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!
Lord God Almighty, I give you all the glory, honor, and adoration. I am short of words to express what is going on inside of my being right now.
Something is happening to me
Something is happening in me
Something beyond my comprehension is happening
It is beautiful and full of peace, joy, hope!
And some feelings I can’t quite put into words
Oh wow! I can’t believe I am writing this!
You see Friends, I, like some of you and many others likewise, who has merely been existing without knowing the purpose of their existence, living life below full potential, without an inkling of what “Life” is. Life you see is eternal, it is beyond this world that we know of. Life existed even before we were born. We came into being after conception and all it entails, however we existed before that, we just had to wait to come through our parents as ordained of God, the Master planner, scheduler, Master builder of the human race.
Jeremiah 1:5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
As the verse stated, It can be deduced that we existed as a spirit, known by the Father of Spirit, before we were placed in our parents spermatozoa and eggs accompanied by the passion and union that resulted in our conception. We are here to play an important role or roles. We have a destiny to fulfill! A plan to follow!
Be aware that the circumstances of your conception does not determine your purpose in God’s plan for your life, your part in the agenda of heaven. You are here for a grand purpose. Like Perez and Zerah in Genesis 38 and our Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38, your conception might not make sense as at the time of your birth. Like David, you might have been that unwanted pregnancy, the last born of the family, the boy that came when your parents wanted a girl, or the girl born when expectation was for the arrival of a long awaited boy. You are very important in the agenda of heaven! You are loved, cherished and needed for a task that ONLY you can accomplish.
Don’t waste precious moments, times, opportunities and gifts that can be channelled towards the accomplishment of that divine task prepared in advance of your birth! Ephesians 2: 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
You have to do yourself a favour to remind yourself constantly of your importance in the agenda of heaven and partner with your maker, the creator of heaven and earth to see you through the fulfillment of this grand plan. Remember, in this world where you and I live in we will have tribulations, things will happen that may make you doubt and wonder why you are here and all sort. John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Knowing the mind of God towards you as His child will help you to be grounded with the assurance that whatever storm you are in shall PASS! Yes, it has not come to stay, just ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to help you to learn on time that which you are expected to learn from each season, so you can grow and move to the next season, fulfilling the plan and purpose for which you came into being.
Friends, please note that you are very important! Actually, God Almighty is counting on you to make impact for the good of ALL in your sphere of influence, starting from your home and every life that comes in contact with you out wards. Sow the seed of goodness, kindness, peace, love, encouragement and compassion.
John 4:4 But He needed to go through Samaria. This is Jesus Christ needing to go through Samaria! Why does our Lord Jesus Christ have to go through Samaria? Why not take another route? Jews were not meant to relate, mingle, interact with Samaritans, and Jesus knows this quite well, why go through the city of the accursed?
Jesus had to go through an accursed, sinful woman in order to reach/save a people, a whole city for His kingdom. Isn’t it possible that Jesus could have met anyone else somewhere in Judea that could bring the message back to Samaria? Jesus as Lord new the heart of all human regardless of our outward piousness and sinfulness.
Jesus knew the heart of this Samaritan woman. He knew she was thirsty and hungry for life, for what she had was not satisfying. She knew there was something more and was believing, hopeful and expectant and was searching. How do I know that? John 4:25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ) “When He comes, He will tell us all things,”
The scripture also said she was lecturing Jesus Christ about the Well of Jacob. She had knowledge of her Abrahamic Heritage in John 4: 12 “Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” and verse 20 “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Friends, what does Samaria represent in your life? What situation, circumstance or experience are you having right now? That happening that you thought shouldn’t be or have been! That glitch, hiccup and happenstance, ask the Lord for understanding and you will see that, it had to happen for God to be glorified in your life. Jesus went through Samaria to save a people for His kingdom, you are going through Samaria in order to benefit the kingdom of God. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Look inward friends, and you will realize that you have moved a step higher from who you used to be. Like the Samaritan woman, you are more confident of your heritage in Christ Jesus. You know who you are better now than before and your life is having impact in your spheres of influence. Like the Samaritan woman’s transformation, those in the city, lost and thirsty, but with the attitude of we’ve got everything together are having an “awe” moment. The light bulb is coming on in their hearts.
She showed the whole city the way to the Lord – The Way, The Truth and Life. John 4:28-30 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him. and 39- 42 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word.42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the the Savior of the world.”
What about you friends? Do not hide your light, don’t put it under the table, no matter how little, put it on a stool, lampstand, anywhere! Let it show someone the way to the Lord! Give hope to the hopeless, be a friend to the friendless. It takes the heart of Jesus to be a giver! Give love, encouragement, and comfort to another. Build up, strengthen and reach out to steady the stumbling. Jesus will never leave nor forsake you. Reach out to the deep for a catch. You will be surprised, for the harvest is plenty and the labourers are few. John 4: 34-38. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” Do your part in God’s kingdom – preach and live The Word in season and out of season
Are you drinking and still thirsty and hungry? In the dark without Christ in your heart? I want you to know that Jesus loves you. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. However John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Jesus wants you to come to him, acknowledging your need for him in your life, confess your sins and ask him to quench your thirst – fill you with Himself, His Holy Spirit. Reach out today! Jesus is waiting!