The Lord Jesus Christ is coming for a Church without spot or wrinkle. Is the garment of your heart washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Friends, be cautious with those that will use the facts of your life to justify their wickedness. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!- 2 Corinthians 5:17 You my friend, have been transformed, you are bearing fruit and your fruit is abiding. You are growing and having impact in your sphere of influence. You are standing for truth, justice, and dignity of others. You are upholding sound doctrine, rebuking evil, a shining light in darkness, a voice for the voiceless and walking uprightly minding the business of the Holy Spirit. You have just become a target for Satan. Oh! How He will rise up against you and bring up your past against you. If you do not stand right before God, you will cringe before Satan.
Paul and Silas are Jews quite alright and were Romans citizen also. However, I want to direct your attention to Act 16:16 -19. They stood against divination which the Lord was against. Those profiting by it brought up allegations that as Jews they have come to impose Jewish custom on Romans. The wicked will manipulatively use something in your past, the facts of your life to justify to perpetrate evil against you.
Act 16:16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
You will be lied against, accused, oppressed and denied your right to freely be and participate in rendering service where you have been planted. Your accuser will unabashedly without remorse spread evil report to solicit support from all and sundry. You have to resist! Vehemently stand, unwavering in your faith, prayerfully trusting God for help, without which the wicked will succeed in tarnishing your good name. You must not permit that for if you do not stand for truth and justice, you are standing for evil. There is no middle ground.
Come to think of it, the people of the city had not yet encounter Paul and Silas but this guy was able to persuade them to rise up against Paul and Silas! How many Saints have you been manipulated to ill treat? How many have you manipulated others to kill? When you spread evil/slander about someone, you are killing their character.
Father Lord Almighty, we ask that you will forgive us this day our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from all evil we pray in Christ Jesus mighty name. Amen
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
The odd one like Mordecai refusing to bow down to Haman! Unlike Esau, holding unto your birthright – your glory. A star shinning in dark places, an inconvenience to evil perpetrators, a target of the wicked one.
Fear not the Lord says, I have overcome the world! He who has the key of David is able! He keeps alive and no one can kill, lift up and none can pull down, He is able to keep you from falling. He will not leave you to the will of your enemies. Selah!
Yoruba says “ti aba n ja, bi ka ku ko”
The bible says “I will give lives for your life”
As many as have gathered together against you shall fall for your sake.
As many hands that wants to cover your glory shall wither in Jesus Christ mighty name. For no one can cover the glory of the sun or stop the moon from rising!
As many as wants to push you down to sheol will go down to sheol in your place. For it is written, he who digs a pit shall fall into it. He who rolls a stone shall have it rolled over them. As many as does not want your voice to be heard where it matters will be silenced.
As many ears that does not want to hear your voice receive deafness this moment in Jesus name.
Who has apoken and it comes to pass when the Lord has not spoken?
As many as has and is pronouncing evil against you and yours shall receive on thier heads in 100 fold what they have spoken against you. For who can curse him who the Lord has blessed!
The Lord has spoken who can reverse it? The Lord has called who can but answer?
May the power of the Most High God, the power that raised Christ from the dead, manifest in your life to destroy every works of satan.
May you receive help from above.
May the hands that is not of mortals lift you up. May you receive help today.
May every mouth that have laughed at you come and rejoice with you.
May it be known to all that the Lord is your strenght and salvation, your protector and shield, your fortress and covering, your high tower and safety from the storm in Jesus Christ mighty name. Amen.
Brothers and sisters!!! My religious family and friends!!! Christians!!! Born again tongue talking fire brand!!! How often have we supported evil in the guise of upholding a creed? How many souls, precious to Christ have we handed over to Satan? We count the 99 sheep in house while Christ Jesus is looking for that one lost sheep! You know that lone ranger? The one lost sheep, blind and can’t find the way home? Yes! That is the one Christ is looking for!!!
When we neglect to stand up for truth, fairness, justice and love, we are giving room to the enemy to steal, kill and destroy like King Herod did with James in Act 12:1-3 12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
Oh! How it pleased the Jews, the deacons and deaconesses, Pastors, Prophets, Bishops, General Overseers, bench warmers, lay men and women, you and I that, that trouble maker of a man or woman, shouting “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and Life. No one comes to the Father except by Him – John 14:6” has been seized and killed.
What a nuisance, loud mouthed, shouting the name of that carpenter whenever we are going to the synagogue for worship and sacrifice! What peace we have now they must have said to each other!
What peace indeed!! Friends, when you see evil perpetrated in your presence and sit passively doing nothing you are in support and will answer for it on judgement day unless you repent today.
God is about to do a new thing! You have all heard and read about it, but are your prepared? Are your garment washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus?
God is about to do a new thing! Herod is about to be put down for the Word of God to spread like never before. Power is changing hands! There is a shift in the realm of the spirit but are we ready Pastor, Bishop, Apostle, brothers, sisters, lay men and women alike? Am I ready? How about you?
Psalms 19: 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Friends, being born again does not mean you will have a trouble free life, far from it. As long as we are in this world there will be something that does not quite sit well in our lives, it is the nature of life itself.
