THE WAY OF THE PROSPEROUS (I) – By Pastor B.B.JOHN

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THE WAY OF THE PROSPEROUS

 

God wants His covenant children to be successful and prosperous in life.  {III Jhn. 2} But what indeed is prosperity?

 

Prosperity is a state of comfort, opulence and affluence. With true prosperity are life, peace, health and wealth. Sure prosperity is that which start with the prosperity of your spirit-man, progresses to the soul and climax with the body. Only he who is blessed with these is truly prosperous. Where one of these is lacking, prosperity is incomplete and dangerous.

 

There are three major sources of prosperity: God, Satan, Man. out of these three givers of prosperity, only that which is obtained from the Lord is sorrow-free. “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and addeth no sorrow to it. (Prov. 10:22)

 

The Holy Bible is full of a few prosperous characters whose covenant walk with God illuminated their hearts to see the secret to true prosperity. The Spirit of God opened their eyes to see the way of the prosperous, that they might be better-off in life than a people without God.

 

Among these great and prosperous ones are the patriarchs Job, Abraham and Isaac. Covenant walk of faith, tithing and covenant sowing were the major keys to their continual blessing and prosperity.

 

The Patriarch Job was a man who walked with God long before the dispensation of law. His personal walk with God must have been a personal resolution like Abel, Seth and Enoch. It was a covenant walk by which he came to discover the secret to divine blessings. Job chose to walk in God’s revealed way of the prosperous and he came to know true prosperity. The way he walked we ought to first inquire and therein walk ourselves, as a covenant people of God. If indeed we seek to know a life of sorrow-free abundance, we must have the knowledge of Job’s discovery and employ the key.

 

Now what exactly were the secret the man Job came to discover? Let’s briefly engage together as we study Job’s seven keys to prosperity for the purpose of discovering the way of the prosperous.

  • Secret#.1: Sexual Purity And Moral Virtue – Job 31:1, 9-12
  • Secret#.2: Truth, Integrity And Pureness Of The Heart – 31:5-7; Jos 1:8, Psm 1: 1-3.
  • Secret#.3: Compassion And Charity – 31:13-20, 29: 11-20; Prov. 21:3; Psm 72:12-14. {a, tithes & offerings-Mal. 3:8-12;/ b. minsters – I Cor. 9:9-11; / c. saints – II cor. 9:1, 6-12;/d. needy& others- Job 31:16, Lk. 6.38}
  • Secret#.4: Justice And Equity – 31: 21 –
  • Secret#.5: Divine Worship And Affection ( Hate Mammon & Idolatry) – 31:24-28
  • Secret#.6:  Loving The Unloving – 31:29-32
  • Secret#.7: Righteous Living  – 31:33-40 { It takes righteousness to flourish by God}

 

Note: to enhance God’s kind of prosperity, repentance is compulsory where sin, worldliness have been the norms. Job 36: 7-14.

 

Rewards

  1. Divine presence – Job 29 2, 5
  2. Divine wisdom – Job 3-4
  3. Divine favour  – Vs. 6
  4. Divine fame, blessing and honour Vs.7-10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEVIL’S INVASION STRATEGIES- by Pastor B.B.JOHN

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DEVIL’S INVASION STRATEGIES

 

NOTHING LESS THAN A DAZZLING GLORY

Do you run with a dream?  Have you a vision of becoming God’s triumphant warrior of faith? Do you dream to conquer the globe? As good as these dreams are, you may be day dreaming if you are not well connected to Christ.

Jesus is the fountain of life. He is the spring of glory. To be victorious in destiny, men who run with vision must be fixed with Him. You really need Jesus to make satanic strategies inoperative.

Also, the visionary believer must not be ignorant of the devises of Satan. Ignorance is an evil darkness. It is gravely dangerous.

Were Eve and Adam ignorant of how the old serpent fights?  He intruded their abode of comfort and conquered them by subtlety. He spoiled their peace, soils their pleasures, and enslaved their posterity. He is still the same old serpent with whom we have to war. He still roars like lion, though he is none. He will roar against people and destinies to attack and destroy.

Satan roars against men of dazzling glory. He hates men and women divinely robed with glory and would always fight to naked them of it. The reason Satan restlessly fight against you is the glory. The present battles in your life are therefore battles for your destiny. Don’t ever forget that glory is the reason.

Glory is the reason those household foes have being up against you. It is the reason for your chaotic life journey. Evil men saw your bright star and are hunting to capture it. Will you let them? You must boldly rise to defend your glory in the name of the Lord. It might need uncommon spiritual violence to triumph absolutely.

You are meant to shine. You are a reigning star. Take nothing less than shinning glory for a destiny. Refuse to yield the ground. Stand firm in faith.

Your shinning is connected to your God and to your rising up in faith. Not to the wishes of your enemies. You must arise in order to shine.  That is the faith step your God demands of you. Arise! In-activity does evil. Indifference does not pay in destiny the war front.

In Christ kingdom, every citizen is a soldier. He who is a civilian must either be a stranger or bastard. It is your time to glory! Arise and shine! The Lord’s glory is already right upon you.

You just must believe that the ongoing crisis in your life is permitted by God to make and not to mar you. Determine you will come out of the inferno to be the most precious gold the world has ever seen. You are a glory divinely ordained to be globally sought for. You can still make it! Yes you can!

Beloved, get yourself armed with the faith of God. You will come out of the storms to become a crowning glory.  Your era of sure tranquility and prosperity is near, located just after this darkest of your night. You will soon testify to the goodness of God.

Refuse to be moved. Up! Fight and conquer. Christ made you a winner two thousand years ago. Lay hold on His won victory. The triumph of your glorious destiny should not be negotiable. Never trade it on any altar.

INVATION STRATEGIES

In this section, I will instruct you a little on the how of satanic invasion. You need to know how the defeated coward fights.

1.     He fights by subtlety.

As it was in Eden, so it is today. Enemies invade people’s destiny by subtlety.

The old subtle serpent is still the master schemer in the art of dark wars. The enemy we are dealing with is so crafty. Likewise, all his emissaries operate by subtlety. Think of the crafts of witches, wizards, familiar spirits, Satanists, fraternity members and others in the service of Satan. They capture and cage glorious future by the means of serpentine wisdom.

Your foes will hunt for your precious life by the kiss of a friend. Judas sold his Master by it. The old prophet set up the young by it. Zerubbabel and Joshua the priest detected and rejected it when offered one by the enemies. Adversaries knows he can not destroy you but by debauching you. Watch it! He will lure you to sin by the manipulative cleverness of the serpentine. You will have to live your life with God’s wisdom to stop him.

Satan weapon of subtlety is often employing with the building of his strongholds in the mind. He would sell ideas to you, luring you hard to buy them. He would plant evil, unclean thoughts in your mind and turn your heart to beautiful but destructive images or scenes.

Victory begins with the grace to detect his finger.

Demonic inspirations are too dangerous to play with. Watch his words and the kind of knowledge he sells. They may be look so real, so sweet to the ears, and yet plunge your life into windy waves. Satan being himself an epitome of beauty knows the seductive power of beauty and glamour.

The power of beauty is indeed massive. Satan knows this and conquers the world by the bait of worldly glories. He offers beautiful women, wealth, titles, cars, mansions and positions to men, which in the end destroy.

Devil speaks to turn men’s hearts against God and his words of command and promises.  He counsels to darken men’s destiny and to make a mess of their tomorrow. He has used the weapon of subtlety to bury many lives and destinies. By it several radiant stars have been tragically baptized into an ocean of darkness.

 Watch! It isn’t all that glitters that are gold.

Now, how do we conquer satanic craftiness? It is by operating in the Spirit and power of God. When we, as believers in Christ Jesus, are filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, Satan is thrown into confusion.

Like the prophet Elisa, we are to operate in Spirit gifts to detect satanic plans and movements. Spiritual gifts should be prayerfully hunger for and used as weapon of warfare.

He who lacks any has been counseled to ask in prayer.

2.     He Wars by the Art of False Friendship

When Satan came to Eve in Eden, he spoke with the kind affection of a friend. In the colour of light, the tempter presented himself as lover-friend and was mistaken to be.

False friendship is an art invented by the devil to avert man’s immediate resistance. Had Satan come in his true colour as enemy, Adam and Eve would have given him the strongest resistance ever. But he came as a good, caring fellow.

Cain employed this same weapon to murder Abel. He rose up and slew his brother “while they talked in the field”.[Gen.4:8]

Jacob also dispossessed Esau, his twin brother of his birthright by the generosity of a friend. He gave him portage and robbed him of the birthright. Gift and food can destroy a destiny. Beware!

Delilah destroyed the mighty Samson by the romance of affection.

And Judas sold his Master by the kiss of a lover.

We all must come to the revelation of devil uses the Davids of this world to set up the Uriahs; the Absaloms of this World as rebels that threaten the thrones of their fathers.

Are you the Joseph of your family? Then, you need to closely watch those siblings of yours. They may not be happy with your dream of reigning in life. They may be used by Satan to abort your vision or totally get rid of you.

Are you the Moses of your generation? You surely have enemies to watch. Pharaohs of the age will seek to kill you. Renowned men in your ministry, and in your world will plot against your throne. Even your blood companions, the Aarons and Marians will speak evil of you.

Brethren, jealously guard your life and destiny, lest Satan tears you apart. He can do you evil by employing the services of those around you. It is the way he fights.

3.     He Fights Before Men Lay Hold on the Glory. 

God gave Adam the freedom to eat of the fruit of the tree of life. But before he could think of doing so, the tempter invaded his Eden and lured him to eat of the forbidden fruit.

 Had they eaten of the tree of life, they would have embraced the life and immortality of God.

Had they eaten of the tree of life, they would have reigned in dominion unto glory. And then would Satan mission have been folly.

But Adam’s delay to lay hold on that fruit of life was the tragedy that gave Satan a prideful boast of his temporal victory.

Friend, don’t delay discovering your place in destiny. Those who delay only do so at the expense of their destiny of glory. If you sail through the way of the tree of life, and feed daily on Him who is the Bread of life, He will give you the key to your place in destiny. And help you further to be truly fulfilled. 

God created us for dominion. But dominion can’t be fully expressed without the spirit of life and immortality. It takes deep spiritual fellowship with Jesus to becoming a partaker of His quickening Spirit and be empowered for destiny fulfillment.

Satan invades men’s palace before God’s promises come to fulfillment in their lives. He intruded Abraham’s world and introduced Ishmael before the arrival of Isaac, the promise glory son.

Joseph also he attacked so that his dreams wouldn’t come to pass. He afflicted Joseph with hatred, nakedness, dark loneliness, grave-world experiences, slavery, prison and chains.

It was this same strategy he used to batter Jabez while yet in the womb.

He descended on Gehazi while on training, and Judas, when in the school of the Master.

Devil’s arrows may come as sword of Mara, greed or sexual sins. It may be come as demons of sickness, sorrows, poverty or death. Whatever type it may be, the ultimate reason is your star of glory. He wants it captured, caged and destroyed. The target is your captivity and destruction. But as long as you stand by faith on the redemption power of Christ, your victory is always assured.

Now I want you to note that your destiny glory is connected to your God given potentials. Enemy will attack you therefore to captivate, distort, darken and bury your talents. And, when that is successfully done, you go on wandering in the desert of life.

Man’s destiny could be bound, imprisoned, perverted, transferred, locked, darken, buried or tied by witchcraft means. Have you ever seen yourself in the dream being tied or bound with rope or chains? It is not your physical self but rather your spiritual entity that you see. And everything you are meant to be is in that spiritual you.

 Could you rightly think? Then think of that most important task you will do that will birth your glory? It is one great discovery that revolutionizes people’s world views. And, what is thing that has been veiling your mind from discovering it?  Is it spiritual lukewarmness, ignorance or procrastination? Is it laziness, disobedience or demonic blindfolding? Whatever it may be, you must radically deal with it before possible satanic invasion.

Take God at His word. Act now toward driving your life to the destined throne. There are vast opportunities before you. People miss opportunity to the detriment of their future. And loss of opportunity is one evil that cripples destiny.

How do men miss God sent opportunity? Anyone under the affliction of the spirits of procrastination, indifference, fear and ignorance would often miss times and opportunity. But procrastination breeds tragedy, Indifference murders victory, fear magnifies terrors and ignorance kills. Where they live Satan freely works. Where they strive, demons do reign. To overcome, every believer must understand the mystery of faith and live by it.

We must use the power of faith to develop our God given potentials. By faith let us explore our gifts and graces for global benefits.

4.     Adversary Invades When You Are Lonely

Enemy shoots his arrows when men are experiencing depression and loneliness.

He came into the garden when the woman was alone. In Eden, the Serpent came to lure her against the will of God when she suffered loneliness. Also, he visited Lot and his two daughters in the red hour of mind depression. He sent lot on drunken expedition and filled the hearts of his daughters with lust for sexual immorality. Incest was the result.

You remember how came on Elimelech’s family and shot with arrows of death. He did so after they were separated from the covenant people. King David was cast down in adultery when he was alone in the palace.

Expect him when social, economic or any other factor has pulled you apart from your spouse or brethren in faith. Expect his arrow when you are alone on your bed, in your room or office. He will invade when your heart roam in depressive mood. Satan will launch attack when you are lost the midst of storming darkness. And when all friends have deserted you, watch against his incursion.

Are bearing the cross of life alone? Guard your life against clever moves of the prince of darkness. Be armed to war violently against his forces of temptation. Are you emotionally breakdown because of sudden disappointment? Are you wearied because of the pains and afflictions of life? Don’t lose your guard. Satan waits to tempt you!

5.     He Fights in the Hour of the Night.

The devil is a coward who fights in the night. He wars against men of bright stars when they are deep in the sleeping mood. It may be physically or spiritually sleep.

So, in the night when the oil is drying in your lamp and the flame is going out, you‘ve got to watch out. The night is the strange hour when the foe of destiny sows his evil tares into men’s life. Surely, he will rise to attack. You only need to be on guard when spiritual coldness sets in.

He destroys destiny with his tares when men wander in the dark spiritual wilderness. Devils always hide in every beclouded light to strike. Take heed!

Night is also the dark, strange hour of psychological alienation. It often leads to physical separation and makes a social outcast of victim. It is the dark hour when serpents, scorpions and fowlers freely hunt for precious life. It takes ceaseless prayer and watchfulness to escape the “terror by night”.

We must be well armed with the Anointing and constantly put on the whole armour of God to deal with the devil. Let’s live in the power of God’s presence and triumph in the lonely hour of the night

6.      He Fights Aftermath Every Great Victory

When you have just experience great divine visitation, be on your watch. Enemy strategizes to strike after every victory in life.

Therefore, when men are drunk with the wine of joy, let them learn to prepare for great destiny war. When you celebrate your trophy of triumphs, learn to be on guard against his invasion.

He came upon Elijah while he was celebrating his great historic feat.[1 ki.19:1-3]

 He attacked Israel in Egypt when their joy of fruitfulness and flourishing was explosive.[Exd. 1:7-14.]

What about Ananias and Saphira? Satan got hold of their hearts when the flame of revival in the early Church was brighter.  The tempter strategist is a coward that fights when men least expected.

Just before or after every touch of God in your life, get yourself strong in the Lord to deal with his coward arrows. Be very wise to always move in power of His presence.

We are fighting a restless foe, a wild destiny hunter to watch. He lost at Calvary and now madly on a revenge mission. He knew how short a time he has and, must wreak havoc against God’s covenant children before his final doom in the lake of fire.

Dear brethren, we must boldly engage the enemies in the battle for destiny. All we need doing is to stand in the Calvary victory and employ the Spirit given strategies to rout his every strategy.

The war strategies of the Holy Ghost are the most effective victory weapons. Satan, with his entire calculating warfare wizardry is not a match. He becomes troubled and confused when the Spirit’s weapon is employed. He can’t just withstand it! His crude, serpentine craftiness isn’t a match for the Spirit’s standard. Let’s lift the standard of the Spirit against him.

But, like David before Goliath, do you have in your shepherd bag the Spirit firestones? If for sure you do, pull them out and smite the head of your Goliaths. Jesus had already destroyed “he that has the power of death that is the devil”. He spoiled “principalities and powers; and made an open show of them”. We are to walk in this victory He won for us.

Refuse to waver in faith. Determine not to shift the ground. Take up offensive warfare and go on possessing the gates of your enemies. Offensiveness should be our war-slogan, especially in the battle for destiny.

Offensiveness as a war policy teaches us to spoil the spoilt long before he prepares for war. Strike the iron while it is yet hot is a wrong war philosophy in spiritual warfare. It is dangerous to war with such objective in mind.

We must rather strike the iron before it is put in the furnace. Strike it before it is refined by your enemy. It is being refined to strike you. Take offensive stride and strike the iron. Then lead its owner into captivity and capture his refining furnace.

This is the principle of offensiveness in warfare. It is the best war philosophy. Launch out offensively against Satan and his wicked hosts and you will always display the glorious flag of Christ victory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE FACE OF LIFE STORMS……. By Pastor B.B.JOHN

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IN THE FACE OF STORMS

  Our trials, temptation, troubles and tribulations are storms of life. Wars and woes are thunderstorm.  Storms come to rob us of our joys and blessings, to cloth us with sighs and sorrows, and to make us to bleed and weep.   When storms of life blow hot and upset our fortunes, pains and agony flood our world. The heart becomes even bitterer.     Oh, my dear friend, he who feels it, knows it! He who is being fed with Mara knows better how bitter the cake of sorrow taste.  And only he whose life is parched with furnace-heat can better tell how the fires burn.     Yet there are lessons to learn from every furnace of life we passed through. Storms of life are not without their own great benefits.   WHY THE STORMS? Now, of what advantages are the storms of life? What lessons are we to learn therein?  Let me tell you just a few of them:

  1. The strength Advantage: Storms of life help the believer to develop stronger spiritual stamina in life. In the end you become stronger in the Lord and in the power of His might. It was so for David, the servant of the LORD. King David’s thirteen years of wilderness wanderings only made him a mighty man of valor in the end. It could be the same with us, if we nurture the wisdom and courage to turn problems to possibilities.
  2. Discovering His Will: Storms of life are to lead us out of our own ways into God’s way and will for our lives. Most times, we detest His way and harden our hearts as we go on obstinately our own way. God thus often permits the storms to come our ways, both to sift and get us back in the track.
  3. Divine Wisdom: Storms of life are permitted to make us wiser in the mystery of God, as were Joseph and Daniel. These twos became shining wisdom in days of afflictions and captivity. They allowed God to work through them and the best in them came out.
  4. Discovering the Hidden Treasures of Darkness: Storms of life could drive the believer into the minefields and dark stores of hidden treasures. There are treasures hidden in the deep heart of darkness to be discovered while the storms work.
  5. Benefit of Brokenness: Storms o life would try our hearts, break our stony, harden nature and rebuild us to fit into God’s nature and purpose for our lives. It is when we are broken and rebuilt by Him that we are easily drawn closer to God, infused with a heart of true meekness and humility, and become vessel unto honor in His hand. Furnace of life will refine and make us vessels unto honor and share of God’s divine nature.
  6. Sunshine Advantage: Storms of life are to lift us through the dark realm to the high horizon of sunshine. It is in the sunshine that we are better positioned to fully embrace our destined glory. The horizon of sunshine ushers us into a palace of unhindered fruitfulness. But he who will shine must first arise: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” { Isa. 60:1}

   It is always at the darkest point of the night that the glorious dawn comes. It is thus made clear that there are great lessons to learn from your present life crisis, and you will be wise to patiently learn them. The fact is: your present troubles aren’t permitted to crush you. Storms may move the covenant child of God, Satan may sift him like wheat, but none can conquer or destroy him. Listen, what crushes a man is his negative reaction to the crisis of life and not the crisis itself.  How we handle the storms will determine whether we come out as victors or victims.     Therefore, stand firm in the Lord. Be resolute in faith.  You will inherit the great wealth and benefits awaiting you at the very end of your present night. Lean on Christ Jesus. He is the fountain divine.  And He will make your bitter water sweet again.   HANDLING THE STORMS OF LIFE Now, how do we handle the storms of this life? Or hoe should, as believer in Christ, handle the storms of life? Let me give you a simple list here.

  1. Hang on in the Faith

When your life is “tempest tossed”, refuse to waver. Rather, let your faith in God grows fatter. Never give up! Trust in God’s power to deliver you. He honors faith.

  1. 2.     Fix your eyes on Jesus

Those who fix their eyes on the stormy seas will drown. So move your eyes away from your troubles and look unto Christ. Those who sail the vast seas of life through storms should fix their eyes only on God. And as Peter walked on the seas as long as his gaze was on Jesus, they will triumph over. Set your gaze on Christ and you will walk on your own seas.

  1. 3.     Stand on His promises

Get into the Word. Claim His promises for your victory and deliverance. He stands by His words to fulfill them. The amazing Christian is Word-based and faith-filled.

  1. 4.     Wait upon the Lord in prayer and fasting

Waiting on God demands real patience and even forbearance and fortitude. It takes persevering faith to wait on God in prayer and fasting. It begins the moment you handover your life’s battles to the God of war, you must learn to be still while He fights for you. Once you give up you woes and wars to Lord of hosts, it is essential you come to the understanding that they are no more your battles but His. And when your battles become His, be patiently waited for the Victory green light from Him. Refuse to be in haste but rather “stand still and do not fight and know that I am the Lord”. Wait and see the salvation of the Lord.  With God, he who toils the shore in pain toils the shore to gain.

  1. 5.     Rejoice Always

Don’t murmur. Never complain. Refuse to accuse or curse God no matter what. Rather, learn to give thanks to the Lord, constantly, singing always with a rejoicing heart.  Daily offering of sacrifices of praise to God joyfully is the way of amazing Christians. They always feel like singing all the time, for the joy of the Lord is their strength, even in the midst of dark and stormy seas.  So keep sailing on and soaring higher with a joyful heart. A song writer writes this piece just for the amazing Christian: ‘There’s balm in every sparkling drop In every wave there’s pleasure, In diamond spray it leaps away A lovely boon and treasures’  

 

 

 

 

WHEN THE HEART OF LOVE IS BROKEN…… by Pastor B.B.JOHN

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WHEN THE HEART OF LOVE IS BROKEN

Broken heartedness causes tears of love to flow. When the inner-man is hurt victims of love cannot but groan with feelings of dejection, disappointment, failures and frustrations. King David said:

          “I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning

 all the day long… I groaned because of the turmoil of my

heart.” {Psm.38:6, 8.}

 

When relationship suddenly hit the rock of adversity, the affected becomes wailer in darkness. Today, many people, including Spirit filled Christians spend half of their life to search for love, and when it is found only  to end up spending the remaining half to keep it. Why? Trust is now a derided virtue worldwide.

 

Battles of love are battles with tears. If not why should a love diligently sought for and joyfully found, becomes a thing of war to preserve? It should be very strange that we heavily heave to keep the joys of our love.  Battling so hard to preserve a gracefully procured love is a paradox of love; it is such a horse irony that it pains to mention. Battling to keep the joys and success of love is indeed an odd war.

 

Now let me ask you two pertinent questions: how does it feel to feel you are a jilted, a failure in a relationship you greatly cherished!  What does it cost to be a cast down by a friend you truly adorned?

 

It takes strong mind to fight the fight of love. One must be well trained and fully equipped in the art of emotional, mental and spiritual warfare. Lover-victims must be trained and armed to prevail. To be ill-trained or half-equipped in kind of war is to be soiled and spoiled. The untrained will crash while the unarmed will crack.

