I AM IN CHRIST
Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." (Jn.8:58)
Here, God revealed Himself as the Great I AM. Knowing your God and knowing who you are in Him determines your victory. This revelation is crucial for your transformation. Spiritual children are excited to know their sins are forgiven. Young men in the spirit are happy to know their overcoming life, but fathers in the spirit exult to know the One who is from the beginning (1.Jn.2:12-14).
Know your I am-God:
The greatest knowledge is to know the Great I AM. This knowledge of God facilitated the very life work of Moses. It is high time the church stops specializing in knowing how big is the enemy, how strong are the Egyptians, and how cruel are their bondages. Rise up to know your God.
God of the Forefathers:
While revealing Himself with this Name, He said, "I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you…" (Ex.3:16-17). When you see Him as the Great I AM, you get the revelation of His care, watchfulness, concern and compassion for your present troubles and afflictions. His compassions for you have not decreased even a bit! Let this stir up your spirit today (Ex.2:23-25; 3:7-10; 16; 6:2-5)! In Christ, all the love and total attention of God is upon you today.
As God Almighty, El Shaddai, He made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Ge.15:1; Ex.6:2). As the Great I AM, Jehovah, He came to keep and fulfill His covenant with their generations. He is not only a covenant-making God, He is also a covenant-keeping God (Dt.7:9; 1.Ki.8:23; Da.9:4). In Christ, He has made His eternal covenant with you, and He will keep it till the end. Even when you are unfaithful, He always remains faithful to His covenant (2.Ti.2:13).
God was faithful to His covenant even when His covenant partners were dead and gone. All Israel and even Moses had forgotten Him, yet God was still the same. He is always faithful and dependable. Your God remembers all His promises and committed Himself to fulfill every one of them in your life. Trust His faithfulness!
Victory in the Prophetic Anointing
Prophetic anointing is essential to lead a Victorious life. Today's church has not realized the importance of prophetic anointing and that is the reason for her to face defeat.
The role of the prophets was indispensable in all the wars in the Bible. I would like to remind you of what Jehoshaphat said to the Israelites in the battle field, "Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; Believe in His prophets and you shall prosper." - 2 Chr 20:20 He said so when his army was going to face the enemy. Even today it is good for us to keep these words in our minds before we enter the battlefield. When we believe the prophets we prosper.
This truth is very clearly seen in the time of the Judges. The Israelites did evil as soon as Ehud died. The Lord delivered them into the hands of the Canaanites. Jabin was the king of Canaan and his commander was Sisera who was a great warrior. They had 9-chariots of iron. They oppressed the Israelites with an iron hand for 20 years. The Israelites cried out to the Lord and the Lord raised up Prophetess Deborah.
The Power of Prophesy
Powerful prophetic anointing is indispensable to overthrow powerful enemies. That is why the Lord raised up a prophetess to thwart the power of the great nation Canaan, her powerful ruler Jabin and the mighty commander Sisera.
In those days, only great, powerful nations had iron chariots; Judah could not drive out the inhabitants of the lowlands because they had chariots of iron. (Jud1: 19) 900 chariots of iron is no small matter. As countries shudder at the nuclear powered countries now, in those days countries that boasted of chariots of iron made other nations tremble, to deliver this people from the most powerful enemy, the Lord did not raise a priest or a warrior but a woman who had the anointing of the prophet. Meditate on this for a while.
To deliver the Israelites from Pharoah, He raised up Moses who was a prophet. When the spirit of Jezebel and the power of magicians were on the increase, the Lord raised the prophet Elijah. To stand against the spirit of Herod, the Lord raised up the prophet John the Baptist. The prophets anointing is much more powerful that what we can imagine. This is an anointing that can turn mountains to dust.
Though Barak, the commander of the troops waged war., a prophetic anointing was required to support him. It was a very trying period for the Israelites. The highways of Israel were in ruins and the people walked along the narrow paths. Not being able to suppress the bandits along the main roads, they took to the by lanes. Barak, not knowing what to do, stood dumbfounded. Day by day, the villages dilapidated; Israel could not find the shield and spear.
Barak hailed from a humble Naphtali household. They were trembling at the weaponry of the enemies. It was at this crucial time that the Lord raised up Prophetess Deborah as a mother. She received the Word of God. She called for Barak and commanded him to boldly enter the battlefield. He also believed the prophecy and complied. Sisera's army that was thrice as powerful as Barak's army was completely destroyed. Barak's obedience to the prophetic ministry brought about this victory.
See what Barak had to say when Deborah commanded Barak to go to war. "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go." He believed not only the prophecy but also the anointing and the presence of a prophet would bring about victory. Likewise he saw the victory. This is the power of the prophetic ministry.
The prophetic ministry did not just call Barak and send him away with encouraging words. Prophetess Deborah chalked out minor details like who is to go to the battlefield, how many soldiers should go, where should they meet and when to start. Today we need prophets to lead us. In our churches we should crave and cry for the prophetic leading. Whenever they were disappointed in the war front, they looked for the prophets. In the early church, they embraced the prophetic anointing and they were able to suppress all struggles and progress with victory.
Is your family, private life or church attacked by satan? Has your strength dwindled? Does your enemy's strength appear to be many times more than your own? Are you wondering how to overcome the battlefield? If it is so, then invite lovingly the spirit of prophecy. Look for men of God who have received this anointing to lead you. It does not mean only reputed prophets should meet your need. Believe that even a humble believer can receive the anointing and give you the Word of God. Wait for prophetic revelations to come to you. Open up for the gifts to manifest in your church. Then, however great the struggle, you will be able to overcome it easily.
We really need prophesy during dire times. When our hearts and hands become weak in the battle field, we need these words to wax out drooping spirits. Aaron and Hur supported the hands of Moses and the Israelites won. Similarly, prophetic words have the power to hold our tired hands high. The warrior who thinks he cannot do anything will be strengthened by the encouraging words of the prophets who reaffirm that there is nothing that he cannot do.
Prophetess Deborah did the same thing then. She uttered the word of God. "The Lord your God commands you "Go take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulon and lead the way to Mount Tabor. I will lure Sisera, the commander of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and gave him into your hands." Jud 4: 6- 7 The Lord may have commanded Napthali but instead of rushing forward they stagnated. Now, God's word came out with the prophetic anointing and he jumped immediately into the battlefield. He went against a great 16000 strong army. The two armies stood up and against in the valley of Kishor. Then Deborah looked at Barak and said again, "Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone out before you? As she had said, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword before Barak and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot.
This is the extraordinary power of the prophetic words. When we accept the prophetic words we accept God. Prophetic words and God's words are the same. We cannot compare the prophetic words with the Scriptures but when the prophetic words come from the Spirit, they come with the power comparable to the scriptures.
As soon as Barak obeyed the prophetic words, those words started to operate within him. It was not the strength of his army that brought victory that day, but the strength of the word of the prophetess. That battle was not of the earth but from the heavens. " They fought from the heavens; the stars from their courses fought against Sisera, " thus said Deborah " From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera, Jud 5:20. The enemies who shone without comparison fell at the feet of an ordinary woman. Even that is the glory of the prophetic word. That God will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman also came to pass. Even today the Lord has delivered your enemies into your hands. The power of the prophetic word is to reflect this revelation in your spirit man. Let your heart long for this prophetic word even now.
That day Moses prophesied to the Israelites. "The Lord your God… will destroy them." Yes today's prophetic message is that our Lord goes as a consuming fire before us and devours our enemies.
This is the secret of David's victory. He always inquired of the Lord before going to war and in the battle field. The Lord also revealed His prophetic words in many ways. At one time when the Philistines attacked, he received the Word of God to advance quickly the moment he hears the sound of marching at the top of the mulberry trees. For then the Lord will go out before him to strike the camp of the Philistines. (2 Sam 5:23 - 27).
Another time David and his men lost all and stood pitifully. The Amalekites had taken their wives, elders, children as captives and their city was burnt. David and his people who were with him wept until they had no more power to weep. David was greatly distressed, for the people wanted to kill him as their souls were grieved. At that time David enquired of the Lord, "Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? " God answered him immediately, " Pursue, for you shall certainly overtake them and without fail recover all." I Sam 30: 6-8. It came to pass as was promised.
Yes dearly beloved, have you realized how important it is to hear the Word of God when enemies attack? Troops, chariots of iron and the enemies' powerful weapons that appear to be like mountains in front of you will melt like wax in fire before the prophetic words.
Have you done all what I had told you and still not overcome your struggles? If that is so, then wait humbly for the prophetic word of God. Ask the Lord for His word in your prayers and meditations. The Lord will reveal either through the Holy Spirit to you, or through other servants of God or through the chosen prophet. When His Word comes you will taste victory.
The children of Joseph came to Joshua and told him that the mountain country apportioned to them was not enough and requested for the land of the valley as well. Joshua asked them to go up tot eh forest country and clear a place for them in the land of the Perizzites. To this they answered that it as impossible as all that Cannanites who dwell in the land of the valley had chariots of iron.
At this juncture, Joshua stood as a prophet and gave the Word of God that they are a great people with great power and they shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots and are strong. So they shall cut down the mountain country.
Pray that God will raise up prophets to encourage the people of God. Give your wholehearted support to the prophetic ministry.
Prophetic song of Praise:
When you hear the prophetic word and obey it. Our enemies will scatter before us. As soon as they get scattered, we must raise the sound of praise immediately. That is why Deborah and Barak praised the Lord with songs as soon as their enemies were defeated. They did seek rest after waging the war. They praised the Lord loud. We who have won many victories in the battlefield have not praised the Lord.
After every victory, increase your heap of praise. Even before going to the battlefront, children of God must praise like Judah. After winning the battle build the tower of praise. Then the victory that God has given us will be permanent. That is what Deborah teaches us through her song in Judges Chapter 5. Get used to praising God after every victory. Sing to the God who has given you the victory. Jud 5:3. Thank the Lord for each and everyone who supported you in the battle front (Jud 5:3, 9, 18, 24-27). Make it known to people even victory over minor matters. Jud 5:10-11. Remember the wretched state from where the Lord had lifted you up and sing praises. Jud 5:6-7. Sing with joy stating that though the enemy came in so powerfully the Lord gave you greater power to overcome him Jud 5:13. Praise Him as high as you can Jud 5:20. Sing poetically how the Lord subdued the enemy in Calvary. Bear testimony to the many times that diseases, demons, fatal struggles, financial crisis, human opposition came against you and God broke them to pieces. Jud 5:27-31
After every victory, if you learn to praise the Lord you will rejoice at seeing the double portion of victory that comes with our struggles and humiliations. The Israelites were oppressed for 20 years during the time of Deborah but due to prophetic messages, anointing and prophetic songs they enjoyed peace for 40 years. Have you realized the importance of the prophetic ministry at least now? You need prophetic anointing before the victory and to perpetuate that victory you also need prophetic anointing. May the Lord open your eyes to this truth.
The Lord who raised his prophets to bring victory during the times of battle is not silent today. The church is not warring against the Canaanites and the Amalekites but against the strong forces of the spirit world. The church is wrestling against principalities against powers against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. One Deborah is not enough for this time. We need a thousand Deborahs. One Elijah, one Elisha, one Samuel cannot lead God's people to victory. There is an imminent need for thousands of prophets to rise up.
Knowing that he has only a short time, the enemy with his cunning craft is attacking us in all ways with exceeding anger. If this is true, will the commander of our army Jesus Christ be quiet? Doesn't he have plans victory? Definitely he has. The Lord who in the days of Elijah had hidden 7000, who had not bowed down to Baal, is raising up people with the prophetic anointing.
Oh, that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them" was the cry of our Lord through Moses and He is pouring out immeasurably His Spirit upon us. In these last days, the Lord is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh an dour sons and daughters will prophesy. Though His apostle Paul, the Lord said that He is eager that all should prophesy.
