Sunday, 5 August 2018

ENCOURAGE THE ENCOURAGER



A widow mom leaves her house and goes to fetch water, leaving her only child asleep. On her return, she found a large crowd around her burning house. On the inside, her son is about to die in the fire. Throwing her bowl of water on the floor, and crying, she wants to get into the burning house to look for her son.

Everyone keeps saying, "You're going to die too, fire is very great." Escaping from their hands, she enters the fire and wrapped her son in a blanket. The child, tight against her breast, is not touched by the fire. Mummy comes out severely burnt and is only narrowly saved; thanks to the care of the hospital, but she lives with scars and unrecognizable.

Many years passed. The child, under the guidance of his mother, completed his studies and was appointed minister. He organized a party at his villa on his appointment, and invited all the dignitaries of the city and his friends. While they were in full party, noises were heard at the door of the entrance to the villa. The son was forced to go and resolve the situation. He found that the security officers were preventing his mother from joining the party. He had not invited her but she also wanted to join the party.



Faced with this situation in front of his guests, he said tenderly to his mother: "Please, Mom, I would be ashamed to have you appear before my friends. We can discuss later. " And in secret, he ordered the security services to throw out his mother because of her scars …
What inspires you in this story?

This woman represents Jesus Christ who sacrificed himself for you and I. Today, what place do you give him in your life? It is He who has received the scars because of you and me. If you are ashamed of Him, keep this message and don't  send it to anyone. If you are not ashamed of the scars of Jesus Christ, if you have received Him as your Lord and Savior in your heart, convey this message to twelve persons. Jesus Christ tells us in Mark 8, 38: "... For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the Holy angels.  

Psalm 126. God asked me to tell you: That everything will be alright from now on... You're to be victorious and will achieve all your goals. Today, Jesus  Christ visited your home. On his way out, he took all your problems with him.



Convincingly, in life, some may walk, others may run, but remember the Lord gave the tortoise and the horse the same days to reach Noah's ark. Your journey might be rough and tough but you will definitely get to your destination. Jacob looked at Joseph and saw a good son! The ten brothers looked at Joseph and saw a useless dreamer! The travellers looked at Joseph and saw a slave!! Potiphar looked at Joseph and saw a fine servant!! Potiphar's wife looked at Joseph and saw a potential boyfriend!



The prison officers saw in Joseph a prisoner! How wrong were all of them! God looked at Joseph and saw a Prime Minister of Egypt in waiting!! Don't be discouraged by what people see in you!! Be encouraged by what God sees in you!! Never underrate the person next to you because you never know what the Lord has deposited in that person. Your maid may be a Chief Executive Officer in waiting for a company which shall employ your child.

Your garden-boy may be a president in waiting. (Remember David got the anointing of becoming a King while he was a simple child herding sheep. Esther was a simple orphaned girl yet she was a Queen in waiting). Let's share God's love and make the world a better place to live. Show that love by sharing this message with those you love.
It doesn't matter how people see you, it matters how God sees you. God is God. He doesn't care about age, no wonder he blessed Abraham. He doesn't care about experience, no wonder he chose David. He doesn't care about gender, no wonder he lifted Esther.He doesn't care about your past, no wonder he called Paul. He doesn't care about your physical appearance, no wonder he chose Zacchaeus (the shortest one). He doesn't care about fluency in speech , no wonder he chose Moses. He doesn't care about your career, no wonder he choose Mary Magdalene; a prostitute.

All I know is that my God never changes; He never made a promise he wouldn't keep, He never saw a person he wouldn't help, He never heard a prayer he wouldn't answer, He never found a soul he wouldn't love and He never found a sinner he wouldn't forgive. This is the kind of God I would like to commune with every day the moment I wake up. I strongly recommend Him to you. Let this be vividly clear to all children of God; that there is no realm or level of greatness that’s unsurmountable by children of God. Believe me, if someone has done it before, you can too. Even if someone has never done it before, if your heart can vividly see and confirm it; you can get it done.

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

The Apostles were able to stand in a great office, they considered it as grace given. They perform lots of signs and miracles. All their apostolic exploits was formed or structured on what they termed as their access by faith.

Now, to access the realm of your possibilities and vision. You really need faith in Jesus Christ, which in turn brings you in front of the throne to plead your case and receive strength to help in times of need. There is actually a just measure of ground allotted to every child of God to manifest, but we need grace to function in such allotment office. The grace needed however is found and rooted in faith in Jesus Christ.

Don’t envy anybody, if you see them blessed. You can walk in the same grace if you have faith and pray to God. Yours shouldn’t be a case of travelling up and down to get men of God, like Kenneth Hagin, we that belongs to this generation can also receive mantles that are like or even far greater than that of the generals.

