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I TOOK MY LIFE INTO MY HANDS

The story of Jephthah is one of the most encouraging in the Bible. He triumphed over rejection to become a leader. His mother was a prostitute and his kinsmen drove him out to prevent him from getting an inheritance because he was a child of a prostitute. Fleeing their home in Gilead, he settled in Tob, where he gathered a band of other powerful warriors around him. When the Ammonites threatened war against Israel, the elders of Gilead came to Jephthah and asked him to lead their army against the Ammonites.
Jephthah was a mighty warrior who rose from being a reject to a leader. His story shows us that rejection is not the end; with humility and trust in God, we can always come back. There are a lot of salient lessons from this story that is peculiar to the times we are in. Here are a few points to note in the life of Jephthah.
1) HE WAS THE SON OF A HARLOT
Jephthah the Gileadite was one tough warrior. HE WAS THE SON OF A WHORE, but
Gilead was his father. Judges 11:1 (MSG)
Jephthah was the son of an unnamed prostitute. It is pathetic to the extent that his mother’s name wasn’t even recorded in Scriptures. I can imagine what growing up was like for him. Friends at school will point to him and say, “Here comes the son of a harlot”. He also decides to get something at a grocery shop and the attendants at the grocery store on sighting him, starts whispering to themselves, “Look at him, the son of a husband-snatcher”. I can relate with the emotional trauma he had to face. His background didn’t really hold much for him. He might even have gone for a service where the Pastor stood to say, “If you are not the son of a legal wife, you are not recognized by God and you need special deliverance”. He faced all of those and came out strong.
He wasn’t moaning around saying, “If only my parents were rich”, “If only my father or mother were to be alive”, “if only I had siblings abroad”, “If only the bank could grant me a loan”, “if only I made a 2-1”, “If only I read a lucrative course”. Our shortcomings have been attributed to a lot of ‘ifs’. We blame our background, society, government for all of our challenges. Someone said, “Your background doesn’t mean your back should be on the ground”.
Jephthar wasn’t depressed because of his background but he rose up to become a mighty man of valor. God’s plan and purpose for your life is greater than your background. Your background is inconsequential to God’s thought for you neither can your past misdeeds stand in the way of the great future God has for you. As long as you are in Christ, you are a brand new creation. People saw him as the son of a harlot but God saw him as a mighty man of valor.
2) HE HANDLED REJECTION
Meanwhile GILEAD’S LEGAL WIFE had given him other sons, and when they grew up, his wife’s sons threw Jephthah out. They told him: “YOU’RE NOT GETTING ANY OF OUR FAMILY INHERITANCE–YOU’RE THE SON OF ANOTHER WOMAN.” SO JEPHTHAH FLED from his brothers and went to live in the land of Tob. Judges 11:2-3 (MSG)
Jephthah could handle rejection from the community, school, friends, society etc. But more than that, he was rejected by his own siblings and was sent out of the house. They called him “the son of a strange woman”. From the bible verses above, it is clear that after the birth of Jephthah, Gilead took for himself a lawful wife who bore him sons. After the death of Gilead, the other sons threw Jephthah out of the house for the purpose of not sharing their father’s inheritance with them.
I can feel your pain when you got pregnant outside wedlock, and the whole family rejected you, friends deserted you because they didn’t want to get themselves associated with you. And the only place you expected succor was the church of God and you also got rejection. They said, “Don’t give her commitments, she got her first child out of wedlock”, “She’s a single parent”, “He’s a college drop-out”. And it looked like all hope was lost.
I really do understand what you are going through. They stopped picking your calls and changed their lines because of you. They said the people that associated themselves with you are not progressing. They made you realize their relationship with you was costing them something. “Uncle Kunle” warned you never to visit again. “Big Mummy” warned you never to touch her kids again because the last kid you embraced has not recovered from illness.
You decided to get a job and all the companies declined your applications because you finished with a third class.
Jephthah felt all these but He didn’t argue with them. He knew that rejection simply meant re-direction. The Bible recorded that “HE FLED FROM HIS BRETHREN” which means he would never get his inheritance. He would never get what rightfully belongs to him as the first son. He didn’t take them to court neither did he write any open-letter to them. But I believe Jephthah had learnt the scripture that says, “The Lord will fight for me and I’ll hold my peace” [Exodus.14:14]
A songwriter wrote, “When the oceans rise and thunders roar, I’ll soar with you above the storm. Father, you are king over the flood, I will be still and know you as God”. Be still and know that He’s God. He’ll come through for you.
3. HIS CIRCUMSTANCE DIDN’T OVERRULE HIS SENSE OF PURPOSE
So Jephthah fled from his brothers and went to live in the land of Tob. Some RIFF-RAFF JOINED HIM AND WENT AROUND WITH HIM (Judges 12:3 MSG)

The valley may not be conducive but keep moving. You may not have the best of support or resources but you can make do with what you have. Jephthah didn’t have the best of career coaches nor philanthropists. He had helpless people just like him. But even in his helplessness, he raised a mighty army out of riff-raffs. He didn’t have the best of military resources with him, the odds were against him but he raised a formidable force out of nonentities. He started with the available.

You may not have gotten your dream job that pays #400,000 a month yet but you have one already that pays #80,000. Put all your heart to it and be diligent. If what you are experiencing now isn’t the picture God showed you about your life, then know that what you are experiencing is temporary. Do something! That little loaf can feed five thousand. The small rod in your hand can part the red sea. The small marble stone in your hand can bring down Goliath.

Be faithful in what you are doing today in ‘prison’. For very soon, God will promote you to do same in the ‘palace’ with far greater reward like it was for Joseph. Whatever you are not in ‘Potiphar’s house or in prison’, don’t think you can become it in ‘Pharaoh’s palace’. ”

Someone said, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”. He that waits for the perfect weather will never sow. Start something with what you have and quit complaining.

4. HE HAD A GOOD ATTITUDE EVEN IN THE VALLEY

The elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. “Come,” they said, “be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.” JEPHTHAH SAID TO THEM, “DIDN’T YOU HATE ME AND DRIVE ME FROM MY FATHER’S HOUSE? WHY DO YOU COME TO ME NOW, WHEN YOU’RE IN TROUBLE?” The elders of Gilead said to him, “Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be our head over all who live in Gilead.” (Judges 11:5-8 MSG)

The elders came back to him and requested for his help. He upbraided them of their unkindness to him and made them realize necessity brought them to him. Jephthah could have taken his pound of flesh on them but he didn’t. He had so much resource that they believed he could defeat the Ammonites. Jephthah could have denied them help and say, “Where were you 10years ago when I was chased out of my father’s house”? “You couldn’t do anything when I had to take to street hawking to make ends meet while you were swimming in your millions” “I had to drop-out of the college to go for vocational training because none of you could help with the fees”. He didn’t say any of such but he chose to help his people. Always remember that everything you have was given to you by God. Have a good attitude!

You can choose to be bitter by rejection or be strengthened by it. When they come to make pacts with you, will your response be: “You don’t know my story, you can’t share in my glory” “You didn’t share in my pain, you can’t enjoy my gain”? or will you respond like Joseph did when his siblings came to Egypt and he said, “It was not you who sent me here, but God” [Gen.45:8].

Jephthah was rejected but when they needed his help, they couldn’t help but come begging. Wait for God to grant ‘Pharaoh’ the dream that will bring you to the ‘palace’ in grand style.

They rejected you and assumed nothing good would ever come out of your life but little do they know that God is behind the scenes. He is making their moves a divine orchestration for you to fulfill destiny.

5. HE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Jephthah answered, “Suppose you take me back to fight the Ammonites and THE LORD GIVES THEM TO ME—will I really be your head?” (Judges 11:9 MSG)

Even in his rejected state, Jephthah didn’t forget the Lord. He knew only the Lord could win the battle against the Ammonites for him. Many a time, we are quick to say, “Why me?” “Why should all these be happening to me?” “God, where were you when I lost that job?” “God, what were you looking at when I lost that relationship” “How could you have allowed me to miss a life-time opportunity as that?”

Jephthah didn’t break up with God even in his down-times. And questions like these have made a lot of believers to draw back. Jephthah still trusted God to come through for him despite the set-backs. Before the challenge, He is God. During the crisis, He is God. After the storm, He is still God. The only variable is your crisis which is subject to change. Why should we focus on a variable at the expense of an unchanging God? Trust the one who is unchanging to change the temporal.

God doesn’t change. Storms do. You have to choose which one gets your focus.

6. HE TOOK HIS LIFE INTO HIS HANDS

When I saw that you wouldn’t help, I TOOK MY LIFE IN MY HANDS and crossed over to fight the Ammonites, AND THE LORD GAVE ME THE VICTORY OVER THEM. (Judges 12:3 MSG)

This is actually my best shot of the lessons learnt. Jephthah took his life into his hands. On many occasions, we’ve been waiting and trusting on people to come through for us but they have disappointed us. Time after time, they have failed us.

The chief butler forgot Joseph for years. Stop chasing after chief butlers to introduce you to your Pharaoh.

A pilgrim song. I look up to the mountains; DOES MY STRENGTH COME FROM MOUNTAINS? NO, MY STRENGTH COMES FROM GOD, WHO MADE HEAVEN, AND EARTH, AND MOUNTAINS. [Psalm 121:1-2 MSG]

No one from the east or the west or from the desert CAN EXALT A MAN. [Psalm 75:6 NIV]

Learn to take responsibility for your lives instead of relying on people. They aren’t always going to be around to help you. Take your life into your hands and with the greater one on your inside, you’ll defeat the ‘Ammonites’ without help from the ‘Ephraimites’.

No matter your background, there is a seed of greatness in you. Have faith in God and the gifts he has given you. Be diligent. Give yourself something to wake up for in the morning.

Nobody owes you anything. All things are yours in Christ. Quit blaming the government or the society. Everything is turning around for you. I can see the breaking of a new dawn. Everything is changing for you. God is working it out for you.

Take your life into your hands and watch him come through for you.

I Believe So Much In You

Stay Strong!

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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

YOU ARE THE FINEST ARROW IN HIS QUIVER

One of the questions we might get to ask ourselves in the journey of life is “what exactly am I on earth for? Every man born of woman is created by God to fulfill an assignment on earth. Your creation was Heaven’s answer to the groaning of man. When the whole of mankind needed a Saviour, God sent Jesus. Jesus Christ didn’t come to earth to while away time. He came for a purpose and fulfilled that purpose. John the Baptist was sent to announce Christ and prepare the world for him. Every man is made for mission and ministry. The only distinction among men is that some are on mission while many are on mere motion (walking aimlessly).

 

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Eph.4:11-12

 

Ephesians 4:12-13 tells us the three reasons ministry gifts were given to the church: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry and for the edifying of the Body of Christ. Combining the three reasons, we can therefore say that the five-fold are for “perfecting of the saints so the saint can do the work of the ministry, resulting in the edification of the body of Christ”. The work of ministry is for all believers including the five-fold.

 

Dr. Myles Munroe said, “Your presence on earth is not a BIOLOGICAL ACCIDENT, regardless of the circumstances that may have surrounded your birth. You are here because of a DIVINE ASSIGNMENT. Your conception is a proof that God, in essence, already completed something in eternity that He desires to manifest on earth through you and your life. You came to this planet because of destiny – God’s ultimate intent for you”. You were created for a purpose.

 

The Book of Jeremiah opens with the call of Jeremiah. God is still in the business of calling men. He has a plan and purpose for you. We are good at believing other people’s call and assignment. We love admiring people’s greatness but we don’t see it in ourselves and we refer to it as humility or having a lowly mind but in reality, it’s a sense of intimidation and inferiority complex. We are quick to tell other people that, “they are going places, you believe so much in them, they are going to do great things” but when last have you talked back to yourself and say, “I am going places, I’ll do great things, I vault impossible places”. Don’t get me wrong, I celebrate people a lot and believe so much in them as gifts to this generation but I also talk back to myself too. We are quick to acknowledge greatness in people but would never see that seed of greatness in ourselves. The spirit of fear and intimidation causes us to feel unimportant. The feeling of “I’m not good enough, let others just do it, they are all better than me; I’ll never be able to match up with their standard”. If you want to know how important you are to God, maybe you should ask him why he had to send his only begotten son just to die for you. If you were the only one on the earth, Jesus would still have died for you. Inferiority complex has robbed our generation of awesome exploits that it should have witnessed just because we decided to sit down at the back of the pew as spectators.

 

You are God’s finest arrow in his quiver for your assignment. You are unique in your own way. Your uniqueness showcases the creativity of God. 

 

Jeremiah 1:4-12 x-rays the nitty-gritty of the call of Jeremiah. If it was true for Jeremiah, then, it’s for us as well.

 

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jer.1:4

 

This verse opens with the word of the Lord not the word of man. Many a times, we run on what man say, where little or no attention is given to what God says. The word of the Lord comes to us as our satisfying assurance and anchor. What others say about you is not priority but what God says about you is everything. The word of God is flawless. There is a word for your life and assignment. There is a word written concerning you too. It was said of Christ in Heb.10:7, “Then I said, Lo, I come in the VOLUME OF THE BOOK it is written of me, to do thy will, O God”. Find what is written of you and fulfill it.

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;

  I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer.1:5

 

Nobody knows you as much as God does. The same God that created you is the one giving you this assignment. Your assignment is given in pursuance of the eternal counsel of God on earth. You were on God’s mind even before you were born. Your destiny has already been established and finished in eternity but you were born to begin it. The lamb had already been slain from the foundation of the world. Jesus was born to execute the redemption plans. You’ve been set apart to be a blessing to nations. You’ve been ordained to be a global light. Don’t shy away from your calling. It’s a holy calling.

 

“Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” Jer.1:6

 

Your assignment will definitely be bigger than you. And if it isn’t, then I may begin to doubt if it’s actually from God. You may want to give him several reasons why you aren’t good enough but remember that, before he formed you, he knew all about you. God is at work in you giving you the power and the ability to do what pleases him. The one who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it through you.

 

But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Jer.1:7 

What He calls for, He equips for. Every intent of God has providence for it. God will not ask you to do what He has not given you the ability to accomplish. Jeremiah said, “I am but only a child; I cannot speak”. Jeremiah in essence was saying, “I am too young and I don’t have a direction neither do I have a message” and God’s response settled him. Stop thinking that you lack experience and that the longer you live, the wiser you become. It is God’s Spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them that makes them intelligent (Job 32:8).

 

 

Do not be afraid of them, for I AM WITH YOU and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jer.1:8

 

Do not be afraid of them. They may start ganging up against you. “Why is she the only one not collecting bribe, even other Christians do”. They are only there because of paycheck but you are there on assignment. Step out of your comfort zone into your calling zone knowing fully well that He’s not just with you as a mighty warrior but his fullness abides in you. Don’t let fear overcome your sense of purpose. God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be bold about your calling. There is a life to live and a mission with your name on it. Fear not!

 

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. Jer.1:9-10

 

God endowed Jeremiah for the discharge of his duties by putting his words in his mouth. Then, he entrusted him with his commission to the people, kingdom and sets him over the nations and kingdoms. The word of God is a power that carries out His will, and accomplishes its purpose wherever He sends it. Before every commission, there is an endowment. 

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, WHAT SEEST THOU? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the LORD unto me, THOU HAST WELL SEEN: for I will hasten my word to perform it. And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. Jer.1:11-13

 

What do you see? Are you seeing what God is seeing about you? Are you seeing from his perspectives? See yourself the way God sees you. Your vision has a lot to do with your assignment. Your circumstances should not change your perspective. See from his perspective and watch him hasten his word to fulfillment. What do you see? Do you see a land full of insurmountable giants or a land flowing with milk and honey? Are you seeing men as trees or a multitude? Are you just seeing a city or you are seeing nations?

 

CLUES TO YOUR ASSIGNMENT

 

Jentezen Franklin (senior pastor of Free Chapel, Gainesville Georgia) asked some basic questions that gives hint to a believers’ assignment on earth. I want to ask the same set of questions:

 

1. What if everybody was paid N1500 per hour no matter what you do. Whether you are a Professor at Harvard University or a road-side mechanic; a senator or a housemaid; a consultant gynecologist and a secretary, everybody gets N1500 per hour. What would you choose to do? 

2. Find what you truly love and build yourself around it. Your uniqueness is your niche. Identify your distinction. Discover your difference.

3. Find what you hate. Anything permitted will increase. Comfort creates tradition, discomfort creates transformation. If you don’t like something, change it.

4. What gets you passionate? What gets you stirred up?

5. What grieves you? What makes you emotional? When Nehemiah heard about the great affliction on his people and that the wall of Jerusalem is broken down and the gates burned with fire, he broke down and wept for days. He wasn’t a professional builder but he ended up rebuilding the walls of Jeremiah [Neh.1:1-4]. What makes you weep? What gets you angry?

6. Your assignment will require great hours and seasons of preparations

7. Once you find out your assignment, be an expert at it. Prov. 18:16 

 

If you’ve discovered your assignment and you are fulfilling it already, keep at it, there’s nothing as fulfilling as doing what you are born to do. If you don’t know it yet, the clues given above will help you as you search your spirit for answers.