Whenever the prophetic anointing is made welcome God's people are strengthened in their victory in the battle field. They are able to face all storms. In the midst of Satan's numerous attacks they are able to move forward with divine comfort. This is the unique quality of prophetic anointing (1 Cor. 14:3-5)
Did not the early church face dangers, opposition, spiritual struggles, and sinful temptation? Yes they did, but they did not bother those but increased a thousand fold. What is the reason for that? They knew the power of praise. They sought the power of the Holy Spirit and found victory. They transformed His Word to a double edged sword and saw victory. They did not stop with that. They believed and embraced the prophetic anointing and tasted victory upon victory. The gifts of prophesy were revealed in the early churches in the church of Jerusalem, Antioch, Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica. In short, in all churches this prophetic ministry, anointing and word were greatly accepted. That is why the early church transformed all spiritual struggles into celebrations ( Rom 12:6, 1 Cor. 11:4-5, 12:28, 14:24,29,31, Eph 2:20 3:6, 4:13, 1Thess 5:19-20)
This prophetic anointing lifted up not only the church but also the individual to lead a victorious life. Whenever the great apostle Paul went, he received prophetic word through his disciples, prophets and private prayers. He yearned for his fellow ministers to have the prophetic anointing and because of that throughout his life he was victorious in all struggles, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…he was able to recite those heroic words and attain eternal life. (Acts 12:1, 15, 32-34, 16:9, 21:4-5, 9:10, 2Tim4:7).
Beloved during your times of spiritual struggles please long for prophetic anointing, gifts and the prophets. Pay heed to the testimony of Jehoshaphat that when you believe and accept the prophets you will prosper. Get it into your heads the saying of the wise man that where there are no prophets, people will be destroyed. There are still heirs to the prophets in the midst of us. The Spirit of prophesy is being poured out without measure in our midst even now.
Through God's grace, I have the honor of exercising this prophetic ministry for many years. I have seen very vividly the wonders that have happened when this anointing falls on the people. People who have lost interest in the ministry and were on the verge of committing suicide, after taking part in our meetings have changed their lives and are doing a wonderful ministry. People who have once staggered in their spiritual life are now shining as God's beautiful instruments in supporting and carrying many. That is why in my daily walk I am determined never to lose the prophetic anointing. Cry out to the Lord that wherever the church of God is there should be thousands who have received this anointing. I pray that every minister clubs this prophetic ministry to his ministry. I can say vehemently that this is the most important secret of leading the church with victory.
You may not be a prophetic but whatever ministry you are into, let the prophetic dimension be added on to your won ministry. For example, you may be a pastor. Then you, your family and your church will find victory upon victory. Offer yourselves to this anointing and break all the fetters of bondage the enemy has thrust on you. Lead your church with songs of praise. May the Lord open your eyes to the secret of a victorious life.
YOU ARE A JOSEPH Part I
You are a Joseph !!!!
YOU ARE A JOSEPH - PART 2
YOU ARE A JOSEPH - PART 2
In these tough circumstances, how did Joseph preserve himself?
In these tough circumstances, how did Joseph preserve himself? How did he guard himself from sinning? Of course his father's love had a part in it. But greater still was the fact that God spoke to him in the watches of the night. Though he walked about like an orphan in the day time, God showed him his glorious future at night. These visions were like a fortress around him that preserved his holiness.
In my personal life this vision guarded me. From my youth, without any prompting from anyone, I had a deep conviction in my heart that God had planned something unique for my life. As a college student I knew I would be a great preacher one day. In those days no one spoke about full time ministry as something exciting. I was under the impression that if I went in for full time ministry, I would have neither food nor shelter. I heard that serving God was a great sacrifice. Yet I had a growing desire to serve God. In my youth I used to cry and sing over and over again: ”Lord I will serve You because I love You; Over hill or valley, wherever You lead me I will go.” Even when I believed that fulltime ministry would mean tremendous sacrifice, I had a craving deep in my heart to serve God.
God did not create you for the cravings of the world, nor did He create you for yourself. When you realize that He created you to reach the nations of the world, your life's focus will change drastically. Your prayer life will change. Your friendships will change. When you are gripped by the vision of your future, your present will change, and if you are gripped by this vision now, your future will change. It works both ways. I firmly believe that Joseph's life was changed by his visions. His elevation in life also was through his visions.
First Joseph saw the vision for his personal life. Next he received revelation for the cup bearer's life. Then he saw visions for the nation and reached the pinnacle of life. Truly the gifts of the Holy Spirit only will exalt a man to that level.
Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
The gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit are absolutely essential for a man of God to increase. Self-control pushed Joseph into prison, but the gifts promoted him from the prison to the palace. If the fruit of the Spirit had not taken Joseph to prison, the gift could not have led him to the palace. That's why the gifts and fruit of the Spirit are imperative for a man's increase in life. They are like the heartbeat of a child of God.
Don't treat the revelations and dreams that God gives you lightly. Joseph's dream transported him from one level to another level of honour and increase. He received revelation from God in his sleep that even his brothers called him dreamer. In the last days, as God pours out His Spirit on all flesh, visions and dreams will be a natural phenomenon (Acts 2:17-21).
Vision under Attack
Watch out for one more danger! When God gives you a vision, all the forces of hell will see it and tremble. These evil forces are determined to abort the God-given vision. If you set your heart on some ministry, satan will train his eyes on it. If your vision is to be a prophet to the nations, satan will pick up all his weapons and try to destroy you. A prophet should always have the mind of Christ. Satan does a victory dance when he succeeds in bringing confusion into your mind. Satan knows that if he stains the mind, tongue or body of a servant of God, he has dulled the vision and aborted the mission. Satan will do everything in his power to attack your vision and calling in life.
