MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
TOPIC:BUT HE REFUSED (1)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. – Psalm 1:1
There are many offers that come to children of God to ensnare them and put them in bondage. Such offers are meant to be rejected though they may appear juicy. Some of those offers may be presented where you work or live as a free gift and a lifetime opportunity. My friend, you are expected to reject them because they are scotched egg with life scorpion in it. Once you gullibly accept it and bit it, the scorpion will sting your mouth and inject its deadly venom. I believe you know what will be the result.
Joseph, as a house help in Potiphar’s house, was given deadly offer that could destroy the plan of God for his life by his master’s wife. Mrs. Potiphar wanted Joseph to lie with her; that is, to commit sexual immorality with her. Joseph refused the offer. Do you think it was easy for Joseph to say ‘No’ to his master’s most beautiful wife’s offer? Child of God, in sincerity, it was not easy. It took the grace of God and a lot of self-discipline on the part of Joseph, the young house help. The Bible talks about Daniel who purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. It was because he understood the trick of the devil and the principle of God. Many people like Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, will never miss such opportunity of free gift without realizing the danger attached to it.
In the world today, there are different attractive offers, proposals, advances and invitations from unbelievers, old and young alike into drug pushing, vandalism, initiation to secret societies, sexual perversion, drinking of alcohol, hooliganism, body tattoo, internet fraud etc. A large number of our young and adult members of the society engage in some, if not in all of these because they do not know how to refuse or reject the offers the way young Joseph did. Why? They lack what would make them to say No: The fear of God and self-control. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:22, ‘Flee from all appearances of evil’’ and in James 4:7’’….resist the devil and he will flee from you’’. You need the Holy Spirit in your life to teach and remind you of all things (John 14:26). For you not to fall into the error of eternal damnation, you need the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life (Galatians 5:16). You also need to abide in Christ and let Christ abide in you so as to be able to live a victorious Christian life (John 15:4-5).
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
The eagle of your destiny shall soar to the mountaintop fulfilment.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
TOPIC:YOUR SECRETS: YOUR DISCRETION
A prudent man concealth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. – Proverbs 12:23
In life, there are certain pieces of information that should remain close to our chest or treated as confidential and there are others that can be shared. Our failure to differentiate between the two and keep sensitive matters out of public knowledge may result in serious damage to our lives. In today’s world, everything and everyone feeds and lives on information. Despite this, there are still certain items of information we consider unfit for public knowledge. Likewise, there are items of information or revelation about our lives that should remain a secret.
In our Fire Scripture, Samuel knew Saul was to be substituted and the heir apparent was to be ordained, but he was also conscious of the danger attached if King Saul should know about it. God gave him sound counsel and he told no one about the plans of God. Jesse and his children as well as David (the anointed) knew nothing about the real intention of the sacrifice. Joseph revealed his vision and dreams to his brethren, but only the race of God made sure it wasn’t truncated (Genesis 37:19-20). Samson’s parents had known the secret of Samson’s strength since birth, yet they told no one (Judges 13:5). The day Delilah heard of Samson’s secret from Samson himself, she told Samson’s enemies and brought him into destruction (Judges 16:17, 18).
Everyone qualifies for your love. However, not all the people you love qualify to know the secrets of your life! Because, some may not be able to handle it, while others cannot wait to use your secret for personal gain! The adversary that wants to destroy you, oftentimes, does not come with a sword but with a smile!
Also, it’s important to learn to keep other people’s secrets. This is about trust. It’s also important because of what may be at stake. So it’s hue responsibility to ensure that people around you can confide in you. It’s a hallmark of reliability that must be seen in the life of a believer. Nothing can be more dangerous and painful than to share your secrets or ideas with friends who will let you down! I pray the Lord will expose all unfriendly friends and point you to the warning signals about them, in Jesus name.
Everyone qualifies for your love, but not all the people you love qualify to know the secrets of your life!
