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UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST: UNDERSTANDING THE PERSONALITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST

PASTOR’S CORNER
UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST:
UNDERSTANDING THE PERSONALITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN CHRIST
REFERENCES: Colossians 2: 14, II Corinthians3:3, II Corinthians 3:9, I John 1:12, Romans 12: 2
 
If you will truly enjoy the gift of righteousness, you must understand his personality, essence and qualities.
 
Righteousness is a personality.
Christ is our righteousness. 
It is one thing to know Him. It is quite another to know the person, nature, quality and essence of Christ; to know the length, breadth and depth of His love, wisdom, knowledge, power, goodness, mercy…
 
It is not enough to confess Him as your righteousness. Go deeper to comprehend the full extent of Christ. 
Do not linger in the shallow waters of salvation; go on into the deep waters, for there you shall experience the wonders of God.
 
Everyone God has brought to me, is an empty scroll upon which I am called to write something.
 
God called Moses, and gave him the things that He had written, for him to teach the people.
When Moses destroyed the first tablets of stone, God commanded him to hew new ones. He brought them to God, and He wrote on them again.
 
As God wrote on the stones, His glory fell upon Moses, unknown to him. When he descended from the mountain, the people beheld the glory. 
 
Yet, it is written that the glory that came upon Moses did not do so great for the people. Now, God prophesies that He will no longer write on stones; instead He will write upon the tablets of the hearts of men.
 
This is the heart of the matter.
A Christian is in trouble, if he follows a man who lacks the content of the Message.
 
What God requires from you is not a big bible. 
When you are faced with challenges, imminent attacks, or the threatening of evil, you do not reach for the bible printed on paper, or on an electronic device.
 
When life asks you question; when you are tempted- to commit fraud, immorality, to turn away from God- the book may be out of reach. 
However, when the bible is written in your heart, it goes everywhere you go…
 
God saw that writing the Word on stone, and scrolls did not give the desired result; therefore, He decided to write His word upon the hearts of men.
 
What then is the purpose of the bible? It is a record.
A big bible does not equal a big heart.
The size of the bible you own does not reveal the extent of the content of your heart.
 
God’s agenda is to get the substance of the Word into your heart.
 
How do we achieve this?
 
Col 2: 14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
 
Ordinances have the capacity to write. 
Many Christians are living out the scripts written by evil ordinances upon their souls.
 
Ancestral patterns can write immorality, fear, limitations, poverty, barrenness, failure, frustrations against you.
They can write that a certain person, place or experience will forever be a recurring theme in your dreams and visions; and that it will always signify a certain evil occurrence- of error, loss, tragedy, frustration, disappointment…
 
Every where you go, your soul still acts out that old, evil script. Therefore, you still talk, act and live as you did before you came into the kingdom of Christ, because your soul still answers to the old scripts- of the ordinances of your household, generation, background.
 
If there are ordinances against you, it means that there are also ordinances for you.
 
Thankfully, Christ has blotted out the writings that were against you. On the cross, He took away the script.
 
This is the source of my boldness. I do not care what was written in your soul, contrary to your destiny, that is still seeking significance in you. 
I know what Christ has done to that evil ordinance. I also know that He simply needs someone to overwrite these writing of evil laws, replacing them with His own laws upon your heart.
 
This manipulation goes on in your mind. Your spirit is renewed, yet your soul still manifests the old scripts that were written upon it. 
This is the mystery behind your error in the kingdom of Christ.
The fight therefore, is to change the content of your mind- erasing the old and inputting the new.
 
II Cor 3:3
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart
 
You have been publicly declared- in your household- to be the letter of Christ. 
You are the material upon which the content is written. The Holy Spirit is the ink with which the content is written. God owns the envelope.
However, He gives the pen to me.
 
The bible declares that my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. (Ps 45:1) 
Therefore, every writing done on the heart is written with the pen of the tongue.
 
This means that every letter of error, self-destruction, confusion, failure is written on your soul with a demonic pen- with the mouth of an evil personality.
 
The letter of God is not written by the ink of human intellect or contemporary knowledge. It is written on the heart with the ink of His Spirit.
 
Abraham did not have a bible in his hands; God put the bible in his heart, and he became a friend of God. 
 
Today, we boast of bibles, in different versions and formats. Yet, when we leave the church, our lives do not reflect the Word. 
We are quick to walk in sin, anger, negative addictions, and folly, because the bible is not written on our hearts. 
 
The purpose of the bible is not to lend credibility to our claim of Christianity.
He gave us His word for our hearts. 
He promised us a new spirit, and a new heart, on which He will write His Word. 
 
Even if you are a certified illiterate, you can raise up great men; if you will just let God write on you with the ink of His Holy Spirit.
Then, you will become the pen with which He writes His will in the hearts of men. 
 
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart
 
When the Word is written in your heart, the Word will be shown true that says, when thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepesst, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakes, it shall talk with thee. (Pro 6:22)
 
You will find it hard to do certain things, because you will hear a voice telling you, ‘a man like you cannot think, speak, act this way’.
 
This is the vision of God. 
Everyone God sends to me is a paper. I must write upon them, and send them back to their household, for their family to read.
 
I must write success, victory over ancestral powers and patterns, capacity, favour, wisdom from God upon your heart. Wherever you go, men must read the letter and receive the message.
 
II Cor 3:9
For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 
 
When you have the letter written by the Spirit of God in your heart, you have access to the ministration of righteousness. 
 
If the ministration that brings condemnation to people can be powerful- if witchcraft, foundational powers, idols, shrines could write scripts of captivity, failure, poverty in the souls of men and fight to enforce that letter of condemnation- how much more glorious, powerful, and effective will the ministration of righteousness be?
 
When the devil comes against you, he will not care for the size of your physical bible. When he confronts you in your dreams, he will only respect the size of the bible in your heart.
 
When you are full of the Word, and have the right answer to give, the Spirit of God in you will push back the flood of the wicked.
 
I Jn 1:12
Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face
 
John understood the import of writing upon the renewed hearts of men, because Jesus wrote on his heart. 
This was the man who rested his head on the heart of Jesus. 
While the Master spoke to others in parables to others about the identity of His betrayer, He spoke plainly to John. 
So, while the other disciples only knew that one of them would betray Jesus, it was to John that He revealed the person’s identity. 
 
All that he achieved was based on what was written on his heart by Christ. 
Therefore, as an elder, he desired to speak to the church face to face, for as in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. (Pro 27:19)
 
…that our joy may be full.
 
This means that only what is written on the heart can guarantee the fullness joy.
 
Black and white- the celebration of book or intellectual knowledge, of the letter of the Word- cannot make your joy full.
 
They ate the same spiritual bread and drank the same spiritual water, yet God was not well pleased with some of them. (I Cor 10:3-5)
 
What was the distinguishing factor between the two parties?
What would have made Him well pleased, and at the same time filled up the joy of the people?
 
The answer: the content in their souls. 
 
Brethren, my assignment is to write on your souls. 
You will face discouragement, trials, adversities, temptations in the journey. When they come, they will ask you questions, and you must answer.
Without the Word in your soul, that would be impossible.
 
However, if you have the Word written in your soul, you will have a readymade answer to give your adversaries.
 
Your life will become a letter that others can read. They will observe and testify that something transformational has been written in your soul.
 
No university degree, no contemporary knowledge can transform your life.
The only content that can do that is the letter written with the ink of the Holy Spirit.
 
Jesus did not write upon me with pen and ink.
 
If you are not full of the Holy Ghost, you do not have the content to put in my heart. 
Joseph did not go to Egypt with a bible in his hands. 
However, he went with the words written in his heart by Jacob, his father.
 
Jacob wrote on his heart, and made him a garment of many colours- a shadow of what was in his heart.
 
His brothers envied him for the garment, but they did not know that the real thing was in his heart.
 
The righteousness put in his heart kept him in captivity, in the face of temptation, false accusation, imprisonment, and finally led him to the palace.
 
God in his soul made him a specimen of joy wherever he went. 
He made the joy of man full wherever he went…
 
John became the first recipient of adoption because he listened to the words of Jesus and received them into his heart. He became the firstborn of Mary, the mother of Jesus, by adoption.
 
When you receive the words of the Spirit in your hearts, live it out in your world, my joy is full; God’s joy is full. 
Now, when a man’s joy is full, he can do anything for the source of his happiness.
 
When the joy of god is full concerning your life, He will bless you to your heart’s content.
 
Rom 12:2
Transformation is a process that needs someone to write the counsel of God in your soul.
As you are transformed, you will learn what is acceptable in the kingdom of Christ, and know what is unacceptable.
 
There are things that will come to you, that are not acceptable.
It is your responsibility to refuse every unacceptable offer revealed to you. 
Let it be known that you are called to display only acceptable things. Therefore, all unacceptables must be cast far away from you. 
 
PRAYER POINTS
In the name of Jesus,
Blood of Jesus, cover me now.
Raw fire of God, possess my life.
Raw power of God, write on my life.
My soul, receive power to reject the unacceptables in the kingdom of Christ.
Every unacceptable judgement or experience in the kingdom of Christ, that my life has been accepting; I reject and damage your power over my life and destiny.
Whatever is written against my life; I wipe out by fire.
Any ancestral thing written on my soul; I wipe you out by fire.
 

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST: SEEING THROUGH THE MOUTH IN PRAYER

PASTOR’S CORNER

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST:

SEEING THROUGH THE MOUTH IN PRAYER

REFERENCES: II SAMUEL 9:1-11; 16: 1-4; 19: 24-30

Praying in the Holy Ghost affords you the ability to see through the mouth.

You do not need to see the matter, good or bad, with your physical eyes before you pray about it; at the leading of the Holy Ghost, you are stirred up to pray about the matter. Remember that He helps us rise above our limitations in prayer by helping us to pray as we ought, with groaning that cannot be uttered.

 

II Sam 9:1-11

Something killed Mephibosheth’s feet, but God spared his life.

He was maimed and brought to the ground by the tidings of his father and grandfather’s death.

Whatever evil may have brought you down because of what happened to your parents, you need a spiritual parent to raise you up from the ground.

This was Mephibosheth’s salvation.

As a result of what happened to his father and grandfather (his fathers), he thought he was going to die as nobody. He lived as a dead dog, to use his own words.

What he did not know was that God had given him a spiritual father; one who would restore him to the position of greatness.

He did not know that his father-Jonathan- had paid a price for his restoration in destiny.

In spite of being the heir to the throne after Saul, Jonathan had knitted his soul to David’s, not minding that the young man had been chosen to be king by God.

The king thus sought to find anyone from the house of Saul, to whom he may show the kindness of God, for the sake of Jonathan.

And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. Then king David sent, and fetched him...

A servant of Saul’s house was found, and when questioned, he told the king of Mephibosheth.

Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

When the lame man was summoned, David-the king- blessed him with two things.

First, he restored all the land of Saul to him.

Secondly, he decreed that Mephibosheth would eat at the king’s table continually.

Wealth was restored to him, but much more that, he was elevated to the place of a king; set in a position that allowed him to commune, fellowship and eat with the king.

Are you Mephibosheth? Have you been brought down by the bad tidings of what happened to your parents? Do you live as a dead dog? A seat at the king’s table is all you need to turn your situation around.

Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.

The servant, Ziba, was summoned again and informed of the new development: Mephibosheth- his master’s son- had become sole heir of Saul’s entire possession. He was also given his new job description: he and his household were to serve Mephibosheth.

For the third time, the king reiterated his second blessing: As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.

Well, Ziba was not pleased with the news of the first blessing. The idea that the lame man was to get all that belonged to Saul, while he served him did not go well with him. Despite the fact that he had no claim on the inheritance, he secretly plotted to get it all for himself.

 

II Sam 16:1- 4

And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

David was in the throes of a battle for the throne, against his son. While in hiding, Ziba sought him out. He came loaded, bringing lots of food and drink to the king.

And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these?

David was not fooled. He knew that the gifts had a voice, and he demanded to hear its message.

Therefore, he asked Ziba, What meanest thou by these?

And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

His response did not fool David either. He knew he did not come bearing gifts out concern for the king or his men. So, he pressed further: where is thy master's son?

He was asking, ‘Ziba, what do you mean by coming to meet me in the wilderness, with all these refreshments? And why have you come without your master in attendance?

And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

This was the proverbial way of giving a dog a bad name so that you can kill it.

By these words, Ziba finally revealed his true mission. In painting Mephibosheth as an ungrateful opportunist, who saw David’s absence as his chance to recover his father’s throne, the voice of his gifts were clearly heard and understood.

He was saying, ‘Give me all that you gave to Mephibosheth; and give him into my hands, to do with him as I please. Give me permission to take him out of the way.’

Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth.

Pay attention to the words of the king; for they contained the terms of the transfer. He was given all that belonged to Mephibosheth. However, the life of the young man was not included in the package.

And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

Brethren, you will do well to pray against men like Ziba in your world: evil strangers working secretly to manipulate your helpers and situations against you, so that they can take, not only what belongs to you, but also your life.

 

II Sam 19:24-30

And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

In the passage of time, the battle was over. David and his men returned home victorious.

On his return, he was met by Mephibosheth.

The man Ziba had accused of rejoicing at the king’s predicament looked very unkempt.

His appearance revealed his true picture: a man who had been in fasting and mourning since the king’s forced exile.

He continued to seek the face of God until his prayers were answered.

The lame man fasted and prayed. What is your excuse?

But why did he fast?

And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth? And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame. And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king...

When the king challenged this man’s failure to go with him to the wilderness, Mephibosheth said some interesting things.

While revealing Ziba’s deception (taking advantage of his master’s handicap), he also referred to the character assassination campaign that was made against him by his servant.

While he had been physically unable to walk, and thus could not be at the wilderness in person; in the realm of the spirit, he had run to the wilderness and heard all that Ziba had said to the king.

...but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.

These were carefully chosen words. He was saying to the king, ‘this servant has applied his mental capacity to deceive me and manipulate you, so that he can get what is mine.

Nonetheless, Ziba is a stranger, and there is a realm where he cannot operate. Let us take this matter to that realm.

You are as an angel of God.

You see farther and higher than this natural realm. Judge this matter from that higher realm.

There is something in me, that is also in you, O king.

There is something that was inside my father, Jonathan; and is now inside of me- his son. (If he did not seek your downfall because of the throne, how could I have done as accused? If you did not have to worry about trusting my father, why would you worry about that in me?)

Judge, and do what is good in your eyes.’

For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?

Mephibosheth also had a focus.

While Ziba had sought material possessions, Mephibosheth cared only to secure his place at the king’s table.

His only concern was to continue to eat with the king.

This is the secret of true greatness in Christ.

Whatever happens, always fight to retain your place at the table of the King. The fellowship and communion that this opportunity affords you cannot be compared to material things.

It is invaluable, and it is forever.

 

And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

As face answered to face, and spirit looked into spirit, the king adjusted his earlier decree. What Ziba thought was completely his was now split in two.

Now, if one meeting with the king caused Mephibosheth to recover half of his inheritance, what do you think would be accomplished by his continual eating at the king’s table?

And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.

Mephibosheth fasted and prayed to retain his place on the king’s table. He got that and much more.  

At this point, Ziba saw his plans frustrated.

His expectation had been that David would have given Mephibosheth into his hands. He knew that the king despised the lame, and did all he could to make David despise Mephibosheth enough to sanction his death.

However, the words of the king were clear: thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth’s life was not included in the package.

Therefore, he could not do away with his master’s son before David returned; and his evil scheme was now revealed to the king.

That is why you are here. Whatever evil strangers may have taken from you; as long as you are still eating with the King, you will surely recover all. Ziba, and all that belonged to you, shall return to you.

Mephibosheth, this lame man, prayed and fasted. His persistence in prayer, in spite of his lame feet, was his weapon of war against the manipulation of Ziba.

He prayed, and saved his life from death.

He prayed , and retained his seat at the king’s table.

He prayed, and recovered all that Ziba had stolen from him, including Ziba.

And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.

This was a taunt against Ziba. ‘Let him take everything; it would not matter much for long.’

As long as David was back on the throne, and Mephibosheth would again eat with the king, it was inevitable that Ziba would lose everything he had collected, to the rightful owner.

Ziba worked tirelessly to usurp and kill his master; Mephibosheth also worked tirelessly to frustrate his agenda, in the spirit.

There, he gained victory over his servant.

Ziba remained Mephibosheth’s servant. His devices were frustrated. His plans were exposed.

Ziba had signed his death warrant.

Be as an angel.

See through your mouth.

Take the battle to the realm of the spirit.

Jealously fight to retain your place at the King’s table.

Your servants will remain your servants; and your detractors will kill themselves.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • I receive power to see through my mouth in prayer.
  • Any evil stranger working to take any of my portion from me; I frustrate you by fire.
  • Any agent of darkness spoiling me before my helpers, secretly; be frustrated by fire.
  • Anyone deceiving me secretly in order to take my portion or place; be disgraced by fire.
  • Any personality slandering me before my helpers; I frustrate you by fire.
  • Any agent of darkness working tirelessly to take anything out of my portion; I cut off your hands by fire.
  • Any stranger working secretly and tirelessly to take my place; I terminate your works by fire.
  • Every evil agenda to disgrace me; backfire.
  • Whatever the wicked took away from me; hear the word of the Lord. I call you back.

 

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST: THE SPIRIT NEEDS THE WORD

PASTOR’S CORNER

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST:

THE SPIRIT NEEDS THE WORD

REFERENCES: ACTS 10:1-6, ACTS 10:21-22, ACTS 10: 34-38, ACTS 10: 44-45, ACTS 11:13-15, ISAIAH 10:27

The Holy Ghost needs the Word.

There is no Pentecost without Passover. Jesus gave the disciples the Word before He gave them the Spirit, because the Spirit cannot function without the Word.

The Spirit could not bring out light in the beginning until God spoke. If you also desire the move of the Spirit in your life, you need the Word.

Acts 10:1-6

There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

During the course of this teaching, we will be laying a matter to rest. The matter being the spiritual state of Cornelius: was he born again before the visitation, or not?

Cornelius was a captain; like Naaman in the days of Elisha, and the centurion in the days of Jesus.

These men sought out the men of God because they were in need of divine help- Naaman, for his leprosy; and the other for his sick servant.

When you see a captain seeking God, he is in dire need of something.

Just as in the case of the other two, Cornelius sought God for a reason.

Let us consider the person of Cornelius.

He was called a devout man who feared the Lord.

He gave alms to the poor (remember that he who gives to the poor lends to God). Now, the sacrifice of sinners is abhorred by the Lord (Pro 15:8). Yet, the angel testified that the alms of this captain were received by God.

He also prayed to God, day and night. Consider too that the prayer of a sinner is an abomination to the Lord. (Pro 28: 9)

How then is it that this man gained audience before God? Was he born again or not?

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

When the angel appeared to him, observe his response.

When Paul first encountered Christ, he enquired: ‘who art thou Lord?

However, Cornelius’ question was: ‘What is it, Lord?’

He was not confused about the identity of the personality; he only desired to know the purpose of the visitation.

And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

The centurion, with his household, had been praying to God day and night; and the angel was sent to refer him to Simon Peter, so that he (Peter) could tell the captain what he ought to do.

 

Acts 10:21-22

Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews...

Through the testimony of the men he sent to fetch Peter, we learn more about Cornelius.

He was a just (righteous) man; and was also of a good report among all the nation of the Jews. (This was one of the requirements for choosing deacons in Acts 6).

Cornelius was born again.

The angel was not sent to a sinner who prayed to an unknown God. He was sent to a righteous, devout and prayerful man who feared the Lord; a man of good report, who lent to God by giving to the poor.

...was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

The reason for the visitation raises another question: why would God need to warn him?

Cornelius needed to be warned that he was in danger.

He prayed; he gave; he feared the Lord; he had a good report. However, he lacked a vital piece of the Christian armour, and that was dangerous.

Prayer without the power of God is a dangerous thing.

When a man prays, gives, lives a holy, heaven- conscious life; but lacks the power of God, he is living in a danger zone.

This power only comes to those who have received the Holy Ghost (Acts 1: 8).

Any prayer without the Holy Ghost therefore lacks the power of God.

Any holy living without the Holy Ghost is powerless, and dangerous.

Powerless-ness is a terrible disease. It is an enemy to Christian living.

God has sent me to warn you: Mr. Giver, Prayer Warrior...if you do not allow the Holy Ghost to come upon you, you are headed for serious trouble.

How does one receive the Holy Ghost, and His power?

There is a Word that will call down the Spirit on a man.

This is why we do not pray until we have looked into the Word of God; because the Spirit is waiting for the Word.

 

Acts 10: 34-38

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

More evidence that Cornelius was born again...

Peter acknowledged that this man, of the nation of the Gentiles, feared God, and worked righteousness. He reveals that wherever God sees such a man, irrespective of his nationality, He is ready to walk with him.

The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

 

The word...That word...

Cornelius got saved by receiving the Word.

The Word was sent by God to Israel, to be preached by Jesus Christ- the Word. The Word became flesh, and preached Himself.

While the Word was on its way to Israel, Cornelius saw it; the Word registered righteousness in his heart. He believed it, and received it.

Therefore, Peter says to him, ‘you know that word. While it was being preached in Galilee of the Gentiles, you got it. You know it.’

Anytime you see the power of God in the life of a man, know that he has received the Word; not words, but the Word.

The Spirit will wait until a man receives the Word. When He sees that you have it, He will come.

When teaching is going on, many words are spoken. However, in the midst of these words, there is a Word. You need to be alert and sensitive to receive the Word that is sent to you.

This is why distraction must be seen by a Christian for the deadly enemy that it is.

 

Acts 10: 44-45

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word...

Hearing words cannot save.

There is a Word that must be heard, and known, for salvation to be achieved.

Peter spoke words, but the Holy Ghost only fell on those that heard the Word. In the multitude of Peter’s many words, these ones heard the voice of Jesus in Peter.

They did not mind the apostle’s crude grammatical expressions; that was not their focus. They were looking for Jesus- the Word- in his words. When they got Him, the Spirit bore them witness and fell on them.

You will do well to seek for Jesus in the voice of your pastor. Do not be carried away, or put off, by his command of English, or the lack thereof.

Look for the voice of Jesus in his voice. Once you get His voice, the Holy Ghost will fall on you, and power will follow.

When the day of Pentecost was fully come, Jerusalem was filled with religious observers of the celebration, who had come from different parts of the world.

The Holy Ghost did not fall on any of them.

He fell on those who were waiting in one accord in the Upper Room; those who waited because the Word had commanded them so.

 

Acts 11:13-15

And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

The angel called Simon the son of Peter.

Now, he was born Simon the son of Jona, until the Word changed his name to Peter.

Therefore, when the messenger of God was sent to Cornelius, he called Simon by the name given to him by the Word: Simon, the son of Peter.

Whatever the world, even your earthly family, has called you, against your destiny is destroyed by fire today.

Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

Since Cornelius was born again-already saved from sin, what manner of salvation did he require?

Why was he praying day and night? He was already a man of influence and affluence.

What was he looking for?

Looking into him, God saw that there was something against his life; and though he had prayed, day and night, his prayers lacked the capacity to conquer that battle.

Therefore, he needed someone to speak the Word that will bring down the higher power of God upon him.

Peter rescued Cornelius and his household, not by an elaborate deliverance session, or prophetic works; but by speaking the Word, as commanded by God. The man already had the spirit of prayer. When he is given power, and goes back to pray, his prayer will have the capacity to conquer the adversary of his life and bring deliverance to him and his household.

Isa 10:27

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Cornelius was a just man; a praying man; a man of good report. But, Cornelius prayed without the power of God.

Christianity without the power of God is not optional; it is dangerous to the journey.

Therefore God sent an angel to warn him:

DANGER DANGER DANGER

He needed to know that, if he continued in his powerless state, he would suffer great loss. It would appear as though he were not just, prayerful and giving.

God sent Peter to him, so that he would receive power by the Word. With that power, he would pray again; this time, with results, because the anointing will break every yoke it encounters.

This is how to rescue a righteous man: by The Word; the Spirit; the power.

If you are like Cornelius- a just man without power- you need to get the Word. When the Word comes, the Holy Ghost will fall on you; and when He does, He will destroy every yoke He meets.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Fire of God, enter my life!
  • My Father, send me the Word.
  • My Father, cause my ears to hear Your voice.
  • Every yoke or spell over my life; break and scatter by fire now.

 

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST: MOVING BY YIELDING IN PRAYER

PASTOR’S CORNER

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST:

MOVING BY YIELDING IN PRAYER

REFERENCES: ROMANS 6: 16, LUKE 2: 25-30, PSALM 75: 1

The focus of this theme is to teach you to pray in the Spirit of Christ. It is one thing to pray, and quite another to pray in the Spirit of Christ.

For you to move in the Spirit of Christ, you must yield to the Him.

The key to a profitable prayer session, and ultimately a successful prayer life, is to understand that you do not know how to pray. This will humble you and cause you to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

When you have offered up your praise and worship to Him, let Him drive you in prayer. As long as you pray according to His directions- when and how He leads- you will not falter or stop on the way.

Rom 6: 16

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Whoever you yield yourself to obey becomes your master; you become his servant. Therefore, God only becomes your master when you yield to His commands, as revealed in His Word.

If you desire to serve God, it then follows that you must yield to him in everything- in marriage and family, business, career and ministry. You will not do ANYTHING without His Word.

In Christ, you cannot claim to know anything about your future. You understand that divine destiny is discovered. Therefore, you yield to the One who can reveal it to you, and live according to His leading.

This is contrary to the view of the contemporary world, which teaches us to depend on, and therefore yield to, our mental and emotional capacity.

This worldview fails to understand that it is the blessing of God that offers prosperity, void of sorrow. Many therefore labour and amass wealth, but they are full of sorrow.

They do not have access to the blessing of Abraham- which attracts the presence of God and mind boggling testimonies of progress in every area of life.

Now, judge. When the Spirit of Christ tells you to pray at a certain time, do you extend the time by another hour? When He instructs you to go into a business venture, do you recite all the reasons why you cannot do so?

Your ability to obey God, whether or not it is convenient; that is what makes you His servant.

Lk 2: 25-30

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel

This man was a holy man, who had been praying and waiting for the consolation of Israel from the long years of suffering that the nation had endured.

...and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

He waited under the influence of the Holy Ghost.

It is a waste of time for any Christian to wait on God without studying the Word and tarrying in prayer. Such a person can be manipulated and messed up by the enemy. However, no devil can mess up the Holy Ghost.

Simeon’s spiritual location ensured that his desire was under the supervision of the Holy Ghost.

A man can only discover what he desires. However, when the desire of a Christian is outside this divine supervision, he cannot discover the mysteries -deep secrets- of greatness. Such a desire will be frustrated and fraught with sorrow.

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Simeon was a holy man, yet he waited on the Lord. He saw that there was something missing in his nation and he sought God for her consolation. Not only did he wait on God, he did so with the Holy Ghost upon him.

There, in that divine position, the Holy Ghost spoke to him.

He talked to God under the Holy Ghost. His divine location gave him access to divine revelation.

The Holy Ghost can only show you mysteries when you wait under His supervision.

This means that it takes the Holy Ghost to wait for the Holy Ghost.

Whenever the Holy Ghost in you moves you to pray, it is so that He can reveal secrets to you.

Brethren, do not just be holy; wait on the LORD for the consolation of your household.

When you see that there is something wrong in your household, and desire to see it corrected by divine intervention, you will serve God. You will have a drive and a purpose for seeking the LORD. You will not be distracted or self serving in your choices and actions.

Simeon was seeking the consolation of Israel. When the Holy Ghost spoke, the answer to his prayers was the Lord’s Christ. That meant that if he had the Christ- the Anointed One- he had consolation.

It is the absence of power that presents itself as the presence of poverty, suffering, loss...

David was a man who understood power. He did not need time off to prepare for his battle with Goliath; he was ready to take him down there and then. Sadly, today’s youths are so distracted that they would need special personal retreat sessions to prepare for a challenge. You can tell when they are seeking after something by the sudden focus they give to the things of God.

David was not like that. He was not taken unawares.

Not only was he prepared, he had access to divine revelation, enough to know how to fight at different times.

When he fought with, and killed the lion and the bear, he did so with his hands.

When he faced off with Goliath, by revelation, he understood to use the stone the builders had rejected. Therefore, he used a sling and a stone.

In the battle that followed, when he was pursued relentlessly by Saul, he knew not to use his hands or stones. Instead, he fought with his heart.

 

Note the words of the Holy Ghost to Simeon: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

This means that no reason was reasonable enough for him to die until he had seen the Christ. No raging of the wicked, no sickness, no economic hardship, no conspiracy... Nothing whatsoever was permitted to kill him until consolation should come. Not even old age!

And for good reason too. This man was not a priest; neither was he the oldest man in the land. Yet, it was he who saw the need for consolation in the land. No wonder he was not permitted to die.

And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation

When baby Jesus was brought into the temple for his dedication, Simeon was there. He had come, by the driving of the Spirit, into the temple at that exact time.

You must understand that the baby was not brought to him. He was not the presiding priest. However, because he was the one who had sought for the consolation of his entire nation, the Holy Ghost directed him there.

A man who seeks the LORD, under the Holy Ghost, will find that, it does not matter how many pastors, leaders exist in his world; or who the blessing is being taken to. The Holy Ghost will stir him up and direct him to the place of the blessing- the power, glory, wisdom, revelation, prosperity, abundance- because he has been waiting...

Now, when Simeon saw consolation, He did not look like consolation because He was still just a baby cradled in the arms of His parents. Yet, as directed by the Holy Ghost, he went up to the parents and simply took the baby from them.

Bearing the child in his hands, he declared that he had indeed seen the salvation he had waited for.

 

Ps 75: 1

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

We give praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders. (AMP)

The others in the temple could not see that they were in the presence of the Consolation of Israel because they had not invoked the name of the LORD.

Anywhere you see the wonders of God at work; it is because the name of the LORD has been invoked there. The wonders of God are for those who invoke His name. No one can see rehearse His great works until they have invoked His name.

Simeon saw what others could not because he had waited. Do not compare yourself to those who wait, because they have, by their divine position, set themselves far ahead of the pack.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Father, I submit my life to You. Take over me to lead and connect me.
  • Raw fire of God, take over my life.
  • Holy Ghost, connect me to your power, by Your power.
  • I charge my life; receive sufficient power to get my portion of God’s power, fire, wisdom...
  • Any satanic authority fighting my divine portion; I destroy and bury you by fire.
  • Surely, I shall not see death, frustration, limitation... until I have reached my destination. That good thing I desire for my household shall happen in my days. I must see it happen.
  • Father, showcase Your wonders in my life.

 

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST: ASSESSING AND POSSESSING UNCHANGEABLE DESTINY IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST

25TH JUNE, 2017

PASTOR’S CORNER

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST:

ASSESSING AND POSSESSING UNCHANGEABLE DESTINY IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST

REFERENCES: II PETER 1:3, LEVITICUS 9:6-7, 22-24, LEVITICUS  10:1-2, HEBREWS 7: 23-25

To talk about an unchangeable destiny implies that destiny can be changed. Contrary to the misguided philosophy of some, many destinies have been changed by evil personalities. Thankfully, you are in Church- in the Sanctuary- so that you can access your true destiny, and then possess it; while ensuring that it remains unchanged.

II Pet 1:3

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

When the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus, He knew it because virtue- power, excellent spirit- moved out of Him.

Every Christian is called to receive glory and virtue in Christ. When a Christian walks in glory, it will reflect in every area of his life. No one carries the glory of God and lacks favour. Men complain of been overshadowed by hatred because they have not begun to walk in glory.

We have learnt here that while history is human, destiny is divine. Well, as a Christian, hatred is your history; glory is your destiny. You have a responsibility to walk in glory and virtue. That is your divine destination.

Ask yourself daily: where is the glory and the virtue?

Lev 9:6-7, 22-24

Moses desired the glory of God and asked accordingly. He persisted until God agreed to show him His back view. However, he had to come up and stay in the place appointed by God.

I desire that every member of TRPM will come up to the place where the glory of God is accessible. It is possible if we are willing to follow the right process. You must understand that the results that are seen in public are a function of the things done in the secret.

Moses had seen the glory of God; however, his brother-Aaron- who he loved, had not tasted it, even though he was also called to glory and virtue.

It takes a man who has tasted it to tell you how it works. Therefore, Aaron needed his baby brother to show him how to access this glory.

And Moses said, This is the thing ...

Brethren, take some time to consider this Word. May you know the thing. There is a thing in the lion that makes every beast honour him.

You struggle in life, you are harassed by the devil, because there is the thing you are yet to know.

And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.

Moses was showing Aaron the thing. He had already seen the glory, so it was not about him.

You are taught to study and pray here, so that you can also access the glory and fire that I have tasted. Therefore, when I say ‘this is the thing’, it is in your best interest to take it, hold on to it, and walk with it.

Be attentive as you behold the old in the new. In the Old Testament, it was a shadow, but the New Testament brings it to reality.

Many claim to be New Testament ministers, but the glory- the raw power and fire of God- is absent in their lives. Yet, Paul declares that the kingdom of God is not in words, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power...

I Cor 2:4-7

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

This hidden wisdom is too great for devils to handle. They know that, once you access it, you will walk in glory; therefore they fight to keep you from walking in its revelation.

And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself...

Moses the younger was telling his elder brother, and high priest, Aaron that he needed to offer for his sins...

