Rare Overcomers

Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. 5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

The sealed …the chosen of God are overcomers because they have been preselected to overcome. God does not release His chosen ones under strong contrary situations without sealing them in safety. By this mark, they are pre-known …and seen in the Spirit as different. The mark is on their forehead suggesting that they are known even to principalities that these are the sealed of the Most High God. Even in the worst of trials and temptations, God is already faithful to have made us overcomers ahead of any troubles. The sealed servants are protected in two ways …first …evil is not permitted until they are sealed and when any evil is permitted to blow, they will overcome … not because of anything they can do or not do but because of their identity as God’s sealed children and supernatural help linked to the seal of God on their lives.

The lesson is that God sets His chosen apart for safety and mercy even in the worst of times. The other lesson is the concept of a final seal that nothing will be able to unseal. This unusual mercy is reserved for servants … this verse pictures a rare grace that is available even in extreme of difficulties … so that the servants of God will be permitted to complete their assignments even under the worst of spiritual and physical attacks. Whether the winds are errors, evils or powerful corruptions – they will be delayed until the sealed are well marked out and then the mark of God upon their foreheads send a clear signal to any evil wind that this one is an overcomer … no matter what. God’s overcomers are unstoppable and helped to defeat every evil wind …protected from seeing death until the appointed time.

Song.

There is a redeemer, Jesus, God’s own Son,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One,

Jesus my redeemer, Name above all names,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Oh, for sinners slain.

Thank you oh my father, For giving us your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit, ‘Til the work on Earth is done

Prayer: Lord, Mark me with your seal of life. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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Spreading Cancers

Jos 17:12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land. 13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out.

Disobedience tends to be like cancer. Once it starts, it soon begins to spread and can become a new norm. We read that the Ephraimites could not drive out the Canaanites. We soon read in the following chapters that the children of Manasseh were also in a similar situation. They put the Canaanites to tribute – but that was not what the Lord instructed. Disobedience acts like a spreading cancer once unchecked.

Be careful of the familiar things that you observe and accept. Because a certain approach is popular and seems to work does not mean it pleases the Lord. Joshua we are not told corrected the tribe of Ephraim and the way of accommodating the inhabitants of Canaan soon became the norm. It is easier to do nothing. It is easier not to fight or confront that which is wrong. It is easier to simply embrace errors and popular methods. But when we go against the norm, we will soon hear … “but the blessed tribe of Ephraim, the leader’s tribe are doing it differently …” why do you want to do yours differently.

Leaders should be extra careful because they will be copied …what the leadership accepts will preach far more than what they teach. Like cancer, the error of compromise to accommodate the Canaanites soon began to spread. Watch out for things others – especially those in leadership do, that do not model Christ. Christ is our model and not any leader. Leaders, like any other men can be weak, tired and too intimidated to face certain issues. You must be ready to stand alone for what you believe in – contend for the faith. Still obey all the same …still fight even if you are alone and unaided …if the truth of God is your ally then God will fight with you. Like David fought Goliath alone when all the more capable and stronger warriors were in hiding …you will not run from battle …you will fight and you will win. Manasseh gave up quickly and accommodated what they were meant to drive out. What are you tolerating in your life that God wants you to deal with firmly. Do not delay another minute …drive out the Canaanite.

Song.

Jehovah is your name 4ce
Mighty warrior; Great in battle
Jehovah is your name.
Mighty warrior; Great in battle
Jehovah is your name.

The name, the name of Jesus. Is greater and higher than all names
It is not an ordinary name. It’s a name that’s full of power and praise.
At that name all sicknesses bow. Demons tremble at the sound of that name
It is not an ordinary name. It’s a name that’s full of power and praise..

Prayer : Father, I reject every Canaanite making itself useful to my flesh – I drive them all out … I walk out of every evil relationship. Amen.
The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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