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December 2017

HE IS IN CONTROL; I AM IN CHARGE.

 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. The greatest of kings of the earth Isaiah 9:6-7.

One of the words of Archbishop Benson Idahosa is “Jesus is in control but I am in charge” it was spoken in relation to a witches conference that was scheduled to take place at a venue not far from his church headquarters. The words were apt and captures the essence of the verse above. He was too sure that the government of this world spiritual and temporal was on Jesus Christ and he was appointed to take charge in the city where he lives. Many like him are taking territories and being in charge.

Jesus did not come to negotiate the throne of his father David but to establish and order it. David is a shepherd king that obtained an eternal and enduring throne. One of the greatest king that ever lived among men; prophet priest and king. The shepherds were holding vigil with the sheep knowing that from among them the greatest shepherd king is rising again to the throne to rule the world.

 “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:16

Jesus is the son of David and the son of God; the King of kings and Lord of lords. He wins every battle, taking territories and captives in every nation. The kings of the earth are all subject to him; they tremble at his wonderful counsel.

His saints has he appointed kings and priest to reign on the earth. Those that know their identity as kings and priests will no longer live as nonentities on the earth but live and reign as a kings with him.

The presidents of nations are stooge before him the saints reign and rule. The government is upon his shoulder, he is in control, we’re in charge. His mercy extends to all that desire his rule in their lives. They are appointed kings and priest to reign with him on the earth. He is in control, we’re in charge! He was born to reign and make kings to reign with him. The knowledge of him makes and raises kings, priests from lowly shepherds.

“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”Revelation 5:10-12.

Prayer; Father, thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ; the son of God and the son of David. We receive his grace that transforms us to kings and priests that we might reign with him. He is still in control and we in charge by his matchless name.

JESUS, SON OF DAVID.

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah. Psalms 89:34-37.

The Bible is the book of covenants, Jesus is the fulfillment of all the covenants in the book. His birth was spoken of by the prophets of old, and those alive at his birth confirmed the same prophecies. The angels were joyfully elated at the fulfillment of the prophecies at his birth.

The establishment of the throne of David was one of the covenants confirmed at his birth. The promise was that David will never lack a king on his throne for ever. Jesus is the son of David biologically and spiritually; the fulfillment of prophecies. The sun and moon were witnesses of the accomplishment of what was spoken.

What was spoken by the prophets was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

 “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus:for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,” Matthew 1:20-22.

Someone may wonder what it means to be the son of David?

The king that gave Israel a nation and the star of David which is the symbol of the same. A covenant that has been fulfilled, a saviour and a king born after the same order. Jesus is his name, Christ his title, messiah is also its interpretation. What the whole world has been eagerly waiting for is accomplished in him. The connection between heaven and earth is established in him. He rules and reigns both in heaven and the earth on the throne of David. His name is greater than every name; the root and offspring of David. His name is the license to signs and wonders unlimited.

He is the king, the governor, the prophet, priest and almighty God; all in one. The government is upon his shoulder, wonderful, counselor, prince of peace. And I am connected to the root of David.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.

Prayer: father, I am delighted at the gift of your son Jesus Christ as the son of David biologically and spiritually. Dominion, wisdom and honour is once again restored. Thank you for the government on his shoulders and I am connected in Jesus name.

WORSHIP AND GIFTS; WISEMEN DOT COM.

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Ephesians 4:14-15.

The celebration of the birth of Christ bring out the essence of godly worship. Sometime within the year, a wind of doctrine blew that exposed lack of foundation in some people that claimed to believe in Jesus Christ. The sleight of one man became headline news for many who are children in the faith.

The reason for the season is the celebration of the gift of God or the God that gave his best to the world. Giving therefore is the heart of Christian worship, without giving, worship is incomplete. To be born among men is no ordinary gift, it’s the highest form of giving or a sacrifice. As often as these themes are repeated in church services daily many are unaware of the giving covenant which began with God giving his son.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Christmas is not only a joyful celebration but a sober reflection of the enormity of Jesus the gift of God. Can you give your son to the world of people that hate him enough to kill him?

While his birth has been celebrated over and over, his death awaits. His was born to die for all of us; his birth and death celebrates God’s gift to man. There is no better gift, no greater gift, no higher giving by God giving his son. No one appears before the king without a gift to honour him.

The Christmas period is the season of record gift giving. The wise men brought gifts worthy of the king before him; gold myrrh and frankincense. They opened their treasures, they gave their best to God, they gave everything he needed for the king to live a fragrant life on earth. They also offered the sacrifice of service and devotion by following the star to the king, their worship and worthy gifts.

So what have you brought to offer to the king of kings?

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11.

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. The greatest and best gift to man. The wise give with open treasures, not the trash or left overs. May I be counted among the wise men in Jesus name.

