I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matt. 3:11)
Introduction: Welcome to a moment of power of God. Our focus is the power of God in the Christian life. Holy Ghost fire is the symbol of God’s power, His presence and manifestation. The Holy Vessels are the Christians who serve as the container, carrier, possessor and habitation of the Holy Spirit. 1Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2Cor 6:16.
The failure of every Christian in life has been traced to the absence of the Holy Spirit because the fullness of all things comes by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Message Outline: (A) The Preparation of Holy Vessels for Holy Ghost Power & fire (B) The process for the Holy Vessels to receive Holy Ghost fire (C) The purpose of the Holy Ghost fire in the Holy Vessels.
In Numbers 11:16-17, 25-30 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee. 17 And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone. And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. 26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. 27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. 29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’S people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them! 30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.” This is exactly what God did but putting upon others part of the spirit of God in Moses.
CONCLUSION: The evidence of this power and fire are as follows: speaking in tongues, prophesying and unction to function. Acts 2:2-4, 17. By faith as you pray, you will receive in Jesus name. Amen.
Congratulations! Praise God!! For seeing another month in the midst of the living. Unto our God be the glory, honour, adoration and thanksgiving now and forever.
The day is far spent, the night draweth near when our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ shall come and we must be ready knowing fully well that this world is our battle ground and only the conqueror will reign with King Jesus at marriage feast of the Lamb and in Heaven. Hear what Jesus said, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev 3:21)
The topic of our consideration is Understanding Christian Warfare and Victory Methods. We are engaged daily in warfare and we must conquer daily to make it on earth and make heaven at last. We shall look at this topic under four sub-headings:
(1) The keywords explained
(2) The warfare starting place
(3) The warfare present place
(4) The Christians’ practical weapons for daily victory
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven”. (Rev 12:7-8) The other Bible references are Gen 3:15, Gen 1:1-2. The Warfare started in heaven in the kingdom of God. One of the angels by name Lucifer which means Son of the morning star (note: not the morning star), gathered some angels and rebelled against God and God did not spare him and all the rebels (angels), he was faced with angel Michael and other loyal angels and Lucifer with his cohorts were defeated and cast out of heaven. Isaiah captured this very well “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:12-15.
Secondly, the warfare continued in Garden of Eden where God put Adam and Eve and the place is being kept away from man since then. In the cool of the day God will usually visit them (Gen 3:8). Moreover, one day the Lucifer who became serpent because of his craftiness deceived Adam and Eve and they ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil and God cursed the serpent, Eve and the ground for man. God also pronounced warfare between man the Lucifer. In Gen 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” The causes of warfare most times is enmity which is hostility.
The above were the places where the Christian warfare started.
3.1. The carnal warfare (the human mind and the flesh). The carnal warfare centres on the human mind and the members of the body. In Rom 7:23 it is written “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” The bible verse reveals that the human mind and flesh is the battle field in man. The first assignment therefore is to understand the carnal warfare. The carnal warfare is the battle of the mind and flesh. The Devil usually gives ungodly suggestion and communication to our mind through our body organ – the eye, (what we see), the ear (what we hear), the body (what we feel, especially the sensual organs) to feed and corrupt our mind and life. Every covenant Christian must win the carnal battle first without which he/she cannot win other battles.
These three things are first things to be done; genuine confession, total forsaking (sin), genuine conversion ie submission of soul, spirit and body to the lordship of Jesus and our flesh hates discipline and pains but that is one thing you must do. Apostle Paul said “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1Cor 9:27).
3.2 Physical warfare. This is the use of physical things we can see, feel, touch to torture covenant Christian to submit to the will of flesh, satan and worldly system. Let us read few of these weapons in Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” and 2 Cor 4:11-14. Are you going through any of these, or childlessness, joblessness, failure, insufficiency, don’t give up, it is the physical warfare, you will overcome. All you need do is pray, workhard and see the truly called men of God to join hands with you over that situation, it is a temporary thing, it will soon be over.
3.3 Spiritual Warfare – This is more complex and wide, we don’t have total knowledge of this weird warfare but we rely on God’s word and power to overcome. Apostle Paul described it in Eph 6:12 as “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.” In spiritual warfare we have unseen forces and known forces but we cannot handle them physically though we see the physical manifestations, we must rely totally on God. Such warfare includes; bad dreams, sickness, diseases, arrows, covenant, curses, poverty, affliction by agents, spiritual forces of darkness and enemies. The forces include – witches, wizards, ritualist, familiar spirit, herbalist, false prophets etc. What can we do?
CONCLUSION: Only those who overcome in this world will make heaven, so you must face the challenges and warfare squarely and obtain victories by the weapons listed above, remember Christ said “To him that overcommeth will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcome, and am sed down with my Father in his throne”. Rev. 3:21
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23, Matthew 21:21
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24, Matt 21:22
The topic before us is Mountain Moving Prayers ie the kinds of prayer that can move away or remove our battles and problems. The unparallel weapon of a real Christian is prayer. This topic is coming at this period of the year because of the revelation received concerning the remaining half of the year; it is revealed that only the prayerful will survive the battles and possess the blessings which are reserved for the last half of this year.
Therefore, fasten your seat belt as we travel to explore and possess the secret of the mountain moving prayers.
Secondly, it is a communication because it involves a hearer and a speaker, whose role can be switched in the course of the communication. Do you know, hear and speak the language God understands? One factor in communication is mutual intelligibility. That is the hearer and speaker understands each other without any barrier. The language of God is basically four:
(a) The language of the heaven or spiritual language which the Holy Spirit gives at baptism of the Holy Ghost.
(b) The language of the Bible or the Word of God which the Holy Spirit inspired in the time past. This you must study daily to know.
( c) The non-verbal language which is sign language which must be understood by daily fellowship in the Holy Spirit with God.
(d) The rhema language. This is the word which is received concerning a matter per time. This also include the word of faith and prophecy.
Do you operate in these ways of communication with God? If not take these steps before you learn the mountain moving prayers.
It is a fact that if you don’t know someone number you cannot call him/her. Also, if you don’t have a relationship with someone, your communication will not be smooth. These are the steps:
Are you holy? Is your life conducive for spiritual blessing? It is written “Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD”. (Heb 12:14)
iii. Spiritous: Be Holy Ghost lead or spirit filled. It takes a man or woman who has left flesh and carnality to relate with God. In John 4:24 Jesus said God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.
Always pray in the name of Jesus and not in any dead, angel or persons name.
Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed, read this Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground”. Your lazy body and lackadaisical prayer attitude and style cannot move mountains. Please change now. Jesus prayed sweat came out of his body.
“And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. Jesus said shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” If you don’t give up in prayer, your battle will give up in the place of prayer.
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62
One of the shortest and powerful message of Jesus Christ is Luke chapter 17:32 which states “REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE”. The story is written in Gen 19:26. The Lord commanded Lot and his wife and two daughters to depart from Sodom and Gomorrah. They were privileged because an angel of God held their hands to lead them out, but the command was “don’t look back”. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt. Every Christian who looks back that is goes back to his old ways, sins, etc is regarded to have looked back, that means such a Christian has gone back to his vomit. Who is that person that will vomit and like to eat it again? I have never seen anyone except dog. In 2Peter 2:20-22 it is written “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” This is regarded as backsliding, looking back and compromising. It is not a news that every believer or Christian is still living in this world of corruption, temptation and daily invitation and exposure to sin. It is therefore necessary to know what to do to stand firm, steadfast, unmoveable, unyielding so that we can enter the kingdom of God which Christ has gone to prepare for us.
The devil with all his devices (social media, entertainment, pleasure, worldliness, magic, fashion, music, dressing, technology facilities) is pulling us on one side, to his side and God on the other side through his available resources (the bible, Holy Spirit, Pastors, preachers, miracles, revelations) is pulling us to his side, so man is the centre of the struggle and battle between God and Satan, Light and darkness, Good and bad, which side will you go? To be on God’s side then you must not COMPROMISE (means don’t accept satanic offers in place of God). The following will help you to remain steadfast and don’t become another Lot’s wife.
This is my secret as a Christian.
Don’t forget that one will chase a thousand but two ten thousands. Imagine the ratio of what one can do and what ten will do. We are called unto fellowship with God and with one another. Therefore, don’t forsake the assembly of brethren, the saints if you must remain steadfast to inherit our heavenly father’s kingdom. Daniel and his companion Meshach, Shedrack and Abednego were able to change the decree of death issued by the king in Babylon because of their fellowship with God and one another. Daniel 2:17-19.
Nowadays, work has turned many Christians to Sunday worshipers, many parents are now absentee fathers and mothers. It is not right, make sure you attend mid-week services, your absenteeism because of work is end time satanic agenda, God will help us.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I have discovered that what I have written here is the only antidote to COMPROMISE. Also these principles are becoming increasingly difficult for Christians due to global economic recession, civilisation, modernisation, philosophy of men, materialism, immoralities, financial hardship and societal expectations.
Consequentially, it takes personal/self determination, heavenly determination and total dedication to please God and displease self and people to do them. Please, Christ is coming very soon, don’t compromise your Christian faith or look back, be like Daniel in Babylon, Joseph in Egypt, Paul in new testament and host of other disciples who died for their faith in Christ. It is a very hard time to be a Christian but His GRACE is SUFFICIENT FOR US.
Be rapture ready.