The Hour has Come


The Hour has Come

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These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; (John 17:1 KJV)

Life is a journey; a traverse from one side to the other side. In the quest, everyone inevitably transits from what has become known or familiar into what is pending, unknown, unclear and uncertain. This is the model and stencil of life’s course.

Cross-over is a necessary event; an instance in the course of life’s traverse being inevitable by the notion to keep the motion. It is the bridge gap between where one had been and where one is going. It separates and terminates a familiar terrain for an era characterized by apprehension and anxiety of what is ahead but unknown. The end of every day rolls up to the beginning of another; what is known is past and man reels into what is presently both unknown and uncertain. Since this is the general pattern of everyday life; we must never relent to approach every end with brazen courage to venture into the new…after all what had come to pass was sometime unknown.

Time is the metric unit for Life, it is measuring streak that allocates and defines moments composed of hours, minutes and seconds. At this instance, we are at the conclusion of a certain familiar hour for a new and emerging hour. A new and set time for a new and fresh venture to take on new activity or pursuit.

The Bible identified and recognized the children of Issachar, as men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do… (1 Chronicle 12:32 KJV). There is an allotment for every hour (time) about which we must be able to account.

Beloved, as we approach this coming hour, we must gain truth about this new hour, to what purpose is this hour and how must we engage it. We must know what (our) “Israel” ought to do. The import of this hour is the impetus, incentive and motivation for the joy of the new year. The inspiration and leading of the Holy Spirit are the important means to gain truth about this hour.

Our Lord Jesus identified a certain time that was come when he said, “The hour is come…and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23 KJV).  We must also identify and recognize what the Lord is “seeking” that we do at this time.  Let us go in this hour refreshed to accomplish the assigned task and renewed to please the Lord.

Happy New Year. 

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And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Luke 21:13

Basis is the fundamental element of a subject. It is the necessary and founding block of that subject upon which other externalities are built. This basic part is often not visible but the existence and permanency of the external parts undoubtedly verifies, validates and celebrates this founding block.

Basis is so essential that it is the starting point to learn any subject, it is the elementary part of the course about which every student must generally participate. It accentuates the important element of the subject that makes the complex or advanced section of the subject easily comprehensible.

Basis is the central frame upon which the subject is both defined and understood. For instance, the basic concept of multiplications, addition, division and subtraction is central to the study  of Mathematics. No one can advance any further in the subject without the good grasp of this basic concept.

Now, in relation to the Faith that we have towards God and which is the central element of our salvation, the Bible says, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:8) we must gain this basic element, the fundamental basis and founding block.

This basic element is the central theme of our walk with God and the winning streak of Kingdom exploits. Without this basic and central element, claims to Faith towards God is both vain and fake.

And he (Jesus said), “… it shall turn to you for a testimony.” (Luke 21:8-13)  The preface and scenario precedent to this statement or rather assertion concerning which The Lord Jesus adjudged a “turn for a testimony”  is a blatant contradiction to the pretext of man’s conception of a testimony. Man would rather conclude the events as gruesome trials and surfeiting perplexity. This is contrary to the tenet of our basic faith.

Paul said, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).   This is the building block of the Christian Faith and the central driver of all Kingdom exploits; “For by it the elders obtained a good report.(Heb. 11:2)

A believer in God and the redeemed through the salvation that is in Christ Jesus must rest in this truth otherwise such Faith is rather fake. God always works for the good of His own otherwise no one would trust His goodwill, but our God is trustworthy if we would trust Him.

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place…For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. (2 Cor. 2:14). We thank God for the mystery of Faith.

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This is Thy Praise

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV

Christ was born to the “Glory of God”.

All things exist that God may be glorified. There is a unique blessing in the understanding of this blessed truth. When the will of God about a subject is known and understood, it naturally results in Glory being given to God. We must reign in the understanding of this truth. We exist for the Glory of God.

Psalm 19:1-4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” The Glory of God is resplendent in everything God does.

Notice that accompanying scenario at the coming of the angel of the Lord to the shepherds, the Bible says, “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them…”   Luke 2:9 KJV. Glory always witnesses for the doings of the Lord. The shining of God’s Glory witnessed that the coming (birth) to the Earth of our blessed Lord Jesus is the will and doing of God. Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  It is the will of God that Jesus Christ was born, and Glory is the witness for this truth.

In every activity and event of our lives, we must always pursue the will of God being done that Glory may attend and follow the activities. The Bible says, “…do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31 KJV.

