PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE

“I completely surrender myself to You, dear Heavenly Father as a living sacrifice. I reject to be conformed to the pattern of this world. I chose to be transformed by the renewing of me mind. I take authority in Jesus name and I tear down all the strongholds of satan, any unholy practice or habit in my life. I destroy the plans of satan formed against in my mind or in my body. I surrender my mind to You Holy Spirit. I confess with my mouth and I believe in my heart that God has not given me the evil spirit of fear, but He has given me power, love and sound mind. I destroy all plans of satan against my emotions. I will feel only what God wants me to feel and no lust, greed, covetousness or idol passions will be in me. I destroy all plans of satan against my will. All the decisions I make will be in God’s presence and all to His glory. I destroy the plans of satan against my body. I reject the evil spirits of infirmity, sickness, depression, fatigue and pain.

Dear Holy Spirit I pray that You reveal to me any area of deception or false prophecy. I break any covenant I made knowingly or not with the evil spirit of religion. I command all evil spirits to leave me and go away in Jesus name. Holy Spirit enable me to be aggressive in prayer, to think Your thoughts after You, to walk in Your way. I pray for revival in my heart and the overflow will touch many around me. I pray You grant me the gifts of the Holy Spirit especially that I may prophesy to edify the Body of Christ.

Again I cover myself with the Blood of Jesus Christ. I pray to You Holy Spirit that You manifest in my life all the work of the Cross, all the work of the Resurrection, all the work of the Glorification, all the work of the Pentecost in my life. I refuse to be discouraged! You are the God of all Hope! Grant me healing! Grant me deliverance! Grant me a new beginning! I promise, I vow, to give You alone all the glory!

Thank You Father. I am grateful! I will praise and worship You forever!
IN JESUS NAME I PRAY,
AMEN!”

PRIDE MUST BE JUDGED!

 

The arrogant cannot stand in Your presence…Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished” (PS 5:5; PV 16:5, AMP)

Pride means to think too much of yourself, of your looks, gifs, achievements or possessions. Pride is the root of all other sins. God calls pride SIN! We should not call it by any other names. Pride is not a weakness, a family trait, a style, a fashion or a way of life. PRIDE IS SIN! Do you want to know what sin is? Sin, pride, it is what killed Jesus on the Cross!

God hates all sin, but in particular, He hates pride. We usually say that God hates sin but He loves the sinner. That is a general truth. But when it comes to the sin of pride, God hates the unrepentant sinner too! Selah!

God is a God of love, but He is also a God of hate!!! God hates pride so much that He rejects and drives away all proud people from His presence. He will not answer their prayers. Even when the proud men are oppressed and in need, even when they cry out for relief, God counts their prayers as ‘empty pleas’ and He ignores them. God will not invite the proud men closer to His throne of grace, but He lets them stay ‘afar of’. God opposes them! (Job 35:12, 13; Ps 138:6). This is one of the most terrifying revelations in the Word of God. But it is the truth that sets us free from false ideas of ‘freedom’!

God promises to judge proud men! God said that He will ‘tear down the house of the proud’ (PV 15:25). The way Jericho fell down, this is how the family of the proud man falls and scatters. Like gangrene, pride is able to spread and to damage others. The treatment is radical surgery; often, the whole leg has to be amputated. The judgment of God affects the whole family and the proud man’s friends. This is the warning of love: stay clear from the proud! There is terrible danger around them!

What then is the solution? Come to the Cross! Come to Jesus! Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God! Submit to God! Submit to His ways! Come into His presence! That is where you belong! That is where you are safe! The God who blesses and heals you is the same that drives away the proud! Separate yourself from the arrogant and come home! The door is still open…

 

In Christ I declare:

I humble myself for Christ sake!

I separate myself from the proud and wicked!

My friends are humble brethren!

I dwell in the center of God’s presence and will!

Forever!

In Jesus name

Amen!

THE GIFT OF FRIENDS

“God sets the lonely in families” (Ps 68:6)
Once I gave my life to Christ, I lost all my friends. I became lonely with a purpose. I started seeking God in the absence of all. According to His gracious, surprisingly (for me) wonderful promise (Mt 6:33) He started adding to me the blessings of true friends. After much struggle, I finally died…but then my life became fruitful. Children in Christ became a new beautiful addition. My loneliness became a family (Ps 68:6) , then a tribe, then…who knows what the future holds…

All my friendships are purely gifts of grace, placed on the altar…Flesh dead and the Spirit lives…No fears, no manipulations, no artificial greetings, no pretense, no pleasing men, no waste of opportunities, no stealing of joy…but with each friend, there is the assurance of heaven, of eternal values shared, of inspiration, of covering, of impartation, of ‘following me as I follow Christ’, laughter, prayer, prophetic utterances, stirring the Spirit, challenging to go up together to the mountain of spices, enjoying together the fragrance of Christ…my friends know this, I told them, it is my standing rule: ‘if you need money, go to the bank; if you need groceries, go to the market; if you need gossip, go to your enemies… but of you need Christ, the Word of God and the Holy Ghost, come to me, I will be waiting for you…you shall be filled…’

This is my foundation with all people: I am prudent in friendships (PV 12:26), I test the motives of all who want me as their friend, you cannot come too close without passing thru the fire where I dwell…the earlier you know it the better…I do not chose my friends based on natural liking, God chose them for me…I am often surprised at His choices…But never disappointed…In this way, the road is safe and strong, no major frustrations, no hidden agendas…only the freedom of hope and the potential for so much more…my life has become a great adventure with my Lord’s family on earth…
To God be all the glory!

In Christ I declare:
I am blessed!
My family is blessed!
I am fruitful!
For God’s glory and the encouragement of many!
In Jesus name
Amen!

PRIDE DESTROYED!

“When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot Me…So I will be like a lion to them… I will attack them and rip them open… I will devour them…I will tear them apart” (Hos 13:6-8)
Pride is not easy to define. It means to be over-satisfied with your person, with your looks, position, gifts, success, possessions or knowledge. It means to be overly self-conscious. It is a sinful, distorted and wicked ‘happiness’ at the expense of all.
Someone said that pride is the AIDS of the soul. This sickness does not kill directly but it weakens the body. Other viruses take advantage if it and attack to kill. In the same way, pride weakens the soul and other sins come to parasite on it.
God blessed His people Israel. They became wealthy and strong. But in their satisfaction they became foolishly proud. They forgot the Giver of the gifts. Pride dwells in the flesh. We are born with it. But it becomes a monster when visible success comes in. We pray for financial breakthrough but rarely remember to pray for the grace to sustain such blessings. We should desire to become more humble, once God blesses us with wealth. The passion to remain humble in the midst of riches and good health is lacking in many hearts. They postpone the prayer for humility and wisdom in dealing with wealth and soon pride overpowers the soul. It is a poisonous weed that strangulates the heart. The relationship with God weakens to the point of backsliding. Slowly, sadly, the proud man forgets God. Practically he ignores the Bible, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the habit of prayer and the church. Pride deceives the heart that all is well, even when God is angry. We easily forget that God is jealous. He will not share His throne or His glory with another. God will warn the sinner! If unrepentant, He will attack the proud and the ungrateful ‘like a lion’, suddenly and mortally. Pride leads to demotion, losing positions of leadership and authority. It damages and destroys governments, churches and marriages. Stubborn pride is like an incurable sickness and it leads to untimely death.
“God opposes the proud but He gives grace to the humble” (Jam 4: 6).

Pride is like a mental sickens. It poisons and deceives the heart. Before I gave my life to Christ, I thought that I was humble. This is because I did not like to dress with expensive clothes, I did not like to drive big cars…But ignorantly I was worshiping self; ‘my intelligence and good luck in life’. I did not believe in God and I was sure I did not need Him in my life. I was a successful woman, a medical doctor, married, with children. I was self-made and proud of it. In my foolish pride as an unbeliever I did not know that the death penalty was decreed upon my sinful soul. I did not know that it was only the mercy of God that sustained me. Then, in the year of God’s favor, the Holy Spirit came down on me. God came like a lion, like a leopard; like a wild bear robbed of her cubs…God confronted me and demanded total, unconditional surrender. He came to carry away His property. Every crumb of health and happiness was taken away from me…I argued in vain… No medicine could help… No human counsel worked… I still had my money but I lost the desire to spend it. I still had my marriage and children but I lost the desire to live. Except you are born again by the Spirit of God, you can never understand the terror of true repentance…Totally defeated by God’s sovereign grace, I used my last breath to call on the ‘strange’ name of Jesus, for the first time heard on my arrogant lips…JESUS…JESUS…JESUS…and so, the miracle of salvation happened…the blessed forgiveness came, and with it peace, joy, eternal life and the power to be a child of God! My pride died… myself I died…so that Christ can live and rule in me!

