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.

OUT OF ZION 008 | DON’T LOSE YOUR PLACE

December 13, 2015     Volume 1, Issue 008

DON’T LOSE YOUR PLACE

… But among these there was not a man of those who were numbered … in the Wilderness of Sinai.

– Num 26:63-65

God has a place for you ahead of time and He is not interested in you losing the place.

God has a place for everyone. it is a provision beyond mere existence and an allotment for each person, in accordance with His eternal plan. It is meant for the fullness of time, which is not a calendar time; but an appropriate time or a set time for the appropriation of the provision. Many in history were found to be missing when their time and opportunity to appropriate their place came, for they did not keep their place of honour (Ps 49:20). That they were missing shows that there was really a definite place for them, a place which they lost. God who planned a place for you ahead of time is not interested in you losing the place.

The fall of man distorted the occupation and optimisation of the provision. To salvage the plan, man has to be regenerated, Eph. 2:10, as being saved opens a man into walking in the preordained plan, role, assignment, or life.

The knowledge of the place meant for each person comes by revelation. Revelation is a word from God that reveals His plan for His own. You do not know the plan until it is revealed – 1 Cor. 2:9-10. Revelation is a necessity; Eph. 1:17-18. It gives a glimpse into the future and shows the commitment of the faithful God who will neither lie nor fail. Tit 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:19-20. Revelation is an enlightenment; while it could be informational, it is much more as illumination for the heart. It causes one to supernaturally see an exact aspect of God’s good plan. Revelation is an empowerment since it is spiritual. Seeing with the eyes of the heart is an empowerment for life, this is why listening to God’s word should not be as attending mere lectures. The aim should always be to see. Those who see are unstoppable. Acts 4:18-20; 26:16-20; they have been empowered; driven by the zeal of God that accomplishes.

It takes a journey to get to the place earmarked for you. A journey is a trip to a destination. The journey only commences with the revelation that God gives. Until you see, you may not move. Remember Noah; Abraham and Moses. Everyone that embarks on a God-related journey will affirm that it is based on a revelation from God. Once the journey commences; it heads towards a destination. That destination must always be of godly worth. It could be of people to influence for the kingdom; lives to be touched with His power or exploits to be carried out for His glory. This journey into purpose is transformational – from who you are to who you should be; transitional – from where you are to where you should be; and appropriation-al – from what you have to what you should have.

It takes a fight to appropriate your place. Incidentally, most people do not like to fight because of the comfortability of the status quo, the comfort zone or the place of least resistance; they do not, because change, though very essential, could be very difficult. God did not make anything living to remain static. Getting into the place allotted you requires a firm resolve; it takes time; and it uses every divine help possible.

The needed change to get into your place is opposed by ego which is comfortable with what is; opposed by the system of this world, opinions and doctrines of your tribe, which want to leave you as you are; and opposed by the devil himself who wants to sift you as wheat. It is your business to fight for your place; for your destiny/destination; as you cannot afford to miss your allotment in life. You, therefore, need to be occupied with the thought of it (for what you think about constantly is what you can metamorphose into – Pro 23:7) and fight for it. Your place is calling for you and awaiting you. Stand for it; fight for it; and go for it. It will be costly to miss it.

OUT OF ZION 006 | OPPORTUNITY AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY 3

November 29, 2015  Volume 1, Issue 006

OPPORTUNITY AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY 3 

Your endowment can only be fully utilized when you lay aside the culture of playing safe

Paul was a notable apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ with a noble Jewish background. He was involved heavily in the persecution of the church until his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. During the encounter, he asked to know what the Lord would have him do. In the city of Damascus, he received his salvation, healing and direction. From that point, he lived his life to God’s glory and not to self.

Paul understood life as being poured out as a libation so as to die empty. He was caught in between the choice to die or to live. He chose to live so that more lives can be blessed. Being alive has the implication of being needed by God for something significant. That is why the necessity on everyone is to maximize existence by living to God’s glory beyond self and pleasure. In 2 Tim 4:6, he would know that his end was near because he had poured out the essence of his life to the glory of Christ and to the blessing of others. Your endowment can only be fully utilized when you lay aside the culture of playing safe.

Even while going through the challenge that accompanied his life’s purpose, he believed that it will turn out for his deliverance; that was the same as saying it will work out for good. His life was so dedicated that his being alive was entirely for Christ. For him, beyond the average human inclination, ‘to live is Christ’. By that he was saying that his existence will be to the glory of Christ and to more fruitfulness. This fruitfulness is the blessing that will come on those he was ministering to.

