SEPTEMBER 7 (SATURDAY)
STAND IN AWE
Practicing The Consciousness of God’s Presence
And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season, Luke 1:19-20. Angel Gabriel has no other duty but to stand in the presence of God. This implies the consistent practice of God’s presence. This made it possible for him to carry a message from God to earth and gave him authority to command dumbness on Zacharias even though that was not part of the message. If you are able to create a consciousness of God consistently by the virtue of meditation that activates the manifest presence of God, you will become a messenger with a message and will be accredited to reveal the mind of God. You will also be empowered for dominion.
Knowing The Defeat of The Devil
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil, 1John 3:8b. Jesus was manifested in the flesh so that the works of the devil will be destroyed. Before His manifestation in the flesh, He only existed as the word of God. The word became flesh for the singular purpose of destroying the works of the devil. And just before He gave up the ghost on the cross, He said “It is finished”. Christ Jesus completed His task before He was taken up to heaven. The works were not destroyed until He was manifested. The implication of this is that the works of the devil have been destroyed completely. No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you is condemned already because every divination and enchantment of the devil has been destroyed by Christ Jesus.
SCRIPTURE FOR MEDITATION
Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
What did you discover of the Personality of God from studying the above scripture on Thursday?
What did you discover of the Personality of the believer from studying the above scripture yesterday?
Today, we continue the study of the same scripture to discover our Responsibility as believers.
Meditating On The Responsibility of the Believer
The third deception of the devil is to trivialize the consequences of breaking instruction. Be not deceived; every choice has its consequences. When you meditate on your responsibility as a believer, you programme your life to do only those things that please God. (Galatians 6:7- Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap).
Ask God for grace to carry out this responsibility
Fear the Lord and stand in awe of Him: We are expected to fear the Lord, and have wondrous amazing respect for His works. This is our responsibility today. When you fear a person, it means you have great respect for that person. You will not offend a person that you have great respect for. You will gladly carry out his every dictate to the letter. You will desire His company above everything else. This is what the Father expects of us if we claim that we fear Him. As His sons, our lives must be lived for His glory. We must not be held in the captivity of sin. Those things that do not glorify God must not be seen in our lives. Our love and fear of Him must be a check on us so that compromise with the world’s system will not be mentioned among us. Those that fear the Lord and stand in awe of Him will reap the glory of God here on earth and eternal life with Him in heaven. Those that live without regard for God will be cut off from His benefits here on earth and will have their souls cast into the fire of hell.
Our Fellowship With The Holy Spirit
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body… But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:2, 6-8). The tongue cannot be tamed by human efforts. The Holy Spirit is the power by which the believer is able to control the tongue. Consistent fellowship with the Holy Spirit gives Him room to rule the tongue so that the whole body can be put under control. As we pray constantly in tongues, the tongue is tamed and thus the body is put under control.
This function of the Holy Spirit is activated primarily by speaking in tongues (Pray in tongues with your mind focused on who God is, what He has done and what He can do).
Other ways you can activate the Holy Ghost to function are by sincere worship and by living a righteous life.
Deuteronomy 1:21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
[A life of fear will make you jump from pleasure to horror (frustration). For God’s blessings upon your life to be preserved, you must banish fear from your heart].
Intercession attracts long life. See Job 42:10, 16 – And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: …After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations. Job lived another one hundred and forty years after his trial came to an end. This indeed is long life. You can also enjoy long life when you involve yourself daily in praying for others.
Daily talk to God about people for their spiritual and physical needs to be met. We are also to intercede daily for peace in the land, for our political and spiritual leaders and for the salvation of sinners. (Ezekiel 22:30).
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled, Luke 14:23. God expects us to make use of all we have at our disposal to bring in souls into His house. We are not to stop till we have been able to convince the sinner to come in. Compel them to come in. Always talk to people about the love of God expressed by the sacrifice of His dear son, Jesus.
Promise To The Righteous
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1Peter 3:12.
Being righteous does not mean you are holy, it only means you have the ability to live holy. You could be righteous but not holy, but you can’t be holy without being righteous. The Lord watches out for the welfare of the righteous. The righteous enjoy quick response from the Lord every time they make a request. The Father ensures that all their needs are supplied according to His riches in glory. Note that the promise to the righteous is only attained by those who receive the gift of righteousness and practice righteousness.
Prophetic Warfare Prayer
Theme: Healing (Health)
Joel 3:10b- …let the weak say, I am strong.
The Lord Jesus has paid the price for your healing; sickness and weakness has no right to remain in your body. Decree good health and strength for yourself according to God’s word. There are three levels of prophetic warfare prayers: first is thanksgiving, second is aggressive warfare prayers aimed at enforcing compliance and third is prophesying your expectations based on the assurances given in the scriptures.
See the prophetic warfare prayers of September 4 for comprehensive prayer.
CHECK HOW MUCH YOU CAN REMEMBER FROM TODAY’S STUDY.
What is today’s BIBLE TEXT?
What is your discovery of GOD in the bible text?
What is your discovery of YOURSELF in the bible text?
What RESPONSIBILITY have you discovered today?
Meditate on these four points throughout today to gain light for your profiting (…that thy profiting may appear unto all, 1Timothy 4:15).
FRUIT OF THE WOMB FROM BENIN CITY MIRACLE CRUSADE
I was married for some years without the fruit of the womb. In June 2011, I became pregnant. Few weeks later I started experiencing pain in my lower abdomen, I went to see the doctor, he started giving me injection to prevent miscarriage but it didn’t work, one day I had pain like labour pains, next thing blood started coming out of my body, we ran to see the doctor, he said we should go for a scan. When we got back with the scan result he has left asking us to see the matron, she read the result and said the case is serious that I was never pregnant, that it is a disease and it is the disease that is making me feel like am pregnant, and I should be happy that I have one child already that I might not be able to get pregnant again. My husband was confused. We went to see another doctor who said it was fibroid. I rejected the two diagnoses. When I got home I decided to goggle the disease she said I had. Every symptom they wrote I don’t feel or experience. I showed my husband. I told him I’m not going to take the medicine and also I goggled the drugs I was given; it did not match the one I read on goggle too. So the following Sunday I went to church to present my case before God, I cried that day declaring God’s word concerning fruitfulness.
When I heard of the City Wide Miracle Crusade at Garrick I decided to come and lay my problems again to God. On my way, I started praying, declaring what I wanted from the crusade. I told God that I was going to the programme with an expectation and I will leave with my expectation. I said also that I will worship my God and dance to Him like never before. I will not care if people are there looking at me, if I have to kneel down or roll on the ground I don’t care. That day…..oh.. The praises and worship opened the doors and windows of heaven, in short heaven came down. Immediately papa entered the altar he declared that God said He is going to bless 30 women with babies, I shouted immediately that I am among. The next thing, in a split of a second I felt a baby’s kick. Ooooooh. I started crying praising God for my miracle and I held on to it even though I was expecting my period in 2 weeks time. So when the day I was suppose to see my period came, I did not see blood, I waited few more days nothing. I decided to do a test and it showed that am pregnant. Praise GOD!!! The doer of all thing, the creator, the God that makes the impossible possible. 8th August 2012 I gave birth to my beautiful princess IWINOSA. Thank you Lord.
Mrs. Grace Oke Edebiri
Do you seek the blessing of the womb, or are you a bachelor or spinster who seeks a life partner, then Join us from Monday 9th to Friday 13th September 2013 for the programme: MARRIAGE & BABIES FOR ALL. Time is 4pm daily (9th to 12th) and All-night meeting on the 13th by 8.00pm. Venue: Church Hall, Believers Ministries Inc, 159/161 Upper Owina road, off Agho, off Ekenwan Road, Benin City.