As we embrace and celebrate the reason for this season, the anniversary of the birth of our blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, we must rejoice in the knowledge of the Glory, pleasure and delight of God that accompanied the event. The Glory of the Lord shone as a witness for the will of God about the event.

Beloved, Jesus was born by the will of God for you and me; the redemption of our soul from the distress and perplexing desolation of the wicked to a glorious experience of greatness in Christ to the glory of God. Praise the Lord!

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Whatsoever is Born of God

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4 KJV)

Do you recall this hymn;
‘Christian, seek not yet repose, cast thy dreams of ease away;
Thou art in the midst of foes: Watch and pray.’

That’s the truth about every born-again child of God. We are in constant battle against the enemy of our souls. But ours is good news! We fight from the advantage position of victory! Let us look at these Bible verses

-‘Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.‘ (2 Corinthians 2:14 )
-‘But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 15:57)
-‘For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.’ (1 John 5:4)

These verses all have something in common though 3 different words are used – victory, triumph, overcome. They all speak of winning. We are all WINNERS in Christ Jesus. The very fact that we are Christians; that we believe Jesus is the Son of God; that we are born of God; that we have faith; that we are in Christ, makes us winners. Ours is guaranteed victory. God Himself always causes us to triumph in Christ.
The Bible tells us in Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”. Here two things needed for our triumph are mentioned- the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Our triumph is settled in Christ. However, to walk in that triumph both the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony must be engaged. Everything about the blood of the Lamb is accomplished already. Nothing can be taken from it, nothing can be added to it. The word of our testimony is our responsibility. God is not going to testify on our behalf, we must open our mouths and declare God’s verdict about our situations and circumstances. We must not only believe what He says but also confess.
But what must we confess? The Word of God. That is the word of our testimony not what the circumstance is saying. 1 John 5:4 says, ‘Whatsoever is born of God overcomes. Our testimonies, our confessions must be born of God for us to experience the triumph that is already ours. Triumph is visible, and always traceable to the word of God (John 1:1-5,14)
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word. If we replace Christ with Word in 2 Corinthians 2:14 it will read as follows, Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in the Word… No triumph without the Word
We must know, believe, confess and act on the word of God for us to walk in triumph.
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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Greater Riches of Being God’s Partner

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (Matt. 25:35 KJV)

How joyful it is to gain truth about God and what He does in the life of the Saints. It is a joyful life to know God; the truth, verity, sincerity, ingenuity and honesty of His person and character. When one knows God, there is no doubt that the knowledge of God’s holy person will build blessed assurances and bold confidences in such a person which could easily be mistaken and misunderstood as flagrant arrogance by  those who do not know God. The knowledge of God makes the face of a man to shine. (Eccl. 8:1) About knowing God, the Bible says, “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan. 11:32).  Wow! The knowledge of God commands strength, and that strength is for exploits. The knowledge of God is as drunkenness; it produces a compelling influence that makes one speak, act and perform differently from a natural man. The knowledge, command, influence and presence of God in the life of Paul the Apostle was simply evident and compelling that at the island called Melita, the people “…changed their minds, and said he was a god.”  (Acts 28:6) Paul was simply supernatural.

This is the product of the knowledge of God in a person.  Nothing makes one strong as knowledge and nothing distinguishes one as understanding. A man of knowledge has natural confidence…he knows what he’s doing and can easily predict its outcome. The failing in knowledge is inability to predict the outcome of what one is doing. Knowledge is lacking when outcome is unpredictable. This is what the knowledge of God eliminates in a man’s enterprise; when one knows God; he can do his business in the knowledge of God and can quietly assuredly guaranty the outcome. This is the glory of the Saints…to command results.

Our blessed Lord Jesus, boisterous and drunken with the knowledge of God arrived late at the home of a certain man named Lazarus, whereas others were mourning, wailing and would not even tamper with a four-day old dead and stinking Lazarus, Jesus said, “Where have you laid him?…it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”  (John 11:34-39) but knowledge (of God and the plan of God) was driving The Lord Jesus; for he knew “This sickness (from which Lazarus had died) is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” (John 11:4).  What do we know of God about what we are going through, be it in health or lack of it, wealth or lack of it; joy or lack of it;…. are we convinced about it by which we can predict its outcome?

The knowledge of God will naturally maintain a man’s stability regardless of all instabilities that may surround him. We must come up to this understanding and gain knowledge of it. The knowledge of God including the needs of God brings tremendous reward; it makes one relevant and provides a future that is great and enriching…Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (Matt. 25:34 KJV)

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