EXPRESS IMAGE GLORY MINISTRIES
THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 5, No. 24 – Sunday, 21st June, 2020
(Lk.1:46-55, 1 Sam.2:1-10, Judg.5:1-31)
‘THE IRREFUTABLE AND UNREFUSABLE POWER
Someone has opined many years before now that ‘life has no definition’ but it is inbued with certain ‘basic characteristics, including joy, sadness, pain, etc’. If joy and sadness are part of the condiments of life as it rolls along, then so long as we are alive, these condiments of life will try to remain constant.
It is a fact however that the constancy of joy or sadness is preconditioned by human choice. Get it right! You are sad because you submitted to the choice of being sad. I share commonality with the school of thought which claims that sadness and certain features contained in life are entirely natural phenomena, and that some situations are just so overwhelming that they pull us in the downward direction of depression and sorrow.
But nevertheless, the choice to salute God’s greatness even in that stormy and gloomy situation is not just a probable one but an actual possibility. Remember king David in 1 Samuel chapter 30:1-10.
Let us consider for a moment how sad father Abraham must have felt following God’s request to him for the sacrifice of his only promised seed born by his only genuine wife who had been barren for 90 years. Beloved, there is a great lesson to be learnt from father Abraham.
Lesson (1) God is present in every stormy situation (1 Kings chapter 19:12, Job.38:1).
Lesson (2) the eyes of the Almighty are constantly monitoring the heart of man when man is at his wit’s end or moments of his lowest ebb.
Lesson (3) man’s word uttered from the heart at desperate moment will determine the next action the Almighty will take (Gen.22:8-18). Although father Abraham was on an expedition of the most grievous trial, nevertheless, he expressed the word of faith onto God. Expressions of faith during moments of grief glorifies God. It is the same as the expressions of praise.
Lesson (4) Expressions of faith or praise during waiting periods, times of grief or anxiety always provoke prophetic action to materialize into prosperous realities. How and what does this mean? Father Abraham’s expressions of faith in the end provoked divinity to utter prophetic words that are still manifesting till today and will remain so even after now (Gen.22:10-18).
Let us search the Scriptures a little deeper. The word of the Lord states that: ‘the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy’ (Rev.19:10). What on earth can this very deep statement ever mean?
Amidst many interpretations, one plausible meaning is that when we offer testimonies by faith before God alone, then prophecy that cannot be denied takes over. It can equally be argued that the verse underdiscourse means that the word of the Lord is the surest word of prophecy.
All put together, the undeniable lesson is that when men express praises of faith to God out of a righteous heart whether in moments of joy or sorrow, an irrefutable and unrefusable power is always released by God to end any challenge that such men are facing.
Therefore, biblical Baba Israel Ade-Raymond Ebo, old but young and most agile, is it not time for you to put on your dancing shoes and fill heaven with praises ahead of the miracles being expected?
Beautiful Titilola, isn’t it time to shower God with unusual worship? Blessed Felicia Vicky, the name Felicia as given to you by God means blessing. You have always praised God. But is it not time to advance the level of those wonderful praises? For I see a rainy sky and yet loaded with more rain.
Brilliant Margaret-Joy, sonerous voices are meant to be rolling heaven around in glorious ecstasy. Shan’t that begin from now? Benevolent Mercy: the mercy of God always triggers the celebration of the Almighty. But why do you have to wait sister until God does His own first? It is time for you to move the hands of God into action through high flying adoration of the Almighty well ahead of what He will surely do for you.
Benign (harmless) benefitting Leanne! The only thing God is waiting for is your worthy acclamation to Him. Won’t you begin that now? Bridled Toyin, blissful Pastor Adeniyi, beaming Paulette, bright Olumide, beloved Oluwole, well-behaved Olajumoke, the ever-bubbling baroness Adetutu, basking Adedoyin and billionaire members, many prayers you have offered to God on varying subjects.
Like as the angel said to Cornelius in Acts chapter 10, I say to you all that all of your prayers have been heard and answered. Waiting for manifestation before eulogizing the Almighty will rather effect delay. Therefore, is it not time to show the Almighty how much you value, honour and love him with your well-pleasing praises?
There is enormous power in the praises that preceed divine action. Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated God even when all she had was simply prophetic information. But didn’t her expression of faith and worthy celebration of the Almighty give birth to the greatest miracle known to all humanity through her whom ‘all generations shall call blessed?’
