As you grow less
When you confess.
Let Him increase
Fill to the brim
As you decrease
Brimming with Him.
Bow down to Him
In all your dreams
Yield for a yield
Vast in the field.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life.
2/1/12 ©Fenny West
Fear knocks on every door
And will surely knock on yours
Choose to do the right thing
Just face fear with faith.
Moses and Mary Magdalene faced fear
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, faced fear
Jacob, Joshua and Jeremiah, faced fear
Peter and Paul faced fear
Isaac and Isaiah faced fear
Daniel and David faced fear
Abraham and Azariah faced fear
So prepare to face your fear.
Hold on to the Word of God.
Think of the power of God.
Think of the promises of God.
Confess the goodness and grace of God
Sufficient for you.
Cast on God all your cares
Never live with fear
Or run from fear
But face fear with faith.
Faith comes through hearing the word,
Not just once but again and again.
Whether in the sunshine or in the rain.
Resolve, my friend, today, to face fear with faith.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Josh1:9
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gen15:1
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isa41:10
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
5 “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then said I:
“ Ah, Lord GOD!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
7 But the LORD said to me:
“ Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “ Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. Jer1:1-9
When worry wakes you up
Turn your attention to God
He never sleeps- always up.
Take comfort from His word.
Why worry? Begin to pray
And the peace of God will come
Focus on Jesus, don’t stray,
And He will calm your storm.
Worry will war you out
Give fuel to your enemy,
Make you fear and doubt
Becloud any possibility.
Worry wastes your energy
Undermines the word of God
Magnifies your energy
Belittles your Source and God.
There is always the temptation do a detour from our calling, God’s original intension, the word we have heard from the Lord, when the winds of life begin to blow or the fires of affliction rage.
Satan will use the opportunity to tempt us: ‘Hath God said?’(Gen3:1)
And if we meditate long on what he says we will find ourselves agree with Him and doubting what we heard. (Gen3:6-7)
Nehemiah was burdened with the rebuilding of the broken down walls of Jerusalem. God gave him favour with the King, who not only gave him permission to go but also gave him protection and provision to go and rebuild the walls.
4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,
8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
9 Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.
However this initial favour and green light did not mean that everything will be smooth-sailing as we will see.
When he got home and began his vision and purpose all hell broke loose. He was opposed by those who should know better. He was ridiculed, defamed and conspired against. They even later changed their tactic and pretended they were in support of his cause but it was a ploy to derail his vision. Nehemiah refused to be conned.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.
18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” Neh2
1 But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews.
2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish — stones that are burned?”
3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”
1 Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates),
2 that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono.” But they thought to do me harm.
3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”
4 But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.
5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand.
God was behind him and gave him a few men who had the mind to work, watch and pray. The enemy came again and again with different tactics to distract, disunite and cause a detour but Nehemiah saw through the strategy of the enemy and remained defiant, focused and prayerful until the work was done in fifty-two days.
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.Neh6:15
The enemy also used Peter to tempt Jesus to bypass the cross but Jesus recognised this strategy and addressed the source of the opposition to the plans and purposes of God:’ Get thee behind me, Satan!’
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Abraham was quick to obey God when called to leave his homeland and go to a place he would be shown. That was quite impressive. However on arrival there was a famine in the land and he made a detour to Egypt.
1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:
” Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.Gen12:1-4,10
This is the danger we all face. Hardships in the Promised Land do not mean God is not in it. It does not mean we have lost our way. God has not promised us a bed of roses or platter of gold. There will be difficulties in the Land. There will be the stirring of our nest like the eagle to enable us to seek God’s face and flex our faith muscle as to rise to a higher dimension. There will be the valley of Bacca (valley of weeping, tribulation which can be used to make a place of spring to the glory of God (Ps84:4-7). The valley you face has come to take you from strength to strength, glory to glory and faith to faith.
There will be some light afflictions that will come to work for us indirectly to bring us in to the place of reigning with Christ because we have suffered with Him.
So hardship endorses the will of God rather than oppose the will of God. In fact if you’re not having opposition in your Promised Land you need to be concerned that you may be compromising or out of God’s will for your life. God will stretch you and I to bring the best out of us. We may moan and groan, but we will also grow through our experiences.
10 But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
Detours can happen when there is a seeming delay
1 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Hab.2:3
Sarah prevailed on Abraham to take her made and help God to fulfil the promise he had given because of seeming delay. This led to the birth of Ishmael- a child of the flesh that became a thorn in their flesh. (Gen16:1-8)
God does not need our help to fulfil His plans for our lives. True we have our part to play but we need to distinguish this part we have to play from actually interfering and running ahead of God.
Moses also ran ahead of God and had to be put in the backburner until all his strength was gone. ( Ex2:11-15,Ex3)
Detour can happen when we are opposed
But we must be adamant like Jesus, like Isaiah, like Jeremiah, like Paul, like Ezekiel
5 ” For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
7 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”
17 ” Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land — Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.”
