Scripture: 1 Kings 3:10-11:10
Summary: Finishing strong is what counts most. It is good to start strong but unless you finish strong it is of no value.
Finishing Strong ”A good start isn’t enough”
1 Kings 3:10-13, I Kings 11:3-6 & 9-11, I Cor 9:24-27
A.With the New Year approaching, people often make some resolutions that they want to accomplish for the next year. Usually before the month is over they have already given up on them.
B.Here are the year’s top ten New Year’s resolutions.
C.Making a decision to change or to do something is nice but that is usually not enough. You need to have the ability to see it through to the end and not quit. Have you ever noticed in life that a good start isn’t always enough? Getting a good start is important. If you don’t get a good start your chances of finishing strong are not that good, but of the two, finishing strong is most the important. You can always overcome a bad start, but you can’t overcome a bad finish. If you finish bad, you lose! A good start alone is not enough to get us to the finish line, or to the winners’ circle.
D.If you don’t believe me, ask the 1969 Baltimore Orioles, who dominated major league baseball that year. Won 109 games — more than any other team. And their opponents in the World Series were the New York Mets. Everyone expected the Orioles to win easily, and when they won the first game it seemed as though they had it in the bag. In just four more games it was over, but the New York Mets were the ones wearing that World Series ring. In 1969 the Orioles and all of Baltimore were convinced of the truth that a good start isn’t enough.
E.What about the 2005 football season for the Indianaplis Colts. The start of the 2005 season for the Colts was incredible. They started the season with a 13-game winning streak, and entering the playoffs, were heavily favored to go to the Super Bowl. Considering that the team that they played next was the Pittsburg Steelers a team that they blew out the past 2 years in the playoffs. However, the Colts were upset by the #6-seeded Steelers, and their season ended. The week following the game the city of Indianapolis did not throw a parade to celebrate the Colts 13 game winning streak at the beginning of the season. Good starts are not enough.
F. We all have experienced the reality of this truth in our own everyday lives. Perhaps, we start out real good on a new diet or exercise program as part of our new year resolutions. Or on a project around the house, a class in school, a job in church or in paying off some bills. I mean we are out of that starting gate like hungry grey hounds chasing a rabbit. But time passes and the diet ends, the exercise stops, we fail the class, the job doesn’t get done and the bills are still where we left them. You see, though there is nothing wrong with a good start, it just isn’t enough.
G.Today, I want to take a look at a man who had an awesome start but had a lousy finish, King Solomon.
Solomon had a good start I Kings 3:10-13
A.He was humble and dependent on God.
1.At the very beginning of his reign as king he went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices to God. The text says that he offered a thousand burnt offerings on the altar. And that night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, “What do you want? Ask and I will give it to you.” If you were Solomon what would you have asked for? Now, Solomon being a new king, was feeling overwhelmed by the task and the amount of people who would be looking to him for all things. So Solomon made this request of God, “O Lord my God, now you have made king instead of my father David, but I am like a child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great they are too numerous to count! Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this nation of yours.” I Kings 3:10-13. And the Bible says, “Since you asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have you asked for the death of your enemies, but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never be anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for both riches and honor so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.”
2.Solomon started strong. He was humble and knew he needed to depend on God to succeed.
3.He also had a good prayer life. One of the most beautiful and powerful prayers ever prayed can be found in I Kings 8:22-30. When the building of the temple was complete Solomon had the priests bring the ark into the Holy Place, and when the priest withdrew from the holy Place, the glory of the Lord filled the temple in a great cloud. Then Solomon gathered the whole assembly of Israel in front of the Temple. And he prayed a prayer of dedication. It was an awesome prayer.
B.He had a good father I Kings 2:1-3
1.Solomon was born into the home of King David. Now David was not a perfect man. He made mistakes but God said this of David, “He is a man after my own heart.” I don’t imagine higher words could be given to anyone. Solomon had a good father.
