The thief, the joy of the Lord and the door (part two)

After the two revelations I wrote about, there have been certain developments relating to it and further understanding I seem to be coming into from it.
Remember that I said that I know the Christian woman in the dream, who was complaining about serving God but without the joy of the Lord, in real life?
What I did not say because I was trying to hide her identity from those who know me and might try to guess if I give more information, was that she was pregnant.
But unknown to me, few hours after that revelation she will be delivered of a baby boy. And I got to know because my wife called our pastor who told her of the news later that morning. I wrote about the revelation about 3am, while the woman delivered a baby shortly after that time. This was a woman that I do not know her EDD. We are not that close.
If she was the picture of the church who is complaining and she was pregnant, before she can deliver, she needed her joy restored. She needed to close the door to the enemy who was stealing her joy. It was interesting that in that revelation, I did not stand up to help her close the door, she had to close it herself.
What the church will birth is a new move of God.
Remember I noted that the joy of the Lord is our strength? And strength in the bible is associated with delivery. When the children of Israel were being persecuted and Pharoah said all the baby boys must be killed. The Hebrew midwives spared them and told Pharoah that the women of Israel were stronger than the Egyptian women.
A joyless Christian will not be able to deliver the will of God on the earth. What we labour to bring forth is the move of God, the explosion of the Spirit, the abundance of heaven after a season of drought, like Elijah laboured. We labour in prayer. The prayer warriors must be the most joyful people on earth because they touch the presence of God and in the presence of God there is fullness of joy. If as a Christian, you are task oriented and no presence of God oriented, your joy is about to fly away.
Seth was the replacement of Abelas far as the mother Eve was concerned. She said that God has given me a child instead of the one that Cain killed.

The bible says in Isaiah 66:7-8:

“Before she travailed, she brought forth;

before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things?

Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?

or shall a nation be born at once?

for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.”

It is interesting that the child that woman in that revelation gave birth to in real life was a boy.
You cannot travail without strength. Angels came to Strengthen Jesus before his thunderous ministry and before his going to the cross.
Going back to the story of the prodigal son and the brother, we see that the the brother was joyless, it was the complaint we hear from him when his brother was being celebrated, that his father never gave him a kid to kill with his friends, that we know he was not happy in the service of his father.
He did the task as a matter of routine but without a joy in it. He thought the more he served the more his father should provide for him, but he lost sight of the fact that he already had everything he was working so hard for. He seem to fair worse than slaves. How can you work so hard to be blessed? If you are not resting that you are blessed then get ready to be frustrated like that old son.
This is a call to desist from all joyless activities in the kingdom. It will not birth anything. If it is not borne out of relationship, it will not be born at all.
The bible says with joy we draw from the well of Salvation. Joy is the rope, without the rope, getting water from the well is wishful thinking. Joy is the connection, if the connection is cut there is no flow.
I believe this writeup and the one before it are me talking to that woman, to the complaining church, the joyless church, as I wanted to start doing to that woman in the revelation.
So church, I am asking you to close the door through which the devil steals your joy. Awake oh Zion, put on Strength oh arm of God.
The task at hand is the birthing task, we will birth a new move of God in the earth. The former move was killed, like Cain killed Abell, but there is Seth on the horizon. The past was good but the future is better.
Practical ways to close the door against the joy stealer
1. Don’t take everything you hear about yourself to heart.

2 refuse to be a man pleaser, refuse to yield to the fear of man, take charge of your destiny, nobody can push you to do what you don’t want to do, the society, your loved ones should not. You do not need anybody o validate you. You are complete in him who is the head of all principalities and powers. Nothing should make you feel inferior. Judge yourself in the light of God’s valuation of you, to give his son for you.

3. Ensure that your private time with God in prayer fasting and word, is not eroded by anything and it continues to grow

4. Depend absolutely on the rightousness of Jesus, the cross is the solution to self-will, self-consciousness, self-consideration,and self-righteousness which moves us away from the will of God and saps our strength

5. Don’t join every department, trying to do everything, going to all Programmes people invite you to as if that is the basis of your approval before God.

6. Service must be God-initiated. Period. Can you say that everything you are doing in kingdom service is because God wants you to?

7. Recognise your area of gifting and function there more than you do other things in the kingdom. That brings you joy and you can easily see result, rather than be frustrated in a task because someone said you should do it. You cannot fit in everywhere, the earlier you know that the better. Certain things do not fit into the future God has for you.

