PRAYER IS THE KEY LUKE 6: 12-19

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Luke 6:12-19King James Version (KJV)

12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor. 17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

What did this Scripture mean when it was written?

In the Scripture above, JESUS was just starting out on HIS Ministry. HE thus had to make the big decision of who to pick as HIS Disciples. However, even if praying all night seemed to be a regular practice of JESUS, HE also knew that GOD the Father’s Guidance was necessary, so HE prayed all night, and then picked HIS Disciples. HIS disciple candidates turned out well (even though Judas betrayed HIM – that was already prophesied by Isaiah). And then you see that from verses 17-19, JESUS was filled with so much power that people with all sorts of diseases came to be healed and made whole. HE was literally overflowing with virtue, and everyone who came to HIM for healing was healed. Praise GOD!

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What is the timeless truth behind what God is saying?

This Scripture has some lessons to teach, apart from the fact that it tells us JESUS prayed all night and so on. There is that popular song that goes:

Prayer is the Key; Prayer is the Key;

Prayer is the Master Key;

JESUS started with Prayer and ended with Prayer;

Prayer is the Master Key

Indeed, Prayer is the Key. There are many Scriptures where JESUS counsels us to ask the Father and we shall receive what we ask for (Matthew 7: 7-8; John 14: 13-14; etc). Besides, did you notice the time that JESUS rose to pray? At night or before day break! This was the time HE normally rose to pray: HE prayed before HIS Baptism in the HOLY SPIRIT and before beginning HIS Ministry (Luke 3: 21-22); HE rose early in the morning before daybreak and went to a solitary place and prayed (Mark 1: 35); and just before HE was taken away to be tortured and crucified, HE prayed in what has to be in the early hours of the morning (Mark 14: 32-42), etc. finally, JESUS was a Man of Prayer, despite the fact that HE is GOD HIMSELF who was living in the form of a man on earth. I think JESUS prayed so much, and even taught us how to pray (Matthew 6: 9-13), so that we can emulate the attitude of praying.

 

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How does it apply to me now?

‘A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian. No man is greater than his prayer life. A Christian is greatest on his knees.’ Pastor Daniel Olukoya. There is no truer statement in this context, in my opinion. As a Christian, in order to spiritually recharge, to receive strength, to receive Divine Direction (Psalm 32: 8), to receive Wisdom (James 1: 5), to be successful in all your endeavors, prayer is the key. As Paul implores us to do, let’s: ‘16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 ESV).

One other thing we should emulate as Christians is the habit of praying at Midnight or praying before daybreak. I understand that people from Pentecostal backgrounds may understand and agree with the idea of praying at midnight, than people from more orthodox backgrounds. That’s fine. As long as you pray regularly, that’s what matters.

As I illustrated above, JESUS usually prayed at midnight and before daybreak. I don’t know what you are thinking, but if JESUS usually did something while HE was on earth, it is a sign we should emulate the same practice. Why is midnight prayer crucial?

  • It is quieter. You would usually find a solitary place at midnight. David said, ‘Early will I seek [HIM] (Psalm 63: 1 KJV)’.
  • It is the best time to receive Wisdom and Divine Direction from GOD. David said ‘I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel; my reins also instruct me in the night seasons (Psalm 16: 7 KJV).
  • It is the best time to receive a Divine Visitation from GOD. David also says ‘Thou hast proved mine heart; Thou hast visited me in the night; Thou hast tried me and shall find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress (Psalm 17: 3)’. From my personal experience, I have it on authority that miracles happen at midnight.
  • Intense spiritual activities go on at midnight. Demonic powers are in full operation during the night and that is the best time to confront and conquer by the Power of the HOLY GHOST. David prays, ‘You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day…(Psalm 91: 5 NIV)’.
  • Finally, remember to pray in the SPIRIT as well: ‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Romans 8: 26 KJV)’.

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In conclusion, this hymn shows us why we should always be prayerful, like no other words can:

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

 

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

  • Joseph M. Scriven

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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HEBREWS 2: 11 JESUS IS ALSO YOUR FRIEND!

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In the last post, we looked at the role of JESUS as GOD the Son. We will continue with studying the role of JESUS as GOD. Then, we will look at the role of JESUS as our Brother (it sounds unbelievable, right?).

