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Settling for less

Settling for less

Numbers 32:1-5 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of livestock; and when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, that indeed the region was a place for livestock, 2 the children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4 the country which the Lord defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” 5 Therefore they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.”

  • Let me draw your attention to the tragic request of the tribes of Reuben and Gad found in the last statement of verse 5: ‘Do not take us over the Jordan’.
  • If you’re familiar with Old Testament history, you will know, I’m sure, that the children of Israel were in Egyptian bondage.
  • Of course, the cry of God’s people under the taskmasters rose to high heaven, and God took pity on them and He sent a deliverer, Moses.
  • He led them out of Egyptian bondage.
  • You will know about that: how they were shackled in slavery, and then how the God of their salvation had mercy on them.
  • You will also know how the story transpires, that on that Passover evening they were instructed to take a lamb without blemish, without spot, shed its blood, and paint the blood of the lamb on the door posts and on the lintel – and they were to shelter beneath the blood.
  • When the death angel came, it would pass over them, it would see the blood and pass over them – and they were to be saved through the blood of the lamb.
  • Then, that night, they were to flee – and, of course, you know how they reached the Red Sea, there were mountains on either side of them, Pharaoh’s armies behind them, and they were hemmed in.
  • It seemed to be an impossible situation.
  • Yet our God is the God of the supernatural, He is the God of the miraculous, and He instructed Moses to lift up his staff into the air, and He sent a strong east wind.
  • You know what happened, that the sea cleaved apart, and these great walls of seawater protected them as they walked through on dry land to the other side.
  • Then of course they embarked on a pilgrimage through the desert, the wilderness.
  • During that time they saw again the miraculous hand of God, for God sustained them through all their journeys. We read that their clothes nor their shoes were worn out.
  • They were also supernaturally guided by God.
  • They saw a pillar of cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night, and as it moved they moved, as it stopped they pitched their tents.
  • God led them all the way through.
  • They even ate angel’s food – manna from heaven to sustain them!
  • Now I think we would be accurate enough in saying that the children of Israel truly walked with God, literally.
  • But we see from this story from our scripture that they stopped short of what God had intended as their destiny – and I’m speaking of the tribes of Reuben and Gad.
  • They settled on the wrong side of Jordan.
  • God had intended them to cross the Jordan, to go west into Canaan land, but Gad and Reuben – who had livestock – decided that the land east of Jordan was better, and they would settle there.
  • They stopped short of what God had intended as their destiny.
  • They settled on the wrong side of Jordan.
  • Most Christians do the same.
  • Like Israel, who are a type, I believe, in many respects of God’s people today: we have been transferred from bondage, the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of Satan, and we have been placed into the kingdom of light, the kingdom of God’s dear Son.
  • We have been redeemed, not with corruptible things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of the Lamb.
  • We have tasted of the heavenly gift, the manna that came down from heaven –
  • ‘I am the bread of life’, Jesus said, ‘You must eat of My flesh and drink of My blood’.
  • We have been fitted for heaven, and we have been sustained by God’s providence – and yet many believing New Testament Christians never cross the Jordan.
  • They settle for less than God intended for them.
  • I have to say that there can even be resentment, or resistance, shown toward anyone who will try to get God’s people over the Jordan and into their inheritance.
  • I must correct a few false, a few misunderstandings of the whole wilderness wanderings and how they apply to us as New Testament believers.
  • Often, we are given the idea that Canaan land and the Promised Land is heaven – but I have to say to you categorically today that crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land cannot represent passing through physical death and entering heaven.
  • Here’s the reason why: because when Israel crossed the Jordan, they embarked on some of the greatest battles of their lives.
  • Unless we’re going to be constantly fighting when we get to heaven, Canaan land cannot be compared to Glory Land.
  • There might be certain similarities and spiritual lessons that we can apply there, but we cannot say that this is what is represented in this story of Israel through the wilderness into the Promised Land – rather, Canaan land is a land of spiritual blessings.
  • As it was literally for Israel, it speaks of the land of spiritual blessings that we as the church now know and as individual Christians should experience.
  • A Christian, by faith, has got to fight – that’s right – the Christian, by faith, has got to fight to possess his possessions.
  • Jordan does not speak of physical death, but it speaks of death to sin.
  • It speaks of spiritual death to self.
  • It speaks of a crossing over into and coming alive in the life of the Spirit.
  • It speaks of being more and more filled with the Holy Ghost.
  • It speaks of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
  • It speaks of being transformed from glory to glory – that is your destiny as a child of God.
  • Now there is a big debate about predestination – but sadly the debate does not rage around verses like these:
    • Ephesians 1:11, ‘In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will’.
  • Whatever predestination means, it certainly means that God has chosen us for an inheritance, for a destiny, for a Promised Land, for a Canaan that is more than Heaven when we die, but in fact is a land of spiritual blessings that is to be realised by faith here and now.
  • Now let me ask you, believer: where are you? Are you still in Egypt?
  • That probably would mean that you’re not a believer at all, you’ve never been delivered from the world.
  • But you know there are many people who profess Christ, and they haven’t been delivered from the world.
  • You know, salvation doesn’t generally mean ‘salvation from hell’, being delivered from hell – it means primarily been delivered from the world, being saved from sin and transferred into God’s kingdom.
    • Is that your experience?
  • What about the Red Sea, have you crossed over there, moved from Egypt toward the Promised Land? Maybe you’re in the wilderness?
  • Many believers, I think that’s where they are, they are in the wilderness – and, like Israel, you’re murmuring against God, you’re fighting against God and what He wants to do in your life – you’re having a dry, arid, barren experience.
  • Or have you entered the real fight for your inheritance?
  • You see, you have been saved for something – if you are truly born again. I was reading this week in Deuteronomy 6:23, where it says: ‘He brought us out from there’, that is, Egypt, ‘that He might bring us in’. God has brought us out that He might bring us in. Now you may have been brought out, but have you been brought in? On which side of Jordan are you?
  • Well, Reuben and Gad were content where they were, and they requested not to go on – they wanted to camp at the east side of Jordan.
  • Why? Well, they were comfortable there, they were satisfied, and their livestock were satisfied with what they had already found there.
  • They thought: ‘Well, let’s not be greedy’ – and that might seem to be commendable – ‘Let’s be content with the things that we have.
  • We’ll just let everybody else go on, but we would like to stay here. We know we are meant to cross the Jordan, but we are quite comfortable and satisfied where we’ve reached’.
  • Now, please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying: the Bible does command us to be content with such things as we have, but that’s talking about material things – it is a misplaced contentment that settles for less than God has for us.
  • Is that not the case? There is a discontentment that we ought to have, a greedy satisfaction of being satisfied with what God has given us but wanting more of Christian experience.
  • Maybe some of you have made the mistake of Reuben and Gad.
  • You’re content with where you are as a Christian. So whenever I hear a Christian say: ‘I’m saved, and that’s all that matters’, or ‘I don’t really need any more’, or ‘I got everything God wanted me to have when I was born again’ – can I tell you: you are out of the will of God.
  • You’re ignorant, and most likely you are demonically deceived because God intends all His children to cross to the other side of Jordan.
  • Now, this attitude of Reuben and Gad concerned Moses on several fronts.
  • First of all, Moses realised that this would increase the battle for those who were prepared to cross, while Reuben and Gad would get out of the heat.
