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THE MYSTERIES OF GOD'S SEEKERS : GOD'S SEEKERS ARE MEN SEEKERS (MEN SEEK THOSE WHO SEEK GOD)

PASTOR’S CORNER
THE MYSTERIES OF GOD SEEKERS:
GOD SEEKERS ARE MEN SEEKERS (MEN SEEK THOSE WHO SEEK GOD)
REFERENCES: II SAMUEL 3:17-19, JOHN 12:19-23
 
When a man seeks God, men will seek him. Such a man will not experience a slow demand in his business, or a drought in any aspect of his life. 
His promotion, profit and prosperity are guaranteed, because, whether men like him or not, they will have need of him, and therefore seek him.
 
II Sam 3: 17- 19
And Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you: 
 
David was sought by men. Even his father and brethren, who did not value him, had to wait for him when the prophet came calling.
 
After the death of Saul, Abner, his captain, went before the elders of the nation with a proposal. He referred to their long-time search for David, to make him king.
 
Consider that he was speaking to elders about their desire to make a young man king. 
This was the young man who had impressed a captain of war with his fighting skills, and had won the heart of the people with his leadership ability.
 
It is a sad development in the Church today, that most youths are far from this reality. Unlike David, many of them are unable to reflect Christ in their character and in their response to challenges, choosing instead to dwell in the byway of immaturity.
 
Now then do it: for the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies. 
 
Hand against hand…
The man who seeks God is blessed with His hand upon his hand.
It was not the hand of David that swung the stone that hit, and killed Goliath; it was the hand of God, upon his hand, that ensured the victory. 
Men saw the hand of David, but it was God who threw the stone, and directed it to find its target- bypassing the giant’s helmet, and hitting his forehead.
 
If you desire to rescue your world, seek God.
You need His mouth in your mouth, His hand in your hand, His voice in your voice, His brain in your brain... He must become your sufficiency in all things (II Cor 3:5). Then, you will become the hand with which he rescues your world from the reigning evil.
 
Those who walk contrary to this principle find themselves frustrated, conquered and destroyed by the same evil they seek to save their household from, because they were not properly trained to be all that they were divinely called to be.
 
Everyone sought David; even the tribe of his adversary… 
And Abner also spake in the ears of Benjamin: and Abner went also to speak in the ears of David in Hebron all that seemed good to Israel, and that seemed good to the whole house of Benjamin.
 
If you seek God, people will seek you, because they seek divinity in you.
 
Jn 12:19-23
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? Behold, the world is gone after him. 
 
As you seek God, be aware that there will be some, who will seek you for evil; but you will conquer them.
 
The ministry of Jesus followed a pattern: at night, He seeks God; in the day, He speaks to man.
 
Men sought him from near and far, because He sought God.
Not all men sought Him for good, however. 
 
You see how futile your efforts are and how you accomplish nothing. See! The whole world is running after Him! [AMP]
 
The Pharisees sought to keep men from coming to Him. They strived hard but they failed woefully; they accomplished nothing.
They even prophesied, declaring that the whole world was running after Him. This was at a time when the ministry of Christ was still localised. 
 
Brethren, seek God, even when it appears you have nothing. 
Seek God, even when it seems His promises are yet to become a reality.
Seek God; for it is inevitable that, when you seek Him, men will seek you.
 
When you seek God, even while in your small place, people will seek you, because you become a mystery to them.
Because you have become a solution provider, men will seek you…
 
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 
 
The men sought Jesus. However, because they could not see Him directly, they spoke to one of those that they had seen with Him.
 
Consider this scenario.
The Greeks desired to see Jesus; instead they saw Philip, who referred the case to Andrew. Together, they took the case to Pastor Jesus. Thus, through the disciples, the Greeks got to Jesus.
 
Do not be discouraged, or offended when you desire to see the head pastor of the church, but are referred to one of the other pastors. Understand that they have been trained and are properly equipped to deal with the matter at hand; and through them, you will get the desire of your heart.
 
These men should have been looking for the Pharisees- the leaders of the synagogue, the custodians of the law. 
Yet, they sought Jesus because they saw in Him, what was missing in the Pharisees. 
They saw a man who had no qualms troubling the devils; who demanded the deliverance of his brethren.
It did not matter that He stayed in a small place; they sought Him.
 
The Pharisees saw this and worked hard to disconnect men from Jesus, and to disconnect Him from men; but they gained total failure in all their efforts.
 
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
 
When you seek God, everyone He has given to you- to be a blessing to you- will come to you; and no effort to the contrary shall succeed against you.
 
PRAYER POINTS
In the name of Jesus,
Raw fire of God, to seek my God; possess my life.
My Father, lay Your hands upon my life.
My Father, help me to seek You.
Every effort of the wicked against my life; you are a liar. Be wasted by fire.
Every object tied against my life; hear the judgement of the LORD. Catch fire and backfire.
Evil invaders on a mission against my life; you are a liar. Backfire now.
Wisdom, knowledge and counsel of the invaders against my life; hear the word of the LORD. Bow by fire, and backfire now.
Evil invaders that have invaded my life; get out and backfire now.
Power, fire, blessing of God; invade my life.
 

THE MYSTERIES OF GOD'S SEEKERS : GOD'S SEEKERS ARE MARKED

PASTOR’S CORNER
THE MYSTERIES OF GOD SEEKERS
GOD SEEKERS ARE MARKED
REFERENCES: JOB 7:17-20, JEREMIAH 39: 9-12; 40: 2-4
 
God seekers are marked.
If you are a God seeker, know that you are marked; not only by God, but also by the devil. Therefore, there are things you must do, and things that you cannot do. 
 
Job 7:17-20
 
When satan appeared at the gathering of the sons of God, God singled out Job for recognition because he (Job) was marked. 
 
Satan’s response also reveal that he had set his eyes on Job as well. He had investigated him well enough to know that he was hedged around by God, and therefore untouchable, except God permitted it. [Job 1&2]
 
When you are a God seeker, you cannot be touched by the devil without divine permission. So, whatever the devil does against you, know that he received permission from God first.
Now, the One who gives the permission is higher than the one who seeks permission.
 
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? And that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? 
 
Job was indeed a God seeker. He sought the LORD every morning, and was blessed with His daily visitation; he drew near to God, and God drew near to him, so much so that he testified of having the secret of the LORD with him. (Job 29:4)
 
How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle? 
 
Sadly, Job did not understand what was going on…
He expected that the God who visited him every morning would take away the affliction he was going through the next time He visited. 
 
Since the problem did not go away, and he was not aware of the devil’s role in the matter, he assumed his suffering was by the hand of God, and sought relief…
 
I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? 
If I have sinned, what [harm] have I done You, O You Watcher and Keeper of men? [AMP]
 
Job asks: if I have sinned, tell me what to do to end this suffering. 
Yet, in the midst of his pain, he acknowledges God as the preserver of men. 
 
This is the testimony of those who seek God: they know Him as the preserver of men.
 
Why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
 
Job was NOT a mark against God. 
He was a mark for God.
God singled him out of His sons because He was marked. 
 
Why have You set me as a mark for You? So that I am a burden to myself [and You]?
[AMP]
 
When a man seeks God, he is set as a mark. God sets him as a mark of His power, wisdom, capacity, prosperity, and love in his world. He becomes the one to whom men will come to hear and know God.
 
Job’s suffering was not a punishment.
He suffered because God had marked him as a standard, and because the devil had also marked him.
 
God seekers walk with this sense of responsibility; that God must be enthroned in their world through them. They determine to bring an end to poverty, suffering, evil history and patterns in their world because they have been set as a standard.
They bear the burden of Christ, working to ensure that He is honoured in their lives and world every day. They understand that through them, the reign of evil powers must end.
 
Job, do you know that you are called to make history?
As a God seeker, you go through certain things, not because of your sin, but so that your life story may become a testimony to others.
 
Jer 39: 9-12
Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained. But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time. 
 
Jeremiah had warned of the siege of Babylon upon Israel for many years before it finally happened. He was mocked and derided for his words, so much so that he accused God of deceit. (Jer 20:7)
 
Yet, the words of God that he spoke did come to pass.
 
So it was, that the captain of the Babylonian army, returned to Israel to carry the remnant to Babylon.
 
Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying, Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm: but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee
 
While embarking on the journey, his king gave him a peculiar command. 
 