Every unfriendly friend you rely upon for comfort shall be exposed.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
John 12: 20 – 26: “And there were certain Greeks among them, that came up to worship at the feast. The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. And Jesus answered them saying, the hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
Certain Greeks came to an annual religious feast in Jerusalem. They saw men there practicing religion. They looked at everything, followed all the rituals and attended all the meetings, but were careful enough to note that in all these ceremonies, something was missing. They were still empty. But there was somebody in town who had the real thing so, they began to ask: “Sir, we would see Jesus.” You may ask what their motive was. Maybe it was curiosity or that they wanted to get something out of Jesus or they wanted to solve a problem or they just desired to know this man that people were talking about or they decided to encounter the truth in reality.
Having an encounter with the Lord or the experience of seeing Jesus is fundamental to genuine Christian experience. The reason some people backslide or are not able to appreciate their salvation is due to lack of this encounter. Sometimes people backslide because they have never seen the Man of Galilee. The day God opens your spiritual eyes and you see Him hanging on the cross, with blood dripping down, and suffering, the reality will dawn on you and all other things will be insignificant. The experience of seeing Jesus is so fundamental to the Christian faith.
TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THE CAMP OF GOD
In the camp of the Lord, you can see two types of people.
Those who have not met the Lord lose their temper easily. For example, when they go somewhere and somebody takes up their seat, they would shout, “Get up from there, do you know when I arrived here. Get away.” They know how to pray fire prayer but they have not met the Lord. This is a tragedy. A time will come when all those proclaiming to be Christians shall be distributed into two clear camps. The first group is the group of the goats and the second group is the group of the sheep. The Bible says that eventually, the goats would be cast away into the lake of fire. This is because they did not really encounter the Lord. But if you want to encounter the Lord in reality, there is an essential condition that regulates such an encounter and we can find that in the response of Jesus to the request, “Sir, we would see Jesus,” in John 12: 24. It says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” Herein lies the spiritual law that regulates God’s dealings with men for God is a God of law. This has nothing to do with your post or qualification. It has nothing to do with being a pastor or having attended Bible colleges and having studied theology.
Several years ago, a man who had a Ph.D in Bible Knowledge was invited to a Christian meeting somewhere in Ebute-Metta, Lagos. The meeting was filled with illiterates, carpenters and bricklayers and market men and women. He was supposed to give them a lecture on knowing God. He started by telling them the meaning of the phrase ‘to know.’ He spent about fifteen minutes on that and then went further to explain “God” for another fifteen minutes. After this, he went into the lecture proper and gave a beautiful lecture. But when he finished, one carpenter who did not even attend any school said, “Excuse me sir, I have a question for you. Have you met Jesus yourself? Can you claim that you have experienced Him?” The Ph.D teacher did not understand what the man was asking him so, he replied, “I am sorry, I don’t have an answer to that question.” The carpenter now sat him down and gave him a lecture on practical Christianity. The lecturer was trying to teach others about the man he did not know. God is a God of law and He works by divine principles. When you discover these principles and comply with them, it will bring you into line with God’s will.
God Himself has a pattern. Everything in heaven is well patterned. If God gives you a little opportunity of seeing heavenly organization, you will not want to stay on earth anymore. There is nothing on earth that is as beautiful and orderly as in heaven. This was why God told Moses, “And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount” (Exodus 25: 40). This means that if Moses had decided not to follow the pattern, nothing would have happened.
People write to me suggesting that the MFM should use drums, and allow people to dress the way they like even if it means dressing indecently so that more people can come. I always tell them that it was not the pattern shown to me and that I prefer to stick to the divine pattern given by God. Listening to such proposals would be tantamount to disobedience. If you want to build a house and you look around and see one that you really like and want to fashion yours after it, that would become your model. So, the only way that we are ever going to see Jesus here and in the world to come is by dying to self. John 24: 12 says, “Except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and die, it abideth alone. But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
In Exodus 33, we read about an interesting encounter. Moses knew that the Israelites were a very stubborn and proud people. He was meant to take them to the Promised land. He knew what he had faced with Pharaoh and knew that he could not go by his own strength. He realized the impossibility of the task unless God Himself went with him. Verses 13 – 15: “Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he (Moses) said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Verses 18 – 19: “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.” There is an ancient powerful hymn by one man called Wesley which says, “To thee O Lord of love, I bow and I prostrate at your feet. By faith, I am seeing you passing now, but now I ask for more. A glimpse of you may not suffice but I want your presence. I cannot see your face and live. Then let me see your face and die.” This song means that his longing to see Jesus was more important than life itself. Herein then lies the great truth. No man can see the face of the Lord unless he is prepared to fall into the ground like a corn of wheat and die.
