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Prophetic Message for the year 2015: Prophesy son of man!

Posted by: admin in: ● December 31, 2014

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Valley of Dry Bones

37 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’’

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

This is the word of God concerning the year 2015

This year shall be a season, when you shall declare and decree! If you will open your mouths and prophesy new things and declare those things that are not as if they were, then will I hear from heaven and validate every word spoken in faith. I am the Lord God of Rehoboth; I will enlarge small places and make rivers oceans. If you will believe and prophesy to your lack to become abundance, and your sicknesses are already seen as wellness then will I do a new thing amongst you. Prophesy unto the ailing earth and it shall be healed, declare new things concerning your nations and leaders. Prophesy unto your women and they shall bear fruits; Bless your children, speak the truth over the works of your hands and you shall be prosperous. In the year 2015, I shall be known as Jehovah Rapha: God the healer. At the mention of my name, I will heal; I will answer you and show you great and mighty things.

Call me with boldness and certainty; call me knowing that I will hear and answer. I sleep not; I am alive and alert. Call for mercy and grace at all times, praise me as the healer, praise me as the provider, your shield and fortress. In this time and season dry bones shall live; the zeal of the Lord of host will do this. This year, you will be established upon your own land and you shall know that I have given you a new mind and a new spirit. It is the spirit of boldness and not of fear.

In the year 2015, declare and decree against drought and fire outbreaks. Pray for Mali, Senegal and francophone African countries. Pray for Singapore and Argentina. Thus saith the Lord concerning Pope Francis “I have called you for a time and a season like this. You are a beacon of light unto all men; You were born in imperfection but perfected through my grace. My son teach the world about the love of Jehovah. I am love divine, sweet and enchanting, in you I have found a sanctuary and a place of rest.

Prophetic Song

There is a healing branch that grows
Where every bitter Marah flows;
This is our health-renewing tree.
“I am the Lord that healeth thee.

”There is an old appointed way
For those who hearken and obey;
Above the gate these words we see:
“I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

There is an ordinance that has stood
Since Israel crossed the parted flood;
It stands today for you and me—
“I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

There is a great Physician still
Whose hand has all its ancient skill;
At His command our pains will flee—
“I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

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GREAT SERMON: MATHEW 6:25-34 NIV

Posted by: admin in: ● August 3, 2015

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of  of its own.


 

And I just felt in my spirit that God is empowering us to undo what the enemy has done in our lives. Hallelujah, praise the name of the Lord, and that was before we finished praying. And then after we prayed that happened. And it’s one thing, when God opens up the heavens, the presence comes down. Hallelujah. Even as we are going to be sharing the Word now, keep that in your mind, that God has put an open heaven over us, and we want to move into prayer after the word from that position. Let’s pray.

Father, we give all praise and glory to You. Our hearts rejoice in knowing You, Lord. We thank You, Father, for this morning. We thank You for this moment. Lord, again we humble ourselves before You. And we say, let Your Holy Spirit come upon us. Come and teach us, Lord. Come and equip us, Lord. Energize us, O Father. Charge us with power, and launch us into the heavenly realms to go and wage war against the powers. Lord, I pray in the name of Jesus that the anointing which breaks the yoke will rest upon Your people. And let Your will be done. In Jesus Christ we pray. Let’s read from the book of Ephesians. Chapter 6, from verse 10 to 13.


Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the whiles of the devil. Because we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, and against the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spritiual wickedness in high places. Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
In this session, we want to focus on the use of our spiritual armor and on what happens when we pray. In our day, many Christians believe the Bible, but they don’t see a place for spiritual armor. They read about these weapons of warfare. They love to talk about them. But you ask them,”When did you last put on your weapons of warfare? Do you know how to use them? Do you know how to apply them in your day-to-day walk?”

And many Christians don’t even know one from the other. This is not the plan of God. Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians and said,”I don’t want you to be ignorant of spiritual things, lest the devil take advantage of you.” There are some things, if we don’t care to know about them, the devil will take advantage of us. Now we cannot go into a full discussion of the spiritual weapons and how to use them. In Uganda, when we have the opportunity to just handle this alone, we put aside a week to learn and then to apply. God, it is not just knowledge we want; we want to walk with it in life. We want to be overcomers.

I want to share with you from a testimony of someone who was saved, someone who had been serving the devil. And when that man gave his testimony, it so challenged me, I did not want to believe it. I had to go ten days before the Lord in fasting, asking Him,”Lord, is this true?” And it was at that time the Lord began to teach me what happens in the spiritual realm when we pray.

This man was born after his parents dedicated themselves to lucifer. When he was still in the womb, they made so many rituals dedicating him to serve lucifer. When he was four years old, he began to exercise his spiritual power. And his parents began fearing him. When he was six years, his father surrendered him to the witches to go and be trained. And by ten years, he was doing great things in the kingdom of the devil. He was feared by the normal witches.

He was still a young boy, but he was so terrible in the things he did. He grew up to be a young man in his twenties with so much bloodshed on his hands. Killed at will. He had the ability to go out of his body through transcendental meditation. And he could levitate. Sometimes his body would lift off the ground and stay in the air. And sometimes he could go into a trance, and come out of his body; his body would remain behind, and he would go out into the world. Called astro-travelling. And this guy was used by satan to destroy so many churches, to break down so many churches and to destroy so many pastors.

One day, he was assigned to destroy a church that was so full of prayer. There were so many divisions in this church, and so many confusions. And he began to work on this church. But at that time, the pastor called a fast for the whole church. And the church began to fast, and during the fasting, there was a lot of repentance and a lot of reconciliation. And the people came together, and they began to pray for the work of the Lord in their midst. And they continued interceding and crying to God to have mercy and intervene in their lives. And as they days went by, this man was coming again and again with demon spirits against this church. But there was a word of prophecy that came telling the Christians to rise up and to wage warfare against the powers of darkness that were attacking the church.

So one day, this man leaves his body in his room and goes astro-travelling. And leads a mighty force of demonic spirits against this church. Now this is his testimony. He was moving in the spirit in the air over the church and they were trying to attack, but there was a covering of light over the church. And suddenly, there was an army of angels that attacked them and there was fighting in the air, and all the demons fled, but he was arrested.

Arrested by whom? The angels! And he saw himself being held by about six angels, and they brought him through the roof right before the altar. And there he was. And the people were praying. They were deep in prayer in spiritual warfare, binding and breaking and casting out. And the pastor was on the platform leading the prayers and the warfare. And the Spirit of the Lord spoke to the pastor, and said,”The yoke has been broken, and the victim is there before you. Help him through deliverance.” And he opened his eyes and he saw this young man, who had collapsed there. His body was with him. He was in his body. The young man says he doesn’t know how his body joined him; he had left it in his house. But there he was in his body, and he didn’t know how he had entered in except the angel had carried him through the roof.

Now these things are difficult to believe, but the pastor silenced the church and told the church what the Lord had told him and asked the young man,”Who are you?” The young man was trembling, and the demons began coming out of him. So they prayed for deliverance, and afterwards, he began to share his life. That young man has now come to the Lord and is now an evangelist, preaching the Gospel. And he is being used by the Lord mightily in setting other people free in the ministry of deliverance.

But one night, I went to a dinner, and the sole reason I went is that someone told me about this young man, and I was so curious to see him. So I sat at that dinner and some time in the evening, this man was given the chance to give his testimony. And he talked about so many things. Sometimes he cried because of the things he did. And then as he finished, he made an appeal.

There were so many pastors in that room. And he said,”I appeal to you, pastors. Please teach the people how to pray.” The people who don’t pray can be taken in anything, in anything by the devil, and there are ways that the enemy exploits their lives and their prayers. People who don’t know how to pray, they literally pray, and the enemy knows even how to exploit their prayers. We’re going to talk about that. And he also said to the pastors,”Teach the people how to use the spiritual armor that God provides.”

