Jesus, The Thief & Me…my spiritual experience on provocation.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 kjv

If you cannot control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls, open to attack. Proverbs 25:28 GNT

Choleric temperaments pay particular attention!!

You know how you generally try to compose yourself and stay calm and unflustered. But then there’s that one specific person who exposes your vulnerability and easily gets under your skin (we all have 1 🙂 at the office?, at home?, in your family?). Though in truth, any vulnerable person around you can be used at any convenient point in time just as Peter was used for Jesus in Matt 16:22-23. But there will be “regular customers” 🙂

Sometime back, I had this supernatural experience right in the middle of an explosive argument with that one person. In the heat of the moment i catch a glimpse of movement to my right. Turning to look, Jesus walks into the room and stares directly at me…! (p.s He didn’t use the door, it was surreal!!)

Below is a synopsis of my conversation with Jesus in that moment:

Jesus“Are you still without understanding?”
[He was giving me this serious teacher – student look with a slightly disappointed tone]
Me[Feeling as naked as Adam i responded rather hastily……]
Lord, i didn’t start this, it really isn’t my fault! He just came in here totally out of control”…”i am only defending myself”
Jesus[ignoring my response, He gestures towards the other side of the room] ……..“Who’s that over there?”
Me[I look over and to my great surprise i see an open door to my left to which someone had gained access and was actively looting treasures stored within].
“It’s a thief Lord!!”
Jesus“What are you looking forward to this week?”
Me“It’s a week of harvest, i’m expecting payments for work done for some clients this season”
JesusThis…… my servant is a classic case of ‘misdirection.”
He (gesturing toward the thief) knew that if he had approached you directly you would have sussed him out, so he went over to this one (gesturing at my antagonist) and stirs him up – knowing how easy he gets under your skin. Of course, he being immature comes down in a rage [like someone whose buttons have been pressed] and starts a feud over what he can’t even remember”.
..”If you ask him now, he has no clue why he is actually angry”.
Me…………………………………………
Jesus‘Gird thy loins’

The Aftermath:

Till this day i cannot explain to you how it happened: yet it was more real than the physical reality in which the argument was happening all in a moment of time.

The monday following this experience, every single payment i was scheduled to receive suffered great delays and postponement. They all seemed to have valid reasons, but i knew what had really transpired.

I have tried to keep the lessons in my heart, yet since this incident i have still fallen into the same trap of provocation on 3 other notable occasions.
In two of these: something was fired into me that led to physical illness.
On the other occasion i lost something: some kind of virtue i cannot fully articulate but i felt it the moment it leaked out. I’m still praying to recover it.

Why share this now?

Recent revelations indicate the heightened operations of demonic entities
[which is not unusual just before the start of a new season filled with divine blessings] and though their operations may take many different forms of temptations [tailored to our individual weaknesses], for some of us it will manifest in the form of provocations targeted at bringing down our defences [by causing us to lose control]. For others it might come in the form of manipulation, whilst for others it would be outright enticement.

Do you know your unresolved weak points that the enemy has been using as a secret door to rob you blind?

Key Takeaways

  • Jesus is for us and in Him we have ultimate victory. Yet he expects us to grow in maturity and be the ones spoiling the territory of satan not being satan’s hapless victims.
  • You have an adversary stalking you to steal your divine blessings and displace you from your place of peace [your receptive posture]. 1 Pe 5:8
  • A good exercise to emulate is to extend your spiritual radar when you are confronted with certain provocations or sweet offers in order to detect any hidden actors & motives….(Jesus often did this Matt 9:4)
  • Satan is not behind every curtain and provocation, yet it pays to remember the scriptures “let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;” James 1:19
  • Every character weakness which has not been wholly submitted to the Holy Spirit for His dealings represents a point of leakage which will become an open door to the thief. James 4:7

Let us be extra watchful this season!
Grace and Blessings Brethren…

Also Read:
Aiding Satanic Resistance via the fruit of your lips: A spiritual experience

August Wk 3 Prayer Points: Resonate The Shaking & Radiate the Glory.

3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

iSAIAH 6:3-4 KJV


My emphasis on the moving thresholds and the filling of the temple with smoke: some other versions put it this way:

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4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices …..New Revised Standard
4 And the lintels above of the hinges were moved together ..Wycliffe Bible
And the posts of the thresholds are moved ….Young’s Literal Translation
4 And the doorposts shook at the voice of him that cried….Orthodox Jewish Bible
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook English Standard Version

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Personal Intercession

  1. El Shaddai.
    Let the voice of the temple seraphs crying out [“Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty, the Earth if full of His glory“] in worship of your name this hour resonate across my life, imparting me with a fresh sense of divine awe, and wonder at your majesty in Jesus name.
  2. El Olam.
    John the Baptist gave us the pattern in John 3:30 stating of Christ
    “He must increase, but I must decrease.” So with this same mind i request that you let the voice of the temple seraphs crying out in worship of your name this hour resonate in my spirit and amplify:
    # Your divine life in me # The still small voice of the Spirit in me
    # The fruits of the Spirit in me # The gifts of the Spirit in me
    # Your overcoming grace in me # The Love of God in me.
  3. Jehovah-Mephalti.
    You are my deliverer. As the posts of the door shake this hour at the dynamic voice of Him who cries in your divine presence, cause the posts of my life to move in such a manner that shakes me loose from any form of stagnation be it in my spiritual life, economic life, marital life, social life. I receive impartation for fresh dynamic life and growth this hour in Jesus name.
  4. Jehovah-Magen.
    You are my shield. As your burning ones cry out in synchronous worship of you this hour, synchronize my life and my voice with the frequency of your throne room in Jesus name. Awesome Holy Spirit! Eliminate any ‘demonic noise’ and ‘serpentine hiss’ interfering with my lifesong in Jesus name. Let my lifesong & testimony also ring out clearly that “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty, The whole earth is filled with His glory”
  5. Jehovah-Naheh.
    You are the Lord who smites. As you did in Amos 9:1, stand upon the altar of my life and “smite the lintels of the door that the posts may shake”. Cause there to be a flushing out of my sphere of dominion;
    : the thief John 10:10 – the spoiler 1 Sam 13:17 – the birds of prey Gen 15:11,
    : the cunning serpent Gen 3:1, and the Leviathan Isa 21:1.
    Expose their operations, reverse their effects & nullify them in Jesus name.
  6. Jehovah-Kabodhi
    You are the Lord my glory. One thing i find remarkable in Isa 6:4 is the description of how the smoke of your Glory and Presence descended at the shaking of the temple threshold. Heavenly Father, I desire greatly to be a partaker of this glorious wonder. Cause your glory and Cabod presence to settle and fill my temple just as is described in Isa 6:4.
    Holy Spirit help me maintain the cabod presence, and plug any points of leakage in my life today. This i ask specially in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.

General Intercession

  1. El Qanna.
    You’re the God who is jealous and Zealous for His appointed ones.
    Lord we raise a voice this hour for your appointed leaders all across the nations of the world. Leaders over nations, states, communities, and the church. Those whom your divine grace and wisdom has elevated into position at this time. We pray that as the voice of the Seraphs ring out with power, let it fortify the stance & resolve of our leaders and greatly weaken the voice of their detractors whom are in league with the spirit of the antichrist.
  2. Jehovah Sabaoth
    You are the Lord of Hosts. We praise you for the great work you are doing raising new saints in Iran, In China and in North Korea. You have promised that the gates of hell with not prevail against the church you are raising. We give voice to the encouragement and lifting of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing intense persecution in this hour. Elevate them on mount zion, as you did for stephen. Give them revelation of the throne which will nullify the pains of the stones of persecution in Jesus name. As the seraphs cry out, fill your people in these regions with the manifest presence of your glory.
  3. Jehovah Tsidkenu
    You are our righteousness. We stand together on Habakkuk 2:14 that promises that “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea“. We come against every demonic operation causing defilement and wanton bloodshed in our land at every sphere of society. Release your angels that excel in strength to move against them this season and tame their excesses with the mystery of the 7 shepherds and 8 principal men micah 5:5. We declare that this land shall be filled with the knowledge and fear of the glory of the Lord in Jesus name.
  4. Jehovah-Shammah
    You are the ever present God. As the voice of the seraphs ring out this hour, we thank you for all the new babies in the womb that are set to be born this season. We ask that as Shiphrah and Puah operated to defeat the counsel of pharaoh, manifest your cabod presence in our hospitals, and midwifery centres in such a manner that would deter the nasty operations of the enemy in abortions, miscarriages and still births. We command this generation shall come forth without sabotage, and they shall live to fulfill your divine assignments for their lives in Jesus name.

AMEN.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. Jon 16:24 Kjv

10 (prayer point)s in biblical numerology
In the Bible, the number 10 is used 242 times. Ten is also viewed as a complete and perfect number, as is 3, 7 and 12. It is made up of 4, the number of the physical creation, and 6, the number of man. As such, 10 signifies testimony, law, responsibility and the completeness of order.

August Week 2 Prayer Points

And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

Genesis 12:5

and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan;
and into the land of Canaan they came

Thanksgiving | Worship

  • Lord thank you for your intention to bring me into the land of Canaan.   Abram went forth out of Haran (the place of delay) AND CAME into Canaan. I acknowledge that there are very many who have also ‘went forth’ but never ‘came’ into that land of promise like Abram because they fell in the way and died in the wilderness……. journeys unfulfilled…
  • Lord i thank you because like you called Abram out of the Land of UR of the Chaldees unto Canaan (the land of hope & promise), you have also called me. Thank you because you have not forsaken me but even now are working circumstances out as you did for Joseph to deliver me into your rest.
  • I offer these prayer points in Jesus name as an acknowledgement of my dependence and reliance on your grace, favor and mercy.