2.Now, fathers are important in the raising of children. Not only is it important to have a father but it is also important to have a father who is a good man. To be fortunate enough to be born into a home where the father is present and where the father is also a good man is to begin life with a good start.
C.He did great things for God
1.During Solomon’s fourth year as King the construction of the temple of the Lord began. And what a project it was. The Temple was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide and 45 feet high. Tens of thousands of people were involved in this seven-year project. He used 4,000 tons of pure gold plus 40,000 tons of silver! The value of this gold and silver would be valued at $60 Billion not counting bronze, iron, precious stones, cedar wood and labor. Just to compare to day. The construction cost of Solomon’s Temple would have been around $100 Billion! Just to compare this to today, the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center is expected to be completed in 2009 at a cost of $2 billion.
2.Solomon did great things for God.
D.Solomon wrote many good books
1.Solomon is the author of 3 Books; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.
Solomon did not finish strong I Kings 11:9-11
A.I think you will agree with me that Solomon had a good start. You could say a “He had a great start!” But he had a lousy finish. He looked like a sure winner. It is this great start that makes it so hard to understand his lousy finish. Solomon did not finish strong, he had a lousy finish. “The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command. So now the Lord said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my laws, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants.” And scripture goes on to say; that if it wasn’t for David, and his loyalty to God, God would have ripped the kingdom out of Solomon’s hands during his own lifetime. But for the sake of David, God would not do it in Solomon’s lifetime but rather in Solomon’s son’s lifetime.
B.This is what I am talking about, finishing strong is more important that starting strong. Solomon went from being God’s man to having God tear the kingdom from his hands. And the only reason God didn’t do it to Solomon directly was because of David not because of the good Solomon had done in the past, you see that didn’t matter and Solomon couldn’t say, “but God I did this and I did this, I wrote three books of the Bible doesn’t that count?” Those things didn’t really matter now, because a good start isn’t enough in the eyes of God. And Solomon was going down, and he was going down hard, because he had a lousy finish.
C.Every one cheers the runners at the start of the race. But the real race is fought and won on the back roads, where not many see and few cheer and that is where many choose to quit and they never make it to hear the cheers at the finish line.
D.Why did disaster strike in the life of Solomon? Because he stopped walking in the ways of the Lord. What did Solomon do that was so bad? Solomon married many foreign women, hundreds, and most of them were not followers of God, they worshiped idols. And these wives led Solomon away from God. He began to worship these false gods. He built altars and shrines to these gods. Solomon had a great start. He had a good father, received good advice, was humble and dependent on God, had a great prayer life, did good works for God, and he wrote three good books. But in the end we find the Lord becoming angry with Solomon and tearing the Kingdom from Him, Why? BECAUSE he no longer walked in the ways of the Lord.
E.He allowed other things in his life to replace God. It happens still today. Many start strong and are passionate about God, but somewhere along the line, God gets replaced by some other idol. Maybe it is pursuit of money, or compromising by dating or marrying a non Christian boyfriend/girlfriend, allowing unforgiveness to stay in your heart. All of these can cause a person who has started strong to “no longer walk in the ways of the Lord” and end up finishing lousy.
Paul was concerned about finishing strong I Cor 9:24-27
A.When Paul came to Christ he blew out of the blocks faster then anyone ever has. But Paul knew that there was more to a race then the start. Listen to his own words, “In a race, everyone runs but only one gets first prize. So run your race to win. To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow boxing or playing around. Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside.” 1 Cor 9:24-27.
B.Paul was concerned about finishing strong. A good start isn’t enough in the eyes of God. A good start and past victories, do not make up for a lousy finish. If Solomon could not coast in on the waves of his good start, we dare not think that we can either.
C.A good start is important. It is important getting out of the blocks fast. But trophies are given only to those who cross the finish line. The bible is full of stories of men and women who had great starts for God but who did not finish strong.
1.Twelve spies were sent by Moses to spy out the Promised land, and only two finished strong, Caleb and Joshua, the other ten had a lousy finish. They all started strong. They were leaders chosen among the million Israelites. These were Israel’s best and brightest. They weren’t rookies. They had a proven track record. They started strong but had a lousy finish. Numbers 13.
2.Then there was King Saul, Noah’s sons, the high priest Eli. They all started out strong, but did not finish strong.
D.The fact that good men, godly men, faithful men, men like Solomon, the ten spies, Saul, the high priest Eli, Gideon and Samson, the fact that men, who were on fire, men who flew out of the starting blocks, men who had a commanding half time lead, finished poorly, put a godly fear in Paul and it puts a godly fear in me.
So how do we make sure that we finish strong?
A.How can you and I ensure that we cross the finish line with power? We need to have “staying power.”
1.Stay away from things that slow you down. Stay away from people that slow you down.
2.Realize what your weaknesses are and be smart enough to stay away from them. As Paul said, “Flee, youthful lusts.” Rather than think you can handle strong temptation, stay away from it.
3.“Staying Away” from your weak areas will help you to “finish strong.”
1.Don’t get distracted by other things. It is going to take endurance to finish strong. Be willing to deny yourself when you want to quit or give up, tell yourself to keep on pressing on, don’t give up. Remind yourself about the reward is that is waiting for you.
2.It’s endurance that determines whether or not we will finish strong. And endurance is the fruit of godly character. The Christian life is not a 100 yard dash. It’s a marathon. It’s a long race, and long races don’t only require speed. They require grit, guts, determination and finishing power.
D.It is never too late to begin doing what is right. As long as you’re breathing, it is never to late to get back on track. It is never too late to repent from getting side tracked and “stay in” “stay close” “stay away” “stay focused”
E.It’s never too late to confess your sin to the Lord in genuine repentance and receive His forgiveness. You may have messed up and messed big time but the race isn’t over yet. Just because you have fallen down does not mean you still can’t finish strong.
The Power of the Tongue
People die because of something said. Tongues can be weapons of mass destruction, launching holocausts and wars. Tongues can also be the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, understanding, reputations, missionary efforts, and governments.
But people also live because of something said. The tongue can be “a tree of life” (Proverbs 15:4). Tongues reconcile peoples and make peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). Tongues can make marriages sweet, families strong, and churches healthy. Tongues can give hope to the despairing, advance understanding, and spread the gospel.
So what will come out of your mouth today, death or life? “Sword thrusts” or “healing” (Proverbs 12:18)?
What Fills Your Heart?
It will all depend on what’s filling your heart. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). A critical heart produces a critical tongue. A self-righteous heart produces a judgmental tongue. A bitter heart produces an acerbic tongue. An ungrateful heart produces a grumbling tongue.
“The words you speak will all depend on what’s filling your heart.”
But a loving heart produces a gracious tongue. A faithful heart produces a truthful tongue. A peaceful heart produces a reconciling tongue. A trusting heart produces an encouraging tongue.
So fill your heart with grace by soaking in your Bible. Soak in Matthew 5, or Romans 12, or 1 Corinthians 13, or Philippians 2. And be very careful taking in the words of death in the newspaper, the radio, the TV, or the blog.
And pray: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalm 141:3).
The world is full of words of death. “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19), who “was a murderer from the beginning . . . and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Let us not join him in his “restless evil” (James 3:8).
For “we are from God” (1 John 5:19), and we believe in his Son, Jesus, “the Word” (John 1:1), “the truth and the life” (John 14:6), and who alone has “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Let us join him in speaking these.
Today, make your mouth “a fountain of life” (Proverbs 10:11). Be “slow to speak” in general (James 1:19). Encourage more than you critique. Seek opportunities to speak kind, tenderhearted words (Ephesians 4:32). Say something affectionate to a loved one at an unexpected time. Seek to only speak words that are “good for building up,” that “give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).
