Let the power of the Lord comes down amen 2x, in Jesus Name, Let the power of the Lord comes from heaven’s comes down Let the power of the Lord comes down.// Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me 2x, break me, melt me, mold me and use me, Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me 2x.
Heavenly Father we thank You for Your presence this week. We are grateful, we thank You, we bless Your Name, we honour You for Your Mighty works in our lives and situation and we return to say thank You. Blessed be Thy Holy Name in Jesus Name forever.
Beloved, TGIF, are you happy as I am? This week was indeed a blessed week for me, the Hand of the Lord dealt kindly with me and am sure someone has a testimony also concerning God’s goodness, all to the glory of the Lord! Praise the Lord.
Today, we have another opportunity to consider God’s Word, all what we have learnt during the week and beyond practically (PCL). That is, seeing His Word as God see it not as we think it to be. Praise God!
During the week we came across so many new revelation in the Word, remaining us what we knew or new discoveries in the Word of God.
However today, we have an interesting topics before us and am sure you will learn a great deal from it. Praise the Lord!
Come with me as we consider the following teachings as we ask God to help us in living it out:
Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.—Colossians 2:8
There is a subtle temptation that encourages Christians to be “practical.” That is, they try to do God’s work in man’s way. “Getting results” becomes the primary focus. It almost seems that we believe that the end justifies the means. Don’t be led away by the world’s reasoning. An examination of God’s Word shows that the means are sometimes even more important than the results.
The world tries to convince you that as long as you can accomplish something for the kingdom of God, that’s all that matters. For example, Ananias and Sapphira gave an offering to their church, which was a good thing, but they did it deceitfully. God judged them immediately, not for what they did, but for how they did it (Acts 5:1–11).
Satan tried to trap Jesus with this same temptation. Satan did not question the worthiness of Jesus’ task, but simply offered “practical” solutions to accomplish Jesus’ goal more quickly and at lesser cost. God’s ways are not like man’s ways. “Efficiency” from man’s perspective is not prized by God.
It did not seem efficient to have the children of Israel march around Jericho thirteen times and then blow their trumpets, but it brought the walls down (Josh. 6). It did not appear wise to select the youngest of Jesse’s sons to become the next king, but God saw a man after His own heart (1 Sam. 16:11). At first glance, it does not seem logical for Jesus to have picked the twelve disciples He did, yet through them God dramatically affected their world.
It is never wise to attempt to do God’s work in man’s way. It is an age-old temptation that seems to make sense on the surface but often is at variance with the purposes of God.
Another striking one below, let’s go on:
God Has The Uncomfortable Habit Of Placing His Hands On The Wrong Person
- A particular sporting goods company only hires salesmen who are six feet or more in height.
- Look at the yearly financial reports of the men running major corporations and pictures of graying, dignified, polished Madison Avenue types adorn the pages.
As I write, my mind races to two middle eastern countries where the “wrong people” are being used of God to impact some of the toughest places on the earth with the Gospel. Lacking physical attractiveness, charisma, leadership ability, and higher education, these people are unimpressive by the world’s standards, yet daunting in their impact.
“God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things… so that no one may boast before Him.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).
Commenting on the twelve chosen by Jesus, Dr. Mark Wessel observes:
“It was a strange group of men our Lord chose to be his disciples. Four of them were fishermen, one a hated tax collector, another a member of a radical and violent political party… all were laymen… Yet it was with these men that Jesus… disseminated his Good News to the end of the earth.”
As I have pondered Jesus’ selection of these twelve very common men, it seems to me that the only thing they had in common was an uncommon hunger for God (Judas excepted).
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)
Therefore, when you and I choose to work with the “wrong people” of this world who have only their love for God as a drawing point, we may be surprised at:
- What God will do for our character, and
- What He may choose to do through them for the world.
Are you here with me? Do you agree with those expositions above? Did you discover any truth here you will like to put to work and improve your Christian walk? Gently and patiently go through the messages again and make so note. Let us also remember that the love of Jesus secured eternity for us, can we start loving as Christ did, thereby having dominion over all that had previously challenged us. Praise the Lord.
Have a wonderful weekend, and be clothed with His love from above. See you next week by His grace.
Remain blessed in the Lord.