March 14, 2019

THEIR CRY REACHED HEAVENS

” Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.  So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.   And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-25).

Moses had left Egypt and settled in Midian and the king that was tormenting their lives had died. The affliction had become very unbearable, so they cried unto God for help. The Bible says God heard their groanings and the LORD remembered His covenant  with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is the reason why the Bible tells us “to pray all the time, whether in season or out of season”. We should never take prayers for granted. This is our means of communication with God. I always want God to give me the engine of prayer because we can never pray too much. Jesus taught us the essence of prayers and also demonstrated to us how to seek God’s face in prayers. Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, and knock and the door shall be opened  unto you,”  The children of Israel cried unto God and He heard. and remembered His covenant. So also when we pray continuously for help, God in His infinite mercies will remember His covenant (promises) and answer our prayers.

Now that the children of Israel cried to God for help, let us read in chapter 3 what our God set in motion to do in order to deliver them. The scripture says ”  Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” (Exodus 3:1-2). The bible says while Moses was busy tending the sheep of his father-in-law, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him. Many people that God calls, they were in active duty. Moses was already doing the work of a shepherd, leading and directing the sheep. when the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire  God knows how to get the attention of everyone. God led him to the mountain of God where he could have one on one interaction with him. God presented a scene that he could not resist. He drew closer to see an unusual happening, a burning bush that does not consume  the bush. God calls in such a way as to leave an indelible imprint on you that you will never forget. I remember Jacob when he wrestled with God, Jacob was alone too and at the end of the wrestling, the Angel touched his thigh, and he started to limp. When Paul encountered Jesus on the way to Damascus, he became blind, for 3 days he could not see until Ananias prayed for him. Peter encountered Jesus when he asked him to launch his nets into the deep for a catch. Somebody who had toiled all night and caught nothing, and when he obeyed Him and launched his net, the amount of fish that came into the net was unbelievable.

These are examples of men of God that received the call of God and God used them mightily. Each of them were busy doing what they were accustomed to, not knowing that they were listed as God’s generals. Whatever position you find yourself, do it with all your heart and mind and soul. Nobody knows the time of one’s visitation, therefore one needs to be dedicated at all times There was a man in Nigeria in 1930″s who was a cleaner in the church. He would sweep the church and outside of the church before the service everyday. One day while he was doing his normal duty, the angel of the LORD appeared to Him, and gave him a message from the LORD, and he became a powerful evangelist and a part of the movement that established the Christ Apostolic Church in Nigeria.

What we need today is a visitation from God that would change our nation and prepare us for the return of our Lord Jesus to the earth. The church needs to wake up, because right now all the conveniences that we have, make us to do the work of God in a compromising manner. We serve God at our convenience. We come to church when it is convenient for us. Our passion for evangelism has dwindled and our love for God has been replaced with the love of self. Whatever self wants is what self does. Brothers and sisters, this is the time to put more “oil” in our lamps, and ask for more strength to focus on Jesus no matter what we are going through.  The scripture says “Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead,  And Christ will give you light.” See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:14-21). The LORD will give us the grace to do all that are written therein. God bless.

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