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Dealing with harvest destroyers

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Read Judges 6

Who are harvest destroyers?

  1. Harvest destroyers are enemies of the children of God – Judges 6 vs. 1 –And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
  2. Harvest destroyers are oppressors – Judges 6 vs.2 – And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.
  3. Harvest destroyers are armies of Satan – Judges 6 vs.3 – And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
  4. Harvest destroyers are devourers of profits and wasters – Judges 6 vs. 5 –For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
  5. Harvest destroyers turn wealth into poverty – Judges 6 vs. 6 – And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

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How to be delivered from harvest destroyers

  1. Run from sin, flee from every appearances of evil – Judges 6 vs. 1 – And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
  2. Cry to God – Judges 6 vs. 7 – And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
  3. Resist the devil with prayers/fasting – Judges 6 vs. 34 – But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer was gathered after him.

Prayer:

  1. Harvest destroyers, shall destroy themselves in Jesus name.
  2. Powers assigned to destroy my soul, my body, my marriage, my job, my marriage, destroy yourselves in Jesus name

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Deliverance prayers: O graves, release me now!

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Ezekiel 37 vs 11-12
11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’

12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.

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What are the lessons of these scriptures?

1. There are physical, spiritual, financial, academical, professional, marital, business etc graves.

2. Those that are dead are buried in physical graves, but there are many that are alive that are in various forms of graves.

3. God is ready to open the  graves, bring you out, and restore your fortunes.

What is a grave?

1. A grave is place of hopelessness. Perhaps you are facing hopeless situation today, you are in a grave.

2. A grave is a place  people are abandoned and forgotten. Perhaps your friends are relations have cut you off, abandoned you and forgotten you in  afflictions, then you are in a grave.

3. A grave is a place of dryness. Has your income, finances, womb, health, marriage, job etc dried up suddenly and  unexpectedly? Then you are in a grave.

4. A grave is a place of deadness. Are there dead things in your life, though you are still alive? Is any part of your body dead, your marriage dead, your businesses dead? ….then you are in a grave.

5. A grave is a burial ground, where destinies are buried and sealed. Perhaps your talent, blessings, star, etc is not manifesting, then you are in a grave.

How to come out of graves?

1. Be born again and serve God.

2. Cry to God in prayer and fasting.

3. Stand on the word of God.

4. Prophecy against the graves, in the order and spirit of Prophet Ezekiel.

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Prayers

1. Graves that have swallowed my job, marriage, husband, wife, money, health, salvation etc…open up and vomit me now in Jesus name.

2. Graves prepared to swallow me, be covered with the blood of Jesus.

3. Graves in my family and household, you shall not swallow me in Jesus name.

4. Jesus of Nazareth release me from graves of poverty and sicknesses.

5. My star and fortunes, come out of the graves in Jesus name.

6. I prophecy against the graves of sudden death, delayed marriage, etc set me free in Jesus name.

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‘Thy prayer Is heard’: Lessons from the Bible story of Zacharias and Elizabeth

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Read Luke 1 vs 5 – 13

  1. Zacharias was a Priest of God, like a Pastor, Reverend father, or Evangelist of these days. (vs5)
  2. His wife, Elizabeth was a daughter of a Priest, so she had a godly ancestry. (vs5).
  3. The Bible describes the couple- Zacharias and Elizabeth as righteous before God. (vs6).
  4. The Bible describes the couple as obedient to God, walking in all the commandments of the Lord (vs6).
  5. The Bible confirms that the couple obey all the ordinances of God (vs6).
  6. The Bible describes the couple as blameless before God (vs6).
  7. In other words, the couple were sinless before God.
  8. The Bible further confirms that Zacharias is diligent in his priestly duties, always taking the prayers of the multitude to God (vs9).
  9. Yet, the couple had no child, as Elizabath was barren (vs7).
  10. The couple remained barren till very old age (vs7)
  11. As I meditated on these passages, some questions occurred to me: Who made or What made Elisabeth barren? Why did a blameless man and woman remained barren till old age? Why did God allow His Priest to remain barren? If Zacharias prayed for multitude of people, and I believe God honoured his prayers, why were his prayers not answered? Why did a sinless couple remained childless almost throughout their lifetime?
  12. The lesson I learnt from this passage is that not all afflictions are caused by sin, or the enemy. Not all unanswered prayers are caused by sin. And there are times God decides not to answer some prayers for reasons best known to him.
  13. The good news is that the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth did not end in barrenness. For the Bible records that at a point in time, an angel of God appeared to him and said: ‘thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shall call his name John’ (vs13).
  14. John later became a great man of God, a fearless evangelist, and the forerunner to the Messiah Christ.
  15. There is a Priest of God, there is a blameless woman, there is a righteous brother, there is a ‘sinless’ couple, there is an obedient servant of God that has remained ‘barren’ in spite of his or her righteousness. It may be spiritual, financial, marital, or academic barrenness. The Holy Spirit is encouraging you to continue to trust, hope, and believe in God in prayers. Zecharias and Elizabeth believed in God and continued in prayer, otherwise the Angel of God would not have told them ‘thy prayer is heard’.
  16. My prayer for you today is that ‘thy prayer shall be heard’ over your family, marriage, work, ministry, finances, and destiny in Jesus name.
  17. You shall not remained barren in Jesus name.

 

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Crisis management: examples from Bible

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How to handle crises situations: Lessons from Daniel

Read Daniel 2

Daniel and other wise men in Babylon faces a crisis situation. They were about to be slain but how did Daniel handled the situation and turned impending calamity to promotion?

How should we handle tough difficult crisis situations?

  1. Keep calm: When Daniel heard the news of his assassination, he was not exasperated, but was calm and composed – 13 – So the decree went out, and they began killing the wisemen; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.
  2. Pray for a mouth and wisdom. Daniel engaged his impending assassination with counsel and wisdom – 14 – Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wisemen of Babylon;
  3. Be patient. Do not be hasty. Take time to meditate on the solution. Daniel asked for time to come up with a solution. It may not be possible to solve tough problems overnight – 16 – So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.
  4. Seek godly advice. In the multitude of counsel there is a solution. Daniel sought the advice of his friends. He did not consult unbelievers but his godly friends – 17 – Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 
  5. Pray for God’s mercy – 18 –that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
  6. Petition God and pray for God’s intervention 19 – Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
  7. Remember to bless God with a gift offering when He solves your problem 20 – answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His.
  8. Remember to praise and worship God for giving you a solution 24 – Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wisemen of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wisemen of Babylon; take me before the king, and I will tell the king the interpretation.”
  9. Remember to give all the glory back to God – 28 – But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:
  10. Lastly, don’t give into the devil. Daniel refused to die, cried to God and God turned his impending calamity to victory – 46 – Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him.

 

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How to become great in life: Lessons from Daniel

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You can become great in life by positioning yourself for greatness

Read Daniel 1 and 2

Daniel became great in a foreign land, by positioning himself for greatness.

  1. He was captured as a slave and taken to the house of Nebuchadnezzar, an idolatrous king – Daniel 1 vs. 2 – And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.Daniel Bible
  2. Even before King Nebuchadnezzar selected him for training, Daniel was gifted. He had all the qualities the King desired. The King requested for children of Israel who had specific qualities. If Daniel did not fulfill the criteria, he would not have been selected. Maybe thousands of Israelites were taken captive, but only few had the qualities the King wanted.

If God connect you to the presence of a King today, the King may not be able to help you, unless you have something to offer.

