Putting Childish things Away ( by Fenny West)

Putting Childish Things Away

 (Health, Healing and Finance)

1 Corinthians 13:11, NIV: “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

Children are not born talking like adults. They start with babbling-ta,ba, ma, etc until they are able to form words to communicate their needs. Most of the time they cry to get the attention of the adults around them to meet their needs.

They learn to communicate with adults from the stimulus they get from hearing from their parents and the environment around them.

As a parent however, you expect a gradual development from babyhood, where they always cry to get what they want, to when they actually tell you what they want instead of keeping you guessing. If they are not talking at the age of to three, as a parent, you will become concerned, would you not? Also at some stage in their lives you would your children to go and get food from the fridge and eat and eventually be able to stand on their feet, so to speak.

All truths are parallel. Life is spiritual.

God wants us (those born again), to grow up from babyhood to adolescence to adulthood.

He wants us to grow in grace and stop talking like children it thinking like children or reasoning like children but put childish things away.

That is the thrust of our key scripture:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

God said, “My children are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6

Knowledge of God is derived from His word. God is married and tied to His word. The extent to which you know and practice His word is the extent to which you know Him. ( Jer9:24)

This is why we need to daily meditate on His word so much so that it is registered, imprinted on our hearts and regulates our speaking. His word says, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Josh1:8, 1Tim.4:15, Col3:16, John15:7 Luke6:45, Matt12:35)

We are supposed to speak in line with the Word of God, God’s mind and will for us, not whatever we feel or see.  28      Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: (Num14:28) Those who died in the wilderness got what they spoke. In the same way, when you speak life, you will get life. We speak wisdom.

7      But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,

1Cor2:7

Paul and Silas were divinely directed to go to Philippi. There they preached the word of God so powerfully that some religious and satanic spirits were stirred against them. They were falsely accused and badly beaten with rods and thrown into a dungeon of a prison.

A babe in Christ would have been crying and moaning in the prison and accusing God of directing them ‘from the frying pan into fire’.

Instead what did they do?

At midnight, to they began to pray and sing and they did not do it quietly. The other prisoners heard them (Acts16:25). The aroma of their Praise rose up to God as a sweet smelling savour and God, in delight, sent an earthquake that rocked the foundation of the prison to set them free. 

Their response to trouble, trial and calamity with songs of praise and prayer was akin to talking like an adult, reasoning like an adult and understanding as an adult and they evoked and triggered God’s power.

The result was that they were not just delivered miraculously, but their response resulted in the salvation of the prison warden and his entire household. And there was great joy and feasting and God was glorified. They fulfilled their mission and destiny regardless of the suffering trial and tribulation. It is said that it is not what you face that matter but the way you respond to it. They responded positively, did the ridiculous and obtained the miraculous.

Try it and you too will see the miraculous in your life. Jesus Christ is still the same, yesterday today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

Let us look back at the story of the 12 spies sent to spy the Promised Land and bring a report in Numbers 13 and 14.

Ten of the spies brought an evil report because they forgot Who was on their side. They focused on the giants and exaggerated what they saw and made most of the people wail and lament being brought out of Egypt.

“We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.

28           Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. (Num.13 v27 -28)

31   But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”

32   And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

33   There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

“Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” ( Num.14:4)

On the other hand, Caleb and Joshua took sides with God and spoke like “adults” and God was impressed with them.

30   Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

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.”

This was why whilst others died in the wilderness, Caleb and Joshua survived and entered the Promised Land.

7      “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me.

28   Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:

29   The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.Num14:27-29

This is a great lesson for us believers. Unless we know who we are and what we have and Whose we are, we will either lack knowledge or be ignorant and the consequences are not worth contemplating.  It is worth noting that ignorance is not lack of knowledge but ignoring the knowledge that you know. And that is tantamount to being a fool.

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Ps14:1

God does not want us to be fools. Those who come to Him must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Heb.11:6)

We have a glorious inheritance in Christ.