You see, this king, who had never been to Israel, had looked into his spiritual monitors, that were fed by spiritual satellites.
Through his devices, he came to be aware of the man Jeremiah. 
 
The king of Babylon, from the north, came to know that there was a man named Jeremiah all the way in the south, in a country he had never been to.
What he saw had such an impact on him, that he gave his captain- the designated destroyer- this charge: 
 
Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm: but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee…
 
In other words, ‘when you see him, regard him and treat him with the utmost respect. You are not permitted to harm him, much less kill him; and do to him as he shall say to you.’ 
 
Brethren, there is a killer disease that must respect you!
When you are a God seeker, killers will respect you and honour your words.
 
So, when you see that captain, on a mission to kill, say something…
When you receive a report of sickness, declare boldly that ‘this captain has not come to do me any harm.’
 
 
Jer 40:2-4
And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him… 
 
Consider this portion of the scripture carefully. 
Nebuzaradan returned to Israel, and found Jeremiah, just has his king had said. 
While addressing the prophet, he reveals something vital.
 
…the LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place. Now the LORD hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you. 
 
When the commander of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, “The LORD your God decreed this disaster for this place [NIV]
 
Everything that happens is the result of a decree…
This doer of evil confesses that, without the permission of the LORD, (he calls him Jeremiah’s God), he would have had no power to work the evil he wrought in the land of Israel.
 
The same man who killed nobles, men, women and children, confessed that it all happened because God decreed it. 
He even ascribed the doing to God, saying, Now the LORD hath brought it, and done according as he hath said.
 
 And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. 
 
Those chains were put on Jeremiah by his own people…
His people were familiar with him, but they did not know his God. Therefore, they mocked him, derided him and put him in chains, because of his prophecies.
 
The Babylonians however, knew the real Jeremiah; and they knew that he was a dangerous man. They understood that, mistreating him would bring serious consequences upon their nation.
Therefore, they accorded him the respect that his own people had been too blind to give him…
 
If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.
 
The captain told him to make his choice, offering to be his personal guard if he were to choose to go to Babylon; but there was no pressure. If he chose to stay in Israel, he had the choice of the entire land before him.
 
The captain of the enemy’s military outfit gave him this preferential, and deferential treatment because Jeremiah had been marked.
 
As we consider these two ‘marked’ men, it is wise for you to learn from Job. 
Both men were marked; the devil rose up against them, but while Jeremiah was respected, the devil killed Job’s children.
 
As you seek God this year, be sure to retain your integrity, and speak against every killer captain sent against you. 
 
PRAYER POINTS
In the name of Jesus,
My Father, mark my body, my life, my destiny with your fire.
Evil judgement over my life; you are terminated by fire.
Any kind of evil decreed against my household; over my life, you are terminated by fire now.
Any judgement of evil, decreed over my household; today, I command you to bow.
 

THE MYSTERIES OF GOD'S SEEKERS : GOD'S SEEKERS ARE HISTORY MAKERS

PASTOR’S CORNER
THE MYSTERIES OF GOD SEEKERS
GOD SEEKERS ARE HISTORY MAKERS
REFERENCES: EZEKIEL 37:21-25, MALACHI 4: 5-6, ECCLESIATES 3: 15, MATTHEW 3: 4-7
 
The man who seeks God makes history. 
 
Eze 37: 21- 25
 
As God brings His people back together, He declares that He is not interested in a land divided under two leaderships. 
 
One King…
In the days of David, there was no division of leadership. Israel and Judah were one nation under one king. 
 
In your world also, there must be neither divisions- in your marriage, ministry and destiny; nor controversies about the rulership. 
 
There must be only one king in your world- you. 
This means that your life must only obey the King of kings- Jesus Christ. No other personality should claim rulership over your life or destiny.
Only one King- The Lord Jesus Christ.
 
God has Davids, Daniels, and Elijahs in every generation.
 
Everyone in Christ is born to walk in the spirit that was upon somebody in the Scripture. 
Therefore, the reference to David in the book of Ezekiel was not a mistake. It is to show that the spirit which operated in David, will come upon someone, and like David, he alone shall be king over the people. 
 
Like David also, he will be a shepherd over the people in his world, and lead them to walk according to the Word of God.
Understand that, if the people in your household do not walk in divine judgement, it is either because there is no king, or because the king has failed to rule like David.
 
David made history in his days. 
Giants were eliminated in his days.
Gold and silver were commonplace in his days.
 
God is looking for people like David in your days; men who will eliminate death, poverty, loss in their world, and establish longevity, prosperity and fruitfulness; a man who will establish divine order.
 
He is looking for men who will love His word more than silver and gold; men who would thirst after His Holy Spirit; men who live long after their physical deaths, because they have become history makers. 
 
Mal 4:5-6
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse
 
Elijah is another history maker. Thus, we find him in the book of Malachi. 
Again, God is looking for a man to make history, as Elijah did.
 
Brethren, God is not intimidated by your present situation. 
He is looking for a man who has been tagged a nobody- despised and rejected of men. He will use that same man for his glory and make history through him.
 
This man, who will come before Christ, was equipped with the capacity to turn the hearts of men…
 
This man, who came in the spirit of Elijah, was John the Baptist.
 
Eccl 3: 15
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been…
That which is now already has been, and that which is to be already has been; and God seeks that which has passed by [so that history repeats itself] (AMP)
Whatever is going on in your life is not new…
What is yet to be has already been…
 
God loves men who work to make divine history, setting a divine pattern for their world. 
This is why David and Elijah are mentioned centuries after their physical demise. 
 
Have you ever wondered how it was that a young man stood up to a giant- a seasoned warrior, and defeated him, while soldiers drew back and hid in fear?
 
God wants you to display the same type of God-backed bravery in your world; to bring to pass, now, what has been. He is looking for men who will bring an end to the boasting of wicked personalities in their world.
 
God also desires for you call forth that which hath already been, but is yet to be in your world.
 
…and God requireth that which is past.
 He will connect your soul to someone in the Scripture or one of His servants in the world.
He charges you to follow that person, so that He can reproduce in you, the same grace that was in that man.
 
His work in you is not determined by your container- your colour, gender, or stature, but the content. 
 
This is the vision behind having David in Ezekiel, and Elijah in Malachi.
He desires men who will bring divine history to pass again; men who display the hand of God in their days; men who will repeat divine history.
 
Matt 3:4-7
And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
 
Matthew’s introduction of John was not impressive; here is a man who dresses in animal hair, and feeds on a strange diet of insects and wild honey.
Yet, the entire nation of Jerusalem and Judah, as well as the region round Jordan, came to be baptised by him.
 
When he saw the Pharisees and Sadducees coming as well, he was surprised.
He challenged them, revealing that they were dangerous people.
 
However, he did not understand that these vipers had heard his voice; that his voice had resonated from the wilderness and had been heard in the city. When he cried to God in the wilderness, God caused those in the city to hear his voice, and so, nations came to him; including the generation of vipers.
 
They came to John. 
They shall come to you.
In whatever wilderness you are in, your helpers shall come to you.
 
These men came to John, because the spirit in Elijah, which made the people choose to serve his God, was also upon John. 
Sadly, John failed to understand that, as he was a divine history maker in the spirit of Elijah, there was also a history maker in the camp of the enemy.
 
Someone had also come in the spirit of Jezebel to make evil history again…
Jezebel failed in the days of Elijah; sadly, Herodias succeeded in the days of John the Baptist.
 
Seek God
Fight to make divine history
Quench evil history
 
PRAYER POINTS
In the name of Jesus,
My life, receive the capacity to make history for God.
Divine content, enter my life.
I decree; any agent of darkness waiting for me, to make evil history against me this year; you are terminated by fire.
Wicked powers on assignment to shock me; to make evil history around me; you are terminated by fire.
Evil agenda to shock my destiny; backfire now.
 

DIVINE CORRECTION DEMANDS DIVINE CONNECTION: YOU ARE CONNECTED TO BE DISCONNECTED (B)

PASTOR’S CORNER

DIVINE CORRECTION DEMANDS DIVINE CONNECTION

YOU ARE CONNECTED TO BE DISCONNECTED (B)

REFERENCES: I KINGS 19:15-21, II KINGS 8:7-14, II KINGS 9: 1-6, 22, I KINGS 22: 24-25

When God desires to correct a man, he does so by connecting him to divinely appointed person in order to disconnect him from an unprofitable element. Now, while the person he is divinely connected to is not moving, it will appear as if there was no divine connection.

However, once the divinely appointed person begins to move, the desired disconnection and correction is inevitable.

I Kgs 19: 15-21

And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay...So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee? And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

God’s instructions to Elijah concerning the anointing of Hazael, Jehu and Elisha were specific: it was to take place in the wilderness of Damascus. He must meet all three men there.

However, when Elijah obeyed the command to go, only Elisha was found; the prophet only encountered and anointed Elisha.

Throwing his mantle upon him, Elijah anointed Elisha, disconnecting him from his business.

II Kgs 8: 7- 14

And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither. And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels' burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die. And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.

Years later, Elisha is visiting Syria, and Hazael is sent to him concerning the health of the Syrian king.

When they meet, Elisha stares at Hazael so steadily that it embarrasses him. Then, the prophet weeps. He weeps because of what he has seen about Hazael.

And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child. And Hazael said, But what, is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The LORD hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.

When asked, Elisha told him what he had seen and declared to him that he would be king over Syria.

So he departed from Elisha...

Now, on hearing this prophecy, Hazael did not remain with Elisha. He did not stay to be connected to Elisha, or to be anointed for the assignment that had been revealed to him.

He simply departed.

When a man is connected, he will follow that link, no matter what he experiences.

When Elijah threw his mantle upon Elisha, the former business man followed him. Not even the abrasive comments of Elijah could keep him back. That was a connection.

Prophecy without anointing will not take a man to his destination.

Hazael received the prophecy but did not receive the anointing.

No wonder he had to manipulate his way to the throne; small wonder he did not function in the divine will of God.

The tale of three men...

Elisha, mentioned last by God, became the first. He was divinely positioned and divinely connected.

Hazael, the first mentioned, was divinely positioned- he eventually came to the right place- but he was not connected to his helper.

It is possible to be at the divinely appointed place- to know the man of God- but not be connected to him. And, until a man is divinely connected, he cannot be disconnected from the source or error in his life.

Now, we consider the other...

II Kgs 9: 1-6, 22

And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead: And when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not.

Every Christian needs a man sent by God to go into his life. If you will be disconnected from your mess, you need a man, sent by God, to go in to your life.

First there must be a going in; then there can be a rising up.

I cannot make you rise up- pray, study, hate sin, serve God wholly- until I have gone in to your life. The principle is this: the Spirit of God in me must go in to your life before I can make you rise up; make you love God.

Rising up separates you from your brethren.

When a man yields his heart to the going in of the man of God, to be given to the LORD, he will rise up above his siblings and contemporaries. It will not matter what the status quo has been till that point. His life will experience a transformation that can only be divine.

And then, there is a carrying in...

Now, how do I carry a full grown man?

This is not a physical act. It has nothing to do with my physical strength.

When I can enter his spirit, I will carry him in. He will go where I go, pray when, and as I pray; his nature will change because I enter you to carry you to your destination.

When you are connected to a man who is flying in God, he will pull you, gradually, until you are disconnected from your past. As long as he keeps moving, whatever you were connected to in the past will find itself on the losing side.

Many Christians are struggling because they are still at the same level as their brethren because they are yet to take advantage of a moving man! They have not fully accessed the power of their connection to a moving God through His servant.

A quick recap:

First, there is an entering in. Then, a raising up, and a carrying in. There is a dimension that only those that are carried by divine hands can access. In that realm, you prosper, you succeed; you are impervious to the threatening of the wicked because they cannot get to that zone.

That is where you go and operate from, when you yield to this divine process of connection.

So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead. And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain.

All this happened long after God spoke to Elijah concerning Jehu. Had he been anointed by Elijah at that time, Jehu would have been Elisha’s contemporary. Sadly, it took more than 10years after the divine command, for the Word to become a reality in his life. That also made Elisha his spiritual father.

When the prophet got to Ramoth-gilead, he spoke to a gathering of sitting captains. Yet, it was only Jehu that spoke back to him. Even while sitting as the others, he had a witness that the man had come for him.

When you have an encounter with your divine helper, there will be a witness in your soul. This was what caused the baby in Elizabeth’s womb to leap at the sound of Mary’s voice.

And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.

Jehu arose because the prophet had settled the matter in the secret place of prayer. So it was that, the spirit of the prophet moved him in.

Just as Elisha had instructed, something in the word of the prophet made him arise up, and carried him in.

Jehu did not ask the prophet to keep speaking in the public. He understood that secret things are not discussed in the open.

In the inner chamber, the prophet poured oil on Jehu and declared to him the true state of his life; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.

God was saying, I have anointed you king, for over 10 years. Yet, you have remained seated in the midst of captains, living below your destined position.

When Jehu returned to the captains, he did not sit with them anymore.

He was questioned by the other captains about the reason for the prophetic visit. One of them even called the prophet a mad man.

However, when the purpose of the visit was revealed, they all bowed to him as king.

Elijah did not take Elisha in before he anointed him. Why then did Jehu’s anointing require that?  

Unlike Elisha, Hazael and Jehu were both under authority. Unfortunately, it was the wrong kind.

I kgs 22: 22-24

But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself

When Zedekiah openly despised and humiliated Micaiah, the younger prophet calmly explained to him that he (Zedekiah) needed to go in to the inner chamber if he wanted to hear the Spirit of the LORD.

In the same vein, the prophet would not have been able to dispense revelation to Jehu if he had not carried him into the inner chamber. The mind of the Spirit could only be revealed to the one who goes in.

And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many? (22)

This conversation was between Joram, the king and Jehu, his captain- his subordinate.

Jehu’s response to Joram’s enquiry of peace was not only directed to Joram; he also attacked his mother.

Now, when your subordinate blatantly insults your mother, and calls her out for what she truly is, you should know that he is no longer the lesser of you two.

Well, Joram got the message. He knew that the spell of his mother over Jehu was destroyed. But it was too late for him.

And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah. And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him; Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD.

Now, when Jehu spoke concerning the execution of judgement upon the house of Ahab, he referred to the words spoken by Elijah. He even called to remembrance his meeting with the prophet in the field of Naboth, over 10 years earlier!

You see, Jehu had been connected to Elijah while he was alive. Sadly, the bewitchment of Ahab and Jezebel kept him from walking in the full reality of that connection.

The anointing brought to his remembrance the destiny encounters that he had been unable to access because of the wrong connection in his life.

The wrong leader Jehu followed had kept him from getting to the place of divine connection and anointing.

Even when he encountered Elijah, the bewitchment over his life did not allow the anointing to come upon his head.

So it was that this man’s destiny was delayed. His soul tie with Elijah was not activated because of the bewitchment over his life.

Therefore, he lived way below his true contemporary, and remained at the level of those he was meant to lead.  

It is time to cast off every bewitchment that had laid hold of you and kept you from your divine helpers.

It is not enough to be where God wants you to be; it is time to make progress as He wants to as well.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Holy Ghost, help me to be at the right place at the right time.
  • My life, receive sufficient fire to progress in destiny.
  • Any bewitchment hiding me from my helpers; I bury you by fire.
  • Any bewitchment against my progress in destiny; I damage your power by fire

 

DIVINE CORRECTION DEMANDS DIVINE CONNECTION: DIVINE CONNECTION ENHANCES DIVINE ORIENTATION (B)

PASTOR’S CORNER

DIVINE CORRECTION DEMANDS DIVINE CONNECTION

DIVINE CONNECTION ENHANCES DIVINE ORIENTATION (B)

REFERENCES: JEREMIAH 29:8-9, NUMBERS 13:30-33, DEUTERONOMY 9:1-3

God connects you in order to expose you to new orientation, and thus effect a change in your mindset, perception and judgement.

A man is a product of his orientation. What he believes, says, and does is a function of what he has been exposed to. If he must change, then there is need for a new orientation.

A man who argues with the truth and struggles to adjust to divine standard is simply walking in alignment with his orientation. He will not change until he is connected by God for divine orientation.

The ultimate purpose of divine connection is for transformation, elevation, divine advancement. That transformation cannot happen until there is a divine correction of everything that has been negatively affected by error.  And that divine correction is a product of relevant divine information.

No information, no correction

No correction, no transformation

Jer 29:8-9

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.

There are prophets and diviners in the midst of the Church. Many have been sold away to divination and prophetic work in the House of God. To such, God is saying:

You are being deceived.

