Once again Bishop Keith Butler mounted the stage at the ministers’ conference to share at his last session. He began by reading from the Psalms and singing before he commenced his teaching.
Seek the scriptures of God that entail rejoicing. Praise the Lord’s name declaring such scriptures over your life. Rejoice in the Lord always. Enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving. He is good and his mercy is forever. (Psalm 100:4-5, Psalm 148:1, Psalm 150:1)
Do not be afraid of multitudes that come against you. For God is your shield, the lifter of your hands. Speak the word of God into your own life. (Psalm 3:3)
God wants us to live holy and to always be filled with the Holy Spirit. He enquires us to be strong and bold in our faith. When we are willing and decide to be strong, God is ever ready to endow us with the grace to live according to our desires. (Ephesians 3:4)
You need everything that God has to offer you – His strength, grace, mercy and forgiveness. Having the strength of God enables you withstand and face the devil’s attacks. (Romans 13:1-4, Ephesians 6:10)
The root of God’s Word is love. You need to be in love with God’s Word to be spiritually strong. When people rise up against others, they are being used by the Devil and thereby not walking in love. When Satan uses Christians against each other, it affects our growth and weakens us spiritually. The weakness eventually spreads into our physical bodies and could result in loss of lives. (Mark 4:17, 1Cor 11:28-30)
Anything that takes up your time more than God’s Word is a distraction. It could be sickness, gossip or lust for what you think you want. The only thing you ought to want is Jesus. Our so-called enemies are the tools used by the Devil. Never allow yourself to be used against someone else. If you’re not going to pray for them, do not be a tool for others downfall. (Ephisians 6:11-12)
Pray for your mentors, leaders and pastors as God is using them to bring you up. Do not talk against God’s anointed servants as God will come against if you do. The reason you need God’s Word as your strength is to be able to resist the evil days when they come. Evil days are bound to come at some point and you need to be ready. (Ephesians 6:13)
Pray always so the protection of God may cover you in all angles of your life. God intended for your mouth to be a weapon to be used against the devil, not against your fellow brethren. You can build with your mouth and can also destroy with it. (Rom 10:9-10)
The hurtful days are the days of accusation and condemnation. These are days when people come against you and say negative words. When such evil days come, turn only to the scriptures for peace and resolution through it all. Pay less attention to the media. If you’re getting all your news from the media, you’re listening to the Devil. Seek your guidance from the scriptures. (1John 4:16-17)
If you spend most of your time in the Word of God, you will be undefeatable. If you want all the promises in the Word, you need to spend as much time studying the Word of God.
Regardless of all that is happening to you on evil days, ensure to always be thankful to God. For every attack from the Devil, declare always who you are in Christ Jesus. When the Devil realizes he cannot break your spirit, he turns to find someone else to torment. The Word of God in your mouth is the most powerful weapon on earth. Practice responding to negative words with positive and prayerful words towards the accuser. Don’t just pray words but declare the scriptures while at it. (Ephesians 6:17)
Pray for others. Pray for your preachers for God’s inspiration to flow continuously through them. When you come across anyone and notice they’re downcast, commit such people to God in your prayers. Be it in church, at work or in any public gathering. (Ephesians 6:18-19)