The Members of the Holy Trinity have different roles, but they are the same GOD.

GOD the Father is the Initiator of Creation: ‘But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things… (1 Corinthians 8: 6 KJV)’; Divine Revelation, ‘The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants… (Revelation 1: 1)’; Salvation, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3: 16 KJV)’.

GOD the Son is the Agent through whom the Father performs creation, ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1: 3)’; Divine Revelation, ‘All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him (Matthew 11: 27 KJV)’ and Salvation, ‘To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them… (2 Corinthians 5: 19 KJV)’.

GOD the Holy Spirit is the Power of GOD  and the Means through which GOD performs Creation and maintenance of the Universe, ‘When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground (Psalm 104: 30)’; Divine Revelation, ‘…which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets (Ephesians 3: 5 NIV)’; Salvation, ‘Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life (John 3: 6 NLT)’; and JESUS’ Works, ‘How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10: 38 KJV)’.

In addition, there is subordination within the Holy Trinity. Thus, the GOD the Son is subordinate to GOD the Father, and this is why JESUS prayed before HE was crucified on the cross, ‘Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22: 42)’. Moreover, JESUS says, ‘But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (KJV)’. However, as a side note, ‘ 28“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3: 28 NIV)’.

Nonetheless, JESUS is not ashamed to call you HIS brother or sister (Hebrews 2: 11). So JESUS is our Brother? Hebrews 2: 11 says,

Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters (NIV).

Essentially, when you decide to follow GOD the Father, by giving your life to CHRIST, you earn the right to be called a brother by JESUS. GOD the Father forgives all your sins, and gives you the privilege to be called the son or daughter of GOD. It is such a great privilege to be a Christian and to be called one. All Glory, Honor and Might belongs to our GOD – the King of Kings and the Everlasting Lord of Lords. Amen!

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Besides, JESUS considers you HIS Friend. Imagine how it is when the President of the United States is your friend, and you even have his personal line – won’t you feel lightheaded and so privileged whenever you think about it? How much more a greater privilege having JESUS CHRIST – the Most High GOD HIMSELF as your friend? JESUS says:

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you (John 15: 15).

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Finally, GOD is SO Awesome – HE is too Awesome to Fail! There is no human or natural equivalent of the Holy Trinity. There is no human or natural explanation that can suffice to completely understand the Holy Trinity. ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV). This is true. Many illustrations have been presented to explain the Holy Trinity – the egg, apple, water etc. however, these illustrations are wrong because the yolk of the egg is not the egg itself for instance. Vapor is a form of water but is not water itself. And so on. Even triplets born in the same hour within minutes of each other would have different personalities, DNA, fingerprints, etc. However, each Member of the Trinity is GOD: GOD the Father, JESUS and the Holy Spirit are GOD individually and together as One. There just cannot be an accurate illustration of the Holy Trinity. Therefore, rather than try to dissect the Awesome Personalities of GOD, focus on HIS Awesomeness and Faithfulness. GOD is too Awesome for the human mind to dissect or explain. Once again, ‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11: 3 NIV)’. GOD is just Too Awesome and Mind-blowing! HalleluYah!!!

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Have a blessed week in JESUS’ Name!

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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JOHN 10: 30 I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE

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I and my Father are one (John 10: 30 NIV).

So, who exactly is JESUS? Our GOD? Our Creator? Our Brother? Our Friend? YES. HE is our GOD, our Creator, our Brother and our Friend.

But, how is this possible?

First, we will address the fact that JESUS is GOD and our Creator, and that HE is part of the Holy Trinity. Then, in later posts, we will address JESUS as our Brother and Friend.  One of the most hotly-debated topics in and concerning Christianity is whether JESUS is GOD. The Bible is however clear on the existence of the Holy Trinity: GOD has three personalities – GOD the Father, GOD the Son and GOD the Holy Spirit. However, JESUS said and insinuated severally, that HE is GOD. Even the prophets (Old Testament) and disciples (New Testament) spoke of GOD, the Son and the HOLY SPIRIT.

