Sin’s Ravage by Gbile Akanni.

GLEANINGS ON THE DEEPER LIFE by Gbile Akanni

The burden and cry for revival and for restoration becomes so acute when you know what God has done in the past. The prayer burden in this Psalm is revival and how I need to hold God’s hands for my life and for all that God has started to do with me and in me.

Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it. Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. Psalms 80:12-16

The question “Why has thou then broken down her hedges? Why will you allow all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood does come to waste this vine and the wild beast of the field does devour it… Why will God who took this vine out of Egypt and prepared a room for it to take a deep root also allow it to be so destroyed? This is what sin in the heart can do. Sin destroys and reduces a man to a piece of bread. Sin breaks down the hedges and makes a man vulnerable to the passers by. Sin in the heart exposes a man to the danger of the boar and the wild beast of the field. Sin takes away the canopy of grace from over a man’s head and exposes him to the scotching heat of the sun and the striking of the moon by night. Sin turns the eyes of The Lord away from a man, no matter the divine investment God has made in his life. Sin is one thing I must dread and not play around with.

Sin will pluck a man from its deep roots and cause him to wither in a short time. Sin ridicules a man who has been in honor with God’s covering. Sin most importantly cuts a man off from God and isolates him for slaughter. It throws him out in the open for any beast of the field to devour him and trample upon him as salt that has lost its savor. O Lord, this is the dread of my heart today. Sin will bring any man down no matter the height he has climbed with God. Sin reduces him to a piece of bread, a mere shadow of his past and a piece of exhibit of defeat. Those who pass by will then begin to say “This vine used to be so blessed, see how dry it has become now”

As I look at this Psalm of prayer again, I can see the issue and the crux of every decay. It has always been the departure of a man from his own source of life. It is the withdrawal of the presence of God from a man. It is the gradual loss of communion with God that culminates into this kind of dryness. The only way out is to return to The Lord and for God to turn His eyes again to this vine of His. All the boars of the wood and the wild beasts of the field only take the advantage of divine withdrawal to inflict their own damage. ‘If God be for us and if God be with us, who can be against us and succeed?’ but the converse is very true and more sobering. “If God be against us, where shall we find refuge? Who can be for us as a succor from His fierce wrath? If God looks away from us, whose countenance will bring us warmth of life? If the way of a man displeases The Lord, He will cause all his enemies to be in conflict and in battle with him” This is the more fearful aspect of letting anything come between me and my Lord.

Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;

This is the cry and this is the solution to the matter of this spiritual decay. It is not first a combat with the boars of the woods and the wild beasts of the field that came to devour… it is to beseech The Lord of hosts to return and to look down from heaven and cast His loving eyes again upon this vine. It is His visitation that will bring the restoration. Visit this vine is my cry. Your visitation is what I need every time. If you visit this your vine, it will blossom again and sprout and bud and bring forth fruits to the praise of your glory.

The bane of a man’s life is when God looks away from him. A work withers immediately as soon as God turns His face away. The challenge is not the devil, he only comes to exploit a bad situation of a broken communion with God. My walk with God must be kept in top form and I will be assured of His eye upon me and all the work I am involved in.

(Article by Brother Gbile Akanni and  originally published in livingseed.org)

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The Message Without Darkness – By Gbile Akanni

I would like you to come with me as we now begin to examine what are the Guideposts that helped and held the Patriarchs, the Elders, the men that have embraced this same faith that you and I are embracing today. What are the Guideposts that kept them? What are the issues they obeyed? What are the words that God taught them that kept their lives the way it was kept. And what gave them the victory that they had over the devil, over sin, over the flesh and over the world system?

God is calling you into a fellowship and these Guideposts, these instructions that the Lord passed on to our Elders, that the Lord passed on to men of the earlier generation of believers and that God has continued to pass on to anybody that would hereafter believe, they are the issues that would make you to also have fellowship …when they say with us, that us includes all the Apostles, all the Patriarchs, all the Elders, all the martyrs of the faith. It includes all those that have served God in one capacity or the other and who have gone to heaven to rest waiting for the rest of us to join them.

Now one of the reasons that we need to pay attention to these Guideposts is because the fellowship unto which God is calling us – and truly that fellowship is with the Father and with the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that fellowship is with all the believers all over the ages, all over the world; regardless of their tongue, regardless of their culture, regardless of their upbringing and regardless of their civilisation. This means that the truth that God has presented to us is timeless truth, its truth that cannot be localised: it is not affected by our culture or by our upbringing.

1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

It says – This then is the message which we have heard of Him. Now, this issue weighs heavily on my heart.  If you say you are in the light and you walk in the light then we have fellowship with the Father? Are you truly in fellowship with Him? When you come under the light of His Word, His blood cleanses us from all sin, His blood makes us right with Him. I am asking you – Are you in the light or are you walking in darkness?

This is the message that we heard from Him from the beginning. The Guidepost we are dealing with is the Message that does not allow darkness, that does not allow any shadow, that does not allow any cover-up! This is the Message that will take you to heaven.

If as we are listening to the Word of God here today you discover that your life is not straightforward, the contract you are doing is not straightforward, your relationship with your wife is not correct, why dont you bow down and repent right now? I dont want you to go about with the false hope that you are in fellowship: You are NOT in fellowship with our Father! In this regard, I do not know who your father is.

Bow your head right now and say – Jesus, dont let me run in vain, dont let me deceive men, dont let men deceive me! Bring me into light, bring my life into light, bring my activity into light, no more will I walk in darkness.

Bow your head. Surrender every darkness, bring it to the limelight of the Word of God and God will use the blood of Jesus to cleanse you from every sin.

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