Aaron was older and more eloquent. However, the glory of God does not answer to age, titles, educational achievement or the like. If he desired the glory, he had to listen to, and obey the instructions of Moses because it was he who paid the price to behold God’s glory.

Aaron could see that Moses carried the glory, while he, the high priest lacked it...

So, what was the process Aaron had to go through to get the glory?

Sin offering, burnt offering, atonement...

These are a shadow of the Passover, Pentecost and reconciliation to God respectively.

You cannot have one without the former.

Let me explain:

...offer thy sin offering

The Sin offering symbolises the Passover. The charge here therefore is simply this: Conquer your errors

and thy burnt offering ...

Burnt offering: This symbolises the Pentecost. The Holy Ghost descended on them like fire on that day, and when Peter preached, his words burned like fire in the hearts of the men.

There can be no Pentecost without the Passover. This means that you must deal with the errors in your life before you can be on fire always.

Atonement: this symbolises reconciliation with God.

The teaching you receive in this ministry is to make you friends of God.

When you have conquered your errors, and are on fire always, you will make your way to God; you become a friend of God.

A man who follows this process will never struggle in all he does. He will walk in the reality of the glory.

and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded.

The order is clear: the leader before the congregation.

The oil flows from the head. The pastor must become God’s friend before he can lead his congregation into friendship with God.

If I don’t do what I do in the secret, you can’t do it either.

You can only give what you have gotten...Moses could lead Aaron through the process because he had gone through it himself.

And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings. And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.

Now, when Aaron followed the process, he not only made himself a friend of God, but also led the people into reconciliation with Him. And behold, they all- Aaron and the people- saw the glory of God!

And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

Fire will answer when you follow this principle. It does not answer to acrobatics of prayer.

When you become the friend of A Consuming Fire, you also become a fire.

Lev 10:1-2

And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

A man of understanding studies to know the secret of the great (Pro 28:11)

These two saw their father bring down fire and desired to do the same. However, they failed to do what their father did: they did not seek to find out what process he went through to make it happen. Sadly, their ignorance and arrogance cost them their lives.

They died, not because of the fire, but because they did not go through the process.

Heb 7: 23-24

And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

Many have had their assignments discontinued by wicked powers. Such people still have breath in them, but they merely exist. They have ceased to live in the divine scheme. Many churches have ceased to be recognised in heaven for the same reason.

Priesthood was the destiny of the Levites. Unfortunately, they did not heed the charge of God: that the fire must not cease to burn on the altar.

Because of their failure to keep the fire on, their office was given to another.

This is why we, as ministers, are humble, because we understand that it is a privilege to serve. Brethren, you must likewise take care to keep your office, so that it is not given to another.

Not only did This man  have the capacity to keep His destiny; He was also able to save others because of continuity.

Any prayer-less Christian can suffer a change of destiny.

Levi lost the office because they could not continue in the fire as Moses had taught Aaron.

Now, when Jesus took over the office, He resolved to keep the fire burning, like David had done with the throne.

So, if destiny must not be changed, you must live to pray. Every area of your life must become the house of prayer. Your house, workplace, ministry...must carry the fire of God.

Do not just be on fire at church; conquer your errors at home and be on fire there; by doing these, you will bring God into your house.

Do not be a man of yesterday: be on fire always- in the Word and prayer.

Deut 4: 6-7

Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

You come to the House of God, not to play church, but to access the wisdom that no nation can gainsay; wisdom and understanding that makes you stand out from all nations.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My life, receive power to enter into glory and virtue.
  • No darkness will change my office.
  • My life, receive fire to be unchangeable.
  • My destiny, receive fire that cannot be changed by any devil.
  • My life, receive fire to come alive in the Word, in prayer, in the power and the wisdom of God.
  • Every attack, of any power, to change my destiny in my household; you are a liar. I conquer you and destroy your power by fire.
  • Any power, working secretly and tirelessly to change my office; I pull you down and slay you by fire.
  • Every evil pattern spreading towards my life, my destiny; I stop you and bury you by fire.
  • Father, help me to do what I need to do always to keep my destiny forever.

 

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST: LIVING A SIGNIFICANT LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST (PART B)

18TH JUNE, 2017

PASTOR’S CORNER

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST:

LIVING A SIGNIFICANT LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST (PART B)

REFERENCES: ECCLESIASTES 7:15, JOHN 3: 20-21, ECCLESIASTES 8:9-14, II PETER 2:19

We are called to be good soldiers- enduring hardness, even suffering as we occupy till the second coming of the Lord. We must therefore resist the desire to cast off our uniforms and walk out of the narrow way- of real responsibility and warfare.

Those who do so have resorted to seeking easy ways to prosper at the expense of their eternal reward.

As we continue in this teaching, it is important that we learn why the Word and prayer are an indispensable part of a Christian’s life, especially as a member of this ministry.

Eccl 7:15

All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.

This is one of the things that set me ablaze in my Christian journey.

Consider these words: a born again man, woman suffer in their righteousness. They are buffeted- oppressed, tormented- by wicked powers; yet they struggle in the place of prayer- murmuring words under their breath instead of roaring like lions.

While they suffer, the wicked man responsible for their predicament has the capacity to prolong his own life!

How can this be?

Why is this so?

Jn 3:20-21

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Many Christians know, and have been transformed by John 3: 16. They have heard the Word and received Jesus. However, they do not know that it is possible to be in Jesus-to have been moved from darkness into the light- and yet suffer.

Those who live in sin will not be comfortable in the place where the undiluted Word is preached. They will not like TRPM. Such people hide from the light because they do not want their deeds exposed.

However, the man who does truth must habitually come to the light.

This is why the Word and prayer are not compromised in this ministry.

The man who does good-morally and ethically based- business, the minister who walks the straight and narrow road, the Christian who seeks to uphold the Word of God; these ones cannot afford to stay away from the light.

They must continually come to the place of fire and pray, so that their deeds will prosper, and be revealed to be done in God.

Eccl 8:9-14

All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.

There is a time...

There is a time when the enemy seeks to oppress you and obstruct your way.

This is the wicked power that makes a righteous man suffer in his righteousness. Any power that makes you do despicable, humiliating and degrading things in your dream is a ruler over your life, and has an agenda- to hurt you.

You must fight to put stop its rule.

And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.

There are churches where pastors are under the lordship of principalities and powers. These ones do evil in the holy place, and rule over the congregation to hurt them because they are above them.

The unfortunate part is that these ministers of wickedness continued in their wickedness till their death.

Brethren, there are people who work evil against you, and then turn round to fast and pray for divine covering. Yet, God declares that His altar is no place of refuge for such. (Ex 21:14)

Why then does God allow this wickedness to continue, in His Church?

It is because the righteous have failed to something about it.

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

Can you see why you must come to the light?

The reason why the righteous continues to suffer is because there is no one to stop the work of evil.

The righteous must therefore come to the light to hear more, and to know more...so that he will understand the sentence of judgement.

This is what makes you a king and priest indeed on the earth- how can you declare the sentence of judgement against the evil work, if you do not know it?

Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

Remember chapter 7? This means that the wicked prolongs his days because there is no one to put an end to his rule.

There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked;

It is even more appalling when the wicked determines what happens to the righteous! This means that the evil that happens to the righteous is according to the work of the wicked.

The reason why they continue their attacks against you is because there is no sentence of judgement to stop them.

...again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.

Brethren, the time has come to walk with a new mindset: that the only things permitted to happen to you are those determined by God.

Therefore, anything happening according to the work of the wicked must return, and happen to them.

The time has come for you to turn the tide in your favour.

Come to God. Sit and learn of Him. Then, arise and declare the sentence of judgement against every work of the wicked that has ruled over your life.

And, if there is any personality in your world prolonging his days at your expense, it is your kingly and priestly duty to determine what happens to them-if they will not bow to your rule, then cut short their days.

2 Pet 2: 19

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Anyone who promises you liberty, but is himself under bondage, is a servant of corruption. Under his rule, you cannot but be ruled to your own hurt, because whoever overcomes you in the realm of the spirit will put you in bondage.

To summarise:

  • A righteous man can suffer in his righteousness.
  • This happens because he has not formed the habit of always coming to the light, fire of the Word and prayer. Therefore, his good works do not appear as having divine backing.
  • The wicked have come to the Church of God, and are ruling over the righteous, to hurt them.
  • This evil will continue until the righteous understands the sentence of judgement, found in the light; and executes it speedily against the wicked.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My Father, I submit my life to Your will; to come to Your Word every day.
  • My life, receive raw fire and power to be significant in the Kingdom of Christ.
  • Any wicked attack to cut short my life; I fire you back to the sender.
  • Season of darkness- oppression, depression, setback, sickness, failure, frustrations- over my life and works; expire by fire.
  • Any power ruling over the affairs of my life, to hurt my destiny; I cast you down by fire.
  • Whatever is happening to me against the will of God; I command you to return to the sender!
  • Sentence of judgement working over my lfie, from the wicked; hear the judgement of the Lord. I command you to go back and happen to the sender.
  • Every evil work happening against me; hear the judgement of the Lord. I command you to go back and happen to the sender.

