OUT OF ZION 029 | WILL YOU RESPOND TO THE PEACE THAT GOD SENDS?  

Sons of peace will respond positively to the peace that God sends their way through His servants.

Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, … So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there… Then the woman took the two men and hid them…. Josh 2:1,4

 

The place of those ‘worthy of the peace’ carried by someone on a mission is undeniable, especially in Christian ministry, for none can stand or do it alone.; None has it all mapped out. God has arranged for things to work out in the path of His assignments by furnishing help through the sons of peace. Cases in reference are Matt 10:1-15 and Josh 2:1ff

God has blessings to give out on earth. These blessings are the requirements for life’s journey. For these man looks up to God since he cannot of his own strength accomplish some of them. Matt 7:7. These blessings range from current needs to the future needs. Most of what heaven will do on earth will be commanded on earth, unless they are things that are obviously beyond the system here.

Money will not drop from heaven. Cars are not manufactured in heaven. Houses have not dropped from the heavens. For heaven’s mission to be carried out on earth, the material resources will be commanded on earth – Jn 6:1-12; matt 21:1-3; 26:17-19. The problem is that most people do not know that in divine arrangement one man’s seed is another’s harvest. If there is failure to give out that seed the desired harvest in the future may never come. 2 Cor. 8:9

Sons of peace or those worthy of the peace upon God’s messengers are those whose means will be used to furnish provisions to those who God has sent on specific assignments. Rahab for the spies – Josh 2:1ff; and Lydia for Paul and his team at Philippi – Acts 16:12-15

Sons of peace respond positively to the provision of peace that God sends their way through His servants. Looking at the record concerning Rahab the harlot, there are FOUR ways by which the sons of peace will respond to the provision.

THEY WILL FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SOMETHING UNCOMMON – Josh 2:3-7. A thing uncommon is often what could be easily overlooked, avoided, despised, glossed over. Whereas such things have in them the seed needed for the future. The servants of Jesus were practically unknown; they were however sent to those they did not have any arrangement with. To make the matter worse, they were to take no provision along. Heaven chose this option because they were carriers of peace that someone definitely needed. The reception granted them will make those who receive them to be worthy of the peace they did carry. The emissaries of Israel were mere men made significant by the assignment given them. On their espionage they were secret representative of Israel and by extension, servants of God’s interest. None knew then in Jericho. In fact, being known will be dangerous for them. There was however something with them that will give someone doomed to death and destruction a future. Who will be worthy of that blessing? Don’t think that all that you will attend to will come with a tag on it that will cause everyone to ordinarily know that they are meant for you. Life is by faith and not by sight. The faith of God within you will be the connecting point between certain blessings and you. Wrong discrimination might be dangerous. It is not necessarily the big stuffs that connects with the future, it might be the few loaves of bread and few fishes. It might be the boat of peter on the sea of galilee; it might even be the expensive alabaster box. For RAHAB It was the capacity and the decision to protect those whom God has marked because they were on His mission, a greater mission. When you protect something greater than you, you are tapping into a greater grace or peace; you are making provision for your future in your obedience. (TO BE CONTINUED).

OUT OF ZION 028 | THE ATTRIBUTES OF A WINNING TEAM 2

So they answered Joshua, saying, “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with you, as He was with Moses. Whoever rebels against your command and does not heed your words, in all that you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and of good courage.” Josh 1:16-18

Continuing from last week, we see further  that in Joshua’s company:

3. Everyone was willing to accept his authority. How can someone tell you what to do and you shall be obligated to? That can only be because you have been able to TRUST the person under God to provide you with leadership and direction fully recognising the place of authority in God’s system. It was this recognition of authority that caused Jesus to be impressed with the centurion in Matt 8:5-12. He understood authority (a crucial factor in the kingdom of God); He submitted under authority and knows to exercise authority (YOU CANNOT CONFIDENTLY OPERATE OR EXERCISE AUTHORITY WHEN YOUR OWN OBEDIENCE IS WANTING); He expects (and he can legitimately) THE BLESSING OF AUTHORITY WHICH ONLY FALLS TO THOSE WHO DULY RESPECT IT; He therefore had the potential (even as an outsider) to partake in the coming kingdom while the real heirs of the kingdom were gazing like outsiders and shall be thrown out according to the words of Christ. Why would they be thrown out? They will be thrown out for their rebellion, the opposite of submission.

4. Everyone believed the best of Joshua and supported him, especially in prayer that God will be with him. It is a responsibility to believe the best of the leader that God has caused you to recognise. BELIEVING THE BEST OF HIM IS SYNONYMOUS TO EXPECTING THE BEST THROUGH HIM. The extent of the devotion and the responsiveness of the followers is the extent of their privileges from a leader. The exceptionally committed ones were those in Christ’s innermost circle during His earthly ministry. It takes believing the best of a leader before you can listen to him in all things. Instructing and leading in all things as a leader in within the bounds of the charge received by God. God does not delegate a leader to usurp people’s personal responsibility. It is important to also support a leader. The support is not for him but for the good of the group, especially in prayer that God will be with him.

5. The took a stand against division and rebellion within the camp. Division can be seen from two angles, the functional and the dysfunctional. While a functional division is a functional part of a group that runs with a mission that is subordinate (sub-mission) to the group, dysfunctional division is the rebellious, seditious, conflicting part of a group. Every group that will win against all odds must ensure that a stand is taken against such insurgence; If not that will be a quickest way to defeat. Why was the devil sent out of heaven? His rebellion and the need to forestall further defilement. It is better to be out of a team/group than to constitute defilement on their feast of love and unity.

  1. They encouraged him the leader in all sincerity. Good followers serve as channels, not source, of joy, strength and of courage to the leader. The body language, words and willingness of the people constituted encouragement to Joshua. This we must do with our all. Heb. 13:17

The essence of the group is for winning; it is for geometric effects. Even where God is in charge, he has never left His people without a leader. When they did not have a king after the culture of the nations, he gave them judges who were their captains. The reason for a captain in the army is for winning. If we operate with this spirit, our campaigns will be successful to our corporate and individual good and to the praise of God. This context just showed that the kingdom of God is a functional structure and not dysfunctional mass.

A Consideration of the Subject of Grace

We need to carefully look through the whole #scriptures before jumping to wrong conclusions.

Grace selected the #ten #virgins, same grace taught them what to do.
We did nothing to become partakers of His grace. Grace teaches us what to do after we have become partakers.

Right response made the first five wise; wrong response made the second five foolish.

The #teaching of grace to us is for us to deny all ungodly lusts and to prepare for He that will come without tarrying.

Wisdom responds by being prepared, taking enough from the abundant provision we have been furnished with.

Foolishness takes things for granted by being carefree and presumptuous, living on yesterday provision without knowing to respond with tender heart when His voice speaks to us today. 

While we live in the age of his grace, we must walk wisely, for the time comes when there will be no room for remedy.

Then the wise will walk into the kingdom of their Lord and the foolish, left outside where there will be everlasting regret.

Let us not take His grace for granted nor use it as a license for promoting the wrong.

The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying all ungodliness worldly lusts, we should live soberly and righteously in the present age, Looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 

speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you. Titus 2:11-15

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 

This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. Tit.3.3-8.

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ARE YOU TRULY YOUNG? SERIOUSLY!


I feel for you when they call you a young man and you feel so.

They referred to a 42 year old man as a young man and the future in a circle where I was able to make observation. He grinned sheepishly and I feel for him.

If you don’t pick up your life on time, the same mouth will tell you that you are late.

In the progressive circle, productivity is emphasised over age. 

Someone is older than you with two years and is calling you a young man.

I have had working with me those I was 20 years older than. I cannot imagine calling them young. When am I expecting them to grow up.

My heart cries when I see those clearly beyond 20 still thinking they are children.

They will continue to call you young till the grave catches up with you, if you are not careful.