See how crafty satan is! He instigated the brothers who tried their best to destroy Joseph's vision. They threw him in a pit hoping to see his 'dream' come to naught (Ge. 37:20). Satan has his eyes not only on the vision that God has given you, but he aims at destroying your anointing and your spiritual gifts. When the brothers saw Joseph, the first thing they did was to strip him of his garment (Ge.23). They threw him in a pit and said, “Now let's see what becomes of his vision!” Then they ripped up the garment and dipped it in blood. Satan hates the beautiful garment that God has adorned you with. His goal is to strip you of your garment of praise and your robe of righteousness. But the good news is that satan cannot strip you of your garment on his own. If you make up your mind, you can guard it. Don't let go. Guard your garment with all diligence.
If your visions and dreams are truly from God, He Himself will bring it to completion. He who placed the desire in you, will perfect that which concerns you. “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose”(Ph.2:12).
“When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more” (Ge.37:4,5).
Joseph's brothers detested him so much that they stopped talking to him. Yet when he saw the vision, he ran and went and shared it with them. In his heart, he did not harbour grudge or bitterness. This characteristic held him in good stead. It made him stand out from the rest. He showed them love and shared his heart with them.
After Joseph shared his vision with his brothers, they hated him all the more. 'His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said (Ge.37:8). His brothers' words came to pass. Joseph reigned over them. He ruled over his brothers. Those who receive the vision will rule over those who do not. Those who receive the garment of anointing will rule over the others. How ever long it takes, your vision will definitely be fulfilled. You will rule over the others. Be of good cheer.
Sometimes, there may be a delay in the fulfillment of the God-given vision. In his seventeenth year, Joseph received his vision which was fulfilled only when he turned thirty. For thirteen years, everything seemed to work against his vision. If you are in this waiting phase, you should wrestle in prayer, keeping the prophecies and vision before you. That's why Paul tells Timothy “Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them, you may fight the good fight” (1Ti.1:18). Don't back off thinking your vision will not come to pass. Persevere in prayer.
Your fulfillment time will definitely come. Your vision may not happen immediately, but it will surely come to pass. Do not lose heart. “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (He.10:36).
First of all, Joseph shared his dream of his sheaf standing straight with his brothers' sheaves bowing down to his and they hated him to the core. Next, Joseph shared the dream of the sun, moon and eleven stars bowing down to him. His father rebuked him. Yet, he pondered over this dream (Ge.37:11). Yes-older, mature people will ponder over things. “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things” (1Co.2:15).
Do you want God to use you powerfully? Get ready to face the jealousy of those around you. Every victorious servant of God has faced the brunt of people's jealousy. Through the thorny path of jealousy, Joseph remained guileless. He wasn't weighed down by the jealousy of those around him. As usual, he spoke to his brothers and father. As much as God gives you visions and grace in ministry, be humble and kind to those around you. If you behave like this, God will make you a Joseph generation.
Joseph was not bitter with his brothers. He was not put off by his brothers' hatred. Nor did he fear that his brothers would do him evil. The word-love always trusts, love always hopes was visible in him. Perfect fear that was within him cast out all fear. One day, his father sent him to see how his brothers and the flocks were faring. He spontaneously obeyed. Though he had many visions, look at his humility. He could have told his dad that he would not go since his brothers hated him so much. But he did not say so. In these circumstances, what would you have done? I wonder…
Joseph generation will be kind and considerate to those who hate them. Joseph went to enquire about his brothers' welfare. Yes beloved, go and kindly inquire about the well-being of those who hate you. Show kindness to those who pushed you aside. Don't do it half-heartedly. Remember Joseph. His father sent him to Shechem. Joseph could have searched at Shechem and returned home. But he went further. When he heard that his brothers had moved with their flocks to Dothan, he went there and found them (Ge.37:12-15). This is complete obedience; perfect love. This is how you overcome evil with the love of God (Ro.12:21). This love of God placed Joseph a notch above his brothers.
Do you want to overcome evil? Or do you want evil to overcome you? Decide today to smile sweetly at those who frown at you.
Joseph had a unique characteristic. He was always concerned about the well-being of others. He enquired not only about the welfare of his brothers who hated him, but others as well. When Joseph was in prison, one morning he saw the troubled faces of two people and asked them, ”Why are your faces so sad today?” (Ge.40:4-7). Imagine Joseph's plight at this point of time. Wasn't he the one who was sad? Wasn't he the one who had seen sorrow in his life? When the master's wife came after him, he fled from lust and adultery. In return for his integrity and faithfulness to his master, all that he received was shame, accusation and unfair imprisonment. How broken he must have been! The sorrow of losing his mother as a child; the sorrow of his brothers' hatred; the sorrow of being separated from his affectionate father. Finally the shame of being called unfaithful. If we had walked this path, we would have died of sorrow. But Joseph hid his agony and showed concern in others lives.
Often he would cry aloud in private and then wash his face and smile brilliantly at those around him. Yes-those who weep in private and laugh in public only can become a Joseph generation. With a thousand problems in your own heart, when you can forget about yourself and get involved in others' problems, then you will be a Joseph generation.
Do you want to be a Joseph? Forget your own troubles and be concerned about helping others with their problems. Control your tears and shower love on others. All the servants of God who were used by God walked this tough path. Only when you are mindful of others' problems, your anointing will increase. Today, tread on your problems in Jesus' name. Take time for others and pray for them.
You are a Joseph - Part 3
You are a Joseph - Part 3
In many of our Youth Camps, I am asked this question: ‘How can I be without sinning against God?’ For Joseph, that was not an issue at all. His question was: ‘How can I sin against God?’ This is the true standard of holiness. In these last days, God is raising up the standard of holiness in the church. Joseph thought: ‘Me - falling?! Never!!’ That was the fiery zeal that gripped Joseph.
Nehemiah had a similar zeal.
‘One man said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you.” But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should one like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” ’ (Neh 6:10, 11).
You are not a little mouse that groans and falters at the first temptation that comes your way! You are a lion cub that bares its teeth and growls at the temptation that tries to swallow it.
“For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.” “Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation-but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it” (Rom 6:14; 8:12).
