September 30, 2018

Until there is no more Land to work

“UNTIL THERE IS NO MORE LAND TO WORK” Romans 15: 23   The Scope of the Missionary Mandate Right from creation, God has intended that Man who is made in the image of the God-head would have dominion, rule and subdue every other created being (Genesis 1:26-28). This mandate (commission, assignment) given to the crown of God’s creation was to be carried out in terms of work within a prescribed space and context which encompasses the whole of God’s creation (Genesis 2:8; and in verse15: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it”). The all-encompassing scope of the divine assignment for God’s crown of creation is further indicated in the usage of such words like ‘every’, ‘all over’, ‘wherever’, ‘wheresoever’, etc, both in the Old and New Testaments. Examples: “I will give you every place where you set your foot” – Joshua 1:3; “Every Knee Shall Bow and Every Tongue Confessthat Jesus Christ is Lord” – Phil 2:10,11; “This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a witness to all nations – Matthew 24:14”; Believers are redeemed from every tongue, every tribe, every kindred – Rev 5:9 & 7:9. The other words used in the Great Creation Mandate as well as the Great Commission, indicate totally covering and occupying every space within the prescribed context of the mandate. For example: “Be fruitful, and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28); “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14); “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13 KJV). Acts 1:8 tops it up with the concentric nature of the scope of the bearing the witness of the Gospel beginning from Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and unto the utmost parts of the earth. Paul definitely understood this concept because he described his missionary assignment thus “So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. It has always been my ambition to preached the gospel where Christ was not known; so that I would not be building on some else’s foundation” Romans 15:19-20. This was the reason he gave as the hindrance for coming to the Romans (verses 22) and therefore stating in verse 23 that now that there is no more pace for him to work in those regions where he has been doing pioneer missions, he was ready to now come to Rome, not for a pioneer mission work but a different type of ministry, thus, “I long to come to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong….that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith (Romans 1:11-12) …to enjoy your company for a while (15:24 later part)… so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together […]
September 29, 2018

Arrows of the Almighty

ARROWS OF THE ALMIGHTY “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord. And the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed; but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate” Ps.127:3-5 A quiver is a place where arrows are kept. Jeffrey Archer wrote a book titled “A Quiver full of Arrows”. God likens children to arrows and says happy is the man that has his quiver full of these arrows. Arrows are kept in the quiver for a purpose: to shoot them at specified targets.God is looking for those He will shoot as arrows to pull down the gates of hell and establish His Kingdom this season. “…they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate” He expects us to be His battle axes for the endtime harvest. My findings have shown that each time we list the weapons of warfare, the one that is rarely mentioned is that, we ourselves are God’s weapon of warfare. We talk about the name of Jesus, the blood of Jesus, the word of God, etc. but we rarely talk about ourselves as weapons of warfare. “You are my battle axe and weapons of war, for with you will I break in pieces the nations, and with you will I destroy kingdoms. And with you will I break the horses and his rider; and with you will I break the chariot and his rider; With you also will I break in pieces man and woman; with you will I break in pieces old and young; with you will I break in pieces the young man and the maid; I will also break in pieces with you the shepherd and his flock; I will also break in pieces the farmer and his yoke of oxen; and with you will I break in pieces captains and rulers.” Jeremiah 51:20-23 We the first weapon of warfare in God’s hand. In Oswald J. Smith book, “The man God uses”, we see the qualities expected to be found in anyone that will be useful battle axe in the hands of the Almighty, but beyond all the likely known qualities expected to be found in usable vessels is the hidden virtue the Lord is ever in quest for: availability. Available Vessels Every move of God is always pioneered by available vessels, from Noah down to Apostle Paul. They were not really perfect, as it were, but had in them virtues that made them God’s weapon of transformation for their generation. All these virtues could be wrapped up in one word; Availability. The three Hebrew boys “shot” to Babylon humbled the idol of Nebuchadnezzar, the Fourthman manifested without them struggling to invite Him into the heathen’s strange fire. (Dan. 3:17-25). They preached the gospel without tracts or pulpits; they preached the gospel […]
September 29, 2018

Sharp threshing Instruments

Declaration of war The Forty first chapter of the book of Isaiah begins with a statement of declaration of war and a call to battle. 1“Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us meet together at the place of judgment. Subsequent verses predicted the outcome of the war 2“…. He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow. 3He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before. The mandate of Missions, “Go and make disciples of all ethnic groups” is a call to battle. For all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God. All have become slaves to sin. All are under the control of Satan, the Strong man and except a Stronger than he would come, his slaves remain under him. God, over times, has been in the business of preparing men whom He used to redeem people and nations from oppression of the enemy. Chapters’ four to seven of the book of Exodus is an account of how God prepared Moses and his encounter with Pharaoh leading to redemption of Israel from bondage. There is also the account in 1 Sam. 17 of how God used David to confront Goliath to release Israel from oppression of the Philistines. Gideon was an instrument also in God’s hand against the Midianites in the chapters six and seven of the book of Judges. Our Master, Jesus Christ as He unrolled the scroll of the prophet Isaiah which was handed to him as recorded in Luke 4:18 – 19, found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” This became the preoccupation of our Lord Jesus while he was on earth. He was prepared for it and He went about doing it. He also prepared men. He had disciples whom He prepared and gave the mandate of Missions, “Go and make disciples of all ethnic groups” Therefore, it is with this mind we shall be x-raying the title Sharp Threshing Instruments   The making of God’s instrument for the battle The making of God’s instrument for missions begins with a call. Isaiah 41: 8 -9 says “But you, O Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.”  No aspect of the Christian is more puzzling than this problem of a call. There are various extreme positions based on individual […]
September 2, 2018

Being an Effective Arrow: Academics

Being an Effective Arrow: Academics Dan. 1:17; James 1:6; 1 Kings 4:29; Ecclesiastes 2:26 “For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.” Ecclesiastes 2:26, NIV  “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.” – 1 Kings 4:29, NIV  “God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom.” Daniel 1:17a, NLT   It is no doubt that God has an indispensable role to play in the life and success of every individual on earth. Those who acknowledge and submit to Him and His will are like efficient surfers who ride the waves amid the storms. The scriptures in Daniel 1:17, 1 Kings 4:29, James1:6 make it clear that God is and the author of all wisdom, and therefore as His children, we have an incredible advantage for academic excellence; since we are made in His image and likeness. Dan. 1:17 is a popular verse which many know and even use for prayers but don’t actually look further to examine the lives of the characters. In this article, we explore the characteristics exhibited by Daniel and his three friends, which will become a blueprint for us in achieving academic exploits invariably making us powerful tools and effective arrows in God’s hands. Before proceeding, it is important that I establish the fact that our pursuit of academic excellence is not an end in itself but a means to a greater end. As believers, acquiring knowledge and scoring higher on standardized tests and examinations are not the ultimate goals of learning. Paul puts it this way, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”( Eph. 2:10, NIV). Just like warriors make use of arrows to achieve a purpose, in this case usually to attack the enemy, so is every child of God in God’s hands. Our excellence in academics is to achieve a purpose for God. As Christians we are to glorify God with our lives – “… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. (Mat. 5:16). When God becomes visible in the life of a man, it becomes easy for his message to be accepted. If as a student, you perform very poorly, it naturally becomes difficult to talk to a friend about Jesus but when you are sound and perform excellently in your academics, it provides a platform for witnessing as well as gives a good representation of God. Principles of Academic Success Relationship with God   Dan. 6:10 “He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving […]