What is Calvary? Calvary is all afflictions.
To the righteous, afflictions are very useful and profitable; they produce a meek and humble spirit. In the Kingdom Nation, we have an abundant share of suffering, affliction, danger, grief and sorrow. These are the sources of our strength and collective faith and trust in the Almighty Father.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR
How can you have faith so that you can be humbled, if you have no problems? If you live a life without problems, it is very dangerous. You become weak. So when you pray, be careful how you pray, because you might just get it.
“Lord, I don’t want to have any problems in this world. Please Lord, take all the problems away.” Tomorrow, you will die. And then your loved ones will say, “He was so healthy, why did he die?” His prayers were answered. He has no more problems now. Rest in peace. No more problems.
PRAY FOR THE STRENGTH OF A BULL
People of God, God is still using us. When we have great affliction and problems and sorrows and grief, this is what you will say, “Father, give me the strength of a bull. Give me the strength of a giant to face all of these problems to solve them. Make me strong, Father.” That’s how. Then, the Father will give you the strength, the patience and the humility.
When you are proud, be careful, because afflictions and tribulations will come your way. Why? To humble you. Because, you are too proud already. That’s why when we are lifted up by pride because of blessings, be careful. You must be humble always and always.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
Look at David. He welcomed afflictions. Because during affliction, he read the word of God and memorized them. Many people, when in their affliction, that is only when they turn to God. When they are sick, they call on God, “I believe in you, Lord.” But when they were not sick, but were healthy and wealthy, there is no God. When you invite them to come to listen to the Word of God, they would say, “I have no time. My business is waiting for me.” But when they get sick, they have all the time in the world — on the hospital bed. “Please turn to SMNI, I want to listen to Pastor Quiboloy, because I have all the time.”
1 Thessalonians 3:3
“That no man should be moved by these affliction: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.”
WE ARE APPOINTED TO AFFLICTION
Don’t be moved by sorrows, affliction and grief. We are appointed for that. Welcome them. When afflictions come, what do we say? “Friend, I’m here. Let’s have a snack together.”
“The righteous person may have many troubles,”
There are many afflictions of the righteous; but there is a promise, that God will deliver him out of them all.
The wicked? They are going to walk out, and then fall into the pit with stings. It hurts a lot because you are not righteous. You look like a wild boar, you do not know where you are running to, then you fall into the pit. A sting is waiting for you there.
“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.”
If you are very stubborn, if you do not participate in devotional, if you are so hard-headed when being reprimanded, when the Father gives you a sickness, you will start reading the bible and go for devotional very early.
3:3, “so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.”
That is what we are. It is with us already. Affliction is not a stranger to us.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
ADVERSITY IS OUR FOOD
As the Lord gives you the bread, so adversity is food. The bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers. The teachers are heavenly; they give you visions, revelations and dreams when you are in affliction.
Like for example Anya Garsimova. When she was fasting in Tamayong, what did the Lord tell her in a dream? God told her in a dream: when, where and how glorification will take place. When is the exact date? Where and how? And she said in her dream, “so soon,” because she knows the date. She said, so soon. Then, she woke up, but everything was deleted. She cannot remember. She only remembered two words, “so soon.”
And Sister Jack also, she had a three day dry fast. She also had a dream vision, a very nice vision. In one of her visions, she saw me visiting her and laying hands on her. But the second vision is very nice. She saw a lot of ginanggang, grilled bananas. And somebody met her and she saw a lot of baskets with food. So, a nice vision. It’s a vision of plenty.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”
Remember the first Thanksgiving we had in 2020? I spoke in tongues. For years I did not do that. The Father talked through me in another language. It was like a Hausa language, a Hebrew language. When interpreted by Google, it said, “You will not be ruined. You will find the best way to go. Don’t be afraid of them.” Who is that? My teacher, telling me behind my ears during those affliction times.
(to be continued)
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