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What is in your hands

 

 

If we look at David, God gave him a sling and 5 stones, and he destroyed the giant with only one stone. The Lord also gave Moses a staff that was used for many powerful miracles.

The of book Joshua we see him going to war various times and God would always say to him “I have given them into your hands”. Joshua had a sword and God’s word, and every battle he faced was won in the spirit, before he saw the victory in the natural.  What a powerful statement God gave to Joshua, these words still applies to us today.

What makes all these men different? They were fully dependent on God, they knew it was not in their own abilities and strength that they accomplished all their victories. Joshua was a warrior in God’s kingdom till the end.

 

My question to you is, what do you have in your hands?  Maybe God has given you a talent to generate an income while you are unemployed. Maybe He has given you a pen to write daily devotions or for magazines? Or maybe He has given you a mic to sing and bring glory to His name.

Maybe you are standing before your Goliath today, and your Goliath might be fear, and it might be doubt or might even be that you have become lukewarm. Facing your giant is not easy but using what God has given you, and applying it to your situation, will lead to the victory. Watch and see how mountains of oppositions are cleared and removed from you presents. Opposition is sometimes the key that opens doors that take you out of your comfit zone, into your destiny.

We are living in the last days, and the times is growing darker day by day, hold on to what God have given you and build yourselves up in the Spirit. Develop the talents God has given you, and stay true to God’s character.

 

Prayer: Thank you Lord for giving us your word, which will never change and never disappoint. Lord help us to develop the talent You have given to us, that walks in the right standing with You. Let our contributions in your kingdom draw people closer to You in Jesus Name. Amen    

 

Gifts from God

1 Corinthians 12 (NKJV)

 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

When we look at scripture we seen there are nine spiritual gifts, surely God has given us one of the gifts to work in us. Through God’s Spirit you will see what gifts are prominent in your life, so you need to be led by the Spirit of God. First believe that you have a gift operating in you. Second we are all born again, Spirit filled believers that has been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. This gifts are for the body of Christ, the church and its members but the Holy Spirit distributes it to each one individually as He wills.

What do you think will determine the flow of the Holy Spirit?

The Spirit looks at our hearts, and by the releasing of our faith the Holy Spirit will operate in us. The measure of our faith will determine how powerfully the Holy Spirit will flow. For example if God has given you the gift of healing you need to exercise that gift by praying for people and by laying on hands. Confirm with the person you are praying for, if he is still experiencing pain. By allowing the Holy Spirit to use you as a vessel, God will bring the healing that is needed in the person’s life. You just need to be obedient to what the Holy Spirit is revealing to you. The more you operate in the flow of the Spirit the more God will use you. God will send people to you for prayer because of the Spirit that is working in you.

Remember that a gift is something that is given to us with love, and we must value it. If we look at 1 Corinthians 13:2 –  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. To be used by God is an honour, and showing love in the way we deal with people brings glory to God. When we become conceited the Spirit of God will be grieved and we will lose our power to hear from God.

Prayer: Father help us to develop the spiritual gift that you have placed inside us, active your Spirit in our lives so that we can be a vessel in your Kingdom. Help us to stay humble and never to become puffed up and allow pride to strip us of our spiritual authority in YOU. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Crossing the Jordan

 

In the book of Exodus we find that Moses took the Israelites through the Red Sea, and we see that they were in the wilderness for forty years. Exodus 14:21 says “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.

The build up to the Red Sea experience with Moses; was caused through disobedient to God and it lead to the captivity of the Israelites. But God’s plan was in place.After Moses died, God commanded Joshua to take His people into the promise land.

Why did the Israelites have to go through the water twice? Because of their disobedience to God’s commandments, the wilderness experience cause God to expose their true character. When we are facing this wilderness experience; God is busy moulding us and forcing us into a situation where HE can bring out HIS character in us. Challenges and obstacles is part of the moulding process, which is how our character is developed.

The promised land that they were entering into represent the promises of God’s word; promises we need to declare over our lives to receive the victory in our situation. Victory is already given we just need to be in the right standing with God.

Joshua told the people to sanctify them, which means to be set apart or declare holy or be consecrated for God. Why Sanctify? Sanctify is the cleaning process and going through the Jordon represent the new birth. They had to leave the wilderness mentality behind, to receive the blessings on the other side of the Jordan. God’s people need to be Holy and pure for the next level of their journey. Crossing the Jordan was like a new birth, almost like being Baptist and receiving the Holy Spirit. The Jordan is a type of the Holy Spirit that cleanses, renews and restores God promises. The Ark of the Covenant (God presents) moved before them, and all obstacles has to bow, even the flow of the Jordan and the Red sea. By crossing the Jordon, God restored His people back unto Him.

When we are facing wilderness experiences; it does not mean that God has left us or moved from us, it means that we have moved from Him and we are not putting time into our relationship with Him.

 

Prayer: Father God mould my character to be obedient to your word and allow the flow of the Holy Spirit to develop and strength my relationship with you Lord in Jesus name Amen.

 

Make God your source

As Christians we need to be consumed with the things of the Lord and not with the things of the world and people’s opinion about us. I’m not referring to charity work, preaching the Word or even having compassion for others. I am talking about your intimate time with the Lord, where you find out in which direction the Lord wants you to go.

We are so busy with pleasing others that we don’t listen to God and neglect what He has called us to do. One day we will have to give an account of what He has asked of us (2 Cor 5:10 and Rom 14:12).

We need to learn to set boundaries, learn to say NO. We think that the word NO must not be in our vocabulary, but that is where we make the mistake. We get consumed by so many things that it becomes too much and we become burnt out and drained in the process.

God has created us for His purpose and if we don’t know our purpose in His kingdom, people will always overstep their boundaries in our lives. We will feel overwhelmed, hence obligated in everything that people ask of us.

There should be a healthy balance between what is required of God and what is in God’s plan for your life. Because a sense of obligation can consume our time and we will miss the mark completely. The cares of life and the cares of other people need to have a balance in your life and not consume you. Saying NO will save us from compromising when it comes to pleasing God and not man.

Compromising with the world will bring your spirit into a downward spiral and can cause feelings of tiredness, feeling overwhelmed and can lead to depression. We need to be there for people, to guide and direct them and not become their source of dependence. Dependency must be on God and not man for when you make people your source, you fall when they fall. Make God your source, for only He is able to make you stand!

Prayer – Heavenly Father we come before your and ask direction in everything we do. Help us not to be consumed by the cares of the world, but keep our focus on you and not to make people our source, but Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

The cross through the eyes of the Father

A Father’s heart is always for His children and because of that God was willing to sacrifice His beloved Son. He was saddened by the condition in which the world has fallen and had a plan to restore it to His original plan.  It was not an easy thing for the Father to do, but because of His Love, He was able to let go.

Because the Father and Jesus is one, Jesus experienced the same pain and saw the Father’s heart way before He was even crucified. Jesus Christ showed His loved to the world through the crucifixion. It was not easy for Jesus to take the cup upon Him, but He loved the Father and He loved God’s children just as much as God did.

When we look at the life of Jesus we see someone that was completely man on the earth, but knew the importance of souls for His Fathers kingdom. He knew the importance of doing the will of the Father. It must have been difficult for the Father to see His Son surrounded by the sin of the world and having to turn His face from Him. It was painful for God to do that, because He knew that His Son was perfect in every way.

We really cannot imagine what Jesus went through to be separated from His Father, the pain of the nails, the pain of being mutilated by people that hated Him was not as bad as being separated from God. Being mutilated by people that He had to lay down His life for was selfless love in itself.

The prize that was paid completed the sacrifice and it was the final payment for the sin of the world. Jesus was willing to take it all on Him so that we could be free. The cross represents our complete freedom and forgiveness of our sin.

Jesus’ love conquered every obstacle that we will ever face, His love was pure, and His love was one with the Father. Death could not keep Him bound.

Children of God do you really know what it cost the Father to let Jesus go? I want to leave you with this thought: “What does the cross mean to you today?”

Prayer: God, thank you for your Son Jesus Christ and the ultimate love that He showed toward us on the cross. Thank you that I can stand before You and know that I am free; washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. All glory and honor to God, in Jesus Name Amen.

