FROM PASTOR'S DESK 2022 Pastor's Desk

Don’t be reluctant to do His will | By: J.O. Lawal | Date: October 25, 2022 | Series: From Pastor’s Desk | Number: Vol. 11, No. 22

Beloved: grace and peace without measure be yours from God our Father and Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer. I welcome you with joy into the month of October 2022. My prayer is that your heart will be strengthened every day of the month to serve God wholeheartedly, so that you will be established in the place of His provisions for you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

One of the things that the bible story of King Saul teaches us is that reluctance to fully do the will of God is as bad as complete disobedience to Him. And this could make us lose our place in His scheme of things. As the story goes, God, through Samuel, gave a direct command to King Saul to go and utterly destroy the Amalekites and everything they had. And did he go or not? He did. He went to fight the Amalekites and to destroy them and all their possessions.

However, when he got there, he failed to fully carry out the command of God. Look at how the bible puts that: “Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs — everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.” (1Sam 15:7-9NIV)

Did you see that? Saul and his men were reluctant to destroy all the animals of the Amalekites because of greed. Yes, they killed all the people and all their worthless and weak animals. But they were unwilling to destroy the best of their animals. And how did God judge that? He judged it as complete disobedience to Him and rebellion against Him. Therefore, He took the kingdom away from Saul and his descendants after him and gave it to someone else.

In like manner, if we are reluctant to fully obey God in any area of our lives, He may judge it as total disobedience to Him in all ways. In other words, partial disobedience to God is nothing other than complete disobedience to Him. And that may cost us certain positions or promotion that He has already destined for us. Therefore, if there is any area of your life in which you are reluctant to act on the will of God, you need to retrace your steps and begin to do what is right before it is too late.

Personally, I know what it means to know what God wants of you and yet to be reluctant to do it. It may be because of certain temporary enjoyment you are deriving from acting contrary to His will or because of fear of people or because of love for the praise of people. Whatever the reason may be, being reluctant to do what God wants us to do can only ultimately put us in trouble.

Our Lord Jesus, writing to the church in Thyatira, says this about one of their women: “I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.” (Rev 2:21-23NIV) Did you see that? The Lord was going to punish that woman and those walking in her ways of adultery and idolatry with sickness and death. Why? It was because of her reluctance to repent and do His will.

So, no one can actually tell how the Lord will judge our reluctance to do His will in any area of our lives. And perhaps He is already judging us for our reluctance to wholeheartedly do His will in certain areas of our lives. We may never know this, if He does not reveal what He is doing to us. But whether we know or not, what is important is that we lose no time in doing what He expects of us in every area of our lives. Otherwise, things may get worse for us. I pray that God will set your heart right wherever you are reluctant to do His will and strengthen you to do what is right before it is too late. Amen.

Do have a great October 2022.

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Title: Be determined to walk in His will -JAN 03, 2021

By: J.O. Lawal

Date: January 03, 2021

Series: From Pastor’s Desk

Number: Vol. 9, No. 35

Beloved: I am glad to welcome you to year 2021. This is the Lord’s doing, and we ought to give Him praise and honour for it. 2020 was a very tough year for many all around the world. But God, in His kindness, saw us through it. And I know that regardless of what this new year also brings up, He will see us through it and make our walk in it a walk of total victory and rest.

But then, for God to make our walk that of absolute victory and rest this year, we too must be determined to do His will all through it. Yes, I know there may be all kinds of things that you have determined or resolved to do in the year. And really, most people often come up with new resolutions every new year, which is not a bad thing in itself. But however grand your new resolutions for this new year may be, if they do not include a resolution to do the will of God in all things, then, they are nothing.

The bible says, “”You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”” (Rev 4:11NIV) Did you see that? God created everything, including mankind, by His will. So, we are not here in the world by our own will. It was not because we wanted to come into the world at this time that we are here. We are here because God wanted us to come. We are here for Him.

Since, then, we are here for God, our lives ought to be about living to please Him. But if we are ignorant of this, we will not give our lives to pleasing Him. And even if we know this but do not resolve in our hearts to live to please Him in all things, we will not live to please Him. That is because there will definitely be circumstances that will want to pressure us to act against His will. And if that determination is not in us to please Him, we may find ourselves yielding to those circumstances and acting contrary to His will.

Yes, according to Scriptures, it is clear that no one can please God by His own power or just because he desires to do so. God Himself has to empower us to please Him and also, in His mercy, make the circumstances of our lives favourable for us to please Him (Zech 4:6; Rom 9:16). But we too have to be willing and determined to please Him. I mean that we have to want what He wants for our lives and be resolved to experience it. Otherwise He won’t be able to produce what He desires in our lives.

Paul tells us in a letter of his that it is God who is at work in us to will and to act according to His good purpose (Phil 2:13). Think about that. If you belong to Christ, God is working in you. And what is He doing? First, He is working to give you desires that are consistent with His purpose for you. Second, He is working to empower you to carry out those desires that are in line with His purpose for you. So, we have not been left alone in handling the business of living to pleasing Him. He is with us and will be with us all the way to see to it that we have everything it is going to take to fully please Him in our lives.

But as I pointed out already, unless we embrace what God wants for us and are determined to see it come to pass in our lives, our lives will never be a fulfilment of His will. Why did most of the people Moses brought out of Egypt fail to enter the place of rest prepared by God for them? Was it because God did not have the power to take them into it? No! Rather, it was because they really did not want what He wanted for them and so were not determined to have it. Therefore, His power could not work in their favour. But look at Daniel, when he was in that godless city, Babylon. The bible says he resolved in his heart not to be defiled but to please God. Because of this, God caused His favour and power to work for him and his friends, so that they were able to please Him and experience His rest all through their stay in Babylon. (Cf. Dan 1:8-16)

In like manner, if we too are determined to walk in the will of God for us this year and are dependent on Him to make it happen, we will certainly experience a great release of His favour, mercy and power on our behalf that will make it so. But if there is no determination in us to live in His will, there is no way His power will be released to make our lives a fulfilment of His good purpose. My prayer, then, is that our hearts will be touched by God to fall in love with His will for us and be determined to live in it, so that we may fully experience His rest in every area of our lives this new year. Amen.

Happy New Year.

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