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PASTOR’S CORNER

COOPERATE WITH HIM TO CONQUER:

ANNOUNCE YOUR VICTORY TO CONQUER (B)

REFERENCES: AMOS 3:4, I SAMUEL 4:5-9, ACTS 27: 9-11; 21-26

Amos 3:4

Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

A lion does not make a noise while chasing a prey. However, once it has captured the prey, it roars. It roars to announce his catch.

In the spirit realm also, you roar to show that you have captured something.

A man who boldly declares victory does so, because he has apprehended a revelation from God.

Before you announce your victory, you must do the work. Investigate and seek out the solution. Once you lay hold of the revelation and set it in your heart, then you can roar; you can declare the end of poverty, failure, barrenness, death… in your world.

Now, to roar when you have not laid hold of something is a dangerous enterprise.

Whenever you roar, your adversaries will investigate to know what you have; to discover the source of your bold declarations. If they weigh you and find you wanting, you will be sorry.

Therefore, it is very important that you only announce your victory after you have caught the prey.

When you get it, you will be known, and you will be feared.

 

I Sam 4:5-9

And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

The camp is your life. It is your business. It is your marriage.

The ark is the presence of God. You want His presence in your camp, always.

And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews?

The Philistines investigated to understand the reason for the shout of the Hebrews.

Brethren, your enemies will investigate to know why you shout; to know the confidence behind your profession of faith.

Therefore, real men only shout when they have got it.

And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp. And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! For there hath not been such a thing heretofore. Woe unto us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? These are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.

They did not just investigate the mystery behind the shout, they also sought to understand the potency of the power behind the shout.

Their investigation made them understand that ark of God represented the presence of God. They also understood the implication of having the presence of God because His terrible deeds in Egypt were known to them.

Once your enemies see that what you have is the real thing- true power, they will also cry Woe unto us!

Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.

Despite what they discovered, they were still ready to fight. They had enjoyed years of dominion over Israel because they had power. Now, that they perceived greater power in the camp of their former servants, their desperation to not become servants to Israel motivated them. So, they encouraged themselves to fight.

The enemies’ dread of the power you carry will not stop them from fighting you.

Therefore, it is important that, no matter how full of divine power you are, you remain ever watchful and always prepared.

Understand that there is a fight for dominion, and you must not hesitate to cut down and quench every stubborn opposition.

 

Acts 27: 9-11; 21-26

Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

Paul had caught something...

He caught a divine revelation that the ship, the goods and everyone in the ship, including Paul, would perish.

Yet, he chose to present the revelation as a perception to the men on the ship, because he realised that he was lightly esteemed as a mere prisoner.

Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and he owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

However, his words were still despised in favour of the expert opinions of the captain and owner of the ship. They probably considered that all was well, because the ship was in a good state, and they had a rescue contingency plan in place. So, what could go wrong?

Thankfully, Paul knew there was a devil after his life, and he did not leave the matter alone; he went to God in prayer…

But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said…

At this point in the journey, the ship had indeed run into a storm (v 14-15).

After a long period of fasting, Paul stood to speak to the men again.

The man they had once ignored, stood out in their midst, and spoke again.

This time, they could not ignore or despise his words.

…Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.

Their decision to despise the words of Paul had gained them harm and loss.

They had been tossed-thrown about- by the violence of the storm, and had been forced to throw the goods into the sea (v 18).

One of the things he had prophesied had come to pass, and the ship was not looking good either. It was to be expected then, that they were all afraid for their lives.

Thankfully, Paul had good news for them.

And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.

For there stood by me this night he angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar…

Paul had also been afraid for his own life. He had sought the face of the LORD in prayer and fasting to plead for his life…and his case was heard. He would not die, because he must be brought before Caesar.

By saying he must be brought before Caesar, God was giving Paul the key to preserving his life.

Paul MUST stand before Caesar. However, the Roman emperor was not at sea. Therefore, Paul must survive the sea, get to land, and remain alive the rest of the journey. How then could he die?

Brethren, you cannot die this year. No matter the agitation going on to cut short your days, you shall not die, because there are so many things you must achieve this year.

No one else will do what you have called to do- in your world, and in the kingdom of God. Therefore, you shall live because you MUST be brought to your place.

…and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.

And God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you (NIV)

Not only did Paul gain his life, he also gained the lives of everyone on that ship; as long as they listened to, and obeyed him, their lives were guaranteed.

Paul was the only man God had on the ship, and that man prayed. In answer to his prayers, God assured him of his life. More than that though, He also tied the lives of everyone else on that ship to the life of Paul.

As long as they remained with him, they would not die.

