By Dr. Abayomi SANUSI, —–
Psalm 24 in responsive reading by congregation
In thanksgiving we worshiped God this morning, not forgetting His sundry benefits as individuals and a parish (Psalm 103).
Today on earth there are many conflicts and wars going on. Terra, the word for ‘earth and land’ in Latin and Italian, that in its earlier forms lent derivation to such English words as terrain and territory; is frequently at the center of these conflicts.
Might it be surprising to you that: wars, serious armed conflicts and other violent struggles are currently ongoing in at least 26 countries, involving no fewer than 156 separate groups?
It might sound unbelievable that there are very few countries not actively at war, not promoting armed conflicts, without warring close neighbours and allies, or not declaring hostile intentions toward another nation! Of the hundreds of countries, only Australia, New Zealand and surrounding small islands appear free of the entanglement of war and armed conflicts. Even the alliances and friendships of these two nations strongly question their credentials as havens of calm, peace and tranquility.
This is the current overview of God’s earth, which upon creation he beheld and declared good.
Aside land and territory, among declared excuses for these wars are power, influence, control, revenge, security, principles, religions, alliances, and not least the fullness of the earth. That is resources derived from land including water and others derivable from anywhere from earth’s surface to its deepest core.
How unsurprisingly precious a piece of earth, commodified and desired: demand is high, supply is limited, and current production is an enormous null.
We pray for the casualties of these wars, conflicts, battles, and struggles; as well as for their mourners, families, and friends. We pray that both they and their adversaries might find the love, grace and power of Jesus Christ; and allow God to work in their lives.
Considering what the scriptures say about the earth assures us the earth and its fullness belong to the Lord. Psalm 24 and 50.
We must avoid distractions and go back to the bare basics. Aside these physical tussles, a spiritual battle rages on. At stake are the souls of men, their minds, brains, thoughts, allegiances, interests, friendships and eventually their eternal destiny.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph 6.12
God Himself is our anchor, refuge, leader and defence.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Colosians 1.13-14
He, the maker of earth, and heaven, is seeking our attention and dedication to himself, so that in our journey of life and various battles he may help us overcome.
The Lord walked with the descendants of Abraham, and established them unto Himself a great nation. He did so for His own sake. Today God is looking for the spiritual descendants of Abraham by faith. He seeks out those who have accepted to join forces with God in accomplishing everything Jesus tried to during his earthly ministry. The battle is not over, nor the scuffle for the souls of me concluded.
God has however made a choice, and planned a deliberate advancing victory for His children to possess the land of His own making. He seeks a progressive taking of territory in our spiritual life, akin to the advancements of the seed of Abraham against their idolater foes.
And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you. 29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land. 31 And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them and their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you (Exodus 23:28-33 ESV)
In a world where ungodliness has become the norm, idolatry is supported by the freedom of choice, perversion of the word of God is fun and fair, various statutes and their interpretations vehemently negate the principles of holy Christian living, the supremacy and authority of Christ is dismissed and ridiculed: the spiritual choices and consequences are obvious.
It is God’s desire and intention to cede unto us the advantage and influence, more control and power, more capabilities and aptitude! These can only be achieved with the supreme power of God, and entirely within His plan.
His requirements of us, the Christian soldiers ever marching on in glorious battle, are not unfair or grievous. Clean hands, pure hearts, humble and wise souls, faithful lives and entirely holy conversations. These are our pre-requisites to qualifying to partake in the blessing of possessing new ground, territory, grace, power and influence. Psalm 24 verse 5 says ‘He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation’
We are talking about a God who is the legitimate creator and owner of all those resources being fought over in every corner of the earth. He is asking for you to come to Him today. He wants to translate you to His kingdom, so you will be a perpetual victor. Unless He becomes the sole procurer of the salvation of a soul, such can only but be consumed in the raging battle.
Will you let the King of Glory come in today? Will you give Him your life today?
– – Message delivered on September 7th, 2014