Doing exactly what you are told brings blessings untold.
Instruction is Your Life
In our walk of faith we need to pay attention to what we are told and obey specific instructions if we are to obtain the results we desire. Often times some of us have obey the word given to us in our own way and have found ourselves in limbo saying we are waiting on God but then God is saying He is waiting on us. Or we have been frustrated by the lack of result after obeying the word we heard or demonstrating a faith response.
When that happens we need to examine ourselves properly. Whereas in some cases the trimming of the manifestation has its place, we need to ensure that we have obeyed the instruction we received specifically- I mean to the letter to ensure that our faith is not derailed or disappointed.
“See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.3 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.4 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.5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat.
The children of Israel were given a strategic word for entering Jericho- the first of the Promised Land. They were specifically told to march round the city once every day for six days and quietly, with singers in front, and on the seventh day march round it seven times and blow the trumpet, shouting the Lord has given you the city. Josh6-
Imagine if they did it for 5 days and marched round seven times… would the city have fallen? No.
Imagine if they marched round once daily for six days and on the seventh day marched round it six times. Would the wall have fallen down? No.
They had to obey the instruction to the letter then the walls fell down flat and they went in and conquered the City. (Joshua 6)
6 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.”7 And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the LORD.”
8 So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the LORD advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.9 The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.10 Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.”11 So he had the ark of the LORD circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the LORD, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city!17 Now the city shall be doomed by the LORD to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the LORD; they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.”Josh6:6-19
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat.Josh6:
Doing exactly what you are told brings blessings untold.
Naaman was told to go and dip in the river Jordan seven times. If he had only dipped six times he would not have had his miracle. But when he did, on the seventh time he came out with a skin like that of a baby- more than he bargained for.10And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.”)
14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2Kings5:10,14
Doing exactly what you are told brings blessings untold.
When Judah and King Jehoshapat were instructed to go out against their enemies that outnumbered them 100: 1, they obeyed and went and sang praises to God as they went. The word says: “22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much.”2Chro20:22-25
They obeyed the word specifically and God not only protected them but he also provided for them far above what they can ask or think or even dream of.
Doing exactly what you are told brings blessings untold.
What has He told you to do in regard to that desire of yours? Do it specifically and you too will obtain you boon and blessings untold.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land;Isa1:19
22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity;
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;
1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;
13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.
23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold;
33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.
1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.
1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
5 A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent.
32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.
12 Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge.
23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:
Hear and live. Hear and be healed, physically, emotionally and financially psychologically and mentally and what have you?
Your Faith Response to the Word, will determine what you get . The woman with blood issue Heard about Jesus and went out; Believed her beliefs and doubted her doubts.
She defied legal exclusion; And social quarantine And family desertion And financial strangulation And the discouraging crowd.
But she kept going and saying: “If I can but touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole.” She encouraged herself like David until she touched Him with touch of faith and took her healing by the force of faith. Her faith made her whole-not Jesus’.
Seeing Jesus walking on water, Peter dared: “Master if it’s You, ask me to come” Jesus said, “Come!” and on that Word he left his comfort zone- the boat -and walked on water.
Abraham was told to leave his comfort zone to a place he would be shown. He left immediately and he came to the place-Canaan. (Gen12)
The man with withered hands listened intently to Jesus preach and his faith was stirred. Jesus knew and said “Stretch out your hands” He did and was healed. (Luke 6:6-11)
Similarly Paul was preaching in Lystra and there in the congregation was a man with a similar condition. Notice the man’s response and the result.
And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.9 This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.11 Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” Acts14:8-11
King Jehoshaphat and Judah were besieged by enemy forces out-numbering them 100:1. They prayed and fasted and heard and word of prophecy: “Fear not…tomorrow go out against them. You will not need to fight. The battle is not yours but the Lord’s.” They obeyed without delay and praised the Lord as they went. God ambushed their foes and they started fighting against themselves and self-destruct, leaving behind spoils so much that it took three days to gather. (2Chro20:15-25)
Moses and his people after leaving Egypt on their way to the Promised Land came face to face with the red sea and looking back saw a fierce enemy forces breathing down their necks. Whilst others panicked, Moses encouraged them and inquired of the Lord. The Lord responded, telling him to use what he had-his rod. It seemed a ridiculous instruction. But when he obeyed it brought about the parting of the sea and they walked on dry ground. The miraculous came by obey what seemed ridiculous. (Ex14:12-30)
General Naaman was advised to go and see prophet Elijah about his leprosy. On arrival, the prophet did not even come out but gave a word: “Go and wash in river Jordan-dip seven times. Naaman was enraged that the prophet did not only come out to meet him but was sending him to a backward uninviting river.
Thank God he had people around him who counselled him to respond positively to the Word. He did and went and dipped seven times and came back up with skin like that of a baby. Blind Bartimaeus was sitting on the side of the road, begging for alms and suddenly heard the commotion around him. On enquiring they told him it was Jesus-the Healer and Miracle Worker, passing by. (2Kings5)
Bartimaeus would not let his miracle pass him by and he raised his voice “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” The disciples tried to silence him but he shouted even louder and got Jesus’ attention. He told them to bring him. They did and He asked him, “What shall I do for you?”
The blind man did not beat about the bush, “I want to see,” he said. Jesus told him,” Go, your faith has made you whole.” And he received his sight. (Mark 10: 46-52)
There were ten lepers who also defied quarantine and societal stigma and approached Jesus for healing. This time Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priest. It seemed a ridiculous instruction but they obeyed. And as they went, they received their sight. One of them came back to give thanks. The widow of Zarephath was instructed to feed the prophet from her last meal. She obeyed and God supplies all her needs. (1Kings 17)
Philip was having a revival in Samaria; miracles where happening everywhere. Then the Holy Spirit told him to “Go to a desert.” Acts8:1-8,26 He obeyed and went and met with the Ethiopian Eunuch, witnessed to him, led him to Christ and got him baptized. He in turn went to spread the gospel in Africa.
Paul and Silas were instructed to go to Philippi. They got there and were arrested and beaten brutally and imprisoned, their hands and feet in straight-jackets. But at midnight instead of complaining, they prayed and sang praises aloud to God. God so enjoyed the aroma of their song and revelled in their faith that He sent an earthquake that rocked the foundations of the prison and set them free. Their chains fell off and the Prison warden and his household came to believe as a result and were baptized. There was feasting and joy unspeakable. (Acts16:23-32) Your response to the Word matters.
Peter, after denying Christ three times as was predicted, was devastated. He thought it was over for him. But after the resurrection of Jesus, He came and reassured and restored him three times. Peter, on the strength of that word, bounced back and on the Day of Pentecost preached a powerful, passionate, fiery and anointed message that led to the salvation about three thousand. Jesus was in town and the centurion went to him about the healing of his servant who was sick and at home. (Acts2)
Jesus wanted to go with him but the centurion said there was no need for Him to come: “Just speak the Word only, and my servant will be whole.” What an attitude to the Living Word! Jesus commended him for his faith and told him,” According to your faith, be it unto you.” He went home and found his servant well. (Matt8:5-10) In contrast, when He went to His home town, they took Him for granted and were cynical and limited His power because of their unbelief. He only healed a few there. (Mark6)
When the people recognised the anointing on Peter and brought out sick people along the route he would pass by, believing that his shadow touching them would be enough to heal them, that was what happened, those who agreed to subject themselves to the ridiculous, obtained the miraculous Your faith- response to the Word matters. (Acts5:15-16)
Today your response to this word you have heard in regard to that situation you face will determine if you come out of it or remain in it. The choice is yours.
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; Deut30:19
32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts20:32
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight 2Cor5:7
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed — God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. Rom4: 16-21
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Heb11:1,6
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,1Pet1:6-7
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
God is speaking. Are you listening? What has He said to you. Whatever He says to you, do it.
The mother of Jesus told those who had a problem at a wedding ceremony. They obeyed and their joy was full. The same awaits you as you obey.
Creation is waiting for the manifest ion of the sons of God. Rom8:19
We are the sons of God; the New Creatures, the holy nation, royalty, priests and kings of God; mighty men of God who have answered the call of God in our generation.
We are the mighty men of God who dare to rise up in this end-time to fulfil the vision and purpose of God for our generation.
We the mighty men of God resolve to stand up to be counted. Choose you whom you would serve. As for we and our households, we will serve the Lord.
We resolve to take the mantle of God in our time and stand in the gap for our nation. We stand against very principality and powers.
We are the heads of our families. We are the priests of our homes. We are the pastors and prophets of our homes. We are the providers and teachers in our homes. We hear for our families. We see for our families. We speak for our families and we protect our families. We cast the vision for our families. We pray for our families. We lead prayer in our homes. We are passionate for our God and our Maker. We make much of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.
We love our wives as Christ loves the Church. We treat our wives like queens. We do not beat them or undermine or demean them. We bring up our children in the ways of our God. We are not ashamed of the gospel- knowing that it is the power of God that brings about salvation and reconciliation and true progression.
We are the mighty men of God born of the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, empowered by the Spirit, anointed by the Spirit, going places by the Spirit; going from glory to glory by the Spirit and going from strength to strength by the Spirit.
