Jesus Abolished Death ( by Fenny West)

Jesus abolished death
Undid the works of darkness
Nullified the written code against us
Enacted the law of the Spirit of life in Him

Jesus died but rose again from the dead
Unlocked the prison door of sin and death
Nailed the written code to the cross
Enshrined a new law of love and life

 

10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2Tim:1:10

14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.  Col 2:14-15

 

 

 

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The Church indestructible ( by Fenny West)

The Church indestructible

 

The hands and feet of the Almighty God

The Bride of the Prince of Peace

The Ambassador of heaven on earth

A composite of living stones

Light of the World, salt of the earth.

Rooted by God, can She be uprooted by man?

No! never, not in a million years.

Can man negate His word or divine plan?

Definitely No! It’ll only end in tears.

The Church will march on stronger

And stronger, rising higher and higher

Satanic obstacles will lead to miracles

Devilish barriers will bring blessings double.

Principalities and powers are under her feet

She shall not cower. There shall be no retreat

She was born to overpower, not for defeat.

She was launched to tower, ’Cos She’s complete.

She draws strength from the throne of grace

The brightness of her shinning comes from His face

She shall not tire or surrender in this race of grace

But be renewed in power, conquering all Her days.

Matt.16:18, Eph.5:30, Luke 10:19, Acts 8:1-4

 

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While Men Slept… ( by Fenny West)

 

While Men Slept…

While Men Slept…
in they crept.
Fiends infiltrated,
Highly camouflaged,
Sowed lawlessness,
Legalised trespass.

Awake, thou sleepest!
See the great evil tempest
See the writing on the wall
Smell the coffee – you all.
Your freedoms are gone
Your dignity is gone.
You can be trampled on
You can be spied on
You can be spirited away.
It is such an Evil Day
Because men slept.

Awake and fight-
Fight the good fight.
Sound the alarm
Of the great harm
Coming to society
Coming to community.
They have come with impunity
Aligned with principalities
Aligned with dignitaries
Aligned with wickedness
And powers In high places

We war not against humans
But against wicked spirits behind them.
We cast down anti-Christ schemes
We cast down humanistic imaginations
We refuse any satanic dress rehearsals
We bar any manifestation while we’re here.
We remind you, the Restraining force is here.
You shall not appear before your time.
We decree it shall not stand in Jesus’ Name
We stand our ground with our face like a flint.
We put on the whole armour of God.
We wield the sword of the spirit – the Word of God.
We repel the powers of darkness and their cohorts.
O Church of God, rise up! Press on and tower.
Satanic forces must back down and cower.

14   Therefore He says: ” Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

Walk in Wisdom

15   See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,

16   redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17   Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephe5:14-17

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that
formed thee from the womb, I [am] the LORD that maketh
all [things;] that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that
spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; {44:25} That
frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad;
that turneth wise [men] backward, and maketh their
knowledge foolish; {44:26} That confirmeth the word of his
servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that
saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities
Isa44 :24-26
The counsel of Ahitophel shall be turned into foolishness
2Sam 15 :31-37

 

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24   Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;

25   but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.

Matt 13:24-25

Without the Cross… (by Fenny West)

Without the Cross..


A crown is a curse.
The cross is a bridge to glory
The cross is Conception awaiting the New Birth,

New Creation, New Life, Being Born Again.
Without the crucifixion, there will be no resurrection.
Without the sacrifice, there will be no remission, no justification,

no sanctification, no reconciliation, no peace with God or peace of God; no fellowship with God.
The Cross brought healing and health.
The cross is an indispensable process for our prosperity and victory.

Yes, it was gruesome, but it brought wholeness.
That was why “it pleased the Father to bruise Him. “
The Cross is a ladder, a step, to the throne.
The Cross is a prelude to reigning.
We suffer with Him as to reign with Him.
Little wonder the Master said, “If anyone wants to follow Me,

let him take up his cross and follow Me.

And whoever puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom.
When I see the blood, I will pass over.
Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.

They overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb and

by the Word of their testimony, that they loved not their lives unto death.
Behold, the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.

 

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

He dramatised His crucifixion and resurrection
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.”
Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
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. Matt16:2125

Isaiah saw it over 700 years ago before it happened

Isa52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;

And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked — But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

It was the Father’s will and Pleasure

10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.

John-the Baptist acknowledged Him as the LAMB…

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John1:29

David not only echoed His very words on the Cross but gave us a graphic description of the crucifixion scene and what He suffered 100s of years before He came and died.

1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? 6 But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
7 All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 “He trusted in the LORD, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

12 Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
13 They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
19 But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.
Ps22:1

Even from the beginning the Father foreshadowed the cross

15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

The innocent animal that was killed to clothe Adam and Eve pointed to the Savior Who would be our substitute for a sin offering and salvation

21 Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Gen3:15,21

Through His blood He purified us: made us acceptable

22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Heb9:22

The deliverance, protection and salvation of the Israelites in Egypt all pointed to Jesus that was to come

“…And when I see the blood, I will pass over you;…” Ex12:13

The scapegoat on whom the sin of the people was yearly confessed and sent away into the wilderness pointed to Jesus

8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat.
9 And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the LORD’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering.
10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness. Lev16:8-10

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Faith: Antidote to Fear( by Fenny West)

Faith: Antidote to Fear

 

Fear is a spirit. It is not of God. That is why it is said that there are 365 “Fear-Nots” in the Word of God- one for each day of the year.

7      For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

(2 Tim 1:7

There will be many opportunities to fear in life in regard to your finances, relationships, health, ministry, career etc etc. But you must realise that God has a good plan for you and does not want you to fear ( Jer 29:11). Fear undermines God’s ability and releases the ability of Satan.  When you fear, you are saying, Satan is more powerful than God. That is why we are told: “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:23)

Without faith it is impossible to please God. Notice it did not say without prayer it is impossible to please God which means the easiest way to displease God is being afraid.(Heb11:6)

You become afraid when you forget or do not know who you are in Christ, what you have going for you or Whose you are. You need to constantly affirm what Christ has done for you regardless of what you see or feel or hear around you.

However, if you do not know Christ as your Lord and Saviour, your confidence will be shallow and on a shaky ground. You cannot enjoy the confidence and joy of a believer who knows whom he or she serves. If so go to this link and surrender your life to Him and be assured of His covering.

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So come with me let us affirm the word of God together.

32   “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (Acts 20:32)

God’s Word will build you up, encourage you, stabilise you, show you your inheritance in Christ. God’s Word will shine light on your path to know what to do when other are running scared and running helter -skelter. God’s word will cause you to go boldly into the throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need. The entrance of God’s Word brings illumination, direction and solution.(Ps 119 :105,130)

Gideon was hiding from the Midianites because of a period of subjugation they had suffered in their hands. At this point God sent an angel to him to encourage him. Despite his fear and trepidation, God saw him differently. He called him a mighty man of valour. (Judges 6:12  )  You must realise that one with God is majority. If God be for you who can be against you? (Rom 8:31)In Christ you are more than a conqueror ( Rom 8:37). Therefor neither death nor life nor angels , nor principalities nor powers nor height nor depth is able to separate you from the love of Christ. ( Rom8:39)

So let the sea roar and be carried into the midst of the sea. Let there be a tumult and a cacophony, agitation a roar from the elements, keep your eyes on Jesus. Maintain your confession of who you are what you have and Whose you are.(Ps46)

Whatever the adversity is, remind yourself that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Affirm your faith always, no matter what.  ( 1 John 4:4)

4      For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. (1 John 5:4)

Use these scripture and personalise them in prayer:

“God is my refuse and my fortress, my ever-present help in trouble. Though the mountains be moved and carried into the midst of the seas, I shall not be moved. I know whom I serve and whom I have believed. Though there be a conflagration, quaking, tumult, great noise, I will be still and know that the Lord He is God.

“He will make my wars to cease and burn the chariots of my enemies in His fire. His Word for me today is : ‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted amongst your adversaries and adversities.’ (Ps46)

“God is working everything together for my good.

“My light affliction, which is just for the moment, is working for me, a far more exceeding weight of eternal glory. Therefore, I will not focus on the things which are seen but the things which are unseen, knowing that the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:16-17)

Declare: “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Because I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, I abide under that shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”

“Surely, He will save me from the fowler’s snare and the deadly pestilence. His faithfulness will be my shield and my buckler. I will not be afraid of the terror by night or the arrow that flies by day or the destruction that wastes a noonday. A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right, but the evil will not come near my dwelling.”Ps91

Affirm that God has given you His angels to protect you in all your ways:

 “Thank you , Father that you said you have given me your angles as ministering spirits for those who are heirs of salvation ( Heb 1:14). The angel of the Lord encamp around those who fear Him (Ps 34 :7). He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you in all of your ways, they will lift you up so that you do not dash your feet against a stone (Ps 91:11).  Thank you, Lord, for the protection from your angels.

