OUT OF ZION 018 | ARE YOU READY TO CROSS YOUR JORDAN?

OUT OF ZION 018 | ARE YOU READY TO CROSS YOUR JORDAN?

… ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan ….’ ” Josh 1:11

… make all the needed changes … to cross over the main issue between you and the next phase

Obedience is needed to experience the next phase of your life. You cannot sit still where you are and be expecting miracle to take place. Obedience is more than that done in the past, it is attending to the current instruction and avoiding alternative sacrifices to the biddings of God (1 Sam 15:22-23). You cannot afford to be sitting still after hearing from God. The leadership was instructing these people to get ready to cross Jordan. This is valuable for everyone in line with the next thing God wants to do. Just as it was for this people, provision has to be made for the next phase.

  1. It is time to move.

These people have been camping for a while to rest from their journey and possibly from their last military campaign and victory. Rest is part of God’s instruction and provision for the good of the human race (Gen 2:1-3; Mark 2:27). Though their camping was necessary, it was time again to break the camp and move on. Those in transit do not abide permanently at their stopover. For many of these people, they were possibly not set to move. Give them a choice, they will dangerously fold their arms a little bit more (Pro 6:10). While rest is not bad, redeeming the time is equally important. To convince yourself that you are where you should be will be a grave injustice to yourself and to the plan of God. It is time to move

  1. It is time to make provision for yourselves

It is time to make provision for what shall be needed as we break the camp to cross over. What are those things that will be needed to fulfil the next phase in the instruction that you have received? What are those things that you will need to do to get a different and a better result? You will need to do more of those things that have worked for you in the past and do better things that are essential for the future.

  1. It is time to pursue the real you

Can’t I just be myself is a question people ask in situations like this. The question is, who is the self that you are claiming to be? The self that needs to be reoriented? The self that needs to be buried to make provision for a better or a brand new you? The self that hasn’t been able to go beyond here and now? It is an injustice to God and to the true you to emphasise the self that was or that is. You are not in the past and more that this one here; you are that true self that must come out of this for the future (Phil 3:12). A grain of corn is a potential and not a full existence or it would amount to a waste. Jesus was the son of man that was meant to be the saviour of the world. To accomplish that, he had to look for the joy that was set before Him (Heb. 12:2). Stop just being yourself, pursue to realise your true self which God has set before the current you.

  1. It is time not to fall behind

Get ready to move with the company that God sets you in. Can you imagine any of them at this time desiring to stay back for a while more. This is what happens when people claim to be part of a team or a group but fail to align themselves with the system. They do not know that progress means sacrifice and lots of inconvenience. It takes lots of this to break to the next level personally and corporately. Get ready to change and get ready for more corporate participation. What is my identity and what is the unique value that I am adding? What vital contribution am I getting ready for? Without all these, I may be thinking that I am a part of a team while I am not. This is how people miss it before they get left behind or shortlisted for a sack. It is time to prove that you are a part of the community that God set you in to avoid being left behind.

You need to make all the needed changes now so as to cross over the main issue between you and the next manifestation of God in your life.

OUT OF ZION 017 | THE COURAGE FACTOR – GOD’S WORD IN YOUR MOUTH

OUT OF ZION 017 | THE COURAGE FACTOR – GOD’S WORD IN YOUR MOUTH

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth …. Josh 1:8

This challenges you to use the word frequently and allow it to tailor your desires for good success.

The beginning of operation on earth for things to be what they should was the expression of the word of God. Gen 1:3. According to the law of first mention, nothing will therefore happen in life without the word. The incubation of the Spirit on the cataclysm of the time produced nothing until the word was released. Since then every operation in human life is enacted by declarations.

Everything God does, from the revelation to the actualisation of His will is by the spoken word. You cannot walk with God without giving cognizance to the place of agreement with Him over his word. Those who had walked with God could, because they did agree with Him in His word. Your agreement with God’s word should be in all of life. This is why, in the text, God wanted His word to be in your mouth at all times.

  1. God’s people are planned to be the people of the word.

He spoke to Israel of the promise he had made to Abraham their forebear and of how Canaan shall be given to them as an inheritance. Eventually with a mighty hand and a strong arm God brought the people out of Egypt. The experience in the wilderness was a 40 years of training for them, not for international politics or relations; not for the art of warfare and amassment of armament; but in the art of skillfulness in the word (Heb. 5:12) – an orientation that is fully experienced and exercised in the word of righteousness.

  1. God sought to accomplish the plan with specific instructions given to His people.

In Deut 6:4-9, God instructed the nation to cultivate a lifestyle of the word – Deut 6:4-9; this culture involves the keeping of the word in their heart; by teaching the word to their children (a strategy for the accomplishment of a generational and a trans-generational culture of being the people of the word); by speaking the word wherever they were and binding the scripts of the word on their arm and on their head as signs, not in the sense of amulets but as signs to remind them of specific parts of Torah to improve their mindfulness of it.

  1. God’s people shall fight their battles with the word.

For this reason, He charged Joshua, and by implication Israel, to be courageous to do according to all that is commanded. God wanted their life be in total conformity to the word. Word is more that the channel of expression in human transaction, it is the means of expression in life transactions – Pro 6:1-2; 2 King 4:23, 26.

  1. The word must be in your mouth at all times.

He instructed Joshua to keep the word in his mouth just like the instruction to Israel in Deut 6:5. He is to speak continually what is in the book. We see that as the practice of Jesus in Matt 4:4ff. If you would accomplish that, the key is to meditate in the word. Meditation is an art that is either lost or not given enough attention again. To meditate is to spend time to have the word speaking back to you as you think deeply about it. This amazing practice has helped us to deal with sicknesses and diseases in the past. You are actually permeating/medicating your system with the word while meditating.

  1. You will win with the word in your mouth

In meditation you muse, speaking the word quietly to yourself; in this you get empowered to do according to all that is written in the word as you speak it to yourself over and over – Matt 12:35-37. This is how to be prosperous. God told Joshua that it is Joshua that will make his own way prosperous to have good success.

You are challenged you to use the word frequently and allow it to tailor your desires for good success. When such word-tailored desires are taken to the Lord in prayer, the spiritual transaction is carried out in faith. Why would you not believe that you have received your request when you are aligned with God’s word? Why would you not come out of the place of prayer to speak courageously to the mountains in-between you and your answers?

Let the word of God be in your mouth courageously and you are on the path to see the will of God coming to pass on earth as it is in heaven.

 

OUT OF ZION 016 | THE COURAGE FACTOR – CELEBRATION OF GOD’S WORD

 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, (Josh 1:8);
For God has magnified His word above all His name (Psa 138:2).

If God exalts His word and gives priority to it over all, you will need to give priority to it in your all.

Our call to God is to a life time of devotion to Him. Devotion to God has to do with love for Him; loyalty to Him; and enthusiasm for Him. The call requires from us much more than mere religious observances and processes as devotion can only be in the real sense to the one you have confidence in or to God in whom you have put your trust. Trust is more than mere knowledge of the word or mental assent to the it; it however in its details uses knowledge and mental assent to move to the practical action of trust in response to the word.

There is no devotion to God without devotion to His word. Faith can only be in God when you are so devoted to Him to find reliable and useful every word from His mouth. Everything about your today, tomorrow, even the possessions you intentionally look forward to possessing all find useful the word of God. Deut 4:1. His word frames your current season – Heb. 11:3; the word frames and decides your tomorrow; the word announces your allotment in life, in terms of the land you are to possess.

Very important is the need to know that God has exalted His word above His name. God’s word is therefore to be honoured and celebrated. Remember that His name is above all as the exaltation of the word above His name is its exaltation above all things. The exaltation of the word above the name is understandable by looking at how: God affirms Himself by the two immutable things by which it was impossible for Him to lie (Heb 6:13-18) – He gave His word and commits Himself to it; He created or determined all things by His word; He maintains all things by the word; He saves by the word, and; He judges all things by the word.

If you have heard and received God’s word, it is your responsibility to celebrate it. To celebrate means to rejoice or to be excited at it. If the word is very important to God, it must be to you also. If God exalts His word and gives priority to it over all, you will need to give priority to it in your all.

