A Call For Obedience

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A Call For Obedience

During His earthly ministry, Jesus stressed the importance of being called to obedience. He wanted to make disciples: people who would follow Him. Accordingly, this life of obedience comes along with a divine assignment.

Ten Commandments

“Obedience,” wrote C.S. Lewis, “is the key to all doors.” What type of obedience does God require? Complete obedience. However, following the assignment or vision is not always easy.

But in the course of working out the assignment, we are bringing it to reality. Joseph had a dream about what God wanted him to become.  It was a vision. For this reason, he went through many challenges but didn’t give up because of the greater and brighter future he was seeing.

What Is Obedience to God?

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.” Philippians 2:8-9

Obedience has to do with love, it comes with love. John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” The truth is that you will find it easy to obey who you love dearly. Anything they call you to do, you will gladly do it for them. 

In the same manner, when God called you, he called you to obey, which means he called you to love him.

Paul used to be a person that killed.  He thought he was doing the right thing according to the law, but it was direct disobedience to God. On his way to kill more Christians, Jesus called him and it was not just an ordinary call. Everything Christ told him, he obeyed.

Are you completing your divine assignment? Don’t forget that whatever He says, we must do. God will not tell us to do what we can’t handle or what will cause our downfall. 

Exodus 33:15 ~ “Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” When we hear whatever He [God] says, the next thing that should come to our mind is, “Do it.”

Rewards of Obedience to God        

Whatever God says and when we follow it, leads to success. The word of the Lord for us all of the time is for our own good. God told Joshua what to do to have success.  

Winning

He said he should do whatever is in His word and obediently follow it. Joshua 1:8 ~ “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Whatever God tells us, we shouldn’t try to change it or try to make an adjustment to suit our own desire. All we need to do is to simply obey. It has already been perfected by God for us to follow. 

He knows our capability. Jeremiah 1:5 “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.”

Jesus was at a wedding when the wine finished and His mother told Him about this.  Then she told the servant to do whatever Jesus asked them to do. John 2:5 “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” They didn’t grumble, they merely obeyed what Jesus told them to do.

Yet, it is interesting to consider the instructions they obeyed – He told them to get six jars filled with water. What they needed was wine but Jesus telling them to get water is a bit surprising.

Obeying God Brings Protection

One of the commandments God gave us is, “you shall have no other gods before me.” The three Hebrew boys in Babylon obeyed God’s commandments and refused to bow down to the image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar.

They didn’t change what God said in order to favor the situation they were in at that time. They acted in faith and didn’t care about their fate. As such, they survived a fiery furnace.  This is an excellent reminder that God surely has a way out of every uncomfortable situation.

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28). The three Hebrew boys tested their obedience when they were told to bow down and worship the image the king set up. 

Fiery Furnace

They refused and responded to the king in Daniel 3:17-18 ~ “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Walk in Obedience

In the New Testament, we learn through the example of Jesus Christ that believers are called to a life of obedience.  Now, what is the work that you have been called to? 

Why do you still hesitate to commence the assignment? Don’t say you don’t have all you need to start.  That’s an excuse – get to work.

“Obedience is the burial of the will and the resurrection of humility.”
~ John Climacus

It doesn’t matter how you start but what matters is how you finish. Even the Bible admits that having faith without working is useless. James 2:26 ~ “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Take Action

Take time to prayerfully meditate on Philippians 2:8-9 and Jeremiah 29:11. Allow the Holy Spirit to flood your heart with light and grace. Then, go ahead and take that step to obey what God has called you to. 

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” ~ John 14:23

Just remember to obey and you shall have good success!

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Appointed, Anointed & Commissioned

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Appointed, Anointed & Commissioned

David was a diligent and hardworking shepherd boy who loved God and walked in righteousness. It was this heart of reverence and love for God that caused him to be chosen (appointed – Acts 10:32) and anointed by Samuel as king of Israel in the place of Saul (1 Samuel 16:13). 

