Life is sustained in this world when you keep the fire burning. This fire also sustains spiritual life in this world.
It is an important life sustaining element both physically and spiritually. Fire keeps us warm, allows us to cook food, to boil water and purify it, it provides heat and light in the darkness. It can also be your distress signal in the world. Fire is the most valuable resource for survival in this world in which we live. We need to make sure we know how to build a fire and how to keep the fire burning. The key to survival in this world is fire and the ability to keep it burning spiritually as well as physically. The fire was to be kept burning continuously without stopping as a symbol of unceasing worship which God requires from His people. You are called to keep the fire of your private prayer burning. Just as the natural fire is kept burning by throwing more wood into it, God’s word is the wood that keeps prayer fire burning. Your secret devotion is the essence, the evidence and the barometer of your vital walk with God. We read in the bible in Luke 5:16 “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. You notice that the lord Himself so many times sought freedom from the crowd to pray. I hear Paul saying in Colossians 1:9 “for this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you, asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Fire is spoken about in the Bible 549 times and is used as a symbol of life spiritually, it burns up sin, and it purifies your soul, we use it to give God offerings, the fire on the altar of your heart sustains your spiritual life. The fire of God must be kept burning in your lives because that is what helps you to sustain your soul and spiritual life. His fire enables you to live a life of blessings. There are several fire extinguishers you need to keep away from in order to enjoy the unseen hand behind the wall pouring the sacred oil upon your altar to make it carry burdens in your heart and daily seek guidance for your journeys through life. Every one born of God is born an overcomer, and is by heritage destined to live a triumphant life.
As a child of God you should not be struggling to survive or be a liability, when you should be an asset to the kingdom of God and your generation. God has created you not for troubles but for triumph. However, the divine provisions made for you by God to live a triumphant life are to keep the fire burning at the place of prayer.
Divine enlargement is a covenant issue. Are you in a covenant with God? If your answer is yes, then you must prepare and desire enlargement in every area of your life.
Every change begins with a burning desire. In 2 Kings 6:1-7, the sons of the prophets told Elisha, “This place had become too small for us.” Beloved, no matter what you have, you can have more and it begins with a strong desire. A weak desire does not inspire you to pay the necessary price for the desired change. Until you are fed up with where you are, you will not do whatever it takes to achieve something bigger and better. To be a kingdom minded person you have to reject smallness, you have to learn that you are programmed to be divinely enlarged; that God has plans to bless you in all areas of your life. I here God say that He will do something in your life, business, career and ministry, that will make the place of your tent to be enlarged. Jabez desired it and he got it, 1 Chronicles 4:10 “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.” God is set to do a new thing and you need a large space in your heart to accommodate this new and lasting visitation of God.
The devil’s invasion that diminished you before has come to an end. God will surely help you to multiply again. You like a barren woman who are unable to have children; will graciously and favorably increase to the glory of God. God will do for you what He did for Sarah and Abraham. God want you to live an abundant and fruitful life believe and receive the prophetic message and God will divinely enlarge you.
Commitment is the investment of one’s time, energy and resources into any given task. It holds the key to double portions of anointing.
The journey to acquire double portions of anointing starts with a strong desire. The height of your accomplishment is tied to your level of consistency and commitment. Elijah is a good role model for believers to imitate when it comes to ministry, career and life. Elijah did not ask his successor to give him anything; instead he offered to give Elisha something. “Tell me, what i can do for you before I am taken from you” .
Elijah was testing Elisha to know what was paramount in his heart. At Gibeon the Lord said to king Solomon “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (1kings 3:5). As the Lord Jesus was leaving Jericho, He asked the blind Bartimaeus what do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:51). Martin Luther king Jr was another man who found and followed his purpose with full commitment. If any man has no purpose for living, he is not fit to live. God does not always give His gifts to men before such gifts are required for service. He often makes men wait. Could Elisha wait in faith and faithfulness to the last moment for the double portion of anointing ? “You have asked a hard thing yet, if you see me as i am being taken from you, it shall be so for you” . Elijah was honest to say that such gift is not for him to grant, for only the Lord can do that.
For you to receive double portion of anointing for service, you must be fully committed. There is no shortcut to success; it is not accidental. Success is consciously prepared for, worked for and following the rules. Elisha was committed, he go extra mile, working sacrificially and the double portion of anointing that breaks the yoke was given to him. These can be yours!
