Hold unto your confession. It is written Hebrew 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
The Lord Jesus prayed for Himself and His disciples in the book of John 17 that the Father should glorify himself in Him and that God should keep those whom the Father has given Him, that none should be lost. Should we not be doing the same now. Be united and seek God’s face for Us the Church as a body, even as we are persecuted.
Hebrew 13:3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.
John 17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. 6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Friends, we are in the world but not of the world. Our brethren all over the world are persecuted and killed daily even at this moment. For US, the Church at “ease” what are we going to do about it? The Lord warns us all ahead of time, however I believe we can still lift the Church up unto the Lord that every persecuted disciple of Jesus Christ will be strengthen with might in their inner man, that they will not deny Jesus as savior even with the threat of death, that they may not be lost.
Scriptures are been fulfilled right before our very eyes friends, it is time we buckle up, be united and seek God’s face in prayer for His Church, His bride, Our selves. Prayer is the only weapon that works faster, reach farther, penetrate and disarm the weapon of evil to release the fragrance of peace.
Christ Jesus is the true vine, and God the Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Christ that does not bear fruit, God will take away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes that it may bear more fruit.
Abide then in Christ Jesus and He will abide in you. As a branch we cannot bear fruit of our own unless we abide in the vine.
Friends, if you and I abide in Christ and allow His words to abide in us, we will ask our hearts desire according to His will and it shall be done for us. For by this is God the Father glorified, that we bear much fruit and we become Christ disciples. Study John 15:1-8 Ponder on this. Leaning on Jesus alone and not your understanding nor man is all you need to be fruitful.
Waiting period is a very sensitive period! That period, when we are waiting for the manifestation of the promises of God to manifest is a time that doubt and discouragement will connive to steal from us what the Lord is about to place in our hands.
It is a time riddled with frustration! Having come to Shiloh several years now I believe, Hannah still did not conceive. She had the love of her husband but no child “yet”. At this time Hannah knew God was able to give her a child and so she had been praying all these years persistently. 1 Samuel 1:1-18 . Imagine the horror on her face each month she sees her menstrual period. Can you relate?
Friends maybe yours is not about conception, could it be your marriage in shamble, the loneliness, taunts, accusations, insinuations and heartache accompanying it. Your waiting for Mr Right and Mrs Right to come along, while your friends are planning weddings and your unbelieving acquaintances are changing boyfriends and girlfriends like a cloak and no one even asked you out for coffee. The illness that seems to defy medicine with all your fasting and prayers, the joblessness and working below your potential and the financial limitations at par with it mocking and questioning your faith. Is it your child, spouse, in laws, friends, business, ministry that you have a burden for and it seems God is not picking up your call.
This is a period we need to be more sensitive in. When it seems there is no response to your request and you have done all you could. Be watchful, for the enemy will come in its subtlety to offer you counterfeit. He offered it to Jesus Christ in Matthew 4:1-11. Oh, you think you are immune to it! The scripture says those who think they stand should watch less they fall. Do not lean on your own understanding.
Counterfeit will not necessarily be offered by your haters, it could come from those in authority over you, it most likely could come from those close to you, those held in high esteem, loved and honored! Jacob and Esau comes to play here. Esau was hungry and Jacob had just made a meal, let me bring it home. Jacob got a coupon for three course meal for 3 people at the price of one at let say Marriott Hotels, or may be at the Kegs. He could not possibly finish it since Dad and Mum are on a diet or eat only home cooked meals, Esau realized. Read the full story in Genesis 25:29-34, 27: 1- end. Esau asked for a portion and Jacob offered him only on the condition of relinquishing his birthright.
How often as believers do we sell our birthright for a morsel of food. We relinquish something of great value for a spare change, choosing to dine with the devil than wait for God’s appointed timing. Yes, I realize that we get so pressured sometime that we feel the only option is to give in to counterfeit! Thank God for always making a way of escape, this is why we need to be discerning and live by faith not by sight. If you do not stand in your faith, you will not stand at all. Isaiah 7:9b
The enemy will present counterfeit as original, it can only be detected by the eyes of the spirit. Feed your spirit man!!!!! Read your bible, meditate on the Word, cultivate a relationship with the person of the Holy Spirit. He is our guide, talk to Him more, let Him guide you. You see, I have learnt in a very hard way and I have resolve to befriend the Holy Spirit. It pays to be regarded as “chicken liver” weak, slow and what not but be safe than sorry.
Friends, remain confident of this, you and I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalms 27:13-14
Grateful Oh Lord for the work of the Holy Spirit
The work of conviction, repentance, salvation, transformation, renewal and much more
Grateful for predestination, preordaining us for your own good pleasure
To be conformed to that which you promised, planned, arranged, and put in place
Before the foundation of the earth for your chosen ones to walk there in
Had you not Lord! What will be the hope for us?
Be magnified Oh Lord!