Tuesday, March 05 2019
For God to visit an individual it means He has proposed to do something significant in that individual’s life and I am sure your life will never remain the same following His visitation. In Mark 8:22-25, Jesus and his disciples visited a place called Bethsaida and turned the life of an individual around. He visited and touched a blind man’s life and in the process left an indelible mark, one that could not be prevented; He touches to bring healing and undeniable transformation. Welcome to March! Your Month of Divine Touch! Mark 8:25 – After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up; and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. May the Lord touch you and restore you to His original intention. May God touch you this season to terminate reproach from your life and may you receive the touch of restoration and fulfilment this month in the mighty name of Jesus.
One would see reading through the verses in the bible passage above that this blind man needed help and it took the intervention of ‘some people’ as we see in verse 22. These are helpers of destiny and would be similar to those who helped the paralytic man in Luke 5:17-26 and Mark 2: 1-12. This season God will bring your way helpers of destiny that will not rest until you fulfil your destiny and nothing will hinder them from locating you in Jesus name. When they brought this man to Jesus, He took him by hand and led Him out of the city (Mark 8:23); I pray that God Himself will lead you out of every form of stagnation and unpleasant situation. You will no longer be unproductive but you will make accelerated progress from every standpoint in Jesus name. Wherever you are positioned that is hindering your glory, God will re-position you in Jesus name. After Jesus did the miracle, the man looked up (Mark 8:24); beloved where you look could determine where you will end in life, stop looking at the size of your problems, stop looking down on yourself because when you look down, you will only continue to wallow in self-pity, frustration and hopelessness. Stop looking at the boisterousness of the storm, that can only have an undesirable effect, remember Peter in Matt.14:30. When the blind man looked up, he saw for the first time. His situation changed no wonder we have been encouraged to look up to Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), the solution provider, the defeater of problems, the source of our power, our teacher. Let Him be your main focus.
The man began to see as soon as he looked up but that wasn’t the end of the story. Beloved sometimes we must learn to say it to God as it is, only then could there be perfection of our testimony. Be willing to open your mouth in prayer and tell God your problems. Do not hide your true situation from The One that can help you! If you have been touched before I pray you will receive the final touch this season – the touch of perfection; the touch that will take away reproach of whatever form or size. When Jesus touches you whatever is not enough becomes more than enough, every form of down trend is removed instead what you get is restoration, abundance, progress, joy and the likes. This season, the touch of God will locate you and there will be evidence of that touch in Jesus name. His touch will cause you to continue to swim in glory for the rest of your life in Jesus name. Shalom!
Tuesday, February 05 2019
"Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:14 (NKJV)
One of the many peculiarities of God is that He is a Promise Keeper! This means that whatever He says He will do; He will do! He is not a man who makes and breaks promises at will hence the bible tells us that God is not man that He should lie, nor the son of man...Num.23:19; whenever He promise to do something, it is settled...nothing can stop Him. Nothing can hinder him from achieving His purpose. Welcome to February: Your month of Unstoppable Visitation! God will come through for you. You will have a divine visitation that will cause your glory to manifest and you will continue to swim in glory for the rest of your life in Jesus name. The Promise Keeping God who spoke to Sarah in Genesis 18:14 and brought it to fulfilment in Genesis 21:1-2 will do it for you and yours in Jesus name.
Genesis 21: 1-2(NKJV) says ‘And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.' Humanly speaking it was too late for Sarah however when God came through for her, everyone laughed with her. Beloved you may be going through the motion and all you can feel or see is reproach, disgrace, shame etc, I am happy to tell you that you are next in line for divine visitation! No matter how long the issue might have lingered, God will visit you to turn the table in your favour in Jesus name. Be like Abraham who did not waver at the promise(s) of God but he believed Him wholeheartedly! “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”…..Rom.4:20-21.
