Life Is In the Son
The Story of a Son
- A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from:
- Picasso to Raphael,
- Andy Warhol.
- Pablo Picasso.
- Vincent van Gogh.
- Leonardo da Vinci.
- Henri Matisse.
- Jackson Pollock.
- Edvard Munch.
- Andy Warhol
) . They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.
When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.
The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.
He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.
The young man held out his package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.”
The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears.
He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. “Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.”
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection On the platform sat the painting of the son.
The auctioneer pounded his gavel. “We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?”
There was silence. Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.”
But the auctioneer persisted, “Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?”
Another voice shouted angrily, “We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids! “But still the auctioneer continued, “The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?”
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. “I’ll give $10 for the painting.” Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
|“We have $10, who will bid $20?” “Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.” “$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?” The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel. “Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!|
A man sitting on the second row shouted, “Now let’s get on with the collection!”
The auctioneer laid down his gavel, “I’m sorry, the auction is over.”
“What about the paintings?”
“I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!”
God gave his Son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is, “The Son, the Son, who’ll take the Son?” Because you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.
Life Is In the Son
In the Day of Noah, Universal was the Doom
But God always has Love-Room
For those who heed the clarion call;
Those who for Him make room
Regardless of their shortfall.
Have You Made Room?
The call is to all and sundry
No single exception
Those bold and those jittery
Are you of the election?
All people woman-born
But Jesus made room
For us to be reborn.
Have you been reborn?
All who believe will be received.
In the Day of Reckoning
No rank, position or possession,
No character or profession,
No boasting or sneering,
No piety or conniving,
Or façade of godliness
Will saved or be excused.
Universal will be the doom.
Unless you made a reservation in the Love-Room.
Jesus has the key to the Love- Room
Be wise. Be not swallowed in the swoon.
Lost soul tremble at your apathy.
Be not simple. Stop the party.
Come to yourself like the like the prodigal;
Examine yourself like Nicodemus, like Cornelius
Come and confess; Come like the lost.
If you are in the cold or if you are lukewarm
Surrender, kneel at the cross
Let the Saviour in and have a New Birth.
If your first love has gone, come let us reason.
There is every reason to leave the darkness
Sadness, madness, waywardness and filthiness
Debunk the carelessness
Put to flight the foolery.
Come in a hurry. Don’t look back like Lot’s wife.
The day is far spent
Night is on the advent.
And when you’ve made your peace,
Tied the knot with the Prince of Peace
O what a joy, what merriment in heaven!
Thou shall have bliss, safe in the Ark
Thou shalt have warmth, safe in the Ark
No principality can touch, safe in the Ark
No foe or power can touch, safe in the Ark!
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John3:3
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’ (Psalm 91:1-16 NIVUK)
Open Doors from Quarantine (2) Paul Acts 16
The Philippian Jailer Saved
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.
28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.
Paul knew his purpose and embraced it. He was committed to preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles at all cost, willing to spend and be spent for it. And he constantly sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit (as we should all do) and had tremendous success.
However in his attempts to go to Phrygia, to preach the Gospel, the Holy Spirit said, “No!” Acts16:8
He then tried going to Bithynia but the Holy Spirit again refused. Now, while he was at Traos, he had a vision in which he saw someone saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us. V9
This gave him the confidence that he had heard from God and he proceeded there to the major city, Philippi with Silas.
The Macedonian Call
6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.
8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
There he preached the Gospel and Lydia and her household believed and were baptised. V14-15
This was the first open door.
14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.
Later they saw a woman possessed with the spirit of divination being used to make money for masters.
She said many good things about Paul and Silas but with the wrong spirit. Paul discerned and confronted her and cast the devil out of her. V17-18
This rattled the cages of her handlers and they were enraged and falsely accused Paul and Silas, bringing them before magistrates.
They were condemned and brutalised, badly beaten, broken and bleeding and then thrown into a dungeon of a prison with their feet in strait jackets.v17-24
However at midnight, Paul encouraged Silas for Church Service in jail. They prayed and sang loud such that the other prisoners heard them.
