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BE READY

Thursday, January 31, 2019            Day 31

Exodus 19-21            BE READY

Exodus 19:3-6 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”

Submission and obedience are the key to walking with God. If there was anything God wanted from the children of Israel, it was this key. They had been brought out of the house of bondage, but they needed to walk with the Lord. this was the same charge God gave to Abraham at the point of the covenant.

Genesis 17:1 “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”

The demand to be perfect means to be sanctified. The keys to keeping the covenant of the new birth are submission and obedience. Just at the point of God delivering His law to the children of Israel, He demanded that Moses should sanctify them. Which means, teach them obedience.

Exodus 19:10-12 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:”

Before coming near His glory, there must be sanctification and washing of clothes. Though they were delivered from Egypt, disobedience could still open the door to death. Purpose of them hearing God spoke with Moses was for them to take Moses seriously and abstain from sin.

The journey to the Promised Land started with the challenges the Lord allowed, to prove them and teach them to know His ways. each time they overcame the challenges, He told them to hearken to the voice of the Lord and do that which is right in His sight. Through the repetition and demand for obedience, He was making Himself clearer to them. By this, they are getting to know that obedience is the key. Therefore, sanctification is:

  1. The process of understanding His will.
  2. An act of getting ready to meet Him.
  3. Having His holy nature wrought into our being.
  4. Embracing His panacea in place of our lack

The nature of God is holy, and to meet Him, we must be holy. This is the difficult aspect of our lives. We struggle to be holy, humble, patient and righteous. Each time we try these, we regret our next action; fail. Because it lasts just for a while.

In this struggling of our lives, we need help. What need be done, but we cannot get done, we need solution. Help is for a while. We need a permanent solution. Our righteousness is by works and does not last. Our humility is outward, but inwardly, are hidden pride and anger. We show love on the face, but we are full of jealousy and hate within. Everything we do is artificial; it doesn’t last. This is the reason for the failure of the children of Israel in their walk with God. They have the law but lacked the grace to live the law.

Glory to God who has given us Jesus Christ, His only begotten son to be the panacea to our inherent problems. Jesus Christ is the gift. He is our righteousness, redemption and sanctification.

1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

This scripture did not say, He will help us to be righteous, sanctified and redeemed, but that He is the personality of righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Which simply means He has become the sanctification we need to meet the requirement of walking with God.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.”

All we must do is to accept Him and He will express His nature through us. We shall just realize that after submitting to Him, He takes over and give us the life of sanctification and wisdom and love. Unfortunately, the law could not do this, only grace in Jesus Christ can.

Ephesians 2:8-18 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace; 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”

Jesus Christ is our sanctification. BE READY

Supo Abayode

MFM, Delaware, USA

302-230-6792

GREATER THAN ALL GODS

Wednesday, January 30, 2019        Day 30

Exodus 16-18            GREATER THAN ALL GODS

Truly, they got their salvation, they got their deliverance, baptism and they sang their songs after the Red Sea. But they have never learnt to rely on God who is greater than all gods. They needed to be taken through the process of knowing how to rely on God.

Exodus 18:10-11 “And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them.”

God took them into Egypt to build them into a nation. After their exit, He did not take them through an easy path of the Philistine, to through the wilderness where He would make them His people.

The first wilderness was the Wilderness of Shur; a sick land. There they came across a bitter water called Marah. This was the first challenge in their journey to the Promised Land. The sickness was as a result of the bitter water. When a land is sick, barrenness and death will be there. The water was polluted, and nothing grows in the land. This was the same situation in the beginning of Elisha’s ministry, 2 Kings 2:19-22. By the sweetening of the water, their trip in the wilderness received God’s blessing.

There are lives just like this case and there are marriages in similar situation. They appear good, but the water is bitter and, therefore, they are not getting the expected joy. It would usually be as if there is no God again in their marriages and situations. People don’t think of their unyielded part of themselves but kept looking backward (Egypt), with the thought that it was better there. The truth is that the life in Egypt, no matter how splendid it was, cannot match the new life across the Red Sea. The type of song on the other side of the Red Sea cannot be heard in the land of Egypt.

Exodus 15:11-18Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. 13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. …. 18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.”

May the Lord give you a song to sing and a dance to dance in the name of Jesus Christ.

When you look critically at the deliverance of the children of Israel, you will realize it was in stages.

  1. Gods of the land of Egypt
    1. The waters,
    1. The first born
  2. Hand of the Egyptians
  3. Hand of Pharaoh

For the gods of the land, the powers of the waters were at play in the first sign and first two plagues. Aaron’s rod became a serpent by divine instruction, but those of the magicians became serpents by enchantments. This was a battle of words from two worlds; light and darkness. Moses and Aaron received theirs from light while the magicians received theirs from dark world. They worshipped water spirits. In Egypt, firstborns were regarded as another god. These two gods were the confidence of the Egyptians which they were proud of. God showed His supremacy in dealing with these gods.

