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trees 5Every thought that lacks “pureness”, the presence of God, invite demons!

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Phil 4:8 (KJV)

This is the first stage of demonic presence called “infestation”. Like flies infesting an open food, they follow the aroma of the food and consequently to the plate.

One evening, a friend joined my wife and I for dinner outside in front of the house. My wife threw away the water we used in washing our hands, not far from where we were.  In Africa we eat some meals with our hands and wash them before and after eating. Suddenly a group of soldier ants invaded our position. They perceived the food and  following the water, came where we were.

Many things we can’t perceive from water, ants and demons do! Many things we can’t hear, dogs and demons do! Many things we can’t see, dogs and demons do! That is why we need to think good thoughts (Philp. 4:8) which attract the Lord and the hosts of heaven!

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Rev 3:20 (KJV)

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.” – Romans 1:28-31 (KJV)

The Word of God is the suggestion! When we meditate on His word, we are responding to His suggestion; attracting Him.

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“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” – Josh 1:8 (KJV)

The Law of Attraction is based on three principles: suggestion, response and finally attraction.

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In the thought Chamber there are compartments. The third compartment is what we call imagination.

Imagination is an aspect of thought that dwells on what would or should happen given certain situations, circumstances or conditions: the consequences or outcome of steps we desire to take. Imagination looks or projects into the future. Even if you recall an event that happened twenty years ago, it is with intent to plan or project into the future.

Imagination is the thought that creates images, pictures of tomorrow: it sees the future! This is the region of hope. And without hope Faith is dead!

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Heb 11:1 (KJV)

Faith is thought that is full of hope, based on the Word of God, and backed by love.

Your thought is substance! As said earlier, in the spirit realm imagination is as tangible as bricks and steel are in the natural!

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Imagination supplies you the mental pictures that you alone can see – in your thought Chamber! It is the “evidence” of what you desire; the “evidence” of your faith. If you cannot see it or “imagine” it, you cannot have it!

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” – Gen 11:6 (KJV)

“And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” – Gen 13:14-15 (KJV)

“And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.” – Gen 30:41 (KJV)

“And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.” – Ex 7:1 (KJV)

What you see is what you get!

…….to be continued.

 


MESSENGERS 2

As a messenger who are you affecting? Every messenger carries a message. What message do you carry? When people see you, are they inspired to hope, gladness and smiles? Or does your presence stir in them hopelessness, and suggests to them they can never amount to anything in life? Does your presence encourage or condemn others?

The duty of the messenger of the Lord is to prepare His Way.

“As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.” – Mark 1:2 (KJV)

“Listen! I hear the voice of someone shouting, “Make a highway for the LORD through the wilderness. Make a straight, smooth road through the desert for our God. ” – Isaiah 40:3.
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Your duty is to prepare that dry place so the Lord might come in. Soften that situation for that brother, that sister; show the love of God, shine the light of God into that troubled soul! Give hope to people around you. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven! (Matt. 5:16 KJV)

You are a messenger, not only the “ordained ministers”!

Messengers do not do their own will, but the will of their master!

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” – John 6:38 (KJV)

Where He sends you should go! What He desires, you should do!

Imagine Matthew the Custom officer following Jesus to the house of Peter the fisherman, a demonstration of love and humility. Or of Peter (a Jew) in the house of Cornelius (a Gentle), a proof of self-denial.

One key to being a good messenger of the Lord is to KILL SHAME!

Kill shame in two areas of your Christian Faith.

(1) Shame of the crucified Saviour.

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38 (KJV)

Paul confirms:

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord Jesus, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.” – 2 Timothy 1:8 (KJV)

Many do not believe in a suffering Messiah; they are ashamed to be identified with Him. By confession, many acknowledge Him Lord and Master. But in everyday practice, they deny Him, by believing no disciple of His should carry his or her cross. They believe Christianity is a call to “feel good”, a bed of roses, “at least did He not become poor that we might be rich?” they query. (2 Cor. 8:9) A highly misunderstood scripture!



(2) The word.

Many are ashamed of the Word, yet not aware they are. When we chose our own way over the Word of God, we prove our shame for it. The rejection of the Word is a result of having a “better alternative”; a result of our intellectual prowess which we are proud to carry out. Those times we feel the Word limits us and not “befitting” our status.
Again that scripture.

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38 (KJV)




Being ashamed of His Word is manifest whenever we disobey. Every disobedience is a mark of pride; a mark of feeling that the Word is not good enough.

Masters do the thinking and issue instructions. Servants and messengers obey. As messengers, our duty is to obey.

