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POWER TO PRIORITIZE

Monday February 19, 2018

Matthew 19:21b…come and follow me.

Beloved, life is all about choices. We have to make many choices in life; some big, like a life partner, some small, like what to eat today. Every day we make choices also in what we decide to do and what we decide not to do. One mistake that is often made by people, whether it be consciously or unconsciously, is that they say or think that they just don’t have time to do certain things, like they cannot help it. They have been asked to help with a certain task and their answer is; “no, I don’t have time”. That is an enormous mistake. Although the answer seems to be right, they can be busy with others things but still a day contains 24 hours and not more. Still their answer is not right. It is not that they are too busy, it is that they have prioritized their time differently. It is their choice to give higher priority to other things; that decision is not per definition wrong, but it is their own choice based on their priority.

In the Bible, we see also some people who had decided upon their priority. The son of a king was going to marry and the servants went out to invite the guests, asking them to come and join the celebration. The answers these servants received was although very disappointing. One after another told to the servants that they didn’t have time, telling them all kind of excuses; The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come (Luke 14:18b-20). In this parable, told by Jesus, the guests came with all kind of excuses, putting their priority on other things than on the celebration of the kings’ son. It seems that they didn’t have heavenly choice. It was probably true that they had just bought something or were just married, but still it had all to do with their own priority and it was therefore their own choice to say no to the king.

Beloved, the question towards us is; how is our priority. If the King, the Lord Jesus Christ, is inviting us, which choice do we make? Which priority do we choose when God is inviting us to meet in the church service on Sundays and in midweeks? When a man of God, or when your own pastor, is asking you to do something, how will you response? It is so easy to say that God is on the first place in our life, but are the choices we make in line with it? Has the house of God and the work of God priority in our life? Whenever work has to be done, do we say no because we are tired or because we have to come early out of bed the next morning? Do we say no because we want to watch our favorite television program or because we have to cook? And do we let others do the work, making it very loaded for them? Or can we say yes and commit ourselves, sacrificing our sleep or our free time, or deciding to eat a simple meal without many preparation in order to have more time for the work of God? Jesus asked a young man to prioritize Him above money; he couldn’t and left sorrowful (Matthew 19:21-22). How do you prioritize in life?

Prayer point
1. Power to prioritize, come upon me now, in Jesus Christ almighty name.
2. Everything in my agenda that is not of God, be rescheduled by the blood of Jesus Christ, in Jesus name.
3. You my flesh, that wants me to make wrong decisions, die now, in the name of Jesus.
4. Divine agenda of God for my life, manifest now, in the name of Jesus.
5. Divine insight, to make the right decisions and to priority well, come upon me now, in Jesus name.

ONE MAN ARMY

Sunday February 18, 2018

Judges 6:16 And the Lord said unto him, surely I will be with thee and thou shall smite the Midianite as one man.

It is well said that one with God is a majority. God is the God of the universe with the ultimate power that all the power of other powers combined cannot withstand. Reading the Scriptures we were able to see God turning a single soul, one person, to a one-man army. Gideon in the reference Scriptures, was assured by the Almighty God to be made a one-man army to destroy the Midianites. With God in his life and ministry, the hand of Gideon became an extension of the hand of the ‘Man of war’ in battle. What a glorious thing, for one person to destroy hundreds and thousands of people.

Samson was a one-man army, we read of his exploits in the Scriptures. The declaration from the Philistines summarizes the activities and the office of one-man army. Judges 16:23-24…Then the lords of the Philistines gather together fro to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand. And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us. They said…he slew ‘many of us’. There was a point that he used a fresh jawbone of a donkey and strucked down 1000 men (Judges 15:15). Wonderful. How does this happen? The Spirit of God came upon him. Elijah was a one-man army. He single-handedly destroyed the 850 prophets of Baal and grooves. One-man army. Paul was a one-man army; over 40 people conspired against him and they did not succeed.

To become a one-man army, it is by one rule and this rule is stated by Joshua 23:10…One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, He it is that fighteth for you, as He hath promised you. God is the one who fights the battle on our behalf. Our own is to live a life pleasing unto Him. Elisha was calm when his servant saw and reported the multitude of army that surrounded them. He knew God will always defend His interest in his life and the very moment the attack was instituted by the King of Syria against him, heaven despatched the hosts of heaven, horses chariots of fire, for the battle (2 Kings 12-17). What a glorious things for one to be able to confront the enemy, no matter how much they are, by the help of God. Dare to become a one-man army and enjoy endless victories in the battle of life as you wait upon the Lord. Remember, let heaven have a reason and reasons why you must be defended.

Prayer point:
1. Holy Spirit, empower me to be a one-man army/warrior for the Lord, in the name of Jesus.
2. My Father, strengthen and empower me in the battle of life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Power to war like a warrior of the Lord, enter me now by fire, in the name of Jesus.
4. Holy Spirit, teach and empower me to use all the spiritual weapon Go made available for the saints, in the name of Jesus.
5. Man of war, empower me and turn me to be Your warrior and battle-axe, in the name of Jesus.

Knowing What Ought To Be Known

Saturday February 17, 2018

2 Kings 2: 3, 5. And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel…Jericho…. came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

God in His faithfulness will not do anything without revealing it to to someone on the surface of the earth. I said to ‘someone’ because this is not exclusively to the prophets only. God is a God that shares information; He never wants to keep anyone in the dark. When Elijah was to be taken up by the chariot of fire, God revealed this to Elisha, Elisha and equally to the sons of prophet in Bethel, Jericho and Jordan. The sons of prophets in Jordan were patiently awaiting to see this spectacular event; the first of is kind. The sons of prophets in Bethel and Jericho make the matter more interesting for us by asking Elisha: ….do you know that the LORD will take away your master from you today? And on the two occasions, he replied to the affirmative (2 Kings 2:1-15).

As I began to meditate on this passage; I began to ask; what would have happened if Elisha did not know that on that very day the Lord was taking away Elijah. His time, learning and tutelage of 6 years under Elijah would have been a waste. Today, we would not have been hearing of anything called the ‘double portion of the anointing’ No wonder he kept on replying Elijah ‘as long as God lives and as long you, Elijah is alive’, he’s not going to turn back from following him. Elisha was focus; he was determined; he made up his mind whatever it’s going to cost him to get this power that he saw in Elijah’s ministry, he was going to pay it. All these was seen in him because he knew that that day was the day of visitation. Thank God for the life and ministry of Elisha. He purposes; he persevered and he possessed and manifested.

Like Elisha knew what others know about him and Elijah; we equally need to know what the enemies know about us. Some people does not know that what the enemy have seen in their life is the reason for the attack against them. So there are things others know that we must know. There are things we ought to know unfortunately did not know. It is a case we must take to the Lord. Why must the enemy know about my life and destiny and I did not have a clue of my own life. It is not only about our destiny, we need to know things as they are and not as camouflage. We are to know the pit and the grave dug by the enemy for us as to avoid them and foil/fail the plan of the enemies. Some of us that our children are of marriageable age need to know the kind of person they want to marry even before they enter into the relationship. We need to hear and see in the realm of the spirit the kind of person, maybe a serpent or a mermaid. When we know what we ought to know even as we live to please God, God will then make sure we know more about our lives than what the enemy knows.

Prayer point:
1.Father LORD, have mercy upon me and destroy anything in my life chasing Your presence away, in the name of Jesus.
2.O LORD, open my eyes to see beyond the physical realm, in the name of Jesus.
3.Spiritual cataracts in my eyes, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
4.I shall hear the voice of the LORD and the Holy Spirit; anything satanic cotton wool blocking my hearing, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
5.O LORD, hide the affairs of my life from my enemies, in the name of Jesus.

Partakers of the Accursed

Friday February 16, 2018

Joshua 7: 1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.

The opening Scripture opened up a critical issue that every believer must come to the knowledge of. It was Achan, the son of Carmi, that took of the accursed thing but unfortunately the anger of the Lord was provoked against the whole Israel. The anger of the Lord was not directed to the household of Carmi either to the household of Achan himself. But we see the whole of Israel suffered for the sin of one man. It is sad but it is a reality. Even the righteous can be partaker of the sins they are helpless about. The consequence of this opening Scripture was that despite the confidence of the men Moses sent from Jericho to Ai, their expectation was cut short. They said to Moses not all of the people need to go but only about two or three thousand men should go up and smite Ai. they concluded their opponents were few and they will overwhelm them but that was not the case. The opposite was the case.

The word ‘accursed’ means a situation when someone or something is already under a curse. A person can be accursed. A property or item can be accursed. Any nation can be accursed. A nation that forgets or forsake God will surely incur the wrath of God. It is a tragedy that most nations of the world are under a divine curse and unfortunately believers that does not understand how to take charge in matters like these will become partakers of the accursed land/nation. Most circumstances and situations like hardship, recession, pestilence and natural disasters are consequences of divine curses. Very true and very, unfortunately, believers are partakers of these curses.

In Genesis 19, the angels of God where on ground to save Lot from the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:12,13). In verse 13, the angel said to him…for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. What would have happened if Lot was not rescued? He would have been partaker of the iniquity of others. By one person a whole nation can be made to suffer; and conversely by the sins of a whole nation, a righteous can be made to suffer. There is a Scripture to the rescue of this matter. Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee (Isa 60:1,2).

Prayer point
1. In the time of collective tragedy/sorrow, I………(mention your full name), refuse to be partakers, in the name of Jesus.
2. In the hour of collective failure/stagnation, I………(mention your full name), refuse to be partakers, in the name of Jesus.
3. O God of Psalm 91, come and be my God, in the name of Jesus.
4. O God of Psalm 23, come and be my God, in the name of Jesus.
5. I refuse, I shall not be partakers of another of collective curses, in the name of Jesus.