The words of the prophets and diviners, in the guise of prophetic works, are false and deceitful. Sadder still, their words are powerful enough to make your soul dream, and your dreams will agree with, and confirm their words of falsehood. Even so, they are lies.

Brethren, do not joke with the word of God. It is the more sure word of prophecy. It is the divine standard of truth. No prophecy, confirmed by dreams, can supersede the Word of God.    

Discard the words of the false prophets and diviners; trash the dreams that consolidate them, because they did not come from God.

Num 13:30-33

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Of the two men that presented God well among the 12 spies, only Caleb was testified of as having another spirit. This is because Joshua had already been connected to Moses and had received the same spirit as the man of God.

Caleb (whose name means dog), when he was connected to Joshua, received a new spirit and orientation, casting off the old dog spirit.

His connection to Joshua exposed him to new information. Therefore, he spoke words that were hard for the others 10 men to envision and confess.

‘We are well able to overcome’, he said. His confession was a product of new orientation.

Now, if he spoke because of what he had been exposed to, where did the other 10 learn to speak the way they did? Why were they so insistent that, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we’?

How could they judge that the giants were stronger, when their own strength had not been tested? By what criteria did they come to that conclusion?

It is noteworthy that they had just conquered Egypt, which was the world power of that time. Yet, they insisted that the Anaks were unbeatable! They did not consider that the same power that made them victorious over Egypt was  also able to give them victory over the giants.

Many have also judged witchcraft and wicked powers in their world as unbeatable, as stronger than they are because of what they have heard. Many of us glorify the devil because of the orientation we were exposed to in the early days of our Christian journey. They fail to ask these principalities a simple question: where were you when I surrendered my life to Christ? Why couldn’t you stop me then? Why then do you presume to stop me from receiving all that accompanies salvation?

Deut 9:1-3

Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!

And here is revealed the source of their false confession. They spoke according to the information they had received.

‘...of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!’

The report of the 10 spies was a product of what they had heard about their enemies: that nobody had ever been able to successfully challenge the Anaks. They based their conclusions on what they had heard, deciding that the Anaks were stronger, when they had not tested their strength.

Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.

That you would understand this point!

There is no unbeatable power; no unstoppable personality before you.

Today, we are here to stand against and conquer every power and personality that has been reputed in our households as unbeatable.

It is not about the man on the altar. It was not about the people of Israel. It is about the LORD God; the mighty God in the man.

It is He who, in His power, destroys the wicked and brings them down before you. You cannot do what He has not already done. Therefore, you are simply to walk in the physical, cast out, and quickly destroy the powers He has already cast down at your feet.

Now, when the consuming fire burns, there is no physical sign of destruction. However, in the realm of the spirit, that personality is roasted.

So, while they are standing, they have already been brought down, ready for you to drive them out and destroy them quickly.

The question is: what do you believe?

Many in the camp of God do not believe the report of God. Rather, they have been made to believe the report of false prophets, diviners, and fable peddlers.

....as the LORD hath said unto thee.

This reveals the need for new divine orientation. You are connected to know and live by what the LORD as said. When you are divinely connected, you no longer live in fear of the boastings and raging of wicked powers; you no longer walk by fear-filled testimonies of others. You live only as the LORD hath said unto thee.

You are connected for new orientation so that you can challenge, reject and cast down every lying thought. You no longer believe that there is an unstoppable, unbeatable enemy, an unbreakable pattern, or that there is an unsolvable problem.

You walk in the confidence that God has destroyed them and set them up for you to drive out and destroy, quickly.

You are born into the Kingdom for this purpose: to conquer what others were unable to conquer; to end the reign of evil that others could not end.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • I charge my life; receive the raw fire of God, to handle every situation, to cut down every giant; to conquer what no man can conquer; to cast down everything exalting itself against the knowledge of God.
  • I am here to withstand and conquer what no one has been able to conquer.
  • Any evil worker in my household, showing himself unstoppable over my life; your time has ended. I shoot you down by fire.
  • Any evil worker, showing himself unbeatable over my life; I shoot you down by fire.
  • Any agent of darkness working evil against my destiny, claiming to be unstoppable; today, I slay you by fire.
  • Any wicked power that has been frustrating my progress, showing himself to be unstoppable; today, I destroy you by fire.
  • Father, send Your fire before me, and destroy every enemy of my destiny from before me.

 

DIVINE CORRECTION DEMANDS DIVINE CONNECTION: THE MYSTERY OF THE CORNERSTONE (B)

PASTOR’S CORNER

DIVINE CORRECTION DEMANDS DIVINE CONNECTION

THE MYSTERY OF THE CORNERSTONE (B)

REFERENCES: ACTS 10: 11- 16, ROMANS 15: 15-16, PHILIPPIANS 2: 17-18, HOSEA 8:8

When God wants to correct something in your household; when He wants to start something new in your world, He will pick someone as the cornerstone- the platform for the establishment of the divine.

Cornerstones are raised to connect humanity to divinity. They are called to connect humanity to divine wisdom, power, prosperity, strength, and standard; to the heavenly world, where God is the Master.

Now, it is important to understand that correction will bring contention. Whenever you declare an end to worldliness, powerlessness, poverty, death, immorality...in your world, you must prepare for contention.

This means that your destiny demands your ability to anticipate contention and deal with it, so that it does not take you out of your divine place.

Christ, as the Chief Cornerstone, is Chief over other cornerstones.

Peter was a cornerstone, but he was displaced. Peter had declared before his brethren that he had been chosen by God to take the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 15:7).Sadly however, that role was taken from him and given to Paul.

When you are called to be a cornerstone, be careful. There are powers you must contend with and kill, so that they do not kill your destiny.

Acts 10: 11-16

And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

The vessel that descended came down from heaven. However, on its way to the earth, many beasts hijacked the vessel. Note that there were many beasts of the earth. Yet, the vessel came from heaven.

Those who lack this understanding glorify devils in the name of deliverance, failing to understand that the beasts do not define the vessel; once the beasts are killed, the vessel’s divine nature will be revealed.

This is the life of many in the kingdom of Christ. The uncontrollable anger, immorality, unfaithfulness, and the delight in sin...these are simply manifestations of earthly beasts in divine vessels.

Every vessel is from heaven. However, on our way to this world, many beasts pollute our lives and seek to be significant through us. When you are called and sent to a people therefore, you must be ready to rise and kill the beasts.

Mary Magdalene had 7 beasts; Jesus cast them out and she followed Him, becoming a divine vessel in His ministry. If He had failed to cast them out, they would have cast Him out.

You may have been called to help people in your world- to change the pattern of evil that has defined their lives for so long. Well, as you do the good deed, you will do well to recognise that there are beasts in them, and that these beasts will rise up to mess up your life, if you fail to cast them out.

Now, consider: God did not kill the beasts. He commanded Peter to kill them. That is the duty of a cornerstone- to rise and kill the beasts.

At the time of the vision, Peter was hungry. God expected that hungry Peter would be keen to kill some serpents, crocodiles, and wild beasts, and eat them!

Mary Magdalene followed Jesus because He killed the beasts in her. If Peter had obeyed the divine charge-rise, kill and eat- the delivered vessel would also have followed him.

Sadly, Peter, though he was indeed hungry, disobeyed the LORD, three times! He failed to kill the beast.

He did go to the Gentiles. He did preach. Cornelius and his household were saved and baptised in the Holy Ghost.

However, his failure to kill the beasts frustrated the manifestation of divine greatness in the life of Cornelius. He was the first fruit of the Gentile world; his entire household was saved, but he did no exploits with the Holy Ghost.

When you are connected to a person as a cornerstone, make sure that you kill the beasts; in doing so, you ensure that the person will not just be connected; he will also do exploits.

Do not allow fear to keep you from this crucial task...when you fail to kill the beasts, the person would be a Christian, but will be unable to do exploits.

When Peter failed as the first cornerstone of the Gentile church, God took over Paul and he became the next cornerstone.

Rom 15:15-16

Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Not all offerings are acceptable before God. For it to hit the throne of God, it must be sanctified by the Holy Ghost, and that will only happen when the Gentile is spiritually on fire.

Since the Holy Ghost has no flesh or bones, He needed Paul. It was his job to minister to the Gentiles; ensuring that their offerings were acceptable, having being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Thus, Paul became a cornerstone, connecting the Gentiles to the Holy Ghost.

In order to do this, Paul needed to do what Peter did not do; kill the beasts.

Brethren, when you are called to correct an error in your household, do not take this matter lightly. Many have died and lost their place while on the assignment of transforming their families. They died because, while they busied themselves with transforming the family, they failed to kill the beasts.

Phil 2:17-18

Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

Paul was able to fulfil his calling as a cornerstone because he did two things: sacrifice and service.

Whatever it is that you have been called to correct in your household, you will do well to not be carried away by your achievements and blessings. Be ready to deal with the matter of the beasts, by killing them.

When a man is only saved, the beasts in him will contend with the divine agenda for that man. Not only that, they will contend with the cornerstone set over the man; to kill him.

When the cornerstone lacks understanding, he will equate the man with the beasts, and err in judgement concerning his mission in the man’s life.

Paul was sent to the Gentiles. Yet, he perceived that the beasts were keen on killing him. He could sense that there was a conspiracy to pour out his blood because of his assignment.

Brethren, do not be discouraged when, in the course of being a blessing to your family, even to your parents, you sense something negative springing up from them against you. Understand that there are beastlike powers rising up against you, seeking to pour out your blood because you are a blessing to your family.

This is why you must be ready to offer sacrifice and service in the course of your duty as the cornerstone. Do not compare yourself with those who live their lives without regard foolishly. Choose rather to follow after those who walk wisely.

It is also in this that we rejoice as Christians. When you have a pastor that offers sacrifice and service on your behalf, you have reason to joy, because he will receive relevant revelation from God for you.

A church were these are lacking will lack joy.

This is the enemy’s fight-to kill those called to this office and for these offerings.

Offer sacrifice and service. Kill the beast.

Hos 8:8

Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.

When a man is swallowed up, he reflects the one that has swallowed him up. This means that you need to swallow up your family, in order to ensure that they live, no more as directed by ancestral and household beasts that had once swallowed them up, but as you do- following after the Chief Cornerstone.

The disciples reflected Jesus because He had them swallowed up. That is why they were called Christians.

When a man is swallowed up the devil, he will become a vessel without pleasure; used up by the wicked pleasures of the enemy.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My soul, receive fire to kill the beast.
  • Raw fire of God, which cannot be terminated; take over my life now.
  • Any beast-like power, following my life; I slay you by fire.
  • Whatever has swallowed up my life against my destiny; get out by fire.
  • Every negative thing in me, fighting against my responsibility; I cast you out.
  • Every negative, beastlike influence against my life; I conquer and cast you out by fire.
  • Beastlike powers, rising from my people, against my life; I slay you by fire.
  • Wicked powers rising to contend with me, because of what I am called to correct; I slay you by fire.
  • Any image, representing me anywhere, against my destiny; scatter by fire.

 

ACTIVATING THE CREATIVITY IN YOU: ENEMIES OF YOUR CREATIVITY IN CHRIST

PASTOR’S CORNER

ACTIVATING THE CREATIVITY IN YOU:

ENEMIES OF YOUR CREATIVITY IN CHRIST

REFERENCES: JOHN 4: 9-10; 15-30; 39-42, JEREMIAH 30:5-8

We continue with our study of the enemies of your creativity in Christ. As we navigate the scriptures, we will see these enemies, and their work against creativity. They include:

  • Tradition

  • Insensitivity

  • Dead words

  • Distraction

  • Trouble

  • Lukewarmness

Any Christian desiring to activate the creativity within him must be aware of these enemies, and overcome them.

 

Jn 4: 9-10; 15-30; 39-42

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

It was needful for Jesus to pass through Samaria. While seated by the well, on the outskirts of the city, he sought for water from a Samaritan woman. The following is what transpired between the woman and the Lord.

In response to His request, she asked Him, ‘how can you ask me for water, when you know that there are no dealings between Jews and Samaritans?’ That was a tradition standing in the way of her divine encounter.

 

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

 

This woman did not understand that she was a carrier of creativity; and that she had been a victim of misdirected passion and destiny.

If only she had been sensitive, to consider why it was that she had been married 5 times while other women struggled to be married once, she would have realised that she had an evangelistic calling; she would have understood that her destiny had been misapplied into seducing and marrying 5 men.

You mess up your life- you waste your time, live carelessly- because you do not know what is in you. Lack of sensitivity is robbing you of the treasures stored up in you.

Since Jesus is the husband of the church, and He dwells in you, well then your husband is in you!

The Samaritan had been too busy looking in the wrong places for what God had deposited in her. She did not see that the gift in her was her true destiny, and her husband.

Not only did she not know what was in her, she did not know who was before her either! Not only had tradition put a barrier between her and her Inspirator, insensitivity had also blinded her from seeing who it was that spoke to her.

Now, if Christ had come with the living water of the Word, it means that she had been previously feeding on dead water. Her repeated episode of failed marriages with 5 men was because the devil had fed her life with dead water. The enemy killed the great gift in her, and replaced it with perversion through dead words.

When a dead word plagues a life, it strives to bear dead fruits; to do dead things in that life. Dead words speak failure into the works of your hand; they speak death into marriages; they speak error and self sabotage into destinies.

The antidote is the living water of the Word. This will breathe life into struggling marriages, prosperity into failing businesses, and beauty into ugly experiences and situations.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw...

In response to her desire for the living water, Christ gave a prophetic charge...

Now, her answer seemed to call Christ’s prophetic word into question. If she did not have a husband, why would He command her to call him, and come with? His response was even more puzzling. ‘Thou hast well said...?’ Did she or did she not have a husband?

Factually, she was right because she was living with a man she was not married to. However, Christ spoke, not of a man, but of her spiritual husband- her destiny. That was her husband, although she was not aware of this.

The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

Knowledge of the letter of the Word is not same as the knowledge of destiny. There she was, talking about the Messiah to the Messiah!

She knew the Messiah was coming but she did not know it was He who spoke to her!

Tradition had taught her that the Messiah would come to Samaria, and speak to everybody.

But there was the Messiah, speaking to her. That was why He asked for her husband- her maker, her destiny. She did not know the He was referring to her destiny to bring souls to the kingdom; to tell men about Him, to be the vessel through which He would reach others. Her husband was her maker- her destiny in her.

 

And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

Distraction... This can come in any form, and through any means. Whenever you have an encounter with your inspirator, beware of the devil’s plan to distract you. The disciples arrived on the scene to behold a curious scene- their Jewish master was talking with a Samaritan; and a Samaritan woman at that!

When you consider the prevailing mindset of the Jews about their Samaritan neighbours, you would better understand the scenario. These were people that they considered to be demon possessed and diabolic. Yet, Christ told a parable about a ‘Good Samaritan’, who had helped a man that other ‘holy’ people could not be bothered with. And now, here He was, talking to a real live Samaritan woman!

The disciples could not disrupt the flow of their conversation because Christ had dealt with that eventuality in the place of prayer. You also must be vigilant and proactive in frustrating every personality that would rise to disconnect you from your helper.

 

The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

When their conversation was over, the woman left her pot and went off to tell the people what she had encountered. When He was through with her, she went to do what He had charged her to do at the first: she called the men.

And so it was that Jesus did not preach in Samaria. Instead, He spoke to this woman and, as they talked, He made her see that she indeed had an apostolic grace on her. She learnt that the gift that had drawn 6 men to her was really given for her to draw men unto Christ. Finally, she had found within herself, what she had been looking for all along.

‘Come’, she said to the men. ‘It seems I have found the Messiah’. Strangely, the men did not despise her words in spite of her history. No one threw her multiple marriages in her face. Destiny had been activated in her, and as she spoke, a divine force gripped the hearts of the men; they listened and they followed.

 

Jer 30:5-8

For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

 

No woman in throes of labour is casual in her demeanour. The time of childbirth is a time of great travail and groaning; and when the child is brought forth, the mother is too tender to be bothered with mindless chatter and pettiness.

 

Lukewarmness in a Christian is a sign that he is not pregnant. Anyone who bears the seeds of destiny in him; in whom creativity has been activated, will groan in the place of prayer until he brings forth. And, after delivery, he knows better than to speak and act carelessly.

 

When a man begins to travail in prayer, longing and groaning to see the day of greatness, prosperity and deliverance that God has promised him, that man is about to give birth.

 

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

 

Jacob can relate to this, because he travailed with Israel. His soul travailed all night in prayer, and when he arose the next day, Israel was born.