 

Also to be victorious in the war of love be well armed with weapons of selfless heart, purest of feelings and holy emotions!  These trio weapons would help you to discover light when love turns cruel, and the heart get broken. 

 

How do you handle the goings of your life when furnace of love is hot up and trust of love is tragically breached?  When tears befriend your eyes and your heart of love melts in the heat of pains how do you gather the pieces and make a glory of them?  When your soul is shamed in disappointment, being fatally wounded by the sword of merciless-love, what next must you do to start anew on the right track?  It is by being armed with the above trio powers that you get right answers to your questions.

IN THE FACE OF LIFE STORMS……. By Pastor B.B.JOHN

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IN THE FACE OF STORMS

 

Our trials, temptation, troubles and tribulations are storms of life. Wars and woes are thunderstorm.  Storms come to rob us of our joys and blessings, to cloth us with sighs and sorrows, and to make us to bleed and weep.

 

When storms of life blow hot and upset our fortunes, pains and agony flood our world. The heart becomes even bitterer.     Oh, my dear friend, he who feels it, knows it! He who is being fed with Mara knows better how bitter the cake of sorrow taste.  And only he whose life is parched with furnace-heat can better tell how the fires burn.  

 

Yet there are lessons to learn from every furnace of life we passed through. Storms of life are not without their own great benefits.

 

WHY THE STORMS?

Now, of what advantages are the storms of life? What lessons are we to learn therein?  Let me tell you just a few of them:

  1. The strength Advantage: Storms of life help the believer to develop stronger spiritual stamina in life. In the end you become stronger in the Lord and in the power of His might. It was so for David, the servant of the LORD. King David’s thirteen years of wilderness wanderings only made him a mighty man of valor in the end. It could be the same with us, if we nurture the wisdom and courage to turn problems to possibilities.
  2. Discovering His Will: Storms of life are to lead us out of our own ways into God’s way and will for our lives. Most times, we detest His way and harden our hearts as we go on obstinately our own way. God thus often permits the storms to come our ways, both to sift and get us back in the track.
  3. Divine Wisdom: Storms of life are permitted to make us wiser in the mystery of God, as were Joseph and Daniel. These twos became shining wisdom in days of afflictions and captivity. They allowed God to work through them and the best in them came out.
  4. Discovering the Hidden Treasures of Darkness: Storms of life could drive the believer into the minefields and dark stores of hidden treasures. There are treasures hidden in the deep heart of darkness to be discovered while the storms work.
  5. Benefit of Brokenness: Storms o life would try our hearts, break our stony, harden nature and rebuild us to fit into God’s nature and purpose for our lives. It is when we are broken and rebuilt by Him that we are easily drawn closer to God, infused with a heart of true meekness and humility, and become vessel unto honor in His hand. Furnace of life will refine and make us vessels unto honor and share of God’s divine nature.
  6. Sunshine Advantage: Storms of life are to lift us through the dark realm to the high horizon of sunshine. It is in the sunshine that we are better positioned to fully embrace our destined glory. The horizon of sunshine ushers us into a palace of unhindered fruitfulness. But he who will shine must first arise: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” { Isa. 60:1}

  

It is always at the darkest point of the night that the glorious dawn comes.

It is thus made clear that there are great lessons to learn from your present life crisis, and you will be wise to patiently learn them. The fact is: your present troubles aren’t permitted to crush you. Storms may move the covenant child of God, Satan may sift him like wheat, but none can conquer or destroy him. Listen, what crushes a man is his negative reaction to the crisis of life and not the crisis itself.  How we handle the storms will determine whether we come out as victors or victims.  

 

Therefore, stand firm in the Lord. Be resolute in faith.  You will inherit the great wealth and benefits awaiting you at the very end of your present night. Lean on Christ Jesus. He is the fountain divine.  And He will make your bitter water sweet again.

 

HANDLING THE STORMS OF LIFE

Now, how do we handle the storms of this life? Or hoe should, as believer in Christ, handle the storms of life? Let me give you a simple list here.

  1. Hang on in the Faith

When your life is “tempest tossed”, refuse to waver. Rather, let your faith in God grows fatter. Never give up! Trust in God’s power to deliver you. He honors faith.

  1. 2.     Fix your eyes on Jesus

Those who fix their eyes on the stormy seas will drown. So move your eyes away from your troubles and look unto Christ. Those who sail the vast seas of life through storms should fix their eyes only on God. And as Peter walked on the seas as long as his gaze was on Jesus, they will triumph over. Set your gaze on Christ and you will walk on your own seas.

  1. 3.     Stand on His promises

Get into the Word. Claim His promises for your victory and deliverance. He stands by His words to fulfill them. The amazing Christian is Word-based and faith-filled.

  1. 4.     Wait upon the Lord in prayer and fasting

Waiting on God demands real patience and even forbearance and fortitude. It takes persevering faith to wait on God in prayer and fasting. It begins the moment you handover your life’s battles to the God of war, you must learn to be still while He fights for you. Once you give up you woes and wars to Lord of hosts, it is essential you come to the understanding that they are no more your battles but His. And when your battles become His, be patiently waited for the Victory green light from Him. Refuse to be in haste but rather “stand still and do not fight and know that I am the Lord”. Wait and see the salvation of the Lord.  With God, he who toils the shore in pain toils the shore to gain.

  1. 5.     Rejoice Always

Don’t murmur. Never complain. Refuse to accuse or curse God no matter what. Rather, learn to give thanks to the Lord, constantly, singing always with a rejoicing heart.  Daily offering of sacrifices of praise to God joyfully is the way of amazing Christians. They always feel like singing all the time, for the joy of the Lord is their strength, even in the midst of dark and stormy seas.  So keep sailing on and soaring higher with a joyful heart. A song writer writes this piece just for the amazing Christian:

‘There’s balm in every sparkling drop

In every wave there’s pleasure,

In diamond spray it leaps away

A lovely boon and treasures’

 

 

 

 

 

TAKING THE KINGDOM….. Pastor B.B.JOHN

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TAKING THE KINGDOM

The ‘Kingdom Keys’ is the Power and authority of the heavenly kingdom. We need them to take the kingdom by violence. They are given by the Lord unto the church to unlock spiritual doors and deliver the gospel to the perishing. With these Keys, we bind and loose, shut and open, break and build; with the due backing and administration of the Lord. Peter was the first to receive and use the keys.

The kingdom keys are the keys to the mysteries of the knowledge and power of God. By these keys the believer

  • Unlocks the mysteries of God’s word and revelation
  • violently invade the unreached lands for evangelization and discipleship

 Boldly exercise his God given spiritual power, authority and dominion over forces of darkness.  Spiritual Power is vested in the Holy Spirit through Christ. This is the power that comes through the Holy Ghost baptism, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. And the spiritual authority is embedded in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. The authority in Christ’s Name relates to His person and Lordship. There is no other Name given among men for salvation and deliverance. There is no other name so highly dignified and glorified like the Name JESUS. The Name of Christ secures God’s approval when we pray and declare. Faith, courage and obedience help the believer in the successful operation of the kingdom keys. Now, I want you to know that the Holy Spirit manifests His power basically upon the works of Christ atonement. He works through the Cross, our redemption ground. The blood of Jesus, therefore, is the Life of the Gospel. But we secure the harmonious ministries of the Word, the Spirit and the Blood through the authority of the Name JESUS CHRIST.

Dearly beloved, the kingdom keys is the most effective force for revival. Not activities. Not mechanism. Not religion gymnastics. Not traditions. Not formalism. Not materialism. Not consultation conferences. Not strives. Not argument. Not religion philosophies. Not human or religion principles. Not religion edicts. Not doctrinal know-how. Not formation and administration of religion union or association. No! Not all such. Until we prevail with the use of the kingdom keys, the dawn of revival waves flames remains delayed. Therefore, let every believer be up, using the kingdom keys, by power of the Holy Spirit, by the authority the Name of Jesus, by the living force of the Word of God. Let’s be well armed for violence. Let’s take dominion and have conquest. .

You must have realized that revival is truly and urgently needed. And I am glad to tell you that the greatest of all revivals is about to spark. Then, boldly I enjoin you to stop delaying your enlistment in God’s victorious vanguards. We must wake up from our spiritual slumber. We all must arise to bring down the pure flame that is to lead the church again in the pathway of life, love and power.

But the groaning world is under terrible demonic oppressions. In their captivity and affliction, men and women still ask this probing question: When will the true revival come?

 Oh, revival will come when the church has truly repented of her sins of uncleanness, compromise, indifferences, and rebellion.

True revival will come when the dark power that now besieges the church and church leaders have been crushed and conquered.

Yea, revival will come when the present spiritual captivity of the church is brought to a permanent end.

There will be joy of true revival in the land when the kingdom keys have been successfully used to bind and destroy all the powers that have been hindering the illuminating radiant of God’s glory in the church.

Yes, it will come when the heavenly doors are opened for fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

The keys have been given to us by the Lord of harvest, and we can do all the above by the kingdom keys of powers and authority.

Without Christ’s living life alive again in us and among us, the fresh outpouring of the Holy Ghost may never run His fullness in this world. Christ’s new divine life must be aflame in you and me to gloriously impact the people.  When His life is running its full course in us, as children of God, we will begin to walk tall in God’s highway of holiness. We are in messy mud today because we are under satanic siege and bombardment.

But His supernatural power will flow through us again, and empower these eleventh hour labourers for great soul-harvest and extra-ordinary manifestations.

 

 

Mighty Demonstration

We are called for holy invasion and conquest. Jesus is in the business of final harvest. And we must be people of holy fire to be truly successful. For it takes holy fire to rise for holy violence.