God enjoyed the aroma of their praise so much that He tapped His feet in heaven. This resulted in an earthquake which rocked the foundation of the prison, so much that all the doors and windows were flung open. And their chains fell off.v25-26
The prison warden heard the tumult, commotion and cacophony and leapt out of his bed hurriedly and came out with a lantern. As he saw the doors opened, his heart sank, thinking all the prisoners had escaped. He wanted to kill himself. But Paul and Silas quickly stopped him, saying, “Don’t do yourself any harm. We are all here.”
The warden was flabbergasted, wowed and so overwhelmed with awe that he said, “What must I do to be saved?”
Paul told him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you and your household shall be saved.”
He led him and his household to salvation and there was a great joy and feasting to the glory of God.
God led him, allowed what he suffered but rewarded him with a great open door for the salvation the prison warden of household.
Open door came from quarantine and there was a great addition to the Kingdom of God.
Paul and Silas did not complain or moan for their quarantine but prayed and praised God and God gave them a great exploit and made their joy full. They could not have asked for more. God exceeded their expectations.
Therefore, in your quarantine arising from COVID19, it may look like a midnight hour. Do not complain but find a song of praise in the night. God gives songs in the night. Sing, dance, praise and pray a prayer of worship, adoration and thanksgiving to God. And God will give you unprecedented breakthroughs. He will cause others around you to marvel and be convicted to surrender to Him and you will be an instrument of reconciliation. Seize the moment when it comes. Be ambitious. Go for broke. Maximise the moment.
Your open doors could be great innovative ideas for business, teaching online, setting up a charity that will help others or reaching out to people in unique ways or writing best-seller or acquiring new skills that make you head-hunted. Go for it. Make all things, including this quarantine work for you. Because you love God and you are the called according to purpose.
Determine that at the end of the lock down, you will come out better than you went in. Make up your mind that weeping may endure for the night but joy is coming in the morning. Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph. Praise God who enables His children who go through the valley of Baca (the valley of weeping) and make it a place of spring, going from strength to strength and from glory to glory. They may be hard pressed but they are never crushed; perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but assured that they are not abandoned. They are trees of righteousness, His treasured possession and destined to be forests. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bring forth fruit not only in old age but in all seasons, locked down or unlocked down. They will not know when heat comes. When others are saying, “There is depression, hypertension, post-lock down depressive, traumatic syndrome.”, you will be saying, “There is refreshments, revelation, harvest, lifting up, elevation, promotion, innovation and creativity.” Glory to God!
Open doors from Quarantine is mine! in Jesus’ Name.
Open doors from Quarantine is yours! ,in Jesus’ Name.
Take it by faith and run with it and it shall be yours.
Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross
There are seven sayings attributed to the Saviour, as He hung on the cross between heaven and earth in the last moments of His earthly mission.
He was the only one born to die. John-the – Baptist saw Him as the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) He fulfilled the various types and shadows we find in the Old Testament: the innocent ram killed by God, whose skin was used to cover Adam and Eve before they were driven out of the Garden of Eden (Gen3:21), the Passover Lamb in Egypt (Ex 12:13), the various annual sacrifices, the scapegoat on whom all the sins of the people was confessed on and let go into the wilderness. (Lev 16:21-22).The list could go on and on.
This was a grand fulfilment.
Whereas these statements cannot all be found in any of the synoptic gospels, they can be collated from the four gospels for our meditation and revelation to us today.
Let us see the lesson they offer individually:
Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.
What does this teach us?
He is praying for those who were crucifying Him. He wants them forgiven because they did not know what they were doing. He saw beyond the natural. He saw through the eyes of His Father. And this is an example for us to follow. We are enjoined by Paul to be imitators of Him. (Eph5:1) John-Beloved told us to walk as He walked. (1 John 2:6)
He also said, “… as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)
Jesus also said we should pray for our enemies. (Matt 5:43-47)
So He was practising what He preached. We have to do the same. ( Ro 12:19-21)
And later on we see Stephen, the first martyr, following His Master’s footsteps.
