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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!

 

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Neglecting Need! In Totality!

Nehemiah 10:37 “Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the priests, the first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees and of our new wine and olive oil. And we will bring a tithe of our crops to the Levites, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all the towns where we work. 38 A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. 39 The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and olive oil to the storerooms, where the articles for the sanctuary and for the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the musicians are also kept. “We will not neglect the house of our God.”

“WE WILL NOT NEGLECT THE HOUSE OF OUR GOD”  There is no shortage of sermons about tithing, first fruits, and offerings, so I will not belabor you with it friends.  The message, or rather the question that has been gnawing at me considering what I have seen, heard, and read lately is “Are there still Prophet like Elijah? Are there?

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Are there still men and women after God’s heart like David, Deborah and Esther who said in Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

b4390a5a-5388-4622-bc32-7f44c3e65a13Do we still have men like Elijah who called down fire upon the Prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:16-45. 

“We will not neglect the house of our God”  The house of God is neglected when evil is perpetrated in our midst and we turn our eyes away. We neglect the house of God when, truth, justice, compassion, love, and kindness has taken the backseat in our services, offerings, and daily living – Christlike living. 

We rob God when we shortchange what is due, the right thing, for what is convenient for us to the detriment of another and God’s Kingdom. God is looking for men and women, you and I to strip off our camouflage, stop deceiving each other and start living right, SEEKING FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS wholeheartedly, and not our own kingdom on earth.  

1 Corinthians 3:10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 

Hmmm! Friends your work and mine, can it, will it pass the test? Lord have mercy on us we plead!

14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

That brother you are cheating, the organization and business partner you are defrauding, and the employee you refuse to pay their wages, yes! These are all God’s temple and should not be neglected.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours,22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

Lord raise up Elijahs in this generation, men and women after your heart, to build up your Kingdom, your body, and temple, rid your sanctuary of pest and parasite – the prophets of “Baal” operating in disguise in the temple . Please count us worthy to be one of such Lord. Clothe us in your power and grace in, and enable us Lord to care for your house in Spirit and in truth with love.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Disaster Strikes, Difficulty, Pain And Loss Ensue! Yet God Is In The Midst?Yes!!!

Reading Ezekiel 35 and 36 a couple of days ago revealed to me that when disaster strikes, difficulty, pain and loss ensue, it does not negate the fact that the Almighty God is not aware or absent from the equation- Ezekiel 35:10.  

Just to weighing in on the “fracas” finger pointing, accusations, condemnation and all sort following the painful disaster as a result of hurricane Harvey. The expectations of many were left unfulfilled. Many that ought to respond immediately to comfort and help did not and emotions went haywire.

Things happened unexpectedly sometimes and it reveals the difference between what we say and what we do. No one is immune to error, and each and everyone will bear the brunt of their errors. However, we need to be careful not to get to the point of sinning against God in the process of highlighting those errors. There is a fine line, thread carefully!

Friends, be very careful of who you make jest of. Be cautious when you treat another with disdain. Restrain yourself from looking at someone going through difficulty and laughing them to scorn. You may be inviting the wrath of God upon yourself and all that is yours.

Ezekiel 35:5  “‘Because you harbored an ancient hostility and delivered the Israelites over to the sword at the time of their calamity, the time their punishment reached its climax, therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord,…………Then you will know that I am the Lord10 “‘Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the Lord was there,11 therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. 12 Then you will know that I the Lord have heard all the contemptible things you have said against the mountains of Israel. You said, “They have been laid waste and have been given over to us to devour.” 13 You boasted against me and spoke against me without restraint, and I heard it. …….15 Because you rejoiced when the inheritance of Israel became desolate, that is how I will treat you. ……. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’”

All you brethren in the habit of taking advantage of those in one predicament or another, heed this warning. These may be serving their punishment now, and it does not give you the right to poke fun at them. Remember David and Shimel in 2 Samuel 16;5-13. Don’t bring wrath of God upon your own heads. Pastors jubilation over the failure of another Pastor, Christians of one denomination laughing at another denominations pitfall take heed!! Sisters and brothers, take heed lest the Lord turns against you!!!

Ezekiel 36:1  “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.”’ Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander, therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you— ……..“‘But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; 

Lord Almighty, you are a merciful God, showing mercy upon who you will show mercy. Lord be merciful to your people in Houston and her surrounding. Heal every broken heart, every heart questioning you because of the devastation of this “harvey” disaster. On behalf of myself and my friends, Lord I ask for mercy! Father, forgive us of all sins in Jesus name. Cleanse us all of unrighteousness in our thoughts, words, actions, and inaction, in what we have done, and what we have failed to do. Redirect our hearts to trust you even in the midst of pain and heartbreak and help us to love you and love others as our-self in Christ Jesus mighty name. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Prolonged! Wilderness Experience!