GIFTS FOR MY KING.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.

The first thing to learn when dealings with royalty is palace etiquette. It’s important that things are done in particular ways, order and process. This is similar to what obtains in some government houses. It’s not always about how you want things done but how it must be done.

Jesus Christ in prophecy was described as a neonatal king; the government. He was not going to be king, he was king; the throne of David was empty. The government was upon his shoulder and all the etiquette of royalty was observed.

Every new king receives visitors who come to pledge allegiance to his reign. Some also come to worship with honourable gifts fit for the king to curry his favour. His first visitors were the shepherds after the angelic visitation and announcement. The shepherd union sent representatives because the newborn king is the chief shepherd.

“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Luke 2:16-18.

The wise men from the east had a different reason for seeing the newborn king. They saw the distinct star and were guided by the help of angels to the king.

Naturally, kings are born in palaces not in a manger hence they got to the palace first. It wasn’t long before discovering that they were at the wrong place as the star was not rested at the palace. They eventually found the star on leaving the palace until it rested at the place with the king. They had unique gifts worthy for the king to worship him; gold, frankincense and myrrh. Their journey was so long that at that time the king was a young child. Oh worship the newborn king and present your gifts; that is the essence of the celebration.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:10-11.

Prayer; Father, I bow down to worship the king of kings with my gifts. My heart I give, my soul an offering, my will and ways to you and my body a living sacrifice. May they be acceptable to you in Jesus name.

NEONATAL KING; A KING IS BORN.

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus:for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Matthew 1:20-22

In contemporary times, many of us have experienced the announcement of the birth of babies of royalty who would grow up to become kings and princes. These announcements are usually from the royal family official. The name is also given for the records and the news go far and wide.

Jesus was born king, not an heir to a throne; a neonatal king. His birth was announced by angels to shepherds who brought the news to town. He was not born in a fancy health facility but a manner surrounded by animals. All of these contradictions did not change his status, nor affect his stature. He was born king to the throne of his father David. One of the most damning records of the bible is that a king is born; it reverberated in the palaces of the kings of his days from Herod to Caesar.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12.

Your stature does not determine status. A baby yet a king; it was determined at conception and manifested at birth. That is the story of Christ Jesus and that is your story when you receive him.

The newborn king is the key to self discovery of what you were born for. You may have been born differently but your status has not changed. Everyone was born great, born for something great revealed at new birth. The newborn king opens the door to your status for purposeful living. Even the wisemen travelled a long way to validate the star they saw.

No one knew about the star which was the sign of a neonatal king. You’re a star in the sky waiting to be unveiled by Christ. The king is but a baby but his stature did not diminish his status. The king is a neonate, but he’s still a king.

You’re not growing into your purpose but born with a purpose. Those that know not their identity live like nonentities.

By him discover your identity; you’re born for something great.

“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” John 18:37.

Prayer: Father, I am delighted to know that I am born great. My purpose begins at conception not at birth. Jesus unveils my reason for living. May he continually show me the path of my life in Jesus name.

 

 

GIFT TO THE WORLD

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

This scripture always comes to mind every celebration of the birth of Christ. God gave a gift to the world, a gift of joy, peace and everlasting life.

Sin sink destinies, perishing in sin is terminated by the birth of Christ Jesus. God’s greatest and best gift is Christ; it’s God’s gift to the world.

Have you received the gift of God to all into your life; it turns terrestrial to everlasting lifestyle. It’s an error to think that the free gift of God to the world has ever diminished in value. The gift of love is the best gift ever, it’s still blazing the trail after over 2000years.

God gave love to the world and his giving has never stopped, rather multiplied and increased. As you open the boxes of goodness today, remember that  it started with the gift of Christ; the greatest and  best gift ever. Giving is easy to those that love and appreciate you but a sacrifice giving to those that hate you.

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32.

Receiving the gift of Christ make giving easy. The gift of Christ opens the door to the gift of life and much more. God spared not his son, he turned him into a gift to the world.

God gave so we give; giving and receiving has become a natural cycle. The gift of Christ grants access to other gifts which are given freely in him.

Receiving Christ is not an end in itself but a means to an end. The birth of Christ changed time and seasons of the world. It also changes the stature of life from temporal to eternal life. It translates from the kingdom of this world to the kingdom of God where all the riches in glory are not only available but accessible.

This is the reason why Jesus Christ is the gift of God to the world.

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”Revelation 5:12-13.

Prayer; Father I thank you for the gift of Christ to the world and not only to the church. Through him have we received freely power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessings. We joy at the remembrance of his love in Jesus name.

JOY TO THE WORLD

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not:for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:8-10

The  birth of Christ is the most celebrated event in the world, however it has  a different meaning to different people. Some have found fantasy, others tradition and another created an optical illusion called Santa Claus.

