Sit, Walk, Stand

 

This is the title of a book compiled from the spoken ministry of Mr. Watchman Nee; it gave me practical insight on how to rest on the Lord as his workman accomplishing his will peacefully.

The Bible says God choose us from the beginning, even before conception, while we were in our mother’s womb he know us.

While we were sinners his loved us and reconciled us to him through the blood of Jesus Christ his dear son. God gave us the Holy Spirit – the comforter, and our spirit bears witness with the Holy Spirit that we are children of God.

When we continually sit in the presence of the Lord represented by the indwelling Holy Spirit, we converse with him, he teaches us his will, (we express our doubts, weakness, failures, hopes, aspirations and rejoice in our success, strengths, friendship, families) daily. We arm our selves with what we hear from God either through the Holy Spirit, the Bible passages read during daily devotion or words from other children of God as we prepare to do his will. God leads us both to will and do his good wishes.

Well prepared with the spiritual weapons described in Ephesians 6: 10-18, and knowing that the purpose of God for the mission is to glorify his name and not for our personal gain (it is in pleasing God that we are fulfilled).Then continuing in his presence, we plunge into action by walking in his way.

When we walk on smooth ground he is with us , when we walk on rough road he is also with us, not loosing focus of the vision we got while we were yet seated in his presence , irrespective of what comes our way we press on to the finish line like true sports men. At the finish-line awaits every participant a reward according to their “walk” I would prefer to say not their “work” same meaning. using the recently concluded Olympics as an example, all contestants belong to the elite club of Olympians, all Olympians are celebrated by their countries but of course medallist who have overcome all odds are more celebrated.

More often than not, WE DO NOT SPEND ENOUGH TIME SITTING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD to know his will  and ourselves, this is a major cause of failure in the Christian race in this jet age, even when we know his will, WE DO NOT WAIT ON HIM before plunging into action, modern life presents so many easy ways of acting out and doing things, because, we anxiously want to be seen doing something, we do not arm ourselves adequately with the word of God nor do we wait for God’s time to execute his plan, When tough times comes we do not wait on him to rescue us, we think it’s easier to rationalise a way out and at the end we are never really out of trouble. If we are always connected to God we will “run and not be weary…walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31

We need to practice godliness in our daily walk. applying biblical principles in our relationships, both domestic and public life.

As Christians, challenges should be opportunities to demonstrate the power of God to our neighbors, husband, wife, parents, children, employers and employees. Ephesians 4

And after all these we stand, stand on his free salvation, the power of his name, his eternal presence and sure promises.

Christians who do not take time to seat, wait and stand in God’s presence often walk in vain. To ensure that in everything God is glorified, we must be that branch that is always attached to the vine.

 

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Is The Church Missing The Point?

The church

The Bible is clear on the composition and role of the church (body of believers – John 3:16 &17).  A simple look at the earlier church in Acts of the Apostle through the evangelical missions and letters of the disciples to the churches in the news testament we can learn a lot.  The prophets in the old testament also predicted all these, long before they unfolded.

The main  challenges given to the church ( pastors and members collectively) are:

1.  To preach the word of God, the power of the cross to deliver man from the sin and its consequences and make converts.

1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, that the cross of christ should not be made void.

Galatians 2:20; John 3:16; Galatians 3:26-29

2. Encourage one another in several ways such as  spiritually,financially, physically, psychologically and so on.

Ephesians 4:19-21

Galatians 6:1-2

Personal duties

We as believers  have absolute responsibility  to make sure we know who we are in Christ Jesus and  live as he lived. To do these, we need to:

1. Study the word of God.

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Romans 8:14-19; 1 Timothy 4:12-13; Ephesians 4:14-15;

Jeremiah 31:34;

 John 14:26

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2. Be transformed to the image of God

We are a royal priesthood, a peculiar people empowered by the holy spirit to demonstrate the goodness of God in this wicked and perverse generation. Christians need to live a life that makes us credible representatives of God. when our ways is pleasing to God he makes even our enemies to be at peace with us.

Romans 12:1-2;      2 Corinthians 6:3-10

The 21st Century Church

What do we have today, christians and pastors who would rather use any means to attract people to their churches and care much less about their spiritual progress as long as physical appearance in church and finances can support their sometimes extravagant life style. Methods used  include performing miracles, sorcery, giving out  material goods and privileges to secure church memberships. Churches are now business ventures with pastors as CEOs.  Business activities range from selling spiritual materials like holy water or oil ,books, blessed handkerchiefs to running high tuition public schools. A lot of christians are now being paid for giving motivational speeches or counselling services.  Unfortunately our churches are now filled with people described in  the book of Jude;

Jude 4: For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who have long before-hand marked out for this condemnation,ungodly  persons who turn the grace of God into licentiousness and deny our Master and Lord Jesus Christ.

We need to review how we preach the word of God and worship him, we must do this  in spirit and in truth because God judges the motive rather than what is done. We are told in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 ” for the time will come  when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.”

The  Repercussion of Adulterating/Misinterpreting the Word of God

God’s response is contained in Jeremiah 23:30-32 – “Therefore behold,I am against the prophets,”declares the Lord, “who steal my words from each other. 31 ” Behold I am against the prophets” declares the Lord,  ” who use their tongues and declare, ‘ The Lord declares.’ 32 “Behold I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the Lord,  ” and related them, and led my people astray by their falsehood and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor did they furnish this  people the slightest benefit,” declares the Lord. 34 ” Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say,” the oracle of the Lord,’ I shall bring punishment upon that man and his house-hold.

Jeremiah 7:1-7,23:16-17,30, 33

Bible quotations from New American Standard Version (NASV), 1971, the lockman Foundation

Faith in Action

Psalm 130 Vs 5,6
“I will wait for the lord, my soul does wait. And in his word I do hope.
My soul waits for the lord more than the watch man for the morning; indeed more than the watchman for the morning”. (New American Standard Bible)

I am reminded here to prove my faith today:  I have chosen to subdue all negative imaginations, after praying about them and hold tight to my blessings knowing that God surely answers prayers just  like  morning after night.

From these verses, it is obvious the watchman has full faith on his experience, he  watchfully occupies the time as he patiently waits for the morning and hooray! his shift once again is over.