Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

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.”

B.Stay Away

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.”

C.Stay Focused

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

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’s Words

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).






It was a normal day for Saul but it was an arranged day from God! From now your days will be arranged. The dad sent him on an errand like any other kid could have been sent but by the end of the day – He had become a king! He did not lobby for it. He did not bed for it – purely by divine arrangement! We will take the scriptures line upon line to use to pray!



1Sa 9:1  There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.


1Sa 9:2  And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.


“a man of wealth.”


That which is bigger than what money and my family can buy – Arrange it for me oh Lord!

“a handsome young man”


God – all that I have – my beauty, my brain ETC – ARRANGE IT FOR YOU, GLORY LORD!

Where no one has ever been to, What no one has ever touched in my lineage – let divine arrangement take me there.

Father, In every area of my life – make me exceptional!

“ From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.”


  1. Lord, I do not want to be physically taller – arrange an uncommon height for me!



1Sa 9:3  Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”


1Sa 9:4  And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then they passed through the land of Benjamin but did not find them.




On the day that promotion is arranged, let me be selected for an errand.

Lord – let today be my day of visitation.

As I step out of this prayer session, I receive a divinely arranged call to greatness!

In the name of Jesus, let my legs walk me into a divine program



“passed through the land of Shalishah but did not find them.” and ” passed through the land of Benjamin but did not find them.”


  1. I decree concerning you (insert your name) all your setbacks will be arranged to favor you!


  1. Let every setback in my life become an arranged platform for my coronation.



1Sa 9:5  When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.”


1Sa 9:6  But he said to him, “Behold, there is a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in honor; all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go.”


Lord, while the power of divine arrangement is working behind the scene, let me not be breakdown!

Arrange a helper into my life who will initial my walk into a divine arrangement!

Let my pains push me to you! Let my cries be heard in heaven!

Make me a source of help to people who need a divine arrangement

Every demonic and evil arrangement intended to derail me, STOP

I decree that I will not take that step that will make me miss or walk away from divine arrangement,



1Sa 9:14  So they went up to the city. As they were entering the city, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the high place.


1Sa 9:15  Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel:


Every arrangement that you have been working for me, FAST TRACK it – let it manifest today!

The one that you have arranged to help me – talk to him.

No matter how far away they are – the one you have ordained to pull me up – speak to him loud and clear!

Every helper that is the divinely arranged plan for my future – manifest!

Every power blocking the arrangement Heaven has made for me – be destroyed permanently!


1Sa 9:16  “Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me.”


” Tomorrow about this time”


Lord! Speak now that my tomorrow will be alright!

” I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin”


Send me Lord to where the arrangement that will give me rest has been made in the name of Jesus!

” and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel”


By reason of the anointing of Divine Arrangement on my destiny today – coronate me as King!

By reason of the anointing of Divine Arrangement on my destiny today – I will not struggle again!


1Sa 9:17  When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people.”


1Sa 9:18  Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, “Tell me where is the house of the seer?”


LORD, before I arrive at the place of greatness, arrange a “space” for me.

Lord! By the anointing of divine arrangement – Identify me and promote me!


1Sa 9:20  As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father’s house?”


Lord! arrange ease into my life!

Lord! arrange ease into my family!

Lord! arrange ease into this ministry!

Lord! arrange ease into Our nations!

Lord I submit – let divine arrangement sort me out in the name of Jesus!


Righteous People in Wrong Places

Righteous People in Wrong Places

(1Co 10:5) But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
(1Co 10:6) Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
(1Co 10:7) Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
(1Co 10:8) Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
(1Co 10:9) Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
(1Co 10:10) Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
(1Co 10:11) Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
(1Co 10:12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Better Men Have Fallen

Sometimes we get the impression that the children of Israel were just a bunch of losers that were too ungrateful and selfish to deserve to be God’s chosen people. I believe that if we could know some of these individuals as real people and not just as the children of Israel, we would find that they were probably no different than you and I. Only they did not live in the dispensation of grace as you and I do today.  Many times, their sins were dealt with quickly and severely.

I believe we might see a different picture. A picture of good people faced with troubles, and temptations, the fault as many of us, to choose complaint, murmuring, manipulation, deceitfulness to solve their problems rather than trusting God to solve their dilemma.

You see that’s our example. That God’s chosen people on the way to prosperity and the promise land got lost in their hearts and minds for forty years running from what we all run from many times. They yielded to the master’s direction, and provision. Good people, promised people, chosen people, but on the wrong place.

