HOMECELL TEACHING GUIDE
WEEK 15 OF 52
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: MATTHEW 13:24-28
We greet you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we are counting down to our Easter Miracle Fest, we need to remain awake because the devil, like a roaring lion is looking for someone to devour. A few weeks ago, our father, Pastor Alph taught on the message titled “Do not sleep.”
It is time to wake up, family. The reason most people are crying is because they are snoring while walking. God has blessed us with all the heavenly blessings.
On the day of Pentecost, fire came down. The Holy Ghost came down and it was a day to remember. It was the birth of the church. The church was birthed through fire and power. The church of God should wake up. Beloved, if we wake up, we will see that the things that we have been dreaming about are right in front of us. We are slaves of lack and poverty because we are sleeping.
In making His disciples to understand something important about the kingdom of God, Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds and while he was asleep, the enemy came to plant weeds. The enemy only came to plant the weeds because the man sowed a good seed. The devil is attracted to you because of something of value that you have. Satan attacks what is good and does not wait to be invited – he will come while you are asleep. If you don’t come across the devil, you are walking with him.
Because the devil cannot mess up with your good seed, he plants a different seed, the weeds. As a child of God, you must be able to see and identify a seed that is not yours. You must know what you have sowed in the field and say, “I did not plant this!” You must be able to look at your son and daughter and say, “this is not my seed!”
There is a story of two women who claimed that the living child is theirs, after one child had died during their sleep (1 Kings 3:16-28). Again, the calamity happened while these women were sleeping. The exchange took place while the other one was sleeping. Beloved, until you wake up, the enemy will take advantage of you. Here are three signs that somebody is sleeping:
1. Ignorance - If you are ignorant you are in a state of sleep. If you do not know that what you are standing on is of value, then you are sleeping. The bible says people that know their God shall be strong and they shall do exploits. If you know who you are you will know that witchcraft cannot touch you. You must know what God has bestowed in you.
2. Distraction - Living a distracted life makes you asleep. When you are distracted, you go nowhere. Do not pay attention to everything that claims your attention. Whatever you give attention to, you give value to. There are people and things you should just ignore. A distracted church is a sleeping church. A distracted child of God will not achieve anything. Refuse to be distracted - stay focused!
3. Passivity – Having the attitude that responds thus: “everything is ok”, even when the devil is biting you, is a sign of passivity. The devil cannot take your money, promotion or your health and you sit back and say, it’s OK. IT IS NOT OK! Do not cut a deal with the devil through laziness. Command the devil to bring back what is yours, in the name of Jesus. From the days of John the Baptist, the Kingdom of God suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Until you cast that devil out, he will not leave you. Pull your sleeves, child of God, and say, “the devil is a liar! I am God’s property and what is mine is mine!
Why are your hands still empty? WAKE UP! Those who are awake are vigilant. Their eyes are wide open and they are meticulous. When something comes to them, they analyze it. When doctors say they think you have cancer and you go around asking for prayers saying that you have cancer, you are asleep. Those who are awake and vigilant respond by saying, “I am the child of God and His name is Jehovah Rapha”.
Defeat is not my portion! My Father is the King of Kings! I am in control of my environment! I am destined to win! I will conquer and overcome in the name of Jesus!