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

Paul’s mission was: 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. Acts26:18

We are blessed with every spiritual blessings..

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Eph1:3

A Heavenly Inheritance

3      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4      to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

1Pet1:3-4

We have exceeding Great and Precious Promises. We are partaker of the divine nature.

3      as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

4      by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2Pet.1:3-4

All things are ours. (1Cor3:21) We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

 ( Rom.8:17)

So Divine Health is ours. Healing is the bread of children. (Matt 13:19-22)

Unless we know this truth and walk in it we will remain babes, babbling and weak, and sick frequently and requiring healing whilst God’s will for us is to walk in health. But when we grab a hold of our inheritance in Christ we will not be moved by what we see or feel. We will command our body to line up with the word of God. We will not wait until feel pain to use God’s Word as medication for meditation. We will use it daily and remain in health according to the word of God.

2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3John 1:2

Notice two things: “Above all” and “Being in health”. Being in health is God’s perfect will for you. If you are not convinced about this, you will accommodate and pet sickness and disease in your body.

 Do you know that to say,” I am sick.” Is baby talk?  (Isa 33:24)

We know we were healed by His stripes (Isa53:4, 1Pet2:24) and if we were healed, we are healed. When we grow to be adults, we will stand on the revealed truth that we are the temple of God and sickness and disease cannot dwell in the temple of God. We know that those who are joined to the Lord become one Spirit with Him.1Cor.6:17 The life that flows through the Vine flows through the branches 5      “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John15:5.

So What Do You Do when You are Attacked?

We are in a spiritual warfare. Use your weapons of warfare ( 2Cor10:3-4, Eph6:10-17). The best form of defence is to attack. Do not wait to be sick. Use the word of God to ward-off sickness and disease. Eat the right food. Have enough rest. Be voracious for the Word of God. Feed your faith and not your fear. The just shall live by faith. (Romans1:17)

Speak to your systems and organs to comply with the Word of God -your medicine.

The same applies to our finances. We apply the principles of God’s word and we are confident that our needs will be met according to His riches in glory (Ps1:1, 4, Phil4:19, Ps37:23, Luke 6:38). We do not speak out of turn because of any temporary set-backs. We keep affirming the faithfulness of God Who never fails.

We grow in grace from Infancy to Maturity, babyhood to adulthood (2Pet.3:18). When we were children, we spoke as children, reasoned as children, and understood as children. But when we became adults, we put childish things away. (1Cor13:11)

Seeing the Invisible

So my friend, meditate on God’s word daily. Refuse to be moved by what you see or feel or the other senses but by the infallible, living, powerful and dynamic Word of life and win any day anywhere and anytime. Talk right and live the victorious and higher life ordained for you.

16   Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

17   For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,

18   while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 Corinthians 13:11, NIV: “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

Talk like Paul:

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 —

10   always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 2Cor4:7-10

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

God’s Everlasting Love

31   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32   He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

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.

Rom8:28,32,35,37-39

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.

When you become an adult in Christ, you will not say “I am sick.” You know It does not line up with the mind and will of God for you. You say what God said about you, regardless of how you feel or experience. You use the word of God to countermand any circumstance that is contrary to the will of God.

24           And the inhabitant will not say, “I am sick”; The people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity. Isa33:24

This is how an adult in Christ speaks.

We know we were healed by His stripes and if we were healed, we are healed. ( Isa53:4-5, 1Pet2:24) We will stand on the revealed truth that we are the temple of God and sickness cannot dwell in the temple of God. We know that those who are joined to the Lord become one spirit with Him (1Cor6:17). The life that flows through the Vine flows through the branches (John15:5). You speak (like Ezekiel spoke to the valley of dry bones)  to your systems and organs to comply with the Word of God -your medicine.

You need to know that eternal life does not harbour sickness.

