LORD BREAK THE POWERS OF MY TORMENTORS
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Tormentors are real. They are the messengers of Satan to inflect injuries on us.
ACTIONS OF TORMENTORS
God is still the Almighty who is able to deliver every one that cry for His help. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
We shall see some cases in the Bible
Exo 1: 13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
Pharaoh and his people were the tormentors for the Israelites. They made their lives bitter until they cried unto the Lord who sent Moses to deliver them.
GIDEON’S TIME –
Jdg 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD. 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
Sin opened the doors for Satan and his tormentors to enter. The tormentors came in a merciless way and very ruthless. Satan and his agents are very merciless and wicked.
In the book of Esther, Haman tormented Mordecai and the Israelites to the point that a day was fixed to totally exterminate or eradicate all the Israelites. They cried to the Lord and the day that was programmed tor destruction for Mordecai became his day of promotion.
Act 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Herod was hired by Satan as the tormentor for the church of the living God. He killed James and he happily wanted to kill Peter. The saints prayed and rescued Peter from his hands and he died a shameful death.
In all these cases the cry of the people brought deliverances to them. Never think that it might be God’s will for you to be tormented. Even if it was your sins that opened the doors for them to come, do not accept them, actions must be taken against them. Whatever sufferings you are going through in the hands of your tormentors, cry to the Lord and He will rescue you.
There are some actions we must personally take
God has not changed and He will not change. If He helped those who called Him, He will help you. Now it is time to rise up to the challenge, you are able follow the instructions above and victory is yours in Jesus’ name.
FROM TEARS TO LAUGHTER
Luke 2: 9 – 14
There are extreme case of sorrow that God turned into joy. We shall look at some of them.
1. ISRAELITES IN EGYPT Exo 3: 7 – 10 God knows your sorrows. He knows what is troubling you,
Exodus 3:7 And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
God said –
Whatever power is contending with you, the Lord will deliver you in Jesus’ name. The way that The Lord disgrace Pharaoh, God will disgrace your enemies in Jesus’ name. Whatever power says you will not go forward, will be disgraced in Jesus’ name.
This is the time of celebration and The Lord will give you joy in Jesus’ name.
Israelites looked behind them and saw the dead bodies of their enemies you will see the complete and total destructions of your enemies in Jesus’ name.
2. HANNAH 1Sam 1: 6 – 18, 27; 2: 1
Hannah was being provoked because of her situations and she was being insulted and disgraced.
Whatever the enemy is using to insult you shall be reversed in Jesus’ name.
1Samuel 1:9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
Hannah rose up – so you must raise up your head and stop worry, thinking on negatives and crying.
The provocation moved her to go to God. No problem must hinder you from going to The Lord.
1Samuel 1:18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
When you carry your sorrow to the Lord, leave it there.
1Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
God turned her tears to laughter.
1Ch 4:9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
THE PRAYER OF JABEZ
We do not know what brought sorrow to the mother of Jabez and she transfer the sorrow to her son. Imagine if your name is called sorrow! Jabez was not satisfy with such a name and he prayed and the Lord changed everything for him.
Jabez become honourable because he went to God to remove the sorrow in his life. His life was totally changed because he prayed.
Every inherited sorrow must be removed.
Everything that has brought sorrow into my life or made sorrow to stay in my life should be removed in Jesus’ name.
4. THE WIDOW OF NAIN Luke 7: 11 – 16
Her husband had died, she had only one son and now the son had died. Satan wanted her to live and die in sorrow but Jesus met her.
Jesus said, weep not. Stop your tears and look up to Jesus. Direct your attention to Jesus and your tears shall change to laughter in Jesus’ name.
Human comfort had no solution but the words of Jesus carries weight.
There was erratic jubilation for the woman, the son and all the people.
Jesus spoke to the problem of this woman and Jesus has come to speak to your problems.
God is compassionate
God knows what we are going through
Jesus is the only one that can change our sorrow to joy.
God is loving
He cannot see me weeping and turned away from me.
He showed love to Israelites in Egypt.
He showed love to the widow of Nain so, He will show His love to me.
5. MARY AND MARTHA John 11: 1 – 45
Mary said, “But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” John 11:22
Jesus said, “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.” John 11:23
Whatever the enemy had done for you, or saying about you, Jesus has the final say.
6. DORCAS Acts 9: 36 – 41
The believers in Joppa truly believed in God and they sent for Peter. God has the final say over your life
WHY WILL GOD ANSWER YOUR PRAYER?
God will answer your prayers because of
His personality – He is a compassionate God
He is powerful – Omnipotent
His promises – Matt 11: 28
1John 3: 8b
His plan – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
The place of prayer is the arena of joy
Preached by ELIZABETH OLADIMEJI
Victory is what everybody wants but cannot get. All Christians are supposed to have victory but they do not, why?
Every adult is entitled to have driving license but we do not all have it.
Every citizen is entitled to have international passport, how many of us have it?
There are conditions to be met before you can have victory.
Know and recognize it that Jesus had paid the price so, it is now in your hands to receive and enjoy it. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1John 5:4
From this bible verse, the first step to be able to have victory in life is to be born into the family of God. Remember – “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 – according to the word of God, every sinner and any sinner is a property of Satan. So, as long as there is any sin in your life, you belong to Satan and you are a slave to sin. So, you can never have victory.
To become a child of God is so simple, just confess your sins to God and ask Shim to forgive you in the name of Jesus. See these references-
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Immediately you carry out your part, God will make you His child right away. If you are born of God, if you are a Christian, you must overcome the world.
To have victory, you must fight sorrow. Sorrow present you as a fatherless child which is a disgrace to God. Sorrow comes because of what you are looking at, how you see things and your interpretation of the situation that is making you sad.
Sadness, sorrow closes your brain. When you are sorrowful, you cannot think well and you cannot pray in the right direction. As you fight sin, so fight sorrow with all your strength because both of them are killers.
Jesus is The Captain of our salvation, so to have victory we must focus on Him.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He is our burden bearer and He understand the feelings of our infirmities.
How can you have victory?
Know who you are –
Know yourself on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual areas. These will inform your actions and reactions that brings victory.
Majority of believers do not see themselves as God sees them. God saw Gideon as a mighty man while he saw himself as a fearful man. So, for you to have victory, you must see yourself the way God sees you.
Lastly, you must know and use the promises of God. He cannot fail therefore His words cannot fail.
Learn to pray with authority as Jesus commanded us.
Elijah did that and enjoyed victory.
David did that and enjoyed victory.
So you can enjoy victory over sin, Satan and every circumstances on every day of your life.
Rise up and walk in the liberty wherein Christ has made you FREE.
THE SECRET OF SUCCESS
Happiness is a powerful tool that God had given man for successful living. Wherever you find happiness, you will find success there. That is the reason why Satan had been fighting seriously against happiness. We must make a point very clear here – laughter is not happiness and joy is from the fountain of the heart.
1. THE POWER OF HAPPINESS Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
We can summarize the POWER OF HAPPINESS – Happiness
|Gives boldness and courage|
|Comforts and imparts courage to others|
|Allows better relationship|
|Gives inner and outer healing|
|Makes the brain sharp –gives ability to reason better|
|Strengthens our faith and confidence in God|
|Repeals the enemies and attracts the power of God to us|
2. ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS
Whatever is good in life has enemies, so these are the enemies of happiness
|Hypocrisy Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?|
|Envy and jealousy|
|Worry and anxiety|
|Ingratitude especially to God|
|Lack of understanding (especially the promises of God and his plans)|
THE BEAUTY-PARLOUR OF GOD
Beauty is very important to God and by extension to man.
God created the beautiful world. Have a look at the animals, see the combination of their colours and you will see God as the Great Beautician.
Have a look at the trees, their leaves, the flowers and the fruits. You will see paragon of beauty in dis play.
Look at man, the Asians, Indians, Americans, Europeans and Africans. You will see how God distinguished them in beauty. Then look at the people near you, their eyes, noses, size of mouth, ears, and shape of their heads, and other parts of their bodies. You will see uniqueness, beauty, and wonderful things to behold.
God made everything beautiful in diversity.
This same God had created a beauty parlour. Come inside and enhance your beauty as you follow me to the Bible.
Gen 12:14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
At the age of sixty-five, this woman was beautiful enough to arrest the king of Egypt.
Genesis 20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
At the age of eighty- nine, her beauty was still arresting kings. What was the secret? She was in the beauty-parlour of God.
Exo 34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 30 And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
Moses came down from the beauty-parlour of God and his face was shining beyond the understanding of the people.
God so much glorified Moses that the shinning glory was beyond the expectations of the people.
What did Moses do?
He was in the presence of God for some days.
Get inside a prayerful lifestyle and see how your face and skin will glow. Your youth will be renewed.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
What God did to Moses and Sarah, He is still doing it today.
2Kings 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Naaman was general in the army of Syria. He had been fighting wars and his body must be full of wrinkles and scars from wounds in the battle fields. When he met God, God put him through His beauty – parlour and his body became like that of a little baby –fresh.
Did he go for plastic – surgery? How much cream, mascaras, bases, tonners, lotions and a lot of other troubles we put on ourselves today. How much of them did he buy?
How much did he pay in spar or a beauty-parlour?
Come to God now, He will beautify you. Spend time with God and you will become younger in look and at heart.
No wonder those who pray a lot live longer. Give it a trial and you will testify about it.
BECOMING AN AUGUST PERSONALITY
AND RECIPIENT OF AUGUST BLESSING
Days, weeks, months, and years pass but it is what we put in it that remains. July this year has passed forever and ever but for some of us, it did not pass without notice, there are things to show for it.
au·gust adj. 1. Inspiring awe or admiration; majestic’ … 2. Venerable for reasons of age or high rank
AUGUST’, a. L. Grand; magnificent; majestic; impressing awe; inspiring reverence.
Now is August.
You have to agree with yourself that – ‘this is my time’
You must become an August personality and receive August blessings
WHO IS AN AUGUST PERSONALITY?
2 Samuel 7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.
Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, Rehab the Harlot, Jephthah, David, Peter, Paul, Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
These were men and women who came from obscurity to become AUGUST PERSONALITIES.
WHAT CAN BE CALLED AN AUGUST BLESSING?
EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO RECEIVED AUGUST BLESSINGS
WHAT HELPED SOME OF THEM?
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Things around can trouble us. The problems of the world can also trouble us.
Among the children of Jacob, none had problems like Joseph. So, we should not allow any trouble to disturbed us.
Hab 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Even though everything look upside down, still we should not be troubled.
With all the problems that Jesus went through, He was never troubled.
The promises of God should encourage us. He said “I will never leave thee”. So we should not be troubled whatever we are going through.
David moved away from being troubled to God before God could talk to him and that was when solution came because of those that carried their families away.
Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee 7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
God expects us to relax in His hands
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Jesus must be in your life. He is able. Always remember that prayer brings solutions down.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
With all that Joseph went through, he overcame.
With all that Joshua faced in the wilderness, he reached the Canaan Land.
With all that Saul planned for David, David still reined.
With all the noise of Nebuchadnezzar, the three Hebrew children could not be burnt by his fire.
Why will you not relax in the hands of the Almighty God?
Has He ever disappointed somebody in the past?
Is He not there for you?
RELAX IN CHRIST.
READ PATIENTLY PLEASE!!! At A Time When The Church Has Become A Ground For Entertainment. We Need Revival. At A time When A Music Minister Competes And Compares Himself With Secular Musician: We Need Revival. At A Time When The Altar Of God Is Used For Comedy: We Need Revival. At A Time When A Successful Minister Of The Gospel Is Measured By How Financially Rich He Is; And Not How Much Impact He Is Making: We Need Revival. At A Time, When Passion For Souls Have Been Replaced With Fashion Parade In The Church: We Need Revival. At A Time When Motivational Speaking Has Replaced Biblical Preaching: We Need Revival. At A Time When You Really Cannot Differentiate Between A Daughter Of Zion And An Harlot: We Need Revival. At A Time When Pastors Kill Each Other For Posting And Higher Position: We Need Revival. At A Time When Modern Preachers Now Tell Us That JESUS Is Not Coming Soon: We Need Revival. At A Time When PAINTING, ATTACHMENT And JEWELERIES Have Replaced The Beauty Of God’s Glory: We Need Revival. At A Time When Sexual Sin Is Referred To As Weakness And The Grace Of God Is Taken For Granted: We Need Revival. At A Time When Prophets Prophesy; Using Demonic Powers As Livelihood: We Need Revival. At A Time When The Church Does Not Know The Difference Between Witchcraft Spirit And The Holy Spirit: We Need Revival. At A Time When Filling The Seats In Our Place Of Worship Has Become A Priority; And Raising Of Funds Than Raising Disciples Of Jesus: We Need Revival. At A Time When Sinners Feel Comfortable In Our Churches And Saints Feel No Sense Of Urgency To Preach The Good News To The Lost: We Need Revival. At A Time When Pastors Are More Concerned About How Much Money Members Give Than How Much The Members Truly Love The LORD: We Need Revival. At A Time When The Word Of God Is Scarce And The Fire On The Altar Is Going Out, And The Priests Have Become Blind, The Watchmen Sleeping, And Holiness Is No Longer Our Standard: We Need Revival. We Need Revival, Not A Programme. We Need Reawakening Of Our Souls And A New Awareness Of The Power Of God. We Do Not Need Another Jamboree, But True Repentance Coupled With A Changed Life. We Do Not Need Another Noise, We Need A Shaking And A Mighty Rushing Wind. We Do Not Need Another Movement, We Need A Reformation. We Need The Lord To Come Again And Restore Us Unto Himself. We Need The Lord To Open Our Eyes Again That We May See Him. We Want To See His Holiness Again That We May See Our Depravity. We Need A Genuine Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit, We Are Tired Of Speaking In Tongues And Not Living Christ-Like. There Is No Other Desire That We Have Than To Hear Again The Same Voice That Spoke In The Valley Of Dry Bones To Bring Us Back To life. Our Nations Are In Darkness, Yet We Are The Light. We Cannot Pretend Anymore, We Need To Activate The Power Of Holy Ghost And He Will Reawaken Us. He Will Revive Us Again Because We Do Not See Our Signs And Wonders As Done By The Apostles Of JESUS. There Are Only Few JESUS’ Prophets In Churches, Some Are Not Even Recognized. Let Us Pray That God Should Have Mercy Upon Us! And Revive Us Again! Let Revival Hit The Earth In These Last Days. Be Prepared FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD. IT WILL BE LIKE A DREAM. DO NOT BE CAUGHT UNAWARE. . . ! PLEASE LET OTHERS READ THIS THROUGH YOU.
HOLINESS is living the life of CHRIST. Being like Christ in love, care, relationship and in thought.
One day after preparing to go out, I looked at my hand and was so surprised to see that my wrist is now looking fairer than all the parts of my body. Could it be my cream and why am I just noticing this? I thought.
On a second thought I remembered that this place has often been covered by my wristwatch. It dawned on me that the mark was given to me by my leather wrist watch.
Wow! So my consistency in wearing a wristwatch has left an evidence or a mark on my body.
In the same way, If you see a chain smoker, observe the colour of his teeth and see that the smoke has left an evidence on his teeth. Even without a cigar you will know he has interacted
If you see a drunk, he wakes up in the morning uncoordinated even when he has taken no wine.
If you see someone who uses glasses, it leaves a mark at the sides of his face..
If you see someone that gyms, it leaves an evidence on his body building.
Beloved, when a man begins to seek God in prayers and the word, it leaves an evidence on him. Suddenly the fear of the future begins to fade… New hope begins to rise.. He sees the sick and feels like laying his hands…
He begins to speak wisdom when he talks… You suddenly become bold as a lion. You suddenly discover that even though you lack money but you are rich… And so you say “silver and gold I have not but what I have I give thee… Rise up and walk”! You cannot interact with God’s Spirit continually and the evidence will not be there…
The apostles discovered the evidence that followed them and then said.. “let’s give ourselves to Prayer and the Ministry of God’s word”.
Brethren… Power failure in Christians is due to prayer/word failure.
#Anything you practice overtime leaves an evidence on you…
We practice God’s presence too. Moses practiced it for 40 days and people could
not look at him again. But in our days, His presence is ever with us yet we don’t practice it.
Isaiah 45:19″… I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found…”
We can’t give ourselves to seeking God and come out with nothing as the evidence.
God living in a man should produce an evidence of His presence in the man!
Stop living a casual life, you wake up in the morning and all you think about is business, money and food..
Your prayers are done on the road. Mind you that living a life with no place for God has its own evidence…
We don’t seek Evidence, they naturally manifest
over time not after one long prayer…. It’s over time.
Consistency is key to Greater Manifesting.
Tarry in The Place Of Prayer. It will rub off, and pay off very soon.