May we hear the warning of the Spirit! May we never forget God! May we be humble, wise, teachable and patient in the hands of God! May we be forever grateful for God’s blessings of salvation, health, wealth or the gift of a family! We are the clay and we can never be the Potter! May we accept the painful but loving chastisement of our Heavenly Father! May we never be tired to give God all the glory!

In Christ I declare:
I hate and reject pride!
I love to be humble like Jesus my Lord!
I die to self!
I receive God’s favor!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

LETTER FROM A SISTER WHO HAS MANY QUESTIONS

“Dear Ma,
It’s quite a pleasant surprise that you’re on line…
My questions are many but let ma ask this – why am I not able to articulate
what my assignment is, even when I’ve been praying for a while?…
We now attend … church of God. Somehow it has been impossible for me to go through their ‘workers in training’ program. I need to be sure what my ministerial calling is first, to even be able to know how to go about it.
Right now I work at a Montessori teacher training school for early childhood yrs. I first did the training and worked in a pre-school and now here. Secularly I’m hoping to start a pre-school in the near future. Having said this, I believe there’s more to what the Lord will have me do than raise a family.
Shalom”

My answer:
“Dear…
I will try to answer you, to help you. But some questions, only God alone can answer to you.
You are a child of God! What you need now is revival!
I see that you are living a good life. Often, the good is the enemy of the best. God is calling us upwards, towards the high mark of holiness in Christ Jesus. That is more than a good, nice life…
Good is dangerously safe. It is very hard to leave the good behind and start climbing the mountain of God to achieve eternal success and fruit that abides. It is possible that you have compromised the highest calling from God, that you have silently rejected it. God does not force anyone to answer His call. If any man rejects God’s highest best, he shall have some level of peace in this life as a believer, but regrets and frustrations shall be his constant companions. There is a price to pay for total fulfillment which is found in Christ alone. If you meet any person who is totally happy and satisfied, serving God, that one met God’s conditions for divine success. It does not happen just by ‘hard work’ or by ‘getting old’…
Climbing the holy mountain starts with prayer for revival. God answers prayers but He always answers desperate prayers in Jesus name. You need to reject the spiritual passivity that has enveloped your soul. Your friends may think that to be lukewarm is fashionable. But it makes Jesus ‘sick’!
Cry to God for His mercy! Promise that you shall pay the price for a greater passion for Jesus! Vow to give Him all the glory for your progress! If your church is not a living church, then go away and find another! ‘Throw the ball back’ to God! Then go back to your foundation! Start afresh, read the Bible, fast and pray. There is no other simpler way. Then flesh will slowly die and the spirit in you shall be revived. I pray that God will grant a new hunger for Jesus in your heart!
As for me, I am ahead of you, follow my foot steps, as I follow the ones of my Master…It is time to climb up!

“I am dark but beautiful,
O women of Jerusalem—
dark as the tents of Kedar,
dark as the curtains of Solomon’s tents…
Don’t stare at me because I am dark—
the sun has darkened my skin.
My brothers were angry with me;
they forced me to care for their vineyards,
so I couldn’t care for myself—my own vineyard.
Tell me, my love, where are you leading your flock today?

Where will you rest your sheep at noon?
For why should I wander like a prostitute
among your friends and their flocks?

If you don’t know, O most beautiful woman,
follow the trail of my flock
and graze your young goats by the shepherds’ tents” (Song 1:5-8)

Love in Christ alone
Malia”

PRIDE DEFEATED!

 

“Pride leads to disgrace…to conflict… Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall” (PV 11:2; 13:10; 16:18)

Pride is not easy to define. It means to be over-satisfied with your person, with your looks, position, gifts, success, possessions or knowledge. It means to be overly self-conscious. It is a sinful, distorted and wicked ‘happiness’ at the expense of all.

It is the most difficult sin to identify and to repent of. It is hidden behind other sins. Pride is the root, the master of all sins. Long ago, the devil, which was once called Lucifer, became proud and fell from his exalted position as a heavenly cherub.

It is said that the proud man is the last one to know that he is proud. Others see his pride but he still thinks himself as humble. Religious pride is the ugliest of all. It is only the Holy Spirit who is able to identify pride as sin behind other sins. True repentance and godly sorrow is necessary. But for these to be real, pride, sin has to be seen as it really is- an offence against God. For example, an adulterer may repent of sexual sins. But he has to go deeper and repent also of pride, which lead him to adultery. If not, his repentance is too superficial to produce fruit to God’s glory.

The following words describe pride in other ways: selfish happiness, selfish ambition, self-confidence and self –satisfaction. The danger of pride increases with visible success in life. Pride is very ugly.  It makes you look artificial and fake. Proud people create divisions among friends, they love to quarrel and oppress others. Soon people will reject you. But humility makes you look simple, real and friendly.

