IN CELEBRATION OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
Our GOD is never restrictive. To know the LORD is to experience Liberty.
Bondage was never GOD’S idea. The Ten Commandments were given just after the Egypt era. The one thing firmly in GOD’S mind for Israel was to seal their new found freedom. To Loose them from Egypt and all of its influences and manifestations.
The first words man heard in the garden were a statement of liberty
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are FREE TO EAT from any tree in the garden;
The rest was to protect and preserve that privilege
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
If a person came to an establishment built high on a hill, and found a parking spot at the verge of a cliff, and saw a notice that read:
NO PARKING BEYOND THIS POINT
You would not struggle to know there’s some functional and caring management around.
Anyone who would consider that a restriction has issues. The reasonable would frown at the idea of removing the sign.
That inscription is for all intents and purposes an aid to the joy of living. It cannot be a bone of contention among the sane. Any who would argue for its removal is void of both love and good judgement.
Israel was just coming out of Egypt. Their loving GOD knows well the ‘cliffs of idolatry.’ The commands were in every way a precaution of love. Considering that:
1. HUMANS BECOME MORE LIKE THEIR OBJECT OF WORSHIP
They who make idols are like them; so are all who trust in and lean on them.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
Those who bow before idols become like them. Those who bow before animals for mediation receive the spirit or characteristics of the animal they elevate with the high honor of mediation.
If this be true, and we know scripture cannot be broken; Those who use a goat for mediation and worship then get inhabited by the spirit / characteristics of a goat. Smelly, stubborn, greedy.
Imagine the dilemma this poses to the applicants if the chairman of tender board and half his team are bound there!
If the honors of mediation are given to the chicken, those who draw near to worship and seek counsel over the issues affecting their well being, find themselves exposed to the innate nature and traits of a chicken. Small mindedness, always working backwards – slow or no progress and finally to be taken into some pot for cooking!
2. IDOLATRY MAKES A MOCKERY OF A PEOPLE AND SHORTENS THEIR LIFE EXPECTANCY
you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made. YOU HAVE have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.
So, we know for sure that when GOD gave the first commandment, it was to preserve His people, made of His Likeness and image from becoming “like” the useless idols. GOD’S ‘likeness’ in man could not be allowed to degenerate into the ‘likeness’ of idols.
So, serve the LORD and become more like Him!
2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
IN APPRECIATION OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
(IN PARTICULAR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO LABOR TIRELESSLY TO THIS END)
THE CAIN CHALLENGE
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”
CAIN MURDERED HIS BROTHER
Talk of sibling rivalry, the first family on earth was pretty dysfunctional. Cain killed his brother. Spare a thought for Mother Eve! She lost two sons in one day. One to death the other to a curse. Abel was now dead and Cain was going to be a vagabond. And it was going to be some three hundred years before that void could be filled.
WHAT BOTHERED CAIN: CAIN’S CHALLENGE –
THE BATTLES WITHIN
1. THE DESIRE FOR ACCEPTANCE
Can felt left out. His offering was not accepted. He offered veg instead of blood. While he watched Abel’s sacrifice receive priority.
His problem was he wanted to do it his way, not the right way!
If you do well, will you not be accepted?
It’s never changed. GOD loves all people. He has made a plan through which people may enjoy His Presence. Some people ignore the plan, and say GOD knows this is how I am and He will have to accept me just as I am. Truth is, GOD loves us just as we are but too much to leave us the way we are.
2. THE PRESSURE OF THE PERSON OF SIN
And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
THE BATTLES WITHIN OPENED THE DOOR TO CRIME
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
THE DANGERS FACING MAN KIND – there are many but I divided them into two.
INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ( and this is by no means an exhaustive list )
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
“Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
I also will ignore your children.
2. ADDICTIONS AND DESTRUCTIVE HABBITS
2 Peter 2:19
They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
From porn to drugs
3. BROKEN HOMES
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
The African family has suffered generational disorders of absentee parenting.
Fathers were forced to mines, mothers to “kitchens” to augment the miserably small income from the fathers who at times were caught up into “second homes” in the mines because marriage was never meant to be by correspondence cause.
Children grew up with absent parents they saw once a year over the Christmas season.
Grand parents lamented the fact that their children went to work in the cities because there was no money.
So, the grand children grow up with the desire that some day they will go and make more money to help their parents.
What they don’t realize that this picture has a big piece missing. The Joy and significance of growing with and raising your own children.
So, we’ve got professionals who can’t stand their homes. When on leave they feel miserable. They can’t stand these walls, they can’t stand these children. The vicious circle goes on …
While the average white child has Mom collecting them from school, have lunch and be helped with home work – the African child going to the same school waits for a collective transport that may come an hour or two later.
Bringing the child to and empty home with TV. No prepared lunch, no help with home work. When Mom arrives, she’s tired, prepares supper, and watches Her favorite soapie. Hardly anytime to do Deut 6
4. BROKEN DREAMS
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.
1. DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROLIFERATION CULTURE
Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”
2. DELAYED OR MISCARRIED JUSTICE
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted
THEN OUR DISTINGUISHED SAFETY AND SECURITY OFFICERS ARE EXPECTED TO WORK TO
IF POSSIBLE EVEN ERADICATE CRIME. Who can be equal to such a task?
WHILE MANY HAVE DONE EXCEPTIONALLY WELL, RECORDING SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS OF CRIME IN THEIR AREAS OF OPERATION
IT IS PRETTY CLEAR – THEIRS IS A DAUNTING TASK
AND THEIR WORK IS NEVER COMPLETE
– especially in a society that’s increasingly hostile towards GOD and His Word.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
TOWARDS PLACES OF SAFETY
1. SAFETY IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
2. SAFETY IN THE REPEATED WORD / WARNINGS OF SCRIPTURE
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!
3. SAFETY IN THE COMPANY OF THE WISE
He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
4. SAFETY IN THE COMPANY OF THE ANOINTING
1 Samuel 22:23
Stay with me; do not fear. For he who seeks my life seeks your life, but with me you shall be safe.”
Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”
5. SAFETY IN A CONSTANT PRAYER LIFE
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fouler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
6. SAFETY IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.
In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell safely;
Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
PREPARE TO PROSPER
Life was meant to be lived. Each day feels worthwhile when we see ourselves moving closer to the fulfillment of our GOD ordained dreams. Fruitfulness was the first commandment engraved on to the human soul by GOD.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Sin intercepted that divine directive. Intrinsic in every human being is the NEED to prosper, to see progress, to rest in the fulfillment that comes wrapped in gainful labor – whatever the field.
All human beings with any sense of purpose are either Fruitful or Frustrated – nothing in between! And though our original GOD given edge to make progress was dealt a heavy blow when Adam yielded to sin, GOD neither gave up on man nor abandoned the original mandate.
People must still prosper! CHRIST came to restore what was lost
for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
So, every soul born of man must be realigned to original intent. The privilege of the first birth is maximized in the second. All who are born must be born again into a Blissful existence that transcends all imaginable limitations and hellish suggestions of failure. True prosperity is possible. It is achievable, it is like a glass of cold water on a scorching summer day in the desert.
Let’s uproot all inhibitions:
1. NOT EVERYONE IS READY FOR WEALTH AND ELEVATION – PROSPERITY CAN RUIN A FOOL
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them,
and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Reasons why fools suffer harm when prosperity appears
1.1. They forget GOD
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the reeds flourish without water?
While it is yet green and not cut down,
It withers before any other plant.
SO ARE THE PATHS OF ALL WHO FORGET GOD.
And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,
The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
1.2. They mistreat people and hope to get away with no consequences
They break in pieces Your people, O Lord,
And afflict Your heritage.
They slay the widow and the stranger,
And murder the fatherless.
YET THEY SAY, “THE LORD DOES NOT SEE,”
Nor does the God of Jacob understand.”
Understand, you senseless among the people;
And YOU FOOLS, WHEN WILL YOU BE WISE?
He who planted the ear, shall He not hear?
He who formed the eye, shall He not see?
Be kind to people, GOD will be kind to you, even if they seem not to appreciate your gestures of honor and goodwill. What you do to them, the GOD of seed time and harvest will ensure you Never Go Unrewarded!
