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Jesus Christ alive in us is our redeemer

As we lean on his faithfulness, we rejoice in His presence. 

Life demands that we will at times get through tough times. No matter how experienced, powerful, smart or affluent we are. No matter the following, prestige or position we have. All of us will have to encounter a painful experience.

Right now you might be in an “insurmountable” crisis. The enemy’s ferocious arsenals are surrounding you so you cannot change position and although you know your mighty God is in control, all you are seeing is the brutal legion. You’re asking God, “Why did you bring me into this quagmire? I can’t breakthrough.”

In this situation, you might be considering yourself less, lower, unworthy, without beauty, without dignity, hopeless, inferior, not an end only a means… Maybe you are thinking of turning your back on God.

Beloved, it doesn’t matter how harsh the situation is, you can decide what to do at that moment. You can determine to make it hopeful or you can choose to make it hopeless.

Consider what the wisest man, Solomon says:

“To everything, there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…”

Ecclesiastes 3:1

So, what will you make of the prison season you are in? 

I want you to know that a prison chamber full of prayers is a better place than the one full of gloom. Prayers break chains and unlock the door of freedom. Gloom is a gateway to hopelessness.

We can emulate Paul and Silas who chose to pray and give praises to God when they were shackled in the dungeon of doom. Consequently, God’s supernatural power was available to deliver them.

Their shocking experience portrays both bad and good news. The bad news is that those who stand boldly on God’s Word will encounter trouble. The good news is that they will overcome because God’s supernatural power will deliver the righteous in their day of trouble. God, we ask you to deliver the righteous from their trouble today in jesus’s name. Amen.

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

Acts 16:25-36.

I hope you understand that God didn’t create us to be in one place forever. Believe what God thinks and says about you. Remember that Joseph had to go through prison experience before being promoted to the status of a prime minister.

Child of God, when your legs and arms are chained, your mouth and ears are free. 

What if you choose to change your life and of those you influence by using your voice to pray and by developing an ear to listen to God’s voice?

I want to encourage you by the words of Job. Although he had lost almost all that he possessed, his faith remained rock solid. This is what he said:

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”

Job 19:25-27.

Eventually, God restored to him twice all that he had lost. 

Beloved, Jesus Christ alive in us is our redeemer. He is our sole provider! As we lean on his faithfulness, we rejoice in His presence. 

It isn’t God’s plan for us to be squeezed in a prison of scarcity and famine forever. Through Jesus Christ, He has given us abundant life if we keep on trusting in Him.

May God break every chain and open every prison door so we can move into our freedom in Jesus’ name. Amen.

God bless you abundantly!

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How to win the battle against the devil

We win by being vigilant all the time.

Life is becoming harder for the body of Christ. Persecutions are ever-increasing. Preaching the Gospel of Jesus in some regions of the world is increasingly becoming risky…The battle is so fierce that many Christians are renouncing their faith in surrender to the enemy. It appears as though the church is losing the battle.

However, the Bible is clear that the body of Christ as a congregation as well as an individual is in an ever-continuing battle with the kingdom of darkness.

The good news is that this battle has already been won by our Lord Jesus Christ, and He’s always guarding us against the works of satan. We are therefore fighting a proxy war. This profound truth should encourage us to persist on the battlefield.

The problem arises when we think we can fight and win the battle on our own — our intelligence, our wisdom, our power…while sidelining the head of the church — our master Jesus Christ. Only then the battle becomes too tough for Christians to bear, forcing them to surrender to the enemy.

Yet, by always being vigilant we are going to win the battle regardless of how intense it may appear.

To be vigilant means to be careful to notice any signs of danger or trouble. It means to be watchful, to be alert.

Peter cautions us to be vigilant:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

1 Peter 5:8,9.

Why we should be vigilant.

The devil is a liar and a tempter. John 8:44.

He lied to Jesus and he can easily deceive us if we are not careful enough. Matthew 4:1…Thessalonians 3:5.

He tempted Adam and Eve. Genesis 3:5…

His goal is to frustrate God’s purpose in people by prompting them to rebel against God. He is afraid of you becoming what God created you to be.

The creation of God which God adored and acknowledged that it was good was corrupted by the devil through his lies. He still aims to spoil the good and beautiful work of salvation God began in you.

• The devil is a thief, a destroyer and a murderer.

His purpose is to steal, lure and bring an everlasting death to humanity. John 10:10, Hebrews 2:14.

• The devil is an accuser.

Job 1:9-10, Zechariah 3:1,2, Revelation 12:10.

How to be vigilant

  • By confessing the blood of Jesus. Colossians 2:15. The blood of Jesus has power over the enemy’s works. While the enemy speaks death over God’s people, Jesus’s blood speaks life.
  • By the word of our testimony -we win by confessing our faith in Christ. When we are not ashamed of Jesus, He isn’t going to be ashamed of us.
  • By being committed to God and His work- we win by loving God more than we love ourselves. We love ourselves more than we love God by doing things our own way in disobedience to God’s way. When we’re committed to God and His work, we always walk in His presence and the enemy cannot snatch us out of God’s presence.

For the church to win the battle, it must pursue and encourage a common intelligence–a shared world view that is fashioned by God’s word and not by the culture of the surrounding world.

What if the church pursues truth and righteousness in its life in unity? Would it not win the battle?

A divided church is guaranteed to lose the battle. The enemy’s strategy is to create divisions among Christians so that he can strike them without mercy. He does this by creating enmity and discord amongst the brethren.

Satan knows well that when the different church denominations and members of the same congregation are devouring and tearing one another down, they’ll lose focus on witnessing, praying and spiritual warfare against the real enemy.

What if the church commits in unified prayer? Would it not be sustained in its purpose by the Holy Spirit?

When the church is grounded in Christ, focused on faithfully witnessing to the lost, and willing to take up the cross and die, it must win the battle.

Therefore, the child of God, no matter what kind of battle you’re fighting, in order to win, I encourage you to submit to God.

When you submit to God and always be in His presence, He’s is going to fight for you, for the battle belongs to Him. He knows what you’re going through and He is willing to deliver you completely. He cares for you!

With God nothing is impossible!

“Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:7-8.

You are a winner!

Kingdom Titbits,

By Joseph.