Never underestimate the power of prayer. It’s the earthy license for heavenly interference.
Never underestimate the power of prayer. It’s the earthy license for heavenly interference.
John 3:16. For God so loved the world that HE gave his only SON……
Genesis 19. The story of Lot and his family.
The book of Genesis 19. talks about the story of the two angels that visited Lot while he was in Sodom. The book also reveals to us several occurrences particularly dealing with perverted sexual practices by the Sodomites especially after the angels had accepted the invitation to Lot’s house.
The angels visited Lot amid sin. That time, Lot and her children, together with the wife were bound in sin. They were living in a sinful environment. Their minds were full of corruption owed to sin. Homosexuality,incest, Lesbianism and all the rest. They were living in luxury, a pleasant life and environment that satisfied their bodily desires. They were also full of pride. No reverence for God. It may be no wonder that Lot’s wife remembered her luxurious property and looked back when she had been instructed not to look back. Her heart was attached to wealth, property and investment made while in Sodom. She may have also forgotten the reverence and obedience she needed to hold for God and obey instructions. She became a pillar of salt. Dead.
Genesis 19: 4-7 reveals to us the lust that men of the city of Sodom were harbouring. They wanted to make love and engage in sexual activities with the two angels that had visited Lot. That was very unwelcoming, an abuse of the highest order in God’s kingdom affairs and an ominous attempt that nobody who’s spiritual and sober would ever like to try.
Well, let’s get the point here…..
As long as Lot was still in Sodom, sin prevailed. God wanted Lot out of Sodom, a reason why he sent the two angels. Sadly speaking, Lot was found as the gatekeeper of Sodom. He was in the business. He was right in the middle of the business. He had conformed to the culture of Sodom.
Abraham loved Lot. He interceded to God for Lot and his family. God was faithful, so he sent the two angels to bring salvation to Lot and his family. Initially the angels had refused to enter Lot’s house but after petition by Lot in an earnest manner, the angels accepted.
Right now as you are reading this sermon, where are you? Are you still in Sodom? Why are you still in Sodom? Meditate on this teaching and answer these questions.
If you are still in Sodom, it’s never too late. God can send angels to rescue you. God is faithful. Even as intercessors in the world today pray for you, God is listening. He will sent angels to carry you up and out (Psalm 91) of Sodom. God never fails to listen to anyone who prays to him.
Sodom represents our lust of the flesh. Our desire to live luxurious. I am not condemning luxury but it should not be the order of the day so that God doesn’t have a place in our hearts. We shouldn’t be led by what we see and think about. We shouldn’t stay in sin. We shouldn’t make life look good outside when inside, all is not well. We should be true to our hearts as well as the heart of God. That’s when only God can accept us.
When the demands of the flesh override our spiritual hood, then we are no longer in Jerusalem but in Sodom. Many people are bound in homosexuality, Lesbianism, gay and all other forms of indulgences. They can’t come out. It’s hard for them, just the way it was hard for Lot to come out. Many of us are still in Sodom. It’s not surprising also that many of us who even go to church today are still bound in Sodom. Going to church is one thing. Knowing and understanding what God requires of you is another thing.
It’s my prayer that we come out of Sodom and see the salvation of God.
This Sunday, make up your mind not to be driven by flesh. Be spiritual. Take the faith and face the battle of the flesh and tell yourself that enough is enough. May God help you and me.
God bless you so much.
# a song by Benard Chinua
Oh Lord my God, my savior,
You are my refuge, my cover.
My Lord is my power, and my tower.
My only arm and my wing.
When tempests fall, HIM I call,
He flies down, holds me up, and I soar,
Below I see my enemies roar,
But in HIS arms I am safe, all in all.
Search me God, know me,
Make me yours, just me.
Le me stay in your armpit, let me.
Le me be under your shadow, me.
Hold me in your arms Lord X 3
For with you, my life is spared.
God bless everyone. Happy Sunday.
#Father of nations#
God is supreme.
No question about that. He supersedes nature. He is powerful that no man can outwit HIM.
To question God is foolishness.
A wise person prays, waits for God and appreciates what GOD does. Only a fool says God is a liar and that he doesn’t exist.
Wise people pray
To kneel and pray to God is wisdom, humility and a sign of honor to HIM.
The steps of a good man are guarded by the Lord.
When you hurt people, you hurt God as well.
God’s intention to mankind is reconciliation. He looked for ways of relating well with mankind through HIS Son Jesus Christ.
Wisdom is knowing God and doing what He wants. Wisdom is not despising God. It’s knowing and understanding that you are under authority and that you have no permission to operate on your own. Remember, he is the creator of heaven and earth. He created Man as well.
A sign of good will is a sign of good Faith. Good Faith has a spiritual foundation aspect that rests every deed on a pleasing and welcoming platform.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. A life of purpose is a life governed by good will. It’s also a life woven into a bag of love. There’s no happiness without good will.
For us to achieve best results in this world, exercise of good will is required. A wise person practises and maintains good will at all times.
God has good will. This is because HE forgives, HE cares, HE redeems, HE blesses, HE gives and takes. It’s an ordinance that we emulate HIM at whatever cost.
