Summary: 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.
The Bible clearly reveals theaimsandobjectives 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. Read it carefully and prayerfully. It is time to receive your freedom!
Psalm 34:19-20: Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
This text shows that the fact that you are righteous does not mean you cannot be afflicted. In fact, immediately you decide to be righteous, your affliction will increase. 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. However, the Bible says: “The Lord delivereth him out of them all.” This means hundred percent deliverance. I pray that any power that wants to break your bones shall be broken into pieces in the name of Jesus.
Nahum 1:9: What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up 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.
James 5:13: 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. It does not say that the person should drink alcohol or smoke Indian hemp or cigarette or commit suicide. However, it does not tell us which kind of prayers to pray.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AFFLICTION
1. It causes pain.
2. It causes suffering.
3. It causes a man or a woman to be knocked about here and there.
4. It causes embarrassment and harassment.
5. It causes a person to be knocked down completely.
6. It causes weakness.
7. It causes trouble.
8. It causes a person to be burdened.
9. It causes a person to be distressed
10. It causes oppression.
11. It causes torments.
12. It causes a person to be smitten.
The Bible makes us to understand that the rising of affliction is a fact, and that it can rise a second time. The second coming of infirmity is a fact .
AFFLICTION THAT RISES AGAIN
1. The one that is on a killing mission. That is, it did not arrive at killing the person the first time hence, it comes back so that the person would die.
2. The one that is programmed against a person and has been lectured by the devil to make sure the person does not have peace. Therefore, it torments and runs after the person.
3. The one that is bound but not dead.
Jesus said: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19.
When you tread upon a scorpion and crush it, it dies.
FACTS ABOUT THE ENEMY
He does not want you in a hospital but in a coffin. You must know that as far as you have a destiny to pursue, there will be killing agents that will be trailing you but God is the ultimate killer. There are many enemies who will not leave you unless they die. They are killing agents and if they get hold of you, they will kill. If you give them space, they will not let you go until they have completed their evil assignment. That is why it is very dangerous for any Christian to backslide now. You may not find your way back to Jesus before you die. If you don’t rise up with the ability of God within you and kill this killing power, you will be killed.
There was a woman who came for counsel and I told her to get serious with the Lord and that her problem needed prayers for her to survive. She was attending a church where they would dance all through the service.
Eventually, we arranged a prayer meeting per week and she was coming. I had to travel out of the country and when I came back, I was told she was in hospital - she had mental neurosis. When I went to see her, I could not recognise her. Her hair was shaven and I told her that she had to pray well so that she would not die. The Lord delivered her and she now knows the efficacy of prayers.