Our Loyalty may be Measured Way Above What It Really Is!
Scripture: Matthew 12:34
Jesus said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Self-righteousness often exists where we consistently judge ourselves above others! Peter was doing that but so were the twelve! They all declared their loyalty way above what it really is! This passage says, “Peter answered and said to Him, ‘Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.’ Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster, you will deny Me three times. Peter said to Him, ‘Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!’ And so said all the disciples.” What does that tell us about the disciples? This shows self-righteousness to the max. The very thing that they just declared set them up to be delivered because their denial of Christ finally broke the giants of pride within them. This was their pinnacle failure and it was what it took to baptize them in humility.
The sun in January passes through a cluster of 108 stars in the constellation called Aquarius symbolized by the water bearer. This Represents Jesus who went away (in His death) and has come again (in His resurrection).
“Their blessing ensured” or “The living waters of blessing poured forth for the redeemed.” Jesus paid the price for atonement and has procured the blessings which can be bestowed and poured forth upon the redeemed.
The constellation is pictured in the heavens by a man (Jesus) pouring forth water from an urn which seems to have an inexhaustible supply and flows forth downward into the mouth of a fish (the redeemed) which receives it and drinks it all up.
This is the period of extreme fruitfulness and knowledge where Jesus will pour upon the redeemed so much water of His Spirit and word that both spiritually and physically barren situations and people have opportunity to become abundantly fruitful. . (Isa 44:3, Isa 41:18)
Ask the Lord to forgive you and be a source water hole. You have filled up from His fountain of life but those holes in your life are yet to allow the precious things of God flow out of your life. Ask that the Lord will reveal those actions, characteristics and lifestyle that have created hinderances in you as a vessel so that you are unable to retain a lifestyle that pleases God even though you are exposed to His life giving Spirit and Word. (Jer 2:13, Psa 36:9)
What is God’s antidote for self-righteousness? God’s antidote is, ‘I will make you a plumbline.’ Scripture: Genesis 12:3
“I will bless those who bless you…” What is God’s antidote for self-righteousness? God’s antidote is, ‘I will make you a plumbline.’ That is the last thing in the world that most will ever want to be. And I will make you a plumbline by which I will judge others. That is the opposite of self-righteousness. God is saying that for those who wholeheartedly choose Him that He will build a plumbline in our lives. How people treat us is how God will treat them. He will make us a plumbline. Now that’s not so bad unless He puts that on your kids or members of your family. We can tell that there is potentially some real discomfort that comes with God’s assignment. Becoming a plumbline is not an easy assignment because we like to prevent people from opening themselves to judgment but sometimes, we can’t.
Ask for great grace upon the church to enable each experience the tangibility of this favour as each obeys God’s specific instructions. (Exo 3:20-22; 12:36; Acts 4:33b).
Ask God to release great and mighty hidden things such as health and healing, abundance of peace and truth etc so His people will be to Him a name of joy, praise and an honour before all nations.
Pray that God’s children will excel in each sector of society i.e. family, the church, government, economy, education, science and technology, media, arts, sports and culture. Pray through Jeremiah 33:3, 6-9 and Isa 45:3.
Ask that the Lord will gather the people into their place of inheritance
In Isaiah 14:14 we are told, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Sheshai. means white linen or self-righteousness! I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. What is this all about? That is satan’s offer saying, ‘serve me and you get to judge others by your own standard. You set your own standard, so you get to judge everyone else.’ It is Sheshai meaning white linen or self-righteousness. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High, nobody gets to correct me. I am above correction. No one judges me. I am self-righteous. I walk my own path and I become the standard for everyone else.’ Self-righteousness insulates against God! Have we ever met anyone who was self-righteous? We can tell because we feel as if we are being judged.
Pray for self and the church so each will live in purity of heart and in the fear of the Lord all their days on earth. (Ps 139:23-24, Ps 24:3-6; Ps 15:1-2; Ps 19:9; Prov 19:23; Prov 14:27; Prov 22:4; Isa 33:6; Job 28:28; Ps 34:11)
Pray that God will burn those webs self[righteousness with His consuming fire in the lives of His people round the globe. (Heb 12:29)
The quarter moon is the spiritual bows of the occult used in shooting calamitous words of destruction to shed blood which is used as thanksgiving sacrifices to their gods for all the “good” they have enjoyed. Pray that God will contend with them (Amos 7:4; Isa 49:25).
Pray with Psalm 18:1-3 and declare the Lord your stronghold (Nah 1:7).
Pray that the blood of Jesus will nullify and blot out of the realm of the spirit every word of enchantment uttered by occult groups. (Col 2:14).
Moon Phases 2: 9: 17: 25:
Moon Phases, January 2022
January 2, 2022 19:35
January 9, 2022. 19:13
January 17, 2022 00:51
January 25, 2022. 14:42
Who has the freedom to speak freely challenging us?
Scripture: Philippians 3:17-19
In Philippians 3:17-19, we are told how people end up in destruction. The pathway there is to refuse to accept correction. Here Paul says, “Brethren, join in following my example and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.” What friendships have we developed and from whom can we accept correction? Who has the freedom to speak freely challenging us? It is first and foremost the job of the Holy Spirit. Jesus walked a life of receiving direction and guidance for overcoming! He learned obedience through the things He suffered. He always submitted to the Spirit. Nevertheless not My will but Thine be done. That is the yielding process…the will of God….submit…submit…submit! Bow, bow, bow, surrender, surrender, surrender! That is how we build a relationship with God. We keep ourselves open to correction and always choose the path of surrendering to our Father. We do all this with a humble heart! That is our inheritance. We have an anointing for it. Let’s accept it and walk it out.
Pray that God will raise mothers in the nation who will raise a lamentation before the Lord for the disasters striking our churches at such a repetitive manner. (Jer 9:17-24).
Pray that God will also raise matured sons who will marry these lands and pray ceaselessly until His righteousness shines forth from them (Isa 62).
Pray that God will raise daughters in these nations who will become a strong support system for the nation at various levels; daughters who will come up with innovative ways to bring succour and relief to the helpless, the dying, and the traumatized at every level of society.
Jug 6:1-6; 1 Sam 30:1-8 The curse of the Medianites, the Amalekites, and the people of the east is a curse that reaps all your produce just when it is ready leaving you with nothing. The curse causes you; to hide from your enemies, live in weakness and depression and lack; robbing you of the joy of the Lord, which is your strength
We have an anointing from God to help us surrender to the Holy Spirit, conquering the giants!
Scripture: Galatians 2:11-21
In Galatians 2:11-21, we get an example of the value of correction. Paul had to correct Peter and bring him back to faith. Galatians 2:11-14 says, “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.” Paul observed Peter slipping back into Phariseeism. How many friends do we have more at home in Phariseeism than in the Holy Spirit? Even Barnabas was deceived. So we see the power of correction and we begin to understand why this path of surrender is so very, very important. It is a life or death path and these choices to overcome that have been bought and paid for are a real blessing. We have an anointing from God to help us surrender to the Holy Spirit, conquering the giants! Jesus overcame them…all of them and the anointing of the Holy Spirit and His grace empowers us to walk this surrender out. It is our inheritance of victory.
Pray against self-will. It leads to a desert life.
Pray against rebellion. The rebellious never end well.
Pray for the spirit that chooses the way of Christ.
Their discernment is zero when all the giants that they have not yet been dealt with. Scripture: Luke 22:21-24
In Luke 22:21-24 again we see the twelve as the poster kids for self-protection. Luke says here, “’But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!’ Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing. Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.” The disciples are trying to figure out who the betrayer is. Their discernment is zero because of all the giants that they have not yet dealt with. Suddenly they can’t hear each other. They have all insulated themselves against the others and no one is receiving correction or anything else from anyone. There was rivalry among them, and each was void of discernment. The fruit of the giants in action was zero discernment. That is a one-way ticket to destruction. If we do not deal with our giants, the first casualty will be discernment. We can’t discern what’s God and what isn’t. How would we like to spend the rest of our life in that place living in the fruit of rebellion? Thank God Jesus paid for discernment and the anointing to overcome self-will!
Pray that God will give each of his children the tongue of the learned to only speak the word He puts in our mouths in aiding His purposes to pull down, destroy and overthrow, and then to build up and establish what He wants in the church and nation. (Prov 20:12; Eph 1:17-18; Isa 50:4; Isa 51:16).
Pray that you will enjoy a new level of God-ordained discernment with those you are relating with.
Pray that you will enjoy a season of birthing God’s purposes and seeing those seeds which were buried in you begin to bring forth fruit.
Thyatira gets the wrath of God. Why? Because she refuses correction.
Scripture: Genesis 12:2, Romans 1:18-19,
Romans 1:18 -19 says, “ For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” Of the seven churches of Revelation, Thyatira gets the wrath of God. Why? Because she refuses correction. The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth. It is obvious that this judgment starts in the church and then moves to the world. Judgment begins at the House of God first! When it comes to practice, Thyatira is by far the most liberal where anything goes and therefore the place which judgment begins! What does Romans 1:18 look like? The wrath of God is revealed from heaven? What if 2020 is a prophetic sign for seeing God like He really is? What if in 2020 the biggest judgments manifest in church and then in the political parties we choose to support? Will our choices cause us like Jehoshaphat to wear wrath or will we choose the blessing of obedience?
Pray that God Himself will train your hands and fingers for every war and battle so that you can successfully wage victorious warfare over the forces of darkness: Psalm 144:1, 110:2, 2 Samuel 22:35.
Ask the Lord to activate the nature of the horse in you so like the horse, you will perceive the battle afar off and seek the Lord for battle strategies just the way David did and rush into it, knowing that your safety is of the Lord (Zec 10:3 2 Sam 5:22-25; Jer 8:6b ;Prov 21:31).
In self-protection no one has the right to correct or rebuke me.
