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

HOW TO CROSS SIGNIFICANT HURDLES INTO YOUR PROMISE

And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. Josh 3:5-6

We all have promises that we go after, and we do if we press on to know the Lord. Hos 6:2; 1 Cor. 8.2. the more we press, the more we discover the promises/plans He has for us. Pursuit of God can be seen as the pursuit of His promises for His word is the same as He. The more the pursuit, the more the materialisation of the blessings in spiritual places in your material realm. God wants this to be. The more you have his seed for the earth, the more you will enjoy the rain of His grace.

The way this ongoing experience happens is in your response to the promises discovered. The response is usually a change of mind-set and an improvement in your walk. Rom 12:2.

The climate changes in from time to time and so we must recognise the demand on us per time. We are not the coming out generation, but the going in generation. The generation that takes over the land, promises that have been pending for long. To enter into these promises, there is the necessity of crossing the hurdles that those before were unable to cross. The typology of the experience of Israel according to 1 Cor. 10:1ff and Rom 15:4 is a great lesson for us.

Jordan was a significant hurdle in the way of these people. You will agree that this is not in any way an enemy coming against them. This was just naturally there from the past (in the order of natural order from your history into the future or matters general to everyone) and they must be crossed if they will ever get deeply into the promise. Everyone would in one way or the other have such hurdles. The good news is that the grace of God however is so abundant that there will be a way through them. Robert Frost made an interesting statement. He said, the best way out is always through. God amazingly took them through this predicament as He would do with everyone, no matter the predicament. 1 Cor. 10:13 affirms that with (in association with) the situation, God makes a way of escape.

Before considering the practicality of the crossing of the hurdle, it is good to remember that there was a crossing of another before now – the red sea. Looking at the differences and the distinctive of the two crossings respectively will also help us.

When they were to cross the red sea, they were full of murmurings and complaints. They were in a situation that overwhelmed or had power over them. It was necessary for Moses to calm them down and give them special encouragement (Ex 14:13-14) not to fear; but to stand still; so as to see what the Lord will do. The interest of God for them was that they will see the Egyptians no more forever. Their agitation was rooted in not being assured of that. Obviously, there was no response from them to the plan of God to take them all the way. Moses only calmed them down as faith is not built in a crisis situation.

The crossing of the red sea was all between Moses and God. God had settled the matter and Moses could believe that. God told him to instruct them to go forward while he (Moses) would carry out the work of faith by stretching the rod over the sea. This looks stupid just like “fill the water pots with water”; “go your way, your son is healed”; “go to the pool of Siloam and wash” etc. Miracles happens consequent to the obedience/agreement of faith.

They crossed the sea because the miracle had taken place, and that because Moses responded in faith to God. To cross the Jordan will be totally different from this. The Joshua generation were a people of the word. They relate with promises and instructions to see the will of God done in their lives.