13           These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1John5:13

John- the beloved tells us:

        For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. 1John5:4

He also shows us that there are different stages in our spiritual growth:

Their Spiritual State

12   I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

13   I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.

14   I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one. 1John2:12-14

Aspire to grow from being a child to being a father and able to beget others as you lead them to Christ and nurture them with the truth you have learnt so that they also grow into adulthood.

The writer of Hebrews also allude to the need for spiritual growth and progressing from milk to the meat of God’s word.

Spiritual Immaturity

12   For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

13   For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

14   But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Heb.5:12-14

Let Us pray:

Heavenly Father, I thank You that I am joined with You and sickness and disease cannot be joined with Your temple. My body and my systems and organs align with Your word at all times. Your Word is my medication for meditation day and night and I am made every wit whole. I am strong in You and in Your mighty power. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Thank You also that all things are mine and I am blessed with every spiritual blessing. You supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I am blessed to be a blessing to You, Your house and my world. I receive divine ideas for increase and prosperity and I lack nothing good, because You are my Shepherd, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

He Provides Where He Presides (by C.H. Spurgeon)

He Provides Where He Presides

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“And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.” 2 Kings 25:30

Jehoiachin was not sent away from the king’s palace with a store to last him for months, but his provision was given him as a daily pension. Herein he well pictures the happy position of all the Lord’s people. A daily portion is all that a man really wants. We do not need tomorrow’s supplies; that day has not yet dawned, and its wants are as yet unborn. The thirst which we may suffer in the month of June does not need to be quenched in February, for we do not feel it yet; if we have enough for each day as the days arrive we shall never know want. Sufficient for the day is all that we can enjoy. We cannot eat or drink or wear more than the day’s supply of food and raiment; the surplus gives us the care of storing it, and the anxiety of watching against a thief. One staff aids a traveller, but a bundle of staves is a heavy burden. Enough is not only as good as a feast, but is all that the greatest glutton can truly enjoy. This is all that we should expect; a craving for more than this is ungrateful. When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with his daily allowance. Jehoiachin’s case is ours, we have a sure portion, a portion given us of the king, a gracious portion, and a perpetual portion. Here is surely ground for thankfulness.

Beloved Christian reader, in matters of grace you need a daily supply. You have no store of strength. Day by day must you seek help from above. It is a very sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you. In the word, through the ministry, by meditation, in prayer, and waiting upon God you shall receive renewed strength. In Jesus all needful things are laid up for you. Then enjoy your continual allowance. Never go hungry while the daily bread of grace is on the table of mercy.

God Will Provide ( by Fenny West)

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God will provide
Because He presides
He will supply
And will not deny.

 

The Shepherd will guide
In the Ocean wide
To my green pasture
His leading is sure.

 

Amidst the famine
I will keep farming
Continue my sowing
Without borrowing.

 

He owns the earth

 In all its fullness
He’ll avert the dearth
In His faithfulness.

Genesis 26: Isaac and Abimelech

1 There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. 2 Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar 12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. Gen26:1-3,6,12

©Fenny West2013

He Presides and Provides ( by Fenny West)

He Presides and Provides

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He presides
And will provide
Mo matter what betide.
So, on the storm I ride
Under the Rock I hide
As my time I bide.

 

He presides
And will provide
In His word I abide.
Let the sea roar
And the mountain soar
He won the war.

 

He is the Helper
And my Provider,
Alpha and Omega.
He is El Shaddai
Rock Higher Than I
Apple of my Eyes.

 

He’s more than enough
Even when it’s rough.

