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Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare

The fool has said in his heart there is no God.

Jesus fell because I fell. He shielded me!!

We have the faith of God.

Mark 11:12-14
The Fig Tree Withered
Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “ Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”
And His disciples heard it.

Bethany is a place where Jesus loves to go. Bethany means the house of the poor. Jesus loves His time there.

Fig tree having leaves – means fruits are coming.

Fig tree shed his leaves.
It was not time for figs.

When leaves come, together with leaves, there is taqsh. Taqsh is like a bud on a fig tree that is a sign that fruit is coming.

Jesus came to the tree looking for the first fruit.

Jesus was not angry when He curse the fig tree. The fig tree is showing off that it has its first fruit. Upon close inspection, it is a barren fig tree.

The fig tree dried out from the root. The curse began at the root. When we curse something in Jesus’ name, sometimes we don’t see the result immediately. The first area is the root.

Mark 11:20-24
The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
So Jesus answered and said to them, “ Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

God is a faith God. He called Light Be and there was light! God used His name in creation!

God spoke and God saw!

Before God saw, God spoke!

We are made in the image of God!

Jesus is not cursing Israel. He is cursing the system Israel was in.

The devil is afraid of our words, our speaking power!!

If we speak to any mountains, and it shall be removed. God said SPEAK to the mountain! After u pray, speak to the mountain!!

As long as you are doing (performing), the devil is winning.

As long as u r speaking, the devil is losing!

When we come together and pray, good things happen!

Mark 11:23
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

My God supplies all my needs! Feel like millionaire! God’s word is good to me!

Believing and speaking. God does not like religion, He loves reality!

Holiness is obtained by faith!

Blessed are the pure in heart (person who is holy) shall see God.
So how to be holy?

Don’t be inward-looking.
Believe and speak-that is all!

We believe and we speak!
We shall have whatsoever we speak!!

David spoke to Giant. Long before he do, he spoke to the giant!

Speaking is what knock down the giant.

By faith, the Jericho wall collapsed

We having the same spirit of faith!

2 Corinthians 4:13
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,

Our God will give us this land! He will take us in!

Faith is God’s “currency”

Salvation is through faith.

Romans 10:4-10
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven? ’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss? ’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Righteousness of the law focused on doing right and not believing right.

Believe must be on the right person. Believe the right thing or person.

Many are trying to get righteousness by holiness. This is focusing on performance.

Acts 15:8-9
So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Get a pure heart by faith.

Christ is my Righteousness! Christ is my sanctification! Christ is my holiness!

Believe and speak!!

I believe and therefore have i spoken.

We believe and we speak!

Provision is all paid for at the cross!!

The reproaches of those reproach me fell on the cross.

Believe, Speak!
Once we speak it, rest!

His righteousness is by faith. The church still believe in righteousness by performance.

Romans 10:8
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach)

The more we do, the less we speak. Therefore the devil is winning.

It is faith that makes everything works!

You get what you believe!! Use the spirit of faith !!

Speak Amen!!! A way of allowing God to flow in our lives!!

What is the thing that kills faith?
Performance track mill kills!

If u focus in corresponding action, it is no longer corresponding.

The action is not important but faith is! Without knowing it, we are going back to the law.

When Abraham was under the stars and God preached to him and he believed the Lord.

God spoke! We are made in His image!

Put our trust for health by speaking!

The righteousness for faith speaks!

The law is not of faith!
Doing is not speaking!

Faith is simple.
Fig tree nothing happen first day, but something happen in the root. The second day, u see the result!

The higher u go in rank, the more u speak and the less u do.

Use your faith, thank God everyday!!

Start speaking it!! Knowing is not enough.

James 5:17-18
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

Praying and speaking goes together!

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Believe when we are praying! Believe we are receiving!!

What is earnest prayer? Earnest prayer to God is speaking!

Speak the word and this is intense prayer!

Curse the bondages of devil, curse the evil habit.

Speak good and we shall see good!!

This year is going to be a great year for me!

My God supplies all my needs according to His glory and riches!!

Never say I am tired. Speak the good! This was what work for a japanese 110year old man who is still strong and doing manual work. He said he never say he is tired.

Speak the good and see it happen in our lives!!
All Jesus’ works!!!

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Power in the blood of Jesus

Power in the Blood of Jesus

When you connect with Jesus, you are on the right track

God has no maximum!

Repent means change of direction. And those who change direction will not arrive in hell but arrive in heaven.

To heaven with the people!!

1 Peter 1:18-20
knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

There is power in the blood of Jesus!!

There is power! Wonder working power in the blood of Jesus!!

Bible is not a collection of christians’ opinions.

If you do business with God, you need faith! Faith is the currency and the kingdom of God!

A baby gets the blood from the father. The proof is in the blood.

Who was the Father of Jesus? That is very important question. The whole salvation depends on this question.

If Joseph is the Father of Jesus, it will be sinful and common blood. But the blood of Jesus in the bible is the only blood than ever, the precious blood. Jesus’ father is not Joseph.

Jesus did not have an earthly father.

Godhood and Manhood became one in Mary’s womb.

Precious blood of Jesus!

The precious blood of Jesus Christ! The price was flowing in His vein.

There is a lot of soap in the world, people are still dirty. You will not be automatically clean if you work in the soap factory. U have to reach out to the piece of soap, apply it and u will know what soap can do. This is also true to the blood of Jesus! It is not enough to be close to the blood. It is not enough even to sing about it. We have to apply it to our lives.

U will shout sing there is power in the working power of the blood when u apply it.

Only Jesus! There is no other! Only Jesus saves!!

A Saviour is the answer! Jesus is the Saviour!

Atonement means covering up.

Behold the Lamb of God who TAKES AWAY the sin of world! Jesus takes away the sin. There is power only in the precious blood of Jesus! Not in any substitutes!!

Suppose u have a beautiful table at home. It is a really distinct expensive table given by grandparents. One day the little boy played with something that has acid leaking into the table. You were shocked and you shouted how could you! The next day is birthday party. You take out something to cover the table, the part where the acid had effect on. Your friends did not see the effect of the acid.

This day you apply the blood of Jesus and He will come into your live and go behind every make-up, cracks and refine the cracks, past failures, chains that bind us and deliver us! He came to set the captives free!!!

The gospel is liberation and jubilation! Jesus saves!! He saves permanently!!

If you spoilt your life with sin, u can’t just throw your life away because u just have one life! Throw it to the nail pierced hands of Jesus! He will take it and make it something completely new! There is power in the blood of Jesus! There is only one means to get rid of your past. That is cleansing with the blood of Jesus! You will be a new creation and new person and be born again!! Jesus saves! His blood has the power to do what u cannot do for yourself!

Jesus gives us a brand new book! All the pasts have been blocked out! He chose to forget our past! All things are new! It is all by His wonderful grace!! What a mighty mighty Saviour!!

Jesus is coming to us esp those who think they have been overlooked for so long!!

Leviticus 8:22-24
And he brought the second ram, the ram of consecration. Then Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram, and Moses killed it. Also he took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. Then he brought Aaron’s sons. And Moses put some of the blood on the tips of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses sprinkled the blood all around on the altar.

Jesus came to fulfil the old testament. The blood of Jesus has another function. If we ask Jesus to wash me of all my sins, He will cleanse us internally. He will put a drop of His blood in our ear, our right hand and our right foot. We are marked by the blood of Jesus!!
This marking is not meant for human eyes to see. When we are washed inside and marked outside. Every angels can identify us. Every demon can identify us too.

I am washed and marked with the blood of Jesus!!!

Fear not, Jesus has redeemed you, Jesus has marked you!! We are His property! No weapon formed against us shall prosper!!!

