DAY NO. 29 – 30/01/2012 – JUST 1 DAY TO GO!

DILIGENCE WHILE WAITING.
Read: Genesis 18: 1-8.

Hallelujah! We are near the finish line of our 30days fasting and prayers. We thank the Lord for His faithfulness and sustenance. Our waitng will not be in vain IJMN.

Today, I want us to learn from a story that holds a special fascination for me each time I read it. It is in our Bible reading. Of all
Abraham and his household did to entertain the Lord, what usually tickles me anytime I envision the situation in my mind’s eye was how Abraham must have behaved in the presence of the Lord.

Twice, the Bible recorded in verses 6 and 7 that he RAN to prepare the table for the Lord and His companions. (For those with different versions of the Bible – “to hasten”, “to hurry” all mean the same thing – RUN) What significance does this hold for you and I this year?

If you read the story backwards to Genesis 17, you will see the Lord had made a covenant with Abraham – He changed his name and that of his wife, and placed a demand of generational circumcision on Abraham and all males related to him. You will notice that Abraham SWIFTLY carried out his own part of the bargain – Genesis 17: 23 (NIV & NLT). Despite this prompt compliance, Abraham still did not see the manifestation of the Lord’s promise. This was the situation he was in when the Lord visited again in Genesis 18.

Despite the fact that he was still waiting for the fulfilment of the child of promise, Abraham was not slack about diligence. For you and I, the question is this – how diligent are we while waiting for the manifestation of His promise? While we were outside a covenant relationship with God, it could be pardoned us if we resort to self-help, as Abram himself did. But once in that covenant relationship, even before the manifestation of our heart’s desire we must hasten to do the Lord’s wishes, making Him delight in us. No more excuses are permitted. God first in all things! God is our strength and help in this regard this year.

This period of waiting will not be in vain in our lives. Our rains will fall this year, our grounds shall not be fallow. We were all created to excel, to shine; and that is just what we will do this year. Help shall come our way from the East, West, North and South. Men and women will put themselves to work just to favour us. God bless you. We love you!!!

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 21 (22nd January 2012) – 9 DAYS TO GO _ ONE OF THE FAMILY.

Read: Romans 8: 14 – 17.

No matter how big a man’s sin has been, no matter how long gone he has been in the world, the moment he accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as His Lord and personal saviour, he becomes ONE OF THE FAMILY.

A family is a basic social unit consisting of parents and children; or a group of people related by blood. However, many families have deliberately set bars as to who can belong to their group. For example, in some cultures in Africa and Asia, class is a determinant factor in who can belong to their family unit. In other parts of the world, race or colour of the skin determines acceptability. And so on. No matter how arranged, one day all these families will cease to exist. Not so for the family of Christ Jesus.

This family of the Lord Jesus Christ will endure forever; and all it takes to belong to it is faith in your heart that Jesus Christ is who He says He is – the son of the Living God, who died for your sins. No other thing matters! And let me reassure you, this family is UNIQUE.

How? It is the only family where liars, prostitutes, people with all manner of disabilities, people with myriad types of character defects are MOST welcome as members of the same family, with equal rights. There is a cleansing blood available in this family, the power of which removes the stains and effect of lives past.

Furthermore, there is a new record opened for every new entrant into that family. In this family, members live above problems and situations. Members are specially equipped and empowered to succeed and excel at what they do.

As we count down to the end of our period of waiting on the Lord, I encourage anyone who still does not belong to this family to choose now. You are destined for greatness – I know it. Activate your success mode now by pressing the Jesus option in your menu.

Pray this prayer with all your heart – Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, but I am tired of a life of sin. Please forgive me, and cleanse me with your precious blood. I confess that you are the Son of the living God sent to redeem me from sin. Please accept me from today. I promise to forsake and turn away from my sins today. Come into my life and stay there forever. Thank you Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray. Congratulations! You are now a member of my family, the family of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Dear friends, from tomorrow, please let us pray these prayers: (1) Thank God for sustaining you so far during this period. (2) Father, I receive grace to walk in love for the rest of this year. (3) I receive grace to turn a deaf ear to offense IJMN. My capacity to ignore hurt increases every new day IJMN. (4) Father, as I walk in love, prepare a table before me this year in the presence of all. (5) This year shall be the best in my life and that of my family. I am more than a conqueror in all my ways. No more sickness, poverty, yokes inherited and acquired IJMN. (6) My dreams will not die, I shall fulfil destiny; I shall live to declare the glory of the Lord in the land of the living. (7) Thank Him for He has done it.

God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

DAY TO SHOW LOVE!

DAY FOR LOVE! Can you please show love to somebody today? Call, text, ping, or poke at least five (5) people JUST TO SAY HELLO! Let somebody know you have not forgotten them. Bring a smile to someone’s face today. Will you do that for God? Bless you real good.

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 16 (17th January 2012) – 14 DAYS TO GO _ BASIC GOAL SETTING.

Read: Luke 14: 28-30.

You were created in the image and likeness of the Almighty God, the master planner. He saw the earth was void, formless and empty in Genesis 1: 2; but at the back of His mind He already knew what to make of the darkness, the formless void.

That plan began to manifest in the next verse; not just in a haphazard form but in a logical manner – the law of process in action. Take a look again at the process of re-creation and you will see a pattern that is the model for all forms of goal setting.

What is that pattern? Going from the foundation (or base) up. Every structural engineer knows the grit of the base determines the sanctity of the super-structure on top. So, the Lord ordered light into the chaos; the essence of which was to provide visibility for other reconstructive works!

The essence of goal setting therefore is to create a road map to your desired destination. Remember success is a journey, not a destination. The most basic goal you ought to set therefore this year is to renew your connection to the Source. John 15: 5. I said above that God decreed light first. Guess who that light of the world is? The Lord Jesus Christ. John 12: 46.

Once this basic goal is accomplished, let me assure you of this – every other lasting blessing flow from your anchorage in the Almighty God. Is it wealth you need? He it is who gives thee power to get it. Deut. 8: 18. Are your goals this year around perfect health? You need Him. Exodus 15: 26. Believe me; I can go on and on.

So, the wisdom of this year lies in a strong anchor in the Almighty God, the owner of all the universe, who never sleeps nor slumber; and for whom all your requests are easy to grant! You were created to excel, and excel you shall IJMN. Keep praying!

God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 15 (16th January 2012) – 15 DAYS TO GO_WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

Read: Luke 5: 1-7.

Hallelujah! Today, we reach the half-way point on our 30-day journey. Let me thank everybody who has followed this journey. I also wish to congratulate those of you who have shared your testimonies with us. They shall be permanent IJMN. For those who may also have testimonies, please forward them to us at salvationhouse@gmail.com. God bless you abundantly.

Today the Lord wants me to ask of you this question. WHAT DO YOU HAVE? This is a big question wrapped in small words. The purpose of your creation is not to be a spec in the landscape of life. No, it is to exercise dominion. Meaning? Occupy space for God and impact that space! That can only be done with what you have; that is, what the Almighty God has invested in your life and how you have positioned it – capacity awaiting to be unleashed to maximum effect.

The Lord asked Moses this same pertinent question in Exodus 4: 2. Prophet Elisha asked the same of the widow of one of the apprentice prophets in 2 Kings 4: 1-7. Again, I repeat, the Spirit of the Lord has directed me to ask you the same question today – WHAT DO YOU HAVE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN ADD HIS SUPER FORCE TO, AND TURN TO SUPERNATURAL in your life?

There is a principle behind this. Everything you will ever need to fulfil your destiny is already around you, one way or the other. What you need is revelation to realise the potential in your abilities and/or resources. You will discover from our bible reading that it was what Peter had that the Lord used to bless him. What would have happened if Peter had no boat or even expertise?

So, to adequately answer the question that the Lord is asking you today, you need to settle the following: (a) Do I have what the Lord can bless? (b) If not, what must I do to get myself into that position where I can receive His blessing? To further help with this, tomorrow by His grace I shall discuss GOAL SETTING and the implication this has in how your year can turn out. In the meantime, keep praying, keep showing love.

God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 14 (15th January 2012) – 16 DAYS TO GO _ WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET!

Read: Genesis 13: 14-17.

As we continue to pray for our work – business, trade, career or academics this week, I want to talk to us today about vision. You will remember that at the beginning of this period of waiting I encouraged us all to set goals for the year and the future?

Vision is the ability to see the future in your mind’s eye; to set the agenda that you are to grow into, which will give you a sure foot-hold for the next phase of your life. A visionless life is life devoid of meaning, a retail existence; only able to understand today, the present. Such lives are a demonstration of anxiety, of fear of what tomorrow holds. Such lives often end up far below par – they fulfil nothing of their potential; or when they strive, they fall way short of their capabilities. We can see this clearly in the unprofitable servant in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25: 14-30.

