Breaking Forth

Text

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 58:8 (NIV)

MESSAGE

Our decisions of the past may be the hindrance to the extent of our impact today. Repentance is, therefore, the key to breaking forth.

Everyone has a light that should shine. If you are a Christian, then the Bible explicitly states that we are the light of the world. However, the preceding verses of the opening scripture reveal some actions of the people of Israel that inhibited them from living out their full potential. Irrespective of their acclaimed spirituality through fasting, they still could not see the glory of God. If they could, therefore, deal with their actions, then their light will break forth like the dawn.

In this year, we want to look at some of the actions we need to put away and others we need to pick up to break forth. The world is out for our possession; the earlier we come out of our shelves and cause changes, the better it would be for the world at large.

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Building the future -Connect with others

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” (Genesis 11:2)

We must admit we don’t live in a secluded world. In God’s creation, He had made things interdependent. The proof of this is in the order of His creation.

In building the future, we will need to connect with other people. We may need mentors, colleagues and even people we may deem as adversaries. Each of these people has a significant role to play in the building of your future.

You will need the mentors to help you build the right foundation. Having lived the life you want to live, the mentor can open up to you on what the life at the top of the tower is, what challenges you may have not perceived and encourage you to build the future you have perceived. Samuel needed Eli, Ruth needed Naomi, you will your mentors.

You will also need colleagues. I refer to them as colleagues because you can only move together unless you agree. The card of leader or follower is not played, but whatever position you find yourself, the card of responsibility is presented. So your colleague may be your leader, your followers, your friends, your spouses etc. These are the people you have around you that will see you build the foundation to the roof.

You may need the people you may call adversaries. Adversaries are those who may oppose your vision and may do everything to stop your progress. But you get opposition when you are in position. These people come to actually streamline your conviction and motivation for the project, and in the long run, manifest who you really are.

A few questions to ponder on in this section:

  • Do you have experienced people you can seek advice from? They can be your mentors.
  • Do you have other people who are supporting your vision, who are actually going to help you build the future? They are your colleagues.
  • Do you have people who are opposing the building of your future? They are your adversaries.

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Building the future – Its time to move.

“To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

After counting your cost and identifying the need to move into the future, you actually need to act on it.

A hindrance to building the future is procrastination. We want to always shift the starting date of our vision into the “tomorrow” that never seems to come. The challenge has always been that “tomorrow never comes”. If you want to build into the future, then the time is now.

The journey may seem far in the future to achieve. However, as the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day”, you need to start from a point and gradually work the future out.

Every man has a chance and time. Many things may seem unbalanced, but to everyman comes a time and a chance to break forth and through. Opportunities are time-bound; if the time elapses, you will miss the opportunity. If you discern that this is the opportunity God has opened for you, make the move. God may send Goliath (your opportunity) to reveal you.

Another reason we are not making the move is that we are stuck in our past. Feeling obliged to the decision we made in the past, we feel indebted due to the commitments and resort to staying put with our messes than shaking them off and moving into the future we have envisioned for ourselves. In other cases, we may be comfortable with the circumstances that surround our past. Although we feel there is a sense to move, we are too quick to look at the comforts and resort to staying put.  I guess Paul has an advice for you. He says:

 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

A few questions to ponder on:

  • Are you convinced this is the future you want to build?
  • Have you counted your cost?
  • Have you asked for the will of God concerning the set action? Is the response a yes or a sense of peace in your spirit. Then start packing and start acting on it.

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Building the future – Count the Cost

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? (Luke 14:18, NIV)

Everyone is building, whether knowingly or unknowingly. Every decision we make are the ingredients that go into making the building either strong or weak. It is therefore important that one becomes conscious of what he builds with.

The first consideration in building the future is to consider the cost of that building. Not speaking in material terms, this term cost refers to the sacrifice that one is willing to make in order to achieve the set goal. Unless you are aware of the cost, you will be discouraged in the course of the journey.

Jesus puts it this way: who, wanting to build a tower would not first sit down to consider the cost and find out if there are enough resources to complete it?  (Luke 14:28). The necessity of finding the cost is to make sure the tower is completed, the precedent to finding the cost is to sit down and the motivation for the sitting down is the vision and mission you have.

A few questions to ponder on:

  • Do I have a vision? Clearly write them down.
  • Do I have a plan to see to its accomplishment? You need to sit down.
  • Have I considered the sacrifices versus the resources to get the vision materialised? Count the cost.

Let us continue tomorrow.

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Where would you be?

Text: 1 Samuel 16:11

So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

MESSAGE

David probably thought of one day becoming a king when he was in the forest. However, it was in the forest that his faithfulness was made manifest.

Some of us are still in the wilderness because we have failed to prove ourselves faithful to be entrusted with greater tasks. God did not need another Saul to lead the people, but a man who will do as He wanted. Will you be ready when God sends a “Samuel” to your house and you have been called forth?

The time for deployment is the time for preparation. Let us make the most of every opportunity we have. Your wilderness is the stage you need to prepare yourself for the crown. If you can’t sacrifice the comfort of your father’s house and tend for the sheep, then you will sacrifice the sheep for your stomach when you are given the throne.

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Chosen for a special assignment

Text: Acts 13: 2-3

While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

MESSAGE

We have been chosen to do something and not everything. In unison, we achieve a lot through our diverse assignments.

I wish it was our choice when it comes to where you want to be deployed to and what you want to do. The only choice you have is probably not to accept the deployment and do what you like, risking the reward God would have offered you. In their prayers, the Holy Spirit read out that the deployment letter for Paul and Barnabas was ready. So they should be separated for the assignment that He had for them.

God has a purpose for your life. You have a particular assignment to take care of. This assignment will demand that you partner with others and in unity achieve the greater goal.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

Theme: Serving God’s purpose in your Generation

How do I know I have been chosen?

Text: Ephesians 2:10

 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

MESSAGE

Whenever a soldier is deployed for a special mission, then he will be informed by his superior. Until then, your recruitment as a soldier connotes choice for service.

Paul explains that we are God’s masterpiece. He has made us anew in Christ that we can walk in the predestined works that He had for us. Christ has given the five-fold ministry so that all the saints can be equipped for the works of service, and you are part of that army. It is worth noting that a soldier in any kingdom does not choose his assignment but acts upon the instructions from above.

A soldier’s response is not lip service, but that which is deeply rooted in loyalty, sacrifice and discipline. If you have accepted Christ as your LORD, then you have already been chosen for an assignment.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

Theme: Serving God’s purpose in your generation

You have been chosen

Text: 1 Peter 2:9

 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

MESSAGE

God does not expect a parade of people with titles, but people who fear Him and are loyal to His commands.

We did not have an identity. We were lost in our proclivities to lust and wandered off like sheep without a shepherd. But God has made us living stones and has also made us His holy priests (1 Peter 2:5). Having, therefore, called us out of darkness into His light, we can also show others the goodness of God.

“How do I know if God has chosen me for an assignment in His Kingdom?”, you may want to know. Let’s leave that for another day.

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

Theme: Serving God’s purpose in your generation.

Text: 1 Peter 2:9

 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

MESSAGE

Every job vacancy needs to be filled with an appointed person. Every assignment from God needs a vessel to partner in its fulfilment.

God in His infinite wisdom has selected a generation for Himself. This generation was bred from His Son and commissioned into the world. Notwithstanding their sin creating a barrier in the relationship, He paid the price in full to ransom their souls from the eternal damnation that awaited them. Out of love, He chose a people and commissioned them as His ambassadors so He could reach out to others.

God chose you for fellowship. Out of His love for sinners, He commissions us to extend His love to the dying world. Are you ready to embark on His call duty?

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SPIRIT BOOSTER

Theme: Serving God’s Purpose in your generation.

Text: Acts 13:36

Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.

MESSAGE

Where God instructs, He directs. Where God directs, He demands loyalty and total obedience.

In this month’s series, we will study that we have been chosen for a special assignment; we are sent out by the Holy Spirit and we will receive help; we should expect and overcome oppositions and learn to accept the fact that our help may leave. In the end, we will be encouraged that we should not make God sorry for calling us for this assignment.

“We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermon the world is heeding” – Billy Graham. Are you ready to serve the Lord’s purpose in this generation and beyond before you leave?

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