by Pastor Naboth Machadu
(Durban, KwaZulu Natal South Africa)
Keep saying it!!!
Have you ever prayed for something and you believed so much that it was done, only to realize that the situation had become even worse after your prayer?
This was what happened to the children of Israel. When Moses went before Pharaoh to
tell him that God had sent him to deliver his people, Pharaoh became bitter and he multiplied the afflictions upon the Israelites. This is called the counterattack. A certain lady in our ministry was HIV positive and she came to the healing school. When she came she had no any symptoms or pains. As usual, the session progressed, other people were being healed, she saw miracles and she believed for her healing. On the last day of the school, the man of God declared her free. She rejoiced with others. A few days later, she developed some wounds all over her body, her hair and nails began to pull off. All the symptoms you can
imagine surfaced. She did not know what to do, whether to trust God or the symptoms she saw. She decided to come and see me but I had traveled. When she came she met one of our Pastors who counseled her but she did not have faith to believe those words of wisdom. She went back home and she decided to go to the hospital. The doctors ran some tests upon her, when the results came, she was shocked: they found her HIV negative! I remember when she gave her testimony she could not really express herself because of disbelief, she ran out of words. What had happened to her?
The Bible reveals to us that when Jesus was baptized, God spoke from heaven and he said, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, listen to him…” When Jesus was baptized he went into the wilderness to fast for forty days and forty nights. The devil came to tempt him: he said, “If you are the son of God, turn these stones into bread…” This is so remarkable, the devil heard it when God said this is my beloved son – he came questioning the same words – IF YOU ARE THE SON of God turn these stones into bread. Sometimes
when you receive an answer to your prayer or when you say out your testimony, the devil will pursue you to see if you really believe what God has done for you.
To conquer him hold on to what God has done for you. Keep saying it; don’t stop saying your testimony. Counter attacks remind me of what lions do when they see a prey. The old lions, those without energy (without teeth) will go where the wind is blowing from. They will roar and the prey will flee in the direction where the wind is going. The young energetic lions will be where the wind is going so when the older lions roar, the prey will run into the younger lions. See, the devil is a toothless bulldog, no matter how he barks he cannot bite you. Some
people are afraid of his roar. When he roars run towards him and face him eyeball to eyeball, tell him you are a liar, I will chew you up! This is what David did when he saw Goliath, he ran towards him, without a sword in his hand and he declared that he was going to cut off his head and give his carcasses to the birds of the air.
The woman I referred to in the story above was healed when I declared her free. When the man of God tells you that you are free, he is only repeating what God has said to you. The symptoms were just a counterattack, the virus was coming out, remember the darker the night the brighter we shine! When God does something for you, the devil will not say congratulations; he will try to fight your testimony. When God told Elijah that heavy rain was coming, Elijah also told Ahab, afterwards he went into the mountain to pray. The Bible says Elijah prayed earnestly his head bowing between his legs. He did not go to dine and wine waiting for the rain like what other believers do when God speaks to them, He went to download the rain from the spirit realm into the physical realm. When
God speaks, he establishes things in the spirit because God is a spirit. It is your responsibility to grab what is in the spirit into reality. Elijah was a man of God, he saw the rain in the spirit and so as he was praying, he would send his servant who was not in the spirit to check the rain in the physical realm. When he saw a small cloud in the sky, he knew that heavy rain would now be manifested in the physical realm. Brethren, do not lose your miracle, when you just see a small sign, know that your answer has come. Any answered prayer is a miracle. Maybe you were trusting God for something, the situation seems to be
getting worse, relax, infect laugh your way through! It cannot get worse, you are coming back alive: remember Daniel in the lions’ den – he came back alive, remember Shadrack and his team in fire – they came back alive, remember Jesus and the cross – he came back alive. Trust God, he has led many others, he will not fail you! Anything close to God will receive counter attacks; this is the proof that you have received your answer. Why would the devil tempt you if you haven’t received your miracle? When counterattacks come, it shows
that you have received your miracle indeed.
You have prayed for so long, God has heard your prayers, he has answered you today. A slow movement of a tiger is not a mistake but it is a calculated accuracy. What you are going through might be to strengthen you for a new level ahead; it might be to prepare you for the challenges or responsibilities ahead. It might be to strengthen your desire for God; it might be preserving you and keeping you for a greater tomorrow. Don’t lose focus, don’t lose your
miracle, it is a passing phase, you are making history. Isaiah said: THOSE WHO SHALL WAIT UPON FOR THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WINGS LIKE EAGLES. One day we shall read about you, we shall hear your story; you will be saying, look at what God has done for me. Just like the woman I talked about, she is moving with us all over the world, she wants the whole world to know that Jesus is no longer in the tomb, he is alive and living with us and in us! If fire cannot burn gold, temptations will not burn you, you are only purified as gold and one day you will be presented before God,
blameless and holy just like pure gold.
Pastor Naboth Machadu
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