Hebrews 11:6…But without Faith, it’s impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (King James version)
The book of Hebrews chapter 11 can be dubbed as the ‘Faith Hall of Fame’. The entire chapter focuses on great personalities like Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Abel, Moses etc who overcame obstacles, stumbling blocks, and misfortunes while exercising their faith in their times. Many of the saints mentioned outside this scripture even died horrible deaths. Others had to wait for long before receiving their promise. An example is Abraham.
In this teaching today, I would like us to focus on the concept of faith itself, and probably learn a few things which when put into mind and heart…then practised, will change our lives differently.
But before that, reasoning carefully in advance, we can learn from the men and women of faith who endured great suffering and hard times that they were ultimately representing the suffering and persecution of Jesus Christ. The faith in Hebrews is not sugar coated. It’s real faith. God doesn’t guarantee a life of luxury and ease. It’s a tough faith: a constant commitment to hang on and believe God against all odds no matter what.
Living by faith means you don’t live by feelings. Feelings don’t build faith. Faith doesn’t make feelings. Faith is a substance that is constant in a changing environment. Men and women of faith don’t go by feelings.
Dear brother and sister, what you need in your life is faith. Without faith you can do nothing. But you can do something, even with that little faith that you have.
Faith has to do with your heart. Not your head. Your head is not a home of faith. When you believe something, you don’t use your mind. You use your heart to do that. It’s in the heart that all resolutions come from and become effective. Mind can change with time. But the heart increases it’s trust with time if well nourished spiritually.
Sometimes our ideologies, our money, our fame, our papers fail us. That’s when faith sets itself at work. In awkward moments, faith gives us breakthrough. Faith is the backbone of our spiritual foundation.
In the book of 2 Corinthians 4:13, faith is a spirit. It should also be spoken. When we say faith is a spirit, we mean that what you believe in is invisible but comes to manifest in the physical. For example, when you believe God for a Mercedes Benz, grey in colour, you can write down more specifications on paper. Now, the vehicle can’t be seen in the physical. It’s in the spiritual realm. By exercising your faith over the vehicle you want, the it appears in the physical.
Faith should be spoken. Speak your faith. The same scripture of 2 Corinthians 4:13, teaches that the law of faith is speech. Command your blessings. Believe that you have received that land, car, school fees, promotion etc. Laws always work. Faith will always make a weakling into a well able being. This is as long as the law of faith is in practice.
In the book of Romans 12:3, each one of us has a measure of faith. Each one of us has some level of belief, on the least. This measure dictates what we do daily, how we act and behave. The pace at which we achieve our goals, targets and deadlines in life is largely driven by our measure of faith. Full measure would translate into excellence in terms of prosperity.
Faith is the fragrant that pleases God whenever we approach him with it.
And the king, arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king…….
Verse 10:..So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath abated.
Heroes act while other people stand and watch. Somebody becomes a hero when they take quick action at the ‘right time’ while others stand and watch in horror. A true hero recognizes the crisis and rises to meet it. This is the kind of courage that made Esther a great personality in this scripture.
As a queen, Esther risked her life to save the jews. She used her powerful position to her great advantage for salvation of the jews. God had coincidentally designed that a slave should become a queen with a purpose. Sometimes God designs our lives in a manner that brings salvation just as with Esther’s case.
Mordecai was a cousin to Esther. They were jews. Despite the notion that God loved the jews…and that he was with them from the beginning, the situation in this case demanded that they be wiped out all of them. Indeed they looked helpless. Seemingly, they had nobody to rescue them. The Jews seemed successful but were a minority race in the Persian empire. The natives were jealous of their successes and separatism. So a vengeful Prime minister, Haman, made up his mind to destroy them.
Haman’s plot to destroy the jews was a perfect one according to him. Being the chief of protocol, and holding a powerful position in the office of the Prime minister meant he could easily influence the king to act in his favor. He issued an edict of government sponsored genocide. Ultimately, this was not the case.
The plot to kill jews turned dramatic when Esther found favor in the eyes of the king throughout the events. Mordecai uncovered a conspiracy earlier on and his good effort had long been forgotten but God’s time came when his honor was due. When the king saw Esther unhappy, he resolved to yield to her demands to eliminate her unhappiness. In this case the king discovered that Haman was behind all Esther’s trouble. He comfortably ordered an execution of Haman.
The story about Haman, Mordecai and Esther is a great lesson for us as Christian believers today. There are various lessons that we can draw from that story. The lessons include the following;
It’s not surprising that there are people in this world who behave like Haman. They take their time planning how to destroy the lives of others. They use their power to the detriment of the helpless people. They are in power and so misuse that power. The case of Haman, Mordecai and Esther teaches us that as long as God exists, no evil shall fall upon you even if someone plots to kill you. God assigns angels to take control of everything.
Just like in Psalms 91, no evil, whether night or noon day shall fall near you. All the weapons fashioned against you shall not prosper (Isaiah 54:17). The Lord will always create a way out so that you remain safe.
When disaster strikes, as with the case of the jews in the book of Esther, always align yourself with God. Fast and pray. The Jews did exactly that and they got a breakthrough. If you do that, God will be on your side. If God is for you, who can stand against you?
Haman was the hunter. Mordecai was the hunted. In the end, Mordecai was the hunter. Haman became the hunted. Not only that. Haman died.