PASTOR’S CORNER

DON’T LET YOUR CONVICTION BOW TO YOUR CONDITION:

YOUR CONVICTION GENERATES YOUR CONVERSION

REFERENCES: JOSHUA 21: 44-45, LUKE 22:31-32, JOHN 17: 20, JEREMIAH 8: 4-5

Your conviction generates your conversion. The story of your life is subject to change based on your belief.

There can be no transformation in your life until you are convinced that things can and will get better. You need to get the point where you believe that whatever God says concerning you will surely come to pass, no matter what your present circumstances are.

Jos 21: 44-45

And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

All that God said concerning your life shall come to pass.

This must be your conviction and prophecy. This means that, even when everything around you fails, you have not failed. You must hold firmly to the conviction that everything is subject to change and will indeed change in your favour.

All God said came to pass; but not over the lives of all. Some lost this testimony because they did not believe Him, and misbehaved. However, as many as held on to this conviction enjoyed all the blessing.

Lk 22:31-32

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Jn 17: 20

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word

Jesus did not pray that Peter would not fail.

The prayer is not that the business, health, marriage...will not fail. His prayer for you is that your faith does not fail.

The strength of your conviction is crucial to the life of everything concerning you. Your business can fail; you might experience failure in several areas of your life. But, your faith MUST NOT fail.

There is no man that has not experienced failure, but the Word teaches that the righteous falls 7 times, and rises again. He does so because his faith- his conviction- did not fail. As long as a man’s faith remains, he will get up; and when he gets up, his business, marriage, health...will also get up.

Do not let your conviction fail.

As long as this is alive, you will get up again.

Watch a child as he first begins to walk, how he excitedly runs at every opportunity because he wants you to see that he can fly.

When he falls, he does not stay down. He stands and walks again, believing that one day, he will learn to walk like you, and not fall like him- like he had done- again.

This prayer was not just for Peter, but for everyone who believes, including you.

I also have faith in you, that you will rise again. When you do rise, help those around you that will also stumble and fall, so that they will also learn and know that they too can rise again. They will no longer fall at the slightest push of adversity from the enemy.

Jer 8: 4-5

Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?

Peter fell.

His fall was not in the absence of Jesus.

His fall was so loud that its impact made Christ turn. As Christ looked at him, Peter wept.

His fall was new to him, because he could not fathom that he could fail from following Christ. However, his fall was not a surprise to Christ.

The words of Christ to Peter were hard for him to believe at that time, but they did eventually come to pass.

In the same vein, understand that every word of God will come to pass in your life. Go back to the Word.

Enemies will fight you; Satan will desire you, but he will not succeed.

Therefore, when you fall, do not make that your focus. Focus on what Christ said.

Your faith in what He told you will bring you up again.

Do not let what God has given you fall, even when you fall.

When you fall, you must understand that you are not meant to remain down, but to rise again. And this opportunity is given to all they that fall.

What about those who turn away from God- from the Word and prayer? What about those who care only for what they want to hear, and seek after pastors that will feed their weakness?

They will return, so long as their destiny is in hands of the LORD. In as much as they cannot do anything against the truth, they will eventually turn again to the truth they rejected.

 

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

If this is so, that your falling and turning away is reversible, as is said by the LORD, then no negative situation is permitted to gain permanent status in your life.

Wickedness works through your weakness.

Therefore, do not waste your time, holding on to lies. Do not follow anyone who shares and excuses your weakness.

Find and follow that man who will confront your weakness, and thereby destroy the hold of wickedness over your life.

Your conviction will ensure that your life gets up again- in the Word, in prayer, in knowledge, in prosperity. You will be stirred up to desire and demand progress in every area of your life at all times. You will not suffer evil to continue because you know that it cannot be perpetual.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Holy Ghost, take charge of my life.
  • My Father, I hand over my life to you; to get up and go up again.
  • My life; thus says the LORD. Get up again and go up again.
  • My destiny, marriage, household, business...I charge you; get up and go up again.

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

DON’T LET YOUR CONVICTION BOW TO YOUR CONDITION:

CHANGING YOUR CONDITION BY YOUR CONVICITION (B)

REFERENCES: ECCLESIASTES 7:14, PSALM 94:12-14, LUKE 21: 11-15, ACTS 12:1-23

Eccl 7: 14

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

God is good all the time: in the day of prosperity, and in the day of adversity.

Everything He does is in purpose, and for purpose. It then follows that He has set adversity over against prosperity in order to achieve something.

Ps 94: 12- 14

Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; that thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity…

The days of adversity will surely come. Days of fasting and praying will not stop it from coming. It is inevitable.

In order to handle those days well, and have rest from them, God teaches you out of His Word- feeding you with the mysteries and principles of His Word.

May you understand why you come to the House of God. He brings to His presence to teach you about prosperity; He also teaches you to anticipate and prepare for adversity; so that you are not swallowed up by it, but rather overcome it…

Consider this: the first thing God does in preparing you is to chastise you- to rebuke and correct you. When you go through this, rejoice, for you are blessed.

Next comes teaching from the Law.

…until the pit be digged for the wicked.

The wicked is the adversary behind the adversity.

God does not sponsor adversity.

However, He allows it. This was the mystery at play when satan sought permission to attack Job. He initially sought to have God touch Job. However, that was not going to happen, so instead he asked and got permission to do it.

(Something else to note: the devil, in taking permission from God, reveals that he is not in charge.)

Why? Why would God allow- permit- adversity?

God seeks the opportunity to bring an end to the adversary- the wicked that is behind the adversity.

Therefore, He allows the wicked to perpetuate evil because He wants to bury them.

Do you remember Haman? Esther referred to him as the adversary. And, when his judgement was decided, the gallows he had prepared- the pit he dug- became the place of his own death. (Esther 7: 6-10)

Adversity is not to be feared.

When you understand that whatever evil the adversary comes against you with, will become his own destruction- his burial ground- you might just consider the day of adversity as a day of victory.

For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will He forsake His inheritance.

Brethren, God has not forsaken you.

God will never forsake you.

He is simply giving the enemy time to dig his own pit. Your time of adversity is simply to ensure the death and burial of the power behind the adversity.

Lk 21: 11-15

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.

Christ prophesies of the latter days, revealing what will define those times. However, before this happens, He warns that the enemy shall lay their hands on you.

Remember that this is a prophecy.

You have been warned.

Some powers will rise up against you- lay their hands on you, persecute, harass, bind, and judge you- because of Jesus.

This means that there are things that you would not ordinarily go through, but they come against you because of the name of Jesus.

And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

Oh rejoice!

For it- the adversity- shall, in the passage of time, turn to you for a testimony.

The turnaround might not happen when you want it to, but something will happen to turn things around in your favour, like the churning of milk eventually produces butter.

Therefore, when you see wicked hands upon your life, cut them off with the conviction and sense of superiority that:

  • They will be buried in the pit they have dug, and
  • All their agitation and conspiracies against you will transform to produce a testimony for you.

Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer…

Be convinced therefore. Let your heart be persuaded.

You no longer need a prophet to tell these things.

Let this reality be settled in your hearts, that adversity will surely come, and that you definitely will have to give an answer to those who will question your ability to overcome.

Be prepared. Be ready.

…for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist…

When you are convinced so, you will be divinely equipped with power in your mouth, and wisdom, the kind that no adversary- and by extension, no adversity- shall be able to refute or resist.

Now, no adversary means exactly that. It does not matter what it is, where it has come from, how long it has been in operation, how many successful campaigns it has had over time, or what reputation precedes it assault upon your life; if it is an adversary, it shall be powerless before the divine power and wisdom in you…

In Ps 94: 12-14, we are told how this works.

First, God corrects you. That is the time when He convicts you of over-sleeping, over-eating, gossiping, laziness, pride…

Then, He will teach you from the Law. Please love the Word, even when it is hard on you.

When you do this, you ensure that you will have rest in the time of adversity, until the wicked is done digging the pit of his own destruction.

While the digging is on-going, do not ask God to kill the adversary. Seek enough knowledge to ensure you have rest in the interim, until the digging is complete.

At this time, ensure you receive of God, the power and wisdom that cannot be challenged or resisted by the adversary.

This is the mystery that gave Mordecai victory over Haman. He was unable to resist the words of Mordecai; he was buried in the pit he had dug for the Jew; and he vacated the position that was divinely appointed for Mordecai.

Acts 12: 1- 23

No one is exempt from adversity, not even leaders.

Christ’s prophecy was addressed to apostles.

Now, when the adversary sees that he cannot attack an apostle’s body, for instance, he might go after his marriage.

Now about that time Herod that king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

The adversary did not lay hands on all the church, just some. Adversity does not seek out all at once; everyone has his own time. Your time of prosperity is another’s time of adversity.

As Christ had foreseen, the enemy stretched forth his hands, and James, the son of thunder, was killed.

James did not know that this was not the time to be quiet, to murmur or engage in self-pity. He did not wait on Christ, to receive the irresistible word that he must speak to Herod. Rather than have the situation turn around for a testimony, he became a fatality of adversity.

And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. And when he had apprehended him; he put him in prison…Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

The adversary stretched forth his hands again, and this time, laid hold of Peter.

This time however, the Church prayed ceaselessly.

When wicked hands lay hold of you. It is time to pray. You better pray to cut off those hands, before they work their evil agenda against you.

The Church spoke in prayer against the adversary, wielding irresistible words against him. And so it was that, an angel came for Peter; and at the end of that incident, Herod died.

Esther and her people were strangers in the land. Yet, they found favour in the sight of the king, and the son of the soil was terminated because he made himself their adversary.

Brethren, as long as you are in the Kingdom, you have a right to speak. It does not matter who the adversary is, or where he has come from. Simply wait to receive from God and address the adversary with conviction, confirming their destruction.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Sufficient fire of God, take over my life.
  • My house, receive the raw fire of God that cannot be quenched.
  • My mouth, receive the raw fire of God.
  • Any power at home that puts out the fire of God in me; reducing the intensity of God’s fire in me. I speak against you. Be wasted by fire.
  • Any hand of the wicked against my life; I speak against you. I cut you off and bury you by fire.
  • Any adversary that has made himself the adversary of my life; you are terminated by fire.
  • Whatever the wicked has concluded against my life this year; backfire now.

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

DON’T LET YOUR CONVICTION BOW TO YOUR CONDITION:

YOUR CONSULTANT CONTROLS YOUR CONVICTION (B)

REFERENCES: EZEKIEL 21:21, JEREMIAH 39: 2-7, 11-14, ACTS 20:29, 27-28, 31

In your journey towards fulfilling destiny, you must ensure that your vision- whatever God has revealed to you- does not bow to your present condition. Your belief in Him and in His promises must be strong enough to not be affected by whatever you are going through.

Like Paul, you must be able to say, ‘I know [by the Lord], and am also persuaded (convinced) by the Lord...’ in spite of your condition. You must be sure that whatever comes out of His mouth will not return to Him void.

In the first part of this teaching, we learnt that your consultant controls your conviction.

The person from whom you seek assurance about your life determines what you believe. The strength of your conviction is determined by who speaks to you. You will know whether you are a winner or a failure by what your consultant says.

We also learnt that God is the best consultant you could ever have. With Him, you know where you truly stand. It is then up to you to believe Him, no matter what else you may encounter or experience.

The focus of today’s teaching is to ascertain, not only who your consultant is, but also who is being consulted against you.

The vision of the church is to prepare you ahead of the time of war. That requires teaching you to understand that everyone has a consultant, even your enemies. They do not merely attack; they do so according to the guidance of their consultants.

Anticipating this and arming yourself with the right consult to frustrate their expectations…that is the focus of this teaching.

Eze 21: 21

For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the end of two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.

This king stood at the parting of the way for a crucial reason.

We learnt in the first part of this teaching, from the words of Jesus, that no king goes to battle without sitting to consult. We also observed how the king of Moab consulted an image.

In the same way, you should not engage in any form of battle without first consulting to know if you have enough capacity- in knowledge and power- to fight whatever battles you need to fight, and to be all that God has called to you to be.

At every stage in life, as you get to the parting of the way, wondering which way to go, how best to achieve things or bring a vision to reality, you must learn to consult.

Nebuchadnezzar understood this principle. He was on a mission to wage war against Jerusalem, and he was not going without consultation.

The images and liver were his instruments of consultation. He looked into the liver and received direction on how to wage his war. By consult, he discovered who the strong man in Jerusalem was, who should be attacked and who should be left unharmed. His mission was not blindly executed. His consultants gave him eyes to see clearly.

Brethren, you must not be ignorant that there are consultants speaking against your life; and must not be slack to destroy their power and works.

Jer 39: 2-7, 11-14

And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fouth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal-sharezer Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim [the Rab-saris] a chief of the eunuchs, and Nergal-sharezer [II, the Rab-mag] a chief of the magicians(AMP), with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.

The soldiers of Babylon did not go to war alone. They were accompanied by powerful men from their country, including the chief of the magicians.

And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Jerusalem saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king’s garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain.

Seated at the middle gate- representing a place of authority, they struck a formidable pose, making chants and invocations.

This was the picture Zedekiah and his men met. When he and his men saw them, they could think of only one option- to flee. Bear in mind that this was the same king who had used his position of power to commit Jeremiah to prison.

Suddenly, all Zedekiah’s claim of power turned to dust; and so also did the weapons and physical prowess of his soldiers, as they all fled before their adversaries.

But the Chaldean army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekaih in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadrezzarr king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgement upon him. Thene the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Jerusalem. Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon

Zedekiah and his men did not run far. They were overtaken by the Chaldean army, and the king suffered a horrible fate. His children were killed before his eyes; he also had to see his nobles perish; and then he had to endure the pain of having his own eyes plucked out, even as he was bound for his journey into captivity.

May these never be your portion in the name of Jesus.

Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard, saying, Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.

Now…

Having revealed the manner of entrance of the Babylonian army into Jerusalem, and the fate that befell the household of the king and his nobles, the Bible then tells us: Now, in that same country, the same king who commanded the destruction of the royals and nobles, was giving a different command concerning one person.

How did Nebuchadnezzar know who Jeremiah was, and why did he insist that he be treated with respect, to the point of commanding his men to grant the wishes of the prophet!

The image and liver he consulted did not just tell him how to take the city of Jerusalem. They also warned him about the person of Jeremiah, and the danger of crossing him. In other words, they warned him to respect Jeremiah, if he wanted to enjoy a successful military campaign.

He in turn sternly warned his men. Do him no harm

Brethren, our vision in TRPM is for the devil, nay the host of hell, to know you and respect you.

Consider this; Zedekiah had insisted that he was in power and sought to wield that power against Jeremiah by having him imprisoned. Yet, when Nebuchadnezzar arrived, he totally devastated and humiliated the king, but he commanded that Jeremiah be treated with uncommon respect.

This goes to show that true power, and the true carrier of true power, are spiritually discerned. It took a man who had made consultations to reveal who was really powerful of the two- Zedekiah or Jeremiah.

These men, whose presence had struck fear in the hearts of the mighty men of Jerusalem, were now being made subject to the prophet. Understand that disobedience would have cost them their lives.

This is like a chief priest giving a command to witchcraft powers concerning how they are to treat you with respect.

…but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.

This means that these men were at the command of Jeremiah. His words were commands that they must obey.

So, Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rab-saris, and Nergal-sharezer, Rab-mag, and all the king of Babylon’s princes; even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the people.

Nebuchadnezzar and his army did get to Jerusalem; they had their way with the leaders and the nation. But there was one man who was out of bounds to them. Not only was he untouchable, he was to be respected and obeyed.

Brethren, do you desire to be another Jeremiah, one who cannot be humiliated by anyone, physically or otherwise? Do you desire that powerful men-even wicked ones- would be subject to your command?

Then, your conviction must never bow to your condition.

Jeremiah had been crying and warning about the coming of Nebuchadnezzar for a long time. He had endured ridicule, threats and imprisonment because of his warnings. Yet, he did not bow to his conditions. Rather, he did what others failed to do: he prepared. (As a matter of fact, if Zedekiah had obeyed him, he would not have suffered as he did! [Jer 38:14-20]

Therefore, when Nebuchadnezzar did come, he had no choice but to bow to Jeremiah.

If you would become untouchable to your adversaries, you must prepare for the coming of Nebuchadnezzar. The mockery of men about your present condition must not discourage you or take your eyes away from your convictions.

Brethren, Nebuchadnezzar is coming.

The assignment of this ministry is simply to prepare you for that inevitability, so that you are spared.

Nebuchadnezzar could be sickness, an attack, a disaster…Whatever it is, you will only conquer if you are prepared.

Acts 20:29, 27-28, 31

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Like Jeremiah before him, Paul, sounds the same warning, with tears, for 3years.

Grievous wolves, these workers of great wickedness, were outside the fold at the time of Paul’s warning. This signifies the time in the history of the Church when men sought deliverance within the fold because the grievous wolves could not enter in. Those were the days when practitioners of the dark arts brought their charms to the church and surrendered their lives to Christ.

Sadly, as Paul prophesied, the story has changed. The wolves are in, and those that the devils are meant to spare- to respect and obey- are now victims.

Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. (31)

Paul’s earnest warning to watch has not been heed by many. What then is to be done, when the grievous wolves, like Nebuchadnezzar, have come in?

For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Thankfully, Paul also reveals the solution.

It is the responsibility of the leaders in the House of God to feed the flock, so that they would not become victims of wolves.

Through Paul, Christ is saying, ‘I have indeed purchased these people with My own Blood. However, I need those I have set over them to take their responsibility seriously. They are to feed my flock well, because the grievous wolves will seek to devour them, not caring that they have been bought with My Blood.’

If the Blood of Jesus will not be in vain over the lives of Christians, the leaders must feed the people. There is no evil that cannot be subdued and destroyed by a well fed Christian.

When you are well fed by your leader in Christ, you will take exception to the spread of evil.

It will not matter how many horror stories of Christians being overtaken by evil you are presented with; you will confidently declare that you will not go the way of the others.

Not only that, demons will be commanded to respect themselves by respecting and obeying you.

It is at this time that your life can testify that: He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My Father, I need more of Your fire.
  • I receive the sufficient fire of God that cannot be humiliated or dishonoured.
  • I receive sufficient power to command principalities and power.
  • Any angry power coming to dishonour God in my life; you are a liar. I shot you down by fire.
  • Any angry power has come to dishonour God in my life; you are a liar. I shot you down by fire.
  • Any power that has vowed not to spare me, not to honour God in me; your end has come. Today, I terminate you by fire.