TODAY’S DEVOTION (Friday 22nd November 2019)
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 325th DAY OF OUR YEAR OF GOING FORWARD.
It’s been our month of Deep Intimacy. Deep revelations are catalyst of deep intimacy. For us in the Cry of the Spirit and our TV audience, it’s been a season of deep revelations in the word and release of timely Prophecies. God has been gracious; taking us from one depth of His Spirit to another.
Jesus is becoming real and real to many of us every day.
In our devotional today we will continue with the flow on deep intimacy.
The Prophecy that came yesterday at the Bible class was a storm. I cannot shake the vision of the wheel of Judgment away from my spirit. It will remain with me for the rest of my life. I have never seen something like that before in my Christian life or ministry. The wheel was horrible. When the arm of the end holding it high above the pit.
The pit was very wide and deep – endless. I thought it was hell but there was no fire.
Indeed, it’s a fearful thing to fall into the hand of the LORD. I felt Christ weeping in my spirit many times. His presence hit me heard and tears dropped from my eyes more than once. I just had to control myself because I was on air. I had never felt the presence of GOD in out studio that way before. It was an army of angles where there with me. Immediately the song, “no never, never alone, never to leave me alone…” came through, the presence sat on me.
I wished I had had that encounter in my prayer closet, but He wanted it before the view of everyone as a witness. Something is about to happen that will shake many. Friend, God is angry at how many in Church have aligned with the devil to hinder His redemptive plans.
MANY ARE SLAVES OF SIN AND SATAN. OTHERS ARE SLAVES OF SELF.
God wants them all out of slavery. Just few of us are slaves of God. The essence of spiritual warfare and the preaching of the gospel is to terminate slavery to sin, Satan and self and establish slavery to GOD.
Satan wants to terminate our slavery to Jesus Christ and make us his slave, and God want to terminate our slavery to sin, self and Satan and make us His slave-Sons. That is the reason for spiritual warfare and the primary purpose of the preaching of the gospel. It is the reason for what the enemy is doing against the purposes of GOD. It is a battle and the charlatans are helping him.
In attempting to make mankind his slaves, Satan is on rampage killing, stealing, and destroying. He is pushing people from one form of wickedness and perversion to another. And in other to make us His slave, God is on a rescue mission to seek and to save that which has been enslaved to sin, self and Satan. He is pouring His grace and truth upon us and opening portals of mercy over our souls.
We are in an intense spiritual warfare! A strong drive to terminate slavery.
That is why when you become a slave to sin, self or Satan, you will begin to face crisis and come under the afflictions of Satan. You know he is a cruel master like Pharaoh was to the Israelites. But when you become a salve of God, peace will be established in your life. The Bible says we will have rest.
Friend, if you are going through anything now, that problem is a sign that you are a slave of something outside God. Slavery to anything outside God brings restlessness but slavery to God brings rest round about.
I have heard people preach that it takes giving money, drinking Oil, using brooms, water, mats, pieces of clothes, salt, or mustard seed to pray to have rest. I have heard others say it takes giving money (especially sacrificially) to a prophet to have rest. But let God be true and all men liars.
Giving in the right way to the right place at the right time indeed brings blessings but to have rest from the works of the devil, you must become a slave-Son of Jesus Christ.
OUR DEVOTIONAL TEXT TODAY SAYS;
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Accepting Jesus as LORD and savior is coming to Him. When we come to Jesus the next thing, we must do is to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him. We are to take His light burdens upon our shoulders and His easy yoke on our necks – the yoke of doing His blessed will and the burden of executing His plans and purposes on the face of the earth.
When we do that, we will become His Slave-Sons and find rest for our souls.
Rest from any work of the devil does not come through any other means other than this. Do not let anyone fool you about deliverance. Permanent deliverance does not come through lengthy fasting and prayers. It does not come through sowing seeds as we usually say. It does not come by running after prophets who cannot even interpret the scriptures to you. It comes through slavery to Jesus Christ.
When you become a slave of Jesus, the world will ridicule and even hate you. But you will find rest for your soul and they will be in restlessness. God’s ultimate will is to make every one of us a slave-Son of Jesus Christ. That is why He goes to war to battle without enemies.
Whenever you see God go to war it is to terminate our slavery to sin, self, and Satan and make us His Slave-Sons. One way He does that is by enduing us with power from on High. When you are endued with power from on High, you will no longer be a slave to any other than God Himself.
Enduing us with power from Heaven is God’s way of empowering us to fight any form of spiritual slavery and be established in liberty. Power from on High is the only instrument of spiritual warfare God gave the Church.
IT IS THE ONLY INSTRUMENT THAT CAN PUSH THE SATANIC OUT OF YOUR LIFE.
Sadly, many have missed this gracious truth and buried it in the place of ignorance and religiosity. We have buried it in the valleys of prophetic witchcraft, Charismatic seduction, ecclesiastical intimidation and sorcery, inventing other means of deliverance as a replacement.
Power was the only weapon of spiritual warfare God gave o the Apostles. That was why He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they are endued with power. When they were endued with power, they use it against all the works of the enemy and multitudes were saved. They had no bottles of Oil in their hands.
As we bring this to a close, I want to submit to you that if you lack the power from on High, your prayer life will not be result oriented. Your decrees will be empty and ineffective. You will find yourself doing 70 days prayer and coming out as weak as a worm without power to show.
This power comes when you are deeply intimate with Christ.
That is why God is calling us to deep intimacy this month! May the LORD use this devotional to build you up and give you an inheritance among they that are sanctified!!
MAKE THIS SCRIPTURE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION.
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,”
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV