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  1. 1. Connecting With ProvisionFrancis Madojemu
  2. 2. Understanding Critical• We want to show you howimportant this issue ofunderstanding is, that wenot only understand thebible but we understandthe way God thinks, whatlife is, how things work• We also want to talk toyou about some of thethings you may not thinkare your responsibilities inPrayer• Nehemiah Example!
  3. 3. Nehemiah 1:1-11 (NKJV)• 1The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah.It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in thetwentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel,2that Hanani one of my brethren came withmen from Judah; and I asked them concerningthe Jews who had escaped, who had survivedthe captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3Andthey said to me, “The survivors who are leftfrom the captivity in the province are there ingreat distress and reproach. The wall ofJerusalem is also broken down, and its gatesare burned with fire.”
  4. 4. Nehemiah 1:1-11 (NKJV)• 4So it was, when I heard these words,that I sat down and wept, and mournedfor many days; I was fasting and prayingbefore the God of heaven. 5And I said: “Ipray, LORD God of heaven, O great andawesome God, You who keep Yourcovenant and mercy with those who loveYou and observe Your commandments,
  5. 5. Nehemiah 1:1-11 (NKJV)• 6“please let Your ear be attentive and Youreyes open, that You may hear the prayer ofYour servant which I pray before You now, dayand night, for the children of Israel Yourservants, and confess the sins of the childrenof Israel which we have sinned against You.Both my father’s house and I have sinned.7“We have acted very corruptly against You,and have not kept the commandments, thestatutes, nor the ordinances which Youcommanded Your servant Moses.
  6. 6. Nehemiah 1:1-11 (NKJV)• 8“Remember, I pray, the word that Youcommanded Your servant Moses, saying,‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter youamong the nations; 9‘but if you return toMe, and keep My commandments and dothem, though some of you were cast outto the farthest part of the heavens, yet Iwill gather them from there, and bringthem to the place which I have chosen asa dwelling for My name.’
  7. 7. Nehemiah 1:1-11 (NKJV)• 10“Now these are Your servants and Yourpeople, whom You have redeemed byYour great power, and by Your stronghand. 11“O Lord, I pray, please let Yourear be attentive to the prayer of Yourservant, and to the prayer of Yourservants who desire to fear Your name;and let Your servant prosper this day, Ipray, and grant him mercy in the sightof this man.” For I was the king’scupbearer.
  8. 8. 2 Similar Prayer Points• I want to show you twoprayer points almostidentical but differentemphases: Daniel andNehemiah.• (The most importantthing about prayer isgetting God to hear you.One of the good thingsabout revelation is thatonce you receive, it startsa motion in your life. Itwasn’t because you didn’tsee it but because ithadn’t been revealed.)
  9. 9. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 1In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, ofthe lineage of the Medes, who was made king overthe realm of the Chaldeans— 2in the first year ofhis reign I, Daniel, understood by the books thenumber of the years specified by the word of theLORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He wouldaccomplish seventy years in the desolations ofJerusalem. 3Then I set my face toward the Lord Godto make request by prayer and supplications, withfasting, sackcloth, and ashes. 4And I prayed to theLORD my God, and made confession, and said, “OLord, great and awesome God, who keeps Hiscovenant and mercy with those who love Him, andwith those who keep His commandments
  10. 10. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• , 5“we have sinned and committed iniquity, wehave done wickedly and rebelled, even bydeparting from Your precepts and Yourjudgments. 6“Neither have we heeded Yourservants the prophets, who spoke in Your name toour kings and our princes, to our fathers and allthe people of the land. 7“O Lord, righteousnessbelongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it isthis day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitantsof Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and thosefar off in all the countries to which You havedriven them, because of the unfaithfulness whichthey have committed against You.
  11. 11. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 8“O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to ourkings, our princes, and our fathers, because wehave sinned against You. 9“To the Lord our Godbelong mercy and forgiveness, though we haverebelled against Him. 10“We have not obeyed thevoice of the LORD our God, to walk in His laws,which He set before us by His servants theprophets. 11“Yes, all Israel has transgressed Yourlaw, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice;therefore the curse and the oath written in theLaw of Moses the servant of God have beenpoured out on us, because we have sinned againstHim.
  12. 12. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 12“And He has confirmed His words, which Hespoke against us and against our judges whojudged us, by bringing upon us a great disaster;for under the whole heaven such has never beendone as what has been done to Jerusalem. 13“As itis written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster hascome upon us; yet we have not made our prayerbefore the LORD our God, that we might turn fromour iniquities and understand Your truth.14“Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster inmind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD ourGod is righteous in all the works which He does,though we have not obeyed His voice.
  13. 13. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 15“And now, O Lord our God, who brought Yourpeople out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand,and made Yourself a name, as it is this day—wehave sinned, we have done wickedly!16“O Lord,according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Youranger and Your fury be turned away from Your cityJerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for oursins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalemand Your people are a reproach to all those aroundus. 17“Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer ofYour servant, and his supplications, and for theLord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Yoursanctuary, which is desolate.
  14. 14. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 18“O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Youreyes and see our desolations, and the city which iscalled by Your name; for we do not present oursupplications before You because of our righteousdeeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19“OLord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act!Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Yourcity and Your people are called by Your name.”20Now while I was speaking, praying, andconfessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel,and presenting my supplication before the LORDmy God for the holy mountain of my God,
  15. 15. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 21yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the manGabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at thebeginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reachedme about the time of the evening offering.22And he informed me, and talked with me,and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth togive you skill to understand. 23“At thebeginning of your supplications the commandwent out, and I have come to tell you, for youare greatly beloved; therefore consider thematter, and understand the vision:
  16. 16. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 24 “Seventy weeks are determined For yourpeople and for your holy city, To finish thetransgression, To make an end of sins, To makereconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlastingrighteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, Andto anoint the Most Holy. 27 Then he shall confirm acovenant with many for one week; But in themiddle of the week He shall bring an end tosacrifice and offering. And on the wing ofabominations shall be one who makes desolate,Even until the consummation, which is determined,Is poured out on the desolate.”
  17. 17. Daniel 9:1-27 (NKJV)• 25 “Know therefore and understand, That fromthe going forth of the command To restore andbuild Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince,There shall be seven weeks and sixty-twoweeks; The street shall be built again, and thewall, Even in troublesome times. 26 “And afterthe sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off,but not for Himself; And the people of theprince who is to come Shall destroy the city andthe sanctuary. The end of it shall be with aflood, And till the end of the war desolations aredetermined.
  18. 18. Similar but DifferentHave you seen the similarityin both prayers? Right fromday 1 the very point hestarted from was we’vebroken your precepts “we”not “they” not “those inAbuja”.• He identifies with the sinsand comes back to the samething, in spite of what wehave done still God hear ourprayers.• There are so manysimilarities.• The one distinguishingfactor is the timing.
  19. 19. Responsibility Starts with:• When Nehemiah heard thatthe walls of Jerusalem lay inruin that the gates sat rottenand the Jewish survivors livedin distress and reproach hedid what every great leadermust do: he fasted andprayed.• Sometimes when a leaderprays and stands in the gap forhis people, intercession mustalways be the primary role fora leader.• The apostle Peter oncedeclared his top leadershippriorities are prayer andministry of the word.
  20. 20. What Prayer Does• John Maxwell teaches that aleader’s prayer accomplishes 4things:• Prayer internalizes theburden, deepening ourownership of a need• Prayer insists that we quietour hearts and wait, slowingus down to receive from God• Prayer infuses the visionenabling us to see what Godwants to do• Prayer initiates the visionfulfillment acting as acatalyst for us to act
  21. 21. The Law of Timing• Good leaders understandthat timing is important.• Nehemiah spoke to theking of Jerusalem butnot until 4 months afterhe first heard about thebroken wall.• He began praying aboutit in December but notuntil April did heapproach the king aboutrebuilding it.