Brethren, God is looking for such men of great value, to whom He can tie the lives of others.

Now, if He has tied your life to such a man, you will do well to listen to him, for therein lies the key to preserving your life.

Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.

Certain loss would be incurred, but God’s assurance of preservation would stand.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Raw fire of God, enter my life.
  • My Father, make me a voice this year.
  • My life, receive the dominion to rule.
  • I receive the lives of everyone in my household, to preserve them all.
  • My life, receive the divine charge to keep and preserve everyone in your household.
  • My life, receive the divine charge to keep and preserve all the LORD has given to me.
  • Any power, seeking to fight me; anyhow you fight, I waste you by fire.
  • Whatever- sickness, accident, implication- the devil has put in place to contend with my life this year; thus saith the LORD. I terminate you by fire.

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

COOPERATE WITH HIM TO CONQUER:

FOLLOW DIVINE PROTOCOL TO CONQUER (B)

REFERENCES: I CORINTHIANS 10:3-11, NUMBERS 14: 34, II COR 1: 18- 20, ISAIAH 48:3

The man who will conquer must cooperate with God; and for a man to prove that he is indeed cooperating with Him, he must follow divine protocol.

Divine protocol supersedes any worldly protocol.

The man who lives by divine protocol will win, prosper, and succeed by them.

The importance of following divine protocol is made clearer when you understand that, while God can say ‘Yes’ to a request, He can also say ‘No’ to it afterwards.

When you follow divine protocol, God will say ‘Yes’ to you; however, when you violate the protocol, He will say ‘No’.

This is the sad reason why many claim the ‘Yeses’ of God, but do not see the manifestation. They do not understand that the ‘Yes’ of God can only be sustained when a man follows divine protocol. When he violates them, ‘Yes’ will become ‘No’.

God testifies that He had said the house of Eli would stand before Him forever. Yet, He is now saying ‘No’ to the same house, and condemning them to death and irrelevance; except for the man who honours Him by following a faithful priest. This means that His ‘Yes’ would continue over the man who follows the protocol, but become ‘No’ over the one that is too proud to do so.

 

I Cor 10:3-11

And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of the God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

The Church in the wilderness was going to a land that was already prepared for them by God. They were walking in His ‘Yes’. Yet, many of them were overthrown before they could lay hold of the fulfilment of the promise.

Their sad end is recorded as a sober example for the present Church.

If you will continue to enjoy the ‘Yes’ of God this year, you will do well to follow these divine protocols...

Now these things were our example, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as the also lusted. [Do not chase after what God has not given you this year.]

Neither be ye idolators, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Remember Josiah, the king whose birth was prophesied centuries before he was born. God promised that he would live to a good old age. Yet, this king died in his 40s.

Please be wise. Understand, that, whenever God makes you a promise, there is a devil seeking to stop it from coming to pass.

 

Num 14: 34

After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

When the people to whom God had promised the land of Canaan murmured against Him, and accused Him being a wicked God, they saw a side of Him they had never seen before.

…ye shall know my breach of promise.

In other words, you shall know how I say ‘Yes’ and then say ‘No’.

Do not assume that receiving His promises gives you the leeway to live contrary to divine principles. You must walk in the understanding that violating divine protocol will cost you the divine promise.

Your breach of His protocol will lead to His breach of promise.

You have a responsibility. Whatever He has promised you must happen in your life. Therefore, follow divine protocol.

God has the capacity to bring all His promises to pass. The ball therefore is in your court.

Play your part well.

Let that thing come to pass.

 

II Cor 1: 18- 20

As surely as God is trustworthy and faithful and means what He says, our speech and message to you have not been Yes [that might mean] No. For the Son of God, Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who has been preached among you by us, by myself, Silvanus, and Timothy, was not Yes and No; but in Him it is [always the divine] Yes.

For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ].

Brethren, consider this carefully.

The Word of God needed Jesus to come to pass.

In Christ, the many promises of God received divine capacity to come to fulfilment.

They found the right answer- their ‘Yes’- in Him.

You are born again by the Word; the Word that found ‘Yes’ in Christ.

When you therefore, find a promise in the Word, your responsibility is to find yourself in Christ, and declare the promise.

You declare it, for Heaven to say ‘Yes’.

As powerful as the promises of God were, they waited for Christ- for His death and resurrection- and found their ‘Yes’ in Him.

No wonder Christ declares that John the Baptist is the greatest of the prophets, but the least in the Kingdom, for he did not taste the death and resurrection of Christ as we have.

It does not matter how long you have suffered barrenness, failures, sickness, setbacks…simply ensure that you are born again, rooted in Christ.

Then, you can go into the Word, and declare all that is written for you.

As you do so, Heaven will say ‘Yes’ to them all, for in Christ, they receive power for manifestation and fulfilment.

For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God (AMP)

Your confidence is found in this. You are born by the Word, and an heir of the promises of God. You are a covenant carrier of divine promises.

Therefore, as the promises find their heavenly ‘Yes’ in Christ, you also say AMEN- so be it- in agreement with the heavenly witness.

The Word, and the promises therein, have their ‘Yes’ in Christ. Find your way into Him as well, and agree with all the promises, to which God has said ‘Yes’.

 

Isa 48:3

I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass

Observe divine protocol, and you will enjoy divine promises.

God has the capacity to fulfil all His promises. As long as you remain in Christ, None of His promises will go unfulfilled.

Ensure that you follow divine protocol, and you will enjoy ‘Yes’, over all His promises.

 

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My life, today, you are rededicated to the LORD.
  • Raw fire of God, possess my life.
  • Any power waiting to say ‘No’ to that which God has said ‘Yes’; I terminate you by fire
  • Any power that has been saying ‘No’ to that which God has said ‘Yes’; I terminate you by fire
  • Evil landmark blocking my way; I terminate you by fire
  • Whatever is waiting for me this year, to block my way; I terminate you by fire

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

COOPERATE WITH HIM TO CONQUER:

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CAPTAIN (B)

REFERENCES: NUMBERS 14:4-5, GENESIS 14:14-15, JUDGES 7: 16-21

In the first part of this teaching, we learnt that the journey to the place requires that you understand your captain.

As we continue with the teaching, you also need to understand that even the journey back to captivity demands a captain.

So, just as God needs a captain to lead people to the Place, the devil also needs a captain to lead people into error, and back into captivity.

This proves that everyone needs a captain, whether as a leader or as the led. A Christian therefore needs to be led by a captain, whose Captain is Christ.

 

Num 14: 4-5

And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Moses was a captain of God, to lead His people out of captivity.

When the people missed it, they also sought to make a captain for themselves, to lead them back.

They did not understand…

You do not make a captain; you discover your captain.

The people did not make Moses; God did.

God made him in the wilderness and presented him to the people in due time. Then, they discovered Moses.

However, when they missed it, they sought to make a captain for themselves.

That person could have only led them one way- back to captivity.

Only a man, made by God, can make another man.

Only a captain, made by God, can lead you to your true place.

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

The enormity of their foolishness caused Moses and Aaron to fall on their faces. They understood that the people’s decision to make a captain for themselves was a deadly one. Such a captain could never take them forward; only backward.

 

Gen 14:14-15

And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

God called Abraham, like He called Moses and David, making them into captains over His people.

As you claim the blessings of Abraham, you will do well to know that he was a warrior, and a captain.

He had enough weapons in his armoury to arm 318 men, and the military clout to defeat the world power of that time.

And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

As a captain, he poured himself into the 318 men in his household.

This is the dream of every God-made captain; to have men into whom he can divide himself.

It would not matter the extent of the evil that is present in that man’s foundation and history; only that he gives himself to the training….

Jesus was born in a stable, surrounded by animals; yet the spirit of animals did not follow him, nor did it define His journey to the place.

Abraham was called out of his father’s land with nothing. Yet, the God that called him alone, blessed and increased him.

If you make yourself available to God, He will give you a befitting captain; one who has been where you are, and has overcome. He will pour himself in you, bring you out of that mess, and make you a candidate of divine blessing and increase.

 

II Chr 13:12

And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain…

Every captain needs a Captain.

Without the direction of the Captain, you will walk by speculations, and presumptions.

A true captain will admit that he knows nothing by himself; that the source of all he knows is the Captain- the Teacher like no other, the Coach, the Man of war, the Owner of the whole earth, and the fulness thereof…

Wise ones know that He is always correct. Therefore, they answer in the affirmative to all His commands, always.

…and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

When God is the Captain of a pastor, his words become a trumpet, sounding an alarm against the camp of the enemy.

Therefore, whenever God stirs you up to pray against the wicked, it is so that your prayers will become an alarm against them; and when the alarm sounds, your enemies know that their defeat is inevitable.

Jdgs 7: 16-21

And he divided the three hundred men into three companies…

No man can give what he does not have…

The man made by God for you, is furnished with everything you need for the journey.

Abraham had been given the weapons needed by the 318 men.

Likewise, the 300 trumpets, 300 pitchers, and 300 lamps needed by Gideon’s men had already been given to him.

…and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

Where did he get the equipment, and how did he carry them all?

