By Joseph Jerry Umaru ( Joseph2Nations@yahoo.com )
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The Book of Daniel Chapter Eleven verse Thirty-Two reads:
“For the people that do know their God shall be strong and do EXPLOITS”
(Daniel 11:32 KJV)
In a divine encounter I had way back in 2001, the Lord did showed/told me that He is raising and recruiting men and women across the nations who (though likely to be few) will positively shake and change the entire earth for Him – meaning that; they will be men and women of exploits!
They will be God’s Agents of Change in the society where they are and wherever they might be sent. They will be God’s outstretched Arm on earth! They will dominate the circumstances of their world consequently effecting change…They will reign with the authority of the Spirit over all circumstances.
These divine “Change Agents” will be operating on God’s frequency, emitting divine “missiles”, consequently causing a change and positive turnaround anywhere they are. They will bear God’s explosive anointing – spelling doom for the devil and his kingdom…
They will be Jesus’ representatives in this terminal generation. Like the Ark of the Covenant(The Ark of God), anywhere and any place they stepped into will never be the same again---such a place will receive the visitation of Heaven.
These Divine Change Agents will be dispensers of eternal verities, distributors of divine life. When they show up, God shows up! They will be His address, His operational headquarters – His living Tabernacle – carriers of supernatural elixir! Hallelujah!!
As soon as the Ark of God entered into the house Obed-Edom, his life was never the same again. The Bible tells us that; Obed-Edom, the Gittite and his household were blessed because the Ark of God was kept in his house. His prosperity became so conspicuous that it was brought to the attention of King David (Read 2Samuel 6:12 )
Joseph is one Scriptural example of a ‘walking Ark of God’. His entrance into the household of Potiphar brought Heaven’s dew/blessing upon Potiphar’s household and businesses even though Potiphar was an unbeliever! The Bible records thus: “…The LORD blessed the house-hold of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field” (See Genesis 39:5).
How about Jacob? If you ever get to see Mr. Laban, ask him and he will tell you he was blessed just because Jacob stepped into his business. He himself confessed that to Jacob when he told Jacob: “…I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me because of you” (Genesis 30:27).
Beloved, God is still in the business of recruiting and equipping “Agents of Change” – His “Arks of the Covenant” that He’s gonna use to positively turn around the world for the better as He set the stage for the return of His glorified Son – Jesus, The Anointed One.
These Agents of Change will be God’s “Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles” that would be fired into the kingdom of darkness – plundering Satan’s kingdom in order to populate the Kingdom of our God. They will be God’s “war-heads” – His Supernatural bazookas, and the miraculous will be the norm of their lives! Amen, Hallelujah!
These flaming end-time Agents of Change can better be described in military terms as “God’s WMDs” –God’s Weapons of Mass Destruction that would be unleashed against the forces of hell and His Weapons of Mass Deliverance for the liberation of His people from ALL oppression of the devil!
Beloved, God’s ferocious end-time Army is about to be brought to the fore exactly as prophesied by the Prophet Joel in Joel 2:1-11. What an Army!
I believe so strongly that these Agents of Change that the Lord is raising and equipping will cut across all race, tribe, nationality and gender. They will be made up of men and women who have made themselves ready for use for God’s end-time purposes. Charlatans and profligate Believers who have not jettisoned the ways of the flesh will not be part of this God’s end-time ‘missiles’.
This underscores why as Believers, we should get ourselves prepared so we will not fail God’s qualifying test for the impartation of His power that will make us Agents of Change in our generation…
When Gideon was about to go to war, the Lord told him that only the 300 men that lapped the water with their tongues were qualified to go fight that war with Gideon. The rest were disqualified. Why? Those that knelt down to drink were not drinking battle-ready; while those that drank lapping their tongues were ‘stand-drinking’(so to say) like a dog and hence, battle-ready(prepared) and they became the army that God used under Gideon’s leadership to bring about change in Israel ( Judges 7: 5 – 7).
God has not changed, neither has His principles changed! Only those who have prepared and purged themselves of every form carnality will qualify as His Agents of Change in this terminal generation. Only those who will be “battle-ready” can be God’s “missiles” in this time and age that we are in.