  22. 22. The Law of Timing• He gets the information inthe month of Kislev, hebegins to pray night and day,he was also fasting but itwas in the month of Nisanthat he approached theking. - Bible scholars saythat’s 4 months.Most of us don’t know thatthe book of acts happenedover a 30 year period. Mostof us think it was in 3months. They were widetime gaps between miracles.• Everything God doesinvolves timing
  23. 23. Even Preaching!• In the Frank Peretti book“This Present Darkness”it gives an idea of whathappens in the realm ofthe spirit in very realterms there was a scenewhen a preacher came tomeet a man in a bar butthe spirit of alcohol wasblocking his ears so hecouldn’t hear.• Or the spirit of greed orany other spirit behindany of the devils strategyor plan.
  24. 24. Why? FREE WILL• What you do inintercession is your prayerbinds those spirits fromacting on the person’sheart.• That spirit cannotdominate that personwhen God wants to work.• God operates withouttouching the free will ofman but the devil loves toinfluence the will of man.
  25. 25. What was Nehemiahwaiting forNo one is sure but he mighthave been waiting on• 1 His ownership of theburden and vision.2. A foundation of prayer tobe laid3 His readiness with a plan.• 4 The kings mental andemotional mood• 5 The season when hecould move quickly• 6 A trust to deepenbetween him and the king
  26. 26. Nehemiah 2:1-8 (NKJV)• 1And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, inthe twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, whenwine was before him, that I took the wine andgave it to the king. Now I had never been sadin his presence before. 2Therefore the king saidto me, “Why is your face sad, since you are notsick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.” So Ibecame dreadfully afraid, 3and said to theking, “May the king live forever! Why shouldmy face not be sad, when the city, the place ofmy fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gatesare burned with fire?”
  27. 27. Nehemiah 2:1-8 (NKJV)• 4Then the king said to me, “What do yourequest?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.5And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king,and if your servant has found favor in yoursight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to thecity of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuildit.” 6Then the king said to me (the queen alsositting beside him), “How long will yourjourney be? And when will you return?” So itpleased the king to send me; and I set him atime.
  28. 28. Nehemiah 2:1-8 (NKJV)• 7Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleasesthe king, let letters be given to me for thegovernors of the region beyond the River,that they must permit me to pass through tillI come to Judah, 8“and a letter to Asaph thekeeper of the king’s forest, that he must giveme timber to make beams for the gates ofthe citadel which pertains to the temple, forthe city wall, and for the house that I willoccupy.” And the king granted them to meaccording to the good hand of my God uponme.
  29. 29. Why do we stoppraying?• We tend to stop prayingwhen we see that ourprayers have not beenanswered.• Nehemiah didn’t stoppraying.• It was even the king thatnoticed that something waswrong with him.• FESTAC 77- rememberpeople said Nigeria becamewhat we became becausewe came to worship idols.
  30. 30. Purpose & Timing• And in churches for manyyears we have beenrepenting for FESTAC 77but there is nothing likethat in these prayers.• Daniel received theschedule for Gods timing.There was nothing hecould do because it wasn’ttime.• All he could do was gatherthe information,document it so that thosecoming after him had thetools to act.
  31. 31. Purpose & Timing• Nehemiah got therevelation of what washappening but he also hadthe opportunity to act.• The most important thingwith working with God istiming.• There are a number ofpeople who receivedrevelation about thiscountry but could not doanything about it because itwasn’t the right time forthat thing to happen.Certain other things have tofall in place.
  32. 32. Purpose & Timing• I have an old book which saidwhat in God’s name could theold testament saints beenpraying for Jesus to come afterall God had promised that Jesuswas going to come.• It was already written.However, in that particular timethere was war all over the place.It took a Roman Governmenttaking over to bring relativepeace and created roads andtrading and that became thetools which Jesus used to achievewhat He came to do on theearth.
  33. 33. Purpose & Timing• So Jesus couldn’t havecome 100 years earlierbecause what he neededwasn’t available.• That’s the differencebetween our generationand the one that has gonebefore us, they didn’t evenhave the opportunity nounderstanding of our role.• They didn’t even watchtelevision, how much moregoing into politics, gettinginvolved in what’s going onout there.
  34. 34. Provision• One thing I noticed fromNehemiah and Daniel isthat every time you needto act on behalf of God Hepositions you in such a waythat you have access to theresources you need.• What other resourcescould Nehemiah haveneeded apart from theking.• Which person of repute orresource have wepresented our ideas to?
