OUT OF ZION 030 | WILL YOU BE WORTHY OF THE PEACE THAT GOD SENDS? 2

Sons of peace will respond positively and actively to the peace God sends their way.

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.


From last week, it was pointed out that sons of peace or those worthy of the peace upon God’s messengers (Matt 10:11-15) 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 will qualify themselves for the peace by their positive responses. Looking at the record concerning Rahab the harlot, there are FOUR ways by which the sons of peace will respond to qualify.

We already considered that 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; which particular hold the seed for the future (details in last week edition).

THEY RECOGNISE AND ATTEND TO THINGS WHICH AROUSE THEIR FAITH: Faith deals with the unseen, not the unknown. Sacrificial commitment is only found where faith is real. What do you believe? Rahab believed in the God of Israel. She heard of what He had done. She knew the land was already given to the Israelites. She therefore protected the spies because she both feared and trusted the God of Israel. The spies were the connectors she needed; she expected their protection. By faith a harlot got into the genealogy of Jesus. Works of faith are in correspondence to the commitment in the heart. Faith is known by works. Jam 2:19. You can look forward to a reward because the works of faith are never in vain.

THEY WILL MAKE PROVISION FOR THE FUTURE NOT JUST WITH WORDS BUT ALSO WITH THEIR OBEDIENCE. Talk is cheap they say. Actions weigh much more – Matt 21:28-32. Your prayers to God will work; your works in obedience will, much more. Obedience to God should be in little things – Jn 2:1ff; they are often likely to be missed. The demand may not come in loud voice; not in quiet voice; maybe in no voice. They obey towards a harvest: when there is an expectation there is seriousness; the commitment is proportional to expectation; where there is no expectation, people cast of restraint – Pro 29:18.

THEY WILL STAY WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THEIR COMMITMENT: Why do people attempt the uncommon, connect with the future in obedience attend to what they believe and still do not receive. Assumptions have been the bane of many. That you are in God’s care doesn’t mean you should take the risks He has not commanded. The promise of the spies was not all that was required for Rahab to experience peace. She needed to stay within the bounds: make mention of the spies’ mission to no one; stay indoors; mark her windows with the scarlet cord she used to drop the spies off the wall; and keep all her people indoors. If you have expectations for the future as a son of peace who receive those on God’s mission, the bounds will be made known to you. Those who receive the apostles in Jesus’ days on earth were to house them, feed them and if for any reason they showed the apostles the door, the peace carried by the apostles shall return to them. Anything outside the bounds of the commitment will make Rahab’s misfortune to be her own responsibility. Rahab’s blood on her heard

LET YOUR LIFE RESPOND TO GOD’S MERCY: Response to God’s mercy sent your way will cause you to do things consistent with the supply. What you do today is a seed for tomorrow – Rev 22:12. As little foxes spoil the vine, 2 SS 2:11, so do little oversights eat up the future. Today is for adjustments and prayerful decisions and expectations. Trust God to help you to optimise your opportunities; That your faith in God will reflect in your works; That instead of just drifting, you will live with expectation and operate within the bounds of your commitment to God.

OUT OF ZION 027 | THE ATTRIBUTES OF A WINNING TEAM

If a team will win, the people must be mindful of God’s interest and purpose corporate to them

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

The setting out of the ministry of Joshua was the dawn of a new era. Yesterday is gone and today is very important. While we take cue from wonderful precedents from the past and maintain the ancient landmark which our fathers have set, we must know that today is the best time to be and the only opportunity that we can use. We must celebrate every day that He has given us as the day that the Lord has made.The essence of a group is to win together. When this same principle is applied to the church, it is much more than to win as other groups or human association. The church as a kingdom outstation on earth is to accomplish what falls within the sphere of God’s desire. The church has a clear job description: it is spelt out in the great commission – Matt 28:19-20; Mar 16:15-18; Jn 20:21; Acts 1:8. This has to be carried out in line with the revelation of God’s mind (so that we do not end up to have ran in vain. 1Cor. 9:24-27) and with a kingdom orientation so that we do not end up with a replication of human scheme.