Prophetic Prayer Points

  1. Lord Jesus. I acknowledge that i will not be able to enter into the land of promise with my fathers house mentality, my kindred mentality and my country mentality. As you required of Abram in Gen 12:1 Today i concede to “let this mind of Christ be in me” phil 2:5. I disengage my mind from any remnant of my father’s house mindset, my kindred mindset and my country mindset. I drop them once and for all. They are not needed where you are taking me. I wholly surrender to your mind in me & program for me.
  2. Lord as in Isaiah 1;6 I accept that i cannot carry wounds, bruises and putrefying sores into that place of rest. Terah may have been overcome in Haran because he could not overcome the memory &g ofl his own son Haran previously. I do not want to be overcome, stagnated and delayed anymore because of wounds i am nursing or bruises and sores i have received in my heart and soul from being a stubborn mule Psalm 32:9. I yield my soul to your balm for healing and your oils for mollification. I surrender and let go every hurt, betrayal and pain unto you and lay it at your feet from now in Jesus name.
  3. Heavenly Father. Terah tried to help Abram as an earthly father. But could only go as far as haran where He died. I thank you for all those who have tried to help me in their own strength and even those who have tried to hinder me. Bless them. Your word has said the arm of flesh will fail me Jer 17:5, as Abram received grace to depart out of Haran (the place of delay). Prophetically i depart from any cycle of delay and stagnation which Haran represents. I decree that i will not die there. I agree to lean on your everlasting arms and place my trust solely on you even as i proceed forth
  4. Lord Jesus: Not until Lot was separated from Abram before divine direction was given to Abram Gen 13:14.
    Today oh Lord, peradventure there is any person or thing that represents LOT in my life, i agree to drop and separate from every LOT now.
    Now Lord Jesus, kindly release divine direction to me for the next phase.
  5. Abba Father, Abram made a mistake in Egypt which almost led to permanent sojourning in Egypt when Sarah was taken from Him through His sin/compromise. But you had mercy on Him, You redeemed Him and Sarah (His ministry, His helper, His gifting’s) and He was able to return to his mission.
    Just as you promised in Isaiah 49:24-25, I repent of my sins and errors.
    Correct me as a father surely…yet today, deliver me from any lawful
    captors/captivity which i’ve entered into either because of sin/disobedience/ compromise.
    Heavenly Father, you are my deliverer. Compel Pharaoh to return my Sarah to me that i may be on my way. For she is needed in the journey and in Canaan to play her role.
    Thank you for being my redeemer!
  6. Lord my sins and mistakes will not become a recurrent decimal to entrap my seed & prove them wrong just as the matter repeated with Abimelech & Isaac in Gen 26:1-16
    I plead the blood of Jesus to cleanse my bloodlines and eradicate recurrent decimals in Jesus name.
  7. Lord Jesus. Clearly you are more interested in the journey with me and the conformation of my character than the destination. To this end just as in Gen 11:12
    I stretch forth the rod prophetically and drive away the vultures of distractions and temptations in Jesus name.
  8. Lord Jesus. Bless my altar and sacrifices of prayers, praise and thanksgiving with the fire of your manifest presence as you did for Abram in Gen 15:17
  9. Father of Lights, Abram complied with your directives and received His Isaac on the journey. I will comply with your directives. Engage me for special visitation this season & release my Isaac.
  10. Holy Spirit. Abram mobilized 318 men from within His house and redeemed lot. Release your overcoming grace for pursuit, overtaking and recovery this season in Jesus name. Gen 14:15
  11. Lord Jesus. Just as Abram Gen 14:18-20: i enter into divine engagement and transactions with the Melchizedek priesthood. I lift up my hands to receive the blessing, and my divine portion of the bread and wine!!
  12. Holy Spirit. Engrace me just as Abram in Gen 14:21-22 to reject every offer from the King of Sodom..and denounce any allegiance with His Kingdom. God alone will take the glory and praise over my Life and testimony, for thou oh Lord are worthy of it.
  13. Author and Finisher: Abram went forth into the land of Canaan and came into it.
    In your name Lord Jesus i prophecy victory, success, fulfillment and completion of my journey into Canaan in Jesus name.
  14. Adonai: I say thank you, I bless your name and exalt you, i worship and magnify your name. Thank you for this hour of prayer and for your Ye and Amen towards my prayers.
    Speak to me now in Jesus name.

Recommended Reading:

Bound for God: Isaac Model of a Living Sacrifice

P.S: 14 prayer points: in biblical numerology
It is important to know that number 14 is mentioned 22 times in the Bible, while the ordinal number 14th is mentioned even 24 times. According to the Bible, number 14 is considered to be a symbol of salvation and deliverance.

August Wk 1 Prayer Points

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Jude 1:1-2 kjv

#1 Jude

  • In line with Mathew 1:21, & Luke 1:60 Lord Jesus restore and bring to fruition the essence of my birth name in a way that exalts your name and your kingdom in my generation. Amen
  • Lord for this new season, further empower me to live the overcomers life. For i long to be amongst the overcomers whom you will give a new name Rev 2:17, Rev 3:12.

#2 the servant of Jesus Christ

  • Lord I thank you for the book of Romans 8 in particular, and the revelation contained therein as regards my identity in Christ. As we move into the new season, enshrine the understanding of the truth deeper in my heart and consciousness.
  • Lord I thank you for the privilege of being called into your service and all the accompanying graces that it confers. According to Isaiah 35:3 & Heb 12:12. I receive grace to lift up the hands which hang down and strengthen feeble knees.
  • Lord according to Mathew 6:24 i re-consecrate myself into your service and ask that you sever the yoke of any other thing trying to draw my heart away into parallel service outside of yours. I say that i am yours and yours alone.

#3 The Brother of James

  • LORD as you queried Balaam in numbers 22:9, Query my associations to reveal & sever any unholy alliances and ties with individuals or groups which have no portion in the new season you are set to bring me into. I yield the entirety of my fellowships unto your pruning knife for action.
  • Lord just as in Joel 2:2-11. give me a place in the divine company that is on the move with your fresh mandate this season. Seal me in with true brethren of the faith bearing the Kingdom banner.

#4 To those who are called, [a]sanctified by God the Father

  • Lord i lay down every element of my life and body as a living sacrifice upon your altar. Release your refining fire for complete sanctification spirit-soul-body. [1 Thes 5:23]
  • Any idols or altars still standing in my heart, cause to be consumed up in the flames of your presence in Jesus name.

#5 and preserved in Jesus Christ

  • Lord THANK YOU for your kind preservation thus far. You have been more than awesome. With all the turbulence in these times continue to keep me and mine under the safety of your wings.
  • Holy Spirit, help me to maintain divine boundaries as you direct this season in Jesus name.

#6 and called

  • Holy Spirit i lean further into you, help me walk in a manner worthy of the calling of Jesus upon my life this season. Eph 4:1
  • I prophecy over my life that i will not just be called, but at the end of the journey I will be among the special company referred to as “Called, Chosen and Faithful” in Rev 17:14

#7 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

  • I recieve Mercy multiplied unto my life.
    I recieve Peace multiplied into my Heart this season.
    I recieve Love multiplied from God into my life, overflowing unto others in Jesus name.

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The Rod, The Staff, The Table..[Stages to Abundant Life]

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

Hebrews 12:9

Brethren,
Welcome to August, the ending of one season and transitioning phase into a new season. Many of us are passing through different phases of testing’s, trials, and divine dealings in preparation for the next phase. Whichever side you fall you might hopefully find something useful from my morning study notes on Heb 12:9.

Preparation for Abundant Life: The Place of Thy Rod & Staff

One key reason Jesus said He came is that I might have life & have it abundantly. John 10:10

Question 1:
What does abundant life really mean and involve? Christian teachings seem to vary widely on what it actually means..is it solely spiritual? solely physical or a combination of both? . Is it cumulative? or instant?


Whatever it means, it seems to be a free-will offer Christ’s makes for all to decide on individually, and it begins with accepting Jesus not just as savior but as our Lord. In fact the bible seems to infer in many verses that true ‘LIFE’ or true ‘LIVING” itself is a choice and we get to choose! Ref: Jeremiah 21:8 Deut 30:19

From the Hebrews 12:9 verse, it is emphatically clear that:-
Subjection (free will submission) to GOD = Abundant Life

Combining Hebrews 12:9 and Psalm 23:4 it would become apparent that it may be impossible to experience this abundant life without the ministrations of the shepherd’s rod and staff.

If the abundant life Jesus spoke of is a journey then it would seem right that we are kept on this ‘highway’ Isaiah 35:8 through the continuous ministrations of thy Rod (discipline) and thy Staff (guidance). Just like any long distance road travel He brings us to “Rest Stops” at different stages of our lives where He ministers rest [elements of the abundant life] to us.

However if the abundant life is a final destination (life of rest) that we are being led to as part of God’s eventual destination, then it can also be inferred that the ministrations of “thy rod & thy staff” are compulsory pre-requisites for preparation for entering into the abundant life..
[e.g. Joseph. Psalm 105:19 until the time his prediction came true, as the word of the LORD refined him].

Its very interesting that in Psalm 23:3-4, Immediately after the rod and the staff ministration comes the table and ministration of abundant life [ thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over].

Question 2:
The word “preparest” in psalm 23:5 also means “set-in-order”.
So ultimately which is it?

  • Does God set us in order [spirit, soul, body sanctification 1 Thes 5:23] even as He is setting things in order for us to enjoy? OR
  • Does God have to set us in order first [finished work] before we are able to receive the abundant life He has already prepared?

Depending on the state of our yieldedness and obedience at any point in time, we get treatment from either the rod or the staff. But whatever our experiences we can be rest assured of the fact that GOD’s intentions are ALWAYS meant to do us good and bring us to His expected end Jer 29:11

3 Points of Consolation for Us

1. The dealings of the rod for the moment are undeniably bitter, yet we can draw solace from the assurance that it confirms our Sonship! Which is a priceless thing in of itself. We are not bastards. Heb 12:6

2. Soon as His dealings are done, Then comes the Table, the Oil and the Overflowing cup. Weeping endures for the night, but the morning is guaranteed to come!. Hallelujah! We need not faint or be too discouraged under His rebuke Heb 12:5, Just behind Him the table is prepared!

3. The very presence of enemies (some of whom He may have used as a rod in His dealings), ALSO means that one of the key elements of my victory is already made available. God doesn’t need to go far to look for enemies to be observers at my prepared table: they are already on stand-by 🙂

Finally
Abundant life is actually a combination of the two positions.
It has been reserved for us in eternity and we are being prepared for it though we cannot fully enjoy and grasp it whilst we are still in this mortal body. Yet Christ has laid down a path to give us ever increasing foretaste of that abundant life at different stages of our maturity walk with Him.

p.s
Christ’s first preference in His dealings with His flock is the staff, But the rod becomes necessary from time to time because of our flesh!
The more we die to flesh, it stands that the less rod we are likely to receive.

p.p.s
The Question still stands: What is the nature of abundant life as you understand it? You can leave your insights in the comments below.

Grace, Peace, and Love be multiplied to us all. |Amen.

7 Factors which enable the flow of the Spirit.

Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us.

2 Cor 4:7 BSB

Brethren.

This may not be pertinent to everyone. It’s the answer to an assignment which we have been considering in one of our discipleship classes in past few weeks from our study of 2 Kings 4:1-7.

The question was “Given that we have this treasure in earthen vessels as were told in 2 cor 4;7. What factors will cause the oil (anointing/treasures) to flow in a christian life using the example of the widow and Elisha in 2 Kings 4:1-7?

In the event that this may be profitable on some level to a few i thought to post it. More grace unto you as you read.

KEY PRINCIPLE

In Jerusalem there were two pools. The pool of Siloam. and the pool of Bethesda. The pool of bethesda was a standing (stagnant) pool which didn’t have any streams connecting to it, As with all stagnant things, the halt, the lame, the diseased were always drawn and encamped about it.
The pool of Siloam though was always fresh as it had a stream flowing into and out of it. It was the pool Jesus sent the blind man to go and wash who went seeing after.

Christs intention for His life in us is that it will flow and be fresh like Siloam, where He would direct people who are blind to and after their encounter with that life in us, they will return seeing!

But like the neglected jar of oil in the house of the widow, there are seasons in our walk when we can feel ‘stuck’ and ‘stagnant’ like bethesda. What lessons can we glean from the widow’s encounter with Elisha in 2 kings which can see that life flow again as Christ intended?.

#1. She Cried: [Your Earnest Desire]

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets 2 Kings 4:1

The act of crying in a sense is ‘to greatly desire‘, ‘to long for‘ and ‘to desperately hunger for‘.

As much as God desires to have us fully on fire and productive in His kingdom, He cannot give us more than what our hunger is willing to draw from Him. As Christ did with the woman at the well at Sychar in John 4:10 , the Holy Spirit always works at igniting this desire in us through deep revelation. Yet like the woman asked :”give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw“. we must also ask. Remember Mathew 7:7, “Ask and ye shall receive. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and the door shall be open”.

One area we need to flow is in the operations of the gifts of the spirit. Apostle Paul in the Ephesians and Corinthian epistles continually emphasizes that they are giving to us as useful tools through which we can be more effective in our personal witness for Christ.

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 cor 14:1.

  • Have you been baptized but cannot speak in tongues?, cry to God…
  • Been evangelizing but cannot work signs? cry to God for the gift…..
  • Been teaching but lack deep revelation? cry out to God…
  • Been counseling but you lack the word of knowledge? cry to God.

Witnessing without the special abilities of the Holy Spirit is the difference between tilling 20 acres of land with a hoe and cutlass and tilling it with a 40 ton tractor.

Do not remain content with remaining ‘ok’ in your chritianity, you risk becoming lukewarm….Desire to be hot and effective by the Holy Spirit.