8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Gen.22:8
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil4:19

Spiritual Warfare: Supply

Word for Today

Bob Gas

THREE LEVELS OF ATTACK (1)

 

‘…command that these stones become bread

.’ MATTHEW 4:3

The Bible says, ‘…Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil’ (Matthew 4:1 NKJV). This seems to be God’s standard operating procedure. Why? Because He’s a good general; before He puts you into battle He puts you into boot camp. Imagine it: you’re up at dawn, running for miles with a heavy backpack, crawling under barbed wire barriers with bullets whizzing over your head, taking orders from authority figures you don’t know and probably don’t like. But if you pass the test; you get to wear the uniform. On the threshold of His ministry, God led His Son into a situation where He would face three levels of attack. You will face them also. Let’s look at the first one: The attack over the bread. Did Jesus need bread? Yes, He’d been without food for forty days. But He knew that His greatest need was not for natural food but spiritual food. So He told satan, ‘…”Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 4:4 NKJV). Only when you’re convinced God will take care of all your material needs, will you start putting spiritual things first in your life. Until that happens, you’ll think you have to take care of yourself. As a result, you will walk in fear and not faith. That’s not how God wants you to live. ‘…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you’ (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). When you worry, you don’t trust God. When you trust God, you don’t have to worry. The choice is yours.

Victory is Mine, the Battle is the Lord’s

Victory is Mine, the Battle is the Lord’s

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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.

2Chro.2:15

When I come to the Crossroad the blood will speak

When Pharaoh pursues me after leaving Egypt, I will not fear but stand to see the salvation of the Lord, the blood traps await him. As the Egyptian soldiers drown in the Red sea so shall it be for the Pharaoh- financial, Pharaoh- health; Pharaoh-relation; Pharaoh arrayed against my vision; pharaoh arrayed against my Church; Pharaoh arrayed against my family. The blood will speak! (Ex14)

When goliath comes to challenge the David mantle will come upon me to see him for who he is: uncircumcised Philistine. (1 Sam 17)

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God will remind me of the testimonies He had given me in the past, to embolden me to go after Goliath in the name of the Lord.

I shall review the past and brag about my God- able to do exceeding abundantly more than my wildest dream.(1Sam17:36-37; Eph3:20)

I shall use no carnal weapons but my sling and my stone, my endowment; what God has put in me. (2Cor10:4-5)

His grace upon my life is sufficient for me. Through my God I shall do valiantly. I shall not cower but run towards my enemy with my stone and sling. (2Cor12:9)

Then shall I run forward and take Goliath’s sword- that with which he threatened me- and cut off his head. The place where I have been tried most shall be the source of my greatest triumph. (1Sam17:48)

As I use my sling and stone the Holy Spirit will guide the missile to the right target- the bull’s eye and my Goliath will fall in Jesus’ Name. (1Sam17:49)

By the fall of this Goliath light shall be turned on for the Church, my Church. Many will be emboldened to do what they have not done before. Those who quaked in their boots will have springs in their steps because of the victory the Lord will bring. (1Sam17:51-52)

Yes, they banded together in a confederacy and came against Jehoshaphat and Judah. The King fear at first but summon courage and called a time of national fasting and prayer. In his prayer he praise God and acknowledged His sovereignty and reminded God of His friend Abraham. Using various rhetorical questions he wrestled with God until God responded in a prophecy: ‘Do not be afraid because of this great multitude. The battle is not yours but mine.’ (2Chro20:15)

God gave him a strategy: Go out against them. You will not fight. I will fight for you.(2Chro20:16-17) Since they were not going to fight they resorted to sing in the face of the battle, but they were obedient to go against the enemy with their praise:

Praise ye the Lord, His mercies endures forever.

Praise ye the Lord, His mercies endures forever. ( 2Chro20 :21-22)

And as they did the Lord cause the enemy so see themselves as their enemies and started killing each other. They completely wiped themselves out, leaving the theatre of war, the field of war littered with gold silver and so much spoils that it took three days for Judah to gather the booty. God gave Judah unprecedented protection and provision in the face of conspiracy, satanic alliance and opposition.(—:22-25)

That God remains the same. ‘He said I am the Lord I change not.’ Jesus Christ, the same , yesterday, today and forever.’ ( Mal 3: 6, Heb13:8)

Satan lusted after Job and came against him, accusing him before God, but God bragged about Job. Satan told Go have you not placed a hedge of protection over him? Remove it and he will curse you to your face.’ (Job 1:8-10,  21)

God allowed Satan to attack Job and his family, the billionaire became a pauper in one day as he lost all his camel, donkeys, sheep and even his children one after the other. Job worship: ‘The Lord has given, the Lord has taken, Blessed be the name of the Lord!’ (Job1:13-19,21) ‘ I know my redeemer lives. ( Job19:25-26) I will wait until my change comes.(Job14:14) Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him; (-13:15) When he has tried me I will come forth like gold;( -23:10)

Job who was the advocate of the poor, eyes to the blind, feet to the lame was reduced to nothing, avoided by his family and relatives, a byword. He was surrounded by miserable comforters who accused him of sin and made him feel worse. But God sustained Job and gave him a song in the night. (Job35:10)

In the fullness of time as Job prayed for his friends, God turned his captivity and calamity and blessed him twice as much as he was initially blessed. He renewed his youth and he was able to have ten more children. There was no rival to the beauty of his daughter. (Job42:8-10, 11-16)

Those who despised and rejected him came to celebrate with him and even brought gifts. He lived long enough to see his great grand children. What a victory in the face of severe battle! 

The God of Job is still on the throne and He is my God. Regardless of what the enemy is doing God will triumph by His Spirit. God has the final say and the final word. I shall not fear what Satan or man will do to me. The Lord is my Helper, Arbiter, Advocate, Sun and Shield, Fortress and Victorious Banner. A great testimony and triumph shall come from my trial and tests. (Heb13:6)

When I come to the crossroad, the blood will speak. When Pharaoh pursues he will be greeted with the Red sea. (Ex14:13-15)

Let Jericho be fortified, barricade, look impenetrable, my victory is in my praise. These walls that stare me in the face, daring me, taunting me, will see the power of the Lord. They will be greeted with a rude awakening as my praise goes forth. The Lord will fight for me and I will hold my peace. They will fall down flat! (Josh6:1-5)

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Oh yes, let the Philistines come with all their armada of weaponry because of my anointing and the increase in my territory. The Lord has given me a land of good things. I will press in and make it mine. I will not cover. I will not retreat. I will seek the face of the Lord like David, ’Shall I pursue? Will you deliver them into my hands? Will I recover all?’ (2Sam:17-25)

The Philistines Defeated

8     Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them.

9     Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim.

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

11   So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

12   And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.

13   Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley.

14   Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.

15   And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”

16   So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.

17        Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.(2Chro14:8-17)

I shall pursue, I shall over take and recover all, to the glory of God. None of my stolen property shall remain in the hands of the enemy. I will go to the enemy’s camp and take what Satan has stolen from me. I will bind the strongman and take what belongs to me. God is for me, with me and in me. The Holy will guide me, strengthen me, anoint me and give me the strategy. (1Sam30:6,8, 18-19)

This financial Goliath will fall in Jesus’ name. I will hear what the Lord has said in the midst of the famine as He did to Isaac: Stay in the land and I will bless you.’ Isaac did and even sowed and was blessed with a hundredfold return. That shall be my portion, in Jesus’ name. (Gen26:1-6,12)

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

Is the enemy laughing that you obeyed God, followed divine direction and I was beaten, battered and broken, bleeding and my hands and feet are in stock. You can barely move and have been thrown into the back of a prison. It’s time to give a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of your lips. Your victory is in your praise!

 Are your foes are rejoicing, in great glee?: ‘We got him, we got him!’ But they do not have the final word. God is not a man that He should lie nor the Son of man that He should repent. ( Num23:19)  They thought the same when Jesus was crucified. Demon spirits rejoiced. But on the third day, after heaven had got the news that the righteous demands of a just God had been satisfied, Jesus was raised from the dead. He rose up just like He said. The grave could not hold Him. The cross could not keep Him  He rose up triumphant- truly the King of Glory! (Luke24:5-6, John20:16-17) Alleluia!