The pull of two paths

Proverbs 9:1-6 / 9:13-18

  • Describes two voices from two houses Wisdom and The Foolish Woman, and they cry out to the SIMPLE. Who is the SIMPLE? You and Me. God’s creation that are ignorant of the spiritual things, the eternal rewards (Wisdom) or the eternal consequences (Foolish Woman’s House).

  • You can read for yourself and see the difference between the two.

  • You will find Wisdom or the Kingdom of God, offers information, knowledge, direction, rest, understanding, and purpose. So complicated and much too inconvenient to consider quickly.

  • Then the Foolish Woman, who offers every kind of pleasure rather than understanding.

  • Her knowledge comes easy and from the surface. She seduces her victims and draws them in at their weakest moments only to find themselves deceived and trapped in the belly of hell.


Describes her ways. Look at how she traps and seduces the simple.

It is our fall time after time, not so much that we have deliberately ran to sin, but that behind the curtain of what is seen, and felt and touched there is the supernatural, the truth of our everyday decisions. Our destination is heaven but roads of dishonesty, lust, and greed many times sidetrack us.

Abraham walked down the path of Dishonesty -(see Gen_12:10-20)

(Pro 26:27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Many times in war, soldiers would dip pits to trap their enemy, only sometimes in the confusion of battle they,, at times, would fall into their own pit. Thus, if you are deceitful eventually, you might find yourself trapped in your deceit. The same for the rock returning upon you. Soldiers would push a rock up to the top of a hill or cliff to push off on passing opponents, only sometimes in the attempt to defend themselves with their device, they were flattened themselves. Deceit sometimes catches up with us. This is often the problem with lying; eventually, you have to lie to cover up your lies.

Pro 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

  • David was a Righteous Man in the Wrong place:

  • The Road of Impurity – 2 Sam 11:2


(Psa 42:4) When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
(Psa 42:5) Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for* the help of his countenance.


Jonah found himself continually going down from the presences of the Lord until down brought him to the belly of the fish at the bottom of the sea.

“Sin will take farther than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.”

Righteous People sometimes in Wrong Places!






There is nothing as sad and frustrating in life than been harassed and forced to leave a position that is rightly yours and that you have worked for – for years! A lot of things can cause this and as you know I prefer a preventive approach to spiritual things!

The king Xerxes called a party/banquet for six months with unlimited alcohol and in the state of drunkenness asked Vashti the Queen to come and do a fashion parade and she refused. He was advised to depose and remove her!



    Est 1:3 In the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his officials and administrators. The armies of Persia and Media were present, as well as the governors and noblemen of the provinces. 
    Est 1:4 For six whole months he made a show of the riches of the imperial court with all its splendor and majesty.
  2. Lord – this year I will not start a project that will destroy me!
    2. Any project/decision that anyone who has a say on my life wants to take and will hurt me – TERMINATE IT.
    3. The spirit of error that causes a man to make the wrong decision, I bind and cast out of my life in Jesus name!
    4. I, (insert your name) will not take a wrong turn again for the rest of my life!

” For six whole months”
5. The next six months of my life will not be spent in foolishness and vanity.
6. That year of failure will not come in my life
7. Every decision by someone close to me that will destroy be – I abort them in Jesus name
8. I, (insert your name) will not suffer for another person’s stupidity.

Est 1:5 After that, the king gave a banquet for all the people in the capital city of Susa, rich and poor alike. It lasted a whole week and was held in the gardens of the royal palace.

  1. In whatever way I am derailing and rotting away secretly now, stop in Jesus name!
    10. The road that leads to destruction – I exit you NOW in Jesus name.
    Est 1:8 There were no limits on the drinks; the king had given orders to the palace servants that everyone could have as much as they wanted.
    Est 1:9 Meanwhile, inside the royal palace Queen Vashti was giving a banquet for the women.
  3. Every addiction and habit that is programmed to destroy me and give away my place in the future – uproot in the name of Jesus
    12. In the name of Jesus, I will not use my hand to destroy my destiny!
    13. I break the influence of negative habits in my life and family!
    14. Any poisonous behavior in my life that I am celebrating – open my eyes!
    Est 1:10 By the seventh day, KING XERXES WAS FEELING HAPPY BECAUSE OF SO MUCH WINE. And he asked his seven personal servants, Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carkas,
    Est 1:11 to bring Queen Vashti to him. The king wanted her to wear her crown and let his people and his officials see how beautiful she was.
  5. Lord, every evil power that will influence anyone who has authority over me to abuse me – I dethrone them
    16. Everything that you have given me that makes me beautiful will not be compromised!
    17. Everything that you have given me that makes me beautiful will not be abused and taken for granted!