#2. Unto Elisha: [Be Connected]

Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha 2 Kings 4:1

Jesus is our Lord and King no doubt. But He also saw fit to establish the discipleship system as part of christian growth in the body of Christ.
This means that He would always place us for appointed times and seasons under direct tutelage of someone more spiritually mature than us.

Your discipler has 2 major responsibilities concerning you:
(a) To feed you with the “whole counsel” of God. Acts 20:27
(b) To impart upon/stir up the spiritual graces of the Holy Spirit in you.
Rom 1:11. 2 Timothy 1:6

Lack of this understanding makes many Christians fritter away precious time in frivolities with their discipler and come away with very little. Many even end up idolizing them, but those who idolize do not see clearly enough
to gain the spiritual but are rather limited to the carnal.

David’s engagement with Ahimelech the priest in 1 Samuel 21:1-9 offers the perfect template for us today. He demanded the 5 loaves of bread and also received the sword of Goliath!

[recommended reading: 4 Keys to successfully engaging the priesthood]

Who are you connected to?
What has Christ placed in their care for you?
Have you ascertained the price required to be paid?
Are you paying the price?


#3. What shall i do for thee?: [Be Focused and Sure].

and Elisha said unto her, what shall i do for thee? tell me, what has thou in the house? 2 Kings 4:2

The bible says in Gen 6:8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD“. Everyone who seeks is looking for something from God.
Some find money. Some find spouses. Some find promotion. Some find judgement. Some find healing. But Noah found grace!!!

The disciples of John came to Jesus in John 1:38 and were immediately faced with the question: what seek ye?

– Elijah was prepared and asked for the double portion. 2 Kings 2:9
– Solomon was prepared and asked for wisdom. 2 Chron 1:10

If God were to wake you up from sleep suddenly and ask you this question
what would your answer be?

What have you been seeking from the Lord fundamentally & why?
Does your request please God? (does it provoke joy in Him?)

There are certain “gates” and “dimensions” that will not be opened to you until you have firm answers to this question.

#4. Nothing save a pot of oil: [Start with what you have].

and Elisha said unto her, what shall i do for thee? tell me, what has thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not anything in the house, save a pot of oil. 2 Kings 4:2

Every believer who has received Christ has at least a pot of oil (a basic measure of grace/anointing). The next step is to put it into use.
One common mistake i see with the disciples is the desperation to be like someone else whilst neglecting what God has deposited in them.

Some years ago in one of our discipleship groups, there was an earnest sister whom i knew had the gift of the prophetic in her but was struggling to function in that gifting. Whilst counseling her one day i told her by the spirit, “Your hindrance is in your mind. You desire and are asking God to let you function like Sister A who had come before and whom you greatly admire..But the thing is God didn’t make you be function like Sister A, neither does He need a sister A in this season & time. You be you and let the Holy Spirit function uniquely through you in the way He has purposed you to be“.

From that day she began to flow excellently in the prophetic gifting and continues to grow till this very day .

Too many cant flow properly in the gifts of tongues for example because they are trying to emulate others around them who are speaking in eloquent and fanciful ways. No! If your in this boat stop this. Don’t belittle your pot of oil, present it unto the Lord with sincerity and let Him make of it what He wills.

Identify what you have in you, treasure it and deploy it with consecration.

#5. Borrow Empty Vessels: [Service is crucial].

Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 2 Kings 4:3

Mathew 20:28 says the “Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” I have yet to see any christian who does not arise to serve in the Kingdom of God amount to anything above the ordinary. This is because the path to rising in the kingdom is through service.

Service in some capacity in the church is always a good place to begin, but beware because it does not always equal to serving God.
Just as to love God is to love people 1 John 4:20, you cannot serve God without serving people, for God is in the people whom you serve!. This was the key mistake of the Priest and the Levite in the parable of the good samaritan, they were too busy serving a God they couldn’t see religiously instead of serving God where His actual habitation is, in people! even in the wounded man.

It’s too easy to become caught up in your particular issues, indeed the devil likes getting us entangled this way. But the truth is there is always someone who has less than you spiritually or is in a worse position than you are. The woman saw her one remaining jar as a handicap and rather focussed on her problems, yet there is a mystery in the kingdom of God: ‘Cast thy bread on many waters , after many days you may receive a return‘.

35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 10:35

  • Instead of focussing on what you lack, take the little revelation you do have and bless someone who has even less than you with it.
  • If it’s service you have, find those who are less privileged than you and serve the interest of God in their lives. You don’t have money, but you have time,put that to good use.
  • Engage in intercession for someone with the little prayer language you have, when your faithful in this God will launch you into further dimensions of intercession in the spirit.
  • Take the name of Jesus and the little faith you have and pray for someone who is sick, when your faithful in this, greater unction will flow for even greater works.

The book of Acts exists because the disciples ACTED!!
Brethren you too must ACT! Don’t be comfortable sitting and waiting for all your problems to be solved first.

#6. Shut the door behind you: [Look forward].

And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 2 Kings 4:3

The woman at the well of sychar was a terribly ridiculed woman and for good reason. Yet when she received the revelation of Jesus Christ, shutting the door to her low self-esteem, past failures and peoples opinions of her she left her waterpot and ran to serve her fellow samaritans with the little she had. We know the incredible work the spirit of God wrought from her action.

recommended reading: mothers please shut the door

There are doors to the past and also the serpent that must be shut in order for you to be able to embrace the new horizons the Spirit of God wants to lead you into.

#7. Then she came and told the man of God: [Stay Connected].

Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. 2 Kings 4:7

The journey in discipleship is given for appointed times and seasons.
Just like any human relationship in time, there will be strains, challenges and sadly sometimes abuses.

But once you have established that it is God’s will for you to be connected to a person, do not be like the 9 Lepers who upon receiving their healings never returned to Jesus to show appreciation. It was the 1 who returned who continued into “wholeness”. God’s intention in bringing us into connection in discipleship is to usher us into wholeness and rest, and we should try to follow through.

However, its very important that you are NOT to follow any man solely and directly, but as Paul told Timothy in 1 Cor 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ”. Blind followership is not what Christ intends. There have been many abuses in discipleship which have caused many to fall away from Christ sadly.

No matter how annointed a man is, always bear in mind that he/she is still only a man! God is our ultimate source, in your followership hold unto what is good and leave what is bad. Saul was meant to disciple David, but for his selfish ambition he instead threw spears at him and hunted him to kill him.

If you have suffered abuse in the process of discipleship may the Lord bring healing to your wounds and give you the fortitude to continue in your walk with Him.

Grace and Peace be unto you.

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7 Lessons from the interaction of Elisha with the widow with the jar of oil offers us in understanding what makes God’s treasures in us overflow into abundance…..

Wise-ing up to the serpent 2/3

3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
Acts 28:3-5 KJV

The day you make up your mind to arise beyond the lukewarm state of self, to come into agreement with God’s heavenly vision for your life, & to do the predestined works which God has ordained for you [in delivering men out of the cold of spiritual bondage , Sin & Death], you will be confronted squarely by the serpent!. Just as Apostle Paul was in our text.

  • Moses was confronted by the serpent in the very people he came to save, Acts 7:27-28
  • Joseph was confronted by the serpent in his own brothers. Gen 37:8
  • David was confronted by the serpent in his eldest brother Eliab on his way to destiny 1 Sam 17:28
  • Gideon was confronted by the serpent in his fathers household. Judges 6:27-32
  • Elisabeth was confronted by the serpent in her time of celebration and testimony Lk 1:59-61
  • Hannah was confronted by the serpent in her marital home. 1 Sam 6:6
  • Jesus was confronted by the serpent in the church by the elders Mark 11:28

The confrontation will come in many different forms, and in the guise of many different people (some you love, some you dont) but behind it all is the same protagonist: the serpent.

From the very moment you were born, the serpent has “considered youJob 2:3. The very moment you became born-again, you became an ‘existential threat’. But when you actually decided to go beyond ordinary Christianity and accomplish things for the kingdom of God you had to be “handled”. This is necessary to state because far too many believers have bought into this serpentine doctrine that’s now pervasive in the church which says “don’t disturb the devil and he wont disturb you

Make no mistakes, we are in a cold war of the ages, and yes it is true that Christ has won, we know the end result – Hallelujah –  yet as far as Satan’s concerned, every believer must be denied the opportunity of living the overcoming life and walking in that liberty that has been purchased for them. The believer & his seed must be neutralized (swallowed up); trapped & enslaved 2 Tim 2:26. And possibly even co-opted into working against the kingdom objectives of God. Just like peter in Matt 16:22-24. Satan and the Serpent are 5 star spoilers!

BUT “He that is in me, is greater than he that is in the world“…!!!!??
Well if that promise will hold true for us, we must also be willing to consider vs 2 of the same 1 John 4 which says”...every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:“…
So here comes the qualifying question:
How much has Christ really come in my life”??
How much of me does Christ occupy as against he that is in the world?”

it is fair to say that:- The extent in which Christ is come in your life [Your mind space, your heart space, your belly space and your body] is the extent that you will be able to walk in His Authority. Its foolishness to try to effectively confront the serpent when it’s also residing & thriving in your life more so than the Holy Spirit. Consider that Moses tried it, but God had to take Moses out to the wilderness for 40 years to tame the serpent of Egypt in him. Only then was he fully capable of confronting pharaohs serpents in Egypt.

Lets consider our diagram:body soul spirit

Last post we discussed the four spaces in our lives that the serpent seeks to occupy.  It is along the journey of life that the opportunities for occupation are often presented. These are more easily deduced in the four realms of engagement where we have to interact with the world.

  • The serpent you will meet in the way: [The Adversary].
    It is Adversarial in posture, lying in wait to hinder and retard your progress in life Gen 49;17 . It is very common in our career/education/business spaces. Sometimes it camouflages as friendly whilst working against your interest in secret, Other times it manifests itself in superiors/supervisors who are hostile for no apparently clear or justifiable reason.
  • The serpent lurking outside your hedge: [The Watcher]
    This one has an opportunistic posture, it lingers around sniffing for a chance to get in when the hedge is broken, to bite. It understands the boundaries of your faith walk. When you fall into its temptation trap. It strikes swiftly. When the bible encourages us to be obedient to God, it is to our benefit, because once we begin to walk in disobedience we leave ourselves open to harassment.
  • The Serpent LIKELY residing within you: [The Parasite]
    The thought of a serpentine spirit occupying some of your space is not a palatable thing to imagine for most of us, but often more a reality than we know. It takes the revelation of the Holy Spirit and discernment of the symptoms to readily identify its operation in and through us.
    This kind has a parasitic posture. Essentially feeding off of our ‘life force’ (for want of a better word), our emotions, draining our energy, contaminating our giftings and even using us as conduits to feast on the flesh of others (particularly in sexual sins) Isa 59:5
  • The serpent residing in those around you. [The Familiar]
    This has an alluring friendly posture when its coercive ways are being paid heed to, but can easily switch into a combative posture when it begins to lose its control & influence over you.
    It has a highly manipulative and indoctrinating stance, always wanting to control the direction and destiny of your life, planting seeds through words, attitudes, emotional manipulation.
    The serpent became a trusted friend of Eve first before it could lure her into the sin of disobedience in the garden. He had reasoned enough with her over the years that it was no longer a stranger to her. (we often think the temptation of eve was an instant thing but it wasn’t)

Doors we Open for the Serpent to Enter

The Mind Space

  • Severe Trauma:
    Trauma especially experienced at a vulnerable age almost always creates a wide crack for the serpent to get in. Issues like early loss of a loved one, Sexual abuse, Rape, Physical and emotional child abuse, mental domination. These are direct doorways for the serpent to get into out minds. In my few years of counselling i’m shocked with just how deep the issues of sexual abuse runs in the lives of Christians and in our churches…truly staggering.
  • Enchantment / Divination / Indoctrination;
    Spells are usually cast to control peoples minds and actions. They are common doors through which the serpent enters.
    Witches & spell casters are no longer riding brooms, they were suits and drive flashy cars now…so there’ easier to miss.
    We must be particular careful who we lend our ears and attention. Like the Galatians in Gal 3:1 were bewitched in Paul’s short absence from them.
    There are many enchanters in the guise of pastors/prophets putting saints under spells of many forms in the name of Christianity. Every enchantment works with the serpentine spirit. As a christian your priority is to read the word and listen to the Holy Spirit over and above any pastors, teachers and prophets. 1 John 1:4. I don’t even encourage new believers to read books until you are somewhat grounded in the word.
  • Anger / Offence
    Proverbs 25:28 “A person who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down“. If your anything like me, this is a familiar subject to you. i’ve suffered immeasurable losses over the years because of this but the Spirit has helped me come very far from where i used to be. [My wife will tell you the journey is still far :-)] Its a daily battle of submission and surrender.
  • Other very common symptoms to watch out for include: regular bouts of depression, self-loathing, suicidal inclinations, hearing multiple voices,

The Heart Space | Conscience

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:4

Every man born of woman is born with a conscience. As they progress is life this becomes darkened and seared based on circumstances and interactions. The heart space is a hotly contested point in the life of a believer. The Holy Spirit enjoys working in a man whose heart is full of love and compassion. The serpent’s operation in and against the heart can leave it stony and hard.