8. Don’t think once you join a group, because of what people will say, you cannot stop being part of the group.

9. Say to yourself: I do not have to do anything for God, but I do it because I love him, because I chose to.

10. Allow yourself to enjoy life, I am not talking about sin, which is bondage, but learn to relax, interact with people across different interests, explore some interests. Jesus was like that.

11. Set your gaze on Jesus, people may disappoint you, not him.

12. Rejoice because your name is in the book of life, not because you served God.

13. Confess your sin quickly and receive cleansing. If you continue feeling guilty after you have confessed to God, then know that your self-righteousness is Speaking, do not listen to it.

14. Do not engage in being critical of others, unduly.

15. Trust the God is in control, no matter what, he is trustworthy, his word the scriptures in the bible is true

16. Don’t depend on human praise, do not be boastful yourself.

17. Be full of Thanksgiving, even when you have many requests from God, that is the key to peace.

18. Do not throw away the confession of your faith.

19. The eye of your heart, the eye of your imagination must be fixed on Jesus all the time, always admiring him, loving him, looking unto him, reflecting on him, on the healing provision, material provision, direction provision, relationship provision, we have in him, the spiritual provision we have in him, the protection in him, and fear nothing. We are loved by God in him.

20. Stand against fear in all forms.

21. Be quick to reject what is contrary to scriptures, don’t allow yourself to be unsettled by anyone who brings a revelation which shows that God is focused on appearance and not heart, that God is not love. The man with one talent fell into the latter trap.

22. Be humble, willing to learn, willing to change, to admit wrong, listen to others, admit you do not know all things.

23. Getting a job is a good idea, it prevents idleness, and focuses you on a productive engagement, giving you opportunity to interact with those different form you, as you learn to respect them, relate to them, show them love, be in conflict with them and resolve it, you are becoming more like God.

24. No one should be bigger than God in your life.

25. Hope in the Lord, recognise the limitation in humans including yourself.
God bless you.

Casting the net

John 21:6: He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. (ESV)

There is nothing passive about casting the net. You do not cast the net staying in your house watching the TV. You have to be down in the water, where the fishes are. There is a deliberateness about it.

Jesus said he will make Peter a fisher of men (effective in the salvation of souls to God’s kingdom) (Mark 1:17), to draw a parallel with what he did for a living.

To be a fisherman at that time was energy and time consuming. It requires skill, dedication, love and certain level of agility.

In the passage from which we derive the focus verse (John 21:1-14), we see a contrast in the results of following Christ‘s instruction and following our own initiative.

When Peter and Co did their thing, convinced that they know what to do, they caught nothing, but when they walked based on an instruction, they caught many fishes.

Therefore in the business of saving of souls, there is a delicate balance of initiative and divine instruction, which we must be aware of.

As a fisher of men, there are the divine tools given by God, means of getting into the water, knowledge and experience, there is the lake in which we are to fish, there are people we are to fish with, and there is the divine instruction for great effectiveness, and there is what to do with the fishes after they are caught.

The gift of the Holy Spirit

person-864804_640Luke 11:13: If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (ESV)

A gift is to be received. But since the gift in the focus verse is a spiritual gift, it has to be approached by faith. Faith is acting on the reality of the unseen. What is not seen is God who is giving the gift to you who ask for the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is you asking the unseen God for the gift. And what more, faith is you acting on the belief that you have received when you ask (Mark 11:22-24). You act by starting to speak in unknown tongues which you believe is the aftermath of your receiving the gift (Acts 2:1-4).

The gift of the Holy Spirit does not come unnoticed, when He came on Jesus, there was a visible expression of the heaven opening and the Spirit touching down on him in the form of a dove (Luke 3:22).

Throughout the new testament, what we see is people speaking in tongues on receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. Once this understanding is faulty in you, then you compromise your ability to receive. You cannot receive the gift of a car and at the same time reject the ability to get from point A to point B faster. The gift and the effect cannot be separated. To take one is to take the other. To reject one is to reject the other.

More than knowledge

book-841171_640Deuteronomy 24:8: Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do. (ASV)

The people were not supposed to presume anything but rather should follow what is taught. They were not supposed to come up with their own version of truth but follow the word of God. There should be an uncompromising commitment to the truth.

A man was described in psalm one as having the habit of meditating on the Word of God day and night. With such attention paid to the word of God, it is no wonder that he prospered in all his ways.

