REVELATION OF THE FLESH AND OF THE BLOOD (FALSE PROPHECIES)
Commentary: Ezekiel13-15. Chapter13 is quite interesting. It starts by identifying false prophets and define them as those who speak their own mind and follow the falsehood of their spirit. They are likened to foxes in the desert. Foxes are known to prey on tender things such as grapes (Song of Solomon2:15) thereby spoiling the vine. When in the desert, they sniff and dig holes for smaller animals. False prophets prey on uninformed and ignorant people by lying to them. They exploit those who are over desperately in need of help by telling them lies of false visions and still expect God to confirm what He has not commanded.
Ezekiel 13:6 “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.”
The prophet remarked two ways of futility; the prophecy from the heart of man and the vision from the spirit of man. These are ways the ignorant are being deceived into error. If anyone receives such prophecies, it corrupts the soul and nothing works again. It is likened to what happened in the Garden of Eden. The words of Satan brought corruption into the soul of man. These are what Jesus refers to as the revelation of the flesh and of the blood..
Matthew 16:17 “And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed art thou, Simon-Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.”
The other prophecy and vision are those from God. God only confirms those that come from Him but ignores that which comes from any other source. However, if those which come from other sources are spoken in His name, He becomes concerned and gets provoked because it means He is identified with lies (Satan’s glory).
Ezekiel 13:8 “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity (nonsense), and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.”
False prophets always say what you want to hear. They existed in the past and still exist now.
1 Kings 22:11-12 “And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them. And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king’s hand.”
We need to be careful in seeking for prophecies. The victims of false prophecies are those who seek for what pleases them and not the will of God. False prophecies will be given according to the idol in the heart, i.e. a set mind or unrepentant heart seeking for God’s mind. Chapter14 makes us to understand that making heaven isn’t a joint venture. Noah, Daniel and Job were men identified with righteousness. But God said if He was going to carry out His four judgment on the land and these men were in it, they could only save themselves and not any of their household members;
Ezekiel 14:20 “Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.”
Path of righteousness is absolutely important in Christian race. Everything must be done in righteousness. Even in our seeking God’s kingdom, we must seek His righteousness (only His WILL is righteous) also.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Our Christian race could only be profitable if it is done in His righteousness and not our righteousness. Our righteousness can get us nowhere.
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
John the Baptist tried to convince Jesus out of it but He refused and said it is our duty and part of the faith to fulfill all righteousness.
Matthew 3:15 “And Jesus answering said to him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”
Let us not joke with sin, beloved. A sinful soul is not a righteous soul but instrument in the hand of the devil.
Romans 2:26 “Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?”
Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”
Romans 4:13 “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”
Romans 6:18 “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
God has righteousness which we must crave for, without which we cannot meet with Him. This righteousness is the righteousness of Christ which is only obtainable by His Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes into us, He brings the righteousness of God’s kingdom into us and that is what God recognizes.
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ezekiel116-18. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries
A SINGING SPIRIT
Bible In One Year-Day 288 (Tuesday, October 15, 2013)
Commentary: Psalms146-150. The Psalmist started the book of Psalms with the benefits of being principled in God. He, then, through the chapters narrated his ordeals in life. In these last five chapters, he praised the Lord and encourages us to do same at all times. In his word, he said nothing is as good as using your life to praise the Lord.
Psalms 146:1-2 “Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.”
To have your ‘being’ is to have your spirit in the flesh. It is to have God’s breathe in you. It is for your flesh to still be in connection with life. It is for your spirit to be conscious of the divine. Once the spirit is separated from the flesh, a man ceases to exist on earth. As a result, all that the man has begins to decay to non-existence; even his plans. It is a pity that those who make plans for children unborn are ignorant of this fact. The only enduring investment a man can make is to make sure that the spirit of the children receives life. This is the message of the psalmist.
Psalms 146:3-5 “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts (i.e. plans) perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:”
The best a man could do for himself is to hope in God. The psalmist says “happy” is he who does this. To be happy in this sense is to have a SINGING SPIRIT. This singing spirit is not to stand before the congregation and lead in a powerful praise and worship, or special number. A singing spirit is that which;
- Know how good God is.
- Counts his blessings and name them one by one.
- Talks less of the problems but speaks more of God’s goodness.
- Sees the attributes of God and praise Him for that.
- He realizes that it is good to praise Him in every situation even if the situation is not in agreement with praises.
Psalms 147:1 “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.”
