Yoking…

Gen 2

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

As a woman, anytime you get married to a man (and vice-versa), you get re-made spiritually which will surely show forth physically. This is the reason a woman/man who was once nice, caring, vivacious and loving becomes rude, uncaring, sluggish, depressive and hateful after marriage.

 

 2 Corinthians 6:14

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

This “unbeliever” might actually be that prayer leader, pastor, choir leader,etc you’ve been focusing your gaze on (the gaze that should have been focused on Jesus so He can bring the partner with all the things He (God) is gonna be adding unto you). And this “unbeliever” might actually be YOU.

It works both ways. You can either be the “Light” which shouldn’t be yoked with “darkness” OR the “Darkness” which shouldn’t be yoked with “Light”. Lets check our lives and begin on a ‘repenting journey’ spree now.

 

Are you the one staining your spouse’s “white garment” OR is He the one staining yours? This is a soul-searching question every couple going through marital issues need to be asking themselves and answering truthfully so there can be a solution to all the issues, with the help of GOD.  

 

Gen 1

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

We were created “GOOD”, perfect, and fit for use (Luke 6:40 “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”)  until the devil came (and is still coming) and brought (brings) about a re-make; BAD, unperfect, not fit for use.

 

 

Gen 2

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

This is how the remaking happens. There’s a merging. Just same way you can’t mix a rotten egg with a good one believing the purity of the good egg will enable the end product of both mixture come out well, so is same way you can’t mix with an “unbeliever” and expect a peaceful outcome in the marriage life or a change in the life of your partner through your own righteousness(which is even a “filthy rag” before GOD in the first place).

 

It will only take the intervention of GOD to turn things around in this kind of mixture when you – the believer asks Him. But you would have suffered or undergone harsh things before then, so why not just ask GOD to intervene everly before even entering or mixing or yoking with that person in the first place?

 

 2 Timothy 2

    15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

 

Are You meet for the Master’s use??? (I’m also among the “You” o)

#Food for thought#

God help us.

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The Fear of the LORD…

2 Chronicles 19:7
    “Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.”

Ephesians 6:16   
  “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

 Deuteronomy 6:24
    “And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.”
 

Do you know that even the devil himself obeys some Heavenly theorems which yield good returns for him? And he is cunningly convincing You and I not to obey those theorems so we won’t have access to the ‘good returns’ he is having access to. Hmmm….. So much greed and hate in a creature!

Let’s look at one of those Heavenly based theorems…
Proverbs 1:7   
    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

The devil fears GOD (guess that’s why he has to go ask GOD for permission before he can harm any of GOD’s children), he surely well knows his boundary and that’s why he is wise (remember Matthew 10:16).

We show a lack of fear when we disobey God and act contrary to His Words concerning us (believers) and this is mostly brought about by the devil’s cunning manipulations and control over humans (which the humans allow just as Eve allowed it in the garden of Eden).

Proverbs 9:10
    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

Psalms 111:10   
    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”

 Psalms 19:9
   “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”

Luke 12:5
    “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”

Psalms 2:11
    “Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”

2 Corinthians 7:1   
    “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

Further reading: 1 Samuel 12:14, Joshua 4:24, Isaiah 59:19, Psalms 22:23, Psalms 34:9

God help us.

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Sanity…

You can’t keep your sanity and the Holy Spirit at the same time. You’ll just have to let go of one.

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Peter experienced this on the water after hearing the word from Jesus “come”. His sanity disappeared then and the Spirit arose in him and he started walking on water. Then, he began to crave for his sanity back which he got when the Spirit had to leave.
Then, what happened? Peter began to sink (with his sanity). Had he known, he would have just stuck with the Spirit and continue breaking ‘world’ records.

Note: No matter the educational, monetary, honorary, etc. height one has attained, without the Holy Spirit indwelling, we are just FOOLS.

 

1 Corinthians 3:18
“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.”

1 Corinthians 3:19
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”

God help us.

 

Eye-opener…

I thank You Holy Spirit for this eye-opener.

2 Timothy 2:15  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

To really know and understand Jesus, one has to “study” Him (the word of truth).
Same way, to really know and understand your spouse, you have to “study” your spouse.

Little wonder Eph 5:24-25 correlated the relationship btw man and wife with that of Christ and the Church.

You married an extrovert and is asking someone who married an introvert for marital advice.
How is that advice going to work for you? Instead, just go directly to the Creator of both the extrovert and introvert to ‘table out’ the matter.

God help us.

Obedience is definitely better…

Why do people always like doing things the HARD way when there’s an option of doing it the EASY way?
Obey GOD now the EASY way, or else you will Obey Him the HARD way after rapture when the devil is ruling.

Luke 12:4-5
4) And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5) But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Luke 12:4 – Don’t be afraid of the devil who can only torment your body not spirit. (Romans 8:15, 2 Timothy 1:7)
Luke 12:5 – Fear GOD (Isaiah 11:2, 2 Corinthians 7:1) who has power to “spue you out of His mouth” if you become “warm” – unbeliever.

Luke 9:62
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

God helps those who are willing to be helped.

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The Holy Spirit.

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 John 14:26  “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

It’s sad that a generation can pass by who thinks the Holy Spirit is only good at whispering bible verses into your head.

For the one who established the fundamental Laws of cell life and how the worlds were established, are new ideas in Biology, Medicine, Geology and Physics too much to ask him?

For the one who MADE man, life and every animal, are new ideas in psychology, zoology and genetics too much for Him to handle?