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
60 … “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” (Act 7:59-60)
Praying for our enemies also demonstrates our confidence that all things work together for our good because we love God and are the called according to purpose.(Ro8:28) And so nothing will happen to us unless He allows it. Jesus Himself told the high priest, He had power to lay down His life and take it up again. He also told them His Father was capable of sending legions of angels to set Him free but it was their hour. So Jesus had a sense of destiny. (Matt 26:53, John 10:18)
And when we do we will live a victorious life, no matter what. (2Cor2:14, 1Cor15:57)
Another truth we need to glean from this statement is that He died for everyone – not just those who were crucifying Him. In fact it can be said that we were also responsible for His crucifixion. We were all compromised by the fall of Adam. “All have sinned.” We have all like sheep gone astray and the Lord had laid all our iniquity on Him (Isa 53:6, Rom 3:23). He became our scapegoat. ( Lev 16:8, 2 Cor 5:21)
So as we think of this statement at this time and at other times we should be:
3. Forgiving and
4. Assured that all things are working for us.
5. we should be in no doubt that He died for every one.
2. Luke 23:43: “Verily, I say unto you, today thou shalt be with me in paradise.”
As we all know, Jesus was crucified between two criminals. Isaiah foretold this about 800 years before it happened. “He was numbered amongst the transgressors.” (Isa 53:12)
One of the criminals taunted Jesus, “He saved others but He cannot save Himself. If you are the Son of God, save us and save yourself.” (Matt 27:42, Luke 23:37)
The other criminal was wise, recognising that He was innocent and He was God, with the power to forgive and restore anyone who is penitent. And so he prayed to be remembered,” “Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom. ” (Luke 23:42)
Jesus replied immediately, “Today, you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
This underscores God’s forgiving power to the sinner, anytime he realises His sin and repents no matter what sin He may have committed. This may be unfair to the natural man but sin is sin in the sight of God and abhorrent no matter what man may think of it and if it is repented of , it shall be forgiven, no matter how heinous.
However, this is not a scripture to use for delaying repentance till the last minute. No one knows the last minute. (Prov27:1, Jam4:13)
We all need to have a short account with God – repent like David, once we realise we have sinned and receive forgiveness and restoration. We can also use this you bring hope to the hopeless that no matter how far gone they may think, God is still merciful and will forgive if they call on Him in penitence.(Ps51)
Even Judas, who betrayed Jesus, would have been forgiven if he repented.
3 John 19:26–27: Woman, behold thy son. (Says to disciple) “Behold thy mother”
In this statement we can see His love and care for His mother, despite what He was going through. He looked beyond Himself. This is the God-kind of life we have been made partakers of. Regardless of what you go through, see beyond yourself. See the bigger picture. Go the extra-mile. Be selfless. Care for others and God will take care of you.
Jesus, here was making provision, giving security to his mother by entrusting her into the hands of a trusted friend. He was putting His house in order, knowing He was going away.
We too should make provision for our dependants before we leave. We should not leave them penniless- broke busted and disgusted, lamenting and grieving not only for the death but also for the debts and responsibilities left behind unattended. This is why we need to work hard and smart and provide for our family. Paul said he who does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel and has denied the faith. (1Tim5:8)
4 Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
This reveals the enormity and gross nature of sin. It is so detested, distasteful, disgusting, alienating that it even separated God – the Son from God-the Father. In this same way, we should hate sin and stay far away from it. It should also open our eyes to what Jesus saved us from.
Furthermore, it shows the dark moments we too could experience in life where it would be seem so grim and dark that we may feel abandoned by God. David foreshadowed this in Ps22. He also experience this type of dark moments. An example was when he was dethroned by his son Absalom and he wandered in the wilderness. Another occasion was when after defeating the Philistines and triumphing over Goliath and decapitating him, he found himself running from pillar to post, hiding from King Saul who wanted to kill him. again at Ziklag the men who were in debt, distressed, disgruntled, depressed, whom he had championed and recycled into business tycoons, turned against him when the Amalekites swooped on their camp , burnt it down and took captives all their sons, daughters and wives. They spoke of stoning David. He had to enquire of the Lord, receive a Word with which he pursued, overtook and recovered all. 1 Sam30:-8,18-19)
Yes, you and I will come to this “My God, my God!” moment(s). After all He told us to take up our cross and follow Him. (Luke9:23)
And when it happens, we need to encourage ourselves that we are in good company, identifying with Jesus. David had many moments like it and he encouraged himself in the Lord and came back up. Job was there and eventually he was restored. Naomi was there and wanted to be called, Mara, bitter water. But God was meciful to her and despite her lack of faith blessed her more than she could ask or think because of Ruth. Yes, you and I will go through the valley of the shadows of death; we will often go through the valley of Baca (Ps 84:6), the valley of weeping:, but we can, say like the David, “I will fear no evil. For You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. And my cup overflows. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the presence of God forever.”
