves me.” (NIV)

There are principally two kinds of believers out there: Those who have agreed to let the Lord shut them into Christianity, and those who haven’t. The story of Noah is all about COMMITMENT. It’s the story of a man who was totally committed to the will of God. God showed him something that was about to happen, and told him what to do to escape the coming calamity. He heard what God said and committed himself to obeying to the letter, the instructions that he received from God. That, in turn, made it possible for God to be God in Noah’s life. That made it possible for His power and glory to manifest in Noah’s life. That’s what the Lord promised at the end of the passage quoted above, that “my Father will honor the one who serves me.”

This is why the majority of believers in this world are not showing forth the glory and power of our great God. They are not as committed to following His lead in their lives as Noah did, and as did the great heroes of faith that we find in the Bible! They fail to abandon their lives to His divine care as Noah did. They refuse to let God shut them into Christianity, therefore, INTO HIS DIVINE CARE! And the sad result is that they fail to allow the power and glory of God to manifest in their lives.

CONCLUSION:

Because Noah died to himself and agreed to live the life that God had for him, Noah produced many seeds indeed by becoming the father of all mankind! That’s what the Lord explained in John 12:24: ‘If it dies, it produces many seeds’. Because Abraham agreed to die to his old life and live for God only, he produced many seeds indeed and became the father of nations! The Lord Jesus agreed to leave His throne and come to earth to live the life that the Father has planned for Him. He died to His throne above to live in obedience to God on earth (see Hebrews 5:8-9). As a result, He has produced countless believers for the last 2000 years and counting!

You who are reading this, what’s your excuse for not being productive for God??? If your Christianity has been built the way God commands, and you have truly died to yourself and are alive only for Christ, where’s the evidence? Where are the fruits produced by your death! Where are the souls that are being won over by your life? If you are indeed laboring for your Master Jesus, where are the harvest produced by your labor?

The greatest irony in the Church is that every believer would love to see the power of God move mightily in his or her life, but the majority are not willing to do what it takes to see that power at work in their lives. They’re not willing to die the death that allows the power of God to go to work in a believer’s life; they’re not willing to allow God to shut them into the kind of commitment in which he can be their all and all.

Christianity is not easy. That’s why the Lord made it plain that anyone who decides to follow Him must know what he is doing. He said in Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Deciding to follow God all the way, to let Him shut you inside Christ, is not a small decision. It wasn’t small of Noah to decide whether to build the ark or not. It wasn’t small of Abraham to leave his whole world behind and set out for Canaan. But they decided to be obedient to their God, and they lived to enjoy the fruits of their decision! That’s why I started this message by quoting ‘Per ardua, as astra': Through adversity to the stars. Allowing oneself to be shut into Christianity brings one into a world of adversity ordered by God Himself. But it is through those very forms of adversity (floods) that God takes one to great heights in life!

Therefore, I challenge you, dear brethren, to allow God to shut you inside of Christ! Allow Him to be your all and all. Give Him absolute control over your life. Do that and watch Him take you to heights that you can’t even imagine! The world needs to see the greatness of God in you so that they might believe in Him. Allow God to use you to showcase His greatness to the world! Allow Him to shut you in!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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ARE YOU OF THE TREE OF LIFE OR OF DEATH?

Famished after a long day of hard labor, the men looked forward to picking some oranges from the orange trees that lined the road home. One of them spotted a tree that had the best-looking oranges, and hastily climbed on the tree and threw down some oranges. The men hungrily peeled off the orange skins, just to find themselves moaning in disappointment. As great as the oranges looked on the outside, they were all dried up and sickly inside.

In 2 Kings 2:19-22 we read about a city that was said to be ‘well-situated’, but offered nothing but deep disappointment its inhabitants and to anyone who ventured into it. Why? Because it carried a river of death. According to the residents of the city, the water of the river that flowed through the city was poisonous.

The city was ‘well-situated’ in that it was located on top of a hill, and travelers could see it from miles away, and would look forward to getting to it, so they could get some much-needed water to quench their thirsts. But alas, when they got there, they were told the water from the river is deadly.

