Archive | January 2019

LESSONS FROM EXILE

January 26, 2019          LESSONS FROM EXILE

Day 26

As I said before now, when God schedules you for a school, His terms must be met before graduation. God trains for a purpose; He will not take waste His time taking you through His school for you to wander after graduation; NO! You will have not any other thing in your mind after the ordeal. If His term is for only three years, you cannot spend less but more if you are not yielding.

In the case of the nation of Israel, He had set a time for them to be formed into a nation in His bargain with their father, Abraham.

Genesis 15:13 “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;”

The period of their formation into a nation before the Lord was four hundred years. The Lord released them after four hundred and thirty years; they matured with additional thirty years before God came down to supervise the graduation in such a way that we are talking about it till today. Truly, His way is not as ours.

After Jacob, two persons significantly stood out; Joseph and Moses. Through Joseph, they were initiated or admitted into the God’s formation college and through Moses, they graduated. They entered Egypt as Jacob and graduated as the nation of Israel. They entered Egypt as unskilled and weak family but graduated as mightily empowered nation. They entered Egypt as a dependent household and left Egypt as a nation to depend on. They looked unto Egypt for survival, but Egypt looked unto them for survival. They entered Egypt as hungry souls and left as a well-fed nation. They entered as CHILDREN OF JACOB and graduated as CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. Their singleness had grown to become a nation; a seed now a nation, “Know of a surety that thy seed”.  Adversity is to make and shape you; it is part of destiny package even though it was not revealed to you.

The amazing part was that, as children of Jacob, they could not feed themselves but depended on another nation. God used the land of Egypt to transform them to become skilled in all aspects which they are known with till today. They wouldn’t have been able to survive amid foes if not for the training in the land of Egypt for the maturity of the covenant.

The assignment to deliver was on Moses. He had to be prepared as well. How?

  1. He was made to understand that his ability was not enough to do God’s work. He tried to correct what God ordained, the sorrow of the nation, a process of formation, he ended up killing a person. He became a murderer. You cannot do God’s work properly unless you got the encounter with the owner.
  2. Realized his weakness and inability to speak with power; he received God’s assurance to be with his mouth.
  3. He had a rod in his hand, signifying talent. It became the rod of God (signifying grace) after he willingly submitted it to God. Do not trust in your talent but trust in grace; let God tell you how and where to handle and use it. Power is not given to you to use at will, but to wait for instruction. Otherwise, you will kill with it.

Exodus 4:17 “And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.” (verse 20)

  • He realized that bondages pose to be stronger the moment heaven gives attention.
  • He realized that deliverance is at the peak of suffering, Exodus 5
  • He learnt that the plan on the drawing table is not the reality on the field.
  • He learnt to be dependent on God for direction as situation goes on.

Exodus 5:22- 6:1And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? why is it that thou hast sent me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all. 6:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.”

  • He realized that God is ever mindful of His covenant and will always defend it, Exodus

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.”

When Jacob was entering Egypt, God was known as God Almighty. But He gave them a new name for their deliverance, JEHOVAH.

For Moses to realize all these, his life was miserable. It took him forty years to learn SUBMISSION and OBEDIENCE.

Beloved, the key to all forms of breakthrough is SUBMISSION and OBEDIENCE. This was the lesson Moses learnt in his wilderness experience.

A lot tarry too long in the wilderness of life because they have not learnt submission and obedience. God is not a failure, He is not unfaithful, and He is not indifference to our sufferings and agonies, but our unbrokenness is the problem. He is faithful.

May you not disappear from the radar of destiny in the name of Jesus Christ

Supo Abayode

MFM, Delaware, USA

PREJUDICE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

January 25, 2019     

Exodus 1-3

Abraham handed the mantle of the covenant to Isaac before he died. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau was a loner like a Wolfe; he did things without consulting his father or mother. But Jacob was connected. He good rapport with the parents more than his brother, Esau. A loner will always miss good opportunity, unlike a connect and friendly person. Esau lost the opportunity to receive the mantle of the covenant. Jacob got it. The moment Jacob got through good connection, the attention of heaven shifted to him. We need to understand this truth, beloved; heaven will always back up the carrier of his covenant. This is the reason Christians are the most blessed on the face of the earth; not in terms of earthly treasures, but of heavenly treasure.

Luke 18:22 “Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.”

Christians are Christ’s followers who have sold all. They are not friends with the world but custodians of heavenly covenant in Jesus Christ which He established by the shedding of His blood on the Cross of Calvary.

Jacob, in like manner, did not charge one person with the covenant, but all his sons. The moment the transfer was made and they were blessed, Jacob’s chapter closed. But Joseph came on the scene. He only preserved the lives of the custodians in time of famine. His role was recognized in Genesis 50. All his children were the tribes that made up the nation of Israel.

Genesis 49:28 “All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.”

The nation of Israel started with seventy-three souls that came out of the loins of Jacob; seventy came into Egypt with him, while Joseph and his two sons were already living in Egypt.

