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THE GOD WE LIKE AND THE GOD WE DON’T LIKE (Philippians 2:13)

14 Feb

  Did you know that God has a tripartite mandate over our lives? God works for us (SALVATION). God works in us (HOLINESS). God works through us (MINISTRY). This can be illustrated by the journey of the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage to the promised land via the wilderness. Their coming out of Egypt was a case of GOD WORKING FOR THEM. Truly speaking, we did not contribute a grain of good works towards our salvation. It was purely the work of grace i.e. God working for us. The forty years of wandering in the wilderness illustrates GOD WORKING IN US. The process of holiness is a work of God in us. Its like God was CUTTING OFF AND PRUNING OFF SOME STAFF from the Israelites. It is those character issues God has to deal with in our lives. Could it be that this is an area we are deliberately avoiding because it is painful to go through the PROCESS OF BECOMING. A holy brand of Christians cannot be made overnight. When the Israelites were dispossessing the ITES in the land like the Canaanites, Jebusites, Gibeonites, Amalekites, Medianites, etc and possessing their possessions, this was GOD WORKING THROUGH THEM. Today’s Christian community gives high value to the God who works for them and the God who works through them but hardly want the God who works in them. It is my humble opinion that people love the God who works for us and through us because he is a God of TANGIBLES. We can point at the SIGNS AND WONDERS he has done for us and through us. But alas, we have nothing to parade about the God who works in us. The reason why we have too many disaster cases of immorality among preachers and parishioners is because we have glamourised the God who works through us and have totally disregarded the God who works in us. The Israelites needed forty years for God to work in them, hence the long sojourn in the wilderness. The Apostle Paul went into the wilderness for three years before he went into ministry. We have too many half-baked Christians who resist the God who works in us hence there are too many vessels of dishonour in God’s vineyard. For you to be a true vessel of honour, you cannot avoid the God of the wilderness i.e. the God who works in us. MAY GOD WORK IN US BEFORE HE WORKS THROUGH US. ALTERNATIVELY, MAY GOD WORK MORE IN US THAN THROUGH US. Remember that it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Phil.2:13)

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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “THE GOD WE LIKE AND THE GOD WE DON’T LIKE (Philippians 2:13)

  1. davelm2

    February 15, 2016 at 08:34

    True word.
    As believers we need to allow the Christ in us, the hope of glory to do his work.
    Thank you pastor

     

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