Message by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
Psalms 64:1,10; 65:4,11; 66:18-20; 67:4; 68:11,19,32,35
God is good, great, holy and loving. He “crown(s) [our] year with [His] goodness…” and loads us with blessings daily. However, to receive God’s goodness, we must walk in His way, pray and praise Him for it.
POINT 1: THE PRAYER FOR THE PROMISED POSSESSION OF GOD’S GOODNESS
Psalms 64:1,10; 65:2,4,5,11; 21:3-7; 2 Thessalonians 1:11,12; James 1:5-8; Hebrews 11:6; Romans 4:12,16,19-21; 14:23; Psalm 66:18-20; Isaiah 63:7,8; Romans 11:22,23; 2 Corinthians 9:8
“Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.” The Psalmist knew that the God of heaven hears prayers and he called on Him to protect, prolong and keep him strong, sound and healthy. God still hears prayers today. He knows our needs even before we ask Him. Therefore, we can ask and be given, seek and find, knock and it shall be opened unto us. He hears the prayer of the penitent sinner, the sick and the oppressed. He also hears the believer who comes to Him for sanctification and Holy Ghost baptism. He hears all His creatures. God is able to do all things. That is why when we call upon Him on the basis of His promises for our physical, spiritual and eternal life, He satisfies us “with the goodness of [His] house”.
Although many people engage in much praying, unfortunately, a lot of them fail to understand that prayer without faith amounts to nothing. No matter how long we pray, if we do not have faith, we will not receive any answer. The psalmist frequently used the words “confidence” and “trust” to show he had faith in God. In every situation and at all times, we must “ask in faith, nothing wavering”. As we lift our voices in prayer to Him, we must “believe that he is… a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” and be “fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he [is] able also to perform”.
POINT 2: THE PERMANENCE AND PREVAILING POWER OF GOD’S GOVERNMENT
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Psalms 67:4; 22:27,28; Isaiah 9:6,7; Daniel 4:3,34,35; 5:21; 7:13,14; John 3:35; 1 Corinthians 15:24; Psalm 2:6-12; John 5:22,26,27; 2 Corinthians 5:10,11; Acts 17:30,31; Matthew 28:18-20
God is the Governor, Ruler and Administrator who oversees everything in life. No matter how the government looks like in any country of the world, God is still in charge. With Joseph in Egypt, Moses in the wilderness, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego before Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel in the lions’ den, God was still in charge. Jesus walked the territory of the Pharisees and Sadducees who thought whatever they decided was what would happen to Him and the apostles filled Jerusalem with Christ’s doctrine despite the Pharisees’ threat because God was still in charge. In our lives, families and church today, God is still in charge. He “govern[s] the nations upon earth” and He has prevailing power over every circumstance. “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end”. Therefore, Satan, demons or evil spirits cannot overpower Him or disrupt His plan for us.
Whenever we are faced with the challenges of life and it appears things are in disarray, we must rest assured that the “zeal of the LORD of hosts will [resolve them]”. God brings calm and peace to troubled, turbulent, terrible and oppressive situations. Nebuchadnezzar thought he was in charge when he reigned with impunity and contempt of God but was driven from his throne to crawl like an animal and eat grass like oxen. He was restored to his throne only after he acknowledged God and His everlasting power. He realised that “all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand”. We serve a God who cannot fail. Since all authority and power have been committed into the hands of His Son, Jesus Christ, He will keep us “always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.
POINT 3: THE PARTAKERS AND PERSISTENT PROCLAIMERS OF GOD’S GOSPEL
Psalm 68:11a; Jeremiah 1:17-19; Ezekiel 3:10,11; Matthew 28:19,20; Psalm 68:11b; Acts 17:11; 20:24,26-28; 1 Thessalonians 1:6-8; 2:13; Psalm 68:11,18,28,31,35; Romans 10:13-18; Ephesians 4:8-13; Acts 4:31; 11:19-21; Mark 16:20
Believers are partakers and proclaimers of the gospel of God. “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it”. Patriarchs of old like Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel received the Word from God and proclaimed it. The Lord gave the Word to the apostles and “they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following”. The Lord has given us the Word to proclaim and be partakers of the benefit of its grace, peace and salvation. Therefore, with the heavenly vision that we have, we must proclaim “the word of God with boldness”. We must preach with anointing and power persistently and persuasively. As we obey the Lord, He has promised to work with us and confirm the Word with signs following.