PASTOR’S CORNER

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST:

SEEING THROUGH THE MOUTH IN PRAYER

REFERENCES: II SAMUEL 9:1-11; 16: 1-4; 19: 24-30

Praying in the Holy Ghost affords you the ability to see through the mouth.

You do not need to see the matter, good or bad, with your physical eyes before you pray about it; at the leading of the Holy Ghost, you are stirred up to pray about the matter. Remember that He helps us rise above our limitations in prayer by helping us to pray as we ought, with groaning that cannot be uttered.

 

II Sam 9:1-11

Something killed Mephibosheth’s feet, but God spared his life.

He was maimed and brought to the ground by the tidings of his father and grandfather’s death.

Whatever evil may have brought you down because of what happened to your parents, you need a spiritual parent to raise you up from the ground.

This was Mephibosheth’s salvation.

As a result of what happened to his father and grandfather (his fathers), he thought he was going to die as nobody. He lived as a dead dog, to use his own words.

What he did not know was that God had given him a spiritual father; one who would restore him to the position of greatness.

He did not know that his father-Jonathan- had paid a price for his restoration in destiny.

In spite of being the heir to the throne after Saul, Jonathan had knitted his soul to David’s, not minding that the young man had been chosen to be king by God.

The king thus sought to find anyone from the house of Saul, to whom he may show the kindness of God, for the sake of Jonathan.

And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. Then king David sent, and fetched him...

A servant of Saul’s house was found, and when questioned, he told the king of Mephibosheth.

Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

When the lame man was summoned, David-the king- blessed him with two things.

First, he restored all the land of Saul to him.

Secondly, he decreed that Mephibosheth would eat at the king’s table continually.

Wealth was restored to him, but much more that, he was elevated to the place of a king; set in a position that allowed him to commune, fellowship and eat with the king.

Are you Mephibosheth? Have you been brought down by the bad tidings of what happened to your parents? Do you live as a dead dog? A seat at the king’s table is all you need to turn your situation around.

Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.

The servant, Ziba, was summoned again and informed of the new development: Mephibosheth- his master’s son- had become sole heir of Saul’s entire possession. He was also given his new job description: he and his household were to serve Mephibosheth.

For the third time, the king reiterated his second blessing: As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.

Well, Ziba was not pleased with the news of the first blessing. The idea that the lame man was to get all that belonged to Saul, while he served him did not go well with him. Despite the fact that he had no claim on the inheritance, he secretly plotted to get it all for himself.

 

II Sam 16:1- 4

And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

David was in the throes of a battle for the throne, against his son. While in hiding, Ziba sought him out. He came loaded, bringing lots of food and drink to the king.

And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these?

David was not fooled. He knew that the gifts had a voice, and he demanded to hear its message.

Therefore, he asked Ziba, What meanest thou by these?

And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.

His response did not fool David either. He knew he did not come bearing gifts out concern for the king or his men. So, he pressed further: where is thy master's son?

He was asking, ‘Ziba, what do you mean by coming to meet me in the wilderness, with all these refreshments? And why have you come without your master in attendance?

And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.

This was the proverbial way of giving a dog a bad name so that you can kill it.

By these words, Ziba finally revealed his true mission. In painting Mephibosheth as an ungrateful opportunist, who saw David’s absence as his chance to recover his father’s throne, the voice of his gifts were clearly heard and understood.

He was saying, ‘Give me all that you gave to Mephibosheth; and give him into my hands, to do with him as I please. Give me permission to take him out of the way.’

Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth.

Pay attention to the words of the king; for they contained the terms of the transfer. He was given all that belonged to Mephibosheth. However, the life of the young man was not included in the package.

And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

Brethren, you will do well to pray against men like Ziba in your world: evil strangers working secretly to manipulate your helpers and situations against you, so that they can take, not only what belongs to you, but also your life.

 

II Sam 19:24-30

And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

In the passage of time, the battle was over. David and his men returned home victorious.

On his return, he was met by Mephibosheth.

The man Ziba had accused of rejoicing at the king’s predicament looked very unkempt.

His appearance revealed his true picture: a man who had been in fasting and mourning since the king’s forced exile.

He continued to seek the face of God until his prayers were answered.

The lame man fasted and prayed. What is your excuse?

But why did he fast?

And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth? And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame. And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king...

When the king challenged this man’s failure to go with him to the wilderness, Mephibosheth said some interesting things.

While revealing Ziba’s deception (taking advantage of his master’s handicap), he also referred to the character assassination campaign that was made against him by his servant.

While he had been physically unable to walk, and thus could not be at the wilderness in person; in the realm of the spirit, he had run to the wilderness and heard all that Ziba had said to the king.

...but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.

These were carefully chosen words. He was saying to the king, ‘this servant has applied his mental capacity to deceive me and manipulate you, so that he can get what is mine.

Nonetheless, Ziba is a stranger, and there is a realm where he cannot operate. Let us take this matter to that realm.

You are as an angel of God.

You see farther and higher than this natural realm. Judge this matter from that higher realm.

There is something in me, that is also in you, O king.

There is something that was inside my father, Jonathan; and is now inside of me- his son. (If he did not seek your downfall because of the throne, how could I have done as accused? If you did not have to worry about trusting my father, why would you worry about that in me?)

Judge, and do what is good in your eyes.’

For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?

Mephibosheth also had a focus.

While Ziba had sought material possessions, Mephibosheth cared only to secure his place at the king’s table.

His only concern was to continue to eat with the king.

This is the secret of true greatness in Christ.

Whatever happens, always fight to retain your place at the table of the King. The fellowship and communion that this opportunity affords you cannot be compared to material things.

It is invaluable, and it is forever.

 

And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.

As face answered to face, and spirit looked into spirit, the king adjusted his earlier decree. What Ziba thought was completely his was now split in two.

Now, if one meeting with the king caused Mephibosheth to recover half of his inheritance, what do you think would be accomplished by his continual eating at the king’s table?

And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.

Mephibosheth fasted and prayed to retain his place on the king’s table. He got that and much more.  

At this point, Ziba saw his plans frustrated.

His expectation had been that David would have given Mephibosheth into his hands. He knew that the king despised the lame, and did all he could to make David despise Mephibosheth enough to sanction his death.

However, the words of the king were clear: thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth’s life was not included in the package.

Therefore, he could not do away with his master’s son before David returned; and his evil scheme was now revealed to the king.

That is why you are here. Whatever evil strangers may have taken from you; as long as you are still eating with the King, you will surely recover all. Ziba, and all that belonged to you, shall return to you.

Mephibosheth, this lame man, prayed and fasted. His persistence in prayer, in spite of his lame feet, was his weapon of war against the manipulation of Ziba.

He prayed, and saved his life from death.

He prayed , and retained his seat at the king’s table.

He prayed, and recovered all that Ziba had stolen from him, including Ziba.

And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.

This was a taunt against Ziba. ‘Let him take everything; it would not matter much for long.’

As long as David was back on the throne, and Mephibosheth would again eat with the king, it was inevitable that Ziba would lose everything he had collected, to the rightful owner.

Ziba worked tirelessly to usurp and kill his master; Mephibosheth also worked tirelessly to frustrate his agenda, in the spirit.

There, he gained victory over his servant.

Ziba remained Mephibosheth’s servant. His devices were frustrated. His plans were exposed.

Ziba had signed his death warrant.

Be as an angel.

See through your mouth.

Take the battle to the realm of the spirit.

Jealously fight to retain your place at the King’s table.

Your servants will remain your servants; and your detractors will kill themselves.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • I receive power to see through my mouth in prayer.
  • Any evil stranger working to take any of my portion from me; I frustrate you by fire.
  • Any agent of darkness spoiling me before my helpers, secretly; be frustrated by fire.
  • Anyone deceiving me secretly in order to take my portion or place; be disgraced by fire.
  • Any personality slandering me before my helpers; I frustrate you by fire.
  • Any agent of darkness working tirelessly to take anything out of my portion; I cut off your hands by fire.
  • Any stranger working secretly and tirelessly to take my place; I terminate your works by fire.
  • Every evil agenda to disgrace me; backfire.
  • Whatever the wicked took away from me; hear the word of the Lord. I call you back.

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST:

THE SPIRIT NEEDS THE WORD

REFERENCES: ACTS 10:1-6, ACTS 10:21-22, ACTS 10: 34-38, ACTS 10: 44-45, ACTS 11:13-15, ISAIAH 10:27

The Holy Ghost needs the Word.

There is no Pentecost without Passover. Jesus gave the disciples the Word before He gave them the Spirit, because the Spirit cannot function without the Word.

The Spirit could not bring out light in the beginning until God spoke. If you also desire the move of the Spirit in your life, you need the Word.

Acts 10:1-6

There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

During the course of this teaching, we will be laying a matter to rest. The matter being the spiritual state of Cornelius: was he born again before the visitation, or not?

Cornelius was a captain; like Naaman in the days of Elisha, and the centurion in the days of Jesus.

These men sought out the men of God because they were in need of divine help- Naaman, for his leprosy; and the other for his sick servant.

When you see a captain seeking God, he is in dire need of something.

Just as in the case of the other two, Cornelius sought God for a reason.

Let us consider the person of Cornelius.

He was called a devout man who feared the Lord.

He gave alms to the poor (remember that he who gives to the poor lends to God). Now, the sacrifice of sinners is abhorred by the Lord (Pro 15:8). Yet, the angel testified that the alms of this captain were received by God.

He also prayed to God, day and night. Consider too that the prayer of a sinner is an abomination to the Lord. (Pro 28: 9)

How then is it that this man gained audience before God? Was he born again or not?

He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

When the angel appeared to him, observe his response.

When Paul first encountered Christ, he enquired: ‘who art thou Lord?

However, Cornelius’ question was: ‘What is it, Lord?’

He was not confused about the identity of the personality; he only desired to know the purpose of the visitation.

And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.

The centurion, with his household, had been praying to God day and night; and the angel was sent to refer him to Simon Peter, so that he (Peter) could tell the captain what he ought to do.

 

Acts 10:21-22

Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews...

Through the testimony of the men he sent to fetch Peter, we learn more about Cornelius.

He was a just (righteous) man; and was also of a good report among all the nation of the Jews. (This was one of the requirements for choosing deacons in Acts 6).

Cornelius was born again.

The angel was not sent to a sinner who prayed to an unknown God. He was sent to a righteous, devout and prayerful man who feared the Lord; a man of good report, who lent to God by giving to the poor.

...was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.

The reason for the visitation raises another question: why would God need to warn him?

Cornelius needed to be warned that he was in danger.

He prayed; he gave; he feared the Lord; he had a good report. However, he lacked a vital piece of the Christian armour, and that was dangerous.

Prayer without the power of God is a dangerous thing.

When a man prays, gives, lives a holy, heaven- conscious life; but lacks the power of God, he is living in a danger zone.

This power only comes to those who have received the Holy Ghost (Acts 1: 8).

Any prayer without the Holy Ghost therefore lacks the power of God.

Any holy living without the Holy Ghost is powerless, and dangerous.

Powerless-ness is a terrible disease. It is an enemy to Christian living.

God has sent me to warn you: Mr. Giver, Prayer Warrior...if you do not allow the Holy Ghost to come upon you, you are headed for serious trouble.

How does one receive the Holy Ghost, and His power?

There is a Word that will call down the Spirit on a man.

This is why we do not pray until we have looked into the Word of God; because the Spirit is waiting for the Word.

 

Acts 10: 34-38

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

More evidence that Cornelius was born again...

Peter acknowledged that this man, of the nation of the Gentiles, feared God, and worked righteousness. He reveals that wherever God sees such a man, irrespective of his nationality, He is ready to walk with him.

The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

 

The word...That word...

Cornelius got saved by receiving the Word.

The Word was sent by God to Israel, to be preached by Jesus Christ- the Word. The Word became flesh, and preached Himself.

While the Word was on its way to Israel, Cornelius saw it; the Word registered righteousness in his heart. He believed it, and received it.

Therefore, Peter says to him, ‘you know that word. While it was being preached in Galilee of the Gentiles, you got it. You know it.’

Anytime you see the power of God in the life of a man, know that he has received the Word; not words, but the Word.

The Spirit will wait until a man receives the Word. When He sees that you have it, He will come.

When teaching is going on, many words are spoken. However, in the midst of these words, there is a Word. You need to be alert and sensitive to receive the Word that is sent to you.

This is why distraction must be seen by a Christian for the deadly enemy that it is.

 

Acts 10: 44-45

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word...

Hearing words cannot save.

There is a Word that must be heard, and known, for salvation to be achieved.

Peter spoke words, but the Holy Ghost only fell on those that heard the Word. In the multitude of Peter’s many words, these ones heard the voice of Jesus in Peter.

They did not mind the apostle’s crude grammatical expressions; that was not their focus. They were looking for Jesus- the Word- in his words. When they got Him, the Spirit bore them witness and fell on them.

You will do well to seek for Jesus in the voice of your pastor. Do not be carried away, or put off, by his command of English, or the lack thereof.

