Topic: Forbid Extension! [Saturday 13, May 2017]
Memorise: But the God of
all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish,
strengthen, settle you. – 1 Peter 5:10
Read: Genesis 15:10-15 (KJV)
10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and
laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a
stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they
shall afflict them four hundred years;
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 18-20, Jeremiah 30:10-24, Hymn: Sing hymn 4
One assurance you have as a believer is that the boat of your life and
endeavours cannot sink. Be assured that every storm, contrary wind and
wave that is working against you is only for an appointed time. The Holy
Spirit made this clear in 1 Peter 5:10 when He said,
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect,
stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
Beloved, don’t believe the lie of the devil that things will continue to
get worse. They will not! Don’t believe that the unpleasant situation
you find yourself in will persist. It will not! Every pain, sorrow or
distress is for a set time and it will definitely expire. After its
expiration, the imperfect shall be perfected, the unstable shall be
established, the weak shall be strengthened and there shall be divine
settlement. These shall be your portion from now in Jesus’ Name!
However, sometimes, the devil attempts to extend the period of a trial
of faith beyond what was originally sanctioned by God. This is why we
need to know God’s will concerning a situation and thereafter stand on
it. You need to know your kingdom rights and insist on receiving them.
The devil is rightly called a thief in John 10:10. He steals what does
not belong to him. Any ground you fail to conquer in the Kingdom will be
lost to the enemy’s camp. Any promise of God you do not know and lay
claim to shall be lost to the enemy. How much of God’s promises and
prophecies do you know? How many of them have you laid claim to? Do you
know that God can allow you go through a trial of faith situation for
three years, but if you fail to know the exact duration or are not
sensitive enough, the devil can take advantage of that situation and
prolong the hardship? This was the case in today’s reading. God spoke of
Abraham’s descendants going into slavery in a strange land for a period
of 400 years and thereafter they would come out with great wealth; but
do you know that by the time the Israelites were delivered, they had
spent an extra 30 years in slavery (Exodus 12:40)!
Even today, many believers have allowed the devil to enjoy extra time
afflicting them. They have moved from the preset trial period to a
period of satanic affliction, thinking they are still going through the
God-ordained trial of faith. How can you check this? Ask God. Seek His
face over it. Use all the weapons you have as a Christian: the Name of
Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, the promises of God and a life of holiness to
combat that unpleasant situation. If the situation stops, it means your
trial is over.
Prayer Point: Every Satanic extension to my “trial of faith” period is terminated now in Jesus’ Name.
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