What you focus on you become. Since God is prosperous, when you focus on his word you become like him. But there is no paying attention to the word of God if you have not the fear of God. The bible says that the fool says in his heart: there is no God (Psalm 14:1). They pursue everything else except the knowledge of God. They have no time to wait on God, no time to listen on the word, therefore their errors are multiplied.

The word of God delivered power into our life. It is not called the word of God for nothing. And we read that where the word of a king is there is power and God is King (Ecclesiastes 8:4). His words carried his creative power, his creative essence. The bible says that the worlds were framed by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3). When we release the word, we release creative power. The word is packed with creative energy.

The word of God interacts with our heart to form the character of Christ in us; the word of God interacts with the Holy Spirit to connect us with the power of God.

God is not worshipped on our own terms but on his. There cannot be two masters in a boat, it is either Jesus is Lord of all or he is not Lord at all.

In God’s word we learn his ways and can walk in his truth, which is his light, otherwise we are in darkness. The bible says that God’s word is light to our feet, and lamp to our path (Psalm 119:105). With the word of God our path is illuminated, our decision is rightly guided.

The word of God sharpens our desire aright, causing us to thinking God’s thoughts and therefore are enabled to walk in his ways.

The house of God is described as the place that the word of God will proceed forth (Isaiah 2:1-3). In a prophecy by Isaiah, he said that the mountain of the Lord’s house will be lifted above all mountains and nation will come there, saying: teach us the ways of God, and we will walk in his truth.

There is no possibility of walking in God’s truth without first being taught in his ways. When we are taught aright our thinking is directed aright, and in turn our lifestyle are rightly shaped.

But to learn you need a teachable heart. You cannot be full of yourself, full of your opinion, be confident in your own tactics and be able to learn.

The bible described some people as ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth (2Timothy 3:7). What may cause that state of affair is if we were full of our own opinion, leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), thinking we are some form of island of brilliance. To learn you need some measure of openness.

The difference between Mary and Martha in the bible was their posture to the word of Christ (Luke 10:38-42). While Martha was busy trying to give Jesus something, Mary was seated at his feet soaking up his words. Jesus said that one thing is needed and that is what Mary chose. Martha was focused on the external, and not the internal like Mary. While Mary was listening to Jesus time froze, nothing else mattered. She was growing on the inside while stationary on the outside.

Peter said that Jesus had the words of eternal life, adding that that was why he was following him (John 6:68).

Another prayed in the bible: teach me your ways Oh Lord and I will walk in your truth (Psalm 86:11). Knowledge is the acquisition of new information; understanding is grasping how the pieces of information relate to one another; and wisdom is right application of the new information. It all began with knowledge. To be different, you need to pursue more knowledge.

The bible says those who know their God will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). This kind of knowledge has to do with “oneness” in which we become one with the truth. We need to realise that truth is a person, Jesus (John 14:6), and not just an ideology, the goal of those who pursue truth is to see Jesus as he really his, since he is the truth.

However, knowledge is not everything. Paul said that knowledge puffs up but love edifies (1Corinthians 8:1). It is harder to learn love than to be informed about truth. Truth can exist on its own, but love needs connection, needs to reach out, needs to move into new territories, needs to serve others, needs to obey God.

Love describes the right motivation, whereas knowledge can outline what it means to be rightly motivated; love is of the heart while knowledge can stay in the mind; knowledge may not change your life, but love does. The bible says the way to be filled with the fullness of God is by being filled with his love (Ephesians 3:16-19).

While the truth makes us free (John 8:32), love moves us to get others into their freedom. Jesus was moved to come to rescue us from the doom of hell, not just because he was aware of how the problem of sin had ravaged man but it was about his love for humanity.

In the bible, we see references to the fact that he was moved by compassion in what he does (Mark 1:40-41). He did not just know what is wrong with humanity but is the embodiment of the solution because he is the embodiment of love. One man who had leprosy said to Jesus: if you are willing you can make me clean and Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched forth his hand, and said: I am willing, be clean (Mark 1:40-41).

The point is that as good as knowledge is, it is not everything, the heart is not developed by just packing it with knowledge, it is made to run on love. Love controls the action more than knowledge does. That is why Jesus said we should love the Lord our God with all our heart (Mathew 22:37). Love determines everything, even the way we pursue the knowledge of God.