Prophet Isaiah saw God and his life was never the same. But before then, he had unclean lips (Isaiah 6). When he saw the Lord, he became what is known as the messianic prophet. Some people also call him the evangelist of the Old Testament because in the book of Isaiah, you see the gospel clearly preached and also the prophecies about the Lord Jesus Christ. Twice in Isaiah chapter six, he said, “I saw the Lord.” Having seen the Lord, then he saw himself. And when he saw the Lord, he said, “I am undone, I am a man of unclean lips. I live in the midst of people with unclean lips.” He knew who he was. And immediately he identified his problem, the Lord said, “Yes, now you are ready. You seraphim, take a coal of fire and drop it on his dirty tongue and purge his sins out.” This was foretelling the moment when the Holy Spirit would take coals from the altar of Calvary and take away our sins. When this happened to Isaiah, another request went forth: “Who shall I send, who will go for us. Then he said, Here I am, send me.” So, the only man that is qualified to go is the man who had died; the man who had seen Jesus. This is very important.
The reason some people are busy criticizing others instead of looking at themselves, is probably because they have not seen the Lord. The big truth is that you really cannot see yourself clearly until you have seen the Lord. Have you encountered the Almighty God? Have you really encountered the “I am?” If you have encountered Him, your life would have been reversed. Some of the things that are so important to others will lose their significance in your sight. All you would be interested in is just serving the Lord at all cost. Even if you have to be sweeping the floor, it does not matter, you still have to please the master. Saul of Tarsus was a sincere man but he was sincerely wrong. He was educated theologically and doctrinally sound but he had one serious sickness- he had never met the Lord. Sir, we would see Jesus.
Experiencing or encountering the Lord is different from going to church. A person could sit in the church until he wears his bottom out on the seat and not meet the Lord. He could meet people, have church post, be extravagant and flamboyant but never really met the Lord. He cannot point to an experience where he had encountered the Master.
Once you have seen the Lord, no problem will stand before you. No problem can stay where Jesus is. When you have seen the Lord, who is a witch that can stand before you. When you have seen the Lord, spirit husband, spirit wife or familiar spirit cannot withstand you. What is sickness when the Lord is standing? Something happened to Paul on his way to Damascus. He saw Jesus and died. So he who was pursuing Christians now began to preach the same gospel that he wanted to terminate. Therefore, the road to Damascus became the personal Calvary of Paul.
What is your own personal Calvary? When did you die? Is Jesus living in you now? Has your anger died? Has your bitterness died? Has your unforgiving spirit died? Where and when is your own Calvary? When did the old pass away in your life? When did your Saul die to give birth to Paul? When Paul became a new man, he preached the gospel. Paul saw Jesus and died. No wonder a songwriter says, “It is no longer I that liveth but Christ that liveth in me.” John the apostle, the writer of the book of Revelation saw Jesus and his life was never the same. You can observe that right from the first chapter of the book.
Sometime ago, we had a powerful meeting, the kind of meeting which we attended with three days dry fasting. The meeting was for people who desired spiritual gifts. Such meetings were usually started with a prayer point like: “O Lord, give me the spirit of prophecy.” On that very day, we prayed so hard that most people who attended that meeting began to prophesy. The Lord opened the eyes of one sister for the first time. I found that occasionally, the sister would look at the back and quickly turn her face again to the front. Apparently, she was seeing something. When we closed the service, she came to me and said, “Excuse me sir, immediately we started prayer, one giant man in a white garment was standing at our back with his face shining like fire.” I knew immediately that she had seen the angel of the living God. As this same sister was going home, she decided to visit one of her friends who happened to be her prayer partner. When she got there, her friend served her some food, which she rejected since she wanted to break her fast at home. She looked into the eyes of her friend and discovered that there was no black pupil inside them. Everything was white. She was very surprised because that was somebody she had been praying with for six years. When God opened her eyes, she then discovered that she had been praying with her enemies.