 

Probably you are wishing you had heard this a long time ago because you’ve already made some mistakes. You might even be thinking your destiny has come to a halt because you’ve bungled your opportunities in times past. Allow me say this to you, you might have been through a lot of depression, rejection, isolation but destiny can’t stop there. No matter where you carry a #1000 bill, it doesn’t lose value-the value assigned to it by the creator (CBN). Take it to the brothel, market, school, church or wherever, the value doesn’t change. It’s still a #1000 bill. You’ve been through a lot, men have despitefully used you but your value hasn’t changed. You are still fearfully and wonderfully made. You still mean so much to God. He’ll never leave you no matter where you go. He has engraved you on the palm of his hand. Forge ahead! 

 

Samson bungled it, disobeyed God and took a wife for himself among the Philistines. We’ve used his story as a great sermon particularly for youths that they shouldn’t trade their purpose on the altar of fornication as Samson traded his on the laps of Delilah, which is very great. It’s much more than that. The Philistines eventually captured him and gorged his eyes and decided to make him a public spectacle at one of their events. Samson prayed to God.

And Samson cried out to GOD: Master, GOD! Oh, please, look on me again, Oh, please, give strength yet once more. God! With one avenging blow let me be avenged On the Philistines for my two eyes! Judges 16:28

 

I was expecting that God would answer Samson and say to him, “Samson! Samson! Samson! I gave you the opportunity but you fluffed it. You decided to waste my investments on you. I can’t help you”. But God didn’t say that. God heard his cry and answered his prayers. He killed more people at his death than he killed in his life [Judges 16:30]. That same Samson was listed among the heroes of faith [Heb.11:32]. You’ve committed so much atrocities but destiny can’t stop there. He can put all the pieces of your life together to form a masterpiece.

 

The prodigal son muffed it too but came back to the father and he was still addressed as a son. 

 

For this MY SON was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began

to be merry. Luke 15:24

 

The only life worth living is A LIFE OF PURPOSE. Your purpose is what you are graced for.

 

I believe so much in you.

 

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

RE-ENACTING THE BLESSINGS OF PENTECOST

When we look through scriptures, we see the phrase “in the last days” occurring in quite a number of places; both in the Old and New Testament. Some have seen the ‘last days’ as a period in your life when you are closer to your grave. I’ve heard men in their 70’s and 80’s say ‘I’m in my last days’ which means their time is fast winding up while the youths say ‘I’m in my early days’ which means they just started living life. Some believe that the last days will begin when rapture comes, when we’ll see the Son of Man revealed in his glory and splendor with his mighty angels.

Now, there are many prophecies concerning the last days in the Scriptures which I’d want to point out.

And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. [Isaiah 2:2]

But IN THE LAST DAYS it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. [Micah 4:1]

This know also, that IN THE LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. [2Tim.3:1]

Hath IN THESE LAST DAYS spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; [Heb.1:2]

And it shall come to pass IN THE LAST DAYS, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: [Acts 2:17]

The one of interest to what I’ll be sharing is found in Acts 2:17 when Peter quoted from Joel 2:28 on the day of Pentecost when God promised to pour out his Spirit on all flesh in the Last Days. Peter was preaching on the Day of Pentecost where there was an initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the people around them thought they were drunk because they could hear them speak in their own languages. So, Peter had to defend them by quoting from Joel 2:28. From these scriptures, the last days as it relates to the Church started when Jesus ascended into heaven and gave us the promise of the Father-Holy Spirit. Contrary to the misconceptions, every believer whether young or old is in the last days.

There are quite a number of significant things that happened on the day of Pentecost. Speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance wasn’t the only thing that happened on the day of Pentecost. And I believe there’s a lot more that God wants to open our eyes to as regards the other significant things worthy of note that happened on the day of Pentecost.

Pentecost sealed the work Jesus came to do on earth. Pentecost signaled the completion of Jesus’ assignment on earth. God’s redemptive plan for man was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the promise of the father – the Holy Spirit, was poured out. On the day of Pentecost, it was not just the 120 at the Upper Room that was impacted; the community itself at large was transformed. The blessing the Society should receive from your Pentecost experience is transformation. The Community you live in should benefit from your Pentecost experience.