Do you have a lot of bitterness, mistrust and unforgiveness in your heart?
It is ripe ground for the serpent to spin venom and you must prayerfully tender your heart to the dealings and sanctification of the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes in my discipleship classes i like to tease believers that we have all been witches or gainfully engaged in part-time witchcraft operations regularly in our lives…much to their chagrin :-). Rebellion starts in the heart 1 Sam 15:23 and it certainly is the launching point for “arrows”.
Have you ever in a moment of hot anger wished evil on anyone?

From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Isaiah 1:6

Where wounds and deep callouses are in our hearts, they are direct hatching ground for serpentine motivations. We need to prayerfully bring them to the healer of our souls to mollify our wounds with ointment, bind it up and pour His healing oils.

The Belly Space | Engine Room of the Spirit

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:38

This is the one place in a believers life that CAN NEVER BE INVADED OR OCCUPIED by the serpentine or any other foul spirit for that matter.
I like Watchman Nee’s explanation of who dwells in our belly space:

Before we were saved, we did not have life in our spirit. Our spirit was only an organ. When we received the Lord Jesus, He came into our spirit to be our life. In our spirit we have another life, the divine life. The Greek word which the New Testament uses for this life is zoe. Zoe is in our spirit.

Zoe, referring to the divine life, is in our spirit. This divine life is simply God Himself. This divine life is simply Christ Himself, God Himself, coming into our spirit to be our life.

The more we yield in surrender to the Holy Spirit, the more the Life of GOD is able to flow forth abundantly from this place. As the living waters flow from here, it flows into our heart space, and mind space – constantly sanctifying and building us up in the process.
The strength of our wills and mind can often “dam the flow” of this Zoe life from the belly space. [God has demonstrated this to me in a dream before]. This is often why we need to be subjected to dealings and trials targeted at breaking our outer man and strength, because it is only in our weakness we become strong in His strength…Joel 3:10

Everything needed to flush out the serpentine in us flows from this space. It will be most effective when we are broken and thoroughly yielded to the divine life of God in us.

Give way!!! [In your mind, In Your Heart and in your Body]

The Private Space | The Body

Its ironic that i refer to this as the private space, because these days it often the LEAST private of all the spaces were dealing with in the body of Christ.
Sexual immorality and Sin in particular should be singled out for discussion.They are great big keys with large “OPEN FOR PATRONAGE” signs that give legal entry to every bit of scum spirit lurking about out there.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
1 cor 6:18

Getting into all the other spaces in your life takes work, takes time, takes engagement and perseverance on the part of the serpent.
But sexual sin is you literally opening the door to the serpent and handing them over your destiny and your life! It is that severe. There is no faster way to bondage than this.

Sexual sin IS temple defiling! It is so damaging because in 1 single act of disobedience and indiscretion is enough to defile all the spaces in your body! It is the one sin which can so quickly quench the operation of the Holy Spirit out of your belly space.

– Sexual Immorality – Pre-marital sex – Extra marital sex
– Pornography (even through social media channels like Instagram)
– Masturbation (Yes it is a sin) – Lewdness on the marital bed
– Homosexuality – Lesbianism – Bestiality

When we commit these sins, the serpent should even be the last of our concern. God should be. Because few other sins invite direct risk of destruction from God than temple defiling sin, Many believers today sadly are operating under the curse and judgement of God because they refuse to repent from sexual sins. We as churches are also very culpable because we refuse to address these issues anymore, all we want to preach about is the “betterment of self” and in so doing we have built structures where broods of vipers thrive and prey on the weak mercilessly.
Lets get back to truth brothers and sisters.

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are..
1 cor 3:17

Summary

Later on this year, we are going to hold a youth conference titled
“Close your Legs”. Should be very interesting.

One thing i didn’t touch on is “Abortion” and how that factors into this.
There is not enough time to get into the details but what if i were to say to you that when we commit abortion (no matter the stage of the fetus) we essentially offer up a child in sacrifice upon the altar for a serpent to come and feast upon!! It is no less grievous than what the Israelite did in making their young ones walk through the fire for molech!!!

We thank GOD for the great opportunity for repentance and forgiveness.
It is my prayer that anywhere we are erring, may the Holy Spirit shine His light of truth to help us come to our senses and repent.
Standing on Job 20:15 may He also grant us great grace for recovery from every good thing we have lost to the enemy.. Amen

He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.

Job 20:15

[Recent Encounters with Serpentine Operations]

Enchantment that led to captivity
Several months ago, we were called to intervene in a grievous situation in a christian household. Upon arrival, the young girl of 16 years old had been physically bound up in chains to prevent her from moving. We were told that she had been running around the street naked as she was losing her mind. As we began to engage her, the Holy Spirit expressly said “Its the case of blood-covenant”.
She an usher in her church had been entertaining the advances of a young chorister in the same church. He had spent some months working on her mind and heart until he lured her up to a mountain retreat where he cajoled her into making a blood oath that they would marry each other and none else. Failure of either party to keep to this agreement would be under penalty of untimely death! (their own words). They start sleeping together, she gets pregnant – gives birth and then wakes up to the reality that she no longer wanted to marry him.
She is nursing the child one faithful day, right into her room walks the spirit of death come to claim her per the agreement, She cant handle what she sees and goes insane for weeks.
By the mercy of God she is alive today, but this type of cases are more rampant among our youth. Lesson: that brother, that sister, that colleague, that friend. Vet their overtures thoroughly with the magnifying glass of the spirit. Tests their mettle with His fire! Not everything around you should be taken at face value.

Enchantment designed to lead to captivity

In this battle with the serpent, you have no greater companion, aide and defender than the Holy Spirit. There is no substitute for knowing Him, hearing His voice, and obeying His direction.
Counselling a sister-in-Christ one day, she was narrating the issues. I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit say “stop counselling her” “hand her over to person x”. I’m thinking, “Holy Spirit why? i’m right here, available and genuinely concerned about her issue”. I linger in the conversation.
Several minutes after a spirit passes before my face, i’m starting to feel ‘different’ then my ears open. She is still speaking in plain English, but all of a sudden i hear another indelible speech under her words (its hard to describe) and its got the ssss tone of a serpent. Again i hear the voice of the Holy Spirit much sterner than earlier! (He was not pleased with me) Stop this counseling now!!!”

Instantly i cut off, give some silly excuse and go off unto someone else.

I have encountered people who physically seem to have 2 tongues.
Whilst they speak normally with the natural one, they have another tongue which they deploy to speak to your soul. Many a man, many a woman, many a pastor have been sprung into this snare!!!
These people are so fully integrated with the serpent, they can easily switch personality like changing gears in a car. [Imagine what a christian wholly submitted to the Holy Spirit can do 🙂 ]

They are in our office spaces, they are in our churches, they are in our hospitals, they are in our children schools. They are more about than we know, Yet in all of this “He that is in us is greater than He that is in the world“. But we must allow for Him to Increase in us (not just confined to our belly space) even as we decrease.

In this will our continuous victory be manifest.

Shallom.

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Mathew 10:16

Evicting the Serpent! 1/3

And the natives showed us unusual and remarkable kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed and received us all, since it had begun to rain and was cold.Now Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and he was laying them on the fire when a viper crawled out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand.

Acts 26:2-3 Amp Classic

The serpent never snuck into the garden of Eden. It was already there!

A good portion of christian life today is lived out in close proximity of the serpent. Either with the serpent scheming to get into us, or the serpent seeking to bite. Gen 3:15Rev 12:4, 12-17 puts us in direct generational conflict with the serpent. A war which Christ has won, but we must enforce that victory in our christian walk “seasonally”.

Late January I was heading up to minister in a partner church in town when the Lord began to speak these exact words to me.

Anywhere the serpent finds space, it enters and it THRIVES”!!!!.

I had been hindered from prepared anything for that meeting which is just as well because HE clearly wanted to take the full reigns of that meeting Himself.

[May our churches know the true joys of having the Lord Himself take full reigns of our meetings regularly]. [This is actually a much rarer occurrence in a lot of our churches today because we’re ‘over-programmed’, and have relegated Him to a bit role player in our well choreographed routines….what a huge loss for us!!]

The Lord’s statement piqued my curiosity. As i entered the meeting which was rounding up the “praise/worship” phase, the Lord spoke to me again “I desire serious worship“. I conveyed this to the church & though very very orthodox, yet they complied & agreed to go off schedule

[may we learn to yield to the LORD taking us off schedule in our church meetings. Amen]

As the meeting proceeded back into serious worship [no instruments to gin up our emotions, just us on our faces before the Lord], suddenly our collective awareness of God’s presence was very heightened – even tangible. Suddenly several people’s eyes in the hall were opened in the spirit and they saw a serpent driven out of our midst literally!!!
I hadn’t mentioned a word! It couldn’t stand the heat from the worship!

This isn’t as unique or peculiar a situation as you might want to think. There’s a 90% chance your church is in exactly the same situation. Make it 96% if its Pentecostal :-). Hopefully this isolation gives us a chance to look inward, repent before the Lord and return with a more spiritually attuned approach in our services. Amen.

Though i didn’t see the serpent myself, but what they were shown was a confirmation. After the open declarations, I probed the Holy Spirit as to where it was and He showed me the serpent loitering just outside the door!!!!

[vip note: The serpent upon being evicted never wants to wander too far, its always seeking for an opportunity to get back in; hence constant vigilance is required on our parts individually and collectively]

So the serpent was already in the garden of Eden. It studied, lurked and made its move: not in the cool of the evening when God would be walking with Adam, but at a time/season when it felt there was ‘sufficient enough space‘ between Adam and God to exploit. In much the same way:
– The serpent lurks in many homes & marriages as a hidden guest.
– The serpent lurks in the hidden generational altars of many families.
– The serpent lurks in many house fellowships and study groups.
– The serpent seed has long been planted in the hearts of many of us
– The serpent occupies the empty spaces in the bodies/souls of believers
which have not been wholly presented to God as a living sacrifice.

In our text Acts 28:2-3. A fire had been lit because of the cold, yet not until Paul gathered wood and increased the heat quotient to a level above tolerance of the serpent did the serpent become discomfited and manifest itself.

Suprising fact: Snakes actually like heat! They are cold blooded animals but they thrive in temperatures ranging from 68 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit [20 to 40 degrees Celsius], above which they overheat.

