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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

ALMIGHTY GOD..........How to experience His Glory


God Is All-Powerful.


Introduction:

God is the source of all things and therefore He is Sovereign.  He made the heavens and earth by His great power. Nothing is too hard for Him to do for you!" (Jeremiah 32:17).  God is not just all powerful, He is all knowing and everywhere present God.  This is why, nothing can be hidden from Him. For believers, He is our stay, our fortress and help.

All power and all things belong to Him alone.  He says I created good, I also created evil.  He makes war to start and causeth the same war to end. He says I am the God of all flesh, I kill and make alive,  Is there anything too difficult for me?


A call to prayer is a call for you to minister to yourself, without the intervention of a third party.  So if you do not know how to pray or how to pray effectively, you may be in danger.  Every believer must learn and master spiritual warfare prayers.  Praying effectively is a function of knowing where your trouble is coming from and fire your prayer arrows directly. 


It then means that for you to effectively minister to yourself and overcome the hand of the devil oppressing you at a point in time, you must be able to conduct some form of spiritual mapping to identify the real problem you are battling with and its source.  If you miss any of these two points, then, your prayers may not be effective.  You must know the problem and the devil attacking you.

The All powerful God

One of the ways to appreciate how mighty God is, may be to carefully examine some of the Acts of God.  When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would give birth to the Messiah. she was to say the least stunned. But I am a virgin, she replied.   How could she possibly give birth to a son? But the angel replied that the power of the Most High will accomplish it.  In order words, God just wanted to informed her, she is the chosen vessel, how it will happen should not bother her.  Today, we all know that that prophesy and seemingly impossible feat was accomplished as spoken.

In Luke 1:37, the bible say there is nothing impossible with God.  God again confirmed that He is the God that is able to do all things.  He told the people of Judah that because of their wickedness, their land would soon be conquered by the Babylonians - Jeremiah 32:26-35. Nevertheless, God also promised that he would one day restore his people to their land and bless them with great prosperity, which He did.  The Lord sent them on exile and after 70 years, He restored them.

God is referred to as God Almighty. In the book of Revelation the twenty-four elders who are seated before the throne of God fall on their faces and worship the Lord declaring, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign” (Rev. 11:17).

The knowledge of who God is, has become as important as ever because of the strange doctrines the devil is spreading on earth today.  Some people teach and others believe there is no God and so, each person is on his own and can only obtain what his physical strength can give to him.  We know that there is one Living God, creator of heaven and earth, faithful and dependable God.

If you have an understanding of His greatness, you will not struggle alone in this world, and when things do not go your way, you will remember that God is still with you, and He will never forsake you.  If you know that God will come true to you, you will never despair.  The feeling of hopelessness is the major cause of depression in the world today, and consequently suicide.

Life's challenges
In the life of a person, trouble will surely come one day, as a matter of fact there is what the bible call an evil day, a day of trouble.  So what can we do when we come face-to-face with trouble?  How shall we call upon the Lord at such times? These are questions I hope to provide answers to in this piece.

The days are evil and hard economically.  Many people are out of job, others are underemployed, barely managing to survive and countless job have no job experience after graduation, which makes their employment hard to get.  What can we do when our backs are against the wall and we have no where to turn for help? I remember years ago, when I was manipulated to resign from my job in a Shipping company by a network of evil men, who were under invoicing customers and lining their pocket daily under my supervision.  When the issue became clear, I initiated moves to stop it and that was my offence.


They never confronted me, instead they went diabolical and all of a sudden I began to feel there was too much pressure on me in the office.  I came under demonic imposed pressure from within, and without any query, complaint or misunderstanding with anybody, I resigned my appointment.  My boss then refused to accept the letter, insisting some strange people are 'beating drum for me'.  He meant that there is an external influence behind my action, but I insisted I am leaving. It was after I left the company and became stranded that I realized what happened to me, then I cried unto the Lord.  Guess what, He gave me a better and more durable job.


You Must know Him

When you know Him, you are quick to cry to Him as your heavenly Father for help, and He cannot deny you.  Personally, I have fallen into all kinds of trap and trouble, that looks seemingly impossible, but when I cry to Him, He would always answer me.  So, by the grace of God, I can advice someone in a deep mess, big trouble or impossible situation how to call upon the Lord.

The starting point is for you to know the Lord Jesus Christ and give your heart to Him.  When you receive Christ into your heart as Lord and Saviour.  When you do that, you receive the power to become His son or daughter, and thereafter, you can cry to Him for help in any matter.  The good thing about this topic is that the Lord has made provision to help you whenever you are in trouble and call Him,  He says: 


1. Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”


2. Psalm 50:15 “and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

3. Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”

4. Psalm 145:18-20 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.”

Have Faith, depends on Him


Our faith in God should be total.  There is no alternative and if God does not answer us, we will wait until He answers.  Whenever we have such faith and trust in Him, nothing will be impossible for God to do for us.  God wants us to depend on Him and not rely on ourselves.  He assures us by His word:

1 John 15:5 ““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. “


Matthew 28:20b “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


Matthew 6:25-27  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”


Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Overcoming your Troubles
Jesus tells us that we will have troubles in this world, it's a guarantee. However, He also promises that we have victory through our faith because Jesus Christ has overcome the world. If you are facing hard and uncertain times, you can be encouraged to press on knowing that you are an overcomer.

Because God is all-powerful, He has the ability and strength to do whatever He pleases. His power is not restrained or inhibited by any of His created beings. People and nations are powerless when confronted by His might.

No matter what you might be facing, God can help you. Nothing is too hard for Him. No need is too great for Him to meet. No problem is too complicated for Him to solve. No foe is too strong for Him to conquer. No prayer is too difficult for Him to answer.

God's plan


God's plan for your life is that you have joy and live life to the fullest. If you are feeling overwhelmed, run down, and without hope, the Bible can lift your spirits and give you a fresh start! 

Despair and anxiety have always been an intrinsic part of life on Earth. In times of darkness, Christians have sought the encouraging words of scripture to provide strength, wisdom, and guidance 


God merely spoke the universe into being-a universe that astronomers estimate contains more than 100 billion galaxies. But all the power contained in this entire universe is but a small representation of the unlimited power of God. The combined energy of all earth's storms, winds, ocean waves, and other forces of nature do not equal even a fraction of God's almighty power.

His Spirit in us can achieve a lot

The Bible in Ephesians 3:20 says "By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope".  His power is alive in His children.  The Holy Spirit is that mighty power of the Almighty working in us to do anything that God wills in our life.  This can only be possible if we believe and allow the Spirit of God have His way in our lives.

Despite the misfortunes we may experience, there is always an opportunity to choose love and rise above resentment and fear. The Bible is there to remind us of such truth and to encourage us to believe in the goodness of life and God.

If we take time to study and meditate on the word and accept it as God's word to us, then with those powerful word in the scripture, we can do all things through Christ, after all - the bible declared that "All things are ours"

Why you Should Call on Him:

1. He has a purpose  -  God has a purpose for you despite what you may be going through. For some people, the problem they are passing through is as a result of His purpose for their lives, unfortunately they do not know. But if you have developed your spirit man, you would know and your heart would be at rest. If you develop your spirit man, you would hear Him clearly.


2. Miracles are your portion - The miracles of God is for all His children, but you have to ask for the miracle you need.  He asked Abraham to walk before Him and be perfect when Abraham accepted the counsel of Sarah to sleep with their maid for a baby.  That was not the perfect will of God, who had already promised Abraham a son.  He did not need Abraham to help Him.  So ask in faith for the miracle you need and wait for it.


3. Let your Expectation be on Him - If your expectation is on Him, the Almighty God, then don't continue to worry about how long you have waited or the number or strength of your enemies.  Sometimes, we fight very strong enemies, who monitor us, our prayers and every step we take in order to hinder us.  But when your expectation is on the Almighty God, be rest assured He will deliver you.


4. Reject every demonic alternative - When you are facing challenges, the devil will come up with several alternative ideas for you to escape the trouble.  A brother repented and surrendered his heart to Jesus.  The Lord told him to do restitution - To return what he stole from his employers before he became born again.  


As he was going with the equipment, the devil told him to rather sell the equipment and secretly keep the proceed in the office of the boss, so they will not know he was the person that removed the equipment.  He rejected that suggestion and returned the equipment to his boss, confessing his wrong doing and asking for forgiveness.  The boss was shocked, forgave him and promoted him for his boldness.


5. Do not compromise - There should be no compromise when your trust is in the Almighty God. Do not behave like worldly people who compromise their stand or faith for benefits. You cannot help God and many times, when the expectation you are waiting for arrives, you will discover it is not from the source you had thought.  God answers us beyond the scope of our requests and He does not need you to help Him perform a miracle.  The earth and everything in it is His. 


Faith in Him alone

God is powerful to deliver you from any problems on earth.  He does not even need your input, except your faith that He can deliver and your trust in Him to actually deliver you.  If you always hoping and expecting His mighty hands in your life, surely you will experience Him.  He says in deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


In Isaiah 41:10, He says to you, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  All you need to do to enjoy His protection and provisions is to trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

The righteous and sons and daughters of Zion would always cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. He is close to them that fear Him, the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  He is our strength and song, and he has become our salvation.  Those that wait on Him, the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint according to - Isaiah 40:31.


What to do

This brief exhortation is to encourage you to trust in Him in good and bad times.   When you stop depending on your wisdom and connection, but rather commit everything to His hands, your rest is about to begin.

His children must trust in Him completely and never doubt His ability to turn any urgly situation around for better.  Also, His children that want to experience victory after victory must learn how to spent time with Him in prayer and praise worship.  He is faithful to see you through whatever challenges you are passing through.  Trust Him today, hand over your struggles to Him and He will gradually turn every thing in the wrong places around for your good.

Prayer - Having the assurance that when we call upon Him, He will answer us and show us great things, which we know not, the next thing to do is to pray to God, relaying our problems and asking for His help.  The condition for this prayer to work is faith on your side.  You must believe that God is with you and around you to help you.  You will have to trust Him and expect your answers before long yous answer will come.  