Cleansing

washing-404481_640Numbers 8:6: “Take the Levites from among the people of Israel and cleanse them. (ESV)

To be cleansed is to be washed from impurities. Before we approach God we need to experience cleansing. And there is cleansing available in the blood of Jesus. Jesus did not shed his blood on the cross for nothing, it was to make us acceptable to God (Revelation 1:5).

God is described as holy and we are to be holy as he is holy (1Peter 1:15-16). We need to be cleansed from impurities. When a disciple called Ananias was sent to Saul the persecutor of the church who had met Christ, he said that needed to be baptised and be washed from his sins (Acts 22:16). The fact of the outward cleansing with water was a manifestation of the inward work of the blood of Jesus in Paul’s life.

When a man Naaman needed to be cleansed from his leprosy, he same to Elisha who told him to go dip in river Jordan, but he did not want to make that journey (2Kings 5), but he eventually did. He would not be able to go if he does not approach the word that he heard with faith and humility.

The experience of that man is representative of the work of salvation. First we need to realise the need for cleansing from sin. Without the full cognizance of the need to be rid of sin, which is likened to leprosy, which we need to be cleansed from it, we will not seek help.

Remember that Naaman was highly placed, he was very important to the nation of Syria, he had accomplished much, but that did not take his leprosy away.

Though could remove his armour after coming from a battlefield, he could not remove his leprosy and lay it aside by his own effort. Though he could deal with many a mighty enemy of Syria, getting rid of them, he could not get rid of his leprosy.

Though he could strategize and come up with all manners of tactics to deal with the enemy of the nation, he could not come up with anything to cure himself of leprosy. This was a shame he bore privately. He could not help himself though a mighty man.

Similarly, we human beings, when it comes to sin, cannot help ourselves, and just as Naaman needed to get help outside his nation (he had to go somewhere else) there was no help for man on earth when it comes to sin, Jesus had to come from heaven.

Just as we need to come to Jesus, who represents another nation (an heavenly one) Naaman came and was healed by Elisha who did not collect anything from him.

The parallel is that in the salvation experience of Jesus, we can be saved without paying anything, what we need is a dip in the blood of Jesus by faith (as we come to him), just as Naaman took a dip in river Jordan. But what happened to Gehazi who tried to gain something from the event of Elisha healing Naaman? He got the leprosy which Naaman was cleansed from, and that is what happens to those who preach another gospel, it becomes their condemnation.

Just as it was only the river Jordan that was recommended for the cleansing of the general, it is only the name of Jesus given under heaven that we might be saved without payment (Acts 4:12).

The church is meant to be cleansed by the washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:24-32). The bible says we are washed, our thought process is washed from filthy thinking, and we gain elevated thinking.

Paul said: we speak wisdom, not of this world not of the princes of the world which comes to not but the wisdom of God in a mystery (1Corinthians 2:1-7). That is elevated thinking, thinking in which we compare spiritual with spiritual. The wisdom of men is actually foolishness to God (1Corinthians 3:19). James wrote of the wisdom that comes from above saying that it is the peaceful, and pure, but that of the earth is demonic and self-seeking, it is contentious (James 3:15-16).

The process of cleansing involves removing the vestiges of the flesh from our mind. Paul told Timothy that God has not given him the Spirit of fear but of love, power and sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7).

Fear clutters the mind, compromises the thinking processes, and shuts down creativity and the sense of initiative. With it no new thing can be done on the earth.

Paul wanted Timothy to experience cleansing from fear. There is no moving along with God when we are shackled with fear. God runs on faith and not on fear, and we are meant to walk with him, share his perspective which is never that of fear. God is not the author of confusion (1Corinthians 14:33); and fear and confusion, which are linked together, lead to taking the wrong action.

When King Saul was full of fear that the people were departing from him he offered the sacrifice he was not supposed to offer, and that was his undoing (1Samuel 13).

Paul said that instead of fear, God had given Timothy the Spirit of love, power and a sound mind. Love is purified motivation, power is purified ability, while a sound mind is purified thinking.

Sin has damaged us in those three areas: in our motivation, in our thinking and in our ability.

Ability

God made man to have dominion in the beginning and not to be dominated. That speaks of the inherent ability in man then.

Thinking

Sin also damaged our thinking. Rather than think in God’s own frequency the imagination of the heart of men was evil continually. And without thinking like God we will not be able to walk with him, as Amos wrote: can two walk together expect they be agreed (Amos 3:3)?