Then he began to give a testimony of how he used to lead expositions into the air. He would go with other satanic agents and lots of demon spirits into the air. It was like a shift, you’ve got to go and work your shift. So regularly he had a time he had to go and wage war in the heavenlies. And he said that in the heavenlies, in the spiritual realm, if the land is covered under the blanket of darkness, that blanket is so thick, it is like a rock. And it covers the whole area. And these spirits are able to go on top of this as well as below this blanket. And from that level, they influence the events on earth.

Both evil spirits and human agents that are serving the devil and when they leave their shifts they go down on earth at the points of covenant, even waters or on the land at the points of covenant for refreshing of their spirit. And how do they refresh their spirit? By the sacrifices that people give at these altars. They could be sacrifices in open witchcraft, they could be sacrifices in bloodshed of all types including abortion, including warfare and human sacrifices and animal sacrifices. They could be sacrifices of sexual immorality where people go into sexual perversions and all kinds of promiscuity. And that act services the strength of these powers. And many are the different types of sacrifices.

He talked about lots of things which really troubled my mind. He said when they are up there and the Christians begin to pray on earth, the prayers of the Christians appear to them in three forms. All prayers appear like smoke that is rising up into the heavens, and he says that some prayers appear like smoke and they go meandering and disappear in the air. He says that the people who normally pray like that and their prayers disappear are people who have sin in their lives and they are not willing to deal with it. Their prayers are so weak, they are blown and they disappear in the air. And he said there are others whose prayers are like smoke that rises up until it reaches this rock, but it does not break through the rock. He says, usually these are who try to purify themselves, but they lack the faith in what they are doing as they pray. And usually they ignore the other keys to use/areas that they need to put together in prayer.

It says that the third type of prayer is like smoke that is filled with fire. And as it rises up, it is so hot that as it reaches the rock, the rock begins to melt like wax and it pierces that rock and goes through, and he said many times, people begin to pray and their prayers are like the first type of prayer, but as they continue praying, their prayers change and become like the second prayer. And as they continue praying, suddenly there is suddenly fire that is filling their prayers. And their prayers become so powerful, they pierce through the rock. And he said, many times would they notice the prayers of the saints changing and coming very close to the state of fire, they communicate to other spirits on earth and they tell them,”Distract that person from prayer. Stop them praying. Pull them out.”

And many times so many Christians yield to these distractions. They are pressing through, they are repenting. They are allowing the Word to check their spirit up. Faith has been building up. Their prayers are becoming more focused. Then the devil sees their prayers are gaining strength and the distractions begin. Telephones ring. Sometimes we, in the middle of very, very intense prayer, the telephone rings and you think you can go to answer the phone and then come back and continue praying. When you come back, you go back to the beginning. And that’s what the devil wants.

Other kinds of distractions come your way, even if it means touching your body and bringing some pain somewhere. Even if it means making you hungry and you want to go to the kitchen and fix something to eat. As long as they can get you out of that place, they have defeated you. And he will say to the pastors,”Teach people. Set aside some time. Not for just some casual kind of praying. They can do that the rest of the day. Once in a day, they should have a time when they are focusing wholeheartedly on God, nothing distracting them.

And if people persist in this kind of prayer and allow themselves to be inspired in the spirit and keep going and keep going, something happens in the spirit. The fire touches that rock, and it melts. And this man said, when the melting begins, it is so hot, no demon spirit can stand it. No human spirit can stand it. They all flee. They all run away.

There comes an opening in the spiritual realm. And as soon as this comes, all this trouble in prayer stops. The person who is praying on the ground just feels like prayer is suddenly so smooth, so enjoysome and so powerful and intense. And I’ve discovered at that moment, we normally lose conscience of time and other things. Not that we become disorderly. God takes care of our time. But it is like you lay down everything, and you hook up with God. And this man said that when the prayers go through, from that moment there can be no resistance at all, and the person praying will continue as long as he wants. There is no resistance that can stop him.

