[AMP] Genesis 26:1,2,3, 12 "And there was a famine in the land, other than the former famine ....And the Lord appeared to him and said, .... live in the land of which I will tell you......Dwell temporarily in this land, and I will be with you and will favor you with blessings; ....and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father....Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings". Precious child of God, you are under a covenant of blessing for prosperity, regardless of what you hear in the media ,God's promise can't be changed. Like Isaac , refuse to live a compromised lifestyle , because He who promised is very faithful. Continue in your acts of benevolence, covenant tithing (Heb 7.7-8) and preaching the gospel and be always expectant and never quit trusting in God ; this is key to having faith for financial breakthroughs. As you read this now receive grace for financial breakthrough in Jesus name.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
A woman lost all her kids and their grandpa to the ill-fated Malaysian MH370 plane that crashed in Ukraine. Narrating her ordeal on CNN ,she said an unusual event took place: right after they had been checked in, her little boy ran back clucthing tightly to her saying "mummy what would I do when the plane crashes..? "She was amazed as she watched her son run back into the plane with his last words being " I love you mum". God was speaking to her.
The bible teaches that God will always send a warning before any disaster. [KJV] Amos 3:6-7 "Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Satan's strategy is to make us rebel against God's servants that we may fall victims of his evil schemes. [NLT] Ephesians 2:2 "You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God." Through fasting, worship, teaching others the bible, fellowship,this is the purpose of regular tithing -learning to hear from God Deut, 14:23" ...learn to fear the lord always "we develop our ability to hear from God and are saved from disaster. as you read this now, receive grace for sensitivity to God's voice in Jesus name.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
MYSTERY OF THE BLOOD OF SPRINKLING By Rev. Michael Benson Ajayi. Senior Pastor, Gracevine Ministries International. Inc.
Protection from the sword, famine, pestilence, judgement
2Chronicles20. 9 "If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help."
[YLT] Hebrews 12:24 "and to a mediator of a new covenant -- Jesus, and to blood of sprinkling, speaking better things than that of Abel!"
The wages of sin is death, through the blood of Christ we subdue death by the redemption power in the blood.
The waster is out to destroy by God's permision , Satan has permision to destroy those who reject God's protective shield in the blood of sprinkling .Isaiah 54: 16 "Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy".Isaiah 45.7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.Job 2. 4 -7 "And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. "
Job was so rich and yet unteachable and arrogant , indisciplined and was not ready to listen to preacher's instruction despite being under God's grace. He was an independent self seeking socialite who couldnt be corrected , that was his undoing, independence is the beginning of a man's downfall, [AMP] Revelation 3:17 "For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked." We need each other's inputs , Job had no prayer partner and was married to a woman with no passion for God Job2.9 .
The church is a living organism that thrives on interdependence [AMP] Ephesians 4:16 "For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love. "The pursuit of independence is the beginning of the depreciation and eventual destruction of any part. Therefore , the first thing the enemy does before destroying any person is to remove them from the fellowship of the living. That's what happened to Samson, Judas, the prodigal son.
As we approach the return of , Satan has increased the tempo of destruction with the hope of taking more people to hell. Jesus foretold of an increase in terrorism in the last days Matthew 24.12 Church folks won't be exempted ,(backsliding , ignorance) Matthew 24:12. Hosea 4.6 . [AMP] John 16:2 "They will put you out of (expel you from) the synagogues; but an hour is coming when whoever kills you will think and claim that he has offered service to God". If you know your God's voice you shall be strong Daniel 11.32
The blood and flesh was given to pay for our sins and agaisnt untimely death and for the good life on earth. John6.51
We are to prove our freedom from the world's arrogance by placing the blood on the lintel ( you were under His authority)
Destruction is on the path of the presumptuous&arrogant for Pride goes before a fall , it was Job's downfall [AMP] Job 36:8-9
"And if they are bound in fetters [of adversity] and held by cords of affliction, Then He shows to them [the true character of] their deeds and their transgressions, that they have acted arrogantly [with presumption and self-sufficiency]."
Non Jews were saved by the blood as long as they were under Moses' authority.
God created the destroyer and only He alone can stop it when we come under His cover as stipulated in scriptures.
The destroyer goes after the arrogant ( self- preserving ) . We are expected to get clearance on every journey before embarking on such. We should develop listening ears. 1chronicles 14.10, 14 It was king David's key to success in his military campaigns.
The lord speaks everyday to His Children to give them precautionary measures against terrorism
Arrogance & presumptuosness , makes it difficult to hear. Through regular tithing (Deut.14:23), fasting and praying (psalm35:13) in the Holy ghost we destroy the yoke of arrogance over our lives thus making it easier to hear God's voice. God directs the footsteps of the righteous away from terror. Prov.3.26
Righteousness ( fellowship, evangelism, worship, discipleship, ministry) shall serve as a platform upon which faith for divine safety is built.
It is not the will of God for any of His children to die by terrorism. Isaiah54:14 He will shield you from the terrorist. Psalm28.7
The blood of sprinkling of the old testament is still with us in the new testament. It is in the holy communion drink. The wine drink or grape juice ceases to be an ordinary wine or juice as soon as it is blessed by an anointed servant of God. Jesus said in Matthew 26.28 "THIS IS MY BLOOD " it is not the same as "it represents my blood". What made it different is the prayer that was made over the wine. It is important we understand this, it is where the miracle power lies. Remember , it was sheep blood in the old testament, now it is wine. And as effective now as then . Sprinkle drops of the wine upon your household believing the plague will not come near you . It is referred to as the blood of sprinkling ( in a present continuos tense) . [YLT] Hebrews 12:24 "and to a mediator of a new covenant -- Jesus, and to blood of sprinkling, speaking better things than that of Abel! "Every time the holy communion is taken , it averts death and disaster.
Apostle Paul used it to his advantage, he was saved from a shipwreck, venomous snake bite Acts 27.. Survived assassination attempts , beatings several times.
When the demon behind the destroyer sees the physical sign of the blood , it passes over the recipient .
Physical problems are dealt with physically and Spiritual problems are dealt with spiritually. Death is both spiritual and physical and Jesus made provisions for both .
Hosea13. 14 "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes".
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Matt.22. 15 "Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way. "
This question is a cultural trap. We’re told they came to trap him in his words. The text is explicit so we know it’s a trap question. It’s a trick and they want to hand him over to the authorities. So they come and they ask him this question and they say, "Should we pay our taxes to Caesar or not?" What is the cultural trap? You see, the first thing asking questions does is that it exposes these cultural traps. Let me illustrate it. Why is this a trap? Well, the Jews who were asking the question know that they are God’s chosen people. God’s chosen people is being oppressed by a Roman army. The Roman army is financed through the paying of taxes. If you pay your taxes, you are financing the oppression of God’s people. You are compromising your holiness. But if you don’t pay your taxes, and you refuse to pay your taxes, you will be killed. So they come to Jesus and they say, "Teacher, you’re a man of God. You show no partiality, you aren’t scared or swayed by people. You tell the truth as it is. Should we pay our taxes?" Now can you see the trap? They’re thinking if Jesus says, "Yes, pay your taxes," they’ll say, "Ha! You too then are prepared to morally compromise in order to save your own skin." But if he says, "No, don’t pay your taxes," then he will be arrested, and if he refuses to pay, he will be executed. So it’s a win-win situation, right? It’s a cultural trap. But how does Jesus respond? Don’t look at the text, do you remember? I’m trying to make you use your brains. How does he respond?He asks a question. And what’s the question?"Bring me a denarius. Whose head this? Whose inscription?""Caesar’s," they reply."Then render unto Caesar’s that which is Caesar’s, and unto God that which is God’s."Do you see how he has answered the question? You give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s. Pay your taxes. But, you give to God that which is God’s. You pay your taxes, but paying your taxes is not a compromise of holiness. And what is holiness? Jesus has just defined it for us. It’s giving to God that which is God’s.Do you see why Jesus can’t just say yes? To say yes is not to communicate. He has to get them to open up within their cultural assumptions. Let me throw one back to you. Yes or no – is abortion wrong? Imagine that you are in a café. You are with non-Christian friends. If you don’t have any non-Christian friends, just imagine what it would be like if you did have friends. You’re just having coffee, and then someone turns to you and says:"You’re a Christian, aren’t you?""Yes.""Is abortion wrong?"Now, what do you want to say? "Yes." If you say yes, what will that non-Christian probably deduce about you, or what would they think about you?That you hate women. What else? That you’re narrow-minded. If you say, "Actually, it’s God. God says no." What would they think about God?In the world’s eyes, what is the issue of abortion about? Choice. It is a right to choose. What do you call people who eliminate other people’s rights to choose? – Dictators. Terrorists. Murderers. Intolerant. Oppressors.Would you be happy with using most of those words about God? When was the last time you sang a chorus that went, "O most wonderful dictator, we marvel at your totalitarian tyranny, and we prostrate ourselves before your oppression"?You see, the thing with cultural assumption is that it asks the wrong question. Cultural assumptions work like this: On the face of it, there is one question. "Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But underneath it, there is an assumed question, which is, is it right to morally compromise in order to save your own skin? Here, is abortion right or wrong? The cultural assumption underneath it is, do you think it’s okay to eliminate other people’s choices by force if necessary? Now let me ask you another question. As Christians, what would we say the real question is in abortion? What’s the real issue? The real issue is, is this a human life?Supposing you were to go into the streets in a city where you live, and you were to stop people at random and say, "I am just doing a one-question survey, could you please answer just one question for me – when is it right to kill an innocent person?" What would most people say? "Never." So now let’s go back to that question. If what is in the womb is a human life, what gives anyone the right to end it? But if what is in the womb is not a human life, then what’s wrong with getting rid of it? There’s no life to protect, is there?Giving the right answer to the wrong question is always wrong. Cultural assumptions turn questions into things which actually they are not, which makes it a wrong question. Are you grasping this? It’s very important. Jesus is not a politician. He is not playing games with people. He’s not playing word games with people. With cultural assumptions, you have to define the issue. And what he’s doing is he’s saying "No, wait a minute. The way you are defining this is wrong. We need to redefine the issue first, then I can answer." Let’s supposing you could get a non-Christian friend to understand. You ask your friend, "Look, supposing I believe that life starts at conception and I thought abortion was OK, what would that make me?" Inconsistent? Or worse – a murderer. Now you may not change them. They may not leave there saying, "Yeah, okay, I now agree with your position on abortion." But what have you done? But you’ve communicated. What you’re telling them now is if you can demonstrate to me that this is not a human life, then I have no problem. This is about human life.
Contributions by Michael Ramsden