Est 1:12 The king’s servants told Queen Vashti what he had said, but she refused to go to him, and this made him terribly angry.
Est 1:15 The king said to them, “Queen Vashti refused to come to me when I sent my servants for her. What does the law say I should do about that?”

  1. Lord give me the wisdom to manage tough situations I am going through now.
    19. I am at my wit end Lord – intervene and help me!
    20. Even when I missed it – have mercy on my
    21. Every event that has or wants to diminish my quality or worth – I cancel them.
    See how these advisers added fuel to the fire!

Est 1:16 Then Memucan told the king and the officials: Your Majesty, Queen Vashti has not only embarrassed you, but she has insulted your officials and everyone else in all the provinces. 
Est 1:17 The women in the kingdom will hear about this, and they will refuse to respect their husbands. They will say, “If Queen Vashti doesn’t obey her husband, why should we?” 
Est 1:18 Before this day is over, the wives of the officials of Persia and Media will find out what Queen Vashti has done, and they will refuse to obey their husbands. They won’t respect their husbands, and their husbands will be angry with them.

  1. Every adviser agitating for my removal from my place! Silence them!
    23. Any mouth that is recommending pain for me – shut it oh lord!

Gen 37:20 Let’s kill him and throw him into a pit and say that some wild animal ate him. Then we’ll see what happens to those dreams.”
Gen 37:21 Reuben heard this and tried to protect Joseph from them. “Let’s not kill him,” he said.

  1. Even when it’s hopeless – raise a voice for me
    One single stroke of a pen from a government office can kill people!
    Est 1:19 If it pleases Your Majesty, issue a royal proclamation that Vashti may never again appear before the king. Have it written into the laws of Persia and Media, so that it can never be changed. Then give her place as queen to some better woman. 
    Est 1:20 When your proclamation is made known all over this huge empire, every woman will treat her husband with proper respect, whether he’s rich or poor.” 
    Est 1:21 The king and his officials liked this idea, and the king did what Memucan suggested.
  3. Every proposal targeted towards me to cause me pain – STOP!
    27. Every agreement targeted towards me to cause me to lose my place – STOP!
    28. Every mind and life planning as we speak to depose me – distract them! Keep them busy!

Psa 92:8 But you will rule over all of us forever, 
Psa 92:9 and your hateful enemies will be scattered and then destroyed.

  1. Every conspiracy against my destiny – Cancel it.
    30. Every form of irresponsibility and negligence in our governance – Lord purge it!
    31. Every kingmaker in Nigeria that wants to install pain – depose them!



    You can look and not see! You can look and it looks like you are seeing but you may be not seeing what you should see. Three people can look at you and see different things. What they see will determine the way they see you and respond to you! After now – may you see clearly!

Mar 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”
Mar 8:24 And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 
Mar 8:25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

  1. Lord, open my eyes, internal and external and cause me to see clearly!
    2. I am begging you Lord, the power, grace, and freedom to see clearly – give me now!

” And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out”
3. In every area of my life that I have been blind for years – let your light shine and remove the darkness
4. Take my hand and lead me to where my breakthrough is!

” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.”
5. Every partial sight that I have been carrying that is leading my life the wrong way – Lord, make me see clearly! very clearly!
6. What I need to see, What I need to know, What I need to observe – show me!
7. Every obstruction that is still blocking my sight – remove it now!

” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” 
8. Holy Spirit, Please! Please lay hands on me again – until I see clearly!
9. I command ( insert name) – see clearly

Remove the log in your eyes
Mat 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Mat 7:4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?
Mat 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

  1. My Father, please remove every form of log blocking my sight from making progress
    11. Every hypocrisy that is making me focus on the minor – free me!
    12. Every ideology of men that I have held “religiously” unto for years that is killing me and my dreams – destroy it the hard way!
    13. Everyone I am killing with my mean and condemnation attitude – I repent
    14. Every word that has been spoken to me that has made me believe I have no future – delete them from my software

Elisha, King of Syria and His Servant

2Ki 6:9 Each time, Elisha would send this warning to the king of Israel: “Don’t go near there. That’s where the Syrian troops have set up camp.” 
2Ki 6:10 So the king would warn the Israelite troops in that place to be on guard. 
2Ki 6:11 The king of Syria was furious when he found out what was happening. He called in his officers and asked, “Which one of you has been telling the king of Israel our plans?” 
2Ki 6:12 “None of us, Your Majesty,” one of them answered. “It’s an Israelite named Elisha. He’s a prophet so he can tell his king everything–even what you say in your own room.”

