Month: September 2020

21 Sep
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 120

POWER TO DEFEAT THE GATES OF HELL 

 “…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  (Matthew 16:18b) 

The spiritual realm is more real than the natural realm.   Almost everything that we see or experience in the natural world in which we live originates from the realm of the spirit.  In that realm there are two kingdoms that are diametrically opposed to each other; the kingdom of darkness, commanded by satan and the Kingdom of Light which operates under the sovereign rulership of Jehovah, the Almighty God.

Since God gave man dominion over the earth, both the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness seek to advance their purposes on earth by using a human vessel. Once the vessel agrees to be used that is called legal rights.

As a living, created, functioning being God has already given man total dominion to operate His kingdom on earth.  However it is the will of the Father that the Kingdom of God functions on earth as His kingdom functions in Heaven. *(Genesis 1:26-28) * On the other hand, satan fights to oppose the will and purposes of God from manifesting in the earth realm. The enemy operates from the realm of darkness and gains dominion in the earth realm by using demons as his wicked agents.  The enemy may also influence or manipulate a man or woman to carry out his evil purposes.

Matthew 11:12 warns that “Ever since the days of John, the Baptist until right now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force.” Every believer, as a citizen of the kingdom of God must understand that we are in a perpetual spiritual warfare against satan and the kingdom of darkness.  Although this warfare is coming from the invisible realm, it is very real.

In Matthew 16, Jesus reveals that even the gates of hell will wage war against the Kingdom of God but will never prevail.  As long as the Church maintained the position that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the One who came to save and set His people  free from the enemy, no matter what attack comes from hell, the righteous would prevail.

When Jesus died, He went to hell and took the keys of access to death, hell and the grave and gave you, as a believer power  on earth to bind and loose, with all of Heaven backing you.    Therefore, you have been given power over all the plans and schemes of the enemy and the Spirit of God will not allow any trap of the enemy to overtake you. (Matthew 16:19, Luke 10:19, 1 Corinthians 10:13)  The shed blood of Jesus Christ fights for you and not even the gates of hell can prevail against you because Jesus died so that you could live!


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03 Sep
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 52

PREPARATION FOR THE GLORY!    

 
          In order for the glory to fall, we must all take responsibility and begin to earnestly seek for the glory of God to return to the House of God.  However, before the glory can return to the house, it must return to the life of each individual that is in the Body of Christ.  As a corporate body, there was a demand placed on each individual, family and tribe to maintain a holy and spiritually pure life.  In the case when Israel went up against the people of Ai, a small group of their enemies, they were sorely defeated.  (Joshua 7:1 – 26)
          When they returned to their camp, David went before the Lord and asked why they had been defeated by their enemies. The Lord revealed to him that there was sin in the camp.  He was instructed to go family by family, row by row and person by person to find out who had sinned.  After this process of elimination was over, it was revealed that Achin had hid false idols in his tent.  The judgment of this sin was death.  Although it was Achin who sinned, his entire family was judged and, ultimately destroyed. After his sin was judged, they again returned to the battle and, now that the presence of God was with them, they were able to win.
          If we are truly seeking a move of God in the midst of our services, we, as a corporate body of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and believers must all begin to take responsibility for the manifestation of His glory; from the parking lot to the pew; from the pew to the pulpit; we are all carriers of the glory of God and must all remain committed to living a holy life.  We all must live in a way that continues to cultivate His presence and an atmosphere for the manifested glory of God.

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03 Sep
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 19

BROKEN VESSELS

“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred (Broken) in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” –  (Jeremiah 18:4)

One of the greatest disappointments for any potter or pottery maker after hours of labour is to have the vessel he is making cracked or broken.  He has to choose to either throw the damaged vessel away or use the same clay to make another one.

He chooses to remake the vessel because he already knows within himself the vessel has potential, regardless of its earlier imperfections. I believe God feels the same way about us. He knows that we have cracks and air bubbles but still chooses to work on us.

Additionally, He puts Apostles, Prophets or Pastors in your life as Potters to help make, mold and fashion you into what He wants you to be. (Ephesians 4:11, 12)

The Apostle, Prophet or Pastor in your life should be chosen by God.   In Jeremiah 3:15, the spirit of God says,  “I will give you Pastors after my own heart…”

In other words you don’t always get to choose your Pastor based on compatibility but rather based on God’s good pleasure and what He seeks to form in you. This Pastor will be used by God to help shape and mold you into God’s desired vessel. Your willingness and humility will help the process, but your pride or unwillingness will prolong and delay the process.

When the vessel is finished being made, the Potter heats a fire extremely hot and shoves the vessel in it. This firery process is to ensure that the vessel is sealed and ready to be polished and painted. It is fire tested!

1 Peter 4:12

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

In 1 Peter 4:12, the Word of God admonishes that you are not to think that fiery trials, which were sent to “try” or “test” you are strange.

The purpose of your test is to refine you and to create of you a vessel that is prepared for any adversity that may come your way.  Just because you are being tested does not mean that God does not love you or that He does not care about you or that He has allowed these trials to come to destroy you.   Nothing could be further from the truth.

As a matter of fact, God sometimes allows you to be broken. He allows you to go through the process to remake you over again. God wants to strengthen you.  That’s right, your “fiery process” is necessary because when the time is right God, Himself wants to put a seal on you that you have been Pressure-Tested…and Approved!

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