A Telescope is an instrument that aids in the observation of remote (very far away) objects by collecting electromagnetic radiation (such as visible light).
A Microscope – is an optical instrument used for viewing very small objects, such as mineral samples or animal or plant cells, typically magnified several hundred times.
A Faithiscope – is an optical instrument used for viewing seemly invisible objects. It also has the power to see situations and circumstances.
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight 🙂
The call is always out that we are born to serve the Lord but very few people are actually serving Him. Why is it like that? We shall consider some reasons why many people are not serving the Lord.
Matthew 4: 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Matthew 11: 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 15: 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
2 Peter 3: 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Ezekiel 18: 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isa 3:11; Ezek 18:4; 1Cor 6:9-10; Gal 6:7-8; Rev 21:8
Daniel 12: 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Exodus 23: 25 And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
1 Corinthians 15: 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Luke 12: 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Exodus 23:25(KJV) And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Deuteronomy 11:13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
The duties men are called to perform are suited to their situations, and the talents they receive from God.
God is the ALMIGHTY, ALL-KNOWING; also known as OMNISCIENCE. He is the ALL-WISE GOD.
God created us differently, hence the popular saying; “fingers are not equal”
If we go through the bible we would clearly see through the catalogue of men and women used by God that that they were never duplicated.
Joshua was trained by Moses yet they were never the same. Joshua was a warrior but Moses never went to battlefield, yet one time Joshua was on the battlefield, it was the support of Moses that gave the victory. Moses could not had been able to give the total support without the help of Hur and Aaron who though subordinate to him in gifts and calling, still had to give their support for the victory on the battlefield. Moses was a great scholar as mentioned in the book of Acts;
Act 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
Moses wrote more books than any other prophets in the Old Testament.
As we look at the leaders, kings and prophets of old, we see that they serve the Lord to the fullness that was demanded by God on them but they did not copy themselves.
The ministry of Elijah and Elisha were not the same.
Coming to the New Testament, we see Peter and Paul as beacons and shining lights but their ministries were not the same. Peter was uneducated and Paul was highly educated, even to the highest level of that time.
God used them to achieve His goals for their lives but never the same.
Today, in a ministry, we think that if God must use us, we must be like our leaders, the G.Os, the G.S, the Overseers, the Presidents and the Papas.
Lets’ use this common illustration below:
WATER AND ITS OUTLETS
When we connect water into the house from the water tank, the water comes though some taps, in the kitchen and bathrooms and water enters into the cistern of the toilet and also comes out of showers. In this modern time, we have different types of showers which has different ways of letting out water. We also use the water inside the washing machines, fish ponds, swimming pools and also to water the gardens.
In the garden, we have the sprinklers that give water in different ways. What shall we say about the watering cans?
Looking at all these, water is given out to solve different problems and challenges in the best way the instruments or implements can direct the water.
The spring of water that supplies the tank is God. The water tank is the Bible and the taps and the outlets are you and I.
You will only work by the level of your knowledge and who you are matters a lot.
What makes you who you are?
Your temperament, upbringing, family background, trainings, vacations, tribes, exposures and other areas of live.
In these areas, we will never be the same. Yet, the scripture must be the same.
The people we are ministering to are also not the same.
Yet, the same word of God must be given to all these groups of people without dilution. How do we do it?
God is the Great Architect
Yet, they all fulfilled their ministries.
God will give you the assignment that He knows you can do and He will release all the support of heaven to back you up.
If you want to face your own assignment, the one you gave yourself, God will not back you up and frustrations will set in.
If you want to serve like your leader you will not succeed like him because you are not him and he is not you.
Be yourself, know yourself and use all available resources at your disposal and God will carry you through.
You are better than me in some areas and I am better than you in some areas. God will use us according to how we are.
Remember that polluted taps, spoilt taps will be changed. If you are polluted or faulty, God will replace you with a better one who will achieve success in the same work you are doing.
Be saved and keep being saved.
Be clean in thoughts and actions.
Resemble your Lord and Master in every area of life.
Keep the Word pure in understanding and presentations
Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.
As you stand for God, He will stand for you!
Joshua 6: 1 – 16, 20 – 21(KJV)
God had given the whole land to the children of Israel but Jericho was right in front and the wall was a terrible barrier. Jericho wall was a very serious hindrance on the way of the children of Israel. To posses the land, Jericho must be captured but to capture Jericho, the wall was impregnable. As at that time, there was no military weapon that could blast or bring the wall down as we have today. There were no jet bombers that could fly over the wall and take possession of the city.
As we see this case, we see ourselves in it because there are some “Jericho walls” in our lives that are hindering and delaying the blessings of God or hindering possessing our inheritance. What are we to do? our Jericho walls must come down and we must possess our inheritance.
THE JERICHO WALLS AROUND US Joshua 6: 1; Exodus 14: 9 – 10
For the children of Israel, the wall could not allow them to lay hands on their inheritance. What can your own be? Can it be …
|1. Sicknesses||2. Constant failure|
|3. Demonic oppression||4. Habits|
|5. Temperamental weaknesses||6. Some physical hindrances|
|7. Curses or idolatry||8. Sin|
God who brought their Jericho wall down will bring yours down today in Jesus’ name.
HOW TO HANDLE THE WALL Joshua 6: 12 – 16, 20; Exodus 14: 13, 14; 2Chronicles 20: 14 – 17
We must cooperate with the God of battle if He is to fight our battles for us. If we use God’s method, we will have God’s answers
Faith produces obedience – see God, not problems or enemies
CELEBRATING VICTORY Joshua 6: 20, 21; 2Chronicles 20: 27, 28; 1Samuel 17: 51 – 54; 18: 6
We want to see the walls come down. We want to see all the enemies defeated. We want to see that our inheritance is in our hands. As they depended on the God of battle, who brought their Jericho wall down, we too must depend on Him and our Jericho walls will be down in Jesus’ name.
Think about how many sick people you have killed, in the name of keeping the “church’s standard”.
Think about how many dead church members that have been buried because of church’s policies. God is recording all these against you. The blood of all these people will be demanded from you.
Are we standing on the holiness of the church or the holiness of God?
Any holiness void of love, kindness and care is wickedness and the wicked shall suffer in the hand of the merciful God who is also a God of judgment.
You are meant to be your brother’s keepers and to assist as many as possible to make heaven.
The church we are going to must not hinder us from doing the good that is expected of us especially to them of the household of faith. No good deed however small, will God overlook so, check yourself, be an obedient servant of God and do the right things.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8
I pray that God will grant you grace and boldness to stand for Him whatever the cost may be in Jesus’ name.