With the pure flame of the Spirit in our heart and bones, there will be strange demonstrations of God’s Spirit and Power. How? Our usual spiritual atmosphere will be extra-ordinary. I am talking of the atmosphere supernatural, overwhelming and transforming.

Without any doubt, the essence of the Gospel is POWER. God wants His flame for our ‘coats of many colours”. He would, by these glory coats, do mighty works through us. With His fire power shall mighty demonstration be in this end time.

 

 

 

 

 

THE KINGDOM STRUCTURE/ By Pastor B.B.JOHN

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THE KINGDOM STRUCTURE

As said before, God’s covenant with Israel established them as a covenant community. As illustrated in the marriage metaphor, God was married to Israel by the virtue of the covenant. It thus became God’s responsibility to supply the structural life-lines for His covenant Kingdom. And God went ahead to do just this. The followings are the basic life structure provided by God for His covenant bride and kingdom:

  1. The Wed Lock: As the chosen people, covenant bound us to God in solemn relationship obedience and services. Like Israel, each believer is bound to Christ in a realm of will, worship and service. You and I must know this to live victoriously as Christian. We must understand the truth that when we give our lives to Christ we submit our wills to Him, and all that matter now is nothing but His will. What follows this is also the truth that we are called to true spiritual worship and gospel service. We should be those who worship in spirit and truth, and take the gospel to the ends of the earth.

 

  1. The Hall Mark: even in the O.T., the hall mark of covenant is the spiritual union and     communion; and not the law. This hall mark the believer must actualize today through the communion of the Holy Spirit. God wants a covenant communion and fellowship with you and me, and not any of those lifeless religion activities. We must learn the prevailing art of spiritual fellowship.

 

  1. The Law: one thing you must know that the laws were not conceived as penal burden to be borne but rather as God’s constitutional gifts to the old covenant people of Israel. And what God expected of them was to graciously receive the law as basis for acceptable lifestyle in the covenant Kingdom. By the giving of those laws God provided the norms of right and wrongs, well rooted in a legal compact to His covenant people. And this should be the place of the WORD in our lives as a new covenant people.

 

  1. Meaningful Life: it was by the virtue of the covenant that every Israelite was to find meaning to Life, without loosing his/her individuality to the society. In this same way, it is by the virtue of the new covenant that we found our identity. It is by obedient covenant walk that we arrive at our God given destiny life and find true meaning to life.

 

  1. The Government: The covenant kingdom was based on a political system of “God’s Kingship only”.  God promised Israel to be their only Lord and king, whose duty was to provide salvation, justice, provisions, and security as His covenant people. His words and laws were given as divinely made constitution, given to bring Life, peace, prosperity, power and glory. God governed His old covenant people through His appointed covenant messenger. God’s covenant messenger was to know and proclaim God’s will to His covenant people as Kingdom citizens.

 

Under the new covenant, all Spirit filled believers are His oracles, sent and empowered to reach the lost with the gospel.  God however still call some into unique ministries to deliver His message to the Nations of the world.

 

Believers in Christ should understand that the government of his/her life rests on Christ and should be administering by the Holy Ghost on the basis of the Word.

COVENANT DISSOLUTION

The dissolution of covenant means the break-up of the covenant Kingdom. Thus, a violation of the covenant/ covenant life was dangerous to the existence of the covenant Kingdom. You can’t live in sin and remain under the cover of grace.

THE LIFESTYLES

As said before, the covenant Laws (Kingdom constitution) were God’s gift given to His covenant people to provide justice, freedom provision and security to the individual Thus, the Laws were given to stipulate the Kingdom lifestyles for its citizens. In Israel, the Law and prophecy held together the individual and social ethics within the frame work of covenant theology. How?

The laws, being God’s own invention, automatically lifted totalitarianism from the human sphere to that of the divine.  The law stood as a solicitor of the poor and the weak and regulated people’s attitude to earthly possession. While on one side, the law forbade greed, avarice, lusts, oppression and other forms of wickedness, on the other hand it instructed contentment, love, care, holiness and faith.

God did this to protect citizens from every form of socio-political and economic oppression and slavery. You can read Exod. 22:21-24; 23:6; Lev. 25:13-17, 23.

Though, we, as a New covenant people, are no longer under the law (Paul said the law was a school master), we must know that the Word forbade us from sinning, transgressing and living disobedience lifestyles. Every sin condemned under dispensation of the law   remained sin. You must therefore flee from sins of carnal indulgence, immoral lust, greed, oppression, idolatry, witchcraft and all kinds of wickedness and worldliness. Living such life actually contradicts the grace and contravenes the way of the Spirit. Grace does not accommodate sin.

Being under grace does not in any way means we can live, dress, speak, and do as we like; it means living and walking in the Spirit. This we must know and do.

 

 

 

 

THE KINGDOM STRUCTURE………. Pastor BBJOHN