WHY THE RAT RACE? – WHY THE WICKED MAY PROSPER: This piece came by divine inspiration. Only thinkers write. Something nudged me to share this thought with humanity this morning in the place of prayer. And I must obey the Holy Spirit. A Yoruba adage says: ‘’Whoever could think deeply would always give thanks to God’’ Why? Because no matter who you are; what you are, or the position you occupy, nothing happens without the knowledge of the Creator. HE is the Sovereign LORD. AND HE DOES WHATEVER HE LIKES. This is why it is recorded in the Book of Ecclesiastes 9:11 that: ‘’I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. … Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good’’
ONLY GOD IS PERFECT: Only God is perfect and has no sin. It is possible that whoever reads this piece would understand why and how things happen, the forces behind occurrences and why it is very important to abide by the principles and the commandments of God. Sometimes, people wonder if God is really up there because it takes a long time for Him to sanction us for our shortcomings. It is very sobering to imagine the great patience of our Lord who is always standing at the door of our hearts knocking for so long, expecting a positive answer. The Lord’s message to us is to abandon our evil ways and come to him. Those who understand spiritual principles know that those doing evil need to be assisted to desist and abandon their evil ways. Those who know the consequences will run away from doing evil; even if continually prompted by evil spirits.
THE WAR STARTED FROM HEAVEN: This is because the human being you are looking at is a bodily shell that allows some manipulating evil spirits come inside him/her to do evil and speak evil. Ephesians 6: 6 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. 12 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. I used to imagine why until a few years back when I studied the word of God deeply. You would be surprised that the war started from heaven. It is recorded in the Book of Revelation Chapter 12: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
HOW WE USED TO HUMILIATE THE BORN AGAIN: Decades ago, when the ‘’born again” revolution was blowing through the campuses, we used to deride those who loved God deeply and came to preach to us. We were not aware that we were humiliating ourselves, and not those people who started the born again revolution. We reasoned that it was possible to be rich without serving God. Foolishness! Primate Peter Jasper Akinola confirmed our foolish thoughts this way: “It is quite possible for some people around you to succeed without God’s backing. “Nevertheless, be aware that it is temporary success. ‘‘It cannot be compared to what you get when you rely on God for lifting, promotion, riches, favour, fruit of the womb and other needs. God is able to give you all the good things of life. It is a matter of time.” He went further: “God’s solution may seem to take a longer process from human perception, yet, it is the best. It is worth waiting for. “The wisest man in the world said in one of his proverbs that “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He (God) adds no trouble to it” – Proverbs 10: 22. What exactly is the need that you think God cannot adequately meet in your wildest imagination? Talk of wealth and riches. He can offer you durable affluence crowned with long life”.
The message that the Holy Spirit has directed me to share is premised on the foregoing: Why must we kill, make human sacrifices, tell lies even against one another, and do all sorts of unimaginable things when God says we should come to Him and live like Him? The answer is contained in the message of Dr. Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries Worldwide, in today’s edition of Mountain Top Devotional. Please enjoy this message and share as widely as possible. You may in the process save a soul today.
The MESSAGE: THE PENIEL EXPERIENCE BY DR. DK OLUKOYA: Many of us have fleshly, stubborn and sinful dispositions which have been dominating our lives. These dispositions sometime stand at the very core of our lives and they become strongholds of demonic activities. Most times, we do not even notice them. But God, in His loving kindness, provides many opportunities in which these natural flaws are exposed. When this happens, you will realise how ugly, evil and filthy this disposition is. What you have been boasting about, what you have glorified in and taken satisfaction in, and what you have considered excellent and superior will now be under the shining of God’s light and found to be nothing but the fleshly life, which is filthy, corruption-based and despicable. This is when the light ‘touched’ you, and this is the meaning of Peniel. God shows you that the very things that you once boasted in, the things you considered admirable, and you were proud of, are the very expressions of the fleshly life. When God touches your life in this way, you become weakened.
It is difficult to find one Christian who does not have his natural life lurking behind his boasts. Therefore, you have to be practically careful about your boasts. The things that you boast in are often the very things that God will deal with. Perhaps these very things are the hollow of your thigh. God will shine on you and touch the hollow of your thigh. When He touches this spot, you will become very ashamed and say, “How could I have made my greatest shame my glory?” Once we are enlightened by God’s light, most of the things we once considered to be good, glorious and outstanding will become shameful and foolish things. The light of God will give us a mortal blow that will sap us all our fleshly strength.
ENCOUNTER CHRIST: Beloved, you need an encounter with God. When you have an encounter with God, like Jacob, you will see yourself for who you really are. You will see all that are ugly and base in your life. You will see all the pretense and sham in your Christian service and wonder how you could have considered them your glory and virtues. When this happens, God will touch you. When the light of the Lord touches you, all the struggling and jostling for relevance and church positions will stop in your life. You will do all things with Christ-centredness and with a supernatural grace that ‘transcends all understanding’. The question therefore is: “Are you ready for a Peniel encounter with the Lord?”
MFM Daily Devotional 2 August 2019 – Encounter At Peniel
TOPIC: Encounter At Peniel (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Daily Devotional 2 August 2019)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 60-62; Romans 5
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Genesis 32:24-30
MEMORY VERSE: “For as a prince hast thou power with God and with men and hast prevailed.” – Genesis 32:28.
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TERRIFIC HEADLINES — SALVATION: Genesis 6: 6 says that God was sorry that he had ever made us human beings and put us on the earth as His own image. He was so filled with regret. Thank God for His servants who stand in the gap consistently. Be reminded that heaven is real. So also, hell is real. Some may begin to reap the fruits of their evil deeds before they depart this sinful world. Stubborn resistance will NOT be beneficial. There is nobody that has not had a few faltering steps. The One who prayed for Peter to be restored is an eternal advocate whose gift and calling are without repentance. The spirit of pride must be eliminated.
Do not say I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ over 100 years ago, and I hear from God every second; so I am free to do whatever I like. If you tell lies deliberately against another person; you have blood on your hands. If you speak ill-advisedly about the innocent; you have blood on your hands. If you act deliberately with intent to destroy another human being; you have blood on your hands. If you see two sisters about to quarrel, and you fuel the dispute instead of seeking an amicable resolution; you have blood on your hands. You cannot hide from God. Remember,the prayer of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord.
Go on a soul-searching mission. We are taught that we could renew our covenant with God. Very humble Ministers of God who walk with God and are in communion with the Holy Spirit every second have declared openly that they honoured altar calls decades after embracing Christ to be more fervent in serving the Lord and strengthen their relationships with the Creator. Can you imagine how many millions of people could go down with haughty spirits? So, who are you to continue in sin and attempt to destroy human beings that the Lord has not destroyed? We should let our lives reflect the life of Jesus Christ Whom we serve. We all will give accounts to HIM in the fullness of time.
Brethren, I have delivered the message of God. It is never too late to embrace Jesus Christ. The next hour might be too late. The Lord bless you as you submit to Him right now.