IN THE END, IT WAS ABOUT THE CLOSING MOMENTS OF THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2020. THE LORD SHOWED HIS WONDERFUL KINDNESS TO ME BY OPENING MY EYES DURING THE DEAD OF THE NIGHT AT ABOUT 2 A.M. I SAW A MAN STANDING AT OUR BACKYARD CLOSE TO OUR STARTIMES SATELLITE DISH POLE. CARELESSLY, I IGNORED THE REVELATION, AND FINALLY RETIRED TO BED SOMETIME AFTERWARDS. STRANGELY, AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME DURING THE FOLLOWING NIGHT, THE LORD OPENED MY EYES AGAIN THROUGH HIS EXTREME KINDNESS. FOR THE SECOND TIME AND FOR THE SECOND NIGHT IN A SINGLE STRETCH, I SAW THE MAN AGAIN. THIS TIME AROUND, HE WAS NOT ALONE. HE WAS STANDING ON THE SAME SPOT, FACING A CAT AND BOTH WERE EQUALLY IN COMMUNICATION. THE LORD AROUSED MY SPIRIT, AND I REBUKED HIM IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. HE VANISHED WITH SUPERSONIC SPEED TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD ADJACENT TO MY APARTMENT. THE MAN IN QUESTION WAS THE SPIRIT OF DEATH. WHEN THE DAY BROKE, MY ACTIVITIES CONTINUED AS USUAL. THEN AT ABOUT MID AFTERNOON OF THE SAME DAY, SOMETHING MONUMENTALLY DISASTROUS ALMOST HAPPENED. MY WIFE WAS AT THE SAME BACKYARD PERFORMING HER USUAL LAUNDRY CHORES FOR THE FAMILY. HER LONE PARTNER WAS MY SON AS I REMAINED IN THE HOUSE SO BUSY ON MY LAPTOP. SUDDENLY, MY SON TOUCHED THE POLE AND REPORTED THAT IT WAS SHOCKING. WONDERING WHY THE STARTIMES’ POLE SHOULD BE SHOCKING, MY WIFE TOUCHED THE SAME POLE, AND THEN HER HAND GOT HOOKED TO THE POLE. SHE WAS IN CLEAR ELECTROCUTION. SHE TRIED TO REMOVED HER HAND BUT THE ELECTROCUTION KEPT ROLLING HER AROUND. SHE COULD NOT TALK, AS SUCH SHE COULD NOT SHOUT AND CALL FOR HELP. MY INNOCENT FIVE YEARS SON JUST WATCHED ON AS THOUGH IT WAS MOVIE SPREE IN MELODRAMATIC PERFORMANCE. SUDDENLY, THE ELECTRIC CURRENT THREW HER OFF WITHIN A DISTANCE OF FEW METRES. THEN LANDING ON THE HARD CONCRETE, I HEARD A LOUD NOISE OF A FALL AND A PAINFUL SCREAM. THANKS BE TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD, THE PAINFUL SCREAM RETURNED HER TO LIFE STRICTLY BY MERCY AND WITHOUT ANY HUMAN INTERVENTION. MY WIFE’S BIRTHDAY IS TODAY, THE 21ST DAY OF JUNE. I THANK MY GOD, THE POSSESSOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. PLEASE JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING GOD NOT FOR HER MEMORY IN DEATH BUT FOR HER LIFE.
Question and Answer Section
Question: The great questions again! When was the last time that you preached to any soul? Do you serve God with joyful heart or with reluctance? How much hurt is in your soul against that fellow? Won’t rather forgive them and forget their mischief so that you can rightly serve your loving Father? When was the last time you smiled genuinely and truly from your heart about yourself bearing in mind the bright days to come? when was the last time you heard a force praying within your belly without your consciousness? When was the last time you gave some thing to support God’s work apart from your tithes and offerings? When was the last time you supported any man to fulfill a divine or a personal agenda? When was the last time you put smile on the face of someone?
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Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
HYMN: Rejoice In The Lord And Be Glad
Imagine the Almighty God before you and all your biggest and smallest concerns sitting right in front of the Almighty, and begin to celebrate God unmindful of those concerns.
Present your personal petitions and celebrate much more afterwards for having granted them all.