Posts tagged ‘faith’
God has exalted his word above everything else and his word has dynamic power to bring deliverance and effect changes to any life situation and circumstance.
An understanding of the word and effective prayers brings desired victory (Dan. 9:1ff). Applying faith in the word through purposeful action delivers enormous results. Do you need deliverance?
Being a Christian gives us the innumerable possiblities of enjoying life to the fullest and brings fulfilment and joy. The scriptures states that the faith you need is as big as the mustard see. That faith can move mountains. Mark 11:22-24. God can move your mountains, through your faith. Do you need help?
Deliverance can open up a new world of peace to you today. If you don’t understand this, feel free to contact me.
Don’t suffer in silence, reach out to God now. 2 Cor. 6:1-2. Jams 1:5-8.
It is time to really change important destiny-issues in life and your right to do so is sanctioned by God.
There are some examples that forms the bases of this action and I want us to consider them.
1 Chron.4:9 – 10, “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez [Painful], because she said that his birth was painful. Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, “Please bless me and give me more territory. May your power be with me and free me from evil so that I will not be in pain.” God gave him what he prayed for” (GW)
Jabez made up his mind that enough was enough of the troubles brought upon him by his name. Frustration made the mother call him a bad name. Responsibility made him seek for a change and God honoured his desire for a change.
Would God honour your desire and prayer for change?
Matt. 7:7 – 11, says he will.
The scriptures says, “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “If your child asks you for bread, would any of you give him a stone? Or if your child asks for a fish, would you give him a snake? Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?” Matt. 7:7-11, (GW)
In 1 Sam. 1:9-18, Hannah made up her mind that she had had enough of being a bed-fellow with bareness. She decided that there must be an end to her shame. She must have thought, let me give it another push and see what God will do. God changed her situation. The scriptures says,
“One day, after Hannah had something to eat and drink in Shiloh, she got up. (The priest Eli was sitting on a chair by the door of the Lord’s temple.) Though she was resentful, she prayed to the Lord while she cried. She made this vow, “Lord of Armies, if you will look at my misery, remember me, and give me a boy, then I will give him to you for as long as he lives. A razor will never be used on his head.” While Hannah was praying a long time in front of the Lord, Eli was watching her mouth. She was praying silently. Her voice couldn’t be heard; only her lips were moving. Eli thought she was drunk.
“How long are you going to stay drunk?” Eli asked her. “Get rid of your wine.”
Hannah responded, “No sir. I’m not drunk. I’m depressed. I’m pouring out my heart to the Lord. Don’t take me to be a good-for-nothing woman. I was praying like this because I’ve been troubled and tormented.”
Eli replied, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your request.”
“May you continue to be kind to me,” she said. Then the woman went her way and ate. She was no longer sad. Early in the morning Elkanah and his family got up and worshiped in front of the Lord. Then they returned home to Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel [God Hears], because she said, “I asked the Lord for him.” 1 Sam.1:9-18. (GW)
Will God change yours? Don’t assume he would not. Give it another push.
James 5:13- 18 says he will. The scriptures says,
“If any of you are having trouble, pray. If you are happy, sing psalms. If you are sick, call for the church leaders. Have them pray for you and anoint you with olive oil in the name of the Lord. (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven. So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective. Elijah was human like us. Yet, when he prayed that it wouldn’t rain, no rain fell on the ground for three-and-a-half years. Then he prayed again. It rained, and the ground produced crops.” James 5:13-18. (GW)
Why not give it a go and pray again!
Rebecca was not content with the struggles she was going through during her pregnancy. She went to God in prayer to find out what was happing.
God heard her and told he what was happening.
What are you going through? Are you confused and frustrated about the situations around and would want to know what the years ahead has for you? Go to God with it.
Matt. 7. 8, says those who search shall find.
If you believe you will see the glory of God. John11: 40. “Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see God’s glory?” (GW).
Join me and lets pray.
The prayer focus is primarily YOU.
Many people from all over the world are joining in this prayer.
- You are to pray for yourself – life-changing prayer. Pray fervently.
- Pray for where you live.
- Pray your friends (Job 42:10) “After Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored Job’s prosperity and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 (GW).
- Pray for someone who is praying at this time with us. Sow a seed of prayer.
I am joining in prayer of agreement with all who joins this prayer time for God to change their lives.
- Prayer days. 31st 2015 – 31st January 2016. (or Anytime you find this article)
- You can join at the hour 23. There is not special about this time, just a time you might have rested from work and refreshed to pray.
- You can equally choose a good time for you.
- You can pray for 30 minutes or for as long as you wish using the Bible quotes about to pray.
- Ask some friends to join – they should pray for themselves.
God bless you and give you a glorious change in Jesus name.
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Sometimes we are challenged by increase of wickedness and oppression. We get caught up in situations that are awful and seemingly insurmountable; many people despair for life and mourn at such times. These situations come in various forms and I am not going to single out some of them here. At such times the wicked and oppressors feel on top of the world, brandishing venom, hatred and are eager to show how much evil influence they can wield. It is not new.
The scripture says in Daniel 3:19-27 “Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.”
King Nebuchadnezzar was very angry at the thought of the defiance of his order about removing freedom of worship. He commanded increase of punishment to the three Hebrew children. The king deployed his mighty men of valour to deal with harmless and unarmed men; while the public watched with excitement at the humiliation that these men would soon be put into. The atmosphere must have been tensed and charged with dreadful fright. It was a time no person wished to be an Israelite. It had been escalated to a fight of the gods against men, king against the commoners and king Nebuchadnezzar against God.
The scripture says in I Sam. 17:42-47, “And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
The above scripture was another occasion that wickedness and oppression increased against the army of Israel, who were ill-equipped to fight the Philistines and their champion, Goliath of Gath. It was a spectacle watching an untrained boy going against the odds. Neither his people nor the enemy gave him a chance. The only thing he had was his sling and the only person he counted on for support was God. Once again it was the battle of the God of Israel against the gods of the Philistines. It was like David embarked on a suicide mission. You can only imagine the vexation of Goliath and he was determine to deal with this insult and afterwards deal with those who sent him.
Evils don’t last for ever, no matter how long it takes. All over the world wickedness is being multiplied and ruthlessness is just the heading of the next News bulletin, on radio and television. The Newspapers are painted all over with pictures of violence and crime.
When evil and wickedness increases their end is at hand.
Instead of the three Hebrew children suffering agonising shame and humiliation, King Nebuchadnezzar did. Instead of David reeling in pain and blood, Goliath of Gath did. Instead of you suffering humiliating, defeat and shame, your enemies will. This pattern cannot fail for those who put their trust in God.
The scripture says in Isaiah 59:18-19 “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they 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 shall lift up a standard against him”
Whatever you might be going through, it might seem as if the odds are against you; your faith in God might be under fire and the power of those that hate you might be overwhelming and it might look like you have no chance or support of any kind; the Lord God Almighty is there for you. Those who trust him are never put to shame. It is human to feel agitated and bothered but keep believing, the wicked shall not rule over you; wickedness will surely be overthrown. The mighty men of Nebuchadnezzar were destroyed in his fire and the Philistines lost their champion in his plot; this pattern will not fail also.
Jesus faced the greatest vile the devil could muster, he faced the greatest humiliation the devil had at the cross; the enemy did not know the “game plan”, the blood for redemption was to be released in that fashion to account for everyone who will believe. When it was all over, the prince of wickedness found out the truth. He lost. He is still working wickedness but it won’t change the victory Jesus won. You have that victory available to you if you believe and keep believing.
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Warning: The post you are about to read is capable of transforming your life forever!
Faith is the most important aspect of our lives as believers. Heb.11:6, says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV). The prayer of faith is the prayer of an absolute trust in God. Absolute “abandonment” in the hand of God, because you are persuaded:
- That God loves you in a personal way
- That God is all powerful and able to meet your needs
- That God’s promises are true and trustworthy
- That God is faithful and dependable
- That God is good and will not deny his word
Prayer of Faith is not just about the length of time or passion in prayer as much as it is about trust in God’s faithfulness. It is important to spend quality time in prayers often; however, doing so without a comprehensive active faith in God makes praying a frustrating experience. Heb.11:1, says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV).
You can build your faith in God through:
- Studying of the word
- Meditation in the word
- Obedience to the word
- Believing the word
- Taking action on the word
- Focusing on God all through a faith thrust
- Praising God for everything (big or small)
- Believing that God is Holy
Faith is not about seeing the things you asked for before you know you’ve got it. It is about knowing that you’ve got it because you have asked God for it; and you have asked according to his promises. (You have asked for what you need – Phil. 4:19.)
We miss it when we become agitated, worried and fretting about our needs. Most times people never care about some of their needs until they are in the “worry zone”. There are issues that just take us unawares and get us panicky but it is important that at such times we must resolve to turn them over to the Lord and hold on to his promises and integrity.