BLESSINGS OF PENTECOST

REAUTHORIZATION– Man’s authority was not activated until the Holy Spirit came. Christ now dwells in us by the Spirit. Man was reauthorized to replenish, subdue and dominate. Once again, the divine ability of God indwells man by His Spirit. The day of Pentecost made way for great exchange. There was an endowment of divinity upon humanity. Man was reauthorized to be a carrier of the divine life. The new creation is no match for the devil; he is now far above all principality, power, might and dominion. Man’s authority and dominion has been restored. The devil is the god of the world but not the god of the believers. The believer’s authority was reenacted at the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It’s no longer a matter of the snake bruising our heel; we are back in the realm of trampling upon snakes and scorpions. Satan’s dominion over man has been broken, his Lordship abolished

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them THAT THEY SHOULD NOT

DEPART FROM JERUSALEM, BUT WAIT FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER, which, saith

he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; BUT YE SHALL BE BAPTIZED

WITH THE HOLY GHOST not many days hence. (Acts 1:4-5)

But ye SHALL RECEIVE POWER, AFTER THAT THE HOLY GHOST is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,

and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

And they were ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and began to speak with other

tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4

REDEMPTION [Acts 2:41] – Soul-Winning is paramount for every believer. When the people saw what was happening, some of them assumed that they were drunk (Acts 2:13). Peter stood up knowing that they were not there to daze the people but to draw them to Christ.

Remember, OUR MESSAGE IS NOT ABOUT OURSELVES; WE’RE PROCLAIMING JESUS CHRIST, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. (2Cor.4:5 MSG)

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about THREE THOUSAND SOULS. (Acts 2:42)

Peter preached a sermon on the day of Pentecost and 3,000 people were added to the church. It is interesting to note that on the day Moses came down from the mountain 3000 were slain (Exo.32:28) but at the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, 3000 were saved. It wasn’t a coincidence but a divine buy-back.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and HE WHO WINS SOULS IS WISE. Proverbs 11:30(NIV)

A redeemed soul is precious to God than all the riches of the whole world put together (Mark.8:36). Reach out to the dying world.

TRANSFORMATION – They kept the communion and the fellowship of the saints. These new converts continued regularly to listen to the teaching of the Apostles and to share with them; they broke bread in memory of Jesus and continued in prayer. They didn’t just have a behavior modification, it was a heart transformation. They had their minds renewed from the Apostles’ teachings. The introduction of God’s word to their minds transformed them inside out.

And they continued STEADFASTLY IN THE APOSTLES’ DOCTRINE

AND FELLOWSHIP, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

Every other thing you get to listen to informs you but only the word of God can transform. Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season. Everywhere you go, exude the fragrance of the knowledge of God. Transform your world (area of influence) with God’s word.

REFORMATION – Reform your city, clan, ministry, etc. He reforms you and makes you a reformer. Don’t do Christianity that doesn’t leave a reformer’s mark on the soil.

And all that believed were together, AND HAD ALL THINGS COMMON; And sold their possessions and goods, AND PARTED THEM TO ALL MEN, AS EVERY MAN HAD NEED. Acts 2:44-45

They sold their possessions and shared everything with each other. The same set of people that were saying the apostles were drunk in the upper room got so lost in the fellowship with other believers that their possessions didn’t matter to them anymore. He reforms your life that you might reform others.

REVOLUTION – A drastic and far-reaching change in the ways of thinking and behaving. Don’t just reform, cause a revolution. If you create a road, people will by themselves block it unless you change their perspective about roads. Change the way people think.

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. Acts 2:46

They weren’t just restricted to the temple; they took the fellowship to their private residences.

Eden was not the earth; it was just a portion of the earth; a prototype of the earth so that man will replenish what he saw in the Garden of Eden on earth. You were created by God to live in Eden. Anytime God creates anything, He always makes the environment. When God was creating the fish, he made the waters first. When God was creating plants, He made the earth first. When God was creating the stars, He made firmament first. He made the garden and then he made man. Fishes need water. Stars need firmament. Plants need soil. Man needs Eden.

Your Eden is your purpose – it’s an area of influence on planet earth where God has given you to tend. It’s the lamp stand that God has put you on to show forth his marvelous light. Yours may be education, business, politics, ministry etc. Carry your Pentecost experience to your Eden, let the old men dream dreams again and the young men see visions. Let their testimony be that they almost gave up on their dream and visions until they met you.

If you take a fish out of water, it malfunctions and dies. If you take plant out of the soil, it malfunctions and dies. If you take a star out of the firmament, it burns up and dies.

Most of the times, our frustrations in life has been as a result of leaving our Eden (our area of calling). You are not here as an experiment. You are not a product of test-running. You are here on assignment. Go back to your Eden and tend it. Enact the blessings of Pentecost there. Be fruitful, multiply, Replenish and Subdue.

You have all these things; all you need is to respond to it. Let the word define you!

I believe so much in you.

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