HAPPY NEW 2020 YEAR!

                The Bible never told us that things will always be rosy and easy. The scriptural facticity is that things will be more difficult as the days increase. The lengthier the days of the Christian era gets, the closer it moves to the day of the Antichrist: for he must have his own evil dispensation. Man, à la Adam’s original sin, did engender a spiritual queue behind Satanism at the Eden fall. Thanks be to the Almighty Jehovah who promised soteriology.                                                                                                                                                                                Based on the kerygma that comes with the gracious promises of the Divinity, faith is able to draw blessedness from otherwise ominous bleakness of satanic hegemony of global politicking. The Bible says, “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” [2Corinthians 5:7]. Let us go, in faith, therefore, shopping for the good things of the New Year two thousand and twenty.                                                                                    

The first number in this year is 2. Two is the number of witness and of testimony. Trust the Lord with all your heart and your testimony will be double because two comes twice.                                                             

                Do you realize that after each two comes the zero? Zero is nothing on its own. The Devil, man’s enemy, comes of his wicked own. In the name of Jesus, Lucifer is nothing when you make Jesus your sole confidant. There are equal number of two and zero; meaning that the enemy will like to make you think that he is equal in strength with Jesus. It is the deceit he has always fed the spiritually unwary humans. Listen to what Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This thief may be the roaring lion seeking whom to devour, but the gospel truism is that Jesus, our Saviour, is the prevailing Lion of the tribe of Judah. Believe in the efficacy of God’s words of His promises, and you will, by His grace, testify of His beneficence this new 2020 year. Amen.                       

               Add two and two and you come to the number four. Four is the number of creation. What does that say? The good Lord has created huge opportunities for you this year to the glory of His name. Day four of creation was when the lights were called into being. Creation did not commence until God said, “Let there be light.” This is the True Light that shineth into the life of all that cometh into the world. Walk into 2020 as a recipient of the best. Amen!                                                                                  

The sum of 20+20=40. This sum is of maturity. Trust in the Lord and the fruits of great opportunities are ready for harvest. No matter the juvenility of your biological stage you are matured to take over! You are the awaiting phenomenon! Amen!

                You can never lose –if you put all your eggs in just one basket. The wisdom of the world counsels you not to put all your eggs in one basket lest you run into economic loss. But as far as the word of God is concerned you must put all your eggs in one basket: the basket of Jesus. Whatever calculations they operate into your life you will not lose. If the enemy should perform a mathematical 20-20=0 or 2-2=0, the Bible says all their calculated machinations shall come to a big, fat nought –zero. Let them carry out an operation of multiplication with the numbers, let it not lead you into any apprehension, they have succeeded in making a Jabez of your life.

                The Bible says, “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren” [1Chronicles 4:9]. This was a man that it is said of him, “and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.” You are not a man or a woman of sorrow. You are an ‘honourable’ person. The word ‘honourable’ comes from the Hebrew kabad (kaw-bad’) (or kabed {kaw-bade’}) ‘1. to be heavy, i.e. in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable 2. causatively, to make weighty (in the same two senses).’ Like Jabez, you will become a superbly heavyweight in riches. Nothing stops you from becoming a financial powerbroker, to the glory of the LORD God.

                Are they trying a division to reduce you to nothingness? Fret not! Whether it is 20 divided 20 or 2 divided by 2, the answer remains 1. What is one? It is the unity of the Godhead. When they try the abracadabra of division, they only succeed in placing you firmly in the Lord’s beneficent hand. Praise the Lord! Happy New Year!