Be Committed to the Covenant

 

In Malachi 2: 4- 7 God speaks about his covenant with the Levi (priestly tribe). It was a covenant of life and peace. Moreover, the covenant spoke of reverence and commitment; the priest had reverence for the name of the Lord and was committed to the covenant.

God has consecrated our union with Him through the Blood of Jesus and He sees it as an everlasting covenant that cannot be broken. We are His disciples and His Priest that represent His kingdom. He sees this covenant as a marriage, just like the marital relationship between a husband and a wife. Spending time with your husband builds your relationship in many areas. In the same way, when you spend time with the Lord it builds your relationship and makes it stronger and brings you into alignment with God.

Marriage was established by God and is holy to Him. And when we sin against our marriage vows, we sin against something that is Holy to God. He hates divorce. When He speaks about the marriage of the daughter of a foreign god, He doesn’t speak about the person or their nationality or race, but He speaks about the gods they serve.

For example, Solomon married a foreign woman who took his heart away from God (1 Kings 11: 1-10). Ahab married Jezebel, a foreign woman who lead Israel into new depths of moral corruption; wickedness (1 Kings 16:29:32).  God does not want His word to be corrupted by false teaching and false priest, but He wants His word kept clean because false priest will lead many astray.

In marriage God comes first; your husband second. Unmarried couples need to inquire from God for a partner. You need somebody that will serve God with you, not a foreign god, because that person will cause you to break your commitment to God.

Ruth was of the tribe of Moabite, but chose to follow God.  She said to Boaz, “Your people are my people. Your God is my God” and she said to Naomi, “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God (Ruth 1:16).

God does not only hate divorce between man and wife, but also between God and man. He doesn’t divorce us, but we divorce Him by not being committed to the covenant that we have with Him. It’s like a person having an affair who is not committed to his or her relationship anymore. When your marriage is in a crisis you need to know that your covenant with the Lord stands firm and you should not seek ungodly counsel.

The unity in a family is God’s heart and the devil knows if he destroys the marriage the family falls apart. You cannot neglect your relationship with the Lord; out of that relationship you will be able to see things through the eyes of God. The unity that God seeks in our marriages starts with you. Will you fight for your marriage? Or will you just allow someone to come in and bring havoc and destruction? You need to seek God and rise up in the spirit and take God on His word and fight for your family! The crisis will make you stronger and will remove all judgement from your life; it will renew you commitment to God and your husband – it will keep you committed to the covenant.

Prayer – Father God, in the name of Jesus, I bring our families before your thrown of grace and I ask for your hand of protection over their lives. I pray that we will be committed to the vow that we took before You in the name of Jesus. Bless our families and give them a new vision for their lives. I pray for our husband to take up their role as the priest in our family in Jesus name Amen.

Be fruitful

 

 

When a fig tree is green and leafy it normally has fruit, but in this case it was not the season for figs. So why did the Lord curse the tree? The tree gave the appearance of being fruitful but was not producing any fruit. This scripture shows us that when we as Christians don’t produce the fruit of being born again, God is going to cut us out. God uses this example of seeing the tree from a distance, just like Christian s we can be seen from afar, but when people come near us to eat from us, we have nothing to offer or we look just like the world. We must be green, leafy and fruitful all year long, not just for a season. The Lord cursed the tree because it gave a false impression of being fruitful, just like some Christians who just give the impression of walking with the Lord yet lead many astray by their appearance.

Secondly when Jesus cursed the fig tree He never looked back to see if it was going to die or that it might not happen, because He knew from the moment He spoke the words it will be fulfilled.  This is faith at work, we need to stop looking back and doubt that the gifts, the purpose and the will of God will be fulfilled in our lives. If we start praying and speaking through faith God will use us mightily. This is a very powerful statement: “Faith received the answer in your heart well before you ever see it in your hands.” always remain in Faith, because the devil will come and attempt for you to reconsider and change your mind.

Thirdly – Jesus spoke to the tree meaning His word went out. Num 23:19 declares: “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”God exalts His word and will never go back on it. There is no contradiction between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit or the Word. They we in one understanding when this word was spoken over the tree.

