Covenant of Favour

Who is the source of favour?

To find the source of favour, we should not start guessing or following the world’s opinions. It is only the Word of God that can reveal us this source and how we can utilise it. Thus, to find the true answer regarding the source of favour we will go to Psalms 84:11. There we read:

“For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; THE LORD WILL GIVE FAVOR and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly”

According to the above passage the source of favour is not the beauty, the good studies, the big human mediator but THE LORD. It is He who gives favour.

The reason that Esther was not put to death was because she found FAVOR in the sight of the king.

In the above passages, Esther 5:8, 7:3, 8:5. we see that it was because Esther found favour in the king’s sight.

Apart from Esther, there are also some other people who the Scripture says that obtained favour. One of the them was Joseph the son of Jacob who was initially imprisoned in Egypt.

However, see where he ended up because of the favour that the Lord gave him: Genesis 39:21-23
“THE LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and HE GAVE HIM FAVOR in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper”

Finally, when in Daniel 1 we learn that Daniel decided not to defile himself with the food that the king ate and the wine that he drank, “GOD brought Daniel into the FAVOR and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs (Daniel 1:9)” and the latter violated the king’s commandment giving to Daniel and two of his friends food that conformed with the standards of the law of Moses.

Favour is indestructible, the hand of God will not allow them to destroy David. Favour will not let Haman to destroy the Jews! Favour came as Esther fasted … favour has come, because you have fasted, Let you find favour in the sight of God and Man.

God’s favour is something intangible and un-meritable but given out of the love of the father therefore receive favour ijn (Amen!)

THE RIGHT SPIRIT FOR NEW THINGS

ImageThe heart is a seat of bringing forth new things.   The heart is your Spirit. The truth is if your heart isn’t right then there can’t be anything new in your life.  This means that our spirit needs to be right and proper; not only the things we do and the way we do things must be right but even our spirit with which we do things must be right.  It’s not about merely doing the right thing in the right way, but it is about doing the right thing in the right way and in the right spirit.

 

For us to have a right spirit we need to deal with our heart and motives so that they may be right and proper. It is easy to proclaim and declare the scriptures of Faith, Victory and blessings, but what does our heart really say? 
You can say you are the head not the tail all day long, but what does your heart say. We must contend for a right spirit, we cannot experience victory with a wrong corrupted spirit.

Jeremiah 17:10 – I the LORD search the heart, try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings. This implies that your heart and spirit towards everything around you determines the level of the fruits and results that you produce.

 We are comfortable with our old wineskins because it gives us the feeling that we are in control. Where men are in control, God is not! He is forced to leave those old wineskins behind and find new ones to pour the new thing He is doing into.

The bible speaking that since you have a regenerated spirit in Christ old things have passed away and all things have become new. It supposes the destruction or removal of the old man and the creation of the new—this new thing being the workmanship of God, the production of the Holy Spirit. Newness of nature, or heart, of life, of words, of the entire being, is the basis of all religion and true worship. 

The nature of Christ’s continued working in us is to make all things new within and without.

God is about to do a new thing!

 Prayer Point:

Father, input in me a new Heart and a new Spirit in the name Jesus!

Arise and Serve

What do you think of when you hear the word arise? Personally, I think of you—the noble people of the Church. I picture you diligently arising from your beds each morning for early-morning devotion. I see you faithfully arising from your knees after finishing your daily prayers.

One of the greatest ways we can arise and shine forth the glory of God is not only to have morning devotion with God but also to confidently obey the commandments of God.

We learn of these commandments in the scriptures, You were created to serve God- the Bible says, in Eph. 2:10b. God has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do” (Col. 3: 23-4; Matt. 25: 34). You were saved to serve God, the Bible says. “It is He who saved us and chose us for His holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was His plan” (2 Tim. 1:9). God redeemed you so you could do His “holy work.” You are not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s Kingdom you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfil. This gives your life great significance and value

You are called to serve God. Growing up, you may have thought that being “called” by God was something only for missionaries, pastors, nuns, and other “full-time” church workers experienced, but the Bible says every Christian is called to service (Eph. 4:14; Rom. 1:6-7; 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 1:2,9,26; 7:17; Phil 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3).

