Favour to Possess
Psalm 44: 3- For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favoured them.
∙ May the Lord have favour upon you this morning. May the Lord take you into your inheritance, house, property, land, job, possessions, ministry, by His favour and not by your contacts, your strength, your power, your capacity or your ability.
∙ Tell the Lord, “I receive the Word by faith”.
∙ Whatever is your inheritance, even if it is on the earth or in the heavens, whether it is spiritual of physical, may the Lord supernaturally guide you into it by His favour!∙ As children of God, we have an inheritance. Abundance and progress, ministry for Jesusand spiritual gifting that is offered you in the Holy Spirit. GET ready and open you heart expectantly to receive free gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. All of this is given and kept for the Children of God. It is our inheritance.
∙ It is by HIS favour, His mercy and grace that we can enjoy all this. These days, the Lord is taking it all into another level. Into a new spiritual domain and spiritual territory. In thename of Jesus, I am entering into a new spiritual domain. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.
Aren’t you tired of sitting in the darkness? This morning there is an in filling in the Holy Spirit. Let there be a divine touch upon you. A new touch of heaven upon you. Some of you are going to experience the love of the Lord and strong fire of His presence and some will experience a touch into your Homes!
This morning the Holy Spirit is coming into your home. Host Him. Open the door toHim!
Revelations 3:15- “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wishyou were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither [a]cold nor hot,I will vomit you out of My mouth.
∙ You do not know that you are poor and naked. They don’t know! They are sitting there saying they are baptised 20 years ago. But the Lord is saying ‘buy from ME eye salve’. So, you can see your own condition.
∙ In the last days, the challenge of the pastors pastoring a church is to see who the people really are. They are empty and void inside. In fact the Lord is not even with many people and they don’t even know about it! The Lord is standing outside the door and knocking.
The Lord is standing outside the door! And He is knocking. The Holy Spirit is sayingmake haste to repent and open the door.
∙ Let the situation change in your life this morning. This morning, if you are ready to openthe door, the Presence of Jesus will come upon you. It is the Church coming home, Jesuscoming home!
∙ It is easy to praise God when the one sitting next to you does it. But when you are sittingat home, can you do it? The Lord is saying, I will go to their house and knock. That’s is
why section 144 is invoke in Kerala. So you can sit at home and learn to welcome theLord alone.
∙ If Jesus was to come in, what would you do? I would fall at His feet, kneel down and worship. What else will you tell Him? Will you tell Him that my personal prayer time isover, see you next week!
What does the Lord say in the Book Revelations?
∙ When He comes in, He dines with you. He doesn’t come into your home to leave. He has come to sit with you. He wants to sit with you. The first realisation is that you are seated with Christ. It is a spiritual experience. You are seated with Christ!
He has come to abide with you, to live with you, not just for you to finish a talk, asermon and a session. He wants to be with you.
∙ That is why God created man in the Garden of Eden. In the evening time, the Lord would come and walk with them. They could hear the footprints of the Lord.
∙ They sinned and hid from him. The Lord gave them that property and garden as their inheritance. The Devil tricked them. They sinned and hid. They have this nature of hiding. ∙ The Bible scholars believe that the enemy was inciting them every day, through a lie,through temptation and suggestions. The devil is a master of suggestion. (Such as…whatis the use of praying, what is use of walking with God, is it enough if you sit here? Shouldn’t you do things with your life?) The devil kept coming and suggesting to them.And one day, Eve gave in. It wasn’t a sudden thing. It had been happening for some time.∙ Open up your life experiences and thoughts honestly before the Lord. Suggestions andchallenges will come to you every day. When you touch your phone to see a sermon, it goes to another page! If you open up everything to God and tell Him, “I need your help,God, I am challenged here, God.”
If you openly talk to God about it, the devil will not win over you and God’s victory willmanifest through you over every suggestion of the enemy. Tell HIM openly about your situations.
The Lord is telling someone, talk to HIM openly. Tell him about your issues, your desires, your aspirations. It won’t surprise Him or shock Him. He created you.
∙ His greatest desire is to dwell with you. Not your devotion or prayer but He wants you to enjoy His presence. Dine with Him, have a fellowship with Him. He speaking to you and you speaking to Him. That is what is God’s favour! That is where God’s presence will leadyou into your inheritance.
Genesis 5:21-1Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.
