TODAY’S DEVOTION (Monday 23rd December 2019)
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 NKJV
WELCOME TO THE 357th DAY OF OUR YEAR OF GOING FORWARD.
Compliments of the season. This is a time of the year that most of us use in spending time with our families and refreshing Old memories. Yes, except for few of us in the place of battle, it is a season of spending quality time with love ones you have never seen for a long time.
As much as lies withing your power, it is very important to burry any hatched that may exist between you and a love one and spend quality time with them this season of the year.
Yesterday I was thinking about the shortness of life itself. The Bible says it is a vapor that appears and vanish after a short period of time.
Though we trust our GOD for long life and prosperity but enjoy your love ones while it last because no one will always have that time. I remember when my family use to visit our village during festive season like this, between 1982 and 1993. It used to be a nice time that you do not wish would come to an end. A lot of people are always there to make the visit great.
Yes, there use to be Old men and women full of life, making the village lively and buzzling with their great and exciting folk tales. But all that is gone now. They are all dead now. I still feel their absence today.
Friend, we will not always have our parents with us. What we owe them as believers is to get them saved and sanctified, then love and spend quality time with them as much as we can until their time of exit. That is one of the reasons God gave us to them. The Bible says we should not forsake our parents when they are old. This is the time to fulfill that scripture if it has not been in your character to do so.
One of the missions of end time prophetic ministries is to build marriages in God’s design, restore broken homes where necessary, and bring back family values. If you carry the genuine prophetic anointing in your life, you will have a great respect for family (both spiritual and natural). You will not allow sibling rivalry to fester around you. You will seek to follow peace with all peace-loving people.
I have come to discover that the presence of peace-loving family members in our lives cannot be replaced with the presence of Holy Spirit filled Church members. Our lives need each of these presences to be exciting on earth.
You cannot say you no longer need your family members because you have found a good Church, neither can you say you no longer need a good Church because you have the greatest family members one can have on earth. You will need both.
THAT IS GOD’S PLAN FOR OUR LIVES.
If we follow peace with all men and Holiness, the Bible says we shall see the LORD. Though the Bible acknowledge the impossibility of following peace with all men. But still advocates that we do so as much as lies within our power.
But there is another presence our lives need to blossom in this side of eternity. It is the presence of GOD! I believe strongly that our Church generation is yet to see the full manifestation of the potentials of the presence of GOD.
We have seen miracles, signs, and wonders in some quarters, but most local Churches are just dry of significant moves of God, and sadly they do not care since they spiritual plane they live in brings money to them. To them, that is all life needs. But they are wrong!
Many others have been plugged to the demonic through the diviners they call prophets and the sorcerers in God’s garments.
The LORD spoke to me some time ago saying; “sorcerers are coming.” It got me troubled because I thought we have had enough. But there is also a plan to stop them from reaping more souls to hell and carving out or broadening the way that leads to eternal damnation.
In a season like this, you will need to plan your next 365 days. You need to plan how to live in the presence of the LORD because that is what our lives need to blossom. Our devotional text said, “In His presence is..” Permit me to leave out the other portions of that scripture for purpose of emphasis and synchronized understanding.
As most of you who listen to us may have heard, there are three aspects of God’s presence. The first is the omni presence of GOD. That aspect is everywhere but does nothing. It only takes note of things. Now, when God announces His presence, it moves from omni presence to manifest presence.
There are degrees God announces His presence in our lives or in a meeting. It all depends on how much we are committed to dying to the things of this world. In the case of a Church meeting, it depends on how much the preacher heading the Church or meeting has died to things, carnal cravings, self, sin, satanic tendencies, or works of the flesh.
IT IS THROUGH DYING THAT WE ACTIVATE THE POTENTIALS OF GOD’S PRESENCE.
Paul said I die daily, that was why He saw the full manifestation of God’s presence in His life and ministry every day. If you are not seeing the manifestation of the presence of God in your life, family, or ministry, you are not dying.