And then he said, after he finishes praying, the hole remains open, and he said that people, when they rise out of their place of prayer, and they walk out, this open hole moves along with them. They are no longer operating under the blanket. They are operating under open heavens. And he said in that state, the devil cannot do what he wants against them. And the presence of the Lord is like a pillar from heaven resting on their lives. They are protected, and there is so much power inside that pillar that as they move around, that presence touches other people. It discerns what the enemy has done in other people. And as they talk to people and those people are standing with them, they come inside this pillar. And as long as they stay inside that pillar, all the bondages of the enemy weaken.

So when these people who have this spiritual break-through share Jesus Christ with the sinners, their resistance is low. It is so easy to bring them through. When they pray for the sick or pray about things, the presence which is there makes all the difference. And this man said the devil hates such people. And it said if there are places where prayer is regularly being prayed through like that, the presence comes upon that place and does not leave. So even the people who don’t know God, when they come into this place suddenly all the bondages are weakened.

And if someone cared to just minister to them patiently and with love, they can easily be pulled through, not by power nor by might but by the Spirit of God, who is present. And he said, if no one bothers about these people, they come into his presence, they feel convicted, they begin to debate whether to yield or not, but if they are not pulled through, when they walk away from this place, bondages get stronger. And the devil tries his best not to allow them to come back into such an environment.

You can imagine we were all seated looking at this man. He was telling us the things he used to do and what he used to see. Then he told us what they would do to people who have broken through in prayer. He said they marked such people; they studied such people. They dug up everything they could find about such people. So they knew their weaknesses, and when someone overcomes them in prayer and breaks through, they communicate with other spirits and say,”Target him with this and with this and with this. These are his weaknesses.” So when this person walks out of the prayer closet, the spirit of prayer is upon him, the presence is upon him, his spirits are high, the joy of the Lord is his strength. As he moves the enemy tries to bring those things that can distract him from focusing on the Lord.

If his weakness is in the area of temper, then the enemy is going to cause people to do things which can make him really angry. And if he is not sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and he allows himself to go into the temper, he takes his eyes off the Lord. He gets angry, he feels so furious, and after a few minutes later, he wants to put that behind him and move along in the joy of the Lord, but he doesn’t feel it anymore. He tries to feel good again; he doesn’t feel any good again. Why? As he yielded to the temptation, they worked hard to close the door upstairs. And once they restore the rock, the presence is cut off. The person does not cease being a child of God. But that extra anointing that goes on his life, that presence that could do things without his manipulating anything, it’s just cut off. They seek out where the weaknesses are.

If it is in the temptation to sexuality, the enemy will prepare people, events, something that will suddenly draw out that passion to go towards that temptation. And if that man yields to this temptation and opens up his mind to receive these thoughts, entertains them, when he is through with everything and wants to move again in the anointing, he just discovers it is no longer there. Maybe you say,”That’s not fair.” Just remember what the Bible says,”Put on the helmet of salvation. Put on the breastplate of righteousness.” We normally do not see the position, the place of these weapons of warfare. But remember what Jesus told us to pray towards the end of the Lord’s prayer,”Take us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Every time you have a breakthrough in prayer, as you come to the end, remember you are still a weak human being. Remember you have not yet been perfected. Ask the Lord, say”Lord, I’ve enjoyed this time of prayer, but when I walk out into this world, lead me not into temptation. Don’t allow me to walk into the devil’s trap. I know the enemy is setting a trap out there. I don’t know what form it is going to take. And I know I am still weak in certain areas. If I am just put in the right place, I will yield to that. Protect me, Lord. When you see me turning that corner where the trap is, just cause me to turn to the other side. Intervene, O Lord. Don’t allow me to move by just my own strength and ability. Deliver me from the evil one.”

God is able to do that. He is able. That is why sometimes things happen, all you need to say is,”Thank you, Jesus.” That’s why Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Thessalonians and said,”Thank God in everything for that is the will of God in Christ for you.” Some things are not good. They are painful, and we wonder why God would allow it. But if only we knew what He is saving us from, we would thank Him. When we learn to trust the Lord, we just thank Him in everything.

Beloved, I don’t know whether to go deeper because I do not want to start something I cannot finish. Let me just try to take one step forward. And this man said that when prayer breaks through like that, the answer will always come. He said he does not know a case where prayer broke through and the answer did not come. He said the answer always came, but in most cases, it would never get to the person who asked. Why? Battle in the heavenlies. He says as long as they succeed in cutting off the open heavens and the rock is restored, they watch this person, they are waiting because they know the answer is definitely coming.

And then this man spoke something that really shook my faith. It is because of the next part he shared that I went into fasting ten days to say, Lord, is this true? Can you prove it to me? This man said that every Christian has got an angel serving that Christian. Now we know the Bible says angels are ministering spirits to us. He said that when people pray, the answer comes in the hands of the angel. The angel brings the answer like we can read it in the book of Daniel. Then he said something really tough; if the one who prays knows the spiritual armours and is clothed with them, the answer comes by an angel who is also clothed in full armour.

If the one who prays doesn’t care about spiritual armoury, their angels come without spiritual armour. Christians who don’t care about what kind of thoughts come into their minds. They don’t fight the battle of their minds. Their angels come without the helmet. Whatever spiritual weapon you ignore on earth, the angel doesn’t have it as he serves you. In other words, our spiritual armour is not protecting our physical bodies; it’s protecting our spiritual exploits.

This man said, when the angel is coming, they would focus and look at him and notice the areas which are not covered, and those are the areas they would attack. If he has no helmet, they would shoot at his head. If he has no breastplate, they would shoot at his chest. If he has no shoes, they would make a fire that he is walking in the fire. Now I am just repeating what this man said. Actually, we asked him,”Can angels feel fire?” And you know what he said to us? Remember this is a spiritual realm. These are spirits dealing with spirits. The battle is intensive, and when they overpower an angel of God, the first thing they target is the answer he is carrying, and they get that from him, that is what they give through the cults, the witchcraft, and people say,”I got this because of witchcraft.”

Remember what the Bible says in the book of James? All good things come from God. So where does the devil get the things he gives to his people? Some people who cannot have children, they go to witch doctors and satanists, and they get pregnant! Who gave them that baby? Is satan a creator? NO! He steals from those who don’t pray to the end. Jesus said,”Pray without ceasing.” And then He said,”But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith?” Will He find you still there waiting? Or will you have given up and the enemy would steal what you have prayed for?

Then this man said that they are not satisfied with just stealing the answer. They are also interested in detaining the angel. And they start fighting him. And he said sometimes they succeed in holding and binding the angel. And he says, when that happens, the Christian is a victim on earth. They can do anything with that Christian because he is totally left without ministry in the Spirit.

I said to him,”Do you mean an angel can be held in captivity by demonic forces?” This man did not even know the scriptures by the time he was saying all this. He did not know very many scriptures. He was just sharing his experiences. And he said, they wouldn’t hold the angel too long because as other Christians prayed elsewhere, reinforcement would come, and the angels would go free. If the Christian responsible did not pray through, he remains a captive. Then the enemy sends his own angel as an angel of light to this person, and that is where the deceptions come in. False visions and false prophecies. False leadership, I mean leading, guidance in the spirit, making wrong decisions of all types. And many times this person is open to all kinds of attack and bondages.

And I asked the Lord. I left that dinner so troubled, so troubled. I said,”Lord, I don’t want even to try and believe this.” It removes all my confidence, my security. When I went to seek the Lord, it was ten days, the Lord did two things. He did not only confirm the things I had heard, he opened my mind to see a lot more that this man could not tell us of what happens in the spiritual realm. And two, he led me to see what we are supposed to do as the things are happening so that we are not overcome but that we can overcome. And we need to know three things and really come to terms with these three things.

One: how to operate with the weapons of our warfare. The Bible calls them the armour of God. It is not our armour; it is God’s armour. When we use it, we allow God to fight on our behalf. Two: understand the relationship of the ministering spirits-the angels-to our spiritual lives. And to be sensitive to what is happening in our hearts as a leading to what needs to be happening in the spirit concerning us. That brings us to the third thing: that is the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is not supposed to come as our servant, serving us and bringing things to us. He does not run to and fro to the Father to tell Him what we need. That is the work of angels. But He stands by our side. Doing what? Guiding us, teaching us, leading us, helping us to pray the right way. And when these things are happening in the spiritual realm, He tells us, sometimes He wakes you up in the night and says,”Pray.” You say,”No! My time is not yet come.” And He says,”Pray now!” Why? He sees what is happening in the spirit. Sometimes He says,”Tomorrow-fasting!” You say,”Oh, no, I’ll start on Monday!”

But He understands what is happening in the spiritual realm. We should learn to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He guides us in the paths of righteousness. Beloved we’ve got to stop here. Maybe tomorrow morning, we can talk about how we can pray through, knowing the battles in the spirit and how we can break through. How we can maintain our breakthrough once we have scored it. And once we learn this, it becomes enjoyable. Then we learn one thing: the battle is not ours; the battle is of the Lord! Hallelujah!

Let’s just stand up. Look someone in the eye, and just think about how many times that person could have missed what God had for him. But join your hands if you can, two or three people, and just tell each other,”There’s no need for more defeat! We can overcome! There is enough power to overcome! Jesus has already done the whole work.” Pray for each other that the Lord will help us to overcome. We should not lose. There is enough grace, enough power for victory. Thank you, Jesus.

JEHOVAH RAPHA

Posted by: admin in: ● July 7, 2015

 1 At even when the sun was set,
The sick, O Lord, around Thee lay;
O in what divers pains they met!
O with what joy they went away!

 

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Once more ’tis eventide, and we
Oppressed with various ills draw near;
What if Thy form we cannot see?
We know and feel that Thou art here.

 

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O Savior Christ, our woes dispel;
For some are sick, and some are sad,
And some have never loved Thee well
And some have lost the love they had;

 

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*And some have found the world is vain,
Yet from the world they break not free;
And some have friends who give them pain,
Yet have not sought a friend in Thee;

 

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*And none, O Lord, have perfect rest,
For none are wholly free from sin;
And they who fain would serve Thee best
Are conscious most of wrong within.

 

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O Savior Christ, Thou too art Man;
Thou hast been troubled, tempted, tried;
Thy kind but searching glance can scan
The very wounds that shame would hide.

 

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Thy touch has still its ancient power;
No word from Thee can fruitless fall;
Hear in this solemn evening hour,
And in Thy mercy heal us all.

Henry Twells (1823-1900)

LIVING UNDER GRACE

Posted by: admin in: ● June 14, 2015

Depending on the unmerited favor of God can be so rewarding; it is in fact comparable to having an open check or dining at a buffet. The provision of our God is inexhaustible, every thing has been paid for; we only need to show up with all willingness to enjoy it all.  Some people actually find it extremely difficult to receive because they are arrogant and have no understanding of the unconditional love of the heavenly Father. In fact we are all guilty of not entering into the rest of God; we love God but we do not understand His ways. The book of Mathew 11: 28 is an invitation into the eternal love of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ said “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” What exactly can stop us from jumping at this offer? The only thing that will stop us is our little minds; which are yet to be receptive to the grace of God which has been extended to us through Christ; enabling us to have sufficiency in all things. Believing the word of God is faith, accepting it is the greatest wisdom; doubting His integrity is nothing more than ignorance and utter foolishness! Our inability to come to terms with the pure and sincere love of the Father will make our journeys extremely long and very enduring. Israel the chosen nation of God suffered in the wilderness for forty years because of doubt and unbelief, they were so much entrenched in their slave mentality; They likened God to Pharaoh the task master who never kept his word. An experience that was divinely planned to be full of fun and excitement became a nightmare. The journey through the wilderness was prolonged unnecessarily because of disobedience and lack of trust!

