EXPRESS IMAGE GLORY MINISTRIES
THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 5, No. 18 – Sunday, 10th May, 2020
YOU ARE THE NEXT WONDER
Has the question ever been raised by your intelligent mind that when will these prayers and encouragement become a reality in my own life and in my own situation?
Whether we believe it or not, the first and the surest answer to the foregoing question is that God will never miss His determined time and timing. Recently, my wife informed me about the account of a sixty-eight year old woman who gave birth to twins. This was not a fable; my wife saw one of the twins being carried by the woman herself and the other being carried by her aged husband.
Listen, beloved, the worst the enemy can do to you is to delay your destiny. Certainly, whilst God remains alive, the enemy cannot destroy your destiny, and this the enemy knows fully well.
The second answer to the above poser is that every tear that you shed in your heart and in your eyes through prayers are being recorded by the Almighty (Ps.56:7-8). When God’s divine bottle reaches its brim, then every delay to all your prayers shall suddenly fizzle away and become a thing of the past. By that time, verse 9 would have become unstoppable (Ps.56:9).
The greatest secrets are: don’t fear and don’t fall back from Christ. In my case, God promised me that He will restore sight to my two eyes. It has been years now; and I am still patiently waiting. Why waiting? Because it will surely happen; and it shall be as He has told me.
Imagine verse 6 of our first text. It reads: ‘however, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god’.
Indeed, the Apostle Paul was a god under the Almighty God. But more than this, there is a succinct lesson between the lines. For a viper to fasten itself to one’s body will immediately call for an instinct reaction. Such is always a serious instinctive reaction of panic.
But the exact opposite was the response from this great Apostle. Why? Knowledge will inform anyone that there are basically five things which produces the true reality of what is contained in any man. Put differently, when any of these five things take hold of anyone, the true essence and real personality of that person will step out into open glare and stir up in perfect display.
These five things include:
(1), Alcohol: what you do after alcohol has taken hold of you is what you truly are innately.
(2) Money: money intoxicates like alcohol. But here is the truth. The pride and the resulting arrogance displayed by you after you have become wealthy is the very pride and arrogance which have both been resident in you even when you were poor. Money only became a means which brought the ends which is pride and arrogance into open manifestation.
(3) Power: power is not meant to control a man. Rather, man is supposed to be in control of power. But when power takes the driving seat in any man’s life, the ends of such man is that he become unapproachable and disrespectful.
Shockingly, do you know that there are husbands who cannot engage their wives in matters concerning common things of the home and marriage. Such husbands simply say, ‘am I not the head?’ Such husbands even draw their feigned arguments from Bible verses by noting vehemently that the Bible says, the husband is the head of the woman (1 Cor.11:1-7).
Yes Sir, you are the head, but have you forgotten that she is the neck carrying you? And how many times has the neck ever complained about the carrying of the head? So, if the neck is constantly and “uncomplainedly” carrying the ever heavy head, why not engage the neck who is the wife in this instance in the bonding business of the home and life generally?Mr. husband, the problem in actual fact, is not the problem of headship. It is that egoistic driving force of power.
Mr. politician, when you needed the people’s vote, you stooped low. Now the people have given you what your itching throat craved for, and the same people are not allowed any close to your office. You are simply power mad. And the madness of power is now drawing out your true portrait.
(4) Sex and woman: do you know that sex and woman intoxicate? Do I hear you say how? Have you noticed that when young girls and young boys begin to involve themselves in illicit sex, then consequently they become rude and unruly?
Watch out for a man who has been a little quiet and easy-going. After a short while, he becomes fortunate to find a fine young lady to date. Suddenly, his wings shoot out and his once-clipped feathers begin to flutter and make incredulous noise. His woman exposed the true reality in his innate personality.
(5) Fear: the greatest exposer of the faithless and the doubtful is fear. Let us learn a lesson from the story of the Apostle Paul. Here was a man of like passion as we are, whom God had promised that he will testify concerning Him in Rome (Acts.23:11).
Now arriving on the island of Malta in Acts 28:1-6, a viper had been waiting only to sting him so that he will die and fail to arrive in Rome in fulfillment of his Apostolic assignment. If the Apostle Paul had died on the island of Malta because of simple snake bite, God would have been made a liar.
What the viper came to do to Apostle Paul was not just to bite and introduce poison into his system. The viper’s ultimate aim was to attack him with the spirit of fear so that he would be detarred from fulfilling his destiny in Rome. But what was contained in the Apostle Paul which is faith in Him who had promised stirred up and confronted the fear brought by the attack of the viper.
Fear then can be viewed to man as a depressant spiritual drug and an intoxicating spiritual steroid engineered against faith. And if in the day of the adversity brought by fear, our faith fails, then we have given occasion for the agenda of the enemy to be accomplished and that of God for our lives to be delayed until another season.
Beloved, have you been postponing the day of your breakthrough by being susceptible to fear? Please understand that for every moment when we demean God by surrendering to fear and discouragement, we debase God and uplift the enemy. For every time when we uplift God and shame the enemy, then celebration of our glory follows.
Please realize this dearly beloved that no fear or discouragement comes the way of any man except that man is at the very gate of a major breakthrough. At that moment, fear and or discouragement shows up in order to make one miss the divine mark either by making one to sin or to back track from a positive decision or from a good course of destiny.
IN THE END, O AWAITING BROTHER, O AWAITING SISTER LIKE THIS BLIND PASTOR WRITING THIS PIECE TO YOU. PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP ON GOD. YOUR TIME WILL COME AND SHALL NOT TARRY. YOU MAY BE DELAYED, YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO BE DENIED SO LONG AS GOD WILL REMAIN ALIVE. KEEP PRAYING. KEEP EXPECTING AND KEEP SERVING THE GREAT MASTER, JESUS. YOUR END SHALL BE ‘A WONDER UNTO MANY’ FOR GOD REMAINS OUR ‘STRONG REFUGE’. YOU KNOW WHAT! YOU ARE THE NEXT WONDER.
Question and Answer Section
Question: The great questions again! 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: I Need Thee Every Hour
1. I thank you God for this word you have sent to me through this edition of The Message Now.
2. O covenant and divine agenda of the Most High, please take root and come to pass in my life very soon.
3. O God, in mercy, recover back for me that major thing in destiny that I have lost or that I am about to lose.
4. O spirit of fear, I dethrone you from my life today and I enthrone the Lord’s Spirit of faith.
5. The greater disaster soon to happen in Nigeria shall not include me and my loved ones.
6. In the name of Jesus, I stop that flood designed to carry people away.
7. God, the Maker of heaven and earth, expose false pastors and false prophets, and if I have been under the umbrella of any of them, deliver me and recover my glory and prosperity virtues from them.
8. Present your personal petitions.