Category: Sermon

Finding and Feeding Your Focus

Focus is anything that consumes your attention, time, energy and finance.

Spiritual vision is our capacity to see clearly what God wants us to do and see the world from His point of view. But spiritual insight can be easily clouded with self-serving desires, interests and goals that blocks that vision. A good eye is one that is fixed on God.

TEXT: Matthew 6:22, Phil 3: 13-14

You will have many wonderful and inspired ideas throughout your lifetime. But again, an idea is not necessary a command from God. When God is involved, it will not be simply an idea, it will be an instruction or command.

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The Missing Man

When a man does not know himself, who he is suppose to be and what his purpose in life is, such a man can be said to be missing in the field of life. He may be alive, going to work, traveling up and down, going to church, etc and yet be missing in the plan of God.

TEXT:1 Samuel 9: 14 – 17

So many youth have this general thought that when they get good job, a good wife, some good connections, their lives will begin to take good shape. To them these are the things missing in their lives so they start seeking for good jobs, connections, a good wife, etc.

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The Lord’s Promise to His Temple

Then I will camp around My house [as a guard] because of an army, Because of him who passes by and returns; And no oppressor will again overrun them (Israel), For now My eyes are upon them [providentially protecting them]. – Zechariah 9:8 (AMP) Amplified Bible

“I will guard my Temple and protect it from invading armies. I am watching closely to ensure that no more foreign oppressors overrun my people’s land. – Zechariah 9:8 (NLT) New Living Translation

In the above verse, God says He will personally guard His House, house indicated here is a person’s body. New living Translation puts it as ‘temple’. This is one of God’s promises we should rejoice in especially those of us who is God’s temple because we are personally guarded by God Himself, not an angel but the Alfa and Omega Himself, what peace! Hallelujah!

Now we notice God’s promise isn’t to everyone but to a specified set of people, those He claims as His temple. What does it mean to be God’s temple? In other to be God’s temple our body needs to be Holy because everything about God is Holy. We must try as much as possible through the help of the Holy Spirit to live above sin because no matter how much God loves a man, sin cannot make Him dwell in such a person. And any man who isn’t guarded by God is exposed, as the verse puts it, to invading enemies. Remember the verse makes us understand that whoever God is protecting His temple from goes away for a while and returns yet again. (Matthew 12:45).

Who are the invading armies? The devil and his demons, rulers of darkness, principalities and powers that Apostle Paul spoke of in Ephesians 6:12, these are the invading armies that bring failure, unfruitfulness, depression, challenges, sicknesses, stagnation, poverty and the rest to man. Nevertheless the Lord guards those that are His.

He guards His temple Himself, keeping camp around His temple. In other words, He neither sleeps nor slumber and ensures no foreign oppressor overruns His temple. The temple of God can only be guarded by God if it’s kept Holy. Therefore the temple of God must be filled with His Spirit. That is why it is very important for us to keep our temples Holy and not make the Holy Spirit uncomfortable in our body. Holiness is very important as far as God is concerned.

God will ensure no foreign oppressors overrun your land. Hence, sickness shouldn’t be your portion, failure, captivity, bondage and the rest are not permitted in your land. So when the oppressors come around your temple or your territory, they can do nothing because the Lord Himself guards you.

Where Are The Sons of God?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

From the passage above, believing in Jesus Christ the only Son of God promises everlasting life. Hence the revelation in John 1:12 which grants anyone that receives Jesus Christ the power to become Sons of God.

A closer look at both passages:

  • The first, states that Jesus Christ is the Son of God even before his arrival and all that believes will have life.
  • The second, states that he that receives Jesus Christ is granted the power to work out Sonship (not a son right away).

Now, we can derive clearly – “not all that receives Christ have the characteristics of Sons of God.”

Characteristics of “Sons of God”

  • They are born-again (John 1:12 – 13)
  • They are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)
  • They understand their identity (1 John 3:1, Romans 8:16, Galatians 4:7)
  • They live a righteous life (1 John 3:3)
  • They have faith in God (Hebrews 11:6)
  • They do the father’s work (Philippians 2:13 – 15)
  • They bring glory to God through their works (Matthew 5:16)
  • They are well tutored (Hebrews 12:8, Galatians 4:1 – 2, Proverbs 12:1)
  • They are victorious overcomers (Revelation 21:7)
  • They discover their purpose and make manifest (1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 4:1 – 2)
  • They exercise their power and authority over the earth (Galatians 4:7 – 11)
  • Finally, They are the ones that the world awaits (Romans 8:19)

Conclusion

Are you a Son of God, are you on the path to working out Sonship OR are you still outside the box? One truth still remains… The only foundation for all these is Jesus ChristBelieve, Receive and Grow!

What Are You Doing?

“And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan. Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places”. – Numbers 33:50-52

Message:
God still speaks and He is still speaking to us as believers, chosen heritage, His precious possession.

What really did He say to the Israelite’s? “Drive out all the inhabitants(spiritual and physical) of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places”. (emphasis mine)

Why would a wonderful God tell His people to eliminate everyone in the land, a land that rightfully belongs them and all the idols worshiped there?

Lessons.

  1. God is speaking to us now.
  2. What message has God given you for this generation? Are you preaching the message or keeping it to yourself? We are called as believers to shine as light in dark places, being silent wasn’t part of the assignment.
  3. When ye: This indicates there will be a moment where we will need to take with spiritual violence what truly belongs to us.
  4. “Jordan” here signifies a lot to us; her and crossing Jordan for the Israelite’s wasn’t by their strength or creativity rather by Gods own power and direction. if there is anything you are going to cross into depend on God, walk with Him; like Paul on his way to Rome, he advised the sailors but they depended on their skills and qualifications. They would have died if Paul wasn’t with them.
  5. Destroy anything that is contending or occupying your place in life, occupying your position, occupying the place God has determined for us to live and rule. God has made us His children now! Are there things that we need to personally destroy in our hearts, environment, things occupying the realms of the spirit in the territory where we live? Are there things challenging our occupancy as rulers on earth?
  6. God didn’t advice or suggest, He commanded. Meaning, they had the power to do what He said. Right now, who says you can’t have dominion? Such is contrary to Gods word.  Who says you can’t function as Jesus did here and now? Didn’t He say “greater things than these shall yeah do because He goes to the father”?
  7. In the command is an assurance of spiritual backing. No man confronts any enemy without having support behind him. What you carry determines who you can confront and what you can conquer. It determines who submits to you. Is God with you in your journey through life? Is He with you in business, school, office or in your home? What are you confronting that has refused to submit? Bring it before God!

To be continued in the next edition.

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