The Lord Jesus said in John 7:38 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (JUBILEE BIBLE 2000 version.)

So it is expected that a believer MUST carry the water of life that Christ gives. And as people expected to find good water in that city because they expected that such a well-situated city must have good water, so do people expect only goodness out of believers for the fact that we are supposed to carry the water of life. Because of what we carry, we are ‘well-situated’, ‘well-positioned’ to do so much good in the world around us! And when people know that we are Christians, they expect only that good to come out of us. Being believers makes us representatives of Christ! It makes us people who can provide solution to problems, healing to sicknesses and diseases, comfort to the sorrowful, aid to those in need, salvation to the lost sinners, etc., just as Prophet Elisha was called to do for that city. Like Elisha, we are to use the living waters of Christ that flows within us, to provide remedy for the bad situations that we encounter.

Right in the middle of the garden of Eden God planted two trees: The tree of life and the tree of death (tree of knowledge of good and evil). He forbade Adam and Eve from eating of any fruit from the tree of death. So Adam and Eve freely ate of the tree of life. That tree of life was Jesus Christ, and each time Adam and Eve ate from it, they partook more of the Lord Jesus and nourished their spirits and stayed alive and well spiritually in God. The day they ate of the tree of death, their spirits died and their relationship with God suffered a severe and critical setback.

Through salvation, this death is kicked out of our spirits, and the life of Christ is restored in us. Through Christ, we begin to receive the same nourishment that the tree of life used to give to Adam and Eve! Jesus was that tree of life, and as His representatives, we are, therefore, supposed to display the characteristics of the tree of life. !

As Apostle Paul explained in Romans 11:24 , believers are like wild olive trees that are grafted into a good olive tree. Meaning that we as individuals, are literally incorporated into the Lord Jesus, so that we are now a part of Him, as Apostle Paul declared so eloquently in Acts 17:28: “for in him we live and move and have our being.”

Therefore, as believers we are branches on the Tree of life that is Jesus-Christ, and so we must carry and display the characteristics of the Tree of life. THIS MEANS THAT NO BAD FRUITS SHOULD EVER BE FOUND ON US! Every fruit on us as branches of the Tree of life must bear nothing but the goodness, love, purity, help, healing, solutions, charity, mercy, strength and power of God that are found in Christ! WE MUST NEVER BEHAVE LIKE PEOPLE WHO ARE PART OF THE TREE OF DEATH! WE MUST NEVER BE PEOPLE WHO CARRY WATERS OF DEATH, AND WHOSE FRUITS BRING NOTHING BUT DISAPPOINTMENT, HURT, SORROW AND PROBLEMS TO OUR FELLOW MEN!

We must not be people who lead others to their spiritual death; who kill with our tongues and our deeds; who offer bad advice and bad solutions; who fan the flames of discord among people instead of seeking for peace to reign among people; who see the needy all around us and do nothing about it; who make no efforts to share the knowledge of Christ around the world. Rather BECAUSE WE’RE IN A PLACE, IT MUST MEAN THAT GOD IS THAT PLACE! The people in that place must benefit from the fact that a representative of God is in that place!

Your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors must benefit from the fact that you exist in their lives. They must have heard the Good News because you have shared it with them; they must know that God is a great God because they see the great things He does in your life; They must have experienced the love, joy, peace and goodness of Christ because they have interacted with you and seen you demonstrate those godly qualities.

It’s an inescapable fact of life that we can only exhibit the type of fruit we carry within us, even as the Lord made it plain in Matthew 7:20 “…so that by their fruits ye shall know them.” (JUBILEE BIBLE 2000)

Trees of life don’t produce bad fruits. True believers in Christ don’t produce bad fruits. So what fruits do you carry? Good-looking fruits that look great on the outside but are rotten and dry inside? Or fruits that bring nothing but great satisfaction and joy to those that are privileged to get a taste of your character?