However, the Lord Jesus has promised to give you rest, He is offering to get you to a place where your soul find rest – in His word. Faith in the Lord does more than guarantee you a place in heaven, it gives you peace even in the midst of storm right here, and makes living a life of victory in all spheres possible. Your perspective changes and you begin to see through the eyes of faith.
Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you this season. He is very much ready, willing and able to meet you at the point of your needs. The question is will you ask Him into your life today? There’s no other way in which we can be saved from the evil in this world except by and through Christ Jesus.
Will you accept Jesus into your heart today? Ask Him to reveal Himself to you through His Word. You will begin to be transformed by the renewal of your mind.
Jesus beckons you to come today!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Many a time when we are in desperate need for a touch, a special kind of touch from God and we feel its eluding us, we begin to second guess ourselves and God. We wonder why He is delaying in showing up. Why God? Why does things have to be the way they are?
Seldom do we ask God what He is doing? Are there lessons you want to teach me Lord? What virtue do you want to birth in me Lord? Are you in this? Cause I can’t see!!! Give me sight Lord should be our prayers for He said He will be with His own no matter what!! Thank God.
Our dependency should always be in the Lord in good times and bad times. The Lord is good when good things are happening in your life and good when bad things are happening. He is God of the hills and on the plains. What He has promised is never to leave you, never to forsake you – Deuteronomy 31:6, 31:8, Joshua 1:5. He will always be near to you whenever you need Him. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Pastor E. A. Adeboye RCCG
DATE: THURSDAY MAY 18TH 2017
THEME: DEFENDING HIS NAME
Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. Psalm 106:8
Read: Psalm 106:7-9 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. 8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. 9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness.
The Bible declares that our God is a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). This means that He is ever-present or always ready to help in the time of trouble. There are several reasons why God makes His help available to a person. Understanding these reasons and applying them to your life will go a long way in helping you experience God as an ever-present help. One of these reasons is to fulfil His promises. God is very committed to His promises; hence, Psalm 89:34 says, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”
If He has purposed to help you, he will not change His mind midway. Numbers 23:19 says,“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
God’s word has integrity. He regards His word above His name (Psalm 138:2). Every promise He has made to you shall be fulfilled speedily! God cannot violate his word, so you can be sure that He will keep His promise to help you.
Another reason why God reaches out to help a man is for the sake of His Name. if you genuinely belong to God, he will help you because you bear His Name and are called by His Name in this world (Acts 15:17). No wonder Psalm 106:8 says, “Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.”
That means His intervention goes beyond your asking. He will intervene to defend His Name and show His power. At certain bus stops in life, some people will challenge you by asking “Where is your God?” Some may even say “If your God is truly alive, He should have delivered you by now.” If you are in such situation, take heart and be unmovable. In Daniel 3:14-29, King Nebuchadnezzar initially asked the three Hebrew children “who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” however, by the time God was through with him, he publicly confessed that there was no God like their God. Is your child in a situation that appears hopeless? Is your business or career going through some impossible storm? God will step into your situation and calm the storms! The Lord is speaking peace to every impossible situation you are up against right now. He will surely bring you out of the storm, not just because of you, but because of His Name that you bear. In that situation you are going through, the Lord will defend His Name, and He will not put you to shame. He will demonstrate His power just to give you the last laugh in Jesus’ Name.
Father, in this present situation I find myself, arise and defend your matchless Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Jeremiah 32:16-2 5
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
“Catch God in a bad mood? Won’t happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he’s given up on you? Wrong. Did he not make a promise to you? “God is not a human being, and he will not lie. He is not a human, and he does not change his mind. What he says he will do, he does. What he promises, he makes come true” (Numbers 23:19 ncv). He’s never sullen or sour, sulking or stressed.”
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
Loved by an Unchanging God
God will always be the same. No one else will. Lovers call you today and scorn you tomorrow. Companies follow pay raises with pink slips.
Friends applaud you when you drive a classic and dismiss you when you drive a dud. Not God. God is “always the same” (Psalm 102:27 nlt).With him “there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).
Catch God in a bad mood? Won’t happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he’s given up on you? Wrong. Did he not make a promise to you? “God is not a human being, and he will not lie. He is not a human, and he does not change his mind. What he says he will do, he does…
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I am loved, imperfection and all
Loved by my maker, the Most High God
If loving Him back is my only achievement in life
I would be content
My only prayer is that God’s love would reflect through me
That another may see Christ in Me, the hope of glory
That I may impact many a soul for my Saviors kingdom
So that when I finally behold His face
I will not be ashamed for failing to impact lives as He created me too.
Those He sent me through and to
My Father and Mother
My brothers and sisters
Husbands and children
Aunties and uncles
Nieces and nephews
Friends and neighbors
Bosses and coworkers
Lovers and haters
Acquaintances, and much more
All those far and near, predestined and planned
Chosen in advance to be touched
Reached through me
Dear Lord, please forgive my lackadaisical
Infuse my being with fervor
Ignite my spirit man
Strengthen me from within
That I may soar on wings like eagles
That I may run and not be weary
Walk and not faint
Until your will, your great pleasure
Is fulfilled in Me