EXPRESS IMAGE GLORY MINISTRY
THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 4, No. 45 – Monday, 18th November 2019
UNCOVERING THE SECRET OF VICTORY OVER NIGHT RAIDERS, NIGHT TRADERS, NIGHT CATERERS AND THE GENERAL POWERS OF THE NIGHT
Unarguably, as far as humanity is concerned, sleep is a perfect medium for rest. It is equally a statement of perfect truth that sleep puts all humanity in a state of unconsciousness to a very great extent.
Thus sleep can be countenanced as a most dangerous moment for all humanity for the reasons that we shall yet see. Hold this point also that man is at his weakest moment while in the period of sleep.
There is nevertheless a statement of congruence lying side by side with the foregoing statement. It is the congruent statement that man can equally be extremely strong at the moment of sleep which is considered to be his weakest moment. These two statements are what I call the congruent lines of truth without a meeting point.
Let us dissect these matters through the lens of deep spirituality. The content of Matthew chapter 13:25 states: ‘but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way’.
There are too many mysteries of great concern in this seventeen-worded verse of the Scripture. First, notice how the verse was worded. It was worded in the personal sense. Personal in the sense that there appears to be a relationship between the sleeping man and ‘his enemy’ who came to harm him.
It is a sound spiritual fact that no enemy will afflict a man except that enemy has some affinity with that man or that enemy has some knowledge about that man. Consider the words of the holy Scripture in Matthew chapter 10:36.
It states: ‘and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household’. ‘Household’ in this context clearly symbolizes a close relationship of some sort. The question is what then is the application of these two Scriptues (Matt.13:25 and Matt.10:36) to all living but equally sleeping men?
Understand that to every man there is a familiar spirit who understands virtually every detail about the man. These familiar spirit does not just have requisite information but equally knows the right moment for every attack to strike that man such as the moment of sleep.
Second, if the affinity between man and his familiar enemies are reference points in the tragedies of man, sleep is that terrain for the ease of operation of those familiar spirits. Sleep is important no doubt. But as much as it is so important, sleep nevertheless requires management.
The management of sleep begins from the consistent practice of ever preceding every sleep with a word of prayer. Why? Because every sleep is a journey. And who embarks on a journey without preparation. The engagement of prayer prior to every sleep invites God into the equation.
Since ‘God is light and in Him is no darkness’, therefore inviting God into the equation means the expulsion of darkness. No enemy thrives except the avenue is carved out for it to thrive. And no enemy can thrive except the avenue of darkness is thriving.
When prayer is made to God thereby inviting God into anything, light is called upon into that situation, event or thing. It is not possible for darkness and light to exist side by side at the same time. One must bend and bow for the other. And it cannot be the Light who bends and bows.
The instrumentality of sleep is an effective tool in the hands of the enemy. But the enemy finds sleep so useful because man permits it. It is a statement of known fact that man engages in sleep at any time. But the night is the most obvious time of man’s sleep.
The same night is the major medium of the enemy’s parade up and down the realms of existence. Psalm 13:3 reawakens humanity to a certain knowledge and a certain reality. It tells us that certain form of sleep are no more than the sleep of death. Ah! Why do men sleep the sleep of death? The sleep of death is the sleep of a fool. Why do men sleep when it is not necessary?
Ordinarily, questions will be raised for making this last enquiry. For instance, because the enemy is constantly evil, should this be the reason for refraining from sleep especially at night?
Anyone doing this is risking his life in serious danger. Sleep is good and should be enjoyed too. But at least twenty minutes in prayer at every night will do any living man the greatest good of his life and the lives of the generations from him will eventually experience and enjoy.
Listen to one of the astounding instructions in human history. The instruction reads:
’Job.38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?’
What does the Scripture mean by this unavoidable and life-chaging instruction contained in the foregoing verses? (TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK).
IN THE END, EXCEPT THE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES AND MECHANISMS ARE PUT IN PLACE AND PRACTISED, THE EXTRAORDINARY GROUNDS OF MIRACLES CANNOT BE RECORDED AND ENJOYED.
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Question: How do you manage your night sleep?
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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: The Great Physician
1. By the strength of the Lord, I arrest all sponsors of evil sleep in my life.
2. O operations and operators of evil activities against me during the night, let your wickedness turn back upon you.
3. Every power and force draining me of spiritual energy, I terminate your power and existence.
4. Evil contracts signed between near enemy and distant ones over my life and progress, be frustrated.
5. O God, release upon me the Spirit of grace and of supplication.
6. I recover by force and by fire all my blessings carted away through the medium of sleep.
7. I break every embargo placed over my documents and my destiny.