Goliath, the Giant of Gath(4) { by Fenny West}

Goliath, the Giant of Gath 

Met his match in little David, 

Who showed, “One with God is majority.” 

Goliath bit the dust,

no matter how macho. 

Similarly, Jesus  won the victory

When He triumphed through the cross. 

One with Jesus is still majority. 

Because He rose from the dead,

Giving us New Life and authority.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.

51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

1Sam17:50-51

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Col2:15

©Fenny West2020

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Between A Rock and a Hard Place (by Fenny West)

When You’re Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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5     Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?”

6     So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.

7     Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.

8     And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.

9     So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zemphon.

10   And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.

11   Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?

12   Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

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.

17   And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen.

18   Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

19   And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.

20   So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night.

21   Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

22   So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Ex14:5-22

You are barricaded by your enemies, who bombard you here and there and are in great glee, rejoicing: ‘We got him, we got her!’ What do you do? Stand or go? Lie down and die?  You were set free after many generations of bondage.  You looked forward to your Jubilee which came after much trauma. Pharaoh- your slave master- would not let go. He kept changing his mind at the last minute despite the plagues God sent on the land until the last straw: death of the first born broke the carmel’s back.

You suddenly had a green light that seemed to end your financial entrapment but before your celebration for victory died down, you were faced with debt again.  You were giving glory for one physical ailment that has bowed and then another one shows up; this one even more serious.

This was the plight of the Israelites. Moses, the man of God, had finally won the battle with Pharaoh.  The angel of the Lord was leading. The presence of the Lord was unmistakeable with the pillar of cloud and the fire in attendance. There was no doubt that their worst fears were over.  Besides God gave them favour with the Egyptian so much so that they plundered them, laden with silver and gold as they left for the Promised Land.  Everything was working in their favour.  Like the little eaglets in the nest enjoying being mummy’s pampering.  It couldn’t be better.  The honey moon was on. 

The Israelites were freed at last and heavily loaded! Where were they going to? They were going to a land that flowed with milk and honey.  What more could they wish for?

Suddenly they lifted up their eyes and were greeted with billows of dust from afar. What could that be? As the dust settled, they could not believe their eyes. Pharaoh’s disease: Hardening of Heart, was back. Six hundred chariots and horse and a host of army were in hot pursuit. What more, right in front was the Red Sea?  So they were trapped in the middle.

What was going on? Was God asleep? Was He not leading them with the pillar of cloud and fire?

So what are the lessons for us?

  1. It was God who hardened Pharaoh’s heart- not the Devil. Just like mother eagle bats her little ones to the edge of the cliff so they can learn to fly.
  2. God also led them to the Red sea such that they were trapped between Pharaoh and the Red Sea.
  3. God has a purpose in anything He does or allows.  In this case, it is to show forth His glory; to show that nothing was too difficult for Him.
  4. He demonstrated that He may lead to what looks like a dead end but it is a door of a new opportunity.  Those who focus on the difficulties will miss the opportunity but those who know their God will do great exploits through it.

When the wrong train takes you to the right place, you know it was a train ordained of God.

It was God who directed Paul and Silas to Philippi but there they were beaten, battered and broken and imprisoned- chained, in straight jackets. At midnight instead of complaining, they prayed and praised. What happened? God used the occasion and used it to lead the jailor and his family to God. they were gloriously saved. God used the difficulty as an opportunity for salvation.

  1. Through what happened God revealed the Israelite to themselves: fickle, fearful and doubtful. They were able to see that despite the Lord’s faithfulness in fulfilling His word in freeing them and loading them with wealth on their way to the Promised Land, they were still an unbelieving bunch- preferring to serve the Egyptians than to be set free. They were still imprisoned in their minds. This is what we also clamour for when we lose hope amidst difficulties and prefer the ‘good old days.’  Over 400 years of slavery was not enough suffering.  God was forcing them out of slavery, because left to themselves, they will gladly remain in their chains, serfdom and prison than get out. They’re used to it; it’s all they know; freedom was foreign to them. They feared the unknown.
  2. Your enemies- detractors, slave masters; things that have held you bound will not leave you easily without a fight. They will pursue you.  Therefore you cannot take things for granted.
  3. You must be watchful and prayerful and hide continually under the shadow of God’s wings otherwise you will be trapped again. The giants were left in the Promised Land to keep the Israelite on their toes.
  4. When you are obeying God, doing the right thing and you are trapped yet again, don’t worry. Pray, trust, stand to see God’s salvation.  This shows that you are not putting confidence in your efforts to stay free.  Salvation belongs to the Lord.  He will make a way where there seems to be no way.
  5. Where you know that you have been trapped again out of your compromise or sin, you will be wise to acknowledge your sin, ask for forgiveness and look for a way of escape, forsaking your sin.

Limitation of Headship

  1. We also see that although Moses was leading, he was limited. He has to seek God’s face daily as we should in our daily affairs.  He also led from the front, encouraging the Israelites in the face of the ‘storm.’ He encouraged them prophetically: Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you and you will hold your peace. The Egyptians you see today you will see them no more.’

Only one who had had fellowship with the Lord could speak like that in the midst of a raging fire. He focused on God’s power, goodness, faithfulness, grace, salvation and sovereignty.

  1. Again we see that guidance is not permanent. That you heard from Him yesterday does not mean that you do not need to hear from Him today.  We need to communicate with Him daily, especially when we’re facing a crisis. So we see Moses after encouraging the people retires to consult the Lord.

  2. Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.

  3. God has a provision in place before the need arises.  He had anointed the rod: symbol of authority of Moses, and Moses was reminded.

  4. Pray but also use the authority and weapons you have been given as revealed in Ephesians 6:10-18, the name of Jesus and the blood of the Lamb. The word is in your mouth and in your heart; the word of faith. That word is powerful, dynamic, sharper than any two-edged sword. The name of the Lord is a strong tower.  The righteous run to it and are saved.

Let Pharaoh pursue, huff and puff, he will meet his waterloo.  Let’s see the challenges we face as opportunities to see another dimension of the power of God. God is using adversity to shape you, prepare you for your purpose. He wants you to have an opportunity to flex your faith muscles and rise to a new level to show forth His glory.  He wants you to have a new testimony through your test.

 

Freed to Fly Yet soon Trapped

                        

Freed to Fly

Chains shattered

Pharaoh floored

Giant felled

Lion tamed

Yet soon trapped

Led by Him

To Red Sea

Foes behind

In a rage

Baring fangs

Furious

Breathing fire

Eyes bloodshot.

Nest is stirred

For new grace

A new phase

New threshold

New vista

Never seen

Next level

To heaven

Time to trust

Trust in Him

You’ll not roast

Flow with Him

Go to Him

Stand and see

Go forward

Not backwards

Take a leap

Leap of faith

Use the rod

Use the word

Spirit’s Sword

Part the sea.

©Fenny West2012

Goliath Comes in Various Forms ( by Fenny West)

Goliath Comes

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Goliath comes in various forms; Be it financial,

relational National, international, cultural, Spiritual, natural,

material, mental, psychological, emotional, legal,

parental, paternal, maternal, marital, visual, occupational, racial,

physiological, neonatal, medical, situational or super-natural.

He comes, huffing and puffing, threatening, intimidating, fire-brandishing, dagger-wielding, gun-totting, ridiculing, camouflaging, deceiving, distracting, demanding, commanding, subverting, counter-attacking, manipulating, stealing, killing and destroying. Yes, he comes with subtlety, comes menacingly, cunningly, discretely, innocently and sly.

Never mind his imposing stature and formidable fearful front. He has a glass jaw. The Prince of Peace and the Lion of Judah disarmed him a long time ago at Calvary.

So take cover under the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of your testimony and he will bite the dust. Like David, know who you are, what you have and Whose you are.

Remember you have a New Covenant established on better promises.

Remember you have the whole armour of God: the helmet of salvation, the breast-plate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shoes of the Gospel, the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit Keep Your focus on Jesus, Who saved us, washed us justified us, reconciled us, and now interceding for us.

Remember, you’re a child of God, a citizen of heaven, of the royal priesthood, of the chosen generation, belonging to God, of the holy nation, called out of darkness into God’s marvellous light.

 

You are more than a conqueror, an overcomer, called to show forth the glory of Your Maker. No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. If God be for you, who can be against you? Stand against that Goliath, no matter how he looks or where he lurks. Be bold and strong. Be not afraid, neither be you dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Be on the offensive in the name of Jesus. Put Goliath where he belongs-under your feet. You are born to win. The battle is not yours but the Lord’s. And when the enemy comes like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him. Angels are on assignment on your behalf. Speak the word of God and galvanise them into action. Remember: “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of  good cheer. I have overcome the world. ( ) The Kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent takes it by force. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their testimonies, that they loved not their lives even unto death. But thanks be unto God who gives us the victory.

 

Rise, Launch a Pre-emptive Strike ( by Fenny West)

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Rise, Launch a Pre-emptive Strike

 

Rise, launch a pre-emptive strike
On your foes come to destroy
Take no prisoners; shoot God’s arrows
The arrow of the Spirit’s sword.

 

Use praise and worship and thanks
Use the Helmet of Salvation
Use the Shield of Faith
Use the Shoes of the Gospel
Use the Breastplate of Right-standing with God.
Use the belt of Truth
Use the blood of Jesus
Use the Name of Jesus-
the Name above all other names.

The Whole Armor of God 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — Eph6:10-18 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2Cor10:4-6 ©Fenny West2013

Fight For Your Field (by Fenny West)

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Fight for your Field

 

Fight for Your field
To God totally yield
Know He is your Shield
The whole armour wield
To Satan never yield
Stay in your field.

 

Fight with God’s might
Fight for what is right
Victory is in sight
Fight in your night
Fight when it’s bright
Fight even if it’s tight.

 

Fight for your family
Defeat your enemy
Fight for your purity
Fight for your testimony
Fight for your integrity
Fight for your unity.

Fight with importunity
Fight with every opportunity
Know your God is Almighty
Know you’re destined for victory.

Fight for your excellence
Fight against decadence.

Fight for God’s pre-eminence
Fight for your resurgence
Fight when the battle is thick and dense
Know that God is your defence

 

Put on the whole armour
You’re in a war
Fight for what’s worth fighting for
Take God’s power in store
Rise from the floor
Keep within the Law.

 

Fight with everything in your bones
Fight even if you’re stoned
Fight even when you’re alone
For this field much has been sown
Draw strength from His throne
Know He fights for His own.

 

Fight with faith like Shammah
Depend on Jehovah Shammah
He’s your Victorious Banner
The Rock that is higher
The Author and Finisher
The Alpha and Omega.

 

Stand and fight your Goliath-
The phoney foe from Gath.
What it takes you’ve got
The Holy Ghost
The Lord of Hosts
The First and the Last

 

Shammah had the sword
But God fought the battle
Stand on His powerful word
Mount up like an eagle

You’re God’s sheep, part of His herd
Use the Spirit’s Sword

Stand on the Rhema you have heard
Stand on the living dynamic word
It is a life-giving bread
Compass to those Spirit-led

Fight like a lion that’s losing her cubs
Fight even if you’re badly wounded

Fight against thieves come to rob
Fight even if you’re hounded

Know that you’re a soldier
Not called to surrender
Called to be an overcomer
Called to lift God’s banner

Know the One in you is greater
Than your Adversary, Lucifer

Fight for your vision
Avoid any division
Fight for your restoration
And full compensation

Fight for your resurrection
Fight for your salvation

Fight for lost souls
Fight against demonic spirits in control
Fight to get out of the hole
Fight for God‘s control

Surrender in whole
From your head’s crown to you feet’s sole

You’re a New Creation
With no more condemnation
Called for dominion
Make a quality decision
In spite of all opposition
For God’s glorification

 

Fight the best you can
According to God’s plan
Ignore those who ran
Depend not on man
Every indolence ban
The gift of God in you fan.

 

Fight for your mind
Saint, mind your mind
Know your are God-kind
Crave for His mind
With feet like the Hind’s
Don’t be left behind!

 

Stand strong despite the test
Stand and surf the crest
Go forward with all zest
Know for sure you’re blest
If you and I do our best
God will surely do the rest.

Stay in the Middle of Your Vision
, in the middle of your field, refuse to yield, defend your patch, strike the Philistines down, fight even if others run, depend on God. God will bring victory.

2Sam23:11-12-11 Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them. 12 But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.

The Battle is the Lord’s
15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Put on God’s whole Armour
Eph6:10-18 0Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

You’re in a warfare
2Cor10:3-5 3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

You’re a soldier
2Tm:2:3: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2Tm:2:4: No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Take the kingdom by force
Matt.11:12 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
2Tm:4:7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
1Tm:6:12: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
1Co:9:26: I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
God is on your side
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Ac:5:39: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Ac:23:9: And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

Who shall separate us fro the Love of God?
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[a]

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Zec:10:5: And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
Zec:14:3: Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Ph’p:1:6: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Ph’p:1:15: Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
Ph’p:2:13: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Ph’p:2:19: But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
Fight for your mind
Ph’p:4:8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
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No Story, No Glory (by Fenny West)

No Story, No Glory

 

 

 

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From frequent Failure to sustained Success

C.H. Spurgeon

2 Samuel 15:23

The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron.

David passed that gloomy brook when flying with his mourning company from his traitor son. The man after God’s own heart was not exempt from trouble, nay, his life was full of it. He was both the Lord’s Anointed, and the Lord’s Afflicted. Why then should we expect to escape? At sorrow’s gates the noblest of our race have waited with ashes on their heads, wherefore then should we complain as though some strange thing had happened unto us? The KING of kings himself was not favoured with a more cheerful or royal road. He passed over the filthy ditch of Kidron, through which the filth of Jerusalem flowed. God had one Son without sin, but not a single child without the rod. It is a great joy to believe that Jesus has been tempted in all points like as we are. What is our Kidron this morning? Is it a faithless friend, a sad bereavement, a slanderous reproach, a dark foreboding? The King has passed over all these. Is it bodily pain, poverty, persecution, or contempt? Over each of these Kidrons the King has gone before us. “In all our afflictions He was afflicted.” The idea of strangeness in our trials must be banished at once and for ever, for He who is the Head of all saints, knows by experience the grief which we think so peculiar. All the citizens of Zion must be free of the Honourable Company of Mourners, of which the Prince Immanuel is Head and Captain. Notwithstanding the abasement of David, he yet returned in triumph to his city, and David’s Lord arose victorious from the grave; let us then be of good courage, for we also shall win the day. We shall yet with joy draw water out of the wells of salvation, though now for a season we have to pass by the noxious streams of sin and sorrow. Courage, soldiers of the Cross, the King himself triumphed after going over Kidron, and so shall you.

This devotional reminds me of my life in the Spirit. Charles Spurgeon, who wrote it was a prolific writer, anointed pastor and businessman in is time. He died young only 58. Someone said he did the work of 58 men.  His devotionals are still as fresh as ever even after over 100 years since his death.

Not long after I came to know the Lord, over three decades ago, I had a little inkling about my calling- to inspire with music, poetry and song. About the length and the breadth of the ministry, I had no idea. Initially, I started with assisting in worship leading before tribulations took me to Ireland. It was there that the Lord opened another chapter in my calling- preaching.

God would not show you everything.  It is one step at a time. We are called to walk by faith and not by sight. His ways are not our ways.  He uses the troubles we face today to prepare us for tomorrow.

Besides, if we are shown some of the dark, horrible, lonely, harrowing wilderness, valleys and deserts passages we would be passing through, we may have a second thought.

Joseph only saw the in his dream, the end where his brothers and parents were bowing to him as a landlord or overlord. He did not see the pit and where he was stripped of his coat of many colours, nearly killed but later sold by his brothers as a slave and ending up in a foreign land as a servant. He did not see being tempted by his master’s wife in a foreign land, when he was in a position to empty his bank account and elope with her. He did not see the injustice that would greet him in this strange land and that despite his display of integrity and righteousness, he would end up being maligned and thrown into a foreign prison and forgotten by someone he helped. Gen37-41

God allowed bad things to happen to a good young god-fearing, excellent, wise man because He wanted him to go through that training and pruning and preparation process for the time ahead, when he would reign as Prime Minister and fulfil his purpose- ‘to save many alive’ in a time of severe famine in Egypt.

19   Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

20   But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

21            Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Gen50:19-20

Joseph knew nothing of the promise God had made to his great grandfather, Abraham in Genesis 15:13

13            Then He said to Abram: “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 used Israel to mirror how He would work in our lives

In the divine plan of God, Israel would be slaves in a foreign land. He was using Israel as an object lesson or microcosm for the whole of humanity. We would be slaves until we come to Christ who will set us free from the sin (Satan’s house of bondage) resulting from the fall of Adam. Everything that happened to Israel and their experiences and their behaviours and attitudes in the wilderness are pictures of us all that can be replayed and evidenced in our lives as a people and the Christian in particular, even after being set free by the blood of Jesus. Indeed, the word of God is ‘spirit and it is life’.

If we examine our lives properly we will see ourselves in the mirror of God’s word and hear ourselves murmur as they murmured, despite seeing the miracles that God wrought in Egypt. We will see ourselves snaring at our leaders or helpers who are sent to help us and doing their best to lead us, even as Israel did to Moses.  We would see ourselves at the ‘complain counter’, desiring the leeks and cucumber of Egypt whilst on our way to the Promised Land like they did. They were out of Egypt but Egypt was still in them. They complained when there was no meat or water or when the water they had was bitter. Is that not typical of many of us? We would also see ourselves misusing or abusing the blessing or favour God gave us because we do not know why we were given it. Remember how they used the jewels they obtained from the Egyptians to make a golden calf and worshiped it. This is what happens when we are blessed and do not appreciate why God blessed us in the first place. God has blessed us to be a blessing. He has given us gifts to serve others and glorify Him.  He wants us to bless each other and realise that be belong to each other. The more we bless others the more fulfilled we will be. (Gen12:2)

Numbers 11

5 We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;

Exodus 32

4 And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”

8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’ “

I have discovered over the years that the more I give out what God has given me, the more He gives to me. And He encourages me from quarters that I least expect so that the glory goes to Him. Luke6:38, 2Cor9:6-8, Eccle11:1, Ps112:9, Prov3:9-10

Paul was mightily used by the Lord, but he was also very much afflicted.

16            For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts9:16

God gave us Ananias a preview of what was awaiting Paul. Paul also knew he would suffer but there was no detail as we see below.

Suffering for Christ

22   Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.

23   Are they ministers of Christ? — I speak as a fool — I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.

24   From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.

25   Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26   in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27   in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness —

28   besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

29   Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?

30   If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.

31   The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

32   In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me;

33   but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

2 Corinthians 12: The Vision of Paradise

1     It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord:

2     I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago — whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows — such a one was caught up to the third heaven.

3     And I know such a man — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows —

4     how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

5     Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.

