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Spiritual dimensions and adventures in God that Challenge our faith! Francis E. Madojemu
Ezra 8:20‐23 (NKJV)• 21Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. 22For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.” 23So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.
Ezra • ‘A safe journey’• “lead us on our journey and protect us” • ‘a straight way, for us,” • How did Ezra know that God had answered his Prayer?• This was before the journey started!
Hannah • 1 Samuel 1:11‐18 (NKJV)• 12And it happened, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli watched her mouth. 13Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” 15And Hannah answered and said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
Hannah • 1 Samuel 1:11‐18 (NKJV)• 16“Do not consider your maidservant a wicked woman, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken until now.” 17Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.” 18And she said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.
• How did Eli & Hannah know that God had answered this prayer seeing how many years she had been praying?
Jabez • 1 Chronicles 4:8‐10 (KJV)• 9And Jabezc was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. ‐ c Jabez: that is, Sorrowful
Jabez• The prayer of Jabez is one of the shortest prayers in the Bible. • How the Jabez know?• 3 Things clearly come out of the next part of the prayer in scripture• 1. Things were bad .He was called sorrow • 2. Jabez prayed. Do not let me fulfill my name or what I am called. • 3. God answered and things Changed.
It Manifests as Peace • Romans 5:1‐5 (KJV)• 1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
It Manifests as Peace • Justified ~ (A) ~ to be made right with God through the death and return to life of Jesus Christ; to say someone is right with God. • Justified ~ (B) ~ to be made right with God through the death and return to life of Jesus Christ; to declare that God has accepted someone• “Just as if I have never sinned” – Derek Prince Justified means satisfying all the requirements or demands of the law, rules or policy. in this case the requirement of God
What is peace?• Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. • Baruch Spinoza Dutch Jewish philosopher (1632 ‐ 1677) • Romans 14:16‐17 (KJV)• 17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Prayer God Hears • 1 John 5:14‐15• 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. • Hear has to do with listening. • Interesting concept is that hearing is requirement for us as well..
Prayer God Hears • Psalm 65:1‐13 • 1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; And to You the vow shall be performed. 2 O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come. • Nehemiah 1:10‐11• 10 “We are your servants, the people you rescued by your great power and might. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success now as I go to ask the king for a great favor. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.”
Prayer God Hears • John 11:38‐44• 38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
Prayer God Hears • John 11:38‐44• 42 “And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Let’s explore a 3 rd option! • An idea or a revelation of the solution, • God answers prayers in many ways including signs wonders and miracles but that is not to limit God.• God uses processes to get things done as well. The bible is full of different ways God does • Ephesians 3:7‐13 (NKJV) • 10to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,
Ezra’s Revelation • Ezra 8:23‐35 (NKJV)• 23So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer. 24And I separated twelve of the leaders of the priests—Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them— 25and weighed out to them the silver, the gold, and the articles, the offering for the house of our God which the king and his counselors and his princes, and all Israel who were present, had offered. 26I weighed into their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, silver articles weighing one hundred talents, one hundred talents of gold,
Ezra’s Revelation • Ezra 8:23‐35 (NKJV)• 27twenty gold basins worth a thousand drachmas, and two vessels of fine polished bronze, precious as gold 28And I said to them, “You are holy to the LORD; the articles are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the LORD God of your fathers. 29“Watch and keep them until you weigh them before the leaders of the priests and the Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses of Israel in Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD.” 30So the priests and the Levites received the silver and the gold and the articles by weight, to bring them to Jerusalem to the house of our God.
Ezra’s Revelation • Ezra 8:23‐35 (NKJV)• 31Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambush along the road. 32So we came to Jerusalem, and stayed there three days. 33Now on the fourth da the silver and the gold and the articles were weighe in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth th son of Uriah the priest, and with him was Eleazar th son of Phinehas; with them were the Levites, Jozaba the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui, 34with the number and weight of everything. All the weight was written down at that time.
Lessons from Ezra• An idea from God to separate the wealth and distribute them not to attract attention • By separating the wealth it would force the enemy to separate and become weaker in attacking them. • It did not require soldiers to guard wealth that is focused in one area. • You divide the enemy to defeat them. • AJ’s Story!!!!! • A revelation of Strategy from God, A MIRACLE?
Lessons from Hannah • 1 Samuel 1:18‐20 (KJV)• 18And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. 19And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. 20Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.
