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Joel 2:25-27

‘I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm— my great army that I sent among you. 26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. 27 Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed. NIV

Never again will you be ashamed because this year is your year of restoration and upliftment. The devil may have had the upper hand in 2012. Many things may have gone wrong but be rest assured that the faithful God who brought you this far will give you plenty until you are full, and you will praise the Lord your God for his wonders in your life.

NEVER AGAIN WILL YOU BE ASHAMED!

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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

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