We thank God greatly that at long last our government, in a move to avoid the mounting pressure from us and other church organisations, in the form of many court cases & planned demonstrations by Pastors, was forced to concede to the demands of the churches.
Are you still saying that it is about protecting us from coronavirus?
BEWARE OF THE DEVIL’S TACTICS TO LURE YOU INTO SIN
Luke 4: 1-13 “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God’” …
ANGELS ARE ON DUTY THROUGH YOUR PRAYERS
Hebrews 1:13-14 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your Enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Angels play a very important role in our daily lives as Christians. Knowing the roles that angels play shall help you live your Christian life in confidence and without fear, especially during such anxiety provoking times. Psalm 34:7 tells us that the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear God and rescues them. When you receive Christ, you are automatically assigned an angel to guard you everywhere you go and ensure that the fiery darts of the enemy do not penetrate you. Even though most Christians are ignorant of this, there is an invincible being allocated to protect you when you get into trouble.
ENEMIES ARE CAMPING IN THE COUNTRY BUT THE WATCHMEN ARE COWARDS
2 Kings 6: 8-23 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” …
THE 2021 FLOODS ARE COMING, GET INSIDE THE 40 DAYS ARK
Genesis 7:1-12 The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him…
THE NEW WORLD ORDER- THE TOWER OF BABEL REVISITED
Let me begin this introductory note by saying even during the 21st century, the Scriptures, which carry the Word of God continue to prove its authority, its relevance, its prophetic accuracy and its divine nature and power of God. It continues to demonstrate its value as the only source that is useful to the people of the world, for information, and education, for learning and sharing and for warning and advice especially to those who have a responsibility to lead and govern God’s people and manage the world environment.
The Bible continues to prove that God all history is about Him and that He is omnipresent, and all knowing. It proves that He is the ultimate leader who conceived the very ideal and concept of government. A governing leader who does not take time to search the scriptures will remain an empty vessel that makes a lot of noise and rhetoric.
I tried but i just can’t. I know what is politically correct is to say; ‘we are behind you president in your decision to suspend church services in order to save lives’. I will be praised by people for saying that but my concern is, “will God be pleased with me”? Since when does lack of faith in Him please Him? When did He start getting impressed by those who praise those who undermine Him? Or maybe I better keep quiet and hope somebody will tackle the matter, but what if no one does? Will I like it when Jesus does not acknowledge me before the Father because I could not acknowledge Him before people? Is He only my Lord when things are smooth and when the going gets tough, I then hide and deny Him like Peter on the night of the Lord’s betrayal?
Romans 6:17-18, “Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin… Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.”
Exodus 12:3-14 “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household… Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year.
(Cont: Destroying evil foundations & rewriting your family history) You are reading this article because God has chosen you for a special assignment that you need to carry out here on earth. For all mankind, He used Jesus to save them. In your family, Jesus will manifest through you in order to bring deliverance.
“For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favour) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men. For just as by one man’s disobedience (failing to hear, [k]heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him)” Romans 5:17-19 (AMPC)
Christians are now taught to worship God from home to avoid coronavirus in the church. This is a false doctrine which is totally against the Word of God. Sadly, most have blindly embraced it. They did not refer to the Scriptures to find out what God is saying about this. The Bible, in Hebrews 10: 24-25 says, “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the day approaching”. The day of the Lord is fast approaching, but Christians have allowed false teachers to convince them of something that is opposite the will of their God. Thus, the majority have stopped going to church.
Acts 16:16-23, Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour…
Joshua 24:14-15 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Luke 4:31-36 “And He descended to Capernaum, a town of Galilee, and there He continued to teach the people on the Sabbath days. And they were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power. Now in the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the foul spirit of a demon; and he cried out with a loud (deep, terrible) cry, Ah, let us alone! What have You to do with us [What have we in common], Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know Who You are—the Holy One of God! But Jesus rebuked him, saying, be silent (muzzled, gagged), and come out of him! And when the demon had thrown the man down in their midst, he came out of him without injuring him in any possible way. And they were all amazed and said to one another, What kind of talk is this? For with authority and power He commands the foul spirits and they come out!
Numbers 14:11-12, Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”
Mr. Zola Mchunu was tormented by a spiritual wife for 8 years because of the lifestyle he lived. He would go out to parties with his friends and he would have sexual relations with different women that he would pick up from the parties.
Luke 2:8-12 “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Imagine owing a huge debt and a stranger appeared out of nowhere to pay the amount you owed on your behalf. Is your creditor still going to demand payment from you? No! your debt is cancelled, and you are free from it! This is what Jesus did for you when He suffered and died through crucifixion. The debt of suffering pronounced at the Garden of Eden because of Adam’s sin was paid and rest that emanated from Christ’s suffering was declared for all Christians.
Exodus 3: 5-6 “Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God”. The events in the cited scripture took place at Horeb, where Moses was tending his father in law’s flock. The Lord spoke to him through a flame of fire in the midst of a bush. Even though the bush was engulfed in flames, it was strangely not getting consumed. When Moses drew closer to examine this phenomenon, he heard a voice commanding him to take off his sandals because he had stepped on holy ground.
Your identity is often shaped by your early experiences in life. Most people are scarred in their souls because of the pains that were caused by their family members in the past. Every believer needs to understand that the Lord can heal all manner of wounds, even the deep ones in their emotions. If you are a victim of abuse, this can become an obstacle in your Christian walk unless you are completely healed and delivered by the Lord Jesus.
Hebrews 5:12-14, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”
Exodus 14:20-25, “So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night… “And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.”
Mrs Kensani Chauke comes from a family where it was pronounced that no one will ever get married. All her sisters, brothers and cousins are not married. They all bore children out of wedlock. When they move in with their partners, they return back home after a short stay with the partner.
Have they bewitched you? Have they stolen your underwear or any of your clothes? Have they stolen your books?
Ms Akani Mabasa experienced funny noises in her left ear for a week in June 2019. After this experience, her ear was blocked and she could not hear anything with it. This is a condition which her grandmother is suffering from. Ms Mabasa began to experience pains in her left ear which caused her headaches. She was also unable to eat properly as chewing caused her pains.
EXODUS 1: 6-10, “And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, ‘Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.”
Mrs. Ennolia Ndivhuwo Mashamba developed anger in 2005 after getting married. She would be angry with her whole family for no apparent reason. Her anger affected her relationship with her husband. She would shout at him whenever he talked to her and they would spend weeks without talking to each other.
John 15:4-5 "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
James 5:14-15 "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven."
2 Timothy 2:4 “Do not waste your time with useless issues. No soldier gets entangled in civilian matters when in service.”
Ephesians 1:3-22 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved…”
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
We all know that everything that gets born has a tendency to grow. The same applies to us as Christians. We have to undergo different stages of growth towards sonship. We cannot afford to remain in the infancy stage forever and be stuck in dwarfism. Instead we are expected to grow into the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness”. When He said these words, He was not referring to our physical appearances as we all have different features. He instead meant that we should be moulded into the image and likeness of Christ. This means that our lives must reflect Christ. We must grow in knowing Him; our perceptions and our reasoning capacities must be like that of Jesus Christ.
Esther 5:1-3. Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court that she found favour in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!” NKJV…
Exodus 34:1-28 says “And the Lord said to Moses, Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke. So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain. And no man shall come up with you, and let no man be seen throughout all the mountain; let neither flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.” So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone. Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord…
Luke 1:68-71 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.” NKJV
2 Samuel 6:12-15 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God”. David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
Scripture reading, Psalm 46:1-3, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (NKJV)
Scripture reading Matthew 12: 43-45 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So, shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
Scripture reading 1Chronicles 4: 9-10, “Jabez was more honourable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request! NIV
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:22-24 (AMP) “And Jesus, replying, said to them, have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].”
Scripture reading, Malachi 1: 10-14 “Oh, that there were even one among you [whose duty it is to minister to Me] who would shut the gates, so that you would not kindle fire on My altar uselessly [with an empty, worthless pretence]! I am not pleased with you,” says the LORD of hosts, “nor will I accept an offering from your hand….” Amplified
Scripture reading, Ephesians 6: 13-14 “Therefore take up the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” NKJV
Scripture reading – Luke 7:11-17 ‘Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
Genesis 12:1-3 “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (NKJV)
Scripture Reading: John 5:1-9 “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole...?” (KJV)
Scripture Reading: Mark 9:17-29 “A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes...” (NIV)
1 Corinthians 4:15-17 “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore, I urge you, imitate me. For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.”(NKJV)
Scripture Reading: Acts 1:9-11 (NKJV) “…as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Joshua 6:1-4” Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valour. You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.”
Joshua 5:13-15 “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So, He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.” (NKJV)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:18 “Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” (AMP)
Scripture reading: Jeremiah 18: 1-6 ‘The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will make you hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and saw that he was working at the wheel. But the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled by the potter’s hand; so he made it over, reworking it and making it into another pot that seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” says the Lord. “Look carefully, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.’ (AMP)
Scripture reading Ecclesiastes 11: 1-5 ‘Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven, and to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth. If the clouds are full of rain, They empty themselves upon the earth; And if a tree falls to the south or the north, In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie.4 He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good” NKJV
Scripture Reading: John 14:30 “I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]” (AMP)
Scripture reading: Exodus 12: 35-38 “Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the LORD had given the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus, they plundered the Egyptians. Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. A mixed multitude went up with them also, and flocks and herds—a great deal of livestock” NKJV
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:30-31 (AMP) Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
Isaiah 59:19 “So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].” (AMP).
Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:25-29 “Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.” (NKJV).
Scripture reading John 5: 1-9, “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
Scripture Reading: John 19:28 -30 “Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”(NKJV)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 20:6-9 “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call!”
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 10:24-26 “…O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt.
