One of the greatest revelations for me was to find out that a man can live on this earth totally fulfilled, completely free from all fears and inferiority complexes. When I gave my life to Christ, I was so happy to know that my sins have been forgiven. It was a great surprise to discover that forgiveness of sins is just the beginning of the blessed Spirit filled life. So many other moments of joy paved the narrow way!
It is such a sad thing that so few Christians desire to know the power of the Cross. They run away from the Cross, not knowing that they cheat themselves by ‘denying the power thereof’.
As for me, long ago I made up my mind that I will go closer to the Cross and study it by myself. There was a magnetic attraction for me to go and see, and touch, and listen…to any drop of revelation…Just the way many people here are desperate to go ‘abroad’ so was I to go to the Cross of Christ. The closer I went the fewer people I met.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it’ (1Cor 10:13; NKJ)
Temptation if not sin, but failure to find the door of escape in the midst of temptation, that is sin!
‘For we do not have …a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are –yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’ (Heb 4:15, 16; NIV) Our Lord was tempted but He did not sin.
Jesus knows all about temptation and its power. As a man He endured all temptations. He resisted all types of attacks that can possibly come to men. He also understands our weaknesses and He ‘sympathizes’ with our struggles to overcome sin. He is not just our Savior but our Comforter in the middle of temptations. Let this be a constant source of strength: as a child of God I can never be alone. Even when I feel alone, I should not trust my feelings but I should trust Him who promised: ‘I will never leave you, never forsake you…’ (Heb 13:5). Continue reading
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace!” (Nu 6:24-26)
God is the Author of the Blessing. God has in His heart to bless you. If God blesses you, no man or devil can curse you.
It is a spoken Blessing! It is not a material blessing but a spiritual one, deep and powerful enough to change your destiny. When the Word of God comes with anointing and power, we are to receive the Word with faith. Say: “I am blessed!” Amen!
The word ‘the Lord’ appears three times. It is the Trinity blessing you. God then Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit bless you!
God keeps you. This is total protection, internal and external. I will never fear the enemy, armed robbers, kidnappers, thieves…because I am KEPT BY GOD HIMSELF, I AM GOD’S RESPONSIBILITY!
I believe that God’s face shines on me. His presence brings light to my path. His presence leads me from glory to glory. I see God’s smile and I smile back to Him. He directs me with His eyes. He has simplified my life and I lost the torment of fear. The greatest gift is to see God’s face. An encounter with the resurrected Christ is the greatest blessing given to man. His smile of approval on you will change you forever. You will be bold like a lion and fast like a gazelle.
God’s grace, His unmerited favor will be your portion. If God’s grace is on you, no man or demon can destroy you. Just humble yourself and receive His favor, His stamp of pleasure on you. You will discover that you need nothing more!
His face is turned towards me; he never looks away; I am His primary concern; He takes pleasure in my obedience and I take pleasure in His commands. We are a mysterious team of, king and servant, teacher and student, in the royal hall of worship!
Lastly, peace that passes all understanding is my portion; my deepest desires, my unspoken longings, my sighs became a song, my stumbling, my weakness, the corridor of a new beginning on my high places…
Yes, in case you have observed… I boast that I know my Lord…the vision has spoken at last…Glory to God who gave it to me!
This is a true story that shows the need and the power of true spiritual mothers and fathers.
A nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post recently wrote about the plight of the white rhinoceros in Pilanesberg Park, a South African game preserve. At least 39 of these endangered rhinos had been found slaughtered in their native habitat, and it was assumed that poachers were the killers of the remarkable beasts.
However, upon closer inspection it was discovered that all of the rhinos’ valuable horns remained among the carcasses. In an effort to catch the killers, the game wardens decided to tranquilize some of the remaining animals to electronically tag and track them. Hidden video cameras were also set in strategic locations to record the evidence.
The game wardens were amazed to discover that young bull elephants were harassing the rhinos without provocation. Although unnatural for them, these teenaged elephants were chasing these white rhinos for long distances, throwing sticks at them and stomping them to death. Why were these elephants acting so violently? The answer would be found in a decision made 20 years earlier.
God promoted Joseph from pit to prison, and then to the palace. He became the prime minister of Egypt, the greatest country at that time. He got married and had two sons. The first he called Manasseh (it means Forgetfulness – for God has helped me forget all my childhood’s sorrows) and the second Ephraim (it means Fruitfulness – God has made me fruitful in the land of my temptation). This is the way of God: You need to forgive your enemies and to forget the pain they have caused. Then you will become fruitful! You will see yourself in the lives of many people; they will speak your words and they will dance at the sound of your song.
You need God to help you forgive and forget. God is also the Author of all true increase! Joseph means ‘To increase’!
May the anointing of Joseph be your portion in the name of Jesus! Amen!
‘Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit!’ (Eph 5:17, 18)
The journey starts at the Cross. ‘You must be born again…’ (Jn 3:7). That is the most radical change in your life. You become a child of God. The Holy Spirit will seal you with a deposit, so that you may be sure of your identity.
Next, you have to desire to be filled with the same Holy Spirit given to you as a heavenly ‘sample’. The earlier the better you make the choice to press on to become baptized with the Spirit. Here, most believers stumble. Most churches fail to lead the sheep to this promised fullness. About ninety percent of the Christians do not actively desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The reason is simple: they refuse to die to self, to carry their cross daily and follow Jesus. For as long as you still want to lie, to steal, to covet, to deceive or to boast about your personal accomplishments, the Holy Spirit will not fill you. He is after all, THE HOLY Spirit. He hates sin and He cannot dwell where un-confessed sin abides. So prepare your vessel, your heart, according to His standard. Then, He will fill you!
There are basic instructions concerning the promised baptism of the Spirit:
*Present your body as a living sacrifice, willing to be filled (Rom 12:1, 2). Remember that it is your body that is to be the Temple of the Holy Spirit. You have to pay the price; you have to train your body to yield to the Spirit. You have to study the Word of God and pray. You have to identify with the work of God in your local church and submit to the delegated authority. If you are in the habit to only attend Sunday services and ignore all other weekly activities, then you cannot be filled with the Spirit.
*Ask, pray for the Holy Spirit to be given to you (Lk 11:9-13). The proof that God is answering your prayer is that for a season you will pass thru some emotional disturbance, anxiety, a feeling of emptiness and disappointment. That is the normal way as the same Spirit is preparing His ‘nest’ in you. It is like the ‘morning sickness’ to a pregnant woman. It is not pleasant but there is joy because she knows that soon she will have a baby.
HAPPY WITH CHURCH TONIGHT
‘The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shines upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace!’ So they will put MY NAME on the Israelites and I WILL BLESS THEM!’ (Nu 6:22-27)
God gives words of blessing to His messengers: Moses and Aaron. The Word of God preached under anointing has power to bless them that believe.
God is the Source of these blessings: spiritual (salvation, hope, faith, peace, joy…) and material (food, clothes, a good job, marriage, children, a house…). God blesses them ahead of their walk thru the wilderness. God pledges Himself to bless His people in their journey of life. It is pure grace, God’s personal wish to bless you, His child.
The blessings are given to ‘you’! The word is singular. It is His wish to do so and none can stop Him. You need a personal revelation of the power of the priestly prayer!
There is perfect provision, perfect protection; God’s pleasure with you, perfect favor and perfect peace. This fullness of blessings comes only to them that know His name! Jesus is our High Priest. Before He went to heaven He lifted His hands and blessed His people (Lk 24:50-53) The blessed eternal Life found is Christ has been described by the old saints as: ‘The life that is truly life’
Do you know God’s name?
Then you are blessed indeed!