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
2. NOT EVERYONE IS ALIGNED WITH THE HIGHWAY OF PROSPERITY.
“If my people would only listen to me,
if Israel would only follow my ways,
how quickly I would subdue their enemies
and turn my hand against their foes!
Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
and their punishment would last forever.
But you would be fed with the finest of wheat;
with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
Disobedience is the severest form self delay! Many claim to be waiting for GOD to act, when in essence, GOD has been waiting for them and o act in obedience to His Instructions.
Key simple instructions:
2.1. Employ the the faith twins to work for you – Prayer and Offerings
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.
In every conceivable way to the Jew, Cornelius did not qualify for the angelic visitation that would turn his whole life and that of his family the right side up!
He was an Italian – not a Jew
He was a centurion – part of the state apparatus to limit Jewish freedom
He was not in Jerusalem but some place heathen place called Caesaria
But he had GOD send an angel to get the best preacher to unlock the Blessing and usher him into an eternal inheritance. What was the key? Prayers and generosity!
Misers stay miserable
The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.
2.2. Work as if all you do will be rewarded! – no half hearted engagements
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
2.3. Keep hope alive – discouragement is a thief of tenacity
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
3. NOT EVERYONE ADHERES TO THE WINNING COMBINATION
If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Romans 9:33. AMP
As it is written, Behold I am laying in Zion a Stone that will make men stumble, a Rock that will make them fall; but he who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] shall not be put to shame nor be disappointed in his expectations.
Be sure of this: as surely as the LORD lives!
GOD’S OWN COMFORT WILL REACH YOU
You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side.
GOOD DAYS FOR YOU ARE NOT DONE YET
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
THROUGH GOD, YOUR TOMORROW WILL NE BETTER THAN TODAY
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
FROM PRISONER TO CAPTAIN
He who has a Word from the LORD will not only rise above adverse circumstances but will lead and save many who are in similar challenges
From the story of the shipwreck that Paul found himself in when he was being sent to Caesar in Rome there are powerful faith building lesson we can glean on
1. ALLOW GOD’S WORD / AFFIRMATION / PROMISE TO CHEER YOU UP AND MOVE YOU ONWARD.
Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
2. CONNECT TO THE PROMISE THAT COVERS YOU FROM LOSS.
And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
3. THOUGH PROPHESIED, THE ISLAND WAS TEMPORARY.
However, we must run aground on a certain island.”
Whatever may feel like limiting experiences you are going through. It was a passage and not the purpose! A detour and not a destination! Never allow any ‘island’ to be permanent in your life. Islands of delay, insolvency, family upheavals, contract termination etc.
4. STAY WITHIN THE ‘PROPHETIC SURVEILLANCE’ NO DANGER IS ABOVE DIVINE DECLARATION.
And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when they had let down the skiff into the sea, under pretense of putting out anchors from the prow, Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”
The safest place for those soldiers was within the confines of the Word spoken by Paul! It may have looked ‘limiting’ or even sounded ‘simplistic’ to them, considering the magnitude of their prolonged suspense, and the dangerous unrelenting circumstance which were all around them.
Yet, the only safe place was not even the ship since it was going to break down, but the safest place was anywhere within Paul’s words for them! Stay in the Words Spoken!
Remind yourself of the Prophetic declarations spoken over your life.
Re-live the excitement- rejoice that the Word ‘found you’ in your danger moments.
Everyone has their GOD ordained prophetic space! That prophecy was for Paul and the 217 people in the ship. Peter didn’t need that word, he was safe and sound wherever he may have been. John the Revelator was safe wherever he was.
Those soldiers were under the Love of GOD in that ship, uncomfortable as it may have seemed. They were no longer carried by the ship, they were now sailing on the Word. The invisible yet very sure Word Spoken over them was their only and true means of survival and escape.
Now the challenge was for them to Take Heed! To “be careful how you hear”…To yield themselves to this prisoner-turned-captain called Paul.
Well, their captain and his crew had made decisions before. They decided to sail ignoring Paul’s advice and the trouble they were in ensued.
But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.
Thank GOD disaster and loss are avoidable when we listen to the Word!