There is no point going about with blind eyes now. There is no need for you to employ a secretary who will be putting blood inside your tea and you are drinking it and thanking God for the tea girl. Stephen in Acts 7: 54- 60 said, “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge, and when he had said this, he fell asleep.” They stoned him to death, but their purposes were defeated, just like in Calvary; instead of destroying the testimony of Jesus, those who crucified Him just magnified it.
Anyone persecuting a Christian is only asking for an explosion. In his death, Stephen cried out like Jesus, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” So, Stephen became a corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died. You really have to pray harder now because men are doing very strange things. A sister told me that a herbalist asked her to do a ritual. He asked her to put a standard coffin inside a Mercedes Benz V-boot car and drive it right into the sea. I asked her what that action would bring out and she said it would bring breakthroughs. I asked her if she did it and she said yes. Wicked men are waxing stronger and stronger and they are becoming very clever in their operations. There is evil wisdom in operation all over the place. It is time for deliverance ministers to be able to look straight into a satanic agent’s eyes and say, “Oga, that thing that you tried last time, don’t try it again. If you do, you will die.” The satanic agent will know that an authority is talking and would apologize.
Why is it that many people who desire to encounter Jesus do not see him?
Why is it that some people cry out loud and it seems as if Jesus is far. Let us consider some of the reasons for this:
Some thoughts are good and some are bad. Sometimes we cannot prevent certain thoughts from making an entrance to the stage of our minds but we have the power to either make them play on or throw them off the stage. So the first step in committing sin that will block the eyes of someone from seeing Jesus is to indulge in the thoughts that are not pleasing to God. The evil thoughts that do not please the Lord start from the heart. The act of sinning itself starts from the mind. So once you are committing sin in your thought life it is as simple as committing it physically. The Bible says that if you lust after a woman in your heart, there is no difference between you and a person who commits it physically. The state of our minds may be hidden to others but it is not hidden to God. We indulge in so many evil thoughts that we ourselves would not even allow people to know about. It is also on this stage of our mind that battles that will determine our destiny are fought. The powers of darkness like this stage of our minds a lot.
A person who wears a mask becomes a stranger even to himself. It is possible to see somebody in the church holding a pen and a book in his hands and yet he is sleeping and you will not know. He is wearing a mask. Such a person will say amen in the wrong places. A certain man was sleeping as a preacher was preaching. Suddenly, the preacher said anyone that wanted to go to hell fire should stand up, this man who was sleeping, woke up and stood up. He found that he was the only one standing up. Everybody was surprised. He was sleeping when the major part of the sentence was made. He only heard stand up and he stood up. Mask wearers claim to be super spiritual when they are nothing.
The Lord likes people such as the blind man in John chapter nine whom He healed. Because he was blind, he did not even know the man who healed him. When Jesus met him in the temple and asked him saying, “Believeth you the Son of man?” He said, “Who is he Lord, that I may believe him?” He did not know and he was quite ready to admit. When he was told that the man who opened his eyes was a sinner, he said, “I know that God heareth not sinners.” They shouted at him to shut up and asked if he now wanted to teach them the Bible. “This man is wrong; why should He heal you on the Sabbath day?” they said. The man who was healed then said, “It is wonderful that a sinner could open blind eyes,” and they threw him out.
1. O Lord, I want to experience you, in the name of Jesus.
2. O Lord, I want to see you, I want to know you and I want to experience you, in the name of Jesus.
3. Anything hindering me from seeing the Lord, fall down and die, in Jesus’ name.
4. I refuse to live in darkness, in the name of Jesus.
5. I reject spiritual blindness and spiritual deafness, in the name of Jesus.
6. Let every spiritual cataract clear away from my eyes, in the name of Jesus.
7. Father Lord, I want to see you, in the name of Jesus.
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Beloved, I would like you to read this message carefully and prayerfully because it concerns everybody. It is entitled, “Deliverance of the brain.” In Genesis 3:15, we see one of the most profound verses in the scriptures. It says, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
No matter how hard you try, the devil can never be your friend. The enemy can never be friendly with you because of this great statement in the word of God: “It shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel.” It refers to some important parts of the body. You can bruise a person’s heel and the person will still be alive but when you bruise the head, and it is completely broken, the person will be finished. I would like you to take this scripture in Genesis 3:15 to heart.