Why pray?

Why pray?

Jesus is the real superman! He cares for us even when we did not care! He redeem us!

God’s will is not for us to grow old. Even death, the last enemy. Father’s dream for man is for us to live forever and not grow old.

God did not stop man from sinning because He creates man with free choice! He did not want to create robot. He made man in His image. As long as there is free choice, He won’t manipulate our choice.

God never meant for people to die.

Why pray if God is all knowing? Pray because God is all knowing!

Matthew 6:8-9
“ Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.

Because God knows what we need, therefore PRAY!

We pray because free choice comes into place again!
God don’t want to force us!

Prayer is our expression in the free choice.
Prayer is open heart, open mind, open life and open hands!

When we pray, pray God prosper me, and we allow Him to prosper us! A receptive mode!

Salvation is everything good from God!

Keep on asking and i shall receive. Keep on seeking and we shall find. Keep on knocking and the door shall be opened.

When we ask, we are not trying to make it happen ourselves. We are looking to Him to do for us!

Only God can bless! Bless means i cannot produce it, bless me!!

Because God knows, pray!! Keep on praying!!

The 1st day we pray, God heard me! Keep on praying even when there is delay. Don’t give up praying.

God is not folding His hands and demand us to keep on praying to persuade Him to bless us. This is not the image that He is!

3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

It is God’s will for us to be prosperous! God’s word is God’s will!!

Pray until manifestation happens!

Prosper in all aspect and be in health!

Amen means so be it!!

A short prayer open up the door to God!

Daniel 9:2-3
in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

God loves participation. God loves the hands that are opened!

Matthew 6:5-9
The Model Prayer
“ And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
“ Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.

Matthew 23:14
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

God wants children who talk to Him heart to heart!!

Whether we pray “hard” or pray “soft”, it is not about who we are but who He is!

Jesus prayed for dead to be raised with just 5 words! Is a 5 sec prayer!

Because we think we need to pray long prayer for God to answer, we ended up not praying at all!

Most powerful prayer is simple prayer!

It is not the volume and size of a prayer. Is who we pray to!

God is a Big God! Is God’s part to know all the where and how!

We can’t worship Someone whom we can understand fully!
We pray and God answer!

Keep on asking God!

Don’t give up too fast!

Things that are impossible with man is possible with God!

There are times we settle for it.

But let God restore! Ask God to restore and don’t settle for it!

God don’t need to be coax to give us. He is more than willing to give us!

1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

He referred to God 3 times and referred himself 5 times. This is a “bless me prayer” enlarge my coast is prosper me!

We believe in our new DNA which came from our heavenly Father!

God calls Jabez more honourable than his brothers.

If I want it, ask God for it!

Our God is big enough to supply us!

God can turn water to wine. If we wanted more we should have asked Him. Not cheap or kill to get.

Kavod-glory

If we don’t ask God, we will use our ways to ask God

James 1:5-7
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives (constantly giving) to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

We can have wisdom beyond our years n qualification.

God measures our worth – the death of God’s Son. Jesus died for us-this is something that no one can take from us!

Joseph has the wisdom. The insight into dream. He has wisdom. He sees things that others don’t see.

Wisdom with Largeness of heart. When we see things that people don’t see, we must be patient.

We are designed to be focus.

Too many visions will kill. Focus. Holy spirit is able to make us focus!

Listen to His word and He will tell us what is important.

Come to Him all who is weary.

God out gives us! God made the sun for the earth. He made the sun that is oversize. He give us more than we need! He gives abundantly to us. He is constantly giving and giving liberty.

Jesus has the power and He is willing!!!

God is more willing than we are to receive our provision!

He gives us wisdom without reproach! He is constantly not finding fault!!

God is constantly not finding fault!

He is not fault finding. He is constantly not finding fault and constantly feeding!!

Don’t let anyone hold us back.

Wrong believing will produce wrong result.

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

This is the holy spirit giving us the assurance from the divine logic to give us the place of confident and peace.

God did not spare His own Son. This Son He did not spare is the Son that He loves! This is His beloved Son in whom He is well pleased.

Jesus is the Father’s constant delight. He was not spared so that we can be spared.

God gave Jesus up for us!!

He delivered Jesus up to beating and death.
How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

God gave us the greatest Gift, will He not give us the lesser?

Nobody asked God to send Jesus. God sent Him because He loves us!!

Jesus was given “unasked”, the lesser gifts are there for the asking!!

Do u think it cost God a lot to send His Son? Love can get hurt and pain. God must have suffered when He gave up His Son. It hurt God. This cost God so much, will God give us the lesser gifts which cost God nothing. It only gave Him pleasure to give us all the lesser gifts!

While we were still God’s enemies, He came to us. Now we are reconcile by Jesus, we are His friends and He gives us much more!

From now on and forever and ever, God will freely give us all things! The wonderful Giver! He gives us hope!

Shall – is definite !

Right-believing

Right-believing!

The gospel of grace and peace

We get saved and live by grace!

Christianity is not a religion. It is not keeping a set of rule to approach God.

When Jesus came He brought us the gospel. God reached to man. God came to where we were.

Christianity is about right believing. The just shall live by faith.

Through Christ we have received unmerited favour!

Obedience to the faith is right believing!

This is important for our eternal destiny. God breathed into man and man become the living soul.

Man’s rule is by his word. We are God’s breathe.

There is a wrong believing in our lives when we are worried about our lives, our future.

Goodness of God lead people to repentance.

There is no man who never transgress commandments, but only Jesus.

The father said “my dear child”, which is not mature, “son” means mature son.

3 John 1:2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Prosper – present passive infinitive
Passive because we can be prospering without looking for it.

Health- active participation

Walk in truth (present active indicative)

Galatians 2:14-16
But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

No flesh can be justified. Greatest commandment of all- love the Lord with all your hearts and souls.
Keep the law will not produce holiness. By the law is the knowledge of sin.

2 Chronicles 29:7
They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel.

When churches start with prayers of asking for forgiveness of sins, they do not understand what Jesus has done!

It is certain that through Jesus we are saved and forgiven! It is a declaration! It is certain! Not “maybe”

Robust faith that all our sins are forgiven!!!

Divine certainty that all our sins are forgiven!!

These things are written that you may know that you have eternal life!!! Is a CERTAIN!

1 John 2:12
Their Spiritual State
I write to you, little (dear beloved) children, Because your sins are forgiven (perfect passive indicative) you for His name’s sake.

You are forgiven. No such things as unforgiven christians.

We are born again! Born again person is not a pig, is a sheep. Pig loves to be in the mud. Sheep loves to be clean.

Jesus died to give us the gospel. Love God with a passion and love one another.

Ephesians 1:7
In Him we have (echo) redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

In Him we “have”!
Have – present active indicative

Redemption – freedom that comes from the penalty.

He had to justly forgive.

Exchos –
To have
To hold fast
To own

Matthew 6:14-15
“ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Paraptoma

Matthew 6:14
“ For if you forgive men their trespasses (paraptoma), your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Ephesians 4:32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Forgave there is once and for all.

Luke 7:42-43
And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “ You have rightly judged.”

Forgiven most will love Jesus most! Greater quantity!
Reveal how forgiven we are!

Matt 18:21-35 (NLT)
This story was before His death and resurrection. Now all our sins are forgiven!

Marriage is a series of forgiving each other.

All our sins are forgiven. Leaders need to rightly judged.

We have wrongly judged why people don’t love God!

Come back to the purity of the original.

We have a new nature- sheep nature.

Rightly judged!

Glorious Ruins

Glorious Ruins!
By Pastor Brian Houston

Glorious Ruins- JTH (Hillsong Live 2013)

Verse 1:
When the mountains fall
And the tempest roars
You are with me
When creation falls
Still my soul will soar
On Your mercy

Chorus
I walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit will
Rise in Your story
I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of your glorious grace

Verse 2
When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling
to Your promise
When my courage ends
Let my heart find strength
In Your presence

Chorus 2
Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign
And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love you forever
And forever I’ll sing

The idea of ruins come alive.

Zechariah 11:3
There is the sound of wailing shepherds!
For their glory is in ruins.
There is the sound of roaring lions!
For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.

Ruins speak a lot of different things. The temples – glory of God filled the temple of God.

Ezra 9:8
And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.

Glorious ruins spoke of the old testament temples.
Glorious ruins spoke of creation of man

What God created was glorious. But when we fell, the hope of humanity was ruin.

You might be facing a ruin of dream, career or whatever. The wonderful news is in Jesus, the ruins come alive! The ruins come alive from ashes!

God can breathe ruins alive!!
Jesus left the glory of heaven, empty Himself. So that we can see what is glory became ruins.

Man take what is glorious ruin. Jesus take what is ruin glorious!

Whatever ruin represent to us, God will cause all ruins come alive! What was ruins became alive!!

It seems like the hope of disciples were in ruins when Jesus went to the cross. I know my Redeemer lives! What was ruins became glorious!

Ruins can be our past glory days. Ruins can represent the scars of the past battles. Ruins can be neglect, abandon. The good news is ruins come alive gloriously! We shall have testimonial out of this!

Ezra 9:9
For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.

To rebuild its ruins! Ruins coming to live!

Ezra 3:10
When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel.

Praise the Lord.

Ezra 3:11
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

They sang responsively!!!

Don’t underestimate the power of praise! Lift praise! Praise is the entry to His gate!

Psalms 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

If your dream is ruined, enter into His gate with praise! Thanksgiving!!
Be thankful

Glory! The Lord does the fighting for me!!!

Ruins come to live! Know the power of praise!!!

We start with praise because this is the entry point!

Ezra 3:13
so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.

Ezra 4:4-5
Then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building, and hired counselors against them to frustrate their purpose all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

Ezra 4:6
Rebuilding of Jerusalem Opposed
In the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.

Are u just discouraged, confused? Something we believe God for is ruined, praise Jesus! Praise all day long! Let everything that has breathe, praise the Lord!!!

John 11:38-40
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “ Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her, “ Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

U will see what is ruined becomes the glory of God!!!

Jesus started praising God when He was confronted with death in front of Him
John 11:41
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “ Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

John 11:44
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “ Loose him, and let him go.”

The ruins came alive!!! In the beauty of His name!!!

Praise our ways in God-given miracles!!

Start confessing the word of God!

The power of praise was how the old testament temple was rebuilt!

Ezra 6:14
So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

God’s word prosper on the prophesy. The word of God speaks into our future. Bible is not just history book, it breathes life into our future!!

Haggai 2:6-9
“For thus says the Lord of hosts:‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

Is the Lord of Host that fulfil the prophesy!!

Whatever i am facing ruins, can u believe through the word of God, He breathes in life!!

This is what glorious ruins look like!!!

The presence of the Lord is our glorious ruins! He can restore us!! The word of the Lord is unshakable! All of our hopes is in Him!!

Zechariah 9:9
The Coming King
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.

The mountain shall become a plain.

Ezra 7:10
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.

Prepared the heart – seek the Word – To do it! (He live the word), lead the word (to teach)

Spend time alone with God.

Ezra 8:21
Fasting and Prayer for Protection
Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.

Seek God for the Right way? The power of seeking God! We shall see ruins come to live!!!

Conclusion –

So the 3 steps of having your ruins restored beyond it’s former glory are:

1) Praise the Lord. To start the process of restoration.
2) Prohecy restoration upon your ruins.
3) Prepare to receive the restoration from the Lord.

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