May your testimonies boast in the Lord – 1 Corinthians 1.31

By Dr. Abayomi Sanusi
Good morning. We thank God for what He has already done in our month of Wonderful
Testimonies. Individually and as a congregation, I am fully persuaded that God is understanding of
our past, interested in our present, and cares about our future. My prayer is that God prepare you
for testimonies to make you boast in, of and about our powerful God.

This exhortation is a a reminder and illustration of how wonderful testimonies have flown through
our life in the past, and continue presently and into the future: such that consequently ‘He that
glorieth let him glory in the Lord’ will summarise our experiences. If you want your future
testimonies to be guaranteed, let your every boast be in the ability and works of God.

Let us consider four quick talking points, and seven quick prayer points.

God’s method is clear.
God has chosen to demonstrate and display the power of Salvation by the Gospel.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is
the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV). For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:for it is
the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek!
(Romans 1:16 KJV)
God has chosen that His word be proclaimed, heard, received, believed leading to salvation of
human beings. He has chosen to impart power through that process, making it the only mechanism
through which souls would be saved. This must be through the name of Jesus (Neither is there
salvation in any other:for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we
must be saved – Acts 4:12 )

God is in a class of His own, and a law unto Himself
God’s decision is that the same law apply to both the wise and foolish, philosopher and simple,
superstitious and scientifically learned. He does not alter His standards on behalf of men’s thinking,
reasoning, conditions, preferences or conveniences. (For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks
seek after wisdom 1 Corinthians 1:22) and (But unto them which are called, both Jews and
Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God 1 Corinthians 1:24). To some this has
constituted an obstacle to receiving God’s clear method! To some God’s directness is a stumbling
block, and to others a stepping stone to receiving Him. !
God is satisfied with this situation and points to His clear way as remedy to even this situation
(Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him Acts

God’s excuse: He is wise, strong and sovereign
God has valid reasons for His uncompromising attitude. He is the maker of everything. He is wise
and strong. He is sovereign and unquestionable. He chooses to do as He pleases.

Throughout history sovereigns ( monarchs, supreme rulers, etc) have used a combination of
methods to bring their subjects under their control. God has used love, freedom and a personal
relationship to deservingly purchase our affection and dedication. He is the only record in history
where an all-powerful leader has used this technique to gain approval of their subject at great
personal cost. In addition God is not cumbered by the various issues other sovereignties and
powers have to contend with.
Only last week an European king abdicated because of personal and political trouble. Elsewhere
powerful nations were in confusion and controversy because of past errors and misjudgements. In
weaker nations turmoil, death and destruction compounded human suffering because of the action
of more powerful and influential ones jostling for political influence, resource and more power. Here
at home there is perpetual changing of the rules, adjustment of standards, pervasive insincerity by
the political class: just to keep the population happy for eventual benefit of political power!God is above these troubles, limitations and imperfections.

In addition He decides to do things that do not immediately appear to make perfect sense (But God
hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak
things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and
things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are 1 Corinthians 1:27-28)

His own can boast in Him
God has made it lawful for those that are His to boast in His name, power, acts, promises.
( 29. That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God
is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That,
according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord- 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 KJV)

(Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh:is there any thing too hard for me Jeremiah 32:27 KJV)

(And when they saw him, they worshipped him:but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake
unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth Matthew 28:17-18 KJV)

In summary my prayer is that
1) You will allow God to demonstrate the power of the Gospel through your life.
2) His methods and provision (word, law, method) will be a stepping stone to your future and
upliftment; and not a stumbling-block in your life.
3) Your life will be subject to the sovereign, wise and strong God.
4) Consequently your entire life would be one of constant testimony and boasting in the acts of
the Lord.

Seven quick prayer points
If you are hurt, unable to forgive, or are in conflict with God
May God forgive and restore you, and treat you with the balm of Gilead

May God invigorate you, give you speed and strength

In doubt or denial
May God overwhelm you with love and show you His face

Blind to spiritual truths
May God break down your pride; open your eyes; guide your heart and mind
Praying amiss
May God guide your supplications

Unwell, shackled or afflicted
May God make you whole by the power in the blood of Jesus. May God demonstrate His power
and authority through your life

Your past, present and future
God can take care of your past and make you forget its pain. He can take your present and make it
the best it can be. He can make Himself the guarantee for your future.

Message delivered on June 22. 2014

Article by RCCG EFA YORK