5. ABANDON ALL FALSE PRETENSES – THEY DISCONNECT ONE PROM THE PROPHETIC COVERING.
The soldiers who wanted to sneak away on a side boat could connect to the warnings given before and they abandoned their pretense and in that way they reached the island safe and sound
Never allow anyone, under falls presences of care and wisdom to swerve you away from your legitimate prophetic space in GOD. As long as they stayed under Paul’s anointing / authority, they were going to reach their destination safely.
Countless souls have made a shipwreck of their lives and faith for ignoring a simple instruction from the “Legitimate Authority” of the minister / shepherd / local church where GOD, in His Wisdom and Providence, planted them.
6. GOD HAS PREPARED UNCOMMON HELP FOR YOU.
Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us UNUSUAL KINDNESS; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.
7. WOOD OR SNAKES, YOU WILL SUFFER NO HARM.
But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and SUFFERED NO HARM.
In the cold months, snakes can look like sticks because they hibernate. But fire activates them.
In the process of collecting “wood” for your project.
Such as employing the right personnel, Gathering the right team. Building up a ministry team – be warned! Some good looking logs may actually be snakes. Never blame yourself forever for making mistakes when choosing.
To be safe; Keep the fire of a sound prayer life burning – you can always conveniently “throw them” in the fire and you will suffer no harm!!!
DECLARATIONS AND PROPHETIC UTTERANCES
1. If it be true that our world is formed by our words I choose to choose beautiful words for a beautiful world.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
2. If it be true that our focus foretells our future I choose to curve a better day than my yesterday
Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:
3. If confession brings possession I dare not live my lot to chance.
4. If Christ is formed in me through Words I choose to cling to every utterance of Grace.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
5. If it be true that GOD is always listening and determined to perform I choose Words of Wisdom to secure His perfect performance.
6. If it be true that the ultimate Judge and the attorney are on my side, I choose pleas of Mercy as shield over wrath and judgment.
7. If words entrench belief systems that predetermine experiences, I choose words of faith and hope over the songs of despair.
8. If words are the greater part of what makes or breaks relationships, I choose an abundance of uplifting words.
9. If it be true that battles and barriers bow to words, I choose to boldly bend the bows of enemy resistance.
So concerning your life I declare:
Since you are counted among the living I call you Blessed!
The expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off!
Yours is a life of abundance – misery shall not settle!
Like a darting swallow, any curse thrown at you will not stick!
You shall not die but live and declare the works of the LORD!
Your life shall be worth living – forces of self-destruction are defeated!
Your mind is unclogged – you will flow in Wisdom!
Your health shall not be broken – Peace will rule your space!
Your Wealth will locate you – shame will renounce you!
Where you were defeated you will rise in victory!
Where you were insulted – you will be exalted!
Where you once wished for death – Love for life will overwhelm you!
Before you appear – favor will announce your arrival!
Where time and opportunity were lost, I decree recovery!
Where favor was squandered – I plead for Mercy!
Where tears were plenty – there shall be a return to Joy!
Where vision was bleary – clear light, and sensitivity to the Spirit shall return!
The Fire of Godly zeal I fan into flames – it shall consume all spirits of excuses!
…. Everything that seeks to short change you. / “exempt” you from participating in Kingdom activity and the inherent Blessings, shall be exposed and expelled!
The hunger for Holiness shall be all consuming in you
The thirst for righteousness shall not be quenched by anything less than the dream to please GOD!
All time-bombs of disease and misfortune, I defuse by the Blood of Jesus!
All abominable traps to moral compromise I disarm in Jesus Name!
All financial snares set to precipitate economic ruin and reverse advantage!
All enactments of demonic pronouncements / legislations and covenants against you well-being; spirit, soul and body. I erase, I annul, I render impotent by the Blood of GOD’S eternal sacrifice
I boldly announce the shutdown of
Every loophole, every exposed area, every evil corridor
Every ungodly access point… Every monitoring tower,
Every foot hold the devil has been using to reach you,
Shall be soaked and slippery to all devils by the anointing!
Let me explain:
You are already elevated by prayer: you have a vintage point.
There are areas of your life that by virtue of prayer and consecration are difficult for demons to reach.
