GOD HAS NO CHALLENGER – MESSAGE FROM THE PULPIT

TEXT: Isaiah 46:9-11 says, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”

Pastor Lazarus Muoka 2

Isaiah 43:10-13 says, “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

1Samuel 3:12(b) says, “When I begin, I will also make an end.”

Matt. 19:26 says, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” All creatures and creations of God can never and will never be able to withstand God Almighty. Our God, the creator of all things in heaven and on earth, and to whom all powers belong, has no challenger. There is no spirit, man or woman that can challenge or oppose God or his people. Nothing can stop Him from achieving His purpose or will; God will surely have His way in all things.

Rev. 12:7-10 says, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Clearly you can see that Satan and all his ‘fallen’ angels cannot withstand God. There is no one, thing, situation, or challenges that can challenge God or survive Him because at the end of such contest whenever it comes up, God will in the end take all the glory.

Job 9:4 says, 4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered? God is so wise and powerful that no one can stand up against Him and survive. Who is he that resists the will of God and prospers; do the will of God and prosper. I pray you will never resist the will of God.

EXAMPLES OF THOSE THAT CHALLENGED GOD AND THE RESULT

Many people in the Bible days attempted to challenge or oppose God but could not; even the devil, demons and human agents have on constant basis attempted the same but were all destroyed as God turned them into testimonies even to the advertising of His name and kingdom.

1Corinthians 16:9 says, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” Every opposition of the enemy in your life shall be turned into testimonies at the end in Jesus name.

Isaiah 59:19 says, “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him”. All those who have risen up to challenge the authority of God in your life and family must be crushed in Jesus name.”

Isaiah 42:8 says, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” God will never share His glory with humans; neither will He share it with satan or any ugly situation or problems you are going through. God has no challenger and because of this fact, all your problems, oppositions must all bow in Jesus name.

Luke 10:19 says, “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.” Brethren, satan, demons and all their human agents are under the feet of real believers and these principalities and powers shall never have dominion over you and therefore they must all bow in Jesus name.

Also apart from satan challenging God; Pharaoh the ruler of Egypt at the time did the same i.e He challenged the people of God and their God being God Almighty. Consequent upon this rude challenge of Pharaoh and all the host of his armies, God commissioned Moses assisted by Aaron to go into headlong confrontation with this challenger without an army or any recognizable weapon for that matter as recorded in Exodus 5:1-3 says, And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.”
But Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to let Israel go but he got more than he bargained for as in the end he could not stand God.

Exodus 6:1 says, “Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.” With these words the Lord released His power with signs and wonders and the Israelites were delivered in Jesus name. All those who trouble you shall be troubled in return by the power of the Almighty God.

Exodus 12:29-33 says, “And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.”

The Lord visited Pharaoh and his people with un-imaginable weapons culminating in the deaths of all the first born in their land and Pharaoh rose up in the night as he became troubled and bade the Israelites bye-bye with a haste. It is time up for all enemies in Jesus name. Chosen is blessed, any who rises against a Chosen shall be cursed and the Lord will vindicate the Chosen.

My beloved, I want you to note also that so many others as recorded in the Bible attempted to oppose God and failed. The case of Nebuchadnezzar is another. He became so proud and in the process arrogated so many things to Himself and this caused God to become offended with him and was cast into the bush to eat grass for seven years until he came to the realization that God Almighty is He that rules in the affairs of men before his freedom could be determined. This happened because he opposed God. All your enemies shall be subdued in Jesus name.

Herod was a wicked man and this wickedness also claimed the life of John the Baptist and in the end while he was making oration and the people were shouting that his oration was like god and God smote him alive and he was consumed by worms. No one can challenge God and because of this fact the Lord will judge all your enemies and give you victory in Jesus name.

How about Haman? This man rose up against Mordecai and all the Jews but the gallows he made meant to hang Mordecai became his own gallows and with that his entire family was wiped away and Mordecai took over Haman’s position. If there are any challenging you as a child of God, God is set for you to triumph over them for none can challenge God and go scot-free.

 

Ahab became so wicked that the prophet Elijah made this prophesy that according to my word there shall be no rain in the whole of Israel for three and a half years and the Lord caused Elijah to be hid for the period because He confirms the word of his messengers and servants; and truly there was no rain for the stipulated period and Ahab was restless and within the same period he searched for the prophet but at the prompt of God Elijah appeared to Ahab and this contest led to the death of all the false prophets of Baal after God proved before all the people that He is a consuming fire and the rain of blessings poured down in Israel again. The rain of blessings shall pour on you and your family and all your troublers shall be troubled in Jesus name.

I want you to understand that there are so many others in the Bible days who rose up against God and His people and amongst these are Jezebel, Dothan, Abihu, Abiram, Asa, Beltshelzer, Saul the first king of Israel all rose up at one time or the other against God were all destroyed. All the enemies of God in your life shall all be destroyed in Jesus name. Victory is your portion today in Jesus name.

1Sam. 5:1-5 says, “And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.
Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.” All your enemies shall abandon their evil against you because of the futility of their inept god and by the power of the living God shall there be absolute destruction in their tents, kingdoms in Jesus name.

Beloved it is important for you to get this understanding, that is, the God we serve here in the Chosen is the one and same God Almighty and with Him, there is no impossibility.. This God is the God of Meshack, Shedrach and Abednego, the One that closed the mouth of lions, One that makes fire, confirms the word of His messengers, God of Elijah, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God that Moses, Joshua and Caleb served, One that took the Israelites from Egypt to the promise land, God that parted the Red Sea, One that gave His people water to drink from the rock, God that caused the Jordan river to dry up and also caused the wall of Jericho to collapse, God that fought against Ogis and Baasham, the philistines and a host of others is the God of Chosen, the wonder working God, the Almighty God.

 

 

B. REASONS, OUR RESPONSE AND BENEFIT

No one can challenge or oppose the will of God. Any person or being or spirit that tries that, does so as a result of lack of knowledge and given such situation, the Lord does not bother Himself overtly seeing that it goes to advertise God’s name, power and might, besides, it constitutes God’s glory. When I talk about God, I am also by extension talking about God’s people: therefore, anything, spirit or being that tries to oppose God’s people should not constitute
a bother because all things work together for good to all genuine believers in Christ Jesus according to Romans 8:28 says,

Exodus 9:16-17 says, “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?”

Problems arise in the life of believers to advertise God’s power. God’s power is in excess and He always looks for an avenue to demonstrate His power at all times. That ugly situation in your life cannot constitute any meaningful challenge to the Almighty God as they shall all be crushed and freedom given to you in Jesus name.

Romans 9:16-17 says, “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.” God’s power demonstration is to enable His name to be known hence he allows certain problems to pester in His people’s lives. Again, I say the time is up for all the challengers of God and God’s people for they shall be ruthlessly dealt with and you shall sing Hosanna to the name and power of the Lord in Jesus name.

John 9:1-3 says, “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
The wonderful works of God in the believers’ life and situations ascribe glory to God Almighty.

John 11:1-4 says, “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” I want you to believe that problem or situation facing you, constituting a challenge in your life is for the glory of God and God will do it and take all the glory in Jesus name.

Rev. 4:11 says, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” No one can oppose God. He gave life to all being and also gave them power to exist. He is the power of the sun, the moon, stars, the day and night, the air, the ocean and without God can anything existing today exist? Therefore, all these things cannot turn around to begin to oppose God. The power for them to do so is not in them at all. Nothing or any spirit or being can oppose the Almighty God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of the heaven and the earth who has no challenger and because of this fact all your problems must be vanquished.

Romans 8:28 says, “28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So anything that God allows to oppose or come to anyone will cause such person to call upon God and He will do it to take the glory.

Finally, let all who are sinners, backsliders and compromisers return to their maker, and confess all their sins and promise Him never to go back and they shall be saved.

Proverbs 28:13 says, 13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Let all these category of persons hide nothing from God and He shall save and bless them in Jesus name.

1John 3:8-10 says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” A sinner is not a Christian neither is a Christian a sinner. No one continues in sin and still claims to be a Christian and if you are like that then you are a liar and belong to the devil.

 

1John 5:17(a) “All unrighteousness is sin”. If you do that which does not give God glory, it is sin and according to 1Cor. 6:9-10 says, 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. All that are into such abominable practices shall not enter into the kingdom of God.

Matt. 6:33 says, “33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Become a child of God’s kingdom today and begin to harvest the kingdom benefits in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

– Pastor Lazarus Muoka

 

 

 

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