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The devil bit off more than he could chew

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The devil bit off more than he could chew!
A watchword for 2016 is “GO” – It simply means that no matter the amount of messages and teachings we have received, without putting them into action we get no result. It is time to GO from speaking a language of expectation to a language of fulfilment. The Ark of God's covenant signified God’s presence to the Jews and was the secret to their victories. In 1 Sam 4 as they faced the Philistines, they brought the Ark with them but this time Israel was spiritually bankrupt, they had lost God's presence because of the sinful ways of the sons of Eli the priest. They exerted power publicly because of their position but lacked the inward and secret presence of God because to their immoral lives. If you don't have a private life of the presence of God, you cannot have a public life of His Power.

Israel didn't only lose this battle; they lost the Ark to the Philistines. The sadness of this day resulted to the sudden death of the priest and his daughter-in-law; the sudden birth and naming of his grandson Ichabod which means "No glory". The Philistines thought that by capturing the Ark they had the secret to Israel’s power and prosperity; not knowing they just bit more than they could chew. The Ark was placed in the temple of their god (Dagon). Although Israel had lost the glory yet God would not share His glory with Dagon. Repeatedly Dagon fell down before the Ark of God until it was broken. Wherever they brought the ark, people in that city would be inflicted with skin diseases. Finally they placed the ark on a cartwheel and hooked it to oxen. They said if the oxen heads back for Israel they would know that all they have suffered was not mere coincidence but the act of God. They oxen did head back to Israel. The Philistines found out they bit off more than they could chew by capturing the ark.

The disciples of Jesus spoke the language of expectation for so long about the Holy Spirit until it was fulfilled at Pentecost. Then Peter spoke the language of fulfillment saying; "this was that which was spoken by the prophet Joel" Act 2:16. The devil found out too late that by hanging Jesus on a tree, he bit more than he could chew because right there on the cross Jesus destroyed every power that could ever hold you back. Nothing holds you from walking into fulfillment today but you. You can walk free from sin, pain, sickness, depression... name it; you can speak the language of fulfilment. All you need to do is simply get up and GO, put the word to action.

21.02.2016 (Excerpts from the series “GO” by Nick Park)


The Journey of Life!

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The Journey of Life!
Life is a journey; it demands no form of application or enrollment. You embark on life’s journey from your moment of self-consciousness. Even as a fetus in the womb, from that moment you exist and as long as breathe runs through your lungs, you remain part of life’s journey on earth. Of course life doesn’t always start out great for everybody; some start out from the remotest and most degrading places you could ever imagine, with little or no support system to build on. Yet others may start out from the most admirable places you would think of with more than enough support around them; unsolicited opportunities knocking at their doors with all kinds of needed and unneeded help and support thrown at them. A cardinal truth you must understand about life’s journey is that you have no choice about where and when and how you start out. No baby ever determines its parents, its family, its siblings or its place of birth including race and nationality.
However the beauty about life’s journey is that, it is not so much about where, when and how you started that counts the most, it is about where you are going. Ecclesiastes 7:8 says “The end of a thing is better than the beginning…” It doesn’t matter whether you started out in a prison or a palace, a jungle or a city, crawling or flying, a beggar or a fat-cat, with a golden spoon or a wooden one; that is not your finish point, it is only a start point. You are not meant to finish where you started. The worst thing in this journey is not where, when or how you started. The worst thing that can happen to you on life’s journey is to travel without a destination in mind. Here is the big question; where are you going with your life? A life without a destination is a life without direction.

Of course the ultimate end of life’s journey is eternity. Make no mistake, there can only be two eternal destinations, heaven or hell; a third one does not exist as some may suppose (Daniel 12:2). We must realize that we pre-determine our eternal destiny while we exist in time. Many decisions we make in this temporal life are of eternal consequences. Nobody has to walk into eternity to decide, find out or discover whether they end up in heaven or in hell, we can make that choice now and be certain of it ever before eternity’s door beckons upon us. God Himself is eternal, Job 36:26 says “…the number of His years is unsearchable” 1 Tim 1:17 says He is “the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God”. God stepped out of eternity and came into time through Jesus. Eternity invaded time, Holiness and righteousness invaded sin and life invaded death.

The eternal God came into time presenting us a gift of eternal life through Jesus. It says in John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the son has eternal life…” You can be assured of eternal life now before you exit the doors of time by believing in Jesus, putting your trust in Him and confessing Him as your Lord and savior (Rom 10.9-10). If you still harbor any form of doubts about your eternal destiny, please take a pause and simply ask Jesus to be your Lord and saviour. Watch out for the part two of life’s journey!

Amen
By Emmanuel Might 08/02/2016 (Excerpts from current series, #TheVictoriousMindSet)


The Victorious Mindset

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There is a difference between defeat and falling.
Falling may be accidental but defeat is a decision and a choice. Defeat it is more than just falling down, it is choosing to stay down after one has fallen. Defeat is a state of the mind. Everyone who’s ever had a taste of failure or experienced a fall deserves congratulations for making an attempt. You can only fail because you attempted to accomplish something and you can only fall because you made an effort to walk; it means you’re determined not to remain stagnated in life. You might have failed or fallen but don’t let that translate into a defeat.
Defeat is not falling or failing; defeat is refusing to get up; it is refusing to try.

When the fear of failure and falling incapacitates you from trying, you are already defeated. Defeat is not a positioning of your body, or a reflection of your image; it is not just about where you are physically or financially. It is not being beneath or above; defeat is simply a state of the mind. You can have a victorious mind-set no matter what accidents you’ve experienced in life or where you are on your strata of accomplishment. The children of Israel refused to possess a land God promised them not because the giants in the land stopped them, but because of inaction. They refused to try because they were incapacitated by a “mind-set” of defeat. (Numb 13:31 – 14:4)

Don’t forget that a righteous man may fall seven times, but he rises up always (Prov 24:16). When a man has a victorious mind-set, he may be down, but like a come-back boxer, don't count him out. He may struggle, cry etc. but he knows it is just for a season. No matter how down life pushes you, just make sure you saturate and guard your mind with the infallible word of God, commit to meditate on it day and night and observe to do all that it commands, (Joshua 1:8). “And finally, fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise,(Phil 4:8). God’s word never fails; it is forever settled in heaven (Ps 119:89). Holding unto His word is holding unto victory. keep holding on!

Amen
By Emmanuel Might 29/01/2016 (Excerpts from current series, #TheVictoriousMindSet)