These three chapters narrated separate events:

Chapter 1: the birth of a nation and the slavery

Chapter 2: The birth of a deliverer and his agony

Chapter 3:  The birth of the rescue; a divine encounter

BIRTH OF A NATION

The faithful God manifested in the existence of Israel as a nation. He increased them in an amazing way in all aspect of life. I’m sure, the growth was not only in terms of births, but in wealth. Mind you, the words, prosperity, rich, wealth are synonymous. They could have different implications. The nation of Israel had all in their various definitive thoughts. The scripture use a phrase to summarize their status, “waxed exceeding mighty”

Exodus 1:7 “And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.”

To avoid unnecessary exaggeration in describing them, the scripture further expressed its description as, “the land was filled with them”. Can you imagine a nation which started with only seventy-three souls now overwhelming the host nation? Logically, we could assume that the economy and security of the nation of Egypt was in their hands because the fear of the King was that the nation of Israel could join forces with other nations to fight for their freedom from the land.

Exodus 1:8-10 “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.”

The remark by the new King who knew not Joseph stirred up racial discrepancy in Egypt, “the people of the children of Israel…”. This is prejudice and it prompted or birth racial torment, affliction, oppression and murder. The unfortunate thing is the ignorance of Pharaoh. He thought the people were the ones increasing. He was ignorant that it was the covenant of Abraham that was speaking. Let’s look at the trend of this covenant briefly.

After God entered covenant with Abraham, in the face of affliction, he was blessed and where he trod, unusual blessings were evident. Isaac also had similar experience. In famine, he sowed and reaped abundantly. The people of the land entered a covenant with him because they believed that God was with him. Jacob in the house of Laban was equally cheated, yet he prospered and waxed great. That was the same thing in the hand of Joseph wherever he was. Now the nation of Israel became a blessing to the land of Egypt. A genuine covenant of God speaks anywhere; no matter the persecution, torment, affliction, condemnation or oppression. As a matter of fact, the covenant becomes valuable in the face of all these. Any man of God in sure covenant with God, the whole world may condemn such, his ministry prospers. Such don’t engage in any rivalry with other ministry but remain focused in maintaining a good relationship with the giver of the covenant. People may not understand such ministry, yet it grows amazingly.

The nation of Israel was faced with hardship and racism, yet they prospered.

Exodus 1:12 “But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.”

My sincere prayer is that you divine uplifted will multiply the sorrow of your haters in the name of Jesus.

The covenant was so strong that it stayed the sword of death of the midwives; instead of hatred, they loved and respected the nation of Israel. They got their reward for their kindness towards the nation of Israel.

Exodus 1:20-21 “Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied and waxed very mighty. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.”

When you show kindness towards a ministry ordained from heaven, you get your reward. The reverse is the case if you condemned such ministry. Before you condemn, watch out.

It is unfortunate that these days, churches are the ones rising against one another. This is weakening the power of the church on earth and this is the reason there is not power to stand against the works of the enemy against the church; THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM FIGHTING EACH OTHER. The church is no more one but cliques against one another. Prejudice in the church; one church clique claiming superiority over the other. The educated ones are condemning the less educated ones. In fact, the standard of calling is now the level of education you have. It is good to be educated, but recognition must first be given to the covenant. The education is human idea you have read to understand. But calling is the covenant of God in you as the treasure in earthen vessel.

2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

The power should not be in the excellency of the power of the acquired degree but of the indwelling Spirit of God. That treasure is what gives value to who you are. The only thing that feeds such treasure to fatness is grace; a good relationship with God through His word.

The church needs to go back to old time religion of the demonstration of power and of spirit. Everything that is of the spirit does not have contentions or rivalry but LOVE. With oneness, the church cannot be silenced. The church is bondage and slavery of worldly knowledge which is killing them, Hosea 4:6. Perversions are being tolerated in the churches. THE CHURCH IS A NATION THAT MUST RULED BY THE WORDS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

BIRTH OF THE DELIVERER

The nation of Israel needed a rescue. They cried unto the Lord and God heard their cry; a deliverer was born. The law promulgated by Pharaoh, which was supposed to curb the increase of the nation of Israel became a good platform for the deliverer to survive.

Exodus 1:22 “And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”

Exodus 2:2-3 “And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.”

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Because of the covenant, the mother of Moses still received wages for nursing her own child. The moment you accommodate the ark of the Lord in your house, you will be blessed.

As human beings, we are prone to making mistakes. Moses made a racial mistake in defending the oppressed. He killed the oppressor in anger which made him run into exile. Yet, it was for good.

Everyone of us will go through one agony or the other. All we need to pray for is grace. Moses was treated like a king’s son until the time for supernatural training was due. If you are a covenant child, you must go through the Almighty’s training. This is not the same as the education you acquired; but the one supervised by God. The number of years spent in the training depends on the level of your submission. If God earmarked a three-year training for you, no matter how brilliant you are, it cannot be reduced, but could be extended to as many years as you are broken for use. Submission and obedience is the goal for God’s training. The period of training is the process of time; a pruning moment to prepare for fruitfulness and growth.

THE ENCOUNTER

God heard the cry of the Israelite in the process of time which Moses was undergoing training in the wilderness.

Exodus 2:23-25 “And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.”