Lessons from Hannah • Notice they still had a responsibility to do something based on the Revelation: • “And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.” • Thats our greatest need today, • Revelation like Paul used in Galatians to follow through on his ministry
Revelation • Galatians 1:10‐2:2 (KJV)• 11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equalsa in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. ‐a equals: Gr. equals in years
Revelation • Galatians 1:10‐2:2 (KJV)• 15But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 17Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 18Then after three years I went upb to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 19But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother. - b went up: or, returned
Revelation • Galatians 2:1‐3 (KJV)• 1Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privatelya to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. - a privately: or, severally
Revelation• Revelation has major impact in our lives for example the promise of an inheritance on a future date affects the way we walk today. • 1 Thessalonians 4:1‐2 (NKJV)• 1Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
Revelation • Revelation of our future destiny disciplines us • Proverbs 29:17‐18 (KJV)• 18Where there is no vision, the people perishf: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. • Hosea 4:5‐6 (KJV) • 6My people are destroyedc for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. ‐ f perish: or, is made naked ‐ c destroyed: Heb. cut off
Gehazi’s Revelation• Revelation is an unveiling of what is already there • 2 Kings 6:15‐20 (KJV) • 15And when the servante of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. ‐ e the servant: or, the minister
Gehazi’s Revelation • 2 Kings 6:15‐20 (KJV)• 18And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 19And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: followf me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. 20And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. - f follow...: Heb. come ye after me
Its God Decision • Its God who decides how your prayer is answered not you! • Its not God give me but God show me• Why is it that we have been taught to pray and ask God not only to give us finished products. • But we also ask the exact amount, the time & the person through whom He should supply it through. • Thereby taking away from God the methodology He wants to use!
Spirit of Reality • Zechariah 4:5‐7 (KJV)• 6Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by mightb, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.‐ b might: or, army • John 14:17 KJV • (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. • (GNB) He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God.
Daniels Prayer Points • Daniel 10:11‐14 (KJV)• 12Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chieff princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. ‐ f chief: or, first
What are our Prayer Points• Daniels was convinced by revelation of scripture that the 70 years of captivity had been reached & wanted to know what God was doing and what to do? • Jeremiah 3:15 • “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
1st Paradigm • What we need is not available and this is wrong because it creates the impression that God has not made provision for us. • When we pray we assume that is when God starts to acts concerning us our request • Unbelievers pray like this
The Truth • We have been blessed with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places. Notice its past tense • Ephesians 1:3 KJV• (3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: • “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Opportunity Wasted• Can you imagine how much of Gods resources and opportunities we have wasted?• How God tries to teach s new ways to prosper in this Economy. • We must repent where “Repent” means to change your mind and to change your direction!• Teach me to pray for Understanding about the situation I am in • Teach me to pray about the solutions and strategies.
Proverbs 2:1‐5 (NKJV)• 1 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1‐5 (NKJV)• 1. If you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you. • Receive God’s Word with respect, with an attitude of submission and obedience. • Receive it as the most valuable element of your life. Treasure it. • The Hebrew word means to store something up in the secret place, because it is of the most value to you.
Proverbs 2:1‐5 (NKJV) • 2. .So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding. • When someone is speaking to you and you really want to listen intently, you lean in—even bow your head. • That’s what it means to incline your ear. It also demonstrates a submissive attitude. You become teachable.
Proverbs 2:1‐5 (NKJV)• 3. Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding. • This indicates a heart committed to prayer— impassioned prayer. This doesn’t mean making a public scene when you pray. • In fact, impassioned prayer between just you and God often can be more productive than public prayer.
Proverbs 2:1‐5 (NKJV)• 4. If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures. • God doesn’t put everything out in the open. God doesn’t put His jewels out on the pavement for anybody to pick up. • He puts them in places where you have to grasp for them. This is how we need to approach wisdom.
Proverbs 2:1‐5 (NKJV)• Now—after all the “IFs”—we come to the “THEN”—the promise. • 5.Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. • I don’t believe the knowledge of God can ever be separated from the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11:2–3 says of Jesus:• The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD— and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. NIV
The People Who Know Their God • Daniel. 11:32 • “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits”
Proverbs 2:6‐11 (NKJV)• 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; 8 He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path. 10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you,
Application• Ezra used wisdom, knowledge and understanding kept them, Discretion preserved them! • God is bigger than what we think• I am not saying we should not pray for miracles • Lets pray for all of Gods provision • Help Us O Lord
Application • Let’s cry out for understanding • Let’s pray for discernment.• Help us to understand answered prayer • Help us to pray for this nation with results • Enlarge our coast and our territory • Help us to build for posterity • Help us to leave an inheritance
Application • How will God reach 6 billion people• We must ask God what and how he wants to do this! • Its understanding the times and the seasons to know what [Nigeria] Israel ought to do. • Behold I do something new • I must change • Your life has times and seasons• [2 Friends Same Bank I bought a Car the Other A Car]