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Friday, July 8, 2011

14. Mystery of the Wilderness Experience

14.     Mystery of the Wilderness Experience

There is always a season in our lives that we have to pass through the wilderness experience. The wilderness experience is also called the Night Seasons, The Storm or The Midnight Hour. It is a period we must all go through before we experience a promotion in life. The Israelites went through it after they were delivered from Egypt, the land of captivity. They had to pass through it before they were able to get to the Promised Land. Jesus, our role model himself had to go through it a number of times before going to the next level. He went through it before starting his earthly ministry.  He experienced a storm before the glorious deliverance of the demon possessed man who lived in the tomb in the country of the Gadarenes. Luke 8:22-39. He was forsaken and denied by his closest friends and disciples. He was tortured and crucified to death, but eventually, He rose from the death victoriously. God had to give him a name above all names in Heaven, earth and beyond. Philippians 2:8-11.
We must always remember that there will always be a time in our lives we have to face the test of life before experiencing the promotion God has for us.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

13. Mystery of Ministering Angels

13.     Mystery of Ministering Angels

This is another mystery that many Christians today are not maximizing. Some believe angels are no more real, that they only existed and operated in Bible days.  On the other hand, some people have gone astray by worshiping angels. The Bible tells us that angels are ministering spirits. The scriptures declare:
“And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
                                                Hebrews 1:7, 13, 14
The writer of the book of Hebrews referred to what was written by the Psalmist, “Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:” in Psalm 104:4. Angels are meant to minister to us who have become as well as those who will be heirs of salvation.  The ministry of angels was enjoyed by our Lord Jesus when he was on earth.
Angel Gabriel took the news of his birth to Mary in Luke 1:26-38.
Angels heralded his birth to the shepherds in the field in Luke 2:8-18.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
                                                Luke 2:15
Angels confirmed his ministry to Nathaniel.
“And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”                     John 1:51
They ministered to him after he was tempted of the devil.
“Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
                                                Matthew 4:11
An angel strengthened him when he was in agony in the garden of Gethsemane.
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”
                                                Luke 22:42-43
They confirmed his resurrection.
“And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.”           John 20:12
“And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.” Luke 24:23
The book of the Acts of the Apostles also recorded several operations of the ministry of angels. You and I can also enjoy the vast benefits of this secret.
I recently witnessed this ministry in the life of our second child, Mayo, while he was just two months old. My wife and I were crossing the road while there was traffic along the road that leads to our house.  The devil set an ambush to take away our baby’s life. The helm of Marth’s long skirt got hooked to the mid road demarcation and Mayo fell to the other side right in front of a public transport bus’ front left tyre. Immediately, the cars ahead of the bus moved forward.  Public transport buses’ drivers in the busy city of Lagos in Nigeria are known for reckless driving. The bus also moved forward. I saw our baby, moved from beneath the bus in front of the tyre sideways by an invisible force. Mayo fell into the hands of God’s guardian angels assigned to him and was preserved. He felt no harm. There was no scratch on his body when we picked him. He was calm and okay.  Marth was wounded and had to take some medications from the hospital after consulting the doctor.  It was an experience of the ministration of God’s angel in my son’s life.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

12. Mystery of Protection

12.     Mystery of Protection

There is a secret to protection in the Kingdom. Protection is certain when we learn to stay in God’s presence continually. The scriptures declare:
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
                                                Psalm 91:1-16
I have experienced God’s protection in my life on several occasions over the years just because I have learnt to spend time in His presence. For years, I have never missed my attendance in our church services. Just some hours ago, God protected my family from an acid explosion in my apartment. My wife and daughter had just gone to get some items from the market. I was in the living room when I heard a loud sound of explosion on the passage to the kitchen. It was the 100aH dry cell battery of our inverter that was sitting on a high rack in the passage that exploded, splashing hot acid all over the passage ceiling, wall, windows and floor.  Right below the rack was my daughter’s tricycle standing. Misi usually ride the tricycle in this same location except occasionally when we are with her in the open space in front of our apartment during the day. She was supposed to be at home playing but just decided to go to the market with the mum this time around.
Last year, in our previous neighborhood, armed robbers were rampart and were raiding several homes and various streets over a period of months. During those times, there were cases of killing, raping and even beatings while the armed robbers attack. One of those days, they also broke into our premises, armed with guns. They broke down the burglaries and doors.  God protected us and we weren’t harmed. 
On countless occasions, God has protected me from motor accidents, various dangers and attacks all because I spend time in His presence.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

11. Mystery of Procreation

11.     Mystery of Procreation

Life in the Kingdom has been pre-programmed by God for reproduction. Beyond giving birth to young ones, we can also give birth to creative ideas, witty inventions as well as noble causes. Just like a mother who just put to birth, our heart is saturated with joy when we see a brain child of ours being fulfilled. My prayer for you this day is that the Lord will cause you to bring forth after your kind biologically, spiritually, materially and mentally, in Jesus’ name!
Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.                                                    Isaiah 66:8, 9

Monday, July 4, 2011

10. Mystery of Harvest

10.     Mystery of Harvest

Harvest is the time to reap whatever has been sown. It is the moment a farmer is rewarded of all his labour after sowing and maintaining his farm. Everybody is always sowing something, either knowingly or unknowingly.  This is a secret of the Kingdom we all have to be fully aware of.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”                                         Galatians 6:7

Sunday, July 3, 2011

9. Mystery of Creation

9.     Mystery of Creation

The ability to create is one of the capabilities that God gave man. The scripture says,
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”                                                                 Genesis 1:26, 27
Man was made in the likeness of God. That same nature of creativity was therefore put in man. That is why man has been able to create several things to rule over every other creation of God.