Be a person whose mouth is full of life.
“And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up” (Acts 20:32).
This means DIVINE QUALITATIVE AND “QUANTITATIVE” CHANGES.
It also implies:
It is a supernatural sudden change
It is a supernatural irresistible and remarkable change
It is a supernatural dramatic change
It is a supernatural empowered lifting.
It is a supernatural productive blessing
It is a supernatural sudden turnaround
Paul and Silas in Acts 16:25-31
Jacob in Genesis 32:24-32
Isaac in Genesis 26:1-13
Joseph in Eccl 4:14
Mordecai the gateman became a prime minister
Esther, the orphan suddenly encountered qualitative change by favor to become the Queen of the Persian empire.
Rahab the prostitute suddenly became a partaker of the inheritance for her doing good.
The mad man of Gadarene in Mark 5
The blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52
The disciples in Luke 24:30-35 after the Holy Communion with Jesus. The bible says their eyes were opened.
Hannah in 1 Sam 1-2. The barren becoming a joyful mother of Children
The Earth initially was without form and void. in Genesis 1:1-4
Suddenly The Red Sea, the Jordan River, the mountains melt like wax at the directive of God
God will define His divine shift in your life, family, career, ways, in His church and nation in the name of Jesus Christ.
Your sudden Change shall be consistent with the will of God.
I decree your deliverance from every trouble.
Every misfortune of your life must end today in the name of Jesus.
Every of your frustration, whatever had been holding you bound must give way in the name of Jesus.
Your mourning turns to celebration in the name of Jesus.
You will go places for God in the name of Jesus.
Every issue of your life will respond to Holy Ghost dramatic change in the name of Jesus Christ.
There are diverse types :
Spiritual shift: supernatural advancement. Deuteronomy 2:3
Mental shift 2 Cor 10:3-5
Material shift Numbers. 11:31
Health( medical) shift etcetera.
Since prayer is the platform for our sustainable empowerment. We need to fan the fire by prayer and fasting.
There is nothing God will need from us that will cause Him to be stranded.
We are the one that needs everything from God.
Nevertheless, we can’t pray against the prophetic agenda. We can only exempt oneself from it.
Pray: Father, establish your words in my life in this service with your infallible proofs in the name of Jesus.
For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they, therefore, were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. (Acts 1:5-9 KJV)
After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. They will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10 KJV)
In Acts 1:5&8 Jesus Christ gave assurance that we shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost……
Two questions are coming to my spirit:
1- After the baptism of the Holy Ghost and power, what next?
We are expected to rule and reign with Jesus Christ here on earth. Rev 5:10.
Are you a true witness with the power of the Holy Ghost since you were baptized?
2- we are told to pray, a particular model by Jesus Christ.Vs 10 says, “Thy kingdom come……………”
What is it, that His Kingdom come. His will be done?
What is in the Kingdom of God?
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17 KJV)
So righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost come.
I decree that the kingdom of God come into your lives, home, health,business, career, spiritual life, mind, emotion, status, body, marriage, family, character and conduct in the name of Jesus.
Will thou at this time restore( revive) the kingdom to Isreal?
The domain( territory) is the Earth, the ruler is you( the king) as an Ambassador of Jesus Christ
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. (Psalms 115:16 KJV)
When Heaven abounds in your heart, His WILL will be done without stress.
In His Kingdom, only His will prevails:
You will manifest the kingdom benefits.
The kingdom benefits are greater than the provisions in the eastern part of the Garden of Eden.
Since His Kingdom comes by the redemption of Jesus Christ, the kingdom benefits are made manifest by the redemption benefits of Grace:
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. (Revelation 5:12 KJV)
In the Kingdom of God; Heaven on Earth is the Will of God: favor, peace, righteousness, joy, prosperity, safety, security, protection, providence, provisions etcetera.
Note that the set time to favor us is now.
To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3 AMP).
