ENOUGH IS ENOUGH- PART 4
“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you"- 2 Thessalonians 1:6.
The statement Enough is Enough is forceful, not gentle. It simply says "enough is enough" to whatever is not of God, whatever does not glorify Him. We are to roar those words and force them down the enemy's throat because we all redeemed spiritual lions and the dominion or authority of a lion is exercised by his roar.
It is therefore time to shout down sickness, stagnation, joblessness and all other unwanted circumstances. How can the child of a president roam the streets in search of a job? It is impossible; how much more the sons and daughters of the King of kings. It is an anomaly for a child of God to be struggler who begs for survival, living at the mercy of others.
Whenever you speak beggarly you strengthen the enemy to slap you even more.
Scripturally, all children of God belong to the ever conquering tribe of Judah, the permanent ruling class (Genesis 49:8-12). In the world rulership is by tenures but the rulership of Jesus is forever. Until Jesus comes, the church will be in power and authority, never at the mercy of any political government because no temporary rulership can harass the permanent.
As a child of God, you need to get to the point where you are permanently intoxicated spiritually, for the lion in you to arise and stay ready to pounce. How can a child of God be oppressed in his sleep? That means his spiritual eyes are not red enough. The eyes of a lion are always red and it is ready to spill blood, ready to kill and devour. The Bible says the strangers will hear your voice and they shall come out of their hiding places. A brother who was in a capsized and sinking boat roared, "Jesus, I refuse to die", and mysteriously, a strange hand sustained him and took him to the point of safety. If he had said, "Jesus, you know I am born again, accept my spirit in heaven", he would have died just like that. But when he roared, when he declared his stand, God had to confirm it because the Bible teaches that Jehovah confirms the words of His servants. As long as you serve God, everything you declare, heaven confirms. So keep roaring in your office, in your house; sprinkle the blood, pour the anointing, keep declaring boldly until you see your desire.
Remember, we need intoxication to roar and to be spiritually intoxicated, we need to ingest some brans of spiritual wine. Apart from the Holy Ghost, Praise, Revelation, Testimony, Vision and Love wines, we also have the Prayer Wine and the Giving Wine.
Prayer Wine: When the spirit of prayer (Zechariah 12:10) is upon your life, prayer becomes like breathing. The Bible admonishes us to pray ceaselessly as, "men ought always to pray." It takes intoxication, and enablement of the spirit to be able to do that. This drives men to pray and also terminates prayer infirmities. So many Christians really want to pray but because they lack this spirit and so find it difficult to tarry long on the altar of prayer. Mark 1:12 says, "the spirit driveth me", so the spirit of prayer drives us beyond our natural capacity. It is possible to pray nonstop for two hours and think it is two minutes. The spirit not only energizes us in prayer but helps us pray according to the perfect will of God (Romans 8:26).
The spirit also enables us to pray with the whole of our heart, not just with our mouth. Any prayer which is not from the heart may not be answered (Jeremiah 29:13). When you truly pray with your heart, you do not chew gum, put your hands in your pockets, have discussions or engage in any other activity. Consider the prayers of Hannah and Hezekiah: Eli could not hear what Hannah said, though her lips moved; Hezekiah had to face the wall, most probably to avoid distractions. These were heartfelt prayers, no wonder they received speedy answers from God. It takes the spirit of prayer to get to that level.
Also, we are empowered when we pray as Jesus experienced in Luke 2: 28-29. Those who engage regularly in prayers manifest divinity and radiate God's glory on earth. As we look at God in prayers, in no time, we begin to look like him because, "as we behold him as in a glass...we all are changed to the same image, from glory to glory." Moses had strength, even at the age of hundred and twenty because he was a man of prayer. Grace, fire, help, power are all available on the altar of prayer.
