When God Visits You(1)
When God visits you
He’ll open your eyes
To see the greatness in you,
Causing you to rise
And possess your possession.
When God visits you,
He’ll change your story
From breakthrough to breakthrough;
Grant you untold victory.
When God visits you,
Unbelievers will know;
Believers will know;
Your adversaries will know;
Your victory will be noised abroad.
Isaiah 60: The Gentiles Bless Zion
1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 ” Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5 Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
Live a Purpose-driven Life
Purpose is your reason for being; your raison d’etre. It is what draws you to wake up in the night to write, or do something even if you are not paid for it. Purpose drives you, fulfils you and defines you.
Everyone has a purpose and a unique purpose at that. Everything has a purpose. Whether or not you know it, this does not preclude the fact that it has a purpose. Whether or not you know it, you have a purpose.
Abraham had a purpose. Despite the odds that were against him- being child-less, old to the point of having no sperm or low sperm-count and his wife also old and past her menopause, yet it did not matter to God. He had called them to be Father of many nations and mother of nations. Through him all the families of the earth would be blessed – pointer to Jesus. (Gen.12:1-3)
Eventually, the vision which tarried, delayed (as it were), came to pass in the fullness of time despite many challenges. And today, those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are blessed- the seed of Abraham. ( Gen.15:1-7, Gen21:1-7)
Genesis 21: Isaac Is Born
1 And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken.
7 She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Joseph had a purpose. He was to be instrumental for the preservation of Israel who will be enslaved in a foreign land for over 400 years.
“Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. Gen15:13
God revealed that purpose in pictures. Joseph understood that he would be in a prominent position and all his siblings would bow to him. However God did not share any details with him. In the fullness of time, after many difficulties and oppositions, it came to pass and he fulfilled his purpose, mission and vision.
“Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:
7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Gen.37:6-7
41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt.
44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. Gen41:41-45
Paul had a purpose, despite starting out as an adversary to the Church – arresting and persecuting Christians, overseeing their execution.
58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
Acts 8: Saul Persecutes the Church
1 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem;
However the more he opposed the Church, the more he was being magnetised to God.
Acts 9: The Damascus Road: Saul Converted
1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.
17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,
18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’Act26:16-18
And this enemy of the Church, was gloriously, dramatically and unquestionably converted into a saint and trophy in the hand of God. Saul of Tarsus became St Paul who used the same zeal with which he opposed Christianity to forget the past and reaching forth for that which to press on for the mark of prize of his high-calling in Christ Jesus (Phil3:13-14). He went on to build churches, raise disciples and write 13 best-sellers of all time, giving us incredible revelation of Whose we are, what we are in Christ, and what we have in Christ. Paul would not be deterred by opposition. He was stoned many times, imprisoned many times, often shipwrecked, beaten with rods, lashed 39 strokes 5 times, misrepresented, mistreated, maligned, but he kept pressing on. He once said, “None of these things move me… ” Why? He was focused on completing his purpose( Acts20:24) and he did with finesse and was able to declare:
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Our Saviour, Jesus had a purpose. He knew that purpose, was passionate about that purpose, pursued that purpose and regardless of opposition, remained undaunted, unrelenting, uncompromising, unwavering until He said,”Teleiose” ( It finished!) ( John1:29, Luke2:49,John18:28-38, 1John3:8, John19:30)
Moses had a purpose – delivering the Children of Israel from the House of Bondage
11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. Ex2:11
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Heb11 :24-27
. Moses knew about his purpose but missed the timing, killed someone and ran for his life. He went to a foreign land, changed his “passport”, got married, got a job as a Shepherd. He had started speaking “sheepinese”, had almost forgotten his purpose. But one day, God found him in the back side of a desert and reminded him.
“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…
9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”( Ex3:4,7-10)
Moses resisted God, gave every excuse in the world why he was not qualified.
“O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Ex4:10)
But God, who does not call the qualified but qualifies the called, convinced Moses that all he needed was His presence. Moses recapitulated and took up the gauntlet and went back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh with what God said, “Let My people go.”
Moses’ purpose was resisted, not only by Pharaoh but even by his own people. God displayed signs and wonders in Egypt culminating in the death of the first born in each household before Pharaoh recapitulated to let God’s people go. Moses fulfilled his vision. He took them out Bondage.
30 So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
31 Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said.Ex12:30-31
Joshua had a purpose – to take them into the Promised Land. “He takes us out bondage, our encumbrance and hindrance to take us into our inheritance and dance. Joshua fulfilled His purpose like Jesus did.
Esther had a purpose – to avert what would have been the first holocaust, in Shushan the citadel, Persia, during the reign of King Ahasuerus. Mordecai was like the Holy Spirit-the guide, who counselled her during the contest for a new queen, which Esther won. He also revealed her purpose in the palace for such a time as that. “…who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”(Esther4:14)
Esther played ball and the Jews were preserved. She fulfilled her purpose. ( Esther7:3-10)
Nehemiah was burdened about Jerusalem, even though he was in a foreign land as an exile in a lucrative employment. He mourned, fasted and prayed when he learned about the broken down walls of Jerusalem.(Neh1:3-4)
God used him to answer his prayer as He gave him favour with the King, who became sympathetic to the cause, permitting him, not only to go and rebuild the wall, but gave him supplies and security.
Nehemiah went back and commenced his purpose and despite much opposition, remained resolute until he completed rebuilding the wall in 52 days, to the glory of God.
The Wall Completed
15 So the wall was finished…, in fifty-two days.Neh.6:15
And You, yes, YOU, reader; You under the sound of my voice, you have a purpose, a unique purpose. Unless you find that purpose, life will not have a true meaning for you. But if you have found that purpose, congratulations! Your life will find fulfilment if you are following that purpose, fulfilling that purpose and sold out to that purpose.
Friend, find your purpose. Pursue your purpose. Live a purpose driven life. Live before you die.
If you do not have a personal relationship with God; if you are not born again, come and acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing or knowledge and without the Life, there is no living. Invite Jesus Christ into your life and His Spirit will guide you into your purpose – your reason for being. Spend and be spent for that purpose and you will not only be fulfilled but have eternal incomparable rewards.
Live a Purpose -driven Life!
Let us pray
Father, I thank You for being born for such a time as this. I was born for a purpose, born for a reason. This reason shall not only be found but pursued and fulfilled to your glory. Your Spirit will guide me each step of the way to live Your dream, in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Lord, that my purpose is unique and fitting for me. I shall learn from others but not be a photo-copy of others. I am well-fitted for my purpose. Nothing will stop me from fulfilling my purpose, in Jesus’ Name.
The Word of Faith
The Word of faith
puts springs in your steps,
gives you a “can do” attitude,
assures you that God orders your steps,
and guarantees your ultimate altitude.
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
Nothing to Fear
God did not give us a spirit of fear
The righteous are bold; they do not fear
Yea though I walk through dark vale, I will not fear.
The just shall live by faith
We walk not by sight but by faith
The substance of things hope for is faith
The positive response to the word of God is faith.
No need to fear
I will not fear because You’re with me.
I will not fear because You are my strength
I will not fear because You are my light and my salvation.
I will not fear because You’re for me.
I will not fear because You’re in me.
There is no fear in love.
Perfect love casts away all fear.
Those who know their God shall be strong and will not fear.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2Tim1:7
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.
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.
” 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.”
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.
Supplanted, Not Supplemented (By Fenny West)
Supplanted, Not Supplemented;
With a New Life, not a New leaf.
New species, New Creature
Not made over, not improved.
The Old has gone and the New has come.
I was alien to God but now a friend of God
I was dead in sin but now alive to righteousness
I was a child of disobedience but now a child of obedience
I was an object of wrath but now an object of love
I was rejected but now accepted in the Beloved.
I was dead and stank like Lazarus but now resurrected with Zoe, the life of God –
the old life supplanted-not supplemented.
I was not just in darkness but darkness itself.
Now I am the Light of the world
A city on a hill that cannot be hidden
Now I am the salt if the earth
I was under a curse but now blessed with the blessing of Abraham,
blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
I am blessed to be a blessing, a Solution Centre.
I am healed to bring healing to my world.
I am saved to reach out to reconcile others. I am a man with a mission.
I have a purpose – driven life.
Now I have the life of God
Now I am a New Creation
Now I am a son of God
Now I am a citizen of heaven.
Now I am in this world
But I am not of this world.
When Jesus was crucified
I was crucified with Him
When He was buried
I was buried with Him
When He was raised
I was raised up with Him
And when was enthroned
I was enthroned with Him
I am now sitting with Him
Far above principalities and powers.
Above every throne, above every name.
I am reigning with Him
He is the Head
I am His body
I am His temple
I am His voice
His hands and feet.
I carry divinity in my humanity
I am a peculiar person
of the chosen generation
Of the royal priesthood.
I am born again
Born to reign
Born to praise.
Born to shine
Born to win
Born to bring glory
To the Lord of glory
As He is so am I in this world.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.2Cor5:17
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.1John4:17
I Have Given You a Potent Weapon
I have given you a potent weapon
Like stone and sling with which to smite
Use it in the Name of the Son
And fight in the power of My might.
The armour may look ridiculous
But through it will come great victory.
Yes, I will do the miraculous
That would birth a great testimony.
Do you know God still uses foolish things
To confound those who are wise?
He created, spurn into being great things
From nothing, chaos and great demise.