He travailed because his past sins were threatening to destroy his present- his family, his business, his legacy. When his attempts at appeasing his brother failed, he knew it was time to go in and travail in prayer until he brought forth.

While he travailed, he held on to the angel of God, and to help him bring forth his real name, the angel touched his thigh and forced it to make way for the baby.

 

‘Woman, you are called to call men to your maker, not to your body. The devil has misdirected your destiny for so long, but I have come to show you the truth. Now, go, stir up the gift in you, and fulfil your true destiny’.

This was the message of Christ to this Samaritan woman.

 

This is His message to you too. It is time discover the creativity in you and walk in the reality of your true destiny. Therefore, you must be ready to travail until you bring forth your assignment.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My destiny, speak to me.

  • My life, receive fire to bring forth the creativity in me.

  • Every dead word, doing dead things over my life; I cast you out by fire.

  • Any power rising to disconnect me from my destiny helpers; I destroy you by fire.

  • Any wicked power rising to break the flow of God’s power over my life; I bind and destroy you by fire.

  • Every attack of the wicked against my creativity and destiny, misdirecting my life; I bury you all by fire.

  • Any trouble rising to abort my destiny; I destroy you by fire.

THE MYSTERY OF THE BREACH IN THE BEAUTY: GUARDING THE UNGUARDED HOUR

 

10 MARCH 2019

PASTOR’S CORNER

THE MYSTERY OF THE BREACH IN THE BEAUTY

GUARDING THE UNGUARDED HOUR

REFERENCES: JOHN 6: 48, ECCLESIASTES 11:1-8, LUKE 22: 49-53

 

There is an unguarded hour in everyone’s life, when the devil will come visiting. He has an appointment with every man. He came to Jesus; he visited His disciples. There is an hour when he will come visiting you as well.

 

When that unpredictable hour comes, your ability to overcome-to make the devil bow at your gate, will be determined by how prepared you are.

 

If a person is not properly trained to handle the unguarded hour, he will be defeated by it. Therefore, if you will be victorious in that hour, you must be fully fortified.

 

Consider this…

Have you ever dipped bread into tea? When you did, did you observed the bread become soggy, and break into the tea?

 

That bread was conquered by water, because it is a dead bread.

 

There is however another bread- the Living Bread- which conquers water.

 

Jn 6: 48

I am that bread of life

 

I am the Bread of Life [that gives life- the Living Bread] [AMP]

 

This is the beginning of the message that caused many to turn from following Christ. As you consider today’s teaching, open your mind, and be willing to change your perceptions.

 

The opposite of the Living Bread is a dead bread.

Now, if the Living Bread gives life, the dead bread gives death.

 

The Scriptures say that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matt 4:4)

 

Now, Jesus, the Word made flesh, is the Living Bread. Every word He speaks gives life- in knowledge, power, mysteries.

The man who eats the Word, that is, Jesus, the Living Bread, will live.

 

This makes the devil the dead bread. Every word from him is a death-giving word.

 

Jn 7: 38

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water

 

As there are rivers of living waters, so also are there rivers of dead waters.

 

So, we have the Living Bread- Jesus Christ; and living water- the Spirit of Christ.

We also have dead bread- the devil; and dead water- the spirit of the devil.

 

He that follows the devil will therefore have rivers of dead water flowing from his belly.

 

What you eat and drink will therefore determine what your life produces.

The man who eats Christ, and drinks His Spirit will generate life in every area.

As for the man who eats the word of the devil, and drinks his spirit, he will generate dead things.

 

As a Christian, you will therefore do well to eat the Word, and drink the Spirit, very well.

 

Eccl 11: 1-8

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

 

This is not a call for seed sowing.

It is, instead, a charge to cast the Word upon the waters, because it is the only Bread that cannot be conquered by waters.

 

Do you remember how, while the Living Bread slept, water entered into His boat; but when He awoke, the water ceased at His rebuke? (Mk 4:36-39)

 

This shows you that waters will invade your life, as long as the Living Bread- the Word- is asleep in you. Waters will overtake a church where the Living Bread is asleep.

 

Oh! But in the life, home, church and business where He is alert and active, it is a wonderfully different story.

 

Do you remember that the Bread also walked on water? (Matt 14:25) He had gone to the mountain to pray, and in the evening, when the waters troubled the disciples, He returned from the mountain, and walked upon the waters; that it might be fulfilled, cast thy bread upon the waters…

 

Brethren, the wicked will continue to have the upper hand, as long as you cast dead bread at them.

 

However, when you cast the Living Bread upon the dead waters, no power, no devil, no situation will escape; and when the enemy comes like a flood, the Living Flood will be there to raise a standard against them.

 

Cast the Word on the waters. After many days, you will find it.

Pray now. Pray with the Word.

You will get the results after many days.

Prayer never expires. Many of us are, today, enjoying the fruit of past prayers.

 

Cast the Living Bread over sickness, household powers, unpleasant situations…you will find it after many days.

 

Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

 

This is a call to persist in prayer; a call to keep the fire of prayer burning.

 

Cast the Bread upon the waters, and keep at it for 7 days, for the Word says, …do not give God rest, until He establishes what He promised. (Isa 62:7)

One of the breaches in the Christian beauty, is laziness in the place of prayer. Many do not understand the place of tarrying in the prayer.

 

As you round up your 7-day programme, do not be discouraged when God tells you to keep going, until the 8th, 9th, 14th, 21st, or 30th day; or for even longer.

 

When you continue in prayer, you ensure that, no matter what the future holds, you have settled matters in your favour.

 

If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth…

 

Brethren, fill the clouds with your prayers. When heaven is full of your prayers, there will be a rain of answered prayers upon your world. Keep praying until you see the outpouring of answers to your petitions.

 

…and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

 

When you cut down evil powers in your world, they will remain cut. However, in the life of the man that has refused to cast the Bread and tarry in prayer, those evil powers will still remain standing.

 

You will no longer suffer what others suffer; what troubles them will not trouble you, because you have cut down the wicked.

 

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap…

 

Do not wait for the evil day to take you by unawares. Do not expect that you will be able to pray on that day, because the evil day will confuse you.

 

A wise man prepares for the unguarded hour in the time of peace, filling up the clouds with water in anticipation of the evil day. Therefore, when the dead waters come, they will find him prepared to resist and rebuke them.

In the morning, sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

 

When the seed of God remains in you, you will not commit sin. (I Jn 3:9)

You will find the Bread in the Seed.

Sow the seed of prayer, day and night; and your life will never remain the same.

 

Do not hold back in the place of prayer. Believe that your prayers- all alike- shall be good.

 

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

 

Now, praying without ceasing seems like a stressful business; especially when there is so much to enjoy. But the Scripture cannot be broken.

Pleasure is indeed sweet. However, if you all you do is live for pleasurable moments, please remember the days of darkness.

 

Brethren, the days of darkness shall be many.

O, and until you have received the capacity to overcome these dark days, you have not yet begun to live life. Whatever life you thought you had lived is vanity.

 

Lk 22: 49-53

When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

 

Christ went up to Gethsemane with 3 of His disciples. While there, He spoke specifically to Peter about watching and praying with Him for an hour.

 

When Judas arrived with the capture team, the disciples realised that something was wrong. Then, they prayed, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

Jesus did not answer; but he did something anyways- he cut off a man’s ear.

 

The wonder is: why did they not pray for strength to pray earlier?

 

Whenever you fail to pray at the right time, the unguarded hour will surprise you; and at that time, you will desire Christ to speak, but He will not.

 

This is why people fall into error.

Their failure to prepare for that unguarded hour makes them victims of confusion. As they seek to act without divine permission, they fall into error.

 

And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

 

It is time to stop that nonsense.

Stop living contrary to divine permission.

Stop being unprepared in the Word and prayer.

Stop that nonsense.

 

They Jesus said…when I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

 

When I was with you day after day in the temple[enclosure], you did not stretch forth [your] hands against Me. But this is your hour- and the power [which] darkness [gives you has its way] [AMP]

 

The Master knew the unguarded hour, and was prepared for it. The same could not be said for the disciples; it caught them completely off-guard.

 

Brethren, do not let the power of darkness infiltrate your life.

The wise prepare for, and conquer all those who work in the power that darkness gives, by casting their bread upon the waters, day and night, for as many days as is necessary, until the clouds be full of rain.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Fire of prayer, take over my life.
  • Raw fire of God, to bring wicked powers down; take over my life.
  • Any negative power on appointment against my life; you are a liar. Bow by fire.
  • Any power on appointment against my life and destiny; hear the Word of the LORD. Bow by fire.
  • Every work of darkness against my life; hear the word of the LORD. I conquer you by fire.
  • Every agenda of darkness on my way this year; I bring you down by fire.

 

 

 

ACTIVATING THE CREATIVITY IN YOU: DEMANDS SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER WITH AN INSPIRATOR (PART B)

PASTOR’S CORNER

ACTIVATING THE CREATIVITY IN YOU:

DEMANDS SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER WITH AN INSPIRATOR (PART B)

REFERENCES: PSALM 36:9, GENESIS 31: 4-12, GENESIS 30:35-43

We have learnt that an inspirator is someone who sparks the fire of creativity in you. He helps you to see what you are called to do, to create. For Bezaleel and his peers, Moses was the inspirator who stirred up, in their hearts, the creative ability God that had placed in them (Ex 31: 2-6, Ex 35: 30-35). Paul encountered his inspirator on the way to Damascus and asked Him, ‘Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’ (Acts 9:3-6)

 

Ps 36:9

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Creativity cannot be discussed or activated outside of destiny; and destiny, as we have learnt, is not chosen, but discovered.

Now, just as there is no true light outside the light of God, discovering true destiny is only possible within the kingdom of God. Any destiny outside God is a poor alternative. I therefore urge you to come to God with the desire to discover your true destiny, rather than expecting Him to bless the Ishmael you brought along with you.

When you have discovered your genuine destiny in Him, then you need a supernatural encounter with an inspirator...

 

Gen 31: 4-12

And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock. And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me. And ye know that with all my power I have served your father. And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. If he said thus, The speckled shall be thy wages; then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The ringstraked shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked. Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.

Christianity is not a religious exercise. We do not wait, pray and fight in the spirit for nought; it is so that we can walk and create by revelation.  Jacob testifies to his wives about how his God protected his business and financial interests, in spite of Laban’s deceit; he however did not reveal how it really happened...

 

As a Christian, your excellence is revealed by your ability to generate divinely inspired creative solutions to the problems you encounter. The more unique and unusual your solutions, the more value they will attract, and the higher the demand they will generate. That, brethren, is the secret of true prosperity.

 

And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.

You must be sensitive to know when to lift up your eyes in prayer. The ability to access creative keys from heaven and open doors on earth through prayers is what sets a successful Christian apart...

When Jacob prayed, he accessed rams in heaven and encountered his inspirator- the angel of God.

 

And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.

Anyone who does business at night will reap success in the day. When you see well at night, you will succeed effortlessly in the day where others struggle. Jacob had already seen the ringstraked, speckled, and grisled rams in his dreams, so it was just a matter of time before they became reality. This was despite Laban’s best attempts to deny his due wages.

 

Gen 30: 35-43

And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons. And he set three days journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks. And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle. And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

 

As in water, face answers to face... (Pro27:19). This was one of the guiding principles behind this divine technology. Jacob played his role. He placed the rods in the water so that they would become the image, the reflection the animals beheld. The picture would not only sink into their subconscious, it would also pass on to their offspring. And so it was, that plain animals mated, conceived and bore speckled, stripped, spotted and ringstraked children.

 

The appearance of the baby rams was determined by what their parents saw. The mystery behind their different look could only have been explained by the inspirator and the inspired.

Now, ask yourself:  what inspired evil has been placed before you, to affect your life contrary to your true destiny?

What picture did your parents see, that inspired them to give you that destiny- negating name?

 

Many people are living in a mess, not because of ancestral patterns, but due to the image that was placed before them at sometime in their life. The enemy designed that they must produce according to what they have seen. This is why pregnant women are assaulted with bad dreams...it is the devil’s way of passing evil to their seed.

 

Through prayer, Jacob had a supernatural encounter with an inspirator. He received the revelation that inspired creativity in him and guaranteed his prosperity.

 

You can also stir up the creativity in you, if you are willing to spend time in the place of prayer and wait to be inspired by divine revelation. You must also be willing to play your role to shatter and destroy every evil image contending with your destiny and creativity.

 

Just like the rams, you can also look into the water of the Word to see your true destiny. As you conceive your dreams, look into the Word and behold the divine picture that challenges and overturns the ancestral patterns and experiences that once defined you.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Raw fire of God, possess my heart, to turn on creativity in me.

  • My soul, receive fire to activate the creativity within me.

  • My soul, receive fire to be what you are called to be.

  • Any negative picture sent to my soul against my destiny; right now, I cast you out of my soul by fire.

  • I receive the fire to damage and destroy every negative picture sent to my life.

  • Any negative picture the wicked has been sending into my soul, to turn off the creativity in me, by forcing me to believe a lie; I reject and destroy you by fire.

  • I receive weapons of war from heaven.

  • Therefore, you forces of darkness sending evil pictures to my life, I slay you all by fire.

 

EXPANDING YOUR VISION IN CHRIST: WAR AGAINST WALLS

28TH FEBRUARY, 2016

EXPANDING YOUR VISION:

WAR AGAINST WALLS

REFERENCES: EPHESIANS 2: 14, EXODUS 26: 33-34, MATTHEW 27: 50, 51, ROMANS 10:4

Eph 2: 14

For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

When Jesus came, He met the walls of partition, but He pulled them down before He ascended. Like Him, you have an assignment: to pull down every wall of curses, sickness, misfortunes, limitation, frustration, poverty and death in your household, and having done so, to remain standing.

Ex 26: 33-34

And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place in the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place

This veil was a wall separating two levels: the holy, and the most holy. As long as it remains, there can be no movement to the next level- to the place where God sits and His glory dwells. The reason therefore why many believers struggle is because they are still stuck in the holy place.

The difference between a man whose prayers torment devils and the one who is tormented by devils after praying, is the veil. If you must expand your vision, you must first pull down the veil and access the holy of holies; for it is there that you gain access to the fullness of God’s presence, glory and power.

A man’s place will reflect in his life and the choices he makes. A man who dwells in the holy of holies will not tolerate sin or live carelessly. However, a man who struggles in the place of prayer, is inconsistent in holiness is being held back by a veil.

Matt 27: 50, 51

Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost, and behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent

During His ministry, Jesus- the High Priest- was not allowed to enter into the most holy place. As He stood to read the scriptures in the Synagogue, He would behold the veil keeping Him out of the most holy place. But He did not leave the veil standing. Rather, before He breathed His last, with His last cry, He tore the veil asunder.

Although He was outside the city when this happened, yet His cry reached into the temple and pulled down the wall of separation between the Jews and Gentiles...

Rom 10:4

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to ever one that believeth

I urge you to ponder on this scripture. It does not say ‘Jesus is the end of the law...’, but ‘Christ is the end of the law...’ This means that anyone who will pull down walls must be a Christian indeed. It is not enough to have been born again; you must be anointed indeed, for it is the anointing that breaks the yoke of every law.

Even Jesus did not begin His ministry until He was anointed.

Brethren, you can know Jesus and yet not be anointed because being born again and being a Christian are two different things. Remember the disciples at Ephesus (Acts 19: 1-6)?

A believer is simply born again, while a Christian carries the anointing of the Anointed One. Anointing comes when you understand what it means to have Christ in you and tarry to receive His power. And you will know you are anointed when you have levelled every wall standing in your way!

The prayer of a believer has little effect on the enemy; but when the anointed prays, there are quaking and trembling. It is time for you to walk in the reality of His anointing and bring down every wall.

However, you must first believe that Christ- the Anointed One- is indeed the end of the law standing in your way.

If you must walk in righteousness and destroy the power of every law that has limited your life, you must understand The Anointed and receive the anointing as well. Then, you also become anointed, empowered to shake the foundation of your household, the camp of your enemies, and destroy every veil, wall and law keeping you on the outside- away from your true destiny.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My soul, receive the fire to end evil laws in my household.

  • Every household controversy fighting against my next level, I destroy you by fire.

  • Every law working tirelessly to end my life and destiny; I end you by fire.

  • Every veil over my life; I destroy you by fire.

  • Any power that wants to return evil veil to my life; I destroy you by fire.

