Believers’ Convention 2015.
(Friday, 21st August 2015)
Day 6 – Morning Session
Ministering: Pastor Seyi Osanyinbi
“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
John said the reason He found himself there was because of the Word of God. In the physical, however, it was rage against him from hell that took him to the isle of Patmos. There is a lot of contention on the basis of the faith in the spirit. That is why Jude spoke about contending for it. Some people do not understand how precious this faith is. It is just like the parable of a man who sold all that he had to get the treasure (Matt 13:44). What are you willing to give up? Paul said he gave up all that he had to get the excellency of Christ, which is the testimony (Philippians 3:8). We were trained by the prince of darkness not to believe what we cannot see.
The preciousness of this treasure necessitates that men must contend for it. We have to fight to contend, to have, and to retain it. The treasure within will require fighting. Looking at the military men for example, their natural lives mean nothing to them. That is the same attitude our lives should exude.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
This is the way we should be. We come to church but we do not want to give our lives. God will not give us the testimony to keep because it requires the ability to fight. The Apostles were men who kept the faith and Hell wanted to take it from them. We are facing similar battles also. There are things that want to take this faith from us. Some of these things are circumstances the enemy brings our way.
Satan told Jesus “If you are the son of God, turn this stone to bread” (Matt. 4:3). There are things we want God to prove but He is not interested in proving anything to excite our flesh. Unless there are new things to show, God does not reveal Himself. We will limit the flow of life when we, because of our ambition, we create a dichotomy among the people of God.
If some people attain the stature of Jesus at twelve, they start ministry. To handle this testimony, we have to be faithful.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high”.
When God created everything in the earth, those things spoke of something about Him. To understand God, aggregate all the things which they spoke of Him, then, an idea will begin to come. The only One who spoke expressly about God is the Son.
“My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you…”
‘Formed’ here means mold. What he was trying to form in them was the testimony.
When God wrote the commandments on stone what he called it was not commandment but the Testimony. This is not to be confused with “testimony” that people often give in church. God penned down His will and wrote it on tables of stone. He told Moses to gather Israel because He wanted to write His laws on their hearts but they could not take it.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
When God wrote that testament, it became His measuring reed. He did not give them the testament to punish them. He determined that if they walk in the testament, they will evolve. It was intended for something.
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”:
Moses copied a shadow of the testament. A shadow is of lesser material than the real thing. The testimony is the word of God. When Jesus wants to build the testimony in anyone, He does that by His Wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:30
“But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
It is this wisdom that glory comes. It is in Jesus. Jesus is the solidity of all that God is. He is the reality of who God is. The beginning of our lives is giving all to Christ but, along the line, the requirement will be more than that because we will need things to solidify us. We are not just people of signs; we are from the deep part of God which is why He provided us with everything, including His all, which is the Holy Ghost. He said the primary assignment of the Holy Ghost is to reveal the deep things of God to us. Ministers of the New Testament are ministers of deep things; not doctrine.
“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
Jesus became that book. He is the work of God. We should not resist the work God is doing in us. We need to change and allow God, for only He can change us. The Holy Ghost is a great miner. He looks for precious things in God and puts them on our inside.
2 Corinthians 3:1-2
1. Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, letters of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2. You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read of all men.
Some of us do not like the pressures of life but this is where the gold is extracted.
In the Old Testament, God wrote the law on tables of stone and put it in a box. From that day it became a supernatural box. It was said that mountains skipped and fled at the sight of the ark. What made the wooden box supernatural was the testament.
There was something Paul was saying in 2 Corinthians 3:3, “Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
God is transporting these from stones into fleshly hearts. The testimony has the capacity to change things. This is what He wants to do in us. The Holy Ghost wants to fill us and fill us until we are fully formed. The testimony is living. It cannot co-exist with impure motives. Remember, the people of Israel were told not to keep the manna till the next day else it would spoil.
“For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.”
Moses left us a pattern for doing ministry. Faithfulness is the key thing for leadership. If we cannot find men who are faithful, then, there is no need for consecration. Jesus was a faithful witness. He handled all that God asked Him to handle with so much Faithfulness. He was faithful to the end. He did exactly what God instructed him to do. The testimony was propagated by preaching but it has to be formed within. The work of God stands the chance of being truncated if we do not find faithful men. John said, for instance, “How can you love God you don’t see if you don’t love a man that you can see?” (1 John 3:17). Loving your brother is key. God starts from what we can see to teach us what we cannot see.
What has been committed to us has to be done with faithfulness. God does not just want charisma in leadership but the ability to transfer. When Jacob, by scheming, came to collect the blessing from their father, Isaac, he wanted his father to pass over that blessing to him. The birthright is also testimony and is the blessing. The patriarchs knew how to hand over the blessing.
Look at the sons of the prophet, for instance. How did Elisha know that Elijah was going? Elisha could not transfer his and that was how a generation got lost. God will demand obedience to little instructions. It might be very simple things but it counts. It can just be faithfulness in time management. Let our nay be nay and our yea be yea. If we will handle this treasure, we have to give up hidden things of dishonesty. If the first church paid by blood, the last church is likely to go through the same thing.
“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end”.
Money issues and house rent, among others, are things that put us under pressure. Don’t cast out confidence. That confidence is the testimony. Jesus despised the shame.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
We all should do the same thing so that when we look at eternity, we will be glad we did.