The bible says in Jeremiah 17:5-7: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” So you should pray!

Steps in Prayer:


1. Start with praise worship. You can sing songs to praise God and to worship Him.

2. Gather important scriptures that address your problem and memorize them and later pray them to God. Confess out loud such Scriptures promising deliverance. 


3. Break covenants and curses to destroy their legal hold. You pray a simple prayer like this: I break any curse working against me or I break any covenant working against me, in the name of Jesus. Simple prayer with much result.


4. Bind every demon and agents of darkness involved in your troubles in Jesus name.


5. Make specific commands for them to depart from you.


6. Pray as the Spirit leads you.



Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.


FIRE...
  

HOLINESS IN MARRIAGE.........Is practically possible!




HOLINESS IN MARRIAGE


Introduction
In looking at holiness in marriage, let me start by saying that God has called us to be holy as He is, without holiness, we cannot see Him in glory, so holiness should and must eventually be our lifestyle.  So, in considering holiness as it relates to marriage, I hope and pray that the virtues that make us holy in marriage will eventually be duplicated in every aspect of our life, that it becomes our lifestyle.

Considering that the kingdom of God is not in words, nor in food and drink, but it is in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, we must recognize the importance of having the Spirit of God lives in us and guiding us.  It is God that will make us holy and the instrument for our holiness in the Holy Spirit living inside of us.  

When the Spirit begins to work in our lives, we begin to see holiness differently.  It will no longer be the outward manifestation of certain characteristics and attributes like reading the Bible; going to church; devotional and consistency in church activities, the fervency of prayer; witnessing etc.  All these things are indicators of religious faithfulness.  

The Lord has provided us with His Holy Spirit to help us become more like Him. Becoming holy is not a matter of self-transformation. It is a matter of looking to God in repentance and faith and becoming like Him.  A holy person anywhere is a person that is manifesting the fruit of the Spirit, despite challenges of life.  He is ever smiling, gentle and supportive.  

Importance of Holiness
Holiness is important in any relationship leading to marriage, and after the marriage.  During courtship, holiness is necessary to keep the two people away from pre-marital affairs.  Courtship is important before marriage, so the two people can study each other and agree among themselves they can live together happily.  

Imagine that you refuse to observe holiness when you are trying to determine whether you are compatible with a person for marriage, you will not be different from the world.  And if you cannot relate to the brother or sister with the fear of God, not defiling yourself or the other person, then you are not born again. 

Imagine also, that a person is telling lies to the spouse, though he or she is born again, will there be trust built in such a relationship?  It will be hard to build trust and the other partner may be discouraged about serving God or being honest himself or herself.  That means Christian values of honesty, faith, love, fear of God will no longer reign in such a marriage, God forbid!

Holiness is practically living the life of God Himself. Is God loving? Then we reflect holiness in the love we show to others. Is God pure? Then we reflect holiness in the purity of our lives. Is God patient? Then we reflect holiness by our patience with others.

Holiness in marriage is living your personal and married life according to the Word of God.  You are aware of what God says about loving others and you are living your life that way.  You are aware of what God expects from you, with respect to your children and upholding the entire family together, and you are living accordingly.  

The husband and his wife have a responsibility towards every member of their household.  We are going to look at the Lord's teaching on the different aspects of family life, and how God expects us to relate in the household.  In the case of Abraham, we saw that a family household comprised of:
1. The Husband
2. The wife
3. Their children
4. Domestic staff/House helps etc
5. Other people under your roof.

The Similitude  of a Believer
We can see that marriage is one platform to show forth the kind of a Believer we are, faithful or unfaithful.  A believer that fears the Lord and obey His words or not.  Marriage is where love is practised in a way that no other platform allows.  

Starting from the Lord of the Lord, that allows His word to guide the couple, the love life they live and the choices they make, how they can forebear one another, sacrifice for one another, how they can accommodate one another in marriage, as well as the trust existing between them.  Without purity and honest living, a trust will be hard to build, and when such trust is lacking, there will be a problem in the marriage.

In Mathew 5:13-48, 70% of what Jesus Christ thought in that scripture relates to marriage.  They include:
1. Similitudes of Believers
2. Committing Adultery
3. Divorce and re-marry
4. Making vows
5. Retaliation
6. Love

Similitude
It is in marriage you will show if you are the salt of the earth and if your saltiness is still with you. whether you are the Light of the world, that your husband or wife, as well as your children,  should look up to for leadership, advice, encouragement and even motivation to follow Christ.  In marriage, your family, neighbour, friends and colleagues are watching to see your light shine through your works of faith, love and care.  If your light shines to them, and in their lives, they will continually glorify God for giving them a person like you as a father, mother and grandmother.

Everything good or bad in a person begins at home, and then shine forth to the world.  If you are the salt that makes meals sweet, your family will experience your qualities first before others.  More importantly, the Lord expects you to reproduce your godly qualities in your children. 

Love is practised 
For a Christian marriage to succeed, you should love your spouse as yourself.  You can dispute loving your neighbours are yourself, but if you refuse to love your spouse as yourself, you cannot also manifest AGAPE love towards him or her.  

When you look at your behaviour towards your spouse, do you see the fruits of the Holy Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23a showing forth?  A holy husband or wife has a duty to encourage and motivate the spouse to progress spiritually through his/her attitudes at home. 

It always amazes me, how some people can be devils in the house and Saints outside.  I have seen it happen several times.  A woman who does not greet her husband at home, bowing down to greet her Pastor in the church. She is very active in the Church group activities, speaks to people kindly and gently so that many people love her and praise her as a great woman of God.  But, at home, she is too big to serve her husband food.  She is tired whenever she gets home, and if the husband is hungry, he knows where the food is.  The same 'great woman of God'.

The pride is because she earns more pay than the husband or the husband's business is going through hard times, and she is contributing more to the upkeep of the home. Some men do it also. They are hard and disciplined at home, but in the office, they are keeping a mistress, their secretary or even subordinate and spending his money on her.  Nobody knows him as a born again Christian in his office because of his lifestyle, yet at home, he is a Saint.  Such should never be named among believers in Christ. 

Adultery is forbidden - Matt 5:27-37
"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'   28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right-hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. 

That was how our Saviour explained the sin of adultery, to bring the spiritual implication of our actions.  The Lord says that meditating on evil is as good as committing the evil in the realm of the spirit.  If you imagine that a lady that has five boyfriends is marrying five husbands in the spirit, then you will be careful of things you think and the actions you take.  

Jesus is saying that if you will be holy in marriage, keep your eyes from evil, desire not to see evil pictures because if you meditate on those pictures, it could lead to the sin of the heart.  Do not commit adultery, to be joined with a stranger after marriage destroys your faith in Christ.  It can also lead to a lot of unpleasant consequences like a marital break-up, sickness and untimely death.

Divorce is not allowed, except for unfaithfulness - Math 5:31-32

"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'   32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.  For the men who cannot bear it, unfaithfulness is the only ground for divorcing a wife.  This is when the husband cannot forgive her, otherwise, the Lord say FORGIVE!

Women should remember that no secret can remain covered for long, it will soon be revealed, and once revealed, the marriage can hardly be the same again.  Mistrust will torment the family after that incident, and if the marriage did not break, the crack will be obvious.

Keep your oath -  Math 5:33-37

Your word should be your bond in your relationship with your spouse.  He or she is already part of you.  When you pray for him/her, you are praying for yourself.  So, you cannot afford to lie to him/her, don't you understand.  Jesus says in the scriptures:  "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne;  or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. 

In marriage, the couple are before the Lord, so you cannot make a vow before the Lord and get home to deny it, either by word or by action.  Your vow to love and care your spouse is before the Lord.  That vow includes preferring your spouse over all persons, to love him or her only.

We see ignorant young people making blood covenants among themselves and bonding themselves, in an attempt to live faithfully to each other.  Many times, these covenants are made without any clause that exempts the innocent partner, so that when the devil tempts them, the whole family can be destroyed.  Avoid blood covenant among yourselves.  Pray to God to keep you and your spouse faithful.  Pray with faith in your heart and God will answer you.  

A Witness
As a man, my mother gave me one advice on my wedding day.  She says to me "Remember always that a woman is a woman".  This simple advice could be simple, but certainly very deep.  My mother was saying to me,  pay attention to your wife's feeling and what she needs.  Though she may be a Reverend Sister, a Pastor or a Bishop, she is still a woman.  

It could also be interpreted to means that, though your wife is born again, what excite other women will excite her, except she is sanctified and her soul delivered from worldliness.  If she is not sanctified, then most of the things exciting unbelieving women, like Cars, new and trending dresses, Brazilian hair, Jewelries and handbags and wait for this - "Cover it up" make-up kit, that covers-up pimples and wrinkles on the face will also excite her.  

This is why wise men of God pray for their wives to be sanctified, and delivered from worldliness, otherwise, the sharp disagreement and conflict in the home will continue.  Do you know that middle-aged couples still argue over dresses?  The husband will say "Honey, don't dress like that and the wife will reply NO!, I am still young".  It is worldliness, her soul is still in the world.  Sisters, married women, get sanctified and your walk with the Lord will be smooth and easy.

I want to appeal to you, the reader to be holy in all manner of conversation and in all relationship.  Remember that charity begins at home.  The home front is the best place to start holy living and then spread it to everywhere you go.  Remember also, that Christ is coming soon.  Let holiness be your lifestyle and the Lord will support you.


Shalom!


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Thursday, 14 November 2019

TYPES OF SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION.........And how God repairs them!



FOUNDATION AND YOUR DESTINY

 
Introduction

A man’s foundation is very important to who the person becomes in life.  This is because you cannot build on a faulty foundation and have anything. As a believer, your spiritual foundation is vital to your life.  The reason why a person's foundation is important is because of the word of God in Exodus 20:5 when God commanded the children of Israel not to worship or serve other gods.  According to the scriptures, anyone that serves other gods is a wicked person and the consequence of serving other gods, God will visit on his children, up to the fourth generation.

There is another aspect of the foundation issue that should be taken care of.  This is the aspect of wicked works.  Some men were so strong in their times that they sacrificed human lives to acquire power from the devil, some sacrificed pregnant women, other sacrificed virgins.  Some wicked men buried their enemies alive, captured strangers on the way and killed them to appease their gods. 

These are wicked acts that bring curses on a family.  If you kill a person without a cause and the person pronounces a curse on his captors, know that such a curse will remain active until God intervenes to deliver the family.  Many people are suffering barrenness today because of curses placed on their fore-fathers that is still operating.  Many people are poor today because of a curse or evil covenant which the fathers entered with the devil, that is still working.

The Importance of your Foundation 

The importance of foundation to a person's life is very important. Every Christian should appreciate his foundation, review and understand its dimension and take time to address any area of it that need attention.  The foundation is responsible for many good and bad things that are happening to children of God today.  Our foundation determines how far and how fast we go in life. If the foundation of a person has problems, the destiny of that person will have a problem as well. 

Your foundation refers to the kind of life your parents lived, whether they serve the Lord or Satan, whether they live a good or wicked life.  There is yet another aspect of the foundation equation concerning how a person was conceived. Many women are carrying children not fathered by their husbands, that's a faulty foundation already, because the child may never know his or her father.  Sometimes ago, I was praying for a woman, and I heard a voice that the woman has something to confess with respect to her first child.  There was yet another woman, when I started praying for her, the Lord said I should not bother myself, that she knows why she is barren, though the husband does not know.

Some couples after waiting for years to have children, decides to seek the help from the devil. Since nothing good can come from the devil, it is obvious that there will be issues in the life of such a child in the future.  Some children were initiated or dedicated to marine spirit through the witch doctor who treated them when they fell sick as little children.

If you have native marks on your body, know for sure you were taken to a witch doctor when you were young and some incisions made on you.  It means you have deliverance prayers to say.  If a baby is initiated into witchcraft as a baby, it is an evil seed that will destroy her salvation in the future, if there is no deliverance done on the person.  Any child dedicated or initiated into any dark kingdom can hardly live a consistent life.  He/she will be on fire today, tomorrow cold.

Types of Foundation
A weak and faulty foundation is not worthy of carrying any building.  The foundation of a bungalow cannot be used to erect a four-storey building, the house will collapse.  As it is with the foundation, so it is with people.  So if you are dreaming of doing exploits for the Lord, or you are dreaming of being the CEO of a successful national company, it will never work, if your foundation is weak or faulty.  You should make sure your foundation is not weak, and if they are, you rebuild it through prayers.  

The implication is that if you get to the top, riding on a faulty foundation, it is the same faulty foundation that will rise against you in the future and pull the person down. We have different types of foundation, which may include: 

Polluted Foundation/Destinies
Today, we have children whose destinies have been polluted by their mothers through careless living and ignorance.  A young boy exposed to adult life as a boy will hardly find his way in life in the years to come.   Children should never see the nakedness of their parents, that is terrible pollution.  Yet, some single mothers do not know the implication of what they are doing to their sons.  Some examples will do:

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The deliverance from foundational bondage is very critical to the success of a believer in Christ Jesus because the foundation, though unseen is the platform that carries the structure, a man or woman in Christ. In a circular world, structural and Soil Engineers are invited to examine the earth and soil condition of a property where a high rise building would be erected.

It is the same for a believer, who wants to succeed in the faith and in ministry.  You will have to look closely into your foundation and possibly cancel every negative transaction of the past that are capable of hindering you, especially men and women from Africa, where our forefathers worshipped idols and made sacrifices and oaths that are still hindering their children generations after they have gone.


Wicked foundations
Many believers will have to examine their foundation and cancel the wicked works of their father's houses that is working against them.  You are a new creature in Christ, which is correct, but you have to cancel negative patterns of your family using the blood of Jesus if you will be free from such flows.  It runs through the bloodline.  You must decide to stop it from getting to you, otherwise, you are at risk of suffering the same affliction your mother or father suffered if you do not pray and exempt yourself by the blood of Jesus.

We have seen cases where the blood of virgins are crying against people because their fore-fathers sacrificed virgins to idols for money or power and generations after their evil works, the blood of such virgins are still crying for vengeance over the children of the men that sacrificed them.


When your parents and fore-fathers entered into covenants with the devil and covenanted you and your children, God saw it, but God will do nothing until someone repents from that family and cry to God for mercy and deliverance.  That's the only time God will intervene and set captives in that family free.

So, to assume that because you gave your heart to Jesus, the evil done by your parents and fore-father are washed off is to be ignorant.  God is a covenant-keeping God, He says He visits the iniquity of parents on their children (See Exodus 20:5).  He will only intervene when someone cries to Him for mercy.

This means that there are children of God whose foundation are destroyed and they are not aware of it. Many people are hindered in the spirit because of the sins of their forefathers, and blood is speaking against them for vengeance because of the wicked foundation of their fore-fathers before the Lord.

Good foundation

The bible says a good man leaves an inheritance for his children. If a good man leaves a good inheritance, a wicked and bad man would also leave an evil heritage for his children.  Here comes the problem beloved.  People inherit houses, land and cars from their parents, without asking for debts their parents may be owing, both spiritually and physically.  If you inherit land and houses, be ready to pay the debts accumulated over the years also.

There are good foundations and so, it is the duty of believers to ask salient questions to identify and know the foundation that produced them.  To assume that your foundation is strong and well established without accurate records and proofs is very unfortunate and a sure disaster.
 
To have a good foundation before the Lord is to have men and women amongst your forefathers who served the Lord with zeal and did a lot of exploits for the Lord which entered into the record of the Lord for a memorial unto their children and children’s children.
 

There is the story of King David in the bible who loved the Lord so much that he decided to build a house for God.  David considered it an error for him to be living in a good house, while the Ark of the Lord of Host was sleeping in a tent.  Remember the Ark of God carries the presence of God anywhere it is carried to, so the moment David concluded in his heart to build a house for the Lord, that same night, God spoke to Nathan, David’s seer to go to King David and give him a message.  

That God has seen his heart to build a house for Him, nevertheless, the house should be built by his son Solomon.  The good works of King David is in everlasting remembrance forever.  That a good foundation.  It was the good works of David that made God give his son, King Solomon 40 years of peace as a King in Israel.

Signs of Faulty Foundation

Without a strong foundation, you cannot withstand the storms that various seasons will bring.  You will find it difficult to resist temptation, financial, and emotional storms.   If the foundation issue is not addressed, the cracks will come and the cracks could lead to a collapse.  

Here are signs that you have spiritual foundation problems in your life:
1. The continual struggle to live holy.
2. Failure at the edge of a breakthrough
3. The barrenness of children and helpers
4. Lack of Destiny Helpers
5. Rejection and spirit of Hatred operating in life.
6. Lack of favour and closed heaven syndrome
7. A negative/nasty attitude
8. Hearing of strange voices, and other remote control manipulations
9. Secret sin, addictions like watching porno and masturbation
10. Lust of the heart. Lusting after your colleagues, your neighbour's wife
11. Can't get along with people; always in conflict with someone


How God Repairs faulty Foundation

It is the Lord that repairs a faulty foundation, our duty is to pray well-targeted prayers from our heart.  We must repent of our own sins, as well as the sins of our forefathers.  God wants us to succeed and prosper, but many people have faulty foundations that will limit and hinder their progress in life.  Such foundations are the results are the result of evil dedication and evil inheritance, which over the years becomes a bondage that rises against the works of their hands, limiting their success.

If we look at the example of Jacob in the bible, the fateful day he received deliverance from his faulty foundation, he put away his wives and children and was alone in a place to pray and seek the face of God.  He was determined to get deliverance from God, so he prayed fervently until God sent His angel to go and see what is happening to Jacob.  Jacob would have reminded God of His promises to him, while he was going to Laban's house and during his stay with Laban.  He would have reminded God that it was on His prompting that he decided to return to his father's house, and now his brother was coming against him.

It was in the heat of petition and prayer that God sent His angel to go and see what was happening to Jacob. Because Jacob was in the Spirit, he quickly discerned the person wrestling with him was an angel and insisted he must be blessed, otherwise, he won't let go.

So, after much struggling, the Angel of the Lord touched the hollow of his thigh bone, this resulted in serious dislocation which made Jacob limp and depends on staff as walking aid for the rest of his life!  However, the touch by the angel was more than a mere touch.  The touch by the angel of the Lord was beyond physical thigh of Jacob.  He touched his nature of manipulation, supplanting, lying, grab it all, tricking and deceit. 

That night marked the beginning of a new life for Jacob who had lived a very crooked life. God visited the faulty foundation of his life and gave him a new beginning. His transformation was whole as God gave him a new name ISRAEL. God laid an entirely new foundation for a man who left his father's house as Jacob and returned as ISRAEL.  From that day, the life of Jacob never remained the same again.

Foundation repair prayers

Everyone knows that God will always keep His word and His promises are sure.  So, a believer in Christ who is careful to understand the transactions of his fore-fathers will be able to prayerfully exempt himself from the wrath of the Lord.  If you know or suspect your father or mother and well as your fore-fathers to belong to secret societies like witchcraft, occultism, or if there was a Herbalist or witch doctor among them, you have to pray some deliverance prayers.  

There are no pretences here, you have to cry to God to forgive the wickedness of your parents and have mercy on you and exempt you from the wrath to come upon the children of the wicked.  The time to repair your own foundation is now.  As Jacob put away his family and cried to the Almighty God for help, so will you do today. 

I have deliberately made the prayer points to be few so that when you start praying, the Holy Ghost will give additional prayer points that are necessary.

Prayer Points
1. Confess your sins and those of your forefathers.
2. O' Lord, have mercy on me, let your mercy counsel judgement of the enemy upon my life.
3. Blood of Jesus Christ wash away every wickedness in my foundation
4. Blood of Jesus wash away every inherited curse working against me
5. Evil spirit claiming ownership of my life, be silenced by the blood of Jesus Christ
6. Every voice crying against me in the spirit, be silenced by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Shalom!


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Monday, 11 November 2019

WALKING WITH GOD.........Will distinguish you from the Crowd!




WALKING WITH GOD

Introduction

Walking with God begins with knowing the Lord.  It supposes that the person has a unique relationship with God.  A relationship of love, reverence and trust.  It means the person obeys God like Abraham did.  Abraham believed God and each time he receives instruction from the Lord, he moves with despatch to accomplished the assignment.  Abraham believed the word of God as well as the promises of God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.

We can learn a lot of things from David, son of Jesse, who also distinguished himself as Servant of God, His Prophet and King of Israel.  God testified of David as a man after his own heart.  It is not easy for God to testify about a mortal being, that he has a heart and thinks like God.  David believed God from his youth while tending the flocks of his father.

David tendered the sheep with faith in God for his protection and that of the animals.  When the other sons of Jesse were doing 'Big boys', and showing off their masculine and well-built bodies, David was in the bush believing the God of Israel to protect him and the animals, and God saw his heart.  David was able to invoke the presence and might of God when a Lion and a bear came to attack the animals.  David went after the dangerous animals by the power of the Spirit of God, and killed both of them, not by his power.

Again, when God chose him ahead of his brethren and anointed him, he returned to continue tending the sheep of his father in the bush.  He did not grumble neither did he complain, he returned to continue taking care of the animals.  It was until someone mentioned his name in the Palace, as a boy cunning in playing the flute, that King Saul asked that David should be brought to the Palace to play the flute for him when the evil spirit comes to torment him.

David had so much respect for the things of God, and His anointing.  David will not kill Saul, an enemy pursuing him because the anointing of God was upon his head.  David decided to walk in a way that pleases the Lord, which was the reason why he would always behave himself wisely. Whenever he commits sin, he would repent and cry to God for mercy.  He was ever grateful to God for choosing him, and being with him.  His trust in the Lord is seen in his asking the Lord what to do, during a period of war and waiting to hear what the Lord says.  

Though a Warrior, he never went to battle in his power or the ability of his strong men, he will always face battle depending on the Lord.  His gratitude and love for God was seen by his desire to build a house for God in Israel, a proposal that made God so happy that God entered into a covenant with David, to preserve his kingship forever. Psalm 89:19-37. 

What is walking with God?

Walking with God takes personal conviction.  You know for sure who your God is, and what He can do for you.  You know His ways, how He sees certain things and how He will respond to certain things.  Having known all these, you resign to following Him, believing His word and obeying them and doing everything He says you should do.

You love the Lord, you understand His plans for your life and humanity and you love it and you are determined to contribute your part till you leave this world. God becomes your Lord and mentor.  You hate sin and would not permit any appearance of evil before you.  You are willing and available to show the light in a dark world, to teach and guide the multitude on the ways of the Lord and how to serve Him.

You become married to the work of God so that you sleep and wake up with it, do the work throughout the day, dream about it, talk about it and watch it progress.  Finally, I believe that as Christ prayed fervently for His disciples that will take the message to the whole earth, you will also be a prayer warrior, praying not only for the success of the work but also praying that the fruit will endure before God.

Enoch walked with the Lord

The Bible tells us about a man who walked with God for many years. His name was Enoch.  In the whole of the Bible, only five passages refer to Enoch, two of which are genealogies. Although we don’t find a lot written about Enoch, what we do have is significant.

Genesis tells us, “Enoch lived sixty-five years and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:21–24 NKJV).

Enoch lived during a unique time in human history, just before God’s judgment of the world by the flood. In the case of Enoch, the bible says he had a wife and children, and none of that disturbed his walk with the Lord.  Young believers always see their wife and children as limiting their ability to fast, pray and go for soul winning.  But, they will discover that once they prove that God and His work is their priority, wife and children becomes a lesser burden for them.  The wife will either follow him or allow him to have his way.

Enoch pleased the Lord

So what set Enoch apart? How was he able to live a godly life in an ungodly world, in a time that was characterized by sexual perversion? We find three important principles at work in Enoch’s life.

1. Enoch was determined to walk with the Lord.  He walked with the Lord.  But what does it mean to walk with God? It is to live by rules and regulations?   The bible says in Amos 3:3. “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” It means that Enoch met some important criteria before he could walk with God. Enoch was well-pleasing to God. Hebrews 11:5 says, “He had this testimony, that he pleased God”.  Man in his fallen state thinks that God is very hard to please, because of sin.

So how do we please God? God is pleased when, in spite of the fact that we are in the right, we patiently endure when misunderstood (1 Peter 2:19-20). When you do what is right and patiently endure suffering for it, that is called meekness, and it pleases God.

God is also pleased when children obey their parents (Colossians 3:20); when we worship Him and help others (Hebrews 13:15-16); and when we give financially to the work of the kingdom (Philippians 4:17-18).

Enoch was a witness for God. Enoch walked with God, and pleased Him, he had a testimony and a witness.  Every Christian has a testimony. People are watching and observing us everywhere,  in the office, church or at home.

The Secret of Walking with God

Enoch was the first man to uncover the secret of walking with God. He found something even Adam didn't experience. He pressed into God until he learned how to commune with God through every facet of life. I believe it would have taken an intense spiritual pursuit to get there, but watch this, I believe Enoch got to the point of perfection in his love for God and dedication to whatever God asks him to do.

Perhaps Enoch's heart longed so deeply for more of God that God grew weary of withholding himself. Maybe God's heart was saying, "Enoch, you love me with such a pure and sweet passion, I don't want to say 'no' to you anymore. I'm going to answer your prayer and show you my face. Come up Now!"  When we walk with God, we enter the dimension where God unfolds the secrets of his kingdom to us. 

Different ways to serve the Lord

Walking with God could mean different things to different people.  God created us with different capacities, so our walk with the Lord is according to the measure of grace we have received from Him.  What is important is that you be the best in what God has called you to do, serving Him in humility and bearing fruits.

Everyone will not be a Pastor or Prophet, but everyone can serve the Lord.  You can use the platform you have to serve the Lord.  You can live by example, and win souls in that your office.  If you see the school as a platform for serving God, you will be amazed at the number of souls you will win to Christ.  We have a good number of such men in the old and new testaments of the bible. 

In the New Testament, Mathew 27:57-60, we have the story of Joseph of Arimathaea, a rich man working in the government of Pilate, a follower of Jesus Christ.  He was a disciple of Christ, though not a visible one, yet Jesus knew him and he continued to work with the government of the day. It was Joseph of Arimathaea that went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus Christ to give Him a befitting burial.  In verse 60, the bible recorded that he laid Jesus in his own tomb, which was newly hewn out of the rock, which nobody has EVER used.

In the old Testament, we have the story of Daniel in the book of Daniel. He was not a pastor. but He served the Lord in a strange land and his love for God led to his many exploits in Babylon. He began to serve the Lord as a youth, identifying with God and giving Him all the glory for all things. He lifted the name of the Lord high among the Eunuchs and before the Kings that ruled Babylon during his days. Dan 1:8

As you would expect, God's promise in 1 Corinthians 15:58  that our labour of love in the Lord will not be in vain, God gave him favour before men in authority continually.  Dan 1:9. Daniel remained steadfast in praying for Israel and God's people and was known for his honesty, integrity and truthfulness. 

He served the Lord continually by labouring in the Word and ministering to the Lord in prayers that God began to open his spiritual eyes to see vision and mysteries to the extent that he had to interpret several dreams of the kings of Babylon,  which their wise men could not interpret.  Daniel ended up becoming a Prophet of God due to his faithful and consistent service unto the Lord.

Benefits of walking with God

The benefits of walking with the Lord are enormous.  People who walk with God always experience extraordinary grace, which their life will show forth.  A close study of those people shows they considered themselves priviledged, and they are indeed priviledged.

Walking with God is a worthy dream for a child of God to desire. Walking with God is an experience that will not depart from the person forever.  This is because it is the gateway to eternity.  It is the path to good. The journey of life becomes easy when we walk with the one who has the road map. It is a journey in which you cannot miss your way, or be stranded. 

It is surprising that people do not know that God is calling each and every one of us today, just as He called Abraham.  The difference, being the way and manner of call.  In Abraham, God started a new family, and a nation, but in us, He wishes to continue and fulfil his purpose before the coming of Christ.  God is calling you and me to walk with Him today, as He did in Genesis 17:1.  

Here are some of the Benefits

1.   His presence will go with you and success is guaranteed.

2. God will make you a name, among the saints. As the righteous are in everlasting remembrance, so you will be.

3. Prosperity in all things - Abraham was blessed in all things, and every promise of God made to him was fulfilled in his lifetime.  He saw his promised child Isaac and the sons of Isaac.  He had all things in abundance.  It was not easy for Abraham, but the grace of God was sufficient for him to overcome the challenges of life.

4.   Divine Direction - There will be divine direction, which comes with obedience to every word and instruction of God.  To enjoy divine direction, your faith must never fail along the line.  Challenges will confront you, troubles will come, but in all these, your faith must never fail.  Abraham faced disappointments and frustrations, but he believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness.  The reason is that the situation where he believed God, nobody in the flesh will believe God.

5.  Grace to finish well - You receive the Eagle anointing with all its discernment, precision and grace.  No bird or hunter can deceive the Eagle, because it has the aerial view and can spot danger afar off and avoid it.  With its natural strength to sower above all other birds, he has the advantage other birds do not have, that how it is for those that walk with God.  You will have the advantage other people do not have, the Lord will no longer hide things from you.  Those who walk with God find their purpose in life, and they finish well.


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