Remind yourself how He used angels to rescue Peter from the prison (Acts 12:5-11) Remind yourself how He used angles to rescue the believers who were imprisoned and told them to go and preach.

( Acts 5:17-25 )

Remind yourself how he opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant to see the multitude of angels and chariots of fire surrounding them amidst the threat of their enemies. (2 Ki 6 :14-17) 

Remind yourself how He rescued the Israelites, who were sandwiched between the Red Sea and their enemies, in hot pursuit. He remains the same. This is the God you serve.

14   Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

15   And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

16   So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17   And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

2 Kings 6:14-17

David said, yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me and thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. You prepare a table for me, in the presence of my enemies… This is what you should expect in the midst of trouble and calamity…Ps23:4

Express confidence in the God you serve. Say what God said about you and about Himself:

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

6              So we may boldly say: ” The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”Heb 13:5-6

Do not focus on the adverse circumstances. Focus on the power of God to save and deliver and preserve.

Have a Godly perspective like Paul. Despite the testimonies of the Holy Spirit about what he would suffer if he went to Jerusalem to preach, Paul was undaunted, unmoved, desiring to finish the work God gave him to do rather than shrink in fear.

22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,
23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.
24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Thank God for His protection, provision and presence, no matter what you see or what people say. Know that you are not ordinary. You are the apple of God’s eyes.

9      But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

10   who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

1Pet2:9-10

” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

2      When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isa43:1-2

“Have faith in God. Mark 11:23

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.”

Josh 1:9

Psalms 27: An Exuberant Declaration of Faith A Psalm  of David.

1      The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

2      When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell.

3              Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

5      For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

6      And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

See God as your light and your salvation. And see the circumstances that have risen against you, stumbling and falling before you.

See yourself hiding away high upon a rock where your enemies cannot find you or harm you.

Declare your victory before you see it. In fact see your victory in the spirit realm. Say to yourself:” Thanks be to God who always gives me perpetual victories. I am strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. I am strengthened with might in my inner being. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement I condemn. When the enemy comes like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against him. I am far from oppression, or contamination or suppression or subjugation or dominion. The Greater One indwells me and puts me over. I have great faith in the keeping power of my God. Christ in me, my hope of glory. ( Col 1:27, 1 John 4:4)

13   And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

14   The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

15   And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.

16   But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Ex 14:13-16

Notice, God told the Israelites to go forward despite the Red Sea before them and He told Moses to stretch forth the rod in his hands over the sea. What does that tell us? Regardless of what may have confronted you, there is something you have in you that you can use to counteract it and part the Red Sea for you to walk on dry ground. If you are not sure what it is, then ask your Maker and He will show you by His Spirit.

Go forward! Fear not.

He Rose Up!(1) sermon & song( by Fenny West)

He Rose Up!

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He Rose Up!

She was on the brink of death. Famine was ravaging the land of Zarephath. The cold hands of death had taken her husband and now a widow with an only son, they were next in line to die. Her house was empty. All she had was some flour and oil. And gathering sticks to make her last supper with her son and face the music, the death knell, prophet  Elijah strides in. The Lord had seen her desperate situation, her predicament and despondency. She was in dire straits. Only He could save her. But He had a method in mind- a seed that would trigger the meeting of her need. That method was even double-edged. He put His prophet to the test of reliance and obedience.

He who enjoyed the miraculous provision of the water in the brook where he hid from Jezebel suddenly found that it had dried up. And what more? the ravens that brought him his daily bread ceased in their divine charity mission. God now instructs him:

9 “Arise , go to Zarephath , which belongs to Sidon , and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 1Ki17:9

Notice, God did not say, “I am sending you to a millionaire…” The prophet was tested sore “Go to a widow?”…He was also specific about the location.  Elijah had the option to obey  or die from starvation and thirst. The brook had dried up. The ravens had finished their business. He was wise to obey God and go the widow as commanded. May be she is a rich widow who had been bequeathed millions by her late husband. No! On arrival he was greeted by the sorry sight of a widow facing death. Perhaps he was tempted to backtrack. God sent him to a poor widow? His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are higher than our ways. It is foolishness in the eyes of the world. But He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26        For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.1Cor1:25-29

This is the God who when the  children of Israel sinned and were dying of snake bites told Moses make a brazen serpent and raise it up and whoever look at it shall live. And when he obeyed those who look lived and did not die of the plague.  It was  He who told Moses to lift up his rod over the Red Sea to part it. It looked ridiculous at the time. But Moses obeyed and the sea was parted for the children of Israel to walk on dry ground. It was this same God who told Moses to strike the rock and that water will come out to quench their thirst. He did and water came out. Later when they had a similar trial, God told him, ‘This time, speak to the rock.’ Moses, in anger smote the rock and that landed him in hot water. He missed entering the Promised Land.

Our minds can play tricks on us at such times. And when we begin to ponder deeply the devil can butt in, “Yea, had God said, go to a widow? Do you really know your God? Is He not compassionate? How can He send you to such a poor widow to feed you? You have got it wrong. “

The prophet refused to budge. He refused to look at the outward appearance. He knew he heard from God who had sustained him miraculously at the brook with water and the cake from the birds of the air. He knows best. He brings water out of a rock. He does not delight in the legs of a man or the strength of a horse. His supplies our needs-not according to the richness of the channel He uses, but according to His riches in glory. Channels change but He-the Source-remains undiminished, unequalled, unparalleled. He had given His word. And if you will leave the “how” to Him, He would prove Himself to be Jehovah Jireh! He did as the prophet trusted Him and instructed the widow to defy her circumstance and first make him a cake. He then gave her a prophetic word of abundant supply which he knew God will honour. And He did. As she obeyed God, her flour and oil did not run dry. She was fed very well and so was the prophet. Glory to God.

After both of them passed the test with flying colours, then came another test.  Right before the presence of the prophet, her only son, who had experienced the divine intervention of miraculous supply fell ill and died. The widow was devastated and so was the prophet.

He realised it was the trial of his and her faith. She was desperate. It was as if her testimony was a white-wash, a mockery, a taunt and a mirage. She went to the prophet and he called on God.

21 And He stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said , “O Lord my God , I pray , let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22 Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him , and He revived. 1Kings17:21-22

He rose up!

She had been prostrated, laid low in the jaws of famine God raised her and her son up but the enemy came again to kill her son. But as she and the prophet  persevered, God gave a mammoth victory. 

That is the victory that awaits you. You will rise and shine as you obey God and sow that seed He has put in your heart. He will open the windows of heaven and pour you out blessings, so much that there will not be room enough to contain it. And if the enemy comes like a flood on a counter attack, like he came to the widow, be adamant, be undaunted, be not moved, be strong and courageous. Be not afraid, neither be you dismayed. The Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against the enemy. Those who are with you are more than those against you. If God be for you who can be against you. The bigger the battle, the bigger the blessing. The bigger the test the bigger the testimony and triumph. That widow now, not only had a testimony of supper natural supply but also resurrection of her son from the dead.

When the enemy starts messing God’s starts His superabundant  blessing.

As you are obedient, God will change your playing field. He will open doors that cannot be shut. He will give you hidden riches in secret places  and treasures of darkness. He will begin to do exceeding abundantly, far beyond what you can ask or think; far beyond your wildest dreams. ( Isa45:1-3, Eph3:20)

He rose up! You will rise up too-in your finances, in your family, in your career, in your calling, in your marriage, in your ministry, in your mortgage,  in your house, in your health, in your business, in all you lay your hands to do in Jesus’ name. ( 1Ki17:17-24)

Rise up!

 

 

Seven Poignant Revelatory Statements ( by Fenny West)

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Seven Poignant Revelatory Statements of Jesus On the Cross

  1. Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you today, you will be with me in paradise.

  2. Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

  3. John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother.

  4. John 19:28: I thirst.

  5. John 19:29-30: It is finished.

  6. Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?

  7. Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

Looking at the seven poignant revelatory statements of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, we can attest that the words that He spoke were Spirit and life. Let us now ponder on and feast on the immortal words that tumbled out of the mouth of our Saviour, Who though very God, was also very man. His words are as comforting and inspirational as ever even after over 2000 years since they were first uttered.
We have the Holy Spirit, Who is here, to breathe new life into those words. 

Jesus himself said, ‘The Words that I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life.’
Come with me as we partake of fresh Bread from Heaven. John6:63 KJV

39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 
40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 
41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 
42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

As we all know, two thieves were crucified with Jesus, one on either side. One of them joined with other who said, ‘he delivered others he could not deliver himself,…’ ’ if you are the Son of delivered yourself and us. If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. . He cast aspersions and disrespected the Saviour. The other man was more sensible. He knew Jesus was innocent and that they deserved their punishment. He rebuked his fellow criminal ‘Don’t you fear God?’ This man is innocent .He went on to ask Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom. And Jesus said:

1.“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” 
Luke 23:42-44

What is our lesson from Jesus’ statement?
God is merciful, and no matter how far gone we may think we are, all we need to do is to be humble and penitent. One of the criminals realised he was a sinner and asked the Lord to remember him and that was enough to save him. The truth remains, that when we are full of our own ways it becomes a stumbling block to reconciliation with God. Furthermore, reconciliation with God is often made complex but it is as simple as saying, ‘Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Accept me as one of your own. Forgive me.’ And that will mark a New Beginning, a fresh start on a glorious New and Living Way.

He said in His word, ‘Come as you are’ ‘ Come all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. ..Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ‘ ‘ The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. ‘ ‘ As many as received Him, He gave the power to become children of God.’ ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old has gone and the new has come.’

If you do not know Him as Lord and Saviour, this is a good time to commit your life to Him and let Him come into your heart to take His rightful seat.

9     that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

10   For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom10:9-10

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2.“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” Luke 23:33-35 NKJV

Jesus was agonising on the cross with excruciating pain arising from the scourging. He had been beaten, tortured, battered, broken, abused, yet he had the time, patience and compassion to pray for those who crucified Him. He knew they were blind and acted in ignorance. He knew they were fulfilling the scriptures. He knew it was the only way He could redeem you and I and so He prayed for them. ‘Father, forgive them..’

Often we look at those who crucified Him and wonder, ‘How could they do such, cruel, barbaric deed?’ but we fail to realise that it was our sins also that necessitated his hanging on the cross. In other words, we are also guilty and it was the love of God that caused Jesus to come and die for each one of us. ‘It pleased the Father to bruise Him.’

10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. KJVIsa53:10

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, 
he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.Isa53:10NIV

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:20
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all Isa53:6
Even right now, Jesus is still praying for us at the Father’s right hand as our Advocate, Attorney and Intercessor. He always lives to make intercession for the saints. That gives you and I hope doesn’t it?

Today, we can see in various parts of the world, as it had been in times past, persecution of Christians. Many are in jail because of their belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. We should be praying the same, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ We should be praying that that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, just like Saul of Tarsus was converted to Paul the Apostle.

Secondly, when we are persecuted we should not take it personal if we are to continue the Race of Grace with confidence, courage and determination without falling by the wayside. When Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the early believers and was arrested, Jesus asked Him: Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?

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3.‘Behold your mother!’ 

26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home John19:26-27

Knowing that he would be gone soon, Jesus committed his mother into the hands of one of his disciples, John, the beloved. He understood the pain that his mother was going through and had to make provision for her even on the cross. It shows us how caring and compassionate He was not just for spiritual things, but for our emotional and material well-being.

He remains the same, compassionate, faithful, true, a friend that sticks closer than a brother, good and upright, without injustice. He the Rock of Ages cleft for you and me.
He is the God who supplies all our needs according to His glorious riches through Christ Jesus, Jehovah Jireh.

4.‘I Thirst!’

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28
Here we see His humanity evident. He thirsts as we thirst. In Hebrews we are told that:

15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Heb.4:15

Here we see the humanity of Jesus married to His divinity, and this qualified Him to be our Saviour. He knows where and how we hurt and how we are tempted. He and He alone is able to bring succour and relief to us. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Him.

5.“It is finished!”

30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John19:30
Casting our minds back at the onset of his ministry, he said ’Don’t you know that I about My Father’s business and to finish it?’ he all also said , ‘ My food is to do the Father’s business and to finish it. This was why when it was time for him to go to the cross He set his face like a flint, undeterred. He would not let even one of His closest friends, Peter, to dissuade Him from His mission. Remember how He rebuked him sternly: ‘Get thee behind me satan…’

What is our lesson?
You and I have a mission, an assignment individually and corporately. We need to identify it and identify with it and pursue it until we finish it like Jesus did. We need to be focused in spite of the distractions that come our way. We too must be single minded and realise that often the enemy will use those closest to us to distract us from or purpose in life. We must be sensitive and stand our ground until we finish our calling.

6.“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matt 27:45-46

At this point our sins were heaped on Him, and just as sin separates, he was separated from His Father for a while. Like a scapegoat He bore our sins and carried our sorrows, bruised for iniquities, visited with the punishment that bought and brought us peace with God. We can also see the enormity, gravity, and sordid weight, wedge and barrier and alienation occasioned by sin. Again we can see the purity, righteousness and holiness of God.

7.“Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”

46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last 
Luke 23:46

Jesus commits his spirit into the hands of His Father. He surrenders all to Him who is faithful and able to keep against that day that committed into His hands. He had laid down His life for His sheep. He knew he would be back in business after His resurrection. He knew he would multiply Himself after his resurrection. He knew that
‘…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

And so He was confident to commit His Spirit into the Hands of the Righteous Judge, the Judge of the whole earth.

We too can confidently commit our spirits into God’s mighty, powerful, faithful, capable hands now and when we are called home to be with Him. Our Father owns the land on both sides of the river. We can go with peace, assurance, confidence, that absent in the Body is presence with the Lord.

8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2Cor. 5:8

The words of Jesus are always spirit and life. His words are dynamic, powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword. They are a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. We can feed our souls on them and be satisfied. Little wonder Mary pondered on them whilst Martha was distracted. Even on the cross He continues to teach, preach, forgive, love, pray, demonstrate faith.

May you and I catch the fire in His bones even today, Amen.

Seeing Death through God’s Eyes (by C.H. Spurgeon)

Seeing Death through God’s Eyes

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“That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death.”—Hebrews 2:14.

child of God, death hath lost its sting, because the devil’s power over it is destroyed. Then cease to fear dying. Ask grace from God the Holy Ghost, that by an intimate knowledge and a firm belief of thy Redeemer’s death, thou mayst be strengthened for that dread hour. Living near the cross of Calvary thou mayst think of death with pleasure, and welcome it when it comes with intense delight. It is sweet to die in the Lord: it is a covenant-blessing to sleep in Jesus. Death is no longer banishment, it is a return from exile, a going home to the many mansions where the loved ones already dwell. The distance between glorified spirits in heaven and militant saints on earth seems great; but it is not so. We are not far from home—a moment will bring us there. The sail is spread; the soul is launched upon the deep. How long will be its voyage? How many wearying winds must beat upon the sail ere it shall be reefed in the port of peace? How long shall that soul be tossed upon the waves before it comes to that sea which knows no storm? Listen to the answer, “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.” Yon ship has just departed, but it is already at its haven. It did but spread its sail and it was there. Like that ship of old, upon the Lake of Galilee, a storm had tossed it, but Jesus said, “Peace, be still,” and immediately it came to land. Think not that a long period intervenes between the instant of death and the eternity of glory. When the eyes close on earth they open in heaven. The horses of fire are not an instant on the road. Then, O child of God, what is there for thee to fear in death, seeing that through the death of thy Lord its curse and sting are destroyed? and now it is but a Jacob’s ladder whose foot is in the dark grave, but its top reaches to glory everlasting.

Home is Heaven ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

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“Arise, and depart.” Micah 2:10

The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all–“Arise, and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey.” And what know we of the journey? And what know we of the country to which we are bound? A little we have read thereof, and somewhat has been revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms of the future! We know that there is a black and stormy river called “Death.” God bids us cross it, promising to be with us. And, after death, what cometh? What wonder-world will open upon our astonished sight? What scene of glory will be unfolded to our view? No traveller has ever returned to tell. But we know enough of the heavenly land to make us welcome our summons thither with joy and gladness. The journey of death may be dark, but we may go forth on it fearlessly, knowing that God is with us as we walk through the gloomy valley, and therefore we need fear no evil. We shall be departing from all we have known and loved here, but we shall be going to our Father’s house–to our Father’s home, where Jesus is–to that royal “city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” This shall be our last removal, to dwell forever with him we love, in the midst of his people, in the presence of God. Christian, meditate much on heaven, it will help thee to press on, and to forget the toil of the way. This vale of tears is but the pathway to the better country: this world of woe is but the stepping-stone to a world of bliss.

“Prepare us, Lord, by grace divine,

For thy bright courts on high;

Then bid our spirits rise, and join

The chorus of the sky.”

Triumphs are Hidden in the Womb of Trials ( by Fenny West)

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Triumph are hidden in the womb of trials

and trials give birth to triumphs.

If you want great triumphs

you must be ready for great trials.

To expect a great triumph without a great trial

is the beginning of insanity.

Diamond is carbon under tons of pressure.

 

.33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John16:33

 

 

“… it takes putting carbon under pressure … its carbon, under tons of heat and pressure … Because extreme pressure, carbon converts in to diamond”

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