6     For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

The Thorn in the Flesh

7     And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

8     Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

9     And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10   Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

So behind every glory, there is a story

We will all suffer our share of trials and tribulations, because unless we suffer with Him, we cannot reign with Him.

God knows what suffering He has ordained for us, depending on the ministry He purposed for us. If you see anyone mightily used by God, you need to be wise to find out how much they have been bruised, because unless you are bruised, you cannot be used. Those who are greatly anointed are also greatly afflicted. You may not see their pain or sorrow but behind the glittering glory is some furnace experience- refining and pruning that is uncomfortable; they have tasted gall that is unpalatable; furrows and ridges have been etched on their spiritual backs and God did not tell them it will be so, just like he did not tell Joseph, that they would go through such gruesome experiences.  Such people will experience many apparent failures before they become successful.

That has been my experience, even though I am a long way from what God has in store for me. I can definitely identify with Joseph, David and Paul and Moses and the Lord Jesus Christ. And without a shadow of a doubt, God wants each one of us to have to identify with the sufferings of our Lord in one way or the other. “God had one Son without sin, but not a single child without the rod. “

17   and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

From Suffering to Glory

18   For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom8:17-18

41            So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. Acts5:41

19   But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.

20   And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city;

21   and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.”

22   Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.

23   And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.

24   Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Acts16

All of our experiences in life are designed to bake us as a cake for the eating. What we go through are the ingredients of our making. God mixes the bad and the good and the crude to make a delicious ‘cake’ for others to eat of our cake just like we eat of others’ ‘cakes’.

To be used You have to be bruised

http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=35687

anointing attracts attack Part 1

http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=38385

part2

http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=38386

from breakthrough to breakthrough

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CsrUqMmXNQ

For instance why would God encourage me to continue to study professional Accountancy for 15 years of my life, even though it was not His will for me to be an accountant?  He is all-wise and knows best. How would you feel after such a struggle which began in Africa and then took me to England and then to Ireland, only not to have an Accountancy Job in the end? How would you feel when you keep hearing ‘provision is in the vision’ again and again and you have been trusting a long time, yet it has eluded you? I have been in Abram’s shoes where he cried to God:

“Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”

3     Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

4              And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Gen15

In Chapter17 God kept reinforcing His promise by changing the name of Abram to Abraham. It was kind of even more embarrassing. From then on people will be calling him ‘father of many nations’ when he had nothing to show for it. He had to take sides with God and wait for the fulfilment.

God did a similar thing to me too and I am waiting for the manifestation. Because God is a faithful God and I have seen His track record in the scriptures and in my life over the years, I know he will bring about my manifestation  that have been in abeyance for long also.

In His time he makes everything beautiful. He is not a man to lie. He is faithful. He is always on time. Our times are in His hands. ( Eccle3:11, Num23:19,Heb6:18,Jer1:12,Isa55:10-11, Ps31:15,Gen21:1-3, Ps102:13)

‘My confession will bring a manifestation.’

All things are possible

to those who believe

I have prayed the word

 and I will see

The word of God is so sure

Settled in heaven

It will accomplish

that which pleases Him

CH: I believe, yes, I believe and I will see

I believe, yes, I believe and I will receive

I believe, yes, I believe and I will see

And so I speak:

‘My confession will bring a manifestation.’

All things are possible

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMDixMGQXTE

At such time I remember:

Oaks of righteousness shall stand in the fierce wind…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG18XSKFMuo

www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=34982

Look unto the Hills

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsPV4EwZHHs

Trust and be happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_m4x8RNY5o

Lead me Lord to my Promised Land

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-UoWXdx4As

Show me your Glory

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxk4LzfmWxo

Sing, O Barren

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQhXwZltt40

Dominion Lost, regained

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTSVYxi2jXM

With the benefit of hindsight, I now know that although I was in the School of Accountancy in the physical realm, I was actually in a Spiritual School of the Holy Spirit too, and Accountancy was just a tool in God’s hands. In fact, all life is a School.  Undoubtedly, though I had missed out on the generous, lucrative remuneration package that Accountancy would have offered, God’s package is better and incomparable because it will endure forever and would bless many who I may not meet and the glory will go to God. God would not share His glory with any other. His blessing makes rich and add no sorrow. I have to believe His word when I see my compatriots having worldly success- having holiday homes, portfolio of houses, able to on holidays, driving expensive cars etc, etc established accountancy firms or other ventures, whilst I am writing and singing songs and poems to encourage people I have never met and may never meet and persevering even when my finances are extremely tight at times. It is a walk of faith. The just shall live by faith. God is no man’s debt. And what is done for Him will eventually be rewarded and handsomely too.  My pay is coming. For now like Paul experiencing my abasement and so have I, despite writing hundreds of songs and thousands of poems. I have to hold on to the word of God for my day of abounding:

I will wait until my change comes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7VBPiLseEc

Your kingdom will come

You’re not a man that You should lie

On You Lord I will rely.

