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Title: The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 5 –  72 hour Prayer and Fasting for Leah Sharibu and those held in captivity around the world – Freedom week

Date: Sunday, 23rd of September 2018 

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Key Scripture : 

James 4:17

Therefore, anyone who knows what is right but fails to do it is guilty of sin.

1 Corinthians 12:25-31

25so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 

      27Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. 29All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? 30All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? 31But earnestly desire the greater gifts.
      And I show you a still more excellent way.

1 Corinthian 13:13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

John 17:20-23

 20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Dear brethren, thank you for the opportunity to write you this piece. May the Lord bless you richly as you not just read and digest what I have written but also take action that brings about God’s kingdom amongst men and women. We are dedicating this week’s episode of  The Great Exchange For Service to propel believers who love freedom to a love directed action in the place of prayer and fasting this week. We are making Leah Sharibu case as point of contacts to many that are held captive against their will, those who are oppressed, chased out from their land, people chased to the bring of self-destruction as a result of prevalence of wickedness in our society today permeating the organized church and our polity.

When society goes heartless and wickedness prevails, God always looks to His body of believers to take action by calling unto Him in humility, in prayer, in sincerity seeking and searching for His face, after repenting and turning from their wickedness, God responds by bringing healing to the land.  It is obvious our government are helpless to the challenges posed by the lawlessness in the land. The government itself is not free of lawless men and women.

We can close our eyes to non-performance of government establishment to cub the surge of insurgency but what is worse and wicked is the Nonchalant attitude of the body of believers who go about business as usual in local and international assembles wishing that the problem will just go away while we bury are heads like Ostriches in the sand of foolishness.  It is time for a united action by all body of believers to turn the tide of wickedness, to push back the kingdom of darkness that wants t superimpose itself over the kingdom of God. It is not time to work as individual believers but corporate, united believers praying in unity. In the place of prayer, God provides a strategy to win the battle. In Jehoshaphat case, it was just singing that did the job but we can’t put God, in a box.

We have no choice put to do something. Who are those 7000 who have not bowed to Baal in our midst? Who are those who do not bow to money and all the things that we worship besides or above God? Read this, meditate and by all means, join the UNITED action to change the tide…

“The power of the wicked is always enhanced by the timidity and indecision of the righteous”, observed Sir Winston Spencer Churchill.. Think of these crimes:

  1. A few very corrupt Pharisees managed to organize the masses to rise against Jesus Christ of Nazareth, a man who had performed so many good deeds including feeding 5,000 people, healing the sick, raising the dead. Where were the good people that had witnessed and probably benefited from all these miracles when the mob rose against Jesus?
  2. Adolf Hitler: How did he manage to kill six million Jews right in the midst of all churches and religious people? What were the righteous doing?
  3. Idi Amin in Uganda: How did he succeed to terrorize his own people for years. How did he succeed to get away with such crimes against humanity and even succeeded to evade justice till his death?
  4. Rwanda: over one million people were mercilessly massacred. Church leaders were there, watching. The international community sent planes to rescue their own and remained at a distance, in air conditioned boardrooms, drinking coffee and issuing statements from a distance…
  5. Apartheid and Racism: How did such an evil system survive so many decades in a civilized world that has all the human rights organizations, including the international mother body, UN? Why did the rest of the world choose to look the other way, whilst the likes of Steve Biko were being mercilessly murdered? Worse of all, some Church organization and leaders participate in it as well
  6. Cashgate: It is believed this evil has been in our midst for more than decade. How did we allow billions of our taxes systematically looted whilst the rest of the innocent people, some of them, church elders and leaders chose to look the other way, not wanting to interfere? Or worse of all, encourage and participate in the crime?
  7. Leah Sharibu, Chibok girls, innocent people killed by Boko Haram, unidentified gunmen and suspected Fulani herdsmen:: There are so many righteous and good people who know what exactly is happening in the dark. But they, just as the good people during the crucification of Jesus Christ, during the massacre of the 6 million Jews, during the terrible times of Idi Amin, the genocide in Rwanda, the evils of apartheid and racism, cashgate, they have all chosen to look the other side. They have convinced themselves “it is not my business”… now I know why darkness prevails over light.

Now we have a chance to do something or do nothing, remain in our paneled houses and wish it will never touch us or our loved ones.

It is time to do something by calling on no one else but the God who created the wicked ones that are tormenting the righteous. Saul of tarsus tried it and he encountered Christ, wrote the books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians and others. The same God can make Boko Haram a tool in His hand to do righteous deeds, it is not our job to curse but to bless them and  call God to action in the place of prayer and fasting. God loves those in Boko Haram organization but hates what they do. Our job is to call Him to action to do what is deemed right in the seeming darkness covering the land.

Join the prayer beginning Monday, the 24th of September and let us leave the rest to Him, the maker of us all.

Shalom!

Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – e-discipleship at otakada.org

OUTLINE FOR THE PRAYER AND FASTING

Proclaiming Freedom for Leah, those in captivity and healing for our land.

Three (3) days Prayer and fasting to proclaim freedom for Leah,  others in captivity and deliverance for our nation._

Date: starting Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th of September 2018.

Key verses:

2 Chronicles 20: 1- 26

…3 _And Jehoshaphat FEARED, and set himself to SEEK the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD_….

Luke 4:18

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim FREEDOM to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at FREEDOM those who are oppressed;

Daniel 3:1-30

….24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

_*25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the[e] Son of God.”*_…

*Prayer points:*

*1)  Lord, have mercy on us and our land and forgive us of all our failings as your people as we repent and turn from our wicked ways in Jesus name, amen*

*2) Lord, intervene and help in Leah’s case and many others in similar situation and confront the adversary in our land in Jesus name, amen*

*3) Lord, deliver Leah, deliver those held in captivity and deliver our land from the wicked one in Jesus name, amen.*

*4) Lord, set Leah free, set the captives free and set our land free in Jesus name, amen*

*5) Lord, heal Leah of every emotional, physical and psychological wounds, heal the captives, Lord heal our land in Jesus name, amen*

*6) Lord, we declare embargo on future kidnap incidence and wickedness in our land henceforth in Jesus name, amen.*

*7) Lord we thank You, we praise You and worship You in advance for answers to our prayers because only You are worthy of worship and praise in Jesus name, amen*

_And other prayer points as led by His Spirit._

*_Prayer slots 24/7 for 3 days are 12 midnight,  3 am,  6 am,  9 am,  12 pm,  3 pm and 6pm. And anytime inbetween. Pick a slot and stick to it._

Signed by those who love FREEDOM that only God provides*

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The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 4 -Intimacy in unity of the Spirit

 
 
 
 
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Title: The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 4 –  Intimacy in unity of the Spirit
 
Date: Sunday, 16th of September 2018 
 
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Key Scripture : 
 
John 17:13-23
 
13-19 Now I’m returning to you.
I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes
So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.
 
20-23 I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.
 
Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,
3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
 
 
Dear brethren, what an awesome privilege to write to you on the subject of intimacy with our Heavenly Father in four (4) series and how this relates to intercession. Today, we are exploring how crucially important it is for us, called as intercessors to keep the unity of the Spirit. In fact, it is absolutely impossible to get into and remain in intimacy with our Heavenly Father if there is no bond of peace with fellow believers. When I say believers, I mean believers not defined by same church assembly, ministry or doctrinal agreement  but believers all over the world. We cannot be effective in the place of intercession until we remove the vail of denominational affiliation, doctrinal or ministry mindset from our minds. It is hindering soul winning which is the core of our call because no intelligent  unbeliever, seeing what is happening amongst believers today will want to join such association. 
The Lord revealed to me twelve (12) years ago that our church organizations are tearing His bride apart with a vivid picture of Himself all divided and appended to these body parts are church organizations as we know them today. This terrible disunity accounts for the powerlessness in miracle crumbs, absence of fruitfulness, greed, pride, epileptic growth and myriads of other unexplainable abnormalities amongst us believers today.
 
Paul Brand and Philip Yancey in their book, Fearfully and Wonderfully  Made, gave a vivid account of this stinking sickness as it relate to the human body.. 
 

