We Are A Part of the Body of Christ

If we fail to remind our congregation regularly that we are a part of the larger body of Christ, than just our local church or denomination, we will end up with

  1. Christians who are raised to believe in their Pastor’s distinctiveness at the expense of other ministry gifts in the body of Christ. This is cultic followership.

No minister is anything in himself other than what he has been made to be to the body of Christ. Ministry gifts are to the body of a Christ; whatever each does is complementary to others. Paul plants, Apollos waters; increase comes from God.

  1. Christians who are raised to think that their church or denomination is better than every other, whereas no church is an island. This is denominational bigotry.

We are so interconnected that to think otherwise is dysfunctional. We fed from those before us and share with those around us. The body of a Christ is one. Jesus’ very important prayer is ‘that they might be one’.

  1. Christians who think that their teachings/doctrine is better than all others. This is Doctrinal pride.
    No pride/boast is right, unless it is in Christ. We are called to grow in the unity of faith. That growth is together with others in the body.

#selah

They Might Not Be Called For What You Want of Them


There is no man that is sent to everyone. It is God who determines the calling of His servants, not the people. They did not get into the ministry because you voted them in.

The beginning of the crisis in Saul’s life was because he responded to the pressure mounted upon him by the people in the time of war. 

He offered sacrifice, because the people were leaving him; whereas that was the prerogative of the priest. He finished with his costly mistake when the one called to offer sacrifice arrived. God judged him for that. The kingdom will not continue in his house again. 

The problems in Nigeria today have caused people to define their role expectation of prominent Christian voices. Even those who should know better have joined the call to these personages to do what God might not have called them for. 

If they respond to the popular call, they might end up disappointing Him who called him or worse still, loose their place if they don’t loose their lives. 

Every ministry calling is an honour from God and each calling has it bounds. When a man listens to those who did not call him to do what they want, He may not be preparing to meet His maker, unto whom He will definitely render his account. 

Christians ministers are not called into their role by the people. Some will never express political opinion because they respect their bounds. 

You may be angry with Him, but you will not answer for him on that day. 

It is not everyone that has business with what you want of them. 

Selah!

Keep To The Instructions Or The Specifications


Do not loose your calling and the specifications that God has given you concerning it. The specifications are crucial to your race and your track.

You are free to turn to any right direction in terms of examples when you have not received definite instructions from God in certain areas.

In track events, lane is not specified in all. However in those where your lane or track is specified, you are responsible to adhere to the specifications if you do not want to be disqualified at the end of the race.

When you have received specifications, you know what you will account for at the end of your race.

Ministry is according to the pattern. Paul’s direction was slightly different from Peter’s; yet they draw from the same grace.

This is not to promote subjectivity. It is to let you know that you will be responsible to God on that day.

Instructions are based on Biblical teachings; they may also specify what you are permitted to do.

Be careful about doing what everyone does because of the quest for result. Result is important to every asignment; results however must issue from obedience.

We shall all be responsible for our assumptions or for the instructions we have received on that day.

There is a particular ministry practice that is not sinful, but that the Lord has always pointed me away from from the earliest days of my response to Him. He did not kill me when I strayed into it due to relationships that were even godly; He only lovinly reminded me of the instruction after some time.

He has His reasons for giving you those instructions in the midst of open field of practices.

Obedience is better that sacrifice!

#HearGod #FollowHim #PrepareToMeetYourGod

Higher Ground Rally Is Just Days Away

Many are about to receive a special visitation in a matter of days.
Hearts are about to be illuminated, enlightened, and encouraged 

Bodies are about to be healed under the ministry of the powerful word of God.

Gaps shall be bridged between your existence and God’s purpose for your life.

A higher ground of Kingdom relevance and existence to God’s glory awaits you.

All these and more according to your faith and expectations are going to be made real from 4:00 pm this Sunday, 26th February, 2017.

The venue for the event is The Emperor Place, Beside St. Raphael Divine Mercy Specialist Hospital, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos.

God is set to initiate the fulfilment of some of His plans for your life. These plan shall be seen by all around you to the glory of God.

Arrivals and Registrations of attendees and check-in for online preregistered attendees start at 3:00 pm.

Music shall be on before the clock hits 4:00 pm.

Departures from the venue shall be before the clock stikes at 6:00 pm

Registering online before the day is an advantage. It helps you to beat the queue for registration at the venue. Your confirmation happens just in a few seconds.

While admission is free, registration is required for everyone above age 16.

You, your friends, and loved ones can still register now at http://bit.ly/hgr0217

You can complete the registration in just few minutes.

Don’t forget to share this information with those who are significant to you. You will be glad that you carried them along.

Remember to pray with expectation in preparation for the event.

See you there on Sunday.

FEBRUARY 2017 HIGHER GROUND RALLY


Dearly Beloved,

HIGHER GROUND RALLY INVITATION

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is to invite you to the Higher Ground Rally, an initiative through which we teach and challenge the Disciples of Christ to live practically and optimally and to bridge the gap between their existence and their calling.

Tickets at http://bit.ly/hgr0217

Through the Rally, we raise the bar for practical Christian living, by helping people to realise that there is more to life than the current sphere of experience, that they might break beyond the status quo by being all out, both in obedience and service, to the kingdom of God and for fulfilment of His will and glory in their lives and their generation.

We seek to accomplish these by exploring and practically applying models and principles from the scriptures to aid the contemporary person.

This edition is a must attend as it promises to lead you into relating with How God Initiates the Fulfilment of His Plan on Earth.

The event will hold on Sunday, 26th February, 2017, at The Emperor Place (Beside St. Raphael Mercy Specialist Hospital), Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos. Time is 4:00 pm.

While admission is free for everyone, registration is required for everyone above age 16. You can register at http://bit.ly/hgr0217

WELCOME TO FERUARY 2017

While the world complains about recession and depression, the Almighty will fulfil His counsel in your life. As you yield yourself to His word/promises/plan, He will make you like a tree planted by the waters; everything shall happen to you in its season.

Look away from the troubles; make the Almighty God your focus and His word, your guide – as lamp to your feet and light to your path in life.

Instead of wantonly pursuing His blessings and works, yield yourself to Him as servant of His purpose; seek only for His glory and praise in your life; and it shall be to you according to His word.

Settle into this new month with the knowing that “… no word from God will ever fail.” Luk 1:38

Happy new month to you and all yours. Peace be to you all round.

Yours in His service,

Isaac Boluwatise

We Cannot Forget Our History Because of Our Situation

The contemporary church should not forget history. We are not an existential church that is autonomous with its teachings and policies. Our existence and operations are based on the truth once for all delivered to the saints. 
What did Jesus teach us to do while facing persecution? 

How did the apostles respond when faced with persecution? 

They actually faced it from the beginning. The government was not not friendly with them. Yet they grew mightily and prevailed with the gospel. 

Power, not just spiritual, belonged to Peter when they came to arrest him and his peer at the temple. He only needed to speak to the people who were awe struck with the words and the miracles. They could have mobbed the temple soldiers that came to arrest them. They chose rather to follow them like the sheep to its slaughter. 

Situation did not change Peter’s opinion. Little wonder decades down the line, he presented the death of christ not just as expiatory, but also as exemplary. 

He left us an example that we should follow in His steps – 1 Peter 2:20-23

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

“He committed no sin,

and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

If any teaching or response leads us away from what the Lord says, we might need to decide to whom our allegiance is. 

We are disciples only to Christ; we were won for Him and to Him is our allegiance. 

If ours is a living faith, our obedience to it is our defence of it. 

He who sits in the heavens, did not at any time order us to take to arms to defend his cause. We are not savages. 

What kept the Christian faith till date was not the defence of arms, but the obedience and the resilience of the saints who would not forget that He promised that He will build His church and gates of hell shall not prevail. 

What caused the faith to be overrun wherever if happened in history was not the failure of the promise but the nominal religion that they reduced the faith to in those places. 

This is what we should contend against; and to the great commission, we should commit ourselves. 

When Peter drew the sword, Jesus told him that those who live by the sword shall perish by the sword. 

He later taught his generation to be peaceful when faced with persecution. 

THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS IS THE SEED OF THE CHURCH.

The valiant in faith never resorted to sword in the history of the church. 

Our defence of the faith is ideological and spiritual. If we resort to sword, it is not for the faith, maybe for our space and for our lives. 

He called us to take up our cross and not our sword.

For those who were not nominal in history, they sustained in obedience to Christ. 

Matthew 16:24-26

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

They choose to die willingly in the early church, knowing it was part of the package

Not all who says Lord, Lord shall have the attention of the master on that day, in spite of the accomplishments, only those who do (not those who rewrite) His will. 

We must sharpened each other in these trying times; we must uphold one another not to forget where our river flows from. 

To him who overcome, there is a crown. 

We Cannot Forget Our History Because of Our Situation

ON FCN AND REGULATION OF CHURCHES

Some churches in the US refused to incorporate because they think it is a way to be enslaved to a secular government.

A team of people bear the responsibility for the ‘association’ legally plus they willingly pay their tax on receipts and they are free to have their bank account.

While I agree with the financial responsibility clause that comes with the regulation that affected Pastor Adeboye’s recent decision, I think it will be a big and a risky one for someone to regulate retirement for someone whose vocation has no business with you; someone not tired and still strong to serve the Lord who called him.

You may be angry with this because you plan to retire at 65. That is your business.

My 91+ father sent for me in December. It has never happened. I wondered if he wanted to make the speech. I was with him and behold the old man was still sharing his visions and plan of service to the Lord. He is no longer keen on visitations. He still does his little writing every now and then, preaches, and goes to church daily.

How can I have such plan for retirement. I am not a bastard naturally and spiritually. It is not in my family and spiritual heritage.

The apostles preached till they dropped dead.

If you don’t pay me salary, you do not dictate my service.

I plan to go farther than where my Dad presently is. He has not stopped.

He is still full of life. He spoke non stop for three hours when I visited with him. I was so impressed. My wife hasn’t got over the fact that he still writes.

All my life, I never knew him to visit the hospital. The one that happen for the first time was without his consent and at almost 90. Imagine a old man preaching in a university campus. He actually needed rest and still fasted. While he was speaking he had to stop. Noting that he was weak,they took him to the hospital from LAUTECH.

He was out after hours because he could not imagine himself hospitalised.

It is those who appointed/vote you into service that can remove you or determine the terms of your service, unless you have broken the scriptures and the faith.

It may be time for the church to stay off being that cold iron that dirty birds defecate upon.

I have never believed in the agreement of the church and the state. God’s kingdom is presently spiritual and presently not of this world.

If we do not mess up, it will be dangerous for those who choose to mess with us. We are not spiritual civilians; we fight till we are ready to gather our feet into our bed.

I will only take a call to step down from my spiritual responsibility as persecution and continue to feed His lambs (preach) and tend (administer) His sheep until there is no more strength and that will be when I can say I have finished my course.

It is not difficult to know those who do not have plan to live long or spend their old age in strength.

#DoNotBeThatHerod #WormsAteHimAlive

Welcome to 2017. Happy New Year to You

You shall be saved from doom and every inclination that leads to it. The direction of the Almighty shall save you from the pressure of the times. 

Your eyes shall see; your hears shall hear; your heart shall perceive. Wisdom and carefulness shall be the stability of your time and the strength of your safety. 

Obedience shall pay off for you and at the time of recession or depression, you will accomplish what is seemingly impossible. 

Welcome to 2017. Your journey through it shall be right all the way with God. 

Happy new year. 

Isaac & Theresa Boluwatise

IT IS IN OUR CHOICES

Christian maturity is not in knowledge of everything; not totally in association or affiliation; not in title or position; not in form or facade, it is in choices.
As the earth continues, we will continue to be faced with choices to make.
 
Painfully these days, believers asked questions that should not be asked. It is not that they do not know. it is that the heart is not bent enough towards the Lord to choose according to His will.
 
When fellowship is not deep enough, choices will be bound in the shallow waters of the realities of this world and not IN THE REALITIES OF THE WORD – the will of God, which is good, acceptable, and perfect.
 
The choice of the will of God as good, as acceptable, and as perfect is the mark of serious (not perfect) Christians.
 
He guides our hearts in our choices. we may struggle with it; we still yield to it. We may feel the pain of the choice; we still have pleasure in it.
 
The prince of this age lies at the door always, to peddle its wares and lead God’s people into myopia. Whatever else will be the cause or basis for these shallow choices than myopia – not being able to see afar off; not keeping eternity in view; not pursuing to make the calling and election sure.
 
Our choices will not always be agreeable with the world nor with its realities; not pleasant to the flesh not to its quest for gratifying pulls, it will however be pleasing to the soul which finds pleasure in pleasing the Lord.
The Spirit of the Lord is always around to lead and guide, only if we are inclined to him shall we hear and know His quiet promptings. He will always lead us to glorify God; to show the world that in spite of its disagreement with God’s will, we choose to honour Him with our yieldedness.
 
It is in the choices; our mature walk with God is seen in our choices.
 
Selah!
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