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Look Outside the Prison II

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Saturday, December 19, 2020 Month Theme : Release Topic : Look Outside the Prison II Scripture Reading : Matthew 11:1-10 Main Text: Matthew 11:4 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: We are in the season of the Jubilee. The time of unspeakable freedom and joy is now though the evidence on the ground may point to the contrary. Like John the Baptist, believers are looking within their walls only and getting depressed – Look out of your prison because there is good news outside (John 11:4-6). Jesus answered and said unto the people who came to Him from John, “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see” – beyond John’s prison walls a great revival was taking place. Continuing from yesterday’s devotional, 7 features of the revival amidst covid-19 pandemic are: 1. PERCEPTION 2. PROGRESS 3. PURITY 4. PURPOSE 5. POWER “…The dead are raised up…” The power to raise dead ministries, families, busines

Look Outside the Prison I

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Friday, December 18, 2020 Month Theme : Release Topic : Look Outside the Prison I Scripture Reading : Matthew 11:1-10 Main Text: Matthew 11:4 4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The times we live in look negative and the pervasive mood seems disabling. Believers as well as unbelievers are under bondage and in derision. Being quarantined and locked down have imprisoned us. Like John the Baptist, believers are looking within their walls only and getting depressed – Look out of your prison because there is good news outside (John 11:4-6). Jesus answered and said unto the people who came to Him from John, “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see” – beyond John’s prison walls a great revival was taking place. 7 features of the revival amidst covid-19 pandemic are: 1. PERCEPTION — “The blind receive their sight”. Revelations abound among believers. Many believers today can see into the spir

The Release of Spiritual Gifts

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Thursday, December 17, 2020 Month Theme:  Release Topic : The Release of Spiritual Gifts Scripture Reading : John 3:1-11 Main Text : John 3:8 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. The wind of the Spirit is a wind of release – it releases salvation, healing, deliverance and the power of the Holy Ghost. Nicodemus was not spiritually equipped to figure it out. The working of the wind is the activity of the Holy Ghost to produce the effect of salvation, healing, deliverance, prosperity and the power of the Holy Ghost. • The wind bloweth The wind bloweth – wind (pneuma – spirit, breath, spiritual); bloweth (breath hard, breeze). The wind blowing is the same as the Jubilee trumpet sounding. Blowing involves: 1. Determination (that which is determined as your portion) — The sovereign act of the Spirit. The wind determines your need and po

The Wind of Release

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Month Theme : Release Topic : The Wind of Release Scripture Reading : John 3:1-11 Main Text: John 3:8 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. The wind of the Spirit is a wind of release – it releases salvation, healing, deliverance and the power of the Holy Ghost. Nicodemus was not spiritually equipped to figure it out (John 3:7-11). The working of the wind is the activity of the Holy Ghost to produce the effect of salvation, healing, deliverance and the power of the Holy Ghost. 1. THE WAY OF THE SPIRIT “The wind bloweth where it listeth…”. The behaviour or movement of the Spirit (Proverbs 30:19). The wind of the Spirit will propel you. 2. THE WEIGHT OF THE SPIRIT “…thou hearest the sound thereof…” The effect or impact of the Spirit – born of the Spirit (John 1:12-13). Just as the natural wind can carry t

Embrace your Release

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Month Theme : Release Topic : Embrace your Release Scripture Reading : Numbers 14:1-10; Leviticus 25:8-13 Main Text: Numbers 14:4 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. We must mark our Jubilee and march into freedom. In the Old Testament, the people of Israel were admonished to number or mark seven sabbaths of years and proclaim the Jubilee (Leviticus 25:8). The word “number” in the Leviticus scripture reference means to reckon, score or mark. TO EMBRACE THE JUBILEE MEANS TO MARK AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. Jesus Christ rebuked the people of His day for their failure to mark and take advantage of spiritual times though they could make weather forecasts (Luke 12:54-56). To discern the Jubilee is to embrace it. To see in verses 54 and 55 is to perceive with the eyes or the senses. The word discern in verse 56 above means to test, prove, scrutinise, recognise as genuine after examining. Discerning i