We are the mighty men of God and greater is He that is us than he that is in the world. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We are more than conquerors. We have overcome the world. We are slaying every Goliath that shows up. We are exercising dominion and taking territories. We reign on this earth with Christ.
We the mighty men of God declare that the kingdom of God is here. We have acquainted ourselves with the Most High and goodness and mercy and super-abundant grace has been released upon us and we lay up gold as dust. We are heirs of God and joint- heirs with Christ. All He has are ours. We are laden with silver and our strength is renewed day by day. We are blessed with divine health and prosperity. Whatever we lay our hands to do prospers. When men are cast down, we are saying we are blessed and highly favoured and there is promotion and elevation for us. We speak to mountains and they obey. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing. Abraham’s blessings are ours. We dwell in Zion and sickness and disease have no part with us. We see where others do not see. We see with the eyes of faith. We see people as God sees them. We reach out for the lost. We are intercessors.
We are bold and strong in the Lord, and in His mighty power. No weapon fashioned against us prospers. We ride on high hills. We shine wherever we go as light. We are like a city on a hill we are seen and acknowledged wherever we go. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We make a difference for good wherever we go.
As mighty men of God we take risks for God like David’s Mighty Men. We spend and are spent for Him. We are kingdom- minded; kingdom conscious, Kingdom-gate-keepers, Kingdom financiers. We seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things are added to us. We are luxuriant in our growth, persistently productive and significant in our attainments. We bear much fruit-fruit that remains to posterity-from generation to generation. We operate with excellent spirit wherever we go and in all we do. Mediocrity is far from us. We stand before kings and not mere men.
As mighty men of God our opposition propels us into promotion. We use the valley of Bacca- valley of weeping as a place of Spring. Nothing fazes us. We are indomitable, unconquerable, unstoppable, exceeding abundantly able to do all things according to the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us. In every thing we give thanks to God who always gives us the victory. When we go through the fire, we are not burned. Rather we are refined to shine like gold and reflect the image of our Maker and our God. We change the decree of kings like Daniel and friends. We use the word of God as our rod and part Red Seas and walk on dry ground. We walk on water like Peter of old. Our presence tame lions. When we speak, Kings listen and obey. We are created for good works. We are movers and shakers in our land. We are investors and innovator and trend-setters and pace-makers in our land.
As Mighty Men of God, we are complete in Christ, anointed without measure, full of God, replete with Him; as He is, so we are. In Him we live, move and have our very being. Nothing is impossible with us. Of His fullness we have received, and grace for grace. We are of God and from God and have overcome. Favour follows us. Honour and beauty follow us. The forces of success, prosperity, health and wealth are let loose in our lives.
We are God’s Mighty men in these closing days of time. And we will fulfil our vision and purpose in our generation to the glory of God, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Stay in the Word For a great reward Stay in the Word To get ahead.
Stay in the Word To be well-fed. Stay in the Word To be the Head And not the tail. Stay in the Word
and you’ll not fail, And will not trail. Stay in the Word
and you’ll soar in your sail.
Stay in the Word For Good Success Stay in the Word Meditate on it, Proclaim, confess; Renew your mind; Mind your mind And goodly heritage
Stay in the Word For healing and health. Stay in the Word For wisdom and wealth.
Stay in the Word For insight and foresight. Stay in the Word for the Power of His might.
Stay in the Word For faith-fuel Stay in the Word To win every duel.
Stay in the Word To stay ahead Stay in the Word Because it’s bread.
Stay in the Word It’s spirit and life Stay in the Word For abundant life.
Stay in the Word Act on the Word Work out the Word War with the word Walk in the Word Win with the Word.
Say what God said;do what God said; and you will have what God said.
Heb 13: 5-6
Gen 12 :1-4, Josh 1:8, Col 3 : 16,Matt 4:4, John 15:1-7,16, John 17:17, Ps 1 :1-3, Act2:42,-6:4,-20:32,Deut6:6-7.Jer 17:7-8, Eph6:17, Ro10:17,Ro4:17-18Jer23:29, Job23:12, Ps119:9,11,47,89,105,130,165,1Tim4:15, 2Tim2:15, John17:17, Prov18:21, Heb4:12, Gen12:1-4,2Chro20:15, 20,25, Gen22:1-8,14, Gen26:1-6,12-13,1Sam30:6,18-19 Prov3:5-6,
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7 Have a great day.
A story is told of a donkey that was considered in its “last leg of life”. It was old seemed of little use. Whilst grazing however, it fell into a disused well.
Someone came up with a cruel idea that there was no point rescuing the donkey so they decide to bury it alive. They took shovels and started throwing down debris on the donkey. The donkey that was in distress after falling into the well suddenly felt earth landing obits back. It was horrified that it was being buried alive. It got a revelation from the blue: Shake it off! It simply kept shaking off the debris and stepping on it. Those trying to bury it alive were awestruck as the donkey kept shaking the debris off and stepping up and up until it was set free to live again. Alleluia!
Who is trying to bury you alive?
Who is throwing debris on you and saying it is over for ? Shake it off and move on.
Who says your dream is dead. Remember Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Joshua Moved on after the death of Moses
After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:
2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel.
3 “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Joshua1:1-3
David Moved on after his son died
David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
17 So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them.
18 Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”
19 ¶ When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.”
20 ¶ So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.
21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
22 ¶ And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’
23 “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
24 ¶ Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the LORD loved him,
Paul Moved On
He was a murderer of many believers but had to put the past behind him.
For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
15 ¶ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace,
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
On his mission to Rome, Paul was shipwrecked and after surviving that with others they landed on the island of Malta. There he and others warmed themselves in a fire they had made from branches of wood they had gathered. Suddenly, as they warmed themselves a deadly snake rose out of the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand. It remained clinging on after biting him. People were flabbergasted and looked on. Some began to wonder how evil he must be to have survived a shipwreck and then be attacked by deadly snake.
Paul simply shook it off. They were expecting him to fall down and die. However when nothing happened to him they changed their tune and began to say, he must be a god.
Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta.
2 And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.
3 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.”
5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.
6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
You and I on the road to our vision and mission- doing what we are called to do will be challenged by seeming setbacks and attacks but we must not allow them to stop us from moving forward. You and I have the Greater on living on the inside of us. If God be for us, who can be against us. Thanks be to God who always gives us the victory. Shake that snake off and move on. Shake that disappointment off and move on. Shake that disdain off and march on. Shake that past Waterloo off and press on. Even if sin that you committed, confess it and forsake it by the power of the spirit and forgive yourself and move on.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1John1:9
14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Naomi Moved on
She had lost her husband and two sons in a foreign land they had migrated to, thinking it was a greener pasture. But news came that God was blessing her people back home. She had to decide to go back home even though she had had a great loss.
She went back home with Ruth, her daughter-in-law. They started from a humble beginnings till God turned their table around into a place of abundance. Through Ruth, marrying Boaz, Naomi not only had a consolation and restoration but a grand son who had a direct lineage to the Saviour of the World. What a blessing from moving on!
Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.
6 ¶ Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread.
7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.Ruth1:5-7
¶ So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.
14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!
15 “And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.”
16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.
17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.Ruth4:13-17
Peter Moved On
He was a disciple who thought he was a champion disciple that would be the last man standing even when all others quit in disloyalty when the crunch comes. Jesus saw through him and predicted that he would deny Him. It happened as Jesus said and Peter was devastated. He relied on His own strength and failed woefully.
¶ Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.”
30 ¶ Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”
31 ¶ But he spoke more vehemently, “If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all said likewise.
Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.
67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”
68 ¶ But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.
69 ¶ And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”
70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.“
71 ¶ Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”
72 ¶ A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept. Mark 14:66-72
After the crucifixion of Christ, Peter thought it was all over for him with regards to ministry. But Jesus came back to him after the resurrection and restored him three times even as he disappointed Christ three times.
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
16 ¶ He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
17 ¶ He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know a
Peter accepted forgiveness and the trust Jesus placed in him and on the Day of Pentecost we witness a bold, fiery, spirit-fuelled, dynamic and passionate preacher who stirred the hearts of about three thousand sinners, leading them to salvation. Glory to God.
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 ¶ Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
40 ¶ And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.”
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.Acts2:37-41
John Mark Moved On
This was a man who decamped from an evangelistic assignment because of other demands. Paul was not impressed and marked him as a quitter. When he came back to join them in a later mission, Paul was vehemently opposed to giving Mark another chance. Barnabas on the other hand wanted to give Mark the benefit of the doubt. This caused a big rift between Paul and Barnabas, so much so that they parted company.
Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.”
37 Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark.
38 But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.
39 Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus;
John Mark did not wallow in self-pity having been rejected by the great apostle Paul. He continued to minister with Barnabas and made his mark to the point that even Paul acknowledged:
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.2Tim4:11
This same John Mark went on to write the book of Mark- a dynamic presentation of one of the synoptic gospels.