When the Kingdom is restored, what happens?
1- You will manifest the Kingdom benefits.
Acts 1:7; restoration of the Kingdom is at the Father’s discretion. The time and season are in His power.
Prov. 3:27 He will not withhold any good thing that is in His power to give us.
Psalms 84:11 He gives favor and honor. He will not withhold anything good from them that works uprightly.
Hebrews 1:3 He upholds all things by the word of His power.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:16-17 KJV)
“By Him, all things consist.” ……. Your SHIFT for a better life, status, faith, believe, conduct etcetera.
You will manifest the qualitative and quantitative changes remarkable of the Kingdom and its benefits in the name of Jesus.
No matter how much the devil fights back! You will always be victorious in the name of Jesus.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper in the name of Jesus.
Every tongue that rises up against you surely you shall condemn
A thousand shall by your side, ten thousand on right hand nor shall come near you
With your eyes shall you see the reward of the wicked in the name of Jesus.
The Lord will remember you for good, and all the good you have done in His kingdom in the name of Jesus.
2- Greater exploits through willing obedience and Godly living.
You will be “engraced” like never before.
Increase of supernatural wisdom
New outstanding testimonies
New provisions and Providence
3- you shall receive power for all things.
Acts 1:8 power to be His witness in levels; locally, statewide, nationally and globally.
Deuteronomy 8:18 power to get wealth.
Unity, oneness, and togetherness
The birthing of new things (e.g. Pentecost experience)
New levels and dimensions.
4- Manifestations of your “daily bread”
Psalm 68:19 He daily loads us with His benefits( the Kingdom benefits).
You shall receive peace, prosperity, soundness of mind, good health, rich fulfillment, abundance, total victory, love, joy etcetera.
5- Transformation into new realms: SHIFT- “Qualitative changes.”
2 Cor 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (II Corinthians 3:18 NKJV)
The glory of God will be too much.
-Increase of the fear of God, greatness, and comfort, you become a wonder to many, your enemy becomes God’s enemy, generosity without struggles.
5- Divine elevations,- perfection, – establishment, – STRENGHT, – enthronement, -enlargement,- expansion, -Speed, and Settlements.
No man will be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life.
You become irresistible and unstoppable.
No more limits.
God will be with you perpetually
God will not disappoint, forsake, or fail you.
No breaking of the covenant also relationship, or covenant with God and His Kingdom.
Your inheritance in the will be restored in the land.
You will be prosperous and have good success in the name of Jesus.
Nothing dies in your hands anymore in the name of Jesus.
No more tears.
Whatever causes you tears ends now
Whatever makes you a misfit among your peers end now.
Whatever makes you weep behind closed door ends now in the name of Jesus.
Whatever that was not so, in the beginning, I command it to encounter a divine shift in the name of Jesus.
No more death
No more sorrow
No more shame.
Whatever represents yoke in your life is destroyed in the name of Jesus.
You become a captain and no more a captive in the name of Jesus.
You will believe without constraints
Receive your miracle babies now in the name of Jesus.
I decree your irresistible fruitfulness in the name of Jesus.
Is God that sets the solitary in the family.
Whatever spell or chain that is holding you single, I break them, I declare you married in the name of Jesus.
You are ordained for an unending progress .prov 4:18
I decree your supernatural advancement in the name of Jesus.
No more going in circles.
The last set back you ever suffered will be the last ever.
Sicknesses, diseases, infirmities in any life here disappear instantly in the name of Jesus.
I decree that the healing virtue of Jesus set you free now in the name of Jesus
Impotency, hormonal imbalance be set free, erectile dysfunctional be cured now.
Internal diseases in the organs be cured now in the name of Jesus.
How do I get connected to Divinely Shift and reposition for the Kingdom restoration and Its benefits in all my endeavors?