When the Egyptians realized how powerful the God of the children of Israel is, they gave up on them, but Pharaoh remained adamant. The Egyptians wanted them out quickly, but Pharaoh still held unto. But because our God is greater than all gods, His deliverance was complete.

The word of God is powerful. The children of light must not ignore any of His report. It becomes very dangerous to walk away from the covering of His word. The children of Israel walked under the covering of His word through the mouth of a prophets. The victory over the powers that be in Egypt was because the prophet followed divine instructions.

Across the Red Sea was another scenario. In Egypt, the prophet alone heard and followed the voice of God. He knew God. But the children of Israel needed to know the same God and learnt His ways.

The second wilderness is the Wilderness of Sin. These two wildernesses posed challenges to them. In this one, it was famine. What they expected was not what they got. This usually happen after our new birth. But the truth is, in most cases, the problem isn’t from our past as the children of Israel thought that leaving Egypt was the problem. The issue usually is that God wants to put us to test and train us to know His ways. on these two cases of challenges, the scripture says they were put to test.

Exodus 15:25 “And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,”

Exodus 16:4 “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.”

As soon as a person becomes born of the spirit, such is born into the world of the Word. Submission and obedience is the key to sustain self in that world. The remnant of Egypt will only be flushed out by the word of God. The mindset needed to be re-oriented; not Egypt-ward but the promised-land-wards.

When we become born again, most times, we think that there won’t be any more problems in our lives. But the challenges we come across are to take us through the route of wilderness where we get to know Him and learn His ways through His words.

The children of Israel faced these challenges in preparation for the law.

May the Lord give us the grace to live by His dear word in the name of Jesus.

A NEW DAWN

January 29, 2019      A NEW DAWN

Day 29                       Exodus 13-15

Whatever situation befalls a man, once he gains God’s attention, a new chapter opens, a new dawn is proclaimed.

Exodus 12:1-2 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

This was before the last daze on the nation of Egypt. In chapter 6, we read that the children of Israel were anguished in their spirits and did not go along with Moses. But by the time the last plague was unleashed, they had been convinced of their deliverance.

Also, the Egyptians were fed up with the torments of the plagues and, therefore, were eager to let them go, Exodus 12:33. But the Lord would not let go Pharaoh’s heart. It is a terrible thing to fall into the anger of the Lord.

The most important thing about this deliverance was that, without salvation, a person would not get it. The process of salvation was given to Moses which he also relayed to the children of Israel. First is killing of a lamb by the head of each household and strike the blood on the door side posts using a hyssop dipped in the blood.

On their departure, the word came to pass. They became rich. The Egyptians could not restrain from giving them more than they asked.

Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

They made peace with, Abraham. The adversary of Isaac made peace with him. Esau and Laban were at peace on sighting Jacob. the covenant of the Lord solicits for peace all the time.

On their journey, two angels escorted them.

Exodus 13:21-22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”

Abraham sited the likeness of the angels in the vision of the covenant.

Genesis 15:17-18 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”

The smoking furnace is the angel that went by them by day and the burning lamp gave them light by night. These were the angels which witnessed the covenants and ensure compliance with the words of the covenant. They will not tolerate:

  1. Transgression against the covenant.
  2. Rebellion against the words of the covenant.

Along our reading, we will eventually see that they carried out their assignments on the journey according to Jeremiah 34:18-19. Not all that left Egypt entered the promised land.

Philistine was closer, but the children of Israel had not been skilled in warfare. God had been doing the fight with signs and wonders. Jacob their father did not engage in any physical warfare; but spiritual warfare. The philistines were aggressive people who couldn’t tolerate closeness of strangers. If the Israelites had passed through their land first, the battle would have been severe as for them to think of going back to Egypt. In view of this, God led them by another route through the wilderness which they would be trained for battles.

As you know, God had not released the heart of Pharaoh. The system of witchcraft was destroyed, which gave them deliverance. But the witch, the power behind witchcraft remained to be dealt with. Pharaoh was to be humiliated since he said, “who is the Lord that I should obey him”

When the Israelites saw the pursuit of Pharaoh, at the edge of the wilderness, fear gripped them. But they never knew that God had composed a song for them to sing on the other side of the Red Sea.