Lord, You have exalted your word

even above even  you name

I will stand on your word

I will hold on to what I have heard

My future are as bright

 as you’re your promises, O Lord

Your word is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’

Lead me Lord to my Eden

I stand on your covenant

Established on better promises

Heaven and earth will pass away

But your word will abide always.

I have also had my relational and family problems some of which have inspired some of my songs: Songs from my struggles.

There tribulations were coded: ‘FELA’:

Financial

Educational and

Legal

Adversities

It was funny but it was also real , but through the trials or adversities, God also have me testimonies that have strengthened my faith and enabled me to grow in grace.

Daily I am reminded that David, the sweet psalmist of God, mined his sweetness from the furnace of affliction, and it helps me to endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ.

When the going gets tough, I remember:

My eyes are on You, Lord…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZbRFoEroic

 

I will Call on Your Name

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8MG4oquG7c

These songs also help me to pray whilst singing. I call them ‘Praysing’

Also when principalities and powers taunt me and challenge me, I remember the prophetic songs that God gave me:

There is a friend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5YdcAZwrAc

 

Who sticks closer than a brother…

Peace be still…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdd14eVHsHw

He’s a faithful God

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJFWr_HRyO4

 

Your sun will never set again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pBRoXC_a3s

When I think of my spiritual warfare with principalities and power over my vision, purpose and assignment, I think of :

Fight for your field

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgMohiQuOKE

 

Sleeping giant awake…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYjNcLgTe4I

 

It’s a spiritual warfare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZnJtzHRr0Q

 

When I become weary of my wilderness and desert experience the Holy Spirit reminds me of:

Come Comforter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPkxPrL7oCQ

 

Pour on us a new anointing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_01POiife4

 

Christ is alive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zmMS4_IbXQ

 

Behold I give you power (Tread down on serpents)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWnUbv_DDxk

 

It’s a spiritual warfare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZnJtzHRr0Q

 

Be strong and courageous

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmTLYhrakwI

be strong in the Lord

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVPWRa0KIhg

 

He that dwells

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FduzhO4vA4w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwjR1WtkS_Y

 

Who shall separate us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vCflLoHOY

 

We are more than conquerors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvvicQ1k8Ys

 

I rejoice over you with a song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndPB4WQo8bs

 

Sing a new song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvDbQoJMGOc

 God also encourages me with sermons some of which I preached at home to an imaginary audience. That is undoubtedly an act of faith and I have often used these to encourage myself when my faith-tank is low- just like David encouraged himself in His God in 1Sam30:8

He has also brought me to sermons I preached in Churches whilst wandering in the wilderness of Ireland. Though these were preached over 20 years ago, they are still fresh and they encourage me to keep trusting Him for the great things He has in store for me.

Great expectation from a great and mighty God (Isa43:18-19, Phil3:10-14, 1Chron29:11-13, Ps145)

http://youtu.be/gMxr6YAM7b0

God has opened my eyes to have a glimpse of how David did it.

Furthermore, God encourages me to see what He is doing in my life in terms of eternity and an assurance that nothing that I am doing in His name, as directed, goes unnoticed, even if not acknowledge here on earth. This is what keeps me going.

I thank God for the various skills He has enabled me to acquire- not only to writing song, play instruments but to record them, writing poems and preach sermons and create videos and marry them with the songs in a unique way. It is not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Living God.

By the grace of God my partners will come from the East and the West, North and south to join hands with me to perfect and make the trickle and ocean to the glory of God.

When I was failing my Accountancy courses and repeating them when they were clawed back I felt like giving it up to pursue the ministry but I did not have a release to the course, so I persevered until I completed it in a record 15 years! and in three different countries. And when there was no work in that field I fell back on my teaching qualification. There again I had some hard times when my overseas qualification which was initially accepted, became obsolete. It was a struggle to go back to studies again on a different career path and even after passing the course, there was another barrier- obtaining a recognised teachers status. I thank God that By His grace that hurdle has just been crossed in the last two months.

So you can see the barriers that stood my way in Accountancy. I did not have the opportunity of working in an accountancy firm whilst studying for the course. The only experience I had before qualifying was for a few weeks. I certainly had many years’ experience as a cleaner and warehouse operative- picking, carrying and packing despite a bad pain.  It was the cleaning work that landed me on trouble with the authority and this led to my going to Ireland (‘exiled’) to continue my studies. It was like Moses who ran to Midian. God used all my adverse these experiences to mould me, refine and prune me. I remember living in ten different addresses in Ireland as a student and not allowed to work. It was a walk of faith for eight years. Often I lived rent free as an Au pair or caretaker or cleaner of a church. God also used people to bless me from time to time whilst the Holy Spirit was birthing songs in me in my struggle. (Rom8:28) He gives us songs in the night. (Job35:10)

I remember:

 Heaven Hear my voice as I sing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG5hM6Ed9xs

This song was birth when I was about to be allowed to go back to England after 8 years, but I faced more delay and disappointment like Joseph, before the King dreamed and the butler remembered.

