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The bible says that this man went about naked. Sometimes I ask myself why it had to happen this way. If God wanted Joseph to be a prime minister, why did he have to send him into the pit, slavery, and  prison before lifting him up to the top? Sometimes the ways of God are strange. He allows the devil to have his way and when he comes in he comes with a bang and everybody gets to knows that indeed he is God. That is why he calls himself I am that I am.

When he moves, when he takes action, you have nothing to say but to acknowledge that this is the finger of God. When God moved in Egypt what did the magicians say? We have seen things but as for this one, we haven’t seen anything like it before. It must be the finger of God. May the Lord move in your life such that the people around you will know that yes indeed the hand of God is on your life.

Mark 5:1-5
 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.   2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
NIV

So Jesus moved to land and as soon as he landed this mad man, a man possessed from the cemetery, not from home met him. Jesus knew immediately that this man was being tormented by evil spirits. The presence of Jesus was enough torment for the demons so they began to beg him. Don’t send us out just like that, they said.  I have tried to get the number of the demons that were tormenting the man. The bible says, Jesus commanded them out of the man and they went into two thousand pigs, which means that the demons in this man were about two thousand. That is why nobody could securely bind and help him.  Then I ask myself why were two thousand demons not able to kill the man? They should have been able to kill him and finish the job. They could not kill him because the man had not fulfilled the agenda of God for his life yet.  Friend you will not die, but live to declare the works of the Lord. Until you fulfill your assignment for the Lord, may your life never be cut short.

Two thousand demons harassing, disturbing, disgracing him, left him with nothing. He had lost everything. May be as you read this post you seem to have lost everything. Let me assure you that you haven’t lost it yet. You will recover all just as David did. You will not be destroyed because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. Jesus cast out all these demons.

What is your problem, what is your difficulty? It is no problem because God is able. It is a matter of time. Everyone may have given up on you. Your family may have voted you the most useless person in the family just because may be involved in something which they think you shouldn’t have. They have persuaded you on several occasions without success and therefore are fed up with you. May be you are running wild in life. It is about time you came back to your senses. I want to tell you that there is still hope for you.

As soon as Jesus cast out these demons the man came to his senses.  May you also come to your senses. May the power of God touch your life and bring a change. As soon as the man came to his senses I am inclined to think he used his hands to cover his nakedness, because he was naked. As you come back to your senses and realize your nakedness before God may his glory and righteousness. The people from the town came and everybody was asking what had happened to the man. He was sitting by Jesus in his right mind and listening to him. I believe it was because of this one man, that Jesus had to leave the crowd. Jesus went back into the boat because the people will not allow him into the town. Whiles some were yearning for him others were driving him away.  What are you doing with Jesus? May he permanently be with us. May we never do anything that will send him away from us.

The man wanted to go with Jesus but he asked him to go back to his family, the town folks and tell them what God had done for him. The man went to the Decapolis, which means ten towns. A mad man sitting in the cemetery, chewing dry bones, cutting himself with stones walking about naked is now preaching in ten towns. Why do you think the devil was interested in him? It was because of the LATENT power and ability to preach. He knew that if this man is saved he was going to spread the word all over and his kingdom will be in trouble. That is the same reason the devil is interested in you. If he allows you to fulfill the purpose and agenda of God for your life, his kingdom will suffer greatly.  So he keeps on multiplying your troubles. But you see, if you allow him the demons may not be two thousand, it may be ten thousand. Take a stand today and call upon the name of Jesus.

He is interested in your life because he knows that if he should leave you alone one day you will be a prayer warrior, a preacher, wealthy to give to the work of God etc. and bring many people to Christ. My prayer is that the devil will not have access to your life to destroy what God has deposited in you, if for nothing at all your salvation. It is time to look the devil in the face and tell him that you belong to Christ and not him. May the Lord help and guide you. May he give you what it takes to stand and live the life of Christ so that the devil will not be able to destroy what the Lord has put in you. You will live to fulfil the purpose and agenda of God for your life. You will be what God wants you to be under this sun. AMEN!

2012

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Num 23:18-24

18 Then he uttered his oracle:

“Arise, Balak, and listen;
hear me, son of Zippor.
19 God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
20 I have received a command to bless;
he has blessed, and I cannot change it.

21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob,
no misery observed in Israel.
The Lord their God is with them;
the shout of the King is among them.
22 God brought them out of Egypt;
they have the strength of a wild ox.
23 There is no sorcery against Jacob,
no divination against Israel.
It will now be said of Jacob
and of Israel, ‘See what God has done!’
24 The people rise like a lioness;
they rouse themselves like a lion
that does not rest till he devours his prey
and drinks the blood of his victims.”
NIV

I greet you reader in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I thank God so much that you are alive at this time of the year to read this post. It tells me that in one way or the other God has been good to you this year and I know he has been good to me too. Let me take this opportunity to wish you a belated Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2012 in the name of Jesus.

I believe 2012 is going to be another good year for you because of the scripture from Numbers 23 from verse 19 onwards. Whatever God told you he was going to do in your life and has not happened is about to happen in 2012. God cannot lie and will not change his mind concerning you and I. He does what he says and his promises are forever sure. they are ye and amen. You are blessed and beyond a curse. You cannot be cursed because Christ has paid for the price of any curse pronounced on you. Furthermore a curse without any reasonable reason will not land.

What ever the enemy has planned for you in 2012 will not materialize because the Lord your God is with you. No misery, no misfortune will be found in your camp. No sorcery or divination will prevail against you. Your testimony will be there for all to see. As your days so will your strength be. You will be like a wild ox in strength and like a lioness you will devour your unrepentant enemies. If God is for us who can be against us. Don’t forget that the enemy will try but the Lord will raise a standard against him. Even Jesus he tried but he was defeated in the end.

Isa 8:9-10

9 Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered!
Listen, all you distant lands.
Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
Prepare for battle, and be shattered!
10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
propose your plan, but it will not stand,
for God is with us.  
NIV

Let the enemies gather wherever they choose, their plans and strategies against you will not stand because the Lord God is with you. Even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death you will fear no evil, because he is with you.

So what is your role in all this? Yours is to have faith in God and walk rightly with him. His grace will see you through.

God bless you and have an anointed new year!

LOVE OF GOD

1 John 3:1-3
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
NIV

Sometimes it beats my imagination that God should love me to the extent that I am called a child of God. But the fact is that if you are born again then you are actually a child of God. It is not because I am holy, pure or good. All my good works are like filthy rags in his presence. While I was still a sinner he made provision for my sins. He still loved me in my filthy condition.

Rom 5:8
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
NIV

The love of God is so amazing that it is illustrated mathematically to be more than 100% if we match all the alphabets with numbers. eg A=1 and Z=26. In this world the best you can get out of anything is 100% or less but when it comes to the love of God it is a different story. Let’s do the calculation.

L-O-V-E-O-F-G-O-D

12+15+5+15+7+15+4=101%

What do you think? God loves you more than you can think of or imagine. Let him have all your troubles and hold on to him for he cares.

Mark 4:35-37

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
NIV

Why at all is the devil interested in me?

The bible tells us that Jesus was somewhere ministering to a group of people, but he left the crowd and decided to go over to another place. There were so many people there, that he had spoken to and healed, He had been with them for a while but at a point he said, let us go to the other side. I believe there was a reason for which he had to go to the other side. The bible tells us in chapter five that there was somebody who was crying among the tombs. There was somebody whose voice, whose agony, whose pain was going over across the lake to the other side. There was a petition being raised on the other side where Jesus was. I believe that this voice which was crying had no hope. Everybody had given up on him. They had done everything; they tried to calm him down, put him in chains, but he always broke the chains and set himself free. I wonder what kind of freedom it was. But the evil one did not give up. The devil was still interested in this man. As he was cutting himself and crying, Jesus was still on the other side with the crowd.

You have cried and cried and have not heard from God. You think he has not heard, you think nobody is hearing you. I want to tell you that somebody has heard you somewhere. And that person is Jesus. He has heard you. Even though he has not appeared yet, I want to assure you that he has heard and at the appropriate time he will show himself strong on your behalf. God loves us so much. If he did not, he wouldn’t have sent his only begotten son to die for us.

So it is not time to give up even though you are going through troubles, challenges and all these difficulties. Continue to cry unto the Lord and I say he will hear you. He is about to leave the crowd, he is about to leave those who are complacent, he is about to leave those who think he will be there forever and come to answer your specific need. Sometimes when things are going on well, when the spirit of God is at work in us, when God is blessing us and life is good we seem to take God for granted. We sometimes take the presence of God for granted. Did the crowd think Jesus will always be there?

I believe because of what God had deposited in this man, the devil decided to take over, and drove him out of home into the cemetery. Which people do we find in the cemetery? Dead people, so the devil was saying this man was dead and finished so far as his destiny was concerned. If today you are reading this and somebody has said or you have told yourself that you are dead and finished, know that, it is not over yet. You may find yourself in the cemetery, you may find yourself in a place where nobody cares about you, you may find yourself in a place where nobody is even saying good morning, know that it is not over yet.

When Jesus was going to the other side, the devil did not relent. He did not say that Jesus is coming so let me just relax or run away. The devil met Jesus our Saviour on the lake, and said, “where are you going?” that man is mine. He could see that something good was about to happen to that man. So he met Jesus and his disciples on the river and tried to drown them. He was interested in what God had deposited in this man. You see sometimes when you are about to breakthrough, immediately something comes and worsens the whole thing. Something comes from nowhere and everything seems to be lost, and the devil or people tell you that it is finished. This is not the “it is finished” on the cross. It is not over until God says so.

The devil will sometimes raise storms against your relations, your friends and other people who are in a position to help you and then everything around you tells you that it is over. It will not be well. But you see if the master is on your side, if the master is in your boat or even if the master is asleep, the fact is that he is still with you and his presence alone is enough.

The bible tells us that they woke Jesus up and he rebuked the storm and everything was quite. It is time for quietness to come into your system. It is time for the storms to abate in your life because the master is in your life. When Jesus the son of God himself was attending to the cry of this man, the devil had the impudence to rise up against him. However, Jesus still had to attend to this special cry (your cry).

The devil is interested in you because he can see something that God has given you, and that if you are able to fulfill that agenda his kingdom will come down. Because Jesus had the power to hear from everywhere and from afar he could hear somebody whom God had prepared for something special, and therefore he could move from the general crowd, and I hope you are not part of the general crowd, to a special person. You are special in the presence of God.

This man was mad, living with dead people; people who don’t speak, who don’t eat or drink. That is the agenda of the devil. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. He will come and destroy the destiny of God for you, he will come and destroy the gift of God in your life, and steal the joy that you will have in the house of God and tell you that there is joy in the disco or the club or pub. He will tell you that there is joy in that ungodly relationship. That, there is joy in that blue film you have been watching. When you are watching how do you feel? Sometimes you decide to stop but you realize that you are not able. Cry unto God he will hear you and help you. The devil is using that thing to turn your heart and mind from God. He knows what God can use you for. He knows the blessings that is coming on your life as a result of you fulfilling his agenda for your life.  He will have to do everything and anything to destroy what God has placed in your life.

TO BE CONTINUED

WHERE IS YOUR TRUST?


Where do you look for help when you need it?

Have you failed yourself before?

Has your lover failed you before?

What about your best friend who said he or she will always be there for you? What about your children or even parents. As for the government the least talked about the better. You will realize that any entity, be it an institution or an individual has the potential to fail, or is limited in one way or the other. That is why the bible says the arm of flesh will fail us. The only one who cannot fail you is God.

Where is your trust?

Prov 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
NIV

Lift up you eyes to the God of heaven and earth when you come to the dead-end. He knows the end from the beginning and he can tell you the way to go. He loves you so much and his ears are always inclined to your call.  Be patient and he will answer you at the proper time.

STAY BLESSED!!!!!

GOD IS WITH US

Isa 8:9-10

9 Raise the war cry, you nations, and be shattered! Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, and be shattered! Prepare for battle, and be shattered! 10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us. NIV

Ps 23:4

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
NIV

How many are your enemies? I guess you don’t even know but you feel overwhelmed by these supposed enemies. Don’t worry. Let these enemies devise all their strategies, I can assure you it will not work. Do you know why? It is because God is on your side. fear not for he is your shield and spear. Let all the nations gather against you, they will be shattered. You will only see the reward of the wicked. Praise the Lord!

God Is Faithful

Num 23:19

19 God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
NIV

God is a faithful God. Whatever he has said concerning you, please watch out for it. Have an expectation. It will surely come to pass, that is why you cannot give up on Him. When you give up on God, there will be nothing more to hold on to. He is the beginning and the end of all things. Don’t let the devil deceive you to give up at the eleventh hour when your breakthrough is at hand. HOLD ON!