Most people don’t pursue the true reason for their lives. According to Jesus, living for self is common across the nations. Living for self (Matt 6:19-21) is to gratify and indulge self with stuffs; it is being enchanted by earthly things for gratification and indulgence. Basic idolatry manifests, when pleasure is pursued at the expense God. Matt 6:24; Do you think you don’t live for self? Check what you long for most times. Matt 6:25-33.

Lose your life to gain it is a general call to all, a call to live for purpose or for others. When purpose and others are given the second place, self comes into the picture and life becomes compromised. I do not in any way deny the weakness of the flesh and the temptation to gratify it. The truth, however, is that behind that is the devil and not God. Jam 1:13. God, nonetheless, gives grace by helping, Jam 4:8, 10, when a man humbles himself under His mighty arm.

Those who play safe do not amount to anything on earth. Playing safe is tantamount to becoming nothing. The necessity placed upon Paul to preach, compelled him to do so even under fetters. Life will surely present everyone with ugliness, but if dedicated to God, it will end up for good and much more to the blessing of others.

Significance in life is always born out of selfless sacrifice. An average person seeks comfort and pleasure but we are alive, not for self, but for God’s purpose in service to others. For your life to glorify God, it must be broken like an alabaster box, so that the treasure within can be poured out to God’s glory.

OUT OF ZION 005 | OPPORTUNITY AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY 2

November 22, 2015     Volume 1, Issue 005

OPPORTUNITY AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY 2

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it

– Matt 16:25

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might …. Ecc 9:10

It is profitable to consider a principle advanced by the Lord in Matt 16:25. The reason for this is to show that the path to a man’s truest purpose may not be the attractive, the popular, or the highly esteemed among men.

THE PRINCIPLE is that whoever is inclined to preserve or keep safe his life will have it destroyed or lost, but whoever loses his life for Christ’s sake will find it. Matt 16:25. This shows that the tendency to prefer safety in life can be very antithetical. No venture, no gain, they say. This tendency is natural to humanity. Even the Lord had to combat it to save humanity.

THE PURPOSE was for His followers or disciples to realise that their resolve to follow Him is more than a religious activity, it is following or pursuing life and truest purpose. These are found in the Lord alone. To be successful at this pursuit, the Lord advanced two attributes:

  • Self-denial: this is the attribute of forgetting or losing sight of oneself or of one’s own interests so that nothing compares or competes with Christ or your truest purpose. This is the best test of reality and earnestness in a Christian life as Self is the greatest problem of a man and the greatest hindrance to life’s true meaning. Self-denial uses the example of Him who gave himself for us; it looks beyond the immediate to the ultimate benefit.
  • Cross-carrying: while cross-carrying is a common parlance in daily usage, the true cross is not what you bring on yourself; It is not necessarily every trouble that you are grappling with; it is the burden/necessity laid on you (1 Cor 9:16); It is what you have to undergo to reach your finishing line.

These are essentials for Christ’s disciples. While most people don’t want to hear stuffs like these nowadays, it is important for everyone to understand this if indeed the truest purpose will be realised for your part to be made in history.

There is always a price to be paid to realise the true purpose on your life. Most people are dumping sacrifice for immediate gain and saving their lives to lose it. Gaining the whole world is not the same as profiting the soul because the Lord will reward each person according to what is done and according to what is to be done (the true plan). Indeed, what is to be done may not fit into the frame of man’s desire (Matt 16:21).

Some biblical heroes become very significant example to us at this point. If they had avoided their cross, they would not have fulfilled the purpose for their lives. JOSEPH, the prime minister to be, went through betrayal, slavery, and prison to get there. MOSES, the national leader, descended from palace to being a reject and the one for the dirty job for forty years to lead the nation. DAVID, possibly the son of a concubine, had the dirty job dumped on him; he could have refused it or even declined to take provision to those possibly preferred by his society; the experiences were the path to his greatness. ELISHA poured water on Elijah’s hand; THE APOSTLES were Jesus’ ministers.

The path to a great purpose is not necessarily desirable. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; doing the works while it is day (Jn 9:4; 2); laying aside every superfluous weight (Heb 12:1-2; 3); recognising the opportunities that God brings your way; carrying your cross to follow Him all the way.

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