Stand Up and Stand Out!

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches, But let him who glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgement, and righteousness in the earth. For these I delight, says the Lord” Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Firstly, I will like to thank you for sparing your precious God given gift of time to open this site and to read this message. I count it as a great honour from you and priviledge given to you by God.

I love the book of Prophet Jeremiah as it teaches us that God is the One who ordains us to be who He wants us to be in ministry and age is not relevant as far as His ministry is concerned. Jeremiah in his days stood up for God in the midst of a pervert and crooked generation. You may argue that he did so because he was called to be a Prophet to the nation. Yes that is true but many were also called to be priests and leaders over the house of Israel, BUT by CHOICE, they sold themselves to do much evil than you can imagine.

You see, beloved, whatever you are in your present walk with God is the making of your CHOICE!

You are a product of your decision by choices you made to either STAND UP for Christ or STAND DOWN for Him! Jeremiah stood up for God and he suffered the consequence of such decision.

This is June 2011! You and I are priviledged to be alive today as many did not make it. Not that we are better but only by the grace of God that kept us. I encourage you to stand up for Jesus and be counted now. Some of us see ministry as a place to be popular, with anointing to deliver people from oppression and to see them prosperous.

What if your ministry is not so?

Jeremiah’s ministry was UNPOPULAR! Anytime he opened his mouth, all that came from his mouth was warnings of impending judgment on the rebellious nation yet he stood up for God regardless. He remembered that God had already told him what they would do to him and the assurance he had from Him. Jeremiah 1:18-19
Men schemed against him yet he stood up for God, they used their tongues to plan evil against him, spread rumours about him and no one dared to investigate (including his so called colleagues in ministry). No one took out time to investigate the matter (after all it was time for Jeremiah’s protégées to switch over to their school of discipleship). It is about who wins the most support against Jeremiah! “Let us destroy his testimony so that by the time he speak again no one will listen”

“Then they said, “Come and let devise plans against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest nor counsel from the wise or the word from the prophet. Come and let us attack him with tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his word” Jeremiah 18:18.

Does this sound familiar to you?

If you have never gone through this, do not worry you will soon be given the first class ticket on the flight to have such experience if your heart is to OBEY God as someone called to the Office of Christ according to Ephesians 4:11. Even as a disciple of Christ outside the Office of Christ (as not all of us are called into such Office). Rather than compromise his calling, he stood up for God!

Oh I remember, there was a time he wanted to shut up his mouth after all what use is it speaking to a generation that has made up their mind to live in the permissive will of God rather than His perfect will. A generation that refuse to change regardless of impending judgement! “O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth? You have stricken them, But they have not grieved, You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction, they have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to return. Jeremiah 5:3. Rather than for them to repent their transgression became many and backslidden increased! Jeremiah 5:6.

With the attitude of the people towards God and Jeremiah himself, he felt like what is the use of preaching and obeying God’s call to ministry? But at the crossroad of decision, he stood up for God and said “Then I said I will not make mention of Him nor speak of Him, nor speak anymore in His name but His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones”. Jeremiah 20:9

Beloved as we embark on the journey to victory and greatness this month of June, let us all take a stand for God through our faith in Jesus Christ our Risen Lord regardless of challenges.

Stand up and stand out!

Today many of us are down. Down in ministry, down in marriage, down in business, down in our careers etc… because we have lost focus and our vision of God has become deem.

Why are we down?

• We are unbelieving believers in the word of God. We analyse the word with our unregenerated mind and belittle its power.

• We are also down because of unfulfilled promises that we received from God!

Gideon our example said to the angel of God, “if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about saying “did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord has forsaken and delivered us into the hand of the Midianites” Judges 6:13. It is easy to blame God than to look in the mirror and see areas of your life that is not in alignment with His word for you to repent!

• While playing blame game, you will remain down and when you are down, you cannot see further.

• We are down because we measure our success with the success of others around us.

This was the sin of Israel as they wanted a king to rule them like all the other nations! 1 Samuel 8:4-7.

The dangers of being in that position are too real. You become a victim of Joneses when you are down beloved and your vision is limited to the angle of your spiritual posture and you cannot even see the rain coming to take out your bucket to gather water. You become emotionally bankrupt and a tool of destruction of other people’s lives like Prophet Jonah who went down to Tarshish instead of Nineveh and the goods in ship had to be thrown into the Sea!

Don’t blame God. Stand Up from the state of despondency, from the state of unbelief, from the state of discouragement knowing that delay is not denial!

We also remain down because we fail to be responsible for our action after all it is easy to shift it on someone else. Blame culture, background, lack of education, race, sexual gender etc…. It is easy to give excuse! But while doing all that remember you will be down! But when you take a stand to Stand, you become a different person within and without.

Make up your mind to leave the house of permissive will. You have lived there too long. There is abundant life to enjoy in the house of perfect will.

The opening scripture tells us of the things the Lord delight in and that differential essential lifestyle from significant living! Yes if all you ever seek for are your essentials, you will never make an impact in your generation! Jesus told His disciples not to rejoice that they were able to cast out devils, but to rejoice that their names are written in the Book of Life! Luke 10:17-20.

Stand Up and Stand Out!

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