Look for the voice of Jesus in his voice. Once you get His voice, the Holy Ghost will fall on you, and power will follow.

When the day of Pentecost was fully come, Jerusalem was filled with religious observers of the celebration, who had come from different parts of the world.

The Holy Ghost did not fall on any of them.

He fell on those who were waiting in one accord in the Upper Room; those who waited because the Word had commanded them so.

 

Acts 11:13-15

And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;

The angel called Simon the son of Peter.

Now, he was born Simon the son of Jona, until the Word changed his name to Peter.

Therefore, when the messenger of God was sent to Cornelius, he called Simon by the name given to him by the Word: Simon, the son of Peter.

Whatever the world, even your earthly family, has called you, against your destiny is destroyed by fire today.

Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.

Since Cornelius was born again-already saved from sin, what manner of salvation did he require?

Why was he praying day and night? He was already a man of influence and affluence.

What was he looking for?

Looking into him, God saw that there was something against his life; and though he had prayed, day and night, his prayers lacked the capacity to conquer that battle.

Therefore, he needed someone to speak the Word that will bring down the higher power of God upon him.

Peter rescued Cornelius and his household, not by an elaborate deliverance session, or prophetic works; but by speaking the Word, as commanded by God. The man already had the spirit of prayer. When he is given power, and goes back to pray, his prayer will have the capacity to conquer the adversary of his life and bring deliverance to him and his household.

Isa 10:27

And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Cornelius was a just man; a praying man; a man of good report. But, Cornelius prayed without the power of God.

Christianity without the power of God is not optional; it is dangerous to the journey.

Therefore God sent an angel to warn him:

DANGER DANGER DANGER

He needed to know that, if he continued in his powerless state, he would suffer great loss. It would appear as though he were not just, prayerful and giving.

God sent Peter to him, so that he would receive power by the Word. With that power, he would pray again; this time, with results, because the anointing will break every yoke it encounters.

This is how to rescue a righteous man: by The Word; the Spirit; the power.

If you are like Cornelius- a just man without power- you need to get the Word. When the Word comes, the Holy Ghost will fall on you; and when He does, He will destroy every yoke He meets.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Fire of God, enter my life!
  • My Father, send me the Word.
  • My Father, cause my ears to hear Your voice.
  • Every yoke or spell over my life; break and scatter by fire now.

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST:

MOVING BY YIELDING IN PRAYER

REFERENCES: ROMANS 6: 16, LUKE 2: 25-30, PSALM 75: 1

The focus of this theme is to teach you to pray in the Spirit of Christ. It is one thing to pray, and quite another to pray in the Spirit of Christ.

For you to move in the Spirit of Christ, you must yield to the Him.

The key to a profitable prayer session, and ultimately a successful prayer life, is to understand that you do not know how to pray. This will humble you and cause you to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

When you have offered up your praise and worship to Him, let Him drive you in prayer. As long as you pray according to His directions- when and how He leads- you will not falter or stop on the way.

Rom 6: 16

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Whoever you yield yourself to obey becomes your master; you become his servant. Therefore, God only becomes your master when you yield to His commands, as revealed in His Word.

If you desire to serve God, it then follows that you must yield to him in everything- in marriage and family, business, career and ministry. You will not do ANYTHING without His Word.

In Christ, you cannot claim to know anything about your future. You understand that divine destiny is discovered. Therefore, you yield to the One who can reveal it to you, and live according to His leading.

This is contrary to the view of the contemporary world, which teaches us to depend on, and therefore yield to, our mental and emotional capacity.

This worldview fails to understand that it is the blessing of God that offers prosperity, void of sorrow. Many therefore labour and amass wealth, but they are full of sorrow.

They do not have access to the blessing of Abraham- which attracts the presence of God and mind boggling testimonies of progress in every area of life.

Now, judge. When the Spirit of Christ tells you to pray at a certain time, do you extend the time by another hour? When He instructs you to go into a business venture, do you recite all the reasons why you cannot do so?

Your ability to obey God, whether or not it is convenient; that is what makes you His servant.

Lk 2: 25-30

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel

This man was a holy man, who had been praying and waiting for the consolation of Israel from the long years of suffering that the nation had endured.

...and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

He waited under the influence of the Holy Ghost.

It is a waste of time for any Christian to wait on God without studying the Word and tarrying in prayer. Such a person can be manipulated and messed up by the enemy. However, no devil can mess up the Holy Ghost.

Simeon’s spiritual location ensured that his desire was under the supervision of the Holy Ghost.

A man can only discover what he desires. However, when the desire of a Christian is outside this divine supervision, he cannot discover the mysteries -deep secrets- of greatness. Such a desire will be frustrated and fraught with sorrow.

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Simeon was a holy man, yet he waited on the Lord. He saw that there was something missing in his nation and he sought God for her consolation. Not only did he wait on God, he did so with the Holy Ghost upon him.

There, in that divine position, the Holy Ghost spoke to him.

He talked to God under the Holy Ghost. His divine location gave him access to divine revelation.

The Holy Ghost can only show you mysteries when you wait under His supervision.

This means that it takes the Holy Ghost to wait for the Holy Ghost.

Whenever the Holy Ghost in you moves you to pray, it is so that He can reveal secrets to you.

Brethren, do not just be holy; wait on the LORD for the consolation of your household.

When you see that there is something wrong in your household, and desire to see it corrected by divine intervention, you will serve God. You will have a drive and a purpose for seeking the LORD. You will not be distracted or self serving in your choices and actions.

Simeon was seeking the consolation of Israel. When the Holy Ghost spoke, the answer to his prayers was the Lord’s Christ. That meant that if he had the Christ- the Anointed One- he had consolation.

It is the absence of power that presents itself as the presence of poverty, suffering, loss...

David was a man who understood power. He did not need time off to prepare for his battle with Goliath; he was ready to take him down there and then. Sadly, today’s youths are so distracted that they would need special personal retreat sessions to prepare for a challenge. You can tell when they are seeking after something by the sudden focus they give to the things of God.

David was not like that. He was not taken unawares.

Not only was he prepared, he had access to divine revelation, enough to know how to fight at different times.

When he fought with, and killed the lion and the bear, he did so with his hands.

When he faced off with Goliath, by revelation, he understood to use the stone the builders had rejected. Therefore, he used a sling and a stone.

In the battle that followed, when he was pursued relentlessly by Saul, he knew not to use his hands or stones. Instead, he fought with his heart.

 

Note the words of the Holy Ghost to Simeon: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

This means that no reason was reasonable enough for him to die until he had seen the Christ. No raging of the wicked, no sickness, no economic hardship, no conspiracy... Nothing whatsoever was permitted to kill him until consolation should come. Not even old age!

And for good reason too. This man was not a priest; neither was he the oldest man in the land. Yet, it was he who saw the need for consolation in the land. No wonder he was not permitted to die.

And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation

When baby Jesus was brought into the temple for his dedication, Simeon was there. He had come, by the driving of the Spirit, into the temple at that exact time.

You must understand that the baby was not brought to him. He was not the presiding priest. However, because he was the one who had sought for the consolation of his entire nation, the Holy Ghost directed him there.

A man who seeks the LORD, under the Holy Ghost, will find that, it does not matter how many pastors, leaders exist in his world; or who the blessing is being taken to. The Holy Ghost will stir him up and direct him to the place of the blessing- the power, glory, wisdom, revelation, prosperity, abundance- because he has been waiting...

Now, when Simeon saw consolation, He did not look like consolation because He was still just a baby cradled in the arms of His parents. Yet, as directed by the Holy Ghost, he went up to the parents and simply took the baby from them.

Bearing the child in his hands, he declared that he had indeed seen the salvation he had waited for.

 

Ps 75: 1

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

We give praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders. (AMP)

The others in the temple could not see that they were in the presence of the Consolation of Israel because they had not invoked the name of the LORD.

Anywhere you see the wonders of God at work; it is because the name of the LORD has been invoked there. The wonders of God are for those who invoke His name. No one can see rehearse His great works until they have invoked His name.

Simeon saw what others could not because he had waited. Do not compare yourself to those who wait, because they have, by their divine position, set themselves far ahead of the pack.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Father, I submit my life to You. Take over me to lead and connect me.
  • Raw fire of God, take over my life.
  • Holy Ghost, connect me to your power, by Your power.
  • I charge my life; receive sufficient power to get my portion of God’s power, fire, wisdom...
  • Any satanic authority fighting my divine portion; I destroy and bury you by fire.
  • Surely, I shall not see death, frustration, limitation... until I have reached my destination. That good thing I desire for my household shall happen in my days. I must see it happen.
  • Father, showcase Your wonders in my life.