Articles for March 2017

JESUS OUR DOOR INTO A GLORIOUS INHERITANCE – DAY 31

JESUS OUR DOOR INTO A GLORIOUS INHERITANCE

JESUS OUR DOOR INTO A GLORIOUS INHERITANCE

Isaac mirrors the life of our Savior in a number of ways
He is the only begotten of the Old Testament
He has a bride according to the Father’s specification
And miraculously, after the birth of Isaac, Abraham’s body that was once said to be as good as dead, continued to function at such a vigorous pace, the old man could not help but marry Ketura after the death of Sarah and six more sons were born.   Although they were his, the promise would come through Isaac in order to fulfill the Word of the LORD.  So, he released them with gifts, I guess so they would not worry Isaac the heir of all things!

Genesis 25:5-6
“Abraham left EVERYTHING HE OWNED TO ISAAC.   But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.”

John 13:3
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;”

The wonder of it all is that everyone who acknowledges Jesus becomes a joint heir with the heir of all things.

Romans 8:16-17
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Jesus paid the price so that we may be included in an amazing deal.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10
“However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”

AND WHAT IS THE INHERITANCE OF OUR SAVIOR?

JESUS, HEIR OF ALL THINGS.

Hebrews 1:2
“but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.”

THROUGH HIM OUR INHERITANCE IS SECURE.

1 Peter 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,”

PRAYER FOCUS.

1.    Celebrate Jesus in HIS place as heir of All things.

2.    Give thanks that he remembered us in our low estate and made us co-heirs by HIS Blood.

3.    Appreciate the inner witness of the Spirit who testifies deep within that you are an heir

4.    Pray that none of your loved ones is ever found to have fallen short of this honor

Hebrews 4:1
“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.”

ISAAC AND REBEKAH – A PORTRAIT OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH – DAY 32

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ISAAC AND REBEKAH – A PORTRAIT OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

1.    THE WOMAN WAS TO BE STRICTLY FROM ABRAHAM’S FAMILY

Genesis 24:2-4
So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall GO TO MY COUNTRY AND MY FAMILY, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”

The Father has a bride in preparation for Jesus. This bride consists of all who are blood washed born again children of GOD.

Ephesians 5:31-32
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—BUT I AM TALKING ABOUT CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.

MAKE SURE, YOU BELONG TO THIS FAMILY

Ephesians 3:14-15
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

2.   WE ARE NEVER SUPPOSED TO GO BACK TO THE LIFE THAT  GOD TOOK US OUT OF

Genesis 24:5-6
The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”
“MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT TAKE MY SON BACK THERE,”. Abraham said.

Abraham was called out of the Ur of the Chaldeans, a place of idolatry. That’s where moon worship originated from. In fact up till today, the religions of that area usually have the moon or a portion of it as their symbol of identity.

In Christ we have been called out of the darkness into HIS marvelous light. Determine not to go back to old ways of unbelief and dissipation.

Hebrews 3:12Amp
[Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.

Hebrews 3:12NIV
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

3.   ANGELIC HELP WAS EXPECTED

Genesis 24:7
“The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—HE WILL SEND HIS ANGEL BEFORE YOU so that you can get a wife for my son from there.

Your life is not haphazard!  GOD planed your existence and seasons before you came. And because of this, in the everyday acquisitions and transactions of life, angelic help can be solicited and expected. With angelic help on your side, every assignment will not fail to enjoy invisible invigorating assistance.  You will go further, faster and forcefully.
EXPECT GLORIOUS HELP.

Psalms 46:5
God is within her, she will not fall
God will help her at break of day.

Your life is so well planed even your birth place, your continent and time in history, were carefully and lovingly chosen.  You neither came  too early nor late. You are the right person, at the right time in the right space for the right reason.  All that is known by GOD.

Acts 17:26-27
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

So, why would your supplies fail?  Why should you doubt the originator of the plan?    Angels are on stand by – say the right things and aid will be set in motion

Hebrews 1:14
Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?

4.   THE HUMAN WILL WAS TAKEN INTO SERIOUS CONSIDERATION

Man is a spirit, has a soul and lives in a body.   Even though GOD knows what’s best for man, in this case, the woman in question would be the mother through whom the promised seed would be natured.  She would have a prominent place in the history of the human race in many ways.
Unbeknown to her as yet, nations would proceed through her that would impact the landscape of the world as we know it.   The nation of Israel would come through her and many of the other major role players that would be born.

Wealth would be at her disposal, her decisions and interventions would sway the direction of the Blessing, as it did with Jacob and Esau.

All this unknown to her yet, she would be inspired by GOD to act well and be positioned for that decisive moment when the camels would need a drink.  And although she ticked all the right boxes, there was still the BIG QUESTION;   would she be willing?   Willing to go with people she did not know that well.   To marry a man she had not met yet!   All she had were good words and good gifts.

Abraham had made provision for this, just in case the woman was unwilling:

Genesis 24:8a
If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine.

Rebekha’s family did not fail to pop this question either!

Genesis 24:57-58
Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”
“I will go,” she said.

Great seasons of Blessing await every believer in Christ.  But it will take a willingness.   No one is kidnapped to heaven. None cajoled to Peace.

Isaiah 1:19
If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;

While people have been broken many times through all sorts of rough rides over their will, willingness is a decision of the free will and it is dear to GOD.
how the power of righteousness vs the forces of wickedness operate around human beings is more evident here.
Heaven intervenes while darkness interferes. GOD knocks and waits for a willing response from within. satan rides rough shod over people’s lives whenever he can.
The Spirit of GOD leads, the evil spirits drive and push people do evil.

The key to being led than pushed is to surrender wholly to GOD and HIS Will.  GOOD WILL NOT FAIL TO COME YOUR WAY.

Psalms 84:11
For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! NO GOOD THING WILL HE WITHHOLD from those who walk uprightly.

JESUS – OUR HIGH PRIEST IN THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK – DAY 33

JESUS - OUR HIGH PRIEST IN THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK

JESUS – OUR HIGH PRIEST IN THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK

Father Abraham meets with an interesting figure in his return from rescuing Lot.  He sure had prayed and made some serious promises to GOD on his way to the war zone.    In a fit that is nothing short of a miracle, Abraham rescues Lot and the kings of sodom, and in keeping with his pledge to GOD he refuses any compensation for his services, citing his resolve to avoid any tongues wagging that they were the reason for his prosperity.

Genesis 14:21-24
“Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”
But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven” and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, “I have made Abram rich’— except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”

It was after this riveting account of GOD riding on the confidence of HIS servant to bring victory that we are introduced to Melchizedek.   Unmistakably peculiar is his list of credentials.

Hebrews 7:1-4
“This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!”

Notable among these are:
That he had no beginning or ending of days
He is king of Salem
He is Priest of the Most High

Jesus is our Melchizedek.   He has no beginning and no end.  He is our great High Priest standing before the Father to intercede for us. He is the Prince of Peace.

PRAYER FOCUS:

1.    Give thanks for the love of GOD demonstrated to us in sending the LORD JESUS to die in our place.

2.    Give thanks that HE Ever lives to intercede for us.

3.    Give thanks that he lives and receives our tithes.

4.    Give thanks that your eyes are open by revelation to see and receive HIM.

5.    Pray that truth of HIS Priesthood and intercession for you should not fizzle out because of neglect and forgetfulness.

JESUS – THE BLESSING TO ALL FAMILIES – DAY 36

JESUS - THE BLESSING TO ALL FAMILIES

DAY 36

JESUS – THE BLESSING TO ALL FAMILIES

Genesis 12:3
“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

When GOD called Abraham out of moon worship and the idolatry of his birth place Ur of the Chaldeans, there were Blessings promised. Indeed GOD blessed him until he became extremely wealthy.  Even when Abraham was at fault, as when he went to Egypt and told a half truth about Sarah, that she was his sister instead of his wife,  GOD’S blessing still turned the entire situation into one that elevated Abraham as a prophet and livestock was given to him by the Egyptian king.

In the time of war he could glide over five kings with only 318 men, as he did when he went to rescue his nephew, Lot.

But the Greatest of Blessings announced in Genesis 12 is that all families of the earth would receive a Blessing through Abraham.  How was this going to happen?  What would this Blessing look like?

The Promise was that through his seed a Savior would come.

Jesus is called the seed of Abraham.   And he took away the unyielding albatross on the neck of the human race, called “the curse” that fell on all because of Adam, and by extension all were considered law breakers even though we’d never seen or heard the law of GOD,  and the curses of the law applied to all families of the earth. Namely doom, gloom, poverty, disease, defeat, divorce, failure, worry, tears, dismay, domination by evil forces working through fallen nature. The human condition was bleak, and still is without CHRIST. Oh, but when JESUS came…!!!

Galatians 3:13-14
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come upon the Gentiles in CHRIST JESUS, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

He took upon himself our shame, our pain, our eternal judgment and blessed us with a heart to turn toward HIM

Acts 3:26
“To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, SENT HIM TO BLESS YOU, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.”

Jesus is the ultimate unparalleled Blessing to all families on earth.

Even as the world celebrates St Valentine’ day today and calling February the month of love,

PRAYER FOCUS:

1.    That all families of the loved ones around you would have their eyes open to the true Love and Blessing that each family now qualifies for because of the great sacrifice on the cross.   No need for perpetual discord, disillusionment, divorce or even premature death.   The curse is broken, the Blessing is free to all who will simply receive in childlike faith and appreciation.

