The Church is called to be the radiant bride of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2. The members of Christ’s Church are “promised,” engaged now to Him, for eventual presentation to Him as a perfect bride, to be married to Him in a profound spiritual union.
Revelation 19:7. “The wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” – How important it is that the Bride of Christ makes herself ready for Him. But how does she do that?
By the Anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Oil in scriptures frequently symbolizes the Holy Spirit anointing Matthew 25. 1 Samuel 10, 16. The virgins with the abundant oil of the Holy Spirit went into the wedding banquet.
By being Baptized-in-the-Holy Spirit.
Jesus did mighty miracles when He was anointed with the Holy Spirit Acts 10:38.
Jesus’ Bride the Church needs to cry out to God for a double portion of His Spirit like prophet Elisha did in 2 Kings 2:9. “Lord give us more oil!” The Bride of Christ needs the mighty Baptism-in-the-Holy Spirit.
By being cleansed and washed daily with God’s Word Galatians 5:25-27.
Jesus longs for His bride to be holy and blameless. Like Adam, Jesus will marry a bride “suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18).
By walking in holiness and righteousness
Revelation 19:7-8. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints).
The ready – Bride of Christ is characterized by “righteous acts, she puts her faith in action – spirit-filled, word-filled, holy, righteous, devoted to Jesus, the heavenly Bridegroom.
It is time each of us takes a character inventory and addresses the sinful issues. Pray, reflect, and examine our hearts.
Before any wedding, the Bride spends a lot of time preparing herself for her husband. The parable of the ten virgins tells of people who are and are not ready for the appearance of the groom. Our king is coming! And we are all being called to get ready to meet him. Are we ready?
Since Jesus is returning as the Bridegroom, shouldn’t we His Bride, the Church, focus more on deepening our commitment to Him than on browsing over global last day catastrophic events at great length? We ought to be a burning shining lamp to our generation.
What does it mean that Jesus is the Bridegroom? – God did not give up on His unfaithful people. He himself came near as Immanuel who dwelt among us. John the Baptist calls himself a friend of Jesus the Bridegroom.
He said: “The one who has the Bride is the Bridegroom. The friend of the Bridegroom, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly at the Bridegroom’s voice. Therefore, this joy of mine is now complete” John 3:29
Jesus calls himself the Bridegroom when criticized for not enforcing the kind of fasting among His disciples, that the Pharisees practised.
He said: “The attendants of the Bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast” Matthew 9:15.
The Bridegroom is coming! Are we ready for the wedding day?
Matthew 25: 1-4,10 At that time the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps…But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet.
The Church is called to be the radiant Bride of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2.
The members of Christ’s Church are “promised,” engaged now to Him, for eventual presentation to Him as a perfect Bride, to be married to Him in a profound spiritual union.
“It is the last hour” 1 John 2:18 – Everyone should know it is the last hour.
There is chaos worldwide. We need to recognize the spirit of the Antichrist who has more intensely made his debut.
We need to be aware of spiritual deception reigning paramount in our days – “…false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and will perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, the elect” – abandoning steadfast discipleship; absence of sound doctrine. (Mark 13:22-23)
The Bible is full of allusions to God’s people being his bride. In the Old Testament, the prophets often portray God’s people as the beloved but often unfaithful bride.
God is seen as a faithful husbandwhose steadfast love is strong and lasting, pursuing and winning back his bride repeatedly. Hosea 3; Jeremiah 2
We need to get prepared as the Bride of Christ for the return of our glorious bridegroom King Jesus. While we are doing this we ought to be aware of our enemy, his tactics and his strategy. There shall be widespread deception in our days that if it were possible even to deceive the elect. Matthew 24:24
How shall we present ourselves to our Lord as we await His appearing?
Let us focus on the characteristics of the Bride 0f Christ as we ready ourselves for our beloved Bridegroom Jesus Christ.
The Bride of Christ should be wise like her Bridegroom (Proverbs 9:1).
Be an overcomer like her husband (Revelation 3:21); She builds her house on seven pillars (James 3:17) –
1. Purity 2. Peaceful / Righteous – not quarrelsome 3. Considerate 4. Willing to Yield – willing to receive correction 5. Fullness of Mercy 6. Faithful and loyal 7. Devoid of hypocrisy.