In Numbers 23 Jesus says to his disciples: “that whosoever shall say unto the mountain be removed, and be cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believe that those things which he said shall come to pass.” We need to stand firm on the word of the Lord and not doubt, then we will move mountains in His name.

Prayer: Lord I come to you in faith, believing that your word has power to change every situation that I might be facing, casting down doubt and unbelief. I have confidence that you have already given me the answers to my prayers in Jesus name Amen.

Correction brings Discipline

 

As Christians, disciplining our children is part our natural way of life, following the direction God gave us in His word. It’s not very pleasant, but it’s there to correct the behaviour and to punish their actions.  Today when I look back at the discipline that my father instilled on us as kids, I am very grateful for the outcome of my life. Proverbs 13:24 “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him”.

Our heavenly Father works on the same principles and corrects our behaviour because He loves us. When we receive correction from our Pastor or leader in our cell groups we shouldn’t take offense. When we give correction it should come from a heart of love and not judgement. For those of us that accept the Lord’s discipline it is wisdom, but those that reject His discipline it is pride. James 4:6 says “ God resists the proud , but gives grace to the humble.” and we know that pride comes before the fall. Always be willing to receive correction, because it builds our character. Pride is a very dangerous area to walk in; it will bring separation between you and God. Proverbs 12:1 says “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid”. Discipline is God’s love you cannot separate the two.

Self-discipline, on the other hand, is one of the areas we all struggle with and this is not an easy task. It is a daily struggle to resist our flesh because we want to do the right thing, but we end up doing the wrong things (Rom 7:15). Self-discipline must be a conscious decision to be committed and to be focus on pleasing God. Laying down our own plans and asking God for His direction will motivate us. Meditating on the word of God is the main key that will help us live a disciplined life.

Preparation is part of discipline. It is therefore important to prepare the area for worship and prayer beforehand. When you do this you mentally prepare your mind to focus on God. God sees so much potential in us, we must just strive to focus on our daily commitment to Him. A person with self-discipline will always focus on a positive outcome, will always motivate and encourage others to strive for more. That is who God want us to be. Discipline your mind and bring everything under God’s submission.

Prayer: Lord in the name of Jesus help me with self-discipline and not to take offence when I am corrected. I will see correction as a positive stepping stone to understand the character that you need to come forth in my life in Jesus name. Amen

 

Authority in the Blood

 

To have Authority is to have the power or right to give orders, make decisions and enforce obedience. This word says a lot because to walk in Authority we need to know how to walk under Authority. By accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour you receive the same authority that Jesus used to command demons to flee. If you understand this principle of Authority you will enforce what Jesus Christ has placed inside of you.

Authority and power goes hand in hand but there is a difference between the two. Let us look at Power. When we go to the story of the lady with blood issues who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment in Luke 8: 43-47, we see that Jesus replied and said that the power went from Him when the lady touched His garment. Jesus knew immediately that the power left His body to heal and restore her to society.

Most people want the power, but very few understand the other side of the coin, which is Authority.  We need to walk in a close relationship with the Holy Spirit so when the Spirit prompts you to pray for someone, you will obey the command. But remember that the devil is not going to be very happy with you when you start stepping up and obeying the Lord.

This week I have experienced attacks on my family in a very heavy way, but you know I will not be shaken I will stand firm on the word of the Lord.  Always remember to cover yourself and your family under the blood of Jesus when you are busy with spiritual warfare.

Power is a gift that comes with the Holy Spirit and it is like a dormant volcano when you do not use it, because you don’t know the potential of that power. But when the heat of the Holy Spirit is applied in our lives it become like a volcano ready for eruption. The Spirit removes everything that is unclean and not pure; and like lava melting hard rocks so the Spirit melts our hearts.

Authority that God has given us can never go higher than the one who gave us the Authority, our authority is only as deep as our relationship with the Lord. Spiritual authority releases God’s command over every force of darkness to stand back and enforce the blood of Jesus over that attack.

Prayer – Father in the name of Jesus, I decree and declare the blood of Jesus over every spiritual attack that Satan has launched against the children of God. I demolish every stronghold and strip it of its title and of its power. The blood of Jesus is against every demonic force of the devil. Devil you are a defeated fowl in Jesus’ name.

 

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