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Just Jesus Devotional

Declaration Prayer

Dear Lord, let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.

I use Your mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

By Your power I demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of You, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

By Your divine power, thank You for giving me everything I need for living a godly life.

I have received all of this by coming to know You, the One Who called me to Yourself by means of Your marvelous glory and excellence.

I will discern and understand what really matters, so I may live pure and blameless until the day Jesus returns.

Inspired By: Job 34:4; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 1:10.

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Test Every Spirit!

dont-believe-every-spiritWhen seeking the face of God, we must be expectant, discerning, and cautious.  We must weigh what we receive with the Word of God. 

As we seek for God’s face for power, the power of the Holy Spirit to work in us, we must be aware of the devices of Satan, for he will come with counterfeit. He tried it with our Lord Jesus Christ – Matthew 4:8-11.  

Satan asked Christ Jesus to bow before him. Satan being the ruler of the darkness of this world hold sway over the world. Had Christ, God forbid bowed, He would have still worked works, but not by the Spirit of God.

We must be discerning this season, watch and pray that we are not deceived!

Our Father in heaven, we come before you by the blood of Jesus, we praise and adore you, thank you for saving us. Father we ask that the power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead will manifest in us to destroy every works of Satan within and without in Jesus mighty name. We ask that we will not be deceived, that we will not fall into error in the name of your dear son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Friends Or Foes? How Can You Tell? Be Discerning And Cautious!

Ezra 4;1 When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and to the heads of the families and said, “Let us help you build because, like you, we seek your God and have been sacrificing to him since the time of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.” But Zerubbabel, Joshua and the rest of the heads of the families of Israel answered, “You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone will build it for the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia, commanded us.”

Friends, your adversary, the devil, though he goes around looking for whom to devour, will not present himself as an enemy. The wicked will often come dressed up like a friend, someone reliable and dependable. They will come to you at a time you need a friend, maybe a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on, or just a listening ear. 

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Like the scripture stated, the wicked will always hear and have information for, like a dog they sniff and always have their ears to the ground, eavesdropping on your case. They will suddenly show up, summoned by the insatiable desire to hinder and turn upside down, that which is meant to be upright. May the blood of Jesus prevail against such in your life.

Zerubbabel and the others were able to discern that these people are foes and not friends as they made themselves out to be and they were right. Friends, if you read further to chapter 6, you will know the extent to which they opposed the rebuilding of the temple.

Likewise are those that have presented themselves to you as friend, team member, working for the same course but are indeed actually sabotaging what you are working for. These are those standing against your peace and joy, promotion,  fruitfulness, lifting, breakthrough, and increase. Those stationary, going no where, blocking your way – may the hand that is not of mortal uproot them from your path in Jesus name.

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See friends, Satan is a spirit and require bodies to carry out the task of hindering the plan of God for His creation. When you see someone, groups opposing a good course, just know they have been taken over by contrary forces, it is beyond them par se. You have to engage The Spiritual in order to effect a change in the physical.

Like the sermon this past Sunday. Saul was already in his palace, yet he left the comfort and honor of the palace to seek for David in the wilderness rough terrain. Don’t you dare underestimate the extent the wicked will go to in order to cause you pain! Satan is not playing, you also have to sit up, get up and deal!!!! You will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow -Psalm 21:12. 

The time that you have wasted is enough, it is time to redeem the time now friends for the days are evil – Ephesians 5:16. Stop these time wasters in their track by engaging them by the power of the Holy Spirit and you shall overcome in Jesus mighty name. Amen

Arise and take up the battle cry!! The Spiritual controls the physical my friend, so engage putting on your armor. Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Engage boldly, standing against the onslaught of wickedness!!!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Relationship – Cautiousness- Being Sensitive!

The children of Israel faced many challenges on their way to the promised land. They murmured, they rebelled and many fell in the wilderness. They were a difficult people to love! Nothing that was done was enough for these people, they almost made God change His mind about them being God’s special people – Exodus 32:10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.” .

At a point in the desert of Zin Miriam died and of course they mourned for her and then ran out of water. Oh! How Israel forgot all the wonders, signs and miracles God had wrought in their midst. They complained and murmured as usual against Moses and Aaron blaming them for all the woes that have befallen them. Then ……

slide_3Numbers 20:6 Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell face down, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them.The Lord said to Moses, 

The Lord saw the sorrow in the heart of Moses and Aaron and before they could utter a word in prayer God spoke to them just as He promised in Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer;  while they are still speaking I will hear. Well, you may be wondering why God did not provide solution to the water crisis in the camp according to Isaiah 65! Israel did not ask, they did not speak to God, they were instead murmuring and blaming Moses and Aaron just like you and I does. Instead of talking to God about our situation, asking Him for solution, we ask why we are in the situation we are in, why us we ask very often. Why not us? 

However, what I want to point out is Moses and Aaron’s action. Remember before they spoke, the Lord answered them for their action spoke and the Lord saw their heart. Well, they had to “rob” it into the Israelite who got it wrong, whose action was contrary to the will of God. Moses and Aaron having been favored, in their obedience to the ways of God reacted untowardly to the Israelite, calling out their errors. In the process Moses struck the rock contrary to the commandment of God and this displeased God, causing both Moses and Aaron entering the promised land.

Friends, to whom much is given, much is expected! You have been forgiven much, favored much, for before you asked you received what others in much toiling and murmuring have not been able to receive. Don’t you think you should be gentle and empathetic? Do you have to call them out? Rob it in? Take a cue from Moses and Aaron and be careful with “Israel”, whatever Israel means to you. Do not forget to honor the Lord’s sacrifice for the life of His people. Every saint, every being is important to the Lord and as such we must be cautious how we represent our Savior Jesus Christ before them. Children comes to my mind here! Our children are watching us honoring God or not. Which will it be? Children here could be physical or spiritual – young ones, unbelievers, babes in the things of the Kingdom.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelite, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” – Numbers 20:12. 

Father Lord Almighty, have mercy on us and forgive us of all unrighteousness. Please show us the errors of our ways and redirect us to your ways, the path of righteousness. Create a right spirit within us and rekindle your fire within. May we not be stripped of the glorious future you have ordained for us. May we not stumble naked through life. Clothe us Lord with your righteousness as with a garment that your glory may shine in and through us to the uttermost in Jesus Christ mighty name we pray. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Waiting And Watching!

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