Just as the Israelites covered the door post of their houses with the blood of a lamb for protection against the plague of death, cover yourselves, your family, your homes, schools, churches and your country with the blood of Jesus (Lamb of God) and with prayer. (I have listed some prayers below).
When I see the blood, I will pass over you and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you (Exodus 12:13).
God will deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence (Psalm 91:3).
I will not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday (Psalm 91:5-6).
A thousand shall fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand; but it shall not come nigh me (Psalm 91:7).
No evil will befall me, neither shall any plague come nigh my dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways (Psalm 91:10-11).
God, bless my food and water and take sickness from me (Exodus 23:25).
No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against me in judgment I shall condemn (Isaiah 54:17).
Lord, place a wall of fire, a flaming sword and a hedge of protection around me (Zechariah 2:5; Genesis 3:24; Job 1:10).
Above all things, I will prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers (3 John 2).
I will not die, but I will live to declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).
I will not be ashamed when hard times come; when famine comes, I will have enough to eat (Psalm 37:19, NET)
The Lord shall cause my enemies that rise up against me to be smitten before my face: they shall come out against me one way, and flee before me seven ways (Deuteronomy 28:7).
Jesus was wounded for my transgressions, he was bruised for my iniquities: the chastisement of my peace was upon him; and with his stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).
For God hath not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Contend with him that contend with me and save my children (Isaiah 49:25).
If any flu, cold, virus, germ, sickness or disease attaches itself to my body, it will immediately die in the name of the Jesus.
allow: to give permission; to give consent; to let happen; to let enter; to permit by neglect
People often ask, Why would God allow this to happen? But the real question is, Why did WE allow this to happen?
God has given His children power over all the power of the enemy. God has given us dominion over all the earth. It is our job to help the helpless and those in need. We are to defend those who can’t defend themselves. We are to give justice to the poor and to the orphan. It is our responsibility to pray always and continually for all people because the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:2).
God has appointed watchmen who will not keep silent day or night and who will give Him no rest. We are to be watchful and alert because there is an adversary who is looking for someone to attack and devour.
God brought things to Adam to see what he would call them. He named cattle, birds, and beasts. He even named his wife. What are you calling your marriage? What are you calling your child? What are you saying about yourself? What are you calling that situation? Are you calling it what you see or what it should be? Are you praying for your leaders (political and spiritual)? Are you praying for your country? Are you praying for your city? Are you praying for people or are you talking about them? Are you praying for children other than your own?
When bad things happen, we ask, Where is God? But God is asking, Where are you, Adam? God placed us in the garden for a purpose. We are supposed to be keeping the garden. We are supposed to be watching as well as praying. We are supposed to protect what God has given us. We are supposed to obey God and do what He tells us to do.
So, stop blaming God for what you allowed.
God will only allow what you allow.
I promise you that God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth, but he will not allow anything you don’t allow (Matthew 18:18, CEV).
[Scripture references: Luke 10:19; Genesis 3:9; Psalm 82; 1 Peter 5:8; James 5:16; Isaiah 62:2; Genesis 1: 26; Genesis 2:19-20]
And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me and to whoever I will I give it.
If you therefore will worship me, all this shall be yours.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get behind me, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord yout God, and him only shall you serve (Luke 4:5-8).
When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he tempted him with all the things in the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Yes, the word of God is full of power, but one of the most powerful words you can tell the devil is no.
In the above passage, we read that Jesus responded to the devil with scripture, but all he was saying was no.
The Israelites couldn’t enter the Promised Land until they passed the test in the wilderness. Jesus didn’t enter into public ministry until he passed the test in the wilderness.
When satan tempts you, he shows you what he will give you (pleasure, enjoyment, fun), but he never shows you the consequences of your choices (sorrow). How do you know when you’re about to enter into the thing that God promised you? Because the devil will come to you, offering to give you things to keep you from getting the things God promised you.
Say no to his lies.
Say no to his advances.
Say no to his temptations.
Just say no.
To those who have questioned why God chose them or why He wants to use them, this is your answer.
I didn’t wait until after you were born.
Before I even formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew all about you. I knew what you would do. I knew the choices (good and bad) you would make.
Before you took your first breath, I had already chosen you to be My (prophet, evangelist, son/daughter, spokesman, etc) to speak My word to the nations.
I did not make a mistake.
I chose you because I loved you and I have not changed My mind about you.
Yes, I know your past, but I also know your future.
Don’t use (fear, past mistakes, ‘I’m not good enough’, I’m not smart enough’, etc) as an excuse.
You can and you will go wherever I send you.
You can and you will say whatever I tell you to say.
You have no reason to fear for I am with you and I will defend you.
My words are in you because I have placed them there.
You will know what to say for you will be My voice.
This day I have appointed you to speak with My authority over nations and kingdoms.
My word – in your mouth – has power.
Let My word change your life so you can change the lives of others.
(Jeremiah 1:5-10, paraphrased).
I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Some years ago, I asked God, Why?
Why did YOU allow this? Why didn’t YOU stop it?
