Pastor Mark Igiehon (Peniel Sunday 23 August 2015)
The Lord showed Himself to Abraham by the oak trees of Mamre, as he sat at the tent door in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them. He put his face to the ground and said, “My lord, if I have found favor in your eyes, please do not pass by your servant. Let us have a little water brought to wash your feet. Rest yourselves under the tree. And I will get a piece of bread so you may eat and get strength. After that you may go on your way, since you have come to your servant.” (Vs. 1-5) Genesis18:1-18
Brothers and sister, Peniel is just the beginning, God has opened a new season, a season of great rest, a season of great grace and great favour. God has declared over us His blessings and with God, everything is possible in this season. People are beginning to receive incredible revelations, because the heavens are opens over us.
Daniel 11:32 says they that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits (KJV). God has shown up therefore we shall be strong and we shall do exploits in Jesus name. God has shown up and we have been energised and strengthened, and so we should go out and do exploit for the Lord. And as we go out to do exploit for the Lord, he will give us more enablement to do that which He has commanded us to do.
In Genesis 18 when God visited Abraham and Sarah, what did they do? The first thing Abraham did was to welcome God and make him comfortable. Therefore, when God shows up, welcome God and make Him comfortable. That was what Abraham did. He welcomed God and made Him comfortable. Hebrew 13:2 says do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. This season think about what will make God comfortable in your life and do it.
The next thing you must do when God shows up is to give Him time and full attention. When the Lord turned up in Abraham’s home, he and his wife shut down everything and they began to make preparation to make Him comfortable. Also when Jesus visited Mary and Mather`s house, while Mather was busy preparing food Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. In other words, when God visits, give Him your full attention, give Him your time. “Someone said we must give God the tithe (1/10th) of our time” So for 24 hours time a day, we must give God 1/10th of this time, because the more time you spend with God, the more revelations and instructions you have from Him, and the more God begins to share His own agenda with you.
When God shows up, what must you do? Prepare the best meal for Him. Find out what pleases God and give it to Him in this season. Genesis 18:6-8 says so Abraham ran into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Hurry and get three pails of fine flour, mix it well, and make bread.” Then Abraham ran to the cattle and took out a young and good calf. He gave it to the servant to make it ready in a hurry. He took milk and cheese and the meat which he had made ready, and set it in front of them. He stood by them under the tree while they ate.
When God turns up, it means the time of fulfilment has come. It means the enablement (strength) for fulfilment has come, therefore press into Him and move forward, in Jesus name.
Brothers and sisters, as we leave Peniel, it is not a time to go and relax; rather it is a time to press forward with God. It is a time to prevail with God. It is a time to pray as you have never prayed. It is a time to reflect on the prayers and declarations of Peniel. It is a time to go study and reflect on the word from Peniel, the bible says once has God spoken and twice have I heard, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
“Mohamed Alli said I hated every minute of training but I said, don’t quit, suffer now, and leave the rest of your life as a champion.” Scientist has also calculated that it takes ten thousand hours of training in any particular field to become a master of it. Therefore, you need to spend quality time with the Lord to become a master of the word of God. You need to push and push until you get to there, the bible says those that know their God shall be strong and do exploit. You have been anointed therefore go! Do exploit in Jesus name.
What do you do when God shows up? Malachi 3:16 says then those whose lives honored God got together and talked it over. God saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God’s presence and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down, all the names of those who honored God’s name (MSG). God take note of everything you do or say, and when you say, I have heard it and I receive it, God sees it and He is listening! “And He says it is what I heard you say, I will do.” Therefore keep confessing His word and by doing this you`re speaking His blessings to manifestation in your life.
In Malachi 17-18 God said, “They’re mine, all mine. They’ll get special treatment when I go into action. I treat them with the same consideration and kindness that parents give the child who honors them. Once more you’ll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn’t, between serving God and not serving him.” Brothers and sisters, God is in action this season, and so it is time to press forward, whatever you have received in Peniel, take action and move forward with God. Whatever it is that God has said concerning you in Peniel receive it, receive your blessing, receive your healing, receive your wife, receive your husband and receive your children in Jesus name.
Remain blessed and have a great week.