You Must Be Born Again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTSV12EEKmo

was composed not long after I was born again and so was

Come Comforter. Came when I wanted revival in my life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPkxPrL7oCQ

When in search of divine direction, these were some of songs that came:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPIQE0mEGOE&feature=player_detailpage

I will instruct you

http://youtu.be/dk7hg_om0R4

The Best is Yet to Come

 

The best is yet to come

To those who are patient

Those who are redeemed

Blood-bought and blood-kept.

The best is yet to come

To those who just wait

For His Kingdom to come.

Waiting has a lot of weight.

The best is yet to come

To those who will not give up

Those who will not give in

Those who refuse to be stopped.

The best is yet to come

 To those born again

Those who have aligned

With the King, to reign

The best is yet to come

Those who are heirs of God

And joint heirs with Christ;

Those in this world

But not of this world;

Those who are the salt

Of the earth,

The light of the world,

City on a hill,

Living stones,

God’s field,

His hands and feet,

His aroma on earth

Peculiar people

And royal priesthood,

Seated with Him

 In heavenly places,

Whose names are written

In the Lamb’s Book of Life.

 

These are my memorial stones for posterity.  They will speak of the wonders, faithfulness and goodness and grace of God long after I am one.

Make sure you also leave memorial stones for posterity. Let them be a baton to hand to your children and your children’s children.

Joshua 4: The Memorial Stones

1     And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying:

2     “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe,

3     and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’ “

4     Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe;

5     and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel,

6     that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’

7              Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.

For more depth to my story wait for ‘Irish Times’ and ‘English Times’

Some of the experiences were very humorous. God has a sense of humour. Like when He gave laughter (Isaac) to Abraham and Sarah because they laughed at the thought of having a child at their old age. You will find these humorous times in ‘Fenny’s Funnies’

When the Lord promised me treasures of darkness and hidden riches in secret places over 30 years ago it was like pie in the sky. It made no sense, more so in the face of the vicissitudes of life that visited me and are still unrelenting. But the picture is becoming clearer after going through the fire and water.

2     ‘ I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.

3     I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.

When he called me Good Success when I was failing left right and centre, it was not only funny but it was embarrassing. I had to agree with God despite what I saw like Joshua and Caleb.

6     But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;

7     and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.

8     If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’

9     Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”

Gen14:6-9

This was the word I was given after I was baptised soon after being born again:

8     This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

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.”

This is partly why the songs I write and sing are very laced with the word of God. I like singing His word because it strengthens me and helps me to be rooted and grounded in his word. The same goes with the poems. They are scriptures in a different form. They are inspirational because the word of God is inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The best is yet to come

11   I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

12   I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.

13   Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?

14   You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.

15   You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

Ps77:11-15

Cast Down but Unconquered

7     But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

8     We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

9              persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed –

2Cor4:7-9

6     In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

7              that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

Loving God Under Trials

12            Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Jam1:12

Let us press on for the mark of the prize of the high calling In Christ Jesus regardless of our adversities.  Let us see them as opportunities and stepping stones to enter our Promised Land.  Let us use the valleys of weeping, trials and tribulation as a place of spring- an opportunity to spring forth to the mountain ordained for us, going from strength to strength, glory to glory and faith to faith.

35            Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. Heb10:35

He Makes a Road in the Sea (by Fenny West)

He Makes a Road in the Sea

He makes a road in the sea
As the Master of the Sea
The sea saw Him and fled
Filled the Egyptians with dread
But awe and joy to Israel.

He turns deserts into rivers
And allays all their jitters and fears
He rains manna from heaven
As He guided them to the haven
He was faithful, though they were not.

So I will lift up my eyes
To Him Who is the Most High
When the seas lift up their head
And the waters cause a watershed
My God on High is head over all.

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Ex 14:19-25
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Prayer of Victory ( by Fenny West)

Month of Victory

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In this month of victory, Father I thank You for the opportunity to declare your plans and purpose concerning my life. You said You have  a thought and a plan concerning me which is not of evil but of goodness and mercy following me all the days of my life.  Your thoughts towards me are thoughts of peace- shalom-nothing missing and nothing broken; peace that transcends all understanding, that garrisons my heart and my heart in Christ Jesus. You have a future filled with hope for me. how marvellous!

Your word tells me that You have given me dominion- mastery- over all the powers of the enemy. You have given me authority over principalities and powers. You have given me everything that pertain to life and godliness through my knowledge of You; You have given me your exceedingly great and precious promises that by these I should be a partaker of the divine nature.

Thanks be to God who always causes me to triumph. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Whoever is born of God overcomes this world. And this is the victory that overcomes this world, even my faith.

I bless Your matchless Name, that You lead me in triumphal procession because of the finished work at Calvary’s cross.  If You are for me, who can be against me? Every opposition works for me, like it worked for Joseph and the three Hebrew men and like it worked for Daniel. Your plans concerning my life shall surely come to pass in Jesus’ Name.

In this month of victory I shall hear Your voice expressly, saying to me, ’This is the way walk in it.’ I shall not deviate one iota in the Name of Jesus. You will not lead me to a dead end but into my green pastures and still waters. Your sheep will hear Your voice and the voice of a stranger I will not follow. You will guide me with your eyes and instruct me in the way I should go. Your Spirit – my Guide -shall be on hand to guide and order my steps. The steps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord.

Thank You for my partners in this month of victory. I shall see them and they shall see me and there will be a meeting of minds. We shall join hands to extend Your kingdom, seek  first Your kingdom and have all other things added unto us.

in this month of victory, I shall seek your face and find Your grace and Your hand in all I do. I shall not be weary in well-doing. By Your grace I shall run through troops and leap over walls. Every wall of Jericho erected to keep me out of my Promised Land will fall down flat in Jesus’ Name. Every red sea that stands in the way will be parted for me to walk on dry ground, in Jesus’ Name. Through my God I shall do valiantly. He is the One who enable me to tread down my enemies. Every Pharaoh and his armies who pursue will drown in the blood trap, in Jesus’ Name.

I thank You and praise You that in this month of victory, the battle is the Lord’s and the victory is mine. In heavenly armour I will enter the land. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper. When the enemy comes like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against him.

As I put on the whole armour of God- the helmet of salvation, the shoes of the gospel, the shield  of faith, the belt of truth, the breast plate of right-standing with God and the sword of the Spirit, and my life is hidden in Christ in God, I bless the Lord that I am well-protected.

Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Jesus’ Name.

14        Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.2Cor2:14

54   So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55   ” O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

56   The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

57   But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1Cor15:54-57

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1John4:4b

5     Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 1John5:5

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

19        Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.Luke10:19

11        And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.Rev12:11

17   And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18        I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.Rev1:17-18

The Whole Armor of God

10   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11   Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12   For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13   Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14   Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15   and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16   above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17   And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18        praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — Eph6:10-18

12        And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.Matt11:12

4     Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5     You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

6     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

Ps23:4-6

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.

4     One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.

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.

28   Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.

29   He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

30   Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,

31   But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Isa40:28-31

15   And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

2Chro20:15

8     So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.

18   So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives.

19   And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. 1Sam30:8,18,19

The Philistines Defeated

17   Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold.

18   The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.

19   So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.”

20   So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

21   And they left their images there, and David and his men carried them away.

22   Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.

23   Therefore David inquired of the LORD, and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.

24   And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”

25   And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.

2Sam5:17-25

49   Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.

50   So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.

51   Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

52   Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron.

53   Then the children of Israel returned from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their tents.

54        And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. 1Sam17:49-54

13   Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

Ps108:13

Paul’s Valedictory

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. 2Tim4:6-8

Ps91, Ps46, Ex.15,Ps98, Ps93:3-4,Ps68:1,-125:1-2, -2:8, Rom8:28,31,32,37-39,Acts16:25-31,Joshua1:3,Zech4:6; 2Tim1:7;

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Victory is mine, the battle is the Lord’s!

Pursue, Overtake and Recover All (by Fenny West)

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Child of God

Pursue, overtake and recover all

Arise and go, regardless of the fall

Beat your enemies as fine as the dust

Good Success for you, is a must

Leave no stones unturned

The enemy camp, overrun

Fight them in the field

Muzzle them until they yield

Fight them in the City

Let there be no pity

Yield to no principality

Give no ground to the enemy

1Sam30:8,2Sam22:44, Phil4:13,2Cor2:14,Rom8:31-32,37-39

Matt11:12,Rev12:11,2Chro20:15,Isa41:10,John16:33

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Strength from Weakness

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strength from Weakness

 

Strength from weakness

Comes from relying solely

On God- the Most High

Who has all power

And above all towers.

 

 

 

He is full of lovingkindness

Has wisdom beyond compare

He commands and it stand

Declares the end from beginning

And full of grace and compassion

 

He is absolutely reliable

His word is dependable

Just like His matchless Name

He remains ever the same

With Him all things are possible

 

He is the Great Potter

And we are the clay

When we are marred

He is able to make us

Into something beautiful

Fit for purpose- useful.

 

So let us let go

As to let God

LetRely on Him

Not ourselves

Not on our purses

Not on our houses

Not on our fame

Not on our name

Not on our connections

Or our collections

Not on our accolades

Not on our looks

Or our books

Not on our brains

Not on father or mother

Not on brother or sister

Not on friends

Who may pretend

But on the higher  power

The One like no other.

 

‘The weaker you are

In the Hand of God

It’s all the more, the better’

6     For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

7     And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

8     Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

9     And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10   Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2Cor12:6-10

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