The bible makes us to understand in 2 Cor. 1:20 (NIV) “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God” … This scripture connotes that God’s promises are unstoppable, unbreakable and indissoluble. In John 11, Lazarus’s situation was apparently impossible having being dead for 4 days, Jesus however promised Martha in verse 23, “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again”and of a truth that promise was not broken because even death could not hinder God’s promises. As per our anchor scripture, Gen I8:1, I therefore reiterate to you, beloved, yours will not be too hard for God. The Lord who dismantled Sarah’s barrenness with one visitation will visit you to this season to terminate fruitlessness in your life for good in Jesus name. The very same God who showed up to loosen Lazarus from the bondage of death will do the same for you in Jesus name. You will not die prematurely but you will live your life to the full in abundance and good health in Jesus name. God’s promises as found in His words are yours because God honours His word (Ps.138:2). He has promised to fill your life with His glory such that whatever you have achieved before will be nothing compared to what He is set to do. He will fill your body with His glory such that sickness can no longer hide there. .and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts……..‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts...Haggai 2:7-9. He will visit you this season to fulfil all His promises to you in Jesus name. Not one of all the LORD's good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. Jos. 21:45. Shalom.
Tuesday, December 11 2018
You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’(2 Chron.20:17NKJV) ……with this promise from the Lord, the nations who rose against Judah and Jerusalem turned against one another until they completely destroyed themselves. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the last month in 2018 and I stand to affirm the above scripture that, “you will not need to fight any more battles”, for God will take up all your battles in Jesus name. Victory at times can come at a cost for instance Jephtah’s victory cost him the life of his only daughter (Judges 11); Samson’s came at the expense of his two eyes (Judges 16:28) however when we let God take up the reins of our affair including our battles then you are sure of a lasting victory such that nothing can be added to it and nothing can be removed from it. God’s victory is a complete victory that comes with security. Welcome to DECEMBER 2018! VICTORY & SAFETY! May the good Lord keep you safe and sound and give you victory over all the battles of your life. As the year gradually draws to a close, God will release His blessings upon your family and exempt you and yours from all evil. As you praise His Holy name, God will put any consortium against your destiny to flight in Jesus name.
In 2 Chron. 20 we see the potency of praise. Jehoshaphat got a report that some nations had gathered themselves together against him; there was no way or means of escape. He could not even attempt to fight them because his own army had been outnumbered and the situation was daunting however his response was epic. Jehoshaphat did what God expects us to do when confronted with trials. The bible recorded that Jehoshaphat turned to God and proclaimed a fast then he got the whole nation involved. Whenever there is a problem or a threat against your destiny, know that your response is crucial. Jehoshaphat spoke to the Lord reminding God of
Who He is, what He has done in the past and what He is capable of doing. This is an act of worship! When the devil come at you, let him know what your God is capable of doing! Finally and perhaps this is the straw that broke the Carmel’s back, Jehoshaphat appointed singers to go ahead of the army (2 Chron.20:21). What he did here was profound; you see God lives in the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3) so when praise went ahead God had no choice but to come down in His glory and when He appeared, confusion became the lot of the enemies and they turned on each other (2 Chron. 20:23).
Once in a while in the journey of life, one is bound to encounter opposition, confrontation, challenges or situations contrary to one’s expectation however none of these should take His praise out of your mouth because your victory is in your praise. When you praise God like Jehoshaphat and his people did, He will make you indestructible and unsinkable. No matter the gang up, God is equal to the task and able to fight both known and unknown enemies. You will not miss out on your victory in Jesus name. The Lord of Hosts will make the end of this year more glorious than the beginning. You will not be a casualty this year. Sorrow will not locate your abode. The Lord will frustrate the plans of the enemies concerning your destiny in Jesus name. As you praise God this month and beyond the Lord who has never lost a battle or a war will fight for you and make you a wonder unto many in Jesus name. Never let His praise depart from your mouth. Never lose your praise. There is GLORY AHEAD!!!
Monday, October 08 2018
One of the insignias of a triumphant Christian is the ability to remain resilient in the face of intense and ferocious opposition. There is no gainsaying that the battles of life are real even moreso for the children of God therefore to make it and end well we must be fortified spiritually; spiritually because the spiritual controls the physical and by (physical) strength shall no man prevail. In Ephesians 6:10(NIV), the bible encourages us with these words, ‘Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power”. The Message version puts it this way, “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong” Welcome to the month of double grace: October 2018: BE STRONG! Henceforth the unlimited power of God will find expression in every area of your life. Wherever you are weak, the Lord will strengthen you and His grace will be sufficient for you in Jesus name.
Being strong is not a function of one’s brawn but the aptitude to remain unflustered while relying on God to do what He does best in the midst of the hassles of life. In 1 Samuel 17 we see a good example God’s mighty power; it is the classical story of David and Goliath. While David focused on God as the source of his strength, Goliath did on his physical ability which by no means was small rather daunting as described in 1 Samuel 17:4-7. In spite of Goliath’s physique, David remained level-headed so much so that for every threat that came from Goliath, David matched and tripled it with the reassurance of God’s supremacy. David knew he was not in the fight alone; he had the backup of the hosts of heaven. David knew his enemy but knows his God even more and having compared the two, he knew who has the final say! The points David highlighted were based on trust having had a relationship with God as well as his knowledge of what God can do; David did not look at his own abilities at all, he kept God in the picture the whole time, making references to Him no wonder he was victorious, his strength was in God’s power!. Zechariah 4:6 (NIV) astutely stated, “so he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”
To be spiritually strong we must learn a thing or two from the young man, David. There were so many attributes that endeared David to God, one of which was David’s doggedness, you must be resolute enough to know what you stand for and be willing to defend and uphold it. You must know God and have a relationship with him perhaps this was one of David’s best character yet, the bible says for you to be strong and do exploit you must know your God (Dan.11:32 paraphrased). David knew His God. Also the Amplified version of our anchor scripture says ‘In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.’ Do not give in to the rants of the devil. You are tougher than you think! Your strength is not that which can be seen by the physical eye; it is bestowed on you through the help of the Holy Spirit. Tough times do not last, tough people do! Big up, power up and be strong. God has got your back! You are too hot for the devil to handle! You are blessed! You are strong! You are unstoppable in Jesus name. Shalom
Lekan Oyewande October 2018.
Tuesday, September 11 2018
There is no way you can have enduring dominion and not enjoy divine satisfaction. God’s numerous blessings ultimately ensure satisfaction because His blessings are all encompassing hence the bible tells us that, “the blessings of the Lord it maketh rich and does not add sorrow" (Prov.10:22). With His blessings comes satisfaction because no area of your life is left untouched. Welcome to September 2018: DIVINE SATISFACTION! Money cannot bring satisfaction neither will a rise to the upper echelon of one’s career or the society bring true satisfaction. It is therefore erroneous to think that any of these things will bring satisfaction. The only source of true satisfaction is God hence our anchor scripture tells us, “The LORD will answer and say to His people, "Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nation” Joel 2:19 NKJV. I therefore declare that God will take away anything that constitutes reproach in your life in Jesus name. Any area where you have been subjected to mockery will suddenly turn to your area of glory and honour and you shall be celebrated in Jesus name.
Without God we can never be truly satisfied because the things we possess and our achievements can only bring momentary satisfaction but with divine satisfaction comes various other benefits. That is why the bible tells us of diverse promises of God that we will enjoy when God satisfies us. With divine satisfaction comes the covenant of life; Psalm 91: 16 tells us that the Lord will satisfy you with long life and show you His salvation. I pray that you will not die prematurely in Jesus name. The Almighty God will continue to show you His salvation all the days of your life in Jesus name. We also see the covenant of protection in Prov.19:23 where we were told, “the fear of the LORD leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil”. From now no evil will come near your dwelling; I pray that God will hide you and yours under His wings in Jesus name. What about the covenant of provision, Psalm 103:5 makes us realise that God will satisfy you with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. I pray that as God satisfies you, He will not withhold any good thing from you either spiritually or physically in Jesus name.
The ultimate example of divine satisfaction would be the testimony of Abraham as attested in Gen. 24:1(TLB), Abraham was now a very old man, and God blessed him in every way. This was further corroborated by Abraham’s servant in verse 34 of the same chapter. May you enjoy divine satisfaction even in your old age in Jesus name. One thing however that is noteworthy is the fact that God is a God of order and as much as He loves to satisfy us with His goodness, He attaches certain conditions that we must fulfil and live by in order to continue to experience divine satisfaction, Matt.5:6 (AMP) tells that “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied". Beloved ensure that no matter what you have right standing with GOD above all other things and He will definitely ensure you are completely satisfied. Like Abraham, fear God and do His will; give yourself wholeheartedly to Him, in service and in fellowship and do not withhold anything from Him. Herein lies the secret of divine satisfaction! I pray that God will satisfy you early with His mercy so that you will rejoice and be glad all your days in Jesus name (Ps. 90:14). Your satisfaction shall no longer be delayed in Jesus name. Shalom.
Tuesday, August 07 2018
Genesis 1:26 says "Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God with this statement put man in charge and gave him the authority to dominate his world therefore no element of creation is meant to have control over man especially one who is spirit filled. The day you accepted Jesus into your life, you entered into a new level of authority. Welcome to August 2018: your month of Enduring Dominion. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, (Psalms 8:6). All things must answer to you and may you have complete and unquestionable authority over every issue of life this month and beyond in Jesus name. You are undefeatable in Jesus name!
Monday, July 02 2018
“Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out.” Leviticus 6:13 (NLT)
Last month we were able to establish the fact that God is never late; He shows up just in time to do the impossible. This is because He is in charge of all things and nothing takes Him by surprise. It might interest you to know that as His heir, He has given you dominion … to take charge! Welcome to July 2018: TAKE CHARGE! May the zeal of the house of the Lord consume you and may the fire on your altar perpetually burn. Nothing will cause you to lose your fire and you will not disobey God to the point of losing your place and position of dominion in Jesus name.
One of the things required of us after we have surrendered our hearts to God is to remain continuously hot for Him no wonder He said He has no time for lukewarmness, either you are hot for Him or remain on the other side by being cold. There are no in-betweens. Hence He gave Aaron and the priests this specific instruction…., “the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times, It must never go out.” Loss of the fire is tantamount to loss of authority and you cannot afford to lose your right!
An area where most Christians lack understanding is that because God has given you dominion He will let you fold your hands and do everything for you. You have been mandated to take charge of affairs especially in areas where change is sought. It may be in physical circumstances like in Judges 3:1-4 when the Israelites were at war with certain nations, God did not wipe off those nations by Himself but He left them in their land to test their determination to see if they would actually follow through to their promise. The Israelite sworn and pledged their allegiance to God several times...that they will not serve other gods...but alas they always reneged on their promises to God by fraternising with those nations whom God has warned them not to associate with. For most of us it may be spiritual war we are fighting….essentially against the flesh. There are things God expects you to do instead of complaining, murmuring and waiting on Him to do them for you. I am sure that is why God blessed man and commanded him to replenish the earth and have dominion (take charge) as we see in Gen.1:28. God not only gave man dominion He also gave man responsibility from the start…to keep the garden (Gen.2:15), to name all the animals (Gen.2:19).
As much as God told man to take charge, He also test us from time to time to see if we are actually determined to please Him. He tested Moses’ faith in Exo.14:15-16 when He told Moses to stop praying rather to stretch forth the rod in his hand. He tested King Saul’s obedience when He commanded him to utterly destroy the Amalekites in 1 Sam. 15:1-3. Jesus also gave delegated authority to His disciples as we see in John 14:12, Matt.10:1 and Luke 10:19. Some things are allowed by God to remain in your ‘land’ so as to wake you up to your responsibility. All you need to execute God’s will and purpose is made available for you in Christ Jesus…Eph. 3:20 therefore let the word of God (Jesus) dwell richly in you and let the burning fire for God guide the choices you make in life every day.
Monday, June 25 2018
God has a way of showing up when you least expect; all He is looking for is the state of your hearts and your faith in Him. Once He sees that you have made Him your All, He will give you His very best, not to show off but to prove His almightiness and His control over times and seasons. Welcome to JUNE 2018 – TIMELY INTERVENTION! “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” Psalms 37:25 NLT. The timely God will not abandon you. You will not lose face in the midst of your peers. Whatever is meant to bring you shame will announce God’s power in your life and you shall testify to God’s goodness and mercy in Jesus name.
When Peter left all he had to follow Jesus little did he know that Jesus was ALL he ever needed. Jesus is all you need too because it is a known fact that Jesus never leaves His own, no matter what! In Matthew 17:24-27, when a need was to be met with no resources, Jesus intervened in an unusual manner. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee Matthew 17:27 (KJV). Beloved Jesus has the ability to provide whatever you need and He will do so for you in Jesus name. Note that Jesus made provision not only for Himself but also for Peter to show that He truly cares for our wellbeing! He is not just raising disciples but He thinks of you all the time and is very much interested in your case!
Whatever you are going through today will impact your testimony and His kingdom; what is that situation that people are inquiring about and you don’t have ready answers for? Why don’t you tell it to Jesus and watch Him do the impossible, beloved rest & be assured that Jesus’s got you! Learn to cast your burdens on Him because He cares for you, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” John 10:11 (KJV). He will certainly come along side you as you acknowledge Him, to carry your burden, ease your pain and dispel your fears. Despite the fact that each day has its own share of challenges you can be certain and confident that God will not leave you to face it all by yourself; each day has been insured for us in God. “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lam.3:22-23 KJV. Be reminded that as you truly follow the Lord, there is no need or lack in your life that HE will not take care of. According to Ps. 68:19 - “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. You are guaranteed daily intervention and supply from God
He will not only intervene for you but for your household, when Peter’s mother in law had fever, Jesus intervened because of Peter’s connection to Jesus, Peter had a relationship with Jesus. “Jesus left the synagogue and went to Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was very sick. She had a high fever. They asked Jesus to do something to help her. He stood very close to her and ordered the sickness to go away. The sickness left her, and she got up and began serving them.” Luke 4:38-40. Your connection to Jesus will not only be beneficial to you but to your household, family members and acquaintances in Jesus name!
As you journey into this new month, Receive grace to surrender to God all that seems impossible and watch in amazement the goodness of the Lord as He brings to you help, deliverance and complete salvation. You shall not be abandoned in Jesus name. Shalom.
Tuesday, May 08 2018
KEEP THE FAITH
Apostle Paul made an insightful statement in 2 Timothy 4:7 when he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” This infers that all through various circumstances, he maintained his cool and never lost focus of where he was going or the God he was serving. Surprisingly the phrase, ‘keep the faith’ in Merriam-Webster dictionary means: to continue to believe in, trust, or support someone or something when it is difficult to do so. Another meaning is to continue in the committed pursuit of some idea or goal that is worthy but difficult to attain or achieve. This is what God is calling us to do this fifth month of 2018 to KEEP THE FAITH! Regardless of the situation God is calling on you to hold the fort! Victory is nigh! Our anchor scripture for this month Psalm 22:24 gives us a very concrete reason why quitting should not be an alternative, “For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help” (Ps. 22:24).
Note that David did not write this sentence in a future tense like ‘God will not’ or ‘God shall not’ but he wrote it in past participle “He has not …..” meaning that IT IS DONE! God has not ignored your prayers. Your affliction has not put Him off, He has not shunned you because of your problems neither has he hidden his face from you BUT He has listened to your cry for help. It is also worthy of note to mention that David ended this chapter with absolute confidence in God’s ability in Psalm 22:31 when he wrote, “He has done it!” Don’t allow your emotions to get the better of you. God is not ignorant of your situation. He keeps record and is well informed of everything that pertains to you according to Psalm 56:8. You are not forgotten, you are not forsaken therefore beloved cheer up because Help is on the way!
All God requires of you is to keep the faith, don’t allow challenges, problems, and trials to shake your faith. Job worshipped God in the midst of his misfortunes (Job 1:20); Worship Him even when you don’t understand what He is doing. Job was a man who understood affliction, he lost all he had yet he opted to keep the faith when he made this statement in Job 14:14, “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change comes.” He was merely saying that he was prepared to keep his faith till God shows up and we do know that God never failed Job for in Job 42:10, “…..the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before and also Job 42:12, “The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the former part”…..God will not allow you to be put to shame for His name’s sake! You have called on His name and have put your trust in Him, He will not disappoint you. If in doubt, take a look once again at the account of all the names mentioned in Hebrew 11 and you will find that each kept their faith intact till the very end even those who didn’t have a great start. Their end justified the means. Your background doesn’t mean your back has to be on the ground. Don’t allow where you are, who you are or where you are from to dictate the plan and purpose of God for your life. God has the final say because He is the author and the finisher of your faith!
Honestly speaking it may not be easy to keep the faith as a matter of fact it can be risky but God always appear anyway. Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego defied the king’s order and risked their lives but God showed up (Daniel 3:24-26). HE WILL SHOW UP FOR YOU in Jesus name! Learn to increase your faith based on the written promises of God and the truth of God’s word will set you free. Believe God that He is able to do what He says He will do (Heb.11:6) and as you keep the faith, your faith in God will keep you, deliver you and give you victory. Don’t give up on God because He won’t give up on you!
Pastor Lekan Oyewande (May 2017)