IT HAPPENED TO ME 15
[A message by PASTOR IDOWU ILUYOMADE at Digging for Gold and Holy Communion Service on Tuesday, August 15, 2017]
PSALM 91:8 - “Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”
In our studies of Psalm 91:7, we learnt that even though calamities may be happening all around us, God has set boundaries and limits to prevent such calamities from coming near us. In continuation, verse 8 says “Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” Using a football match as an illustration, we have the players and the spectators. On the pitch, only 11 people are actively involved in playing and are susceptible to injuries whilst every other person is a spectator. This brings to light what God is saying in this verse - that we will just be spectators and not partakers of the calamities happening around us.
It Happened to Me – Acts of Wickedness
We have established that “the wicked” referred to is a sinner or someone that delights in the downfall of others – always scheming and plotting against others. It is sad that such wickedness exists even in families (Matthew 10:36), and among close friends.
“Because I borrowed some money from a close friend and couldn’t pay back, he started to broadcast deep family secrets that I told him in confidence, and I became a laughing stock.”
“My late father was almost swindled by his own brother into selling his property worth millions of naira at a cheap price a few days before he died. God divinely intervened by making us visit my father just before he was about to seal the deal by signing off his legal title to the house.”
“I lent a sister the money I was saving for my rent to help her pay for her children’s school fees. She told me she would repay within weeks but alas years after she still refused to pay back.
The Reward of The Wicked
People are scheming to do all kinds of terrible things, but the Bible says in Psalm 2:1-5 that God will frustrate all their plans. In Esther 7:10, Haman planned the downfall of Mordecai and the extermination of the Jews for a whole year. He even went to the extent of building gallows, but at the nick of time God intervened and scattered all his plans. The Bible says in Job 5:12 that God disappoints the plans of the crafty and frustrates all their schemes. At the end of the day, Haman was hung on the gallows that was originally built to hang Mordecai. This brings to play the principle in Proverbs 26:27 which says that “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” Psalm 34:21 also says “Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.”
Biblical Examples of The Reward of The Wicked
The children of Israel saw the ten plagues which was the reward of the wickedness of the Egyptians.
The children of Israel that were on the Lord’s side witnessed the earth swallowed up Korah and his fellow rebels (Numbers 16:30-34)
In 1 Kings 18:21-27, Elijah called down fire to swallow the prophets of Baal.
All Daniel’s detractors were thrown into the lion’s den in his stead (Daniel 6:16,24). God says in Isiah 43:4 that He would give people for your lives.
I prophesy that no evil will come near you and it shall be ill with your enemies in Jesus Mighty Name (Isaiah 3:11).
Some people find themselves in situations just because of the wickedness of others known or unknown to them. It could be household or spiritual wickedness. Ephesians 6:12 says “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The stagnation, sickness, calamities, etc, can be as a result of spiritual wickedness, but I prophesy that every form of wickedness affecting you will be terminated today in Jesus Name!
As we accept the invitation of the Lord in Hebrews 4:16 and approach His throne of Grace fearlessly and confidently to receive mercy and well-timed help, we place a three-pronged petition before Him.
(a) In line with Isaiah 43:26 and Psalm 20:1-4, we plead our case before God bringing forth our strong points to enable us receive justification and answer to our prayers.
(b) We also hereby report to God all our enemies that are stronger than us to enable Him intervene (Psalm 18:17-18).
(c) Since God knows all things we petition God to intervene on our behalf by pleading our case and destroying all our enemies with His Mighty Hand.
Finally, one of the most potent weapons of warfare that we have is the Holy Communion – the bread and the wine. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and sickness, sorrow, calamity, poverty, etc. cannot be permitted to dwell in your body which is also the Body of Christ. The Bible says in 1st John 4:17 that as He is so we are. The Bible also says that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church which is the body of Christ. Therefore, every onslaught from the pit of hell must fail. The bread is the Bread of Life, and if you get the revelation that you are the body of Christ, as you eat the bread, everything that is contrary to the plan and purpose of God for your life, and that cannot dwell in the body of Christ must disappear. The Body of Christ is a victorious body, and it is a body that has been redeemed. So, as you are walking, know that Christ is with you and in you and you will never fail in Jesus Name!
Also, the Bible says in Revelation 12:11 that “they overcame satan by the blood of the Lamb...” The Blood of Jesus is another powerful weapon that you can use to conquer satan, his demons, and all his onslaught. As you plead and drink the blood of Jesus, you will overcome all satanic attacks in Jesus Name. However, every unconfessed sinner is branded as wicked, and cannot partake in the Lord’s supper unless they are willing to repent and surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. If you want to surrender your life to Jesus Christ so that He can give you a new song to sing, then pray this prayer: “LORD Jesus, I come to You right now. I know I am a sinner, please forgive me my sins. With my mouth, I confess that from right now, Jesus, I accept You as the LORD of my life. Please change my heart from a disobedient heart to an obedient heart. I believe that it is because of me You came into this world. You died for my sins, You took away my sins, take away my problems also. Please write my name in the Book of Life, wash me clean with the Blood of Jesus and give me a New Song in Jesus Mighty Name.”
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