Some times, we judge ourselves by our past or present relationship with God and many more. How often do we talk about how we do not consider ourselves worthy of Gods favor or mercy. A lot of people don’t believe they can receive freely even after Jehovah gave freely His only son as a sacrificial lamb to carry the burdens of our sins.  Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities and He purchased our peace and wellness with His precious blood. We definitely grieve God when we doubt His ever good and ever sure intentions towards us; we grieve Him more, when we live like paupers in the midst of abundant provision. He made us  kings and priests with full access and dominion over the earth and it’s fullness yet we are afraid to operate in this new dimension because we are holding on to the past that has become totally deleted from the Creator’s file. It’s time to break the alabaster box, allowing a free flow oil which signifies our freedom from fear and limitations; the time has come for us to worship and bow down at the feet of the one who has promised to do exceedingly, even abundantly above that which we desire. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the sweet fellowship of the holy spirit is not only a divine assurance but an eternal insurance with the highest benefits.

NOW IS THE TIME

Posted by: admin in: ● May 28, 2015

The greatest fear of man is always about the future. We fear sickness and death because we will be denied the privilege of the future; we are paranoid about poverty because tomorrow will become bland and unimaginative. Man worries about almost everything and tries  relentlessly to fix all. Everybody is busy, looking for solutions and answers because they are yet to manifest the fullness of the Godhead. Jesus described this carnal generation as a wicked and adulterous generation seeking for sign. He went further to reiterate on the futility of speculation. “He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?’ The dilemma of this generation is about trust; we have constantly denied the author and finisher of our faith His rightful position as the Captain of the ship. The fear of tomorrow has stolen the joy of today from us depriving us the opportunity of experiencing the kingdom of God. The master said it well in the book of Mathew 6: 21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” He was not talking about material possessions, He was actually referring to distractions that will ensnare us into forgetting to observe the moment. The past is gone, the future is an unknown territory created by our minds; All we have is now!

Jesus, the only shepherd of our souls said “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” It has never been in the plan of God for His children to worry and fret over things that have not happened or will never come to be; His desire is for us to depend on Him, resting perfectly in His everlasting arms. Everything we need is already provided for in the great plan; the faithfulness of our God is so unimaginable. God could have created the universe in one day; but on the contrary,  He manifested this wonderful edifice with great precision for six days.  Scriptural documentation of the daily dosage of God’s goodness is innumerable. Here are some of them: The beauty of His holiness is released from the womb of the morning. (Psalms 110: 3) He makes the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. (Psalms 65: 8) God’s heart is compassionately set upon His children; He makes parental visitation every morning. (Job 7: 17, 18) He awakens us morning by morning to quicken our ears to hear as the learned. (Isaiah 50: 4) Our heavenly Father has given us the power and dominion to command the morning and cause the day to know his place. (Job 38:12) The good news of God’s loving kindness is delivered every morning; our footsteps are ordered moment by moment. (Psalm 143: 8) Daily we are loaded with benefits. (Psalms 68: 19)

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have" - Eckhart Tolle ; Image courtesy of heallovebe.com

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have” – Eckhart Tolle ; Image courtesy of heallovebe.com

If we refuse to seize the moment, it suddenly becomes memory before our own eyes. Every day, we experience new things that catapult us to the next level, every step of our journey towards becoming the true image should thus be heralded as the unfolding of the lotus; The rite of passage must be celebrated and savored. We are not to resist the flow of that superlative energy and frequency, rather we must surrender and allow a free movement so that the perfect will of the Father is effected. Resistance hinders the equilibrium of all things; it affects not only human beings but the earth in it’s entity. The perfect will of the heavenly Father is for us to enjoy every moment of the journey; the earth is in fact created to declare the glory of God. At all times, we have to maintain an attitude of gratitude praising God for every moment, and every step we take. We are never alone; He is with us all the way!

I PLEDGE MY ALLEGIANCE

Posted by: admin in: ● May 12, 2015

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

 

2
Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

 

3
Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.

 

4
O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
My Master and my Friend.

 

5
Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Savior and my Friend.