You can celebrate the word by:

  1. Having a hunger for it – 1 Pet 2:2-3. The hunger for the word of God is determined by a previous taste of it, as the good word of God, Heb. 6:4 and as the word of life, Jn 6:68-69; Ps 119:97.
  2. Receiving it with joy – Jer 15:6; You will fail to celebrate the word if you did not look for it in the first instance. David rejoiced over the word as one who has found great spoils, Ps 119:162. Spoil is used for things taken by force from a person or place, especially from the battle in bible days. If the word does not come to you as spoil, you may not find your spoil in life.
  3. Declaring what it has done and what it is going to do. If you have received the word you will rehearse and declare it with celebration. You will declare it to yourself, to all yours and to others; you will declare it to the people or the things that confront you; you will declare its superiority over all and consciously subject all things to it; you will declare it confidently and patiently as he that believes shall not be in haste.

God’s word is the wisdom from above. Embrace the word and celebrate it and it shall bring you promotion and honour (Pro 4:7-9); it shall bring to pass in your life the good intention of God for you. Your life is shaped consequent to the honour you give to the living and creative word of God, Ps 116:7; 2 Cor. 4:13. The more the word of life is in your mouth, the more life you shall see around you.

No matter what you face as you journey forward, ensure that you courageously celebrate and declare the word ceaselessly and it shall promote you. God has exalted His word above His name.

OUT OF ZION 015 | THE COURAGE FACTOR – BECAUSE OF THE INSTRUCTIONS

OUT OF ZION 015 | THE COURAGE FACTOR – BECAUSE OF THE INSTRUCTIONS

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you…. Joshua 1:7

The failure to run with the word is as a result of the focus on the oppositions because of the word.

I have believed all my life that courage is needed because of the challenges that you will face and not for anything else, but recently the Lord taught me that courage is not needed because of opposition but because of provision. You need to be courageous with what you have if you will win over every opposition.

You were possibly assured of your preparation in the past for an examination only to get to the examination hall to discover that as soon as the questions appear everything you have laid up in preparation evaporated. In such situation, the fact is that your consideration was more for the examination than for the information that you were armed with. Those who labour for understanding in their studies would excel in the actual sense as they will confidently draw up from their understanding to confront the exams facing them.

When the word comes, it furnishes you unto every good works (2 Tim 3:16-17). Your response is to write it clearly and to run only with it (Hab 2:1-3). Failure to run with it is most times as a result of the focus on the factors opposing you because of the word. The word of God is a causative agent that puts you on the way to becoming the exact intent of God, if you are uncompromisingly devoted to it.

If you would be uncompromisingly devoted to the word so as to run effectively with it, you will need to:

  1. Break up your fallow ground. A fallow ground is one which lies unused or uncultivated. It is used to represent the heart that needs to be broken because it is hardened, lacking the essential preparation that will make it to find the word of God useful. That the word has come to such does not mean that the seed is sown; the ground or the heart could waste the seed (Jer 4:3-4). Such ground only ends up with the judgement of fire since it ends up producing what is not useful (Heb. 6:8). When the ground is broken and the heart prepared, there shall be rain of righteousness. Hos 10:12.
  2. Avoid sensibility to dissenting opinions (Hos 10:13). For every instruction given by God, there will be contradictory opinions that seek to dislodge the word. Many in life are just naturally more inclined to the popular opinion and the populist supply. Note that the visit of the serpent to Eve was to dislodge the instruction given by God – Gen 3:1ff. He started subtly with a question and proceeded to drop the conflicting opinion. While the Lord was on earth, He very aware of why He came. As the time got closer for him to die on the cross, He communicated privately with the disciples and Peter ended up dissenting (Matt 16:23). Christ successfully resisted him being devoted to the instruction He came to fulfil. Dissenting opinions like this have dislodged many from what they are meant for. Where Eve failed Christ turned out successfully. Life is a guided tour. You will need to carefully adhere to the plan which comes emphatically in the correspondence from God to you (Ps 62:11).
  3. Avoid anxiety for success or result as it chokes up the instruction. While God is interested in results – Luk 19:13, He does not want you to pursue it the way of the world where the desperation for result is more for the validation of self than it is for the fulfilment of obedience. If your concern is more for the result than for the needed adherence to the instruction received, compromise will set in and rejection will become the reward at the end of the day. In the scheme of God, obedience is His desire and not necessarily the accomplishments that possibly violate the objective of His instruction. In every assignment given by God, the preoccupation must be with the word and not with the destination. Christianity is more of a journey in obedience than it is of the pursuit of result. This is why when you have received the instruction with deep conviction and faith in God, your journey in adherence to the instruction assures you of the end. Your fear and your adherence should be, not for those you are sent to, but for Him who sent you (Pro 22:17-21; 1 Pet 3:15).

Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all that God has instructed.

OUT OF ZION 014 | THE COURAGE FACTOR – BECAUSE OF THE PROMISES

OUT OF ZION 014 | THE COURAGE FACTOR – BECAUSE OF THE PROMISES

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Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you…. Joshua 1:7

… the instruction for courage is not because of opposition, but mainly because of provision.

God does not set you up for an assignment, a change or a blessing without giving you a basis. This basis is always found in His word to you. Check it out carefully and you will find out that what we call God’s word is also a promise of what is happening immediately or meant for the future. It is the foundation to build upon (Matt 7:24-27; Isa 28:16) and a promise encouraging and motivating for the future (2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Pet 1:4). The dynamism of God’s word is that it comes to you vividly projecting to you what is already concluded or set you up towards what is already settled.

The Lord has given us a word to guide us and led us to pray with certain promises which are indications of what He has concluded for us from Josh 1. The charge to us is to Arise, go over this Jordan …. It is a charge for you to go for what is yours in spite of barriers that might be on the way. So before you come up with what is on your way, He has, so that no room is given to excuse.

He backed the charge with promises: Jos 1:3-5. 1). Wherever you tread shall be yours. This ‘wherever’ while sounding like anywhere is qualified. GOD’S PROMISE IS ONLY EFFECTIVE WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF GOD’S WILL. Mark 11:23 has been frivolously handled by many as an open cheque. There is the need to know that it is only opened as far as the bounds of His will. You cannot ask for what God has not promised and GOD WHO CAN DO ALL THINGS WILL ONLY DO THE THINGS HE IS WILLING TO DO. Mark 9:23; 10:27; 14:36. Wherever you tread within the defined boundary shall be yours. 2). I will be with you …. The omnipresent God does not have to travel down to where you are when there is need; He is with you. In as much as you are within the bounds of His will, even when trouble comes, Isa 43:1-4; Heb. 13:5-6. His presence will always be with you, Gen 28:15;

The counsel in respect of the charge and the promise is “Be strong and of good courage” (Josh 1:6-8). To be strong is to be firm, urgent, and to put forth the strength you have been endowed with by the almighty. This is necessary if you will hold your ground and withstand the opposition. To be of good courage means to be alert, brave, obstinate, assured and disposed to proving your superiority over what stands against you. The counsel is being given by God because you shall take possession of what God has allotted according to the charge He has given you.

A first look possibly observes that the courage is needed for what you have to take. A closer look shows that THE INSTRUCTION FOR COURAGE IS NOT BECAUSE OF OPPOSITION, BUT MAINLY BECAUSE OF PROVISION. The counsel is to make you to consider and be assured of the word given to you. It takes courage to observe to do according to all that the word commands. This is one of the core area of challenge for Christians. God wants you to know that YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE THE OMNIPOTENT WORD AND STILL BE TIMID IN THE FACE OF YOUR CHALLENGE.

Since there is no sitting on the fence in the military campaign, the only option is to reign victoriously in the midst of your enemy (Pro 110:2). He is asking you to know, verify and be assured of your provisions –  root deeply into your provision – It is a common aberration to cause the stem to shoot upward faster than the rooting downward. Matt 13:5-6. Stubbornness against the word is weakness in your situation. Proper absorption of the word is boldness and victory in your situation. We are called to reign amidst our enemies. Ps 110:1-3

When Zion willingly and courageously arises because of the promises, God will shine through her. Isa 60:1-3.

OUT OF ZION 013 | ARISE AND SHINE – YOUR ASSIGNMENT HAS A PROMISE

OUT OF ZION 013 | ARISE AND SHINE – YOUR ASSIGNMENT HAS A PROMISE 

Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Josh 1:3

… your provision is already given before the need for its manifestation confronts you.

Part of the future you have awaited is here in 2016. The year will of course not produce and cannot produce the whole of your future since every purpose has its timing. Some will definitely fall by divine plan into this year. The concern hence is making sure that everything that can and should happen this year come to fruition.

The scripture says there is a bounded land that you shall tread upon and it is that which is given to you. Your land is your assignment and the totality of what God has for you on earth. Within it are the hidden riches of secret places and treasures of darkness (Isa 45:3) that may never see the light unless explored. The appropriation of your land is an assignment and the essence of life is to live as God desires; win the battles of life; and possess everything He has deemed fit for you.

Incidentally, your land is already given! God is giving it to you because he has given (assigned, allocated) it already. If you need a word to take along as you journey through 2016, remember always “Every place that the sole of your feet will tread, I have given you”. This suggests that your provision is already given before the need for its manifestation confronts you. This is a wow promise to start the year with and this word has THREE implications for your new season.

  1. Favour awaits you wherever you go. Favour causes the almightiness of God to come down to your little space to help with challenges bigger than you. There will always be as long as the earth remains, challenges bigger than you. Why people are wearied of life is because of the challenges they face. In the face of such, you don’t need to be intimidated as it is … not by might, nor by power…. Zech. 4:6. There is a provision of grace to help you this year
  2. Open doors await you wherever you go. Open doors say you will not be shut out of what is yours (what God wants to demonstrate in your space). Isa 45:1-2; 2 Sam 5:6-8. Rivers shall not prevent you from crossing over; mountains will not prevent you entering into your large estate; and gates shall not prevent you from possessing your land (Ps. 107:15-16) this year
  3. Victory awaits you wherever you go. Victory is needed because there shall be challenges. Christ himself pointed that out – Matt 6:33; Jn 16:33; and it is His plan for you to walk in victory: 2 Cor. 2:14-15. I need you to know that there is nothing that you face that is beyond His love, and nothing needed that can match His sacrificial death on the cross, Rom. 8:32, 35-37.

Your land is in His plan. Where He has given you is according to His plan previously designed and declared – … as I said to Moses. God will do nothing outside of his plan which is an idea, design, and strategy drawn ahead of time, hence it comes before the manifestation. That there is a plan is seen in the consistency of God’s promise/instruction to you. What is God emphasising to you? The word of God reveals His plans. If you are under divine assignment or instruction, everywhere you go is for you. Every place you tread upon is for your take over this year!

Where you tread upon must be within your God-defined boundary. Your land has its boundary just as He specified that of Israel. The boundary is constituted by limits set by God and they are not to reduce you but for your propriety and protection. Propriety conducts well before the Lord in obedience and conducts well in love and respect for others. It obediently uses instruction and lovingly avoid the violation of others. Protection is every man’s need; your boundary is where you will not be violated unless you break the edge. God will not permit those who are proper in their dealings to be violated at all. He maintains their peace and wholeness within their allotted space.

Every place you tread upon is for your take over this year! The zeal of the Lord (within you) shall perform it in Jesus name.

OUT OF ZION 012 | UNBOX FOR A NEW SEASON – ARISE AND SHINE

OUT OF ZION 012 | UNBOX FOR A NEW SEASON – ARISE AND SHINE

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. – Isa 60:1

“… Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, … to the land which I am giving ….” 24Joshua 1:2

The death of Moses marked the end of a generation that rebelled against God and tempted Him continually. They ended up perishing in the wilderness. Their stubbornness even stretched the patience of Moses, the meekest man who also ended up being denied entry into the land. They missed out despite the promise that came to them with all assurance. Their disobedience cost them the possession that awaited them. Those at the edge of the wilderness were Caleb and Joshua, as those who conquered through the wilderness; and the younger generation that did not know Egypt, as those who survived through the wilderness because God considered them, more so as they could only be optimistic of the future since they had no past in Egypt.

