Welcome to #KingdomManna on #InspireAfricaProject! In case you don’t know, anytime you are lamenting about satanic attack and evil manipulations you are making the devil happy. In fact, you are telling the devil that he should promote the demons that supposedly came for the mission. But if inspite of all the calamities and challenges that paid you a visit you still have the courage to sing praises to God, you will end up making the devil mad!
Am not against people who talk about the devil once in a while, but am not usually happy when someone is singing the name of the devil like a song. You can give the devil a bloody nose with ruggedity in the midst of calamities. You can wear him out. Your demeanour in the midst of pain and agony can make the kingdom of darkness to change their minds about you, and provoke supernatural intervention.
Peter demonstrate what am saying. Herod arrested brother James and waited to see if the people will react, but nothing happened. The easiest way to embolden despots and tyrants is to keep quiet. Since nobody, including the church reacted, Herod killed James. That act gave him the courage to go for brother Peter. He arrested Peter and placed him the prison. What did Peter do? Cry or lament? Never! Look at what brother Peter was doing in jail; Acts 12:4-9
“So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.”
This story is interesting. If you are bound with chains in between soldiers with different levels of gates securely shut, what will you do? Am sure you will blame God, Jesus, the Holly Spirit and everyone in the church. Or some of us will become very afraid because Herod can wake up even before the passover and slaughter you like an animals.
What did brother Peter do? He was sleeping, snoring and seeing visions! He was so asleep that when the angel came, he had to tap him repeatedly according to the original translation, yet Peter was snoring. The interesting part is, after he got up and followed the angel, he thought he was dreaming. Why? Because he was in a deep sleep in the prison!
I learned several years ago that the moment I have done everything humanly possible to deal with a particular issue according my own little strength, I will say to God, “Over to you.” Nothing can be more tragic than being jailed for a crime you never committed, yet brother Peter did not allow the situation to disturb him. Look at how Jesus made the devil mad. Mark 4: 35-39.
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”
Storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds, rain, thunder, lightening or snow. If you watched the last hurricane Matthew in the United States of America, you will have a little idea of what a storm looks like. What other sickness or life challenges can be compared with a storm? But in the midst of it, Jesus was sleeping comfortably.
Remember, they were crossing to the other side to deliver a missionary who was held down by a legion of demon. So I believe that when the devil saw it, he quickly arranged an uncomfortable situation to stop Jesus and His disciples from coming into a village called Gadara. Jesus knew the plan of the devil and decided to make him mad. He began to sleep and snore in the midst of satanically orchestrated storm to tell the kingdom of darkness that they are too tiny to disturb His peace!
Dear friend, I know you’re going through a trying time now, but be calm because every challenge or problem came to pass. Stop moving around with sadness on your face. Stop complaining to everyone because you might end up sharing the problem with a demon who will call home and tell them that their demonic plans are working. Stop lamenting and start confessing the Word of life.
When the disciples woke Jesus up He did not join them in the lamentation fellowship. He rebuked the wind and it returned back to hell immediately! Rebuke that barrenness now. Rebuke that poverty, frustration, demotion, infirmity, deafness and every challenge that is harassing you! How can you rebuke that challenge? Say it from the depth of your heart. Something like; “Thou HIV, I command you in the name of Jesus, die now! I place a curse on you in Jesus matchless name!” Friends, I have a good news for you, THE SIEGE IS OVER! Rejoice because the Prince of peace has prevailed! Welcome to the week of supernatural intervention!
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