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SEATED TO STAND

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

One of the first things I was told as a junior student in boarding school was that order is the first law in heaven. That may not sound so instructive to you but was very insightful at the time. You wake up by 5am prompt for morning devotion, 5:30-6:00 for cleaning the hostel and brushing your mouth, 6:00 to 7:30 for fetching water from the springs and having your bath…10pm lights out. The whole day had a planned schedule to follow.

God has created the heaven and earth with orderliness imputed not chaos. Every spirit being is created at a level to function, everyone maintain their estate. The hierarchical demonic order is from the least- principalities to the highest level- spiritual wickedness in high places.

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:20-22.

Heaven is a place of order not disorder. Everyone has his place along the spiritual pecking order, we are seated together with Christ far above the highest hierarchy of the devil. Redemption gives us a seat at the table to exercise the power of attorney to command and be obeyed. When our estate is challenged, we stand against the devil to cast him down to his level.

 It’s not a contest, but a conquest; a time to seat and another to stand. It’s our position in redemption that gives us the armour to withstand the devil.

The devil always tries to ascend beyond his permissible estate, it’s our duty to to withstand him in our life. Seated to stand!

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:7-8.

Prayer

Father, dear father, I am delighted to know that I am seated with Christ in heavenly places to withstand the devil. It’s not a physical combat but spiritual conquest by the same lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

This is my day!

And God said, Let there be light:and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good:and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:3-5.

There are days and there are certain days. Everyday looks alike, everyday is not always ordinary; there are special or unforgettable days. Days lead to weeks, months and years; just like days there are weeks, months and years of greatness.

Light determines the day, light announces special days. The light commandment created day and night, times and seasons. Every light encounter gives rise to extraordinary days, times and seasons. Your day does not begin in the morning but by the entrance of light. Light announces exceptional days, weeks, months and years.

Light out of darkness illuminates your day and destiny comes alive. It all begins with light and today is your day!

“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”Luke 1:78-79.

The day springs at the instance of light from above. The light from on high makes today that day. The day begins with termination of darkness and liberation of eternal life. The essence of this light is for bright and shining life.

Light is the entrance of Christ whether personally or by his word. Light unveils the path of life by destroying obscurity and unveiling creativity. Light reveals, unveils, unmasks, exposes your glorious destiny. Celebrity is not achieved, it is light revealed. Your true identify is unveiled now; light has come, today is your day! No more ups and downs or struggling lifestyle, welcome the light of life, welcome today.

Light up your life, light encounter marks the beginning of today.

“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:

Thank you dear father for the template prepared from creation that light is my ticket to live. Great light for great life, the guide and guard to extraordinary high life. Today is my day by the same lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Light Lease and Release

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.

A bird raised in a cage thinks that flying is a disease” was a phrase I noticed shared by a friend on his facebook page. I gave it a long thought, liked and saved it for periodic contemplation.

It’s both a truism and the truth, dwelling in darkness is the status symbol of some persons lifestyle. The eyes get accommodated or adjusted to darkness, a new norm. Walking in darkness is a lifestyle of learned helplessness. It’s a place of being stranded, a point of inactivity and inaction.

Darkness is both palpable and visible but more so the effects are damaging. The greatest prison is not made of walls, it’s formed of darkness. It’s a tool for brainwashing, deleting and relearning.Right becomes wrong, good is turned to bad, truth is turned to evil.

“And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days:but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Exodus 10:22-23.

No matter how dark it is or was, the entrance of light terminates its effect and influence instantly.  The duration of darkness does not limit the influence or effect of light entrance. The release from darkness is instant and permanent.

Darkness is permissible until light enters. There is no contention between darkness and light, darkness has no choice  when light arrives. The gospel is the agent of deliverance from every darkness. This is the light of life, it’s light for life.

The gospel light saves, heals, delivers from every captivity. Christ gives us the gospel light lease and release from captivity.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

Prayer.

Dear father, I am thankful that darkness has lost its lease on my life. Light has my lease and it’s my release from every darkness, to your honour and glory in Jesus name.

Testimony of 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.

Reading through the 11th chapter of Hebrews, something interesting comes to mind. Faith is the reason for every name documented in the chapter.
Some names are more popular than others but faith have them on the same page.

Everyone mentioned on the roll call has a testimony of faith in God. The journey of faith begins with an encounter with the word of God.
Faith is living to please God. God walks by faith, everyone that walk by the same rule become his friend. There is no other way to please God but than a faith walk. A dear man of God capped it succinctly ” I have never seen anyone that walked with God and regretted it
This is the summary of the 11th chapter of Hebrews.

“But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:16-17.

Every step taken in fear is the step of regrets, faith is the key to victory. Without faith the word of God is an academic exercise. Faith puts the word of God to work. The roll call is for those that took God at his word to make a mark in their world.
Faith is the proof of believing the word of God.

Exploits begin when faith is at work. The situation does not determine life outcomes, faith does. Every word of God activates a walk of faith into a world of wonders. It’s time to win, overcome, triumph, breakthrough by faith in God. Faith is not by force but there is no alternative to walking by faith.
Your testimony of faith begins now.
You’re not the first, you won’t be the last; a cloud of witnesses watch.

“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Hebrews 11:33-34.

Prayer:
I am eternally grateful dear father for the word of faith and the proofs that are recorded in 11th chapter of Hebrews. The testimony faith beats more faith in them that hear it. That is my experience in Jesus name.

GUIDED MISSILES

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11.

I was fascinated by guided missile so i read a little about it. From a remote location it is locked on and sent out to meet the target. When it is deployed, it goes on a route to meet with and destroy the target. It changed the face of warfare from physical dimension to remote combat.

Every missile is classified according to precision and launching patterns from surface or air scud missiles They are also classified according to their range to long, medium and short range missiles The word of God is the all purpose missile for a life of exploits. The word of God is sent! When faith comes alive the trajectory of the word is set for confirmation.

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:16-17.

Every word of God is faith ingredient for a life of exploits. Faith in God determines the quality of christian life. Faith begins when God speaks! The word of God has both remote and immediate effect.
It has the capacity to be spoken in one location to produce effect and influence in another.

One word of God is enough to bring about eternal change in life irrespective of location. The word of faith is sent, it’s active, potent, powerful, and effective. It does not miss its target nor it’s trajectory; propulsive and purposive.
It’s like a scud missile, it’s just much better in precision.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight:but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”Hebrews 4:12-13.

Prayer:

Dear father, thank you for your word that is alive, potent and powerful to those that believe. It has capacity to bridge the distance between and penetrate restrictions. It is sent to give me life in Jesus name.

The River of Joy

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

One of the heritage of salvation is joy. Joy is the visa to unlimited access to the riches of redemption.

Sometimes there’s some confusion between joy and happiness, this is not unusual. I have seen the efforts that many are making to obtain happiness. So many clowns or comedians doing so much to make people laugh. They tell funny stories, crack jokes and do stupid things in a bid to make sure the audience laugh.

Laughter is big business, not many can afford to laugh. The wells of salvation grant joy freely and fully, it’s not a tittle nor little, it’s a river of 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.

A lot of thirsty hearts and hungry souls pay so much for laughter, as the clowns smile to the bank, their saddness continue. Jesus gives joy as a river from the wells of salvation. It’s not in short supply neither is it for a short moment of time. This is part of the package of abundant life available to all that receive him. It’s a gift, and it’s free! It’s fully paid for.

Why pay for that which satisfies not? Joy like a river for free is the gift of salvation. If you’re saved and have no joy, it’s possible that you’re not. That is the seal of drinking from the wells of salvation.

There’s no better bargain, the joy that I have is not from happenstance but a gift from the wells of salvation.

“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 :

Thank you Father for joy like a river as the riches of redemption. It’s free, full and overflowing in the hearts of every recipient of salvation. I come to the waters again today for continuous refill in Jesus name.

TOUCH OF JOY

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. Job 14:7-9.