God defined them with a new instruction (Deut 1:5-6; 8) and furthered with the marching order given to Joshua. They were to ARISE AND GO OVER JORDAN INTO THE LAND THAT GOD HAS GIVEN THEM. Their obedience to this directive will make them to possess what awaited them by bringing them out of the wilderness state of: 1). Doubt: which disagrees with God’s word; 2). Self-pity which in immaturity only saw hunger and death because of not thinking forward; 3). Lethargy which made them to be laid back in respect of the word of God; 4). Survival which kept them alive yet without the disposition for what awaited them; and 5). Deterioration which gradually led those who perished into their abysmal failure and doom as their peril was not overnight.

The charge would switch them into a new mode useful for a new season. Old mode only produces old results, hence the need for new ways to do things for a better result. The new mode will not originate their land but will make the land already settled with God to materialise in their world. Heeding the charge will make them ready to take all that is provided. There is no sitting on the fence for those whose season is changing. Those who sit on the fence are not necessarily safe. They are confused and vulnerable to all sorts between the past and the future; between impossibilities and possibilities.

The instruction from God gave them specific things to do: 1). Go over this Jordan. This is the new imperative to you for a new season; a call to an audacious faith-filled life, not like that at the red sea where they were called to stand still to see the salvation of the Lord. Ex 14:13, 15; note verse 15. What Moses was at the red sea is what they are being called into, to walk in the way of the Lord. 2). Go into the land which I am giving you. When God says I am giving you, it means He has already given it while you have the obligation to enter into your possession.

The charge also gave specific promises to use: 1). Every place that your foot will tread upon (within the bounds of my direction) I have given you. If you don’t move, you may never appropriate what He has GIVEN. Here we have a confirmation of the ongoing need to balance between the SOVEREINGTY of God and the RESPONSIBILITY of man. The land is given and shall be given in as much as you are within the DIVINELY DEFINED BOUNDARY which is not to limit you but to keep you safe in peace and wholeness and to promote a lifestyle of propriety. 2). They will withstand, by they shall not stand before you. 3). I will be with you, not to leave or forsake you.

The key charge in this is ARISE. This is driven home with the call in Isa 60:1. It is a military charge to stand up offensively for fulfilment, establishment, and confirmation for with God all things are possible. There is a second significant word in Isa 60:1; it is SHINE. A causative word, not actually to shine, but to MAKE TO SHINE as a luminary who wields influence.

God will never ask you to do what you can do nothing about. He will ask, because the provision is already there.

This charge to Israel is valuable for you in 2016 for all things in terms of favour; open doors; and provision are ready. It is therefore time to unbox, to set out for the fulfilment of God’s word, believing that God has given you 2016.

OUT OF ZION 011 | HOW TO AVOID LOSING YOUR PLACE

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. – Heb 4:1

When the right thing is done in response to God, His plan will incarnate in your life.

The backmountains-100128113ground of the text is mainly of the children of Israel in the course of their wilderness journey; of those started a journey that they did not finish, not because there was no such plan for them but because when the word came to them they did not process it for their profit. The word of God will always come to express the good plan of God to everyone and to empower towards the end intended.

There are two implications from the text: 1). The promise still remains: inasmuch as it is yet to be fulfilled. Heaven and earth may pass away but not the minutest part of His promise, until it has been fulfilled. Matt 5:18; Mk 13:31; Isa 55:11; 2). The promise should not be missed: the word of God being omnipotent (Luk 1:34; Heb. 1:3; Ps 36:6,9) has the capacity to be fulfilled, if you would fully appropriate it. It is therefore a personal responsibility to avoid losing the place prepared for you according to God’s plan.

There are five imperatives from the text on how you can avoid the possibility of losing your place:

  1. Fear the possibility of losing the promise: The implications of the word ‘fear’ to instruct against the possibility of a repeat of the wilderness experience. Those who made it in God’s plan used every reason to run from what they have behind them to devote reverentially to the word which defines what is for them. Falling short, a cause for fear, is the failure to fulfil the reason for existence and a disappointment to God. The fear is not even for the material loss, but particularly for being in a state that is short of the promise as the state eventually leads to the material reality. This fear makes for the refusal to look back to what God has put behind you and the decision to press into the future by reverentially obeying the word of God which is the promise and the prompt for right actions.
  2. Process the word to enter into the promise – Heb. 4:2: God sends His word to everyone and every word from God is a seed, Luk 8:11; a good seed, planted in the heart for the incarnation of the divine plan. The word must be processed to realise its purpose, Luk 8:14; It must be mixed with faith in the heart so that there is a reality (representativeness, certainty and actuality) of the future now, though immaterially.
  3. Cease from your works to realise the promise. To cease from your works is used in parallel with God’s experience. His works were finished from the foundation of the world; He rested on the seventh day and ceased from the toil associated with creation. Since then, He has ceased from works, yet His plans continue to unfold. Those who believe are likewise entering into their rest. Faith removes the worry about how and is only busy with why we are focused on where we are going and what we are going to see when we get there. Once the word mixes with faith in the heart, the future becomes real today. The reality of the future that you have today via the word enacts a metamorphosis into the material reality; it sets off a spiritual transaction and a progressive disengagement from the previous realities to the ones ahead. Apprehension about the future reduces for rest sets in; struggle eases out because you can see it as already done. If in the process however, your attention is fixed on secondary matters, apprehension and struggle resume.
  4. Labour to enter into your rest/promise: Because of the possibility of misplaced priority and concerns about secondary matters which the process of faith finds not useful, cease from your labour finds useful the charge to labour. The labour is not toiling but the concentration of focus called diligence. This diligence is on its toes with the word of God and focused to see its material reality. This diligence is of the heart and it is to avoid being in a wrong state as they were in the wilderness. If the focus is not sustained on the word of God it will be a parable not understood and the result needed, impossible. Matt 13:14-16

Since the promise remains and it is for us let us labour, rightly process the word, to enter into the promise. There are no middle grounds in the process. When the right thing is done in response to Him, the plan of God incarnates.

 

OUT OF ZION 010 | HE MAKES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL …

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December 27, 2015     Volume 1, Issue 010

HE MAKES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL …

And she brought forth her firstborn Son … and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

– Luk 2:7

Though God makes all things beautiful …, He does not birth all things in the perfect beauty expected ….

The incarnation of Christ brings hope to a dying world. Christ’s coming as the Father’s answer to the troubled world is still joy to the world. His arrival, heralded by the appearance of the angels to the shepherd who were watching their flock by night, was good tiding to all; of glory to God in the heavens; of peace on earth; and of good will to men.

The immediate account of His birth rounded up in Luk 2:7 with “… because there was no room for them in the inn.” The birth was not in a beautiful setting as we are wont to expect. God who makes all things beautiful in its time begins the beauty with a birth in simplicity. This is a lesson in the importance of appreciating the days of little beginnings. Often we do not recognise the things that are not essential to the fulfilment of God’s will in our lives. A baby was to be born and the setting of the birth was not as important as the birth itself. Note that the mention of the setting was the last in the details of His birth.

Despite the setting of His birth, He came to make lives beautiful by restoring men back to the original plan of God. Israel ignored Him simply because the King did not appear in glory, confused by the two sidedness of the prophecies about Him. But to those who received Him power was given to make them sons of God. The effect of that little beginning is still ongoing on earth. Amidst oppositions and violent resistance to the peaceful propagation of the good tidings, the message about the King as a gracious gift to the world continues to thrive across the nations, tribes and climes.

The value of the His birth account is an encouragement to all in that:

  1. You do not have to know everything about your life’s purpose. The things revealed to you are yours for your obedience to God. The ones kept by God are for His sovereign operations. An angel did not have to tell Joseph and Mary to go down to Bethlehem from Nazareth as the Almighty who rules in the affairs of men will influence a political decision at that time to get them back to their nativity for the birth of Christ to be according to the necessary plan (the prophecy).
  2. Your life’s purpose is supra-locational. Though God specifies location in His plan, it doesn’t have to be the best of all locations. The King did not have to be born in Jerusalem or in Rome to rule the world in the long run; the great King would be born in the smallest town in Judea to rule all the people. The plan is greater than the place.
  3. Your life’s purpose is more than the beauty of your birth setting or of its initial setting. Most of those who have influenced in most fields, the world over, were neither born in the palace nor with the silver spoon. Though God makes all things beautiful in its time, He does not birth all things in the perfect beauty expected by men. Mary did not have to travel out to the most notable of places or hospices for the birth of the baby; the child that was born King did not have His Kingship signified with a crown on his head at birth. He was a typical baby, noticeable by those in Bethlehem by the unusual peasantness of his birth setting. The significant thing at the time of the birth was even secret; an angel announced the birth not in the royal palace in Jerusalem, but in the field to mere shepherds. The birth is only the beginning of the beauty to be manifested.

Let this significant detail from the account of His birth encouraged you that all things will work together; not necessarily for immediate gratification but for the ultimate good and the glory of God. His counsel for your life shall stand if you cooperate with His good plan of allowing Christ into your life, in spite of the immediate setting that is unsatisfying. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will perfect His plan in your life.

While men slept: Where is the adult supervision?

““Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭58:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

While men slept: Where is the adult supervision?

By Mario Murillo

Matthew 13: 24, 25 says, “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.

I am going to talk to you about the behavior of Paula White and Rick Joyner. I put it off until the fire in my bones could no longer be contained. I am pleading out of a broken heart for sanity against widespread foolishness that is really making us look bad to America.

We cannot be harsh, sarcastic or disrespectful in advancing the cause of Christ—but we must also know when silence is a sin. A.W. Tozer said, “To sit back for the sake of peace and allow the enemy to carry off the sacred vessels from the temple is never the part of the true man of God. Moderation to the point of surrender where holy things are concerned is certainly not a virtue; but pugnacity never yet won the battle when the battle was a heavenly one. The fury of man never furthered the glory of God.”

I will strike a balance that will be a deep disappointment both to those who are out for blood and to those who want to maintain an artificial peace.

Here is why I was hesitant to say anything: Job 32: 3 “Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused. 6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are very old; therefore I was afraid, and dared not declare my opinion to you. 7 I said, ‘Age should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’ 8 But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. 9 Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.” Like Elihu, I knew it was not my place to say anything about this…but I was shocked that nobody in real authority is speaking out. That is when I knew it was time to write you this message.

Paula White and her husband promote porn: “Paula White and her new rock-n-roll husband Jonathan Cain are discussing sex one Sunday morning with children and teens in attendance. Her new husband actually suggests that wives and husbands should watch porn together. Paula laughs and snickers at her husband’s statement and says, “I am going to clear some things up, because I know the church world. John and I don’t watch porn. We have never watched porn together.” He’s standing there and knows she’s lying. So then she retracts and says, “He doesn’t watch porn without me.”

If a man stares at another woman, having sex in order to be turned on for his wife…doesn’t Jesus call it adultery? “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28.

Rick Joyner cites a prophecy by Bob Jones from 1988 that predicts revival will breakout when the Panthers win the Super Bowl. Since they lost—I ask with a broken heart—are we to wait until they win for revival? I say this in humble agony…the Bible does not say “If my team.” It says, “If my people.”

We need to shed our arrogance and show the honest to God humility that David Wilkerson displayed in 2000. David Wilkerson said this in 1994 “Right now I sense in my spirit that in less than 5 years there will be no more so-called gospel television networks. They will all fall into bankruptcy and absolute ruin.”

He knew that he was wrong. So in the year 2,000 he apologized and said: “”In prayer, I have told the Lord I am ready at any time to confess I am wrong – that I must have spoken from my own fears or that I have spoken unadvisedly.” Did his apology diminish his standing? Not at all, it enhanced his credibility.

I am writing this as a passionate soul winner. Our nation is divided. Society has never walked in such dark despair. Just as the lost are dying—of thirst for truth and hope—we replace Bible preaching, holy living and true anointing with parlor tricks, sensual sermons and materialism? God help us!

While men slept: My special sorrow is reserved for the leaders who sleep as these weeds are planted. Where is the adult supervision? Where are the leaders who can say “I do not care how big a crowd you can draw or how many books you can sell—you need loving correction.

No matter how tenderly I write…there will be those who will condemn me as judgmental. I fully anticipate a firestorm from their fans. I know my heart…I want the best for each of these ministries. I am crying out of a broken heart.

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