Paul would not be deterred from pursuing his purpose despite his previous achievements or failures or of the oppositions he faced after coming to Christ. He resolved to press on for the mark of the prize of the high-calling in Christ.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Phil3:13-14
Detours can happen when there is famine, persecution
1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
2 Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Gen26:1-2
16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
18 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done.
So are you facing opposition in your Promised Land? Are you facing severe trial after obeying what you have heard? Are the giants, lions and bears out in full force and displaying their fangs, frightening and tormenting you?
Hang in there! See them as bread and stepping stones to a higher ground. God is for you with you and in you. Find out the new territory God wants to use the opposition to lift you to. Give no place to the devil. If God be for you who can be against you?
Remember Paul who through his opposition, tribulations hardships, shipwrecks, false accusations, imprisonments, beatings with rods, stoning, thrashing, wrote best sellers which we now enjoy.
God wants to birth something awesome through your challenges. ‘Don’t waste your sorrows.’ Squeeze every juice out of them to leave a legacy for all-time.
No Detour, Despite Delays
Opposition or deprivation.
No detours, despite persecution
In hardship or in fellowship.
No detour, despite delays
There is a way through the way
He is faithful all the way
And will answer as I pray.
I set my face on the cross
To behold the Lord Jesus
Who turned my minus to plus
Who lives in me in full force.
Going to the other side
Crossing the river that’s wide
Knowing that He’s on my side
And so my storm I will ride.
Empty Seats Speak
Olympics Race of Grace Lesson
Whereas it is reported that the tickets for some events have been sold off, many empty seats at some events prompted investigation.
Do you know that we also have such problem in many of our Churches? We need not only to pray about this but do something about it-witnessing- because we are co-labourers with God.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.1Cor3:9
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. Matt22:9-10
6 He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.
3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
18 Then Jonathan said to David, “Tomorrow is the New Moon; and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.
Olympic Series: the Race of Grace 1: Preparation
Preparation is essential.
You must be decisive
About the event to do.
You must register to be in it;
Have the right mental attitude;
Deny yourself and train;
Whether it rains or shines.
Put your body under.
Put your goal in mind.
Have partners to spur you on;
Train with you, give you feedbacks.
You must make up your mind to win.
You cannot ignore the alarm
When it beckons on you.
You must sacrifice and rise
Even if the body complains.
There are places you must not go.
There are diets you must forgo.
You must always see the goal.
Ensure you have self-control.
You cannot play when you should pay
The price you know you need to pay.
The same goes for the race of grace,
Which surpasses the Olympics.
Because we run for an incorruptible crown
In place of the crown that will perish;
And so discipline is essential too.
We cannot play in the devil’s vineyard,
Or encumber ourselves with weights
That will easily beset us, trip us up.
We must eat a balanced diet
Of the word which is spirit and life.
When London won the bid to stage the 30th Olympiad, it was a moment to cherish. There was euphoria in the air. We were walking on the air with excitement, proud to have beaten off other strong contenders like Paris
Despite the great preparation for the bid, on arrival back home, it dawned on the Olympic organisers that it is one thing to win a bid but quite another to put all the requirements in place for the greatest and most successful show on earth.[/
A lot of infrastructure was required. Sponsors have to be sort and secured. The government has to deny itself in many areas to cough out substantial funds to back the organisers and to satisfy the IOC that we were equal to the task.
There were security concerns that have to be adequately addressed.
Home-grown talents have to be sort and trained so lift the face of the host and this will take a lot of efforts investment and sacrifice.
Some workers saw it as an opportunity to milk the situation to their advantage which raised the cost of staging the games. There were special Olympic traffic lanes to ensure that key personnel and athletes are not held up in traffic.
Organisers also have to think ahead of the legacy they will leave behind after the games. So preparation has to be comprehensive.
Poor preparation precedes poor performance
Proper preparation procures proficient performance
Preclude proper preparation and you have prepared to fail
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
As With the Olympics
So it is in life.
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
Being a Beacon
Being a Beacon
Shining as Light
Yet not by might
You must be visible
And very conspicuous
The word with your life
With expanding circumference
And enduring influence
Leaving a living legacy
Courting God’s affirmation
And divine confirmation
Like those in the hall of faith
Abel, Noah, Abraham, Enoch.
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt5:13-161 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
6 So he answered and said to me: ” This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.Zech4:6
All He has our Ours
Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings.