Motivation

Except there is oneness of purpose then we can be one in passion, and pursuit. The passion of God is typified by the fire of the Holy Spirit, it is his red burning zeal to actualise his own purpose and with a purified mind, we share his zeal and become zealous in his course. In a place in the book of Isaiah God said, when I had no one to assist me, my own arm brought salvation to me (Isaiah 63:1-6). We have a zeal for God and do not need supporters. We are self-motivated because we are fearless.

When we are purified in our heart (the place of motivation), we can offer acceptable sacrifices to God. The double-minded are called to purify their hearts (James 4:8).

Separated to Christ

portrait-119851_640Exodus 29:1: “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. Take one bull of the herd and two rams without blemish, (ESV)

To be made separate is being taken off from all other uses apart from a specific or a set of specific uses. The focus verse is about the consecration of the priest and the means for doing that was the blood of animals. And for the consecration of the new creation in Christ Jesus, of which you and I are part of, the blood of Jesus was shed, to achieve the ultimate consecration in us (Hebrews 10:29).

Because his blood life was shed we now take on his life (Leviticus 17:11). As the new priesthood, we are representatives of Jesus the High priest, we do his work on earth. A priest connects God to the people and the people to God. And in Jesus that is what we get to do.

Just as sacrifices are instrumental for people to be made priests, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross makes us priests.

Jesus told Peter and Andrew: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men (Mark 1:17). There is no limit to what Jesus can make us. But we do not get beyond who he is. He makes us who he is.

This starts with our being made children of God. Jesus can make us sons of God because he is already that. When he said he will make some people fishers of men; that was who he was.

In his prayer in John 17, Jesus says that for our sake he sanctified himself, he separated himself. He was not the son of God from eternity, he was God the word, but when Adam who was the son of God messed up, Jesus was sent to be born of the Spirit, born son of God to make for us the path into the same reality.

And later on he was tempted by the devil and he obtained victory over him, over sin, to us for the same purpose. He lived righteously to make the gift of righteousness available to us.

And he also received the Holy Spirit. In the river Jordan where he went to be dipped in water by John the Baptist, the heaven opened and the Spirit of God descend like a dove upon Jesus.

And we see a similar thing happen in the book of Acts chapter two, about ten days after Jesus ascended to heaven. It was the father who released the Holy Spirit on Jesus from heaven by river Jordan, and also spoke from there. For us to receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus has to release him to us. What he becomes, he makes us into.

He encourages us to have a good relationship with the Holy Spirit, being the means of our regeneration, the means of our being born again. We become what we are made. Jesus said: make the tree good and he fruit will be good (Matthew 12:33).

To make us priests, Jesus shed his blood because to become what we are not originally we need the life of the one who has it as seed for our own experience. That is why the bible enjoins us to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Jesus is described as our sanctification (1Corinthians 1:30). He separates us to God by first purchasing us with his blood. He paid a price for our soul to set us free from the power of Satan.

Jesus said that as the father has sent him he sent us (John ), and just as he was separated to the father we should be separated to him and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us along in that direction. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, he will take what is his, and manifest it to us (John 20:21).

Jesus was driven by the purpose of the father, and he wants us to be driven by his purpose. We are supposed to gaze on Jesus who for the joy set before him despised the shame of the cross, and was obedient to the death on the cross (Hebrews 12:1-6).

Just as he took a path of obedience to the father we should be on a path of obedience to him (Philippians 2:5-11). He said that his food is to do the will of the father in heaven (John 4:34), we should have a similar passion.

Now we should be separated from all other influence to the influence of the Holy Spirit. We are Christ’s. We need to have a level of commitment to Jesus that he has to us. His was a commitment in which he laid down his life and the he said that if we do not carry our cross and follow him we will not be worthy of the kingdom of God because separation is the hallmark of relationship with God (Matthew 10:38).

Talking about his own level of separation, Paul said that for the excellency of knowing Jesus he counted everything as dung to be found in him not having his own righteousness (Philippians 3:10-18).

He was separated from his own righteousness to the righteousness of Jesus. He separated from his own achievement and disappointments. He said: this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and stretching forward to what lies in front, I press towards the mark of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. He was separated to the purpose of God for him. He said that he wants to lay hold of that for which Christ has laid hold of him.

Salvation is the process of being made separate to God. We chose to have him as the Lord, not questioning him in anything but obeying him in all things (Romans 10:9-10).

While the blood of Jesus sanctified us with regards to sin, the word of God sanctifies us is with regards to inward change (transformation) and the Holy Spirit sanctifies with regards to spiritual service.

God sent me

countryside-701753_1280Genesis 45:5: And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. (ESV)

Joseph’s brothers, full of hatred, decided to deal with him ruthlessly forgetting that they come from the same father. Full of jealousy, they sold him into slavery. They were more interested in their temporary gain but God was working out something greater, because God’s thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9).

To preserve the children of Israel for hundreds of years, God (indirectly) sent Joseph before them into Egypt, which became the cocoon, the womb, from which the nation of Israel would emerge.

They incubated in that place for hundreds of years, and the people multiplied and became very great. And a time came when the labour pain sets in. The contractions started when a Pharaoh arose who did not know Joseph, did not know how he was instrumental in saving the nation from famine and helping it emerge as a superstar. He did not know that the children of Israel were there because of the influence of Joseph who had been a great help to Egypt.

That marked a change of the condition of the children of Israel in Egypt. Suddenly where they had enjoyed for years, where they thought they will abide forever, became the place of serious persecution. They were trodden underfoot, and eventually the labour pain increased and God came down and (directly) sent Moses to deliver them.

Though God sent Joseph hundreds of years before that, he did not know it until certain events began to play out, showing that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Similar to the calling of Joseph, Moses was called to save the children of Israel. At the age of 80, he was given a marching order and equipped with tremendous power for signs and wonders.

While Joseph used political power and wisdom in the administration of the state to gain favour in the land of Egypt, penetrating the place to become significant in the scheme of things, even marrying the daughter of a priest of the land, and aligning with the social norm of the land, Moses took the confrontational route.

While Joseph was born outside Egypt, Moses as born in Egypt but he has to run away from there for his dear life because he did something wrong, but Joseph was sold into slavery. not for anything he did wrong. They were opposites, but God can use anyone, from whatever background, age and experience and with whatever personality.

God sent both of them and equipped them differently. Moses was equipped with supernatural power for signs and wonders. Joseph was equipped with wisdom to solve administrative problems and becomes indispensable in the corridors of power, Moses was called to confront corridors of power.

But both were sent, and at different times to achieve different things. We never saw Joseph get angry, but we had the record that he wept, but we do not have the record that Moses wept but that he got angry. They had different temperaments, but they were both sent by God. There is no prototype man of God, there is only a prototype Jesus, the ultimate minister of God.

The bible described John the Baptist as a man sent from God (John 1:6), Jesus was also sent by God (Hebrews 1:1-3) but their personality and manner of approach to God and ministry could not be more different.

Jonah was sent to go to Nineveh but he thought he had a better idea, and took a journey in another direction. To stop him from succeeding in his self-will, a storm was sent by God to disturb the man who was sent but did not yield.

It was clear to Jonah that the storm was sent from God, and he was eventually thrown overboard and God sent a fish to swallow him up.

In that story, God sent three things. There was a man Jonah sent who thought he had better ideas, and there was the storm sent and the fish to swallow him up. Therefore, if we follow the path of disobedient, not following through with the direction that God wants us to follow, we should be ready to face storms; we become magnets for storms. When a heart of obedience is misplaced then storm will be in place. And we should also get ready to be stuck inside a “fish,” living frustrated lives, going nowhere.

God told Ezekiel: if I send you to a sinner to tell him to repent and you refused to deliver the message, it will be sad if the sinner dies in his sin because then I will require his blood from your hand (Ezekiel 3:18).

Jesus walked on the earth with the consciousness of being sent. We also should. Paul told Timothy to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, adding that a soldier is not entangled with the affairs of civilian so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier (2Timothy 2:1-4). Paul said we are ambassadors (2Corinthians 5:20). An ambassador in another country does not go about paying attention to his own things, but to the concerns of his country of origin.

In the focus verse, we see that God is interested in preserving life, and we are also sent to the world to preach the gospel and save many from the raging fire of hell. We have escaped by the grace of Jesus, and we are supposed to help others to know the way. Hell is real and God does not want anyone to perish but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3:9).

We are meant to move by the power of the light of Jesus and break the hold of darkness off people. Jesus said: you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to me everywhere (Acts 1:8).