2.    Pray that as many long to define an understand love, they will be guided to and reminded of the Love of GOD.

3.    Pray for marriages especial of those in the public space who are often targeted by the enemy in order to distort the image of what a good family structure should look like.  satan is trying hard to undermine the portrait of a Biblical marriage, through moral failure and division.

JESUS IN GENESIS – 37 days to go…

JESUS IN GENESIS

Genesis 3:15
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
HE WILL STRIKE YOUR HEAD,
and you will strike his heel.”

We know from the scriptures that the serpent was satan himself.  When all seemed lost.  GOD’S official ruler committed high treason.  On earth he had ceded authority to the powers of darkness by disobeying a simple command not to eat the said fruit.
Disobedience is always more costly than it seems. One small compromise can cause suffering and untold pain cascading to generations of disfavor.

In the midst of such doom and gloom, GOD announced Hope.  In the middle of what sounded like a tongue lash.   He promised the Seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent.

THE HEAD REPRESENTS LEADERSHIP.

satan has managed to lead the world down a path of degeneration and death.

Revelation 12:9
The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, WHO LEADS THE WHOLE WORLD ASTRAY.     He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

But the enemy’s headship will not stand that seed – Jesus!

Even more exciting is that those who believe in Him are now born of this kind of Seed.

THE OVERCOMING SEED

1 John 5:4
for EVERYONE BORN OF GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD.    This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

THE INCORRUPTIBLE SEED

1 Peter 1:23
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

THE LORD JESUS OVERCAME THAT SERPENT AT THE CROSS.

Colossians 2:15
[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

THE DEDICATED BELIEVERS ARE CONSTANTLY OVERCOMING satan

Revelation 12:11-12
And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
that they were afraid to die.
Therefore, rejoice, O heavens!
And you who live in the heavens, rejoice!
But terror will come on the earth and the sea,
for the devil has come down to you in great anger,
knowing that he has little time.”

THIS YOU CAN BE SURE OF:

The devil will not have the last word over your life, no matter how advanced his program of destruction may be…
The Seed within you is greater!
Yours is a great future in GOD

Enjoy your meditations and prayers

CELEBRATING THE MESSIANIC PROMISES FULFILLED AT THE CROSS – DAY 39

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THE COUNTDOWN – 40 DAYS OF DESTINY CHANGING PROCLAMATIONS OF HEAVEN

CELEBRATING THE MESSIANIC PROMISES FULFILLED AT THE CROSS

DAY 39

Genesis 3:14-15
So the Lord God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and HER SEED;
HE SHALL BRUISE YOUR HEAD,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

From the beginning of time,  GOD’S crown creation, mankind, has been the target of satanic maneuvers to undermine and desecrate, in order to unplug them from the all surpassing power of Love and Holiness.

That old serpent, the devil tempted Adam and Eve, selling them what they already had, “to be like God” the very thing they already possessed for they were created in His image and LIKENESS!

Man fell for the trap, a crises of cosmic proportions.  But GOD, rich in Mercy, had already provided a way out. It would cost Him to take the human form, live among people and die in the hands of sinners.

satan was warned from the beginning that the seed of the woman would crush his head.   This is when we confirm that prophecy is an open secret that cannot be understood without revelation, because, although the devil was told what the seed would do to him, he still did not see it coming when he crucified him on the cross.

1 Corinthians 2:7-8
No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. NONE OF THE RULERS OF THIS AGE UNDERSTOOD IT, for if they had, they would NOT have CRUCIFIED the Lord of glory.

A colossal mistake for which the devil will forever bite his lower lip in hell.  A crowning glory to the wisdom of the Almighty  and His ability to use even the vilest of satan’s strategies against the enemy himself.

2 Corinthians 13:4a
For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God.

PRAYER AND PRAISE FOCUS

1.     Thank GOD passionately for the cross, all satan’s plans are crushed

2.     Thank GOD that even the most debilitating of satan’s ploys against the church can and will be turned to our advantage.

3.      Revel in the Spirit and power of the cross and it’s preaching to change lives of loves ones around you.

40 MESSIANIC PROMISES FULFILLED AT THE CROSS

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Of the Seven Feasts in the Old Testament that were shadows of glorious realities found in Christ, giving us a glimpse of how the anointed Savior would be like   and  their ultimate application through faith  in The LORD JESUS and HIS finished work,   None have more enthusiasts and celebrants as Passover commonly referred to as Good Friday.
The count down to Good Friday 2016 is in full swing and what better way to well up a genuine sense of appreciation for the eternal generosity than to have  a walk through some of the Prophecies and Types / Shadows encoded in the law and the prophets. The Lamb slain before the foundations of the world deserves the prominent space in our imagination while we prepare to rededicate  our all to gaining HIM the reward of HIS matchless sacrifice.
 
May these scriptures and thoughts posted each day elevate the Joys of HIS Unfailing Love and ignite a passion for HIS WORD inspired by the Hope of Glory they bring.