May 31, 2019

THE ARTISANS ARE CALLED BY GOD

And Moses said to the children of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;  and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship,  to design artistic works, to work in gold and silver and bronze,  in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of artistic workmanship. “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work of the engraver and the designer and the tapestry maker, in blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen, and of the weaver—those who do every work and those who design artistic works. (Exodus 35:30-35).

The above scripture confirms the words of God through Paul in Philippians 2:13 that reads “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” God poured Himself into Bezalel and Aholiab to enable them to do everything God had commanded Moses to carry out. He said also in John 15:5  “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” All the work that were to be done were so detailed as we read in earlier scriptures that it takes only the Spirit of God to put them together without any error. This is why we should remind ourselves that whatever we are good at doing, have been given to us by God, for He is the One empowering us to do them. We can not therefore glory in ourselves, but appreciate God working in us. His gifts are distributed in everyone as the Lord revealed also in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 which reads ” There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:  for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills”. These are the gifts poured into the body of Christ so that the body can be edified and strengthened and perfect. But the human elements had caused so much disunity in the body of Christ that had made the church of God to be weakened spiritually. Our cry to God now is to help the body of Christ to rise up again to the work of God they are called to do. If we can remember that it is God that is working in us, we will not envy or wish to be in the place of another person (Jealousy) because all of us cannot be gifted in the same thing. While one is displaying the gift of God in one spectacular area, we should be appreciating God for this individual who has yielded himself/herself to God to be used in that magnitude.

For example the practical example we witnessed recently in Akure, Nigeria, where a 26 year old woman named Bose Isaac, was used by God to heal a crippled man who started to walk, and two deaf men received their hearing, explained to us the gift of God in the working of those miracles. All we need to do is to pray for this young woman to continue to yield herself to God, and not enter into sin. She needs our prayers. There are many gifts from God that can still be manifested if we can yield ourselves to Him. For God to manifest His gifts in us we need to separate ourselves for Him, by deeping ourselves in His Word, and not allowing the things of the world to take our focus from Him. We must understand that spending more of our time with Him will help us to manifest the gift of God. I pray that God will continue to manifest Himself in our lives in Jesus Name, Amen.

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