God commissioned Joshua to lead the pack. His words to Him was His words to the people. There was an essential part of the preparation or the readiness of the people to take the land set before them that we cannot gloss over. It was their team spirit and attitude. This lesson is apt for us and for our time, so that through the consolation and encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

If a team will win, the people must be kingdom-minded. Kingdom- mindedness speaks of a team whose consideration is for God’s interests and purpose; it speaks of selflessness and a looking away from personal interests to concentrate on corporate purpose and goals. This was the attribute found in the Joshua generation team and which constitutes a great lesson for us today. According to the text:

Everyone was together. They spoke with one voice and operated with team spirit. The essence of a group is togetherness for we need to take hold together with others if we would make things to happen – Mk 3:24; Luk 11:17. The church as the outstation of the kingdom on earth must maintain a team spirit. Rom 15:5-6; Eph. 4:3-6; Jn 17:6. This team spirit does not mean we have lost out individual uniqueness or genius; it rather helps us to agree even in our disagreement. Phil 4:2; Eph 5:27. While for the Israelites it was a natural national togetherness, it is most of the time not so today since church is not a natural family. We are a coming together of different kinds and manners of people. Little wonder that unless the right culture is imbibed, the church can easily become the breeding ground for division and multiplicity of opinions.

Everyone recognised the God given leadership of Joshua. Everyone (though to function together with others) has the responsibility to recognise for himself a God given leadership. Matt 4:18-22. According to the precedent from Christ, a leader will be led to co-opt some while some others will be led to join themselves to the leader. Jesus was uncompromising in relating with potential disciples, Luk 9:57-62. In either case the decision still remains with each person to decide whether to align or not to align with the leader. Leadership in the kingdom though delegated or appointed by God is not by imposition, but by acceptance, for nothing shall be done without your mind – Phile 1:14. (to be continued).

OUT OF ZION 026 | THE BENEFITS OF LIFE FROM HIS RESURRECTION

Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.


The joy of Easter is the remembrance of what Christ did for us. According to 1 Cor. 15:1ff, Jesus died and resurrected for us according to the scriptures; and is alive forever for us.

His death and resurrection hold much value for us: He died for our sins and suffered for the consequences of our sins. Death being a common phenomenon holds no significance in the works of Christ, if it stands alone, for we would have no gospel. It is in His resurrection that His death makes sense. He did not perish like others; He came out to bring everyone out of doom.

He is now exalted to the heavens; positioned at the right hand of the FATHER and living as High Priest and Advocate for all who come to the father by Him. His present life is beneficial to us as He saves “… to the uttermost, those who come to the father through Him, for He ever lives to make intercession for them.” He alone can make a full end of all our issues and challenges as we come to Him.

Two things are portrayed here: 1). He saves, making a full end; while 2). We come to Him.

His resurrection gives victory to His cross experience, otherwise it would have been the sign of victory for the devil. He arose in glory (better than when He was buried); to justify us; to be exalted; and to be the Lord and saviour. Our sins have not only been taken care of, we have also being justified. These are two different things. Forgiveness is pardon and removal of punishment; Justification is right standing; right of access and removal of guilt and condemnation.

The place of our coming to Him is important for the process of being continually saved. This coming is not meant to be just as the approach of the needy seeking for help or as the approach of a worshipper basically venerating a deity. He wants much more than this from us. He wants us to come CONSTANTLY to Him as those who come in for fellowship. This is the act of setting Him always before us, as David testified in Ps 16:8.

To set here means to level with Him; to equalise with Him; to agree with or be like Him – these only happen through union. You don’t level with someone greater unless you have come into fellowship or union with the person. This is why not just anyone can worship him – Jn 4:24ff. It takes being born of the spirit to worship the Lord as required in the New Testament; and that worship happens as a fruit of our being partakers of His divine nature – 2 Pet 1:3-4. Our worship would not be meaningful or will not put Him in His place of honour unless it practically meets up with His expectation of us. It is time we optimised our union with Christ, to share with Him what He shares with the Father.

It is when we practise this deepened relationship or fellowship with the Lord, keeping Him in His place of honour that we can practically experience the continual salvation which He offers.

This salvation is experienced as:

SECURITY – We can be secured as David pointed out – ‘I shall not be moved (slip, shake, fall)’;

JOY – We can cheer up and be excited for the joy of the Lord is our strength and the key to drawing His provided resources – Neh 8:10; Isa 12:3;

REST IN HOPE – It is the person who has entered in practice into oneness with the Lord that can settle down securely and continue in hope. He is so securely bound to what lies ahead that no temporarily disturbing stuff can ruffle his spirit;

DELIVERANCE FROM SHEOL: Sheol is both literal and figurative as a place of no return; of captivity, of bondage, of loss; of extreme degradation in sin. The righteous will not actually be abandoned to it. He can come out inasmuch as God did not allow Christ to see corruption. God’s people can go through circumstances; His interest and ability however is that they will not see it just as Christ went through the grave without seeing corruption. This is the key for coming out of trouble: He empowers us to see beyond the plight, so that it will leave no effect on us.