Pride manifest in boasting, self-pity, anxiety and doubt. It leads to disgrace and confusion. Proud men hide their fears and ignorance behind over confident looks. A proud man is always attacked by unexplained anxiety. Like a worm quietly eating at his stomach, anxiety is his constant companion. You shall know that you have been humbled when anxiety, the fear of the unknown has totally disappeared from your heart! Amen!

Why do you desire to go on the reckless, dangerous path of disgrace and destruction? Are you not tired of so many falls; of making so many unnecessary mistakes that draw you back in life? Come to Jesus! Pray to God! The Cross will do its work! Once the process the humiliation has been perfected, you shall have peace beyond understanding. Then you shall be safely ‘promoted’! Humble people make fast progress for God’s favor is with them.

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels” (St. Augustine)

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I humble myself for Christ sake!

In due time God shall lift me up!

I humble myself so that blessings and peace shall rest upon my family!

In Jesus name

Amen!

GOSPEL HEALING FOR HURTING MARRIAGES

“Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church…” (Eph 5:25)

“Would you bow with me?
And as we bow before the Lord I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are those of you in this room right here today who have said, “I am done.”
My prayer for you today is that you would readjust your focus, readjust your gaze and gaze upon the majesty and magnificence of Christ. You have not worshiped Him enough for who He is and for what He has done in your life. He has redeemed you from the pit. He has satisfied your soul. His divine power has given you everything you need for life and godliness. And yet you have chosen to focus your gaze on the imperfections of your spouse, who was never intended to be perfect.
Don’t you dare walk away! Don’t you dare give up! Don’t you dare lose hope! Don’t you dare because to do so is not just a rejection of your spouse here on earth, but it is a rejection of the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ who, in case you were wondering, laid down His life for his bride when she was still yet an adulteress and is in the process of sanctifying her, though she still from time to time wanders off pursuing other lovers. He shed his blood for her. He is seated at the right hand of the Father forever making intercession for her and He is going to come back for her, not to condemn her, but to embrace her and to bring her into Himself, into his bosom, to carry her off to the wedding feast of the Lamb. Not because she is worthy and she has satisfied Him in every regard, but in spite of the fact that she is not and she cannot.
She is precious to Him, not because of what she provides to Him, but in spite of what she cannot provide to Him. He makes her precious because of the price He pays.
Oh, God, don’t miss this! Don’t miss this! Don’t you dare miss this! Don’t you dare miss the One who loves you beyond your ability to comprehend it…

Father, as we bow before You we recognize, acknowledge and confess our unworthiness. We also recognize and confess our utter hypocrisy in being a spouse who is unworthy and yet at the same time being on the verge of rejecting a spouse who is unworthy. May we fix our gaze upon the magnificence and the majesty of Christ trusting You to work in us both to will and to do your good pleasure…We want to obey You, not out of fear or out of pride, but out of gratitude to the One who redeemed us from the pit.
Help us to hear and to heed what You say to us today and bring glory to Yourself through our lives. We pray in the name of the Magnificent One, the Majestic One, the Bridegroom, the Lover of our souls who died to redeem us and lives to reclaim us.
In Jesus’ precious name we pray.
Amen”

(From a wonderful sermon by Rev. Voddie Baucham, Grace Family Baptist Church, Houston Tx)

DANGEROUS FOOLISHNESS

‘His (the foolish man’s) sons are far from safety, crushed in the gate and there is no deliverer’ (Job 5:2-5).
A fool is tormented by resentment and envy against the wise man that prospers. He harbors long standing bitterness at some perceived injury. He thinks that God is not ‘fair’ to him. The fool may prosper for a time but suddenly things change and disaster comes. His children suffer because of his selfish choices. His children reap the wickedness of betrayal the parents planted ‘in the gates’. They have no comforter, no wisdom to find the way of escape. They are trapped in the cage of generational foolishness. They end poor and troubled.
God’s will is to attack the enemy and spiritually to re-possess the authority of the gates. We are to stand and to be blessed at the gates. This is the blessing pronounced upon the believers, upon the church. The gates of hell cannot prevail against the church (Mt 16:18).
The believer is blessed with a home built and protected by the Lord. The wise parent trains the children to stand and defend their home and their marriages as gifts from God. This is one of the greatest blessings known to men to have children who are wise, mature, strong and responsible adults.
“Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands;
And may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them…
Children are a gift from the Lord…They are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates” (Gen 24:60; Ps 127:3-5)

