June 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

June 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

From This Day Forward…

Scriptures For Meditation — Haggai 2:18-19; 2 Chronicles 6:12-31

Hag 2:18 ‘Consider now from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid—consider it:

Hag 2:19 Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yielded fruit. But from this day I will bless you.’ “

The two passages of scripture that we are meditating on for this last day of our fasting and prayers, capture the essence of what God is doing in our lives in this season.

Altered At The Altar

We started our first instalment of the series on curses and blessings reading the prophetic message that Haggai gave to the children of Israel, letting them know that the reason they were living under a curse was because they had neglected to keep their vows to God, which they made to Him when He delivered them from the bondage of the Babylonian captivity. (Hag 2:1-17)

They were meant to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple and the walls of the city. However, when they got their deliverance, they soon forgot about their obligations to God and went about their merry lives doing their own stuff; an attitude that even till this day, many of us unwittingly find ourselves exhibiting.

Whilst our focus yesterday was on pulling down and destroying evil altars, as we saw in Gideon’s life, we can only build the Lord’s altar, after other unholy altars have been destroyed.

Haggai returned to express an imminent change in the fortunes of the children of Israel, after they eventually did what God had demanded of them. As they laid the foundation of the temple and began the work of rebuilding God’s house, another prophetic word came to them from God —

From this day forward, I will begin to change your story; I will change the situation of your life, and I will bless you!

This is also the promise of God to us today!

We tore down the altars of Baal in our lives yesterday, and today, we shall be laying the foundation of a glorious Temple to the Lord in our lives and rebuild the altar where our lives will be an offering — a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to Him — For as the bible says, we (believers) are the temple of God.

Recovery, Restoration, Rededication

In the second scripture, we see again, what happened when Solomon was dedicating the completion of the original temple that had been destroyed.

Solomon petitioned God on behalf of himself and the nation, by making some demands on God’s mercy and favour on account of the temple that had been built. (2 Chr 6:12-39)

He closed his prayers with a powerful invocation of God’s covenant keeping grace:

2Ch 6:40 “Now, O my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.

2Ch 6:41 “Now then arise, O LORD God, [and come] to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength and power. Let Your priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation and let Your godly ones rejoice in [Your] goodness.

2Ch 6:42 “O LORD God, do not turn away and reject the face of Your anointed; remember Your lovingkindness and faithfulness to Your servant David.”

Prayer Focus

We are also going to similarly rededicate our lives to God, and invoke His grace and loving kindness — His mercy and His favour over our lives and our families.

We have confessed and repented of our sins, renounced ungodly covenants and broken every curse and cancelled negative pronouncements over our lives and families.

We know that in the name of Jesus, our faithful Heavenly Father has heard and answered our prayers and rebuked the enemy, shut the mouth of the devourer and destroyed his power and influence over our lives.

We will therefore pray and claim the same promise that He made through Haggai to His people —

From this day forward, the Lord our God will bless us!

This is our battle cry against the enemy of our soul and destiny; we are blessed beyond the curse.

We have been blessed by God, and no one can stop it or reverse it!

The shout of our King is amongst us; Jehovah has been proclaimed to be our King.

Hallelujah!

Please join us online on Zoom again tonight for us to pray the prayer of Restoration and Rededication together.

May the Lord answer you speedily in Jesus’s Name.

Shalom,

Pastor Wale Ola

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June 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

June 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

OPEN AND CLOSE

Scripture For Meditation — Judges 6:1-32; 1John 1:9; John 8:36

“When the enemy has an open door into your life, the doorways of God’s blessings in your life are closed.”

This was the statement that the Spirit of God impressed in my heart as I prepared to write today’s blog.

God had promised to increase Israel as the sand on the sea shore; but as we read in our scripture passage, their sin stopped their growth and diminished them, and then their enemies, though otherwise every way inferior to them, overpowered them with numbers.

Open Doors and Breaches

Taking advantage of the open door that the Israelites’ disobedience presented to them, their enemies tried to deprive God’s people of the blessings which God had promised them —

They tried to hinder the access and enjoyment of the Israelites to the promised land.

The Enemy’s Strategy —

A repeating pattern of failure and a cycle of defeat.

Jdg 6:3 For it was whenever Israel had sown [their seed] that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the people of the east and go up against them.

Jdg 6:4 So they would camp against them and destroy the crops of the land as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey.

Jdg 6:5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, and they would come in as numerous as locusts; both they and their camels were innumerable. So they came into the land to devastate it.