Your call to salvation included your call to service. They are the same. Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms.

Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we are more interested in “serve us” than service. We say, “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me,” not “I’m looking for a place to serve and be a blessing.” The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who is going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet”

Mother Theresa said, “Holy living consists in doing God’s work with a smile.” What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived. If you are not involved in any service or ministry, what excuse have you been using? But God used each of them (Hero’s of Faith) in His service. He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses.”

“THE LORD HAS MADE EVERYTHING FOR ITS PURPOSE” (Prov. 16:4)

Everything you do in the house of God counts over your destiny. In Acts 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Your prayers and your alms are come up for a memorial before God.

Your “ALMS” means your Kingdom service. When something happens and you call unto him he remembers your sacrifice for his Kingdom.

Therefore, arise and let your service unto God be a Memorial.

THE TRINITY

The Trinity talks about the three personality of his majesty.

The Trinity:

God: The Father “He Does The Speaking”

Jesus: The Son “He Does The Acting”

Holy Ghost: The Spirit “He Does The Manifesting”

In Creation:

“Let Us Make Man In Our Own Image” Gen1:26a

There you ask who was talking (though that was already specified who yet not to whom); He wasn’t talking to Angels because we know that we aren’t created in their likeness.

But Let me break it down to you:

  • God Said It
  • Jesus Made the Man
  • The Holy Spirit Breathe into Man

For Salvation:

  • God said he wanted to restore and have communion with his people
  • Jesus came to die (For the remission of Sins and to Restore)
  • The Holy Ghost Came to Stay (To Help in Communing with God)

Therefore;

Jesus is all that God is in the flesh (the word was made flesh Jhn1:14) and he is the will of God in action (nevertheless let not as I will but as thou wilt be at the garden of gethsemane Mat26:39b). Remember he said I can’t do anything except my father said I should. He is the Totality of God in the Flesh.

The Holy Spirit is the manifested power of God. He manifests the action of the Son.

Now that we also are his Son, he expects that we act whatever he says; for the Holy Spirit to manifest it. So don’t sit down there and listen to him speak to you but act in Christ (Faith) and let the Holy Spirit complete the work.

 Shalom

How to Live in the Glory Every Day

1. Praise & Worship
Many ask how to live in the Glory on a daily basis. I always like to start out the day with Praise and Worship. Heaven is full of praise and worship, the entire atmosphere is made up from it. It’s important to realize that Praise and Worship are 2 different things. Praise is what is needed to break-through into the heavenlies in order for worship to take us higher. Praise would be the faster victory, warfare, faith, or breakthrough songs. When you start, keep praising God until you feel a release and a breakthrough. Once the glory realms starts to descend, begin to enter into intimate worship which is typically slower love songs to God. Keep worshiping until the glory of God is stronger to the point which you can just soak in His presence, pray, and share with God. This is one of the fastest way to get in the glory on a daily basis.

2. Repentance
Holiness via repentance is necessary to bringing the Glory into your daily life. If there is anything standing between you and God or you and your fellow man, it must be removed. While we have inherited the righteousness of Christ at salvation, just like healing and other supernatural gifts, we must access it via repentance. You can praise and worship all day, but if there are known ‘glory blockers’ like unforgiveness, anger, gossip, or other sin, the glory of God cannot come. As the Word says, “Who can climb the mountain of the Lord, those with clean hands and a pure heart” (see Psalm 24:3-4). Confess your sin to God, ask Him to forgive you and begin to not only repent of the sin but ask God to break off the power of that sin in your life. Starving the flesh and feeding your spirit man is also a great remedy. Starve the sin by keeping yourself pure of evil thoughts or words that would trigger a memory and take you back to a situation that triggers your sinful response. Feed your spirit man by meditating on the pure Word of God and worshiping in His presence.

3. Fasting
Fasting coupled with prayer is a very powerful force when it is led by the Spirit and not led by the flesh or works. Jesus was filled with the Spirit but when He came out of His 40 day fast in the desert, He came back with the power of the Spirit. Fasting is seen throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Moses, Daniel, Elijah, Paul, the apostles, and Jesus Himself fasted at key moments; even for direction in choosing the next apostle or for direction for their next missionary journey.

Many great men and women of God especially those used in demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit spent time fasting. Worldwide figures, including many of the revivalists and revival intercessors in the 1800’s and 1900’s were found to fast. When you fast your spirit man seems to be “turbo-boosted” into a much higher level of sensitivity in the spirit realm. It seems to propel your spirit man in a very short period of time into a much higher plane where you are able to more easily hear, receive revelation, and prophetic direction. I have noticed that most people who operate in resurrections, the ministry of miracles, and high level prophetic ministries are often lead into seasons of fasting at certain times. While fasting you can add praise and worship which only intensifies your prayer and fasting time along with forgiveness and repentance.

Be led by the Spirit and respond to Him. He will lead you into wisdom and His glory! Be blessed!

True Friendship

Have you ever wondered what the real essence of the saying “A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed” is?
People talk about the true value of friendship actually without knowing what it stands for. True friendship is the one, in which the individuals do not have to maintain formalities with each other. Sharing true friendship is the situation, when the person you are talking about is counted as one among your family members, when the relation you share with him/her reaches a stage that even if you don’t correspond for some time, your friendship remains unscathed. Best friends need not meet up often to make sure that the friendship remains constant.

The trust between best friends is such that if one friend falls in trouble, the other will not think twice to help. If the bond between two friends is strong, true friends can endure even long distances. For them, geographical separation is just a part of life. It would not affect their friendship. They make it a point to stay in touch, even in the verge of being exhausted due to the drudgery of everyday life. True friendship never fades away. In fact, it grows better with time. True friendship thrives on trust, inspiration and comfort. Best friends come to know, when the other person is in trouble, merely by listening to their “Hello” over the phone. They can even understand each other’s silence.

True friends don’t desert each other when one is facing trouble. They would face it together and support each other, even if it is against the interests of the other person. Best friends don’t analyze each other; they don’t have to do so. They accept each other with their positive and negative qualities. Nothing is hidden between true friends. They know each other’s strengths as well as weaknesses. One would not overpower the other. They would respect each other’s individuality. In fact, they would understand the similarities and respect the differences. Best friends don’t stand any outsider commenting or criticizing their friendship and they can put up a very firm resistance, if anyone does so.

True friends are not opportunists. They don’t help, because they have something to gain out of it. True friendship is marked by selflessness. Best friends support even each other, even if the whole world opposes them. It is not easy getting true friends for the lifetime. If you have even one true friend, consider yourself blessed. Remember, all best friends are friends, but not all friends can be best friends. In this world of cynics and back stabbers, there are still some people who are worth being friends with; like I have in my life. They have to be recognized and respected for being best friends, for the lifetime.

The Love of God Surpasses A Mother’s Love

In Isaiah 49:15,16 we read:

“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget; yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before Me.”

Now the strongest human love that we know of is a mother’s love. Many things will separate a man from his wife. A father may turn his back on his child; brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies; husbands may desert their wives; wives, their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all. In good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world’s condemnation, a mother loves on, and hopes that her child may turn from his evil ways and repent. She remembers the infant smiles, the merry laugh of childhood, the promise of youth. Death cannot quench a mother’s love; it is stronger than death.

You have seen a mother watching over her sick child. How willingly she would take the disease into her own body if she could thus relieve her child! Week after week she will keep watch; she will let no one else take care of that sick child. But let me tell you that no mother’s love is to be compared with the love of God; it does not measure the height or the depth of God’s love. No mother in this world ever loved her child as God loves you and me. Think of the love that God must have had when He gave His Son die for the world. I used to think a good deal more of Christ than I did of the Father. Somehow or other I had the idea that God was a stern judge; that Christ came between me and God, and appeased the anger of God. But after I became a father, and for years had an only son, as I looked at my boy I thought of the Father giving His Son to die; and it seemed to me as if it required more love for the Father to give His Son, than for the Son to die. Oh, the love that God must have had for the world when He gave His Son to die for it!

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Who can fathom the depth of those words: “God so loved the world”?

We can never scale the heights of His love or fathom its depths. Paul prayed that he might know the height, the depth, the length, and the breadth, of the love of God; but it was past his finding out.
It “surpasses all knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19).

If anyone is lost it will not be because God does not love him: it will be because he has resisted the love of God.