  • If you look at verse 6 you see this: ‘Moses said to the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben: ‘Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here?”.
  • You see, by them bailing out, there would be an increasing strain on the battle weary other tribes – but these who were going to opt out, they would get off scot free.
  • You can see the thinking of Moses, there would be increased pressure on the few. Well, it would be the majority still, but these other tribes would get out of the heat of the battle.
  • Do you know there is a battle on?
  • Do you?
  • A spiritual war raging at this moment in an unseen realms, and if you have taken the attitude: ‘I’m content, I’m settled, I don’t need to move on, I don’t need to go through with God’, you have exempted yourself from the battle.
  • There are those who are fighting in the battle, but the heat of the battle is all the hotter, and the burden of the battle is all the heavier because not everybody is entering in.
  • Your Lord needs you, He needs you to go through with God and be in the battle – and the battle is in Canaan land, it’s not in the wilderness, it’s in Canaan land.
  • Moses’ concern was that if these two tribes opted out, that it would increase the pressure for those who are prepared to go through with God.
    • There are those who are on the frontline of the battle this very day, and they’re facing the heat – and oh, it would be wonderful to have some solidarity and solidarity with others who would want to go through with God.
  • Here’s a second concern that Moses had: this was contagious behaviour that Gad and Reuben were engaging in. Look at verse 7: ‘Now why will you discourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD has given them?’
    • Do you that know the sure way of stopping growing as a Christian is to hang around with those who have found spiritual stagnation?
    • Those who think they have arrived, those who think they have all they need, they are content with the status quo where they are at and what they are doing – complacency is contagious.
    • Moses knew that if the other tribes heard what Reuben and Gad were doing, they would be influenced.
    • In fact, as you read down this chapter, you find out that the half tribe of Manasseh, they also decided to stay put and not move on.
    • So you can see how Reuben and Gad affected and infected Manasseh.
  • The third concern that Moses had was that this would repeat the mistakes of the past.
  • You’ve heard the saying: ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’.
  • Here in verse 8 we read that Moses said: ‘Thus your fathers did when I sent them away from Kadesh Barnea to see the land’.
  • Thirty-eight years before this event Moses, you remember, sent spies – one from each tribe of Israel – to see what the land was like that they had yet to inhabit, whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many.
  • They came to the Valley of Eschol, which means ‘cluster’, and they find that great cluster of grapes, and they cut it down and it took two men with a pole to carry it – such fruitfulness was in this land. There were also pomegranates and figs, and they returned back to Moses and Aaron and showed them the fruit of the land – that’s what it says.
  • They said, ‘It truly flows with milk and honey, this is its fruit!’
  • They had seen it with their own eyes, they knew that there was more –
  • but look at how the story goes on with Israel: after witnessing with their own eyes the glory of Canaan land, tasting the fruit, they said to Moses,
  • ‘Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; we saw giants!’.
  • Look at verses 10 through to 12 here: ‘So the Lord’s anger was aroused on that day, and He swore an oath, saying, ‘Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have wholly followed the LORD”.
  • Only two of them!
  • Now why did the rest not go through? What prevented them entering into their inheritance? One word: fear.
  • We enter our possessions, as New Testament believers, by faith. It is the fight of faith, it’s not the strength of the flesh. It’s not our own effort, but it is possessing our possessions, that were bought for us at Calvary, by faith.
  • But fear and faith are mutually exclusive
  • It is fear that inhibits us possessing our possessions. ‘Fear of what?’, you might say. It could be many things we will touch on in a minute, but what I want you to see is that faith won the day!
  • Caleb and Joshua had faith and, in fact, if you read the original account, Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said: ‘Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it’.
  • This wasn’t just the difference between somebody positive and negative, it wasn’t just the difference between an optimist and a pessimist, and it was the difference between a man who was filled with faith and men who were filled with fear.
  • The difference was: Caleb and Joshua walked by faith, not by sight. The rest said: ‘We saw giants!’. But now, 38 years later, the tribes of Reuben and Gad are making the same mistake.
  • Look at verse 13: ‘So’, after this Kadesh Barnea incident originally, ‘the Lord’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone.
  • And look! You’, the present-day tribes of Reuben and Gad, ‘have risen in your father’s place, a brood of sinful men, to increase still more the fierce anger of the LORD against Israel’.
  • You’ve taken their place! Moses was saying to them:
  • ‘You’re making the mistakes of the past. History is repeating itself’.
  • Now, Paul tells us in the New Testament that these things in the Old Testament were written beforehand for our learning, upon whom the ends of the age has come.
  • All this Old Testament stuff is for us – why is it that we never seem to learn the lessons?
  • Even as we look at church history, we can see that repeatedly the same mistakes are made.
  • Here’s one of them – now watch carefully, both Old, New Testament, and into church history, you will see it up to the very present-day – here’s a principal: if you do not go on, you will go under.
  • Now that applies to individual Christians, it applies to churches, it applies to organisations:
  • If you do not go on and go through with God, there is no such a thing as status quo, there is only stagnation and death.
  • The only thing that will move you on is faith, and the thing that will prevent you going on is fear.
  • Now, I want to ask you individually and corporately as a church: are you settling for less than your inheritance through fear? ‘Fear of what? What fear are you talking about?’, fear of the unknown, perhaps?
  • All of us are intimidated by what we cannot see or don’t know.
  • You remember old Abraham, and he was the father of faith, and he went out not knowing where he was going – and that was faith, if ever there was, because he didn’t know.
  • Maybe it’s the fear of the unknown that’s keeping you back.
  • You know we, in the West in particular, and the more intelligent that some of us are the more we want to know, the more we want to be sure of before we calculate what we think might be a risk – you see, that’s not the walk of faith!
  • Faith is the evidence of things not seen, it is the handle on the invisible.
  • Maybe it’s fear of the unknown for you, maybe it’s fear of going out of your comfort zone – whatever that is.
  • You remember that Reuben and Gad, well, they were quite happy here east of Jordan at the fertile land, it was good for feeding the cattle and they were satisfied.
  • Maybe it’s fear of criticism?
  • There will always be criticism of those who want to go on with God.
  • Maybe it’s misunderstanding? People will take you up wrong.
  • Maybe it’s spiritual warfare? There is a fight in Canaan land.
  • You see, if you go on with God – the devil isn’t really that concerned about stagnant Christians, carnal Christians, but he is concerned about people that want to go on with God, want to go through with God.
  • Then you’re in the sights of the enemy, and you feel it – but the wonderful thing is, and this is the whole point of the wilderness wanderings and our New Testament correspondence by faith in Jesus, that everything has been purchased already for us through the blood of Jesus.
  • We possess our possessions not by the strength of our arm, but by faith in the promises.
  • The battle belongs to the Lord, it is God who fights for us, it’s His promise, it’s our inheritance – all we have to do, like Israel, is to put one foot in front of the other and, by faith, take the steps and own what already belongs to us purchased by the precious blood.
  • We simply appropriate it by faith, but fear so often prevents us.
  • I want you to beware of something, beware of the lie of Satan – and this is it: that it is safer to be on this side of Jordan.
  • Has he ever told you that?
  • It’s safer to stay on the east side of Jordan where you’re comfortable, where you’re satisfied, where you’re content.
  • It might seem more comfortable, but Satan is robbing you of your inheritance.
  • Now let’s look at how this matter was resolved.
  • Reuben and Gad tried to address this in three ways: there was service, sincerity, and struggle – but the problem was, there was a shortfall of inheritance nevertheless.
  • Look at verses 16 and 17, this is how they responded to the concerns of Moses: ‘Then they came near to him and said: ‘We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones, but we ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place; and our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land”.
  • Don’t think for one moment that Reuben and Gad were idle – look at what it says: ‘We will build sheepfolds’. They weren’t lazy layabouts and, in fact, not only did they serve well, they served not only themselves but they served the other tribes.
  • They decided: ‘Well, look, we’re not going to find our inheritance West, we want to stay where we are, East.
  • But what we will do is, we will cross the Jordan with you momentarily, and we will help you fight for your inheritance, and then we will return home’.
  • So they were willing to serve the Lord in some capacity, but I want you to understand – and this is another biblical principle that you need to learn – service is an idolatrous substitute if your heart is not right with the Lord.
  • It will satisfy your flesh that you’re doing something for God, but you’re as far away from God as any sinner.
  • Do you see how they tried to remedy their choice for not entering their inheritance?
  • They said: ‘Right, we will work, we build sheepfolds here for our family, we’ll settle them down East; and then we’ll cross over with you, ten tribes, and we’ll go West and fight for your inheritance, and we’ll help you settle down, and then we’ll return home’ – but they still had a shortfall of their own inheritance.
  • They were sincere, they struggled, they served – but there was a shortfall.
  • The only way to keep true to God is by a steady persistent refusal to be interested in Christian work, and to be interested alone in Jesus Christ’.
  • It will satisfy your flesh that you’re doing something for God, but you’re as far away from God as any sinner…
  • Can I say that for some people, their service becomes an idol.
  • That’s the mistake Reuben and Gad fell into: they were sincere, they pledged to struggle in battle, to see the cause settled.
  • Oh, they were behind the cause of inheriting the land, but they themselves would live on the border of God’s blessing.
  • You might be here today, and you’re absolutely submerged with serving the Lord – I know many Christians, and they are tired and they’re weary, and to be quite truthful they’re fed up with it all!
  • They’re disillusioned, and they’re behind the cause – but they know that something is missing, because they’re still on the border of Canaan land.
  • Gad and Reuben were not bystanders, but they compromised and they settled for less than their inheritance.
  • at verse 19, they said, after Moses pleading: ‘We will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this eastern side of the Jordan’.
  • Does that not make a shiver go up your spine?
  • Now, in fairness, Reuben and Gad kept their word.
  • They helped the other tribes conquer the land. They fought with them West of Jordan and then they returned, and we do read that they returned with God’s blessing for their faithfulness, and they had much spoil for their faithfulness that they brought into their part of the land again.
  • However, when the land was fully conquered west of Jordan, and Reuben and Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned, before they crossed the Jordan they built an altar unto the Lord.
  • Now, I want you to see this. Turn with me please to Joshua chapter 22. Verse 10 says: ‘And when they came to the region of the Jordan which is in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben, the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan; a great, impressive altar’, the English Standard Version says ‘an altar of imposing size’.
  • Now, right away, there was a bit of unrest among the twelve tribes, because this was understood by the other tribes as: ‘That must be a pagan altar!’, because there is only one altar in Shiloh unto the Lord at the Tabernacle.
  • So to erect another altar was tantamount to idolatry, tyranny.
  • So they assumed this must be an altar to the pagan gods in the countryside around Reuben and Gad, this must be a rival to the true altar in the Tabernacle at Shiloh.
  • So the other tribes wanted to go to war over this, this great, imposing altar.
  • Now Phinehas, the high priest, was chosen as a diplomat, and he was sent on a fact-finding mission. He finds out that, in fact, it was not the intention of Reuben and Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh to erect a rival altar, or to worship pagan foreign gods or sacrifice to them.
  • But listen, this was motivated by the fact that because they were not living in the right place, on the right side of Jordan, they wanted to let people know:
  • ‘We belong to Israel! We belong to the living God!’. If you look at verse 34, you will see that they actually called this altar ‘Witness’: ‘For it is a witness between us that the LORD is God’.
  • Do you see what’s happening here?
  • They weren’t living in the right place, they hadn’t inherited their possessions, and because of that they feared that others would not recognise them as the people of God – that they would lose their identity.
  • So they built this humongous altar as a sign of their identity, but wait till you see: if they had just gone over the Jordan and claimed their inheritance, everybody would have known their citizenship.
  • Are you with me? In fact, Phinehas gives them another chance in verse 19, and he invites them: ‘Nevertheless, if the land of your possession is unclean, then cross over to the land of the possession of the LORD, where the Lord’s tabernacle stands, and take possession among us; but do not rebel against the LORD, nor rebel against us, by building yourselves an altar besides the altar of the LORD our God’.
  • Now let me ask you a question: what side of Jordan are you?
  • Now listen: if you’re on the east side, if you have settled for less than your inheritance, if you have not entered into that land of Canaan blessing as a Christian – you will be a person who needs external signs to show your identity.
  • You’ll need objects, religious objects, you’ll need religious practices and activities to identify that you’re different.
  • Or is it obvious, because of the life, the Canaan life of the Spirit, in you, Christ in you, and the hope of glory – is it obvious that you’re a citizen of heaven because you have crossed over the Jordan and you’re living on a heavenly plane?
  • This is the crisis, I believe, in Western Christianity today: we have lost our supernatural identity.
  • We have lost our identity as children of God because of the life that’s in us, so we have to build big altars, we have to do religious things, we have to serve the Lord in various ways – but, you see, we’ve got a problem, because the Bible says the kingdom of God is not in word, but it’s in power.
  • The Bible says that in the last days there will be a form of godliness that denies the power.
  • You see, these tribes, Gad and Reuben, were afraid – they actually said that their descendants would grow up and they would challenge their identity because they were on the wrong side of Jordan, and they would be assimilated with the pagan people.
  • Wait till I tell you: that’s what churches do today! They devise constitutions for later generations, or a basis of belief, or trustees – and do you know why they put these things in writing, and even in law?
  • This is why: so generations to come know who they are, what they believe, and that they are not shifting from it. But can I tell you something: all that is no good if you’re on the wrong side of Jordan!
  • In fact, all of that becomes an idol. It might seem to be a witness, but if you haven’t entered into your spiritual inheritance it becomes idolatry.
  • What generations to come need from us is to see the abundant life of Canaan land in our souls! Are you with me?
  • Because the two and a half tribes did not have the protection of the Jordan River – you picture it, they are on the east side, then there is Jordan, then there’s West, what we know as Israel, the land of Israel today. Because they were on the east side, they hadn’t the protection of the Jordan River, so they were exposed to enemy attacks.
  • If you’re not in Canaan land this morning, you will be exposed to enemy attack.
  • We read in the history of Israel that Reuben, Gad and Manasseh were the first to be conquered in later years when Israel was again carried into captivity, because they were only living on the border of God’s blessing – they hadn’t entered in. Have you?
  • Hebrews chapter 4, and I’m finished, Hebrews chapter 4 – you don’t need to turn to it – it’s all about Israel, claiming the inheritance in the Promised Land.
  • The writer uses it there as an illustration, just as I have done, of the different ways that believers today relate to the will of God and the inheritance that He has for us now in Jesus. The writer there says, listen: some were like the older generation that perished, wandering in the wilderness, and never entered the land – what a tragedy!
  • To be delivered from bondage, to go through the Red Sea, salvation by the blood of the lamb, but never enter into your possessions, never get out of the wilderness.
  • He also goes on to say that there were others who, like the ten spies, they visited the land, they saw the fruit, the wealth, they even tasted of the heavenly gift – but they went back and failed to enter in.
  • I know that most of you are on the right side of the Red Sea, but what side of Jordan are you?
  • Or have you settled for less than your inheritance?

Divine Settlement Against Evil

Divine Settlement Against Evil

Psalm 58:10-11 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked, 11 So that men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth.”

Romans 2:16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

Introduction

  • There are lot of evil are slipping by without any recourse or visible judgement
  • Drug abuse, abortion, lying, embezzlement, corruption, poverty, idolatry, spiritual attack, diabolical practices etc
  • Can we even start to imagine the wrongs that have been committed since Adam?
  • Think of the individuals who have committed crimes and yet they were never discovered.
  • They lived and died with blood on their hands.
  • There were no witnesses . . . . except . . . . for God.
  • His eyes roam the Earth. His ears are always listening.
  • His angels are always recording . . . . every act on Earth, good or bad.
  • God will solve all crimes.
  • God will judge all evil.
  • There will be a day of court when God will settle all issues.

The World That We Live In

  • Is Cursed
    • Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
    • The fruit of our first parents’ rebellion was death, murder, lies, abuse, thief, profanity, etc
    • Job 14:1 “Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of [a]trouble.
  • Is Temporary
    • II Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
    • Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
    • 2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and [a]perdition of ungodly men.
  • Is Cruel
    • Psalm 71:4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
    • I Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to [a]bear it.
    • You can “bear it” knowing that “there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judges in the earth” who will settle all issues.

What Is The Christian’s Proper Response To This World’s Cruelty

  • David’s Response
    • Psalm 58:6 Break[a] their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
    • Psalm 58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord. (KJV)
    • this was a time when Saul sought to kill David
    • Psalm 57 clearly deals with this time of David being hunted.
    • Psalm 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.
  • The Response of Moses
    • Numbers 10:35 So it was, whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: “Rise up, O Lord! Let Your enemies be scattered, And let those who hate You flee before You.”
    • He prays for the destruction of God’s enemies
  • The Response of Jesus
    • Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
    • Why Jesus didn’t pray for deliverance from, or destruction to, his enemies?
    • Because He was doing God’s will
    • Because He was “breaking the teeth” of Satan by dying a sinless sacrifice.
  • The Response of Martyrs (one who bears witness of the truth, and suffers death in the cause of Christ)
    • Revelations 6:9-10 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
  • Our Response
    • Pray
      • Not according to our emotions
      • A closed mouth is a closed destiny
    • Forgive
      • Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    • Be Patient
      • I Peter 2:20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.
      • Philippians 1:29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
    • Wait
      • Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
    • Hope
      • I Corinthians 4:10-11 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
      • I Corinthians 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    • Live Peaceably
      • Romans 12:18-21 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Conclusion

  • Don’t stand in the way of God
  • Hebrews 10:30-31 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” [a]says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
  • Acts 17:30-31 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

Divine Settlement

  • The woman with the issue of blood had a problem, she had been suffering for years of her life – she had an actual name, surely; but her problem over the years, had become her name – the problem that however, got terminated on the day she met Jesus!
  • It is okay for the child of God to suffer for a while, but after the suffering comes God’s glory!
  • The glory that God, from the beginning, had planned for us – He didn’t plan shame or reproach for any of His children – only glory, because He is the God of all glory!
  • In this season of settlement, get ready to receive the glory you deserve, get ready to see all your problems

Means

  1. Compensation
  2. Rest from struggles
  3. Moving into a new home and job
  4. Entering the place of rest and peace
  5. To be quiet and calm
  6. Your bills and debt taken care by God
  7. Obtain mercy from God
  8. Recover back what enemy has stolen from you
  9. Restored back to your previous position of place of rest
  10. Possess your possession
  11. Collect your inheritance

Biblical example

  1. Peter for releasing his boat for evangelism
    1. Luke 5:3-6 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.
    2. He trusts the savior and was rewarded accordingly
  2. Blind Bartimaeus by asking for Mercy
    1. Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” 50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, [a]“Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has [b]made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.
    2. He put his absolute faith in healing power of our savior
  3. Hannah for a making a huge vow
    1. 1 Samuel 1:10-11 And she was in bitterness of soul and prayed to the Lord and [a]wept in anguish. 11 Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
    2. She back up her prayer with a huge vow of returning the child back to God
  4. Hezekiah’s Life Extended
    1. 2 Kings 20:1-6 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live.’ ” 2 Then he turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3 “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what was good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 And it happened, before Isaiah had gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 5 “Return and tell Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. 6 And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.”
    2. He reminded God of his good deeds, loyalty and fellowship
  5. Jacob in the house of Laban
    1. Genesis 30:31-34 So he said, “What shall I give you?” And Jacob said, “You shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks: 32 Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages. 33 So my righteousness will answer for me in time to come, when the subject of my wages comes before you: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with me.” 34 And Laban said, “Oh, that it were according to your word!”
    2. His stewardship and experience were rewarded massively
  6. Solomon by inheritance
    1. 1 Chronicles 17:11-14 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must [d]go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14 And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.”
    2. He inherited throne of his father and the accrued blessings
  7. Joseph after much hardship
    1. Gen 41:40-44 You shall be [a]over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

Who to honor with our thanksgiving

Who to honor with our thanksgiving

Esther 6:1 – That night [a]the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

  • The king could not sleep. God awakened him in the night.
  • It was time to do an inventory on his life.
  • Had he left something undone?
  • Yes, there was a man in his kingdom who had saved his life and nothing had been done to honor this man!
  • Today is dedicated to thanksgiving
  • Perhaps it is time for you to take an inventory as well.
  • Is there someone in your life that you need to be thankful for?
  • Is there someone in your life that you need to honor?

Why to be thankful?

  1. You will be out of the will of God, if you are not thankful.
    1. 1 Thess 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
    2. God said that we are to give thanks for all things. A person with an ungrateful heart is out of the will of God!
  2. You will never see the wisdom of God, if you are not thankful.
    1. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
    2. says that when we don’t understand the difficulties in our life that we are to pray and ask God for wisdom.
    3. When we have a thankful attitude, we will begin to see the wisdom of God at work in our lives.
  3. You cannot be an effective witness for God, if you are not thankful.
    1. No one will want what you have if you are miserable all the time!
    2. Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
  4. God cannot promote you with further blessings, if you are not thankful.
    1. Who wants to bless someone with “more” if they are not thankful for their present blessings?
  5. You will susceptible to the wiles of the Devil, if you are not thankful.
    1. A discontented person is a perfect target for the Devil.
    2. The Devil has happy apples in his tree. Beware!

 

Who should we be thankful for? Who does God want us to honor?

  1. Our Mother:
    1. Prov 31:25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come

 

  1. Our Father
    1. Exo 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  2. Our Wife
    1. 1 Pet 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
  3. Church leaders
    1. 1 Tim 5:17 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
  4. Civic leaders
    1. 1 Pet 2:17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
  5. Jesus Christ?
    1. John 8:54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is [a]your God:

How does one go about being thankful?

  • Even an ungodly Haman knew how to go about honoring someone.
  • When the King asked of him the question, “How shall I honor a man whom I have chosen to honor?”
  • Esther 6:6-9 So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” 7 And Haman answered the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8 let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal [a]crest placed on its head. 9 Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then [b]parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’ ”
  • Haman’s basic response was to treat the man as if he were a king. Haman was thinking of how that he would want to be honor and in so doing gave the correct response!

 

  1. It is true that Christ needs to be honored in our lives:
    1. John 8:54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is [a]your God
  2. We are to honor Christ by honoring the least of the brethren.
    1. Mat 25:40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
    2. Luke 6:31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
  3. When are we to demonstrate “thanksgiving” for others?
    1. I want to remind you that Mordecai was under a death sentence.
    2. We don’t know how long that we must be a blessing to others.
    3. If God has laid someone upon your heart to be a blessing to, do not delay!
    4. Mat 26:11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.

Closing

  • Est 6:3 Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”.
    • Can you imagine that question being asked of you on the Day of Judgment?
    • What have you done to honor the one who have rescued your life from the perils of the Devil?
    • What have you done for Christ? And the answer, “There is nothing done for him?”
    • May we live our lives by bringing honor to God by honoring others!
    • Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we ought to tell others, “You have been a great blessing to me.
    • And now, there is something that God has laid upon my heart so that I might be a blessing to you!”

Understanding Covenant of Prosperity

  • This applicable to all of us irrespective of our position, career, occupation, age or status.
  • Very critical in this season fulfilling divine covenant
  • Everything outstanding has its root in understanding
    • Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
  • You cannot have an outstanding performance in any subject you don’t understand
  • Our level understanding is what will determine the limit of our outstanding result in any area of life
    • Matt 13:23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
  • If you understand your right in any of prophetic agenda, you have it in abundance
    • Divine Health Healing
      • Exodus 23:25 So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.
      • No sickness will ever come near you
    • Wealth / Prosperity
      • Deuteronomy 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may [a]establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
    • Fruitfulness
      • Exodus 23:26 No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
    • Long life
      • Ephesians 6:1–3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
    • A lot of us are where we are today because of lack of understanding and looking for whom to blame
    • and we always blame God as excuse for our failure
    • If you know enough it will show
    • Nobody know it enough, everybody is learning to increase in knowledge
      • Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
    • It is those who don’t understand God that thinks they know everything
    • The more you know, the more you need to know

Secret of Kingdom Prosperity

  • Every one of us can and will uniquely identify key to our cars and houses without any confusion
  • This season, keys to sweat less prosperity God will hand it over to us IJMN
  • Heb 6:12-18 13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” that you do not become [a]sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the [a]immutability of His counsel, [b]confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two [c]immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we [d]might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
  • Anywhere you see God that sworn it is covenant that is unveiling
  • Promise graduated to a covenant by a sworn verdict
  • There is what you will do and part to play to enter covenant with God
  • It leaves with a part to play and if you do, God’s covenant is committed
  • What is the covenant?
    • Gen 8:22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, and day and night Shall not cease.”
  • The covenant was struck after Noah raise a very rare sacrifice
    • Gen 8:20-21 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination[a] of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
  • Abrahamic / Noah / Solomon covenant were all in response to definite sacrifice
  • Seed and harvest is the anchor term for prosperity
  • You don’t believe it, you can’t experience it
  • It doesn’t matter the profession you belong, poverty is no respecter of any one
  • There is no profession in the world that does not have its own army of paupers
  • There is no trade without a success story, you will be part of success story of this time IJMN
  • A passionate pursuit of God and interest of His kingdom is key to the world of supernatural abundance
    • Just God His place
    • Serve Him with your time, energy and resources
    • You will spend your days in prosperity and years in pleasure
    • Job 36:11 If they obey and serve Him, They shall spend their days in prosperity, And their years in pleasures.
  • Psalm 102:13-15 You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come. 14 For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, And show favor to her dust. 15 So the [a]nations shall fear the name of the Lord, And all the kings of the earth Your glory.
    • A heart for God and the matter of His kingdom is fundamental to our breakthroughs in life
    • Serving God’s kingdom with one’s resources is gateway to a world of financial fortune
      • Psalm 34:10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
      • Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
    • Our attitude for giving must be service focus and not return focus
      • If you serve him with your seed, you have committed his integrity to bless you in return
      • God is not a banker or money doubler
      • He is your heavenly father that deserves your service
      • Matthew 6:29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not [c]arrayed like one of these.
      • Seek first the advancement, enlargement, promotion and greatness of His kingdom first
        • Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
      • Being all out for Christ and bringing Soul to the Kingdom at all cost empowers believer to work in supernatural prosperity
        • Zech 1:17 Again proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “My cities shall again [a]spread out through prosperity; The Lord will again comfort Zion, And will again choose Jerusalem.
        • KJV – Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem
        • Luke 22:35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”
      • God will only release true riches into the hand of who he can trust to use such wealth for His purpose
        • When God saw the heart of job, he began to bless him without measure until he became the greatest among of men in the east
          • Job 1:3 Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the [a]people of the East.
          • He was busy serving god interest
          • And God kept busy blessing him in return
        • 2 Chron 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
        • Jere 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And [a]desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the [a]mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
        • God check our inside to determine what is makes available to us
        • Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
        • He will bless anyone that is committed to it at one level and another
        • I know many have experience it and many will still do
      • Luke 16:11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
        • We must be faithful in our financial stewardship
        • In this temporary finance so that we can access His eternal blessings

 

  • Terms of the Covenant of Financial Prosperity
    • Deuteronomy 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may [a]establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
    • They are his terms for accessing financial blessings
      • We must align
      • How reliable is this covenant?
        • Jere 33:20-21 Thus says the Lord: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, 21 then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers.
        • That covers all of us, because we have been redeemed to reign as Kings and priests:
        • Rev 5:10 And have made [a]us kings[b] and priests to our God; And [c]we shall reign on the earth.”
      • No wickedness in hell and earth can tamper with the integrity of God’s covenant
      • His major purpose of blessing us is to advance the kingdom
      • We are bless to Him
      • No unliberal man can taste prosperity
        • Prov 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. (KJV)
      • I decree Grace for liberality upon everyone today IJMN
      • 1 Chronicles 29:3 Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver:
    • Tithing
      • Mal 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
      • If you are a tither, your devourers are sent to silence and oblivion
      • Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
      • You live a relaxed live as tither, there is a covering against anger of the wicked
      • Any giving will bring return, but only tithing returns a covering
      • Mal 3: 17-18 They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.[f] And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him.
      • It’s our covenant insurance policy with God
      • It’s keeps you going
      • Story of John D. Rockefeller and insuring Titanic
    • Offering
      • Deut 16:16-17 Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.
      • We give our worship offering according to his blessing upon our life
      • It’s not anyhow
      • You must give according to your level and this why some people offering don’t hold any return
      • Some people only give their leftovers!
        • Prov 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
        • Mal 1:6 A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?
      • It must be honorable, it must be according to his blessing on your life
      • It is a free will offering and not enforced

 

  • Fringe benefits of covenant of prosperity
    • Aversion of causes
      • Gen 8:21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination[a] of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
    • Engender Divine Health
      • Ps 41:1-3 Blessed is he who considers the [a]poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. 2 The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. 3 The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will [b]sustain him on his sickbed.
      • Giving entitle you to healthy living
      • Prov 10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.
      • Once partner God, he delivers you from anything that brings sorrow (sickness)
      • Job gives to the poor, God preserves him and allows to bounce back to healthy living and glory
        • Job 29:12 Because I delivered the poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper.
      • It guaranteed divine protection
        • Psalm 20:1-3 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob [a]defend you; 2 May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; 3 May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice.
        • If you are in it, you secure divine protection which money cannot buy
        • Job 22:25 Yes, the Almighty will be your [a]gold And your precious silver;
        • KJV Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver
        • When you walk in the covenant, he becomes your defense against their weakness
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      • To demand for guaranteed return on seed sown,
        • Give willingly and Smilingly
          • God is not in need
          • The poor does not depend on you, if you don’t do it, someone else will do it
          • Don’t let anything look as if someone is sucking your blood
          • Help people with smile look and not with frown face
          • 2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have
        • Give in faith
          • We saw Abel offering more excellent offering to God in faith
            • Gen 4:4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering,
            • Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
            • Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
          • Give in faith, whatever is not in faith, it is sin
            • That means is dead
            • No dead seed has a future, grow or produce
            • Rom 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is [a]sin
            • Giving, believing that what says about it is what he meant
            • And that is what God will do
          • The bigger your dream for mission, the bigger your return
            • Redeem your soul from dead
            • John D. Rockefeller was told he is going to die before 52nd birthday
            • He at one time gave $152m to the mission
            • Parted with more than half of his wealth for mission work
            • God made him to live for another 42 years
            • Have a dream bigger than your family, village, state and nation
            • You start from where you are like any covenant journey
              • Gen 13:14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward;
            • Start the journey from where you are
              • A laborer today is a leader tomorrow
              • No devil can displace from any lifting that arrives by covenant
              • If your blessing comes by covenant, forget all oppositions
            • As we keep honoring God at all level, it will keep on changing our level

