Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Many are yet to understand God's anger against Moses; and why Moses wasn't allowed to enter into Canaan. It was not just because of his disobedience; God could have easily pardoned that sin.

God can reject a man of God; this is why God rejects His own chosen servants. Part 2

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5. Diminishing the word of God

God’s instruction to Prophet Jeremiah when he had been prepared as an instrument of ministry to a people void of knowledge, led astray by iniquity was, ‘Do not diminish a word‘ (Jeremiah 26:2).

Teachings that could not cause pain to the soul of the wicked, and thoroughly detach dirt from their hearts; smokey sermons that could not destroy the way of the vile; softened preaching that would not offend the unrighteous; teachings harmonized to achieve gifts and the goodwill of men. This was what characterized the ministry of the wicked prophets and priests of the Jews.

By this erroneous ministry pattern, they made the law of God soft and less fierce. Thus, the people departed from the counsel of God for those who will or will not follow the law. The result was that the righteous stumbled, and the wicked did not repent but delved into greater error.

With softened or diminished word, they healed the people slightly (Jeremiah 6:14). They could not tell them their sins boldly.

My Dad once spoke of a fellow invitee minister who approached him and said, ‘If you want to get the crowd, do not preach this kind of message.’ We all know the kind of sermon he was suggesting to my dad. The word which promises blessings to the wicked, and speaks peace to the perishing. The killer motivational Pentecostal sermon that is backed with thunderous amen shouts. Yeah! The kind that kills slowly, although the dead and dying absolutely love it.

Some church people once tried to push me into the dark corner of abandoning the fierceness of my message, but they failed woefully.

Indeed, I thank God that all through my dad’s over 35 years of ministry, he has not stopped preaching the raw gospel of the Kingdom, nor has he diminished the message of fire.

Since the beginning of Missions, the true prophets of God have always told the people their sins. Moses did, Isaiah did, Samuel did, Jeremiah did, Jesus did, and Paul did. But never has a sinful generation loved the word of God.

Jesus’ lifestyle and ministry were to be a sign spoken against, a sword piercing through the hearts of men, revealing the inner thoughts of men. If we claim to speak for Christ in a generation more wicked than the Jews of old, shall we then begin to crave the gifts and love of men, instead of daggering the hearts with truth and grace? God forbid it! For it is written;

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. – Isaiah 58:1

When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. -Ezekiel 3:18-19

We know that the wicked do not like to hear the truth, neither do they like it when their sins are exposed and the judgments of God against them proclaimed. Nonetheless, any preacher or minister who waters down the fierceness of the word of God for the wicked to find a soft ground is a wicked and a false prophet. Have nothing to do with him.

6. De-sanctifying God before men

The de-sanctification of God is the act of making God look vile, unholy and unrighteous, instead of pure, holy, righteous, mighty, worthy of honour, and hallowed. This is an act of great wickedness against God.

Then Moses said unto Aaron, this is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace. –Leviticus 10:3

Nadab and Abihu disobeyed God by burning strange fire upon the altar of God, and the Lord of armies smote them instantly.

And the Lord, in answer to Moses and the generations that may ask why they were met with such harsh judgment said, “I must be sanctified by those whom I draw close unto me.‘Those’ here include all people of God, but more especially the priests and prophets of God.

This response from the Lord can be paraphrased thus, ‘My ministers must show fort that I am a great God, Who is holy, Who accepts pure sacrifices, and who is to be obeyed.’ We can also interpret it this way, ‘No priest must make Me look small and contemptuous before My people.’

This sacred ministerial code of conduct is why the Lord reprimanded the Israelites for offering Him unclean and unworthy sacrifices as if He were a nobody. And the Lord was deeply angry with the priests for receiving and presenting such sacrifices to Him.

Many are yet to understand God’s anger against Moses; and why Moses wasn’t allowed to enter Canaan. It was not just because of his disobedience; God could have easily pardoned that sin.

But Moses, for the position he stood in the achieve of times, being Israel’s foremost prophet, and first among men who knew God one on one; for he saw God, lived with the unseen King, and experienced things beyond human utterance. If God had not punished him, his disobedience would have echoed through times, and the Lord would have lost His honour and fear a long time ago.

And if he wasn’t punished severely, these days when men pride in their sins, citing David as an example of a man who fell into sin, Moses also would have been a bigger icon of gross disobedience, dishonour and negligence to the commands of God.

So, God wanting to send a fierce warning to Israel, and unto the generations of those who would be instructed by him, He slew Moses.

The Lord said to Moses, “Because you have not honoured me in the eyes of my people; you have not esteemed me before them.” (Numbers 20:12)

By this divine truth did God also slay Ananias and Sapphire. If He had allowed that error to go unpunished. The early Church would begin to learn the ways of deceit, lying, and contemptuous giving. And the Scripture says, ‘Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.’ Acts 5:11

Indeed, those to whom it is chiefly given, to make God appear holy, great, worthy of fear and obedience are His ministers. Today, He may not slay us for shaming His Glory, but He will dim our lights, shut our eyes, block our ears, and then drop us as He did to Nadab, Abihu and His great servant Moses- the Man of God.

7. Rebellion and disobedience

Rebellion and gross negligence to instruction was the sin of King Saul. Rebellion is outrightly doing your own will against the will of an authority. It is when you know the demands of a leader, but stubbornly refuse to submit to them.

God, after testing Saul, noted that Saul was a servant of his own will and mind. Israel’s first king was unwilling, unyielding, and lacking respect for the wishes and instructions of God. The Lord was quick to dispose him off; then found Himself a man who delights in pleasing Him, a man after His own heart.

What then do we think will happen to ministers who know what God wants but prefer to do something else, according to their selfish purposes and desires? And worse are those who have received an instruction from God and will hesitate in doing it.

God may not reject a man for delay in doing His work. But we must remember that there is time for everything under the sun. There is a time mapped out for the work of God; our God works with time. He will not continue to wait for anyone unwilling and unyielding. The task and office will be handed over to another person who understands the urgency of missions- the priceless soul of men.

Those who for one reason or another have delayed their calling, have already lost those things that were attached to early response.

There is also great error in doing God’s work without His instructions and counsel. This is to say, a man of God who wants to get it right should seek God to give him a plan and knowledge of how He wants the work to be done. And if the Lord tells us what He delights in, we must respond with timely obedience.

“Woe to the rebellious children,” says the LORD, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin…” Isaiah 30:1

8. Unrighteousness and Unholiness

Without mincing words, the first demand of the Holy Spirit from all followers of Christ is holiness and righteousness. It is the first consecration of all genuine servants of God. The gift and calling of God may be without repentance, but to carry and sustain the gift and call of God we must be righteous and holy.

Sin, iniquity, and wickedness are the weights that beset believers from reaching their maximal potential in Christ. This potential is based on the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. But if we begin to soil our hearts in the displeasure of God and His Christ, the Water of Life will be diminished, and the Holy Ghost will depart from our hearts.

How do we think to ourselves that a man who has lost the sanctifying Spirit of God is still a servant of God? The Holy Spirit departing from Saul was a sign of His rejection.

Indeed, one of the quickest ways to lose the move of God is by losing the God of the move. When God is lost, the move is over, the assignment is done, the calling is called off, and the anointings for the ministry will be stripped. God will no more back the saying of the prophet- a sign that the glory is no more.

Christian, nothing scares away the Spirit like unrighteousness, unholiness, evil, wickedness, and sin. Therefore, let all who mention the name of the Lord depart from iniquity, let them pursue righteousness.

“Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19

Our God is a Holy God, He is too Holy to behold iniquity. Not even His servants are spared when He avenges wickedness and sin against the law. For the soul that sinneth (be it the soul of a priest, or that of a prophet), he shall die.

9. Exercising ministerial gifts for money or gain

Ministry will feed the minister of God. God has strategized ministry in such a way that a faithful servant, with patience, will enter into divine abundance.

There are men of God who see ministry as their business venture, where they have to strategize on how to meet up with personal financial demands. No one who has this thought still has the light of Christian ministry.

Not that it is wrong to strategize on how to increase the financial capability of a ministry or a church, it is only wrong when garnering money is behind the programs, and churching we do. The intent and will of God must take center stage, it must be first.

Ministry is God’s business, not yours oh ye derailing servants. We must work hand in hand with the Master to fulfill His will and purpose. If we find a way to build and run a successful ministry devoid of the intent of Christ, we shall become big failures in His eyes. And although men may celebrate us, there shall be no reward for us.

No master rewards a servant who does his own will. He will not be settled, neither will he be praised. After many years, he would have done a lot, but he is still unprofitable to the master.

God's Servants Umah Ukpai

In the past, Rev. Umah Ukpai was known to collect money before he would pray for anyone. According to him, the Lord warned him to desist from such evil acts.

God's servants Apostle Arome

Apostle Arome was cautioned by God not to sell his sermons. According to God, the truth needs to saturate the space, so that the intent of God can come upon men.

Again, the only time a man of God will think that the gifts of God upon him are to increase his pocket and attain financial stability is when he has forgotten that the poor also have a huge stake in the ministry of the saints.

Today, some ministers demand to know their envelope size before they come to exercise the gift of God in them. This also is evil; it is wickedness against God.

Some check out the size of the congregation before accepting to minister in a gathering. Some pastors go through the financial books of the church before agreeing to pastor them. I would think that a pastor needs to inquire first if it is God’s will for him to lead that congregation. But the will of God is not the chief concern of many pastors. Having been close to the pulpit for years, I have solid proof of this.

Demanding money for deliverance is wrong. Selling messages is wrong unless on special request. I am one of those who strongly opine that the exorbitant sale price of Christian books at a rate that the poor and believing cannot buy them is also wrong.

For the Gospel was first preached to the poor, and the poor received it gladly. If it were sold, only the rich would buy it, but the rich would never have the humility and decency to go about spreading the good news. They would then have taken the message of life to their graves.

This is why Jesus started with the poor and uneducated; He ministered to those who could not pay Him. And in return, they carried His teaching about being the only thing they have, but ever hoping for a better place where they can have it all. And today we have become beneficiaries of the gracious labour of many poor men who prayed and laboured for our salvation. But today, many unwise preachers prefer to minister to the rich.

One day Jesus told me that His gifts are for His honour. Honouring God and making His praise and name visible in the land is the end product of a Christian ministry. Faithfully doing this, whether it pays or not is how you will know a man who still has the light and passion of Christian ministry. For freely you have received it, freely ye shall give saith the lord.

Man of God, flee from covetousness. All who engage in covetous ministry stand to be rejected by God, for their true God is money.

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