In this article, I want to briefly outline some qualities/characteristics I believe God expects a Believer that would qualify as His Agent of Change to posses. Before I do that however, let me quickly let you know that:
a-- Being God’s Agent of Change has nothing to do with your ABILITY but it have everything to do with your AVAILABILITY. It has nothing to do with your class, education, age, gender, race, colour or tribe, but it have everything to do with your availability. I once heard a preacher said: “God does not call those that are fit; rather, He fits those that are called”.
b-- Change must begin from you. The late Mahatma Ghandi of India once said; “be the change you desire”. If you are sick and tired of quarrels and division in your family or community and you desire to see a change, then you must start from YOU…Change your nature and approach and you can then be in a position to be used of God to bring about change in your family or community.
Having point these out, let me now proceed to outline 5 qualities/characteristics (they could be more anyway) I believe a Believer should posses if he or she must qualify as God’s Agent of Change:
1-- You Must See The Need For A Change and also carry the burden for that change. Many do actually see the need for certain things to be changed in their families, communities and nations, but the burden(passion) to carry out that change is just not there and if the burden/passion is lacking, the will-power to act will be lacking as well.
Just like the 7000 prophets in the days of Prophet Elijah who ONLY refused to bow to Baal – they saw the need for a change but the burden was not there, and hence, in a day that God needed a man to confront Baal and his prophets, only one man that saw the need for a change and have the passion for that change was available – the man Elijah! (Read 1Kings 19:18 & 1Kings 18:19 – 40).
The 7000 prophets were no where to be found on the D-Day on Mount Carmel … Though they saw the need for a change, they lacked the courage, zeal and passion(so I believe) to see that change effected.
Men who shook their generation for God were men of passion. Their passion to see change manifested influenced their prayers, actions and lifestyle.
Nehemiah was one man that saw the need for a change (rebuilding the broken walls of Jerusalem ) and he carried the burden(passion) to see that change effected and he thus acted promptly.
2-- CONSECRATION (Separation/Purity): For God to use you to change a defective system, you must NOT be a participant in that system. You cannot be a world-changer if you are part of the world system...
It is impossible to flow in the miraculous and posses divine power for change when one is living a life of sin. I once heard Bishop David Oyedepo said; “purity is the gateway to life in the miraculous. It guarantees an unending manifestation in your life and causes the power of God to flow through you”.
Beloved, God is getting His Army prepared…girded with truth. No place for flesh and man’s ways in this great move of the Spirit of Jehovah, the all awesome One…it is ALL God! Hallelujah!!
The powerful rod of Elisha was of no effect in the hands of corrupt/sinful Gehazi because, Gehazi lacked consecration (2Kings 4: 29 -31).
If God’s rod could not produce change in the hands of corrupt Gehazi, then, it still will not produce in the hands of any corrupt believer either.
When Samson began to play around with Delilah and to break his Nazarite consecration unto God as he swam in the pool of sin and loose living, the Spirit of God quietly left him – he became devoid of power and God’s dynamite that should have enabled him to bring deliverance to his people – the Spirit of God(God’s power ‘tank’) left Samson.
Let’s not be deceived, even though the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance(irrevocable), divine presence is revocable.
When a Believer begins to dine with sin (as did Samson), God’s presence will quietly leave such a person – his level of anointing and the strength of his calling notwithstanding!
Samson, a man ordained to deliver his people from the oppression of the Philistines and be God’s object for change in his generation, became an object for entertainment and mockery in the ‘national theater’ of the Philistines – all due to loose living.
Samson, a man anointed from birth to deliver the entire nation of Israel found himself in a situation where he was now trying to deliver himself. That is what sin can do to a man.
So many great destinies have been slaughtered on the lap of sin and loose living. The cost of sin is just too high and its deadly impact on destiny too huge!
Samson has long gone, but his story is recorded for us in the Scriptures so we can learn from his pitfalls(fragments) and not make the same mistake.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
(Romans 15:4 NIV).
“These things happened to [Samson] as examples and were written down as warnings for us on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come”.
(1Corinthians 10:11 NIV Emphasis Mine)
If Samson is given an opportunity to return to earth today and he is called into ministry, I believe his messages will center mainly on the disastrous dangers(consequences) of not living a holy and consecrated lifestyle.
A Beloved Christian Brother told me recently that he believes humility and holiness(purity) are the ultimate power-triggers in the Kingdom. I agree with him wholeheartedly.
Purity/consecration births divine presence and it is His presence that makes the difference! If you want to be one of God’s Agents of Change in this dispensation, then, you must live a life of consecration…a life of purity. Without holiness no man can see God – no man can see God manifest in him and through him (Hebrews 12: 14 ).
“For our God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life”
“Since we have these promises…let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence [the fear] for God.”
Make a resolve for purity today and join the fraternity of God’s end-time Agents of Change.
3-- The WORD OF GOD: A Believer that wished to be enlisted into God’s end-time Army of Change must be one that love the Word of God and also love the God of the Word.
There are many people in the Kingdom today who ‘love’ the Word – just for a show and fame – but don’t necessarily love the God behind the Word.
If you wished to be God’s Agent of Change in this dispensation, you must be a Word-addict. The place of the Word in the life of God’s Agents of Change cannot be overemphasized. God’s Word is the comprehensive equipment for ministry and the instrument for changing men’s lives, and the Rhema-Word is only accessible through diligent, prayerful study and meditation. Casual, spasmodic and careless readers can’t really contact the divine power inherent in the Word of God. That is a proven fact!
Just as Brother Afam Eruchalu once wrote: “…The Word of God is not intended by God to be hidden away from any man so that he will remain in the dark. However, to ensure that casual, careless and unfaithful men do not jam it and mis-use it, the Word of God is not on the ‘surface’ but hidden away ‘underground’. It is hidden temporarily as a means to revelation (Mark 4: 21 – 25 AMP)”.
Uzo Eruchalu corroborated Bro. Afam’s assertion by saying; “We know that God does not throw His pearls to pigs neither does He reveal eternal things to casual seekers. To be able to understand the mind of God, there is a labour and commitment involved. The mind of God is found in His Word but the Word of God is a hidden treasure, it is not on the surface for casual seekers – it has to be sought like miners prospect for silver and hidden treasures such as precious stones and gold. The Lord is no respecter of persons and this principle holds for all generations”.
If you are out of touch with God’s Word, then you are out of touch with God and you CANNOT be His Agent of Change – you can kiss being a ‘Divine Change Agent’ goodbye!
Become a Word/God addict today and see God use you as one of His end-time Change-Agents – His irresistible and unstoppable ballistic missiles.
4-- PRAYER: A Believer that is mighty in prayer and consecration is a veritable tool for change in the Hand of the Creator.
People that God has used in the past to wrought diverse signs and wonders in their generation were noted men and women of prayer. Daniel, Apostle Paul, Martin Luther(The father of Reformation), John Hus, John Wyclif, Kathryn Kuhlman, Archbishop Benson Idahosa of Nigeria , etc were all known to be people of prayer.
Prayer works and always will!
Prayer opens the gates of Heaven for divine power and blessings to flow. O yes, prayer changes things. Prayer ignites the power of a Mighty God to change a life, to manifest a healing, to embark upon a breakthrough, to overcome an adversity, and yes, to restore all that the enemy has stolen!
Satan dreads our prayer link to God and will do anything to sabotage it, and just as Gbile Akanni rightly said; “prayer is one thing he(Satan) seeks to sift out of the life of every Believer”. We must never be ignorant of his deceptive devices.
The place of prayer(The Secret Place) is the engine room where God’s power can be contacted. The Lord told me sometime back that; “great destinies are birthed in the Secret Place and not in the open”.
You must never be too busy to pray. There are so many people in the Kingdom today, preachers inclusive, who are ‘failures’ in the Secret Place but are jostling to be recognized and acclaimed famous by the crowd. No way! The Divine order/sequence cannot be circumvented.
A Believer/preacher that is not a success in the Secret Place and seeks to be known on the platform(in the open) is a hypocrite and a joker. Such a person will lack the power to create impact in the lives of men –all the noise, his “Oxfordian” and “Shakespearean” command of English, ‘Herodian’ eloquence, heart-warming oratory, intimidating knowledge of Greek and Hebrew original translations, bogus titles and publicity notwithstanding!
As a Believer that God can use as His Agent of Change, you should have the eyes of Elisha, the ears of Samuel and the tongue of Elijah, and these virtues can be developed in the place of prayer. We all must therefore strive to be men and women of prayer.
Elijah, a man of like passion like us prayed and the heavens withheld rain for three and half years, he prayed again and the heaven gave rain (1Kings 17:1, James 5:17 ).
We can accomplish far more than Prophet Elijah in the place of prayer cos’ we have the all-conquering Name of Jesus which was not available to Elijah. Let’s all therefore cultivate a disciplined prayer life.
Let me be quick to point out however that; developing an attitude of prayer doesn’t often come easy. It requires discipline and consistency on our parts – cos’ both our flesh and the devil conspire against it.
Therefore, we must discipline ourselves to develop a progressive prayer life and thus be a platform for the display of God’s power in this terminal generation.
5-- COMPASSION: If we truly desire to be used of God to bring about change in our generation, then, we must have a heart of love and compassion towards others, otherwise, the power that should be used to change our world will be used to oppress the world. Saul was anointed as king over Israel but he lacked a heart of compassion and he ended up oppressing the same people he was commissioned to defend. How sad.
Rick Joyner once said; “Kingdom authority is founded on compassion”. Sure, compassion is the basis for Kingdom authority!
It is not enough to have a heart of/for intercession; we need also to imbibe a heart of/for compassion.
Intercession and compassion are two different things – INTERCESSION is touching God on behalf of man, while, COMPASSION is touching man on behalf of God.
Jesus Christ was and still is a Person whose heart is full of compassion (Matthew 9:36 , Matthew 14:14 , Matthew 15:32 , Matthew 20:34 )…
Our God is a God of compassion (Psalm 119:156, 2Corinthians 1:3, James 5:11 ).
And the Scriptures admonishes us to be men and women of compassion (Ephesians 4:32 , Philippians 2:1, Colossians 3:12 , 1Peter 3:8).
We should all therefore strive to be a people of compassion.
Join the prestigious ‘Club’ of God’s Agents of Change by developing a heart full of love and compassion towards others.
The Conclusion of the Matter:
In 2nd Kings Chapter 7 (2Kings 7) the Lord used four (4) lepers to fulfill His “famine-time” prophetic agenda. Can he count on you to bring to pass His end-time prophetic agenda?
Let’s all see the need for a change in this generation and also go a step further by having the passion to see that change effected…Let’s walk in consecration/separation(purity)…Let’s be addicted to God and His Word… Let’s develop a discipline and consistent prayer life, and let’s also have a heart of compassion – and the LORD will use us to positively change our world for Him by His grace.
‘Saviors’ are coming out from Zion (The Church). God’s end-time Army that will display His Right Hand and glory in the midst of a perverse and wicked generation are being groomed and equipped for action….you can be one of them…
You can be used of God as a platform for the manifestation of His power to change the nations and save souls from perdition…
You could be the Esther this generation has been waiting for…
You could be the next Moses that will lead God’s people out of captivity…
You could be the Joshua that will lead the Church into Her promise Land…
You could be the Elijah that will silence the forces of evil and idolatry in our generation...
You could be the next Joseph whose divine insight will end the economic quagmire your nation has found herself in…
You could be the next Smith Wigglesworth… You could be the next Kathryn Kuhlman, the next John G. Lake , the next ArchBishop Benson Idahosa etc
As I stated earlier; God’s ferocious end-time Army is about to be brought to the fore just as prophesied by the Prophet Joel in Joel 2:1-11. Get yourself enlisted!
“Blow the trumpet in Zion ; sound the alarm on My holy hill…for the Day of The LORD is coming. It is close at hand…a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come. Before them fires devours, behind them a flame blazes:[and nothing shall escape them]…They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. With a noise like that of chariots they leap over mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle. At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving their course: [and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded]. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. Before them the earth shakes, the sky trembles…The LORD thunders at the head of His army; His forces are beyond number and mighty are those who obey His command”. (Joel 2:1-11 NIV).
Arise, shine; for thy light is come and the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. Let’s praise the God of change…Let’s praise the Grand-Commander the end-time Army together – for He is worthy to be glorified!!!
May you, reading this piece become an instrument of change and a new cruse in God’s Hand to blaze through our age in definite revival fire in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
_____Joseph Jerry Umaru
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