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DRESSED TO STAND

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11.

One of the common things among different armies is their dressing type. Air force, navy and artillery soldiers are easily identified by their outfit. They’re given some privileges just for wearing the uniforms. The same uniforms identify them at war and bears their rank and country of service. They’re dressed to kill with weapons of war as their ammunition. The weapons have developed and advanced that they need regular training to keep pace with new weapons.

Spiritual warfare also has its attire and weapons of warfare. Just as the army do not go to war without their appropriate uniforms neither can you go into spiritual warfare without the right attire. What to put on matters, one is dressed to kill, another is dressed to stand with the whole armour of God 

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

The armour is an essential piece of warfare equipment both for defence and offence. Fighting is a must, warfare is not by choice, dressing to stand a necessity for living. Without the armour, victims abound,victors are dressed to stand as a lifestyle.

If those on a carnal combat need an armour, how much more those at spiritual war. It’s a six piece suit of spiritual warfare, none ought to be absent or missing. 

Standing or falling is not only a function of the type of attire but understanding of the use of the weapons of our warfare. There is a commandment to stand against the wiles of the devil but not without the armour of God. The armour of God is a prerequisite to stand; you shall not fall!

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”Ephesians 6:14-17.

Prayers

Dear Father I am thankful that you have given me a commandment to stand in the combat of life as the heritage and reward of redemption. You have also equipped us with the armour of God as the weapon of life. My joy knows no bounds in Jesus name.

gods among men

They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalms 82:5-6.

One of the greatest crisis of this generation is the identity crisis. Who am I? What am I doing here? What was I born to do? These are pertinent questions that need clear answers and redemption is the answer to all the question of  life and existence.

The seed of a lion is a cub, it’s an exact replica of a lion. The seed of a pig is a piglet, it maybe small in size but a picture of the pig. The seed of a goat is a kid, and that of a cattle is a calf. These were taught in basic school or kindergarten and primary school. A goat does not give birth to a cub neither has a lion given birth to a calf. Even those that claim descent from monkeys hate the idea of behaving like a monkey.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Redemption is the translation of the son of man to become the son of God. It’s amazing to know that the fullness of God is delivered to mere mortals. The sons of God are gods on the earth in his image and likeness.; complete in him. A mirror image, a replica unfortunately not a clone nor duplicate. This is the translation from below to being above principalities and powers.

What the father is, so also the son; principal over principalities. Redemption arms common men with the full armour of God to do uncommon things. We are not armed with inferior or dummy weapons but eternal combat armour.

You shall no longer be a victim but a victor; the sons are gods among men.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Prayer:

Thank you my dear father for making us gods among men by the force of redemption. We are principal over principalities with the armour of God for offence and defence in Jesus name.

A Shining Star

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.

Light is one of the emblems of God. Light announces God’s appearance, an evidence of his presence. Light is not for a show off but for a showdown. It’s the mark of sudden change of status for everyone in the light. Light is for rescue and direction. The path of light terminates the shadow of death, hell and all it’s effects.

Light is the right to be a partaker of the portion and purposes of God. Watch out for light encounters, watch out for your turning points. Everyone is entitled to his moment of light for sudden turnaround. Hell gives up on you when light comes on, darkness is dissolved at the instance of light.

“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” Acts 26:13-14.

Daylight is not the same as the light of Christ, neither is darkness a synonym of night. Paul saw the light brighter than the midday sun shining. Light announced the presence of God, his word gives light to his heart. That was the turning point for Saul whoa was turned to Paul.

Light encounters is the ticket to a shining song brighter life. At the instance of light, darkness lacks options but to flee and fade. There’s no contest between darkness and light. Light up your life and take a ride on the high places of life. Every light bearer end up as a shining star in life.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”Proverbs 4:18-19.

Prayer

Dear father and God, thank you for the light that shines brighter than the midday sun, it’s the light of life. The path of life is evident, a shining life is inevitable in the name of Jesus.

Sight is right

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2.

One of the common habits in darkness is guesswork. For lack of sight, other senses are heightened to become operative; but none can replace the sight. It’s like the case of the blind men that “saw”the elephant.  Everyone had an opinion of what the elephant felt like, none had a complete or composite picture of the elephant. Their guess was as good as the body part of the elephant that they felt. Feelings became their sight, the sense of touch replaced the sight of life. Living is not a guess, life is not a game of chance or feelings.

Trusting your opinion or taking your hunches, intuition for a fact maybe the recipe for disaster. Those that dwell in the dark trust their senses, in the light sight is right.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”Proverbs 4:18-19.

Walking by the senses is the cause of stumbling, light makes sight possible. It’s impossible to stumble over what you see nor tumble over known obstacles. 

The great light of Christ grants all round vision of life. After being accustomed to tunnel vision in darkness, telescopic sight is granted in the light. Light grants the ability to see both far and near, guesswork is not needed. In the light everything becomes visible even things that were hitherto invisible. Peep and mutter no more, guesses are not needed, light has come.

The highways of light is your sure path to the expected end. Your guesses end when the light of Christ appears.Your path of life is shown in the light; light is the ticket to be right in life.

“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.

Prayer

Thank you father for the undeniable effect of light in life. Guesses are terminated by direction, confusion by instruction by the light of Christ. My thanks know no bound in Jesus name.

LIVE BY FAITH

But without faith it is impossible to please him:for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6.

There was a game we played as children during events, church bazaars and the like, it was called try your luck. Attractive prizes were to be won by spinning board and waiting for a number to show usually for a token fee. On the board is a combination of numbers and alphabets around the circumference of a cardboard paper like a clock. When the wheel is turned and an alphabet shows, you’re advices to try again. Some could try several times spending the cost of the reward without winning anything. Their only consolation is to try again.

Faith is the touch of God by his word not trying God by his word. God is not on trial, faith is not an option but a necessity to profiting by his word. Faith is not a game or a gamble but a walk with God that produces rewards and results.

God is not enticing us but showing us his life, nature and ability.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”Romans 1:16-17.

God is a rewarder, not the user of men. When faith comes alive, your winning lifestyle begins. Trying the word of God is an insult to heavens integrity. 

Faith in God is the key to salvation, healing, deliverance, turnarounds,,miracles songs and wonders. When the game ends, a walk with God begins.

God is not a gambler, neither faith gambling with your maker. It’s not testing the odds or trying out your chances either. It is a living force from the living word for profitable living. No one is ashamed of what is gainful, nor dismayed at what is profitable. Don’t try faith! Live by faith.

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”Hebrews 4:2-3.

Prayer:

My dear Father of faith, thank you for the faith formula for extraordinary living. Sure rewards awaits every faith walker, gambling is precluded. Continue to increase my faith by your word in Jesus na

BE STILL

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Psalms 46:8-11

Its interesting watching scenes of war in medieval times. It’s curious to see that one bears the banner of their army during warfare. The banner of the winning army keeps flying throughout the combat. Even when the banner bearer is down, another takes the banner to keep it flying above the army. The banner motivates and encourages fighters to keep fighting.

I think this same practice is similar both in natural and spiritual warfare. Under whose banner are you fighting? Yours or God’s.

Who is your commander in chief?

Peace is letting God do your battles. Some persons are too much in charge that God cannot take over their battles.

When God comes to the scene the battle is over.

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.” Isaiah 43:2-3.

Peace is the product of divine presence. The banner of God has peace as its foundation; peace, perfect peace is the emblem. The prince of peace is the commander of chief and the champion of the army of the lord. Peace begins when your banner is thrown away and the banner of the lord is lifted high.

The banner of peace causes wars to cease and conflicts to end. He gives peace within and instruments of war is turned to agricultural equipment.

Peace is God taking over your battles. Be still and know that I am God.

“And he shall judge among the nations,and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”Isaiah 2:4.

Prayer:

Dear Father thank you for the peace of your presence that causes wars to cease and ends conflicts. It’s my heritage for a crisis free life in Jesus name.

Joy sings!

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38.

One of the therapy for depression management is music. Music has a soul lifting effect, the lyrics and the dancing has great impact. Parties are one of the avenues for singing and dancing. The parties may be all night, the excitement and happiness is electric especially when a familiar song is played and danced to the rhythm. This is the feeling that is sought for when the party begins. When the music and dancing ceases, the heart returns to its usual state of health.