Yes, because you trust in Him, you will make that valley of Baca, a place of spring. You will go from strength to strength, glory to glory and from strength to strength (Ps 84:7, Hag 2:9). You will bounce back like Jesus bounced back in resurrection. ( Matt28:6)
You will bounce back like Abraham and obtain laughter – Isaac (Gen 21:1-7). You will bounce back like Job and have twice as much as you lost and even more (Job 42:10-17,). Therefore, regardless of what you go through, stagger not at the promise of God, in unbelief but rather give glory to God. (Rom 4:20-21) When your back is on the ground, you can only look up. And that is the best thing to do anytime, any day, everywhere.
5. John 19:28: I thirst.
When Jesus made this statement, His humanity shone through His divinity. He was famished, thirsty, dehydrated and and wanted water. However instead of water He was given gall. They gave Him poison instead. (Matt 24:34, Ps 69:21) It was prophecy being fulfilled. The word of God cannot be broken. Besides, it shows us that we cannot trust men in our hour of dire need. Man will disappoint us. After all it was those who just a week ago chanted in adulation, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord”, ( Matt 21:9)changed their tune so quickly to” Crucify Him! Crucify Him! ” (Luke 23:21)
6. John 19:30: “It is finished.” COMPLETION, PERFECTION, ACCOMPLISHMENT
What a climax of redemption! What an assured, victorious and triumphant declaration of a done deal. He was satisfied that He had paid the price-the highest price for mankind. It was indispensable and indisputable. Nothing could be added to it and nothing could be taken away from it. He did it once and for all. Hallelujah!
And because “It is Finished!” regardless of the depths to which you have sunk or may sink, you’re coming out of it if you trust in Him.
Because “it is finished”, you will fulfil your purpose. Because of “It is Finished!,” the good work God has begun in your life, He will continue to work at until He brings it to a glorious fruition.
7. Luke 23:46: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.”
This speaks of a wonderful, glorious, joyful reunion.
Jesus ascended to heaven after the crucifixion and this statement looked forward to that. He was confident of the reunion and fellowship with the Father and the Spirit.
We too should be looking forward to the Lord’s reappearing. 16 For the LORD shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. ” Ps102:16
Paul told us in 1 Thess. 4:16,The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with shout of an arch angel and the trumpet call of God. The dead in Christ will rise first. And we who are alive and remain shall be caught up with them in the air. And so shall we be with the Lord forever.
He told us to comfort one another with these words. 1Thess4:16-18
We are also told, “He who has this hope purifies himself, even as He is pure. 1 John 3:3
John foresaw the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and wrote,” Let us Rejoice and be glad. And give the glory to Him.” For the marriage of the Lamb has come and the Bride has made herself ready.” (Rev19:7)
He’s coming soon and very soon to take His bride, who will be without spot nor wrinkles or blemish. (Eph 5:26-27)
Let’s trim our wicks and make sure we like the five wise virgins have sufficient oil in our lamps. (Matt 25:1-13)
Let’s ensure we keep clean our white garments and run our race with patience and endurance and finish well to the glory of God. (Matt 22:11-14)
So in conclusion forgive others just as God has forgiven you. (Eph4:32)
Cherish your relationships. Good relationships are invaluable. You cannot put a price on them. Take care of our family.
Heaven is our home. We are sojourners here.( Phil3:20)
And regardless of the distress we go through here we need to remind ourselves that it is temporary. Our light affliction which is just for the moment, works for us a far more exceeding weight of eternal glory. All things are working together for our good because we love God and we are called according to His purpose. (2Cor4:16-18)
Victory is ours in everything we do and wherever we go. We should confess it and expect it because of “It is Finished!” (2Cor.2:14)
Our Final Victory
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed —
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Salvation: So Simple
Salvation is so simple, but many miss it, thinking it is religion. Religion is hinged on doing this or that or not doing something to recommend you to God. In other words, it is based on your righteousness. This is man’s attempt to reach God. But it’s futile. No one can save themselves. We are told that all our righteousness is as filthy rags. There is none righteous, not even one.