Exodus 13:17 “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:”

Beloved, at the end of every battle, there is a song to sing. On the other side of every river to cross, there is a song to sing. To every rough road, there is an end and a song to sing. All that is needed is to TRUST and OBEY. This is the key to victory. The way of the philistines would have been easier and smoother, but there was no song composed there; only weeping and discouragement. Many have plied such roads but are regretting now. Just because God did not draw the road map for them; they drew it for themselves. It is a dangerous thing for the children of covenant to murmur in what they are going through. The angels of the covenant cannot tolerate it. Therefore, learn to”

  1. Trust God in all your adversities
  2. Obey His words in your decisions in the course of your plights
  3. Pray to Him in faith in the roughness of the road; faith is the shock absorber
  4. Praise Him no matter how difficult and tormenting the problem.

Because it is a new dawn, a new beginning, the beginning of an admirable phenomenon and a new realm of glory that cannot be despised. May the Lord continue to keep us in the radar of His grace, in the name of Jesus. Amen

Supo Abayode

MFM, Delaware, USA

THE BARRAGE OF PLAGUES

Exodus 10-12     Day 28       BARRAGE OF PLAGUES

I had wondered many times before now why God did not get the children of Israel out at once, instead of using the barrage of plagues. A closer look into the scripture suggests one of the thinkable reasons for the action.

Exodus 5:1-2 And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. 2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.”

Truly, he never knew the Lord. he had the impression he was the most powerful person in the world. He only believed in the inherited worship of idols. And most of his idols took their origin from the power of the waters. Moses tried to introduce God to him, but he ignored his words and raged by increasing the labor of the Israelites. Moses took the report to the Lord (Exodus 5:22-23) and God told him (Exodus 6: 6-13) He was going to make Himself known to Pharaoh with a mighty Hand in signs and great judgment.

Exodus 6:6Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:”

In chapter 7, Pharaoh requested for a sign to prove his God just as the Lord had made Moses to know before getting to Pharaoh. The rod in Aaron’s hand was used. It became a serpent. Pharaoh did not regard that because his magicians could do that as well. Not even when Aaron’s serpent swallowed theirs. There was not a need for any other prove but to judge the nation of Egypt with plagues.

Plagues are conditions identified with illnesses, sicknesses and diseases. They serve as agents of torments and discomfort. Plagues are instruments of punishment on a deterrent to a course or action.

We need to know at this juncture that our counsels, arguments and suggestions matter in life. If it discourages or tend to make one deter on a righteous course, one may be exposed to punishment in form of plagues. If our actions will be hindrances to God’s move, the tendency to be exposed to plagues is high. If somebody has been chosen and empowered by God to make a change and you decide to contend it by instigating or breed frustration because of your personal ambition, there will be punishment in form of plagues. If a man of God is doing what God asked him to do, and because you do not understand and you condemn such actions openly for public disapproval, you will be exposing yourself to great judgment in form of plagues.

In Pharaoh’s case, he demanded a prove of the God of the Hebrews. He was shown a sign which he contended by replicating, judgment of the God came upon him. That God held his heart in hardness just to prove Himself.

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”

There were ten plagues used.

  1. Water becomes blood
  2. Invasion of frogs from the waters
  3. Dust becomes lice
  4. Swarm of flies
  5. Death of Cattle
  6. Outbreak of boils and blains (blisters)
  7. Rain of hail and fire
  8. Invasion of locusts
  9. Darkness
  10. Death of firstborns

The first sign of the serpent and first two plagues are related to the powers waters. The Egyptians were worshippers of the waters. They could appease their gods to release that likeness. But the scripture emphasized the use of ENCHANTMENTS.

Exodus 7:11 “Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.” (also 7:22 and 8:7)

But on the forth plague, they could not do likewise because, that battle shifted to the use of the power of the earth in form of the dust. (the explanation of this will be in another volume if the Lord tarries)

Exodus 8:18 “And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.”

At this point, the finger of the unknown God was acknowledged by the magicians. From here the magicians couldn’t go along with Pharaoh. The magicians lost their ground on the sixth plague.

This is the wisdom in dealing with witchcraft and the witch. Witchcraft is a system which remains after the witch has been removed. Witches cast spells which are supervised by demons. You may be seeing the person who casts spells as unharmful, but the effect of the work remains. The wisdom is to deal with the spell and the power behind it just as Moses was led by God to destroy witchcraft, Exodus 8:18, and deal with the evil priests.

Exodus 9:11 “And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.”

Eventually, there was confusion in the camp of Pharaoh. His servants fell apart from him.

Exodus 10:7 “And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?”

The falling apart and confusion in the camp was so much that Pharaoh regarded it as death; he was alone, Exodus 10:17.

The barrage of plagues was for two reasons:

  1. Prove to Pharaoh that He is the God of the universe
  2. To serve as living testimony for the children unborn; a generational witness of God’s mightiness.

Exodus 10:1-2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: 2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.”