It is important to note that the presence of God is everywhere, but His manifest presence is not everywhere. The manifest presence of GOD can only be found where men have died to the things of the flesh, the world and are completely leading lives that are opposite the will and way of the evil one. In simple terms, the manifest presence of the LORD can only be found among people leading crucified lives.
Here is the prophetic dichotomy. No dying means no manifestation of the potentials of God’s presence. Less dying means less manifestation of the potentials of God’s presence. More dying means more manifestation of the potential of God’s presence. That is the secret to carry the manifest presence of the LORD in your life.
If we therefore want to see greater manifestation of God in our lives, Churches, or families we must be ready for greater level of dying, because “except a seed of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone.”
When I was teaching on “THE STREAMS OF THE SUPERNATURAL” in 2015, I led my small audience then into scriptures that revealed the three streams of the supernatural in the manifest presence of the LORD. The streams are FAITH, ANOINTING and THE GLORY.
If you look at that closely, you will discover that there are three levels of dying in the kingdom of God. It is these levels of dying that are responsible for the streams of the supernatural a man experiences in his walk and talk with GOD. That is why the needed people of God today are dead men – people who have died to things.
NOW, LET’S GO THROUGH THE THREE LEVELS OF DYING!
The first level of dying is 30-fold. This one will produce faith in your life.
Without faith you cannot unlock things in the spirit. You cannot access miracles, blessings, or covenant moves of God. Faith is the currency of the spirit. By it, the elders obtained good testimonies. But just as money cannot buy everything in the natural plane so faith has its own limitations. That is why many have believed God for things that never came.
True faith will plug you into the next level of dying to come into the next stream of the supernatural, which is the anointing. The next level of dying is 60-fold. Sadly, the Church preaches people to live weak “lives” instead of to die for this level of the supernatural to break forth in their lives wherever faith has failed. What faith cannot handle; the anointing will handle.
Now, I did not say the anointing of oil I mean the true anointing of the Holy Spirit which is not in bottles. There is false anointing in Church today because we are dealing with a devil that operated as an anointed cherub. So, he can release the anointing too. This is where you will need an external connector between heaven and earth. A Holy man of God truly anointed for you.
The last level of dying is 100-fold. This is the level that will plug you into the greatest stream of the supernatural called the glory. This is the realm the Church is yet to come into. We are stuck to the anointing and have not really seen the glory. The anointing can be counterfeited but the glory cannot be counterfeit. The end time Church is a Church that will operate under the glory not just the anointing!
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MANY CALL THE ANOINTING THE GLORY BUT THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ANOINTING AND THE GLORY.
The glory is the fullness of God’s presence on display. It does not manifest until our lives are in order. But the anointing will manifest even when lives are not in order. That is where many who live in sin but walk in the supernatural are deceived. They take the manifestation of the anointing as proof that what they may be doing wrong is not wrong in God’s sight.
Well, they are not the first to do this because Judas Iscariot walked in the anointing but lost his soul to hell. Jesus said not everyone who operates in the supernatural will make Heaven. Read Matthew 7:15-23.
You see, a pastor who sleeps around, walks in deceit even crying to cover up, can carry the anointing of God for a while but can never carry the glory for a second because it will kill him. Even the anointing he or she carries will become corrupt. When an anointing become corrupt, it will become a money-making tool and a dwelling place for the spirit of wickedness.
That explains why we have so many impostors and charlatans today masquerading as people of GOD. We have terrible Church members and satanic preachers everywhere. A very sad development! But like I stated earlier, God has a plan to clean up they system. The Bible says
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17 KJV
As you pass through this day, I want you to take time out to absorb this message. It is the key to the very breakthrough you have been looking for. You will need the manifest presence of the LORD to go with you as you step into the next set of 365 days. You will need the fullness of what the presence of the LORD offers.
LET THIS SCRIPTURE BE AN ADDITIONAL MEDITATION FOR YOU TODAY!
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”
“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:24-25 NKJV