God will not do what you can do for yourself

Let me share with you some few electrifying, life-changing truths from the word of God. Your exodus is here and now; exodus from ignorance of the Word of God and erroneous teachings adversely affecting the responsibilities of Christians.

Remember that when a precious picture is in need of restoration, or if a valuable piece of furniture is broken, you take it to a specialist. That specialist is equipped with the right tools necessary to bring the item back to its intended original state.

It is never a rush job because of the details that must be perfected. We know that restoration is not merely an instant act ‘ it is a process. Likewise deliverance from erroneous teachings which encourage Christians not to take personal responsibility for their lives is not going to be a simple operation.

In the exodus of fleshly Israel, the Lord provides us a type of the sinner’s departure from his own slavery to iniquity and the most wicked Pharaoh of all, Satan.

God led the people along a more circuitous route that they might avoid the way of the Philistines and the rigors of battle.

They arrived at a great obstacle, therefore, in the Red Sea, but Moses was able to part it so that they could walk through and escape.

As the last little one reached the far bank, the waters crashed back upon themselves and the pursuing Egyptians were swallowed up. But hang on, how was this miracle performed?

We know that God ordered Moses to stretch out his rod over the sea and divide the waters. Please note that God commanded Moses to divide the sea . . . incredible! Isn’t it? Prior to dividing of the waters, the people had started mourning and felt useless. Many had lost all hope.

God interjected their prayers by a rebuke. He commanded Moses to tell the people to move forward. In other words, face your obstacle. Do your best and God will the rest.

God is putting some action to your prayers, please put corresponding action. God will only do the impossible and you are expected to do the possible. Surely, you can lift up your rod and you can move forward. That He will not do for you. He will in turn construct a highway in the sea using an east wind (because He knows that you do not have the capacity to do that).

If we go back a little, we see Moses complaining to God about his weaknesses.

God responded by asking him the question. “What is in your hand?”

God is today calling people to stand up and be counted. Use what you have to bring yourself out of poverty, to provide for your family etc.

Do not eat the bread of idleness; neither should there be anyone who should carry around an “entitlement mentality”.

Remember, people do not owe you anything. Do not make self the center of the universe in your life.

Let us not hide behind religion in the name of blind and dangerous, unbiblical faith.

Remember, we are co-workers with God. God is looking for your participation in changing your own life for the better.

Arise and be doing and God will be with you

We are all responsible for the health of our communities in particular and the world at large. Students are urged to work hard and stop blaming God for their carelessness and lack of diligence.

Africans should stop blaming their governments for everything whilst they are sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing.

We are products of our past, but we do not have to be prisoners of it. Simple things like keeping a clean environment are always blamed on governments’ how sad.

Do the possible and God will do the impossible. God is asking you, “What is in your hand?” Therefore, arise and be doing and God will be with you.

Entering Canaan

Many people are under the mistaken idea that the biblical Canaan is symbolic of heaven. We all know the saying “A text without a context is a pretext”, which points to the danger of trying to interpret words out of their context.

However the task of understanding a text in context is more complex than many realize. To place a text in context we must identify its literary context in the book, its theological context in the writings of the author, and the historical context of the book.

Then to place a text in the context of the whole biblical revelation will involve understanding its context in Old Testament or New Testament theology, its context in God’s progressive revelation within each period of salvation history, and its context in biblical theology. In sum, context must

be theological as well as literary, and context must include the whole biblical revelation, as well as the book in which the text occurs.

The Bible contains a number of type and antitype situations. Isaac is a type of the antitype Jesus, as his father was willing to let his only son die.

Canaan, here symbolizes the place that God is calling you to, your purpose and destiny. Several things are supposed to be in place before one can fully embrace their destiny in Christ Jesus.

It is interesting to note that Christian faith embraces many truths that seem to contradict each other.

In the book of Deuteronomy, we see what superficially appears to be a contradiction. God tells his people that He has given them their victory, but they are still expected to rise up and take their journey. God will not help that man that has legs to go and will not.

You must cross over your River Arnon and engage Sihon, the Amorite in a battle so as to receive the victory that the Lord has promised you.

The fact that God has given you something is no substitute for you not to take personal responsibility of your life.

The conclusion of the matter is trust in the supernatural involvement of God in your life, however, remember that God will not do for you what you can do for yourself.

Somebody once said that, “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself”.

Nobody can force their will on yours. Only you can live for yourself. God will not override your will. Come on; put some action to your prayers.


September 2006
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