“Anyone who goes through life experiencing only pleasure, abundance and happiness without any moment of sorrow, sadness, denial, lack or disappointment will not develop a strong, well balanced character. Such a person will be vain, will lack compassion for others, and be conceited. God allows us to go through both the ups and downs of life so that we can truly fit into His plan for us. A one-sided spiritual diet leads to uneven spiritual growth… Romans 5:3, Hebrews 2:10” Open Heaven Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye.

God's better planThis is a given!!! If you have been in this race for a while, you would have had one of such seasons. The season changes very often and for some it’s short, for many others it is long, and for few it is prolong and I began to wonder why? Why did God take Moses to the wilderness for 40 years and only took Joseph 13 years? Why did Jacob wrestled for just a night and it was an angel of God, and David right from a teenager had to wrestle Lions, Bears, Goliath and so much more that God said there’s too much blood on his hands and therefore not qualified to build Him a house? King David himself said so in 1 Chronicles 28:2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelite, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’

Today like many other days lately, I’ve had to wonder why! I am like, God, this better be good!!!!! You know the kind of advance notice for what is to come. You seem to have been prepared and all but when you are in it, faced with reality, you are like, it is not meant to be like this!!! The awe of the moment, gridlock, deadlock, and it seem the wilderness experience is endlessly prolonged. I mean, you are God, Lord, just speed it up please! You know how feeble my frame is eh! Speed it up now, let there be calm!

Friends, wilderness experience is different for each individual, yours may be in the fruit of the womb, financial, health, work related, marital and so on. For many people it’s just in an area, for others in two or more area of life and for few, it affect every sphere of their life, and the icing on this wilderness cake is that it is prolonged. What then do you do as a child of God, confident of the love of God for you? What do you do?

Friends, in whatever situation you are in today, this moment, know that God loves you!! Regardless of the situation and circumstances you face right now, God has got you covered. He watches over you! If His love could keep you alive till this moment, know that He will surely see you through whatever circumstances you are in or will be in the future. You need to remind yourself of Christ faithfulness in times past, it will give you  a different perspective that will enable you to be grateful still.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;…. God is still God regardless of your challenges, He is God of the valley, the plains and the mountain. Trust Him with all your heart for He will not fail you.

Abba Father, you are good and your mercies endures for ever. You alone are worthy of all praises, honor and adoration. You are all knowing, all seeing, only wise God. Let your name alone be magnified over and above every situation your children are going through this season. Show yourself strong Lord!! Thank you for always listening and answering, though not as we want, but as we need. Lord, meet this dare need of your chosen one that the wicked may not make jest of us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

For His Names’ Sake!

Remember that God’s intention and will for you is not because of You, but of Him. It is for His great name! Ezekiel 36:22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.  Quit beating yourself and embrace the unconditional love of God. Do not take this love for granted though!

don't quitNow that you know God loves you unconditionally, then you must contend against everything mitigating against your peace, message, recipients, channel, and circumstances. You must wage war against every encumbrance within and without.

I was speaking with a dear brother of mine just yesterday about some things. Having faced resistance all this while, I was beginning to think that maybe I am a bad person! Maybe I am too difficult and all sort I said! I was beginning to internalise what I have been experiencing and this is exactly what the enemy of our soul wants. Are the events, people and situation around gaslighting you? Take a cue from Jeremiah 29:11 

I was able to get out of that phase by the help of the Holy Spirit, by putting the spotlight on Gods’ Will, Plan, Purpose, and desire for me. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Resistance is a ploy to wear you out so your dreams can die and he, the devil can gloat over you.

You have to desperately contend for your life, your message, your purpose, your destiny for it to be fulfilled. You must never lose hope on the journey. Keep taking steps after steps, trusting God even when you do not see any cloud of the promised rain.

Dear friends, continue to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight Proverbs 3: 5 and 6. Every promise shall be fulfilled. Stay focus!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

The Blood Still Works!

Hebrew 9: 11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

 

The blood works! The blood of Jesus Christ works wonders all the time!

Oh, how the devil comes, to see the edge broken so he can strike. The enemy goes up and down looking for that who will step out of line, stretch forth hands to commit evil so it can strike. He forgot the light of God’s countenance is always upon and about all that belongs to the Lord. The Lord will never leave and forsake His own, in the stormy seas of life, fiery furnace of trials and tribulations, in the valley and rough places the blood still speaks.

The blood of Jesus Christ is powerful to save from the strongest foe, gentle to heal a broken heart, flush out demonic deposit in arteries and every organ in your body, pump life into your heart and restore fire in your bones. The blood of my Savior Jesus Christ is a miracle working blood.

Had he known, he would not have permitted it on Calvary’s Tree! Alas, an antidote to all of the wiles of the wicked is here! The blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God made flesh and dwells amongst us.

Friends, avail yourself of this miracle working power. You must be born again! You must ask for the forgiveness of all your sins and ask Christ into your heart. Forsake your evil ways and cling unto every word of God.

Jesus is Lord!!!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Manipulating Facts!

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.manipulator

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.”

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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!