Use any stumbling blocks on the road to your mission as a stepping stone to a higher ground. Let nothing and no one stop you. Shake every barrier. Tell every mountain to move in the name of Jesus. You are more than a conqueror. Whoever is born of God overcomes this world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world – even your faith. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world. You have overcome because of the Greater One in You. The Holy Spirit in you has come to give you the advantage, the upper hand, the cutting-edge. You are not a mere man. You are a superman. You are extra-ordinary because God has added His ‘extra’ to your “ordinary”. Take authority in Jesus’ Name.
Is it business failure? Shake it off and move on.
Is it marital failure or disappointment? Shake it off and move on.
Is it career derailment? Shake it off and move on. Some people lost their job and they discovered their purpose and mission and vision. You can be an employer. Create your own job. There is greatness buried inside of you. It’s time to resurrect it.
Is it sickness and disease? Shake it off and move on.
The glory of the Lord is upon you.
Arise and walk. Arise and live. Arise and move. No more fears. No more tears. Arise on eagles wings. Soar on the wind of the Holy Spirit.
0 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.Eph3:20-21
Christ paid the price and delivered all of us from the clutches and manacles of Satan and his cohorts.
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love ,
Col1:13 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers , He made a public spectacle of them , triumphing over them in it. Col2:15 Whom the Son set free is free indeed. He did it once and for all. Unlike the old testament priest who has to offer annual sacrifices for the people, Jesus did it once and for all and for all time.
He did it for all- believers and none believers. The day you believed was the day you discovered and applied the cure of sin to your life. So in God’s mind we have been reconciled to Him and delivered from the power of darkness. Therefore whatever effect Satan has over anyone would arise either from ignorance or stubbornness of applying the medicine of salvation to themselves. It is important that this deliverance is of no effect if one ignores it or refuses to accept what Jesus has already done. Such person can be suppressed, possessed or demonized because they have by default given the enemy power over them despite what Christ has done.
A New man, New species came into being when a person accepts Jesus as Lord. This man has the nature of God. He is a God-kind. His Soul, made up of his mind, intellect, will and emotions however needs renewal, purging and extrication from the worldly mind-set.
This takes a process and requires studying the Word line by line-meditating on it day and night and not only saying it but practicing it. This not an automatic process. And so in this sense even the man who has been born again can be hindered and limited in direct proportion to how he is surrendered to the word of God. 2 And do not be conformed to this world , but be transformed by the renewing of your mind , that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Ro12:2 The Romans Paul was writing to were believers and so were the Ephesians.
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind , Eph4:23
The Corinthians were acting like babes because of their unrenewed mind. 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy , strife , and divisions among you , are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 1Cor.3:3 Jesus Himself said ” 32 And you shall know the truth , and the truth shall make you free.” John8:32 It is the truth that you know that makes you free. And your true knowledge of the truth is demonstrated by the extent to which we walk and work what we know. This is beyond ‘head knowledge’ but a ‘heart-knowledge.’
We have an enemy who has come to kill, steal and destroy. But Jesus came to give us life in its fullness. John10:10 God’s people are destroyed when they lack true knowledge-heart-knowledge, where work and walk the word , beyond their feelings, emotions what people say or what the Fleshly nature or emotion or the world or Satan and his cohorts say or present subtlety says.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge , I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God , I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6
Jesus said, ‘My sheep hear my voice.’ He also said, ‘If you love me keep my commandments.’
If you do not do the word, you will be like a man who looks at the mirror and immediately forgets what he saw. The god of this age is busy in his mission of holding people in bondage and slavery. Yes, they have been set free but they are still held down because of ignorance. It is like those who remained slaves even after the abolition of slavery because they were unaware of the ‘done deal’.
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded , who do not believe , lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ , who is the image of God , should shine on them. 1Cor4:4
So is deliverance a done deal?
Deliverance of the spirit is a done deal for all who accept it and apply it to themselves.
Soap is useless it is used. In regard to the mind, even those whose spirits have been delivered still need to renew their mind by the Word of life, the truth, the light. And this is life-long, never automatic and we go from glory to glory in this respect. It possible to have our mind renewed in one area of life whilst been babes in other areas. But God’s mind is for us is to grow up and be mature in all areas. 2Pet3:18 1Pet2:2 There is no doubt that God has given us all that pertain to life and godliness but this is through the knowledge of Him.
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness , through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue , 2Pet.1:3
We can do all things through Christ who strengths us.Phil4:13 He is working in us both to will and to do according to His good pleasure.
God has certainly done His part by sending Jesus to come and die and deliver us but the extent to which we benefit from it depends on our knowledge of Him and the extent to which we apply that knowledge in all the areas of our lives. And remember that in all these areas we can go from glory to glory. That is why we need to add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2Pet1:5-8)