  1. Wherever the enemy is planning to destroy me – expose their plans publicly
    “Each time”
    17. Each time the kingdom of darkness is planning for my downfall – EACH TIME – they will fail!
    18. I decree, for every plan of hell against me, I will always be one step ahead.
    19. Father, every path of pain and destruction that is hidden, with “Holy Ghost infrared” I escape them!
    20. The warning I must hear and obey to, I will hear and take heed!

” Elisha would send this warning to the king of Israel”
21. Surround me with people whose eyesight and insight are sharper than mine!

“” Which one of you has been telling the king of Israel our plans?”
22. Every traitor that I have been carrying around for years – expose, expel and expunge

2Ki 6:14 He ordered his best troops to go there with horses and chariots. They marched out during the night and surrounded the town. 
23. Every order that has been released to hurt me and my family member – be canceled in the name of Jesus!
24. Every ” march” toward me to cause me pain – be terminated!

2Ki 6:15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 
2Ki 6:16 He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 
2Ki 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
25. Every response of hell to my new sight and revelation – backfire in Jesus name.
26. The laws of grace, the power of victory, the angels of protection – what are you waiting for? I command you, ARISE AND FIGHT FOR ME!

” for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”
27. In any area that I have been losing the battle because of lack of help -Raise my hand and fight with me!
28. I reject fear, legit or not – I reject you!
29. Open my eyes to see that help is here!
30. The powers and their human agent that has refused to back off me, THE NAME OF JESUS – STOP!
31. I (insert name) will never lack help!

2Ki 6:18 And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.

  1. Every eyes spiritual or physical that is stressing me – SHUT THEM!



Praying With Recipients of the Holy Ghost

Part I


Text:  Acts 8:14-17


14 ‍Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:‍ 15 ‍Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:‍ 16 ‍(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)‍ 17 ‍Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.[1]


Tonight I am going to share some tidbits of wisdom on the dos and don’ts of praying folks through to the Holy Ghost. This can be exciting, so strap on you pew-belt!


In this Acts, chapter 8, there was great persecution against the church in Jerusalem.  This caused the church to scatter throughout the various regions.  These were courageous men and women who continued to preach the word everywhere!


There was a man named Philip who went to Samaria and preached Christ to the people.  The people listened and watched the miracles unfold. Notice the link between hearing the word of God, having faith built up in the heart, and experiencing the actual miracle.   People were delivered of demonic unclean spirits that cried out with loud ugly, shrieking voices and people were healed of palsies and lame ailments.  It was awesome and a fantastic demonstration of the power of God for sure.


Then, all of a sudden, there was a monkey wrench thrown into the mix…..a man by the name of Simon known as a sorcerer.


Simon bewitched the people into thinking that he was some great person.  Nevertheless, the preaching of Philip and the name of Jesus Christ was far more powerful and the people believed and were baptized.


Believe it or not, Simon also himself believed and was baptized, he continued with Philip and watched the miracles unfold. 


It becomes obvious that Simon himself did not fully repent because when he saw that people received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, he immediately began to calculate this in terms of financial gain and this was and still is very displeasing to the Lord.  There is nothing wrong with the ministry living of the gospel, but it should never be turned into a money profiteering business with financial gain in mind as the focus.  Simon wanted to find a way to make money and he saw this ability to give people the Holy Ghost, as he perceived it as the means to making himself rich.  Watch what happened, this is classic Acts:

18 ‍And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,‍ 19 ‍Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.‍ 20 ‍But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.‍ 21 ‍Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.‍ 22 ‍Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.‍ 23 ‍For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.‍ 24 ‍Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.‍[2]


If Simon was true and genuine in what he said, and if he had a genuine repentance experience right here, then God certainly did forgive him, but not enough detail is given, so God only knows.


*We have just learned the first lesson here that it is something not to do:  We have just learned that the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and praying with people to receive it should never become a money making machine!  We are not talking about people not paying their tithes and giving regular offerings here, but we are talking about a person’s motive being to become filthy rich off the baptism of the Holy Ghost.  That is an insult and slap in God’s face, so to speak.  It would grieve the heart of our Creator to think that when He is our provider that a person would cheapen His wonderful gift and pervert the pure motives of helping people to be born again.  We must guard our own hearts and guard the body of Christ against money- mongering.


**The second area of tips in praying people through to the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is that the wrong thinking will result in the wrong results.  One minister was praying with a man to receive the Holy Ghost and giving him tips on how to pray properly.  The man stopped, lowered his hands, and said to the minister, “I have prayed for the Holy Ghost for several years, and I know how to pray for it!”


The wrong thinking kept producing the same result:  no Holy Ghost.


A valuable lesson here is that a person must be pliable in the hands of God and be teachable.  God works with teachable people.  God uses teachable people.  God gives teachable people the Holy Ghost.


So what are some common misconceptions?


  1. If they don’t receive the Holy Ghost, God was not ready to give it to them. The Holy Ghost has been continually poured out since the day of Pentecost.  Everyone who has responded correctly has become a recipient.  II Peter tells us that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Often the reason people don’t receive the Holy Ghost is because they have not completely died out to self yet.


2:  A person must be in a certain physical position to receive the Holy Ghost:  Such statement such as, “you must be in the church building” or “you must be on your knees to receive the Holy Ghost” are not correct.


People have received the Holy Ghost in their homes, cars, at school, and at work, and many other places, in addition to at church.


  1. Another misconception is the idea that a good rubdown helps. The truth is that too many hands on the person can become only a distraction.  While there is power in laying on of hands, there is nothing in the Bible that says our hands should remain on the person the entire time they are praying.  Hands need to be placed in appropriate places, such as the forehead, shoulder, hands, and arms.  Men must take special caution about touching a woman when she is praying.  The best place for a man to pray for a woman and visa versa is the forehead.  Touching in other places must be reserved for men praying with men and women praying with women.


The late Leo Upton would not touch anyone until he was ready for the person to receive.  He at that point would put his hand on his or her forehead firmly and pray until the seeker spoke with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance.


If a person is getting hands placed all over their body while at the same time being very loudly told to get their mind on God, that combination can be very hard to cope with.


  1. Another common misconception is this: “I did not see them cry.”


Crying in and of itself does not mean repentance, although it can include crying, but does not have to include crying.  God is interested in change, not just tears alone.  God would rather see a changed life without tears than tears without a changed life!


Repentance is a change of heart.  No one can receive the genuine Holy Ghost without genuine repentance.  If they are receiving the real Holy Ghost, then that means that they repented whether or not you saw them.


Some people come to our services ready to be filled, why?  Because they have been repenting for days in their homes, cars, schools, parks, backyards, and places of business.


  1. Another misconception is, “They got the Holy Ghost too easily.” “It should take longer than that.”

Repentance is a type of death; so how long does it take for someone to die?


Some seekers we are praying with have not repented and therefore it will take them a long time until they do in fact repent fully.  Others who have repented before they came to church will receive the Holy Ghost very readily.


  1. Another misconception is the idea that “the seeker should tell us when he gets the Holy Ghost. You may have heard it said, even by some who are well respected say something like this:  “We should not tell them they have received the Holy Ghost, even when we hear them speak with tongues.”  The truth is that we have been around the Holy Ghost for much time, some for all of their lives, yet the seeker has not and this whole thing is brand new for them!


Peter told the house of Cornelius they had received in Acts chapter 10.  The receivers are so focused on worshipping God and His glorious presence, many times they don’t realize what is happening to them.


Seekers feel different, wonderful, and like they never have in their entire lives, but it is all brand new to them.  They need direction.  Good questions to ask the seeker are:  Did you hear yourself say anything that wasn’t English?  Most of the time they will answer something like this:  “I don’t know what I was saying”


We can ask, “How do you feel?”


When they say something to the effect of, “different” yet feeling different is not the evidence of the Holy Ghost, but speaking in tongues is the evidence.  If we hear the seeker speak with tongues, then we have a Biblical right to tell them that they have received they Holy Ghost!  This will give them the confidence they need to know they have not wasted their time and energy at all and there will not be any confusion.


