We Are Watchmen!

In the Open Heavens Devotional of this morning by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God. It is about Christians being God’s Watchmen.

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Watchmen are those that have been charged to keep watch and warn others of impending danger – Read Ezekiel 33: 1-6. They are those that the eyes of their understanding has been enlightened and specifically instructed for this task.

Ezekiel 33: “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.

Proverbs 8 34

As a Christian, born again and spirit filled you have been charged to go into all the world and preach the gospel, warning people of eternal death if they do not receive the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, the truth, the way, and life, who says, no one can come to the Father except through Him -John 14:6, and no one that comes to Him will He cast away – John 6:37.

To be effective in this charge then, ” we need to avoid falling into the sin of covetousness, pride, self-centeredness, love of money, and ambition for power” Open Heavens Devotional. These vices is what has enabled the world to creep into The Church, where materialism is glorified, holiness without which no one can see the Lord is at best superficial, men and women have become lovers of self, vain, and lukewarm.

The Lord is saying to us all, ” return to the great commission”. Let the undiluted word of God be preached to all, in your sphere of influence speak the truth of the word, glorify Christ in your word, body, and in all your ways! Do not let the fire of the Holy Ghost be quenched.

We must work the works of Christ, not our own agenda, Christ Kingdom, the people He died for must be warned! There is damnation awaiting the wicked, everyone working unrighteousness, hiding under the umbrella of Christianity to commit evil will be damned. We all must repent, so that the fire of the Holy Spirit can have full expression in us, and convict sinners of their sin. 

Lord we need fresh fire, fresh oil on our heads, rekindle the fire on the altar of our heart as at first when you met us and cleaned us up. We desire to do your will Lord Jesus, help us today we pray. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Finishing Well!

King Saul, chosen by God, ordained as the first King of Israel, disobeyed God and fell out of grace. He preserved Agag the Amalekite God asked him to kill, he listened to the voice of the people around him more than the voice of God –1 Samuel 15.

finishKing Saul consulted a medium 1 Samuel 28:7. He went to the Witch of Endor to inquire and ended up having his last meal at her house – verse 23 He refused and said, “I will not eat.”But his men joined the woman in urging him, and he listened to them. He got up from the ground and sat on the couch. How the mighty has fallen. This was the same Saul who banished witches from the land. At the end of his life he sought one out.

finishing wellFriends, may we end well in this race. May we not fail, may we not fall. Oh Lord God, may your chosen one not end up like King Saul. May we not end our life like Ahab – 1 King 22 and Jezebel – 2 Kings 9:30-37. May we not die with our enemies like Samson – Judges 19:23-31. May we not pierce our soul with the reward of betrayal like Judas – Matthew 27: and Acts 1:18. Oh Lord may we not be like Ananias and Sapphira who died for lying against the Holy Spirit in Acts 5. May we never leave your presence Oh Lord!!

Oh Lord, Psalms 19:12 

But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Have mercy on us Oh Lord. Cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Forgive us of all errors and help us to retrace our steps. Let the light of your countenance overshadow us always. May every darkness in and around us receive the light of your presence. May our eyes be enlightened Oh Lord that we may see and behold wondrous things in your word.

Be magnified Oh Lord our God in Jesus Christ mighty name we pray.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Man, Woman, And Posterity!

Union between a man and a woman is the first institution ordained by God as stated in the account of creation- Genesis 1:27 For so God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 2:18 however is where I am going to for the Lord said “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

God created woman to be a help mate, she was comparable to him, she was to be treated like an equal, a part of a man, but man since Adam had a “defect” if I may say, for man delegated the dominion mandate to love and care for All that God had placed before them to the woman. Man was not approachable in the Garden then, neither are they approachable even now. Man had always chosen the high road, centered on themselves, career, business, leisure and other interest, leaving the woman to dominate every spheres, raising and training children, homemaking and so on were relegated.  The one sphere man seem to have mastered and are excelling is in procreating, for man can sow as many seed as possible amongst very many fertile but not necessarily pure soil and can start fire in a bulrush in a twinkle.

So why have I included the accounts of these Kings below? This is to let the man know that the kind of life lived will determine their posterity. God did not bother so much about the sin of the woman like that of the man, for the man carries the seed of life in his loin. Jezebel was dealt with in that she died a gruesome death and dogs licked her blood, however Ahab’s lineage was cut off including his relatives, every single male. This is a warning!!!!!  I don’t think there is a red blooded man that do not want to leave an offspring to carry his seed generation unborn, be it female or male! A lot depend on the men folks, please take your rightful place so posterity can bless you! Repent today and seek the face of God, for God is not willing that any should perish but have everlasting life.

There is opportunity even today to make amends and seek God’s face for direction.

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So therefor, Godly men reading this, God has called you and placed you in a home to be a “god” and not a “demon” or a “parasite” sucking life out of the very woman and offsprings you are called to care for and nurture to health and vitality! Neither should you be a weakling, subject to manipulation, ruled and controlled by the Jezebel of our time. 

2 Chronicles 7: 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

1 Kings 16:30 Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. 31 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made a wooden image. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 1 Kings 21:2121 ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on you. I will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab every male in Israel, both bond and free. 22 I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and made Israel sin.’ 23 And concerning Jezebel the Lord also spoke, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’ 24 The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field.”

2 Kings 21: 10 And the Lord spoke by His servants the prophets, saying, 11 “Because Manasseh king of Judah has done these abominations (he has acted more wickedly than all the Amorites who were before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols), 12 therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle. 13 And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab; I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. 14 So I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become victims of plunder to all their enemies, 15 because they have done evil in My sight, and have provoked Me to anger since the day their fathers came out of Egypt, even to this day.’”

Lives get turned upside down by the sins of Fathers, therefor I am appealing to every Father out there, this also applies to everyone playing the role of a Father both spiritual and physical , adopted and foster. Let us endeavor to make a positive impact in the lives of those around us.

May posterity bless us all – male and female!

Shalom! Shalom!

What Fruit?

holy spirit fruitJohn 1:46 Nazareth! Can anything good come from there? Nathanael asked.

My friends, and I, Can anything good come from us? Can anything good come from you this year 2016? What fruits do you aim to bear this year? Fruits unto good and peace or evil and conflict?

“Come and see, said Philip”

Friends, if you and I are scrutinized, what will the eye of the spirit find? What will man see? Courage? Obedience? Beauty? Peace? Love, righteousness, success, progress, growth and all the fruits of the spirit?

Psalms 19:12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Will you take time out to examine yourself every now and then this year to find out if you are bearing fruit unto his glory. Are you making an impact for His glory in your spheres of influence? Are you a change agent in your daily living? Are your deeds of the light or darkness? Have you fallen into error? Or are you dependent on the Words of Truth as contained in the scriptures? Are you about your masters business wholeheartedly or not?

Are you living in the light?

Jesus Christ wants the heaven to be open so we can see greater things than ever before. Is your heart stayed on Christ? His kingdom and all that is pleasing to him? If yes, then be rest assured you shall see heavens open and angels of God ascending and descending.

John 3: 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. 

 

Obey! Be Blessed!

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Learning to obey is critical to our living a victorious life. It does not matter if it makes sense or not. We are to trust God totally for He alone knows what no man knows. He is the only wise God, eternal, immortal, invisible God.

He cares deeply for us, when we hurt, he feels it ‘cos He is within us. He knows all things and at the appropriate time of His choosing, when our obedience is perfect, when we have learnt in the school of life, what no book can teach us, our God will make ALL things perfect. He is already working it out for us, though we cannot see it, only with faith can we perceive. All things are working out for our good regardless of the desire and wish of our adversary.

Gratefulness will earn you blessings that others strive for. Trust and obey He who has the whole world as a stool for His feet. Whoa! What a God we serve, He will not forget your labor of love. His reward is with Him and He will pay us as we deserve here on earth and hereafter.

My God is faithful, dependable, kind, loving, generous, gracious, full of compassion and He is all powerful, seeing, knowing and wise God. He’s got me covered!! Yeah! I am indeed covered, held in the palm of His hands with tender care and mercy. I am indeed highly favored.

And you too friends! Stop striving, rejoice in your lot, be grateful, it could have been worst but God showed mercy. Come on rejoice! Well join me to rejoice and be glad, praise God’s Holy name. He is faithful that promised! Hallelujah, He is able!

Shalom!