When you are passionately in love with the Lord, your heart will tremble at the thought of making Him sad by sinning. At the last supper, Jesus said, “One of you will betray me”. Immediately there was confusion at the table! Each one said, ‘Is it me Lord? Is it me?’ That confusion itself showed their half-hearted love for the Lord. The fear that troubled the hearts of the disciples was: ‘Will I betray the Lord someday? Will I be unfaithful to Him?’ The Bible says ‘Perfect love casts out all fear’. In the midst of this confusion, John who was leaning on the Lord Jesus did not ask Him like the others. Instead he said, ‘Lord, who is he?’ John was absolutely sure in his heart that he would not and could not betray Christ. God poured this boldness and confidence into each one of us. It is up to us to stir it up.
You might quote the verse, ‘If you think you are standing, be careful, lest you fall’ and wonder where it fits in. Trusting in your own ability is wrong. You have Christ in you. Faith believes that you won’t fall because He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world. This is the faith that overcomes the world.
Sometime ago God beautifully expounded this truth to me. Jesus, a handsome young man went to the well at Samaria. An adulterous woman who had five husbands tried chatting Him up. At that point, who changed whom? Did she change Him? Or did His anointing transform her life?! This powerful life changing anointing is in you. An unbelieving husband is made holy through a god-fearing wife. And unbelieving wife is made holy through a god-fearing husband. The power of God that is in you can pull a person out of the pit of sin onto the highway of holiness. Do not underestimate His power in you.
Potiphar’s wife did not give up. She kept luring him everyday. But Joseph rejected her advances day after day. He did not even encourage her lustful conversation (Gen 39:10). This is another key to a holy life. Victory is not standing against sin for a couple of days and then falling into it. Victory is enduring against sin till the very end. Day after day, though she tried to sweet-talk him, he adamantly came against her. This is what Christ referred to when He said, ‘He who endures till the end will be saved’.
Be aggressive against sin. We should wrestle against sin to the point of shedding blood. Those who soft-peddle in this area will not be victorious.
Be Alert and Diligent
Joseph gives us another key to overcome sin. Those who diligently go about their work will not fall prey to lust. Note this! Though she tempted him everyday, he diligently did his daily duties. He did not ‘meditate’ on her words or daydream all day long.
‘One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.’ (Gen 39:11,12).
Joseph’s mind was on his work and he went into the house to do work. If he had given in to day dreaming, he would have fallen in sin that day.
An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. If you think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, praise-worthy, then you will not fall into sin.
As long as David had his mind on fighting battles, praising God, extending his boundaries and ruling wisely, he led a victorious life. But when he forgot the battle field and stayed back in his palace, slept in the daytime, let his mind wander and his eyes stray, he saw Bathsheba and fell prey to lust!
To stay away from lust, the soul, body and mind should be busy. A lazy man will fall in the sin of lust. The mind that constantly praises God, sings and speaks in tongues will not falter. When you are lazing around, satan will search for opportunities to trap you. With the above examples contrast the outcome of laziness, and the victory of diligence.
Fill your mind with the word of God. Those who fall into sin first sin in their mind. Your body will follow the way of the mind. Just as you have a bath every morning, wash your mind with the word of God. When you find dirty, lustful thoughts troubling your mind, increase your prayer life, fasting times and Bible reading times.
In my younger days, when my mind was attacked by bad thoughts, I would take my Bible and run off to a secluded place to fast and pray. For days on end, I would read and meditate on the word of God. Then I would sense calmness and an unusual feeling of holiness envelop me. Use this key and open the door to freedom from sinful thoughts that plague you.
I AM IN CHRIST - dependable – trustworthy
I AM IN CHRIST - dependable - trustworthy
NO INABILITIES IN CHRIST
NO INABILITIES IN CHRIST
Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent… I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth?… Go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say…”
JEHOVAH NISSI IN CHRIST
JEHOVAH NISSI IN CHRIST
WRITTEN IN CHRIST
WRITTEN IN CHRIST
DNA IN CHRIST
DNA IN CHRIST
The very first page of the New Testament starts with a long genealogy (Mt.1:1-17). I’m thrilled to see the Son of God includes Himself in the genealogy of mankind. He came into man’s genealogy so man could come into God’s genealogy. In Christ, God’s DNA is in you! God in you is the climax of the New Testament truth (Co.1:27). This very thought is more than enough to transform you into the image of God.
PRAYER - THE VITAL BREATH OF LIFE
PRAYER - THE VITAL BREATH OF LIFE
If man has lost that beautiful perfect image of God, will man ever regain it? Is it possible to be like God again? Is it possible for sinful man to be intimate with a holy God? Are these heart-rending questions echoing in the emptiness of your soul? The Good News is that the Bible says it is possible to be like God again. When our relationship with God is restored, and we get closer to Him, we get back to that blessed state. Our relationship with God is restored through the blood of Jesus. When we are restored through the blood of Jesus to God, we become part-takers of the divine nature. This divine nature shines forth when we dwell in His presence. Constant communion with God brings forth His divine nature. His word and His saints attest to this fact.
Prophetic Word for the Year 2012 - Dr. Ezekiah Francis
Prophetic Word for the Year 2012 - Dr. Ezekiah Francis
“Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,” says the LORD; “and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,” says the LORD, “and work; for I am with you,” says the LORD of hosts. “
According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!” (Hag.2:4-5)
2012 is the year for the Church to be strong and do the works of God. This is the time for God's Kingdom to be built. This is the time for the harvest to be gathered. This is the time to use every gift and talent for your Savior. God calls you this year to be strong and work.
No matter what happens around, no matter who rules, the Kingdom of God must progress and be built. This is the year for God's people to work in His Vineyard as never before. This is the year to multiply your five talents into ten talents. This is the year to find out your calling and to excel in it.
The days of selfishness and living for your own pleasure are over. All self-pity and complaining must cease. This is not the time to compare, compete and copy other ministries. This is not the time to be discouraged or distressed. This is the time to muster your courage and continue what you are doing for the Lord with more vigor and energy than ever before.
Your eyes must be lifted up to see the great need around you. Like Abraham, lift up your eyes and see the opportunities God gives you. Now is the time to lift your eyes and look toward the north, south, east and west and possess it (Gen.13:14-18).
God’s work will take momentum and sincere workers will be highly rewarded. New doors of opportunities and new avenues will open up for those who give themselves fully to their callings. The blessed Holy Spirit will arise like a tornado and show His mighty power through His friends who keep intimate fellowship with Him.
The teaching and preaching on the Holy Spirit and His manifestations will intensify. God’s ministers will realize that it is not by might, nor by power but by His Spirit. Yes, the Holy Spirit must be honored, welcomed and given total freedom to show His power of revival and judgment.
The enemy will try his best to delay and distract your work for the Lord. He will even try to stop your work and chase you away from your calling if possible. He will inspire his people to intimidate and weaken your hands. Thank God, the One who called you is almighty and He is sitting on the highest throne. Nothing can prevail against His Church.
The work of God which is ceased and was discontinued will once again begin to flourish. Many ministries will be restored. Hidden ministers will come to the public. God will give favor to His people and to sincere workers in the eyes of higher authorities and even the government.
This year you will see the glorious completion of God’s ministries and building projects which were hindered and delayed unduly. Enemies will hear and see it and be very disheartened.
They will perceive that this work was done by our almighty God (Neh.6:15-16). Hallelujah!
Build on the Word
This year you will see the clear difference between God's work built on the rock or on the sand. Heavy rain, cruel floods and mighty winds may beat against the House of God. The ministry and the churches built on the Word of God will not fall, for they are founded on the Rock. The ministries that are built on human opinion, human knowledge and human strategies will collapse, and their fall will be great.
Beloved! Lean on the bosom of the Holy Spirit as never before in your life. Talk to Him, love Him, keep intimate fellowship with Him and constantly tune yourself to His voice. Endeavor to know Him more by studying about Him and yielding to Him. Introduce the Holy Spirit and His power in your ministry by your teaching and demonstration.
Give top priority to your calling. Study the various gifts and callings of God. Find out your place in His Body and your specific assignments you have to fulfill in your lifetime. Remember, your calling demands your entire life, energy and time. Don’t get entangled in the affairs of this life (2.Tim.2:4). Throw all your burdens and concerns on the Lord who cares for you and serve the Lord more diligently than ever before. You will see all other things taken care of beautifully and every desired blessing added to you automatically (Mt.6:33; 1.Pe.5:7).
Prophetic Picture for the Year 2012
Let me present a prophetic picture to you from 2nd Kings 2:19-22 for your pondering and meditation in this year 2012. God is welcoming you to enjoy His prepared table for your New Year 2012. Your God has already crowned your New Year with His grace and mercy. Your Breaker always goes ahead of you and searches the way you should go and prepares everything for you to accomplish your life mission on this earth.
The prophet Elisha had just received the mantle from Elijah, who ascended to heaven. Immediately people began to recognize the mantle and the calling of the departed prophet on the new leader-prophet Elisha (2.Ki.2:15). Yes, this is the year of God’s recognition shining forth on His anointed servants. Many young leaders will take the mantle of God’s anointing, take new positions of leadership in the Kingdom of God and emerge into front line ministry.
Cities and nations
This year God’s anointed servants will have open doors for city-wide and nation-wide ministry. The men of the city of Jericho requested Elisha for a miracle for their desperate situation. They said, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my Lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren” ( 2:19). As you know, Jericho was a cursed city, the land was barren and the water caused miscarriages. People realized that no human effort or government could alter the crisis and avert the calamity. They recognized that only Holy Ghost ministers have the answer and remedy for the city’s situation. Wow! What an opportunity for God’s anointed ones! What a demand for God’s apostles and prophets! What a desperation in the land!
Yes beloved, if you fully operate in your anointing, city mayors and national leaders will walk to the brightness of your rising (Isa.60:1-3). In these End Times, nations will become desperate and national leaders impotent to meet the challenges and crisis. Ultimately, secular leaders have to run to the Church of God for supernatural answers. This happened time and again, during the time of Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Elijah, Elisha etc. I believe that in this year, your city and your nation will seek your help for their problems. High level people will come to you secretly to seek your prayer help and prophetic word and your support. Jairus, the noble man and Nicodemus all came to the Savior. This will happen in your life. Rise up to your position!
New Covenant believers
See what Elisha said and did. “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it; so they brought it to him. Then he went out to the source of the water and cast in the salt their…” Wow! This is the prophetic picture of the End Time Church. You are the new bowl and the new creation. You walk under the New Covenant blessing and grace. You are the salt of this earth. You are anointed to bring saltiness and taste to this sin-sick, cursed world. You must go into this needy world. This is the time for the Church to wake up to this mountainous privilege and responsibility.
God will release a mighty army of new Covenant believers with His power and glory to influence the society and the secular world. All these years, the Church has isolated itself from the society and the secular world. Unfortunately, the socalled “separation truth” was misinterpreted as isolation and thus our influence on the world was not felt so far. The very first blessing God gave to His people is to fill the earth and totally influence and subdue it (Ge.1:28).
The Bible never separates the spiritual from the secular. Thank God, you will see more and more of the Church influencing and infiltrating the world with Christian principles and morals. You will see it and hear it this year in an increasing way. God will lift up our younger generation to touch high level people, media, press etc.
See where Elisha went with the salt: “Then he went out to the source of the water and cast in the salt there…”
Your Commander bids you to go into all the world. “All” includes every segment of society. As Elisha took the salt and the bowl and went out to the source of the water, your God is going out with you to the source of every problem. Remember, only the Church can deal with the source of human problems and national crisis. Anything man does can only bring remedy for the surface level. You know the reason for all violence, divisions, wars, terrorism, natural calamities, immorality and poverty is the devil, the arch enemy of God and His creation. Who can deal with the demonic powers other than you, the Holy Ghost person? You have the axe of God’s power to cut the root of every problem (Mt.3:10).