6. Appreciates the works of God in the universe.
7. Moves ahead despite all condemnations and distractions.
8. Learns through afflictions and difficult times.
9. Believe God for a joyous end.
10. Hopes in God through thick and thin.
11. Sees God’s hand through thick darkness of this world.
Psalmist conclusively realizes that THROUGH IT ALL God has been so good to him.
Psalms 150:1-6 “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
The purpose of God’s breathe in you is to glorify Him through unceasing praises. A singing spirit is only for those who hope in God; such will definitely praise Him without being told to do so.
Psalms 42:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
May the Lord bless you with a SINGING SPIRIT, in the name of Jesus. Here we conclude the book of Psalms
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah1-4. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries
GARMENT OF THE EVIL TENANT; MR. PRIDE
Bible In One Year-Day 219 (Wednesday, August 07, 2013)
Commentary: Ezekiel28-30. Further punishment was pronounced against more nations which God had used to mete out judgment to the Israelites. The nation of Tyre was accused of great pride.
Ezekiel 28:2 “Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:”
God addressed him as Satan and his acts likened to what transpired in the Garden of Eden, Ezek28:12-15.
Egypt was also not exempted from God’s wrath because of the corruption she brought into the midst of God’s people, Israel and Judah. God hates pride with perfect hatred. It is really disturbing to realize that many are having this evil spirit but never realize it. Pride is the first sin committed by the devil. Pride is arrogating praise to oneself.
Proverbs 27:2 “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”
Pride could be hidden and it could be opened. The manner of response to an uncultured approach at you determines whether you have a hidden or an open pride. Pride is a tree that yields evil fruits; hatred, rivalry, jealousy, murder, slander, bitterness, malice, contentions, evil conspiracy, complacency, indifference etc. These are silent killers. When you see a proud person, you have seen somebody God has taken the sword of defense off the hand.
Leviticus 26:19 “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:”
Anyone who fears God will hate pride, i.e. will not identify with pride
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Pride makes one to conceal mistakes instead of seeking for prompt correction. Liars are all proud because they try to protect their corrupted ego. Lying spirit finds good landing place inside of the proud, 1Kings22:22. A proper study of the scriptures shows that God is always in serious contest with the proud to humble him and to show that He (i.e. God) is the Lord.
Luke 1:51 “He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”
The pride of man is incapacitated while he sleeps and this is the time God comes to seal instruction in him; God hides pride from man in his sleep. We need to pray hard for God to hide pride from us. The most powerful demoting spirit is pride.
Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
A proud person counts himself or herself as the best and no one could get it done in a better way. Such never gives up under another’s leadership and never ready to learn from others. A proud person is a complainer and never appreciates deeply but shallow in expressing appreciation. The proud rejoices in the fall of another person especially, a contemporary.
Psalms 10:2 “The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.”
The conclusion of a proud person is shame. The bible tells us that we are blessed when you put the proud in the right place; they always want to go beyond their boundaries.
Psalms 40:4 “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
Do you want your prayers answered hastily? Humble yourself before the Lord. When God sees a proud man standing before Him, He regards the person as Satan standing. Reconciliation is never part of the ministry of the proud.
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Pray to God to repair your attitude and character. Without this one cannot go far with God. King Saul’s pride killed him and his appointment with God. He was not sober for what he did; rather he was begging God not to put him to shame before the people;
1 Samuel 15:30 “Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.”
Saul weighed the mouth of the people more than the judgment of God. He desired and regarded their praise better than a good relationship with God. Though he wanted to worship God but it was based on getting respect from the people. There are many people with collar on the neck and very big Bible in their hands but with no good relationship with God. Such are the ones Jesus says you should not call “daddy” or “father” because they love the praise of men.
Matthew 23:5 “But all their works they do to be seen by men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,”
Though, Saul was anointed by God, unfortunately, he turned the grace of God to self glory. A taste of the gift of the Holy Spirit popped up his head. This was not David’s case. David sinned also but he deeply realized it and never cared what the people said for as long as the relationship with God is intact. He realized his filthiness and knew that he needed help from God, the merciful. He thought within himself that he needed to be washed and cleansed and it is only by God. When you read Psalm51, you can see the genuine content in David’s heart. He did everything in his power to repair that relationship. When God saw the content of his heart, He showed His mercy. Saul wanted the praise outside to cover the filthiness within the heart, but David wanted a clean heart not minding what the outside holds.
Psalms 51:10-12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”
As far as the proud is concerned, his idea, choice, view and choice are always better than God’s. Pride is a perforation to the heart which makes it not to retain God. Pride damages a character and the consequence is a bad attitude. Without repairs to the proud heart, the journey with God cannot be long, just like Saul;
Psalms 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ezekiel131-33. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries