FAST FACTS ABOUT SIN
1. LONELINESS IS A DANGER
“Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her.”
2. LONELINESS IS NO SIGN OF BEING EVIL OR SINFUL
The girl was just reaching out. All her siblings were males, the twelve sons of Jacob. We are all born with a need to relate to others like us. Boys enjoy each other’s company, so do girls. May GOD help our children at school and in the communities where we live, that they may not be ensnared by a simple natural desire – to relate to those of their gender and age. Dinah wasn’t going out to lure men. She wasn’t out on mischief,
All her siblings were out in the field. This was just a simple desire to relate with other girls, and tragedy struck. Many sermons have been crafted to warn the girl child from going out with unregenerate companies, and rightfully so. But what does a child do in a far away place like a higher institution of learning. In trying to find herself acquaintances – disaster may be looming. The LORD save our children!
3. LONELINESS DOES HAVE BIBLICAL SEDATIVES
3.1. CHOOSE WISELY IN FRIENDSHIPS
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
3.2. WALK CAUTIOUSLY AS YOU BUILD TIES WITH NEW ACQUAINTANCES
3.3. AVOID PEOPLE WHO ARE ALWAYS ANGRY AT AUTHORITIES / MANAGEMENT
“Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go,”
As long as we live there will be anomalies that must be confronted and corrected in any institution or organization because people are born sinners and we are all basically on a recovery journey since the Fall. Engaging with the view to facilitate change for the better is a noble pursuit – but there are gangrenous individuals in every establishment who have issues with authority and are angry from whence they came. Avoid them dear!
Although the world is evil; Jesus cares. Even though parents may be far removed from their children. Jesus is always near. Although some may have already been ensnared, Jesus has the power to save. His redeeming love reaches out even now, His matchless Grace is stronger than the rushing torrents of evil and is Mighty to save! Parents pray for your children. Children, be wise, yield not to the eerie sounds of loneliness.
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “NO” TO UNGODLINESS AND WORLDLY PASSIONS and to LIVE SELF-CONTROLLED, UPRIGHT, AND GODLY LIVES IN THIS PRESENT AGE, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
1. PRAY THAT THE LORD KEEP OUR GIRL CHILDREN FROM SHECHEMS
2. PRAY THEY MAY BE PROTECTED FROM SOUL CONSUMING LONELINESS
3. PRAY THAT THE LORD GRANT OUR CHILDREN WISDOM – TO KNOW WHOM TO ASSOCIATE WITH. –
remember, when they first arrive in these institutions all children / at least most children look normal
4. PRAY FOR THE BOY CHILD TO BE PROTECTED AND DELIVERED FORM ANGER
for it always breeds malice! In this life there will always be something to boil about, it’s an evil world – it is basically and generally out of order – it takes wisdom to know what battles to fight and which to ignore.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”
There is no divination against Jacob,
no evil omens against Israel.
It will now be said of Jacob
and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
Hexes and curses have a common goal; to limit their victim, reducing them to a miserable existence with a darkened mind that struggles to make bold decisions and invariably fail to take advantage of the opportunities before them, all towards their untimely demise, broken and dejected. The picture is diametrically opposed to the ideal intended for man by GOD when he was first created. There was a garden with all the fresh produce man would ever need, even gold lay at the bank of the river, and there was no uncertainty about the mandate. Make all things fruitful and multiply fill the rest of barren earth with the beauty you have here.
Adam was bewitched. How else does one explain such non-activity, quietly listening to a deceptive interview the snake had with his wife, all the while he was right there next to her. She did not have look for him somewhere in the garden to give him the forbidden fruit.
She took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, WHO WAS WITH HER.
Witchcraft gets people numb. Decision making is put off for another time, while opportunities pass by. Wrong conclusions are reached even with good information given. Slanted cause of action becomes a pattern and the results nothing less than perpetual misery.
1. IT IS THE SINGLE MOST STRATEGIC TOOL EVEN AGAINST THE GOSPEL
2 Corinthians 4:4
For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers’ minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.
The Gospel brings light. It is the light. No reasonable person can ignore or reject such an offer of Life and Blessedness in this present life and the one to come! But people do ever so often not because the Gospel is lacking in appeal, or power, not at all! But the concluding processes of their minds are specifically targeted for darkening by ‘diabolos’ and his crew.
2. ONCE IT FELL THE GOSPEL ADVANCED FORCEFULLY
And many of those who had practiced curious, magical arts collected their books and [throwing them,book after book, on the pile] burned them in the sight of everybody. When they counted the value of them, they found it amounted to 50,000 pieces of silver (about $9,300).
Thus the Word of the Lord [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God] GREW and SPREAD and INTENSIFIED, PREVAILING MIGHTILY.
By nature, we are all susceptible to curses and bewitchment because of the sinful nature inherited though Adam.
Infamous practitioners of this craft are scattered all over the scriptures Balaam, Jezebel,
3. ONCE GOD BLESSES NO MAN CAN CURSE
How can I curse
those whom God has not cursed?
How can I denounce
those whom the Lord has not denounced?
Stay in the Blessing – the pronouncements of wickedness shall not stand against your future and family Salvations.
# WITCHCRAFT MUST FALL
4. ONCE GOD HAS BLESSED NATURE WILL TESTIFY AGAINST YOUR CURSING OPPONENTS
When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” “No,” he said. Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.
5. ONCE CHRIST IS RECEIVED THE CURSE ON AN INDIVIDUAL CAN BE BROKEN AND REPLACED WITH THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM
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.
1. Give thanks for the finished work the Lord Jesus did on the Cross when HE became a curse on our behalf
2. Pray that the eyes of the understanding of every one around you may be open to see the light of Glory
3. Take a firm stand against all forces of darkness that have been overshadowing the impact of the Gospel in our community
The LORD who knows the end from the beginning, and the happenings of the next day before it begins has a tendency to reveal things to HIS children and HIS servants for the benefit of those who will have an ear to hear!
1. THE LABANS OF THIS WORLD HAVE ALREADY BEEN MUZZLED
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
A PORTRAIT OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
1. THE WOMAN WAS TO BE STRICTLY FROM ABRAHAM’S FAMILY
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.
“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
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
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.
[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.
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
“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.
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.
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
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:
If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine.
Rebecca’s family did not fail to pop this question either!
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.
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.
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.
IT IS A GLORIOUS FACT: HE CAME