Once a person has spoken in tongues for the very first time and they now understand what they have received, then we should encourage them with such words as, “Now that you have received the Holy Ghost, let God speak through you some more.”  We then should pray with them to speak more.


Some Christians will disagree with this philosophy, but it is the best way to help the seeker get as much of the Holy Ghost as possible.


  1. Another misconception is when we hear somebody say, “They did not speak in tongues enough.” While a person cannot speak in tongues too much, when it comes to the initial evidence, the scriptures simply tell us that they spoke with other tongues, but it does not say for how long or how many different languages they spoke.  We all have upped our prayer language throughout our walk.  Some people seem to speak in many different languages, yet others may only speak one language, yet develop more at time goes on.  The bottom line for the first time seeker is that no matter if it is a few words, phrases, or sounds, or if a person speaks in unknown far off languages for hours, the point is that they are receiving the Holy Ghost.  That is the main thing, and the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.  We would all love a seeker to speak fluently for 20 minutes, but we don’t have scripture that says a person has to speak in tongues for any length of time for it to be genuine.  That may assure us, but God knows better than anyone on this planet, even St Nick.  The kingdom of God is not about self-service, but it is about serving our Creator, Jesus Christ.



  • In New York City, a mailman, shot by a sniper, is ordered from a building lobby because he is dripping blood.
  • In Oklahoma City, a woman gives birth unexpectedly—on a city sidewalk. Bystanders turn their faces. A taxi driver looks, then speeds away. A nearby hotel refuses a blanket.
  • In Dayton, Ohio, a dozen people see a woman drive her car into the Miami River. They watch indifferently as the woman climbs on the car’s roof and screams that she can’t swim. The woman drowns.


So many incidents like this have happened that the Chicago Sun-Times library now has a special file tabbed “Apathy.”[3]


When it comes to people helping people receive the Holy Ghost, let’s not allow ourselves to become apathetic!








[1] The Holy Bible: King James Version. 1995. Logos Research Systems, Inc.: Oak Harbor, WA

[2] The Holy Bible: King James Version. 1995. Logos Research Systems, Inc.: Oak Harbor, WA

[3] Tan, P. L. 1996, c1979. Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations  : [a treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts, and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers]. Bible Communications: Garland TX



“I will be remembered and….” Remember me Oh Lord
When God remembers, He operates in certain ways.


  1. He gives you a new thing

He gives you what you have not seen, or touched or experienced before.

1 Sam 1:19-20  And they rose up in the morning early, and worshiped before Jehovah, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and Jehovah remembered her. Wherefore 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.

This has different dimensions.


  1. Remember me Lord, whatever or wherever or whoever New place or thing (country, town, opportunity, etc) I need to see that my joy may be full, let me see it this year.


  1. Remember me Lord, whatever or wherever or whoever New place or thing to touch (baby, employment letter, new car keys, my own wedding bridal gown, etc) here are my hands, take them and let them touch them.


  1. Remember me Lord, whatever or wherever or whoever New place or thing I need to know (revelation, training, secret, etc), open the well of wisdom unto me.

Speech and Song

  1. By the anointing that brings remembrance, before this year runs out, I will sing a new song.

4b. Lord do something that will change my language for good!


Luk 15:22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

  1. By the reason of the anointing that brings remembrance, before this year runs out, I will wear a new garment.

  1. Lord, turn my season around that I can carry your authority and execute your counsel.

  2. Remember me that my phones will ring again with good news, remember me again that I may have somewhere productive to go!

  1. He uses remembrance to kickstart change. He makes up for lost time. He reverses time.

Exo_2:24  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25  And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

  1. Lord remember me and hear my cries.

  2. Lord remember me and free me from all internal and external opposition.

  3. Lord your compassion never fails, let me walk in your compassion and sort me out.

Gen_21:17  And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

Gen 21:18  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

Gen 21:19  And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water, and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

  1. Remember me and release the forces of heaven to help me!

  2. My father, I am tired of walking helter-skelter. Hear my voice where I am! Lord! here and right now, give me rest.

  3. Remember me that I may arise!

  4. All that I have and all that I am, I give back to you, let your mercy start a new process on my behalf.

  5. Remember me that I may see where my solution is.

  6. As the Lord liveth, every good thing that gives me Joy will not die in my hand.

  1. He uses mercy in abundance

You may not deserve it. You may not earn it. No one in your background or family history has ever received such grace but when you are remembered, you experience mercy.