The message of the angels is key to understanding; a king and a Kingdom is born. Heaven came down and glory filled the place announcing the good news. Angels are messengers of God and servants of the saints.

The good news to the shepherds is that Jesus not Santa is coming to town. The good news was not restricted to Jews, Arabs, Caucasians, negroes or Gentiles but to all the world. There is no other news that has made more difference in the world than the god news.

The joy in town is palpable, the excitement is contagious but the truth is obvious.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,” Luke 2:11-13

Joy comes in different packages, the birth of a child is a joyful thing, much more the birth of Christ the saviour.

How do you respond to good news? It’s an opportunity to express yourself in unusual ways.

Joy is Gods invention, it’s a total package for your all round advancement. The cost that has been placed on happiness is enormous. The birth of Christ guarantees joy, happiness is the product of happenings. Happiness is virtual, fleeting and flirting, joy is real enduring and eternal. Jesus is the gift of joy to the world, there’s no joy without him.

All you ever wanted, everything you ever needed is in him. The total need of man. The celebration of the birth of Christ brings joy to the world.

“Joy, joy God’s great joy joy, joy down in my soul  Sweet beautiful soul saving joy ohhhhhh joy joy in my soul” This is my song this Christmas. It’s a gift of joy.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” Luke 2:13-15.

Prayer: Father, I am grateful for the gift of joy which is in the gift of Jesus Christ. Let my joy know no bounds in the season of celebration of your birth. May you always dwell in me with joy unspeakable full of glory in Jesus name.

ANGELS AT WORK

And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven:and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac:the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; Genesis 28:12-13.

When the heavens open, angelic visitation & manifestation become common place. When was your last angelic visitation or have you ever had angelic intervention or manifestation? Sounds odd to some but it is a sign of open heavens. Angelic manifestation is rare without an open heaven experience.

Every seed of Abraham enjoys angelic manifestation and visitation; are you? A fact check of how many times Abraham had angelic touch may surprise you. Jacob had a dream of open heaven and a ladder set up with angels on transit. It may come as a surprise to some to know that the dream of Jacob is today’s reality. There’s a place where heaven meets with earth, a ladder set with angels going up and down. There is one centre close to you; Zion city of our God. If you don’t notice their activity, your eyes are obviously closed.

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,” Hebrews 12:22-23.

Are yours upraised that such a place exists today?

The church is not an ordinary place, it’s the heaven of angels and the habitation of God. It’s a pity that many go to church but they are not in touch, in a service but not getting the service of angels. Jacob was surprised too to find himself in such a dreadful place called the house of God and the gateway of heaven. He obtained the revelation of Christ by an encounter with angelic activities.

The season of the birth of Jesus Christ is also laden with angelic manifestation and visitation. Yours is included not excluded. Get set to have peace, good tidings of great joy, wisdom and revelation knowledge of Christ.

Angels at work. The kingdom of heaven has come!

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:and they were sore afraid.” Luke 2:8-9

Prayer: Father, today I receive the revelation of angels intervention And manifestation as part of my open heaven agenda. These messengers of good news will deliver my own good news in Jesus name.

MADE IN HEAVEN; GOOD & PERFECT

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:10-11.

This scripture was Jesus in prophecy on his adventure to hell during his death, burial and resurrection. Hell is not attractive, he expressed displeasure over being left in Hell. Three days in hell was too much to endure of the horrors and corruption thereat.

He got the assurance that his soul shall not be left or stranded in hell long before his death. He did not only descend to hell, he ascended with the keys of hell and death to become the author of eternal salvation for man.

Unlike Jesus, I see some people that expect good from the gates of hell. They expect the path of death, destruction and corruption to bring life, riches, honour and affluence.

Some have claimed that by diabolic means wealth was acquired albeit for a very short while.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”Revelation 1:18.

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”Hebrews 2:14-15.

In the process of amassing wealth & influence, some have left their souls in hell. It’s amazing that they also pledge the souls of their children and unborn generation to the same curse; hell is the path of death not of life!

This is the rave in town to some persons that desire to be rich by all means. Every process that requires death of another for life is of the gates of hell.

Jesus is still in the business of setting the captives free. Hell trembles but must obey, heaven stands at attention at his name.

Good and perfect gifts have only one source; open heavens. The gates of hell is the passage to curses, death and corruption. There is nothing attractive or pleasant available at the gates of hell.

Open heaven agenda is not only for prosperity but the path of life. Only good and perfect gifts are traceable to heaven; nothing less. Jesus gives access to the riches in glory and life abundantly.

“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:16-17.

Prayer; My father, my father, I subscribe unequivocally to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I desire nothing from the pits of hell. If it is not made in heaven, Lord let me not have it in Jesus name.

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