Although she is still far from perfect, she is pressing on and growing towards perfection.
The Church is the ‘Beloved of God.’ – Just like a bridegroom loves his bride so does God Almighty, who professes His love not merely in words, but in sacrificial actions Romans 5:8.
He leaves his palace, his throne, everything, to rescue the one He loves. His actions towards the Church are always full of love. Ephesians 5:25-32.
The Church should be radiantly beautiful. When God sees His Church, His family, He sees her made whole and holy, gloriously and graciously freed from the stains of sin and shining in the light of His love.
And just as He demonstrated in the Old Testament through the prophets who portrayed God’s people as a straying wife with an ever-faithful husband, we can rejoice that God delights to cleanse his bride in an ongoing way when she stumbles: Though the Church is made up of sinful people, they are redeemed by the Blood of Jesus. And redemption is a powerful restorative force that also looks forward to glory when everything wrong will be made right.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9.
As with so many sides of the Christian life, there is a lot already done here on earth but a heavenly reality or element not yet done, is the Church’s identity as the Bride of Christ. This is wedding supper celebrating the eternal union of God with His people yet to come. We as believers, are told to prepare ourselves as we await this feast with anticipation and great joy – the glorious future yet to come.
Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”
Revelation 21:2 is suggestive of the glorious moment in a wedding ceremony when the bride appears. “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband”.
This is what we are preparing for: The Church as the bride of Christ. We will enjoy a blissful celebration as the bride of Christ in God’s eternal kingdom.”
The Bible is the only true prophetic road map that has accurately predicted and fulfilled prophecy after prophecy, including the end times before the rapture of the Church.
King Jesus the Cornerstone is coming back to earth.
And when He does, His kingdom will never end.Though no one knows the day or hour of His arrival, yet each of us ought to be prepared.
The sequence of events to take place: Rapture, Tribulation, Second Coming, Millennium, New Heaven and New Earth.
Matthew 24:24; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-53; Matthew 24:26-27; 1 Peter 4:7; Revelation 3: 11; Revelation 7:14; Revelation 20:4; Revelation 21:1-5
Yes, Jesus is coming back again. His first return will be to rapture the Church and bring the Church to heaven for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Seven years later He will come again to the Mount of Olives, splitting it in half.
The rapture and the second coming are imminent.
Subsequently, the war begins.
Everyone is looking for good news. There is so much bad news replayed on television and media. The best news the world ever received came out of a cemetery. Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He is alive. He lives. He is seated at the Heavenly Father’s right hand.
He’s coming soon, there’s no doubt, I’m going to leave this old world with a shout. Soon I’ll be gone and things will be right. Keep looking up, He may come tonight.
The trumpet will sound and those in the ground. Who have kept the faith will be Heaven bound. We who remain are going too. I’m going to be there, now how about you?
Nations will tremble, folks run to and fro. Then we’ll all assemble on this old world below. Knees will start to bow in’ and tongues shall proclaim. That Jesus, my Saviour, is the King of Kings.
My heart is overflowing’ with joy and peace. I know I’ll soon be resting at my Saviour’s feet. It may be in the morning, it may be at noon. I don’t know when He’s coming but I know He’s coming soon.
If Jesus were to come today, would you be ready?
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, today is the day to turn your life over to Him!
And if you are not looking for the Lord’s second coming, He is not coming for you.
For all of us looking for His coming, we need to get ready!
We are going up in the twinkling of an eye and not left behind.
A message to all prophetic eagles in a growing prophetic culture setting, in the local churches worldwide – sharing the heart and mind of God.
Many of the genuine prophet – seers of our time are passing away, in transit to their celestial home. Like Elijah, their mantles of prophetic authority have been dropping for their successors to pick them up and continue the work they had initiated. The passing on of the mantle of Elijah symbolized the passing on of his ministry (work) to Elisha who ripped off his own clothes, tore them into pieces and placed Elijah’s mantle on his back, with the commencement of the young prophet’s own remarkable ministry.
Elisha’s tearing of his clothes also could have been symbolic of getting rid of his own mantle and putting on Elijah’s. This shows that Elisha must carry on the responsibilities of leadership as Elijah had done. Similarly, God wants to do greater things with each succeeding generation. And each new generation must seek Him for His purpose in their involvement.