∙ Enoch walked with God. He did not walk with God for the first 65 years of his life! He hada child, Methuselah. When you have some children, you will start praying! :) Only whenyou have some issues, you will start praying.
∙ Enoch started praying soon after Methuselah was born. He took a decision to walk with God. At least at 65 years make a decision to walk with God.
The Holy Spirit is attracting you like a magnet to walk with Jesus, to dwell and live with Jesus 24 hours, 365 days a year. Only when you are like that, God can do something through you.
∙ Some people want ministry. Ministry is dangerous for an ambitious man. Even if you dosomething before man, if it is not God’s agenda, it will not stand before God.
What is ministry? It is to walk with God. It is not doing. It is livingwith God.NUGGETS OF WISDOM
∙ When you start living with God, automatically things will happen.
∙ I did not surrender to ministry, I surrendered to Jesus.
∙ If God’s presence is upon you, wherever you are there is ministry.
∙ For a lot of people, prayer is only for ministry.
∙ You first walk with Jesus, your home will become a church.
∙ Money is never the problem. Not having money is also not the problem. The absence of God is the problem.
∙ When God’s presence shows up, even a stingy man will begin to give. ∙ You have to learn to host the Holy Spirit. You have to learn to allow Jesus to abide with you and He in you.
∙ Faith will move mountains. But the presence of God will cause mountains to dissolve or disappear. Do not keep cursing mountains, just sit under His feet and in His presence.
Ministry is not talking about God. It is God showing up.
∙ Worship is not a 20 minute ritual or some singing just to warm up. But it is coming into the presence of God. Then even if you cough, God’s presence will show up.∙ Today people forget that it is the light of His countenance. It is living and abiding in Christ that brings us favour.
∙ People’s prayers nowadays are only casting our or taking authority over the devil.WHAT IS PRAYER?
⮚ It is downloading the Kingdom of God. THY KINGDOM COME! THY WILL BE DONE! That is prayer.
⮚ Prayer is not giving Him a list of things. In the prayers of many, there is not a singleword of thank you. That is how selfish you are. How many of you will thank the Lord for his mercy, his blessing, his deliverance!
⮚ Prayer is an outwardly form of devotion for most people. They pray and then go outto do something foolish.
⮚ Prayer is a relationship with God from where flows godly wisdom and God’s favour. Inprayer you can jump start your life.
⮚ In Prayer there is transformation, if there is God’s Presence upon it.⮚ Prayer protects you from falling into sin. It is an overflow from your relationship with God.
⮚ Prayer results in a diminishing self and you become a carrier of God. ‘I must decreaseand He must increase’- That happens in prayer.
Moses went up to the mountain to pray and He received the commandments.The Law of reflection
The Bible is a reflection of who you are. Only there you can see areas where the flesh needs to be mortified or areas in your life that needs to be disciplined. Not you but by God’spresence. If you are outside of God’s presence, you are a savage man ready to kill anddestroy because you don’t have God’s presence. Wherever you have God’s presence, the flesh will die. The Presence of God alone can subdue the flesh. Once you do that, then you pray for your needs. Lord, I need your Presence. I don’t want religion. Let there be changes in my life.
1) GOD’S COUNTENANCE
Ephesians 4:29- 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [a]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
∙ People should be built up and people should be spiritually blessed by your words.∙ Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit. You can grieve the Holy Spirit by your words. ∙ The land that you have an inheritance is due to His God’s presence and God’s favour.
Numbers 13:27:28- 7 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly [a]flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
∙ The Israelites went to spy the Promised Land. The Lord has promised you growth,blessing, HOWEVER or NEVERTHELESS or BUT.
∙ We always have a But to say. “All this is fine pastor BUT I don’t think this child of mine will ever make progress”.
∙ Did people receive grace by hearing what I spoke? Did this encourage the hearer?∙ In verses 27 and 28, they are giving an account of the giants they saw.∙ The enemy did not call them grasshoppers; but they are thinking that way about
themselves. Grasshoppers are small creatures/ insignificant. They are speaking with their mouth. The words of hurt, pain and unfaithfulness does not build people up. But God didnot view them as weak.
Jeremiah 18:18- 18 Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come and let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed toany of his words.”
∙ We will destroy him with our tongue!
∙ God’s favour may be upon you, but if you shut that with your own mouths, even God can’t do anything. My children will be taught of the Holy Spirit. I am healed by his stripes.Let these be your confessions.
∙ Let the angels of God, the bringers of destiny go forth to fulfil your destiny in the Lord.
Job lost everything. His friends had dialogue after dialogues for him; and they used God in all of this. All through what they said, Job decided that he will make a covenant with his eyesthat he might not look with lust at a woman. In the midst of the trauma and the struggle and the condemnation, he is making a decision that I will walk even holier and even more consecrated. Even when people are saying anything against me (Insta, FB, TWEET), in the midst of that, I will walk with God.
Job 42:7- 8- 7 And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept [a]him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”
∙ God is saying to Job’s friends that if they need anything to be restored, go ask forgiveness from Job and ask him to pray for you.
The victory is in your mouth. Words of life, word of grace and your faith. The 10 spiesspoke of the negative and Caleb and Joshua silenced the spies by their words.
Numbers 13:30: Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
∙ Caleb was a man who walked with God. He said, we will go in and take the land. God gave him an extra GIFT- the mount Hebron.
∙ Speak what God speaks and stands for the men of God who preach the Word. God will give you something extra as your inheritance. He will release something extra for you!
∙ We have two languages. One is called the eternal language and the second is the earthly or natural language (this includes suspicion, misunderstanding, envy)
Faith talk is the eternal language.
∙ The psalmist says guard my lips oh Lord because of the wickedness. The things that open doors to the devil and blocks the grace of God, let such words never proceed fromyour mouth.
∙ All the people joined with the spies wept all night. Not all night prayer but all nightweeping!
Numbers14:1- So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.
∙ They had to be up early to go collect manna. But they cried all night. Not one would havecollected manna the next morning.
∙ If your situation has to change, if you pray and worship and speak words of faith, Go will do miracles for you.
Numbers 23:20-24- Behold, I have received a command to bless;He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
21 “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,
Nor has He seen [a]wickedness in Israel.
The LORD his God is with him,
And the shout of a King is among them.
22 God brings them out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox.
23 “For there is no [b]sorcery against Jacob,
Nor any [c]divination against Israel.
It now must be said of Jacob
And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’
24 Look, a people rises like a lioness,
And lifts itself up like a lion;
It shall not lie down until it devours the prey,
And drinks the blood of the slain.”
∙ The prophet is seeing the Israelites from different angles. Is there some ways that I can destroy and curse these people? Some people are like that. They are forever looking for ways to destroy you. But the Angel came and said, don’t speak unwanted things. And theprophet was scared to open his mouth. What you are reading in these verses is what hespoke from the top of the mountain.
∙ He says, these people are blessed and I cannot forget it!
Verse 21: He hath not seen sin in Jacob? Why? Because of the Blood of Jesus. The onewho has confessed his sins is forgiven.
∙ The Lord Jesus is with you. The shout of the king is in your midst. You have the strengthof the wild ox. You are more than a conqueror with Jesus. Walk with Him, talk with Him,live with Him.
∙ We need to walk distant miles but we are walking with God.
∙ Even in the wilderness, God is seeing you as strong.
Acts 7:38-38 “This is he who was in the [a]congregation in the wilderness with the Angelwho spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one who received theliving oracles[b] to give to us,
The church in the wilderness. In the New Testament, we are the church. Whatever angle they try to look from, because of the Blood of Jesus nothing can destroy you. People may speak against you.
The Donkey story: A donkey fell into a pit and master wanted to kill it. SO he started to throw mud into the pit to fill it up. But each time mud was thrown, the donkey shook it off him and climbed over it. Just shake the donkey, shake off the mud that is slung on you. Shake it off in in prayer.
∙ Paul says, the viper would have killed me but I shook it off. I will shake off the cursewords, I will shake off the medical report.
∙ People who don’t speak much are focused on the game. They play for the prize. They focus on the trophy. They are focused. They only speak what is needed. People who speak too much are the spectators and commentators. Isaiah
∙ God has not called you to be a spectator or a commentator but you are called to be a motivator for God’s work, an encourager, a builder with the men and women of God.There is an eternal trophy that you have if you complete the race well. By Hiscountenance and His favour, they inherited the land. Not by their own strength.
∙ They ate the food of angels. God can steer you by His strength into your inheritance. Thisfood is the Word of GOD. You will walk in the victory of Jesus Christ.