 

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST: LIVING A SIGNIFICANT LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST (B)

11TH JUNE, 2017

PASTOR’S CORNER

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST

LIVING A SIGNIFICANT LIFE IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST

REFERENCES: COLOSSIANS 1:25, I CORINTHIANS 15:21-23, PSALM 37:7, 14-15, PSALM 50:23

Col 1:25

Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God

As a minister, I am conscious of this truth; that God called me so that I can be used by Him to bring His word to pass in the lives of others.

As a Christian, it is also important for you to understand the office of a spiritual father over your life: there is a word of God that is yet to be fulfilled over your life. This is the role of your spiritual father: he is appointed to cause its fulfilment in your life.

If you therefore desire the manifestation of that Word over your life, you have a responsibility to look for the man who has been given the dispensation to bring the Word to a reality in your life.

I humble and submit myself to my spiritual father because I understand that some things can only be fulfilled in my life through him.

I Cor 15:21-23

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Every ancestral curse, pattern or evil covenant experienced by members of a household was brought in by someone. Somebody did something to invite the evil into the household.

Somebody is therefore also needed do what is necessary to put an end to that reign of evil.

You need spiritual parents to take away whatever evil your parents brought upon you...

This is the boldness I have as a minister of God; that He has called me to bring an end to whatever evil had been brought into your household. Therefore, when you submit to the covenant of God on this commission, you are simply declaring that you are ready to experience the manifestation of all that God has said concerning you.

You need to constantly walk in the same consciousness: understand that God brought you to this ministry because of something He had said over your life. You are here so that through the dispensation He has given to me, you can begin to experience the manifestation of the Word over your life.

But every man in his own order:

Brethren, you are not permitted to be like your parents- to act, live or follow their pattern.

Your father has his own order; you must follow yours. If your father walked in sin- in the order of darkness, you are called to live a better life because you walk in the order of Christ- the order of light.

He said that He raised me to bring this Word to pass over your life. Therefore, I teach you and lead by example to bring you into the order of Christ.

Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

I bring good news to everyone who is first: the first born, the first of a gender, or the first to do something worthwhile in a household.

Christ was the first firstborn to remain the first indeed. He broke the pattern of failure that had plagued the firsts from the beginning. He started well and ended well, taking away the curse.

He is the first fruit; our eldest brother and example. As other fruits, we are called to live our lives according to His pattern. When I read scripture, when I interpret the word, when I speak, it must be as He did.

Consider these:

When Christ read the scriptures in the temple, and closed the book, men looked upon Him in wonder. (Lk 4:16-22) Why then should I read the same scripture and get anything less than the same response?

Christ also said, ye have heard that it was said... but I say unto you. (Matt 5:21-44) Well then, in the same pattern, you should say in your household: it has been said that this evil or that evil happens to all, but I say...This however means that I must also know what has been said in my household.

You have been called to behave as He did; in the order of the first fruit.

The man who brought the devil into the family lived a significant life by it. (Remember Simon who was called the great power of God in Samaria?)

Now, although the man may be dead, the power still wants to be significant.

When you come along, claiming to walk in the order of Christ, that power will fight you because he does not want to become insignificant.

How then do you rise above in this scenario?

Ps 37:7

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

The devil is a spirit, and needs a man or woman to bring evil to pass in a household. Such man or woman is responsible for making evil devices a reality in the lives of men.

You need a man to take the evil out of the family and to enforce the will of God concerning your life; you need a man to bring good dreams to pass in your life...

But it is a fight.

Ps 37:14-15

The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Every one prays, but the man that receives answers to his prayers is he who is of upright conversation. This is the man the enemy seeks to kill here.

Concerning such wicked personality, God warns that their sword shall enter into their own heart

The question is: why?

Ps 50:23

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew [demonstrate] the salvation of God.

The man of upright conversation becomes a dangerous enemy to the wicked because he enjoys the manifestation God’s salvation.

This is the sum of all:

I face attacks because there is a significant power fighting to make me insignificant. This is the power that tempts me with errors in order to bring me down like it did those before me.

Therefore, I submit myself to the man appointed by God. Then, when I pray and study to order my conversation aright, it is guaranteed that the devil will die by his own sword and his instruments of war will be destroyed.

So, whenever I pray and the enemy still appears to have the upper hand, it is simply a sign that I am yet to order my conversation well.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Any evil significant power, pattern in my household, contesting with my life; hear the judgement of the Lord. I cast you down by fire.
  • Any power that has vowed to play a significant role against my destiny; I damage and destroy you by fire.
  • Any significant evil that has vowed to make my life insignificant in the kingdom of Christ, I damage you power by fire.
  • Any significant pattern springing up from my family to make my life insignificant; I destroy you by fire.

 

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST: UNDERSTANDING THE WINNING KEYS OF THE KINGDOM (PART B)

4TH JUNE, 2016

PASTOR’S CORNER

DISCOVER THE PROCESS TO RECOVER YOUR PORTION IN CHRIST

UNDERSTANDING THE WINNING KEYS OF THE KINGDOM (PART B)

REFERENCES: PSALM 41:1-3;5-8, ISAIAH 38:9-10;17-20, PSALM 129:4, PROVERBS 15:28

In this covenant month, we will be exploring the winning keys of the kingdom that you need to open doors on earth.

As a covenant carrier, you must understand the following:

  • Giving in the kingdom empowers you to receive kingdom weapons.
  • You study to answer (the questions life throws at you) in the kingdom.
  • In the kingdom, you pray with the right mindset, to get the right results.

Ps 41:1-3; 5-8

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth:

There is a time of trouble for everyone in the kingdom. The time varies for each person, but it is inevitable.

However, the man who gives- who considers the poor- is at an advantage because the Lord will deliver him when his time of trouble comes. This man will be preserved, and enjoy blessings here on earth.

Furthermore, he will be saved from the will of his enemies...

and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

There is a will written against every giver...

Brethren, this means that the enemy has written a will against you. It could be against your health, prosperity, marriage, ministry, spouse, children, career, or even the number of your days.

The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

David reveals that the will of the enemy for a giver is a sickbed. Now, when you discover that, as a giver, the enemy has willed a sickbed for you, it is imperative that you pray with the right mindset- that you are not permitted to die in that sickness because it is written; The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness. (NIV).

Therefore, you must get up from that sickbed.

Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

Brethren, the expectation of the wicked is set in motion. They gather evil information against the giver and spread their evil expectation abroad; An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more...

But I say to you that the evil they devise against you shall fail, and you will rise; because the Lord has declared that a giver will be restored from his bed of sickness.

Isa 38:9-10; 17-20

Every Christian has come in the spirit of someone in the Bible. This means that the spirit that helped that person in his days is upon you.

Now, when you come in the spirit of someone, it is likely that the enemy that antagonised that person will also come against you.

John Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah. Like Elijah, he was hated by the king and his wife; and just like Jezebel wanted Elijah’s head; Herodias schemed to get John’s head.

Hezekiah also came in the spirit of David. Like his ‘forebear’, he was also a giver; no wonder then, that the devil which willed sickness against David came calling against him.

The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness: I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.

Hezekiah knew that the sickness was not from God, but from the enemy of his life, and its aim was to cut off his days.

David built the house of the Lord; Hezekiah cleansed the house. Therefore, like David, he was a partaker of the divine promise of God to David- that he will fulfil the number of his days.

The enemy also knew this and fought to terminate the promise of God in Hezekiah’s life.

However, unlike David, he did not have the understanding to frustrate the will of the enemy early on.

Behold, for peace I had great bitterness:

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. (NIV)

Brethren, this is one mystery you must never forget: if you are giver, whatever you suffer is for your benefit. The Lord has allowed you to go through it, because there is something you are yet to learn.

It can only be against you if you are not a giver.

The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.

While in the throes of sickness, while the prophet brought tidings of death; The LORD was ready to save me. This is the testimony of Hezekiah, and he turned to the wall in prayer because of his faith in that truth.

God is ready to save you from evil agenda, no matter what you have seen or have been told (by any prophet).