King Nebuchadnezzar wanted someone:

  • With no blemish – good moral upbringing
  • Well favoured – good character and relationship skillful
  • Wise
  • Knowledgeable
  • Understand science
  • Confident and bold
  • Teachable
  • Daniel 1 vs. 4 –young men in whomthere was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.
  1. Though Daniel was give an idolatrous name, he refused to commit idolatry. No one can force you to commit evil – Daniel 1 vs. 7 – To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Danielthe name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego.
  2. Daniel purpose in his heart to remain holy. No one commits sin unintentionally – Daniel 1 vs. 8 – But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
  3. Daniel was favoured by God in the eyes of his captives, because he was righteous. Grace does not abound in sin. Daniel received favour from God because he refused to defile himself – Daniel 1 vs. 9 –Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.
  4. God also gave Daniel special gift – interpreting dreams, wisdom and knowledge because he refused to defile himself – Daniel 1 vs. 17 – As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

 

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Qualities of Daniel in the Bible

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Biblical Daniel was an outstanding character in the Bible.What qualities should will emulate from him to lead a victorious christian life?

Read Daniel 1

  1. Had no blemish 4
  2. Well favoured 4
  3. Skillful – 4
  4. Wise – 4
  5. Knowledgeable ­– 4 –
  6. Master of Science – 4
  7. Confident and bold – 4 –
  8. Teachable, not proud – 4
  9. Righteous – 9
  10. Hates food and drink sacrificed to idols – 2 and 8
  11. Had a purpose and self willed – 8
  12. Not a lover of food – 8
  13. Does not drink wine – 8
  14. Fovoured by God – 9
  15. Loved by his Master – 10
  16. Fears God rather than Kings command 10
  17. Discipline lived a life of sacrifice. Abstained from idolatrous food and wine for 3 yrs 5
  18. Wise, skillful, knowledgeable and had gift of vision.
  19. Man of destination 19
  20. Ten times better than others – vs. 20

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Bible study: Lessons from the rise and fall of King Solomon

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 Was King Solomon really a wise man or a foolish man?  

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The life of the famed King Solomon is a paradox. He poured his love on God early in his life, but later on devoted his heart to worshipping idols. He was on talking terms with God early in his life, but he spent his adulthood in conversations with Satan. God specifically promised Solomon that he would die at a good old age, but Solomon died at the age of about 60, which by all standards is premature. His kingdom was fully established in his hands when he ascended the throne, unfortunately the twilight of his reign was characterized by  intense opposition which eventually led to the balkanization of his kingdom.Image result for bible study king solomon


But the greatest tragedy of Solomon is that though he was divinely impacted with wisdom becoming the wisest man that ever lived, this wisdom turned into foolishness as he forsook God and served idols. The concluding part of Solomon’s life was a story of avoidable sin resulting from compulsive sexual indulgence, crass materialism, unbridled idolatry, and intense hatred.

 

 Solomon is a tragedy because in spite of his closeness with God early in his life, his fame, wisdom and wealth, it is very unlikely that he made heaven at death. There is no biblical record that he repented of all his iniquities, and it would be a great tragedy if Solomon who gained the whole world has lost his place in the kingdom of God.

 

Lets us soberly meditate on the tragedy of Solomon through this tabular explanation of the paradoxes of his life: 

 

 

Rise of Solomon

Fall of Solomon

Solomon became famous- King 1 Kings 2 vs. 12: Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly

Solomon became materialistic and greedy- 1 Kings 10 vs. 25-26: And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of Gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year

 

And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen

Solomon lived in Holiness and Righteousness – Kings 3 vs. 3:  And Solomon loved  the Lord walking in the statutes of David his father:

Solomon goes in sin- Adultery  and disobedience 1 kings 11 vs. 1-3: But the King Solomon loved many strange women…of the nations concerning which the Lord had said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in unto them…..and he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned away his heart. (Jehovah had warned against this. Deut. 17 vs. 17- Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart not turned away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself and gold)

Solomon  walked with God: 1 Kings 3 vs. 5: In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said: Ask what I shall give thee

 

 

Solomon walked with Satan 1 Kings 11 vs. 4: For it came to pass when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect: with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

 

 

God loves Solomon- 1 Kings 9 vs. 2 and 5: That the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time…I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised David thy father.

God angry with Solomon-1 Kings 11 vs. 9-11: And the Lord was angry with Solomon….I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and give it to thy servant.

 

1 Kings 11 vs. 31: Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee

Solomon promised long life- 1 Kings 3 vs. 14: And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days

Solomon died untimely at age about 60-1 Kings 11 vs. 42-43: And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried (Solomon was about 20 years when he became King and reigned for 40 years. See 1 Kings 2 vs. 12 – 11 vs.43; 2 chr.1 vs. 1-9,31)

God blesses Solomon-1 Kings 4  vs. 29:

And God gave  Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart,

God plans evil against Solomon-1 Kings 11 vs. 14, 23: And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon…and  God stirred him up another adversary

Solomon as a prayer warrior-1 Kings 8 vs. 14: And the King turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood 😉

Solomon becomes  an Idolator-1 Kings 11 vs. 5: For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites

Solomon led the people to God-1 Kings 8 vs. 21: And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven

Solomon led the people to idols-1 Kings 11 vs. 7-8: Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh the abomination  of Moab…and likewise, did he for all strange wives, which burnt  incense and sacrificed unto gods

Solomon preaches repentance- Kings 8 vs. 33: When thy people Israel  be smitten down before the enemies, because they have sinned against thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house; Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel

Solomon becomes hardened in sin, unrepentant and plans to commit murder-1 Kings 11 vs. 40: And Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled Egypt…until the death of Solomon

 

 

Several lessons could be learnt from the story of the rise and fall of Solomon.

1.      Blessings are from God. God blesses people with various gifts, and in the specific case of Solomon he was mightily blessed with the gift of wisdom. Anyone who desires a blessing form God, he should make a request. James 1 vs. 5 says: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.

 

2.      God loves his children and communicates with them. Solomon was on talking terms with God early in his life because his ways were pleasing to God. We should also seek to develop and keep a friendly relationship with God. As a Christian you should be engaging in conversations with God, talking to him and hearing from him.

 

3.      Another lesson from the life of Solomon is that the blessings of God is conditional, and can only be fulfilled by obedience. God promised to lengthen the days of Solomon meaning he supposed to die at a good old age, but Solomon died at age about 60 (was about  20 years old when he became King and reigned for 4o years). The promises of God will only be fulfilled if we continue to serve God in total obedience.

 

4.      It is possible for anyone to backslide. Solomon loved God with al his heart early in his life, was a prayer warrior, Preacher, and Teacher of the gospel, and had a one to one relationship with God, but he ended up lifting up the altars of Satan. We must continuously read the Bible, pray, and fellowship with the brethren in order to remain in stead with God.

 

5.      The experience of Solomon also shows that all the wealth and pleasures of this world is vain. Solomon had a harem of women, horses, gold, silver, and gifts but was not satisfied. Self control, contentment, and discipline are virtues every Christian should desire.

 

 

The rise and fall of Solomon is a great lesson to all Christians, especially those in authority. If we forsake God, God will forsake us. If we reject God, he will cast us to the devil. God wrote the first chapters of Solomon’s life, but Satan wrote the concluding chapters. One Bible commentator said that though Solomon was reputed to be the wisest man on earth that ever lived, yet he also became the most foolish man on earth that ever lived. It is unlikely that Solomon made heaven, because unlike the case of David, there is no biblical record of his repentance. What a tragedy.

 

For those of us alive, now is the best time to make our ways right with God so that the judgment of God would be in our favour. If you are never accepted the plans of God for you then you remained a fool in the league of Solomon. If you have backslide like Solomon, you have an opportunity to rewrite your history before you death.

 

Jesus is the way and the truth towards your salvation. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour today if you do not want your life to end in a tragedy like that of Solomon. Say this simple prayer: Jesus the son of God, I come to you today, just as I am. I confess that am a Sinner, I repent from my sins. and pray that you forgive me my sins by the mercy in your blood. I promise to go and sin no more. I invite the Holy Spirit to rule my life in Jesus name. I am born again.

 

Prayers

1.      My destiny shall not be re written for evil Jesus name.

2.      I will not miss my destiny in Jesus name.

 

Babatope Babalobi

October 23, 2007