DOMINION OVER BLOCKADES – THE SPIRIT OF HEROD 1A
Text: Acts 12:1-25
“Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 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 ….And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. But the word of God grew and multiplied. And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.”
Nothing can be more satisfying than the presence of God, absolutely nothing. I look forward to that city with streets of gold, adorned with all manner of precious stones – jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl and so on with the river of life flowing in the midst of it. There shall neither be sun nor moon there because the glory of God will be the only light there. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). The greatest thing anyone can do for you is to make you fall in love with God. Anything that takes you outside the love of God hates you, no matter what that thing is. Anything that seeks to usurp the love of God in your heart is your greatest enemy and if I were you I will throw it away. Is it the deceitfulness of riches? Is it the lust of the eye? Is it the lust of the flesh? Is it pride of life? Is it worldly glamour? Whatever it is, do away with it so that the real glory can be revealed. Glamour is satan’s imitation of glory. It is important to understand that glory is not found on the surface. Glory is not found in the outer court. It is not even found in the holy place. It is found in the holy of holies. It is only those who can get there that will behold the glory. Sadly, a lot of people are satisfied with worshipping God outside the court.
- Lord, help me to be a true worshipper. You are looking for those who will worship you in spirit and in truth, please, make me one. Help me to fall in love over and over again with you. Help me not to be deceived. Grant that your purpose for my life will never be derailed in the name of Jesus.
- Grant me grace to stay tuned to the frequency of heaven and to do the needful – to know you and to love you above all else in my heart, to fall in love over and over again with you. Help me, Lord, to really know you and to be tuned to the frequency of heaven all the days of my life in Jesus name.
- Help me never to lose sight of where I am going – heaven is my destination. Grant me grace to make it in Jesus name. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED………