“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’?” (Lk 14:26-30)
Tonight we had a wonderful prayer meeting. It was made wonderful, not by us, but by the presence of the King of kings in our midst. We are still praying for an encounter with God, with Jehovah Jireh. We praised God and we prayed. I hope you feel the anointing, the fire of the sacred flame! Then the message came.
The scripture above describes a man who wants to build a tower. This is not an ambitious sky scraper for all to see and bow to the latest architecture. Our Lord is talking about a watchtower the man wants to build in his vineyard or his garden (Is 5: 2). What is the background of the story? This man observes that there are losses in his business. Thieves come and steal his fruit. These can be human beings or wild animals. There is need for a watchtower to prevent such losses. The man lays the foundation and then he has no money to finish it. Who will rejoice? It is the thieves, of course. They may take his name to the ju-ju priest to place a course on that tower. Then the thieves can continue their stealing. In fact the vineyard belongs to the thieves now. This evening we identified with the man who has a vineyard and who suffers losses. We want to put a stop to it! This is the question: Who are these thieves? They are men and women close to you, familiar faces you will never suspect that they can steal. They can be ‘your mother, father, wife, children, brothers, sisters and even yourself’. All these people can steal from your own blessings, they can take your business for granted; they can take without your permission and without giving thanks to God. We refuse to sponsor thieves, even if ignorantly. Tonight marked a new beginning of blessings in our lives and businesses! Tonight, God gave us the grace to ‘Catch… the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom” (SS 2:15)
That is why tonight we repented from loving others more than loving God who has been so good to us. We repented of speaking in doubt, of quoting worldly proverbs that glorify doubt. For example: ‘A bird in the hand is more than a thousand in the bush’. That is the wisdom of the world and of doubt. We let go the only bird we have and we receive the thousands God has for us. We surrendered all to Jesus tonight. We let go of all loves for family and friends, that we receive God’s love everlasting. In this way our lives and business are secure and they can only be blessed!
Finally we sang:
“All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all”
Yes, God has blessed tonight the work of our hands! The prophetic watchtower of protection, peace and victory shall be built! The hands that laid its foundation shall finish the roof, with shouts of ‘Grace! Grace!’ (Zech 4) This is our confession this evening! To God be all the glory!
In Jesus name, amen