“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground;

and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” Luke 19:41-44 NKJV


I have come to discover that in the Christian life, if you do not know the plan of God for your life, you will bring in people who should not be part of you into your life. This happens most times through different kinds of affiliations or alliances. Many of us do not know that we can withstand a thousand devils outside our lives but cannot easily withstand one wrong man or woman inside.

If you bring one wrong person into your life, through any kind of alliance or affiliation, it will be difficult to easily deal with the situation it will create. Samson was very strong in dealing with everyone who attacked him from the outside but could not withstand one Delilah that attacked him from the inside.

Warriors are usually worn out, and eventually brought down, through internal attacks from the wrong people they ignorantly let into their lives. When I teach on marriage matters, I usually tell the sons of the kingdom to become fully aware of God’s plans, routes, purpose, and assignment for their lives before taking a woman to the altar. I also advise the daughters of Zion to come into the full revelation of the same, before allowing a man to take them to the altar.

Yesterday, we understood that, if there is no positive response to the word of the LORD from us, there will be no move of GOD in our lives. Positive response and schooling in the things of God goes together. After we have been schooled in the things of GOD, we are expected to respond to them positively. Schooling in the things of GOD makes you aware of things about this life, and the life to come. It has a way of lightening up our spirits and showing us the things, we ought to do.


It’s like being in house that is planted with bombs and is about exploding, but you are not aware. Then someone enters into it and shows you in detail what is about happening. Then you respond to it, by running out of the house or neutralizing the bomb to save your life. That is what schooling in the things of GOD and positive response does to a man’s life.

Many people are in precarious situations that are likened to time bombs in the spirit. They are in wrong alliances they call marriage that will soon explode and destroy them completely. Others are yoked to sinful pleasures that are about boomeranging on them.

Many others are in jobs and other forms of economic, social, and religious relationships, alliances, and affiliations that are not doing them any good, and will soon explode into unredeemable circumstances in their lives. They call the wrong people “father in the LORD,” worship in the wrong Churches, sit under the wrong spiritual atmosphere for their lives, and etc. But through these devotionals, the LORD has opened their eyes to see things that they know they need to do something about.

If they do not rise up and respond positively, the house (their lives) will explode into flames with nothing to salvage. Sadly, many will discover things that are not just right about their lives and still be “playing the religious card,” of going to pray about it, and waiting upon the LORD. While in actual sense, the LORD is the one waiting for them; He is waiting for them to respond to His revealed word or will and be saved.

Sometimes God will open your eyes to see a dangerous thing, and then leave the decision to escape from it in your hands. If you are stupid about it and go playing the religious card, you will be history! You could come out destroyed with nothing to salvage in your life. When it comes to divine restoration, time is of the essence. A people who are not swift at responding positively to things that make for their peace will never know peace!

Our devotional text today is about a Jewish generation that came across the Prince of Peace Himself, but did not know how to respond to Him. The Bible made it clear that He left His throne above, came to the earth, walked among them as Man, teaching and demonstrating Himself as the prince of peace, yet they did not respond positively to Him.


“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know —

Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; Acts 2:22-23 NKJV

As we can see in this scripture, these men came across the prince of peace Himself but did not recognize or respond positively to Him. They rather seized Him and put Him to death. But thank God, He used that to work out our redemption. Hallelujah! There is a generation in the Church and the world today, that specializes in attacking Sons of peace sent to them, and putting to death messages, ministries, and some time ministers God sent to keep them.

They will fight any word God sends to wall them from sudden destruction. They will maltreat, ill-treat, malign, persecute and render hopeless people God brought their way to give them hope, treat them well, and raise or save them from something. They will do all the evil they can muster to well-meaning people God placed in their lives, and when they lose them, they blame either the people or God.

You cannot receive and retain anything from God without taking responsibility to respond to Him swiftly and positively by accepting things that make for your peace. A major highlight in our devotional text says,

“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

For days will come upon you when your enemies build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side…”

I have come to realize that prelude to any devastating attack of the enemy; God sends a word that make for our peace for us to respond to. And from our devotional text it’s clear that the day that word come is called “Day of Visitation.”


He visits them with words that contain things that make for their peace. He visits with a proceeding word most times just before the enemy comes. But if what is said to them is hidden from their eyes they will be domed! If He visits and we do not respond to His word positively, the next thing that will happen will be devastation. We will just plunge into the weapons of the attack of the enemy, and most times never recover from it.

God designed that the things that make for our peace, come before the attack of our enemy. He designed that they come before divine recovery, or restoration. That is what makes Positive response a key to divine preservation. The question now is, how are you responding to things that make for your peace? How are we responding to preachers God sent to enhance our peace?

Do we seize and kill them, by our character? How are you responding to revelations that make for your peace? Do you receive them, shout amen to them then kill the flame after that? How do you respond to a Husband or wife that makes for your peace? Are you keeping them or killing them?

Most married men ill-treat and maltreat blessed women God gave them. I call such men a plague. The judgment of Nabal in 1 Samuel 25 will be their portion if they do not repent. Most women also maltreat blessed husbands God gave them. I call those women “knives” and not wives. Any woman who does not respond positively to a husband God bless her with; will end very miserably, except she repents in record time.


If you are yoked to “a plague,” you call a husband, or “a knife,” you call a wife, and you do not respond positively by doing the necessary, you will never know peace; most times in this life and the life to come! God does not yoke women to plagues called husbands, neither does He yoke men to knives called wives. If you are yoked to one and religion tells you “It’s God’s will,” and tradition says, “it’s okay,” and you concur, you will never go unpunished!

What is the message this morning?

The message is simple; how you respond to things that make for your peace, will determine your end in this life and sometimes the life to come. Mary said to those who met her to seek help for them from Jesus, “whatever He says to you, do it!” It’s my prayer that we begin to do whatever the Bible says to us, and whatever the men God trained, blessed, and sent to explain it to us, are saying. Amen!


“But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.

“Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries.

The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” Psalms 81:11-16