A believer who has a right standing with God will flourish, grow well, develop quickly and strongly and will be healthy spiritually, physically, financially because the conditions that surrounds his life are right and ripe.
His life is like a palm
tree that has many positive characteristics. The righteous is filled with the
oil of grace and he is ever fresh and bears his precious fruit for generations.
The palm tree represents a righteous person’s spiritual beauty with fresh joy and fruitfulness. The orderly aspect and the growing from earth towards heaven of a palm tree are the characteristics of a righteous person. The elastic fiber that causes the palm tree stand upward which is loaded with weights and agitated by winds, symbolizes the righteous sitting in heavenly places, despite the challenges here on earth. The palm tree is rough in nature, enclosed with dry bark but fruitful and green above; so a righteous person is despised below, he is beautiful above, straitened with many trials here on earth, but bears fruit before God into everlasting life (2 Corinthians 4:8-18). A palm tree grows from 30 to 80 feet and may not bear fruit immediately but will bear fruit as from 100 years upwards.
This is the picture of a righteous person, like the palm tree he will never fail to bear fruit in his entire life in order words he must be fruitful. The average crop of a palm tree is about 50kg a year. This again displays the life of a righteous person. The Arabs are said to have 360 designations for the palm and have enumerated 360 uses of it. The leaves are used for couches, baskets, bags, mats, brushes, etc. Its trunk can produce cages and fences. Threads for cordage’s can be produced from the fiber of the leaves and the sap which is collected by cutting off the head and by scooping a hollow in the stem, liquor is produced. Even the abortive fruit and date stone of the palm makes good food for camels when it is grounded. Every aspect of the life of a righteous person is profitable. “Planted in the house of the lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing (Psalm 92 vs. 13-14). Could that be you? Check out: Vegetable Garden
“Come now therefore” is not a message to a novice or an ignorant fellow. God has nothing to say or give to a Lazy person.
It is significant that God
calls people who are busy: Gideon was threshing grain when he was called
(Judges 6), Samuel was serving in the tabernacle (1 Samuel 3), David was caring
for sheep (1 Samuel 17:20), Elisha was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen when
Elijah cast his mantle upon him (1 Kings 19:19-21), four of the apostles Peter,
Andrew, James and John (Mark 1: 16-20) were managing their fishing business and
Mathew was collecting taxes when the Lord called him (Mathew 9:9).
Are you at your duty
post? Can you hear God saying to you come now therefore. Does this suggest to
you that a new and bigger assignment is coming your way? God does not call lazy
people, because all the people He calls are busy. If you are living right and
doing well you will be called to a higher office. God who has the whole world
in His hand says I have surely seen the afflictions of my people which are in
Egypt (bondage), I have heard their cry by reason of their task masters I know
their sorrows, I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians,
I will send you to Pharaoh. What an agenda! What a duty, what a fear and what a
God behind your call to duty!
On this same
assignment, Moses had failed before. How could God use a failure? But God said,
I am now ready to deliver them out of Egypt and lead them into the Promised
Land, and you Moses are the chosen leader. You may have failed before in life,
carrier, business, God given assignment and you are despondent and a feeling of
inadequacy has filled your heart. I hear God saying, to you come now therefore
and take your new possession. Jonah must preach at Nineveh that was a field no one
else was assigned to graze at that time and for that purpose.
Nebuchadnezzar after 7 years in the bush said and my reasoning returned unto me and I was established in my kingdom, and the excellent majesty was added unto me”. No one else was born to achieve your purpose in God’s vineyard and life.
You may live a frustrated life if you do otherwise. Arise and respond to God’s call. You may have lived and acted in ignorance but now hear Him say “come now therefore, I will send you”. Let your response be Lord here am I, send me. Do it now.
The unexpected has happened to David and his men who have never lost a battle, but he encouraged himself in the lord.
The Amalekites have attacked the city of Ziklag where David and his men encamped and have taken their wives and children captive and the city was burned down . David and his men were so discouraged that they wept until they had no energy to weep. David was greatly distressed because the people were contemplating on stoning him. It might be that the Lord have allowed this raid to happen in order to make David move away from the enemy’s territory and go back to Judah where he actually belonged. It was God’s act of mercy that made the Amalekites spare the lives of the woman and children. David was pressed into a tight corner, the way a potter would press clay into a mould. But different people react in different ways to the same Issue, because what life does to us depends on what life find in us. We do not blame people for being grieved. It can be you or me, but sometimes we wonder why people allow their hearts to run ahead of their heads. Thank God for David who knew that the encouragement he needed could only come from the Lord, but David encouraged himself in the Lord His God (1 Samuel 30 vs 6). So whenever you are confronted with the issues of life always encourage yourself in the lord. Our greatest strength is often shown in our ability to stand still and trust God.
Every parent knows how unhappy a child can be when his toy is broken or when his playmate leaves him and go home.
We need to learn that each time a child breaks his toy and the mother gets him a new one, that child will grow up expecting all his problems to be solved immediately. If the mother of the child always invites another playmate whenever his playmate leaves him, that child will grow up expecting people to come to his rescue whenever there is crisis. The result either way is a spoiled child who is not able to face reality. The joy that God brings into our lives is not by substitution or transformation. The same child that causes pain during the time of birth also brings joy when the child is born. Our God tackles problems that seems impossible, causes miracles to happen by His grace, turns trials into triumph and sorrow into joy. Joseph brothers sold him as a slave and potiphar put him into prison as a criminal, but God turned that hopeless situation into victory. To every mother that is experiencing birth pains, every seconds may look like an hour but when the baby is born, the pain is forgotten and joy fills her heart. When the bridegroom is away, the bride mourns (Matt 9:15). But in a little while He shall return, and we shall go with Him to heaven to enjoy our fathers house. The world today does not want our lord Jesus or His church. Remember that any event that has a time attached must surely have a time of manifestation or completion.
Your present trials, hurts, afflictions and pains are part of your sorrow. But in no distance time our redeemer will turn your sorrow into joy. Beloved it wont be long just count the years as months and months as weeks and weeks as days and your joy will come.
Peter and John are often found together. They were partners in the fishing business and they prepared the last Passover for Jesus, they ran to the tomb on the first Easter Sunday morning.
They ministered to the Samaritans who believed on Jesus Christ (Acts 8:14). The apostles were no longer competing for greatness, but were at last working faithfully together to build the church (psalm 133). It appears shameful that the two apostles had to pull out their pockets to show a beggar that they had no money. The two apostles had no money to give to the beggar, but money is not what the man needed most at that moment. He needed salvation for his soul and healing for his body, which money can not provide. By the power in the name of Jesus, the beggar was completely healed, and he was so happy and excited that he acted like a child, walking, leaping and praising God. Let us see what salvation is like in this man, the beggar at the beautiful gate . He was born crippled and he was poor, now sinners are bankrupt before God unable to pay the debt they owe. The beggar was outside the temple and all sinners are separated from God no matter how near they are to the door of the temple. The man was healed by the grace of God and the healing took place instantly. He gave evidence of what God had done for him by walking, leaping and praising God. Dear reader, it may not be out of place to assume that your situation is like the beggars case. Something has crippled you along your journey in life. It has made you a beggar. you are tempted to think that’s your portion.
Responsibility and accountability, are two strong issues of life that must be worked by every believer, because loose lips sink ships.
Those who teach the word of God do face the stricter judgment in one way or the other. We must use our tongue to share God’s truth because it is easier to commit sins of the tongue. Our sharing, becomes hypocrisy if we do not practice what we teach. You must admit, that you stumble in many ways. The person who is able to discipline, his tongue gives evidence that he can control his whole body. Note that words usually leads to deed’s, and loose lips wreck lives. If you make an unguarded statement, you may find yourself involved in a fight. Your tongue, has forced the rest of your body to defend itself. We have an old nature, that wants to control us and make us sin. There are circumstances, around us that would make us say things we ought not to say. Sin on the inside, and pressure on the outside are seeking to get control of the tongue. Watch out, both the bit and the rudder, must be under the control of a strong hand. The expert horse man keeps the mighty power of his steed under control, and the experienced captain courageously steers the ship through the storm.
If the lord Jesus Christ, is the lord of your heart then He must control your tongue. Also, never underestimate the guidance you give by the words you speak or do not speak. The lord spoke to a woman at a well in sychar, and her life and the lives of her neighbors experienced a miraculous change. peter preached at Pentecost, and three thousand souls were saved through faith in Christ. Edward Kimball, in 1855 went into a shoe store in Boston and led D.L. moody to Christ, the result, is one of the history’s greatest evangelist. A man whose ministry still speaks and books widely read. The tongue, has the power to direct others to the right choices. Bible says, in proverbs 18:21, death and life are in the power of the tongue. It is important, that our tongues direct people in the right way, for loose lips sink ships.