This year God wants you to seek Him for His new direction and to launch out into the unreached world. Enlarge your vision. See beyond your territories. Embrace your cities, districts and nations in your heart. Let your prayers cross the boundaries of your own need, your family and your ministry. It's high time to bless your city and target all the families of the earth. Use every technology to spread the good news and your message. The world is using these technologies to spread bad news. Take it from the enemies hand and attempt big things for God.
This year is a golden opportunity for you to start many new things and venture to use mass media, social networks and internet to touch the world.
God wants His Church to use the power of words to create a new world. See how Elisha prophesied to the waters of Jericho. He said, “Thus says the Lord: I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness” ( 2:21). God’s apostolic and prophetic anointing will doubly increase this year upon His ministers and the Church, and the people of God will know the power of prophesying to this world.
There is a place for intercession for the nations. Jesus, when He was in the flesh, “offered up prayers and supplications with vehement cries and tears” (Heb.5:7). We have to specially focus our prayers and intercessions for our cities, states and nations. It should not be a pathetic and hopeless cry like Old Testament saints. They cried between an angry God and rebellious nations. Your Savior quenched the anger of God on the cross and became the eternal Intercessor between God and man. Now every intercessor can share His throne, take His authority and prophesy to the nations.
Prophesy what God has done on the cross! Prophesy that the nations have been healed 2000 years ago! Prophesy that the nations are bought by the Blood of Jesus! Prophesy that the power of death was broken on the cross! Prophesy that barrenness and curse were cancelled on the cross! Prophesy healing and health to the Body of Christ! Prophesy the victory of cross over the principalities and powers!!
The Church will see the power of prophetic prayers, prophetic declarations and blessings over the atmosphere. Do it from the first day of this year onwards. Proclaim the Word of God as often as possible. Create a new world with your word as the great Creator lives and speaks through you.
“So the water remains healed to this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spoke” (2.Ki.2:22).
Release the rivers
God wants to release the healing rivers through you in a greater level. Elisha healed the waters of Jericho by prophetic action and prophetic word. Yes! You will bring the New Covenant blessings, prophesy to your circumstances and bring great healing. Thereby you will break age-long curses over families, cities and nations (2.Ki.2:19-22).
Secondly, you are anointed to turn the water of Marah into sweet water. Do you remember the prophetic picture of Marah during Israel’s time under the leadership of Moses? God’s people began to complain because they could not drink the bitter water. Moses prayed and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. When it was thrown into the water, the water became sweet (Ex.15:22-27). Yes, all the bitter waters of this world were made sweet by the cross of Calvary. People don’t know it yet. God wants to give you the revelation of His cross as never before.
Thirdly, God wants to release His healing rivers through you: Healing for the body, soul, spirit, families, emotions etc. This healing river is lying dormant within your spirit for a long time. God wants to take you into a deeper level of His anointing. Don’t stay back in the ankle deep, knee deep or waist deep waters of His Spirit. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into the swimming level and see the rivers of living waters flowing from your spirit, bringing healing to the people around you and to the nations. Believe it! Proclaim it! Go with it this year, in Jesus name (Eze.47:1-12)!
May the Lord enlarge your vision and your territory. May the Lord use you as His mighty curse breaker, healer and influence to your world. We wish you a glorious, Holy-Ghost-empowered, nation changing year 2012!
Prophetic Word for the Year 2012 - Rev Benita Francis
Prophetic Word for the Year 2012 - Rev Benita Francis
This year of 2012 will be a year of clear distinction. Even the mocking world will once again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. The unbelieving world will have to see and admit in astonishment how God honors those who honor Him (1.Sa.2:30). People will be able to see the favor God bestows on a good man and the condemnation coming on a man of wicked intentions (Pr.12:2).
Men of wicked intentions are going to be hated even by their own followers and devotees. We will see such men of wicked intentions imprisoned and murdered by people close to them, even in government and political spheres (Pr.14:17).
In 2012, wickedness will help attacking and destroying its own allies, as it happened in the Bible in 2nd Chronicles 20:23. By your prayers and praise, impossible situations will be turned around, and righteousness will reign. As two evils help to destroy each other, good will emerge like a secret weapon which God in His wisdom had been hiding until His perfect moment of showing forth to the world.
In several nations, such sudden swings of political rulership will happen and bring righteousness, peace and tranquility to suffering people. In 2012, the one thing God strongly requires from His chosen ones is that they use the victory strategy of King Jehoshaphat found in 2nd Chronicles Chapter 20. When King Jehoshaphat saw himself threatened by a great multitude, he set himself to seek the Lord. In this year of 2012, your victory will come only by positioning yourself to seek the Lord. In 2012, your help will not come by might or by power or by human or military strength and ability (Ps.33:17; Zac.4:6). All the opposite, if you seek your help or your refuge in human strength, you will not only be disappointed but even hurt (2.Ki.18:21; Isa.36:6). If you trust in man and make flesh your strength, you make your heart depart from the living God and draw curse upon yourself (Jer.17:5). God Himself declares woe on those who seek their help outside of Him (Isa.31:1).
In 2012, your help is in the Lord who made heaven and earth (Ps.124:8). He will help you and deliver you from the wicked, because you trust in Him (Ps.37:40). You will be happy because you have the God of Jacob for your help, and your hope is in the Lord your God who keeps truth forever, executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, gives freedom to the prisoners, opens the eyes of the blind, raises those who are bowed down, watches over the strangers and relieves the fatherless and widow. Your God loves the righteous, but the way of the wicked He turns upside down, and the world will once again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked (Ps.146:5-9).
In 2012, you will experience and be strengthened by the victory secret of King Hezekiah who could say about his mighty enemy: “With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles” (2.Chr.32:8). Not only you alone will have victory, but your faith and your testimonies will also strengthen other believers to stand strong and unwavering in any storm of life.
