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But You Must Not Go Very Far! I Reject!

The expanse of God's greatness and love.
The expanse of God’s greatness and love.

Exodus 8:28 Pharaoh said, “I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the Lord your God in the wilderness,  but you must not go very far. Now pray for me.”

Friends, there are principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places that wants you and I to make progress but not up to our greatest potential as ordained by God.

There are forces of darkness waging war against everything, and every task you and I are embarking upon to make progress. It is time to arise and stand in authority over these wicked spirit.

Lord we thank you for your faithfulness and love towards us. We pray Oh Lord as you arose for Israel to deliver them, deliver us today in Jesus name. Let your kingdom come Oh Lord and your will be done in Jesus mighty name. Amen

The wicked draw their sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. Lord let thier swords pierce thier own hearts, and thier bows be broken. Ps 37:14-15

Everyone that has made a vow with Satan let them pay with their own lives Lord.

Every appointment with lack, pain, and death that anyone has made on our behalf, Lord, let them fulfill the appointment with their own lives.  He who digs a pit shall fall into it and he who rolls a stone shall have the same stone rolled over him/her, so shall it be for everyone in covenant league with the devil, they shall be caught in the very trap they set for us in Jesus name.

Lord let peace be far from the wicked one that has been tormenting our lives. “God is a just God: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well”.   2 Thessalonian 1:6-7

Every legs raised up to prevent our star and glory from coming out of obscurity be crippled in Jesus name.

Every force of darkness struggling to cover our star, I take authority over you in Jesus name be removed now in Jesus name.

The covenant of day and night cannot be changed or reversed, so therefore the covenant of life, peace, joy, progress, greatness, and abundant of all that pertains to life and godliness that I and my friends have with the Most High God shall not be changed or reversed in Jesus name.

We pray oh Lord that the power of the Holy Spirit will manifest in our lives to destroy every works of Satan in Jesus mighty name.

May the sword that is not of mortals pierce through the hearts of everyone in agreement with the devil against our lives and destiny in Jesus mighty name.

Lord Jesus arise on our behalf, fight for us against our enemies and give us victory over every long standing issues that has caused us untold pain.

Defend us Almighty God against marauding forces. Shield us by your mighty hand. Hide us under the shadow of your wings Oh Lord our righteousness in Jesus mighty name Amen.

Thank you Lord for answering all our prayers. Thank you for not leaving us to the will of the wicked one. Let your name be glorified in every facets of our lives.  We declare your Lordship and majesty over our lives and situation.  Be magnified Oh Lord, immortal, invisible, all knowing, only wise God , to whom be all glory and honor, world without end. Amen.

Don’t Panic! Jesus Has Your Back

John 4:10 to 43.  The Samaritan Woman.

Trust Jesus Christ, He will deliver. He is faithful and loves you.
Trust Jesus Christ, He will deliver. He is faithful and loves you.

‘You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman”. When the Lord ask us to partner with him, this most often is our response. We remind the Lord of the facts of our lives like he doesn’t know before calling us. We need to see beyond the facts of our life’s to the limitless potential embedded in yielding to the masters request.

Jesus answered her, he is answering us now also. If we knew the gift of God that has been bestowed on us and the limitless possibility of a life yielded totally to the masters bidding, we will not be reluctant or find excuses to living for and serving the Lord.

We often walk by sight and see only impossibilities. How can the Lord do that which he has promised through me. Alas, I cannot speak well, how about my weakness, short comings and mistakes! Friends, there is countless factors that will disqualify us in the natural without Christ in the picture. How can I be who Christ says I am? My circumstances and situation speaks otherwise. Do I really have it in me to be who Christ says I am? Can Christ really change my story? We often ask and questions ourselves.

Only if we know who’s boat we’ve entered into through salvation. He created the whole universe and times and seasons are in his hands. What he says comes to pass. He renews, restores and rebuilds among others. Yes, Christ will rebuild the old ruins. He will restore health, fortune, ailing love and passion in marriage and so on.

Really? I often wonder. Is it possible for Christ Jesus to restore me? All that I have lost, stolen from me? All the shamble of what remains of a once beautiful hope, I wondered.  Oh! If that was possible, why did it not? Wished I had known, I would not have wasted so much time dilly dallying. Well, I am tired of the enormous burden. Jesus would you please take this burden and keep it off the Samaritan woman asked in verse 15.

Christ response was, “Go call your husband and come back”. Oh my! Christ has just touched a sour thumb, ouch! It hurts! The pain, reproach of failed marriages.The seeking of fulfilment outside of the will of God. The laborious agony of filling a void that can only be filled by the love of Christ.

Your husband sisters and mine couldn’t have given us joy without us finding ourselves first in Christ. Lack of joy and fulfilment plagued the Samaritan woman as it does lots of women even today. How she sought joy and fulfilment in the wrong place, until she was in her fifth marriage, even then, joy eludes her. She responded to Jesus that she has no husband. Why? you might ask. Her heart is still void, Joy has eluded her yet again, she’s at a loss, just cohabiting, just surviving, masking it.

Jesus in verse 18 tells her the facts that she has long buried. Alas, its been too painful for her, just like most of us. We bury in the recess of our minds, the pain, shame and reproach of failures without dealing with it. Christ got her attention here. We catch a glimpse of God looking at our past failures, mistakes and so on and yet not judging or condemning us. Instead, he looks at us with love and compassion. We acknowledge and profess our love for God, yet still judge our selves by the things done in the past, or not, by traditions,what people are saying or not saying.

God revealed his love to us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us , every single person. Romans 5:8. We ought to just embrace that which has been wrought for us, accept love and forgiveness and hope for tomorrow. We must stop giving excuses and stop being skeptical. Yes, these other men had promised her heaven and earth and did not deliver. Oh yes, we unconsciously expect another that will take away the pain, shame and aches of the past. A single sister would say, when I get married I will be happy and serve God. A married sister would be, oh well, when my husband changes, or I have children or when  my kids grow up everything will be okay and I will serve God then. A sister in transition will say, well, when I remarry or get reconciled with my husband, serving God truthfully would be easier or possible.

Seldom does it cross our mind that Christ wants us just as we are to live for him. Come just as you are to worship, let Christ embrace you, imperfection and all.

Friends, the beauty of the story of the Samaritan lady is that she became an evangelist right where she met Jesus. She happens to be the only woman recorded in the scriptures that Jesus Christ had a private, lengthy one on one with. It all started with Christ need, request and  her willingness to oblige him even without knowing who he was. You’ll also note that she went into town to evangelise without convincing assurance of who Christ was, verse 28 -30.

The Samaritan woman was willing to be vulnerable to scrutiny. She was fearless of criticism, loving and generous enough to want to share the peace that has flooded her heart with others. You see, having spent sometime with Christ, his glory has robbed on her, her countenance had changed because when she went to town, she was glowing, the people were wondering, what could be responsible for this joy exuding from this “forsaken” woman.

Remember, she had a reputation, not a very nice one and probably not many pay attention to her, nothing good is expected from her. Yet, just an encounter with Christ changed all that. She spoke and the whole town listened and followed her back as she led them to the presence of Jesus Christ. Oh, she harvested souls that day that would have taken a lifetime. Just Imagine how huge her account in heaven is.

A whole city followed Christ – John 4:39-42. The rejected, good for nothing Samaritans heard the gospel and believed while the Jews – Pharisees and Sadducees were plotting to snuff life out of this eternal life giving phenomenal – message of the gospel.

Sisters and friends, will you enlist to work for the Lord by living a fulfilled life in Christ Jesus. Find yourself in the gospel of love and compassion, repent of all known sins, forgive others and forgive yourself, embrace this beautiful life of Christ redeemed and set your eyes on endless possibilities. Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you. Restoration is available. Trust God, he will deliver. Jesus is Lord.

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