Age is the significant achievement that some have made. Come to think of it, no one was calling them young when they were your age.

I will never berate the aged. Neither do I toy with mine. 

My father got me in his early 40s. With his limited standard school education, he never emphasised “young”. He pushed for maturity. He is above 90 now. The culture hasn’t changed. He sits and discusses with me as if we are old pals.

In the Silicon Valley circle I bet no one talks about the age of the founder of Facebook.

BEWARE before you are helped to waste your age.

Why God Allows Poverty

A preacher and an atheistic barber were once walking through the city slums. 
Said the barber to the preacher: “This is why I cannot believe in a God of love. If God was as kind and loving as you say, He would not permit all this poverty, disease, and squalor. He would not allow these poor bums to be addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No, I cannot believe in a God who permits these things.” 
The minister was silent until they met a man who was especially unkept and filthy. His hair was hanging down his neck and he had a half-inch of stubble on his face. 
Said the minister: “You can’t be a very good barber or you wouldn’t permit a man like that to continue living in this neighborhood without a haircut and a shave.” 
Indignantly the barber answered: “Why blame me for that man’s condition? I can’t help it that he is like that. He has never come in my shop. I could fix him up and make him look like a gentleman!” 
Giving the barber a penetrating look, the minister said: “Then don’t blame God for allowing the people to continue in their evil ways, when He is constantly inviting them to come and be saved.” 
Truth be told, God can’t change you unless you step forward and ask God to help you change for the better.
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Ten Sentences That Make Pastors Cringe – ThomRainer.com

Let me take you behind the scenes again in the life of a pastor.
For sure, your pastor is not likely to let you know the pain these brief sentences cause.
But, for most pastors, they hurt. They really hurt.
Here are ten of the most common painful sentences uttered to pastors by church members:
“I love you pastor, but . . .” The pastor will only hear the words after the “but.” And they usually are painful.
“Why didn’t you visit her?” Of course, she’s not a member of the church. She was in a hospital 70 miles away. And she’s married to the third cousin of the church member.

“Gotta minute? This question is typically asked in the time frame of one to five minutes before the pastor preaches.

“Have you heard this podcast pastor?” Meaning: That podcast pastor is better than you.

“Pastor, people are saying . . .” Of course, there are no “people,” just the gutless person who won’t speak for himself.

“We’ve never done it that way before.” And that is one of the key reasons the church is dying.

“I do pay your salary, you know.” In other words, it’s not God’s money; it’s my money.

“I wish she had heard that sermon.” And the pastor was hoping you heard the sermon.

“I wish I worked just a few hours a week like you.” After all, the pastor just needs 30 minutes to prepare a sermon and 30 minutes to preach it.

“Your kids need to behave like pastor’s kids should behave.” You can find those standards in the Bible: Hezekiah 3:16.

What do you think of this list? Pastors, what would you add?

Ten Sentences That Make Pastors Cringe

Happy New Month

Happy New Month

Your goings shall be preserved this month with a deepened walk with God. 

He will strengthen and stabilise you by granting you strength over everything that opposes your joy and peace. 

Sheol and corruption shall have no hold over you. 

Your soul shall be satisfied with the  joy and pleasures of His presence throughout April in Jesus name.

Yours in His service, 

Isaac Boluwatise

Our Obedience And The Practice Of The Gospel Will Commend Christ To The World Than Any Other Means

Our Obedience And The Practice Of The Gospel Will Commend Christ To The World Than Any Other Means

Fashion items and obedience to Christ belong to two different realms.

The former is not a sin, the latter is what Christ called us into.

The church deals less with the primary call of Christ these days. It seems as if the demand of discipleship is old-schoolish.

I think fashion items will never take the place of obedience to the call of Christ and that obedience and the practice of the gospel will commend Christ in us more to the world as it did in Antioch.

The dignity of the gospel is greater than any human addition of glamour to it as it has pleased God to save only through the foolishness of preaching.

May we remember to deny ourselves in obedience to Him daily.

Selah!

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