They now depend on searching for and / creating foot-holds,
Spaces of careless exposure –
They climb on these to reach
BUT THEY SHALL SLIP AND FALL TO RISE NO MORE!
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and SET ME HIGH UPON A ROCK.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
…and do not give the devil a foothold.
Ephesians 4:27 AMP
Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].
CONCERNING YOUR FAMILY
You were planted, you are not a mistake!
You have power to influence positive change!
Hereditary covenants of misfortune and disease no longer have legal hold on you!
Your life is hidden with Christ in GOD!
The attitudes of those around you yield to truth, righteousness and Peace!
All unhappy, unhealthy and unholy influences are denied access!
Where there were fights, there shall be harmony!
Endless arguments, venomous spewing of diabolical insults, I shut down!
All evil thrones set to resist Grace and cooperation.
Such as pride, haughty looks, selfish ambition, envy and malice
Shall Fall, shall Fail, shall fizzle out, shall give way to divine order!
Your family was never meant to be a place of sorrow
Neither was it set to be a battle ground of demonically propelled ideologies.
Your family was meant to serve the LORD,
THEREFORE – As it is in heaven – So shall it be in your family!
All satanic doorways,
All repeatedly entrenched thought patterns of defeat and malfunctions.
All pillars, canvasses and tent pegs that shelter ignorance I uproot!
All appearances of evil omens, I strip of power and meaning
I disconnect you from their hold of fear and panic attacks!
The spirits behind destructive habits and self-debasement,
Addictions to alcohol, excuses for indulging in lewdness, I scatter in Jesus name!
All music around your home, intended to infuse insults and degrading thought patterns shall be exposed and shut down!
Incompetence and neglect shall not be your label!
You are not a basket case!
You are not a Job seeker – you shall be a sought after worker
Your skills will bless many – your talents will add value everywhere you go!
Your contribution will be uplifting to your organization/ institution!
I eject you from the company of the low minded and the lazy!
I erase your name from the list of fault finders and complainers!
Your work will be recognized, your efforts will yield profit!
All time wasting tactics such as meaningless talk aimless tasks shall be removed from you!
YOU were created to do good, to rule GOD’S estate; satan intercepted. Salvation was given to help man get back on track.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship),recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
BUT the Spirit of revival is upon you! To guide your path, to order your steps, to increase the appetite for GOD’S WILL and His Ways!
The spirit of waywardness will no longer have dominion on you. A new law is now at work in you enabling you to CHOOSE RIGHT
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
YOUR GOOD WORKS IN CHRIST WILL TESTIFY ON YOUR BEHALF
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
WHATEVER MAY HAVE TRIED TO STEAL YOUR DESTINY…. YOU ARE BACK ON TRACK – HALLELUJAH!
YOU were created to do good, to rule GOD’S estate; satan intercepted. Salvation was given to help man get back on track.
WE ARE BACK ON TRACK – HALLELUJAH!
BACK IN BUSINESS,
IN YOUR STUDIES,
IN YOUR CAREER,
IN YOUR CALLING,
IN YOUR FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS,
IN YOUR SHORT TERM GOALS,
IN YOUR LONG TERM PLAN,
BACK ON TRACK IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
You shall not be derailed!
You shall not be delayed!
You shall not be denied access to your destiny assignment!
I BREAK THE LONG BREAK!
I DECLARE YOU LOOSED TO MOVE!
I DISBAND EVERY satanic ROAD BLOCK!
I SILENCE EVERY ACCUSING VOICE!
I DECREE AN END TO YOUR FRUSTRATION!
• EVERY PLOT TO DELAY YOU SHALL BE EXPOSED!
• EVERY PLOY TO UNDERMINE YOU SHALL BE FRUSTRATED!
• EVERY RULING AGAINST YOUR PROGRESS IN THE COURTS OF WICKEDNESS IS PARALYZED!
• EVERY STRATEGY DESIGNED TO FRUSTRATE YOU SHALL FAIL!
• EVERY NETWORK OF EVIL AGAINST THE CHURCH MELTS WITH FIRE!
WHERE MONEY HAS EXCHANGED HANDS TO ADVANCE EVIL AGAINST YOU – FRUSTRATION WILL NOT END!
WHERE PEOPLE HAVE COLLUDED TO STRENGTHEN A CASE OF WICKEDNESS AGAINST THE RIGHTEOUS – SUDDEN FAILURE AWAITS!
WHERE STUBBORNNESS HAS RULED IN DEFIANCE OF YOUR CALLING – SWIFT DESTRUCTION AWAITS!
THE TABLES OF WICKEDNESS SHALL BE OVERTURNED!
THE PRIDE OF THOSE WHO SPEAK BOASTFULLY AGAINST YOU SHALL BE HUMILIATED!
THE PRAYERS OF THE WICKED ARE WORKING AGAINST THEM!
THE WISHES OF THE WICKED SHALL TORMENT THEM!
THE MALICIOUS TONGUE SHALL SUFFER WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH!
WE WILL COMPLETE OUR DESTINY ASSIGNMENTS IN JESUS NAME!!!
A TURN AROUND IS INEVITABLE!
AN ANGELIC ARMY HAS BEEN DISPATCHED!
GOD WILL NOT BE ROBBED OF HIS GLORY!
YOU WILL NOT BE DENIED OF YOUR BREAKTHROUGH!
IN JESUS’ NAME!
Miracle is when GOD suspends the laws of nature to favor His People
Miracles should not be scarce in the lives GOD’S people.
While miracles do not do away with the need to grow and due process, they are still non the less GOD ORDAINED and necessary for the world to know GOD is with His People.
LESSONS FROM SAMSON’S PARENTS
1. LORD DELIVER US FROM A GENERATIONAL evil bent
Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.
The LORD deliver us from a bent towards evil!
This cancer in the collective soul of Israel only got dealt with in the Babylonian era!
LORD, deliver us from a wayward spirit!
Submit yourself to GOD for a cleansing!
Face the facts –
That you periodically go back to old habits
It is possible to BREAK FREE
2. REST IN THE MIDST OF RUMBLINGS
A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth.
Def: Manoah means rest or quiet
He appears in the troubled time in Israel yet he is a man of rest
We will discover later what causes him to be at rest in the days of Israel’s upheavals.
But the truth is:
You can be at rest in times of rumblings
Calm in the center of chaos
Still in the wake of a storm
Peaceful in the face of provocation
3. FACTS TO BE MADE SUBJECT TO FAITH
The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son.
A visitation that breaks barrenness:
The angel confirmed the facts – Then changed them
Your miracle is not by chance – your reality will change!
4. HE WILL BEGIN TO DELIVER
For behold, you shall become pregnant and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from birth, and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.
CONNECT TO ASSIGNMENT BY GROWTH
Keep growing – the hopes of many rest on you
When GOD is about to change people’s situation he grows a person
John the Baptist grew
Through growth may look slow
It is the ultimate way progress is designed to flow
Grow in Grace
Grow in Wisdom
Grow in the faith
Grow in love
Grow in the gift of giving
Grow in you ministry
Don’t be an eternal baby Christian
We are waiting for you to GROW and take up your rightful place as a Son in the house
5. REVELATION HONORS AUTHORITY
Then the woman went and told her husband, saying, AMan of God came to me and his face was like the face of the Angel of God, to be greatly and reverently feared. I did not ask him from where he came, and he did not tell me his name.
But he said to me, Behold, you shall become pregnant and bear a son, and now drink no wine or strong drink and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from birth to the day of his death.
She did not grow big headed – angels visit me
She did not get a super sized ego – I see what my husband / leaders / Pastors do not see
6. THE PRAYER THAT GOD HONORED
Then Manoah entreated the Lord and said, O Lord, let the Man of God whom You sent come again to us and teach us what we shall do with the child that shall be born.
And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her.
He was aware of Principle and Promise
Manoah said, “Now let Your words come to pass! What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?”
Live by the Principles – the Promise is sure to reach you
Many say Amen to the Promise but neglect the Principle
7. GIVE TO THE LORD
Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “We would like you to stay until we prepare a young goat for you.”
The angel of the Lord replied, “Even though you detain me, I will not eat any of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, offer it to the Lord.” (Manoah did not realize that it was the angel of the Lord.)
