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Be Cautious! Counterfeits Abound!

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

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Agape Love – Pure Glory

 

When you live your life, from the spectrum of what other people think of you, your life will be dismal and short. However, when you live your life, from the perspective of what heaven thinks of you, your life will be full and long. Don’t give people more power, in your life, than God should have.

We know that we have passed from death into Life when we have love for the brethren. He who does not love abides (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death.” (1 John 3:14). I love these two scriptures, We know that we have really changed from the place of death, when we have died to the opinions and expectations of people and simply love ❤️ people like the Father loves us. Love ❤️ is gladly expending yourself, more and more abundantly, although you may be loved less. When you can expend yourself, for God’s interest in others, not caring, what the cost will entail, loving with God’s purpose. Then you are walking in Yahweh’s Love. Love ❤️ is loving with God’s love and his purpose. (2 Corinthians 12:15)

Yahweh, through our yielding to the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to love people regardless, of how they treat us, destructively criticize us, falsely accuse or falsify information concerning us, or simply discuss us, with others, while avoiding conversing directly, to us (Matthew 18:15-22).

Sometimes, we are the worse army in the world 🌎, (the ones whom kill their own). We, the ambassadors and representatives of the Kingdom of Christ, when we are in our conferences, churches, ministries, choirs, worship teams, etc. However, inwardly ravening wolves 🐺, jealous of one another, killing each other with our mouths 👄 and spiritual prejudices. Singing and speaking how we are redeemed and forgiven, while holding others hostage, to judgment in our hearts, to their forgiven history or past sin, and to our religious Pharisee Sadducee opinion of them.

The condition of the world 🌎, is because of the condition of the church 🏡. The church 🏡 isn’t peripheral to the world 🌎, but the world 🌎 is peripheral to the church 🏡. The racism and prejudice  in the world 🌎, is because of the spiritual racism and spiritual prejudice, in the church.

How can we, “God’s chosen vessels of honor, Treasures of God’s Glory, the Protégés of Christ”, represent the Kingdom of God’s love, if we cannot hold what someone tells us in private confidence, for disclosing it to others? We have to come to ourselves, like the prodigal son, (Luke 15:17 “…came to himself.“) like Peter came to himself.

Agape Love ❤️ is the end of selfishness and the beginning of self-fullness in Christ. The promotion of who we are IN CHRIST. Come to embracing, who you are in Christ. “And when Peter was COME TO HIMSELF, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath DELIVERED (PLUCKED OUT, TEAR OUT, RELEASE) me out of the hand of Herod (ruling spirit of death; principality that fights and opposes the purposes of God), and from all the expectation (infliction and evil intentions) of the people of the Jews.” (Acts 12:11).

Although, it is a process, Yahweh wants to deliver you from Herod (spirit of death) and deliver you from the fear or infliction of people. Yahweh doesn’t require everyone to love us, but he does require us to follow peace, with all men (pure holiness) and love them.

The last time I checked the Word in Psalms 23, God said, “I’m preparing a luxurious, exquisite, supernaturally tailored banquet table for “YOU”, in the presence of those who don’t even like “YOU.” It is not your responsibility to make everyone love or like you, it’s your responsibility to love ❤️ God withal your heart and love yourself the way the Father loves you. Therefore, you can’t afford to live, by the impulses of what other people think of you.

When you have the indisputable heavyweight champion of Glory, who loves you unconditionally, thinks only thoughts to prosper you, and not harm you. He wants to give you the future he placed in your heart. He wants to fulfill the desires of your heart, as you delight yourself in Him.

There are enough souls, broken-hearted, hurting, homeless, helpless, and aimless people, without Christ, for everyone to reach. We are stronger and better together, we are weak and bleak, apart. We are a great Lion 🦁, when we rise together. However, we are an inferior prey, to the enemy, when we fight each other and fall apart. Only the pure love of God and the Spirit of Truth can bring us together!

Delivered – active voice to tear out; middle voice to select; figuratively to release: – deliver pluck out rescue. pluck out

Expectation – apprehension (of evil); by implication infliction anticipated: – expectation looking after.

Pharisee – pretended holiness that leads to separation, more righteous than others, lacking genuine love ❤️, hypocrisy legalism

Sadducee – opposes the true Spirit of Christ; denial of resurrection and coming of the Messiah, more liberal than the Pharisees

 

by Apostle Gabriel Cross When you live your life, from the spectrum of what other people think of you, your life will be dismal and short. However, when you live your life, from the perspective of what heaven thinks of you, your life will be full and long. Don’t give people more power, in your […]

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