In the prayer of faith, you do your part and allow God to do his part. You never worry that God might act too late. You believe that he makes all things beautiful in their time. God never fails.
After the prayer, you thank God for answered prayer and go away rejoicing.
In the prayer of faith you don’t go to God on your own terms; you don’t approach him on your “righteousness”. You go to him through Jesus Christ. You trust in his love and care. You believe in his faithfulness without wavering.
God said in Jer. 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (NKJV)
People are sometimes tempted to believe that their goodness is what will move God. (That thinking comes from Old Testament mentality – The New Testament is based on Jesus’ finished work)
There are people who think that fasting or a certain length of time spent in prayer is the most important thing in prayer. The Bible did not say so. We can pray and fast as much as we wish, but we always prevail through faith, as we pray. That is the way to do it.
People of faith
Heb. 11, lists people who lived by faith; trusting God at various times for various things. They were not disappointed.
You too can be part of them.
*Some important scriptures that will aid understanding are James 5:13-15; Heb. 10:22-23; James 1:5-7; Heb.11:6. Please take some time to read them.
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“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered? But thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 49:24-26 (NKJV)
Luke 1:68-75 says, “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, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.” (NKJV)
It is the will of God that we are free from all forms of incarceration. Many people, all over the world, are in one form of captivity or another; these include political, economic, social and spiritual bondage. Many people are unaware of their situation and some others are simply helpless. The worst set of people in this problem are those who think it is the will of God for their lives. They see it as their spiritual obligation to God; Luke 1:68-75 shows that it is not the will of God.
Luke 13:10-17, says, “Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite!Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” (NKJV)
The Jewish religious leaders were upset when Jesus healed the woman with the spirit of infirmity. They must have used her to challenge people about “spiritual devotion” but Jesus proved them wrong and the scripture says, “The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite!Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.”
“After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.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. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” John 5:1-11 (NKJV)
Some people, out of their own will, get into captivity; some people are held captives by other men.
“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.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.” Exodus 1:8-14 (NKJV)
The Egyptian took the Israelites captives in a very cunning manner. Some people sell themselves to captivity because of debts, some are war captives and some people even get into captivity because of their jobs. In a cynical way, drugs and alcohol put people into habit captivity. The prey groan in agony, humiliation, pain and shame; they lose the dignity, earning and future. The captor on the other hand brags about his exploits and deceit; he mounts constant pressure and watch whimsically at the agony on the face of his victims.
“But thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
God wants you free, if you are under any kind of captivity. He is willing to do it at the highest cost to the captors. That was why Jesus paid the price for your redemption. You can be free from now.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,in whom we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins.” Col.1:13-14 (NKJV)
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” Gal.3:13-14 (NKJV)
The scripture says that even the “lawful captive of the mighty shall be delivered”. God can do that too; nobody is hopeless in this matter. It is the will of God that we enjoy freedom. It is not everybody that will like the idea that you should be free but I am not here to serve their purpose or bother with their views. I am a servant of God declaring his counsel to you.
- You need to know the truth
- You must be willing to see that it happens (no violence please)
- You must trust God to perfect that which concerns you.
- You must keep praying until you possess your possession
- Find out the promises of God for your life through the study of the word of God
- You must never expose yourself to the dangers of captivity
- Break and destroy every covenant of the enemy upon your life
- Disconnect yourself from every form of religious captivity. Bondage is not a spiritual virtue. This is a very serious issue and difficult to do. (The captors are going to hotly contest your freedom in every way possible; they will do anything it takes to hold you in their chain)
- Set yourself free from captivity of the mind. This tells you that you cannot be free; that is how you were made (you cannot change); you will die if you dare make a move to be free; you are too old to change; your background will not allow the change (it is in your DNA); there are many things your mind can suggest.
- You must keep confessing your freedom, God wants you free. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11 (NKJV)
We cannot serve God as we should if we are in bondage. Captivity destroys every form of true expression in worship. Psalm 137:1-4 says,
“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” NKJV).
The Captive of the mighty shall be delivered. Be free; it is the will of God for you.
Scripture quotes: www.biblegateway.com
- A Traumatic Tragedy – Praying To The God You Don’t Believe In (holyspiritcomfort.com)
- “Reap Rejoicing!” (wordforlifesays.com)
- Walk with Jesus: Matthew 28 – another war between kingdoms has started. You are recruited. (kzlam36.wordpress.com)