In this perilous time, we need to know God and His word.
These passages of scripture make us to know that the word of God cannot change
To sinner, God said
As we look at the word of God that is called –
It comes to us in various forms and ways. It can come through reading the Bible, through listening to a message, by God sending somebody to tell us or by God speaking directly to us.
Whichever way God used, it is His WORD, which had been passed to us, and it cannot be broken
The WORD of a man is the man. The WORD of a man carries all his authorities behind the man and all the power the man has. The way you see the man is the way you will see his WORD.
WHO IS GOD?
The WORD of a man carries the authority of the man, and then the WORD of God carries the authorities of God.
We do not have too much problem with the recognizing that the WORD of God carries the authorities of God but we do not know God. How much of God do you know? Do you know God?
Do you know God?
We shall consider a case study of the famine in Samaria at the time of prophet Elisha.
2Kings 6& 7
The storms of life are blowing up and down, front and back. Many of us are wondering why with all the efforts we had made the storm is still blowing.
Jesus gave us a perfect example –
Mar 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Jesus opened His mouth and said, “…Let us pass over unto the other side.”
He had already told them that, “Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
With the confidence that the creature cannot swallow the Creator, He slept. Peter, John and James and the rest of the apostles could not sleep. With all the experiences of the fishermen among them, they could not get solution. Then, they woke Jesus up and rather accused Him of not caring for their lives. Jesus rose up in a calm way with a calm voice said to the sea and the wind, “Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
It is not energy, it is resident confidence in the unchanging word of God, remember He told them, “…Let us pass over unto the other side.” Jesus knew the storms would come but He also knew that they were going to the other side. Whatever the storm may be in your life, family, or business, Jesus knew about it before it came and a solution had been proffered on it. All you need is the green light to move and pass the storms.
Another unique example I will give is that of Moses and the children of Israel at the Red Sea.
Exo 14:9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. 10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
Moses saw all that they saw and also saw what they did not see, the Invisible God. At that point, Moses did not know what to do or what God would do but he knew that God would do something because nothing is accidental to God. Before a problem comes the solution from God is always waiting. Solution comes before problems but we see the problems and not the solutions.
Moses calmed them down. He knew that their God was powerful, caring and able to handle Pharaoh and his army.
God wants us to be calm whatever is happening to us His name is Emmanuel.
We are to be calm because;-
If we can only rely on Him, all the storms of our lives will hear, “Peace, be still.” And the storms will ceased, and there will be great calm.
Psalms 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
However bad the economy of the jungle may be, the children of the lions will not eat grass. As long as you are one of my children, you shall not lack any good thing, it shall be well with you.
Mat 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, 2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
Mat 21:6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, 7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
An ordinary ass, a tied down ass, a useless ass, when the ass got to Jesus, the ass became very important. That is the power of TRANSFORMATION.
God is in the business of transforming lives. Look at these examples
These are but few examples, to show the greatness and the goodness of God. He is not a partial God whatever He did for others, He will do for you.
How do you see your situation, He has not changed. Come to Him with open mind and He will transform your life.
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Things around can trouble us. The problems of the world can also trouble us.
Among the children of Jacob, none had problems like Joseph. So, we should not allow any trouble to disturbed us.
Hab 3:17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Even though everything look upside down, still we should not be troubled.
With all the problems that Jesus went through, He was never troubled.
The promises of God should encourage us. He said “I will never leave thee”. So we should not be troubled whatever we are going through.
David moved away from being troubled to God before God could talk to him and that was when solution came because of those that carried their families away.
Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee 7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
God expects us to relax in His hands
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Jesus must be in your life. He is able. Always remember that prayer brings solutions down.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
With all that Joseph went through, he overcame.
With all that Joshua faced in the wilderness, he reached the Canaan Land.
With all that Saul planned for David, David still reined.
With all the noise of Nebuchadnezzar, the three Hebrew children could not be burnt by his fire.
Why will you not relax in the hands of the Almighty God?
Has He ever disappointed somebody in the past?
Is He not there for you?
RELAX IN CHRIST.
Deuteronomy 1:6 “The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: 7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.”
God created man to be dynamic and moving forward in every area of life. We can see today that there is a lot of stand still in our lives. In this new month, we must decide to MARCH forward.
INSTRUCTIONS TO MARCH FORWARD
Deuteronomy 1: 6, 7; Deuteronomy 2: 24, 25; Genesis 13: 17, 18; Exodus 14: 15; Luke 8: 22
HINDRANCES ON THE WAY
ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN Genesis 35: 1 – 4; Luke 15: 17 -21; Jeremiah 29: 11
A tennis racket is useless in my hands. A tennis racket in Serena Williams hands is worth Millions. It all depends in whose hand it is.
A rod in my hands will keep an angry dog away. A rod in Moses’ hands parted the mighty Red Sea. It all depends in whose hand it is.
A sling shot in my hand is a toy, a slingshot in David’s hand was a mighty weapon. It all depends in whose hand it is.
Two fishes and 5 loaves of bread in my hand is just enough for breakfast in my house. Two fishes and 5 loaves of bread in Jesus’ hands fed thousands. It all depends in whose hand it is.
Nails in my hands might just cause a temporary injury. Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands produced salvation for the entire world. It all depends in whose hand it is.
As you see now, it all depends in whose hand it is, so put your concerns, worries, fears, hopes, dreams, families and your relationships in God’s hands because It all depends in whose hand they are.
I therefore challenge you to put yourself in God’s hands and watch the amazing transformation that will take place in your life and how great you will become….
Let’s start the first transformation….
This message is now in your hands…. What will you do with it? It all depends in whose hand it is……let it do good in your hands…
God bless you.🙏😇
Philippians 3: 7 – 11
Commitment is the greatest key to success. The more committed you are the more successful you will be. As we look at these statements said by these prominent people of God, we can see their commitment and we also can see that they were all successful in their endeavors.
Joab knew that if they played their part, God would play His own. As they; moved forward, the victory came. Commitment made them to surrendered to God
David was so committed to God that he would not give to God whatever cost him nothing. What does your service to God cost you? Do you gives surplus or not needed money to God? Do you give precious time, money and other things to the God who should be special to you?
If Jesus is the reality in your life, follow Him. Why do you follow money, position, popularity, politics, marriage, academic and others and you turn to God only when you want Him to help you?
Ezra desired to know God, follow Him and teach others to do the same. Today many of our leaders do not gibe us the examples we need to follow. Here was a man who wanted to live a life to be duplicated in others.
A prophet prophecy about the impending suffering awaiting Paul in Jerusalem and the saint were weeping that Paul would not go to Jerusalem. Paul saw his going as fulfilling the will of God for his life and such he refused to be persuaded.
How Precious Is God To You?
MY CHURCH is a common slang today in the mouth of the founders and leaders of churches. Who is the owner of the Church?
The Church is called the Body of Christ Rom 12:5; 1Cor 12:27; Eph 1:23; 4:12; Col 1:24; 2:19
The Church is also called the bride of Christ
So, my brothers and sisters, if God used you to start a church, it is not your church but the church of Christ and you are His servant there to serve Him.
Let us read these passages in the New Testament;
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
1 Corinthians 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
2 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
1 Timothy 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
1 Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
From these passages, Jesus is the owner of every church and denominations where the name of Jesus is called.
Pastors and Christian ministers, see yourselves as the servants of the Living God and serve accordingly. If this consciousness is always there, the Church will be what God planned it to be.
The workers and leaders in churches sometimes misbehave to the pastors and leaders without knowing the consequences of their actions and what their actions may cause.
Remember that Dathan, Korah and Abiram rebelled against Moses and Aaron and terrible judgement came to them from the Lord as we can read from the book of Numbers chapter sixteen (16).
Ananias, with Sapphira tried to deceive Peter and the leadership of the church and divine judgement cane of them a s we read from Acts 5: 1- 11
If you are not happy in the church where you are please go to another church and do not bring judgement on yourself by misbehaving. If you stop working in the church because you are not happy with your pastor, remember Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Immediately you are born- again, you must start working for Jesus and once you have started, there is no going back.
Remember – The Church Is The Property Of God
Exodus 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
These people had been saved from bondage and after that there were very many problems that were facing them. The message God had for them in spite of the numerous problems is GO FORWARD! It is not make-belief. They were not to behave as if there were no problems; the problems were really there. The Red sea was there, the Egyptian army was still galloping at their back yet, they were to GO FORWARD!
Because we are born again does not mean we will not have problems. The problems are to help us to GO FORWARD in our Christian lives.
We have just crossed over to the NEW YEAR. Though we are happy for all the things that the Lord has done for us, still we are to GO FORWARD. GOING FORWARD is where the victory lies.
Why were they to GO FORWARD? It is important to remember that the forces of the enemies cannot terminate our lives. The terrors of the enemies cannot paralyze us. The sea may rage, the lion may roar, but we shall finish our journey if Jesus is by our side. They had not reached their destination; Canaan was still far away.
GO FORWARD! Obedience brings blessings. When they obeyed by GOING FORWARD, the sea opened for them.
Water was what God used to help the Israelites to destroy their enemies. The problems in our lives can be used to destroy our enemies. The enemies were slaughtered and victory was theirs.
God is waiting for us. As we obey to GO FORWARD, the breakthrough will come, the enemies will be defeated, and the victory will be finalized.
Remember that the best is yet to come.