The one major thing that is needed and that can open all doors for us is the grace of God. With the grace of God, you can stand in front of any door without keys and it will be widely opened for you. You can stand in front of anybody and receive his good-will. It’s just that, problem of ignorance deprives us of most things that God had prepared for us.

In spite of the troubles, crises, and overwhelming spread of evil around the world, there’s nothing for you to fear, because you dwell in Christ. Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The Lord protects and takes care of His people. In Christ, we’re never, and can never be disadvantaged; we’re victors and not victims; the Lord Jesus assured us of peace and safety in a tempestuous world.

Read His very comforting words in John 16:33; He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” He overcame the world for you, and gave you the victory. You have dominion over Satan, circumstances, and the world. Irrespective of the crises and tribulations in the world, in Him we have peace, assurance, safety and security (John 16:33).

Your location in the spirit is Christ; that’s your dwelling place. Therefore, you’re under the shadow, that is, the protection of Almighty God. The Apostle Paul, by the Spirit, tells us, “…if any man be in Christ , he is a new creature…” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Notice the underlined words, “in Christ,” showing us that Christ is your dwelling place. Christ is a person—the Man Christ Jesus—and Christ is also a place in God.

Be confident. Be courageous. Refuse to fear. You dwell in Christ; therefore, you’re shielded from harm, evil and destruction. In Him you live, and move, and have your being. He has said, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalm 91:7). Hallelujah!

Isaiah 43:2 -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. John 16:33 -These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Colossians 3:2-3 -Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Psalm 91:1 -He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Without question, Psalm 91 is a real gem among the psalms. Next to Psalm 23, it probably has brought more encouragement and comfort throughout the centuries than any other psalm.

But it's worth noting that the blessings promised in Psalm 91 are not for just anyone. They are specifically given to believers—and not just to believers in general.

These benefits are targeted toward believers who specifically meet the requirements found in it. Psalm 91 is full of what we call conditional promises. That is, God promises to do certain things for us, hinging on our doing certain things that are required.

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High . . ." The word "dwells" could be translated as "quiet and resting, enduring and remaining with consistency." It is very similar to the word abide, which we see often in the New Testament. Jesus said, "He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit" (John 15:5). That word abide means "to stay in a given place, to maintain unbroken fellowship and communion with another."

Here's what God is saying: If you want to experience the promises of Psalm 91 - protection, provision, victory, long life, and prosperity—you must dwell in the secret place of the Most High. You must remain in constant fellowship with Him. We have relationship with God because we have put our faith in Jesus Christ and have turned from our sin. But are we living in constant fellowship with God? Many believers are not.

Psalm 91:1-16 says “ He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

Not that alone, Isaiah 41:15  Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

''Because 'He' makes you from your mess, you will win''

No matter however big maybe your problem, still it is nothing before you because the one standing beside you is greater than the one before you. You may think your life is messed up but the God who makes you makes the mess into a message.

The word says that he makes you into a sharp threshing instrument. In order to overcome a Mountain or Hill you need sharpness. Sharpness to pierce through hard matters. When you are sharp you can not only pierce through the mountain before you but also the mountains of others.
You are chosen to be sharp to face the mountains. If satan is bringing you hard problems means you are chosen to deal with hard matters. So do not give up for the victory is given in your hands.

Further more, whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. —Colossians 3:23-24

Sooner or later all of us will experience the pain and disappointment of having our efforts ignored, minimized, or criticized by others. I believe that how we respond in times like these not only indicates our level of spiritual maturity, but also determines our outcome. One thing that helps me is remembering that whatever we do should be done "unto the Lord." The verses above clearly convey the perspective we should have in all we do. If we focus on pleasing God and doing our best in everything, we won't be so resentful, hurt, or discouraged when others don't appreciate or reward our efforts.

Instead, we can rest secure in the knowledge that God is fully aware of all we do, and He will see that we get the recognition and reward we deserve in His perfect way and timing. Even if those we are working for are continually unreasonable or unfair, we can take heart from God's reassurance that nothing can hinder the Lord from doing what He has planned to do in our lives.

There may be times when it looks like others are succeeding in delaying or preventing our progress, but the truth is that when God decides to bless and promote His people, no person on earth and no devil in hell can stop Him. If you can relate to this message today, let me encourage you to get your eyes off other people and get them squarely on God.

Work hard and do your best in all you do, trusting that the Lord Himself will honour you for it, even if others don't. The Lord is faithful. His Word is trustworthy.

References
1. Daily Dose [ Access ]
2. Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional [ You Dwell In Him ]
3. Living Word Devotional [ Promises With A Condition ]
4. Living Word Devotional [ Take Heart ]

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