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Saturday, 22 October 2016

PRAYETUDE

PRAYETUDE
CHAPTER TWO
THE WORD
God’s Voice
The word of God is the Voice of God. In Psalm 29 we learn about the voice of God. The voice of God is powerful, it breaks the cedars; it is thunderous, heard even by the deaf and dead; it is terrible, it divides flames of fire; the voice of God is majestic, it is glorious, beautiful and holy; the voice is violent and stormy, shaking the wilderness; the voice of the Lord is creative, it causes even the hind to calve; the voice is discovering and revealing, it discovers the forests.
What does anybody want to do or achieve with prayer that is not implanted in the ABILITY and POTENCY of the voice of GOD?  
Many servants of God would speak their own words and begin with ‘thus sayeth the Lord.’ This may be seen as lying even against God and leading untoward hell in the end. It has been said that the reason many will get to hell is because the claimed ‘God said’ when ‘God hasn’t said’ anything. This is avowedly scriptural concept.
And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way (28:11).  
Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.  So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month (28:15-17).
This is an indisputable biblical reference that spotlights the averment that saying ‘God said’ when ‘‘God hasn’t said’’ anything is abominable before God. Such effrontery violates the commandment, ‘‘thou shall not call the name of the Lord in vain.’’ To allude to God’s terrible and holy name as a buttress to falsity is an odious act of impiety. The voice of the Lord is too holy, glorious and powerful to be mocked with an act of impersonation. If God does not send someone it will be terrible to ASSUME or GUESS. That is why guessing in the Spirit is nothing but carnal imitation of Spirituality. Don’t assume or guess or second-guess God’s voice. Doing that would be sacrilegious!
On the one hand, I can say ‘God said’ if I have studied and believed His voice from His utterances in His word. That would not be sacrilegious neither will it be Pharisaic but it will be righteous and true.
If I, full of the Holy Ghost, said, ‘‘God said, they that call on the name of Jesus shall be saved, have I lied?’’ No, I haven’t. It’s not a lie. I’ve said something that is written in God’s word.
If I said, ‘‘God told me, in His word, ‘‘fear not for I am with the…’’ have I lied? No!
God’s word is God’s voice. In that sense, saying, ‘‘thus sayeth the Lord is not impersonation but Faith and ‘Living’ in His word. But to claim to have heard, seen, known or discern or perceived when it’s all guessing and second-guessing God’s voice is an act too sinful to be pardoned in the end except one repents of such hypocrisy and ridicule of God’s voice. Let us see how detestable this act is, as revealed in the book of Ezekiel:
Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!  O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.  Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.  
They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.  Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.  And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD (Ezekiel 13:2-9).  
Our heavenly Father declared that He is against such people who mock or mimic His holy voice. They will not enter into the land of Israel, so, they will not enter heaven. They will not be written of the house of Israel so, their names will not be written in the Book of Life. Any man or ministers’ mouths that misspeak for God is a mouth of ministering misrepresentation of God, contrary to God’s words. The dreadful part is that it is possible to SEE VAIN VISION. That means one can see a vision that does not originate from God. This is a dilemma! Vision is promised in the book of Prophet Joel as one of the gifts of the Spirit. It is part of the manifestation of the gift of the word of knowledge. Shall we be wary of vision? Can we ignore vision or disregard it? Certainly, we can’t do that. What then is the problem with seeing or prophesying or saying in the name of God? What is wrong with vision that makes it become vain? Absolutely nothing! There’s nothing wrong with vision but there may be something wrong with SEEING vision. That wrong thing is dependent on the seer. The wrong is the SELF imposed on or mixed with the spirit or used as alternative or alteration of the working of the Spirit. What is wrong with the prophets is that they followed their own spirit rather than God’s Spirit. They are not sent for God has not spoken but they categorically declared that ‘God said’ something that is basically their self-will, self-interest and vainglorious prophecies. That means the connectivity of a Christian to the Holy Ghost matters most in the right to PROPHESY ‘thus says the Lord.’ The Chapter Three will be on the Holy Ghost. But it is important to state that one must have learnt of God. Jesus said, ‘come unto me and learn of me.’ What do we learn from Jesus? We learn Christlikeness from Him. What is Christlikeness? It is righteousness. What is righteousness? It is doing God’s will? What is doing God’s will? It is fulfilling God’s law? What is fulfilling God’s law? It is doing His word, what He said and Commanded. And what is the law of God which is perfect? It is the word of God! So, we learn the perfect doing of God’s word from Jesus. We study the word. Jesus said that if we dwell in Him we should also let His word dwell in us. Then we shall ask, that is pray for, whatever we want and it shall be done onto us. We have seen that we cannot say God said when God hasn’t spoken. But when we read, study and meditate on the word and have faith in His word, we can use His word as ‘God said’ without the fear of Hell.
