JESUS IS MY FORERUNNER

 

“We who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb 6:18-20;AMP)

 

God wants us to have ‘strong encouragement’ by receiving the revelation of Jesus Christ as the forerunner and High priest of our faith.  A forerunner is someone who goes ahead, to prepare the way for others to follow. In the Old Testament there was no such revelation. Each year the high priest Aaron entered the Holy of Holies with the Blood of the sacrifice. No one else could follow him there. If any man entered in that most holy place, that man dies instantly. Aaron was always alone in the presence of God. He had no followers and no fellowship with the brethren inside there. But when Jesus passed thru the heavens and entered the most Holy place, He tore the veil of separation for His children to follow. That is why He is called the ‘Forerunner for us’.

 

There is another definition for the word ‘forerunner’. In the ancient times, when the big ships came to the Greek islands and the tide was low, they could not enter the port because of sandbars on the floor of the sea. Then they sent a strong little boat carrying their anchor to the shore. The anchor will be securely hooked on the rocky beach so that the big ship will not drift away with the currents. Later, when the tide is high, then the big ship can come inside the port. That little strong ship that carries the anchor is called a forerunner.

 

In Christ I declare:

By the grace of God I am a child of God. This is my greatest ‘achievement’ in life, to the glory of God!

Jesus is my Savior, my Lord and my Forerunner.

The hope of glory that I have in Him is like an anchor for my soul.

My soul is not connected to this earth. My soul is eternally anchored to the presence of God, inside the Holy of Holies of heaven. I ran away from this world of sin and now I dwell in His presence.

My soul is anchored in His heart. My life is like a ship that can never be lost, no matter the storm and wicked ocean waves of this life. I am safe and secure!

I know where I am going! When my work is done on earth, I am going to heaven! I have no fears and no doubts about my eternal destiny and destination!

Like a sheep follows her shepherd, I follow Jesus, my Shepherd, my Forerunner and High Priest forever!

Glory to God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

anchor

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR BREAKFAST

I just received a note from a Christian brother who attends our church. Read and be encouraged this morning!

“Good morning Ma,
I don’t feel the pressure the economy of Nigeria is under because of the teachings from the altar of God in Father’s House Bible Church. To God be the glory! And I also want to thank you and TaLeigh for giving yourselves to the true calling of the Lord…”

“Dear…
As a child of God you are not under the territorial demons that rule (and oppress) this land. God always makes a unique way for His children. He opens the sea that blocks their path, the river that limits their progress and throws the hindrance mountain into the sea, just for you… for you are His child… If all things are easy, then there is no testimony, for there is no crown without a conflict. Things are difficult so that the truth is revealed, who are the champions and who are the losers. The unbelievers are the losers, for no one who goes to hell can be called a hero. You shall advance before your enemies and win the race in their presence.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil;
My cup overflows” (Ps 23:5)
Just believe!
In Jesus name,
Amen!”

..

MOVE TOWARDS THE LIGHT

PROPHETIC WORD

“There is a cloud of thick darkness blocking your way, hindering your progress! It seems that nothing is happening… Fear not! Pass through this darkness, to the other side, where the light shines! Over there, light waits for you! Light will not come to you but you have to walk towards it! Seek the light and you shall find it! This is not the time to doubt, to be lazy…Walk on! Put on foot in front of the other! Go on! Do not rest, do not stop! Move on! Are you not seeing it? Surely, there is light at the end of your tunnel! There you shall find your blessing, your healing, your deliverance, your reward! In Jesus name, amen!”

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned… Who among you fears the LORD and obeys His servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God” (Is 9:2; 50:10)

light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel

BALAAM FAILED

 
“But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality… Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth” (Rev 2:14, 16)

The prayer meeting this evening was very good. We started ‘climbing’ the holy hill, keeping of our eyes on the Lord of the Hill, Jesus Christ. We could hear the encouragement of the angels. The warfare praise was like a marathon race. We prayed and praised, sang, clapped our hands and danced. We finally arrived on a good flat resting place where the presence of God settled our hearts and we could breathe the Oxygen of the Spirit. Thank You Lord!

Then the Word came: we must be aware of the evil spirit of the false prophet Balaam. This attack comes just before the major breakthrough in our lives and ministries. The devil hires his false prophets to try to place a curse of the children of God. But the plan will fail for God is with us. Whoever God has blessed no man or devil can curse. That promise is settled in heaven and on earth!

Who is this Balaam? The name of Balaam means ‘Devourer’. That is clearly the name of the devil. Balaam is the type of a pastor, teacher or leader of the church who tries to advance the cause of God by advocating an unholy alliance with the ungodly. The purpose of Balaam’s spirit is to waken the true believers and to make the church fleshly and worldly. Under the spell of Balaam’s spirit the leaders fall to fornication and lose their testimony and ministry. In Balaam we see that there is much knowledge of the Bible and love of good in a bad man. Balaam was a false prophet: He knew something about God and His promises. He knew something about righteousness and wanted to go to heaven (to die the death of the righteous). He failed to openly curse the children of God. Because of that, maybe he thought that he is a hero and that God will bless him (deception again!). But for the sake of money, he wanted to curse them indirectly, by making them to sin sexually, so that their God, Jehovah, will be angry and punish them. He is a mixture of good and bad. That is the power of deception. The devil pays and promotes his evil workers to tempt the true believers in the church.

Balaam cursed the people of God. But the plan failed. God turned the curses into blessings. Many people died because of sexual sins with the Moabites. But at last, wounded and limping, Israel entered the Promised Land. Balaam died in the camp of the enemies of God. What a shame! Finally I say that God can use even the devil and the false prophets to glorify Himself! “The gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church of Christ!”

In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am a soldier of Christ!
God is with me!
I shall not be disappointed by my faith in Christ!
I take the whole armor of God and I stand against the plans of the devil!
I destroy any sympathy I have with the evil spirit of false prophets called Balaam!
I destroy every occult spell upon me and my family!
I shall enter the Promised Land and into my spiritual inheritance!
I shall do exploits for the Kingdom of God!
I shall no fear any man or devil!
The devil and his troubles must apologize to me saying that they missed the address!
God is my shield and my exceedingly high reward!
Only with my eyes I shall see the fall of the wicked!
God shall turn the curses of my enemies into blessings for me!
Jesus is the Lord of my life!
My faith in Jesus Christ is my victory!
In Jesus name,
Amen!

BUCKET OVERFLOW

 

WORD FOR TODAY
This is a prophetic word received during worship: God’s blessings shall overflow over you like a overflowing bucket! In Jesus name, amen!

overflowing-bucket-and-wellXSmall

“Decree of a man who hears God speak,
who sees what The Strong God shows him,
Who falls on his face in worship,
who sees what’s really going on.
What beautiful tents, Jacob,
oh, your homes, Israel!
Like valleys stretching out in the distance,
like gardens planted by rivers,
Like sweet herbs planted by the gardener God,
like red cedars by pools and springs,
Their buckets will brim with water
Their seed will spread life everywhere” (Nu 24: 4-7; TM)

DOMESTIC SPYING

“And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you” (Gal 2:4, 5)

Today, who are these false believers? They are people in the church who say that they are saved but they are not. They have a form of godliness, they sound like Christians, but they are not born again. They are religious unbelievers. Ignorantly or not, these people are agents of the powers of darkness. They infiltrate the churches to monitor the true believers. Their intent is to make the true Christians backslide. Their purpose is to deceive the true believers to forsake their freedom in Christ, and go back to the bondage of the devil. The false believers work as spies for the devil. A spy is a man or a woman who secretly watches others for hostile purposes. A spy is employed by one nation to get classified information of strategic value from another nation, to be used later against it. The spiritual spy sells information about you to the devil. That is why the false brethren are dangerous.
I now want to make a special application of the warning against the spying of the false believers. I trust the Holy Spirit to help me and you. Looking into your spouse’s activities without permission constitutes spying. Reading emails, viewing text messages, looking into another’s diary, checking your spouse’s pockets or wallet, all these count as spying as well. Some people go as far as to hire a private investigator to follow their spouse and report back on their activities. Listen to this: all spying is dangerous. It is the work of the devil and his agents! It creates more problems than it solves. Dear sister, you who are spying on your husband… it means that your marriage is already in trouble. Your husband has the right to privacy. If you violate this right, the relationship will be damaged because of lack of trust. Know this: like any sin or activity influenced by demons, spying is very addictive. You will become a slave to the devil of spying. It takes a lot of energy to think of new methods to spy on your husband. Idleness and foolishness are the background of these activities. You need to repent and stop that! You can use your mental energies to improve your marriage thru prayer and faith in the Word of God. Another problem with spying is this: what are you going to do with the information you discover? This information is given to you thru evil spirits whose only work is to destroy your peace, your joy and you marriage. I hope you know that spying won’t prevent your husband from cheating. Your efforts are not helping the relationship, only damage it the more.

GODLY STRATEGY
See the strategy of the virtuous woman, the godly wife and mother! She does not spy! She watches and prays!
“She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” (PV 31:26, 27)

This is a godly watching done by the leading of the Holy Spirit. This woman is spiritual, faithful, kind, humble, prudent and wise. She is a born again warrior for Christ. She trusts the Holy Spirt to reveal what is needed at the right time. She is not curious or suspicious. She wants to see if there is something to correct so that the family will be better. This is not the watching of a spy, a busy body or a fault finder. The difference is found in her spirit and her attitude. This is my advice: if you love truly your husband and your children, do not spy on them! Pray for them! Counsel them according to the Word of God. Fear God! Trust God for protection and peace! You must watch and pray that you should not fall into temptation (Mk 14:38). Temptation is not a sin. But refusing to be prepared spiritually and falling in the middle of temptation that is sin. The true believer knows how to stay under the cover of God, in the shadow of His wings. Over there, in that secret place of the Most High God there is peace and total protection. The devil will tempt the believer to come out from under the covering, to be rebellious and isolated. Then it becomes an easy prey for the ‘vulture-demons’ waiting outside.

Finally, this is the most important lesson of all: stay and dwell in the presence of God! Do not leave the presence of God! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Do not grieve the Holy Spirit! God will help you! Embraced in the everlasting arms of God there is eternal safety! To God be all the glory! In Jesus name, amen!