All we have sinned and gone astray.
All we need to do is to come as we are.
Salvation is a done deal. Jesus has completed the work when died on Calvary’s Cross and said “It is Finished.”
So to be saved, all you need to is as simple as, A, B, C!
A: Acknowledge that you cannot save yourself by your efforts.
B: Believe that only Jesus can save you-not religion, but a relationship with Him.
C: Confess with your mouth, that He died for you and was raised to give you a New Life.
By faith, invite Him to take His rightful place-in your heart. Thank Him for saving you.
Prayer of salvation
I come to You today as I am.
I believe that only Jesus can save me. I cannot save myself by what I do or do not do. I repent of my sins and invite Christ to take His rightful place on the throne of my heart.
I confess that Jesus is my Saviour and my Lord. He died to reconcile me to God. And today I receive the free gift of salvation.
Thank You for saving me. I am born again. I am a New Creation. Old things have passed away and all things have become new. My name is written in the Book of Life. Heaven is my home. I am accepted in the Beloved. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah!
Read the following scriptures :
Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23
John3:3,5,8,John6:37, John 3:16,John1:12
2 Corinthians 5:17
Now, if you prayed that prayer from your heart, please let me know, so that I can send you materials to enable to be grounded in your faith.
I would also like to be praying for you.
God bless you richly. And congratulations!
Gospel CHEERS (1) Wipe the Corona tears with some gospel cheers
Saviour Shall Come
21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s. Obadiah1:21
We are blessed to be a blessing, like Abraham (Gen12:2). God knows why we are here at such a time as this when the world is going through such turbulence, uncertainty, fear and desperation. Esther realised she was raised for the time she found herself and rose up to the challenge, stepped up to the plate and saved her nation who were under a threat of annihilation. We are in similar times and even more serious as the whole world is under siege. (Esther 4:14)
Nehemiah also stood in the gap for his nation and God used him to rebuild the nation in disrepair and despair. ( Neh1-6)
We need to be encouraged and be confident that He has prepared us for these desperate end-times. This is a time for us to shine like never before. It is not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit Who dwells in us. ( Zach 4:6)
In Isaiah 60:1-2, He enjoined us to “Arise, shine!” Because our light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon us. He said there will be gross darkness in the land, but the darker the night, the brighter we will shine.
God wants us to be saviours in our cities, communities, villages and nations especially in these times of fear, depression, death and destruction. We must bring hope amidst seeming hopelessness. Let us remember Abraham who against hope believed in Hope. He interceded for Lot and saved him. (Gen18:22-19:29)
Despite the deadness of Sarah’s womb and his age (99), he refused to stagger in unbelief, but gave glory to God. He must have affirmed, built up and complemented Sarah, “Honey you are looking wonderful, youthful and endearing!”
She may have found it difficult to believe, she still had the hope to conceive at 89, but he kept on building her up until she believed it and became pregnant and gave birth to Isaac. ( Rom4:20-21,Gen21:1-7)
Similarly, we have been called for such a time as this to bring hope amidst hopelessness in our communities, cities and nation. Let’s bring some good news cheer in the midst of the CONVID19 gloom and doom, death and destruction occasioned on innocent lives, livelihood and businesses. Children cannot play as usual, everybody is a suspect, “Does he have it?” Does she have it? “
Nevertheless, we are the light of the world. Let’s let our lights so shine that men see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. We are the salt of the earth. Let’s spread a flavour and savour of goodness and good news. (Matt5:13-16)
Some are looking for scapegoats and pointing the finger here and there- playing the blame game like Adam and Eve. Let’s not partake in it.
Let’s pray without ceasing for God to have mercy on our land. Let’s be the sanitisers of our time by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s be the city on the hill that cannot be hidden. We have a God of Hope. He is not taken by surprise by what is happening and He cares. He will intervene if we intercede. He has willed the earth to us as custodians. We have authority here on earth and whatever we allow on earth will be allowed in heaven. And whatever we disallow or bind on earth will be disallowed or bound in heaven.
He will not force Himself on us. This is the Church Age. The Name of Jesus is powerful all the time. Let’s believe it and invoke it and turn the tide of evil, dispel the blanket of fear and halt the decimation and blighting of lives.( Phil2:9-11, Acts3:1-7,Acts4:12, Mark16:17-18)
It is a spiritual warfare. Let’s put on the whole armour of God (Ephe6:10-18)
We need the Helmet of Salvation for protecting our minds from every negativity, fear and foreboding.
We need Breastplate of Righteousness, being the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, we can stand in the gap like Abraham did, like Nehemiah did, like Daniel did, like Esther did.
We need the Belt of Truth for exposing all the lies of the enemy at this time.
Above all we badly need the shield of faith with which to quench every fiery dart of the enemy. We need to tell people with confidence, knowing Whom we have believed that, “We will pull through together. All hope is not lost despite the bad news everywhere.” We need to counsel people to limit the diet of fear and hopelessness because it weakens their immune system.
With God all things are possible. Let’s have faith in God. Through our God we shall do valiantly. Without faith it is impossible to please God. We walk by faith and not by sight.
We need the shoes of the gospel in this fight. Let’s look for the good things God is doing even at this time and spread it like wild fire. Let’s blow it like a beacon of hope. Let us unashamedly testify of God’s goodness.
Oh how we need to go beyond the defensive weapons and wield the Sword of the Spirit which the Word of God!
This is a time to use the Word- Sword, like never before against the adversary, like Jesus did, “It is written if God be for us who can be against us? It is written, No weapon fashioned against us shall prosper. It is written” When the enemy comes like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against him. It is said, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their testimony, that they loved not their lives unto death. Satan back off! It is written,” The Kingdom of God sufferers violence but the violent take it by force.” We cast you out of our cities, countries. We take back our businesses. We take back our health, we take back our joy, we take back our streets, we take back our social life in the Name of Jesus. Amen. ( Matt4:4,Rom8:31, Isa54:17, Isa59:19,, Rev12:11, Matt11:12
Combating Corona: Fear Not
When I see the blood, I will pass over.
Fear not, for the ploys of the enemy shall be scuppered.
Fear not. The plots of the enemy shall not prosper.
The ploys of the enemy shall be destroyed, in the Name of Jesus.
For I have not given you a spirit of fear, but that of love power and sound mind. I have gone ahead of you to make crooked places straight. I have planned ahead to save My own, to keep My own, to prosper My own, to honour My own,to elevate My own and even to save the land for the Elect’s sake.
What Satan is doing will backfire.
Fear not because I am in control. The earth in all its fullness belongs to Me. Stand still and see My salvation.
Even as I saved Israel who faced the Red Sea, I will save you. Even as I saved the Israelites, sandwiched between the Red Sea and their enemies, I will save you. Even as I saved His own when the angel of death passed through Egypt, and all the first-born in all households died, I will save you. When I see the blood, I will pass over.
As I saved Israel in Persia from the sinister, wicked and diabolical plot of destruction and annihilation hatched by Haman, so will I save you, so will I protect you, so will I preserve you. I will turn the Day of Sorrow into a Day of Dancing and a Day of Joy.
Yes, I will give you beauty in place of ashes, the oil of joy in place of mourning, the garment of praise in place of the spirit of heaviness and sadness, in the Name of Jesus. I will give you joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Therefore fear not. Have faith in God. Your God is good God and He is good all the time. Fear Not. See Victory upon victory, possibilities upon possibilities. See open doors, favours following you day after day. See angelic hosts on assignment, ministering spirits at your command, at your beck and call. See the boundary lines falling in pleasant places for you. See the goodly heritage assigned to you. Say what you see in the spirit realm and you will see what you say coming your way, coming to pass. Prepare for your celebration when all these atrocities are over.
See beyond the natural. See the Supernatural.
Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree. They shall grow like cedars of Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bring forth fruit in their old age. They will remain fresh and green, fresh and Flourishing, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
Blessed are those who dwell in your house. They will still be praising you. Blessed is the man whose strength is in you, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the valley of Baca-valley of weeping, the valley of the shadow of death-, they make it a place of spring. They spring up to the glory of God. They shine in the darkness. The darker the night, the brighter their light. They go from strength to strength and from glory to glory and from faith to faith.