IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: AFFLICTION SHALL NOT RISE UP THE SECOND TIME
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.”
The more the power of God in your life, the more the enemies that will battle you. The greater the anointing, the greater the warfare. The brighter your destiny, the harsher your attackers.
This morning I want to deviate a little bit to talk to my people, the people of the IGBO stock in Nigeria, the people that have been afflicted with all kinds of affliction in the country they call their own and are still being afflicted as i am writing this piece.
Hear ye the word of God my people, the God we serve is bigger than all your enemies and He is bigger than whatever is bigger than them.
Even though that you have been afflicted in the past and your sworn enemies are Threatening and mocking you based on your past afflictions, I am telling you today that AFFLICTION WILL NOT RISE A SECOND TIME
Whatever afflicted you before shall not rise a second time. Every ugly trial you once passed through shall not come back a second time. All the tears you have shed shall not come back a second time. Every shame you have borne shall not come back a second time! HALLELUJAH!!
Nahum 1:7-13 (KJV)
“(7) The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. (8) But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. (9) What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. (10) For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry. (11) There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor. (12) Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. (13) For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.”
God was making a firm promise to his people that Assyria will not defeat them a second time. He is speaking the same promise to his children today regarding strongholds that proudly challenged God’s promises for your life in the past. Such problems will not rise up a second time. Assyrian situations come to humiliate and shame God’s children.
In the Old Testament Assyria was raised by God to judge Israel’s rebellion. In the New Testament dispensation we have received grace (unmerited favour) in the blood of Jesus Christ to walk free of ‘Assyrian type’, familiar spirits engineered spiritual onslaughts. As a believer made “new” in the blood of Jesus, whilst your life is not totally trouble proof, the new covenant in the blood of Jesus gives you overriding power over any trouble or demon spirits.
The Bible clearly reveals the aims and objectives of Jesus’ earthly ministry. In 1John 3:8, it says, “… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” One of the enemy’s works is affliction.
This eye-opening message is loaded with power to turn around your situation, deliver you from affliction and make your captives, those to whom you were once a captive, captive.
It is time to receive your freedom!
Assyria was used to humble sinful Israel in 722-721 B.C. Assyria remained a threat to Judah, the southern Kingdom. Eventually the Lord would turn on the formidable fortress called Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian government. God promised his people that the sufferings of the past would not rise up again in their future.
The Word of the Lord entrusted to me this morning to you is that; “Affliction will not rise a second time.” (Nah 1:9).
But why do we face rough times, you may ask. Answering this question often takes us in different dimensions. It is not surprising that we ask God if we did something wrong when we encounter trials and afflictions in our lives. There is a high tendency for most Christians to associate unpleasant situations with either our own sins or sins committed by our ancestors. One time, Jesus and his disciples encountered a blind man, and the disciples asked Jesus who sinned. Listen to Jesus’ response in the following scripture:
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
John 9:1-3 KJV
But sometimes, the trials and afflictions we encounter may have occurred due to sin in our lives, which is because of our fallen nature. Earlier in the account of John’s Gospel, we read about another man with an infirmity for 38 years who encountered Jesus. We read below:
“Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”
The question one may ask is, why did Jesus tell this man to “sin no more, otherwise a worse thing will happen to him?” That statement from Jesus tells us that there is also a link between afflictions and sins. What is important to note, however, is that the two scriptures we read in the Gospel of John reveal something about the God we serve – that no matter the cause of the trials and afflictions we face, these situations should be viewed as opportunities for God to manifest His grace in our lives.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” Psalm 119: 50.
I maintain that you will pull through the night as long as you believe the word given unto us today according to the prophet Nahum, that thus saith the Lord: affliction shall not rise up towards you the second time. Should you believe with me the word you shall live and see the glory of the Lord being manifested towards you, just one more time. If you have been afflicted by the issues of life whatever they may be, I promise you that if you hold on one more time, just one more mile then affliction will not come unto you the second time. This is not time to hang your boots and neither is it time to participate in a pity party. Often times when faced with challenges we tend to resolve in giving up and concluding that there is no way out. My dear friends and partners in the race, let me assure you that the pain that you have been going through as well as the hardships will not strike you down the second time.
This means God can kill completely because He is the Lord of hosts. The writer is asking what you think the Lord is and is telling you that affliction shall not rise a second time.
Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
This is a recommendation to anyone who is afflicted. It says: “… Let him pray.” It does not say- let him cry or worry, or fight everyone in the house.
Today, this prophetic word is to be used as a weapon with which to pray. Indeed; ..”Affliction will not rise up a second time.”
This prophetic decree is for you to hold onto and to declare over every negative situation in your life that has persisted even in the face of prayer. Declare to those problems…”you will not rise up a second time”.
“Behold, on the mountains the feet of Him who brings good tidings,
Who proclaims peace! O Judah keep your appointed feasts, Perform your vows, for the wicked one shall no more pass through you;
He is utterly cut off” (Nah 1:15).
The Lord is desirous of your sincere worship, ceaseless prayers, and love for humanity.
To Judah God basically cautioned to “keep the main thing the main thing” as the scripture above appears to confirm.
The Lord is commanding your spirit to keep in worship and be rid of “fears from the past.” God will not rebut his promises to you. The bible urges those in covenant with God to; “believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established, believe his prophets and you shall prosper”
(2 Chronicles 20:20).
The Lord declares over you today; “the wicked one shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off” (Nah 1:15).
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