COUNTER-DECLARATIONS – Wed, Dec 31, 2014

counter declaration2 Kings 21:14 KJV
And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies;

A remnant of Israel had been spared in the time of Hezekiah, during the Assyrian Siege, under the leadership of Sennacherib, because Hezekiah was a faithful servant of the Lord.

We read this just some two days ago, see 2 Kings 19:30.
Even though God promised continuity & posterity through this remnant, He still made this declaration (2 Kings 21:14) against them.

The question then is, does God really change His mind concerning what He has said?
Is He capable of issuing a counter-declaration on what He has already decreed?

No one can put God in a box. He does what He pleases. You may want to beĀ  of the careful your actions do not themselves serve as reasons for counter- declarations in the coming year.

Have a blessed 31st.

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PEACELESSNESS – Fri, Dec 19, 2014

peacelessness2 Kings 9:22
And when Joram saw Jehu, he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” He answered, “What peace can there be, so long as the whorings and the sorceries of your mother Jezebel are so many?”

Jehu was the son of Jeshophat, King of Judah, and he had witnessed most of the dealings of Ahab and Jezebel.
We are never told of his displeasure of what the royal couple did, until now.

God gave him a task to wipe out the family of Ahab and he did.
Holy cleansing, or whatever you call it, was seen in those days as God’s own way of dealing with evil and wayward families.

Note one thing that the Spirit of Peace never settles in any life that continues to reward self at the detriment of others. You may be doing well financially but be totally bereft of peace.
Ahab and Jezebel took the field from Nabboth, but today it is their son who suffers for it.

Take time today to read Romans 3:16-18.
No sin goes unpunished, until it is paid for, peace will always be far away.
Ponder on these and live right.

Have a wonderful Friday.

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DESPISING PROPHESY – Wed, Dec 17, 2014

2 Kings 7:2A-Word-From-the-Lord
Then the captain on whose hand the king leaned said to the man of God, “If the LORD himself should make windows in heaven, could this thing be?” But he said, “You shall see it with your own eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”

Showing reverence to the things of God is very crucial for everyone who confesses Christ.
It is sad how we handle the things of God sometimes, especially with ‘lose talk.’

In a time of crisis, the man of God, Elisha, had decreed that the famine was going to be over by the next day. However it was going to happen was not the problem of the king’s captain mentioned in the verse above (i.e. v2).
But he still opened his mouth to ridicule the prophesy. What happened to him afterwards is history.

The bible admonishes us not to despise prophesy. I know these days, with the proliferation of churches, it is not easy to trust just any man of God, but neither should we make the mistake of ‘rubbishing’ their prophesies rather too quickly.

He that has the Spirit of God judges all things… – 1 Cor 2:15. Lose talk may land us in trouble, even with God.
In Ps 131:1 David said he wouldn’t engage himself in ‘great matters’ that are ‘too high’ for him.
Let us take heed and learn, lest we incur God’s wrath for no reason.

Have a blessed day.

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ALLIES FROM ON HIGH – Tue, Dec 16, 2014

2 Kings 6:17 KJVallies
And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord , I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

The king of Syria had sent his troops to capture Elisha because of the role the man of God played. He provided intel on Syria’s military movements, making their tactics useless each time.

In a situation like this, one in which Elisha found himself, it is very easy for one to panic. Note that we are not told that Elisha had prior warning about this ambush on his own life, unlike other times. He was caught off-guard.

But because of what Elisha ‘saw’ he was not perturbed. If only we can all see, we will not be disturbed in most of the situations we find ourselves in.
Upon seeing Thomas, the risen Christ said, “blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe.”

We may neither have the eyes of Elisha nor be privileged like his young servant to see what legion the Lord has deployed on our behalf, but one things we need to be assuredĀ  of is that they are always there at our disposal. Ours is to command them!

Have a blessed day.

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WHAT IS YOUR SACRIFICE? – Sat, Dec 13, 2014

2 Kings 3:27 KJV
Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.

The king of Moab made a big mistake (engineered by God) by attacking Israel at the wrong time. The results led to the massacre of his own people.

When he realized the battle wasn’t favouring him, in a moment of desperation, he sacrificed his son on the city wall, and bible records that “there was great indignation/wrath against Israel.”Sacrifice

Now, so many legitimate question can be drawn from this. I was left in awe this morning as I meditated on this very very complex verse, but one thing stood out; SACRIFICE.

You are probably not receiving what you are asking of God because you are hesitating to make make that crazy sacrifice. That is one sure way of telling God you’ve reached that moment of desperation… the make or break moment.
Be prepared to sacrifice to make frog-leap progress.

Have a blessed weekend.

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RELEASE THE MANTLE – Fri, Dec 12, 2014

2 Kings 2:13 KJVmantle
He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

Around this point in time, there was explosion of miracles in Israel. Bible scholars call this period the golden era of miracles. Elisha saw his master, Elija, leave in a fiery chariot. One thing that struck me is the verse we look at today.

If the mantle of Elija fell from him, then I want to believe that Elija attempted to go into heaven with his mantle, but God thought otherwise.

Every leader needs a successor. Whoever you are, you still need someone to succeed you in ministry, in your profession, in your family, etc. You just cannot leave with your mantle. You just cannot go (die) with it.

If Elisha was going to receive a double portion of Elija’s anointing, then Elija had to impart something into him, not take it away. Same way you cannot leave your office with all the knowledge you acquired without imparting into somebody else.

You cannot lead a ministry in church and carry all the anointing. You’ve got to raise leaders, you’ve got to pass on the mantle.
I pray none of us goes to the grave with a headload of ideas, plans, knowledge and anointing.

Have a blessed day.

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GODLESSNESS – Thu, Dec 11, 2014

2 Kings 1:16 KJVgodlessness
And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord , Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

Ahaziah had succeeded his father Ahab as king when he died. Instead of immediately showing his allegiance to God, he begins on a wrong note; following his father’s path of idolatry.

God would not tolerate such nonsense this time round. Ahaziah never recovered from his sick bed. He lasted only 2yrs as king.

Scripture says that blessed is the man into whom the Lord imputes no sin… Ps 32:2. Ahaziah could have lived on if he acknowledged his sin and asked for pardon from the Lord, afterall his more wicked father did worse and yet reigned for abt 22yrs.

You cannot continue to live in sin as we prepare to receive Him this xmas. You cannot afford to be cut off at this time. Acknowledge your guilt and surrender entirely to Him. Advent is here!

Have a blessed day.

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