Summary: “Dedications that speak against you” is for everyone. It is both preventive and curative.
Dedication that Speak against You
Beloved, our message this week titled, “Dedications that speak against you” is for everyone. It is both preventive and curative. In the Book of Acts of the Apostles, some men made a vow that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul (Acts 23:12). It was the vow of the enemy! Also, in the book of Exodus, the Egyptians and Pharaoh made a vow that they would pursue, overtake and destroy. It was a vow of the enemy. But then, we can counter the vow of the enemy by praying “Counter-vow prayers.”
Sometime ago, a sister ran to us for help: she was facing very terrible situations. She had three children studying in three different universities abroad. All of them came back home on the same day without anyone sending for them. Two of them were deported, and they landed on the same day. The third one said he heard a voice urging him to go home. But coincidentally or by the arrangement of the enemy, he too arrived on the same day as others. All three children came back on the same day; what a terrible situation. However, when we started praying, we discovered that all the three men had been married to family spirit wives, and the day they all came back was the wedding ceremony day. So, one way or the other, they found their way back to the country.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DEDICATE A PERSON OR THING?
- It means to devote a person or thing to the worship of a spirit.
- It means to set apart for a definite purpose.
- It means to inscribe or address as a compliment to a person.
- It means to perform a ceremony of religious acceptance.
- It means to consecrate.
- It means to ordain, induct or enshrine.
The principles of heaven have been in operation since men were created. Everything man is doing now and is working well is definitely based on the principles of heaven. That is why it is often said that order is the first principle in heaven. At the same time, heaven has power to organize what is called, “organized disorder.” Therefore, it means that the principles of dedication did not start with man, or the devil; it started with God. But like most things that God started, the enemy grabbed, polluted and counterfeited the act of dedication.
1 Samuel 1:11 says, “And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.” That was Hannah dedicating Samuel in advance, and immediately she said that, the stamp of heaven came upon it. Thus Samuel became a prisoner for God, a prisoner of hope. In the same vein, anyone whose parents named Samuel has become a prisoner of God because since it is the parents that did it, it is an official heavenly transaction. Anyone called Samuel, by virtue of that name must abstain from sin or sinful lifestyle if he does not want trouble. Anyone that is not serious with the Lord should not bear some Bible names because he will only put problems on himself by going about with such names.
In 1 Samuel 1:24, Hannah fulfilled her vow: “And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shiloh: and the child was young.” The woman could not be bothered about the age of the child. “And they slew the bullock, and brought the child to Eli. And she said, Oh my Lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of Him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth, he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there” (1 Samuel 1:25-28). So, Samuel was dedicated to God- that was a spiritual transaction. Samuel was the first ruler in Israel; he was a judge and a priest.
His children did not do very well, but his own dedication endured.
Now, let us consider non-living things. 1 Chronicles 18:11: “Then also King David dedicated unto the Lord, with the silver and gold that he brought from all these nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.” So, David gathered so many things such as spoons, golden vessels, golden apparels etc and dedicated them to the Lord. These materials were dedicated to God. It is a principle in Scriptures: when a thing has been dedicated to the Lord, God regards that thing with holy jealousy. Therefore, when somebody in the book of Daniel 5 began to mess up with those things that David had dedicated to God, the Lord defended the dedicated materials with aggression.