8. CONNECT TO THE WONDERS OF GOD – THE NAME OF JESUS
And the Angel of the Lord said to him, Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?
So Manoah took the kid with the cereal offering and offered it upon a rock to the Lord, the Angel working wonders, while Manoah and his wife looked on.
Is the name of Jesus
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
Is the life and destiny you have been called to – you and your children
Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me!
We are for signs and wonders in Israel
From the Lord of hosts,
Who dwells in Mount Zion.
Is the theme of your cross over praise … as Israel crossed over the see
“Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
9. ANGELIC ACTIVITY TO ASSIST YOU IS YOUR PORTION
it happened as the flame went up toward heaven from the altar—the Angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar! When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground.
Hebrews 1:14 NLT
Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.
Hebrews 1:14 MSG
Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation?
…. YOU ARE IN LINE FOR A MIRACLE
10. RIGHT AND YET SO WRONG
When the angel of the Lord did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of the Lord.
“We are doomed to die!” he said to his wife. “We have seen God!”
But his wife answered, “If the Lord had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, nor shown us all these things or now told us this.”
To Moses GOD said
But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
Manoah was right
Manoah was wrong
Revelation transcends tradition
Towers above human experience and mortal limitations
Will you live in the realm of limitation
Or will you rise to the realm of possibilities?
Will you be limited to the sphere of the natural Or will you rise up to the Supernatural?
Will you settle for what is humanly possible
Or will you ascended to:
With GOD all things are possible
YOU SHALL NOT DIE
BUT LIVE AND DECLARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD
11. GROW AND BE TIRED
The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him, and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.
Pray for a stirring:
Stir up the flame – through prayer
Stir up the gift – through conscious exercise
Stir up the miracle – through offerings
Stir up the love – through care
Stir up the Presence / anointing – through Praise and Worship
Stir up the romance – through attention
AS THE WORLD CELEBRATES ST. VALENTINE’S DAY
We are reminded of the greatest calling of all. A calling that transcends all cultural dispositions, ethnic backgrounds, religious persuasions, economic status and their intrinsic inhibitions. The call is by our LORD GOD and Savior. It is A CALL TO LOVE. Most people do sense that there’s a hidden treasure in connecting, but equally so, the enemy of everything good works tirelessly to distort and defile what is actually so sacred.
Scripture has not left us in some grey area as far as love is concerned!
1. WE ARE CALLED TO A LOVE THAT IS SINCERE
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
2. WE ARE CALLED TO A LOVE THAT’S PURE
2 Corinthians 6:6
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
3. TO A LOVE THAT DOES NOT TRAMPLE ON CONSCIENCE
1 Timothy 1:5
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
In other words, what is contrary to a clear conscience cannot be of genuine Love.
4 TO A LOVE THAT ELEVATES OTHERS ABOVE SELF
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
5. TO A LOVE THAT MUST BE CONSCIOUSLY AND CONSTANTLY SERVICED
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.
6. TO A LOVE THAT FULFILLS ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
7. TO A LOVE THAT DRIVES US TO SHARE THE ULTIMATE BLISS IN LIFE – SALVATION
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
8. TO A LOVE THAT STIFLES SELFISHNESS AND FOSTERS CARE AND HUMILITY
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
9. TO A LOVE THAT CASTS OUT FEAR
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
NOW, HERE’S MY PRAYER FOR YOU:
I PRAY THAT YOU MY GROW STRONG IN GOD’S LOVE
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
I PRAY THAT YOUR REVELATION OF LOVE MAY BE REVOLUTIONARY
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
I PRAY THAT ALL SELFISH AMBITION BE UPROOTED FROM YOU
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE A SYMBOL, AN EMBODIMENT AND AN EXTENSION OF CHRIST’S LOVE TO A NEEDY WORLD
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
IN JESUS NAME
1. WE WELCOME THE RAINS THE DROUGHT IS BROKEN
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
2. THEY REMIND US OF WHAT A GRACIOUS FATHER WE HAVE
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
3. WHAT A REMINDER OF OUR FATHER’S LOVE.
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
4. WHAT A REMINDER OF THE POWER OF SHALOM GREETINGS.
And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
5. WHAT A CHALLENGE WE HAVE BEFORE US
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.