One of the situation that has become prevalent in contemporary times is depression. Many preventive projects are being integrated into the home and office space to mitigate its effects. It’s now well recognized and there are physicians specialized in depression care and management.

Don’t worry, be happy” many would say but does it work?

The mind has shut down the body, energy levels are low, sadness and gloom prevails. I saw a write up somewhere and it reads,” God invented joy” and I quite agree. Happiness and joy are not comparable; happiness come from happenings, but joy is a river flowing from the wells of salvation.

Good news does not give continuos joy, joy is the secret to good news.

“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.

What a time to let people know that partying, feasting, wine, drugs, orgies cannot cure depression; they reveal the thirst and hunger.

The void in man is so deep that these cannot fill the space. The joy of salvation fill the heart with rivers of living waters that drown depression and oppression.

Joy is not my job says the specialist physician; God gives joy by his word. Jesus Christ is the word of God for unlimited touch of joy.

Jesus is the certified agent for joy as a river; he is the specialist in joy always in all ways. So for those that requires the services of the specialist ask Jesus is the portal.

“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:

Dear Father, thank you for the touch of joy as a river from the wells of salvation. It’s free but not cheap, it’s available but at the price of asking. Thank you for this river that terminates depression in Jesus name.

MY REDEEMER LIVES!

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold,
and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. Job 19:25-27.

One of the most succinct description of the resurrection is found in these verses from the book of Job. While many wonder why the book was included in the Bible, I have no doubt Job believed in the resurrection and spoke of it boldly. He wanted his words written in the book in verse 23, of course he knew he was prophesying about the redeemer Jesus Christ. He was too sure to write that the redeemer was coming physically to the earth.

The redeemer is not subject to death, death, grave and hell. He was also sure that after his body has suffered corruption or decomposition he would surely see the redeemer. Him and other covenant fathers lived in the hope of resurrection and the surety of a redeemer.
With the same eyes reduced to dust, he would see the redeemer on resurrection day.

“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.

Resurrection is restoration of physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual wellbeing. David was speaking in the psalms prophetically of the resurrection day. Jonah spoke of three days and nights in the grave, reinforced in the Psalms as being exempt from corruption by the resurrection.

Jesus is the first to experienced the resurrection with the saints that were in Hell. The resurrection of Christ Jesus restored access back to God and creation back to his creator. The path of life is permanently revealed and accessible to man. The hope of many covenant saints is confirmed, the redeemer lives and the keys of death and hell are recovered.
The hope of many generations is restored, its resurrection day.

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”Matthew 27:50-53.

Prayer:

Dear Father thank you for confirming the hope of many generations in giving us a redeemer. Death is no longer the end, graves are open, eternal life is available and accessible by the same Jesus Christ.

GOOD AND PERFECT GIFTS

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. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James 1:17-18.

Good and perfect is heavens franchise, it is the heritage of the sons of God. Good and bad have different domains, only good is deliverable by redemption. Evil is commonly available but obviously not part of the heavenly package. Your father determines your position and the portion of your inheritance.

We do not receive Good and evil, it’s either one or the other. It may sound simplistic, but the devil is truly the author of evil, a franchise offered to his kids. Expecting good from the father of evil is a misnomer or an error. Good also is not by chance, it is the heritage of the son of God.
Your source determines your portion, your father delivers your package.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:for he is a liar, and the father of it.”John 8:44.

God has one assignment by redemption, turning  or terminating evil by good. What was meant for evil is turned around for good. Your father determines your heritage, your position guarantees your portion.
Who is your father? A question that amazes so many, but you can check your portion.

Every portion or package has a tag of ownership from its source.  Good is guaranteed from God the father, evil is surely from the devil. Your portion in life is defined by your father, good is the heritage of sons of God. Good is not by chance it is of God, good is not for all but for sons of God.
Good does not just happen, it’s the father’s gift to his sons and daughters.

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11.

Prayer:
Dear Father God, it’s heartwarming to know that only good and perfect gifts are the heritage of the sons of God. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places by redemption in Jesus Name

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