“USING THE ANALOGY OF THE HUMAN BODY,there are some diseases that can spread infection throughout the body of Christ. The mind can become swollen with pride. The heart can grow cold and indifferent because of sin. The digestive system can get clogged by sterile theory and unapplied theology, so the body can’t digest what needs to be turned into energy or eliminate what needs to be released. When that occurs we start to fight among ourselves unable to stay balanced. . . .Sometimes a dreaded thing occurs in the body-a mutiny-resulting in a tumor. . . .

 
A tumor is called benign if its effect is fairly localized and it stays within membrane boundaries. But the most traumatizing condition in the body  occurs when disloyal cells defy inhibition. They multiply without any checks on growth , spreading rapidly throughout the body, choking out normal cells. White cells, armed against foreign invaders, will not attack the body’s own mutinous cells. Physicians fear no other malfunction more deeply: it is called cancer. For still mysterious reasons, these cells-and they may be cells from the brain, liver, kidney, bone, blood, skin, or other tissues-grow wild, out of control. Each is a healthy, functioning cell, but disloyal, no longer acting in regard for the rest of the body.
 
Even the white cells, the dependable palace guard, can destroy the body through rebellion. Sometimes they recklessly reproduce, clogging the blood stream, overloading the lymph system, strangling the body’s normal functions-such is leukemia. 
Because I am a surgeon and not a prophet, I tremble to make the analogy between cancer in the physical body and mutiny in the spiritual body of Christ. But i must. In his warnings to the church, Jesus Christ showed no concern about the shocks and bruises His body would meet from external forces. “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against my church,” He said flatly (Matthew 16:18). He moved easily, unthreatened, among sinners and criminals. But He cried out against the kind of disloyalty that comes from within.”
 
Here are comments from Christ Himself to let us know how terrible the Lord views anything and anyone that divides His bride. Judgement has already started and will continue until perfection, until the wall that is tearing the bride apart crumbles, until what matters to all of us is our intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Hear Jesus speaking out on disunity in His body:
1)Then the voice of the Spirit said, “This is what you have done to My church. You have defiled the purity of My bride. You have torn My beautiful bride into pieces and dismembered her. You have divided the parts of My body and put them on display. You have exalted some of the parts and scorned others. I have watched while you ridicule that which I call holy. My heart is broken. I can bear it no longer.”
 
2) The Lord said, “Behold, they are coming. Even now, they are approaching. Behold, My great company of apostles and prophets. (See 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11–16.) Some have already begun to work among the body parts to bring healing and restoration to the bride.”
 
3) Jesus spoke with divine admiration, saying, “I have released the apostles of My right hand and the prophets of My left hand to the work for which I have called them. In the days to come, the things that have divided My body will be rooted up and torn down. My Spirit will demolish all that separates and all that seeks to honor one above another, for all are made by My design, and all must be honored. This is the word of the Lord. It shall be done. The structures that are man-made will be shaken and will fall. (See Hebrews 12:25–29.) My true bride, My holy bride, will come forth in all her glory.”
 
Let him who have ears hear what the Spirit of the living God is saying to the churches.
Prayer of intercession for the bride of Christ from my heart :- I earnestly intercede for the body of Christ today and always, represented as the bride of Christ, created in Your image and likeness and called individually by You. Lord I pray today that we will all know you intimately as the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent in knowledge, in conviction and in commitment. Help us all to receive this totally with our whole being by the help Your Holy Spirit in us presents. We earnestly intercede not just for ourselves but others whom You are calling into this one body of believers, that they will come to this wonderful knowledge with total conviction and total commitment. 
Dear Holy Spirit, open our spiritual eyes, ears and heart to see, hear, perceive and accept each believer in Christ as one body of believers and that we will desist from segregating the bride of Christ into denominational or doctrinal lines instituted by men, but only by the fact that they know You totally as the only true and everlasting God and Jesus Christ, the Messiah, whom You have sent through the power and presence of Your self-same, one and only Holy Spirit in them and in us in Jesus name, amen 
In concluding, it is difficult and almost impossible for anyone in intimate relationship with Jesus to do anything to divide His body. Hence our call for intimacy with Him. Remember the words of Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love,3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
 
Testimony: Amongst testimonies reaching us via our online outreach, a volunteer at a prison in Gilroy, California is now adopting the OTAKADA.org online e-discipleship portal to reach the inmates in prison. Thanks for praying, pray that the inmate will encounter Christ intimately in Jesus name.
 
