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Saturday, March 31 2012

When Christ died, the court of heaven went into mourning, signified by the darkening of the sun: but when He arose, heaven and earth again put on the garments of praise and rejoicing with joy unequalled and unprecedented.

When Christ died, there was an immeasurable and incomparable earthquake, so that the earth that received Him expressed her feelings with great fear and unabated trebling. When He was restored back to the land of the living by the power of God from on high, the earth that released Him busted out with rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory in His exaltation. Job 20:15 says "He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly."

When Christ died, Heavens rejoiced that the earth might be glad. The son of man arose from the death and there was a noise and a shaking as it was in the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:7)

When Christ died and resurrected, it was and is still the joy of His friends as it was and is also the terror and confusion of His enemies.

At the birth of our Lord the risen Saviour, angels attended to Him; in His temptation angels attended to Him; in His agony angels attended to Him; upon the cross however, no angel attended to Him as He carried the sin of the world and indeed became a sin for us - 2 Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  As He resumed the glory He had before the foundation of the World, behold, the angels of God not only attends to Him but also worships Him.

In death, Christ in the grave was like the Ark in Dagon's temple; evil in serious contention with good, unrighteousness striving over righteousness and the power of hell rising viciously against the power of heaven. The Bible says the light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not comprehend it. In that very instant, the power of darkness seemed to rule temporarily but at last death bowed, submitted, surrendered to be ruled and reigned upon. Our Lord Jesus Christ prevailed, triumphed to the joy and rejoicing of many.

When Jesus died, He lay so long in the grave to show that He was dead and totally dead so that He might no longer see corruption as foretold by the prophet of old - Hosea 6:2. And in the thick of the darkness of the grave the sovereign God commanded Him who is the light of the word to shine forth out of the thick darkness.

AND GOD THE FATHER GAVE US A SEASON OF RESURRECTION, REVIVAL AND OF A LIVING HOPE; A DIVINE GIFT THAT SURPASSES ALL OTHER GIFTS - DIVINE RECONCILIATION - that is:

What the Lord does despite the worst we humans can do; when the Lord conquered death with His life. When death was defeated and mankind delivered from the pangs of death; when the acceptance of heavenly ordained sacrifice was made feasibly manifest to all and sundry through the divine seal of El-Shadai God.

He did this over many years ago when He arose from death on the third day. He does it spiritually today whenever He lifts us up out of our own deadness, and gives us a new and higher life. This is the revelation that will break the feverish human cycle of searching for life in things that are dead - regeneration through salvation with its power over sin and power to live a righteous life in the sight of God.

We can decide to look for the living among the dead if we want to, the Lord will let us try out every possibility for life. He will allow us to come to the conclusion individually that our ideas of life will not bring us the real life that we are looking for. He will allow us to try out many things i.e. money, cars, beauty, houses, and all kinds of physical pleasures to see if they will work.

Brethren, be rest assured that life comes only in the Lord. "For the Lord is your life," says Deut 30:20. We may turn away to other gods of money and pleasure, but we will not find life there.

However, if we turn to the Lord and his ways, recognizing that every good thing comes from the Lord, then, we will find real life. May His divine power of resurrection be at work in our lives, situations and circumstances in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

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Monday, March 05 2012

Joshua 1: 2-9.

 

God gave Israel both a leader to bring them into their promised possession and also taught them definite principles to ensure the desired success. Part of the principles is that we are to live, or walk, in the power and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

 

We must note that God does not bid sinners, who are dead in sins, to walk in His ways; but, He bids those of us He has given life in Christ though we were once dead in sins; to walk as Christ walked. God does not require the sinner in his spiritual paralysis to do one single work of righteousness; but having given us strength through Christ, He exhorts thus, "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." (Phil. 2: 12, 13.) God enables His people to do, and He gives the desire to perform.

 

The land referred to above belonged to Israel by divine promise. On that ground God commanded them to "Arise and possess it." The beauties of the plain of Jericho, noted for its countless flowers, the wealth of Canaan's corn-fields, olives, vineyards, and mountains out of which they should "dig brass," spread themselves before the eyes of Israel. The brooks of water, and depths that spring out of valleys and hills, were before them. Only one thing was requisite to the enjoyment of their portion they must "Arise" and possess. Arise, believer, and enter into the blessings wherewith God has blessed us in Christ.

 

Israel saw their place of blessing, but river Jordan temporarily barred them out. They obeyed the word of the Lord by going forward and allowing God to deal with the difficulty. Each of us has his own difficulties in the path to claiming our possession— I pray that help will come from above.

 

"Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you," is a deeply practical word, but mere beholding the corn-fields did not translate to eating their fruits nor gazing on the mountains to digging out their wealth. The only condition giving by the Lord for actual possession was that they should enter, and have foot-hold on the land which He had given them. The eye directs the foot, and the further the foot goes the more the eye sees.

 

All is ours in Christ; but real possession becomes the portion of those who by individual contest, step by step, have won ground. God is for us. Be strong, and of a good courage. Win in the strength God gives. Get direct from Him; shun that second-hand knowledge which never avails in the day of difficulty, nor gives strength in the hour of conflict. A wise path is a prosperous one, and the prosperous path is acting wisely on the straight line of obedience to the distinct instructions of the divine word. No deviation is lawful — "Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left."

 

Welcome to our Month of Divine Possession. My prayer is that we shall be in the Place of His will for us, receive the Power He gives to us, that we will possess our promised possession in Jesus mighty name, Amen.

 

Jesus is Lord!!!

‘Sogo Adelaja

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