Scripture Reading: Revelations 5:9-10 “And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 7:1-2 Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the LORD: ‘Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’” So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”
SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 11:1-5 “I ask then: Has God totally rejected and disowned His people? Of course not! Why, I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin! No God has not rejected and disowned His people (whose destiny) He marked out and appointed and foreknown from the beginning. Do you know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? Lord, they have killed Your prophets; they have demolished Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life. But what is God’s reply to him? I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed a knee to Baal! So too at the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority) selected (chosen) by grace (His unmerited favour and righteousness).
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” (NIV)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 44:6-28 “…Those who make an image, all of them are useless, and their precious things shall not profit; they are their own witnesses; they neither see nor know, that they may be ashamed. Who would form a god or mould an image that profits him nothing? Surely all his companions would be ashamed; and the workmen, they are mere men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, they shall be ashamed together…” (NKJV)
It is important for us to gather in one place and seek the face of the Lord together. When we read Ecclesiastes 4:9, we get to understand that things do not remain the same when we work or labour together in prayer, our return or reward for the year 2018 shall be good. As brothers and sisters we are going to support each other, because we need each other. And when we fast together our faith grows and we are able to access more of the kingdom of God.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:1-40 “Do not worry because of evildoers, nor be envious toward wrongdoers; for they will wither quickly like the grass, and fade like the green herb. Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness…” (AMP)
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:19-22 “Therefore, believers, since we have confidence and full freedom to enter the Holy Place [the place where God dwells] by [means of] the blood of Jesus, by this new and living way which He initiated and opened for us through the veil [as in the Holy of Holies], that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great and wonderful Priest [Who rules] over the house of God, let us approach [God] with a true and sincere heart in unqualified assurance of faith, having had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (AMP)
As the Body of Christ, we are encouraged to take time off our busy schedules and gaze upon the face of God. We need to give ourselves some time to grow the Spirit man, by spending time in the Word, and by remaining in the Presence of God as we pray and fast in the beginning of the year.
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:1-5 “So put aside every trace of malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and hateful speech; like new-born babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfilment]… You [believers], like living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house for a holy and dedicated priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.” (AMP)
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 6:1-6 “Therefore let us get past the elementary stage in the teachings about the Christ, advancing on to maturity and perfection and spiritual completeness, [doing this] without laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…” (AMP)
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:20-21 “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
Many people want to belong to the family of God and have the privilege of being called Christians. However, not everyone qualifies to be called a child of God. One needs to be completely sold out to Christ and be above reproach. In the church of God today, many have a tendency of confessing Christ with the mouths but practice the opposite of His will at the same time. They want to be filled with the precious oil of God that is reserved only for the true Christians, yet they are not willing to be separated from their sins. You as a Christian need to understand that you cannot be approved in the Kingdom of God without upholding holiness, which is God’s character.
Scripture Reference: Matthew 17:21
“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 62: 6-7 “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:9 “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness”
Scripture Reading: Genesis 7:1-12 “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation…For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” … And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights”
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.”(AMP)
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-14“…So it was that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…” (NKJV)
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:10 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth” (NKJV)
Scripture Reading: Luke 2:8-12 “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
As a Christian, the Lord provides for your daily needs which are essential for your survival. He has also instilled some desires in your heart and He also wants to satisfy them. This means that over and above the milk that He provides for you daily, He also wants to provide you with the honey for your enjoyment. Some Christians limit God by asking Him to provide only for their basic needs. They do not want to stretch their faith and ask for things which are beyond their needs. But, God wants you to claim whatever you desire through prayer.
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:28 ‘Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”’ (NKJV)
Sometimes God allows some things to die on purpose so that He may resurrect them. There are times when He will let the devil kill certain areas of your life. When Jesus was sentenced to be hanged on the cross, God did not stop it from happening. He allowed Him to die and be buried. Those who were crucifying Him were not aware that God had a plan to resurrect Jesus, so they celebrated His death.
Scripture reading: Daniel 3:28-29 “Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his
servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” (NIV)
Scripture Reference: John 11: 1-44 (NIV)
When a friend of Jesus fell ill, He did not pay him a visit immediately. The Lord intentionally stayed where He was and waited for him to die. He did this on purpose so that He may raise him from the dead. He had a plan to bring him back to life so that He may demonstrate the power of God. On the fourth day, when Lazarus body was already buried and decomposed in the tomb, the Lord showed up and resurrected him.
Scripture reading: Isaiah 48:17 “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea”. (NKJV)
In this quoted verse, we read about the Lord reminding His nation, the Israelites that He is their Redeemer, the Lord who teaches them how to profit. To redeem means to compensate or regain possession of something.
Scripture reading: Isaiah 43:18-19“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert." NKJV.
Have you been praying for something?
“As we were on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who was possessed by a spirit of divination [claiming to foretell future events and to discover hidden knowledge], and she brought her owners much gain by her fortunetelling. She kept following Paul and [the rest of] us, shouting loudly, These men are the servants of the Most High God! They announce to you the way of salvation!...” (AMP)