Jesus made the call when the music and dancing stopped and the heart was going back to ground zero. Happiness and excitement is outside, joy is in the inside. With joy, the music and dancing never stops!

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3.

I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating, “God invented joy” it’s his franchise and signature. When the dancing and music stops on the outside, the heart continues to sing and dance to the rhythm and rhyme of heaven.

Joy sings, it always has a song; it’s sync with the heartbeat of God. Those that draw water from the wells of salvation have a river of living waters flowing from their heart and soul. It could flow out in a song, or a dance without music on the outside. This may be concerning to persons that watch you closely.

Joy on every side is one of the heritage of salvation, the river keeps flowing.
This joy cannot be given, neither taken by man; joy always has a song, the music never stops.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Isaiah 55:1-2

Prayer:

Father I am grateful for joy from the wells of salvation, the river that continues to flows when the music ends. Joy refreshing and reviving. There is no dull moment in you by the joy of salvation in Jesus name.

OIL OF JOY

Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. Joel 1:11-12.

Every engine that runs well has a good oil level. It’s customary to check the oil level before putting the engine on When there is no oil, some engines will  not run. Some engines will stop working as soon as the oil gets to a critical low. Others would knock when the oil level is low or dry. It’s amazing how much work the oil does in lubricating the hot moving parts of the engine to facilitates internal combustion.  That is the role of joy in the hearts of men, it’s for productivity and fruitfulness.

Everything dries and dies for lack of joy. Joy is the ticket and tonic of life. Life may not give you what you desire, but joy changes your portion.  When joy ceases, drying, dying, languishing and withering begins.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”Isaiah 12:2-3.

Joy refreshes, vitalizes and revitalize dead, dying or dry situation and circumstances. Joy is the ticket to productivity and fruitfulness.

Lack of Joy is the reason why things dry up, oil of joy makes your life green always.  It’s time to stop blaming the circumstances for the drying out of things. Check your joy level, it determines your life  of productivity for every activity. Do not burn out with activity without joy, joy is the job of the word of God.

When things around are withering, drying, languishing it dying, know that it’s time to turn your sadness to rejoicing for a turning around.

Joy makes your life green, Christ gives the oil of joy for mourning by his word. Take a drink of the oil of joy, it’s the tonic of life. Nothing dries, dies, withers or languishes again in and around me by the oil of joy.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”Isaiah 61:3.

Prayer:

Dear Father, thank you for the provision of the oil of joy that ends mourning, it’s my ticket to fruitful living. It turn dry situations and circumstances around in Jesus name.

OVERFLOWING JOY

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38.

I grew up in the village of “Akamili” which literally means water on all sides. Every access into this village is bound by a stream of water arising from a spring not too far away. Swimming is a natural competence for everyone who grew up there. It could be a virtue or vice especially for those that are not good swimmers. They regularly get a dose of water from the stream in near drowning experience from better swimmers.

Learning how to swim is easy, just throw yourself into the stream and swim. Joy flows like a river, everyone and anyone that dives in overflows with joy. Thirst and hunger within cannot be satisfied by things without, joy is the ticket to abundant, overflowing lifestyle.

The river of joy is flowing, those that dive in never hungers nor thirst again.

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Isaiah 55:1-2.

Feasting has never been the same since joy was added to the menu. Salvation is not a call to boredom but to Joy as a river. Joy is not achievable, the therapist, psychiatrist and counsellor cannot give it.

It’s not for sale but always on sale; affordable and available to all. It’s awesome that what is free is more valuable than that which is sold in the medical marketplace.

Dive in and be overwhelmed with joy like a river. It doesn’t look like it but joy is the ticket to abundant living. Salvation grants access to joy unspeakable full of glory. They words of this song Joy seals it for me;

Joy, joy, God’s great joy.

Joy, joy, down in my soul,

Sweet, beautiful soul saving joy,

Oh joy, joy in my soul.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3.

Prayer:

Thank you father for giving us the ticket to abundant living in Christ Jesus. With joy as a river, life is fruitful and productive. I dive in again today to drink and swim in the overflowing streams of joy in Jesus name.

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