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  • 8th Feb., 2016
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"WHEN HE COMES..."

“Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.””
Joh 11:21 ESV

This was the cry of Martha and even Mary of Bethany when the Lord finally came to the tomb of their brother Lazarus, who died and was already wrapped away in the tomb to rot away. Several hopeless situations confront many of us in life and we would ceaselessly cry, Oh! If the Lord had been here to help me. Oh! If I had prayed enough or done something more or better, it would have been like this. It is indeed His coming to our rescue that brings the change.

“When He Comes” is the next issue we wish to focus upon for our Gleanings. As the Lord has already assured us of His clear and unmistakable visitation, declaring: “I am the resurrection and the life and I am here. Your brother will rise again. Your story will change from here.” We trust that this next series of devotion will bring us into unfathomable miracles. You shall glean away profound divine intervention in your hopeless and helpless situations.

This series of devotion is for several hearts that are yearning for God’s visitation in their lives. It is published with much prayer that He who is the Resurrection and the Life may walk into your situation and turn it around. He who calls into existence what is not as though they were is here again. He comes to show His glory. He comes to our valleys of dry bones. He comes to our pools of Bethesda to raise the impotent of several years. The impotent man said, “I have no man to put me into the pool. Before I step in when the Angel comes to stir the water, others who are more agile would overtake me and take my chance.” Friend, the man you need is here. He will not push you into the pool; He has the power to raise you up from your seek bed. Reach out to Him. When He comes, several things turn around.

WHY SIT WE HERE TILL WE DIE? - 13

"A CHALLENGE TO ARISE 3: We Do Not Well."

“And when these lepers came to the utter-most part of the camp, they went into one tent and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household. So they came and called unto the porter of the city, and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no man there, neither voice of men, but horses tied, and asses tied and the tents as they were. And they called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within…”
2Kings 7:8-11 KJV

God has given the church in Nigeria an opportunity to affect the land positively, but we do not well. We emphasize that which is foolish; we do not pay attention to righteousness. We do not well and mischief is coming on us. Men have learnt our language, and our gimmicks, and they have decided to use these against us. The young man you did not share the Word of God with may become your executor tomorrow.

Churches have become so rich that they are beginning to float finance houses and banks. It is unheard of that Kingdom resources are tied up in the world system. Some mischief will come upon us if we tarry. Those lepers spoke to one another. I wish you will throw a challenge to the next Christian Brother around you and speak to him. Ask him if he has shared the little experience he had. Have you gone to call men that are still groping in darkness to “come and see, the Lord has pushed down your enemy? Jesus has conquered the devil on your behalf?” There is a leprous characteristic that has been manifesting in our lives: the characteristic of eating and drinking and packing and hiding. It is a leprous manifestation. You need someone to tell you. You do not well if in the midst of your noise, and excitement; in the midst of all we think is happening wonderfully around us, you do not share it? You do not well. Brothers, though God has given us definite promise of breakthrough, yet if we tarry with the work of sharing the good news some mischief will come upon us.

May be there is an open door of ministry that is set before you. God Himself opened it for you. Step to it, tarry not, otherwise some mischief will come, and these things you think you will live long to enjoy, you may not be part of them again. God may open some certain doors to you where business will fall on your own side. That is not for you to change your raiment, nor to drink, and eat and overeat but that you may share it. If you remain sluggish and unconcerned, some mischief will come your way and nobody will be able to explain it.

“Now therefore come that we may go and tell the king’s household, so they came and called unto the porters of the city and told them.” Thank God for those lepers. God is going to make you supernaturally strong but it is for a purpose: that you might go and tell the Good News, not to keep coming again and again, asking, “What is the latest?” A few years ago finance houses were booming in Nigeria, new banks were being opened and people were excited. Then beloved brothers started carrying God’s resources to hide in them. If they knew that mischief would fall on them I know they would not have done it. Those things are gone, they are lost and there is nothing you can do about it. Kingdom blessing is not meant to be hidden.

Every available opportunity that will come your way this year, is to tell the news to every man, every woman God brings your way. Tell the news. How it is going to change their destiny is not even your problem because God has already done a work. We ought to move and not tarry for the days are evil. God has pushed away and held down the hands of the enemy that we may quickly do the work. If we tarry, some mischief looms over the top of our heads. Therefore come, arise, go and tell it.

Those that will be sceptical to your message God will still demonstrate His glory; they will still see the power of God break forth, but we must go and tell it. There was urgency with the lepers’ response. They said, “if we tarry till the morning light.” There is a time limit for us to carry out this work. We live at a time when men’s ears are itching and they are piling up teachers for themselves, who tell them what they want to hear. The Bible says a time will come when they will not be able to endure sound doctrine. Right now those itching ears have multiplied, with their teachers. There are all kinds of teachers and all kinds of fellowships now. If we tarry some mischief will come upon us. So arise!

 

WHY SIT WE HERE TILL WE DIE? - 12

"A CHALLENGE TO ARISE 2"

“And when these lepers came to the utter-most part of the camp, they went into one tent and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household. So they came and called unto the porter of the city, and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and behold, there was no man there, neither voice of men, but horses tied, and asses tied and the tents as they were. And they called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within…”
2Kings 7:8-11 KJV

The things that God wrought with His divine power and intervention, these lepers were hiding them. They did not know who terrified those Syrians and pushed them out. They just went and met it and they sat down to eat and drink. For your joy to last and for you to have an ever-increasing joy as a Christian, you must go beyond the eating, the drinking, the collecting of silver and gold and hiding them. You must get to the realm of sharing and the realm of service. If you do not do that, those issues that seem to be conquered will become fresh battles. When a man does not see the vision of investing his life, to raise others that are still sitting in the region of ignorance and darkness, he will enter into problems. It is not only sorrow that kills.

Even happiness can kill when there is nobody to share it with. Imagine that something good happened to you, and your wife and your children are not around; your close friends are not around to share the joy with you! You want to laugh, but if you laugh and there is nobody to laugh with, you will look like a psychiatric patient. People will grab you and take you to the hospital because you are laughing to yourself. Once you do not share your joy or sorrow it has the same result.

The lepers came to this realization and they said to one another, “We do not well.” They got a correct assessment of their lives. If good things have been happening to you in the past few days and all you could do is to come again to eat and drink and to gather silver and to gather gold and raiment and to go and hide it, you do not do well. When God visits a man and brings him into deliverance, He does it so that it can become a testimony, a witness, so that others can benefit and come to know the Lord who helped you.

What the Holy Spirit is doing with you is good, but there is this other side that if we do not take note of, the things we think are so wonderful to us will become sour again. They said, “if we tarry till the morning light some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come that we may go and tell the king’s household.” God wanted to help those lepers so that His glory will permanently manifest in their lives.

God wanted to change their destiny that they might have a name and a record in God’s book of chronicles. Thank God they responded. I pray that you will respond also. Indeed the time we are in now is a time of good tiding. And I want to say to you, respond to the challenge of telling the good news of God. If we hold our peace, some mischief will come upon us. Part of the weapon of our warfare is the shoe of readiness to announce the Good News. But if we do not put it on, some mischief will come upon us.

Some years ago, I was a teacher in a secondary school. The school had very matured boys and girls. I also discovered Male teachers posted to that school use to jubilate. Their reason was because of the girls in the school. It was common practice among the teachers and the boys to keep fighting over the girls. Students could gang up and beat up their teacher. And when I got into that kind of school I wondered what to do. The only thing that God said was “Preach the Good News. So I confronted these students with the word of God one after the other and some repented. Thank God some of them are pastors today. Some of them are in different professions and they are standing for Jesus. There were times when there were uproars in the college and nobody could discipline the students. The teachers had lost their integrity. The principal would then call me to help and the students would submit. The Good News that you share will protect those things that God has decided to bless your life with.

In another school, I discovered that since evangelism was not allowed, the boys grew up so wild that they would enter into teachers’ homes and rape their teachers’ wives. Do you know that the boys that we do not have time to preach the gospel to in the schools, are the boys that carry guns as armed robbers and harass us in our houses? We do not well. If we tarry, some mischief will come upon us. Even the Church will not be safe if we tarry. If we tarry with the issue of spreading the Good News of what God had done for mankind on the cross of Calvary and shy away from confronting men with it, trouble is coming. Politics can never change men; only the message of the cross changes people and makes them reasonable. As I watch the situation in our country, churches and their pastors are becoming more sophisticated and materialistic instead of reaching out to the lost with the gospel.

The lives of pastors and ministers are also not safe at all! As we keep collecting and changing raiment, we are not safe. Some preachers invest a lot of money exorbitantly on their garments rather than on souls. Such preachers think that God’s prosperity is for their personal consumption. No! It is God’s investment for the gospel that we have discovered by the grace of God, even our cities, our towns, will no longer be safe for us. As I watch the new trend of Christianity in our land, I am forced to conclude, “We do not well, we do not well.” Some mischief will come upon us if we tarry.

Let me tell you, it is nothing glorious that a man of God now has a retinue of body guards and security men. It is a mischief. You know what we are saying by that, is that our God is not able to protect us! I see us shouting, “touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm.’’ We claim that scripture with ignorance, not knowing that those men that God gave those command about were not pot-bellied. If we tarry at this, some mischief will come upon us; the society itself will reject us. There is urgency about this matter.

 


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Praise God for yet another year which the grace of God has brought us into. This year is particularly critical for us since it comes with our daybreak. The Lord specifically announced to us during the Ministers’ Leadership Retreat (MLR) in Gboko in December 2015 that the day breaks. 2016 therefore is the year that our daybreak has ushered us into. And we say, to God be the glory.

Every daybreak comes with a demand for each man unto whom such a day has broken to respond to. Lack of understanding on how to respond has always been the reason why many waste their day, but thank God that He did not leave us without instructions on how we ought to respond to this our daybreak. He said to us:

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” (Isa 60:1 NKJV)

Behold! The days are already running; we must stir up ourselves and match obedience with this instruction which God gave us, least we waste our light which has come already! This is a charge, not a suggestion. It is a command that needs our willingness to obey.

As we welcome you this year to this website, which is but a fellowship point for us all, we pray that God will find each of us standing on our different lampstands where He has located us at the moment, ready to give light to all that are around us. Amen.

God bless you.

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