Let us look at another scripture in 2 Samuel 1:16: “And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord’s anointed.” Again we see the head being referred to here. The book of Psalm 7:16 says, “His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.” It says, “His mischief shall return upon his own head.” And the popular Psalm 23:5 says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.” It is the head that was anointed to make the cup to run over. The book of Leviticus 19:26 says, “Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantments, nor observe times.” There is a reason for this commandment. The head is the symbol of your destiny. It is an important part of the body and the most important part actually. A person may lack legs and still be alive. A person may lack two hands and still be alive. I have seen a person who did not have legs and was still living. It is possible for a person not to have two legs and two hands and still be alive. It is even possible for a person to lack one internal organ or the other and still remain alive. I know a sister whose internal organs were practically removed due to cancer but she was still talking. But it is not possible to see a headless person that is alive. It is the head that houses the skull, eyes, nose, ears, mouth and brain. The brain is the coordinating center of the whole body. This is why it has not been possible in medicine to transfer the brain of somebody to another body, because taking the brain of one person to another is like changing the person completely. The human brain is so powerful that it is more superior to the computer. Although every animal has some form of brain, the human brain is completely unique. It gives us the power to speak, think, complain, imagine, control our body temperature, control our blood pressure, etc. It is the brain that enables you to think, dream and reason. This is why in deliverance, it is understood that once the spirit of death enters the brain, it becomes a very serious matter.
Sometime ago, in a town called Akure during a night crusade, there was a word of knowledge that there was somebody there whose brain was caged, that once the person got home, he should look under his bed and he would know why his brain was failing him. There was a certain brilliant student in that crusade. He was always the best in all his class work. But during examinations, he would drop his pen and sleep off only to wake up after the examination. However, the school kept promoting him because the teachers could not understand why the person who came tops in all class work cannot take examinations. So, that night when the boy got home, he looked under his bed not expecting to see anything actually, but as he did, he saw an ancient small pot. He brought it out and inside the pot was something that looked like a human brain dipped inside palm oil. What happened was that any time he had exams to write, the oil would congeal and he would sleep off in the exam hall. After the exams, the oil would melt and he would become alert and brilliant again. This happened live; the pot was brought to the crusade. Two things puzzled me:
3.The men of God there anointed the pot, broke it into pieces and set it ablaze. All of a sudden, the boy fell flat on his face and as from that day, sleeping during examination stopped permanently. He was totally delivered.
Since the brain is responsible for the ability to function and to use one’s organs correctly, the enemy attacks it seriously.
Many years ago, we held a crusade that was so serious that some people wanted to run away so we held them down and ensured that they prayed the prayers before going home. There was also a man that wanted to run away but we held him and insisted that he prayed. That was in those days, you cannot hold anybody down now. As the prayer was going on he began to confess to being a wizard. And he said that he had converted the brain of all the children in his family to sawdust, so he was the only one in that family that passed his exams while all other persons in the family failed. We asked him why he did that and he said their daddy always gave three pieces of meat to the person who did well. So because of meat, he took away the brains of these people. He told us that the brains could be restored through prayers.
The brain is responsible for our intelligence, memory power, speech, taste, smell, sight, and it also maintains our balance. The reason why you are able to walk straight is because your brain is still okay.
There are symptoms by which you can recognize that the brain is under attack. Beloved, the blunt truth is that there are many mad people walking about in the street everyday. It is not only those who are in psychiatric hospitals that are mad. A lot of people who are walking about are mad because the enemy has attacked their brains.
SYMPTOMS OF A BRAIN UNDER ATTACK
All these are signs of a brain under attack. There is need to cry to the Lord for deliverance. The enemy knows that when a person’s brain is captured, his destiny changes forever. You need to understand that if you change your brain, you will change your life. If something positive happens to your brain to upgrade it, your life will be completely changed. Excessive day dreaming, restlessness, always seeking for conflict, fight, or quarrels are signs that a brain is sick. Talkativeness and difficulty awaiting your turn for something are signs that the brain is under attack. Addiction to alcohol, drinks, tobacco, sleep and food is a sign of an attack on the brain. When a person has intensive dislike for change, it is a sign that the brain is under attack. Misfired aggression, fighting the wrong battle, and fighting the wrong persons are signs that the brain is under attack.