Therefore, I implore you dear believer, in the name of our Master Jesus, to understand the kind of person you are to be as a representative of heaven, and to determine yourself to live up to that expectation for the rest of your time on this earth, to His glory! Your character is your fruit. Therefore, endeavor to develop and build a character that is founded on the holy teachings of Christ our Master, and on the definition of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, given to us in Galatians 5:22-23: “…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance…” (KJV)

Go and show the world the beauty and glory of God-Most-High!

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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CALL IT FORTH!

Jesus didn’t curse the fig tree to die. So why did the tree die? All He said to the tree was “may you never bear fruit again.” (See Matthew 21:18-22 for the story)

But because of a command given by God to all plants in Genesis 1:11-12, the fig tree died when Jesus simply told it never to bear fruit again. Why? Because the tree could not disobey the command given in Gen. 1:11-12, which says that every LIVING seed-bearing plant MUST BE FRUITFUL! So since the Lord now commanded the tree not to be fruitful any more, the tree could no longer stay alive, in disobedience to the command given to all plants in Gen. 1:11-12!

Now what did the Lord do that set off this chain of events? He spoke.

All the Lord did was to speak a word to the fig tree, and the tree obeyed and did even more than what the Lord had commanded it to do! This is what the Lord explained to the disciples when they asked what had happened to the tree. He told them “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21, NIV)

You see, brethren, this powerful thing that the Lord taught us here is possible because ALL THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED HAVE THE ABILITY TO HEAR THE SPOKEN WORD! All things were created by God’s spoken word, and they all remain subject to the spoken word. So whenever a command is given to them by the spoken word, they can hear and obey it!

God, who spoke them into being, made us in His own image, thus giving us the power to do the same things that He can do, such as speaking words that all things created can hear and respond to, just as they can hear and respond to His words. Therefore, you have the power and authority to make changes in your own life, and In the lives of others, by issuing commands for things to be the way you want them to be! Do not keep silent! Speak and command mountains to move out of yours and other people’s lives! Call forth things that are not as though they were! Command the sick to be healed! Command that bad situations be turned around! Command demons to flee! Speak beauty into ugly things! Speak solutions into hopeless situations!

Now here’s another great news: The command given in Gen. 1 goes further to pertain to animals as well (verses 20-25), and by extension, to us humans as well! I was once a seed in my father’s loins, as was he once in his own father’s loins, and as was his father in his own father’s loins, and so on… It has been, therefore, established that men are born with their own seeds within them, which they can choose to reproduce as children someday!

Therefore, if you are seeking the fruit of womb, despair not. Call forth your children! AS YOUR PARENTS WERE BORN WITH YOU AS SEED WITHIN THEM, SO WERE YOU BORN WITH SEEDS INSIDE OF YOU!!! THEREFORE, CALL FORTH YOUR CHILDREN! They are inside of you, and your body must respond to the word of the Lord and be fruitful! Speak to your body to bring forth the children it already carries! Do not let any devil lie to you that when it came for your turn to be born, you were born without seed! LIE!!! Whose report will you believe??? The report of the Lord in Genesis 1 says that you are a seed-bearing creature! Therefore, command your seeds to come forth!

If you’ve been seeking a spouse, despair not! Because THE SIMPLE FACT THAT YOU EXIST MEANS THAT YOUR OTHER HALF IS OUT THERE SOMEWHERE! Genesis 1:27-28 says it all: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (NIV)

WHEN GOD MADE MAN, HE ASLO MADE THE WOMAN AT THE SAME TIME! The woman was hidden inside the man, and was brought out of the man later on in Genesis 2:21-25. God even used a piece of the man – one of his ribs – to form the woman, so that the man and the woman share the same ‘spiritual DNA’. THEREFORE, FOR EVERY WOMAN IN THIS WORLD, THERE’S A MAN OUT THERE THAT SHE CAME OUT OF, AND FOR EVERY MAN IN THIS WORLD THERE’S A WOMAN OUT THERE THAT CAME OUT OF HIM.

So if you’ve been looking for a spouse, despair not! Call him/her forth! The fact that you exist means your spouse is out there as well! If you’re a man, call forth the woman God brought out of you! If you’re a woman, call forth the man that you came out of! Command that your paths should cross, that you may finally be together!

Let me repeat this: This world was created and established upon the spoken word. Therefore, it can be altered by the spoken work at any time! And the power and authority to speak things into being resides in you and I, just as it resides in the God who spoke this world into being. Use this power and authority to speak and call forth the things that you need in this world! An ambassador in a foreign country speaks for the head of state who sent him to the foreign country. As an ambassador of Heaven, use the authority of God who sent you to represent Him in this world to speak and fulfill His divine purposes in this world! Evil thrives where godly people stay silent. Therefore, speak up and command godly change in the world around you!

Speak up, command and call forth the glory of our great God in your life for the world to see and believe in Him!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE..?

Maybe you’re old enough to have been there. At those times when a person can hardly wait to grow older for one reason or the other, mostly so he can do things that he can’t do now because he isn’t old enough. Then before he knows it, he comes of age to do those things. But, even faster than he can realize it, he begins to grow old and begins to lose the ability to do much of anything.

As believers, this is the same process that our spiritual beings undergo in the realm of the spirit. When we receive Christ, our spirits are born again and we start off as babies in the Lord, and it is expected of us that we should grow and mature spiritually, the same way we do physically.

A spiritually immature believer is like a 40-year-old child; like a 40-year-old individual who failed to grow both physically and mentally.

This is the single biggest problem the Church of our Lord Jesus-Christ has suffered from since her inception.

A 40-year-old man or woman is expected to be actively productive in every way possible: Married with children, generating income, raising the children well, make good contributions to the community in some way, etc.

Likewise a believer MUST mature into a productive individual who is producing results in the kingdom of God! THERE’S NO EXCUSE FOR A BELIEVER NOT TO BE DOING SOMETHING TO ADVANCE THE WORK OF THE KINGDOM!!!

In the parable of the sower, the Lord Jesus said that of the seeds that fell on GOOD soil, some reproduced 30 times, some 60, and some 100 times. (see Mark 4:1-8)

THE POINT IS: THEY PRODUCED SOMETHING, even if it was just 30 times. The single thing that differentiated the seeds that fell on good soil from those that fell on bad soils was the fact that they reproduced and multiplied, while the ones on bad soils were hindered from producing by various factors.

As the world is littered with grown men and women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, etc., who are looking around their lives and can’t see achievements that they can be proud of, and are wondering where the time has gone, so is the Church full of believers who couldn’t show you the fruits of their labors for the Lord. They have no personal ministry, no means by which they are sharing the knowledge of God with the lost, and no means by which they are battling the evil that they see in the world around them. Even their lives are not good examples of how a believer in a holy God ought to live. It doesn’t matter at all to them that there are places in this world where the Holy Bible is unheard of and unavailable.

How old are you spiritually? For how long have you known Christ? Would you consider yourself a baby or a grownup in Him? If you see yourself as a spiritually mature grownup in Christ, can you identify any ways in which you have been productively impacting even a small portion of this world for Christ?

You’re not getting younger, but older, and will soon find yourself too old to even go out to hand out gospel tracts in the streets. Therefore, serve the Lord with everything in you NOW THAT YOU CAN! So that by the time you’ve grown too old and weary to do the work, you would have raised other mature believers who are busy carrying on the work of the Lord!

Don’t let it turn out to be that you were either a rocky soil, or a thorny soil, or a shallow soil, on which the word of God that has been spoken to you could not germinate and reproduce. Rather let it be that the word of salvation and love of God came into you and bore great fruits as you shared it with others and allowed God to use you to do His mighty works!

Don’t find yourself wondering in latter years where the time has gone. Rather go and be great for God!

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in SHORT MESSAGES

 

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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 an 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 put his faith to work by applying his faith to the various areas of his life, and believe in the Lord to help make them better.

By faith the group of believers called on the Lord Jesus to heal their city. 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! And because 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 power of the finished work upon a situation and enable it 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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