THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol 2. No. 8, Monday, 20th February, 2017
(Is.41:10-16, Jer.20:11-12, 2 Tim.1:7)
FEAR (FALSE EXPERIENCES APPEARING REAL) IS NOTHING BUT THE BARKING OF A TOOTHLESS BULLDOG
Common belief and practice of faiths including ours overtime and through time has long held the view that doubt is the exact opposite of faith. Undoubtedly,unstableness or double-mindedness otherwise known as doubt is demeaning both to God and to the concept of our Christian faith.
Doubt is unquestionably a terrible enemy of faith in God; and sadly, we often do not attach much attention to its dastard danger and destructive consequences. Indeed, doubt is the spiritual bile that corrodes and poisons the most sumptuous meal set up by prayer of faith before a loving God who is ever seated on the altar awaiting at every micro-second for angels who often dutifully present files of human requests before Him.
To God Most High, contents of human requests of faith (Heb.11:6, Mark.9:23) backed by praises (Phil.4:6) are pleasurable meals whose condiments are ever His interests. But what if that meal expected to be exceptionally delicious is as bitter as gall? How do you think God feels? Such is the sharp contrast between faith and doubt. How God feels about such gory meal is the same way He feels about double-mindedness.
However, in spite of how spiritually disgusting doubt is, there is yet but a worse enemy. So terrible an enemy that the Eternal God broke the rule of emphasis in the Holy Bible. It is the enemy called fear properly so-defined by its four letters as false experiences appearing real.
Statistically, the account of the King James Version of the Bible (1611) indicates clearly that the word ‘fear’ is mentioned over 500 times. Whereas the phrase: ‘fear not’ is mentioned 74 times. Also the phrase: ‘be not afraid’ is clearly signaled a total of 29 times. Ah! what a warning-signal of overemphasis and recurring re-emphasis!
Unarguably, a warning-signal echoed and re-echoed over 600 times on the aggregate about an enemy cannot be a warning-signal about a manageable enemy. Fear is one of the greatest enemies of progress. It is a sin in itself. Fear distorts prayer.
It re-alligns the human thoughts to lie incongrossly (that is in the opposite direction) with our prayers. Fear is an emphatic statement of belittlement to God. Fear is an attack; it is a most useful tool in the hands of anti-testimony forces. Fear blinds man from seeing the right solution.
Draw knowledge from the fact that fear is a spiritual entity. It is a conscious spiritual personality who knows man’s peaks and troughs and can easily pick his target-moments against our prayers. As an entity, fear (when fully allowed) can turn the human heart to its sheltering cupboard.
At such point, it has developed from oppression to possession and would require intense, anointed prayer of deliverance. Fear is inbued with torment and it does torment.
Have you ever been involved in intense personal prayers at the dead of the night and felt shivers or presence of horror around you or around the house? Have you prayed so earnestly at any nights and heard sounds: say on the wall, door or cracking on pieces of furniture? Were you at any time especially during the night, and someone or something touched you?
More often than not, it is because your prayer has begun to hit certain dangerous targets; and of course, the enemy is out at such times to frighten you. The enemy’s agenda is to see that you end that prayer abruptly. Dearly beloved, that is the moment to fire the prayer the more.
Are you aware that fear can be invoked against a person? Are you aware that fear has a voice and does speak? Who says that miracle cannot happen to you? Who is giving you all the reasons why you are not qualified for that miracle? God?! NO! It is the voice of the spirit of fear.
Pray now and say: (1) O God, let your raw fire sweep through me now. (2) O God, evict the spirit of fear from my heart now. (3) Every blessing of mine that have been held-up or lost due to fear, I recover them now. (4) O God, restore to me firm spiritual balance, in the name of Jesus.
A success-driven one is a fearless one. Audacity, bravery, boldness and tenacity (the direct opposites of fear) are the surest secret keys of any success. A one-time African leader, Kwame Nkruma of Ghana opined: ‘the secret of life is to have no fear’.
We are children of the new and better covenant through the blood of the Lamb of God. Therefore, let us not be like the children of Ephraim who though were fully armed by God yet turned back from battle on account of fear (Ps.78:9-10).
In summary, fear if allowed in the heart of man will produce the evil you don’t expect and the evil you envisage? Are envisaging any evil? Are you thinking about the next contract? How that healing will manifest or how that marriage will become a reality?
Stop troubling yourself; God has already perfected all those miracles and has moved on to the next miracle for your life. So, I decree those miracles into reality now, in the name of Jesus, Amen. It is time to sing and pray dear children of the Most High.
REMEMBER THAT NO MATTER HOW GREAT YOUR REQUEST IS, THE SECRET IS IN YOUR VOICING IT TO GOD FOR YOUR REQUEST CAN NEVER SURPRISE GOD BUT GOD CAN ALWAYS SURPRISE YOU. YOU ARE MAN AFTERALL AND HE IS BUT THE ALMIGHTY GOD.
Hymn: Through The Love of Christ Our Saviour All Will Be Well
Continually declare Jer.20:11 throughout this day and the rest of this first quarter of 2017.
The word ‘open’ and ‘door’ was just revealed to me now. (so pray: O God, every door short against my breakthroughs, be opened now, in the name of Jesus.
Every embergo against my name, be lifted now by the blood of Jesus.
O Jordan, Red Sea and walls of Jericho barricading my tomorrow and glory, be parted asunder now.
Activate your faith in God now. Put those things you consider difficult and the things you want Him to do for you right to Him now.
O God, in the soon glorious tomorrow of my country, connect me to those that matter. Let me be one of the reapers of divinely-ordained provision.
O God, empty me of every aorta of doubt and unbelief. I shall enjoy God’s goodness in the land of the living, in Jesus name, Amen