They always came at the time of harvest to devour the fruits of their labour.

All their produce and livestock was stolen after they worked hard to bring it to fruition. Does that sound familiar to you?

But you have not obeyed My voice:

God sent this messenger to tell them where the real problem was. It wasn’t that the Midianites were so strong, it was that because Israel was so disobedient, they were under the curse of toiling without harvest.

Manifestations of The Curse

Some of these things may be identifiable in our own lives as well:

Hardship — Threshing wheat in the wine press — This was both difficult and humiliating.

Fruitless labour — They had neglected to honour God with their substance and had prepared that for Baal with which God should have been served, and now God justly permitted an enemy to take it away in what should have been the season of their harvest.

Poverty — When Israel kept in line with God, they reaped what others sowed (Jos 24:13; Psa 105:44); but now that God had forsaken them others reaped what they sowed.

Oppression— The Israelites imprisoned themselves in dens and caves, because of the oppressive spirit of fear that had come upon them (Judges 6:2)

Tearing Down The Altars of Baal

By Gideon – Jdg 6:25-32

By Jehoiada – 2Ki 11:18

By Josiah – 2Ki 23:4-5

In ancient Israel, the people worshipped Baal because he was thought to be the god of weather, and they relied on the weather for agricultural prosperity.

In the hard economic times because of the Midianite oppression, people worshipped Baal all the more – not understanding that they only made things worse by not turning to God.

God called Gideon to get his own house in order first –

He had to destroy the altar of Baal before he could raise an altar to the Lord, and reverse the prevailing negative circumstances in their lives!

This is the same call of God to us in this moment in time — Get your house in order first!

We have to tear down the demonic altars of lies, deceit and unrighteousness that have prevailed in our lives, and empowered the enemy at the expense of the praise and honour that is due to God and robbed us of our destiny.

Prayer Focus

Spend the day to reflect on the negative patterns in your life or family.

Repent of whatever open doors or gaps that may be in your life or family that have empowered or are empowering the enemy to work against your destiny.

Cancel every curse that’s operating in your life or in your family line that are the result of the open doors.

Prayers of Renunciation (To be read from the slides at the prayer session tonight)

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May 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

May 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 3

Scriptures For Meditation — Is 44:1-8; 1Pet 2:9; Rom 8:11; John 7:39

THE POWER TO WITNESS

Isa 44:6 This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies: “I am the First and the Last; there is no other God.

Isa 44:7 Who is like me? Let him step forward and prove to you his power. Let him do as I have done since ancient times when I established a people and explained its future.

We will be ending this month’s fasting and prayers today, by expanding on one of the Scriptures that we meditated on yesterday (Isa 44:1-8)

As we look closely at this scripture, we will notice a few things:

A Chosen People

First, Isaiah begins his introduction to the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit by identifying the people to whom the promise is being made — God’s Chosen People.

Isa 44:1 “But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.

Isa 44:2 The LORD who made you and helps you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, O dear Israel, my chosen one.

As the bible tells us in 1Peter 2:9, we Believers by virtue of Christ’s redemptive work, have also become God’s own special people.

Do Not Be Afraid

As Isaiah said to the people in his time, so is the message to someone reading this at this time also — Do not be afraid!

Though there may be so many things troubling your mind at this time, the overflow of the Spirit of God into your life carries with it a promise of hope and succour to bring you to a different place where your victory is assured and the purpose of God for your life is established.

Isa 44:8 Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago? You are my witnesses—is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock—not one!”

You Are God’s Witness

Again, just as Christ stated in Acts 1:4 and Acts 1:8, telling us that the reason for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is to empower us to be His witnesses, God also declares that these His chosen people on whom the Spirit are being invested are His witnesses — called to show forth His glory.

Refresh, Revive Restore

Isa 44:3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.

The prophecy also brings a promise of the blessings of refreshing, revival and restoration with the overflow of the Spirit of God.

And A Promise of Prosperity

Isa 44:4 They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.

Isa 44:5 Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the LORD.’ Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’ Some will write the LORD’s name on their hands and will take the name of Israel as their own.”

Prosperity is not just talking about money or material provisions — it is basically anything and everything that you need to fulfil God’s purpose for your life; everything that is required for your life to bear witness to the truth of the Good News that you proclaim, that will make people desire to serve the God that you serve and draw them into God’s kingdom!

The thriving that this prophecy promises, includes:

• Your health,

• Advancement in your career, prosperity in your business or ministry

• Life-Giving Relationships,

• Peaceful family,

• Gifts of the Holy Spirit for ministry,

• Sound state of mind,

• Favour on the job, and in your sphere of influence or area of calling.