It is impossible to perfectly explain and understand the Holy Trinity. GOD is infinitely greater than human words and expressions can ever explain, so it is normal not to completely understand HIM. GOD says in Isaiah 55: 8-9:

8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55: 8-9 NIV emphasis mine).

 

 

The Bible teaches that there is only one GOD – in three Awesome Persons. This may be hard to understand or rationalize as some are wont to do, but this does not mean the Trinity does not exist or that it is not based on teachings of the Bible. By the way, the term ‘Trinity’ does not exist in the Bible, but it is a term coined to describe the three co-existent and co-eternal Personalities that make up GOD. So, what does the Bible say about the Holy Trinity:

    1. The Members of the Holy Trinity have different roles, but they are the same GOD.
    2. Each member of the Holy Trinity is GOD. The Father is GOD: Peter speaking to GOD’s Elect says in 1 Peter 1: 2, ‘who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance (NIV)’. JESUS the Son is also GOD: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (NIV)’. The HOLY SPIRIT is also GOD: ‘Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Corinthians 3: 16)’.
    3. The Members of the HOLY Trinity are distinguished from one another. Psalm 2: 11-12 says, ‘Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. 12Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish inthe way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him (NASB)!’. Thus, the Psalmist clearly distinguishes between GOD the Father and GOD the Son, and those who claim the concept of the Holy Trinity only came up in the New Testament are wrong. Moreover, JESUS says in John 14: 16-17, ‘16 And I will pray [to] the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (KJV).’ Here, JESUS even acknowledges the role of the HOLY SPIRIT as Comforter and that HE is not the HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF.
    4. The Holy Trinity consists of three Persons. In Genesis, when GOD is being referred to, the Hebrew plural pronoun is used constantly implying more than two Persons. In Genesis 1: 26, ‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…(NIV)’; in Genesis 3: 22, ‘And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil…(NIV)’. Who did you think GOD was referring to? HIS Angels? Of course, HE was referring to GOD the Son and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT – they took all decisions together. The existence of the Holy Trinity is shown clearer here: ‘16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ (Matthew 3: 16-17). While GOD the Son was being baptized, GOD the Holy Spirit descended on HIM like a dove, and GOD the Father spoke from Heaven of HIS Son.
    5. There is just one GOD. Moses says to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6: 4, ‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one (NIV)’. Paul speaking of the Role of JESUS as Mediator between GOD the Father and mankind says, ‘A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one (NIV)’.
    6. GOD the Father is the Initiator of Creation: ‘But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things… (1 Corinthians 8: 6 KJV)’; Divine Revelation, ‘The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants… (Revelation 1: 1)’; Salvation, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3: 16 KJV)’.
    7. GOD the Son is the Agent through whom the Father performs creation, ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1: 3)’; Divine Revelation, ‘All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him (Matthew 11: 27 KJV)’ and Salvation, ‘To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them… (2 Corinthians 5: 19 KJV)’.

GOD the Holy Spirit is the Power of GOD

      and the Means through which GOD

performs Creation and maintenance of the Universe

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When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground

      (Psalm 104: 30)’;

Divine Revelation

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…which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets

      (Ephesians 3: 5 NIV)’; Salvation, ‘

Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life

      (John 3: 6 NLT)’; and

JESUS’ Works

      , ‘

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him

    (Acts 10: 38 KJV)’.

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To conclude today, there is no natural or human equivalent of the Holy Trinity. So, it is not wise to try to understand it from the human point of view or to rationalize it. GOD’s Thoughts and Wisdom are infinitely higher than your own can ever be. Rather, focus and reflect on GOD’s Awesome Love for you. HE came and laid HIS Life down on the cross so that you can be saved and given a chance to live – on earth and in eternity. That is what matters. All Glory be to the Most High GOD, the LORD GOD of Hosts, Amen!

Have a blessed weekend everyone 🙂

P.S.:  no matter who is president, JESUS is still Our King! But, please pray for the success of our leaders and the progress of your country. Jeremiah counsels: ‘Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper (Jeremiah 29: 7 NIV)’.

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ZECHARIAH 4: 6 THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD UNTO ZERUBBABEL, SAYING, NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS

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So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4: 6 NKJV).

Today, we will be looking at Zechariah 4: 6, where an Angel of GOD tells Zechariah that GOD is saying, you cannot do it by might or by your power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT.

We live in a world that hardly believes in GOD anymore. So, people are encouraged to work hard, do their best and succeed. That’s great advice, but there is always emphasis on ‘you can do it yourself; there’s no one up there who can change things’. So, many people today find it hard to believe that GOD can do anything for them or intervene on their behalf, because ‘why should GOD care?’. But, GOD does care – HE will never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31: 6).

However, this is the Word of the LORD: ‘not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit’. Zechariah 4: 6 is pretty straight-forward. Nothing can be achieved by might, by power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT. Why? The HOLY SPIRIT is the Power of GOD, and is the Power that empowers men to do great things. In Acts 6: 8, JESUS says:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (KJV).

The HOLY SPIRIT also speaks to HIS People and guides them (2 Peter 1: 21; 1 Kings 19: 11-12). Men have achieved great things by the Help of the HOLY SPIRIT, and we in this generation cannot be an exception! Zechariah 4: 6 and John 15: 5 clearly destroy those theories and myths that claim that GOD is not involved in the affairs of men.

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Essentially, you cannot achieve anything by your might or power, but only by the HOLY SPIRIT’s Help. Even Solomon who did not know much about the HOLY SPIRIT says in Ecclesiastes 9: 11:

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.

What Solomon referred to as time and chance – Christians would call it Divine Favor. However, the point is your effort can produce much more if you are led by the HOLY SPIRIT. JESUS echoed this point when HE says in John 15: 5:

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (NIV).

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Have you ever tried to do something so hard, and you still failed? Or made so much effort, but it all went to waste? Well, when you have the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT in you, you will succeed in whatever you are doing, unless it is not GOD’s Will. Isaiah 59: 1 says:

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear (NIV).

Thus, GOD has the Power to do all things, and only by HIS SPIRIT can you achieve anything.

JESUS is GOD (John 10: 30), yet HE did nothing by HIMSELF (JESUS is GOD the Son – one Personality of GOD, yet HE did nothing by HIMSELF):

So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does (John 5: 19 NIV).

This has mostly been my experience: when I try doing something by relying on just my power or working hard, things do not go as planned. But, if I don’t stress too much, but just place my hope in GOD that everything will go well, things go better than I planned. So, when I want something so bad, I remind myself that it can only come by GOD’s Power, and try not to get excited about doing it on my own. Rather, I’d pray and let the HOLY SPIRIT lead me in what I should do.

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In conclusion, when Paul says, ‘I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4: 13 NIV)’, who do you think he was talking about? The HOLY SPIRIT of course! And when you are filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, you will be an amazing mystery unto others, as JESUS illustrates in John 3: 8:

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (NIV).

GOD bless you and have a blessed weekend ❤.

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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1 Corinthians 16: 9 For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries

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Three posts ago, we started a series on distractions. This is the fourth and final part as promised. Today, we will be looking at 1 Corinthians 16: 9, where Paul speaks of open doors and how there are many adversaries he faces as a result. How does this Scripture relate to distractions?

For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16: 9).

Distractions are a tool of the devil to distract you from GOD’s Plan for your life. Satan sometimes sends things your way to serve as a distraction when he has seen what GOD has in store for you. One prayer my parents constantly pray is: ‘We rebuke every distraction in JESUS’ Name! What we did not think of will not spoil what we are thinking of in JESUS’ Name!’ This prayer asks GOD to prevent anything that can distract HIS Plan from taking place in your life. For instance, if you suddenly fall sick before you take that great job or start grad school, won’t you use all your money and resources to take care of your health instead of focusing on excelling at your job or studies?  Another example is where someone gets into university and that is when their benefactor suddenly has an unexplained heart attack and dies. These are examples of satanic distractions. A distraction that cannot be explained in physical terms, does not make any sense, and could divert you from GOD’s Plan is a distraction from the pit of hell! May you not be diverted from GOD’s Purpose in JESUS’ Name!

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I know there are people who don’t believe that satan exists or that he goes after their welfare, but that’s a simplistic view. If you think that satan does not do anything, then, where do evil things and disasters come from? Everything has a basis or foundation. Evil things do not come from GOD for there is no wickedness in HIM (Psalm 92: 15). Moreover, if you believe in JESUS, and what HE says in the Bible and in HIS Ministry, you will know that the devil is on rampage, seeking whom to devour: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10: 10 NIV). Who is the thief JESUS speaks about? Moreover, why did JESUS say:

And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16: 18 AKJV).

I just had to clarify the point above because someone told me they don’t believe that distractions can come from the devil. The devil does not want you to prosper or to fulfill GOD’s Plan your life. He is doing everything to prevent that. This is why when great and effectual doors open, there are many adversaries (1Corinthians 16: 9). People say that nothing good comes easy. Why is that?

See what happened in Nehemiah 4: 1-6 (NIV):

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[a]When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”

Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of[b] the builders.

So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, along with other dedicated Jews. Sanballat and the others were very unhappy and sought to frustrate his work. They ridiculed the workers and mocked them. The point: the devil was working though Sanballat et. al., to disrupt GOD’s Work, but he failed because Nehemiah prayed for GOD’s Intervention and the work was able to go on. In the end, the Jews under Nehemiah’s leadership succeeded in rebuilding the Wall of Jerusalem in 52 days (Nehemiah 6: 15).

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So, what do you do when you are facing a satanic distraction? How do you react to the works of the devil? You should react to the ‘force’ of the devil with the Force of GOD.  JESUS says: ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12). Do not take issues like this lying low. A couple of things you can do are:

  • First, repent of all known sin.
  • Second, as the SPIRIT of GOD leads, you can fast as well as pray violent prayers using the Word of GOD, and decree your victory in JESUS’ Name. For at the mention of the Name of JESUS, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that JESUS is LORD to the Glory of GOD the Father (Philippians 2: 10-11).
  • Third, perform praise to GOD like David did (at midnight) (Psalm 119: 62), and keep proclaiming your victory in JESUS’ Name.

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In conclusion, one of Messages of JESUS that resonates with the Church is that we should watch and pray and watch out for the Endtime:

34But watch yourselves, or your hearts will be weighed down by dissipation, drunkenness, and the worries of life—and that day will spring upon you suddenly like a snare. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36So keep watch at all times, and pray that you may have the strength to escape all that is about to happen and to stand before the Son of Man.”
As for physical distractions, ask for the Grace of GOD to help you let certain things go, so that you can move forward in GOD’s Plan for your life. Moreover, the devil is one a rampage, and is doing everything he can to fight against GOD’s Kingdom and HIS People. All sorts of strange things are happening these days. But, Greater is HE who lives in you than he in the world (1 John 4: 4). Thus, it is up to you, me, and us as the Body of CHRIST to fight back and decree our victory in CHRIST, over the devil! We have to send the arrows from the pit of hell right back to where they came from.

GOD bless you, GOD bless the Church, GOD bless HIS Coming Back. Amen.

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ECCLESIASTES 3: 14 I KNOW THAT, WHATEVER GOD DOES, IT SHALL BE FOREVER

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I know that, whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him (American King James Version).

Today, we will be looking at Ecclesiastes 3: 14 which says that whatever good things GOD does shall last forever, and nothing can be added to or taken away from it.

In the preceding verses, King Solomon who wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes speaks of times and seasons; and how it is GOD’s Will that every man eat the fruit of his labor. Then comes verse 14: ‘…whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him (American King James Version)’.

Essentially, whatever GOD has ordained is permanent – nothing can be added to or taken away from it. If it is your appointed time for a breakthrough or prosperity, nothing can disrupt it or stand in the way of your claiming victory. I was worried about certain things and discussing them with my father last week and he quoted this Scripture. He was encouraging me that GOD has given me what I have and brought me to where I am today, and NOBODY CAN CHANGE IT. This Scripture had been my prayer point since then.

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Where there is sugar you will see flies. Where there is breakthrough you will see enemies (so more than one enemy). That is just the way it is. If you are not armed with the Word of GOD, and ready to fight, when the enemy comes, he could take you down with him. Isaiah 59: 19 says that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will raise a standard. How do you get the HOLY SPIRIT on your side? By arming yourself with the Word! This is why Paul likens the Word of GOD to the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6: 17). I was reading Rick Warren’s devotional today and he was emphasizing study of GOD’s Word as the way to build your faith. And I told myself to get real: no matter how busy I am, I have to study GOD’s Word every day, because when stuff happens, only GOD can come through for me. Not my work!

Are you at that stage where you know in your heart that GOD has ordained great things for you; but it looks as if there are so many problems? Well, that is not strange. Paul says that, ‘For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16: 9 KJV).’ Moreover, JESUS mentions that ‘And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11: 12 KJV 2000).

Therefore, if you are going to be great or GOD has a great plan for your life and destiny, GOD’s Plan for your life will be contested. Some unnecessary problems (also known as momentary and light troubles – 2 Corinthians 4: 17) will arise. But, remember the GOD you serve, and hang on to HIS Word, and don’t give up without a fight, and you will see GOD come through for you. It is written, they who know their GOD shall do exploits (:). If you don’t know your GOD, don’t have HIS Word as a Sword to defend yourself, and your faith as a Shield, you could be lost in the momentary troubles that arise to distract you from GOD’s Plan.

The point: GOD has great things in store for you, but remember, that what HE has done is permanent. No power, agent, personality, problem, or structure can add to or subtract from GOD’s Plan for your life and destiny. May you prosper in all you lay your hands upon to do in JESUS’ Name!

Finally, is there something or someone beautiful GOD has given you? Don’t worry, for what GOD has done shall last forever; nothing can be added to it or taken away from it.

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1 SAMUEL 16: 7 PEOPLE LOOK AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART

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Today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 16: 7 where GOD says to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height…’. Then GOD says, ‘The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart’.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. PEOPLE LOOK AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART (NIV).”

This verse of Scripture is very important and instructive in our world today. Looks is almost everything; people sell their looks and bodies, and most people are judged depending on how they look. Good-looking people are usually complimented and admired. Almost every magazine, newspaper, website etc, have advertisements that feature people deemed to be good-looking or sexy and are about looking good or sexy. For example, an advertisement about hairspray or hair products could feature a girl with a tiny waist in a bikini or a guy with six-pack abs.

I am not going to lie and say that looks do not matter. They do in our world. But, the good thing is they do not matter to GOD. Men look at outward appearances, but GOD looks at the heart. Moreover, do not work to comply with men’s requirements; rather work to be commended by GOD. It is the one GOD commends that is approved (2 Corinthians 10: 18:). When I was growing up, I saw how almost everyone around me worked so hard to have the kind of ‘sexy’ image projected by the media. I went through that phase myself; I almost became anorexic as a result, but thank GOD for saving me.

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Thank GOD for beautiful and good-looking people. I have an eye for beauty; I appreciate it all the time. Sometimes I say, ‘Wow, GOD created that beautiful person; HE is so Awesome’. But, I am careful not to covet someone else’s looks. You know, there is beauty in variety. If we all looked the same, ‘beauty’ would not be obvious.

My message is: you are beautiful in your own special GOD-way. So-called ‘good-looking’ people always meet people even more good-looking than they are, so it’s no big deal. Everybody is beautiful in their own GOD-way. The question is: are you ready to make the best of what GOD has given you? GOD gave you something really special that nobody else has. Besides, there are strengths you have that will project you to prominence than looks would have done. Rather concentrate your energy on developing your strengths and looking your best, than coveting somebody else’s looks.

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In addition, all that glitters in not gold, the saying goes. Never judge a book by its cover, they also say. Something or someone can look good outside but have venom or evil within. In high school, the good-looking people were admired, had the most friends, and boy- or girl-friends. However, I noticed that these ‘good-looking’ people were the most shallow people you could meet, and had nothing much to recommend them apart from their looks. So, I decided that although it was good to be good-looking and popular, I would rather be who I was, than those ‘good-looking’ and popular people. There is a very powerful saying in Yoruba, ‘Iwa lewa’. It means ‘Character is beauty’. Indeed character is beauty; beauty without character is useless. This is why the Bible says in Proverbs 11: 22 –

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (NIV).

Finally, you don’t have to look like Barbie to make an impact in life. So, be proud of your GOD-given looks and talents and make the best use out of them!

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