A Lavish Supply

In this sermon podcast, we have Ps Stephen Samuel minister to us on the lavish supply of the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, that has been made available for us to enjoy every day.

A Lavish Supply

by Ps Stephen Samuel

The Year of Truth and Favour

The Year of Truth and Favour

The word of God is the steadfast truth that has stood the test of time. The ancient words still ring true with the power of God’s love and goodness towards us after all these years. There is no situation, no day, no trouble that does not change when the truth of God’s word is released upon it.

Hebrews 5:14 says Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have trained their senses to discern good and evil. To wield the truth of the word of God as a weapon and a powerful instrument requires dedicated practice in not only feeding on God’s word but also in allowing it to impact your senses i.e. your perception and thoughts. Practice speaking it over your adversities, over the stagnant areas of life. When situations try to tell you of your defeat convince your situation with the scriptures.

We are a favoured people. We live in the grace of God with the joy of salvation in our hearts. We have been made righteous in Christ and Psalms 5:12 says that the Lord surely will bless the righteous and surround them with the shield of favour. How blessed are we to be surrounded and shielded by the favour of the Almighty God!

This is the year for us to walk in the revelation of the truth of God’s word and in the realization of His unending favour over our lives. Isaiah 61 says that the Spirit of God declared favourable year of the Lord over the Israelites. The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.

So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. And instead of humiliation, they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion of their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.

We who have been made righteous, adopted into the family of God through Christ and gifted with the infilling of the Holy Spirit have been called to live in the favourable year of God always. Let’s enjoy the months ahead and train our senses to perceive the favour of God upon our lives as we walk victoriously together with Christ

The Helmet of Salvation

The Helmet of Salvation

The armor of God is described by Paul in Ephesians 6 as the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet of peace, shield of faith, sword of the Spirit and the helmet of salvation. Salvation is described in terms of a helmet because knowing who has saved us, how He preserved and keeps us is crucial to protect the mind of the battle ready warrior that each of us is. The helmet of salvation is the protective gear and mind set, that defeats death and brings life to any situation that stands lifeless. Our salvation has been sealed and guaranteed by God, through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). When the enemy attacks our minds with his barrage of blows such as fear, lies, disappointment, discouragement, anxiety and deceit, the revelation of this great salvation will sustain us.

In 2 Kings 4:18-37, we find the story of the once barren Shunamite woman whose kindness to Elisha the prophet helped her find favour with God and be blessed with a son. As the child grew, he went out to the field to harvest with his father. But the story turns sordid as the child shouts “my head, my head” and soon dies in his mother’s lap. Even as her son’s corpse lay on Prophet Elisah’s bed in the upper room, she prepared for him, the woman holds herself together and says “it is well”. When you wear the helmet of salvation, even as  your heart breaks and all the hope you had for tomorrow lies cold and dead, your mind will not get dragged under the current. Her response to death was to seek out Elisah and pour out her complaint and insist on the seemingly impossible outcome – resurrection.

Elisha goes to the dead lad, spreads himself over the child, eyes over eyes, mouth over mouth, hands over hands and God brings the child to life. Elisha is the shadow of what Christ did for us. He stretched himself on the cross, covering us completely in Him, taking on each blow, beating and nail in our stead and breathed resurrection power into our dead selves. The bible says as He is, so are we (1 John 4:17). We, the saved, carry Christ in us and carry out the works He began in this world. So go out there to those dead bodies, the dead areas, the dead ends and breathe the resurrection life over it. Breathe the promise of salvation over the dire diagnosis, the empty accounts, the corrupt nation, the unfruitful marriages, the heavy losses, the unbearably shattered minds, the rotting dregs of society that none but Christ can save. Love never fails, hope does not disappoint and His word is forever.

Unwavering shield of faith

Unwavering shield of faith

 

Sometimes faith in God calls you into the last place you want to go. It compels you to challenge the trajectory you have set for yourself. In 1 Kings 17, God sents Elijah the prophet to famine hit Zarephat, to find a widow who would feed him. This same woman who is slowly walking towards certain death and down to her last morsel. However, Elijah was willing to take the last morsel from the woman and her dying son because he submitted his logic to God’s will. The woman too did the most astounding thing by giving up what little she had before hunger stole all her life away. Through this unwavering faith, God steadily pulls her and Elijah into abundance for many days.

Faith is not positive thinking. Faith is the expectation of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). The only tangible evidence of things that are inconceivable. This interaction between God, HIS prophet and this hungry hopeless woman teaches us one thing; don’t let your life be about that piece of bread. But live by the word of God that says the just shall live by faith! (Hebrews 10:38, Romans 1:17)

When we live, trusting in what God has said we will surely eat of His supernatural provision for all our days (1 Kings 17:1-16). Faith is not doing that which is within Human logic but it goes beyond our minds and into the territory of God’s good will for us.

If your life is being lived on the fuel of our limited rationality then it’s time you picked up the shield of Faith. The shield that Apostle Paul talks of is the roman shield that could withstand and deflect fiery arrows. The shield was a massive thing and it had to be wielded unwaveringly. A Christian will face threat. Often the path of faith God sets us on will cause conflict. Many of us will come under pressure to make a move or act within reason. But if God’s word for you is to wait then wait for what He wants to reveal. God never disappoints. God has no deadline only perfectly intricately laid plans for His ransomed children.

The point of having a shield is to step out of fear of missiles and into the promised victory. So what are you afraid of? The righteous will not lack bread. What’s holding you back from picking up the shield? The righteous will not be moved. When faith takes you into conflict, hold on. The faith of the Son of God was to walk into a house of mourning and to call death just sleep (Matthew 9:24).

Look beyond the fears that you are facing today. Look beyond your logic and ability. Look at the goodness of God and His promises over you in Christ. Wield your shield everyday.