It is your time to stay alive, fresh, strong, renewed, revived, and sustained; a time to be in His presence and to experience the pleasures of His right hand.

Jesus is alive! Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

OUT OF ZION 025 | THE BENEFITS OF LIFE FROM HIS RESURRECTION

Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

The blessing of Easter is the reminder of what Christ did for us. According to 1 Cor. 15:1ff, Jesus died and resurrected for us according to the scriptures; and is alive forever for us.

His death and resurrection hold much value for us: He died for our sins and suffered for the consequences of our sins. Death being a common phenomenon holds no significance in the works of Christ, if it stands alone, for we would have no gospel. It is in His resurrection that His death makes sense. He did not perish like others; He came out to bring everyone out of doom.

He is now exalted to the heavens; positioned at the right hand of the FATHER and living as High Priest and Advocate for all who come to the father by Him. His present life is beneficial to us as He saves “… to the uttermost, those who come to the father through Him, for He ever lives to make intercession for them.” He alone can make a full end of all our issues and challenges as we come to Him.

Two things are portrayed here: 1). He saves, making a full end; while 2). We come to Him.

His resurrection gives victory to His cross experience, otherwise it would have been the sign of victory for the devil. He arose in glory (better than when He was buried); to justify us; to be exalted; and to be the Lord and saviour. Our sins have not only been taken care of, we have also being justified. These are two different things. Forgiveness is pardon and removal of punishment; Justification is right standing; right of access and removal of guilt and condemnation.

The place of our coming to Him is important for the process of being continually saved. This coming is not meant to be just as the approach of the needy seeking for help or as the approach of a worshipper basically venerating a deity. He wants much more than this from us. He wants us to come CONSTANTLY to Him as those who come in for fellowship. This is the act of setting Him always before us, as David testified in Ps 16:8.

To set here means to level with Him; to equalise with Him; to agree with or be like Him – these only happen through union. You don’t level with someone greater unless you have come into fellowship or union with the person. This is why not just anyone can worship him – Jn 4:24ff. It takes being born of the spirit to worship the Lord as required in the New Testament; and that worship happens as a fruit of our being partakers of His divine nature – 2 Pet 1:3-4. Our worship would not be meaningful or will not put Him in His place of honour unless it practically meets up with His expectation of us. It is time we optimised our union with Christ, to share with Him what He shares with the Father.

It is when we practise this deepened relationship or fellowship with the Lord, keeping Him in His place of honour that we can practically experience the continual salvation which He offers.

This salvation is experienced as:

SECURITY – We can be secured as David pointed out – ‘I shall not be moved (slip, shake, fall)’;

JOY – We can cheer up and be excited for the joy of the Lord is our strength and the key to drawing His provided resources – Neh 8:10; Isa 12:3;

REST IN HOPE – It is the person who has entered in practice into oneness with the Lord that can settle down securely and continue in hope. He is so securely bound to what lies ahead that no temporarily disturbing stuff can ruffle his spirit;

DELIVERANCE FROM SHEOL: Sheol is both literal and figurative as a place of no return; of captivity, of bondage, of loss; of extreme degradation in sin. The righteous will not actually be abandoned to it. He can come out inasmuch as God did not allow Christ to see corruption. God’s people can go through circumstances; His interest and ability however is that they will not see it just as Christ went through the grave without seeing corruption. This is the key for coming out of trouble: He empowers us to see beyond the plight, so that it will leave no effect on us.

It is your time to stay alive, fresh, strong, renewed, revived, and sustained; a time to be in His presence and to experience the pleasures of His right hand.

Jesus is alive! Because He lives, we also can live and face tomorrow victoriously.

OUT OF ZION 024 | HE HAS COME TO SAVE YOU

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
(NKJV) Zech 9:9

… let your shout of Hosanna be for joy. He has come to save you.

In the Hebrew use of words, the word ‘daughter’ is not just used for a female child, it is also used collectively for the inhabitant or citizens of a place, particularly in the text citizens of Zion or Jerusalem. The call was to the embattled citizens of Zion. It was for them to rejoice and shout and to behold because help has come.

To behold is an expression of surprise and a call to look so as to see what is currently not within the horizon but coming into view. It is a special appearance, that those concerned need to lift their heads up to see. Coming into view is the King of the citizens of Zion, the righteous one of Israel, who comes to His people with salvation, to provide freedom and succour, to avenge and defend, to rescue and preserve.

He that is coming is incidentally lowly in appearance and riding on donkey. A meek and lowly appearance that veil the help He brings. He that is coming is able. He comes to put an end to war and to cut off the tools of war both gathered against you and emanating from you. He is coming to speak peace not just to you and your situation but also to the nations, wherever they yield and submit to Him. He shall reign from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth.

Christ is interested in delivering His people from sin and granting them victory over troubles. He wants to heal, bless, and help them beyond what legalism could conceive. He has come to save from all embattlements; limitations; inabilities; and hopelessness. His approach however is subtle that the help he brings may be written off. The choice of how He appears in your situation is not within your control. It is without pomp and pageantry, noise and shakings, as you would have ordinarily expected.

He has provided salvation by the blood of his covenant. The blood which binds him to as many as would receive His offer and help. There is power in His blood. It is a wonder working power; it is a burden removing power; it is a victory providing power; it possesses such power that could only be from the precious blood of the lamb of God.

With the provision of His blood, every prisoner in Zion are set free from whatever waterless pit they have been thrown into. Little wonder He called on the great day of the feast that if anyone is thirsty, let him come (Jn 5:37-39). Do you still have thirst for life, for the water of life? He is not asking for those who have drunk before, he says ‘who is thirsty here?’ Thirst is an indicator that you want more. There is always room for more in the scheme of God. It is only enough when you say enough. Matt 5:6. Until you are satisfied, the provision flow continues; Ps 103:5

Let your heart be encouraged and cognisant that you can still believe in hope against all hope. You can rebuild your hope on Jesus blood and righteousness. You call look away from all lying frames or lying vanities. You can lean entirely on Jesus name. I came to charge you to desist from pursuing wells without water and clouds without rain (2 Pet. 2:17) and to call you to return to the stronghold. The name of the Lord is a strong tower – (Pro 18:10).

I am calling you to become a prisoner of hope – one who cannot be bound to the situation he is in but to the future he hopes for. Turn to the stronghold, the place of strength, for today I will restore to you double. I will deploy you even when you feel useless; I will use you in a significant way; I will honour you so much that you will find your honour in my honour, says the Lord.

Prisoners of hope do not mourn, weep, nor sorrow. They only rejoice. The key to their joy is in beholding their king’s coming with full persuasion of what he can do. Do not be disillusioned because he is riding on the foal of a donkey. Some may trust in chariots … We will remember the name of our Lord (Ps 20:7).

Remember the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and His victory over death, hell and grave and let your shout of Hosanna be for joy. He has come to save you.

OUT OF ZION 023 | HOW TO HAVE A WINNING TEAM

OUT OF ZION 023 | HOW TO HAVE A WINNING TEAM

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Bible Reading: Josh 1:16-18; Joel 2:1-11

Where order is recognised, corporate success and individual fulfilment will be inevitable.

Every group or team exists as a community for its members to remove them from being solitary to being in a functional social entity. The advantage of this ranges from group identity to interpersonal collaborations. The advantage of collaboration is enormous; it brings to the table the gains which transcends the sum total of the accomplishments of the individuals within the group.

The church of Christ is a community, a kingdom community. Its existence and business is with the objectives of God’s kingdom. Hence, the concern is not for individualities or vain self-seeking but for the togetherness which focuses on the common good.  It actually exists on earth through the local churches as earthly outstations of the heavenly kingdom. The togetherness of its members is for the purpose of winning with the kingdom assignment on earth. For this to be a few factors must come into consideration. Crucial among the factors is the understanding of the ethos of the kingdom.

Jesus pointed to this ethos in Matt 6:9ff by saying in the Lord’s prayers that “thine kingdom come, thy will be done on earth…” and later in the same context, “… thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory ….”. The Lord’s prayer actually reverts the mind of everyone that is a follower of Christ and that also prays like Him to the theocratic governance that God preferred under the Old Testament. In that system, leaders were selected by God; the culture of spiritual authority and the attending godly submission and followership was embraced.; team spirit was understood for the purpose of advancement and conquest; support for leadership was a necessity for the corporate good, and an atmosphere where rebellion and ungodly dissent thrives was discouraged. Look closely at Joshua 1:16ff and you will see these clearly there.