For many of those in the shepherding ministry, there has been a hesitancy of ripping off the old mantle, of work that has culminated and engaging in the new expanding horizon of possibilities – so their progress has plateaued
(The Tide 0f The Spirit, Watchman Nee)
“If you in your day and generation fully respond to God’s requirements, you will find yourself borne onward in the stream of His purpose. If, however, you hold on to the past, wanting God to do as He has formerly done; wanting Him to repeat something that in your estimation ranks high in spiritual value, you will find yourself out of the mainstream of His goings.
“To be a Luther in the sixteenth century was a good thing, but to be a Luther in the twentieth century would not meet the need. To be a Wesley was of great value to the Lord in the eighteenth century, but it would be inadequate in the twentieth century. Every instrumentality raised up of God has a specific function, and the contribution made to the Church by each one is exactly suited to the need of the hour, but it would not serve to build up the Church at a later stage in the Church’s development.
“Unfortunately, many people fail to recognize the onward flow of the living stream all through the Church’s history. We who are on the earth today have inherited vast wealth through the saints who have already made their contribution to the Church. We cannot overestimate the greatness of our heritage, nor can we be sufficiently thankful to God for it; but if today you try to be a Luther or a Wesley, you will be a complete failure. You will fall short of the purpose of God for this generation, for you will be moving backward while the tide of the Spirit is flowing steadily onward. The whole trend of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is an onward trend. The record from beginning to end is progressive unfolding of God’s goings.”
In this Old Testament scene, Elijah is a type of Christ ascending to the father. And Jesus promises us, “You’re going to do greater works than even I have done, because I go to my father” (John 14:12). In essence, He’s saying “You’re going to need more of my anointing, power and authority than any past generation has had. And my Spirit is going to endue you with all you need to be overcomers.”
Eagles, you have to go where eagles dare. This is the time you have to move on as messenger- prophet- seer, to your generation worldwide of the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Be ready to soar high over all the storms of impending doom and gloom, with a fire in your heart and a word in your mouth as ambassadors of the soon coming King Jesus – preaching repentance and holiness unto the Lord. And expect the Lord to turn around the situation for the good of His children.
Yes, there are some who are walking in the fear of the Lord. Yet others in their lack a daisy approach are unconcerned A biblical view of sin necessitates a judgment beyond the grave. Yet they should still know that Jesus is the friend of sinners knocking on the door of their hearts seeking entry. We should pray for them.
Sin in the believer’s life is no less offensive to God. In one sense, it is a greater offence, for the Christian has the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome it. The doctrine of eternal judgment should motivate the Christian to take evangelism seriously. If men and women are going to spend eternity in torment, apart from the living God, it is imperative that we warn them of the danger they are in. Prophetic evangelism is on the rise, do enrol, for the very last of the days are at hand.
It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God and yet some ridicule the prophet and the prophetic. God have mercy!
The prophet Samuel’s mantle was torn by King Saul resulting in his kingdom being torn away from him. “Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm” – a clarion call from the Almighty!
These are the days of Elijah – Declaring the word of the Lord And these are the days of Your servant Moses – Righteousness being restored
And though these are days of great trial- Of famine and darkness and sword Still, we are the voice in the desert crying “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”
Behold, He comes riding on the clouds- Shining like the sun at the trumpet call Lift your voice, the year of jubilee – And out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes
And these are the days of Ezekiel – The dry bones becoming as flesh And these are the days of Your servant David – Rebuilding a temple of praise
Oh, these are the days of the harvest- For the fields are as white in Your world And we are the labourers in Your vineyard – Declaring the word of the Lord!
Oh, we give glory to You, Lord.
You’re the Lion of Judah. The Lamb who was slain
You’re the God of Jacob
You’re the God of Elijah
You’re the Lord God of Israel
You’re the Lord God of the universe
You’re God of Heaven and earth Oh, Lord our King and our Redeemer
Do you believe you have a God-given destiny? That the Lord has great plans and purposes for your life? At times, you feel discouraged and lose hope of arriving at your God-given destiny and acquiring all that God has for you, being hampered in your moving forward due to the adversary’s harassment. It is true that the process of coming into our destiny in God does not happen without a struggle. Sometimes we have to fight our way into the victories God promises for our lives and the lives of our loved ones. It is a ‘good fight’ because, with His help, He assures us of a good win.