• Every resource, tool, provision or infrastructure needed to fulfil your purpose.

• A fruitful life that bears witness to the life, teachings, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer Focus

Whatever is missing in your life for it to manifest the evidence of the promise of prosperity that comes with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life (all the things that are mentioned above) should be established.

Shalom,

Pastor Wale

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May 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

May 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 2

Scriptures For Meditation — Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17; Is 44:3-4; Phil 4:13

OVERFLOW

“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”

Php 4:13 Amplified

As we continue to mark Pentecost this week, we have another opportunity to:

Be reminded of, and to celebrate the essence of who we are as Christians, and also

• the fulfilment of the promise that God made concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Down Payment – (Acts 1:4;8)

This promise was spoken first in the OT through Prophets Joel and Isaiah in Joel 2:28 and Isa 44:3-4; and then reiterated by Peter on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:17.

OVERFLOW!

Yesterday, we meditated on the promise that God gave to us in sending the Holy Spirit to empower us to fulfill His assignment for our lives.

We also saw that this empowerment that would be invested upon us through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is expressed and is manifest in different miraculous acts in the life of the believer.

The question however is, if there was already an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, should we still expect another outpouring in our day and age?

Well, what we can definitely pray for and expect, is a Refuelling or an overflow. Because,

Whenever there’s an OVERFLOW of the Spirit, the gifts and miracles always manifest.

We struggle through life trying to “work things out” in our own power and wisdom; we get battered and discouraged by the unending challenges that life throws at us, and we ultimately settle for a defeated life that is devoid of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Many believers have unwittingly gotten to a place in our walk with God where we have run dry of the presence of the Holy Spirit, as we have relegated Him to the back of the queue, failing to give Him any room to really occupy and direct our lives as He should!

But dear friend, I am persuaded and believe God for better things concerning you — The promise of the Father is still available for you to claim even now; the overflow of the Holy Spirit in your life will produce the miracle that you have been crying out to God for, if you would receive it and allow Him to fill your life and overflow from you.

Prayer Focus

Cry out to God for an OVERFLOW of His Spirit.

Pray For The Activation, Stirring Up and an OVERFLOW of His Spirit on your life, in your ministry, over your household.

Pray for an overflow of God’s presence and power into every area of your life and on the church.

Pray for the activation and release of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that you need to fulfil God’s assignment for your life.

Shalom,

Pastor Wale Ola

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May 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

May 2021 Fasting & Prayers — Day 1

Scriptures For Meditation — Acts 1:3-8; John 1:12; Ephesians 3:20;

Can Do, Will Do

We celebrated The Feast of Pentecost last Sunday. The theme of our fasting and prayers this month, is going to focus on the realities of what Pentecost should mean for us as New Testament believers.

In Acts 1:4, Jesus enjoined His disciples to wait on the promise of The Father to send the Holy Spirit to them; and in verse 8, He tells them the reason why:

They would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them!

This power they were to receive, was going to be a prerequisite or a necessary pre-condition for what they were to do afterwards.

What Was This Power?

Dunamis

For us to get the full import of this promise, it will be necessary to have an understanding of what that word “power” really means.

In the context of use, it is translated from the Greek word — Dunamis.

And as Thayer’s Greek Bible Definition, highlights, it means:

Strength Power, Ability, Inherent power;

Power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature.

So when Jesus said they would receive power, He was saying that they were going to have a change in their nature when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, that would invest them with an inherent power to do things!

This power also refers to the ability which that person or thing exerts and puts forth and manifests in:

• The power for performing miracles

• Moral power and excellence of soul

• The power and influence which belong to riches and wealth (Prosperity)

• The power and resources arising from numbers (Growth and Multiplication)

• The power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts (Dominion and Authority)

The word dunamis itself, is taken from the Greek word — Dunamai

And Dunamai means:

1. To be able to do something — to have power whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom

2. Can do; capacity; to be capable, strong and powerful

3. To be possible

Prayer Focus

Reading all of this, we can see that God has deposited an immense and extremely potent divine ability in us, given to enable us accomplish His purposes for our lives, through the operation and workings of His Holy Spirit in us.

That’s what Pentecost is about!

Let’s revisit the definitions of both “Dunamis” and “Dunamai” highlighted above; meditate on the different components of the words, then pray and claim the reality of those things into your life and situation in Jesus’s Name.

Amen.

Pastor Wale Ola

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