Familiarity with God

God desires that we be close to Him, every moment, every day and every season of our lives – intimate is what we need to aspire to. Intimacy is a close friendship that is enjoyable to both parties. We see this in the case of Enoch; he walked faithfully with God for over 300 years (Genesis 5:18-24). Noah also walked with God and found favour, even after God saw the wickedness of man and promised to wipe the human race from the face of the earth (Genesis 6:8-9). It is possible to walk with God in our days and He loves that we be intimate with him.

The danger of familiarity

The danger is being too familiar with God  is exemplified in the case of Eli’s sons (1 Samuel 2: 12-17). We have heard of the common adage, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. We are living at a time and in a generation that is easily becoming too familiar with God. Many people today have no fear of God and have easily taken God for granted. Familiarity, dangerously causes us to to lose the respect and fear for the Lord. Worse, it causes believers to think that God is with them, even when He has left them.

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Christians can avoid familiarity in our fellowship with God. Psalms 26:2 teaches us to renew our minds with the word of God constantly. We can do this by increasing the time we spend with God in prayer; seeking God and being expectant to receive His word.

Like a new pair of shoes, which we want to wear every day and take great care in polishing; let us feed our faith with the word of God and constantly polish our relationship with Him.  May the shine of our engagement with Christ be bright, today and every day.

UNBLOCKING THE ANCIENT WELLS IN THE LIFE OF THE WOMAN

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Reading Genesis 26:12-22 and Jeremiah 6:16

 DEFINITIONS

  • BLOCKAGE – Barrier, obstacles, obstruction, stumbling block, jam.
  • WELL – water supply, source, fountain, spring Spiritually well is Breakthrough, victory, open door.
  • CURSE – a negative pattern or a setback

In the spiritual realm, blockages are also called invisible barriers, which are typically sins of our forefathers or generational sins. Blockages result in Punishment that come from God when we fail to deal with them.

Causes of Blockages

  • Sin – Missing the mark. Romans 3:23
  • Transgression – Trespass against God, self, people and creation.
  • Iniquity/ Ancestral sin – Repeated sin by forefathers upto fourth generation.

All the above results in punishment or curses (Deut 28:15-68). If the spiritual blockages of (sin, iniquity & transgressions) are not dealt with, they result in curses. Curses are brought about by lack and rejection of knowledge of the word of God.

 Manifestation of Curses

  • Prayerlessness and a lack of study of God’s word
  • They form patterns in families e.g. alcoholism, premature death at particular age, barrenness etc
  • takes us into captivity even when we are Holy because it follows bloodline.
  • discord between people, families or groups
  • Unemployment, failed businesses, financial pervasion and poverty.
  • cut us off from God

TYPES OF SPIRITUAL BLOCKAGES

Read (Deuteronomy 18 :10-13)

1. Idolatry includes:

•       Witchcraft

•       Sorcery

•       Spells

•       Divination or sooth sayer

•       Interpretation of omens

•       Mediums /Spiritist

•       Necromancy (worship of the dead).

•       Sacrifice of children thru fire by Freemasons

(Read Leviticus 18)

2. Immorality includes :

•       Adultery which results in polygamy , polyandry

•       Fornication

•       Illegitimacy

•       Difficult marriages

•       Separation

•       Divorce

•       Prostitution, harlotry

•       Incest

•       Delayed Marriage

•       Ritual Sex

•       Homosexuality/Lesbianism

•       Bestiality

Read Job 16:18, Numbers 35:33, Genesis 4:10

3. Bloodshed includes

•       Death by wars, tribal clashes, murder, suicide, homicide, rituals, sacrifices to satan, anger, jealousy.

•       Premature death

•       Abortion

•       Accidents

 

4. Evil covenant includes

•       Wrong names Isaiah 65:15

•       Slavery- Exodus 21:16

•       Financial Pervasion- Jer17:11

•       Occultism – Leviticus 20:27

•       Satanic dreams, oaths, substance, abuse, burial rights

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE BLOCKAGES

  1. Do research prayerfully and pray for revelational knowledge on why you have blockages. (Eph 1:17- 18).
  2. Recognize that you and your family are under a curse.
  3. In humility, confess and repent of all the sins, transgressions & iniquities of your fore fathers, (2 Chronicles 7:14, 1 John 1:9-10, Daniel 9:5-19,)
  4. Plead the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse all the records of confessed sins.
  5. Confess that now you are no longer under the curse caused by the blockage.
  6. Pull down root out, Destroy ,Overthrow (Jere1:10)
  7. Build and plant re-dug wells with prayerfulness, zeal, joy, wealth, health, peace, success, reconciliation ec
  8. Declare (in 2015 ) I am separated for God’s honour

Download the document here: Unblocking Ancient wells in Women’s life 2015

The Misconception of Salvation and Foundation

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A great misconception exists among Christians that once saved all things become new. The fact is, salvation does not change your look, past records nor present state.  For example, if salvation has found you polygamous or without a job, your situation remains the same until you choose to change it. One is saved, yet they still lie, steal or indulge in corrupt deals. 

The unregenrated man

Man has three components; Spirit, Soul and Body. The Spirit of the unregenerated man is dead and alienated from the life of God. Before salvation, the unregenerated man;

  • man is dead in sin and trespasses (Eph 2:1
  • walks according to the course of this world under the power of the air (Eph 2:2)
  • Conducts himself in the lust of the flesh fulfilling to him
  • The gospel is veiled to him and his mind is blinded by the god of this world (2 Cor 4:3-4)
  • Is condemned already (John 3:18) and the wrath of God is upon him for rejecting Jesus (John 3:36)

At salvation, man believes the gospel and is saved (Romans 10:10). His unregenerated spirit changes completely and becomes new creature, his spirit is now regenerated.

What happens at salvation?

  • Sins are forgiven. Jesus bore our sins (Isahia 53:12) and by that one gets saved after believing in Jesus and confessing their sin.
  • One becomes a member of the commonwealth of Israel (Eph 2.12)
  • He/she receives the Holy Spirit inside of him/her
  • One’s own spirit become alive and they can worship God in Spirit ad Truth (John 4:23-24)
  • Spiritual destiny and spiritual status changes. The change is only spiritual  because he is born of the spirit (John 3:6)

One needs to work on his soul and body; disciplining the body is a lifetime thing as shown in the scriptures (Romans 12:1, 6:12, 12:2, 1 Cor 9:27, 2 Cor 7:1).

THE LORDS PRAYER

The most basic form of prayer is the Lord’s Prayer, which most of us learnt in Sunday school.  It begins by exalting God and praising His name. It is creates a relationship between mankind and God  the Father. Isaiah 56:7 says “God will make us joyful in the place of prayer”. It is good to hear what God has for me.

The Lords Prayer has been misunderstood in the church; it requires someone to know God before they can pray. However, we see the congregation depending on the priest to pray for them yet this is a role that we all have to play personally. Daniel 11:32(b) underscores this by saying “the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits”. We know God by talking to Him through prayer and this qualifies us to pray.

Let’s review the different parts of this simple but important prayer;

Our Father – God is our Father and we should relate to Him as a child to a father.

Hallowed be your Name – Hallow means to treat with great respect or to make holy.  God’s name displays His character and authority and with is phrase we respect and make Holy the name of the Lord Almighty. Philippians 2:9-11.

Thy Kingdom Come – Kingdom of God is our business with God and it should come in every aspect of our lives (home, work, family etc). Before we ask God for anything, His Kingdom must come first so that our needs can be met.  Hannah humbled herself before God and Priest Eli and changed her pattern of prayer to concern God’s Kingdom and God answered her. (1st Samuel 1:1-11).  When you are praying, look for situations that would benefit God’s Kingdom which comes first before any other kingdom.

Thy will be done – God has a will for each of us and wants it to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. When praying, subject your will to the will of God so that His will come first before our prayers are answered. This means that God will answer pray that is according to His will.

Give us this day our Daily Bread – Bread here mean daily issues of our lives, home, family, work etc and through prayer we ask Him to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

And forgive us our trespasses – We are sinners by virtue of our link to Adam and hence we fall short of the glory of God everyday. The magnitude of our sin is only shown when we are in the presence of God.  We therefore have to ask for His forgiveness in our daily prayer. In the same breath, God requires us to forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation…. – Everyday we encounter situations and people that lead us astray.  We therefore need to ask God everyday to help us overcome these temptations that the evil one lays on our path.

Deliver us from evil…….. This is the conclusion of the Lord Prayer and essentially requires us to return praise and worship back to God. We always fall into evil, so it is paramount that everyday we ask God to deliver us from all evil planned against us by the kingdom of darkness.

As we conclude, we should note that prayer is not for personal consumption; we need to take quality time on prayer. Prayer is also about laboring and God wants us to labor in the place of prayer like Abraham so that His purpose can be fulfilled. It is a mystery and is the legal avenue to redeem our country from evil. This will change the destiny of our generation. In Kenya, we need to pray the country into her jubilee as she will turn 50 years in 2013.

What is Prayer?

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This is s simple question, but when asked, many people fumble with the answer.  Some will say prayer is praying (sic), others feel it’s just closing their eyes and bowing down their head as they listen to someone talk on their behalf.

Prayer is simply talking to God. It is a relationship; it is spirit calling spirit. It is an interaction, communication and fellowship between man and God. Unlike normal conversation, it is a sincere communication where man opens up the hidden things in his heart to God.

Prayer is God giving man permission to interfere with what happens. For example mid this year, Kenya experienced one of the worst droughts and Christian brethren who are called to prayer talked to God to release the rains. Prayer also means giving God permission to interfere with the earth’s affairs and God remains sovereign. Many a time, we mistakenly think that God will always do what He wants on earth, but we should know that He waits for man to give him the go-ahead to intervene. To strengthen this point, we refer to Jeremiah 33:3 which says “call unto me and I shall answer thee and show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not”. 

God is always waiting for man to fellowship with Him constantly and even in mans’s weakness, God still chooses to listen to our prayer. My hope is that as we explore this topic of prayer, you will be encouraged to renew your prayer relationship with God. Note that as prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian.

FOUNDATIONS EFFECT ON MANKIND – PART IV

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CAUSES OF EVIL FOUNDATIONS.

  • Idolatry; This is a system of government that the devil uses to control people. It seeks help from other things apart from God . e.g. reading of stars to find out about one’s life. Idolatry binds the heart of people making it difficult to know God. It locks out God out of our lives, homes, church or community or village or nation. It challenges the ministry of Jesus Christ. It takes us into captivity. 1 kings 12:13 Jeroboam brought idolatry in Israel and caused the Israelites to go to captivity. It makes one become captive in their own land and foreigners to rule over the citizens. The land also rejects its inhabitants. It silences the voice of the prophet.
  • Evil altars and evil names e.g. Abram meant barrenness, Jabez – Pain, Jacob – Liar, Rueben- Unstable in his ways.
  • Anger; It influences our prophetic foundations negatively because it stops us from obeying the commandment of God e.g. Moses. The anger in Moses found in Ex 2:1 came from Simeon and Levi in Gen 49:5. Moses was from the tribe of Levi. Moses was a man of God and he led children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land but never reached it because of anger which made him strike a rock instead of talking to it as God had commanded him. Ps 106:32-33, says that Moses spoke rashly with his lips saying, “Dig my roots and bring all evils that would challenge me in my walk with God.”  It is clear that Moses’ foundations ended his ministry prematurely.

Effects of Faulty Foundations.

