MANY AFFLICTIONS, BUT SURE DELIVERANCE Dr D. K. Olukoya

MANY AFFLICTIONS, BUT SURE DELIVERANCE Dr D. K. Olukoya


SCRIPTURES: Psalm 34:19, Genesis 39:23, Acts 27:23-24, Psalm 71:12, Isaiah 43:2, James 5:16-18



MESSAGE: 

In Psalm 34:19, the Bible says "many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all". What a strange scripture. Why the righteous? Why should the Bible say "many are the afflictions of the righteous"? Why did the Bible not say "many are the afflictions of the wicked?" Why should the righteous have any affliction at all, let alone saying they are now many?


Beloveth, Joseph was in prison, yet the Bible said the Lord was with him. If that were so, why did the Lord not deliver him from going to jail in the first place? Why did God not send thunder, fire to destroy Mrs. Potiphar that told lies against him? Why? Joseph found himself in that position. God was with him, yet things kept going from bad to worse. Nothing in his daily experience showed any testimony that God was even there.


Listen to this Message very carefully. Paul was in a shipwreck. They had suffered. They could not eat, could not drink, they had thrown their luggage into the sea. But verses 23-24 of Acts 27 say: "For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." 

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Imagine, an angel of God was with him. If there had been such an angel of God by him, why did he become a prisoner in the first place? Where was that angel when the storm was blowing and they were shipwrecked? These are questions, so you can understand the prayer of tonight and what we are discussing tonight. 


A lot of people harass their own lives day and night, complaining bitterly: "Why is this happening? Why is that happening?" The Bible answers the question. It did not say "few are the afflictions of the righteous". It says "many are the afflictions of the righteous, but as many as they are, the Lord will deliver him from them all".


Beloveth what I am saying is this: righteous people also go through adversities. Thank God for that great sentence "but the Lord delivereth him from them all". Meaning that no matter the adversities, no matter how many they are, your deliverance as a righteous person is guaranteed.


•••> This is why I am praying for somebody here today: any long term problem, any problem that has remained stubborn for you, I command that problem to be disgraced in the name of Jesus! ( A seven fold amen)


We need to make a shout to the Lord. We need to cry out like the psalmist. And that is the purpose of this first Manna Water meeting of the year. We all need to cry out like the psalmist in Psalm 71:12 which says: O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. We need to shout "O God, make haste for my help". Can somebody shout that loud? Shout it three aggressive times: O God, make haste for my help! 


The Psalm 91 we always read has all its verses to be very interesting, but verse 15 says "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him." A very interesting scripture.


This passage tells us that we are never alone in any problem that we face. You are never alone in that situation that you are facing, no matter how deserted you may feel. God says whenever you are in trouble, He Himself will be in trouble. God cannot be free from the trouble until you are free from that trouble. This is the mystery of the afflictions of the righteous. 


God was not asleep when Nebuchadnezzar was saying everybody should bow down. God was not asleep when he lighted his fiery furnace. God was not asleep when he invited the three Hebrew children and asked them to bow down. God was not asleep when Nebuchadnezzar asked them to throw them into the fire. But God was with the three Hebrew children in their trouble. So when the righteous gets into trouble, God also gets into trouble with him. The trouble then gets into trouble, when God gets into it.

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There is one popular thing I used to say in those days: when God appears at your battlefront, the battle is over. The Bible says "when thou passest..." It did not say "if thou passest".


So again and again, God shows us that the battle does not depend on our small size or the mighty great size of the enemy, but the greater and mightier size of our God. The cities contesting with Him may be heavily defended and fortified. They may be as high as heavens, but our God shall bring them down.


The great size of the enemy does not determine the battle. The Bible says 'if God be for us, who can be against us?' Who can lay any charge to God's elect? Who? Is it size 10? Size 12? Size 30? Is it Goliath? Is it Herod? Is it Pharaoh? Who?


"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all." 


There is one thing though. We find this in the book of James. We are getting ready to pray now. In that scripture in James, the major line is "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". The word 'fervent' is seriously pregnant.


Fervent means:


~ blazing

~ burning

~ charger

~ fiery

~ flaming

~ hot blooded

~ intense

~ Red hot

~ super heated

~ vehement

~ zealous

~ scorching

~ overheated

~ demonstrative.


So, what is the Bible saying? It is saying


~ the effectual blazing prayer of the righteous. 

~ the effectual red hot prayer of the righteous. 

~ the effectual overheated prayer of the rights availeth much.


The year has come. We must pray different kinds of prayers. We will pray Hannah kind of prayers: aggressive prayers but words are not coming out; the lips are moving. You can pray the prayer of Elijah who put his head between his knees. You can pray the prayer of Gethsemane where you sweat blood and sweat water. The fervent prayer of the righteous.


By that fervent prayer, we mean fire prayers:


~ to dislodge deeply entrenched enemies.

~ to smoke the enemies out of the holes they are hiding

~ to tackle stubborn problems.

~  to reveal deep secrets

~ to circumvent enemies' attacks.

~ programmed and fastened to the heavenlies.

~ to dislodge strange enemies

~ that make heavens to suspend all activities until they answer to what you are saying.

~ to unlock ancient mysteries.

~ that bring the Lord of Hosts to your battle front to fight for you.

~ that provoke angelic assistance

~ that provoke the anger of heaven against adversaries

~ that transfer yokes back to the necks of the yoke manufacturers

~ that provoke the arm of the Lord to arise

~ that puncture the plans of the enemy.

~ that cause civil war in the camp of the enemies

~ that provoke the enemies to arise and destroy themselves.


•••> I am praying for somebody here today: any enemy that has stuck to you like glue; whether they like it or not, this very night, they shall arise and destroy themselves, in the name of Jesus! (A seven fold amen).


The fervent prayers of the righteous. We are talking about:

~ diagnostic prayers that will discern masquerading and hidden enemies.

~ prayers that would actually scare the enemy. The Bible says "the strangers shall fade away.." That is, their heart would fail. They would be scared. There are some prayers you pray, and the enemies would be terribly scared.


•••> I see somebody here today, you are going to pray that kind of prayer in the name of Jesus.


The fervent prayers of the righteous. We are talking about prayers:

~ that see the hole in the wall, so you can see into what they are doing in their covens.

~ that chase the viper out of the fire

~ that release confusion into the camp of the enemy.

~ that reverse the decision of the enemy 

~ that set a dummy for the enemy; they think it is you they are attacking but they are just attacking nonsense and rubbish.


The Bible says those kinds of prayers that are effectual, fervent, boiling prayers of the righteous, availeth much. Many, are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.


I do not know what you are going through, and I do not know what the enemy is doing against you, but one thing is certain: the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much, and that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivereth him from them all.


THIS EVENING, WHAT TO DO IS:


1. To become a friend of God.

2. Repent from every known sin.

3. Ensure that you are righteous. That is, when God says "yes", it is your yes. When God says "no", it is your no. When the Bible says 'do not', you do not.

Just like the song that was sung to us here now: do not be a gossip, a rumour carrier, do not spread evil message about anybody, do not be a rebroadcaster. If that is what the Bible says, then, do not do it. 'Do not commit fornication', you avoid it. 'Do not take alcohol', you drop it. 'Do not disrespect your parents', you listen. And when they say 'live a holy life', you begin to live the life that is pleasing to God. You become a righteous person.


4. You must learn violence in prayer, which is where the fervency comes in.


PRAYER POINTS.


1. Poison of the wicked elders, what are you waiting for? Die in the name of Jesus. 

2. Problems from the dead, manifesting in my life, expire in the name of Jesus. 

3. Disfavour, I am not your candidate, die in the name of Jesus. 

4. Angels of war, arise, pursue those holding what belongs to me, tonight, in the name of Jesus. 

5. (Pray this 3 hot times) Battles older than me and fighting my destiny, die in the name of Jesus.

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