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

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 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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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 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.

OUT OF ZION 009 | WHY PEOPLE MISS THEIR PLACE

December 20, 2015     Volume 1, Issue 009

WHY PEOPLE MISS THEIR PLACE      

And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. – Heb 3:18-19

Some lost their place in history, though it was graciously provided for them.

There is no life for you without God, neither is there a place for you outside His plan. We look forward to the future: who to become; where to be; what to do and what to have, simply because of His good masterplan for us. Life is therefore to be lived according to that masterplan. Anything aside from and below the plan preordained is out of the place allotted. The concern here is why people miss their place in the plan of God.

From Num. 26:65, there is only one reason given: The Lord said they shall surely die in the wilderness; and from Heb. 3:18, He swore that they shall not enter into His rest. How could God say they shall not, when it was He who graciously had them who were unworthy in His good plan in the first place. Well, He could disqualify people from His plan, but not without reason. He declared that they shall not because they rebelled and disobeyed – Heb. 3:17.

Rebellion is an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler; it is an act or process of resisting authority, control or convention. The people must have strongly resisted the rule, authority and control of God over their lives. God’s means of rule; authority and control is His word. Submitting and yielding to His rule is to His word. Rebellion and disobedience, on a closer look, are quite synonymous. In disobedience, authority is declined for personal option.

Another problem pointed out in Heb. 3:19 is the unbelief of the people. Unbelief is the inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real. Inability is subtle while refusal is more real since belief and unbelief are options. We think it takes more from us to believe than to disbelieve. The problem is that there is a more natural disposition to one of the options and the need to train the mind for the other option. That it is situationally easier to believe a lie does not make it a better option to the truth. Belief and unbelief are options just like the familiar and the unfamiliar; native and foreign; death and life. Inability to believe God’s word is not an excuse, as it still has the opportunity to hear the word.

How does unbelief get so rooted to successfully deflect someone? Unbelief hears the word as God makes sure that His word goes to its object for whatever reason. The word is sent forth by God to produce faith in the hearers. The problem with unbelief is that it refuses to mix the word with faith (conviction, assurance, persuasion) in the heart – Heb. 4:2. It sustains that position by hardening the heart in rebellion – Heb. 3:7-9. Rebellion is a revolt against God (the word) and instead of trust tries and tests God. Since unbelief refuses to use God’s word it fails to know God’s ways and strays always in the heart –  Heb. 3:10. Its departure or straying from God is sustained by the seduction of sin.

We see that those with the good plan earmarked for them lost their place, summarily because of their unbelief. So, it is a possibility to lose one’s place. When we get to heaven, there will be a screen play of songs never composed; souls not won; power of God not expressed; roles not played; status not appropriated; kingdoms not conquered; battles not won; exploits not done. There will be no excuse on that day. As from the example of this people’s experience, those concerned will know because God spoke to them about it; some even came close as to see it vividly; but “… we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Heb 3:19.

Losing one’s place is not an inevitable possibility as it can be avoided. You can avoid losing your place by fearing so as not to miss the promise; you can do it by deferring to God in reverential obedience.

The emphasis here is that God has a good place/land/plan for you. Make it your utmost pursuit to not lose it after the example of unbelief from the people who perished in the wilderness.

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