The LORD, Which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Get born again to receive the blessing of Jesus. Say this prayer of salvation:

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”  

PROOF OF POWER (2)

  By day a pillar of a cloud; and by night a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21)

 (…continued from part one…)

*2*    Being the One who told Abraham to, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” of Genesis 12:1, it then behoves His excellent Divinity to show His Almighty power. God would not allow His covenanted son and friend to lose his wife. The manifestation of His power got Abraham’s family protected from Pharaoh’s incursion. Why? Satan wanted to scuttle the birth of the next man to receive the baton towards the emergence of the nation of Israel, and ultimately the birth of Jesus.                                                                                           

                Again Israel was saved from Pharaoh. When God sent Moses to Pharaoh, HE knew that the king of Egypt would refuse. Exodus 3:19, And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. Jehovah had to do what HE must do; Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land (Exodus 6:1). The word, ‘strong’ is chazaq (khaw-zawk’): ‘strong (usu. in a bad sense, hard, bold, violent).’ And the word ‘hand’ is yad (yawd) ‘a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from kaph (kaf) ‘the hollow hand or palm,’ the closed one).

   I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts

                God’s power was practically put on the line when it came to the matter of David and Goliath. All was set for the prophetic father of the Messiah, the Branch, Son, the Lord (Daniel 9:25; Isaiah 11:1, 9:6 & Psalm 110:1) of David as the king of Israel, and Goliath, whose name Golyath (gol-yath’) means: ‘exile’ which comes another Hebrew galah (gaw-law’) ‘1. to denude (especially in a disgraceful sense) 2. (by implication) to exile (captives being usually stripped) 3. (figuratively) to reveal.’ Goliath is the type and shadow of the Antichrist, come to strip Christians of their righteousness and get them destroyed.

                1Samuel 17:43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.” Goliath drew the battle line. God must prove His power through His ‘beloved,’ which is the definition of David. 1Samuel 17:45, Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. David did the expected. He involved the strength of Jehovah.

    Faith drew the grace of God unto David

                It was very apposite for David to use stones and it must be five in number. When Jesus said to Peter, “thou art Peter,” He meant, “thou art a stone.” The stone represents every Christian. Five is the number of grace, without which none will get born again, be cleansed, and justified to become God’s child. For these reasons God must show His power.

                2Corinthians 5:7 declares, For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Our faith, therefore, is an invocation of His power. That, Prophet Elijah did prove at Mount Carmel. It was Jehovah versus Baal, the sun god, the idol that Nimrod made global. We know that these demons can conjure anything. So, how come Lucifer could not do that, that time around? God’s power is incontestable. Satan was told to, “Shut up!” Unfortunately, Elijah forgot to rely on this same power. He could not ignite the power to shut the idolatrous mouth of Jezebel. He lost faith, by deciding to walk by sight, too bad.

                The ultimate exhibition of His power was at the cross. He had to do the impossible: die and conquer death in its most eerie underground of hellish abode.

                The likeness of rhetorical ponderosity in a grand Pauline revelation is found in Ephesians 1:19, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” where ‘exceeding greatness’ is the Greek, huperballō megethos. Verse 20 says, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.” Let us do an exegesis of this Scripture.                                                                     

                ‘Exceeding’ is the Greek huperballo (hoop-er-bal’-lo) ‘to throw beyond the usual mark; (figuratively) to surpass (only active participle supereminent).’ ‘Greatness’ is megethos (meg’-eth-os) ‘magnitude (figuratively).’ The expression, ‘exceeding greatness’ huperballo megethos, is saying that, “Target any distance, in your wildest dreams,” Paul is teaching here, “and God will surpass it far, far by far!” In fact think about incalculable monstrosity of inter-continental ballistic missiles and they would not equal the awesome strength of Jehovah. That is what huperballo megethos is all about. The first ‘power’ is dunamis (doo’-nam-is) ‘1. Force 2. (specially) miraculous power 3. (usually by implication) a miracle itself.’ Power that translates ‘working’ is energeia (en-erg’-ei-ah) ‘efficiency (“energy”),’ and ‘mighty,’ ischus (is-khoos’), means: ‘strength, forcefulness. The second ‘power’ (of verse 19) is kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor (“great”).’   

(…to be concluded…)

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