It is a sign of brain disorder when a person wants to marry a man or woman whose language he or she does not understand. It is madness.
Pride and arrogance are signs of a sick brain, and also oversensitivity to insults. What do you have that God did not give to you? So who are you really that you cannot be insulted? Was Jesus not insulted? They spat on His face and slapped Him.
He had the power to command them to be paralysed and it would be so but instead He said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Heavy dosage of coffee, chocolate, and candies is madness. In fact, the brain of anyone who smokes can never be the same again. If you want your brain to be 100 per cent normal, you must not smoke or drink. If you always have the feeling that everybody hates you, it is a sign that your brain is under attack. I want you to understand that there is a department in the demonic world where their job is to specifically target the head; the brain of man.
If your brain is in captivity or under oppression, you cannot become what God wants you to be although you know and can see it. When your brain is demonized, the evil spirit inside it will confuse you and make sure you do the wrong things always. When your brain is cursed or under a spell or bewitched and you are not delivered, you will be using your brain wrongly, and you could also be intelligent in an evil way. When the brain is under an evil covenant, the affected person will remain at one level. This is why sometimes after going through deliverance, you see candidates having a strong desire to improve themselves and to educate themselves further. It shows that something has been cleared away from their brains. Unfortunately, some people have agreed with the enemy that they cannot go beyond where they are now. When there is an evil seed inside the brain, and it is not uprooted, the affected person will experience dullness, he will sleep off anytime he wants to read or do any mental work. He will not be able to memorize scriptures. When there is a satanic embargo on somebody’s brain, the person cannot go anywhere. This is the reason the Bible says, “Do not swear by your head” (Matthew 5:36). Swearing by your head means you are swearing by your brain too.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Monday, 23 July 2018
TOPIC: CAIN’S OFFERING
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. – Genesis 4:7
The story of Cain and his brother, Abel, is familiar to most believers. One of the most intriguing and underlying truth behind the reason for God to honour the sacrifice of one and reject the other can be found by carefully comparing our Fire Scripture with the memory verse. There is one word that is common to them: ‘acceptable’’. Sadly, the reason Cain killed his brother (Abel) was because God accepted Abel and his offering while He rejected Cain and his offering.
The Bible never said the offering of Cain was bad, but that it wasn’t acceptable. Romans 12:2 points to three things which are 1)Good 2)Acceptable 3) Perfect will of God. They represent the scale God uses to weigh our service and sacrifices in His Kingdom. However, God is expecting our service and sacrifices to at least weigh acceptably on His scale of measurement. Romans 12:1 says, that our sacrifices that are acceptable to God is our reasonable service, confirming what the minimum requirement is for all believers seeking approval from God. Let us use coming for church service to illustrate this. The singular act of coming to church is a good thing. However, coming to church at the right time and participating accordingly is more acceptable than just strolling into the church when the sermon is going on. There is yet another level, which is getting to church long before the commencement of service, praying for all the ministers, preparing your mind to meet the Lord and participating accordingly during service. This represents the level expected of us by God. Unfortunately, many take the things of God without the seriousness and reverence that they deserve.
I am of the opinion that the Lord is speaking to a user of this devotion that you should stop giving Him Cain’s offering. Start serving God with all seriousness, reverence and total dedication that He deserves. Know that God wants your best in all that you give Him (time, talent, money, etc). When you begin to do this, great doors will be opened, God will respect you and your sacrifice, and when you speak heaven will listen. I pray that the grace to serve God in an acceptable manner will fll on you today, in Jesus name.
God cannot be served as you like, but diligently by His rules.
You shall not be a misfired arrow.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
“ Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and they staff, they comfort me.”
Deep hollow between mountains; a low land flanked on both sides by high lands.
It always has deep waters, streams, and wells flowing through. Shepherds love valleys because of the green grass growing there that can be good food for their flocks. The fact that it is flanked by mountains on both sides shades if from direct sunlight; covered by the shadow of the mountains. The height of the mountains could impose darkness on the valley; at day time and the prevailing temperature will be very cool. As cool and good as the valley, it is a place where terrible animals are found. Animals like bears, wolves serpents, etc. because they like the atmosphere of the valley. It could be in a valley that David fought with bears and lions and he won because the Lord was with him.
In the valley, there could be thunderstorms and flood and rocking’s falling from the mountains. As cool as the valley is, it could be very dangerous.
“Though I walk trough the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”
A person could be passing through the valley of sickness, financial loss, frustration, marital turbulence and disgrace, dishonour and the most dangerous one is the valley of the shadow of death.
A figure produced from the blockage of light by another figure. It is not the real thing, it is a representation of it. The shadow of a dog cannot bite because it is not the real animal. The shadow of a serpent cannot bite. The shadow o f a gun cannot kill. No matter how dark a shadow could be, it reminds one of the presence of light because it is when light is shielded, that a shadow is produced.
Thanks to the lord for the preservation of your life. Many of the places you have passed through, are valleys of the shadow of death. You passed through those places because the Lord is with you.
VICTORY IN THE VALLEY
INHABITANTS OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH
There are different creatures in the valley. The first and most prominent which must be dealt with, is fear.
1) Fear: Men run away from dangerous animals, electricity, accidents etc, because they fear death. People go about looking for charms from herbalists because they fear death.
People carry out sacrifices and join cults and lodges because of the fear of failure and death.
When the fear of death grips you, you die before your time. When the fear of poverty grips you, you die before your time. It is a tragedy for a poor man to refer to you as a poor man.
There was a man who said “NO” to poverty. He was provoked to rebel against the spirit of poverty because, one day, someone came to look for him at the school and a student helped them out. They went to the church and the student found the teacher’s sandals amongst others at the entrance of the church. It was a tattered pair of sandals, which the teacher had always worn and was identified with. He was surprised that they knew where he was. When he asked them, the boy said he saw his sandals and recognized them. It was that day that the teacher started war against the spirit of poverty.
When fear gets hold of a person, it opens the door to other demons. Fear is something that gets hold of people and no one else can deliver them from it except the Lord, through prayers and the word of God. Fear distracts people from the Lord, on whom they should focus. If it were said that the lord Jesus would appear in the room where you are and that He would be there for just one second, your focus would be on the door; so that you will not miss Him. Suddenly, you hear someone shout; “snake, snake” your attention will be shifted from the door to the direction of the cry. This is fear. However some people will be undaunted; because they know what it means for them to see Jesus at the moment He arrives they will not shake, even though the snake is creeping all over them.
Fear paralyses faith. David says; “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”
There is a saying that “thousands die before their death”.
Fear buries spiritual growth. It announces your location to destructive agents. It is a terrible thing and most common demon in the world.
One day at the Chemistry laboratory when I was a student. We were asked to carry out some experiments but a student decided to fabricate an explosive, which was used during the civil war. Suddenly, there was an exposition and the supervisor, a professor, dived out the laboratory through the window. He fell flat on the ground and almost broke his legs. When asked why he ran away without knowing what it was, he told us that it was safer that way because if it were a dangerous thing, he would have escaped death. This is a clear demonstration of fear.
I was travelling one day in a commercial vehicle and it ran off the road. Thank God, nothing happened and the journey continued. Suddenly we saw smoke oozing out of the engine and the driver stopped the vehicle. Then, people started screaming and jumping out through the windows, in the process, many got themselves seriously wounded and some almost ran into the way of other vehicles passing. The real thing that happened could not have killed but people almost got killed in the process of escape because of the fear of death.
Is there fear in your life? Some people fear heights, some fear marriage. Many lives are ruined by fear. If you want to obtain victory in the valley of the shadow of death, fear must get out of your life.
Call your name and ask yourself what you are scared of. Command fear to get out off your life right now. Identify the area where the enemy wants to get hold of you.
The opposite of fear in English is courage or boldness, but according to the Bible, faith is the opposite of fear.
2) Sting of Death: 1Corinthians 15:54
“So, when this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass, the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory”. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? “The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law”.
Sin is the sting of death. If you play with sin, it will sting you to death. The Bible says: “ The wages of sin is death”. This means that sin pays salary and the currency in which it pays it is death.
Sin is the greatest instrument of death. When a sinner dies, he dies; but when a Christian dies, he has been called home by God; to him, death is a special sleep or rest very soon, the trumpet will sound and Christians will be taken up in rapture.
