EXPRESS IMAGE GLORY MINISTRIES
THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 5, No. 23 – Sunday, 14th June, 2020
(Isaiah 55:1, 1 Kings 18:1-46)
‘THE SOUND OF ABUNDANCE OF RAIN’
The evolution of different facets of life is not and will not amount to an epoch-making event because, like change, evolution is ever constant. Despite the constancy of evolution in almost all aspects of human endeavor, evolution has its frontiers of limitation. For one, evolution does not affect the Almighty God. Neither will it ever affect the nature of God.
For instance, if the present generation of human existence lasts for another ten million years, the nature of the Almighty God will never evolve from good to evil. It is not a statement of spiritual farce or fallacy that man has a fallen nature. It is the fallen nature of man which drew out the warning from God against the giving of bribes (Job 15:34).
But if God strongly warns against the offering of bribes, then O man, tell me when did God Himself become a receiver of bribes? Certain teachings in the Christian circles apparently point in the direction of God being a receiver of bribes.
I am sure that the immediate attendant yearning question arising from the foregoing is undoubtedly the question echoing the word “how” so loudly. Can we Pastors be more careful? Why are we Pastors demonizing God especially when the issue of money is in the equation?
Permit me to throw in this question. Is it shameful, is it unrighteous for a pastor to request for financial assistance from his spiritual daughter, brother or co-pastor in the church? Is it not rather shameful and defaming to the name of the Almighty that a Pastor is stealing money belonging to God in style? Or is it not so shameful that a Pastor is requesting church members to sow seed to God before God will grant that miracle?
Men of the world especially in black Africa receive bribes before they give that job opportunity or sometimes they force people to join cult before they render certain assistance. Mr. Pastor, are you now telling us that the Almighty God has similar traits with such people? Pastor, if the church of God is in need, tell it in clear terms to the people of God. Whosoever is willing, let him/her support the work as much as grace is available onto them.
Miracles of God are obtained on the basis of mercy, righteous living and compliance with divine guidelines. At what point did God become a seller of miracles? When did heaven’s standard of giving blessings change to the law of sale, price bargaining and purchase? What have you done Pastor with Psalm chapter 41:1? If sowing seed remains your panacea for obtaining the promises of God and the receiving of miracles, then the rich who have money to sow will keep receiving all the miracles. And, it means the Almighty God simply folds His hands that the ‘poor’ can keep suffering and eventually die in penury. Hmmm!
Mr. Pastor!!! No one sowed any seed for the miracle of ‘abundance rain’ to happen in 1 Kings.18:41. Preaching the gospel of merchantal prosperity requires serious carefulness. Remember the integrity of your bishoprick office and the dignity of the Almighty God is always at stake.
If you tell your flock to sow seed in order for that miracle to be gained, then consider; what if that miracle does not happen because it is not yet time or because the hand which sowed the seed is a hand full of sin, what then happens to your image and the integrity of your bishoprick office? What do you want the sower of the seed to think about the dignity of God and His faithfulness?
For there to be the sound of abundance of divine rain, righteousness must reign in the heart and life of the one seeking the face of God for the downpour. After this, quality prayer of knowledge accompanied by worthy praise must necessarily follow. In the process, a listening heart must be attentive patiently and intently waiting for that word from the Almighty. Lastly, the faith that God is able to perform that which He has spoken must be accompanied with the ‘hope that maketh not ashamed’ (Rom.5:5).
Reading from verse 30 of 1 Kings chapter 18, it is obvious that a process was put in motion before the declaration of the sound of abundance of rain in verses 41 and 45-46 by prophet Elijah the Man of God. It is always a process of enthroning righteousness.
Did not the New Testament confirm same in Matthew chapter 6:33. The verse under reference declares: ‘seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness’. When that condition is satisfied, then every other thing shall be added onto us. Thus in consonance with the will of God, Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord. Why?
The simple answer is so that the altar can begin to speak on behalf of Israel again. And Having repaired the altar of the Lord, the first assignment of that altar is certainly to announce to heaven that the altar has been erected once again, that its fire is kept aglow again, and that the order of righteousness and righteous prayers have commenced again like as it used to be.
The altar now occupying its rightful position means that heaven now has a representative medium for communication with the earth. Thus the land of Israel was now ready for the once brassy heaven over it to be reopened. And was that not what eventually happened.
Didn’t the heaven open and pour out their immeasurable blessings? Did anyone pay God some money through the instrumentality of seed sowing before divine action took place in Israel? What note of importance does the content of Isaiah chapter 55:1 score to your intelligent mind? Don’t get me wrong? Paying tithes and offering is a clear commandment. But seed sowing is personal volition.
Contribution to perform certain assignment in the house of the Lord can sometimes come by way of guided instruction from the Lord. But when Pastors give express command to people to sow seeds before miracles can happen, certain criminal trespass is already beginning to take place by such Pastor.
Whosoever desires to sow seed to God for a given purpose must do it in honour to God, in appreciation and in the knowledge of expressing love and value to God. Let the merchantal message of bribery stop and believers should read their Bibles, cease from lending credence to biblical self interpretation by self-influenced Pastors, and finally, O believers, stop being gullible.
I see a surge of water of refreshing and comfort is here running down from the mountain top bringing money, peace and comfort. For I see something good about to happen to not a few. The rope has just been snapped off from that lady. For her, it is the end of the waiting era. For not so long from now, retardation is no more, giving way for speed of accomplishment. The power of the poison in that life is ended.
Why is that lady afraid to have that baby? I break that yoke of fear right now, in the name of Jesus. Amen. Your good thoughts shall happen in reality right before your very eyes. Whether they like it or not, you are going to pass that examination. I am seeing that Igbo lady’s face for the second time. Why are you considering how that miracle will happen? Leave it to God; He will singlehandedly make it happen.
You will walk gallantly free, and as for the matter of the finances, nothing will hinder provision. It is the time for abundance of rain. It shall rain down promotion, honour, peace, marriages and groundbreaking accomplishment. I have good information for you: the tree they tied you to in the spirit realm has just released you.
Do you know that you have walk out of the forest? And now, you are by the road side. Don’t go back into the forest. No! turn around. No! No! Return! What killed others will not kill you.
IN THE END, I DECREE THAT ABUNDANCE OF THE RAIN OF GOD’S BLESSINGS SHALL FALL UPON EVERYONE TODAY. DON’T WORRY; THE TEARS AND REGRETS OF TODAY SHALL SOON EXPIRE. THE FLOOD OF DIVINE DOWNPOUR SHALL WASH THEM AWAY. EVEN IF YOUR FAITH MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT ON THAT DAY OF RECKONING, MERCY SHALL STEP IN FOR YOU. SHALOM
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: Sweet Hour Of Prayer
1. O Spirit of tithes and offerings, arise from this day and begin to speak favour for my finances.
2. O God, I repent for murmuring and complaining.
3. You devourers programmed into my home for wastage, I sack you. I drive you out. And I forbid your return by the blood of Jesus.
4. I address you my bank account, no more zero or little money in you.
5. All satanic hangers hanging up my finances, I break you down now. And I recover my money.
Present your personal petitions.