  • We can be anointed with pollutated anointing and use it to do exploits for God.
  • In Jude satan came to fight for Moses’s body because of anger but, Angel Michael came to contend with satan.
  • If the hedge is broken the serpent is empowered to bite.
  • Check for any loop holes in your foundations. Moses was stopped at the last city before the Promised Land because of faulty foundations. Ps 106:32-33, look into the lives of those who have lived ahead of you. Your destiny can be stopped

 HOW TO DEAL with foundations :

  • Identify the foundation through prayer and research.
  • Confess the sins, iniquity and transgression.
  • Repent and turn away from sin.
  • Plead the blood of Jesus.
  • Uproot, Pulldown, destroy and overthrow. Jer.1:10.
  • Reject and renounce
  • Build new foundations.

 By dealing with Faulty foundations we get blessing, acceptance by God, no delay in the fulfillment of God’s purposes in one’s life, Godly off springs among many other positive things that God has in store for us.

My prayer for you is that from these three lessons, you will identify and start dealing with the foundations in your life. Some prayer points that will help you include;

  • Eph 1:14-18, our investment is hidden in our foundations. We always need to pray thus, Lord open my eyes to see what the enemy has invested in me,
  • Ask the Lord to arm you with boldness and strength to deal with my foundation,
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen your shoulders to carry the burden of my home, nation and church like Issachar and give me understanding.
  • Repent over the root of unforgiveness and anger. Go back to your roots and deal with all evil foundation teachings which have not been addressed in the church.
  • Ask the Lord to send you His delivering power and help me to deal with evil foundations.
  • Luke 4:18, Jesus came to speak deliverance to the captive. The Bible has been “closed” in the church as many people are not aware of the hindrance to enjoying their salvation.
  • Rom 8:20, creation groans and weights for the manifestations of the sons of God.

FOUNDATIONS EFFECT ON MANKIND – PART III

1.0               FOUNDATIONS CAN BE CHANGED

1Chronicles 4:9 -10. Jabez name was changed and he was blessed when he cried to God and God heard him. Moses prayed for Rueben in Deuteronomy 33:6 that he may live and not die. God heard him.

2.0               TYPES OF FOUNDATIONS

2.1               Spiritual.

(Scriptures: Gen 12:7-8, 13:7-8, 14, 26:23-45, 28:18, 35:7, 14)

  • Inherited spiritual roots and early spiritual exposures to evil altars and covenants are the main cause of evil spiritual foundations.
  • Jacob inherited spiritual altars from Abraham and Isaac. They all together built seven altars and on each of this altars, God spoke, Gen 28 and 35. This strengthened the covenants God made with Abraham who is the father of all mankind. Levi gave tithes to Melchizedek while he was in the loins of Abraham – Hebrews 7:9. Whenever a man stands in any altar, he includes four generations of his descendants, Ex 20:5 it multiplies until broken.
  • Whatever a man does with the satanic priest will be inherited by his descendants. If the priest leaves a curse on a man, his descendants will inherit that curse and his children will inherit the curse. They will continue to speak until we break it by prayer and repentance. Deal with evil foundations to be free.

2.2               Prophetic.

(Scriptures: Gen 49, 38, deut 27:20, num 13, Joshua 14:6-15, num 14, 1 chron12:32)

  • Rueben lost his birth right by defiling his father’s bed. This was a curse but, Moses prayed for him and he lived deut 33:6.
  • Gen 38 talks about Judah and his family and how he lied with his daughter-in-law Tamar. This was a curse as per Deut 27:20 which says, cursed is he who lies to his father’s wife because he uncovers his father’s skirt.
  • Gen 49:8-12 talks about Judah’s blessing. In vs.10 the scepter and law was given to Judah and that is why he was able to bring fourth kings like David, Jesus Christ, Josiah, Caleb and Asa.
  • Num 13 and 14 talks about Caleb and Joshua who stood on the laws of the Lord.
  • In Joshua 14:6-15 Caleb reminded Joshua what Moses had spoken over his life.
  • Gen 49:14-15, Issachar- Band of salves, they bore the entire burden of the children of Israel. They knew what to do at the right time. Their Brothers were at their command. Burden carries. They knew the mind of God and carried others with them in prayer.
  • 1chron 12:32, they knew the times and seasons in which to act on matters on God’s Heart.We are watchmen in our homes, church and nations. We decide the way things go. The church has to wake up and give direction to the nation. We always need to pray thus, “Lord open the eyes of our understanding so that we may see the faulty foundations and deal with them in order to have a clear revelation of God’s purpose of our lives.”
  • Ps 119:99, we should have understanding more than our teachers and ancient in order to help others.