All the goodness of the past, the present, and the future, Christ bestows upon His people. In the mysterious ages of the past the Lord Jesus was His Father’s first elect, and in His election He gave us an interest, for we were chosen in Him from before the foundation of the world. He had from all eternity the prerogatives of Sonship, as His Father’s only-begotten and well-beloved Son, and He has, in the riches of His grace, by adoption and regeneration, elevated us to sonship also, so that to us He has given “power to become the sons of God.” The eternal covenant, based upon suretiship and confirmed by oath, is ours, for our strong consolation and security. In the everlasting settlements of predestinating wisdom and omnipotent decree, the eye of the Lord Jesus was ever fixed on us; and we may rest assured that in the whole roll of destiny there is not a line which militates against the interests of His redeemed. The great betrothal of the Prince of Glory is ours, for it is to us that He is affianced, as the sacred nuptials shall ere long declare to an assembled universe. The marvellous incarnation of the God of heaven, with all the amazing condescension and humiliation which attended it, is ours. The bloody sweat, the scourge, the cross, are ours for ever. Whatever blissful consequences flow from perfect obedience, finished atonement, resurrection, ascension, or intercession, all are ours by His own gift. Upon His breastplate he is now bearing our names; and in His authoritative pleadings at the throne He remembers our persons and pleads our cause. His dominion over principalities and powers, and His absolute majesty in heaven, He employs for the benefit of them who trust in Him. His high estate is as much at our service as was His condition of abasement. He who gave Himself for us in the depths of woe and death, doth not withdraw the grant now that He is enthroned in the highest heavens.
Praying the scriptures
This is a prayer prayed during a spiritual warfare to encourage myself like David did in 1Sam.30:8. It is long but also power-packed and one that I intend coming back to, to meditate upon and be renewed , inspired strengthened and charged to go from glory to glory. It is also prophetic not only because it is full of over 100 scriptures but you will find it prophetic as the Lord also comforted me during this time of divine encounter, using the scriptures also. So it’s a two- way communication as every meaningful communication should be. at the end it is concluded with scripture songs which if you learn would enable you memorise the scriptures effortlessly.
I had to push myself to see how far I can go and I was not disappointed.
For those who want to increase your memory bank of the scriptures, tis a scripture memory aid. Note the scriptures you want to memorise, arrange them thematically, quote the reference three times, then recite the scripture three times and quote the reference to end with. Later on go back to your recording and as you play your recording back try and recite the passage as the reference is being quoted before you hear the full verse. Accompany yourself and recite the verse. Now do it all by yourself, starting and ending with the reference.
Apply the scripture in prayer: say it and pray it. Use it at the earliest opportunity and frequently. The more you use it, the more it will be registered in your heart.
Some Scriptures used:Heb1:3, Heb4:12, Jer.29:11,Isa49: Isa40:31, Num23:19,Isa55:10-11,Ps24:1, EPh3:20,Ps121, Ps34:5,Ps138:8, Ps8, 1Chro29:9-11, Phil2:11, Ps40:31, Deut28:1, Isa54:1-3, Isa42:1-3,Dan3, Isa55:8, Phil4:4,Isa60:1, Eph5:30,Eph6.10-18 Rom12:2, Prov.4:23, 2Pet1:3-4,Ps23:1-6, Ps92:12-14, Phil4:6-7, Ps34:5 Rom8:1-2,31,28,Hab2:2,3, Ps102:13, Gen21:1-3, Ps46:10,1-4, Acts16:23-33, Dan 3, 6, 2Tim2:3,Ps42:5,Phil2:10-11,
2Cor1:20, Ex.3:21, -14:13,2Chro.20:15-25, Zech4:6, Phil4:4 2Cor4:16,7-9,Matt28:20, John11:38-44, Prov24:16,John19:30Matt19:26,Mark10:27,-9:23, John14:1,27,, Ps34:7,Gen22:18, Ps68:19,John10:4, Hag2:8, Ps50:10, Prov.3:5-6,Isa30:21, John15:1,7, Matt.7:7, 1Sam.17:40,50,51, 2King4,Heb7:16, Isa55:10-11,Isa40:8, Isa46:10,1Sam2:8 Gen.39-41:10, Ps105:19, 1sa54:1-3, 5-6, Eph6:10-18,John8:44, Mat4:1-10,Deut8:3, Ps91:11-12,Ex14:13, Ps91:1-5-10,14-16,Ps.3:8, Isa54:17,Isa59:19, John16:33, 1John5:4, 1John4:4,Rom10:17,Ps37:3, Isa53:4-5 ,2Cor4:17, Ps16:1,6,8, Eph2:14, 2Cor5:20, Matt5:13, Phil1:6,Eph5:1,6, Rom.8:31,32,33,36-37-39,26-27, Heb8:25,Ps23:4-6,1, Ps37:23, John15:7,Heb6:18,Pro3:5-6, Rom8:28,Job5:22,Ps103:1-5, Ps107:1-2,Ps27:5,Ps34:1-2,10, 19, Ps30:5, Ps125:2, Gen.21:1-3, Gen18:14,Ex14:13-14, Isa54:1-3, 1Sam2:3, Isa60, Hab2:2-3, Isa45:2-3,John21:6,Heb6:18, Ps46:10, Ps1:1-6, Eph6:10,Ps37:3-4,Phil4:4,Matt6:25-34,Phil2:14, Ps24, Acts12
Ex33:18, Ps112:1,6-7,Isa54:3, Gen41:41,Zech:4:7, Phil4:4,