Look out! Our Salvation is close by

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11-12.

Ladies and gentlemen, many things are happening in our world today that are very shocking for the ear to hear and mind to understand.

As prophetic generation, we are being prepared to witness the final warfare of the Church against the Kingdom of darkness before we are called home. Until then, cheer up. Your best days are round the corner.

As God’s people, what we are seeing is disheartening truly.

Wickedness, disappointments and betrayals are daily occurrence. Many have turned so cold and loveless for God and even in their relationship it is shocking. But hold on, God is still on the throne and He is on your case for good.
The wickedness found in the world is peculiar to the world as we all know but when we now have to deal with the same in the church! That is where the challenge is for us all. The word of God tells us from the book of Prophet Jeremiah that “For among My people are found wicked men; they lie in wait as one who sets snares, they set traps; they catch men.

As a cage is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become great and grown rich….An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so, but what will you do in the end?” Jeremiah 5:26-31.

We have become a generation that seek after prophetic but cannot seek the Lord who gave the gift. We have become a generation that promote technology above relationship with human being in the Church. The caring aspect of the ministry of Jesus is nearly gone out of the window and some of us love the noise of the technology during worship, we love the laptop on the pulpit and microphone in the ear like a pilot ready to take off BUT after the whole show is gone, what happens to your spirituality?

Are you strong to resist lust and minute temptation of the week? Are you a better husband to your wife or you go back home to still treat your wife or husband as a vessel to be abused or even worse your children who refused to follow Jesus because they cannot see Him at home since you have been going to Church?

Beloved, warfare is real! You and I cannot afford to sit at ease in Zion or say peace, peace when every wind that is blowing is against our comfort in Zion.

It is time for us to recognise the time and season and live responsibly, with sense of urgency knowing that the time is short and our redemption is nearer than when we first believed.

Recommended weapons for victory in this hour:

· Watch and pray.

Jesus in His message to His disciples told them to watch and pray. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” Matthew 26:41.

No soldiers go to battle to sleep. Even in the time of peace, a soldier is a soldier.

God expected you and I to be like the Gideon’s army who drank water by lapping like a dog in Judges 7:5-7. Be watchful.

To watch is to be on the lookout, be discerning and not be caught unaware by the enemy. This is a picture of a security guard responsible for guarding a house or a valuable site.

This is a serious statement as many of us claim to pray but we never watch. You cannot have one without the other. To say you will only pray and not bother to watch is to make the statement of Jesus irrelevant.

To say you will only pray and have nothing to watch is to live irresponsibly, not caring for your loved ones and the treasures that God gave you which by the way you will be held accountable for on the day of judgement is a sin.

To watch and not pray is to solely depend on your strength to deliver you in time of trouble. Prayer is communicating with God for His counsel to be given on how to deal with the situation.

Prayer is communicating with God and getting answers. You cannot know God’s purpose for the day until you talk to Him.

There are different types of prayer and different way of communicating to God. Whichever way or type, we are commanded to pray as believers.

Prayer that is backed with action of fasting and giving [like Cornelius,] and based on the word of God not traditions of men, goes a long way. Matthew 17:21, Acts 10:2

Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus that “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints and for me that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.”Ephesians 6:18-19.

What am I to watch for?

· Watch for the little foxes. “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoils the vines, for our vines have tender grapes” Songs of Solomon 2:15.

Foxes are corrupt elements within the Body of Christ.

The influence of mixed multitude that often gives canal counsel against the perfect will of God.

Those with Balaam counsel that made us believe that sexual sin before marriage is not bad as long as you are doing it with your girl friend whom you will marry at the end of the day. What we forget is that what Balaam could not do through his curses, he made Israel to do at Acacia Grove. Numbers 25:1-3.

· Watch for habits that displeased the Lord and habits that make your body to be the abode of all kind of diseases and afflictions. It is in the Western world that you see “believers” smoke immediately after “powerful prayer session”

· Watch the enemies of your vision so that you will not become victim of their schemes to hinder the work. The Sanballats and the Tobiahites.
Nehemiah 4:1-3, chapter 6.

The warfare of today did not just start today. We were born into it both naturally and spiritually. The intensity of it and the moral decay of today makes it more fervent but it is the same weapon used by our fathers of faith of old, used today that gives us victory!

Remember, the Bible tells us that “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4

· Submission.

The word submission is a word used for ages to abuse many in the society especially women.

Submission is powerful if understood by revelation.
It means to surrender yourself to what you see to be above you in purpose or authority.

“Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief for that would be unprofitable for you” Hebrew 13:17.

God’s blessing rest on those who submit. “The Angel of the Lord said to her, “return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand. Then the Angel of the Lord said to her, “I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude” Genesis 16:9-10.

James in his epistle wrote “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7.

You cannot resist the devil if you are not in submission to God. Your deliverance comes through submission to:
1: God’s spoken and written word
2: God’s delegated authority.  2 Chronicles 20:20.

The danger we face in this age of the Church is by allowing the enemy to make us look at the weakness of our Leaders to determine our levelof submission to their authority.

No one is perfect and is used by God.
No one is ever qualified also. He qualified the called and chosen. John 15:16, Isaiah 61:1[Amplified Version]

We are not to follow sinful and unrepentant leader for how can the blind lead the blind? Both of you will fall into the ditch.

Your leader is chosen by God for equipping you for the work of your ministry and if you begrudge your Leader, you cannot learn from him or her.

These are the list of the people you cannot learn from.
1: A person you cannot submit to his or her authority.
2: A person you resented.
3: A person you envy
4: A person you find fault with all the time
5: A person you will not forgive.

· Thanksgiving & Praise.

Your appreciation of the goodness of the Lord over you and your household takes you past His gate.

When you approach His gate, you are to thank Him for the Blood of Jesus that made it possible for you to even come to the gate.

Remember, we the Gentiles were lost in sin and had no hope of knowing the true God until the price of Redemption for humanity was paid in full at Calvary.
“I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart and His courts with Praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4

One of the sign of this age is that men will be unthankful. 2 Timothy 3:1-2
Everyone believes that someone owe them something so why should they appreciate the good gesture done for them. Beloved no one owes you a dime!

Even God owes you nothing. He paid the ransom for your soul through the death of His Son at Calvary. As a matter of fact you owe God a debt you can never pay fully. All you just have to do is to open your mouth every second, minute, and the time is endless to thank Him for saving you.

Offer thanksgiving to God.

When you praise God, you declare His greatness. God inhabit the praise of His people.

When praises goes up, blessings come down.

Declare the praises of Him who was, and is and is to come.

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