Hear me, beloved, we come to this world individually well packed by God. For the package to be delivered appropriately, there must be a dealing by God. This enhances brokenness for the release of the virtue within us. That which came to this world with us what adds value to our lives, and it is the purpose of our individual existence. That virtue is to solve a problem. The breakthrough is in discovering the purpose. And this only happens in divine encounter. The Lord, Himself, defines the purpose to us as in the case of Moses and Jeremiah.

Chapter three is the graduation of Moses from his training into the world of his assignment. There is a dream you must dream and there is a vision you must see. That is your burning bush. The purpose is to receive the definition of your assignment and be empowered for it.

Moses received his on Mount Horeb, the mountain of the Lord, in the desert. For as long as one has not seen this GREAT SIGHT, one remains in the desert of life; working for others

Exodus 3:1-3 “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”

May the Lord call your destiny out from the desert of life into the open where you will be celebrated in the name of Jesus Christ.

Supo Abayode

MFM, Delaware, USA

A VERSE OF THREE EVENTS

January 24, 2019              DAY 24 A VERSE OF THREE EVENTS

Isaiah 50:6 “I gave my back to the smiters (the scourge), and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair (the coronation): I hid not my face from shame and spitting (the shame).”

There is a truth we must know, understand and, of course, accept as a rule of life. That truth is that, the path to realizing destiny is very rough, unpleasant and full of rejections. Destiny is a heavenly agenda. The earth will always fight against it. Jesus’ path to achieving the purpose of His walk on was very rough. He didn’t come for the miracles and he didn’t come to judge the world but for the truth to be revealed and life to be given to the dead spirits. In realizing this, John 18-20 clear described the horrifying path He took which His Father never gave Him any alternative. This is a message to all of us that, to realize destiny, there is only one path which might be horrifying and unwilling to ply. In essence, not every hardship should be rejected but submitted to; especially when it sounds obviously inevitable. When the wicked has not the rod of torture in his/her hand, the wicked will always seek for another authority to deal with you. Therefore, all manners of prayers to confuse any evil agreement are needful. Joseph could not escape his path; no alternative. Daniel could not escape his; the king could not help him even though he knew Daniel was a righteous person.

There was no law to crucify Jesus before the Jewish authority. He was transferred to Pilate before whom no offense was liable to Him. Pilate could not help Jesus. In the chamber of Pilate, three things happened to the Lord Jesus.

  1. He was Scourged
  2. He was Shamed
  3. He was Coronated

Jesus did not work out these events, but the events were already preordained unequivocally going by the prophecies before He walked on earth.

Isaiah 50:6 “I gave my back to the smiters (the scourge), and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair (the coronation): I hid not my face from shame and spitting (the shame).”

THE SCOURGE

To scourge is to subject to punishment by whipping, lashing or switching. It is to subject to trial or curse. It is to torment or torture. This was the first event in the chamber of Pilate. This was actually an act approved by Pilate just to save Jesus from the death demanded by the Jews. Efforts of men are useless when it comes to fulfilling heavenly agenda. Though man still stands as an instrument of actualizing the agenda, he cannot do anything in the flesh to help a man in fulfilling destiny.

THE SHAME

This is to humiliate and embarrassed. This is the same as being chastened. It is to take dignity away from a person. It is to strip a person of honor and debase him.

Mark 15:19-20 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshiped him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.”

In His shame, he received spits. He was stripped naked and he was ridiculed. They despised His dignity and shamed His claim as the one that came from heaven.

THE CORONATION

I have come to realize that the world has no good to offer. I have come to realize that the world would stand to mock your destiny if you told the world about your destiny; remember Joseph was mocked by his brothers about his dream. They called him the dreamer. I have come to realize that the world would work hard to decorate a person’s destiny with the crown of thorns and curses. The hand work of men is horrible and wicked. I have come to realize that what the world gives, it takes from you to shame you. I have come to realize that the glory of your life is not in what the world gives, but in the gift from above; hence seek for the things from above.

Just because Jesus reiterated severally that He was not of this world but from above, He was mocked of His claim by knitting the crown of thorns and putting on Him a purple robe.

John 19:2 “And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, … 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith to them, Behold the man!”

In the chambers of Pilate, three events took place to fulfill the prophecy of one verse.

My gain is Jesus fulfilling this particular verse, Isaiah 50:6.

The scripture had prophesied His submission and my gain.

Isaiah 53:3-7 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”

On His path to destiny, He bore the following:

  1. Rejection
  2. Sorrows
  3. Grief
  4. Despised
  5. Smitten of God
  6. Affliction
  7. Wound
  8. Chastisement
  9. Oppressed
  10. Curse
  11. Unbearable torment and torture

All these just for me and you.

Jesus gave Himself to the”

  1. THE SCOURGE THAT SETS ME FREE, Isaiah 53:5
  2. THE SHAME THAT GAVE ME HONOR
  3. THE CORONATION THAT EXALTED ME, Ephesians 2:6

May you and your lineage not disappear from the radar of Salvation in the name of Jesus

Keep the fire burning

Supo Abayode

MFM, Delaware, USA