Just keep on honoring him

Fulfilling Divine Covenant

  • At its most basic level, a covenant is an oath-bound relationship between two or more parties.
  • Thus, human covenants (for example, marriage) fall under this general definition.
  • In divine covenants, God sovereignty establishes the relationship with His creatures.
  • God is a covenant keeping God
    • Ps 89:34 My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
    • Num 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
  • It is clear, even to the devil that every covenant of God is a sworn verdict that is programmed for fulfillment.
  • We understand from scriptures that every prophecy from God is ordained for fulfillment at an appointed time
    • Habakkuk 2:2-3 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
  • Concerning Abraham, God said:
    • Genesis 18:10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)
    • According to the time of life” in the above scripture connotes nine months.
    • In order words, God prophesied to Abraham that in nine months, Sarah will surely have a son.
    • Unquestionably, we saw that prophecy fulfilled in the life of Abraham
    • Genesis 21:1-2 And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
    • The above scripture validates the truth that every prophetic agenda from God is for an appointed time and at the end, good reports must speak.
  • No gate of hell can withstand the covenant of God.
  • Pharaoh tried it and he paid dearly for it.
  • What a great privilege to ride on the divine covenant of God in this perilous time.
  • No wonder, covenant people are people of glory.
    • Ps 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

 

  • However, it is important to know that every divine covenant attracts oppositions from the pit of hell.
    • 1 Cor 16:9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
    • For instance, when God prophesied the victory of Israel in strange lands
      • Deuteronomy 2:24 Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin [a]to possess it, and engage him in battle.
    • This helps us to understand that until we contend with oppositions in battle, we would not see covenant fulfilled in our lives.
    • Unfortunately, many people wait for prophecies to fulfill themselves instead of engaging in spiritual warfare for its fulfillment.
    • As a result, they waste away.
    • Therefore, we must arise and contend with every opposition on our paths until we see covenant fulfilled.
    • Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
    • Remember this promise and many more others that He has given to us in His word as we contend with opposing forces
    • Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
      • God has destined you for greatness and He will see to it that you become great.
    • Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
      • Child of God be rest assured that God will deliver you out of all your afflictions.
      • He has brought you this far and He will not abandon you
      • He delivered Joseph from the pit and from the prison.
      • He delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery burning furnace.
      • He also delivered Daniel from the den of lions.
      • He will deliver you because He is not a respecter of persons.
      • What he has done for others, He will do for you.
    • His words say that weeping may endure for a night but joy shall come in the morning
      • Psalms 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But [a]joy comes in the morning.
    • Do not allow the devil to sow the seed of fear into you.
    • You are destined for greatness and you shall be great.
    • Whenever the enemy comes to sow the seed of fear, always remember what God has done for you in the past and that He can even do much more in the future.
    • He can never, never lie, and He can never, never fail because He is the Covenant – Keeping God.        

 

  • May you, and your household, forever find rest under the covering of God’s covenant of divine protection in the name of Jesus.
  • This month of October 2018, God is set to confirm His divine covenant with His people, and that includes you.
    • Jere 33:14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
  • that also includes your house, and the days includes the days of this month of October 2018.
  • Glory! it is already happening, as He said to us
    • Lev 26:9 For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.
  • What a privilege! that heaven will honor you this month.
  • As you live through this month, may you experience unusual fulfillment in every area of your life,
  • May God confirm His covenant in your life with signs and wonders,
  • May seemingly impossible things happen in your life and shock people around you while shaping your glorious future,
  • May the LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you,
  • May the overwhelming grace of God surround you.

Covenant of Thanksgiving and Praise

  • It is important to know that the word‘Old’ and ‘New’ Testament simply means ‘old’ and ‘new’
  • Thus, the Bible is a book of covenants.
  • That is, God has wonder packages for everyone, but only deliverable when we play our part.
  • One of the ways we fulfil our part is by engaging the mystery of thanksgiving and praise to see God’s hand in our affairs.

Some of the covenant of thanksgiving include:

  • Preservation of blessings:
    • Our blessings are neither insured nor secured without thanksgiving.
    • However, by giving God thanks, we commit Him to preserve His blessings in our lives.
    • Mal 2:2 If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name,” Says the Lord of hosts, “I will send a curse upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, because you do not take it to heart.
    • God has ordained that whatever He does shall be forever,
  • but we must engage the covenant of thanksgiving to commit Him to perform.

 

  • Perfects the Blessings:
    • Psalms 138:8 – The Lord will [a]perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
    • For instance, when that leper returned to glorify God, he was made perfectly whole (Luke 17:17-19).

 

  • Multiplication of Blessings:
    • Every multiplication desired requires that we engage in thanksgiving for it to deliver.
    • Jesus gave thanks and the five loaves of bread and two fishes multiplied supernaturally (John 6:11).
      • John 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them [a]to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
    • Also, we are seeds of Abraham and God has ordained that every seed of Abraham be multiplied a thousand times more.
    • However, we must engage the mystery of thanksgiving and praise for it to be delivered in our lives 
      • Deuteronomy 1:11; May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!
      • Galatians 3:29; And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
      • Jeremiah 30:19 Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
    • Therefore, when we engage these terms, it becomes a covenant between us and God, and as such becomes binding on God to perform.

 

How does praise facilitate the fulfilment of prophecies?

  • First, we must understand that no human capacity or strategy has the ability to fulfil prophecies, except by the hand of God.
  • 1 Kings 8:15 And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David, and with His hand has fulfilled it, saying,
  • Genesis 15:13-15 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall [a]go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age.
  • It takes the hand of God to fulfil God’s plan, but to see His hand, we must engage the mystery of praise.
  • This is because every prophetic word fully delivers on the platform of praise.
  • For instance, we understand from scriptures that when Paul and Silas prayed, and sang aloud, God came down and there was a great earthquake.
  • As a result, their shame was converted to glory at the instance of praise
  • Acts 16:25-26 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
  • As such, we must restrain from running helter skelter, seeking for solution where there is none.
  • Instead, we should invoke the hand of God and we would see prophecies fulfilled easily in our lives.
  • We also discover from scriptures that praise is the spiritual platform for provoking the raw manifestations of God in our lives.

 

A vital aspect of praise warfare is praising God in the dance.

  • Psalms 149:3-4 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the [a]humble with salvation.
  • Praising God in the dance is one way to bless God with all that is within us.
  • Let’s recognize that there is power in praising God in the dance.
  • The Psalmist also admonishes us to bless the Lord with all that is within us. Psalm 103:1 (Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!)
  • However, it is not just dancing, but dancing with all our might
    • 2 Samuel 6:14 (Then David danced[a] before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.), 16 (Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.), 23 (Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.)
  • Psalms 149:6-9 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; 8 To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute on them the written judgment—This honor have all His saints.
    • From the above scripture, the“two-edged sword” is the Word of God.
    • Therefore, we must dance with the understanding of what the Word says.
    • As we praise Him in the dance, we execute vengeance upon our enemies.
    • The Bible records that David danced with all his might and he never lost any battle throughout his reign as king.
    • Therefore, the rougher we dance, the stronger the judgment.
    • Thus, spiritual warfare is not only in prayer and fasting, but also includes praise warfare (2 Samuel 6:14).

 

  • Furthermore, dancing unto the Lord provokes divine favour.
  • From scriptures, we understand that David, the praise addict, walked in divine favour throughout his life time.
  • He danced before the Lord with all his might such that he was mocked by Michal his wife.
  • Also, remember that when Herodias’ daughter danced to please the king, she secured divine favour such that Herod gave her an open cheque to ask for anything, even to the half of his kingdom and it would be done.
  • Likewise, whenever we dance our way into God’s heart, we provoke divine favour (2 Samuel 6:16, 23; Mark 6:22-23).
  • All these examples point to the fact that our lives will be desolate and unfruitful without engaging the covenant of thanksgiving and praise 
    • Psalms 89:34 My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

 

  • In conclusion, God is never late and He is ever ready to fulfil every prophetic word concerning us.
  • However, it takes our personal praise to secure our personal victory.
  • In other words, to see God in raw action, we must give Him raw praise.
  • This is because we cannot secure His manifest presence except by praise.
  • Hence, every prophetic agenda is cheaply deliverable by securing the hand of God in our lives and that is possible by praise; for God only inhabits the praises of His people
    • Psalms 22:3;
    • 2Chronicles 20:13-17).
  • Therefore, as we praise God, we must expect the balance of God’s prophetic agenda for 2018 to be delivered in our lives. Remain ever blessed.

Jesus is Lord!

 

Prophetic Blessings!

  • From today, God is stepping into your affairs!
  • That seemingly impossible situation will be turned to a testimony in your life!
  • God’s agenda for your life will be fulfilled speedily!
  • The next three weeks will be the most dramatic in your life!
  • There shall be no carryover into next year!
  • Everything mocking your destiny comes under judgment today!
  • Your battle is over!

 

Do This in Remembrance of Me

  • In the New Testament era, Roman soldiers were required, in as far as, it was possible, to return to Rome once a year from wherever they were garrisoned to renew their oath of allegiance to the Emperor.
  • The soldiers—regardless of the nation they considered home—were to salute the Roman colors from time to time or be guilty of treason.
  • Lord’s Supper is essentially our renewed oath of allegiance to the King of kings, and the Lord of lords.
  • When Jesus took the bread, and took the cup and said, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me,” (Luke22:19),
  • He was establishing a memorial that the Church was to continue until He returns.
  • Attendance at the Lord’s Supper is the Christian’s salute to the bloodstained banner of the Savior.

 

THE LORD’S SUPPER CELEBRATES OUR UNION WITH CHRIST

  • the Bible teaches us that we participate in the Lord’s Supper because we have received grace – not to get grace
    • the bread and the cup contain no mystical or saving properties
    • when you were born again, you got all the grace you’ll ever need in this life or the life to come
    • God does not give out His grace piece-meal through various church rites or religious ritual
  • the spiritual significance of communion for the believer is three-fold
    • first, the believer is being obedient to the will of His Savior when they eat the bread and drink the cup—Jesus said, Do this … it’s a command
    • second, the believer is worshiping the Savior when they eat the bread and drink the cup—Jesus said, Do this in remembrance of me …
    • third, the believer is anticipating the second coming of the Lord—Jesus said, Do this in remembrance of me until I come again
    • that’s it – the bread and the cup contain no mystical or saving properties
  • the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of remembrance—instituted by our Savior—as an act of worship that is meant to remind us of His substitutionary atonement, and our union with Him
  • when you participate in the Lord’s Supper you are preaching your own personal sermon of your relationship with Jesus
    • you are acclaiming your faith in the death, burial & resurrection of Christ
    • you are proclaiming that Jesus is Lord of your life
    • you are reclaiming your hope in being glorified with Christ

 

  • YOU ARE ACCLAIMING YOUR FAITH IN THE DEATH, BURIAL & RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
    • the word acclaim means to praise enthusiastically in a public way
    • when the believer participates in the Lord’s Supper, he is unashamedly telling everyone around him, “Praise the Lord, I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was crucified. He was buried, but he rose again. This is the core of my faith and I don’t care who knows it!”
    • the Apostle Paul writes to remind us that the Lord’s Supper is our participation with Christ in his death
      • 1 Corinthians 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the [a]communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
    • the historical background of Christian Communion is the Jewish Passover
      • during that original Passover in Egypt, each Jewish family was commanded to sacrifice a lamb
        • they drained its blood and applied it to their door mantels in anticipation of God’s judgment upon Egypt
        • the evening came and with it the angel of the Lord went throughout the land smiting the firstborn of every home that was not protected by the blood
        • the blood represented deliverance from bondage that comes only from God
      • Jesus gave new meaning to the Passover
        • Jesus communicates to his disciples that he is going to be the Passover Lamb
          • he is the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world
        • just as when the death angel passed over the homes with the blood on the door posts, so to does God pass over us in His righteous judgment when He sees the blood of the Lamb of God in our lives
      • when we participate in the Lord’s Supper we boldly acclaim to the world our eternal faith in Christ to save us from judgment

 

  • YOU ARE PROCLAIMING THAT JESUS IS LORD OF YOUR LIFE
    • Ephe 2:4–5 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
    • all believers are worthy to participate in the Lord’s Supper not because of who you are, but because of whose you are
    • once we were dead in trespasses and sin, but now you have been made alive in Christ
      • because we are alive in Christ we are worthy in the sight of God
      • 1 Cor. 11:27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and [a]blood of the Lord.
      • the word unworthy is an adverb and describes the way that some believers in the Corinthian Church celebrated the Lord’s Supper
    • the focus of Paul’s warning in these verses is on the attitude we have when we participate in the Lord’s Supper
      • to partake of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner means
      • to have a divisive attitude toward others in the church
      • to discriminate against other members of the body of Christ (i.e. do you only fellowship with your own kind?)
      • to become board with the routine of Communion and fail to ponder its significance every time you participate
    • to partake of the Lord’s Supper proclaims that Jesus is Lord
      • that mean we ought to let Jesus be Lord

 

  • YOU ARE RECLAIMING YOUR HOPE IN BEING GLORIFIED WITH CHRIST
    • Matt 26:27–29 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the [a]new covenant, which is shed for many for the [b]remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
    • the Lord’s Supper is a memorial that not only looks back to Christ’s substitutionary atonement, but forward to His glorious appearing
      • the Apostle Paul said the partaking of the Lord’s Supper proclaims the Lord’s death till he comes again
      • in earliest Christianity the Lord’s Supper was pervaded by intense eschatological expectation
    • Jesus Christ is coming again and He’s coming for all those who faithfully confess his name in this world

 

  • THE LORD’S SUPPER CELEBRATES OUR UNION WITH EACH OTHER
    • 1 Corin 10:17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
    • THE LORD’S SUPPER ASSERTS THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST IS A FAMILY
      • we is all related
        • someone once said that you can pick your friends, but you’re stuck with family
        • you may not have to like me, but you have love me
        • and you’ve got to love each other, too
      • the early church was a fellowship of genuine love and affirmation
        • Galatians 6:2–3 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
        • to participate in the Lord’s Supper means you are not embarrassed to call those in the pews around you brothers and sisters

 

  • THE LORD’S SUPPER ASSERTS THAT WE HAVE UNITY OF SPIRIT AND PURPOSE
    • Paul urged the Corinthian believers to be like-minded
    • 1 Cor 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all [a]speak the same thing, and that there be no [b]divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

The Love Feast

The Love Feast

Acts 2:46-47 – So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added [a]to the church daily those who were being saved.

  1. Unity and consistency. ” So continuing daily with one accord in the temple “.
    1. Ephesian 4:3-6 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in [a]you all.
    2. There is power in unity.
      1. Acts 2:43 “Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”
      2. Unity creates consistency.
    3. They broke bread together with gladness and a humble and sincere heart.
      1. Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.
      2. They were humble and gentle with each other and they made allowances for each other’s faults.
      3. They were glad to see each other at church.
      4. They celebrated each other’s victories.
      5. They were glad to be serving each other.
      6. When one of them was in lack, all the others pitched in.
        1. Acts 2:44-45 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and [a]sold their possessions and goods, and divided[b] them among all, as anyone had need.
      7. They had a sincere heart (no hypocrisy)
      8. They weren’t cheap, they shared what little they had and the Lord multiplied it.
    4. They praised God and had the favor of the people (because the people liked what they saw) and the Lord added to the church.
      1. Jesus said that people would know that we are His disciples if we love one another.
      2. Praising the Lord is more than just singing a few songs to the Lord. It’s loving one another, you can’t say that you love God and hate your brother.
      3. It’s more than saying thank you Lord, but it’s also self-sacrifice. Remember what Jesus told the reach young ruler?
      4. Praising God is having a life that people can see Jesus through you. “People will know that you are my disciples if you love one another”.
      5. Notice;
        1. It’s not by how loud or beautiful you pray.
        2. It’s not by how much you speak in tongues.
  • It’s not by how spiritual you look or by the clothes you wear or how you comb your hair.
  1. IT’S BY LOVING EACH OTHER!
  1. Conclusion;
    1. A church that demonstrates its love is;
      1. A church that is united and consistent.
      2. A church that shares each other’s pains and each other’s victory.
  • A church that has a lifestyle that will move others closer to Christ because of the testimony of its LOVE FOR EACH OTHER.

Divine Remembrance

Genesis 30:22 – Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.

  • This is the month of divine remembrance.
  • Many that thought they have been forgotten shall be remembered.
  • Many who have been praying and are waiting for an answer shall receive answer to their prayer.
  • The bible said wait upon the Lord; those who have been waiting on the Lord will be answered.
  • The day of waiting is over. The gestation period is over. The time of reward has come.
  • God will use this month to wipe away the tears of many believers.
  • All those crying thinking that they have been forgotten will be remembered.
  • The Angels of God have been released by the Lord to visit them with their requests.
  • Their petitions have been turned into answered prayers.
  • Their tears are turned into tears of Joy.

Introduction

  • Our God is a God of promise.
  • Whatever He promise, He will do but it doesn’t cost Him anything for Him to hold the promise for years and it doesn’t cost Him anything to fulfil His promise even in the same day.
  • To remember has several meanings.
    • Some of which are: to recall, to cast your mind back, to call to mind, to commit to memory. It also means divine attention.
  • For better and deeper understanding, we need to examine the opposite of ‘remember,’ which is to ‘forget’.
    • To forget means fail to remember, neglect, lose sight of, to stop thinking about something, or to put something behind you.
  • There is a similarity between remembering and forgetting.
    • Both have to do with something – you remember something or you forget something.
    • There must be someone or an object that you either remember or forget.
    • When God casts His mind back or when He commits something to memory, it is about something or about someone.
  • From Genesis 40:13-15 Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your [a]place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”
    • we see that after Joseph interpreted the chief butler’s dream (about how he would soon be released from prison),
    • Joseph requested that the chief butler remember him when he gained his freedom.
    • In verse 23, after what Joseph had earlier prophesied came to pass, the chief butler did not remember Joseph.
    • He forgot Joseph not only for a day or month, but for 2 years.
    • This story is also applicable to us. Do you remember those who have laboured for you?
    • Do you remember the teachers that helped you through school?
    • Do you remember your friends?
    • Have you called them lately?
    • Do you remember all those that favoured you and assisted you in your career?
    • How about your parents, when last did you see or communicate with them?
    • Do you allow them come to your home?
    • It is very easy to forget.
    • Luke 17:17 (So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?) also talks about the story of the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus, but only one came back to thank Him, and the LORD wondered if the other nine had quickly forgotten.

 

  • MAN CAN EASILY FORGET
    • Typically, men easily forget that is why in Deuteronomy 8:11-19,
    • Deuteronomy 8:11 – Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today,
    • God warned the children of Israel that when things got better for them, they should not forget the past graces of God.
    • When some of us finally get a miracle (a promotion, spouse, job, children, wealth, etc.), then we become tight-fisted and allow these things to become idols, taking us away from God and we stop serving the LORD as we used to.
    • After God has blessed you, you will not forget all that He has done for you in Jesus Mighty Name.
    • The Psalmist said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2).
    • You should consciously remember God’s mercy, protection and loving kindness towards you. When you are thanking God, you should have a sober reflection of all what God has done for you.

 

  • GOD OF REMEMBRANCE
    • However, God cannot be compared with man, He cannot forget us.
    • Isaiah 49:14-16 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, [a]And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
    • Following every divine remembrance is Divine visitation
      • God remembered Noah….and send a wind to pass
        • Gen 8: 1 – 2 Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.
      • God remembered Rachel & God gave heed to her and opened her womb
        • Gen 30: 22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.
      • God remembered Hannah and she conceived
        • I Sam 1: 19 Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.
      • God remembered Daniel in the Lion’s den and send His angels
      • God looked upon Israel and acknowledged them
        • Exo 2: 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD REMEMBERS YOU

  • He Sends Help Your Way
    • Gen 8:1 Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.
    • God sent a wind, the waters receded and deliverance came for Noah.
    • Today, God will send a wind your way that will push back all that is troubling you.
    • Today, God will remember you for good.
    • Job 38:8-11 talks about how God can control the storm. God is saying ” Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb; When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band; 10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; 11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’.
    • God who created the waters and can control the waters,
    • will calm any storm raging in your life.
    • The same way the storm came is the same way it will go in Jesus Mighty Name.
    • I prophesy into your life that every issue you are battling with will recede in Jesus Mighty Name.
  • He Says “Peace, Be Still” To Every Storm Raging In Your Life
    • I prophesy into your life that the peace of God that passes all understanding will speak concerning your situation today.
  • He Turns Your Sorrow Into Joy
  • A Death Sentence Of Sickness Will Be Turned Into Long Life And Prosperity
  • Death Disappears and Life Comes:
    • When life comes, there is deliverance, favour, and blessing. God takes away every reproach, there is restoration, promotion, and your heart’s desires are granted. Sometimes,
    • God suspends natural laws to give you an advantage
  • He opens doors unto you:
    • Expect doors of opportunities to be opened unto you.
    • All those that God has positioned to remember you will find no sleep until they have remembered you to help you
    • Esther 6:1-4 That night [a]the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written that Mordecai had told of [b]Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” 4 So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.