MORE GRACE! NOT JUST MORE POSTS OR ARTICLES!
by Apostle Steve Adonai
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MORE GRACE! NOT JUST MORE POSTS OR ARTICLES!
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
Grace is the subtle and innocent word for God's awesome power. The grace of God is the finality of His authority, might and power, especially in this dispensation.
Every Christian communication becomes effective when God's grace is revealed, released and received. Signs and wonders are very faithful associates to every divine assignment- loyal and dependable allies they are indeed!
Though there are other ways of communicating God's Kingdom, the documentation of it is very unique for obvious reasons. Therefore, whatever we write has the potential to sustain countless generations- just like the Bible- but only if it possesses divine accreditation and authenticity. Needless to say, we can't afford to be hasty or competitive in preparing and administering it.
A renowned minister continued preaching John 3:16 and never stopped until his audience began walking in its GRACE or salvation in all it's ramification. Every Word of God is disseminated to fulfill and accomplish preconceived results. Accomplishment therefore, is when our words kick devils, heal and then bless people practically in the Lord! Our God given words should minister grace, strength, encouragement, healing, comfort, courage, wisdom and the love of Christ, to the glory of God.
A stark illiterate and with chronic speech impediment, full of the Holy Spirit will make more impact ministering God's grace, than a highly educated and eloquent but carnal minister, even though a good education is an invaluable plus. If ordinary men with no special training would spend quality time with Jesus, they will become bold, extraordinary and an amazement! Acts 4:13 NLT.
With deliberate determination, we must infuse the Spirit of God into every statement we put down! This might take considerable time and energy, but a necessity, because only the letter kills! It's the grace or power backing your words that count. Acts 6:8, 10, 15.
The most important victory you'll ever achieve in your Christian walk is conquering your words, ideas and opinions so that HIS alone may be highlighted. The Roman centurion and Simon Peter wisely declared respectively, "speak the Word only" and "but at thy Word" - Luke 7; Luke 5:5.
So, here's the golden question. Can any of our writing or post increase in relevance and authenticity a decade from now? But the Bible is thousands of years old, yet we know that every Word in it is more than an explosive just waiting to be detonated!
We are responsible not only for the revelation of the principles of God's Kingdom but also the manifestation of its power or grace. Nothing has been accomplished until grace is ministered!
Therefore beloved, let's strive towards higher quality and not only quantity.
Every written document, enhanced immensely by seasoned intercession and faith will transform our work into dynamic, apostolic, prophetic and authentic holy epistles!
I do understand that compelling urge to keep writing, that all gifted writers have, but with self restraint and discipline, every of our composition becomes His Word - Rhema! And this is the Word of the Lord that endures forever - Praise the Lord! Psalm 119:160.
Just one hymn "Just as I am" by Charlotte Elliot in 1836, an invalid from birth, confined physically but not spiritually and mentally, is still regularly rehearsed in most services, even after several decades!
There are messages from (commanded by) God, and there are those composed by faith. Both are good, important and relevant, but for the sake of excellence, the former should be our choice and pursuit. If our writings don't “intoxicate, heal or set us ablaze” first, then they will hardly affect or influence anyone positively.
This rare choice of excellence will reward us always with highly anointed words, seasoned with salt always ministering grace - the power God. Hallelujah!
Ideally, our words, now His Words, should have the capacity to leap out of pages, imposing life and power into people's spirits, souls, bodies and economies - I believe this is not against God's will. God's Word is not sent to impress, caress or harass humanity but primarily to heal and deliver from destruction. Glory to God!
Now, the essence of ministry is for people to receive the Word in faith and not just to know you have the Word. Therefore humility (death to self) is a necessity to getting them persuaded. Jesus Christ condescended, so must we! He didn't open the clouds, with a megaphone in hand, shouting down - " Hey everybody, believe in me and thou shall be saved, OK?” And He could have done that! But just look again at Philippians 2:1-11, amazing, simply amazing!
Just imagine how God, in the form of Jesus Christ deliberately suffered degradation, relegation and extreme humiliation, just to woo and persuade us, stark, ignorant unbelievers, to Himself!
So, before we submit yet another well articulated write-up, let's know this. Many people can read and write. English language is becoming common knowledge. Whatever you will write or say has already been written or said before. Only God’s mercies/grace or revelations are new every morning.
Consequently, our words and thoughts would become just passing information EXCEPT we secure divine mandate. One write-up with heavenly aroma, spice and seal will do far more for more people, through a longer period, than one hundred ordinary compositions.
Finally beloved, let's exert every energy, determined to acquire God's endorsement first - in the secret place! This will cause our gospel to convict and convert sinners, then revive and edify the saints. Furthermore, this is how our labor for the Lord becomes precious gold, silver or bronze that would never be consumed by God’s fire of testing but truly refined.
Acts 4:29-31, 33.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Enjoy a marvelous day in God's awesome presence.
Apostle Steve Adonai.
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Thankyou for the reminder that our intelligence and educational ability alone does not teach the ways of God. It is when the Spirit of the Lord imparts a deeper insight into our souls through time spent in His presence, that He can tame our will and intellectual opinions and mould our thoughts in line with His will. It is when the Word of God is worked like yeast into the dough of our own circumstances that we experience the Word come to life and gain the wisdom that we have asked for. Your article expresses well our total dependence on His revelation.
Every writing inspired by the Spirit of God, though penned through the hands of mere mortals, can be trusted to accomplish great and supernatural things throughout all generations. That is why the scriptures will ever remain relevant till eternity! My greatest joy and excitement as a christian writer comes when I have a firm assurance that I am passing across only that which the spirit of God allows to filter through my heart not my sense. Until this has been established,I have no satisfaction, it does not matter how beautiful or well-arranged the work is. We need to write with our hearts and not with our heads! God bless you Pastor. Ezekiel Olukolajo
When I read Pastor Steve's post above, I recall back to a favorite proverb of mine Chapter 4 Verse 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; they know not on what they stumble. Thinking further about what Pastor Steve stands for in life, I think about other passages... John 4:19, Philippians 4:19, Genesis 4:19, Matthew 4:19, Romans 4:19, Nigerian Criminal Code 419. You do know about that last passage very well, don't you "Pastor Steve"?????
I think that what most of us are trying to do here is simply share the ways that God has moved in our lives, share the things we are learning as we live--I think this is a blessed thing because you just never know what may strike the reader in any given article. We are mere humans, trying to point others to a loving God. I enjoy reading the wonderful ways our God works in the lives of others---when I want to study the word, I study the word. Encouragement, devotionals, inspirational poetry are great because through them, the focus is pointed straight to God. If we want to reach another, we must be able to relate to them first. Good article. Beth PS. Even things written that do not make any specific Biblical reference can have a profound impact on a person, because it's just beautiful, or because you can see yourself in it. It can spark a search that otherwise, you never would have considered.
That was a very strong and valuable message-a much needed reminder, which has made me feel exited and determined to pray for God's message, rather than just wanting to make a diluted point whilst trying to make it sound smart, or a credit to myself.Thanks alot, Sarah.
I would say that this is a wonderful exhortation to the body of Christ. When we hide in the secret place of His presence (Ps 31:20) He reveals His secrets to us. Deut. 29:29-The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. There is NO other teacher who can teach like the Lord. Blessings, Sharon