Shalom!
 
Bro Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – e-discipleship at OTAKADA.org 
 
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Title: The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 2 – Intimacy and Communion with God is a must.

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Date: Sunday, 2nd of September 2018 

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Key Passages: 

Genesis 18:16-28

16 Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way.17 And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?19 For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”20 And the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”22 Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD.23 And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?24 Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?25 Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”26 So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”27 Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord:28 Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.”

 

Ezekiel 22:23-31

23 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,24 “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’25 The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.26 Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.27 Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.28 Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD had not spoken.29 The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.30 So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.31 Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.

Matthew 6:19- 26

19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.22-23 “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. 

Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

Dear brethren, in our last discussion, we introduced intercession as a crucial part of our service unto the Lord and as royal priest, we introduced the mechanism involved in fulfilling our priestly roles as New Testament believers. Today, we want to bring in the importance of intimacy and communion with the Father God to whom we are to plead our case. An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy. What are the fruits that makes a relationship intimate?

They are KNOWLEDGE, INTERDEPENDENCE, CARE, TRUST, RESPONSIVENESS, MUTUALITY and COMMITMENT. In the Hebrew bible, FAITH is replaced with TRUST. Now we can see how it is impossible to please God without TRUST. We are to embody these fruits in our relationships. As royal priest, just like Jesus took our place, we are to take the place of the people we are sent to intercede for. It is no longer them but us. It is no longer they are wicked but we are wicked. But how can we do this delicate job that all believers are called to do without a personal, close, talking and loving relation with our Father and in an intimate way?

The issue of intimacy with Abba Father is so central and core to our Christian work and walk that we cannot afford to go without intimacy. Intimacy in relationship signifies freedom, transparency, openness, guiltlessness and heart to heart dialogue. God longs to relate with us and we need to draw and drink from His well so we can thirst no more.

The heart has to be involved completely and totally for us to have intimacy with Him in the place of intercession.

Consecration is about the heart and not about the body or the position or the doing. It is about the being and not the doing. I can be a priest at head not at heart. I can be in God’s presence with my body, going through all the motions of a dedicated and committed servant but not with my heart. God looks upon my heart and not upon my body or my position when I come into His presence to pray and intercede. If you get into praying position, make sure you are in total surrender at heart borrowing the word from Lara George’s song as attached.

So, how do i then get focused on Him so I don’t have my mind dotting from one issue to the other? Listening to praise and worship songs helps. We have also included a prayer format here under to help clear the dirt, just like David as he opens himself to the Lord. We have expanded it to cover other areas and you can expand on this as well or come up with what works for you.

Entry Prayer Format: 

“Lord Jesus, I quiet myself in Your presence today. Please cleanse me of anything that would hinder my intimacy and communion with You. I desire a pure heart and unselfish motives. I know that my heart is deceptive and wicked, and I am no different from King David or any other man. (Jeremiah 17:9)”You know the hidden things, and nothing is concealed from Your view. My prayer today is the same as David’s. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. ( Psalm 139:23-24)

Holy Spirit of the living God, expose my sins, my hidden fears, my concerns, my apprehensions and my struggles and strengthen me to think, seek and do those things that bring honor and glory to your name, oh Lord God.”There are so many fears that I struggle with,

Lord,” “I admit : fear of failure, poverty, shame, sickness, death, rejection, and criticism all harass me.  Insecurity seems to continually haunt me and compel me to search for my true identity. Lord, only You have the answer to my dilemma.

In Dr. Dale A. Fife ‘s book https://shop.otakada.org/product/dale-fife-the-secret-place-passionately-pursuing-his-presence-in-pdf/ – The secret place, Jesus desire for intimacy with Him is here under highlighted during Dale’s encounter with the Lord. We can learn, meditate and apply from these instructions as we align ourselves and desires with His in The Great Exchange For Service in Jesus name, amen. We cannot do without intimacy and communion.

Here under are twenty (20) direct messages from the Lord to the body of Christ. They are more but we will work with 20 for now – Pay attention, meditate and apply. As we said in the last series, we will begin to see, hear and engage our Heavenly Father like we have never done before if we are will to stoop in His presence for what touches the kingdom:

1)  “Only those who truly thirst will be satisfied from the depths of My revelation.”

2) “So many of My people have tasted only the top of the well. My son, don’t be like those who come only to have their thirst quenched for the moment. Draw deep! Come further down into the depths of My Heart. I invite you to draw upon Me. Yes, make a demand upon My resources, My anointing, and My revelation.

3) “Do you see all of these plants and trees that grow by the well?” He asked. “There are many varieties of vegetation -trees, creeping vines, and tall grass. Weeds have also grown up, and briars and thistles have made access to Me very difficult where it was once simple. All these different growths are the result of disobedience. They have been planted here and nurtured by those who have tasted of My revelation, then used it for their personal gain. Acts 20: 28-30

4) “Inquire of Me! This is what Moses did as we spent days together on the mountain. Exodus 24:12-18 this is what My Son did as He walked the earth. John 5:19

5)  The Lord says : “Those who come to draw from the well of My presence are like many different vessels. Each life has been fashioned by Me. Isaiah 64:8 . I have designed every individual expressly to carry My anointing, and to fulfill a unique purpose. When his life is filled with the living water of My Spirit, he is empowered to accomplish My will for his life.

6)  “Do not allow your soul and spirit to be polluted by this world’s distractions,” He said lovingly. “Do not let desires of the flesh tempt you to settle at the present level of revelation you have received. My desire is for you, and others whom I have called, to be open channels through which My truth can flow. Open your heart to Me. It is not a question of your being usable to Me. It is a question of how much you are yielded , obedient ,and intimate with me.

7)  “In the Garden, Adam and Eve walked with Me. We had fellowship, and our walks together in the cool of the day gave great joy to Me. But they chose knowledge over intimacy. Then came Enoch. He was one of the few who chose intimacy rather than insight. His heart was pure. Noah was also close to Me in a time when all men’s heart were corrupt. Moses, My servant, chose Me out of his weakness Exodus 33:12-15. Elijah was one who desired communion with Me and knew how to drink of the well of My presence. Like Moses, he did not want to go on in life if I did not accompany him.

8) “On the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared with Me. Their relationship with Me uniquely qualified them to be there. The glory of My presence and the joy of intimacy with Me were their heart-cry. They represented the law and the prophets, which both speak of closeness with me.  The law leads to Me, and the prophetic anointing draws mankind to Me.

“Do you see that the revelation from the well of My presence is meant to draw all mankind to Me? The Holy Spirit’s work is to reveal Me! That is why you must come into My presence, spirit to Spirit. Those whom I use the most understand this simple truth. Give me your heart and your devotion. Give me your attention and your ear. Let us be lovers and friends, Eternity awaits us. Even the angels desire, but cannot have, what only My bride and I will enjoy.

9) “You must choose whether you will be like those who come only for truth and revelation, or those who come primarily to be with Me. If you choose Me, then indeed, life-giving truth, soul-saving power, dunamis power will be released as you draw from the well of My presence.

10) “It is out of sweet communion in the well of My presence that life flows – not in the truth itself. Truth sets you free, but My presence gives you life. Only as you abide in Me do you have life.” He paused and breathed deeply. “Choose life.” He sighed, paused again and whispered a final plea. “Choose intimacy with Me.”

11) “The white horse represents My Spirit. You must trust My Spirit to carry you where I want to take you. There are no reins, because if there were, you would attempt to steer. You must trust the Spirit. You need to be abandoned to Me and trust Me. You have always felt the need to be in control. I am calling you to release control to Me.

12) “Those who yield to My Spirit walk in an anointing that enables them to live without manipulating their circumstances and lead without controlling other people. They are Spirit led. True spiritual authority flows out of submission and obedience to Me. When you take the reins, you put control in your hands,and your mind and flesh take over. When I am in control, the your thoughts and actions are inspired and graced by Me.”

13) ” The different locations along the beach are the situations of life in which you find yourself. I desire to move you into new places and introduce you to new things. My will is to break the tendency you have to be comfortable and to dwell in the familiar. If you will yield to My Spirit, you will move with ease and joy into the new situations and experiences that I have planned for you. I want to set you free. Where My Spirit is, there is liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17

14) “You must allow Me to give you the ability of multiple focus. I am a big God, but when you seek to control the reins, you limit your ability  to embrace a greater dimension of My revelation. Trust Me! Trust My Holy Spirit. Each day will bring new opportunities and new environment of My revelation.”

15) “Let My Holy Spirit teach you. John 14:26, 16:13. Allow Him to lead you where I have instructed Him to take you. There are many things that you must learn; and if you take control and try to steer, you will miss the paths of revelation I have ordered for you. This will cause you to lose precious time . You will have to bactrack to make up for your lack of understanding because you missed the path.”

16) Jesus began to speak to me. “My son, I had to bring you into the darkness of this place, because the path of My purpose takes you through the darkness. It is My presence that gives you light within the darkness. Psalm 18:28; 139:11-12.

18) “This place is called the Forest of Deception. Many of My children have come here. Some of them have forsaken Me in this darkness, and have become lost. They were deceived, despite the fact that they are My elect and chosen ones. They thought that the source of light came from within themselves, and they believed that they could find their own way through the forest. Matthew 6:23. They struck off on their own. Drawn away into intellect, and the realm of the knowledge of good and evil, they have pursued the paths of man’s ideas and philosophies and have wandered away from intimacy and closeness to Me. Colossians 2:1-8. They no longer walk in my light. Like Adam and Eve, they have tasted of this same deception and have separated themselves from the light of My presence. “Here in the Forest of Deception, many dwelling places have been fashioned by the hands of men. If you search, you may even find the first one. You call it the “Tower to heaven,’ but I have cursed it, and I call it ‘Babel.’ Genesis 11:1-9. You see, I had to bring confusion, and I will always confound the communication of those who are deceived, who think that they can find the way into My presence by their own efforts.”

19) You see, My son, the greatest danger is that truth grows here in the Forest of Deception. 2 Corinthians 11:1-4. There is enough truth here to deceive even the elect. This truth will destroy you if you do not realize that I am the One who reveals truth. Isaiah 53:9. Only as you see truth through My Spirit will it bring life. You must not worship the truth . You must worship Me!”. “I am the way through deception. I am the truth that is living and active. I am the Truth-giver!

20) “Adam and Eve searched for truth apart from Me. They sacrificed intimacy with Me for knowledge. They had to hide from Me once they chose to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge . When you choose Me, there is no need to hide. Everything is transparent and open.”

Conclusion 

How then does all of the above 20 live giving words  have to do with The Great Exchange For Service for which the church, the body of Christ have been called to be and execute? Why has this not taken deep root in countless places despite relentless and selfless toil from some of the saints? 

The history of the church brings us the tragic, recurring story of repeated, spiritual treason by religious establishment. Virtually every church or religious movement begins with dedicated people who give the total of their spiritual and material powers, even unto death, to advance the kingdom of Christ in The Great Exchange For Service. Then,  the classic story unfolds. Dedication produces success, and success, prosperity. Prosperity then inevitably diminishes spiritual fervor, and the hand of the blessing of God is lifted from a once fruitful effort. Is this not the precise story of the last of the seven churches of revelation?

How do we navigate the Forest of Deception Jesus mentioned in the discuss above? 

Jesus said, ” whenever there is sin in your heart, you are susceptible to the dangers of deception . James 1:14-15. Sin makes you vulnerable to the lies of the enemy. Hidden sin, especially pride, will quickly destroy you here in this place. Pride leads to deception and darkness. This is why the very elect could be lost and hopelessly confused here in the Forest of Deception, and never find their way out. “It is very important that when My children commit sin, they quickly confess to Me, lest they fall into deception and become lost in the darkness of the forest,” Jesus emphasized

We must seek His face, and only His face, and do so with a pure heart. Credible, effective and enduring Intercession finds its place in the place of intimacy and communion. There we find God’s desires, plans and mind concerning the petitions we bring. Seek His face and not His hands today.

Shalom!

 

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