May you and your household not disappear from the radar of God’s deliverance in the name of Jesus

DELIVERANCE FROM ANGUISH OF THE SPIRIT

Bible-in OneYear- Day 27 (January 27)

Exodus 7-9    ANGUISH OF SPIRIT

Whoever afflicts a child of covenant will be judged by the covenant. Groaning is a silence voice of pain. Though silence, it is very loud in God’s ears, especially if it comes from the child of His covenant.

Exodus 6:5 “And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.”

The stay of the nation of Israel in Egypt was part of the bargain of the covenant. Their agony and cry were not prayers but the voice of pain. A pain undergone in covenant. Remember that God said he had shown Apostle Paul how much he would suffer for Him. It was God’s plan to put them in the land of Egypt and grow them to a nation before taking them back to the Land of Promise.

The burden of covenant could be painful. It can affect mental stability. The Bible calls such condition as anguish of spirit.

Exodus 6:9 “And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.”

Once the mental stability is tampered with, actions become wrong. That is when you see victims finding it difficult to take to good advice just like the case above, “they hearken not …” In that situation, they did not listen again to Moses. But God still took up the responsibility of rescuing them.

Since their spirits had been agonized, He left them to face the battle on their behalf. He did not talk to them again but with Moses and Aaron and charge them with responsibilities.

Exodus 6:13 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.”

In chapter 6, two cases are evident.

  1. Leadership case, and
  2. Followership case

LEADERSHIP

Moses and Aaron were under command. They were not to force the Israelites out, but to bring them out because they were already discouraged.

Exodus 6:12 “And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?”

Leaders have responsibilities. Many times, difficult tasks to accomplish. Nonetheless, they must be done. Leaders don’t abandon tasks. They should not be discouraged. They must work out how to win the confidence of their followers. Moses and Aaron fell between two hard figures, children of Israel and Pharaoh; both unwilling to yield to Moses’ demand.

Note that the children of Israel were of twelve tribes. Moses had to figure out how they would become one to be free from the bondage. Pharaoh wouldn’t let go. He had to wait on God for what to do all the time.

Leaders also have agony, but people don’t see it. All they want is result. The greatest agony of a leader is winning the hearts of the followers who are not ready to follow, rather they rebel. Without winning their hearts, their hands cannot be won. This is why plagues had to be used to win the followership of the followers and warn the adversary.

FOLLOWERSHIP

Followership is the heart of the followers. In the case of the children of Israel, remember that the scripture said that agony had taken over and, consequently, they did not hearken; i.e. they listened to Moses but not ready to follow, Exodus 6:9. This can be likened to a deliverance case.

When somebody is under the oppression of darkness, the mind has been robbed. Behavior and actions become strange. It is because such is under another spiritual authority. Such will not hearken to counsels that will bring him or her out of the bondage. The thinking is under the manipulation of the spiritual power inflicting the burden. How does the person get deliverance?

The minister must first identify the problem which could only be revealed by the Holy Spirit, not by knowledge. What the Holy Spirit says is the only truth. This is because, the minister can be influenced by the unholy spiritual atmosphere he is in. Look at Moses, he was always going back to God for direction. Witchcraft can charge an atmosphere and if the minister or whoever is praying the prayer of deliverance is not connected with the network of the Holy Spirit carefully, such can prophecy or work under the atmosphere and influence of witchcraft. Therefore, empowerment by grace is the first thing. You may notice that there is a problem, it does not mean you have been appointed or empowered for the solution. Otherwise, you may face serious rage from the powers behind the problem. This is the reason many start having strange dreams and reduction in prayer life after ministering to some deliverance cases.

The second thing is to deal with the powers behind the problem. But before you do that, you must genuinely ask for revelation from God and seek for counsel on what to be done. By this, you will not stay so long on the case.

Many do go and read books to find out what type of demon is operating, and they follow the instructions given in that book. That is only good if you suddenly found yourself in the midst of such troubles. And to protect yourself from the rage. But to get rid, the Holy Spirit must lead you. But before you get the leading, you engage the candidate in spiritual assignments, such as memorizing Bible verses and some prayers.

Note that, the style you used yesterday, might not work today. This is the reason for you to be right with the Holy Spirit all the time.

God led Moses into declaring many plagues. You will note that when one plague is done, Pharaoh’s magician also did that; they have mastered it. But he kept on as the Lord led until they said, this is the finger of God. Hence, the style of yesterday might not work for today. The enemy changes and he must be met.

Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

Not until the powers are dealt with, the candidates will be hard to bring out.

May the Lord’s Finger break all bounds of darkness in our lives in the name of Jesus (Amen)

Keep the fire burning

Supo Abayode

MFM, Delaware, USA