It is sad to see how many people will put their work above attending church. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:25: ‘Do not forsake the gathering of the saints.’ There is a special blessing attached when we attend church. It is during church meetings that God releases a corporate anointing; which in many cases can only be obtained when we go to church. Corporate anointing is different and special to that of the anointing outside of church meetings. It is in the gathering of the members that the body is strengthened, something which sets us over the victory line. Corporate anointing also comes during family communion times, where family members join in their home to share the Word of God, have a prayer session together, or breaking bread like what we will do a bit later.
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Now some folks skip church meeting because they’re pushing to make money; they work on weekends and grab at every opportunity to work overtime or shifts that will earn them more money. They think that their success and prosperity is dependent on their work and how hard they work. Of course, God does promote hard work; and tells us that we ought to serve our boss in the manner that we serve the Lord, meaning with dedication [Eph.6:5-7]; but God values the gathering of the saints more than your work – because there is a recipe for good success and prosperity given to us in Joshua 1:8 ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success‘; which compliments the verse we read in Hebrews 10:25 about not forsaking the gathering of the saints.
Other folks had quarrels with some folks in church or even with the Pastor and leaders of a church; and they just stay away. Others like only certain parts of a service, so they come late or leave early, while many just find church boring. In the house church setting, parents have difficulty with rebellious teenagers or little ones finding it difficult to concentrate; while still some husbands and wives may find themselves preoccupied – or in general, finds it awkward to do these things at home for various reasons. The main reason is that some folks live a different life outside of church; they Sunday [or only during service times] Christians.
In all; our personal relationships with God is in a terrible state. How often do we communicate with our Father in Heaven, or do we do the same what we do to our earthly fathers? Do we only speak to Him when we want something… We live busy lives; so busy that we make excuses to why we don’t find enough time to pray, or that we are too tired to study the Word of God, because the only time we get to spend time is late at night. Yes, our lives in this day and age might be busy, but busyness is not the problem; a balance [or rather, an imbalanced] in life is the real problem. When we take some time out to rearrange our busy lives, we will find that it is very possible to free up some time by simply organizing and prioritizing.
The biggest problem is that we are content with life, and we should never be content to the point of becoming complacent -or- compromise the things which hold real value in life. Technology has become a real problem these days. Smart-phones being glued to our hands, our eyes fixed on the television sets, our minds being preoccupied with gossip on FaceBook and the easy access to the internet are all factors of negative influences – and we wonder why our lives seem to fall short of the victory the Bible tells us about. All these things also play a big factor in how we reason God’s function in our lives. Many folks today think that’s just the way things is – you win some and you loose some; but that’s not what God’s Word tells us.
Looking again at Joshua 1:8 ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success ‘; we see how the Word of God places us beyond the line of victory, but it doesn’t just fall into our laps, we have a part in it. We quote verses from scripture which sounds very nice; and we use these verses to make sense out of things we want, but we fail to read around those verses to understand what God wants from us – then when we fail, we point the finger to situations, people around us, and even God; and we fail terribly in taking responsibility of our own short comings. God loves us and as a loving Father, He wants to work with us to bring us into His fullness – God is not raising spoiled children, He is raising mature children.
- He doesn’t take us around the fire, He takes us trough the fire [purification];
- He doesn’t place us in a boat when the waters of life are boisterous, He teaches us to go through it and to calm the waters and even how to walk on water [cleansing].
- He walks with us; He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He doesn’t take away temptations, but strengthens us to resist the devil. [enable / empowers]
- He doesn’t eliminate trails, but tells us to march on irrespective of what we see because those things are a mere mirage and an illusion to distract us from the price ahead. [peace of heart]
All this builds good character; and Paul says by revelation from the Holy Spirit: ‘In all these things we are more than conquerors’ [Romans 8:37].
We that are born of God overcome this world; 1 John 5:4, continues to say: ‘and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.’
Throughout the many stories recorded in the Old Testament, we see time and time again how God worked with His people; and we can notice how Israel was already at a point of victory when they adhered to the guidance of the Lord; and also how they failed when they decided to do things their own way. It is God who knows what lays ahead of us; and He has a perfect plan for us to journey through on victory ground, but we must listen to His guidance and put away our lust of doing our own thing – because that is where devil manipulates reasoning.
This month of April is our month of TRIUMPH
At this point, I want to remind you of the prophetic messages already given to us this year:
2019 is our year of Divine Restoration
February was our month of Increased Faith
March was our month of Advancement
…and April is our month of Triumph
See how the Lord is leading us to fulfill the prophetic word of the year. Each month we are adding to the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring us into the total fullness of Divine Restoration.
Understand through this message that triumph is not something the Lord is going to give us, but something He has already given us; all we need to do is wrap our minds around this reality and consciously walk in its truth.
How do we maintain Triumph in our lives?
1] Revelation 12:11 tells us that ‘they have overcome him [devil –and this include all his cohorts and evil doers] by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death’; speaking about all saints who passed on. This means: those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, and who were active witnesses of His saving power; and even those who died in this life in their faith.
2] The battle is the Lord’s, not yours, neither mine, but the Lord’s [1 Sam.17:47]. Too many Christian’s functions on the battlefield where there are many casualties, while to little are working the harvest field where many are lost. We are not called to wage war, but to win souls. [We have an entire book available on this subject – The Misconcept of Spiritual Realities].
3] Joshua 1:8 quoted above – This sums up the importance of continuously studying the Word of God on a daily basis, for this is the God-given recipe for prosperity and good success – in doing all which is written unto us. We can only learn to do all that which is written unto us when we study the Word daily and apply what we have learnt.
4] Lastly; it is not always easy to confess and stay positive when you surrounded by decades of old habits. Therefore, challenge those close to you to correct and rebuke you; and in return you correct and rebuke them when they speak anything contradicting to the Word of God. Learn to be and speak positive in life!
Jesus said: ‘If you love Me, do My commandments’ [John 14:15]. The question is: ‘How much do we really love Jesus?’ This is easy to answer; just ask yourself how many times you study the Bible, how many times do you pray and have communion with the Spirit; and how often do you stand as witness for Jesus…
We will be uploading our Easter 2019 message on Thursday, 18 April