When Jesus came, he announced the subject of His concern as the kingdom of God (Matt 4:17,23) as it was even with John the Baptist (Mat 3:1-3). From these texts you can see that 1). The kingdom belongs to God, and that 2). We turn towards the kingdom by repentance (thinking differently; changing one’s mind for better; amending with abhorrence of one’s past sins heartily). Matt 4:23 in the message translation says the theme of Jesus’ teaching was the kingdom of God. Why the kingdom of God?

  1. The kingdom of God is a good government under which everything is being made right, starting with changed lives and changed effects.
  2. The kingdom of God is hence a new order, a better order, the intended order, in which things (spiritual, mental, emotional or physical) happen according to the will of God because God is the centre of the kingdom – Eph. 1:10.
  3. The kingdom of God is a spiritual reality that should operate in the now as the foretaste of or the preparation for the coming materialisation. – Luk 17:20-21; Jn 4:23

The kingdom has its attributes, some of which are reflected even in the earthly kingdom. The kingdom introduced by Christ and emphasised in His teachings is the realm which God rules over. It is an orderly system characterised by God’s righteousness; wherein authority is by delegation and not usurpation, wherein everyone is supposed to have a delegation which varies in levels and focus and wherein everyone serves God by the delegation he has received. What delegation or charge has God given you? Are you giving it your best as the day approaches when everyone shall render his account to God – Rom 14:7-12.

If the kingdom of God is an orderly system, its order must characterise our togetherness today. One of the order is the place of authority and leadership in the kingdom. Jesus gave the charge about servant leadership (where leaders exist to serve the people with the charge and grace they have received from God.) but also gave indications concerning the place of authority. Matt 8; Jn 21:15-21; Eph. 4:11-

Whether it is in the church, in the family or in other organisations, the place of order must be understood if the will of God will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Order is a principal key for a team to be distinguished (Joel 2:1ff). When order is present, rank is not broken and the people are not injured. God is not an author of confusion, neither does he abide where rebellion and ungodly dissent thrive. More so from the church, the example and the standard of order must go forth if the church shall fill its place on earth as the pillar and ground of truth. Where order is recognised, corporate success and individual fulfilment will be inevitable.

OUT OF ZION 022 | RESPONSIBILITY AND COOPERATION FOR KINGDOM FULFILMENT 2

OUT OF ZION 022 | RESPONSIBILITY AND COOPERATION FOR KINGDOM FULFILMENT 2

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Help is useful when responsibility is taken, for responsibility makes collaboration profitable.

If Jordan is the river you have not crossed before, crossing it then is a new experience; it is doing something new, something personally unprecedented; setting new target spiritually, materially, financially; stepping out of your current rut.

Nothing changes until you have decided to use change. You did not just get to the secondary school or to the university. You got to those places through a process of doing things differently and attempting new things. Even in salvation, while the provision has always been there, the change starts with you through your decision to believe in the Lord Jesus before heaven blesses you with its provision.

Help is useful when responsibility is taken, for responsibility makes collaboration profitable. Symbiosis is the way life goes; parasites are less desirable than hosts.

The blessing upon responsibility is collaboration. We can accomplish more of the corporate plan of God’s for us through cooperation with others. God sets everyone in communities for it is not good for Adam to be alone. He sets us in societies that we may live together in harmony and accomplish the His objectives for our corporate lives. He picks the solitary and sets them in families so as to break their bounds and release them into prosperity – Ps 68:6.

God’s plan for us is first for the group and then for the individuals. We all find our individualities and significance in the group. Together is the language of a group. The poor and rich come together, the lord is the maker of all – Pro 22:2. Through group experience we foster a balance that all may experience the good which God has in plan for our togetherness.

There is imbalance simply because of weaknesses of some. They are weak vis-a-vis the appropriation of God’s grace. Communal life sees to it that none falls short of God’s grace. The keyword in consideration here is ‘taking hold together with against’. Ecc 4:9-12 pointed to us the advantages of togetherness: Woe unto him that is alone; Two are better than one; A threefold cord is not easily broken. Geometric progression is enacted when forces are joined together under God – Lev 26:8; Deut 32: 30; Josh 23:10.