Let us look into Joshua 1:5-8
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:5-9 KJV)
1- Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (Ephesians 6:10 KJV)
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9 KJV)
-Dwell in the word
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV)
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. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:16-17 KJV)
– Meditate on the word
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8 KJV)
– Speak the word in season and out of season.
Grace and righteousness are gifts from God, Spirit is changed by salvation encounter but the word, you have to encounter yourself for your shift.
Lord let thy kingdom come into my heart, destiny, home, career etcetera in the name of Jesus.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV)
But we see not our signs?
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. (Psalms 74:9 KJV)
We became a reproach before our neighbors
We are become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us. (Psalms 79:4 KJV)
An end comes to all limits in our hearts about God
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Psalms 78:41 KJV)
2- Have faith in God
3-Believe in His Prophets
2 Chronicles 20:17-20
2 Kings2,4,5,6,7 Elisha’s divine exploits
4- pray, worship and praise consistently
If prayer is a bridge that allows God’s promises, will and goodness to have access to us. Why not ASK aright without ceasing or wearying.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (Acts 1:14 KJV)
Acts 1:9-13 Jesus released the authority to rule and reign to all that is His
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. And when they have come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. (Acts 1:9-13 KJV)
John 1:12 as many that believe in Him, he gave the power to be called the sons of God.
5- Be “sensitively submissive, committed and obedient” to the word of His Grace
Cornelius, a devoted man, generous giver, kingdom addicted lover of God, and His Kingdom.
Cornelius obtained the mercy of God. By Divine shift of God, receive unprecedented grace and mercy of God abundantly in the name of Jesus.
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming into him and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by a holy angel to send for thee into his house and to hear words of thee.
And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour, and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation, he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, (Acts 10:1-5, 22, 30-31, 34-35, 38, 43-46 KJV)
1-O Lord restore my spiritual life;( prayer, word, worship, fasting, giving, obedience, the sensitivity of the Spirit) with your Spirit of grace and supplication. As a partaker of Your divine nature and shift in the name of Jesus.
2-Father restore thy Kingdom in my heart, family, ministry, career, business, health, finances, commitment etcetera.
3- Father I thank you for the daily manifestations of your kingdom and the benefits( daily bread and others ) in all my endeavors in the name of Jesus.
4- O Lord sudden change is my portion today in the name of Jesus.
5- Whatever area you desire sudden turnaround change- commit it to God. ( Speak to the heavens: my change has come. My story is changing now. You must change my story today.) Now! Now !! In the name of Jesus.
You are Blessed in Jesus Name
MY STAR WILL SHINE!
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Every child of God is ordained to be a star on the earth, your star is your destiny, your God-ordained purpose for living, when you are fulfilling your destiny, your star is said to be shining. Today we are going to be engaging some prayers that I have captioned, my star must shine prayer points. This prayer points shall be focusing on disarming the forces of darkness fighting against the fulfillment of your destiny. The world we live in is full of darkness, and the gates of hell will stop at nothing when it comes to resisting the children of God. As a child of God, to fulfill your destiny in life, you need Gods hedge of protection, and that can only come through prayers.
The prayer points we are going to be engaging in today shall be focusing on destroying the powers of the kingdom of darkness fighting against our destiny, we shall be waging spiritual warfare against every satanic forces that will attempt to resist us as we make progress in life. This prayer points will empower you to destroy the powers of destiny destroyers in your life, those who will do everything to discourage you from making progress. Those who are secretly plotting against you to see that all your efforts are paralyzed, as you engage this prayer points today, God will expose them and give you supernatural victory. This my star must shine prayer points will empower you to destroy every barrier standing between you and the fulfillment of your destiny in Jesus name. Matthew 17:20 tells us that we have authority to destroy every power of the devil, as you pray this prayer today, I see all the powers of darkness fighting your star destroyed forever in Jesus name.
Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Mat 2:1 When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem
Mat 2:2 and said, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
FATHER, IN THE NAME OF JESUS…
IN JESUS NAME WE HAVE PRAYED. AMEN