Through a great test Paul and Silas obtain a great testimony as they sang and praised and prayed to their God in the prison at midnight. The foundations if the prison was rocked and their chains fell off. And so what appeared the foolishness of God for directing him to Philippi was wiser than the wisdom of men. Although Paul suffered, the greatest miracle that can be wrought in any one’s life-salvation-was wrought in the life of the jailor and even in his household. God’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not ours. They are far higher than ours. (Acts16:22-24, 25-34; 1Cor1:25)

No battle, no victory. Great battle, Great victory!

So Redeemed -of –the- Lord, Blood Bought, Blood Kept, Blood Spoken for, are you facing a severe trial? Stand to see your salvation. The battle is not yours but God’s. Seek the face of the Lord. Hear His Voice, obtain divine direct, divine strategy and instruction you need to overcome the enemy of your destiny and purpose.  (2Chro20, 1Sam30, 1Chro14, 2Sam5 Jos6). Refuse to bow to the adversary. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. (John16:33) The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold, casting down every imagination and high thing that exalts itself against the revealed will of the Lord  (2Cor10:4-5). . Jesus said ‘Behold, I give you power all the power of the enemy; .power to trample upon serpents and scorpions.( Luke10:19) Stand your ground. Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand in the veil the day. Don the helmet of salvation the breastplate of right-standing with God. . Put on the shoes of the gospel and the belt of truth. Above all take the shield of faith with which to extinguish every flaming arrow of doubt, deceit and unbelief that the enemy throws at you. Take the offensive weapon of the word of God – the sword of the spirit and .and go out against your enemies. Go in the name of the Lord.  Use the prophetic word that God gave you and pray it back to the Lord. Be on the offensive; set your face like a flint and go like David did in Ziklag. After three days and three nights victory came. ( Sam30:18-19) That same victory is coming to you because of Calvary; because it is finished; because the blood so peak better things that the blood of bulls and goat. Because they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, that they loved not their lives even unto death. ( Eph6:10-18, John19:30; Matt11:12; Rev12:11)

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I will conclude with this story.

A man had an old donkey which fell into a disused well. He tried to rescue it but met will a lot of frustration so he decided he would not bother, the donkey was old anyway and the well was of no use. He then asked his family and friends to help him to bury the donkey and close the offending well.

So they armed themselves with shovels and stated throwing dirt on the donkey in the well. The donkey screamed hysterically initially, surprised that he was being buried alive, but after a while quieted down.

The owner thought he was dead and looked in. He could not believe what he saw. With each batch of debris and dirt that landed on the donkey, he simply shook it off and took a step up. As the debris cam he simply shook it off and took a step up. He kept doing this until he came out of the well and strutted off majestically and triumphantly.

What is life throwing at you? Who is trying to bury you alive? Who is saying to you ‘It’s all over for you? Now that it is not over until God says so. God is sovereign over your life – not the enemy of your soul. So whatever is being thrown at you right now, shake it off and take a step up are the debt collectors threatening? Shake it off and take a step up. Is it health issue? Shake it off and take a step up. Take a double dose of God’s pills. By His stripes you were healed. And we know that all things work together for those who love God and who are the called according to His purpose. Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers 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. Shall tribulation separate us? No! Shall persecution separate us? No! Shall famine or nakedness or peril or sword? No! Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors. Shake it off and take a step up.

(Rom8:31, 32, 35, 37-39)

Shake it off and take a step up

What is life throwing at you?

Shake it off and take a step up

Is it financial trouble?

Shake it off and take a step up

Is your destiny assaulted?

Seek God’s face, obtain His strategy

To shaking the debris  of your foes off

And taking a step up

Is your family ambushed?

Shake it off and take a step up

Have you lost your business or job?

You have an opportunity to start again

Shake it off and take a step up

From being an employee you will be an employer

Shake it off and take a step up

Your greatest challenge will charge you

And bring and wonderful change

As you look to the Lord

Shake it off and take a step up

©Fenny West

www.inspiration4generations.com

1.     Victory is mine, victory is mine(D)

Victory today is mine

I told Satan, get thee behind me

Victory today is mine

Joy is mine, joy is mine

Joy today is mine

I told Satan, get thee behind

Joy today is mine.

Health is mine, health is mine#

Health today is mine

I told Satan, get thee behind me

Health today is mine

Wealth is mine, wealth is mine

Wealth today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind me

Health today is mine

Wisdom is mine wisdom is mine

Wisdom, today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind me.’

Wisdom today is mine.

Peace is mine, peace in mine

Peace today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind

Peace today is mine.

 

Healing in mine, Healing is mine

Healing today is mine

I told Satan, ‘Get thee behind.’

Healing today is mine

( faith, Strength)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDz3gSrX_lc

 

  1. 2.    Jesus, we celebrate your victory ( G or D)

Jesus, we revel in your love

Jesus, we rejoice you set us free

Jesus, your death has brought us life

X2

If was for freedom that Christ has set us free

No longer to be subject to the yoke of slavery

So we‘re rejoicing in God’s victory

Our hearts responding to His love

His Spirit in is releases us from fear

The way to Him is open

With boldness we draw near

And in His presence our problems disappear

Our hearts rejoicing in His love.

Jesus, we celebrate your victory

Jesus, we revel in your love

Jesus, we rejoice you set us free

Jesus, your death has brought us life

Jesus, your death has brought us life (xxx to finish)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sstjy2ZOcGU

  1. Come on and celebrate(D)

His gift of love,  we will celebrate

The Son of God who loved us and gave us life

We shout Your praise, O King

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You bring us joy nothing else can bring

We give to You our offering

In celebration praise.

Come on and celebrate, celebrate

Celebrate and sing,

Celebrate and sing to the King

X2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3EeMhqRWBo

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  1. Celebrate, Jesus celebrate

Celebrate Jesus celebrate

X2

He is risen, He is risen

And He lives forevermore

X2

He is risen, He is risen

Come and celebrate

the resurrection of our Lord.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9EMTTLfQTw

5.       The joy of the Lord is my strength x3(G)

His joy is my strength.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKxuXg3V5qs

 

  1. 6.    Salvation belongs to our God(G)

Who’s seated on the throne

Declaring aloud

Praise and glory

Wisdom and thanks

honour and power and might

Be to our God

Forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever amen.

 

And we the redeemed shall be strong

In purpose and unity

Declaring aloud

Praise and glory

Wisdom and thanks

Honour and power and might

Be to our God Forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever

Be to our God forever and ever amen.

 

 

Victory is mine

 

Victory is mine the battle is the Lord’s

Hosanna, Hosanna

When the enemy comes (like  flood )

His praise goes forth

Hosanna, Hosanna

When our Boys are a Blight

When our Boys are a Blight

 

When our boys are a blight

And we are oblivious to the plight

Lord, give us some Nehemiahs

Who will pray till they perspire.

When our stock-in-trade is gun-run

 And we think it’s cool and fun

Then we turn and play the blame Game

It surely will lead to great shame.

When we refuse to use our head

And so let others get ahead,

How can we reach for the top?

And why will we not be stopped?

O Lord, forgive us! We have sinned

That is why we remain in the bin

And wallow in the mire of drugs

And eat the vomit of dogs.

Open our eyes, O Lord

To see and embrace your Word;

Accept and invite Your Son

To lead us to the sun.

Deliver us, O Lord, from darkness

Wickedness and blindness.

Release us, O Lord, from this tutelage

Rescues us, O Lord, from this bondage.

