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TESTIMONIES

FAITH CAPSULE: Focus on giving positive testimonies.

Numbers 14

Evidence of Positive Testimony: King David, by the word of his testimonies, had a great and mighty deliverance when he overcame Goliath. In his attempt to go and fight Goliath, King Saul was discouraging when he said to David, “…You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:33) David refused to be discouraged, but gave an account of what he was able to do as he responded to King Saul, “…Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.” (1 Samuel 17:34-35) David was not intimated by the confronting challenge that was posed by Goliath. Instead, David dwelt on what The Lord his God had enabled him to do in the past and he gave testimony, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37) David, by the word of his testimony, was able to overcome the giant challenge of Goliath.  
Evidence of Negative Testimony: The children of Israel experienced a great miracle when they were coming out of their bondage of over four hundred years and passing through the Red Sea on dry land but their testimonies denied them from God’s Promised Land. 
The Israelites’ response to the spy’s negative report after investigation of the Promised Land, they had no better testimony but to confess, “…If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt? 4 So they said to one another, ‘Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.’” (Numbers 14: 2-4) 
God heard the children of Israel’s negative testimony when sent Moses to the Israelites, “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you.’” (Numbers 14:28) In truth, entire numbers from twenty years old and up except Caleb and Joshua, failed and not get to the Promised Land, because of their negative testimony.
What are your testimonies? Which words are being produced in you and being released by your tongue as testimony? Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of tongue…” David saw challenges, he testified to the power of God and he overcame. The children of Israel saw challenges, they confessed negative and could not arrive Promised Land. In facing challenges, give positive testimonies, meditate, confess and be established for the glory of God.

Prayer for today: Ask that you will be giving positive testimonies to the glory of God.

WHEN HE CALLS YOU

FAITH CAPSULE: When God calls you do not look away from His calling.

Genesis 19:1-26

God alone created all for His glory and His honor. Revelation 4:11 buttressed, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, and by Your will, they exist and were created.” What is it that you do not understand about God? He alone is the Almighty, the Ancient of days. 1Timothy 6:15 described God, “…He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” God alone is above and beyond all as Psalmist said it right, “The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever.” (Psalm 29:10)
God will make and un-make, He alone is the unchanging changer, He alone will reverse the irreversible. You did not create yourself. Your journey of life is the calling of God which is your only creator.
Your calling by God for His divine assignment will come as a process for His purpose over your life. In His calling, if you are not connected to God continually with your concentration on God’s calling, you are set for failure. In your God’s calling, dwell and abide in His direction, the evidence of concentrating on God’s calling.
God has a calling for all with a different assignment.
God created all for His purpose, for His glory.
God’s word confirmed that our Lord God is worthy to receive glory and honor and power. He created all things to exist for His glory. (Revelations 4:11) Whatever God calls you for, or when He calls you for His purpose, to send you will mark you as a candidate for His blessing.
His calling will break you at the initial stage of calling but will no doubt turn to God’s blessing when obedient is in place.
The ones He breaks are meant to be blessed. His breaking comes along with His blessing. (Jesus broke and blessed the bread of life)
In the time of His calling, He will never leave you broken if you answer to His calling faithfully.
The called one should not look away from His help. When God called Lot and his family for salvation, the wife of Lot looked outside of God’s direction for her self-destruction. (Genesis 19:26)
The calling of God does not come without challenges (challenges that are enough to cause the calling of man to crumble comes along with calling) Regardless of challenges, there is the promise of God to see one through in His calling. The word of God promised in 1Thessalonian 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” What or when God calls for you and you invite doubt the agent of limitation is erecting a roadblock for your miracle. Deny doubt!

Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you to answer fully to His calling.

THE CASE OF BARTIMAEUS

FAITH CAPSULE: Deny hinderance of your breakthrough!