However, after he was appointed and anointed, it took several years before he was commissioned to rule the children of Israel. This goes to give us an understanding that there is a difference between being appointed, anointed and commissioned.  Let’s now define the terms:

Being Appointed

To be appointed means to be put in an office in order to function fully and accomplish a task. This word is used for the expression of a large variety of ideas including “stipulate” (Genesis 30:28), “put into office” (Genesis 41:34; Numbers 1:50; Esther 2:3); “select” (Jeremiah 51:27). 

It also means to be “put in charge” (Jeremiah 49:19; 50:44); “assign” (Numbers 4:27; Jeremiah 15:3); “designate,” “select” (Exodus 21:13; Numbers 4:19; 2 Samuel 7:10; Isaiah 61:3); “single out” (1 Samuel 8:11,12; Hosea 1:11); “designate,” “select” (Numbers 35:6; Joshua 20:2; Ezekiel 45:6); “set aside” (Exodus 30:16) and many others.

The spiritual importance focuses on the appointing and consecrating of persons for special service to the Lord and his people.

Being Anointed

To be anointed according to the scripture means to be equipped with the necessary tools to carry out a certain task.  In most cases, this is by the Holy Spirit because God’s work is spiritual and it takes the Spirit of God to fulfill this assignment (1 Samuel 16:13). 

When people were anointed, God empowered them to accomplish his tasks (1 Samuel 10:6)

Being Commissioned

To be commissioned means to be sent out to fulfill a particular purpose. It rests on a mandate, an instruction in order to fulfill a purpose. An example of this in the Great Commission (John 20:21-23).

As we can see from this, to be appointed comes first, this means being separated and selected unto a certain task.  Being anointed comes next which involves being equipped with the necessary tools to fulfill the mission. 

Lastly, after these two comes the commissioning, which involves being sent and captures in clear detail the goal of the assignment being given to such individual. The commission is the bench mark by which success will be measured.

Example of the Disciples

The disciples are a good example of this process. We see how they went through these three phases at three different times: They were first appointed as disciples by Jesus (Matthew 10:1–4, Mark 3:13–19 and Luke 6:12–16). 

Then they were commissioned when Jesus gave them the great commission in these scriptures (Matt 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:8).

But despite this, Jesus clearly instructed them to tarry in Jerusalem till they received the power from on high.   He realized that they could not succeed in their appointment and commission without being anointed by the Spirit of God. 

Jesus said to his disciples “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, 2:1-15).

Even our Lord Jesus, though He was the Son of God, had to wait for the anointing and empowering of the Holy Spirit to rest upon Him so that He could enter upon and fulfil His earthly ministry (Luke 3:22).

Our Local Shepherd

At Rhema Kingdom Ministries, we have a good testimony. Our shepherd, Pastor Kendal McKenzie has been tested and proven to be a man of great honor. He is appointed, anointed and commissioned to accomplish the purpose of the kingdom.

Just like Moses, he has been given a job to do. God had called him and He appointed to Moses a task. He has dedicated the rest of his life to the accomplishment of that task. 

He set himself to the purpose and plan of God. Moses had His burning bush but Pastor McKenzie has the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in his heart.

He has also been duly anointed, empowered by God to function in this appointment. Through signs and wonders, the preaching of the word with power, and making disciples of men, God works through him to change lives through His word. 

God has empowered us to be His witnesses in the world around us. It is through His power that the strongholds that fill the lives of those in this community will be torn down.

Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people perish” This is why he has also been commissioned with a vision, a purpose by which God has called him. God has appointed him for such a time as this, and He has anointed him to do this work: “To be an example of Righteousness, Holiness, and Integrity; endeavoring to achieve the purpose and plan of God for Kingdom growth by developing and nurturing disciples.”

Pastor McKenzie, we celebrate your obedience, anointing and passion. Happy Anniversary!

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The Challenges of Sharing the Gospel

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The Challenges of Sharing the Gospel

Why should you share the gospel? While we understand the importance, Christians face numerous challenges when sharing the gospel today.  

Sharing the Gospel

At the instruction of the Lord Jesus, the believers, including the twelve, met at the upper room in Jerusalem. While they waited, the promised Holy Spirit, like tongues of fire rested on the disciples. 

There, with the evidence of the gifts of speaking in tongue, the Church of Christ was birthed.

The birth of the Church at Pentecost saw the first message of the gospel preached by Peter, with accompanied conversion of 5,000 men. Interestingly, as the Church witnessed growth throughout Jerusalem through the spreading of the gospel of Jesus, so also does her persecutions.

Sharing the gospel, then, came with a price – imprisonments, beating, killings. From James to John, the list is endless, comprising believers who faced fierce resistance while sharing the gospel of Christ.

Since the time of the apostles, the challenges of sharing the gospel of Jesus have continued to evolve. 

Just as the Great Commission remains important for every professing believer, the challenge of preaching the gospel has also remained. Sharing our faith with someone else should naturally become a priority for everyone who has received God’s generous grace. 

Winning Souls

Sadly, this is far from our experience.

Eager and enthusiastic about knowing Jesus, as a believer, perhaps you too looked forward to talking to someone about Him. Yet, you observe your energy and enthusiasm quickly dissipate before a candidate for salvation, and fear sets in. 

This experience is not limited to a few. Quite a number of believers – old and young, lay and clergy – are confronted with this challenge of sharing the gospel

For the purpose of clarity, let’s categorize these challenges into two – intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic Challenges

Our feelings of inadequacy to share the gospel largely finds expression through fear. Fear has suppressed the believers’ zeal to let others know about Jesus. 

What are we afraid of? Our fears customarily stem from dread of rejection – due to our social class, and even our faith. Oftentimes, we think of our faith as not socially acceptable, and could hurt other’s feelings.

Timothy was also in this situation when Paul wrote the second letter to him. Timothy was young and Paul, his mentor, was in prison. So, Paul, in his letter, wrote Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7-8 (NLT)

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him.”

Spiritual Rejection

You have the spirit of God in you, and He’s not timid. Do not be afraid, this gospel message holds the key to liberate humankind. So, go and share it boldly.

Sharing the gospel message requires some basic communication skills. Though we rely on the Holy Spirit, it’s prudent to arm oneself with the necessary tools for starting conversations. 

Paul took advantage of an altar inscription in Athens to engage the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. 

The Samaritan woman was engaged in a conversation that led to the salvation of a community by Jesus.  Jesus found a common ground, and keyed into it.

You, too, can look for opportunities, or common grounds for sharing the gospel of Jesus. Such opportunities abound in lecture halls, college campuses, cafés, airport lounges, public places etc. 

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes – the hope of the world hangs on it (Rom 1:16).

Extrinsic Challenges

The church, since the time of Paul, has had to confront philosophies that challenge God’s existence, and deny the Christology of Jesus. In the age of information (and knowledge), this is one major challenge to sharing the gospel of Christ. 

It has become expedient for the believers to equip themselves with knowledge to confront this challenge. Here’s Peter’s admonition:

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

In a 2018 report by Open Doors USA, a total of fifty countries were listed (identified) where it is most dangerous to be a follower of Jesus. Nations are becoming more and more hostile to the gospel. 

With increasing exposure to torture, imprisonment, loss of home and assets, rape, and death, Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups.

Handcuffed Hands

Despite these, our resolve to share the gospel must be firm. 

Committed to Sharing the Gospel

As daunting as the outlined challenges may be, they are offshoots of a bigger challenge. If our love for sinners is true, and our conviction in the gospel as the only means of salvation is far-reaching, nothing will hinder us. 

Do you love the world (unsaved people) as much as you’ve enjoyed God’s love? What’s your conviction about the gospel? Do you believe it is God’s power unto salvation to everyone that believes? 

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