Consolidating Victory: Deal with “all”, never leave “some” for posterity!

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“None of the Anakim were left in the land of the children of Israel; they remained only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod.” (Joshua 11:22 NKJV).

LESSON:

Joshua destroyed the Anakims that were in the land of the children of Israel. However, he didn’t press on the deal with the Anakims (giants) that were in the nearby Philistine cities of Gaza, Gath and Ashdod. Decades on, Goliath, and his other four brothers of the seed of the Anakims (giants) appeared on the scene to harass Israel, and to disturb the peace they enjoyed on their Promised Land (1 Samuel 17:4; 2 Samuel 21:16-22).

What you fail to deal with, and completely eliminate, in the day of your power and might, would rise to afflict your children after your decease. Never leave battles you can effectively handle today to posterity. Deal with them now, and save future generations from needless problems and afflictions.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I ask for your grace, strength, and wisdom to deal with every challenge and battle that stands my way. Lord, let posterity inherit absolute peace from the victories you would give me, in the name of Jesus. Amen!!

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Warfare Strategy: Never let “the Head” stand!

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“Joshua turned back at that time and took Hazor, and struck its king with the sword; for Hazor was formerly the head of all those kingdoms. But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Israel burned none of them, except Hazor only, which Joshua burned.” (Joshua 11:10 & 13 NKJV).

LESSON:

Joshua destroyed the stronghold of the enemy, Jabin. He destroyed the command centre of Israel’s adversary. Joshua led Israel to demolish “the head”. Hazor was the head of the whole kingdom that came against him, and against Israel. Once the head is down, all other parts would fall apart in a matter of time. When you face the enemy of your soul, never let his operation room stand. Destroy it! Never let his stronghold in your life stand; make sure you utterly tear it down. Once you get it down, his influence on all other parts of your life would weaken in no time.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, let every evil fortress, and meeting place, from which evil schemes are plotted against me, by the kingdom of darkness, receive judgment of your holy fire now, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen!!

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God’s Word For His People As We Enter 2017

grace-explosion-prophecy-for-2017There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” – Hebrews 4:9 KJV.

Almighty God would move mightily in 2017 to bring rest to His people (Hebrews 4:9-10). He would magnify His law and make it honourable in the sight of all people (Isaiah 42:21). He would give double grace to His people to see to the establishment of His will and purpose in their lives, and to see them through all their endeavours (Zechariah 4:7). God’s grace would bring His people into their wealthy place come 2017 (Psalm 66:12). For His obedient children, He would bring them into His rest (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). But for the rebellious ones, He would chastise them to bring them to the paths of righteousness (1 Corinthians 11:32). God would manifest His might greatly come 2017 on behalf of His people (Isaiah 41:10-13). God’s glory is going to be released in a greater way, and would be seen upon His people (Isaiah 40:5). Fear shall fall upon the ungodly, and the sinner to convict them of sin, of righteousness, and of God’s judgment (Isaiah 33:14). Harden not your heart, but receive the Word of the Lord with meekness, to be a partaker of the riches of His grace and glory in 2017 (James 1:21 & Hebrews 3:7-8).

May we experience the full measure of all God has in store for us in 2017. Amen!

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Relationship: An Essential Key to Effective Prayer and Power with God

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“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world.” (John 17:6 KJV).

One of the most powerful keys to effective prayer and power with God is Relationship. There are so many kinds of relationships in our social circles. These include: Husband-Wife, Master-Servant, Employer-Employee, Father-Child, Leader-Follower, etc. And we can develop relationship with the Almighty God on the basis of our knowledge of who He is to us. In the Holy Scriptures, there are so many relationships man can develop with His maker. And the effectiveness of communication and the power derived from such relationships were dependent on the terms upon which the relationships hanged.

The relationships the people of old had with God were determined by the revelation of God they had. God answered His servants who knew Him to be their Lord. These servants in reverential fear served God as their master. Example: Elijah’s prayers for fire. In 1 Kings 18:36, his request for fire was to prove that he is a servant, and had done everything according to the word of the Lord, his master. Sure! Fire came down in answer to that prayer. But, in 2 Kings 1:9-12, he felt threatened by the captains and their hosts the king had sent to take him from the hill. And his request for fire to consume them was also hinged on his relationship, as a man (servant) of God. For he said: “If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.”

However, the highest form of relationship is the Father-Child relationship. Why? This is relationship bonded by blood, one of the most powerful elements on the earth according to 1 John 5:8. This was the relationship in the beginning according to Genesis, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Adam was a son of God (Luke 3:38). That was what we lost, and it was for this cause Christ came to reconcile us again by a blood covenant (Colossians 1:20).

Jesus Christ came to introduce us to the name and relationship we lost through disobedience and rebellion—that is Heavenly Father, the Father-Child relationship (John 17:6). When Jesus walked the earth, his disciples saw the effectiveness of his prayers and once asked for a lesson on prayer. “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Luke 11:1-2 KJV)

Jesus’ introductory words indicated that everything that came afterwards was founded on the relationship which existed between the one praying, and the One to whom the prayer was directed (God). This name, Heavenly Father, connects us to a superior relationship none of the people of the Old Testament knew.

He is our Lord, and we are co-labourer with Him in His vineyard (1 Corinthians 3:9), but more importantly He is our Father in heaven. And we must seek to cultivate that relationship by doing what would please Him, as our Father. We must desire to have constant fellowship with Him, and not become vagabond children—wanderers who visit His presence occasionally, who do not know His voice, and who do not know His will.

Developing a good relationship with God is the ultimate key to effective and answered prayer. He spoke through the Prophet Malachi:
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 1:6 KJV).

We must be extra concerned with our relationship with God if we desire to have power with our prayers.

God bless you!

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3 Wisdom Lessons from the House of Mourning

Mourning“It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2 KJV).

Many times we learn the hard lessons from our defeats and failures, than from our triumphs and successes. Yeah! Countless times, we learn a lot in our sober moments, in those seasons of pain and anguish, than in our spirited moments.

Last weekend saw a host of funeral services and interments in my little town of Effiduase in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region of Ghana. As I heard the continuous scream of the motor hearses that strolled our streets, these lessons were dropped into my spirit by the Holy Spirit:

1] There is an end to man. In the place of mourning, one sees the fate of all men; that the creature called Man never abides on our earth forever—as there is a time of birth, there is also a time of death (Ecclesiastes 3:2). Therefore, all men have to put this certain truth to heart and live their lives accordingly.

However, after death, one thing is most certain, THE JUDGMENT: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 KJV). “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 KJV).

In this regard, it behooves us to live our lives on Earth in a way that would please our Eternal Judge, our Lord Jesus Christ. We must fulfill our God-given purpose, and prepare to meet Him (Amos 4:12). We must finish His assignment, so we would not be ashamed when we meet Him face-to-face in the Day of Judgment (2 Timothy 4:7).

The great prophet of old, Moses, once asked God to “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 KJV).

The fact that we are not going to be here forever must make us humble as we go about our daily activities. “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am” (Psalm 39:4 KJV). This was the heartfelt pray of King David in recognition of this truth.

2] Man is not to be feared. There is a limit to man. Since there is an end to man, he can’t torment any person on Earth forever. A day comes when he can no more inflict oppression on people. Therefore, he is not to be feared.

Jesus, in his teachings, warned his disciples whom to fear: “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12:5 KJV). Christ warned his followers to fear God, and not man.

The Psalmist said, “Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity” (Psalm 39:5 KJV). Never be afraid of man because “the fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25 KJV). The Preacher said in Ecclesiastes 12:13: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

The fear of man has made many trod paths of unrighteousness, just to please people. Yes! And the fear of man has made a lot of people live in mediocrity, especially in Africa, where successful people are always under attack.

The King David knew his source of security and strength when he said: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 KJV). “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” (Psalm 118:6 KJV).

Always remember when you are attempted to be afraid of the evil schemes of wicked men in these times of uncertainty that “the fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25 KJV).

3] Never rely on, or put your trust in man. Since man does not have the ultimate power to his existence on Earth, man can’t be wholly trusted. You can’t rely on mortal man to meet your needs. “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” (Psalm 146:3-5 KJV).

It is certain that the day he dies, all his good intentions about his promised help to you go with him into the grave—from which he could offer you no assistant. That is why we should rather trust and depend on God to meet our needs. The LORD reigns forever. It is He who can touch men to offer assistance to you even if they are unwilling. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1 KJV). His ways are awesome.

Unquestionably, the frailty of man should make us think twice when we conceive the idea of putting our trust in our fellow man. The Scriptures say: “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” (Jeremiah 17:5-7).

In the house of mourning, so many lessons are available to the wise in heart. These are but a few. We should keep these lessons to heart, and should be conscious of the fact that history keeps repeating itself, but mostly to people who fail to learn from its lessons.

God bless you!

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