Reflections…as 2012 winds up

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As 2012 is about to wound up, it is important we reflect on what the Lord says about theNigeriaconcerningNigeria. Hear is a reproduction of the prophecy for 2012 by the ministry being run by Rev. Mrs. Cecilia Onitiri. It is a year of hope….You cannot afford to give up hope as this year rolls by

Given to me on Friday October 21 2011at 1:07 a.m

The Scripture for the Year 2012 is Isaiah 65V17-25 This Scripture was given to me on Friday February 25 at12:10 a.m

5:58 a.m Thursday Dec. 8. 2011

Stampede here, stampede there, horror here, horror there, like a raging storm sweeping across the face of the earth. But I am bringing calm. The temperature is boiling hot who can reduce the heat? It is I, the Lord that can bring calm across the surface of the earth.

Why is there so much rage, so much turmoil, so much sighing, so much crying, so many deaths?

Because like the storm sweeping across the surface of the earth, there is so much sin that has permeated man, so much so that man’s thinking has been bent and man can no longer reason, man can no longer align with Me.

But I am heeding the call, the prayer, the supplication of the few to me to save the nations. So there is hope for the distraught. There is hope for the helpless, there is hope for peace, there is hope for calm, there is hope for change, there is hope that love will begin to simmer through the hearts of men, there is hope for joy. Like tiny droplets of water, hope is on the way and will gradually spread and fill the earth. When hope spreads, contentment and love will begin to spread and gradually the raging will stop and restoration will begin to take place.

I will bring hope, but you have to heed to my command and obey my laws, laws on love, laws on obedience, laws on contentment. Love one another even as I love you, even as my Father loves you. Where there is love, there is peace, where there is peace there is oneness, unity and togetherness. I long to bring an end to the confusion raging over the world, but I need you to love one another so your love can prepare the ground for hope which will eventually usher in the peace that all of you are crying for.

Why instigate? It is selfishness. Yes selfishness, Yes selfishness, that is the root of the ragings across the earth. Oh my children, how I long to bring peace into your midst. The cries of the helpless, the widowed, the helpless have reached unto me and say unto them ‘Fear Not’ for hope is on the way. I will show mercy.’  6:20 a.m

The heavens declares the glory of the Lord and the firmament shows forth His praise. Search that scripture and you will find my message there.  6:27 a.m

The scripture the LORD referred me to is Psalm 19. This is another and completely new angle of God’s revelation. I have searched this scripture for days, nights and I have pondered over the verses not being able sleep right. But this afternoon Friday December 30 at 4:40 p.m.The Lord revealed His messages in that scripture fully to me.

The message is found principally in v9

“The fear of the Lord is clean,

       enduring forever: the judgments

                                                                   of the LORD are true and

                                                                   righteous altogether”

What does it mean to “Fear the Lord”?

Fearing God is a recognition of His holiness, justice & righteousness as a counter part to His love & mercy ie knowing Him and understanding fully who He is. Prov. 2:5

“Then shalt thou understand

                                                                 the fear of the Lord, and find

                                                                 the knowledge of God.”

Such fear is based on the fact that God is a holy God, whose very nature causes Him to judge sin.

2. To fear the Lord is to regard Him with holy awe & reverence and to honour God as God because of His great glory, holiness, majesty and power. e.g when the Israelites at Mount Sinai saw God manifest Himself through “thunders and lightings” and a thick cloud upon the Mount and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud”. They all ‘trembled’ in fear. Ex.19:16 and begged Moses to speak to them rather than the Lord God Himself. (Ex.20:18-19) (Deut. 5:22-27)

Again in Psalm 33 the Psalmist, reflecting on God as Creator, states clearly in VV8-9

“Let all the earth fear the Lord:

                                                                   Let all the inhabitants of the world

                                                                   stand in awe of Him. For he spake, and it was done;

                                                                   he commanded, and it stood fast.”

3. As believers, if we fear the Lord truly it will cause us to put our faith and trust in Him alone for salvation e.g. After the Israelites crossed over theRed Seaon dry ground and witness the enormous destruction of the Egyptian army, they “feared the LORD and believed the LORD.” Ex. 14:31.

You see, when the Israelites saw God’s awful judgment against the Egyptian army, the people “feared the Lord” and seeing God’s miraculous deliverance they “believed the Lord”.

If we receive a true revelation of God’s majesty & judgment against sin we will lay hold of Him in faith while growing in the fear of God.

He will surely deliver us from the problems confronting us and we will grow in the fear of the Lord.

In Psalm 115:11, the Psalmist calls upon all those who fear the Lord to “trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.

In other words, the fear of God will produce in us a confident hope & trust in Him.

4. Finally to fear God will involve our knowing that He is a God who is angry about sin and has the power to punish those who transgress His laws both in time & in eternity.

Psalm 76:7-8

“Thou even thou, art to be feared:

                                                                  and who may stand in thy sight

                                                                  when once thou art angry?

                                                                 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard

                                                                 from heaven; the earth feared, and was still.”

When Adam & Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they were afraid of the Lord and tried to hide from His presence. (Gen. 3:8-10)

Moses experienced this aspect of the fear of God when he spent 40 days and nights to pray for the sinful Israelites: Deut. 9:19

“… I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure,

                                                                wherewith the Lord was wroth against you to

                                                                destroy you ….”

Similarly in the NT immediately after acknowledging the coming vengeance and judgment of God the author of Hebrews wrote in (Heb.10:31) that

“ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

What are the reasons for the fear of the Lord?

1.  We should fear the Lord because of His awesome power as the Creator of all things and all people

Psalm 33:6-9, 96:4-5, Jonah 1:9

2. The great & mighty power that He continues to exercise over the elements of creation and over us, is

cause for fearing God. Ex. 20:18-20, Eccl. 3:14, Jonah 1:11-16, Mark 4:3, 9-41.

3. When we realize the holiness of God, the normal response of the human spirit is to fear Him.

Rev. 15:4

“Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy

                                                                 name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall

                                                                 come and worship before thee; for thy judgments

                                                                 are made manifest.”

 

Above all else, the fact that God is a God of justice who will judge the entire human race generates the fear of Him. Deut. 17:12-13, Heb. 10:26-31.

It is a solemn truth that God is constantly watching and evaluating our actions, both good and bad and that we will be held accountable for those actions, both now and judgment day.

Implications about the fear of the Lord

The fear of the Lord is more than a mere biblical doctrine. It applies directly to our daily lives in many ways.

For one, if we truly fear the Lord, we will live a life of obedience to His commandments and say ‘No’ to sin.

According to the Psalmist, fearing the Lord is equivalent to delighting in His commandments (Psalm 112:1) and keeping His precepts (Psalm 119:63)

Solomon taught that “by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil” (Prov. 16:6).

 

In the Book of Ecclesiastics the whole duty of the human race is summarized thus:

“Fear God and keep His commandments. (Eccl. 12:13)

On the other hand anyone who is satisfied to live a life of wickedness does so because:

“there is no fear of God before his eyes.” Psalm 36:1-4

The fear of God moves us to worship Him with our whole being. God has promised to reward all those who fear Him. Prov. 22:4

“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, 

                                                               and honor and life.”

Finally the fear of the Lord brings with it assurance & comfort for all of us Christians. The N.T directly links the fear of the Lord with the comfort of the Holy Spirit Acts 9:31.

Those who live without fearing the Lord have no sense of His presence, grace & protection.

Remember the case of the people ofIsrael? They should have entered the promised land 39 years before

(Deut. 1:2-3) but because of their disobedience and failure to do the will of God, their entrance was delayed (Numbers14:33-34).

Failure to live in God’s will and to walk after the Spirit (Rom.8:12-15, Gal.5:16) can result in a delay in or even the total loss of God’s plan for our lives. We should have a holy fear of being out of the Lord’s will and losing His presence, grace and protection in our lives.

Those who fear God and keep His commandments will have a deep experience of spiritual security of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They can be sure God will “deliver their soul from death” Psalm 33:18-19

Can you see the relationship between the message and the message in the scripture Psalm 19?

We should fear the Lord, reverence Him, live a holy life, keep His statutes and commandments, keep His instructions. When we do this, there is hope for a fulfilled life of peace, grace and protection. His praise should never cease from our lips for He created all.  6:40 p.m.

On Friday Dec. 23 at 4:59 a.m.

The Lord woke me and whispered 3 times to me these words.

“There is hope for Nigeria”

12:34 p.m. Sat. Dec. 31. 2011

I am the Lord of lords. I change not. Hope in me, keep your hearts distanced from sin and do that which is acceptable to me and I will turn things and events around for you. I formed you for good and not for evil, to allow you attain my will and my will is to nurture you and make you great. Obey my words and keep my statutes, for they shall do you very good. Peace be unto you.

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