No matter your circumstance, no matter your predicament, let this be your confession: The LORD will save me because He is ready to save me.

Ps 129:4

The Lord is [uncompromisingly] righteous; He has cut asunder the thick cords by which the wicked [enslaved us]. (AMP)

The beauty of Christianity is this: walking in the understanding of the victory that God has already won for us. This verse reveals that every one of us was held bound by thick cords of the wicked, but that the Lord has already cut the cords asunder.

This means that our role is to simply pray with that right mindset; declare what the Lord has already done, and activate it over your life.

Simply do what the Lord has already done...

Pro 15:28

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

When you study, know that the words will be transferred from your heart to your mouth. That way, when the wicked begin to pour out evil against you, you will have studied to give the right answer against their attack- you must know what is written.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Higher power of God, possess me now.
  • Any will of the wicked written against my life; hear the judgement of the Lord. Backfire now.
  • Every sickbed prepared for me; hear the judgement of the Lord. Backfire now.
  • Agents of darkness, gathering information against me; be wasted.
  • Any evil poured at me, you are liar. I pour you back to the sender.
  • Any judgement of sickness fired at me; I fire you back now.
  • Any power sent to cut off my life; hear the word of the Lord. Be wasted
  • Every evil cord holding me captive; I cut you asunder.
  • Every evil cord drawing my life back; I cut you asunder.
  • My Father, surprise me.

 

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER: THE HOUSE OF PRAYER, THE HOUSE OF TREASURES

26TH JUNE, 2016

PASTOR’S CORNER

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER:

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER, THE HOUSE OF TREASURES

REFERENCES: I CORINTHIANS 3: 9, II CORINTHIANS 4:6-7, EZRA 7:21-23

 

When you become the house of prayer, your life is refined and the treasures of heaven, which had stayed hidden in you, will emerge.

 

I Cor 3: 9

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

 

Brethren, you are God’s field. God has sown so much in your life- seeds of wisdom, fire, power, excellence- and He has put in the necessary work to make them grow. He plants these seeds so that He can feed His loved ones with them. This means that men should see the nature, power, wisdom... of God in you.

 

Now, only the owner of the land is permitted to sow seed in his field. Therefore, weeds or tares of any kind must not be tolerated but uprooted.

 

You are also God’s building and just as the house of God in the time of Solomon, you must always carry His fire.

When men seek the nature, presence, ability of God, they should seek you out because you are His building and His possessions reside in you.

 

II Cor 4: 6-7

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

 

So you see: there are treasures in you. However, they are not to be found at the surface; they are buried deep, waiting for you to dig them up through serious prayer and study of the Word. This truth is not hidden from the devil either, which is why he attacks-to cover or take away these treasures.

 

Ezra 7: 21-23

 

Brethren, it is time to understand your true worth, and the true worth of your fellow brethren in Christ.

 

When you become the house of prayer, even your enemies will be stirred up to work in your favour. Pilate’s wife rose up lobby for Christ because she suffered much at night because of Him. In the same way, God will stir up men to bless and help you, because to do otherwise will be tragic for them.

 

You must also understand that no one is permitted to use or trade with your glory. Enemies might steal treasures dedicated to God, but they lack the wherewithal to use them. That is why the Dagon’s priests suffered greatly for taking the ark of God; and when Belshazzar, as king of Babylon, dared to drink from the golden vessels dedicated to the House of God, he paid with his life and kingdom.

 

So, rest assured; you can get back whatever treasure has been stolen from you.

And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily, unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much. Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?

 

The king’s decree was to the keeper of treasures beyond the river.

Brethren, there are household, witchcraft and marine treasurers, whose role is to keep the treasures of men from them.

 

Concerning the treasures, the king decreed that all that Ezra demands must be released to him, without limit and speedily too. The only criteria is that everything God has prescribed- allotted- to him must be given to him.

It does not matter what was stolen from you or how; if you are ready to make a demand today, it shall be released back to you. They may keep that of others, but all that God has given to His house, that is you, must be returned!

 

This is why a prayer-less life is evidence of satanic manipulation. It is a sign that the enemy is working hard to stop that Christian from demanding for his treasures. Some even walk in holiness but have not desire to get all their treasures.

 

The king’s decision was not out of the kindness of his heart, but out of the need for self preservation. He made this decree because he knew that disobedience would earn him the wrath of God- that his life and that of his sons were at stake.

 

Brethren, the time has come for you to live as the field and house of God, to carry His treasures of fire, power, wisdom and more. Arise now as a house of prayer and demand for a restoration of all that evil treasurers have taken from you.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus

  • My Father, I rededicate my life to you.

  • My life (soul, spirit, mind and body), receive the refining fire of God.

  • Any seed of the devil in my life, I destroy by fire.

  • Every wicked hand covering the treasures in me; I damage you by fire.

  • My treasures, I call you out of darkness by fire.

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER THE ENEMY OF THE HOUSE OF PRAYER (B)

19TH JUNE, 2016

PASTOR’S CORNER

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER

THE ENEMY OF THE HOUSE OF PRAYER (B)

REFERENCES: I TIMOTHY 6: 12-14, HEBREWS 6: 17-18, REVELATION 5:9-10

 

I Tim 6: 12-14

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

Timothy, Paul’s spiritual son, was already a Christian and already had eternal life. However, Paul is telling him to fight so that he can lay hold of the fullness of eternal life to which he had been called. Not only that, as he had declared himself sold out to Christ before men, it was needful that he fight to uphold that profession.

 

Reminding him that Christ testified of Himself as a king before Pontius Pilate, he charges him again to keep the commandment- of fighting, becoming a house of prayer in order to lay hold of all that pertains to eternal life. However, as he does this, his life must be without spots; immorality, un-forgiveness, malice or sin of any kind. This is because praying with spots will open him up to rebuke and make a waste of his prayers.

 

Heb 6: 17-18

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us

 

Whatever God has said about your destiny is assuredly the truth and it is imperative that you fight to lay hold of it all.

 

That said, it is important to note that the pace of a running man is determined by what is chasing him. A man would run fast if he was being chased with a cutlass, but would run faster if the pursuer had a gun.

Paul was a man on the run and he fled to God for refuge. Likewise, many Christians have fled to God- for refuge, defence, power, protection, from the oppressive hold of evil powers, patterns and judgements of their household.

 

In order to fully understand the import of your salvation, let us consider the scripture below.

 

Rev 5:9-10

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

 

Christ came to the market of your household and purchased you, out of your family, tribe and nation, and gave you to God. Now, He brought you to God for a reason: to make you

  1. a king, full of authority, and

  2. a priest, to send the offering of prayer up to God.

 

That is why the spirit of adoption cries ‘Abba, Father!’ in you.

 

When you walk in the reality of this truth, you will have zero tolerance for any ranting of household devils against you, because you know you are greater than them all; after all, as a king from above, you are above all.

 

Heb 6: 17-18

So, like Paul, you have fled to the Kingdom.  There, you must also realise that something has been set before you; all you have to do is discover it, and lay hold of it.

Isa 64:4

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him

 

Brethren, no man can claim to know the truth about your glory and destiny! No personality, principality or power has seen, heard or perceived all that God has set before you.

 

The question then is: can you pray to grab a hold of all He has set before you?

 

vs 7

...and there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee...

 

It is not enough to pray; you must stir up yourself. You must constantly keep yourself passionate in the place of prayer, and to do that, you must make someone else’s problem your burden of prayer. That way, you do not get complacent and can continue to take hold of God and all He has set before you. You must not allow the enemies quench the hunger for God and destiny in you.

 

Brethren, there is a glory set before you. When you pray, without spot and free from rebuke, you can lay hold of it all.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus

  • Blood of Jesus, wash away every spot in my life.

  • I conquer every spot in my life by the Blood of Jesus.

  • My soul, I charge you; lay hold of the Higher power of God now.

  • My soul, receive the fire set before you.

  • Every attack of the wicked that takes me out of divine agenda; I damage your power by fire.

  • Every hold of darkness over my life; I damage your power by fire.

  • Every power making my life unstable in God’s presence; I destroy your power.

  • I lay hold of all that is set before me in God.

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER THE HOUSE OF PRAYER IS A DIVINE MESSAGE

12TH JUNE, 2016

PASTOR’S CORNER

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER IS A DIVINE MESSAGE

REFERENCES: II KINGS 4: 1-7, HAGGAI 2: 6-9 , PHILIPPIANS 4: 6-7

 

Every Christian is called to be a divine message, and as such, the Christian journey is about fulfilling that calling. When your life is evidence of the power of God, when those who walk with you experience God through you, then drawing souls to the Kingdom would be easy.

 

II Kgs 4: 1-7

 

Brethren, Nigeria is going through a period of financial crisis; The United States of America went through it as well. The good news is that the key to understanding and overcoming this crisis is the Word of God.

 

In the days of Abraham and Isaac, there was famine in the land. In fact, God allowed it! Yet, in the midst of it, these men prospered so much so that, in the time of Isaac, the king of the land became fearful of him. (Gen 26)

 

God will always allow a time of famine in a household or a nation, so that He can prove His greatness through the lives of His people. Like the patriarchs before, this is the time for you to become a divine message to your household and generation.

 

However, you must understand that whatever a man cannot handle will definitely handle him...

 

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

 

This prophet in this story died in poverty, possibly because he was overwhelmed by his financial situation. He died, not because there was famine around him, but because he did not know how to handle it.

And Elisha said unto her, what shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

 

The woman’s response to Elisha was a reflection of her husband’s judgement. She did not see the pot of oil as ‘any thing’ because her husband had not seen it as such either.

 

Let me take this moment to charge men: you are the determiner of the outcomes in your homes. Your commitment and dedication to a home that is constantly on fire for God will determine....

 

When God decided to reconcile with man, He realised that it would only happen when the divine principle in Genesis- that a man shall live his parents and cleave to his wife- was applied. That is why Christ came, leaving His Father and cleaving to His bride-the Church. There could have been neither cleaving nor reconciliation if Christ had failed in His responsibility.

 

Unfortunately, the men of today abdicate their responsibilities to their wives, and therein lay the problem of the Church.  

 

Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

 

The first part of Elisha’s instruction to the widow was simply ‘go borrow as much as you can’.

In like manner, today, many Christians borrow money from various financial institutions to fund their businesses. But sadly, like the widow, they fail to heed the instruction to the end.

 

They borrow and, straightaway, invest the money into their businesses, without shutting out distractions and pouring in the place of prayer. And they wonder why they suffer loss in business!

 

So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured.

 

The widow did borrow; she did shut the door on herself and her sons. However, she faltered when she decided to enlist her sons as her partner.

 

Many men and women also fail in this area: making their children their ‘pouring partners’ and mistaking family altars for ‘pouring altars’. Women even blame the tempering of God’s fire in their lives, on their role as mothers.

 

Brethren, you must understand that the time to pour is to be observed without distractions, even from your children.

 

And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

 

The inclusion of the boy by the mother would have grave repercussions.

Consider this: if you were given a blank cheque, to fill in any amount you wanted, would you entrust the responsibility to your immature, inexperienced and clueless child?

 

And the oil stayed

 

The oil did not stop because there were no more vessels. No! It stopped because of the confession of the son. If the widow had been in charge of bringing in the vessels, having witnessed the miraculous and unending flow of the oil, she would have gone out to borrow more vessels. She could even have sold some of the oil and bought more containers!

 

Unfortunately, this woman gave the responsibility to a boy who was not present when the instructions were given to her. He could not have fully comprehended the full impact of his words, both on his family’s financial future and on his destiny.

Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

 

Woman, it is time to change things on your knees. Hiding behind your children is a dangerous venture as you limit their destinies by your carelessness.

 

Consider Elisha’s response. Whatever she generates after debt payment was to be their means of livelihood. This means that the widow’s bad judgement and the child’s confession limited the amount of income they could have generated and lived on!

 

Hag 2:6-9

 

For thus saith thee LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of the nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

The time has come for Christians to work as solution providers in their environment. Do not seek a problem- free life or environment. Rather, be the divine message in your challenging world.

 

God is saying to Israel,’ I am about to move, and in moving, I will shake the whole world’.

The wise ones in the Israel of God will take the hint and hold on to Jesus, making them unmoveable.

 

At this time, the desire of nations will come to you because they will see that, while they are being shaken, you stand unmoveable. Brethren, when marriages, businesses, careers are being shaken, that is the sign that God has called you to be His firm, divine message.

 

The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

Three things are promised here:

 

  • When they come to you, they will come bearing gold and silver, as they seek to know the secret of your calm in the midst of the storm.

  • The glory of your life shall be greater than before, and

  • God will give you peace.

 

However, you must realise that greater glory will be preceded by greater shaking. Just as the kingdom precedes the power and the power comes before the glory, you cannot display a higher level of the power of God until your revelation of His kingdom increases; likewise, there can be no greater glory until your power level surpasses your previous level.

 

Phil 4:6-7

 

Be careful for nothing but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

The peace God promises can only be accessed through prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving.

 

This peace is one that no level of understanding can attain to. Exalted degrees, acquired from the most prestigious institutions of higher learning, will be useless before this promise of God. Other nations will be confounded by the mystery of your calmness, when everything else is being shaken.

 

Sadly, the Church today has ignored the first two requirements and has instead glorified thanksgiving. And so, we see Christians who will gladly spend hours at praise events, but cannot abide in the place of prayer and offer up supplications to God.

 

It is time for the Church of God to pray like Hannah did in Shiloh, so much so that, even when Eli mistook her for a drunk, she kept on praying. It is time to pray with a desperation and fervency that will bring down the power of God, and herald the coming of His glory and His peace.

 

The shaking has begun.

Hold on to Jesus.

Be unmoveable.

Be the message.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus

  • Raw fire of God, take over my life.

  • Every wicked power shaking my life; I destroy your power by fire.

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER THE MAKING OF THE HOUSE OF PRAYER (B)

5TH JUNE, 2016

PASTOR’S CORNER

BECOMING THE HOUSE OF PRAYER

THE MAKING OF THE HOUSE OF PRAYER (B)

REFERENCES: ISAIAH 45: 13, HEBREWS 3: 4-6, I PETER 2:5, MATTHEW 5:14, JEREMIAH 12: 7- 8

 

Isa 45:13

I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts. Thus saith the LORD, the labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none, there is no God.

 

This is the assignment of this ministry: to build people by teaching them the Word, and deliver them by prayer.

 

Heb 3:4-6

For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. and Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; but Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

 

You are the house of God, and He has raised a pastor to build you. The effectiveness of your life, as God’s building, is therefore determined by quality of materials which the builder (your pastor) receives from God.

 

As the house of God, you need to be angry with any devil sharing your body and calling it his house!

 

How then do we build this house?

 

I Pet 2:5

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, and holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

Two men pray; one gets results, the other does not. The difference between the two men is this: for the sacrifice you offer to God to become acceptable, you must first become a spiritual house.

 

Every man must first be built (by living stones) as a spiritual house of God before he can stand as a holy priest. It is only then that he can offer up spiritual sacrifices to God that will be accepted, and generate results.

 

Now, if there is a holy priesthood, then it stands to reason that there is an unholy priesthood; if there is a spiritual house, then there is a carnal house. The question is: which are you?

 

You also need to question the material you are built with by your pastor, because the materials-living stones- with which a holy house is built can only be sourced by the revelation of the Word of God. This cannot be sourced by human knowledge or technological knowhow. Rather, there are sourced only by those who do business in the deep.

 

Matt 5:14

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 

The vision of God and this ministry is to build you on a hill with living stones. When you are built by the Word of God, you cannot be hid by any principality, power or ancestral pattern, because you are above them all.

 

Jer 12: 7- 8

 

I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

 

Brethren, understand this grave reality. The conspiracy of the devil against your life, and against the Church of God, is for one reason: to send God out of His house, so that he can take over. The appetite for sin, apathy towards the presence of God, His Word and the exercise of prayer; all these are strategies of darkness to make God leave you.

Observe the words God uses to describe His people; ‘My house, My heritage, the dearly beloved of My Soul...’ This is the lamentation of a God over a people whom He loves dearly. Alas, the devil has succeeded in leading them into error, thus casting God out of their lives.

 

Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore I have hated it.

 

When you wilfully disobey the commandment of God, rebel against His rebuke, become a source of offence in His house and frustrate His divine plan, it means you have become wild, so much so that you roar against Him, and He is forced to leave.

 

Crying against God, you cast Him out of His house, and invite the devil in.

 

Brethren, it is time to restore God to His deserved place in your life, by casting out every devil that has occupied His house until now.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus

  • Holy Ghost, I call you into my life and destiny; take over.

  • My Father, I give you back my body forever.

  • My life, I give you back to God, your maker.

  • Fire of God, possess me mightily.

  • Anything contrary in my life, roaring against the power of God; I damage your power and cast you out by fire now.

  • You wicked hands over my life; I destroy you by fire.

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