Get Jesus Involved (1)

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All you need to do is to get Jesus involved in any boisterous satanic bullying and the gargantuan frightening opponent will be nothing more than a ranting of a braggadocio.

The Bible says that “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). The word ‘standard’ in Hebrew is nûs (noos) ‘to flit, that is, vanish away (subside, escape; causatively chase, impel, deliver).’ When Abraham believed in the LORD, hoping against hope for a child, it was Jesus Christ that he actually involved in that historical show of faith. And when the trial of all trials came knocking at the door of his faith he still believed God to do something for he said, “…..My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” [Gen 22:8].

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How do I know it is Christ? Abraham spoke face to face with the epiphany of the LORD God in Genesis 18:1, 7, 13, 17-33. God, the Father, will never vacate the celestial throne. The only visible Member of the Godhead can be none other than Jesus Christ. Amen.

It was Jesus Christ who followed the exodus of the Israelites that gave Moses the heroic gutsiness to chart an unheard-of path in the Red Sea which brought the raging, saline water at attention! When they were thirsty Christ stood on the torridity of a rock to provide abundance of the needed liquid to everyone’s satiation.

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For the impossible to become a possibility, involve Jesus.

In the book of Judges 13:18 we read of an event which was a precursor to the birth of Samson, “And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?” Manoah had involved Jesus when he prayed to God for a son. The epithet ‘angel of the LORD’ is, in many cases, the epiphany of the unseen Jehovah. This is the preincarnate manifestation of Christ Jesus. He said HIS name is ‘secret’ which in Hebrew is pil’ı̂y or pâlı̂y’ (pil-ee’) meaning: ‘wonderful, remarkable, incomprehensible, extraordinary.’ Who does the oracular afflatus call ‘wonderful’? It is the expected Messiah of Isaiah 9:6. It is Jesus the Christ. As many times Samson got Jesus involved he brought the extortionate belligerency of the enmity of the Philistines to their knees.

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                                “…even the devils are subject unto us through thy name

The disciples of Jesus followed the ascribed due process of an operation Jesus’ involvement, the result of which was captured in Luke 10:17, “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” Jesus is the reason for their spiritual feat in verse 18, “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Michael led the angelic counter force, in the name of Christ, the Creator, against the first putsch by Lucifer, the Devil. On the cross of Calvary, Satan’s power went into enervation for as many who would invoke the involvement of Jesus in their vexatious predicaments.

2. the church prayed

They involved Jesus on behalf of Peter

What things have the evil ones expropriated from your ownership? The kind of which he did when he came to the nascent Church unawares and plucked off James. Take your authorized stand in the same fashion as the Church, when she began to call on the name of Jesus in Acts 12:5, “….but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”  What type of prayer was offered by the church? It is called proseuchē (pros-yoo-khay’): ‘prayer addressed to God.’ Proseuchē comes from another word, proseuchomai (pros-yoo’-khom-ahee) ‘to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship.’ Proseuchē  calls for supplication which gives a picture of an appeal from someone to a familiar person. Proseuchomai comes two words: pros (pros) ‘to the advantage of; at, near, by’ and euchomai (yoo’-khom-ahee) ‘to pray to God; to wish.’

In supplication they told God how they grew lethargic and lost James, a pillar giant of His ministry and after apologising made a proseuchē  unto God for a miraculous release of another giant of a pillar in the person of Peter. We understand that anyone who dared to free Peter would have had to face a treasonous charge, no doubt. But how do you slam a treasonable offence on the angel of Jesus, the Governor of the nations? Do not wait until you are dispossessed of something priceless. If the Church had not brought Jesus into the spiritual fray Peter would have been lost, probably, when he was most needed.

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Use your faith, like the woman with the issue of blood, to involve Jesus.

 The Woman with the issue of blood was trammelled by the economy of the covenant of the old testamentary order. A woman having her periodical flow must not go near an ecumenical person or the temple. She heard of the liberating Jesus and wasted no time involving Him. And the emaciating shame of twelve, sanguinary years came to a miraculous end. Just like that! She brought Jesus into her picture when she uttered the faith filled, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  Two words stand out here: touch & whole. ‘Touch,’ in the Greek is haptomai (hap’-tom-ai) ‘(properly) to attach oneself to, i.e. to touch (in many implied relations).’ Sozo (sode’-zo) is the Greek for ‘whole’ and it means: ‘to save, i.e. deliver or protect.’ Only Jesus can save, deliver and protect. It was the involving ‘touch’ which led to her salvation.

 (…to be continued…)

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The LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning

 

 

 

 

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (1st part)

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It is truly appalling, almost unfathomable when I hear adherent Church going, spirit-filled, tongue speaking Christians show this morbid hatred for conceived enemies, especially, the evil minded people of witchcraft. The leadership of most ecumenical assemblage have structured the laity for a certain ‘Christian Jihad Movement’ against fellow human beings. The Bible does not even allow you to be too angry with other people, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” [Ephesians 4:26].

The grouse is, “If I do not strike the enemy down first he will grow in a more destructive strength of wickedness against me”. They will go on a marathon fasting and prayer days of, “My enemies die! The man or woman standing or sitting upon my promotion, die! The enemy in my maternal or paternal family, I come against you, die, in the name of Jesus!” In a popped, wide eyed anger, some will even say, “I want this current government of this nation of ours to fail,” still praying in Jesus’ mighty name. They fail to see the contents of 1Timothy 2:1-2, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men; (2) For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”.

I know what Jesus admonished in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” ‘Love’, as it comes out in this verse is: agapaō (ag-ap-ah’-o): Perhaps from ἄγαν agan (much) ‘to love (in a social or moral sense)’; [it is the verb form of agapē (ag-ah’-pay): ‘love feast’, which is compared with ‛agab (aw-gab’) to breathe after, that is, to love (sensually)].’

‘Enemy’, from the verse, an adjective, is echthros (ech-thros’) and means: ‘hateful (passively odious, or actively hostile); usually as a noun, an adversary (especially Satan)’. The enemy Jesus is pointing out here and teaching us to agapaō is a fellow human being who is bent on wrecking your life. ‘Bless’, in Greek is: eulogeō (yoo-log-eh’-o) ‘to speak well of, that is, (religiously) to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper)’. The word ‘curse’ is kataraomai (kat-ar-ah’-om-ahee): ‘imprecate evil upon; to execrate; by analogy to doom’. The verbal ‘do’, poieō (poy-eh’-o) is: ‘to make’; while a modifying ‘good’, kalōs (kal-oce’): (an adverb) means, ‘well (usually morally)’. ‘Hate’, which comes from the root misos (hatred), is: miseō (mis-eh’-o): ‘to hate, pursue with hatred, detest’. Proseuchomai (pros-yoo’-khom-ahee) is the Greek for ‘pray’, which is, ‘to offer prayers; supplicate God’. ‘Despitefully use’ is epēreazō (ep-ay-reh-ad’-zo): ‘to insult, to treat abusively, to revile, in a forensic sense, to accuse falsely; to threaten; slander’; while the word ‘persecute’ is diōkō (dee-o’-ko) ‘to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away, pursue’.

You either believe Jesus and His word or reject His divine didacticism! Period!

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A member of a church called Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry defended their imprecatory prayer of “Let my enemy die” with this resultant experience. “We prayed for an elimination of senior staff of our church member, who was constantly ruling against her promotion. After two weeks the offending boss died and our sister got her overdue promotion”. She looked at me and asked, “What about that?” I began by reminding the lady that they had gone on a spiritual excursion which was diametrically opposed to the express teaching of our Lord Jesus. Second, they have decided to rely totally on experience to explain away the scriptures; forgetting that Satan is so adroit in concocting phenomenal encounters. Number 3 is that it runs contrary to Romans 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” You have arrogated judicial jurisdiction of Divinity to yourself equaling the Satanic desire that earned him a celestial castaway. The Lord your God expects you keep your moral part of the spiritual bargain.

Another Christian of the Christ Apostolic Church denomination, in a very touchy voice and grave mien, did not want me to forget in a hurry that the ones we are discussing here are the very cruel witches whose determination is to destroy absolutely! He was shaking involuntarily as he poured forth his heart, “These people, when they are plotting their evil machinations against you they carry out their concoctions behind you!” I made it clear that I understood where he was coming from. (…to be continued…)