FOUNDATIONS EFFECT ON MANKIND – PART II

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1.0 WHAT DESTROYS IN OUR FOUNDATIONS

The present state of your life now depends on what has been in your foundation. For example, if you have been through to college, finished and yet you have not been about to secure a job for two to three years, the root cause of this comes from your foundation. Some of the destructive forces of our good foundations are;

  1. Idolatry – Worship of idols. E.g. Ahab in 1kings 16:33.
  2. Curses and wicked practices, e.g. shedding of innocent blood through murder.
  3. Festivals to honor idols.
  4. Evil dedications.
  5. All satanic activities done in ones life, or community, family or nation.
  6. Immorality
  7. Bloodshed

The fruits of a tree will depend on how fertile the soil is and how deep the roots are. This is also the same with our lives. The deeper the destructive roots, the more Ungodly we become. Such foundations stop us from doing exploits for God (Dan11:32, Judges 6:25).

2.0 BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF FOUNDATIONS

2.1 Wrong Foundations

  1. Jeroboam in 1 Kings 12:26 (ff)  practiced idolatry. This affected the children of Israel for 424 years before David came up to build an altar to the Lord God.
  2. Reuben was cursed by his father and denied inheritance in Gen 49:4

 2.2 Good Foundations

  1. Timothy was brought up in a Godly way by his grandmother Loice and Eunice his mother. This gave him a good foundation as he was taught the word of God when he was young and this resulted in him being a pastor at 17 years (2 Tim.1:5)

3.0 Our Mandate in laying foundations: As Christians, God has charged us in Isaiah 58:12 to lay foundations for many generations. This means that those who come after us will be affected by what we do now in our lives. 1 Corinthians 3:11 talks about the material we use to build our foundations. For instance, if you come from a polygamous home, the main material that will be used in building the foundations is immorality.

FOUNDATIONS’ EFFECT ON MANKIND – PART I

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1.0 BIBLICAL REFERENCES: (Psalms 11:3, Psalms 82:, Psalms 106:6-7)

2.0 DEFINITION: Foundations are origins; the beginning or the essence (Reason) for existence and objective. It is something on which other things are built for example e.g. buildings have foundation, families, marriage, the church and nation are all grounded on some basic elements.

Foundation determines how far one goes on in life, the strength of a building, family church etc. and the present state in which one is as a result of their foundation. Foundation is hidden but its effect is felt, either in the strength of a building or success of a life. Those who laid the foundation are not there, hence we can only know what happened through prayer and research. The actions of the fore fathers affect present generation directly and hence it is important for one to find out about the foundations their forefathers laid in order to correct them.

3.0 BASIC FACTS ON FOUNDATIONS:

  1. Foundations affect generations negatively or positively depending on whether they were good or faulty.
  2. No one can run away from their foundations.
  3. One has to stand and face the reality of their foundations in order to be delivered, otherwise their life is directly affected.
  4. Pray and fast a lot in order to receive revelations of your foundations.
  5. Foundations can be easily destroyed but very difficult to build.
  6. Foundations have to do with one’s ancestry, i.e. father, mother, marriage, birth (before, naming and rituals done. e.g. Jesus genealogy in Matthew
  7. Everything in ones foundation affect their life directly, .e.g.  Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9 -10.Foundations begin before birth.

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