Ps 106:45  And he remembered for them his covenant and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.

  1. I may not deserve help because of my past, show me mercy, let mercy bring me help!

  2. I don’t want a token, I want to experience a shower of your mercy.

Neh 13: 22  And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy.

  1. My father, remember me, spare me and show me mercy.

  2. Lord let the standard of your remembrance be a function of your mercy.

  3. Let the greatness of your mercy make me great.

Luke 23:42  And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.

43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

  1. Remember me, Lord, that judgment will not prevail over my destiny

  2. Whatever the judgment is, “today” Lord reverse it.

Gen 8:1  And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

  1. Remember me that the flood of evil recurrent events will cease.

  2. Let the power of your remembrance blow the wind of change into my life.

  3. Remember me such that every living thing dependent on me will not suffer.

  4. Remember me divine helper in your mercy so I may be lifted.

  1. He gives one more chance

Samson is a very good example of remembrance

He never writes off his covenant

  1. Lord don’t write me off. Lord remember your covenant.

1 Samuel 16:20  and shouted, “Samson, the Philistines are attacking!” Samson woke up and thought, “I’ll break loose and escape, just as I always do.” He did not realize that the LORD had stopped helping him.

  1. Lord wherever I messed up. Let mercy prevail and restore me.

  2. Help me again o lord. Remember me and help me again.

  3. You left Samson and he became useless. Lord visit me again. I need your presence. Lord, I need it now.

1 Samuel 16:28  Samson prayed, “Please remember me, LORD God. The Philistines poked out my eyes, but make me strong one last time so I can take revenge for at least one of my eyes!”

  1. Lord, remove my shame – forever and permanently.

  2. Remember me and Restore my eyesight.

  3. Vengeance is yours, fight for me.

  4. When this chance comes, let me not waste it again.

Despite the human assessment of how his story ended, He completed his mandate.

1 Samuel 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might, and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

Remember, his life mandate was to deliver from the Philistines

36.Lord, remember me that I may finish well!

  1. Lord, remember me so that I will do more at my end than at my beginning!








Mar 8:22  And he cometh to Bethsaida, and they bring a blind man unto him and besought him to touch him.

Mar 8:23  And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

Mar 8:24  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Mar 8:25  After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.


Mar 8:22  And he cometh to Bethsaida, and they bring a blind man unto him and besought him to touch him.

  1. Thank you because I am not hopeless. My family is not hopeless!

  2. You came to Bethsaida – please come into my life and location.

  1. Daddy, In the name of Jesus – visit me! Visit me now.

  2. Where ever that man or woman is that is destined to help me – send them to me!

  3. “They bring a blind man to him” – Let me helpers show up!

  4. From the North to the south, east to the west, Lord release an Armada of Help for our destiny.

  5. Holy Spirit, open our heavens and let all the power of creation from on high make a way for us.

  6. They cried for you to touch him, Daddy touch my life!

  7. Lord Jesus, touch my business and bring it to life!

  8. Please Lord I beseech you to touch my home and give me rest!

Mar 8:23  And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

  1. You collected his hand from theirs. Take my hand and free from all forms of encumbrance.

  2. Take my hand and deliver me from every form of distraction.

  3. Jesus! You took him out of the crowd! Take me out of the crown and single me out for distinction.

  4. Lead me to the best location for my deliverance.

  1. Lord, I ask that you will use all that you have to relocate me from average to greatness.

  2. Heavenly Father – put your hand on me.

  3. Let me start a journey that will lead me to a completely new experience.

  4. I receive the occurrence of a new and uplifting experience in Jesus name.

  5. I declare that my walk with you this month will lead to the asking of a question to confirm a new beginning.

  6. In the name of Jesus, I will not regress, I will only go forward in Jesus name.

Mar 8:24  And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Mar 8:25  After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

  1. I look up! Be my help!

  2. I look up, Hope will find me.

  3. I look up, deliverance will be my portion.

  4. I look up, and in the name of Jesus – I WILL SEE!

  5. My family looks up and we will not be downcast again.

  6. We look up and see a new beginning!

  7. We look up and we see new goals, new paths of power to pursue!

  8. Lord! In every area of my life that I need second dose of your power – release it now!

  9. Daddy – restore me, restore my family and restore my ministry.

  10. The power that restores Peace into a life – release it into mine.

For we have prayed in Jesus Name. Amen.