This is the unreasonable mystery of a captain. He is filled to fill others…

To each man, the captain gave a trumpet, a lamp and a pitcher to protect the light of their lamps- the Word.

And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

When I blow a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

This is the language of a true captain: ‘do as I do’.

As I pray, as I study, as I live, as I speak; do likewise.

If you are with me, you must be ready to do what I do…

God gives the captain the trumpets, and causes them to be multiplied, so that, you too may blow your trumpets as he does; in your homes, offices, businesses, marriages, ministries…

And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

So, Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands…

And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.

While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled (NIV)

There is a place for you; a place of power, of greatness, of increase. This year, you shall stand in your place.

Captain Gideon gave his men trumpets and lamps in pitchers, causing them to get to their places; and to hold their positions against the wicked…

…and, as they held their positions, ALL the enemies fled.

They ran, they cried, and they fled before the people of the LORD.

This year, all your enemies will flee from before your face.

Your responsibility is to follow the captain.

Receive the trumpet, the lamp and pitcher from him, and obey every command.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • Raw fire of God, cover me.
  • Father, by Your power, take me to my place.
  • Power of God, take me to my position this year.
  • My life, receive the power to go to the top, where you belong.
  • Evil strangers on my way; I drive you out of my place by fire.

 

PASTOR’S CORNER

COOPERATE WITH HIM TO CONQUER:

THE ANOINTING FOR THE JOURNEY

REFERENCES: PSALMS 105:13-15, Ps 28:8, Isa 54: 15, Isa 31: 5

So far, we have learnt about the need to be properly dressed for the journey to the place. Only the man who is properly dressed- spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically- can address every situation well.

We also learnt that anointing only comes to the man who is properly dressed. When God sent Samuel to anoint a king in the house of Jesse, the men had to be well dressed.

God desires to give you the total blessings. However, that cannot happen when all you do is patch on a piece of new garment to your old garment.

The complete blessings will only come upon you when you put off the old garment- mindset, habits, nature, lifestyle- and put on the new. That way, you become a full carrier of the presence of God.

 

Ps 105:13-15

When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm” (NIV)

As you journey through this year; from home to work, from one place to another, do so with the consciousness that God has not given anyone permission to oppress, wrong or harm you.

Whatever you encounter this year, be bold to declare that you have a divine guarantee to see the end of the year, and the new one as well. Furthermore, no agenda of death, disgrace, humiliation, loss is permitted to prosper over you this year.

No one is permitted to do you wrong. Even kings of darkness have been put on notice; they do not get to touch you or harm you.

When Israel passed through the Red Sea, they were baptised unto the same anointing upon Moses. Why then will I be anointed, and you would not be as well?

It is time to walk in the reality of the same anointing upon my life.

The man who dresses well will walk in the anointing, and he will be known.

Brethren, this year, they must know you; they must hear you; and they must bow to you. No more shall you be hidden because you a candle meant to stand on a hill.

Christ could not hide His true identity from the demons in the synagogue. The Pharisees did not know Him, but the devils did, and they declared His Sonship.

 

Ps 28:8

The LORD is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed

This year, the LORD is your strength- in marriage, ministry, finance, business, career.

He is also your saving strength.

It does not matter who has arrested His anointed.

When the enemy thinks he has arrested or captured you, you will escape because the Almighty will come in His strength, and save you.  

 

Isa 54: 15

Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

The One who knows the end from the beginning is charging you to consider this: the wicked shall surely gather against you. But that is not where the story ends.

He also charges you to consider this: that whosoever, from wherever, at whenever, that shall gather against you shall fall, for your sake.

Consider the faithfulness of God.

Whatever happens to you does not change the constant truth that He remains God.

Yet, while wicked powers cannot gather against God, and nothing they do can affect Him, in His love, He has revealed to you a key that will frustrate their gathering against you: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

 

Isa 31: 5

As birds flying, so will the LORD defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it. (NIV)

In the beginning, the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. The same Spirit rested and remained on Christ, announcing the time and season of Christ.

Today, I invoke the hovering power of God over your life, to follow you wherever you go, and attract divine protection, deliverance, preservation, favour and help to you throughout this year.

PRAYER POINTS

In the name of Jesus,

  • My Father, I rededicate my life to You this year.
  • Consuming, unquenchable fire of God, sit on me.
  • Father, let Your mighty hand rest on me.
  • I receive the power to retain the oil this year.
  • My Father, be my saving strength this year.
  • My life, I charge you; escape every arrest of the wicked by fire.
  • Any gathering against my life, this year; thus says the LORD. I terminate you by fire.
  • Any power that wants to gather against me this year; I scatter and terminate you by fire.