EXPANDING YOUR VISION IN CHRIST: DEALING WITH HOUSEHOLD JUDGEMENT AGAINST EXPANSION

21ST FEBRUARY, 2016

EXPANDING YOUR VISION:

DEALING WITH HOUSEHOLD JUDGEMENT AGAINST EXPANSION

REFERENCES: I SAMUEL 16: 14-22, I SAMUEL 17:12-58, I SAMUEL 18: 1-5

When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden, the devil used a member of their household- the serpent in the Garden- to bring them down. Well, the devil’s technique is still the same; in every family, he seeks for someone in the household to use for his evil agenda against God’s own.

Every household judgement has one agenda- to send people back to the past. This is the symbolism behind the dreams of old places like ancient houses and village settings. So, just as the devil relegated Adam back to the dust after succeeding in using the serpent against him, he the devil also uses household judgement to take people back.

Therefore, if you desire to expand your vision and go far, then it is important for you to destroy every household judgement against you.

I Sam 17: 12- 14

Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul. And the three sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the first born, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.

Of Jesse’s 8 sons, 3 of them were soldiers in Saul’s army. Of these 3, Eliab, the eldest, was the principality used by the devil.

Note that, in every household, the firstborn is considered as been as good as the father. Therefore his word carries some weight.

I Sam 16: 14- 22

But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, and evil spirit from God troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from the God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him...and David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour bearer.

Pray well, play well, work well, because there is a king seeking someone like you...

The timeline between the kings’ command and the servants reply was not a matter of a few days because he had to have gone searching for the man who fit the king’s demands. During this space of time, surprisingly, none of David’s 3 brothers spoke favourably of him to the king!

Now, did this servant who found David just pick him up randomly? No. He must have come across him in the city. This means that something pushed David out of the bush and led him into the city, and he brought his harp along.

So, the servant heard him play and studied him. He struck up a conversation with him and observed him- how he spoke of his work of herding, about wrestling his father’s sheep from the jaws of wild beasts.  As their conversation progressed, he questioned David about different matters, and surprisingly, this keeper of sheep behaved himself prudently and spoke eloquently.

David could not have known he was been interviewed, but his commitment to excellence, even when no one could see him was about to place him before the king.

And so, although his brothers did not connect him to the king, God connected him through his skills.

Now when Saul heard the report about David, he sent to Jesse, requesting that David be sent, from the bush, to him.

The father obeyed. David went to Saul and he subsequently became his armour bearer, thus achieving what his 3 brothers had not in all their time of service.

Brethren, when God begins to bless you, beware, because the devil will seek to use someone from your household against you.

And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.

This means that Saul had no desire to see David return to the bush, and received his father’s permission to that effect.

However, as we return to the next chapter, we learn that David did leave the palace and returned to the bush! The question is: why? What would make a young man leave the comfort of the palace and forsake the favour of the king for the bush?

I Sam 17: 15- 58

But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

As we will see later, he left the palace because his brothers made it an uncomfortable place to stay. But something was about to advance his destiny again.

While Israel stood in battle against the Philistines, Jesse sent David to the city again.

And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.

When he got there, the first thing he did was to find and greet his brothers. This afforded him the opportunity to witness Goliath’s defiance of Israel.

And as he talked with them, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said, have ye seen this man that is come up? Surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.

And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, what shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the Israel? And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtinesss of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightiest see the battle. And David said, what have I now done? Is there not a cause?

And here we find the answer to our earlier question. Eliab, his eldest brother, was the personality who sent David from the palace back to the bush!   

Rather than take pride in the abilities of his youngest brother, this man envied David’s rise in the palace, and was more concerned with relegating him to the sheep. Tell me, how would his skills be well utilised in the midst of sheep?

Sadly, there are many skilful people in this generation who have been kept in the bush. Their potential wastes away because a personality in their household has sent them back to the past.

Brethren, when you discover such a personality in your bloodline, you must, of necessity, to turn away from such and seek those who have the answer to the questions you ask.

And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. And Saul said to him, whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.

The conversation between David and the king shows that the time distance between when he left the palace and when Abner presented him was considerably long enough, such that Saul could no longer recognise David.

I Sam 18: 1-5

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

Left to him, David was ready to go back to the bush, to the place of obscurity, but, on that day, King Saul made an executive decision; he took David and did not allow him to return to his father’s house again.

Today, you shall not return again to your past.

Now, God did not just bring David back to the palace. He also moved the heart of Jonathan, the heir apparent to the throne to knit with David’s so much so that he gave him his weapons and the clothes on his back. With that one action, power changed hands and David took the place of the heir.

Brethren, it is possible for God to use even the devil to bless you. Saul would later regret his actions, but at that moment, he was used by God to accomplish what David’s brothers refused to do.

And so, David returned to the palace and became heir to the throne. But that was not all. Saul also made him head over the men of war- which included his three eldest brothers!

And so, God indeed lifted up his head. The yoke of limitation was broken over his life and his story changed.

Brethren, it is time to deal with every judgement driving you back to the obscure past because your destiny awaits.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My life, receive the fire of God, that cannot be manipulated again.

  • Any judgement from my household, dragging my life to the past; I damage your power over my life by fire.

  • Any wicked power sending me back to my past; I destroy you by fire.

  • Every judgement of darkness keeping me away from destiny; I destroy your power over my life by fire.

  • Any judgement dragging me away from my place; I destroy you by fire.

EXPANDING YOUR VISION IN CHRIST : EXPOSURE ENHANCES EXPANSION

7TH FEBRUARY, 2016

EXPANDING YOUR VISION:

EXPOSURE ENHANCES EXPANSION

REFERENCES: ISAIAH 51: 22- 23, 17-20

If anyone is to expand his vision and make an impact in his household and generation, he must be exposed to new things- certain mysteries about his life, his household, marriage, environment and destiny.

Isa 51: 22- 23

Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the up of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.

Here we see God pleading for the right of His people to enjoy all that He has given to them. God has declared that there are many battles that have expired, but sadly are still relevant in the lives of His people.

We learnt that the reason why the enemy could waste the lives of the priests from Eli’s lineage was because God permitted it. Here, God is begging on behalf of His people, declaring that the evil that had plagued them because He allowed it was now expired. However, whenever God declares that the battle, which He allowed, has expired, it is important to know what to do about it, because God will not come down to stop the battle.

The judgement that came upon you as a result of your error has expired, but you have a responsibility to see it so, and trash the judgement.

Isa 51: 17- 20

Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.

Why then is it that many households are still victims of such judgements? It is because no one has taken it upon himself to rouse up the household and execute the expiration of the judgment.

Brethren, the hard truth is that no one is a true Christian as long as the wicked personalities in his household still hold sway. This is because God has saved you in order to use you to raise up that household and deliver it from the cup of wrath.

Just as God charges Jerusalem to awake and arise, you can also personify and address every area of your life. You can speak to your household, your marriage, your body and business, and command them to get out of captivity.

Alas, many Christians fail to recognise this. It does not matter what your forefathers did to bring the judgement of evil upon the entire family; what matters is that a son arises to bring out the household and guide her into prosperity.

Consider that God was speaking about the judgement He brought upon the people. If that could expire and be trashed, then no work of darkness is immune or out of bounds.

God is waiting for one man to stand up and request for another decree, one which will cancel out every evil judgement that has plagued his household.

Now, if it was possible for one man to take a whole city by the hand and led it into liberty, how much easier is it to grab your marriage, business and household by the hand and charge them to move forward?

These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? Desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee? Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, and the rebuke of thy God.

God desires to comfort your family, but He needs you to do so. That is why He rejoices whenever someone is born again in a household, because He sees that person as the son by whom He will comfort His people.

Sadly, many sons are like corpses in their households, having no impact in their families. How can they lift up their people from the grave if they are down as well?

They lie like corpses because they have been arrested in the realm of the spirit like an entrapped wild animal. They have become no different from unbelievers because they are ignorant of their responsibility.

Brethren, it is time to break free of every evil net that has entrapped your soul and made you irrelevant in your environment. God is waiting for you to comfort your household; your household is waiting for you to rouse it up and guide into its true destiny. Break free, lay hold of your family and move it forward.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My soul, wake up by fire to cause a change.

  • Any wicked judgement that has arrested my life; I destroy you by fire.

  • My life (my marriage, business, family, household), get up by fire!

  • Any pronouncement that has brought me down; thus saith the Lord. I destroy you today by fire.

  • I lay hold of my marriage, household, business, career, destiny... Get up! Move forward!

  • I cast every evil pattern out of my life.

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