John Ernest Bode (1816-1874

BEYOND PROBABILITY

Posted by: admin in: ● April 25, 2015

Many times, when something we consider out of the ordinary happens, we ask the question “How did that happen?” By our own mental reasoning, the mathematics of such a circumstance does not add up. How often do we give up because there doesn’t seem to be that possibility of the breaking of the dawn? Our generation will not be the first in having a myopic view of what could be, in this universe created by the Ancient of days with whom all things are possible. He has the whole world in His hands and at His command, all things are established. The Bible has a chronicle of events and stories of people who witnessed the majesty and magnanimity of a compassionate God. Through these testimonials the average believer has been prepared to expect the impossible.

The scripture tells us of a man who loved God so much that he was referred to as a friend of God. Abraham was always in awe of a Super power that he had an encounter with when all he knew was the idols of his ancestors. This God instructed him to leave his kith and kin, and travel to a promised land where he would prosper a thousand times more. This man of faith was advanced in age when this encounter happened.

 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

Abram fell face down, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17: 1-3)

How in the world would a ninety nine years old man decode the mystery of this message? As of this time, his wife was ninety years old. How could this be? The probability of this prophecy coming to pass made Abraham laugh! “What a word” he would have thought in his mind.

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

The whole scenario was becoming too embarrassing for Abraham; He wanted a way out! It was like, “God thank you for watching out for me but please just leave me with the child I had out of wedlock. Bless Ishmael and let’s leave it at that.” What this friend of God didn’t know was that the word had come out; It will not go back into the mouth of God, void without perfecting that towards which it was sent. The Word spoke the word!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.“( John 1:1-5)

We all know the happy ending to this story. Today, God is glorified as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. (Jacob was given another name just like his grandfather.) It is good to know that the thoughts of our God are higher than our thoughts and His ways different from ours. He created us for His pleasure not His sorrow. When we face difficulties and trials and tribulations come, we need to remember our royal pedigree; we are precious in the eyes of our Daddy. Matt. 10:29-31 reads  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

It is always good to recognize the sovereign right and power of our heavenly Daddy Many times we assume that our situations are hopeless; we believe that we are beyond help, forgetting that we are never in charge. Why should we be discouraged, or even worry about anything; our hope should be in the all redeeming power of our God.

I always take solace in the words of Psalm 112 because it encourages us to stand still even when things look bad and seemingly impossible.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
    who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
    and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
    for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
    who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
    in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
    their righteousness endures forever;
    their horn[c] will be lifted high in honor.

 

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

 

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

 

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

 

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

 

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

Don’t worry about the “how”

Posted by: admin in: ● February 13, 2015

The End. The Beginning.

Posted by: admin in: ● January 14, 2015

 

Guest Writer: Wemi Opakunle

For a lot of people, 2014 was a great year. For others, not so much. There were trials and tribulations, heart breaks and let downs. For many, this year could not close out fast enough. I want to tell you something that might help put things in perspective in spite of how you feel about the past 12 months. The universe does not label experiences as good or bad. They just are experiences.

As human beings, we usually have the need to label things. It gives us a better understanding of why things are the way they are. It also helps us find our footing in this world; it helps us understand where we stand in the grand scheme of things.

In spite of our labels and feelings, we have to know that obstacles and challenges are not meant to break us down. It is actually impossible for them to do that. We only think they can because we’ve forgotten who we are. We are children of God, powerful beyond measure. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing has the power to break us down.

Our experiences —whether we label them good or bad are not happening to us. They are happening through us and for us. They are meant to push us forward and catapult us into the fullness of the amazing human beings we were created to be. Once you change your mindset, your outlook will also change.

You’ll realize that you aren’t a victim of life or circumstance. You’ll start to understand that you are able to handle whatever life throws at you. Over the next few days, take stock of what was and let go. Don’t dwell on the past because life doesn’t dwell on the past. It moves forward — with or without you. Apply what was learned to the present moment and take action to be better; to live to your highest potential.

Accept the end and then begin again.

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