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 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.