Prayer is one of the ways of turning the lion in you loose. The bible says "the young lions do lack and suffer hunger...." One of the worst enemies of a lion is hunger, as three out of five young lions die of it because they cannot hunt for food. Many Christians who are ordained to be lions are captured by goats and wolves because the lion nature in them is neither fed nor nurtured.
WHAT IT TAKES TO FEED THE LION INSIDE ME
In John 4:34 Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah said, my meat is to do the will of God... That was how he sustained, fed and nurtured his lion nature while on earth. And what is the will of God? It is being permanently in the business of interceding and working towards the salvation of souls. Even in heaven, Jesus still prays on our behalf, according to Hebrews 7:25.
GIVING WINE: If you do not like giving you will be frustrated in the faith because every believer needs the giving grace. In 2nd Corinthians 8:1-9 the Bible talks about the Macedonia church, which, though materially poor, was still liberal because of the grace of God and intoxication by the giving wine. So, what you have does not determine whether you are a giver, but the heart, the spirit, the wine of giving. In 2nd Corinthians 8:7 Apostle Paul said “7 therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”
Without the giving grace everything mentioned in that verse is baseless. You can be hard working, abound in knowledge but if you are not a giver you will be a pauper. God is not a Father Christmas, but a covenant keeper who will not bend His word for anybody. Even Jesus and Abraham all had to give. Abraham, in the course of entertaining strangers found out that they were angels. The Lord appeared to him in the form of a man and sometimes, He appears to us in the form of kingdom needs. A lot of people miss giving opportunities because their eyes are not open.
Remember that Jesus says, "as long as you have done it to these ones, you have done it to me." Nobody told Abraham to give, so always look for a need to do. Abraham gave to the extent that even the son he waited for for twenty-five years he was ready to sacrifice and on this strength, God said “Now I know you fear me, I will bless you and your seed” whatever you cannot give becomes your Lord. Everything we have, God gave to us and he will test every man eternally.
We must also be made aware of the truth that where you stop giving is where your prosperity stops, that it is more blessed to give than to receive and that when you give, you help yourself, rather than the recipient. Through your giving you can connect every grace you desire. God loves a cheerful giver and in response to cheerful, scriptural giving. He delivers favour, grace, abundant supply and protection (Malachi 3:10-11). Therefore, whatever you give waits for you in a multiplied form tomorrow. When you have this revelation giving will not be a problem.
Apart from the above, giving also secures recovery of the lost, stolen or denied, according to Joel 2:24-27.
KEYS TO RECOVERY
1. DISCOVERY: In Isaiah 5:13, the Bible says, “ Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”
The things that belong to them are stolen because they lack knowledge. Honor and dignity is their portion but they neither see it in their career, business, finances nor health. So the first thing is knowledge (Isaiah 42:18-22). You must know who you are in Christ and what He paid for. You are whatever He is and whatever you cannot find in Him is not supposed to be found in you because you are seated together with Him in heavenly places. Can you imagine Jesus being oppressed in his sleep? Impossible! So if that is your experience it means someone is robbing you and you must begin to roar against satan. Talk boldly and violently and he will stay off your life as he knows that you are not faking it. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
We must not allow our association with other humans to make us think we are natural. So go for knowledge and discovery of your spiritual personality in Christ. Study God's word daily because therein lies discovery and solution and recovery. Remember, the thief must be found first, before he is forced to make a sevenfold restoration. Even the Master, Jesus had to discover to recover (Luke 4:17-19).
2. Stay Awake Spiritually: The enemy cannot come to steal, kill or destroy when you are awake, the enemy works when you are asleep. (Matthew 22:25, 1 Peter 5:8)
3. Serve God: Be willing to serve God with your time, energy and resources (Malachi 3:17-18). Serving sons and daughters of God are more entitled to quick recovery than non-serving ones. There should be no sitting on the fence, you are either gathering with God or scattering.
4. Take Advantage of Prophetic Presence: (2 Kings 6:1-7): Access to prophetic presence also guarantees total recovery. Take full advantage of it, for full delivery of your blessings.