Nevertheless, there is a way in which we can say on behalf of God. If we are ‘full of’ and ‘living a life of’ His word, we can then have confidence on the day of judgment because our love is in Jesus made perfect that as He is ‘the Word of God,’ and given all authority to work and speak on behalf of the Father, and even forgive sins on behalf of the Father, so are we on earth. He said whosoever sin we forgive is forgiven; whosoever sin we retain is retained. He said all authority in heaven and on earth has been given unto Him and He then gave us the authority to go and command in His name. When someone is holy and righteous and always in the Spirit AND FULL OF GOD’S WORD then the word of his mouth and the meditation of thoughts of his heart will be acceptable on to God. Then that person can speak, ‘thus sayeth the Lord,’ in the name of God. It is in that sense that we will go to-
On the other hand, I can speak my own words and say ‘thus sayeth the Lord.’ This, however, is dependent on a deep and deeper and constant deeping in God’s Word, the Holy Ghost and Power. One’s ears must be close to God’s voice, one’s eyes close to His words and one’s mind close to His Spirit before one can speak his words as God’s endorsed words. We shall take Moses and Elisha as examples.
And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.  If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me.  But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.  And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.  They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.  And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.  And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense (16:28 to 35).
We see that Moses had not done anything of his own mind. That is why he could talk and thing with assurance that his words would be valid. Moses said, ‘but if the Lord …’ and before he finished the words the Lord confirmed the sainthood of Moses. This is different from when Elijah prayed that God may bring down fire on Mount Carmel. The fire came before Elijah had finished praying. But here Moses only said ‘what he wanted God to do’ as ‘what the God would do.’ This is because he had given himself to God’s voice and God’s word. When the people fled Moses stayed and listened. He also gave himself to ‘doing’ the word or will of God. Before Isaiah came to write Moses was already sure:
Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself…
That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:  (44: 24, 26)
God CONFIRMED Moses’ words because Moses had time and reverence for God’s word. He confirmed Elijah’s words that it should not rain and that the pot of oil should not dry. He confirmed Paul’s word that a sorcerer be blind. He confirmed Peter’s words for Sapphira, for the lame man. He confirmed Elisha’s words and six pots available could be filled with oil from a bottle; a barren should bear a child. Elisha would later lament one day saying ‘God keeps this thing a secret from me!’’ He’s God! But the secret of the Lord is with they that fear him. He reveals secrets to his servants and prophets. He told Elijah that He was going to let it rain as His mercy intended. But in these examples we may say that there is nothing like ‘God said.’ If we looked at Joshua chapter 10: 12-13 we would see that Joshua spake to the Lord. What did he tell God? ‘‘Sun stand still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. Checking KJV, ESV, NIV, AMP all record that Moses spoke to the Lord by saying, ‘‘Sun stand still…’’ The Lord hearkened unto the voice of man that day. That was like Jesus thanking God and then commanding, ‘‘Lazarus, come forth.’’ We can pray ‘thus sayeth the lord’ if the Book of Law never departs from our mouth and mind and deeds day or night. Joshua could speak in that way because as he was commanded he had been studying and meditating and doing the word of God. When we study the word and we are prayerful then we can be able to speak as oracles of God as Peter told us to. Who wants to pray and receive? Let him not pray amiss. Who does not want to pray amiss? Let him pray not according to self or lust but according to the will of God. Who wants to pray God’s will? Let him pray not according to guessing or assumption but with certainty based on Faith in and according to the word of God. But now Let us look at Elisha’s example:
And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.  And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.  And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.  So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake <2 Kings 2:19 to 22 >.
Obviously, Elisha wasn’t prepared for that mission neither had he prayed about it before. The men just came and informed him. He wasn’t just going to read the word that says we will not be plagued as Egypt was either in our land, water, bodies or animals. He had already studied the world and known that the Lord is the Lord that healeth ‘thee’ Israelites. He knew that’s what the voice of God is. So, when he poured the salt he said ‘thus said the Lord’’ but the last verse above revealed that the waters were healed according to ‘the saying of Elisha’ which he spake ‘as thus said the Lord.’’ The word of God is God’s voice. Tell it to Demons that ‘God said....’’ and they will not argue. The seventy that went in faith on the words that Jesus told them returned victorious and unchallenged. For effective prayers be it prophetic or request what God has spoken must be relied upon. His voice is a compulsory back up of prayetude.


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