In 2012, one of your victory weapons will be calls for public family fasts according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Victories in the spiritual realm will be won as God's people set aside all their own agendas and concentrate together on seeking the Lord. King Jehoshaphat not only positioned himself to seek the Lord and make clear he would not seek help anywhere else; he also proclaimed a general fast. Before all the national leaders, King Jehoshaphat declared and confirmed his trust in his God. He kept proclaiming the past faithfulness and victories wrought by the Lord until the Holy Spirit gave a clear war strategy through one of His priests (2.Chr.20:1-14).
In 2012, you will operate as a king and a priest unto God as a believer in Jesus Christ (Rev.1:6). Your God is challenging you to expect His Holy Spirit to come upon you to reveal His heavenly strategy to fearful, confused spiritual, secular and even national leaders. Surprising doors will open for God’s faithful ones to minister to and counsel political leaders like never before. The powers of Elymas will be broken, and leaders will be free to hear and receive the truth of Christ (Ac.13:6-12).
In 2012, you will experience that the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will rest in the finished work of Calvary, knowing that your God is not only with you but in you to fight your battles. Battles will come, but you will come out victoriously as you position yourself to receive and obey God’s strategies. You will move only at God’s clear command and thus avoid all the pitfalls of satan.
In 2012, your success and victory will be born out of genuine worship and true heart-felt praise for Jesus. Your exemplary life will make even national leaders to understand and command like King Jehoshaphat, “Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper” (2.Chr.20:20).
In 2012, as you advance declaring the praises of your God, He Himself will set ambushes against your enemies. Your enemies will help to destroy one another, and you will gain an abundance of valuables out of every attack the enemy launched against you. You will rejoice with joy, and the fear of God will fall upon all your enemies.
In 2012, God’s Kingdom will progress mightily and be established in areas that were closed and practically unreachable up to now. Many new Kingdom endeavors will be launched targeting especially such neglected areas.
In 2012, there will be a clear distinction not only between the world and believers in Christ, but even inside the Body of Christ. The time has come for judgment to begin at the House of God. Hidden heart attitudes will come to light. Those who admit their wrong and judge themselves will not be judged and can avoid being chastened by the Lord (1.Pe.4:17; 1.Co.11:31-32).
In 2012, we will witness the beginning of the time of ingathering of the harvest. The angels are getting ready to gather in first the tares planted by the enemy for destruction. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness (Mt.13:24-30,37-43). Brother-haters and resentful Christians will be severely tormented in the flesh for the salvation of their spirit since they are considered liars and murderers in God’s wise eyes (Mt.18:21-35; 1.Jn.2:9-11; 3:15; 4:20; 1.Co.5:5). Yet as they decide to forgive, bless and love, their healing will spring forth miraculously and speedily. Worldly doctors and hospitals will marvel and worship at the sudden recoveries from deadly diseases that happen just by forgiving and releasing the offender from judgment, and many will be gloriously converted, especially among the medical personnel (Isa.58:6-7).
In 2012, we will see a great purification of the Body of Christ in many nations. Scandals and accusations, both false and true, will actually turn out for the furtherance of the Gospel. All of these will only increase the boldness in the true believers. Manmade divisions and denominations will crumble and fade away as believers stand together in true unity for the defense and confirmation of the Gospel (Phil.1:3-21; 1.Pe.3:15).
True believers will become single-minded and fully Kingdom-focused. As they strive to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to the ends of the earth, astounding and striking discoveries will be made by Christians that will benefit countless millions (Mt.24:14; Jer.33:3).
In 2012, many Christian ministries will make shocking discoveries of selfish ambitions, fleshliness, worldliness and unfaithfulness to the point of treason among their own people. Yet don’t despair! Factions and divisions must occur, so that the approved ones may be recognized inside the Body of Christ (1.Co.11:19). Remember, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution, and rejoice (2. Ti.3:12). All these fiery trials will only contribute to display the glory of the risen Savior as you follow His battle strategy.
Each and every persecution you encounter is just an opportunity for you to enjoy more anointing and exceeding joy (1.Pe.4:12-19). In 2012, questions like, “Now if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear? What will be the end of those who do not obey the Gospel of God?” will become a revelation in many believers’ hearts and launch a strong movement of evangelism. This wave of evangelism will not be law-based and condemning, but fiery hot with God’s saving love and based on the understanding that it is the grace and goodness of God that leads to repentance (1.Pe.4:17-19; Ro.2:4-16). Satan’s kingdom will suffer serious damage as believers understand Jesus’ Words, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Mt.12:28-30; Lk.11:20-23).
In 2012, as nations and national leaders grope around in darkness and confusion, the true Church of Jesus Christ will emerge in ever increasing glory, beauty and purity and begin taking its role and position as the glorious Bride of Christ.
HOLY PLACE IN CHRIST
HOLY PLACE IN CHRIST
NO TOLERANCE IN CHRIST
NO TOLERANCE IN CHRIST
ALL IN ALL IN CHRIST
ALL IN ALL IN CHRIST
(Lev.11), their Gynecologist and Pediatrician (Lev.12), their Dermatologist (Lev.13), their Sanitary Inspector and Hygienist (Lev.14), their Urologist and Sexologist (Lev.18), their Moral Instructor (Lev.19), their Supreme Court (Lev.20), their Master of Religious Ceremonies (Lev.23), their Employer, their Land-Owner, their Agricultural Officer, their Geologist (Lev.25), and their Reformer (Lev.26)! In short, He was their All in all!
SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY IN CHRIST
SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY IN CHRIST
And the LORD said to Moses, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.” (Nu.11:23)
GUIDANCE IN CHRIST
GUIDANCE IN CHRIST
Nations in your hands
Nations in your hands - Dr. Ezekiah Francis
Today, our mandate from the Lord is to earnestly pray for our country. The Holy Spirit does impress this point upon me now as never before. This is an urgent message that must be conveyed to every child of God. The welfare of our nation is indeed in our hands. We are responsible for the welfare of our country. You are born in this country for the Lord’s specific purpose.