O Lord, save our boys and babes from bonds

Save them from drugs, guns and the dung

Salvation belongs to the Lord, our God.

Lord, we pray in Your name and stand on your Word.

Come, Holy Spirit, come

Come and empower us afresh

Come and revive and refresh

Come and resurrect from the dead.

 

 

 

2     that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

3     And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

4     So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

5     And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments,

6     please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.

7     We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.

8     Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;

9     but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.’

10   Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand.

11   O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” For I was the king’s cupbearer.

expire.

30   So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

31   Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/9969961.Gang_jailed_for_dealing_guns_and_ammunition/

Thornton Heath gang jailed for dealing guns and ammunition

 by Adrew Bloss -the guardian

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/9969961.Gang_jailed_for_dealing_guns_and_ammunition/

Three wannabe gangsters caught selling guns in a police sting will spend a combined total of 33 years in prison after they were sentenced today.

The trio, from South London, were subject of a long and complex police operation, where undercover officers bought guns and ammunition from them.

The trio were arrested in October 2011 after months of undercover work from the cops.

The police believed that the group had underworld connections, with McKenzie saying on one tape that he was involved with one of the “baddest gangs in south London”.

In sentencing, Judge Jeremy Gold said in the current climate, weapons offences had to he dealt with appropriately.

He said: “Guns kill and maim and terrorise and intimidate. And those that involve themselves in the supply of guns and ammunition strike in the heart of our society

It has a devastating effect on individuals and it has a corrosive impact on the community….

Pray for the rich who set up schemes to avoid tax and impoverish the nation whilst they live in the lap of luxury.

Pray for the Government to be courageous to close tax loophole tax favour the rich , enabling them to pay less in the pound than the poor and making the poor poorer.

Pray for our boys and girls who are imprisoned in the life of crime deceived into thinking the easy street is the way out of poverty rather than hard work.

©Fenny West2012

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/olympic-series-the-race-of-grace-1-preparation/

“All Are Punish’d”…

“All Are Punish’d”…

 

                       

When some MPs loot the coffers

Under guise of expenses cover

And jail the poor for looting

Bailing out the banker siphoning.

 

When QE only eases the banks

And leave small business broke

Going about with cup in hand

It is surely sin against the Land.

 

When the ‘have nots’ are muzzled

And the’ haves’ are cushioned and cuddled

There’s recipe for disaster

 A concoction for palaver.

 

“All Are Punish’d”…

 

 Pray for the rich who set up schemes to avoid tax and impoverish the nation whilst they live in the lap of luxury. It may be legal but is it moral?

 

Pray for the Government to be courageous to close tax loopholes in their favour and in the favour of the rich, enabling them to pay less tax in the pound than the poor; raising fares, cutting public services and benefits  to the poor and vulnerable and disabled, encouraging part-time jobs, low wages, reduced pensions, introducing sinister schemes to steal employee rights and so making the poor poorer and the rich richer.

 

Pray for our boys and girls who are imprisoned in the life of crime deceived into thinking the Easy Street is the way out of poverty rather than hard work.

 

 

3        He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.Prov17:5

 

34Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.Pov14:34

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/olympic-series-the-race-of-grace-1-preparation/©Fenny West2012

When Worry Wakes You Up

 

 

When worry wakes you up

Turn your attention to God

He never sleeps- always up.

Take comfort from His word.

 

Why worry? Begin to pray

And the peace of God will come

Focus on Jesus, don’t stray,

And He will calm your storm.

 

Worry will wear you out

Give fuel to your enemy,

Make you fear and doubt

Becloud any possibility.

 

Worry wastes your energy

Undermines the word of God

Magnifies your energy

Belittles your Source and God.

 

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil4:6-7

©Fenny West2012

http://christian-talk.forumotion.com/t5576-fresh-and-flourishing#10883

https://inspiration4generations.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/journey-of-jesus/