ENOUGH IS ENOUGH part 2
Scripturally, every child of God belongs to the ever-conquering tribe of Judah. Jesus is the Lion of Judah and because we are members of the same family with Him, He is our elder brother, who is not ashamed to call us His brethren (Revelations 5:5).
We should prevail where others travail because it is the heritage of children of God to come out triumphant in every battle of life; as a child of God you may be challenged, but that challenge cannot defeat you, for whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world. Consequently, tests should culminate in testimonies, trials in triumph and obstacles in miracles.
However, the Lion heritage deposited in us will not manifest until we stir it up through the violence of faith. Everything that belongs to us will forever be contested and that is why we need that Lion nature to confront the enemy. Deuteronomy 2:24 illustrates to us that though God has given us all things, there are kings and giants – satanic resistances - to be flushed out in battle, by our violent faith.
Although Christ came to guarantee us abundance and a sickness-free life, many still live in poverty and sickness, why? An enemy has done it. And for that enemy and his plantings to be rooted out, faith is a must. Paul said in Ephesian 6.16, “above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” So, violent faith is a weapon of war - not a religious philosophy - that we must engage to realise the fulfilment of everything that God has given us (Matthew 17).
The things which belong to you will not come by just sitting down and wishing. The enemy will contest your health, your prosperity, your peace, the greatness of your children, your marital destiny and others because it is not the culture of Satan to fold his hands and allow good things happen in your life. That is why we need violent faith to neutralise the operations of the devil. However, to manifest the required level of violent faith, we need to take some brands of spiritual wine.
Apart from the Holy Ghost wine and Revelation wine, there are certain other brands like Testimony and Praise.
1. Testimony wine: Testimony wine is very easy to intoxicate because whatever God does in anyone’s life can be appropriated to oneself. Bishop Oyedepo heard a testimony about how a man of God reacted calmly and nonchalantly to a visit from the devil. That made him realise how weak Satan is, and fully drunken by that testimony, the Bishop called out all practising witches in a church program to enquire from them what happens when bona fide children of God are in the scene. According to that testimony, the witches replied that at such times, they just clear of the way. That was how God’s servant came to the full understanding that he was far above witches and wizards, and from then, he little or no regard for them. Testimonies from either the Bible or church are of Jesus, according to Revelation 19:10, which says, “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” So, testimonies are not personal property; they belong to God and you are free to claim or covet them.
Testimonies are also weapons of war. David utilised that weapon to a great effect in his battle with Goliath, when he recounted how God enabled him to overcome bears and lions. His faith was buoyed by the truth that the same God would give him victory over the annoying and menacing giant. It is very important to pay rapt attention when testimonies are shared in church because they are not for entertainment, but to be used as bullets for our spiritual armoury. After a woman who was healed by touching the helm of Jesus’ garment testified about that encounter, many more, encouraged by that testimony, also touched and were healed (Mathew 9:20-22, 14:35-36).
2. Praise wine: This engenders a lifestyle of praise, which in turn, secures divine presence necessary for empowerment to reign on earth. When you understand the mystery of praise you do not need encouragement to dance and sing before the Lord, even in your private time. Praising God is not a religious entertainment, but a spiritual weapon, especially when it is done with understanding (Psalm 47:7). Praise time in church is neither to while away time nor a strategy to wait for others. It is part and parcel of the service. It is what ushers us into God’s presence. Psalm 22:3 gives us a clearer picture of how God views praise when it describes praise as His habitat. It is in the presence of God that things change for us; mountains, challenges of life melt at his presence and you only get to his presence with praise. The only way God can be for us is through praise and therefore we must not let a day pass without singing especially, songs that cause us to be enveloped by the presence of God. Satan cannot steal anything that belongs to you without stealing your joy first. In Numbers 11:1 the people complained, and the fire of God consumed them. Stop complaining because it does the exact opposite of what praise can do.
The praise wine also provokes access to God’s voice, according to Isaiah 30:29-30, which says “you shall have a song and gladness of heart, then the Lord shall cause you to hear his glorious voice.” Those who know how to sing songs of praise, know how to have access to divine direction. In addition, praise is also potent weapon in spiritual warfare. in Psalm 149:5-6, the Bible declares thus, “let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” It is a weapon of vengeance upon the heathen.
One major thing which violent faith does is to enthrone us.
What is enthronement? Luke 22:29-30
Enthronement talks about God putting you on top, making you a judge and causing you to have the final say. When you are enthroned, you become the head and you have it the way you desire. After the fall of Adam, man became the subject of slavery and sin, forcing us to have unpleasant experiences. We became subject to fear, poverty, indebtedness, sickness, shame imprisonment and the like. But when Jesus came, we were liberated. The first man sinned on our behalf, but the second man came not only to liberate us, but to enthrone us. (Romans 5:8, Galatians 3:13-1, Ephesians 1:21, Revelations 5:10) and as a result, no child of God should suffer again.
Now, apart from violent faith, service to God also enthrones us. God, who oversees enthronement, neither enthrones wishers nor attenders. He enthrones labourers and servants in His vineyard.
In Matthew 20:22-27, a mother told Jesus she wanted her two sons to sit on either side of him in paradise. Jesus made it well known to her that what she requested would not be granted by prayer, but to those for whom it has been prepared, those who will pass the qualifying test. So, there is work to do because if you are not in service you cannot be promoted. That is where many believers miss it. If God did not waive the requirement of service for Jesus He will not waive it for anybody. Philippians 5:2-10, says, “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Have the same attitude with Christ. Even if he was in form of God, He humbled himself and became obedient unto death on the cross and God highly exalted. He was enthroned because he took the form of a servant and at one time He even said, “I am among you as one that serves.” Serve God with your energy, intellect, resources and time.