We subconsciously box God in and call Him ‘dumb’ when we don’t invite Him into our workstations.

We need to understand that Jesus is not a demolisher of the sciences and arts. In fact if its true that the Word (Jesus) was with the Father when He said ‘Let There Be’, we have the keys to the location of the treasures that were buried before the world began. We have the keys to all the cures and methods science seeks to discover. We have the Holy Spirit. And He is brilliant, in fact the brightest…. (by Ayomide Akinkugbe)

 

2 Corinthians 3:14-17

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

I don’t know about you but I’m so going in on this one.

Shalom!

 

Giving…

Dear Brethren,
When God said we should bring our tithes and offerings into His storehouse, He didn’t say it’s because He is hungry, or bringing it would  increase the blessings He has in stock. Bringing it, is for our own good.

I’ve had series of testimony to this effect. When it remains a last penny on me, the Spirit will tell me to pay it all as offering. At first, I was like, “my last kobo? What will i then use to eat” And He’s like “who gave you the money in the first instance, think of the larger ones you’ve spent compared to this little”. After pondering on it, I gave in.
Two days later, I received x100 of that little money I gave (actually calculated it).

This dialogue often occur when I’m thinking of how to maximize my last penny till it got to a time that I don’t question Him again, I just give it knowing multiples of it is coming back soon.
When we give tithes and offerings, WE gain.

But when we give our testimonies(talents), GOD gains, because your testimony breeds testimonies. You ask, how?
It’s like this; when you share your testimony(s) with a soul/souls (just like the woman of Samaria) and he/they believes, it is passed on till there’s increase in the number of souls. GOD gains because now more of His creation (who has been lost to sin) are coming back Home.
And I believe this was Jesus thought when He said “It’s good to give than to receive”

We are mostly self-centered when praying to God. Even when worshiping and praising Him at times, we will still be saying “God I am praising You now o, open the flood gates of heaven and shower blessings down on ME”

Jesus said we should ask, seek, knock and gave us hint on what to ask, seek, knock, for.
Ask for the Holy Spirit(Luke 11:23)
Seek first His Kingdom.(Luke 12:29-31, Luke 17:33, 1Kings 3:5-14)
Only the Believers opens to His knock,(Luke 13:24-30, Rev 3:20)

When have we ever prayed and it’s solely focused on GOD. When have we ever fasted and prayed solely for the works of the Kingdom(without attaching our own needs to it). Jesus taught us all this – Matt 6:9-10.

“Thy WILL be done in Earth as it is in Heaven” The first thing He prayed for was the Kingdom, that GOD’s WILL of ‘fellowship’ with His creations(Rev 4:10-11, 19:4, 11:6), of having His creations come to Him(Matt 11:28), be fulfilled.
Support this prayer with your works of winning souls into His Kingdom.
God helps those who helps themselves.

Shalom!

The pins represent… (take a guess)

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The big and small pin could be likened to God and man… As a Believer, you need to walk with God, fear Him, keep His ways, Pray to Him etc. That way, you will be pregnant with good health, happiness, success, peace, wealth etc. Then people will begin to see all these things around you (that’s when the pin gives birth).

The last part…remember that your achievement in life can never be bigger than God or You (Compare the size of the small pin to the 2 bigger pins). Whatever you achieve in life, don’t let your status take you away from God. Don’t allow your achievements turn you into a proud person. You just always have to acknowledge God(The bigger being).

(excerpts from Oluwaseun Adelakun)

If you likened the pins to A man and his wife with a child. You are also right.

Ephesians 5:23-24

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”

Shalom!

USE YOUR TWO WINGS!

Open Heaven of Tuesday 17th September 2013.

USE YOUR TWO WINGS

Memorise: Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9

Read: Hebrews 1:8-9
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:8

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9

Bible in one year: Numbers 15-17
Message
When a bird flies, it is usually with two wings. A bird cannot fly with one wing. As a divine wing, you need your two wings to fly. 1 Corinthians 1:22-24 talks of these two wings. It says while the Jews seek for signs, the Greeks seek for wisdom. Both are found in Jesus Christ and you need both to enjoy your flight. The power of the Holy Spirit brings the miracles and by the grace of God, for many of us, this is becoming a regular feature in the midst of God’s people. However, the area where many are lacking is in the area of wisdom. It is disturbing to know that many of us want benefits without responsibilities. In Isaiah 1:19, we see both sides: your responsibility is that you must be willing and obedient before the benefit of eating the good of the land will come.

Acts 1:8 also speaks of both sides; it says you will receive power as long as you are prepared to be a witness of the goodness of the Lord. Do you want more anointing? Hebrews 1:8 says you must love righteousness and hate iniquity so that the anointing can come. There are some people who are asking for more anointing through prayer and fasting and God is equally ready to give them, but He will not because they are not prepared to mortify their flesh. Some have not dealt with lust for the opposite sex; some have not subdued covetousness while others are still harbouring pride or unforgiveness. If God answers that prayer and releases the anointing, it will not only backfire on them but also on God’s Kingdom. In other words, why some have not received answer for more anointing is not because they have not prayed enough but because they have not balanced their request with a commensurate level of righteousness. Are you the one hindering the fresh and higher move of God in your life? Address the issue of holiness in your life, speech, dressing, attitude, deeds and thoughts. Be clean through and through.

KEY POINT
Holiness and anointing, fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit must be balanced or there will be trouble.

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Take ye heed…

Bible reading
Luke 11
37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.

38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

Mark 13
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

1 Corinthians 10
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

1 Corinthians 15
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

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