You are expected to join force with your significant others over their weaknesses with the strength, wisdom, abilities and encouragement that you have gained from God so as to prevail with them against their existent limitations. Practically speaking, everyone has an area of grace or testimony from the past with which he could help the other person.

The culture of God’s kingdom is cooperation, not a taking over of responsibility. If we usurp others’ responsibility, we would be promoting the culture of irresponsibility and laying foundation for implosion of fellowship and community. Kingdom help is via cooperation just as salvation happens through collaboration between heaven and earth. Even if our part of the salvation deal is very insignificant, we still had to believe to appropriate the provision. The one in need of help must willingly take up responsibility for help to be justified.

Let us all learn to be responsible and let those who are stronger and more advantaged be disposed to helping the weaker ones with the measure of grace which God has satisfied them with. By doing this we would all be able to enter into our corporate rest, the rest which remains for those who believe.

OUT OF ZION 021 | RESPONSIBILITY AND COOPERATION FOR KINGDOM FULFILMENT

RESPONSIBILITY AND COOPERATION FOR KINGDOM FULFILMENT

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… most of the things that God will do in your life … will be … by responsible collaboration

For every blessing that God has for you he puts on you the responsibility to appropriate it. It is the Lord’s business to make a promise and provision, it is your responsibility to take possession of what is meant for you. To take possession of it means it must be your desire to possess what God has for you. Desire expresses itself in faith, in prayer and in corresponding action. God will not give anyone what he has no desire for or what he takes no action for. Don’t forget that the action is to possess and not to provide

For most of the things that God will do in your life, they will be accomplished by collaboration. The operation of the Holy Spirit in your life, for instance is collaborative. He does not usurp your responsibility; He rather works with you – Jn 15:26 (Acts 5:32). What about ‘the spirit himself makes intercession for us’ according to Rom 8:26? Well, the Spirit makes intercession for us because of our weaknesses.

As we patiently hope for the things which God has for us, groaning in ourselves for them, the Holy Spirit also helps our weaknesses (the general weaknesses of our present life) which limit us even as we groan in ourselves. The scripture indicates that when we pray, we do not know what we should pray for as we ought to (possibly a problem of limited expression). He helps our weaknesses by taking hold of opposite together with us. He lays hold along with us, he strives to obtain with us what we long for with groaning that cannot be expressed in human words.

Just as it is with the Holy Spirit, the role of others in your lives is not to usurp your responsibility but to cooperate with you over what you are take responsibility for. They take hold together with you, walk together with you over your desires that you can do something about or at times nothing much about. Your responsibility is however primary. There must be a desire and an action, unless you are in a state of total incapability which is an extreme – Jn 11:1-2; Jam 5:16. Some who have refused to do something (even if little) about their predicament have been found to be incapable of receiving the help because of lack of desire or unwillingness to use the change that time offers them.

You may wonder about cases like that of Dorcas in Acts 9:36-43 and Peter in Acts 12:1-19. Theirs, I observe, were extreme or near extreme cases, wherein others had to fight for their cause. The values they have added to others was the reason why those people did not let go of them. The intervention of others in those two cases was not about merely securing an extension of existence for them, it was more for the roles they were fulfilling. For them to live was Christ.

Never pass the buck of your life to another, for the change starts with you. It is time to take responsibility away from lying vanity of who shall do it for you. Jon 2:8. Get ready to cross the Jordan for yourself. You cannot sit still where you are and expect to have the experience across the Jordan. Until you get to your destination a protracted stopping over might be a tool for vulnerability.

OUT OF ZION 020 | HOW TO BRAKE THE TREND

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OUT OF ZION 020 | HOW TO BRAKE THE TREND

Come, and let us return to the Lord … After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Hos 6:1-2

Death is necessary before revival, and revival before there can be the rising up to a new day

God told the children of Israel to make provisions for themselves as in three days they will cross over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord was giving them to possess. The three days was literal in Josh 1:11 and figurative in Hos 6:1-2. Three days is a numerical value for change, completion or transition in the Bible.  Hosea particularly analysed the figurative three days of change as day one being for death; Day two for revival; Day three for rising or resurrection. The application of this helps us to engage the process to implement change in our lives.

The process starts with dying to what is. As long as the present situation is kept alive change cannot be produced. You die to what is when there is change in the mind or heart as a result of the realisation of what could or what should be. The realisation of what should be is also the admission of what needs to go. This realisation considers the implication of the status quo and the need to die to it, whether it is to self, situation or experience.

This death does not happen unless you call things exactly by their name. For instance, sin can no longer be seen as a weakness or as a mistake if it shall be forsaken. Sickness has to be called its name if the need for healing shall be embraced. The problem with the familiar must be seen clearly before the change out of it can be embraced. This is where the breaking of the camp or of the trend happens. The breaking of the camp is not the actual transition; it is the process towards it.

The process continues with being revived. Revival is the reaching out or response to what should be. The process of waking up starts from the state of sleep or death. In the coming resurrection (Jn5:25), the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God for resurrection to happen. You cannot just realise what should be and die to what is for nothing; the experience of dying to what is must lead you to the practical embrace of what should be. This embrace is your revival or the engagement of the new phase.

The process of change culminates with being raised up, an action/experience which is a collaboration between God and man. This is where the change happens, whether it is a change of state, of place or of experience. If the process of change is on, the things you do must change. You cannot keep the process at the point of reaching out forever, unless you want the future to be hanging in a balance. It is only when you take the step ‘to go in’ that you see the involvement of the Lord with you in ‘giving you the land to possess.

What you will do on the third day is to take the step of faith to go in. This is what will birth a new nation. The nation which died in Egypt is about to have its new identity, no longer as nomads but, as a nation that shall be settled in its own God-given land.

Are you ready to cross over your Jordan? It is time for a mental overhaul; it is time to put of the old and to embrace the new; a time to apprehend the things which are ahead; a time to respond to the mark of your upward calling in Christ. Old things are passing away; new things are appearing.

Remember that change is only birthed when a problem is discovered or defined; it is birthed when a solution is discovered and responded to; and birthed when the right step is taken towards it. Death is necessary before there can be revival, and revival before we can rise up to a new day or experience a resurrection to a new span.

OUT OF ZION 019 | THE NEED TO BRAKE THE TREND

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OUT OF ZION 019 | THE NEED TO BREAK THE TREND

 “… ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’” Josh 1:11

Change is a breaking off with the trend to produce the future.

The charge last week pointed to the need for change. Change is an act or process through which something becomes different; it is the substitution of one thing for another. The order in life is the process of making things different as nothing is meant to be static. If life itself is a process of change, how much more should the experience in life be. Change is the process of one thing giving way for another either through a process of alteration or modification of the existing or by the introduction of a completely new or refreshingly different experience. It is the transition of the living from one phase of its life to another 2 Cor. 3:18

Change is important if your Jordan will be crossed. Do not forget that Jordan signifies the obvious barrier between you and your promise. The instruction given to the Israelites to make provisions for themselves has to do with making preparations, adjustments, changes that will leave the past behind for them to cross over into the promise. Last week I shared with you that to cross the Jordan, you will need to move; make preparation for new things; pursue the real essence of your person or of your existence – which in actual sense is truly ahead; and adjust so as not to fall behind.

My emphasis this week is on the application of the process of change as seen in the biblical significance of three days. Whatever the current issue is with you, if you can bury this person that you are gratifying, you will see a brand new you coming out. There are different levels of experience with God that you may have not even imagine the one awaiting you yet. Israel was to get ready to cross over Jordan in three days. Three days will be enough to evolve a new and ready people if they will go through the process.

Change is a breaking off with the trend to produce the future. Trend has never produced the future, change does. For every system built by man, a pattern of action or existence is only established. Have you noted that such patterns are always broken either by update or by transition to another? Have you noticed that, even in the normal human society, change is birthed when trend is broken?

Everything in life would be monotonous and boring if change is not permitted. If the society would use change even when it has no goal just to kill boredom how much more when there is a future requiring a change. You need a change to get a different result. It is only the fools that continue with the same thing while expecting a different result.

Change happens when you have become tired of the trend or the status quo. No trend is broken until it has reached its climax. The climax of a trend does not come until the trend has saturated the ecosystem. Trend is only broken when you have had enough of it or when you begin to see a problem with it.

In spiritual matters, God steps in to instruct or direct with imperatives when you are not realising that the time for change has set in. He spoke to Joshua emphatically and by extension to Israel when the season for change rolled in. Israel by implication was told to get ready and make provision for what was ahead, for in three days something new should begin. Trend will be broken when the process of change is engaged.

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