Luke 18:31-45

In life, there is always a way to deny the multitude/crowd, as a hindrance.
Bartimaeus Case with multitude as hinderance
Taking the life story of Bartimaeus into consideration, much will learn from breaking hindrances of the multitude that frequently denies miracles in the journey of life.
A certain blind man used the multitude/crowd as an indicator but not to accommodate the crowd’s hindrance of his life.
The blind man wanted to gain his sight but the crowd was in a position to hinder him. Luke 18:35-39 records Bartimaeus’s encounter with Jesus and the crowd’s role in his miracle to gain sight, “Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The same multitude that gave him an indication about Jesus’ passing warned him to be quiet. He refused to accommodate the crowd’s direction but cried out even moreJesus responded to Bartimaeus, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 18:42) Use multitude as an indicator for you to identify devices of hinderance to delay you, but never accommodate a multitude in your situation. 
Ask God to put the multitude/crowd outside of your life, that you receive sight to rise for His calling in your life.
The multitude/crowd must be put out for you not to become a victim of the hinderance device of the multitude/crowd. 
On many occasions, Jesus our Lord and Savior had to put out multitude/crowd, not to hinder miracle in peoples’ lives, and they are recordings for all to know to deny hinderance device of the multitude.
PUTTING OUT MULTITUDE
Jesus put out the crowd in an attempt to restore Jairus’ daughter’s life in Matthew 9:25, “But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.”  
Like Jesus, Peter also put out the crowd not to deny one Dorcas’ miracle. Acts 9:40 records, “But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.” 
Learn in the word of God to know that putting out the multitude/crowd will deny hinderance from having a place of your miracle.

Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you not to become a victim of a hindrance.

AGENT OF HINDERANCE

FAITH CAPSULE: Multitude/crowd answers as the agent of hindrance in life.

Luke 19:1-27

The multitude/crowd in one’s life, as an agent for hinderance, should be denied in one’s life.
What role is the multitude/crowd doing in your life? 
Multitude could be a hindrance.
If a multitude is allowed in one’s life, it will deny one from getting to where the LORD has destined for one to be.              
The multitude will ridicule you; it will discourage you, delay you and deny you from moving forward or rising above challenges of life.
One that fails to recognize the representative of a multitude in one’s life will become stagnated and one’s miracle will set to become a mockery.
Taking the life of Zacchaeus and Bartimaeus into consideration, much will learn from breaking hindrances of the multitude that frequently denies one.
Zacchaeus’ case with multitude as hinderance
Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He was short in stature, a physical limitation of his was in place to deny him from inviting Jesus into his home. Zacchaeus recognized his limitation but rejected it from being an excuse not to seek Jesus diligently for his desire.
Zacchaeus ran ahead of the crowd because he wanted to see Jesus. 
He was not attempting to join the crowd in knowing about Jesus. 
He wanted to know Jesus, to see Jesus because to see is to receive Jesus into his house. 
Zacchaeus recognized that there was a need for him to do more than running to see Jesus but to also climb a tree to see and receive Jesus. 
What are your efforts to see and able to receive Jesus? 
Your pastor knowing you and going to church once a week or sleeping in the church is not enough to overcome the crowd in the world of today. 
Luke 19:4-6 records the effort of Zacchaeus to deny the multitude’s hindrance for him not to see and receive Jesus into his house, “So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” So, he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.” 
By running ahead with efforts to see and receive, the hindrance will device other means to deny one’s victory.
Despite Zacchaeus running and effort to overcome the hindrance of the multitude, a complaint was lodged against him and Jesus saying, “…He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” (Luke 19:7)
Can you imagine a man of short stature climbing a tree to see and receive Jesus into his house?
The multitude (crowd) could not hinder Zacchaeus from seeing and to receive Jesus into his life.

Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you not to become a victim of a hindrance.

LIVE BY GOD’S WORD

FAITH CAPSULE: To love is commanded by God.

1 Corinthians 13

Paul the apostle stated the importance of love, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” Paul’s word identifies that, demonstrating the gifts of God such: as speaking in tongues, prophesying, reaching out to the needy and making oneself available when or where there is a need but without having love is empty and nothing counts before God. 
To love is commanded by God.
Jesus meant what He was saying when He said, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”(Matthew 7:22-23) 
Are you obedient to self-selected but not obedience to all of God’s command?
Man can be deceived, one can lie to a pastor, one can manipulate brethren, but God can see the heart of all. 
The apostle Paul also describe what love is about, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”(1 Corinthians 13:4-7) 
If every believer will consider the description of what love is about as Apostle Paul identifies, there will be a need for the grace of God in the place of having the determination to love because determination will fail. 
To love as commanded by God must be in truth and deed.
To love is not impossible, it is possible to love as God expects from all.
God is a good God; He did not command for what is not possible to obey. 
One that loves as commanded by God will be count before God as one that fully obeys God as Galatians 5:14 speaks to all, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 
All should examine themselves to know if they truly love as commanded by God.

Prayer for today: Ask for the grace of obedience to God’s word.