Negative Words of Hope

Maybe you have looked at your life lately and noticed that all your pillars seem to be falling apart. Sometimes its NOT about preparing your ground for a ripe harvest and beautiful new season. Sometimes, you need to make peace with God, who is as Terrible as He is Merciful. I learnt the following today, with a heart that trembled at His Words as I journey through the book of Ezekiel (25 & 26). I hope you read with a listening, and submissive heart…towards God.
If you,
1. have been privileged at one time or other, to be within an intimate circle of trust or vision with a child of God whether as a family, friend, colleague, fellow minister and pilgrim, media consumer and…
2. felt satisfied with the destruction of a called one, or nation, or tribe who had rebelled against God “… Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was desolate,”
3. Rejoiced gleefully when you witnessed God’s dealing with one of His own in judgement, to despise them… “Because you clapped your hands, stamped your feet, and rejoiced in heart with all your disdain for the land of Israel.”
4. Made nonsense of God’s election of a particular person on group of people during the time of their distress, to pronounce them as common, not really special etc ““Because Moab and Seir say, ‘Look! The house of Judah is like all the nations,”
5. took advantage of a person’s or group of person’s distress when God’s favor seemed to desert them, to avenge yourself of real or imagined/fabricated wrongdoing at this time, i.e. kicking them while they were down. You believed them hated and unprotected of God because of their predicament in the land and added to their pain due to your previous disapproval of them…”Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them…Because the Philistines dealt vengefully and took vengeance with a spiteful heart, to destroy because of the old hatred,”
You need to seriously consider making peace with God. When a loving parent disciplines their child to draw them back to himself or herself, there is appropriate response by witnesses, and this never includes, picking up crude artillery against them, trying to fan the parent’s anger, trying to convince the child that their parent no longer loves them and they are strangers to them, or even stomping them down with your heavy duty boots to rid the parent of their obvious disappointment at their child. If you do these…it is against you the parent will unleash His anger…without leaving their child un-taught. God is not dysfunctional as God, Father, Leader, and in all His Sovereignty. You need to make peace with God…believe Him to be The Best Parent you have ever had the privilege of coming across…There is yet another group that God’s Hand is Targeting
6. If you have ever seen the destruction of someone else, a nation, organisation, business, ministry, marriage, family, friendship, as an opportunity to exalt yourself into a place of privilege, especially when these were ordained and established in God, for you there will be a special hell on earth. People will come from high places to tremble at your own descent for it will be obvious that God has dealt Himself against you. Ezekiel 26 “…because Tyre has said against Jerusalem, ‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.”
God’s paternity is not seasonal…let us return to Him to request that He amputates, and delivers us of that stubborn limb in us that perpetually seeks and rejoices in the shaming and destruction of others…or else…you will know Him as God, as you feel His Hand turned against you.

Why Even Pray for Them?

There are many reasons to STOP PRAYING for them, genuine, just reasons. Ones that anyone would understand. Primarily, they don’t really think that its useful…and besides, why would Almighty God even stop to listen to someone of whom they think so little, as they do you? I mean, they have it more together. What could you possibly have to tell God on their behalf, that they would not do better on their own – or at least someone else they think is more suitable? They may cause you great harm even to stop you from praying…and gather enough around them to make them feel right about doing so.

God has given me many reasons why I should CONTINUE PRAYING for them. Its not for their applause really…never has been about that. But more about His intent…His True Heart…”For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17 NKJV and “The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 2:9 AMP. It got me thinking, that when I want anything else for someone God created, am desiring contrary to Him…and what does that make me if not an anti-Christ? Hmmm

So this morning He gave me, reminded me, of one more reason to pray for…my family, my friends,, my neighbors, my country, my world, my employer, my colleagues, and yes, even the ones who hate me so much, they would not want me mentioning their names lovingly before God. If I don’t, if I am the only one able to, or even willing to and I don’t, and anything happens to them that could have been prevented by my praying…heavy responsibility…but in His own words…” “I looked for someone to stand up for Me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for Me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone. Not one. So I’ll empty out My wrath on them, burn them to a crisp with My hot anger, serve them with the consequences of all they’ve done. Decree of God, the Master.”
Ezekiel 22:31-32 The Message (MSG)


After a really really eventful last day of the year, and a night-time in which I was to weary to cry, pray, talk to anyone, or even worship…I wake up wrapped in the Grace of God….joyful, triumphant, hopeful. My cry is for you and I to be restored back from all the places to which we strayed, sometimes in an attempt to seek sanity away from The Presence of God. There is no soundness of mind apart from Him as we cannot ‘out-wise’ God. That is just the way it is.

SONY DSCMy Hearts cry begins with ‘Those whom God has put together…” and ends with ‘…LET NONE PUT ASUNDER’. I have cried for myself and for many others, as I watched them grope around trying to find a stable place to place their broken hearts and lives, after their homes were torn, sometimes by their own hands. I have watched them try to put their lives back together, after God-ordered and ordained relationships crumbled…and they thought they could easily get fixed if they connected to another partner. I have watched people walk away from their divine connections, in ministry, in vocation, in careers, in friendships, jobs, and businesses, because satan appointed and anointed an expert to slander the intent of God in bringing them together. I have watched as nations tore themselves and others apart by the same satanic slander of God…and His purpose for putting a set of diverse peoples together as one nation.

My cry this first day of January 2013 is a reminder to satan and his agents that they are defeated, and that I, VIP KNOW IT TO BE THE TRUTH! I know at least one other person, who does. So because we are in agreement…The ones that have strayed are coming home, repentant and forgiven!. God is bringing back that which He has ordained to be, and the purpose of His Spoken Word will be accomplished. Go back to Him…What God has put together CANNOT and WILL NOT be sustained independently of Him. Let us go back to God.

““Come on, let’s go back to God.
He hurt us, but He’ll heal us.
He hit us hard,
but He’ll put us right again.
In a couple of days we’ll feel better.
By the third day He’ll have made us brand-new,
Alive and on our feet,
fit to face Him.
We’re ready to study God,
eager for God-knowledge.
As sure as dawn breaks,
so sure is His daily arrival.
He comes as rain comes,
as spring rain refreshing the ground.”
Hosea 1:1-3

God Almighty: What do you want?

“But SEEK The Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be ADDED to you.DO NOT FEAR, little flock, for it is your Father’s GOOD PLEASURE to GIVE YOU The Kingdom…”
Luke 12

Isn’t the real reason why we don’t live lives that seek God in truth, perhaps, because we are afraid He will HIDE IT from US [YOU AND ME] and that we would end up loosing out on all the other things that people are actively seeking and finding? We shame ourselves and allow others to shame us for having a priority, a total focus that does not prioritize what they prioritize and fear what they fear…so we do the terrible, a wickedness that is eternally suicidal; we put our hands to the plow, and look back…

King Solomon fell in love with The God of his father, despite of cause, his tendency to be spiritually and physically polygamous. When God appeared to him after an act of intense worship at Gibeon, he got asked a question which most of us would wish that God would ask us, “Ask! What shall I give you?”. Am sure you, as I perhaps, have a ready, extensive and thoroughly researched list to present to The One to Whom The Earth and EVERYTHING IN IT belong 🙂

And Solomon’s answer, came from purity not manipulation…He asked for ‘God’s Kingdom’! And this pleased God so much that He told this beloved King, “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
Read the story in 1 Kings 3.

WOW! I do not suppose Solomon thought he would get that response from God! Even his hidden list was provided for – and for his entire lifetime. Solomon, like his father loved God – but was prone to a sin that had cost Israel a lot through their years of being God’s chosen people: Idolatry. Yet even though this possibly offended God, God over-rode and saw the sincerity of his seeking. He wanted, more than anything, to handle the kingdom of God’s people, with the Heart and Mind of God Himself. He wasn’t perfect, but God blessed him perfectly, because he learned to hunger after that which pleased the Heart of God. I am convinced, God set him up to succeed, by placing that hunger in him, and then satisfying it. So why are you afraid little flock, He takes pleasure in giving you The Kingdom, and all this other things as well – in His wisdom of cause.

Lord God, please forgive me, forgive us. Enable us to be consumed, our vision filled with Your vision for Your Kingdom, and the faith, that you take pleasure in giving it to us, as we seek it from Your Hand, and that even as we engage in Kingdom Business, You provide for our canal needs. Please deliver us from fear, and let us live the true reason/purpose for which You took time and made us. In Jesus Christ’s Name I pray, Amen.


Loving Our Leaders in Prayer

Heavenly Father, You create all nations. In answer to our prayers, and more importantly, in accordance to Your Purpose for a Nation, You promote and demote our leaders. Many times, these leaders do not look like anything we had in mind when we prostrate our lives before Your Throne. But You love us, and our nations more than we ever could. Your Mind and Ways are Higher than ours. Thank You for answering and sustaining Your Purposes for us, by being LORD over our Leaders.

Your Word commands us to honor, to pray for our leaders because it is You that appoints every authority. It does not matter whether they deserve it or not, that remains Your Command. Your Word warns us against doing any harm to them. Your Word says, that the heart of the king is in Your Hands, and that You direct it as a watercourse whichever way You Will. It is You Lord, Who both hardens and softens the hearts of our leaders for Your purposes. Either to build or tear down. Your Word calls us to find out what pleases You and incline our lives towards that. We desire Your blessing Lord. So today, I stand in the gap, to thank You for each and every authority You have set up and sustained over us.

We repent of the times when we have refused them honor until they manifested, changed to be who we want them to be – even when that is in conflict with who You intend them to be, for the times and seasons as You have decreed them. We commit them back to You, that You would work into them Your excellent purposes for our nations, and for us. Whether its a season of discipline or a season for comfort and thriving, we call You Lord, and submit to Your Excellence for us and our nations.

Just in case we forgot to thank You for our leaders after the last election, or whichever way they came to power, forgive us Lord God. Thank You for the Leaders You have blessed us with. Thank You because You chose well for us, and that good or bad, their legacy will be used by You to work out your Excellent will and Purpose for this our Nation. You Alone are God and we place our Governments, our Homes on the Shoulders of YHWH Emmanuel. For I have prayed these, seeking only Your Excellence, in His Name, in The Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Savior. Amen.

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