Looking at these scriptures we come to the conclusion that a fool is someone who is not able to be a spiritual leader. He may speak at some family events, but he cannot make his voice heard when serious spiritual and social matters are discussed. A fool is intimidated and discouraged by the divine wisdom of God’s children. He doubts that he can ever achieve success. Wisdom is too ‘high’ for him. He keeps his mouth shut to avoid being detected that he is a fool and a traitor to all that is good. A fool is a lazy man; he avoids wisdom and does not submit to its counsel. That is why people of the flesh find foolishness attractive. They do not have to pay any price for the study of the Word of God. They are a bad example to their children who imitate their parents, sharing in the curse of foolishness and doubt. A foolish child brings shame and sorrow to the parents (PV 10:1; 19:13).
May God forbid!

I Christ I declare:
I am a child of God! I desire God’s wisdom and I shall pay the price for it!
Christ is my imputed Righteousness and my supernatural Wisdom!
My children shall be trained in the way of the Lord, to be godly, wise and mature believers!
We shall not be ashamed or afraid to stand in public and to witness for Jesus!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

GOD IS GOOD! ALL THE TIME!

 

“Truly God is good to Israel,

    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

    my steps had nearly slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant

    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

But for me it is good to be near God…” (Ps 73)

 

After a long and needed rest in the house of God we are ready to move on to higher grounds. From now on, the attacks will become more personal. The devil will send ‘a designer’ demon against each pilgrim. None can hide in the crowd. You must pass thru the fire that purifies your faith. Nobody can help. You must do it alone. Remember, it is Jesus who called us up! We are tied together with ropes of loving-kindness. Each one must be responsible and helpful, watchful and patient. The gains ahead are beyond words to describe. There shall be not only an improvement of your life as it is now, but a great change in its quality. The lesson today is this: obey the truth! Avoid the evil trap of doubt planted to make you stumble! So, let’s go!

 

‘What is truth?’ –asked Pilate?

The truth is this: GOD IS GOOD! ALL THE TIME!

The rich young ruler called Jesus ‘Good Teacher…’ He was rebuked for speaking words without understanding. Jesus said to him: ‘No one is good-except God alone!’ (Lk 18:18-19). We need a fresh revelation of the Person of God, the Holy Spirit, not only of His gifts! Any goodness in man comes only from God, as a proof of intimate, established and fruitful relationship.

God is good! Such a simple revelation…But it is still so hard to believe it… So many stumble…Each step up the mountain requires total trust that God is indeed a good Person. Believe that He who called you higher is always faithful and good!

The word ‘good’ in Hebrew is a very powerful, precious and active one. It means good, better and best in the same time. It also means favor, prosperity and sweet pleasure. This describes someone attractive, loyal, trustworthy, kind, skillful and fertile.

 

If God is so good, then why do we struggle so much in believing the truth? The first reason is that we are not yet mature spiritually. When things get hard, doubt resident in the flesh starts grumbling. In the wilderness the people of God complained again and again doubting the goodness of God. .Even Jeremiah thought that God has ‘deceived’ him into ministry. The Bible raises our expectations concerning our blessings from God. As sinners we had no hope of any inheritance from heaven. But now, we are told that we are kings and priests. We start to imagine golden palaces and exotic temples.  This is the result of a fleshly, wild and un-sanctified imagination.  For a long time we do not know how to control or restrain that. I find myself dreaming and claiming all the gold of the streets of heaven and the pearls at the gates. Then I look around and see myself in a cheap apartment I call my home on earth, I can’t put them together…I feel disappointed and start to blame God…

 

Another reason why we struggle to believe that God is good it is because we foolishly compare ourselves with others. We see them having a ‘better life’ than ours. It is even more painful when the wicked prosper. The word ‘prosperity’ in Hebrew is ‘Shalom’. This is one of the personal names of God. We see our enemies getting richer and stronger. They are proud, violent and loud. We feel jealous and bitter. We end up feeling betrayed by God. Without a good explanation why the ungodly prosper, we start blaming God for partiality and wickedness. The great Oswald Chambers said that ‘we are always suspicious of God’. We are addicted to doubt concerning God’s character and His hidden motives. This secret sin is like leprosy; it weakens our life, worship and commitment. When things get a little bit difficult we quickly jump at the conclusion that God does not care, that He is not fair. We tend to forget that behind this wicked stronghold of doubt is the same devil that deceived Eve long ago.

 

So what is the solution? It is good to draw near God!” Cultivate the presence of the Holy Spirit! Go back to the Bible! You cannot find the truth outside the Word of God. Pastors preach and elders counsel. But nothing can replace the daily quiet time, to study God’s Word! Pray always! Then come to church. Listen to the preaching of the Word. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in the sanctuary. Many have found peace within its walls. Pray about your questions. You shall see the ‘end of the wicked’…You will never envy them again!  Confront and reject your doubts! Do not spread them! Disgrace your fears! Do not boast about them! The Christian life is by faith alone. What do you lose if you believe? There are times in which you have to close your eyes and your ears. Be blind and deaf to all that is not of God. Reject gossip and tales! Be honest with God and with yourself! Draw closer to God and He will draw closer to you! Pay the price for intimacy with God. Be satisfied with your portion and inheritance in Christ! I promise you: Jesus is the best Friend you can ever have, kind and faithful, wonderful beyond description and worthy of all your trust!

 

In Christ I declare:

God is good to me and to my family!

All the time!

I believe 100%!

I will never doubt this truth!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

DUMB FOOLS AT THE GATE

 

 

“Wisdom is too high for a fool; he opens not his mouth in the gate [where the city’s rulers sit in judgment]” (PV 24:7)

 

Can you identify a foolish man? Your life, health, peace and prosperity depend on your answer to this question, because foolishness is infectious. “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed”

The word ‘wisdom’ means the skill to daily apply the knowledge of the scriptures in practical living. It also means to be a teacher. In other words, the wisdom from above is never ‘just enough’. It is an overflow of prudence and discernment until the believer becomes a teacher to others who are in need. Divine wisdom is the reward of the fellowship between your soul and the Wonderful Counselor, who is Jesus, our Lord. This wisdom is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. The opposite of wisdom is foolishness, manifested as works of the flesh, impurity, polluted mind, quarrels, selfish ambition, rebellion, pride, wickedness, spiritual bareness; pride, partiality and hypocrisy (James 3)

The word ‘high’ in the above scripture means promotion. For a fool, his promotion is a curse and it ends in disgrace. His private mistakes become public. Most of the time a fool talks too much; his tongue has no restrain. ‘A chattering fool comes to ruin…Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool…’ (PV 3:35; 10:10; 13:20; 17:7). To chatter means to speak non-stop about non-sense. A ‘promoted’ fool becomes a busy-body, interested in nonessentials, while neglecting his own home. A fool is talkative but he becomes dumb when serious spiritual matters are discussed, things of destiny and strategy of life! There is a particular spiritual place where a fool suddenly becomes silent and that is ‘the gate of the city’. If you are tired of the non-stop chatter of a fool, then bring him to ‘the gate’ and you will have peace. The change is dramatic. He has nothing important to add to the discussion. He looks lost, afraid and confused. Suddenly the fool looks like a fool and he cannot hide it.

 

In The Old Testament the gate was a very important place of the city. It was connected with the public square were the court was held. A judge was someone known as ‘standing in the gate’. The elders and the council of the judges gather to examine and try all legal cases. The most important matters concerning the city were discussed publicly at the gate. For example, Lot was ‘sitting at the gateway’ possibly serving as a judge in Sodom. That is how he met the Angels of the Lord coming for judgment. Boaz settled his marriage to Ruth at the city gate .David was at the city gate when he gave the last instructions to the army about Absalom. That is the same place where he was told that his son died. Mordecai was at the city gate when he discovered the plot against the king.

A woman of God should not marry an unbeliever or a fool. If need be, her prayers will change a frog into a prince. A virtuous woman’s husband ‘is respected at the city gate where he takes his seat among the elders of the land’ (PV 31:23).

 

In Christ I declare:

I move on from ‘the gossip- gutter’ of foolishness unto the wisdom of the gate!

I possess the gate of my enemies! (Gen 24:60).

My life, marriage and testimony glorify the One who says: ‘I am the Gate for the Sheep!’ (Jn 10:7).

All glory to God!

In Jesus name,

Amen!

THE BEGINNING OF PROMOTION (2)

 

 

“Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying: ‘It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace” (Gen 41:16. KJ)

Joseph now stands before the most powerful man on earth at that time. Pharaoh explains his problem. He needs a wise man, an interpreter of dreams. No one in his palace could help him. Someone ‘highly recommended him for the job’. Can he perform? Then Joseph speaks.

Please listen to the first words coming from the mouth of a man who was to be instantly promoted:

‘It is not in me…I cannot do it’!

Then, as the anointing of the Holy Spirit fills the throne room, Joseph quietly says: ‘But God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace’.  The word ‘Shalom’ is one of the names of God. In Hebrew it is the greeting and blessing of Jehovah. It also means prosperity, peace, wealth, health, friends and total fulfillment of destiny. That offer could never be refused by any man. Pharaoh believes the words of Joseph. He promotes him instantly to be in charge over his palace and the whole land of Egypt. Somebody said that when Joseph got promoted he received back all he had lost: a ring, a robe, a reputation, a ride and a romance. Of course, Joseph stands for Jesus, the Savior of the world.

What was Joseph’s work as a prime minister? His work was to represent the grace, wisdom, power and glory of Jehovah to the whole world. His office, his ministry was to daily, practically, by words and deeds, overcome evil with good. Is that your vision of promotion? Are you still ready to be promoted?

 

What are the lessons?  If God wants to bless a man, he will humble him at the beginning. But at the end of his suffering, when he is finally dead to self and to any desire of self-promotion, God will intervene. God blesses a humble, patient and faithful man! Pay the price and God will surely reward you! The Holy Spirit shall be ‘poured on all flesh and old men shall dream dreams’. Men in authority who can help you shall dream and God will trouble them; for their dreams will cry for fulfillment. Men like the butler who forget your name shall remember you for good, to bless you. God will give you the privilege to serve before kings and rulers. You shall stand before them and speak by the Spirit of God. A man who God desires to promote has no need to promote himself. You shall be elevated; blessings and prosperity shall come to you. You will represent Jesus Christ to a hungry and self-destructive world. Many shall feed on your words of wisdom. You will have many opportunities to overcome evil with good. The true Gospel shall be preached and many souls shall be saved. This is the time of your favor! God will make people to remember you, to repent of their neglect and wickedness of the past towards you. An open door is before you; no man or devil can shut it. Your faithfulness and humility is finally producing fruits to the glory of God!

In Nigeria, people say: ‘When you are promoted, remember me!’

But I say to you, on that day of destiny interview, on that day of favor, on that day when dreams finally come true…REMEMBER GOD!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

God is my exceedingly high reward!

My future is better than my past!

In Jesus name

Amen!

GOD PROMOTES AND GOD DEMOTES!

“For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another. In Jehovah’s hand there is a cup of pale and sparkling wine. It is his judgment, poured out upon the wicked of the earth. They must drain that cup to the dregs.
But as for me, I shall forever declare the praises of the God of Jacob.
“I will cut off the strength of evil men -says the Lord- and increase the power of good men in their place!” (Ps 75:6-10, LB)

In Christ I declare:
God is sovereign!
I am a child of God!
My power to live right shall increase!
I am holy for God is holy!
I rejoice for I am unjustly persecuted!
Joy comes in the morning!
I shall be promoted!
My enemies shall be demoted!
I shall take over their area of influence!
I shall overcome evil with good!
All for the glory of God Almighty!
In Jesus name
Amen!

THE BEGINNING OF PROMOTION (1)

 

“Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying: ‘It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace” (Gen 41:16. KJ)

We all know the story of Joseph, his betrayal, pains and lastly, his promotion. Let’s go back in time and like a little lizard, hide in the palace of the king of Egypt. Let’s witness the events of the day when suddenly, Joseph was promoted from prison to palace.

This day started as ‘an ordinary day’.  Few men knew that Pharaoh could not sleep well in the night. He had two dreams, both of them puzzling, confusing and mysterious. Somehow he knew that these are not ordinary dreams but they are a message from the spirit realm. In the first, he was standing by the river Nile, the source of all the riches of Egypt. His people worshiped the water spirit of Nile.  Seven fat cows came out from the river and happily grazed on the grass. Then seven other cows came from the same river. These were thin and mean looking. They came and swallowed the fat cows, but still remained unchanged, thin and ugly. The second dream was similar to this.

Pharaoh was troubled.  The dreams made no sense; they only brought anxiety with them for no solution was revealed. He was to look for a man who could interpret their message.  He called his magicians, but they could not help. His anxiety became panic. A king’s anger means death…It was then, in the midst of this feverish confusion that his butler remembered Joseph. He confessed to Pharaoh his sin of ungratefulness, of forgetting a good man in prison for the past two years. He did not remember his name. All he knew was that Joseph was a Jew, a servant of Jehovah. But that was enough! Pharaoh sends for Joseph. He has just few minutes to look presentable; to shave, take a bath and change his prison clothes.