Scripture: Isaiah 14:13, Revelation 2:18-29
Isaiah 14:13b says, “I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;” This corresponds to the giant of Numbers 13 named Ahiman. This giant is self-protection. In self-protection, no one has the right to correct or rebuke me. ‘I choose where I am going.’ The enemy is setting himself above correction and protecting his own kingdom. His attitude is, ‘I am above correction and have the right to protect my own kingdom. I’m choosing my own developmental path and nobody is going to tell me I can’t have what I want. I’m insulating myself from oppositional voices.’ This is a pinnacle rebellion-place coming from a high and haughty heart that sees self on the Throne. The worst judgment of all of the 7 churches is conferred upon Thyatira, the church which refuses correction. They choose to allow rebellion. Jezebel is at home in Thyatira teaching sexual immorality. This is the church that fully accepts the perverse lifestyle and is judged for it! Jesus promises to throw them into a sickbed. This is the Saviour who chose to suffer the lashes so we could be healed, by whose stripes we are healed! With those who choose to reverse His Word, Jesus reverses His responses! Six times in the Gospels Jesus healed them all, so His nature is to heal the sick, but not in Thyatira because they allow and choose what God forbids. Christ reverses the promise to deliver from tribulation by creating it! The God Who resurrects displays His authority over death by sending it. Equally as amazing as the penalty for those who refuse correction is the blessing for those who reject Thyatira and choose obedience to God’s Word: obedience is rewarded by power over the nations and the privilege of ruling with a rod of iron. The overcomers become the agents of affliction in Revelation 11:3-7. Jesus bought and paid for the overcomer’s anointing that makes us just like Him in the last days!
Thank God for Nigeria. Thank God for the President, his deputy, the senate president, the speaker, the secretary, the ministers, the governors and all the leaders.
Come against self-will among the leaders and that hinder the counsel of God for Nigeria – it will not stand neither shall it come to pass.
Pray for wisdom to direct the affairs of this great nation.
Come against the activities that produce violence in Nigeria. Command that their source dry up and their tongue divided in Jesus name.
Pray that God will divert the attention of supporters of violence in Jesus name.
Jesus overcame the temptation to embrace a self-serving path.
Scripture: Luke 22:41-44
Luke 22 highlights the major battle existing over yielding to self-will in all five applications where Jesus shed His blood for our victory! This account says, “ And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.’ Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” The very first place Jesus shed His blood in the process of obtaining our salvation was in the garden resisting the will of the enemy and embracing the will of God. Our inheritance in the New Testament with Christ as our example is settled here. Jesus overcame the temptation to embrace a self-serving path. That is what He bought and paid for. The power of the Holy Spirit enables us to obey when our flesh objects. We have been given a Helper to enable us choose the eternal purpose of God. Jesus shed His Own Blood to redeem us from that battle and that war in order for us to lay claim to doing the will of God by the power of the Holy Spirit! The victory is ours!
Pray Specially for Africa.
Pray that the church will take the challenge of the population (more than 50% of Africans are below the age of 30) and evangelize the youths.
Pray against inferiority complex and that Africa will become economically self-reliant in Jesus’ name.
Pray for a peaceful resolution to the problems in Ethiopia. Pray for peace in this nation.
Pray that the voice of depression, gloom and sadness will be drowned completely in the horn of Africa (Job3:7, Isa 55:12-13).
Here we see Israel’s first king Saul being sent on a mission given by God through the prophet Samuel. God said He would punish what Amalek did to Israel when they came out of Egypt. At that time according to Deuteronomy 25, they waited until the very end of Israel’s day of travel attacking the procession where the elderly, the women, and the children were. They killed the unarmed and the innocent. They did not war honorably! Now God directed Saul through the prophet Samuel, to wipe out Amalek. That was the assignment, ‘Kill them all!’ Saul’s behavior in this assignment was the epitome of self-will. Saul showed us what self-will looked like in disobeying God’s command. Doing what he himself thought best, Saul spared Agag, the king of Amalek and the best of Amalek’s animals. It was a descendant of Agag who killed Saul at the end of Saul’s life. Saul’s disregard for God’s command became his own death sentence. Sadder still is the fact that through his own disobedience he lost his call and assignment as king and created the path for his own replacement. Self-will does not establish God’s Kingdom. It establishes our own and must be judged! Self-will earns God’s Sword-Pergamos is the picture! How would we like to go to church where God sent a sword to destroy the rebellious? Pergamos became a place of judgment! How would we like to pastor nonstop judgment? It will happen in the last days.
Special Prayer: Africa Must Rise
The evils that have to be overcome to bail Africa out of her woes are:- darkness, dishonesty, ignorance, immobility, disease, fear, hunger, illness, injustice, want (poverty), indiscipline, corruption, covetousness and greed. These problems are very deep rooted and extensive and in Africa.
Pray that the leaders in Africa (especially Christians) will no longer accept these evils as normal. Pray that every leadership level will no longer be blind to this wretchedness in Jesus name. (Eph l: 17-19).
Pray against the low level of education of Africans so much that majority of them are unable either to recognize their plight or understand economic functions.