THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 5, No. 2 – Sunday, 12th January, 2020
(Matt.26:41, 1 Pet.5:8, Isaiah 25:6)
THE MYSTERY OF VICTORY AT THE HOUR OF TEMPTATION
Have you ever wondered why the Lord gave this instruction to His apostles to ‘watch and pray’ in Matthew chapter 26:41? One answer is to say that the instruction was given to safeguard them at the hour of temptation.
Without doubt, the Lord meant much more. First, it is good to understand the import of the word ‘watch’. Watch simply means be vigilant. In the context therefore, watch meant be vigilant so that the wind of the coming temptation does not sweep you away.
However, I perceive in my spirit that there is much more still. The question of great necessity is why must we watch. In order to understand this, watch out for this mystery. At every point of temptation, three parties are involved.
These include the one who is being dragged into temptation, the Almighty God and the tempter himself who could be satan or the flesh.
The tempter at this point is present in order to introduce two things: (1) weakness into the one being tempted so that the one being tempted may fall, and (2) spiritual blindness of the heart into the tempted one so that he or she cannot see the joy and blessings of victory after the tempter fails.
At the same time, the reason the Almighty God is present at that point is equally obvious. It is the reason of giving strength to the one who is being tempted. To obtain such strength however, the one being tempted must be vigilant, constantly watching out for God’s divine assistance. He or she must not lose guard at any time.
The point is this: at the point of every temptation, there is but one thing to do. It is the one thing of ‘looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith’. The enemy puts in the veil of a covering cast over the eyes of believers to see the reason they need to revenge when hurt, to see the need to fight back for their rights and the need to show their rage.
In these 21 days of seeking the face of the Lord, it is the time to be vigilant, shun fleshly activities and concentrate on the One with whom we have to do.
IN THE END, THE GREATEST AND FOREMOST VICTORY OF EVERY PRAYING PERSON IS VICTORY OVER THE FLESH. ONCE THIS IS GAINED, VICTORY AND TESTIMONIES OVER EVERY OTHER THING IS A SURE GUARANTEE.
Question and Answer Section
Question: What must first die before full victory can be gained?
Answer: the flesh.
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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: Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross
1. Every spirit of the waster planning to waste my time and effort in these 21 days paryer and fasting, I terminate your assignment.
2. O God, flush out every bitterness and bitter experiences in my spiritual and physical personalty.
3. O God, replace every bitter experiences with sweet change of life.
4. Pray for Express Image Glory Ministries.
Present your personal petitions.