Of all entities in the kingdom of darkness, serpentine spirits are actually quite attracted to professing Christians, to our places of worship, and to servants of God because they feed of of us in a way!!. The root of this dates back to God’s judgement of the serpent in Genesis 3:14 where God commands that “the dust shall be food for the serpent“. Any professing christian who habitually reverts to the 1st Adamic state of dust [carnality] will be food for the serpent. [more on this in another teaching.]

Continuing in that meeting the Lord had me bring up a volunteer during the teaching to further illustrate on the subject matter of space and the serpent. He indicated that there are 4 areas in the life of a christian that the serpent seeks to occupy and I’ve depicted this in my very poor diagram below:

Evicting the Serpent
4 Places the Serpent actively seeks to find space and operate from.

The Lord posited several questions to us:

– “What is in the space in between both ears?
– “What is the space in between both hands?
– “What is the space between both legs?
These are all the spaces that the serpent sequentially longs to occupy in a believers life.

The Mind Space:

The chief target point of the enemy is to get into our minds. This is the primary battleground in spiritual warfare. Whoever has chief influence over the mind of a person controls the person Prov 23:7.
Chief stronghold’s are erected here.

Conversely the Christian who is able to walk continually in the renewed mind of Christ will live a victorious and successful Christian walk.

When the serpent’s voice finds space to thrive in a mind, often these things are the telling signs:

  • It produces self-deception (bewitchment) 2 cor 11:3 . Gal 3:1-3 E.g. Where the person is passionately given to the cause of the belief, the denominational flag or the cult of leadership BUT NOT to the person of Jesus Christ.
  • It produces an identity crisis: E,g, Where there is continuous doubt about the love of God, or the certainty of one’s salvation. Zech 3:1
  • It taps into & amplifies the stream of -ve thoughts which produces depression & hopelessness amongst other things but its chief goal is targeted at sweeping us away from our purpose, from a close walk with God and from life itself Rev 12:15
  • The word of God suffers corruption once it enters into our ears 2 cor 2:17, the mind is no longer simple to profit from its light. The religious & highly legalistic spirit is very often a direct product of this operation. John referred to them as a ‘brood of vipers
  • Our perceptions of others becomes skewed: & the fruit of envyings, debates, wraths, backbiting, strife, becomes our primary contribution to the body of Christ 2 Cor 12:20-21
  • We rationalize sin individually and corporately, playing down its consequence even as compromise becomes the order of the day Gen 3:4

The Heart Space

Guard thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 KJV

If the serpent is able to successfully get into our hearts space, it will release its bile of poisonous venom which will defile our hearts and manifest itself in the form of bitterness and unforgiveness. It will change our tender heartedness and will often cause our speech to become destructive (gossip, slander and backbiting is a key trait). Heb 12:15 Luke 6:45

Another consequence of the serpent getting into our hearts is that it will cause us to divide our love between God and other things. There will no longer be a purity of devotion in our love to christ 2 Cor 11:3 The serpent thrives in a ‘worship service‘ where God is not at the centre. We are more enamored by our outfits, our performance, our displays than the one who matters most.

When the serpent fastens itself to the collective hearts in a church, it sometimes manifests in the unchecked propagation of the spirit of divination and operation of familiar spirits. You can read this post to learn how to detect the fruits of familiar spirits which may be operating in your midst.

The Belly Space

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:35

For a born again Christian, the “belly” is arguably your most crucial organ. It is the place to “conceive the holy thing” which God divinely appoints as your destiny assignment.
From the belly you are able to “deliver” and “flow out” the things which the Holy Spirit has been “incubating” in you by grace fit to refresh and equip others.
Having incubated the seed, The belly is also the place for ‘generational transfer‘ both physically and spiritually. God’s dealings with and through us is always with a generational transfer consideration.

If the serpent gains entry into this crucial place in us it will:

  • Produce Corruption of the generational seed (which goes against God’s interest Mal 2:15) and propagate generational bondage and defilement.
  • Blunt the Force of the Anointing which you carry in its ability to cause the little babes (God’s agenda) on the wombs of God’s people who He has prepared for you to impart upon NOT TO LEAP. In essence, it will blunt your impact in being able to impart the tangible grace of God unto those God has brought to you.
    Luke 1:44 The voice of your salutation will carry no grace nor power. You will have nothing to offer beyond putting on comedians, entertainment and telling stories which lead nowhere.

The Private Space

Brethren, i have seen, encountered, performed deliverance on and been confronted by ladies (though some men are also involved) who have utterly yielded up their private organs as operating offices for the serpentine marine kingdom. Woe unto the man who falls into their web of lust, it will; require nothing less than the determined hand of God to pull one through unscathe.
Ezekiel 13:18, Nahum 3:4, Rev 18:13 describes their agency as nothing short of “Traders of Men’s Souls“. Many a pastor, many a deacon, many a congregation have fallen into the jaws of these vipers & cokatrices and have had their souls entangled and dominated by powerful demonic forces.

I once did a deliverance on an usher who would have the manifested form of a spirit report to her bedside at exactly 11pm every night. It would proceed to sleep with her and defile her without resistance. Her husband would always fall asleep 10 mins to the hour and never wake. This spirit so utterly dominated her life for years and actively afflicted any person whom she would show any affection toward, even her children.
Yet on the surface she was a dedicated usher in a ‘good church’ but nevertheless under bondage. One Reason? Not enough heat to flush out the serpent.

I have the privilege of working with different churches and denominations every year, yet one common factor i never cease to encounter is that of Christians living under active torment of the serpent. (another e.g. Cases of people with active movement in their bodies). And they are in every church!
There is not enough time and space to shed light on just how much damage sexual immorality and impurity is causing in the lives of brethren and in our very churches themselves. It has been devastating. Yet there is room for recovery, but it must start with you & me in agreement with the Holy Spirit.

How can we help them and help ourselves?
We must gather wood, place it on the fire so that there will be an increase in the ambient temperature to >40 degrees celsius.

Conclusions
Next post, we will discuss the specifics of the ways in which the serpent finds space and propagates and the measures we can take to evict and flush out the serpent from our ;oves and spheres of influence

More grace to us all

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Spiritual Warfare Series 01: April Wk 3.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:12.

Theme: Coming against wickedness.

Disclaimer:
Spiritual Warfare executed through prayer is not to be meddled with lightly or ignorantly. Christians do have a calling/obligation to partner with God through prayers in destroying the works of the devil and bringing Kingdom goals to manifestation.

If you will proceed, do a self check to ensure that you have fully put on the whole armour of God Eph 6:13. Because going on attack without the armour can be dangerous.

Confess any hidden sins. Ask for full sanctification Spirit Soul and Body. Even as you bring yourself under the blood of Jesus.

These prayer points are based on my revelation of the verses and are in no way exhaustive, as there supposed to be just guides.. most importantly just let the Holy Spirit flow…p.s. I’m open to further insights revelations you may have regarding the text.

I can’t explain every point of Revelation before the prayer otherwise this will be too long. However I’ve tried to craft them in a way that they will be largely self explanatory…anyone who needs any further insights or clarifications can email me.

pre: WORSHIP SESSION

Start: Prayer Session.

Text: Read Zechariah 5:5-11.

#1

“Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me,”

• Holy Spirit. Just as in Zech 2:1 & Zech 4:1, Re-engage me in divine communication. Silence any noise (covid19, socio-economic, spiritual) which has been a distraction to me of late.

• Lord. I am more interested in what heaven has to say to me than what man has to say or what society has to say or what the news has to say. So Lord re-engage me in divine matters & communications this season in Jesus name.

• Your word says that “whilst men slept the enemy sowed tares“. Lord cause your angelic hosts to wake me from any sleep or slumber I may have slipped into in Jesus name.

#2.

“Lift up now thine eyes”

• Lord Jesus I agree to lift up mine eyes from the mundane and irrelevant…

• Help me raise my spiritual awareness in this hour, especially to the highest dimension of all which is the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Rev 1:1)

• Lord, Cause every veil or covering cast that covers & hinders perception be removed from me in Jesus name.

• Lord I agree with your word in Eph 2:6 that says I am seated in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Now let my eyes be open to see from that lofty position in you.

• Holy Spirit In accordance with Ezekiel 10:14 i take on the face of the Eagle which is excellent for sight and perception in Jesus name.

• Holy Spirit just as in Zech 4:4-6, impart me with understanding of the things which you will cause me to see & maturity to know how to handle it in Jesus name.

#3

“and see what is this that goeth forth.”

• Lord I am making it very clear that i am infinitely more interested in the things that eschew forth from your throne and your kingdom. So pls attune my perception to receive and participate in the heavenly transactions as concerning the earth, the church, your kingdom and your people.

• Lord I also acknowledge in order to be an effective vessel in your hand and with the assignment you have given me to do I will need to be ‘somewhat aware’ of what it is that “goeth forth” across the earth, whether it be from the occultic/marine/witchcraft kingdoms.

• Just as Elisha in 2 Kings 6:12, ….help me stay in the loop in kingdom matter concerning my area of operations and more importantly, understand how to cooperate with heavenly agents to thwart the plans of the wicked within my designated boundary of operation.

#4

This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth”

• Lord sharpen my discernment and make me of quick understanding to recognise hidden patterns, operational motives, and quick identification of “vessels” (ephah’s) which are being deployed by the Kingdom of Heaven (e.g. 2 Kings 4:9) and the Kingdom of darkness (E.g. Acts 13:11) irrespective of what guise they may put on.

• Spirit of Truth help me to be quick in spotting the resemblance/nature/ patterns of spirits that I come across or cross through my boundary of operations in Jesus name.

#5.

And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness

Almighty God. In the name of Jesus command your angels that excel
in strength to “expose” wickedness and it’s hidden operations:

  • In my paternal/maternal lineage
  • in my bloodlines
  • in my socio-economic environment
  • in my marital circles & environment
  • in my spiritual circles & environment
  • in the political sphere of this land
  • in my community and local govt
  • in the hospital’s and our health sector
  • in the educational sector of the nation
  • in my office and business environment
  • in my church and local assembly
  • in the body of Christ as a whole.
  • in this nation.

Almighty God, Let the woman in the basket that is wickedness be exposed and light shine upon her hidden operations in Jesus name!!!!!!!!

In Jesus name I say “Light Be” this season in Jesus name.

#6

“And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof”

Heavenly Father, engage the mystery of the Lead covering and command your angels that excel in strength to “thrust back” the woman in the basket back into the ephah. Let wickedness and it’s operations henceforth be thoroughly marginalized:

  • in my foundations and lineage
  • in my economic space
  • in my marital sphere
  • in my social space
  • within my spiritual boundaries.
  • in my local church assembly
  • in my local govt area
  • in the national corridors of power
  • in the educational & healthcare sectors
  • within the entire boundary of this nation.

Lord engage that mystery to plug/restrict/and “contain” wickedness, it’s operations and it’s effects in this season in all these areas that I have aforementioned and even those I’m ignorant of right now in Jesus name.

Command your angels that excel in strength to use the lead cover and restrain her operations in this heavenlies this season in Jesus name.

 

#7

Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

Lord the earth is yours, the Heavens are yours for you founded them and do sustain them by your word.
In your supreme sovereignty, address every operation/vessel/hindrance
occupying the space between the earth & the heavens at this moment
– over this nation,
– over my life.
– over my loved ones.
– over my boundary of operations
– over our highways.

Make this space as clear as it was in bethel for Jacob so that there be no
functional hindrance or interference between us and your throne in Jesus
name.

#8

Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established,

Finally Lord. You are Omega!
You know the end of s thing even from its beginning.
Only you are able to declare it and it cannot be changed!
You are indeed awesome in your ways!!!!!!

Lord command the permanent evacuation of the woman in the basket from my Jerusalem (place of peace). Let her be returned to her point of origin which is in Shinar of Babylon.

By the blood of Jesus, I disentangle. disconnect. disavow and decouple
myself, my lot, my seed from any covenant hitherto entered into, which has given wickedness access and rights to operate and find a place in my life and in my generations.

I engage the victory of Jesus at Calvary and His resurrection on the
3rd day which enacted the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ over me and
set me free from the Law of Sin & Death at the same time. Rom 8:2

#9

“and set there upon her own base.”

Lord just as in Daniel 2:34. I ask that in your mighty power you shall cast the stone not cut with man’s hands to crush the base upon which wickedness not only gained entry, but thrived and established hitherto

  • in my paternal/maternal bloodlines
  • in my own body and soul
  • in all spheres of my life.
  • in my local assembly church
  • amongst my kindred
  • in my local government
  • in corridors of power over this Nation
  • in our socio-economic space
  • in our political space.

Lord I understand that David’s bed with which he slept with Uriah’s wife became a base upon which wickedness took a foothold in his life:
Abel’s blood became a base in which wickedness assumed generational transfer dimensions.
Abortion can be a base through which the woman in the basket can gain access to a generation and many other things

Almighty God, engage the mystery of the fishers and hunters (Jer 16:16) to fish out and hunt out every altar, article, mantle and coven in this environment, in this nation and in my fathers house that is providing a base for wickedness to be established and to thrive.
Lord, engage the destroyer to destroy the bases that are uncovered.

Holy Spirit as you blow your winds of change and judgement this season, carry away any trace of such a thing permanently away from my life in Jesus name.

Lord, because there can be no vacuum in creation I prophetically call into the evacuated space:
– Righteousness to be established
– Holiness to be established
– The fear of God to be established
– Truth, and Justice to be established
– Greater light to be established
– The river of Life to freely flow through
– The river of fire to freely flow through
– The manifest presence of God to prevail.

All these prayers we have prayed in the glorious mighty and exalted name of Jesus.

Amen.

Thanksgiving Worship and Waiting.

April Wk 2 Prayer Points

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1 KJV

#!
Oh Lord. Rev 1:1 is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge it as the highest level of revelation there is. Your word also tells me that it is a revelation that is given by you (just as you said to Peter in Mathew 16:17 “flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you but my Father in heaven“).

#2
And so armed with this truth Heavenly Father, I petition you on your throne in the name of Jesus to give unto me also the revelation of Jesus Christ which is needful for the hour and the season.

#3
I refuse to remain at the dimension of flesh and blood revelation, but I come to the throne of grace that I might receive that which is higher and indeed more profitable unto me and unto the body of Christ in this hour of great shaking in Jesus name.

#4
Holy Spirit. Let every other exalted thing that stands as a King Uzziah in my life and has the effect of veiling my eyes from the revelation of Jesus Christ..Let all such things lose their shine/attraction in Jesus name.

#5
I speak to the gates of my life as in Psalm 24:7 and say lift up your heads oh ye gates and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors that the King of Glory may come in….Come in oh king of glory into that which you have rightly purchased with your blood shed on Calvary’s tree. Come in not just as saviour, but as my Lord.

#6
Lord Jesus you are the King of Glory. Rightly take your seat upon your throne in the temple of my life and be exalted and lifted above all other considerations, all other people and all other pursuits.

#7
As you reposition in me Lord, cause your train to fill the innermost parts of my being. As the Lord of Hosts, your train abounds. Let every facet and space in my heart and mind be filled with the train of your presence, peace, love, tender mercies, Joy, power and glory.

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isaiah 6:2‭-‬3 KJV

#8
Holy Spirit.
Engage the operations of the seraphim over and around my life. Let the airspace, mindspace and surrounding spaces of my Life receive the sanctifying operations of the seraphs which is the refining fire.
Let this fire fall as rain all around and upon me this season in Jesus name.

#9
Holy Spirit
Let the seraphims release their cry of holiness over this temple that is the
dwelling place of Jesus. And in so doing purify my mind/soul/body from any contaminants, defilement and false things which do not glorify the name of the Lord .

#10
Oh Lord.
Let the entirety of my life be full of your glory. Let your glory shine bright from my spirit, through my soul and through my body: even illuminating the lives and paths of those around me to the glory of your name

And the posts of the door moved at the  voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isaiah 6:4 KJV

#11
Holy Spirit
Cause the posts at the North gate of my Life (the point of power).
The South gate of my life (the point of resources), The West gate of my life (the point of revelation) and The East gate (the point of wisdom) of my life to move and expand for increase and enlargement (as in Isa 54:2) that it may contain more of Jesus as the King of Glory.

#12
Lord Jesus.
Just as in your word…Fill this your house that is my life…..with the tangible manifestation of your presence!!!!!!

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Isaiah 6:5‭-‬7 KJV

#13
Lord Jesus.
Usher me into a deeper depth of sanctification, that you may find me a vessel of honour prepared and ready for your end-time use.

#14
Oh Lord
Particularly sanctify and position my lips with your word as in Proverbs 10:21 to feed many: position my lips with power to remove mountains as in Mark 11:23. and position my lips for healing & deliverance as in Mathew 8:8 & Acts 16:18

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isaiah 6:8 KJV

#15
Lord Jesus.
Position me for higher interaction with you this season.
Hearing you clearly and responding to you clearly

#16
Master Jesus, provided i have been doing the work you have sent me to do so far, then commission me for further assignments and responsibilities as I long to be a vessel unto honour in Jesus name.

All these we have prayed in Jesus glorious name. Amen

The Empty Throne

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1

Isaiah’s messianic vision of Christ sitting on His throne in the heavenly temple is quite instructive for today’s believers. 1 Cor 3:16 makes us know that we are also the temples of the living God, with Christ in-dwelling in us.
If we have accepted Jesus into our hearts in the ‘true’ born again experience, we owe Him nothing less than total surrender to His Lordship (making way for His throne to be placed in us) and exalting Him above every other consideration, person, factor, in our day to day lives (high and lifted up).

A few days into the quarantine period, as i was engaged in intercession, the Lord began to engage me with individual answers/insights to each individual. As we proceeded down the list, at the mention of a specific name His tone got slightly stern and He interjected with “never lift up this person in prayer to me anymore” ..to which I asked…why Lord? He responded “I have turned a deaf ear to him and will no longer entertain his matters. I have given him a very long period of time to change and repent, yet even now he is bent on running in his own way…so I have given him over to a reprobate mind
Translation:
He is LORD of himself and his destiny, He just holds onto
Christ’s name to solve problems beyond his ability.
But he is not truly interested in worshiping God in Spirit & Truth

Following from that the Lord proceeded in an even sterner and pained tone: “A lot of people call me Lord” “Very many people call me their Lord but they only do me lip service” “There is no trace of my Lordship in their lives….” “they only ever seek to use me and use my name as a means to an end
My throne in their heart is empty
many of these will hear me say ‘depart from me ye workers of iniquity’
I know you not

Seeking clarification for myself i asked: “Lord as i am now, a believer who also calls you Lord all the time, How will i know if i fall into this category, and what parameters can i use to assess myself to know whether your truly Lord in my life not just savior??”

He answered the first two immediately. The response to the third came later that day from the Holy Spirit. And i’ll summarize them according to the 3 criteria below.

These are 3 criteria for assessment He gave to me

Criteria #1: Bearing His Burdens

The first thing He mentioned was burden bearing, and in doing this He showed me a vision which for sake of brevity i cant write out. But He was explaining it out in this manner “I am glad when they drop their burdens at my feet, after all they do so at my invitation in Matt 11:28. Sadly only few make it into rest of Mathew 11:29” “Wale, what i desire from my people is intimacy with me. Where intimacy thrives, sharing of burden is involved“. “Some though are only interested in hiding behind my name to use me for their own purposes, but will not yield their necks to carry my burdens” “Some others i wait patiently knocking at the door of their hearts but they deliberately ignore me because they want to achieve somethings for themselves first yet not knowing that it is in bearing my burden which is light that true rest can be found for the soul.

Burdens are diverse, and do vary from person to person and season to season, yet we will always be given the grace to bear them in His strength.
I like to think of it more as an invitation to partnership with Him in His agenda. He made it clear that any Christianity that has no responsibility element or bears no marks of personal burdens is questionable.
We are all called in one form or another, and every true call is authenticated by burden.

Criteria #2: Sacrifice

“Wale, the call to follow me is a call of sacrifice. In examining your life to check for evidence of my Lordship as you’ve asked, you must look for the marks of sacrifice. Truly following me will cost you and does cost you something. Either you have paid a price in the past. Or you you are paying a price currently or both”.

Mathew 16:24 Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.…

Mathew 10:37-38 37
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

2 Samuel 24:24
Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Criteria #3: Edicts, Instructions & Discipline.

Lordship connotes the words ‘domain’, ‘kingdom’, ‘authority’, ‘leadership’ in an active not passive sense. Anyone who has become born-again has been translated into the Kingdom of God where we have one ruler and one throne overseeing our lives.

What comes out of a throne? A Scepter. Edicts. Direction.
Where the Lord is enthroned in any life/church/fellowship, Present will be instructions, directives and errands. From past to present that life/church will be able to trace these things in their lives. Where these directives are flouted there will be occasional discipline.

Christ is not an absentee landlord, He is interested in directing our steps and guiding us according to His will. Christ hates the fact that many people call Him Lord but run their lives utterly devoid of His input. He hates the fact that many call Him Lord but live their Christianity without His boundaries

Yes we have the instructions and commandments in the bible, but the bible isn’t a dead book. In any true born again life the Holy Spirit gives life and voice even to the written word of God and often has to teach us how to practically apply these things in the facets and challenges of living.

When God put Adam in the garden He was free to do almost anything BUT eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet we have churches today that preach a Christianity without boundaries.

For every life where Christ is Lord, ‘seated high on the throne and exalted’, He places His boundaries & restrictions. They are not burdensome or legalistic but they are for our good and often related to our consecration..
These are not rules imposed by denominations or churches or spouses, but things Christ ministers personally to you to avoid, refrain from or eschew.

Too many Christians run around these days like bastards without a father, others on the other end of the egregious scale have replaced Christ on the throne of their hearts with their general overseers. Let us examine ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to correct us where needed.

Luke 6:46
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Proverbs 3:11-12
My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

1 John 2:27
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Summary.

This Easter you will hear a lot of talk about how Christ to save you from God’s wrath, which is true and wonderful. But be reminded that He didn’t do this to be a bystander in your life, nor to have His throne occupy the same space as Money, Football, Marriage, Business, Career or even your General Overseer.

Know that the same Jesus who withdrew himself from the 5,000+ He had fed because they purposed to make Him king (the throne of Lordship) on their own terms and serve their selfish ambitions, withdrew Himself from them. ref John 6:10-15

That same Jesus is still withdrawing himself from those who would seek to abuse their relationship with Him. As for you and I, this covid19 mandatory isolation offers us a one in a lifetime opportunity to re-connect to Him, repent and return in our hearts to the place of adoration and worship just for who He is.

Happy Easter Brethren.



You may consider reading;-
Savior But not Lord: Christianity without Jesus
Life More Abundant: From the grave to the Table
Bound for God: Isaac Model of a Living Sacrifice
The Night Cometh

April Prayer Points…

No April fools day for us :-0
in fact lets come at this from another angle shall we..

prayer point suggestions for the month of April week 1

Prayer Point #1

And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king….

1 Kings 3:24 KJV
  • Oh Lord. As we enter into this new month. Release the sword of Truth to me, (which is a facet of the sword of the Spirit)….
  • Oh Lord just as in 1 Kings 3:9, Sharpen discernment in me and skillful operation of the sword of truth in this month of April.
  • I stretch forth the sword of truth into this month of April to rightly divide in every situation and circumstance that will be presented to me Emotionally. Spiritually. Maritally. Socially.
  • As it is written in Isa 11:3. I declare over myself that I shall not judge after the sight of my eyes nor reprove after the hearing of my ears in this month.


Prayer Point #2

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;   And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.     
John 8:31-32

  • This month I embrace more of the truth (that is Christ) and to this end I will walk in a greater degree of freedom in every aspect of life. 
  • In this month any lie/deception/deceit to which I have subscribed (un)consciously which has caused me to be entangled spiritually, mentally, physically etc I reject it in Jesus name. I disentangle myself  (& others) and begin to walk out in freedom.
  • I raise the altar of truth as a counterpoint to demolish any stronghold of deceit/lies/deception existing in my sphere and operating against my interest and the interests of the kingdom in Jesus name.

Prayer Point #3.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 16:13

  • Oh Holy Spirit, you spirit of truth, come in a greater dimension in my life this month of April. Come as my guide and open the doors of revelation and truth unto me.
  • Spirit of Truth, demolish every lie/deception/falsehood standing in contrast to truth in my father’s house. In my family. In the church. In this Nation. Etc
  • Oh spirit of truth. Expose falsehood, in every facet of the church, in every facet of this nation, in every facet of our society, and in every facet of my family…. Oh let the flame of truth burn bright! That we may be set free from webs of lies that have held us bondage mentally. Spiritually. Maritally. Socially. Etc 
  • Oh Holy Spirit of Truth..the word says in Rev 2:7. He that an ear, let him hear what the spirit is saying
  • Atune my ears to hear what you shall be speaking to me from the father in this month of April. Atune the ears of the church to hear what you shall be making known to us from the throne of the father alone.
  • Open my eyes to see all that you have purposed to show me and make known to me in this month of April. Nothing shall in no wise escape me.

Prayer Point #4

And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

Mathew 17:1-2, 5-8
  • Lord Jesus Christ. In this month of April, position me on the mountain of truth.
  • Touch me Lord Jesus and remove every veil which has hindered me in the knowledge and revelation of you hitherto.
  • Roll away every covering cast which has hitherto covered my face from knowing any truth I ought to know, especially the kind that flesh and blood  cannot make known to me.
  • Lord, in this month of April, bring me to the place where i see only you.

Prayer Point #5

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44

And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. 1 Kings 22:22

  • Oh month of April I command you according to the mystery of the dayspring…that as concerning me and my matters it shall be truth and revelation not lies and deception.
  • I bind the current and intended operations of Satan as concerning me this month of April in Jesus name.
  • I bind the operation of the lying spirit in my vicinity (marriage, business, church, family). It shall not prevail over or around me. I carry the spirit of truth, and that shall overthrow every lying spirit operating in my proximity this month of April.

Prayer Point #6.

Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. Isaiah 7:15

But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. 1 Samuel 14:27

  • In this month of April I shall eat of the abundance of butter and honey that heaven makes available and as a result I will consistently make right choices and decisions in Jesus name.
  • Prophetically speaking, I dip my rod into honey this month and agree with heavens intention and provision to enlighten my eyes in Jesus name

Prayer Point #7. 

He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver. Isaiah 49:2

Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Exodus 4:12

  • Lord Jesus Christ, in this month of April be with my mouth and position my mouth to make your truth known in evangelism and counseling that my life may near forth fruit of new should unto your kingdom in Jesus name.

Lets leave it here shall we.
pls send to our brethren who arent on whatsapp.

Blessings

Darkness, Covid19 & The Glory of God.

Dear Believer.

We are in a classic petri-dish situation with this covid-19 “crisis”.
Heaven is keenly observing you & the church……
The Anti-Christ and Satan’s host are also keenly watching the world, and the church and the believers. noting. adjusting. preparing.
Secret men are carefully watching the world in order to update plans to effect the next phase of things to come.

As a believer there should be no cause for alarm because Jesus has already told you everything that will unfold in Mathew 24:3-30. But there should also be cause for expectation. 🙂 (not the rapture..that’s just selfish escapism at play, many want to quickly run away to heaven but empty handed for God)

Covid19 should also give CAUSE FOR CONCERN for you individually, and the church as an institution.

A major part of GOD’s end time plan calls for the conscription and the assembly of an end-time army (described in Joel 2:1-11). This army has one singular purpose: To bring in the end-time harvest through a glorious demonstration of God’s power and character.

The conscription for this end-time army is ongoing as we speak, and the COVID 19 crisis conveniently serves as a useful tool in testing for ‘eligibility’ to this end-time army to be given this end time assignment.

What if i told you dear believer that Just as Gideon’s assembled host was taken through a 2-stage filtering process in Judges 7, you dear believer are also being taken through a 2-stage eligibility test during this covid 19 crisis.

The preliminary results of this Covid 19 crisis is already showing our levels of end-time preparedness individually as believers, and corporately as the Church.

Test Phase 1: FEAR

in Judges 7: 3 God sent back >70% of Gideon’s army for reasons of fear.
They still belong to Israel, but for what was coming, they would be unfit for use.

It seems like 90% of shepherd’s have spent the past 2 months reassuring their congregations that “no harm will come near your dwellings” “you are safe” “God is mindful of you” etc… All very rue and very good.

But examined another way, our overt focus and emphasis on these assurances actually reads as a bad sign from heaven’s standpoint.
It exposes our poor state of readiness as individuals and as a congregation. We have become a people so familiar with comfort that we are mortally afraid of coming into harm? Christ certainly didn’t die for a weakling of a church that needs so much pampering at the 1st sign of dark foreboding clouds….

If you have been a christian for 10+ years, if you still need words of comfort & reassurance because of covid 19 then you might be in more trouble than you think.

If you’ve pastored a congregation for a decade and you find that the bulk of your covid 19 dialogue what your doing today is ‘easing the fears of your congregation’, then you all might be in more trouble than you know.

GOD cares about his flock, no doubt..BUT understand this very clearly dear believer. Your comfort and safety are not top of God’s priority list in this end-time agenda. In fact GOD may put you in harm’s way (though you will not be harmed) IF it serves to promote:
#1 – The showing Forth of His Glory.
#2 – The Advancement of His Kingdom on the earth.
(this might be news to you but your life is already forfeit?)

If 1 Peter 2:9 is anything to go by, then one core reason for why God has brought you into the church of His Son and been building you up is for such a time and season of darkness. He now has a chance to use you to show forth His saving power and glory.

We all quote Isaiah 60:1 very easily…”Arise, Shine, for thy light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee“. What we fail to understand is that, the rising of the glory of the Lord which we all hope and pray for is in fact predicated upon vs 2for darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness the people“.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Are we scurrying into hiding because of the darkness? Yet the darkness should not have us scurrying for our bibles, our churches and the comforts of our pastors bosoms. The coming darkness should see us ‘gird up thy loins” as we position ourselves for divine action.

The point dear believer is that it is not time for you to look to your own affairs and your safety….But to the larger matters of the Kingdom for which very reason you are being prepared as 1 Peter 2:9 calls it.

Test 2: Mind Alignment?

Neither say they in their heart,
Let us now fear the Lord our God,
that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season:
he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

Jeremiah 5:24

The second stage of eligibility testing for Gideon’s army was the water test. The essence of that test was to see whose mind would be entirely consumed and given to ministering to themselves and assuaging their thirsts.
There was Kingdom business afoot, and yes there was pressure.
At first sign of water many abandoned the consciousness of their primary purpose and began to lap like dogs. They were much more concerned about “Their Welfare” “Their Safety” “Their Thirsts“. God deemed them unfit!
Doesn’t that sound like where most of us are?

Perhaps you might want to debate: Have you personally waited on God since this COVID 19 crisis started to know how you can be of service to Him in this hour? or has your prayers been just focused on keeping you and yours safe?

In Jeremiah 5, God rebukes his people’s selfish attitudes. Their refusal to sober up to their divine purpose and callings. Clearly stating He had preserved them for the season of harvest. Jesus’s rebuke in John 4:35 “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” still rings true to us this moment.

So many church advisory guides this season has been targeted at “take care of your matter” , “look after yourselves” , some might mention “be mindful of others and opportunity to show God’s love” but for the majority its a token mention. Only few are showing understanding and using it as a rallying cry to prepare the troops for the next move.

Dear believer Covid 19 has come, and will soon pass away into memory, the world will be talking about its consequences for a while. But you and i ought to be getting ourselves sharpened and pressing into the opportunity to commence the harvest and advance God’s agenda.

Bear in mind, that were your heart (mind) is there your treasure (of time, money, body) will be (committed) to also.

Summary

One thing Covid 19 may be proving is Luke 16:8c “for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light“.
With covid 19, even manufacturers of vodka switched equipment to begin manufacturing hand sanitizers. Not from the goodness of their hearts i can assure you but to key into the opportunity presented them.

How are we as a church keying into the opportunity to bring in lost souls into the kingdom? or we just doing all nights to pray away the darkness?

You cannot pray away the darkness…it comes before the Glory! so lets stop wasting time on frivolous issues.

Doomsday Preppers in the world have spent decades getting ready for the end time catastrophes that they believe are coming. They have built bunkers, stocked up on food and ammunition to last for 3 years underground.

We are not meant to follow them into hiding – we are meant to ARISE. For that to happen without disappointment, we really ought to have been preparing our spirit man, exercising our gifts, using our spare time to cast out demons, heal the sick, heighten our discernment and abilities in God.
So that when the call for the harvest comes we would be battle ready.

When Covid 19 runs its course, and heaven gives your scorecard? How well will heaven say you have used it to prepare yourself for the next coming cloud of gross darkness? What hill will

God is filling up positions in His platoon, with men and women He is training in hiding and the closets. Yet He extends this privilege to all His children……will you accept His offer? or will you be more concerned with the ‘Hustle’ which Covid19 has clearly proved in just a matter of days that anything not truly built on the eternal things is truly flimsy and can be lost in a millisecond of life?

If your just waiting out your time to go to Heaven and that’s it, may you not be a disappointment to Christ.

Think on these things dear believer.

Heaven is watching.

Selah.


Eyes Keenly Open!!!

Therefore it says: “Awake you, the one sleeping, and rise up out from the dead, and Christ will shine upon you.”

Ephesians 5:14

During the course of a prayer meeting yesterday, I beheld an eagle soaring high above, looking keenly down. t.c.a.l.s.s, it was an express invitation from the Lord for His people to come up/connect in revelation. To start seeing things from the kingdom perspective, from the higher divine standpoint. To embrace the face of the eagle as expressed in Ezekiel 10:14

This is so vital because we have entered into an even more accelerated phase in the realm of the spirit as things (the divine program for this age) begin to round up and gears have shifted in the realm of the spirit with the beginning of this new decade. (something akin to Amos 9:13).

The system of the world which we have known for so long is about to be seriously up-ended. Heb 12:27 calls it a time of ‘shaking’ where things will be turned over.
A time Isa 60:2 calls the time when ‘darkness will cover the earth & deep deep darkness shall cover the face of the people…’

Your standpoint in Christ and the lens through which you see the things starting to unfold will greatly affect:
(1) your ability to walk in peace as sons or give in to the fear the world wants you to.
(2) your positioning for perhaps the greatest move of God we have witnessed in any generation so far.

Sure there are “Dark” times ahead YET crucially also a time of great opportunity for more of the revelation of Jesus Christ like the earth has never witnessed.
As in Isa 60: 2-3, the LORD is about to arise in a fresh & more powerful way upon His people as His light causes them to become beacons of light through which the greatest harvest of souls the Kingdom has ever known will commence.

But one crucial key for you, me and the Ecclesia is that IT IS TIME TO SEE LIKE THE EAGLE. It is time to move beyond seeing in ‘flesh’, beholding ‘enemies’ at every turn, and beyond all the gimmicks and deceptions which pander to self which God’s people have been captive to for so long.

Yes it is time for all to begin to Arise, Shine as Isa 60:1 charges us to.
From the least of us to the ‘greatest’ (if there’s even such a thing)

2019 should have marked the year when your King Uzziah died.
The year when veils of personal ambition, denominational zealousness, etc were removed and your eyes opened wide to truth! The year when self and flesh were no longer central to your faith walk. For the Kingdom of GOD has begun a march like never before.

Personally since Dec of 2019 I have witnessed 2 distinct trends in my walk.

The second of which is that my eyes are more frequently (& crucially more ‘effortlessly‘) opened now by the spirit of the Lord in waking states to see from above. They open up when the spirit needs me to know something or communicate something that will serve His divine purposes. It’s not necessarily about any particular thing I have done BUT that there is now a greater outpouring of grace like never before!! You can too. If you are called to it (which we all are) or if you earnestly desire it (which we all should).

You should desire it because it just makes you infinitely sharper in intercessions, in evangelism, in counselling, in ministrations and even in decision making. In short for far less effort you see better fruit! Ref:the sharpened knife Vs the blunt edge which requires more strength application in Ecclesiastes 10:10

But are you lifting up our eyes though? And as Christ asked Mary in John 20:15 Whom seekest thou?

The common saying that “what you do not know will not kill you” is rubbish. Everyday people are perishing from what they cannot perceive (ignorance). Spiritually perishing, Socially perishing, etc

The other day I was rounding up a meeting which fellow brethren had handled very well when suddenly my eyes where opened and I beheld in one quick burst that one in our midst was in a very different appearance in the spirit than their physical appearance. I was shown clearly the head full of rasta raga-muffin hair (which is no big deal in of itself) but as I was going to inquire of the spirit, I heard Him speak clearly to me the words: Intoxication, and then Indoctrination (to further clear up my confusion).

All I did was stand up and declare it exactly as I was shown when suddenly someone collapsed and what ensued next was a terrible manifestation of foul demonic spirits so violently reacting out of said victim that some attendees almost took off home.

God mightily delivered that person that evening to the awesome glory of His name (all the while showing image sequences of hidden secrets, graves and acts of destruction wrought through that life) amen..
The person has been very different since and in the new path to true faith.

Light shone. There was clear exposure.
The darkness could not comprehend the light. QED.

Just 1 brief revelation from the LORD led to a great & permanent deliverance in someones’s life. And that’s just 1 teeny example.

Forget about your life for a moment, your eyes being wide open can lead to fruitfulness, deliverance and even salvation for so many lives that God brings across your path..so why will you not hunger for it? If not for yourself..then for the sake of Christ’s investment in you?

If you too distracted by life’s pursuits or too denominationally blind or too dependent on others to see for you:..God wants you to come up!!!
He says the time of ignorance, immaturity & excuse is over.

He needs all His sons and daughters to awake from slumber now to their responsibility, for the great harvest is at hand.

Isaiah the prophet ran a fairly decent ministry by earth standards for 5 chapters of his life. But from Chapter 6:1 the story changed, and still profits even our generation. 

“In the year that King Uzziah died” marked the season when He actually began to minister from the throne room and heart of God. The year when His message changed to the true message.

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple“.

The highest thing to have our eyes open to is the Revelation of Jesus Christ as as Rev 1:1- It’s all about Him and for Him. He is THE REASON.

Eyes open (perception) from the divine heavenly/Kingdom standpoint is perhaps more crucial now than ever! And it is time to start seeing clearly with the eyes of Christ or from the standpoint of heaven and get out of all this flesh nonsense that passes for seer prophecy these days which does nothing to exalt Christ nor truly edify the body.

Like Apostle John the beloved was rightly positioned in Rev 1:10-12. The first crucial step for us is to be rightly positioned. The time to begin to truly walk in your God ordained destiny is now!

We will talk more about how to position correctly next post.
Grace and conviction unto us all in JESUS name.

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Songs of Change: from captivity to freedom

Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam

Judges 5:12

All Heaven moves to the rhythm of God’s glory & revelation song as continually sung by the Cherubs in Rev 4.

Ever since God’s utterance of His word in perfect harmony with the rhythm of His spirit in Gen 1:2-3 , the condition of all creation have been influenced by sound & song on diverse levels.

Songs: motivate, evoke, rally, console, ridicule, and even condemn.

Deborah’s rousing song to herself in Judges 5 carries eternal lessons to a believer on how we can awaken to our responsibility as instruments of divine recovery by propagating heaven’s melodies in a targeted manner that releases overcoming grace & produces Christ exalting testimonies all around us.

Listen or download the Audio recording of this topic from our recent village discipleship outreach here at this link.

Grace unto you as you listen and share with others.


Familiar Spirits: Understanding its Operations

And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.

Isaiah 29:4

Quick Note:
The audio version is available for streaming & download here if you’d rather that (click here to listen to or download the audio file)

When it comes to the spiritual realm, there’s a wide gulf amongst believers.
On one side of the extreme there are many believers who behave like ostriches and bury their head in the sand (assuming that ‘what you dont know wont kill you’). Some have been taught that it’s all weird hocus pocus stuff & its best to ignore it. Some pick and choose what they want to believe. Some are just too caught up in themselves and world to even notice.

On the other side of the spectrum, there are also believers who are overtly caught up in obsession with the evil side of the realm of the spirit to the extent of constant paranoia and neurosis. Very common with them is that they too often behold satan and the kingdom of darkness, rather than pressing into the revelation of Jesus Christ. As a result they live in constant fear and anxiety of demons and what can befall them. This too is quite unhealthy.

Christ’s life was a model of balance. He demonstrated to all true believers two truths we ought to consciously live by:

  1. That we are spiritual beings 1st and foremost, who for an appointed season, live out this life in the physical realm by God’s will.
  2. We must walk in the understanding that one of the key reasons God has given us time on earth is to give us the privilege of being vessels through whom “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” shall be achieved.

Christ was able to achieve “thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” during His lifetime by (i) By speaking that which He heard the father speaking John 5:19 (ii) By doing what He saw the father doing.…John 12:50

What does any of this have to do with familiar spirits?

In society today, there are many whispering voices constantly trying to get our attention and influence our outcomes. Whose voice we hearken to will bear major impact on whether we succeed in our divine mission or we fail.

Familiar spirits are demonic spirits that survey people, territories, and family bloodlines. They operate stealthily & always seek to influence their victims indirectly and directly through relationships, traditions, customs, personality ‘traits’ etc. They speak to us through people, places, media and things. Their core objective is to keep men in unclean bondage and maintain destructive cycles which would prevent men from fulfilling divine purpose on earth.

‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:31
Familiar Spirit OR The Holy Spirit?

God has instructed us quite clearly in His word not to consult familiar spirits and operate our lives by them, rather we are to “be filled with the spirit“.
A great number of believers today have genuine difficulty telling the difference between the voice leading them: whether its of God or the devil.

Far too many have become easy prey for this demonic operation because:
(i) We are too ignorant of the sophisticated level of subtlety in the enemy
(ii) Our discernment is often too dulled & overwhelmed by our desires/lusts
(iii) We don’t study our bibles with consecrated hearts. Thus we lack depth.
(iv) We no longer anchor our faith in the word, but in ‘men of God’…..

3 Key Indicators (Fruits) of Familiar Spirit Operations:

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Mathew &:15-16 NKJV

In discerning the leading of familiar spirits, its not best to rely on our “emotions” and “feelingsoutside the scope of God’s word. But we must ‘test every spirit‘ by the fruits which they offer us under the light of God’s word., this is how we can know truth.

When God speaks His word, there are multiple layers of revelation.
In His address to the people of Judah in Isaiah 29, we glean 3 revelatory “fruits” which are indicative of familiar & divinatory spirit operations.

  1. And thou shalt be brought down.
    In biblical parlance, “down” is very often synonymous with “carnality” “flesh” “compromise” “rebellion” “the plain” “moving away from God’s perfect will“. [ref: Jonah in Jonah 1:3, Samson in Judges 14:1 ]

    The leading of God through the Holy Spirit is ALWAYS ‘upward’ Mat 4:1 and targeted at making His people “Arise” and “lifting up their eyes of faith. Likewise the operations of the Holy Spirit through the prophetic & revelatory gifts is ALWAYS for edification, exhortation and consolation. 1 cor 14:3 

    Familiar spirits are agents of the serpentine. Their voice always produces fruit whose end is to bring us “down”. Their ministrations acts as “flesh hooks” which brings down men’s souls to the ground of self, flesh and exultation of carnal desires. Every operation of familiar spirits is always targeted at reducing God’s mind for us to “meat and drink” at the expense of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. despite the fact that Christ has said in Romans 14:17 that the kingdom of God is not a matter of meat and drink”. The endgame is to entice our souls/body into becoming prey to the serpent their master.
    (Note that the serpents domain is always the ground since it was cursed by God in Gen 3:14 “on thy belly shalt thou go”.)

  2. And shalt speak out of the ground.
    James 3:15&17 has this to say:-
    15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

    From this scripture we learn that there is wisdom (revelation, understanding & direction) that has its source from “ABOVE”
    & there is that which has its source from “BELOW”.
    Any spirit that is speaking to you whether directly or indirectly through a spouse, parent, pastor, leader, supervisor etc that offers wisdom which overtly appeals to your flesh and sensual nature is devilish and demonic in nature.”

  3. And shalt be low out of the dust.
    Pre-Pentecost peter within a few verses in matthew 16:18-23 receives great divine wisdom ‘from above‘ when he addresses Jesus “Thou art the Christ” and shortly after Christ was rebuking the spirit speaking from Peter’s mouth “get thee behind me satan
    Christ’s rebuke was quite instructive:
    for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” …Familiar spirits speak with voices which “savour” and “entice” with the things that are NOT of God. By their fruits ye shall know them.
Saul & The Witch of Endor: Still relevant for believers today.

Brethren, lets summarise this teaching with a scriptural example.
King Saul’s engagement with the witch of endor in 1 Sam 28:1-20

Saul’s engagement with the witch of Endor provides 2 instructive points of note for New Testament believers today

And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee

1 Sam 28:8
  • Too many times when we as believers go to see prophetic people with wrong motives & unrepentant hearts, we through our words and insinuations try to ‘nudge them to bring up what we “desire to hear” just as saul did with the witch, secretly hoping what they will reveal to us will “validate” or “certify” the desire of our hearts.
    This way of doing things makes us & the man of God (if not guarded) easily susceptible to the familiar spirits…
    God even tells His prophet in Ezekiel 14:2-4 that when His people come to Him unrepentant and full of made up minds, the prophet shall answer them according to the ‘idols in their hearts‘…
    read it for yourself here..

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

1 Sam 28:20

God’s leading and counsel should leave us only with Godly fear and reverence, for we know from scripture that God “has not given us a spirit of fear, but of courage and sound mind“. Prophets who leave us with earthly fear and conditions for escape which have a fiduciary bent should be recognisable as ravenous wolves!!!

Guidance and counsel from familiar spirits which lead us to take earthly & sensual actions WILL ultimately lead to causing us to fall back from grace into the flesh and strength of man. This will always make us to be prey to the serent as flesh and carnality are his domain.

Summary

  • There are many ‘witches of endors’ on our pulpits today. They are dressed as sheep, but inside there are ravenous wolves. They are devilishly wonderful at conjuring up images that please our itching ears. They feed our lusts with savoury tales which are not of God’s perfect will for us..making the kingdom all about meat and drink.
  • Too many of us also are lazy and dishonest because we too often seek a quick fix and those who will sing songs to us which are in tandem with our evil lusts. We must also repent. Anyone who genuinely seeks wisdom should prayerfully start in his/her closet in prayer and in the word, and where necessary, the Lord will order their steps to those who are His genuine servants.
  • Now more than ever we must spend detailed and in-depth time in the word of God. Because the bible says in the last days :

“For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect“.

Mark 13:22

Grace unto us all.

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