  35. 35. Provision• Even Daniel had access to thekings money. Joseph also hadaccess to the Pharaoh, Moseswas equipped by thePharaoh! An unbelieving king.• That is the generation webelong to. There is one ofpure intercessory prayer ofrevelation of gathering fruitsbut there is also a newgeneration coming up that isgoing to have a newblueprint.• Nehemiah had a master plan.
  36. 36. Connect to Resources• We are meant to beconnected to resources tocarry out Gods plan if we arein the category of Nehemiah,or Daniel (writing books).Which category do you wantto belong to?• We need to get to the realmof Nehemiah where you getan idea from God, you pray,you spend your time gettingunderstanding and then youask God for success, ask forfavor that will push you intoanother realm.
  37. 37. Connect to Resources• Even when Nehemiah wasmade the governor he refusedto take all the privileges ofbeing a governor because herealized that he was put in thatoffice and was given thatopportunity to serve.• Its not about you gettingmoney to go and start asuccessful business, its for yougetting money to go and starta successful business that willimpact. Its not for you tocollect money and then use itto build nice houses foryourself and be comfortable.
  38. 38. Personal Provision Incld• If you listen to Nehemiah heasked the king for threethings and one of them wasresources to build his ownhouse.• Im not saying your housewont be taken care of butthe reason why your housewill be taken care of is not foryour comfort but for you tobe comfortable enough to dowhat God wants you to do.• Most of us are strugglingright now because we cantmake ends meet how muchmore help somebody else.
  39. 39. We have Identify with…Nation, Calling• I believe Ive finallyunderstood what is wrong andIm going to make anadjustment in my life. Howabout you?• This is a good time to go toGod and identify and pleasedont do vague identification,you can identify with yourarea of calling, with themountain that God has calledyou to take or to be on, youcan identify with the nation ifyou are into politics but forthose of us who are intoministry.
  40. 40. We have Identify with…Nation, Calling• We cannot isolateourselves from themistakes of this nation, orof the body of Christ, wecant isolate ourselves fromwhat is happening in ouruniversities, in our schools,in our families.• We cant say its not us sowe are not guilty. We areguilty and we have seen itthrough Daniel andNehemiah that we need toidentify and takeresponsibility.
  41. 41. We have Identify with…Nation, CallingWe need to stand in the gapand make up a hedge. Weneed to ask God to give ussuccess and favour to playour own role, what we cando in this realm he hascalled us to.• We must tell God we aresorry for how this nationhas been sold down, takenadvantage of, how peopleare dying left, right andcentre with the governors,local governors andgovernment that doesntcare.
  42. 42. Do You Know what to do?• We have taken the example ofNehemiah & have repented forour people and as his servantsaid of Abraham he said Lordgrant me success and showkindness to my masterAbraham.• Nehemiah prayed a littledifferently he said grant mesuccess and show me favorbefore this man.• We can pray this prayer but itwont be correct yet. In prayingthis prayer Nehemiahunderstood what he wassupposed to do, where he wassupposed to go and what heneeded.
  43. 43. Do You Know what to do?Remember how Abrahamsservant said Im going to thewell where women come outin the evening to fetch waterhe knew where to go andwhat to do and thats alsopraying for your connectionwith the resources that youneed to succeed.• We are not going to prayselfishly but for men andwomen out there who havebeen called of God and forwhatever reason theseresources have been anissue for them.
  44. 44. Lord Show Me, Teach MeOpen My Eyes• We are going to pray thatFather we need to knowwhere to go, You need toopen our eyes You need toteach us as to where to go,who to go to and what todo.• God knows what we arelooking for and who has itand Hes the only one whocan connect the two of youtogether in a painless way.Nehemiah prayed for favorand mercy.• I believe its always favor.
  45. 45. Show Me My RESOURCE• Nehemiah identified that itwas the king who was goingto hell him. He said grant methis day, yet it took 4 months.He must have been prayingeveryday because he didntknow which day it was goingto be answered.• He wasnt preparing hisagenda he was preparingGods agenda.Nehemiah was ready. He hada plan.He understood what he wasto do and exactly how muchtime he needed to do it.
  46. 46. Help Me To PLAN• Are our plans thataccurate? Every time we sitdown saying we are waitingfor God we are supposed tobe planning and preparing.• A king asked Nehemiah inone afternoon and he knewexactly what he needed.How many of us are thatready?• One night my wife and Iwent for dinner with pastorAgwu and he just asked us asimple question: you arestarting your own churchwhat do you need?
  47. 47. Help Me To PLAN• And he said tomorrowtext your needs to myassistant because he wastravelling the nextmorning.• The next morning hetravelled and I textedwhat I needed to hisassistant and the nextmorning £4000 worth ofequipment was boughtand shipped to Lagos.• What if I didnt knowwhat I needed?
  48. 48. Help Me To Be PREPARED• We are included in thesituation!• Are we truly ready?• We need to ask forsuccess and for favourspecifically and we are tomake a promise to• God if Im not ready thenhelp me to get ready tobegin to do myhomework, to begin toask questions.
  49. 49. Help Me To Be PREPAREDFor every opportunity youget the only weapon youhave is preparation.I wonder how many timeswe have given up justbefore a solution cameup.• You will never stretchyourself until someonepushes you.• It is only a man that isexpended that God canfully use.
  50. 50. Help Me To Be PREPARED• Most of the time we giveup. Sometimes we are totry the same idea manytimes.• If you want to buy theperfect property for you,you need to check outabout 100 just to buy 1.• Are we patient enough togo through the process?• Success is opportunitymeeting preparation.• We need to ask God to helpus to prepare.
  51. 51. God Does Not Back to AnOLD MOVE• The successful hockeyplayer says others run towhere the puck is I run towhere the puck Id going to.• Do we even know what weneed to do to be prepared?• The kind of preparation ordivine connections we needto succeed, the move thatshappening out there, do weknow what the latest thingis or are we trying to useold principles?
  52. 52. Troubles & Tests• There is a logic inChristianity that says ifyou are doing the will ofGod you shouldnt haveany trouble but see howmuch trouble Nehemiahgot into where they eventhreatened to report himto the king that he wasplanning treason.• Some one told me yearsago that if you dont haveany trouble it means youare moving in the samedirection as the devil.
  53. 53. Troubles & Tests• Just because God connectsus divinely doesnt meanwe wont have challengesbut every time Nehemiahhad a challenge God gavehim wisdom.• His prayer methodsfollowed closely with Ezra.Put your trowels in onehand and your sword inthe other.• We always expectimmediate results.
  54. 54. Nehemiah 5: 1- 7• After thinking over it!• God wants to use all of ourfacilities thats why some areanalytical or impulsive, weare specifically equipped tobring us to our destiny.• We should learn to think theway God made us think andlet him develop it. Not tryingto think like other people. –Mind of Christ• Nehemiah thought. We aregoing to trust God forwisdom to face ourchallenges. Our thoughtprocesses are going to be sohighly developed.
  55. 55. 2 Samuel 15:29-34 (NKJV)• 30So David went up by the Ascent of theMount of Olives, and wept as he went up;and he had his head covered and wentbarefoot. And all the people who werewith him covered their heads and wentup, weeping as they went up. 31Thensomeone told David, saying, “Ahithophelis among the conspirators with Absalom.”And David said, “O Lord, I pray, turn thecounsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!”
  56. 56. 2 Samuel 15:29-34 (NKJV)• 32Now it happened when David had come tothe top of the mountain, where he worshipedGod—there was Hushai the Archite coming tomeet him with his robe torn and dust on hishead. 33David said to him, “If you go on withme, then you will become a burden to me.34“But if you return to the city, and say toAbsalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as Iwas your father’s servant previously, so I willnow also be your servant,’ then you may defeatthe counsel of Ahithophel for me.
  57. 57. The story of Ahithophel.• 2 Samuel 15• When he spoke it was as if theoracle of God had spoken. Hehad so developed his thoughtprocess that when he spoke itwas as if God had spoken.Ahithophel was good but hechose the wrong side.• As David was leaving heprayed.• We have brilliant criminals inNigeria. But they are on thewrong side. Wrong motives.Even in church and infamilies. Men whose mindsare well articulated but withwrong motives.
  58. 58. 2 Samuel 16:20-23 (NKJV)• 20Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give counselas to what we should do.” 21And Ahithophel saidto Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines,whom he has left to keep the house; and all Israelwill hear that you are abhorred by your father.Then the hands of all who are with you will bestrong.” 22So they pitched a tent for Absalom onthe top of the house, and Absalom went in to hisfather’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.23Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave inthose days, was as if one had inquired at theoracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophelboth with David and with Absalom.
  59. 59. 2 Samuel 17:1-4 (NKJV)• 1Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Nowlet me choose twelve thousand men, and I willarise and pursue David tonight. 2“I will comeupon him while he is weary and weak, andmake him afraid. And all the people who arewith him will flee, and I will strike only theking. 3“Then I will bring back all the people toyou. When all return except the man whomyou seek, all the people will be at peace.” 4Andthe saying pleased Absalom and all the eldersof Israel.
  60. 60. HursaiIf we only pray for evil counselto be defeated, we will ignoreHurshaiWhen David prayed that prayerhow God was going to answerit wasnt the way we thoughtHe was going to.• The advice of Ahithophel wasstill there but it was counteredby the advice of Hurshai.• For some things in your lifewhere the counsel ofAhithophel is we also need thecounsel of Hurshai that willbring you into destiny.
  61. 61. 2 Samuel 17:4-14 (NKJV)• 5Then Absalom said, “Now call Hushaithe Archite also, and let us hear whathe says too.” 6And when Hushai cameto Absalom, Absalom spoke to him,saying, “Ahithophel has spoken in thismanner. Shall we do as he says? If not,speak up.” 7So Hushai said to Absalom:“The advice that Ahithophel has givenis not good at this time.
  62. 62. 2 Samuel 17:4-14 (NKJV)• 8“For,” said Hushai, “you know your father andhis men, that they are mighty men, and theyare enraged in their minds, like a bear robbedof her cubs in the field; and your father is aman of war, and will not camp with thepeople. 9“Surely by now he is hidden in somepit, or in some other place. And it will be,when some of them are overthrown at thefirst, that whoever hears it will say, ‘There is aslaughter among the people who followAbsalom.’
  63. 63. 2 Samuel 17:4-14 (NKJV)• 10“And even he who is valiant, whose heart islike the heart of a lion, will melt completely. Forall Israel knows that your father is a mightyman, and those who are with him are valiantmen. 11“Therefore I advise that all Israel be fullygathered to you, from Dan to Beersheba, likethe sand that is by the sea for multitude, andthat you go to battle in person.11“Therefore Iadvise that all Israel be fully gathered to you,from Dan to Beersheba, like the sand that is bythe sea for multitude, and that you go to battlein person.
  64. 64. 2 Samuel 17:4-14 (NKJV)12“So we will come upon him in some place wherehe may be found, and we will fall on him as thedew falls on the ground. And of him and all themen who are with him there shall not be left somuch as one. 13“Moreover, if he has withdrawninto a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to thatcity; and we will pull it into the river, until there isnot one small stone found there.” 14So Absalomand all the men of Israel said, “The advice ofHushai the Archite is better than the advice ofAhithophel.” For the Lord had purposed to defeatthe good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent thatthe Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.
  65. 65. Godly Counsel• Lets take the president andpray that the same way.• Ahithophels counsel wascountered God will go intothe 7mindmolders and wewill begin to see theovercoming of evil counselthat it is brought to naughtand replaced by Godlycounsel.• Its a new day. We cannotuse yesterdays counsel fora new day. He said behold Ido something new.
  66. 66. Godly CounselI make a way in the desert.Its only God that can showus this new pathway,methodology, businessideas.• Cry out for wisdom, forunderstanding, what weneed to succeed as anation, what we need tolearn and do.Open our eyes as a nation,give us your counsel andyour direction
  67. 67. Pray for Clarity.• Many things we aredoing even in church isvery unclear.• Isaiah 58: 6• This is talking aboutfasting.• The purpose God isblessing us is not onlyfor ourselves but forothers.
  68. 68. There Must Be CHANGE• So this business of uspraying andtomorrow we willnot be able to tellthe differencebetween youyesterday and todayends today.• From today you willbe able to measureyour growth.