Not only did I blame God for the things that people did to me, but I blamed him for the things that I did to myself. I thought that this shouldn’t have happened and that shouldn’t have happened. I was upset and hurting.
And when I was finished speaking, God spoke.
I would never hurt you.
I was reminded of the man who was blind from birth. It would have been one thing if he had been born with sight and then one day he lost it, but he entered the world in that condition. Sounds unfair, huh? The scriptures didn’t mention his age, but he wasn’t a child anymore. He was now a man. Therefore, he had been in this state for a long time. I’m sure he probably thought that because he was born this way that he would always be that way.
He didn’t see Jesus, but Jesus saw him (probably begging). And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth (John 9:1). The disciples immediately thought that either the man did something bad or his parents did. Who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? They were looking for someone to blame because it had to have been someone’s fault.
But Jesus told his disciples that the man nor his parents sinned, but this was allowed so that the works of God and the power of God could be displayed. God wanted to show others what He can do. He wanted to show others what it looked like to be free.
I’m not telling you that I understand everything, or that I have things figured out, but I do know this. Even if it was my parents’ fault or my fault, God is still going to get the glory out of what I’ve been through. It doesn’t matter what that woman did or what that man did because there is a man called Jesus.
In the very near future, God is going to show others (through you and me) that what they thought was impossible is possible. It is possible to be free from habits, addictions, sicknesses, wrong thinking and even people that you thought you could never get free from. God’s plan for you is good and people will know His goodness by what they see Him do in you. It is going to build their faith. It is going to give them hope. Some won’t believe, but some will and they are going to ask, How did it happen? And then they will know that they can be made whole, too.
The neighbors and they who before had seen him that he was blind said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he. Others said, He is like him. But he said, I am he. Therefore, they said to him, How were your eyes opened?
He answered and said, A man called Jesus.
[Scripture reference: John 9:1-11]
I know the moment I got saved, the Holy Spirit entered me, but years later I was asking to receive the filling of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:1-4). It didn’t happen immediately, but I didn’t give up or become frustrated because I knew that God wanted to give this to me. All I had to do was ask.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13)
At that time, I didn’t understand the purpose of being filled. All I remember is that I heard a very close friend of mine pray in a heavenly language and I wanted that. What I didn’t understand was that God wanted me to do more than just speak in tongues.
My pastor started teaching about the gift of the Holy Ghost last month and when I began to compare my life with those who were filled in the bible, I realized something was wrong – not with them, but with me. I had been walking in fear for years, but those who were filled, walked in the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. What was I afraid of? Was I afraid of being ‘fully’ led or controlled by His Spirit? Did I really think I was in control of my life? (Well, I need to fire myself because apparently, I haven’t been doing a good job of managing my life).
I also noticed the repeated cycles and patterns in my life – the ‘tricks’ I kept falling for. I realized the inconsistency and unfaithfulness. I would start a thing, but never finish. I know the Lord sees that I’m trying to live right. I’m trying to do this and I’m trying not to do that and that’s good, but the thing that God wants to do in me and through me will not be done by my power or might. It will only be done by His Spirit.
I now realize that I was no different than the Israelites in the wilderness. What I’ve been trying to do for 40 years, God could have done in 11 days – by His Spirit. It shouldn’t take you 40 years to forgive someone! It shouldn’t take you 40 years to walk in your calling! (I’m just saying).
It’s not that I’m not saved. I am. It’s not that I didn’t receive the filling of the Holy Spirit. I did, but God wants to complete the ‘good work’ He started. It started with salvation, but He wants to do so much more in my life and in the life of others. He wants to anoint me with the Holy Ghost and power so that I will go about doing good and healing those oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). If I am filled with His Spirit, I will be led by His Spirit (Luke 4:1). If I am filled with His Spirit, I will walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
For years, we’ve had ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ programs and we’ve talked about walking in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. And I do believe that there are Christians who are trying to walk in these areas, but they are trying to do it without the Helper (John 14:26, NKJV). We have been trying for years to do things for God – without God. The reason why Jesus prayed to the Father to send the Holy Spirit to us is because we needed help, but we’ve been trying to live without His help. I don’t care how hard you try. You’re not going to see the fruit without the Spirit because it is the Spirit who bears the fruit – and His fruit doesn’t come and go. It remains (John 15:16, Galatians 5:22-23).
When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul, He ‘turned’ him into another man and this is what the Holy Spirit wants to do in us – change us. I believe a lot of us (including myself) want change, but either we’re afraid to change or we’re afraid to trust or both, but we’re missing out on so much. The Holy Spirit wants to teach you how to pray. He wants to guide you into all truth. He wants to give you gifts. He wants to empower you so that you may shine as lights, be blameless and be the sons/daughters of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation.
God has shown some of you what He’s going to do through visions and dreams. He has promised you things through his word and through prophecy and like Mary, you’re wondering, How shall this be? How will this happen? The same answer the angel told Mary then is the same answer for your situation now. The Holy Spirit (Luke 1:34-35).
My prayer is that we will all want change and want to be changed and may all the things you’ve been trying to do in your own strength for years be done this year – by His Spirit.
Not by power, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6).