“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;” – Isaiah 1:19 AMP.


As an angel who are you affecting?

We are called to make impact; every true Christin. Not only the “ordained ministers”. How well have you fared?

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The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.” (Proverbs 12:24).

Success in whatever you have chosen to do, does not come without a price. Nothing in life is free! Even Salvation cost God and Jesus something.
How much are you willing to pay for success?

You have to be willing and obedient to eat the fruit of the land.

“If ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” (Isaiah 1:19).

Success is expensive and if you want it, you have to pay for it!
The price to pay for success is nothing but a resolute determination.

A mountainous determination to succeed is the price to pay. A strong desire to counter disgrace poverty, failure, misfortune, etc, must be put in motion day and night; in thought and in deed.

A resolute determination is a mixture of desire and expectation.
I read a story of people engaged in a week long prayer asking for rain. On the last day of the programme the Minister suddenly realized that not a single person, including himself, came with an umbrella all through the days of the programme. There was no burning desire!
It takes a desperate desire to succeed!

“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.” (Proverbs 10:4).

Diligence means hard work. A person who works hard is a diligent person. Laziness, idleness, is not tolerated by a diligent person.

Poverty, like a vagabond, stalks everyone.

It takes diligence, hard work, to keep it at bay.
A diligent person does not need “motivation” to work! Joseph was diligent in the house of Portipher; he did every available and undone work that came to his attention. He needed no external motivation to work. His motivation was from inside. A diligent person works for himself, even if employed. He works almost round the clock, consumed with the passion of the work.

A diligent person places value on the work and derives satisfaction when work is done and done excellently; this fulfillment, the satisfaction that follows a work well done is what he values more than the financial reward.
May we learn to look beyond financial reward and see the worth of the inner reward; a thing money cannot buy!


provision

If people knew there was a place called provision; a place where every need would be met, I believe we would all go there to live.
But is there really a place called provision? A place where needs are met?

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“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.” (Genesis 32:30-31).



Running from his brother Esau, Jacob left alone, encountered the Lord and wrestled with Him. This was the day Jacob “saw God face to face”. Yet we know no man can see God and survive. 

“And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20).

So what could he mean?

It was the day he “saw” God’s plan for him and accepted it; the day he made his ways right before the Lord: the day he got born-again. 

All his life he had been controlled by situations and circumstances, and what people thought about him. He lived in the paradise of other people’s imagination, consequently ended up supplanting his brother, deceived his father and cheated his uncle. He was on his way to inherit God’s possession (Canaan) pronounced on him by their father, Isaac. Indirectly, he was going to possess God’s gift by manipulation. Yes, God had him in mind for that land but not through lying and deception. He connived with his mother to lie to his father; certainly God cannot be in a lie, this was not His way! Again, no unclean thing can inherit the possession of God.

“And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called, The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the way-faring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” (Isaiah 35:8).



“Who shall ascend upon the hill of the LORD? and who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” -Psalms 24:3-5.



This was a land that God chose for Himself before the foundation of the world to be His headquarters on earth; a land that rejected and “vomiteth” the inhabitants whose ways were not right with God.
This was the land Jacob, in his carnal, “fleshly” nature was going to inherit?
God does not change; in nature and in principle. Jacob had to be stopped: hence the wrestle with the angel; in which Jacob was brought down “dead” while “Israel” came to life. Jacob did not inherit Canaan, because of his supplanting nature; Israel did!
After this experience with the angel, he became transformed, he became changed, he became a brand new man.

“Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17.

For the first time in his life, he noticed the Sun rise upon him. He had been in the sun before however this was no ordinary sun, but the Sun of righteousness, giving approval of the new man who has come to know the Lord for himself: a man who now has power “of agreement” with God to enter Canaan and possess it. For the first time, he saw himself in a different light. 

God had been walking with him like He walks with everybody today; to lead, to guide, to protect and to bless. But we have to mend our ways: to agree with Him.

“Can two walk together, except they are agreed?” – Amos 3:3.

The blessing of God does not come by how much we work; even for the Lord: how much we run around, where we go, who we meet or associate with, or by what methods we employ. No. The blessing of God comes by obedience and agreement with Him.

“If ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” – Isaiah 1:19.


“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: by this good shall come to thee.” – Job 22:21.

The word “acquaint” is old English for “agree”. In other words “agree with Him then good shall come.” Good comes only when we are in agreement with Him. 

“By this” (Websters) 

“By that” (Amplified).

Just this one thing: agreement!

Whatever comes outside agreement with Him, does not stay, yet multiplies sorrow. 

Jacob was at the verge of losing everything to Esau (a man of the flesh; a man of the world), thanks to God for His mercy, his life was preserved. 

If we have to experience not just success but growth: the increase that establishes success, we MUST AGREE with Him. Only by agreement with Him do we have the Sun of righteousness lead us.

“But to you that fear my name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Malachi 4:2.

“Breaking forth” and “growing up” are things we pursue everyday, but can only get when the Sun of righteousness rises over us, taking the lead and ordering our affairs. 

The Sun rising upon Jacob means he agreed to walk with God in total surrender, led by God. Not like before when God walked with Him; no, it was different now: he walked with God!

His conduct and character changed. He began to see things from a new perspective, his mode of dressing changed, his language and speech changed; all reflecting his new found life in God. Even his manner of walk changed! He began to limp: unable to do certain things he did easily in his former way of living, or should we say he felt ashamed of those deeds and could not indulge in them anymore. However way we interpret it, Jacob became a new creature and old things passed away, paving the way for the new – Israel.
The power to live holy comes, when we surrender to the Lord and agree with Him to drive our life. Let us learn from Jacob so that the sweet fragrance of God “shut” in us would find expression.

Shalom.

   


SPEAK
A regenerated mind overflows with the Word of God.

It is a mind that sees nothing of value in this world and consequently counts all things as nothing compared to the joy of knowing Christ and being in His Kingdom. Such a mind is not moved by anything else but Christ and all about Him. He holds on to nothing and “loves not his life so much as to shrink from death”. (Revelation 12:11c)

A regenerated mind is wholly and completely offered as sacrifice to God; he does not live for himself but for the Lord, acknowledging that the life he lives is not his but Christ that lives in him. 

A regenerated mind thrives on the Word of God and upon it does he meditate day and night. When he opens his mouth, nothing else but the Word of God overflows from it.    

“My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue.” (Psalms 39:3).



The regenerated mind does not speak anyhow. Neither does it speak or respond to everything it hears. He weighs what he hears (musing)…

“(Oh, I know, I have been rash to talk out plainly this way to God!) I will (in my thinking) stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the tower or fortres, and will watch to see what He will say within me, and what answer I will make (as His mouthpiece) to the perplexities of my complaint against Him.” – Habakkuk 2:1 AMP

I have been much of a talkative, the Prophet seemed to say, I spoke too soon and much too much; only for my words to come out foolish and out of place. I have learnt my lesson and will be more careful next time to “muse”, to meditate, consider, ponder, over what I hear, and depend on God for the answer I will give, as His spokesman. 

“…. and will watch to see what He will say within me.” – Habakkuk 2:1b  



He considers his speech and the possible consequences.

“…… and what answer I will make as His mouthpiece.” – Habbakuk 2:1c

The process of “musing“, pondering, is the process of waiting to hear His word of instruction; His word of direction, which comes like fire.

“Is not my word like a fire? saith the LORD?” – Jeremiah 23:29a.

While musing; waiting for instruction, “the fire burned“, signifying the entrance of His words, bringing light and direction.

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.” – Psalms 119:130.

This word shines a light on our path through the darkness, and uncertain terrain of this world, showing us where to follow, what to do. 

The Psalmist said “Then“:

“…… then I spoke with my tongue.” (Psalms 39:3).

Even in other tongues!

The “speaking” comes after the word of instruction or direction has been given.
Good success is a product of walking along the path of this revelation. (Joshua 1:8)
That was the path Elijah walked. His instruction to fill the trench with water (1 Kings 18:33) was not his. It was born out of divine direction. He did not pray his mind or will. As a vessel empty of self, all that poured from him on Mount Carmel were sourced from the Holy Spirit.

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26).

Elijah did not depend on his ability; he depended on the leading of the Holy Spirit. 
We know not WHAT to pray as we OUGHT (should). The WHAT and the HOW of prayer are not ours. 

Many parade themselves as “prayer warriors”, “prayer giants” as though the ability and direction of prayer is theirs. 

A regenerated mind humbles himself before God, and even in prayer he does not lean on his own understanding. 

When we forget about ourselves in His presence, His fire will fall; making us speak. 

The Water represents the Holy Spirit and His peace that surrounds our heart, like the mountains surround Jerusalem. 
Let us learn to depend on Him; He is our guide, our comforter, our shield and buckler. He is our Rock of defence and our Rock of offence. He also will bring us to the fullness of God’s plan for us individually. Let us draw closer to Him for He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. And , let us obey Him, no matter how “wise” or “foolish” his instruction may be.

Shalom!