The Captain of Release

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THE WORD SIROCCO Monday, December 14, 2020 Month Theme : Release Topic :  The Captain of Release Scripture Reading : Numbers 14:1-10; Leviticus 25:8-13 Main Text: Numbers 14:4 4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. After the exodus from Egypt the children of Israel attempted the unthinkable return to Egypt (Numbers 14:1-4). They challenged themselves to elect a leader who would lead them back to Egypt. The word “captain” in Numbers 14:4 means the head of a person, place, thing or time. The people wanted a captain who would return them to Egypt. They did not want the captain who had released them from bondage in Egypt. Some people elect leaders who will take them into bondage. We need a captain who releases us from bondage but not one who sends us back to Egypt – sin, sickness, poverty and death. To follow your captain of release you must conquer some bad habits and characteristics of the children of Israel. 1. CRYING They cried profusely. T

The Visitation

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THE WORD SIROCCO Friday, December 11, 2020 Month Theme: Release Topic: The Visitation   Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:8-13 Main Text: Luke 19:44 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Jesus Christ prophesied about the imminent destruction of Jerusalem because of their failure to take advantage of their time of visitation to be saved (Luke 19:41-44). This prophecy came to pass in AD 70 when Roman soldiers surrounded the city and destroyed it. The word visitation in Luke 19:44 means a visiting, an overseeing, investigation or inspection. It speaks about overseership or office of an elder. Jesus Christ came to oversee and lead Israel into freedom but they did not receive Him. The word weep means to lament or wail. Jesus Christ lamented over Jerusalem.  The times we live in are not times for celebrations and rejoicing but lamentation (Ecclesiast

The Proclamation of Release

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THE WORD SIROCCO Thursday, December 10, 2020 Month Theme: Release Topic: The Proclamation of Release Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:8-13 Main Text: Leviticus 25:10 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. Jesus Christ “proclaimed the Jubilee” to the people who lived in Israel during His earthly walk and the believers of today, by preaching the acceptable year of the Lord. In the proclamation of the Jubilee, He invited those who laboured to come to him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30). The proclamation of release leads to rest. Matthew 11:28 sums up everything that is needed to give us rest. 1. Received The invited people could not have come to Jesus Christ without repentance. Those who come to Him are received. 2. Released Released from labour – work hard, feel fatigue, toil, wearied.

Released from Exploitation

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THE WORD SIROCCO Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Month Theme: Release Topic: Released from Exploitation  Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:8-13 Main Text: Leviticus 25:10 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. Laban exploited Jacob and accumulated wealth through his faithful service. Laban denied Jacob just wages and tried to hold him back after the latter sought to return to his homeland. The God with whom Jacob had a covenant rebuked Laban when he refused to voluntarily let Jacob go back to his land of origin (Genesis 31:22-24). God and Jacob has their part to play in enforcing his return to his father’s house – his jubilee. 1. Initiation - The action of beginning something. Jacob fled when Laban was hesitant to release him (Genesis 31:20-22). Sometimes you have to force your exit b

The Acceptable Year

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  THE WORD SIROCCO Saturday, December 5, 2020 Month Theme: Release Topic: The Acceptable Year Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:8-13 Main Text: Luke 4:18-19 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. We mentioned yesterday in our devotional, that the word “acceptable” in Luke 4:18-19 is the Greek word ‘dektos’ which means acceptable, approved or propitious (favourable, promising, advantageous, bright). The acceptable year in the above scripture reference could refer to the year of Jubilee in which there was a compulsory release of all slaves and people’s properties which were in the custody of others. Slaves and those who were indebted to others looked forward to the Jubilee year. Three things feature in the acceptable year: 1.