You were born to be a winner and do great things for God! You are the one who shapes your future despite your past that cannot derail your future because the amazing potential of God abides in you.
God plucked you out of the fiery circumstances because He has a purpose for you, a destiny to be fulfilled. You may fail or falter at times (James 3:2) but His eye is upon you and His desire is: “You will succeed in whatever you do and light will shine on the road ahead of you.” Job 22:28.
God is so good – He chooses our inheritance for us (the promised land – the land of fulfilled promises) Psalms 47:4.
We need to call forth those things that are not as though they already were for they are a heavenly reality. God’s eyes are upon you to prosper you, while the enemy’s eyes are on you to accuse you when you fail (Revelation 12:10) and hinder you from fulfilling your destiny.
God has a special plan and a purpose for every one of us and it started in eternity. (Jeremiah 29:11).
He foreknew, chose, and predestined us working out the course our lives would take (Romans 8).
God knows us better than we know ourselves. He calls us to do what He knows He can enable us to do, provided we depend on His grace, not on our own ability. Every time we begin to depend on our own ability, we get into trouble.
They say the greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose. Everybody has a destiny and that includes you. God himself takes a personal interest in it. He chose your inheritance for you, providentially tailoring it just for you with a beautiful future for you who entrusts your life to him. Whether you realize it or not, you are also shaping your future by the words of your mouth and meditation of your heart and your faith acts– planting the right seeds be it in thought, word, deed, attitude, or resource. You need to release the greatness of the ‘Greater One’ inside of you to obtain your destiny. You need His help and the Word of His mouth to heal your past and unlock your destiny archenemy
Pray against the archenemy of your soul in whatever ways he has attempted to block the fulfillment of your God-given destiny and purpose for your life
Make this declaration:
I renounce every legal right Satan has to deter my destiny! I pull down every stronghold that binds up my destiny! And I set myself fee in Jesus’ Name!
I sense the Lord saying that His people ought to live a prophetic lifestyle, to converse with Him, because He is not far away from them, for in him they live and move and exist Acts17:28, and they are His sheep enabled to hear His voice John 10:27
I believe His heart’s desire for us is to converse with Him which is prophetic praying in its simplest form – not only talking to God about what is on our mind but also listening to learn what is on His heart and thereafter responding accordingly.
I also believe that prophetic praying fosters an intimate relationship with God, praying according to what is on God’s heart, agreeing with His purposes Matthew 6:10 for ourselves and others, praying with authority and faith facilitating miracles as we see in the life of Elijah who prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.’ James 5:17-18
The Lord wants us to be a prophetic people to pray prophetically with prophetic insight, revelation given to us by the Holy Spirit something we would not know by natural means, but supernaturally the Father’s purpose and intent which would assist our prayer.
The power of prophetic prayer, would teach us how to pray advantageously in line with God’s word to get results.
That through prayer and fellowship with the Father we get to know His heart and what He is doing from moment to moment in our daily living and values which helps us respond to people the way He would, being empowered to witness His love and power to others.
God wants His people through prophetic praying out of His heart being led by His Spirit hearing His voice in to encourage, edify, and exhort them for His purpose in their lives.
You do not have to have to be a prophet to use prophetic prayer. Any Spirit-filled Christian can pray prophetically.
As sons and daughters, our Father wants to have a relationship; He wants to speak to each of us. On the other hand, if you do have a prophetic gift, then prophetic praying would enhance and sharpen it.
We know that prophetic praying can alter history and reshape the world, yet many believers don’t because of ignorance or not being persuaded of its effectiveness. If they only knew how it enables one to experience the power and presence of God in all areas of life, then it would not be just a religious exercise.
Where are the Elijahs of God? – In continuation of the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, before he left her, her son fell very sick and died. Elijah cried out to God in prayer. God heard him and responded, the child revived.
Though she at first began to blame him: “Have you come here to point out my sins and kill my son?” – she later realized her folly and began to praise him. “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord truly speaks through you.” (1 Kings 17:24). Out of this incidence the woman became a believer.
Be not afraid, whatever betide God will take care of you. Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
Change your attitude and you will change your life. Change your thoughts and words and you will change your world. Change the way you look at things and what you look at will change. Change the seen and shape the unseen. Be not complacent for complacency is a deadly foe to all spiritual growth.
“You may say there are still four months until harvest time. But I tell you to look, and you will see that the fields are ripe and ready to harvest.” John 4:35
The Lord hears you today and responds to your cry and He says to you:
Do you have a little oil? Step out in faith when I direct you. There are those who need a miracle. They are discouraged. They have not seen the rain of blessings. They need to see My hand move in their lives
I am going to use you in this hour. You are My prophetic people and signs and wonders will follow you if you step out in faith. Be filled with My oil for I have an inexhaustible supply that never runs dry. I have living water pouring out from My River of Life.
Would you be a channel for this River, sharing Christ My Son with many.
The anointing you respect is the anointing you attract and grows in your life.
All you need to do is hear My voice, use the little oil you have which will never run dry, step out in faith and I will use you.
When Elijah reached the gates of Zarephath he called out to the widow and asked her to bring him water and bread. The Lord was planning a healing event with lessons to be learned. She responded by bringing a handful of meal and a little oil which was all she had for the last meal she would be preparing for her child and herself.
Where are the Elijahs of God? – Do you have a little oil? – Yes, you do – what God placed in you.
Will you stir up the gift of the Holy Spirit, ignite the fire of His Spirit within you?
The woman was preparing to die of starvation but God had another plan for her. He told her the meal and the oil would not get over. She went and did as Elijah bade her. The handful of meal never grew less, nor the oil diminished for many days till God sent the rain and the famine was over according to His Word.
What you keep is all you have. What you give God multiplies.
Give God the little you have and He will multiply it manifold.
Perhaps you are discouraged, ready to quit. God says no!
– He is asking you, do you have a little oil? He is saying He filled you with His Spirit and you presently do have a little oil in your lamp – let the fire burn in your heart, the oil will not run out and you will bring forth miracles.
God is raising up prophets like Elijah – Do you still want to be an Elijah of God?
With God’s grace and direction, start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible!
Also, DO NOT LIMIT God’s channels.
Expect the seemingly impossible good to come from Him. For before you call He answers and His supply precedes your demand.
There is always a way out of every situation under Grace.
So run to the throne of Grace and you will receive mercy and find grace for help in time of need.
Crave the blessings of the Lord for they will make you rich with no sorrow added.
The only person you’re destined to become is the person you decide to be. The ladder to success is never crowded at the top. Stop dwelling all the time in the midst of chickens. Remember you are an eagle – let the eagle fly!
Elijah declared that there would be no rain for three years and it was so for the Lord backed up his word and famine was the result. His words did not fall to the ground. Where are the Elijahs of God? – whose words are reasonably accurate in most cases – difficult to find?
The good news is that God is raising up prophets like Elijah in whose mouth there is no deceit, whose words accomplish.
Elijah moved from victory to a place of deep humility hand-fed by the Lord eating what the ravens brought. He learned lessons in the school of ‘hard knocks.’
Where are the Elijahs of God? – hand fed by the Lord, raven-fed who refrain from the Midas touch.
God is raising up prophets like Elijah with integrity and fruitfulness.
Elijah was fed twice daily by the Lord through the ravens, soon the water dried up and he had to move on to be fed by the widow of Zarephath – Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.
Where are the Elijahs of God? – Have you ever had a good supply of something suddenly dry up? – It may be time to move on
Also remember that your financial insufficiency is like a storm in a tea cup.
God is able to do exceeding abundantly above to break that spirit of insufficiency and bring you into a large place where all your needs are met according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.
Focus on Him, He is all you need! Remember God is your inexhaustible unfailing supply!
God uses the Body of Christ sometimes to meet our need.
The Lord told Elijah to go to Zarephath and be fed by the widow – He obeyed and a door of provision was opened and being used mightily.
If God did the same with us would we have complained and missed our provision?
God has a plan for you. Could He reveal it to you in a dream? Certainly! Dreams do have meaning. A dedicated painter once said – ‘Dream your painting and paint your dream!’ Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.
In a dream Jacob saw angels ascend and descend a ladder coming down from God’s throne (Genesis 28).
The promise of God was given to Jacob in a dream while he slept, through the angels who were making way for God’s Word to be delivered to him. And God opened Jacob’s spiritual eyes to see His plan when he awoke.
The things you need cannot always be successfully obtained through natural knowledge, but can be received through supernatural knowledge, through the Spirit of God dwelling in you. When you pray God is faithful. He will send ministering spirits to deliver His revelation of obtaining what you need – and to a prophet revelation is like breathing. Hebrews 1:14
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue his servants who trusted in him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Daniel 3:28
Turn your worry into worship and watch God turn your battles into blessings!
We are living at a time when there is an increasing interest in supernatural and angelic encounters.
In the New Testament we read of visions, supernatural travel, angels of guidance and protection and so on. We as empowered Christians can expect angelic visitations and supernatural events. However, we need to depend on the Bible as our primary guide to understand and steer through supernatural encounters (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Angels are commissioned by God in response to our prayers. Daniel needed an answer from God. He prayed twenty-one days, finally an angel showed up with the answer. Angels respond to God’s command. They enforce His Word.
But the voice of His Word is also heard when the Father speaks to the hearts of His people. Angels can tell when the Word has its origin in the heart of the Father. Then they hearken to the voice of God’s Word on our lips. Angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit the Kingdom, which means you and me. (Hebrews 1:14)
Ask God’s Spirit to draw His Extraordinary Kingdom out of your ordinary self. Ask God to release His angels to hearken to His Word upon your lips (aloud) and do what needs to be done.
Acknowledge God’s angels at work and honour them. Then be ready for angelic encounters, angelic messengers God-willing and angelic protection (Psalms 91).
We have just sailed through the severe Cyclonic Storm Tauktae in India, last month that swept through the coastal belt with high speed gusty winds, heavy rains high tidal waves uprooting trees, damaging houses and properties, shutting off electricity and so on.
Jesus himself encountered a storm, what did he do and what was the result?
He was asleep on a cushion in the stern, and the disciples woke him and asked, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4: 38)
The Gospel of Mark then states that: He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
As the saying – ‘Storms without God will break you; storms with God will build you.
Those who choose to behold Him sleep through the storm.
‘After a storm comes a calm.’ Things begin to improve. Soon even this difficult, chaotic, stressful pandemic era will fade away.
This applies to our own lives as well. The words of Jesus have been recorded in the gospel in John16:33 “In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” Yes, there will be storms in our lives but he has called us to be overcomers’.
While millions of people suffer from extreme natural disasters, millions more suffer from the inner storms of life.
Most can find information on how to survive external storms, but not so easily on how to survive inner storms.
The truth is, that none of us want to go through a storm. Not just hurricanes, but storms in our finances, jobs, families and so on. If only the days could be all sunshine and clear skies?
How then shall we be overcomers?
Here we need the Lord’s counsel. The Lord knows the storms in our lives, what took place is taking place and will take place.
He reminds us that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby (John 14:26). This is part of His nature.
How often do we approach Him when we need help in any of these areas?
The Lord says, to be still and know that He is God! To be content as Paul was in prison having learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, living in plenty or in want, rejoicing in the Lord, giving thanks in every situation. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
He says His presence will bring us peace even when difficult circumstances storm around us. We only need to let God define our worth and value, and not let another do it, because we are valuable to Him. Others might devalue us.
And we should not measure our lives with someone else’s ruler. God wants us to be winners, and overcomers.
He says He is the God of the turn-around and he is able to turnaround every situation, every circumstance for our good while we give Him thanks.
He says He has a good plan for us. And that we should never let circumstances define our destiny but as co-creators with him create circumstances that assure our destiny.
He says many have become old by allowing regrets to take the place of dreams. He says He will renew our youth if we begin to dream. And the Holy Spirit will help us dream, dreams and see visions.’ Dream big yes, but start small and act now.
He says to rebuke every storm that come against your God given destiny. If you see, believe and speak forth your God-given dream-vision. Vision without action is day-dreaming while action without vision is as nightmare. Therefore, act upon your God-given dream-vision in faith and it will actualize.
“Go, My people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while…” Isaiah 26: 20.