Death was already in the Garden of Eden. It was tied to a tree and Adam and Eve were warned not to eat the fruit because the day that they did, they shall die. This was the first introduction to the word “death”. It came forth because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve to God’s word. God’s pronouncement now came upon Adam; that because he had done it he shall die and return to dust, because he is dust himself.
The devil is the author of sin and he gave a share of it to Adam. Since Satan is the author of sin and sin brought death, Satan now becomes the controller of death. Although God has the power to say yes or no, Satan controls the department of death when you go to sin.
– My name is not in that department of death in the Name of Jesus.
Man through sin has given the devil ample opportunity to kill men as he likes and carts them to hell fire.
3) Sickness (the spirit of infirmity). It renders medical science powerless. It could turn an adult to a baby. This serpent of sickness crawls about in the valley of the shadow of death and manipulates all sorts of terrible things.
4) Drinkers of blood and eaters of flesh. They kill the careless and unprotected. They dig deep into the person’s background to see if there are open doors through which they can move in and also look for seats, and install themselves.
5) Spirit of family destruction. Some families die in horrible and mysterious ways. This spirit kills according to pattern or at random. Sometimes it is the male children that will be dying; sometimes, it is a chosen age group.
If you don’t know anything about spiritual warfare or sending back evil arrows to their senders or you don’t know the activities of the amputators, wasters, emptiers, and you don’t know how to plead the Blood of Jesus upon yourself and your situations, you may be heading for a premature death.
Many Christians die this way. They walk through the valley of the shadow of death in ignorance. The battle between David and the bear and the lion must have been fought in that valley. If you walk in this valley and you want to come out victorious, you must have the spirit of a fighter.
A man went fishing one day and he found out that he did not catch anything. Suddenly, a serpent came out of the river in great fury and his canoe capsized. He found himself in the bottom of the river and saw strange faces, including a dead uncle. This uncle asked him what he came to do there and he told him the story. The uncle warned him never to fish in that river anymore. This uncle went into his room and brought out fresh fish and gave to this man. He took it and cooked at home, for his family. Within 6months, they were all dead. If the man had knowledge of spiritual things, he would have known that the dead uncle living in a house under the waters, was a spirit, he would also have known that the fish he gave him was not ordinary and he would either not have taken it or would have thrown it away.
Death did not overcome Jesus. Jesus conquered the devil and took the keys of hell and death from Satan and Jesus was victorious over the devil so, believers should not be afraid of anything; even death.
I want you to ask yourself the following questions;
Know for sure that you have been caged in that valley, if your answers to these questions are in affirmative.
Beloved, if you are reading this bulletin and you had never surrendered your life to Christ, I would advise you to do so now. See yourself as a sinner and know that you cannot approach God in your sinful state. Repent of these sins, name them and ask God to forgive you. Ask him to cleanse you with the precious Blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross at Calvary for your sake.
Ask the Lord Jesus to come into your life and be your personal Lord and saviour. Submit your totality to him and promise not to go back to the world any more.
Say goodbye to the devil and sin in the name of Jesus Christ.
1.Command the spirit of fear to depart from you in the Name of Jesus
2.Mention the type of fear (death, failure, rejection, etc.) and command it to leave.
– From my father – side
– Inherited bondages break in the Name of Jesus
5 Every witchcraft attack in my dream die in the Name of Jesus
6 Holy Ghost fire; deliver me now in the Name of Jesus.
7 Every witchcraft power manipulating my destiny, die in the Name of Jesus
8 Wicked animal spirits come out of my body, in the Name of Jesus.
9 Every weapon of bewitchment in my life, break away in the Name of Jesus.
10 Your destiny quenchers, I bury you today, in the Name of Jesus.
11 Every spirit of tragedy, gather yourselves, go back to your sender
12 Every spirit of sorrow
– Untimely death
– Arrow of witchcraft
– Arrow of familiar spirits
– Marine spirits
– Arrow of sickness
– Arrow from the heavenliness
– Arrow from the forest
– Arrow from my place of birth
– Spiritual failure
– Financial loss
– Marital disturbance
… gather yourselves , go back to sender in the Name of Jesus .
14 Every poverty pursuing me from my father- side, die in the Name of Jesus.
– From my mother –side; die in the Name of Jesus.
God bless you.