Joseph now stands before the most powerful man on earth at that time. Pharaoh explains his problem. He needs a wise man, an interpreter of dreams. No one in his palace could help him. Someone ‘highly recommended him for the job’. Can he perform? Then Joseph speaks.

Please listen to the first words coming from the mouth of a man who was to be instantly promoted:

‘It is not in me…I cannot do it’!

Here we see the humility of wisdom. Joseph could have taken advantage of this opportunity to ask for the favor of freedom or vengeance against his enemies. This is the hour he has been praying for…or is it not? But standing there, this noble prince of Jehovah and ambassador of Christ, a royal priest, a true servant of God, he is magnificently dead to self. He has no personal ambition of worldly gain and speaks the truth: ‘In my flesh, dwells no good thing’. Even the water spirit of Nile cannot help. He disappoints any false hope of idolatry or flattery in Pharaoh. Then gently and firmly, he directs the attention of Pharaoh and all present to the God of Israel who is the only true and ever present Helper in time of need! Joseph is a ripe fruit, ready for promotion! What faithfulness! What humility! What wisdom!

 

In Christ I declare:

I am a child of God!

I shall be faithful and patient in all my trials, trusting God for the glory!

The time of my favor has arrived!

I shall surely be promoted!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

OUR GAIN AT THE CROSS

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake” (1Pet 1:18-20)

Do you ask yourself, what happened at the Cross? Why did Jesus die? Why was Jesus crucified? The answer, the understanding of this revelation is not just information, but life out from death.
The doctrine of justification is basic to our understanding of salvation. There are some very important words that appear difficult, especially in the King James Version of the Bible. But it does not have to be so. This is the Gospel of God, a simple way to understand what happened at the Cross:
We are born sinners. God’s law says that sin has to be punished by death. We cannot save ourselves. We need a Savior. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, especially for them who believe in Him. Jesus Christ is God. He became a man to identify with us. He became our substitute. He died for our sin so that we can be free. By His death, Jesus removed the impossible obstacles to bring us back to God.
Expiation: Jesus removed our sin, the judgment of sin, and made us right with God.
Propitiation: Jesus removed the wrath of God and replaced it with the favor of God.
Reconciliation: Jesus removed the distance, the separation and brought us close to God.
Redemption: Jesus removed the burden, the slavery of sin and made us free citizen of the Kingdom
The weapon of the devil was sin. Jesus became sin and died for us. The devil was left powerless to accuse us as enemies of God. The forces of darkness were exposed as evil and their power over us destroyed.
Let me make it more personal: I was a lost sinner going to hell. God was angry with me. I was far away from God and I was His enemy. I was a slave of sin; even if I wanted to be free, I could not do it. I ignored my need of a Savior. I was foolishly self-confident and proud. I was dead while walking. Then one blessed day I accepted Jesus into my heart. He changed me and made me a new person. I became a child of God! God’s Spirit filled me. I am now right with God. I can stand in His presence without fear, guilt or shame. I am sure that God loves me. His favor is upon me. I am close to God. I am one with God. I am free to fulfill my destiny. I am saved forever. I am dead to sin and to the devil. He has lost his power over me. I now follow Christ daily, obeying the Word of God. I have peace and joy in my heart!
This is my testimony!
If you are an unbeliever, you cannot understand these words. You may understand ‘the English’ but not their power. Except you are saved, born again by the Spirit of God, you cannot understand the magnitude of such an exchange. None but God could save the souls of men. Salvation is of God alone! All the glory goes to Jesus Christ, the Lamb upon the Throne! He died on the Cross the set me free! I owe Him my life, my all! Forever and ever! Amen!

In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
By the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony, the devil is defeated in my life!
I am eternally saved, redeemed and set free by the Blood of the Lamb!
The favor of God is upon me!
I worship God forever!
In Jesus name
Amen!

MY COUNSEL FOR YOU

Dear Friend,
Take a moment from your busy life and look at your heart. It takes no effort to be a loser… You say you admire the champion, then be one! The passion is still there, you say ‘stored for the future’…but the future is here…
You have mingled for too long with people who have no vision, no purpose, no spiritual understanding…leave your comfort zone, come out from among them, and pursue your dream…no one else can do it, except you!
Love in Christ alone
Malia.

‘Therefore come out from them and be separate. Touch no unclean thing and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters- says the Lord Almighty’ (2Cor 6:17)

In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I reject the orphan- bastard – rebellious -familiar spirit!
From this very moment, I shall pursue my God’s given dream!
I am a winner and not a loser!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name
Amen!