So, if a man is not conscious of vision, it can make his life directionless. Such a soul would just wander about and stroll through life. That is why the Bible is so emphatic that without vision people perish. Proverbs 29: 18. A typical example is found in the tragicomedy of the Israelites in the wilderness. God painted a picture of Canaan as a land where their future is already secured; but their slavery dominated consciousness could not fathom it. I pray today, every spirit of limitation on your mind would be broken asunder by the power of the Spirit of the living God IJMN.

Prayer is one of the ways you can build up your capacity to envision your future. That is why there is the need to pray that God should remove limitations from our hearts and minds because there are certain things that make it difficult for us to have vision. (Prayer #3 for this week).

My friends, vision empowers the future, and ability to see your future opens up possibilities for you in every area of your life. Vision is the basic raw material you need to improve your situation. We can see that in the life of Abram that what he was able to envision on the plains of Canaan fired up not only Abram but his future generations who stood with the picture of what Jehovah had promised! As you receive capacity to dream big dreams and capacity to bring them forth, remember, you are created to excel and excel you shall IJMN.

God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 13 (14th January 2012) – 17 DAYS TO GO_KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN & QUIET.

Read: Deut. 23: 12-14.

The God of the bible is a God of principles. He operates based on principles, not on feelings. Principles are unchanging truths or universal facts. To receive from Him therefore we must understand what His principles are. Today I want to discuss our need to keep our praying environment clean and quiet.
You need a quiet environment during this period of waiting. Banging of doors, loud music etc. should be avoided or kept to the barest minimum. Why? The Holy Spirit does not operate in an environment of chaos or confusion! Avoid quarrels, misunderstandings etc. Keep your surroundings clean; that much you can deduce from our text. The Spirit of the Lord is waiting to release your blessings, please keep your environment clean and quiet.

From tomorrow, our prayers shall be focused on our work – business, trade, career or academics. Can I encourage you to kindly approach these next set of prayers with vigour and all sense of seriousness? Of a truth this year 2012 victory is coming your way in the area of finance, academics and achievements.

The main prayers starting from tomorrow are as follows:
(1) Praise God for His promise to give you power to make wealth.
(2) Father, restore me today, all the years that the locust, cankerworm, palmerworm, caterpillars had eaten. Restore me, thou covenant keeping God.
(3) Holy Spirit, remove any limitations from my heart and mind so that your vision for my life may be crystal clear.
(4) I receive grace to make my mind flexible; to think the improbable, to envision the impossible, to begin to achieve what hitherto had been difficult. Holy Spirit, release to me the capacity to dream big from today.
(5) Father, my creative skills are sharpened by the power of your Spirit. I operate in faith on the level of the possible from today IJMN.
(6) My merciful Father, send help to me from all sides this year. Get people working on my behalf to the glory of your Holy name.
(7) Thank God because He has done it.

God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 12 (13th January 2012) – 18 DAYS TO GO_YOU WILL LIVE LONG TO RECEIVE YOUR PROMISE.

Read: Joshua 14: 7-10.

Praying is not an easy task on a good day, even for many who know that God’s power never fails; and who have received the manifold blessings of prayers. If you do not believe me, ask yourself why it was so difficult for the disciples of Jesus Christ (who had been with Him for over three years and seen all the miracles He performed) to pray at the most crucial moment of Jesus’ ministry – in the garden of Gethsemane? Mark 14: 37.

Praying becomes particularly burdensome for many who have prayed over time but have not received answers to their petition. Many in this category are tempted to think that the Lord has abandoned them, if He is there at all. Today, the Lord wants me to assure you that He has not forgotten nor intends to forget you. He is there all right.

The Lord never forgets anyone who is wise enough to be in a covenant relationship with Him. If you read our chosen passage again, you will discover that for 45 years Joshua held unto the promise of the Lord; knowing Him faithful who has promised the thing. He knows that being in a covenant relationship translates to assurance that He can never forget His promises, ever!

I am not saying that you will have to wait for as long as Joshua did to receive answers to your prayers – far from it! What I am saying is that if God has truly made up His mind to bless you; or He has made certain promises to you in His word, which you have claimed in faith; and upon which you remain steadfast in faith, THEN HE WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE until you surely receive it!

The interesting thing about man today is that we are the ones who now dictate the pace to God; when it was ordained the other way round! Somebody said many years ago, “God created man, man created the clock. Man is now using the clock to time God!”

My friends, your appointed time has come, your lives will receive a renewal this year; regardless of what you now feel or go through. Take my counsel, read Psalm 130: 4, Lam. 3: 25-26, and Micah 7: 7 again with understanding. I prophesy to you today: YOU WILL LIVE LONG TO RECEIVE YOUR PROMISE IN JESUS’ MIGHTY NAME! Shalom.

God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 11 (12th January 2012) – 19 DAYS TO GO_RELOCATE!

Read: Luke 19: 3-4.

At times, your location determines your allocation. The best determinant of where to abide for your blessing, however, is not a good feasibility study because that failed Lot in Genesis 13: 10-11; it is the leading of the Spirit of God. And His directive might not stand to common sense at times! But because He knows far into the future than any prophet can ever know, it is wisdom to yield to Him.

For example, it did not stand to common sense when the Lord instructed Isaac not to leave the land of famine for Egypt, where the feasibility study shows ‘rosy prospects’. Obedience to this spiritual foresight earned Isaac bounteous blessings in famine, blessings even unheard of even in the time of plenty! Genesis 26: 1-6; 12-14. As we continue to wait on the Lord, the Holy Spirit will lead us into every privileged information we need on the location of our allocation of blessings IJMN.
If you take another look at our chosen text, you will discover some pointers to how we can understand the move of the Holy Spirit in this regard. First, there must be a discovery that you need the help of the Lord. You spirit must acknowledge you inability without supernatural assistance. Are you still trying to figure it out with your senses? Sorry, it is not the way of the Lord. The first admission is that your ability cannot achieve this; and that you need His help.

Second, once Zacchaeus understood he needed Divine help, nothing was going to frustrate his call for help, especially not his location. When he could not see his helper clearly, he RELOCATED – to a higher ground. It was in his new location that he was found out by the Lord; who brought what he needed most – redemption – into his house!

I pray for you today, whatever will not allow you fulfil purpose; the Spirit of the Lord will cause a separation between you and it. Receive ability to relocate to higher ground today IJMN. Whoever or whatever says you will remain in the valley; our God will turn them (it) into stepping stone to the mountain top for you IJMN. Keep praying, your own season of manifestation cometh very soon!
God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

FASTING & PRAYERS_Day No. 10 (11th January 2012) – 20 DAYS TO GO_ROTATION OF DAY AND NIGHT CANNOT ALTER, SO YOUR PRAYERS WOULD BE HEARD!

Read: Jeremiah 33: 20-21.

First, let me say a big thank you to all out there who prayed the prayers over our children today. The Almighty God has already answered our petition, and He asks me to assure you of this: ALL YOUR CHILDREN WILL NOT ONLY LIVE, THEY WILL FULFIL PURPOSE; AND THEY WILL BE GREATER THAN YOU. Can I hear your Amen?

Secondly, as Scripture says in Jeremiah 29: 11, the thoughts that God has towards you; they are thoughts of peace not of evil. As the Lord lives, He will bring to pass all that He has promised to for you this year and beyond IJMN. So persist in your prayers. Do not allow fatigue to get the better of you!

Why am I so sure? No power from the pit of hell, no witch, no wizard, no demon can stop the works of God He spoke into existence from the foundation of the world. For example, He decreed day and night, the sun and moon into existence; and gave them rotation duties- one to come after the other. Since then, no day dawns without these elements coming into existence, in their stated order!

The devil cannot say he is at war with God and stop the manifestation of the day, night, sun or moon! That sure gives me confidence and joy every blessed day that no power can stop my blessing and the manifestation of God’s desire over my life – and it should warm your hearts too! As our chosen text says, only if the elements would refuse to play their role as ordained at creation will God’s promises over us be frustrated; because we are joint-heirs with the son of David mentioned therein – the Lord Jesus Christ!
My brothers and sisters, as we continue with our fasting and prayers tomorrow, accept this one fact – God can never fail. He is a covenant keeping God; and it is He who urges us to pray without doubt, that He will hear us. James 1: 6.

So, can you please check for me:- are the elements still in their stated order? If yes, then continue with these prayers tomorrow and approach the throne of grace with confidence that the Lord has already done it! You are created to excel and excel you shall IJMN.

God bless you. We love you!!!

SHM, January, 2012.

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