Called to Perfection
Called to Perfection
In Christ Jesus
Not by might nor by power
But by His Spirit;
That same Spirit that raised
Him from the dead vitalizing me.
Going from glory to glory
Because of justification
Going from strength to strength
Never missing the mark
Because of His sanctification.
He perfects that which concerns me
Everything misaligned is realigned
I have Shalom, shalom- nothing missing
Nothing broken- fullness, wholeness
To the glory of God.
Completeness emanating from righteousness
Excellence replacing decadence
Fruitfulness supplanting barrenness.
I display His excellence and perfections
I am His Masterpiece, His handiwork
Created for good works
I show forth His beauty, glory and Majesty.
Perfection is my position, my station and my possession.
It is my confession. Therefore, I possess my possession.
Without a doubt there shall be superabundant manifestation.
©Fenny West 2020
1 Peter 2:9 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own [a]purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
©Fenny West 2020
The Reign of Kings (1)
The Reign of Kings
Is for the here and Now
And NOT by and by
Or pie in the sky.
It’s for those
Who know their God.
Who do great exploits
Who put Satan in his proper place-
Under their feet;
They know no defeat.
It’s Taking the bull
By the horn, through the Son.
They Decree to stand.
Their Word is power
Their wish is a command,
Commanding the heights,
In leaps and bounds.
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?”
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
He Rose Up!
He Rose Up!
She was on the brink of death. Famine was ravaging the land of Zarephath. The cold hands of death had taken her husband and now a widow with an only son, they were next in line to die. Her house was empty. All she had was some flour and oil. And gathering sticks to make her last supper with her son and face the music, the death knell, prophet Elijah strides in. The Lord had seen her desperate situation, her predicament and despondency. She was in dire straits. Only He could save her. But He had a method in mind- a seed that would trigger the meeting of her need. That method was even double-edged. He put His prophet to the test of reliance and obedience.
He who enjoyed the miraculous provision of the water in the brook where he hid from Jezebel suddenly found that it had dried up. And what more? the ravens that brought him his daily bread ceased in their divine charity mission. God now instructs him:
9 “Arise , go to Zarephath , which belongs to Sidon , and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 1Ki17:9
Notice, God did not say, “I am sending you to a millionaire…” The prophet was tested sore “Go to a widow?”…He was also specific about the location. Elijah had the option to obey or die from starvation and thirst. The brook had dried up. The ravens had finished their business. He was wise to obey God and go the widow as commanded. May be she is a rich widow who had been bequeathed millions by her late husband. No! On arrival he was greeted by the sorry sight of a widow facing death. Perhaps he was tempted to backtrack. God sent him to a poor widow? His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are higher than our ways. It is foolishness in the eyes of the world. But He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.1Cor1:25-29
This is the God who when the children of Israel sinned and were dying of snake bites told Moses make a brazen serpent and raise it up and whoever look at it shall live. And when he obeyed those who look lived and did not die of the plague. It was He who told Moses to lift up his rod over the Red Sea to part it. It looked ridiculous at the time. But Moses obeyed and the sea was parted for the children of Israel to walk on dry ground. It was this same God who told Moses to strike the rock and that water will come out to quench their thirst. He did and water came out. Later when they had a similar trial, God told him, ‘This time, speak to the rock.’ Moses, in anger smote the rock and that landed him in hot water. He missed entering the Promised Land.
Our minds can play tricks on us at such times. And when we begin to ponder deeply the devil can butt in, “Yea, had God said, go to a widow? Do you really know your God? Is He not compassionate? How can He send you to such a poor widow to feed you? You have got it wrong. “
The prophet refused to budge. He refused to look at the outward appearance. He knew he heard from God who had sustained him miraculously at the brook with water and the cake from the birds of the air. He knows best. He brings water out of a rock. He does not delight in the legs of a man or the strength of a horse. His supplies our needs-not according to the richness of the channel He uses, but according to His riches in glory. Channels change but He-the Source-remains undiminished, unequalled, unparalleled. He had given His word. And if you will leave the “how” to Him, He would prove Himself to be Jehovah Jireh! He did as the prophet trusted Him and instructed the widow to defy her circumstance and first make him a cake. He then gave her a prophetic word of abundant supply which he knew God will honour. And He did. As she obeyed God, her flour and oil did not run dry. She was fed very well and so was the prophet. Glory to God.
After both of them passed the test with flying colours, then came another test. Right before the presence of the prophet, her only son, who had experienced the divine intervention of miraculous supply fell ill and died. The widow was devastated and so was the prophet.
He realised it was the trial of his and her faith. She was desperate. It was as if her testimony was a white-wash, a mockery, a taunt and a mirage. She went to the prophet and he called on God.
21 And He stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said , “O Lord my God , I pray , let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22 Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him , and He revived. 1Kings17:21-22
He rose up!
She had been prostrated, laid low in the jaws of famine God raised her and her son up but the enemy came again to kill her son. But as she and the prophet persevered, God gave a mammoth victory.
That is the victory that awaits you. You will rise and shine as you obey God and sow that seed He has put in your heart. He will open the windows of heaven and pour you out blessings, so much that there will not be room enough to contain it. And if the enemy comes like a flood on a counter attack, like he came to the widow, be adamant, be undaunted, be not moved, be strong and courageous. Be not afraid, neither be you dismayed. The Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against the enemy. Those who are with you are more than those against you. If God be for you who can be against you. The bigger the battle, the bigger the blessing. The bigger the test the bigger the testimony and triumph. That widow now, not only had a testimony of supper natural supply but also resurrection of her son from the dead.
When the enemy starts messing God’s starts His superabundant blessing.
As you are obedient, God will change your playing field. He will open doors that cannot be shut. He will give you hidden riches in secret places and treasures of darkness. He will begin to do exceeding abundantly, far beyond what you can ask or think; far beyond your wildest dreams. ( Isa45:1-3, Eph3:20)
He rose up! You will rise up too-in your finances, in your family, in your career, in your calling, in your marriage, in your ministry, in your mortgage, in your house, in your health, in your business, in all you lay your hands to do in Jesus’ name. ( 1Ki17:17-24)
Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south
“Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.” Song of Solomon 4:16
Anything is better than the dead calm of indifference. Our souls may wisely desire the north wind of trouble if that alone can be sanctified to the drawing forth of the perfume of our graces. So long as it cannot be said, “The Lord was not in the wind,” we will not shrink from the most wintry blast that ever blew upon plants of grace. Did not the spouse in this verse humbly submit herself to the reproofs of her Beloved; only entreating him to send forth his grace in some form, and making no stipulation as to the peculiar manner in which it should come? Did she not, like ourselves, become so utterly weary of deadness and unholy calm that she sighed for any visitation which would brace her to action? Yet she desires the warm south wind of comfort, too, the smiles of divine love, the joy of the Redeemer’s presence; these are often mightily effectual to arouse our sluggish life. She desires either one or the other, or both; so that she may but be able to delight her Beloved with the spices of her garden. She cannot endure to be unprofitable, nor can we. How cheering a thought that Jesus can find comfort in our poor feeble graces. Can it be? It seems far too good to be true. Well may we court trial or even death itself if we shall thereby be aided to make glad Immanuel’s heart. O that our heart were crushed to atoms if only by such bruising our sweet Lord Jesus could be glorified. Graces unexercised are as sweet perfumes slumbering in the cups of the flowers: the wisdom of the great Husbandman overrules diverse and opposite causes to produce the one desired result, and makes both affliction and consolation draw forth the grateful odours of faith, love, patience, hope, resignation, joy, and the other fair flowers of the garden. May we know by sweet experience, what this means.
From Barrenness to Fruitfulness
King James Version (KJV)
24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Often we may find ourselves in the predicament of Elizabeth. We desire to be fruitful but barrenness has a grip on us. Everyone around us is receiving their miracles, being fruitful but it appears we have been forgotten.
Is that your experience? Have you said like Jacob:
” My way is hidden from the LORD, And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
“The LORD has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.”?
You have prayed and fasted and waited for long and the situation remains the same. and you wonder, ‘Why, Lord? When Lord?
2 Many are they who say of me, ” There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
1 How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart daily? How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest my enemy say, ” I have prevailed against him”; Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
Then one day there is divine visitation and the Lord turns your captivity.
5 But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
Often you may even give thanks in advance before you see God’s intervention and breakthrough. (Phil4:6-7)
So regardless of what you see or the barrier of barrenness that taunts you, do not give up hope. Hope in the God of Hope. Like Abraham, against all hope believe in Hope. Call those things which be not as though they are. God will also remove your reproach like he did that of Elizabeth. It might be as overwhelming as it was for Elizabeth that she had to hide for five months. But you will come out on a rooftop to give your testimony for the world to hear the goodness, power and mercy of God.
Yes, this shall be your testimony:
1 When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ” The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us, And we are glad.
4 Bring back our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South. Ps126:1-4
No matter how arid, dry and barren it may seem
Know that you are Mine and you are the redeemed
My Promises will come to pass in the fullness of time
I will arise and favour you, yes, at the set time.
Continue to hold on to My word- which remains true
From the back you will come to the front of the queue
Those who knew you before will not recognise you
Because the blood of the eternal covenant speaks for you.