One of the characteristic of a true servant of God is that he must a holy vessel, a vessel who cleanest himself (2 Tim. 2:20). There are two cleansing spoken of in the New Testament. One is the cleansing that God does. “The Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we confess our sin He is faithful and righteous to cleanse us” (1 John 1:7, 9). God cleanses us from the guilt of sin. We can’t do that. Only the Blood of Jesus can do that. The second cleansing is something that we have to do ourselves (“if a man cleanses himself”) (2 Tim. 2:21).
These are like two sides of a coin. God cleanses away our past sin and we cleanses ourselves from the wrong things we see in our lives. Maybe you have the habit of cracking jokes that hurt others – something that Jesus would never do. Don’t ask God to cleanse it away for you. Say, “Lord, I am going to cleanses myself. I am going to give up this bad habit, with your help.” Or .perhaps you have a curious that make you a busybody in other peoples matters. You must cleanses yourself from being interested in matter that do not concern you in any way. If a man cleanses himself thus, he can be a vessel Sanctifies and use to the Master.
The passion of my life for many years has been to be a vessel useful to God for every good work that He can do through me in my one earthly life. We may live at the most 60 or 70 years on earthy. Every year of our lives must count for God. If you want to live such a life, cleanses yourself daily. Ask the Lord to show you the things that are useless – and cleanses them away. Let your life be one of continuous cleansing. If you are serious about this, you will be a vessel useful to the Master. There are many vessels in the church that are useless. Paul compare Christians to different type of vessels in a house. “In a wealthy home there are dishes made of gold and silver as well as some made from wood and clay. The expensive dishes are used for guest, and the cheap ones are used in the kitchen or put garbage in. if you stay away from sin you will be like one of these dishes made of purest gold – the very best in the house – so that Christ Himself can use you for His highest purposes” (1 Tim. 2:20, 21).
But don’t think of useless alone. Many people are happy to know that God is using them. In a house, people use wooden boxes more than their golden vessels. But which vessels has more value? Your spiritual values is far more important to God than your usefulness in His work. God uses many people to do His work – even the devil. The devil once sent a thorn as a messenger into Paul’s flesh – and God used it to keep Paul humble. God used Balaam. God used Solomon even to write Scriptures; but he went to hell after that. So don’t ever glory in the fact that God is using you. Many who prophesied and did miracles in Jesus’ Name will be rejected in the final day (Matt. 7: 22, 23). So being used by God is not the main things. What is your intrinsic worth? Are you a golden vessel? When there is a fire in house, people rush to remove their gold and silver vessels – not their earthen jars. So will it also be, when the world is on fire. “They shall be mine, says the Lord Almighty, in that day when I make up My Jewels. Then you will see the difference between those who serve God and those who don’t” (Malachi 3:17, 18). If you are only a cheap earthen vessel at present, you can become a golden vessel by cleansing yourself from everything that you see a un-Christ like in your life. If you decide to cleanse yourself, one of the first things you must do is to run away from sin youthful lusts. (2 Tim. 2: 22).
Even a man like Timothy who was about 45 years old at this time, had to run from youthful lusts. Paul tells this wholehearted brother Timothy that the only way her could escape sinning in this area was by running away from temptation. He was not to imagine that he was too old to be tempted in this area. Don’t imagine that because you are 45 years old you won’t be tempted. Don’t allow such sins to drag you down and destroy your ministry. “Pursue after righteousness with those who call upon the Name of the Lord with a pure hearth” (2 Tim. 222). In other words, we must seek for fellowship primarily with those who seek for purity. That will help us to flee from sin. Our best friends on earth must be those who desire purity with all their hearts. Many believers have lower standards and are not interested in godliness. But we must spend most of our lives time with those who seeking to live a holy lives. How can we know if someone has a pure heart? Jesus said that people speak out of that which fills their hearts (Matt. 12: 34). We know that is filling a man’s heart by that things he loves to speak about. If he is always talking about money and material things, it is because his hearth is filled with thoughts of money. On the other hand, when a man wants to talk mostly about the Lord, you know that’s what filling his heart. I want to fellowship.
Seek to be a vessel, sanctified and useful for God with those who long to be like Jesus. When we love the Lord we love to talk about Him. This is the secret of effective service for the Lord.
When satan shoots his arrow, defend yourself with helmet of faith. It is an debatable fact that he is a loser and he has no factor on our ground. Our victory over him is sure. This year 2021, is our year of victory, and open doors for all Christians practicing holiness life. Glory!!!
2021 OUR YEAR OF UNBEATABLE FULFILMENT
Without mincing words, we are in the end time, which every Christians need great anointing, to respond to challenges. In this end time, whosoever desires success should pray for fresh anointing. The Bible says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit”. –Ephesians 5:18. It is observed that every Christian is commanded to be filled with Holy Spirit because the power of Holy Spirit requires personal encounter with Jesus and the experience of sanctification. If the world will experience the end time revival, there should be adequate understanding of the power and the latter rain of the Holy Spirit. He said, “Be glad then, ye children of zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you in the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month” – Joel 2:23, 28-32. The prophecy for the former rain was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2. This time is the period for the latter rain which should be greater than the former rain.
If Elisha could ask for the double portion of Elijah’s power, we should ask for greater power. Where can we find people who could thirst for power like Elisha in our own time when the demons are fighting the last battle? Though, teaching is good, it is spiritual anointing that break yokes. Where can we find men like Elisha who had greater than his contemporaries? It is unfortunate that carnal men are more in numbers today. Instead of creating time for personal relationship with God, people are busy with backbiting. Therefore, create time to ask for power from God for fresh anointing. This will help to subdue the demonic forces. Today, there is no genuine revival, but human device miracles. Even, our revivalists, both home and abroad could not respond to this great thirst for the fresh anointing – Acts 1:8
Soul winning is becoming past event. People only move from one denomination to join another. It is a pity! We see not our sign. No more testimony on salvation, but counterfeit tongue-speaking in the church without the manifestation of the spiritual fruits – Jer. 5: 24, Isa. 41:15 – 19. “And I will make you as the threshing tool with sharp teeth” Jer. 51: 20 – 23. Satan has already gathered his hosts against the power of God. It is the great anointing that can counter him. Currently, there is rebellion in the church. Besetting sins are rampant among workers. And there is no one to stand against challenges. On Mount Carmel Elijah called down fire, and later slaughtered four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal with sword – I Kings 18: 18 – 46. During the time of Joshua, he stopped the sun and moon – Joshua 10: 12 – 14. After the death of Elisha, his bones raised up dead body – II Kings 13: 20 – 21, with all these Biblical evidences, you should not pattern your life after Gehazi II Kings 4: 26 – 35. Today Many people are like Gehazi, who supposed to receive four portions of Elisha’s power, instead, he received leprosy. In like manner, instead for us to seek after money and acquisition of wealth, let us thirsty for the power of God. Do not be contented with your spiritual status, but desire to grow with God’s anointing.
Unfortunately, people venture into manipulations when they are dried of power. They turn the gospel to money making entrepreneur and enterprises. Read through the prophecy of Isaiah, “And there shall come forth a root out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” Isa. 11: 1. Therefore, ask for the filling of the power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit. This should be daily experience. It will make you to be valuable treasure for the body of Christ that is the church. You need the fresh anointing – Ps. 89: 20, 92: 10.” I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot, So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have needs of nothing; and knowest that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love. I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him and he with me”. – Rev. 3: 15 – 20
- That you do not know that you are wretched – wretched in the spirit and in spiritual fruits.
- Miserable – a miserable person concerning the spiritual gifts like Gehazi and Judas Iscariot, who had no future.
- Poor – someone without God, without the fruit of the spirit and without the double portion of God’s power.
- Blind – blind to the light of the gospel. They are the blind who lead others blind.
They fail to see themselves, but look for others’ fault.
- Naked – no glory, neither is their authority nor anointing.
You still refer to yourself as a Christian, even when you are troubled with these five sicknesses. Why don’t you pray that, will you not revive us again, that your people rejoice in you?” Where is your former joy? Where is your first zeal? Why have you become so weak in prayers? You have title in the church, but still a carnal man. However, it is never too late. Pray so that Heavens be opened and fire of God descends on you.
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isa. 40: 31.
THE DRAGON WAS WROTH-Rev.12:17
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:17. Who is the dragon? He is satan and his hosts. And who is the woman that satan wages war against? She represents the HOLINESS CHURCH with members who remain on the uncompromising doctrine of holiness life. These are the people who hold fast on the testimony of Jesus. Why is the devil wroth against the holiness church?
Firstly, they keep the commandment of God, secondly they hold fast on the testimony of Jesus.
On several occasions, true children of God complain on the reason why devil wages war against them. Most times, they use the language that, should they be the ones to experience troubles from the devil. Why is the battle against the Christians always tough? The response to this question is not far-fetched. God had sent the devil away from Heaven- Rev.12:7. This led to the devil coming down into the world in great anger to turn all men against God.
The mission of the devil is to discourage everybody from following the narrow road. He has the plan to fault the testimonies of the true Christians. His joy is in Christians going back to what have forsaken. He wants you to enjoy the world, and miss Heaven. The devil is the originator of every evil social activity in the church. Ha! Satan is seriously annoyed against the doctrine of holiness life, restitution and man, one wife. He became so furious that he penetrated through the younger generation to bring in modernization. But you will overcome- Rev. 12:11. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Therefore, be ready to fight with prayer and fasting; and we shall overcome. If you are doers of the words of God and keeper His commandments, then the devil will wages war against you.
More so, the devil is not pleased with your salvation, sanctification and the way you speak in tongues. But now, you should know the cause of your poverty, barrenness, troubles and singleness. Since you have escaped from satan, he does not relent, he want to drag you back. In this year adequate by devote your time to prayer and fasting, and arise to fight this spiritual battle. Surely, you shall victorious. Just let your faith be strong – 2 Cor. 10: 3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” All troubles a Christians may face are stronghold of satan.
The following are the weapons which we can use;
- Holiness life
- Prayer and fating
- Word of Testimony
- The Blood of Jesus
- Standing upon the promises of God
THE DEVIL HAS SIX ARROWS WHICH HE SHOOTS AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS.
- Double mindedness
- Doubting the promise of God
- Thought of death
These six arrows shall not affect you in the New Year in the Mighty Name of Jesus! God has sent me to you; therefore, wake up into prayer and fasting. The devil is so furious that he is determined to steal, kill and to destroy. He is determined to disturb your good program and the promise of God for your life. The devil is a liar, you will overcome. What was Job’s offense before satan? The devil has so many cunning ways;
- He brings temptation before man- Matthew 4:3; 1 Thes. 3:5.
- He is a deceiver- Rev. 12: 9; Eph. 6:11.
- He disguises as angel of light- 1 Cor. 11:14
- He may use false prophecy to encourage you to marry many wives-
HE IS THE ACCUSER OF BRETHREN
There are promises for the Christians.
You have been made a weapon of war- Jer. 51:12-39; 1 John 4:4; Rom. 16:20. Resist him, he is a coward, he will flee. Especially, when satan sees a child of God praying, he will flee.
USE THESE THREE HOT WEAPONS;
- Wash in the BLOOD of Jesus daily
- Use the words of God. Rest upon the promises of God.
- The word of testimony on what Jesus has done and what he will do for you, because one victory shall open door for another blessing.
When he shoots his arrows, defend yourself with helmet of faith. It is an undisputable fact that satan is a loser. Our victory over him is sure. This year 2016, is our year of victory, and open doors for all Christians practicing holiness life.
ARE YOU IN LAODICEAN CHURCH OR PHILADEPHIAN CHURCH
Philadelphian church was a church that faithfully witnessed Jesus. They were hot for God, and this reflected in their testimony of salvation and holiness life. Also, there was a great revival in this church.
Four qualities about the church in Philadelphian- Rev.3:7-13
- They had good work
- They had little strength.
- They did not deny the Name of Christ.
The church in Philadelphian did not compromise with sin. They were hot for God. To them, soul-winning was of paramount importance. They had great zeal for the spread of the gospel. Also, they spent all they had on things of God, especially soul-winning. How is your own church compared to the church in Philadelphian? Today, the church elders only respond to meeting on conspiracy, but when there is the call for soul-winning and expansion of the gospel. How is your stand, when the devil comes with his deceit? How is your prayer life? Is your testimony still intact?
THE CHURCH IN LAODICEA- Rev. 3:14-22
A lukewarm church, the church without revival at discouragement
FIVE THINGS ABOUT THE CHURCH IN LAODICEA
- They were full of discouragement.
- Luke warmness.
- They were proud.
- They did not love one another.
THE GLORIFICATION OF THE CHURCH IN LAODICEA: They glorified in riches while they were wretchedly poor. Glorification in religion with salvation, they claimed to be rich, where as they lived in abject poverty, blind and were empty.
Likewise, many churches today share the same nature with the Laodicean church. They are poor spiritually. They only yearn for spiritual gifts rather than the fruits of the Spirit. When it comes to the things of God, they are poor. People who are blind spiritually are ordained as pastors. Wives of pastors are empty barrel, while members of the church who supposed to be sober keep on laughing.
Spiritual poverty is a great problem against the church. How many people today are on the way to the Kingdom of God? Are you among the few that will enter into the glorious home above? Many are called but few are chosen. Listen to this- “all those that I love, I reprove and chastise, therefore, have zeal and repent”. “He who as ear, let him hear what the spirit tells the church. Do not allow God to spew you out from His mouth. Repent from you sin. “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”- Eph. 5:14. This is the voice from Heaven and the love of God unto you. If a man sleeping at this time, he will not be conscious of what happens around him. Why are you sleeping when the arch-angel will sound the trumpets? Arise and go to God for restoration through spiritual revival.
God is ready to use you this year beyond your expectation. Therefore, repent and amend your way before it is too late.