Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. ( by C. H . Spurgeon)

1 Samuel 7:12

Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.

 

The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet, “hitherto the Lord hath helped!” Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health, at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea, in honour, in dishonour, in perplexity, in joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation, “hitherto hath the Lord helped us!” We delight to look down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to end of the long vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves; even so look down the long aisles of your years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear up your joys. Are there no birds in yonder branches singing? Surely there must be many, and they all sing of mercy received “hitherto.” But the word also points forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark and writes “hitherto,” he is not yet at the end, there is still a distance to be traversed. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now? No! there is more yet-awakening in Jesu’s likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fulness of eternity, the infinity of bliss. O be of good courage, believer, and with grateful confidence raise thy “Ebenezer,” for-

 

He who hath helped thee hitherto

Will help thee all thy journey through.

When read in heaven‘s light how glorious and marvellous a prospect will thy “hitherto” unfold to thy grateful eye

A New Beginning (2) (by Fenny West)

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A New Beginning (2)

Every exit is an entry

A New Beginning

A fresh start

New opportunity

For those who can see.

A New Beginning

Comes in every year

After God crowns

The last year with His goodness

And opens the door to the New

When a child is born

When a business is born

When a ministry is born

On the day of graduation

On the day of promotion

On the your wedding day

On your birthday

On your home-going day

On your anniversary

When you are born again

When you are forgiven

After confession of sin.

It’s time to forget

the former things

both achievements

and disappointments

accolades or blockades

God opens and no man shuts

He shuts and no man opens.

He has the final say

Because He is God

And His will, will be done.

He makes a road in the wilderness

And Rivers in the desert

Because great is His faithfulness

New every morning is His mercy.

We press on for the mark-

Mark of the prize of the high calling-

High calling in Christ Jesus.

We are bold to go for gold

As we break out of the world’s mould

We reach for the stars beyond the stars.

Pressing Toward the Goal

12   Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

13   Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

14   I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

Prov4:18, Job8:7, Isa43:18-19, Isa46:10, 2Chro32:7-8, Ezek36:10, Eccl7:8, Zech4:6-10

New Beginning ( by Fenny West)

New Beginning

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The end of the year is an exit
And it is an entry into the New
It is a new beginning
A new Day and New Dawn
A New Opportunity
When the past disappointments
And past failures, even achievements
Can be laid aside for higher goals
And better accomplishments.
Thank God for another chance
To glorify God better before.
Thank God for another chance
To make an inroad on the road to greatness.

 

18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
Prov4:18
Job 8
7 Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.
Ecclesiastes 7
8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Isaiah 46
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’
Ezekiel 36
11 I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
8 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
9 ” The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.
10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Zech4:6-10
“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him.
8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.2Chro32:7-8
10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”
20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God — my God — will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
21 Here are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God; and every willing craftsman will be with you for all manner of workmanship, for every kind of service; also the leaders and all the people will be completely at your command.”
1Chro28:10,20-21
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2Chro16:9
8 ” Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
Isa43:18-19

Destiny Changing Declarations ( by Fenny West)

Destiny Changing Declarations

 

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Your speech can propel or prevent you; it can propel you into your Promised Land or hinder you from entering the Land of milk and honey ordained for you. Those who brought a bad report after spying out the Promised Land were hindered by their words and they took along those who believed them.

On the other hand, Caleb and Joshua did not allow the giants they saw to becloud the promise of God. They knew whom they served and whom they believed and confessed the positive: ‘the giants will be bread to us; their strength is gone from them; we are well able; do not rebel against the Lord; if the Lord delights in us He will bring us into the land.’

 God was proud of them because they had a different spirit.

 This video is for the redeemed of the Lord who have a different spirit like Joshua and Caleb, Paul, Stephen, David, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Daniel and all others in the hall of fame in Hebrews11.

 So join me as we make these declarations in faith for 2014, ( It is still relevant for 2021) trusting that He who began a good work in us will continue to work at it until He brings it to a glorious finale; trusting that all things will work together for good for us because we love God and we are called according to purpose; that greater is He that is us than he than is in this world; that whoever is born of God overcomes this world; that the just shall live by faith; that through our God we shall do valiantly; if God is for us who can be against us?; in all things we shall be more than conquerors.

 Thanks be to God who always cause us to triumph. He will always be there as Jehovah Shammah-the ever-present Lord. He will fight for us and protect us as Jehovah Nissi..

‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:

Num14:28

21           Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.Prov.18:21

37           For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Matt12:37

Meditate on These Things

8              Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.

Phil4:8

©Fenny West2013

Starting the Year Right

Starting the Year Right

                       fresh start

 

Starting the year right

Is my one desire

Making all wrongs right

To rekindle Your fire.

 

Forgiving offences

Letting go grudges

Getting out of the fence

Building better bridges.

 

Using forgiveness key

To unlock every jail

Release prisoner: me

Letting your love assail.

 

Burying all bitterness

With the shovel of grace

Raising righteousness

To see Your lovely Face.

 

So help me, God

 

 

30   And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31   Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

32           And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.Eph4:30–32

 

13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.Col3:13

©Fenny West2013

My Year of Favour, Open Heavens and Good Success

My Year of Favour, Open Heavens and Good Success

It shall be my year of Favour because I will learn from Joseph and court, cultivate, carry the presence of God as never before. Joseph was favoured because of the presence of God in His life. Hence, regardless of where he found himself, favour showed up. When he was thrown into the pit, favour showed up, as one of his brothers (Reuben) rose up and defended his patch, which prevented him from being killed because of his dream.(Gen37:21-22)

Although he was sold as a slave and ended up in Egypt and in Potiphar’s house, he trusted and courted and cultivated the presence of God, so much so that whatever he did prospered. He demonstrated favour as he served his master well, despite his being uprooted and sold as a slave. His excellence commanded the favour of his master who left everything in his charge and gave him every privilege as an administrator over his affairs.( Gen39:1-4)

Despite his integrity and excellence, his good looks got him into trouble as Potiphar’s wife cast a longing eye on him. She pestered him daily to abandon his morals, fear of God, loyalty and integrity but Joseph considered forfeiting the presence of God too much of a price to pay for momentary pleasure of sin. He refused to give in to her and she became desperate and tried to force him, grabbing his coat,  so he fled, leaving the coat with her. She used that as evidence against him and since it was his word against hers, his master and others believed her. (Gen39:10-20)

Joseph was thrown into prison. It appeared, bad had come to the Good. It looked as if God had abandoned His. But it was a set up for a lift up; a set up for open heavens. Joseph was climbing his ladder to his destiny, his purpose and assignment. And so even in the prison, favour followed Joseph as he carried himself well, displaying excellent as always and caring for others, serving the prison warden well to the extent that he was put in charge of other prisoners. (Gen39:21-23)

Joseph trusted his God, cherished and maintained and guarded jealously his relationship with Him regardless of where he was, that the power and grace of God was evidenced in his life everywhere he went- on the mountain, in the valley, alley, pit, prison, city or country side.

Eventually, open heavens came when Pharoah dreamed a dream that troubled him.  The butler who had forgotten Joseph, who interpreted his dream that brought him out of jail, suddenly remembered him and told the King about him. Joseph was brought out to interpret Pharaoh’ dream and catapulted from Prisoner to Prime Minister overnight. Pharaoh gave him his ring, clothe him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain round his neck and he was given a  chariot) (like a limo) and feted as people bowed the knee in his honour.

(Gen41:37-44)

What a spectacular comeback!

As administrator of Egypt, Joseph displayed incredible wisdom and excellence, once again serving Pharaoh and Egypt well as was his custom. Despite the material possession- GOODs- that came to him, Joseph did not allow it to go into his head and preferred Good Success in place of Goods Success. He made his mark in Egypt and curried further favour when his brothers wandered into Egypt to look for food. He did not retaliate but favoured them and later Pharaoh told him to bring his father and the whole family and told him to give them the best part of Egypt- Goshen. That was favour again married with open heavens, marooned in Good Success. (Gen47:6)

Therefore, in this year of Favour, Open Heavens and Good Success, I resolve to cultivate, practice and carry the presence of my God ( Ps102:12-14, Gen39:3-4). His presence shall be a priority wherever I go, regardless of the circumstance. I shall remind myself that God is always with me (Matt28:20, Isa43:1-2, -41:10, -45:1-3). Therefore, I will refuse to complain but trust that He is directing my steps, ordering my steps, putting things in place for the fulfilment of my destiny. I will believe that He who knows the end from the beginning is working everything together for my good because I love Him and I am called according to His purpose (Ps37:23, Ps32:8, Rom8:28). I will display excellence and integrity in all my endeavours; be the best-not by my might, nor by my power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. The word of God shall be prevalent, paramount, preponderant and profuse in all I do. It shall not depart out of my mouth as I resolve to meditate on it day and night( Jos1:8 Col3:16, 2Tim2:15, Ps1, Ps119, Ps19:7-11, Heb4:12, Deut6:7).  It shall permeate my writing, my singing, my relationships, my circular work, wherever I go. There shall be no compromise on the doing of the word of God, so help me God.

“For you that have been cocooned, marooned, barricaded, covered with a blanket, there shall arise a light unprecedented; there shall be a release, an open heaven and favour in your relationships, finances and business and destiny.  Pleasant surprises shall come to you in this year from the North and South, East and West…”

My Year of Favour

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Favoured in the countryside

Favoured in the alley

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Favoured on the sea

Favoured in the desert

Favoured in the wilderness

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12   But You, O LORD, shall endure forever, And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.

13   You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.

14   For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, And show favor to her dust.Ps102:12-14

 20   Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.

21   But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

22   And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.

23   The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper. Gen39:20-23

1          Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. Ezek1:1

1          “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held — To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut: Isa45:1

The Faithful Church

7          “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:Rev3:7

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In this Brand New Year

 

In this Brand New Year

May God wipe your tears

Replace fruitless labour

With divine favour.

 

May He

Give you green pastures

Of His good pleasure;

Making you rise up

and remain on top;

Oiling wheels of your train

With Him to fully reign;

Giving you great exploits

Overcoming wicked plots

Taking your rightful place

All because of His grace.

      Psalms 20: The Assurance of God’s Saving Work To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1      May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
2      May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out ofZion;
3      May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah
4      May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.
5      We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
6      Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
7      Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
8      They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.
9      Save, LORD! May the King answer us when we call.
Psalms 65
11 You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.