Message: “Day of Prayer Fighting To The Top” from Min Oluleke

Min Oluleke - February 6, 2022

Day of Prayer Fighting To The Top

Day of Prayer Fighting To The Top

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 TOPIC: FIGHTING TO THE TOP Objectives: 1)To intimate the believer that it takes a fight of faith to see God’s promises and plans fulfilled. 2) To make us aware of the need for discernment in the battles of life. A. INTRODUCTION 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. No matter how Great the promise of God is. No matter how generous his plans towards us are, He does something interesting... He makes us to Fight to get to the Top! Example: God made a promise to Abraham. Genesis 13:14-17 14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your [c]descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” See how God fulfilled it - God ensured that Abraham's descendants fought to obtain the promise. It didn't fall on their laps without some effort on their part. Deuteronomy 2:24 (NKJV) 24 “ ‘Rise, take your journey, and cross over the River Arnon. Look, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Begin to possess it, and engage him in battle. B. WHY DOES GOD DO THIS? 1) He makes us to work diligently to enter His rest - To build our character and competence in His purpose. Hebrews 4:11 (NIV) 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 2) He "proves" us before He makes the fulness of His plans come to pass. The purpose is to refine us Psalm 105:19 (AMP) 19 Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, The word of the Lord tested and refined him. Deuteronomy 8:2 (NKJV) And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3) He brings us to limits where we just have to let go of pride and self-confidence - He does not want us to share his glory Judges 7:2 2 And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ C. DISCERNING WHEN TO FIGHT There are some battles we cannot win: 1) When we are outside the will/purpose of God in: marriage, career, friends, mentors, place of work/residence, all major decisions (Ruth 1:1-21 & Genesis 26:1-12) 2) When we fight against divine purpose (Acts 5:38-39). D. THE TAKE-AWAY 1) Every promise land has giants in it. None is vacant because nature abhors vacuum. 2) God raises/trains those who are in his image: - He is a Man of War (Ex. 15:3) - He is the Lord of hosts (Isa. 47:4); Jehovah Sabaoth occurs >260 times in the bible - He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah - His seed must be lions, soldiers and brave fighters, whether they are men, women, boys or girls. 3) When the going gets tough, the tough must get going. Don't faint! (Prov. 24:10) 4) Choose your battles carefully by asking for divine direction all along the way in life. Prayer points 1) Heavenly Father, I thank you that through you, I am more than a conqueror. 2) Lord, fill me with the spirit of a fighter. Empower me to fight my way to the top this year. 3) Lord, give me a dogged and resilient spirit that never bows to problems. No problem shall see my end; I shall see the end of all problems and challenges in Jesus’ name. 4) Lord, give me discernment of your perfect will for my life per time. Help me to be in the right place at the right time.

Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 10:13

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