‘For the times they are a-changin’- a right time for everything – a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to destroy and a time to build; a time to hug and a time to refrain from hugging…especially during this pandemic era with its social distancing, washing of hands, quarantining of the sick, and so on, to stop, prevent spread of the infectious disease which is not foreign to the Bible.
Let my people go, so they can worship meExodus 8: 1.
This ‘Pandemic’ reminds me of being a modern ‘Pharaoh’
Cancelling worship services depriving worshippers of meeting together;
‘Masks’ – of religious hypocrites hiding behind religious masks;
‘Washing hands’ as washing hands-off responsibility;
‘Social-distancing’ that befits some ‘WhatsApp Christians’ who would rather
Zoom than collect in a room and pray.
Chat (forward messages) than Call (phone).
This is a Wakeup Call – Repent!
They say an original is hard to find easy to recognize. During this time there seems more of despising of authority, leaving the foundational truths, discarding originals – God’s Generals, bringing closure of churches to build empires (on sand), pursuing self-made dreams in disregard to biblical principles of submission and obedience.
The less power a Church has the more entertainment she has. And here you find many playing Church. Churches being given over to spiritual apathy and scriptural apostasy, and great entertainment. masterminded by the ‘great deceiver,’ the archenemy of our souls at hand – deceive, if possible, even the elect (Mark 13: 22); everything hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. (Mark 4: 22). God will bring every act to judgment everything hidden whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) –
Remember, the closer we are to Jesus the Shepherd the safer we are from wolves!
This is a Wakeup Call – Repent!
Prophets are needed in a deteriorating world today but more specifically as a prophetic voice in Church, as a herald to keep people ready for the soon coming return of Jesus, but are rejected because they are forthright and outright – opposing the popular in morality and spirituality. Their message: Repent, be reconciled to God or else…!
Judgement has begun in the house of the Lord (1 Peter 4: 17).
Religious masks are being ripped off revealing true identity. In fact, no one can hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask slips and the identity is revealed. A Christian life is the window through which others can see Jesus. We need to evangelize more fervently. While we do that we keep running the race and yet keep ourselves ready knowing full well that we will have to give an account of our earthly sojourn. (Romans 14: 12).
The earth recedes and Heaven’s gates open… Jesus is coming soon. Are we ready? Are our lamps burning?
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace”
– Jesus loves you precious one!
What kind of report are we hearing in today’s world – let’s hear some…
Empty streets, no planes in the sky;
Everything is silent. Laughter devoid
Confined recluse between walls they say
News media, Window to the outside world display
Neighbours at bay we keep our way;
Fear unparalleled, strong expose
Thoughts of demise plague young and old;
Death wears a mask that confronts one and all
A disease killing lives, spreading negative vibes
What happens next one can surmise
– Bad Report!
Let’s Read God’s Report
God is deeply concerned about those who love Him, who are called according to His plan and purpose, causing all things to work together for their good (Romans 8:28).
He has plans not to harm but to prosper us, and give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He uses evil to bring about good as he did with Joseph who said to his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God used it for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.
There is always hope because God is the God of hope – something good is going to happen; something good is in store
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”Romans 15:13
During Joshua’s time there was a warring with the people of Jericho.
God instructed Joshua and his fighting men to march around the walls of the city silently one time around for six days and seven times around on the seventh day with the priests blowing their trumpets. On completion at the seventh time, when the priests had blown their trumpets, they had to shout.
Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for He has given us the city.”
They did that and the walls of Jericho collapsed. The Israelites charged straight into the city and captured it. They succeeded gloriously.
What God is saying – The battle belongs to Him
He says – you have waited too long. Your waiting days are over for a number of you. It is time to celebrate your victory.
This is your seventh day. Others thought you were not going to make it. Your prayers are being fulfilled.
Start living in the land of milk and honey, the land of plenty, the promised land, the land of promises. It is time for a change
After the silence comes the shout.
Shout in triumphal victory for He had given you the city, He has given you the land, not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit of the Lord. You are more than conquerors, fight the good fight of faith.
The Lord says He doesn’t just desire to give you counsel but to be your indwelling ever living counselor.
He says – The eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has entered into the heart the things He has reserved for those who love Him.
What you need to do is simply love Him, follow His instructions and reap the benefits.
Let selfishness depart and be replaced by sacrificial love!