If you didn’t know already, you are part of God’s will and family, set apart, chosen, and claimed by God as His very own. You were chosen by God before you ever thought about needing a savior, deliverer, and shepherd. God had you covered and established His redemptive plan for your life by and through His loving grace and mercy.
Nahum 1:7. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him
Beloved, seriously ponder on the uniform God’s seal of purging for saints of all ages. You will discover that satan and his fiends were determined to steal, kill and destroyed them. But God permitted these trials as a means of purging the saints for two purposes.
1. Refinement for them to be more saintly and godly.
Malachi 3:3-4 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
2. Increase and multiplication .
Exodus 1:7-12. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
Beloved, remember after the travails of Joseph, Job, David, the three Hebrew men, Daniel, Mordecai and queen Esther, they were all promoted by God. See them for yourself .
Daniel 3:30. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
Esther 10:2-3. And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.
Beloved, if you too shall endure these present trials and allow God to use them to purge you.
You shall be refined and be saintly like Christ and you shall increase here and hereafter. It shall be so for you in Jesus name. So, stop murmuring or complaining about the present challenges confronting you and never ever take any step contrary to the eternal word God, that can damn your soul at the end of time. Your soul shall not be damned in Jesus name.
Job 5:6-7. Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
Psalms 46:1-5. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Psalms 91:1-16. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
All that you need to do to earn these gracious two blessings of refinement and increase, is wholehearted trust in God alone at all times.
Psalms 56:3. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Psalms 62:8. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Isaiah 26:3-4. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
These messages of hope and comfort were the things Nahum was inspired by God to tell the Jews in his days to trust Him absolutely. This same message is for all saints of all generations. Praise God, you are one of them, so wholeheartedly receive it and it shall bring you desired breakthroughs and testimonies in Jesus name.
Nahum 1:7. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him
Beloved, remember what happened to the following saints who saw God alone as their stronghold and deliverer.Joseph from the pit of his brothers, suffered again in the Prison of Potiphar, for righteousness’s sake. The three Hebrew men were thrown into the furnace of fire by idolatrous Nebuchadnezzar . Daniel was thrown into the Lions’s den for refusing to stop praying to God. They triumphed ultimately, you too shall triumph as you begin to do what they did. See several messages of comfort and hope to affirm the message of Nahum, the prophet.
Psalms 50:15. And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Isaiah 45:22. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Jeremiah 33:3. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Job 5:12. He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
Isaiah 44:25-26. That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward. and maketh their knowledge foolish;
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:
Job 5:19-22. He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword. Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
Isaiah 8:9-14. Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 17:7-8. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Psalms 20:1-8. The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions. Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
Jeremiah 15:20-21. And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
Jeremiah 31:11. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
Beloved, if you will not hastily take the wrong steps contrary to God’s words, as some supposedly saints and believers have taken to their undoing. Some of them began to compromise and give bribe to get business, because times are hard. Some of them divorced their lawful spouse and remarry because of momentary challenges. Some have resolved to diabolical means of getting wealth or growing their churches as ministers etc. But if you will trust God and allow Him to purge you in His own way, desired testimonies and breakthroughs, beyond your compression shall be your portion in Jesus name.
Luke 21:13. And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Dearly beloved, never ever forget what Jesus your Lord taught believers of all ages like you who are determined to follow Him faithfully. He told them, they shall experience persecution for His sake and His words, they are believing.
Matthew 5:10-12. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
John 17:14-16. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 16:33. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Acts 14:22. Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
But then this light affliction or momentary challenges are not supposed to separate them from Jesus, but to prepare them for glory.
Romans 8:35-39. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 4:17 – 5:1. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Dearly beloved Jesus your Lord after His own travails during His earthly ministry was highly exalted by God in glory. This is what your present travail is to do for you. Do not take any unbiblical and rash decisions, that can jeopardise your eternal well being. I earnestly pray for you that your eternal well being shall not be jeopardised in Jesus name. See the glory of Jesus.
Hebrews 12:2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Always be mindful, the scriptures describe your present challenges as common temptation for all believers and there are ways out of them for you to triumphed.
1 Corinthians 10:13. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
But then during these trials, before the triumph Jesus alone should be your strong tower to run to for fellowship , comfort and timely reassured victory.
Proverbs 18:10. The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Matthew 28:20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
John 14:18-19. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
See examples of these timely victories and triumphs. Your own too shall come in Jesus name.
Peter in prison.
Acts 12:3-11. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals.
And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
Acts 18:9. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
Acts 23:11. And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
Acts 27:18-25. And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
Once this is done, you are guaranteed lasting desired victory. You shall surely have it shortly in Jesus name.
John 8:36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
1 Corinthians 15:57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
JESUS UNFAILING TIMELY DELIVERANCE FOR BELIEVERS OF ALL AGES AND YOU IN PARTICULAR, FROM FIERCE SATANIC ATTACKS. LOOK UNTO HIM.
Friend, no matter what satan and his fiends do, they are all defeated foes. Their defeat was to guarantee the unrestrained passage of faithful believers globally to be part of the dawning rapture. So rejoice, nothing of the devil can hurt you again.
Luke 10:19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Colossians 2:14-15. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Hebrews 2:14-15. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Unfortunately, this shall not be the lot of the Worldling and the nominal churchgoers. They shall not be part of this event and their eternal wellbeing are doomed. Yours shall not be in Jesus name. Their major undoing are :
1. Their resolve never to revert to God for succour or help in trouble. They prefer leaning on the uncertain arms of flesh. They prefer medication or doctors when they are sick. They talk to lawyers alone and not God, if they have challenges etc.
Jeremiah 17:5-6. Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Isaiah 31:1-3. Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord! Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.
2. They revert to satanic diabolical means to address whatever challenges confronting them.
Isaiah 8:19. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
1 Chronicles 10:13-14. So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it; And enquired not of the Lord: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
Please don’t be presumptuous. Examine yourself if your lifestyle is not like this. I am persuade it is not, but if it resemble you, repent immediately. This is because. Jesus can come anytime from now.
On the contrary, believers have hope, comfort and assurance that all shall be well. This is because as they seek God for help and guidance and are ready to endure the momentary difficulties. God rises up to help them. You shall receive the same. timely help of God in Jesus name.
2 Corinthians 1:10. Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
2 Timothy 4:18. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 2:10. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Revelation 3:10-11. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
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Bishop Peter OLusegun Babalola.
Jesus is Lord forever .