Spiritual Resources For Daily Living

The Pit of Obscurity

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Genesis 37:24 “And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it”.

One of the reasons why Joseph’s brothers sought to kill him was to ensure that his dream never comes to reality. In the minds and wickedness of Joseph’s brothers except for Reuben the pit was meant to obscure him permanently, so that he’snever seen the light of day. That pit was not a friendly one at all – it was empty and had no water. He could have also died from dehydration, remember they were in the wilderness that is bad enough and the dry and empty pit they threw Joseph into would have escalated his suffering. Physically, it’s possible for one to be in the wrong location that will limit his or her ability. No matter how skilled a person is, if he or she is not exposed to the right opportunities, manifestation will be very difficult or impossible to achieve. In those days of bartertrade, where people exchanged what they have with what they don’t have; it was a big challenge for some people to take advantage of that system because they lived in obscured locations. The power of obscurity excludes some people from accessing life-changing opportunities.

The power of obscurity has relegated many people to domenial jobs, which are far below their abilities and what they can offer. Also, lack of knowledge about certain things can keep somebody in obscurity. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). It’s also true to say many people are obscured for lack of knowledge. Little or no knowledgeabout the system somebody finds him or herself can become a pit of obscurity for that person. Location can obscure a life. 1 Samuel 16:11 says “And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he comes hither”. While David remained in the field, keeping the sheep, Samuel was in the house of Jesse to anoint the next king over Israel. David’s location at that material time was the manifestation of the spirit and power of obscurity. Until Samuel asked Jesse if there still any of his children left, nothing about David was mentioned. Beloved, we need God to intervene in our situation and announce our presence in locations assigned to change our destiny where we are physically absent.

There was this story about a brother that will help us understand the manifestation of spiritual obscurity. This brother has been looking for a job after school without success. And many years down the line, a friend he knows very well got a job few months after he graduated. While he rejoiced with him, he also went into prayer asking God, why he had not been able to find a job. A few days later he dreamt; in that dream, he was together with his friend inside a pit and they had a ladder also to come out of the pit. He tried to get out of the pit, but the ladder was so unstable and was also very steep that he became scared and withdrew back to the bottom of the pit. The other friend got on the ladder and effortlessly climbed out of the pit; while he was still wondering how it was possible for his friend to have come out of the pit so easily and quickly, he woke up from the dream. Now, given this narrative, a case of spiritual obscurity becomes very obvious. Until that brother prays himself out of that pit and comes to the surface, he may continue to make efforts without success. There are many people whose cases are exactly the same as that brother. They may not have received a revelation to that effect, but many are limited by the same spirit and power.

Prayer Point
1. My Father (x3) announce my name for a glorious manifestation, in the name of Jesus.
2. Powers are pressing my head down, your time is up, die, in the name of Jesus.
3. Every satanic covering preventing my star from shining, clear away, in the name of Jesus.
4. Foundational powers saying I will not rise above my root, you are a liar, shut and die, in the name of Jesus.
5. I jump out of any spiritual pit assigned to keep me in perpetual obscurity, in the name of Jesus.

The Captivities of Israel

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Ezekiel 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

In this devotional, you will definitely have to have your Bible with you. It is a Bible study that will reveal the deep truth that will empower us in our relationship with the LORD. Firstly, what is captivity? It is the state of being a captive; a period of imprisonment or confinement. More than any tribe in the Bible, the Israelites have entered into several captivities for several generations. Over the generations, they went in and out of one captivity to the other in and from different nations. Who are the people of Israel? The LORD says… Israel is my son, even my firstborn (Exodus 4:22). The Israelites are the apple of God’s eyes (Zechariah 2:8) . With all the spiritual inheritance of the Israelites with the LORD, one would have assumed they can never suffer evil talk less of being in captivity.

Let’s look at some of Israel’s captivities. In Genesis chapter fifteen verse thirteen (15:13), God has seen that they will be in captivity for four hundred (400) years which ended to be 430 years. In Judges 3:3-10, they were in captivity for about 8 years in the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia. They were in captivity for 18 years with the Moabites (Judges 3:12-14). In Judges 4:2-3, they were under the captivity of the Jabin king of Canaan. In Judges 6:1-15, they were in captivity in the hands of the Midian. For 18 years, they were in captivity with the Ammonites (Judges 10:6-12). In Judges 13:1, they were in another captivity under the Philistines for forty (40) years. To mention but a few.

Reading all the passages of these captivities we are able to see that each time the Israelites forsake and provoke God; God handed them over to the enemy. The case of Israelites captivity reveals to us that as Christians or even as born-again Christians, we must not dip our hands into sin; must not forsake the LORD, not serving other God. Thou shall not have any other God besides for I am a jealous God. When we forsake God, it is an invitation to affliction, trouble, and pains. Beloved, sin kills, cages and limit a life. Whatever we need on this earth, it is in the infinite resources of the Almighty God. But this God hates sin and that is why He could not even look at Jesus when He was on the Cross. Like the Israelites, repent of every sin and cried to the LORD, to save you from your captivity.

Prayer point
1. Go before the LORD, for serious repentance.
2. My Father, deliver me from my captivity, in the name of Jesus.
3. The Word of God says to me…Jesus led captivity captive, therefore, let my captivity report to the Lord Jesus Christ and for me, I am free, in the name of Jesus.
4. The evil in charge of my problem, hear the Word of the LORD, die, in the name of Jesus.
5. Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children (Isa 49:24,25).

If I Perish, I Perish

Monday December 11, 2017

Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

The Israelites came to a point in Shushan that they did know if something is not done drastically and urgent, they are doomed. This is because a date has been set for their destruction (Esther 3: 13). Haman, because of resentment of Mordecai went to King Ahasuerus to lie against the Jews and offered to pay the King certain amount of money into the government treasuries for their annihilation. When the issue got to Queen Esther and she was made to understand that she herself would not be spared as a Jew and that maybe, it is for the deliverance of the Jews why God had appointed her to be a Queen at such time; then she knew that there it is a matter of life or death at hand. For there is a law of King Ahasuerus of a death penalty for anyone that went to His presence uninvited. Queen Esther knowing that there was no invitation for her in the next thirty days which by that time the ‘day of doom’ must have passed; she concluded that she would break the law and go before the King regardless of what will happen, If I Perish, I Perish.

The statement, ‘If I Perish, I Perish, is a statement of undaunting faith; an attitude of ‘I will get it whatever it will cost’; a determination to achieve a purpose regardless of the pain; the attitude of ‘I must possess my possession whether the enemy likes it or not’. There are so many examples in the Bible of this kind of attitude. Ruth cared less what her family member would say, whether it would invoke any curse form the god of the Moabites or not, she said to her mother-in-law: …Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: (Ruth 1:16). Jacob knew there is a higher blessing beyond his physical wealth, he wrestled with an angel for 5 hours saying, I will not let you go unless you bless me (Gen 32:26). Abraham was tested by the LORD to go and sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, and regardless of the heartbreaking and shattering request of the LORD, he trekked three days to the place of sacrifice saying, “I want to go and worship God” (Genesis 22:1-5).

Beloved, there is a kind of undaunted faith that provokes God. The Syrophoenician woman told Jesus whether dog or not, the crumbs will satisfy me and she got deliverance for her daughter. She cared less about an insult. When will you do 3 days dry fast and pray your way to your breakthrough? When will you punish the flesh by not giving in to the slavery of anger, bitterness, and hatred even for the purpose of your own testimony? How will just come of out deliverance programme and outside the church you started fighting. When will you stop this attitude of self-righteousness and ‘I am always right’ instead of you to humble yourself and pray for your breakthrough? When will you do that ‘phone-fasting’, and drop your phone and pick up the Bible? When will you do what you are supposed to do spiritually that will make you possess your possession? Why will four lepers at the gate of Samaria reason together that ‘why sit here until we die’ and you able body wo/man decided to sit down and look? Wake up and do what you have to do to possess your possession and move your life forward.

Prayer point:
1. Father LORD, forgive me for my prayerless, grumbling and complaining and inability to fast appropriately.
2. Power to fast, pray and travail in the place of prayer, fall upon me, in the name of Jesus.
3. By the power in the name of Jesus, I am revived to fast and pray and possess my possessions, in the name of Jesus.
4. All my spiritual efforts shall yield dividends, in the name of Jesus.
5. My Father, have mercy on me, in the name of Jesus.

The Mandate of Nations

Saturday December 09, 2017

Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

All children, including the parents, have an assignment and purpose to carry out for the LORD. The truth is God made every man to carry an assignment for His own purpose. You might be looking at a pregnancy or a child, but that baby in the womb or that child is carrying a divine assignment. Rebecca was feeling pain and she cried unto God. Why God and not her husband, Isaac? God is the maker of the destiny; He is the one that answered the prayer of Isaac for his wife to be pregnant. Some people when they feel pain during pregnancy, first thing is to call their doctor whereas God is waiting for them to ask Him like Rebecca did. I am not saying we should not go for antenatal, but what divine information have you received from the LORD over that child.

The LORD told Rebecca a strange statement; two nations and two manners of people are in your womb. Two nations!? YES. I would have expected God to tell Rebecca “You have twins in your womb”, but God told her two nations are in your womb”. So that pregnancy, that child(ren), is/are not just ordinary pregnancy and children but divine purposes of God; they are divine destiny and vessel that is to fulfill the programme of God. Some parents are very fortunate that God revealed to them who that child(ren) is/are. Some might not have information about the child(ren); it is not that God does not want to reveal it but because we have not put ourselves in the position to hear from God. For Rebecca’s case, those 2 nations are to bring to pass the programme of God that He started with Abraham.

What is this mandate of nations? It means posterity — posterity is different from prosperity. Posterity is is a link for the future generation; somebody who is working now for the next generation, even after the person dies, his/her work and legacy will be for hundreds of years to come affecting generations after him/her. The mandate of nations is when you are in that location but somebody is praising God for Your life from Belgium to Burundi, from Las Vegas to Lagos. The mandate of nations is what will make the government of a nation(s) come and tap into your wisdom and wealth. A Jacob was born and the 12 tribes of Israel manifested. By the spirit of prophecy, nations are in that womb; nations are coming from that child and those children, in the name of Jesus.

Prayer point:
1. My Father, let not Your purpose for my children fail, in the name of Jesus.
2. The mandate of nations is renewed and manifested upon my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. O LORD, let everything work together for my destiny to be fulfilled, in the name of Jesus.
4. I shall be what the LORD wants me to be and not what the enemy wanted me to be, in the name of Jesus.
5. My Father, manifest and explode in my life, in the name of Jesus.