By Pastor Aderemi Adelugba, —–
This month is about renewing our vigour and strength for Christ. We have been focusing on our relationship, commitment and commission to serving our Lord Jesus Christ. Mark 1:17: 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Strength of God: To undertake any sort of walking, strength is required. It is impossible to move without letting go of your feet. This type of strength is not the weight lifter type of strength. It is the strength that is provided by the Holy Spirit. In Acts 16: 6-12; Paul, Silas and Timothy were moving with their own master plan. They had the geography of the cities they were going to go to minister. They knew that by the virtue of the commission upon their lives, that something would happen, but in verse 6: they were forbidden by the Holy Ghost to preach in Asia. Brethren, these three men relied upon the Lord, and when they obeyed, the strength to forge ahead came upon them.
Availability of strength: After the event in Acts 16:12. Paul dreamt and saw a great vision, where the Holy Ghost released strength unto them to walk. In this case, the Holy Spirit asked them to proceed, when also means to walk. The strength was made available to move to Macedonia, and to go into Philippi. The strength of God pushed them beyond where they thought their ability ended. They moved with great speed into Philippi. This city was where the many legionnaire Roman Armies settled. It is probably not an easy terrain to walk into, but with the strength of God, they went and fulfil the mission call. God performed His signs and wonders. The scripture states that they abide in the city for many days. Basically, you need the strength to push you up, so that when pressures come, the same strength that pushed you up will keep you there in Jesus name.
Strength to bring people to Christ: In Acts 16: 14; It did not cost God anything to turn the heart of the woman called Lydia to Himself. Lydia was described as a very rich businesswoman. She was a Gentile, she did everything, gave money to people, supported their needs, and followed all her moral understanding, but because nobody can get saved by their moral intellect alone, the Lord planned that she must come in contact with her, and He released His strength for His people to locate her. The Lord will bring people to himself through you in Jesus name. God was moving, and He provided the strength of the Holy Spirit for them to be able to move into various cities. The Lord will direct you to his people in Jesus name.
Evaluate Your Strength: Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Paul was able to say here that no amount of individual effort can make you achieve anything. It would have to be through the strength and the might of God. So, brethren, let us evaluate ourselves in the position of God.
How much energy we have in our bid to bring about revival in this city?
How much can we pray?
How much fasting do you do?
How much can you impact your community?
How do you respond to the needs of those involved in the service of the Lord? So basically, there is no real strategy or formula to how you can up your energy level when it comes to the serving the Lord.
The answer to how to “up our game” in this business is simply by relying on His strength.
In His strength, you will not be weak.
In His strength, your ministry and relationship with Him will blossom.
In His strength, your weakness will be overlooked.
In His strength, you will be the most outstanding person that people would run to for advice in Jesus name.
In Jonah 1:1 – The word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittah, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city and cry against it, for their wickedness is come before me. However, Jonah was a man who was trying to sort out the affairs of Nineveh people by His own strength. So, brethren, recognise God’s strength. Brethren, Jonah thought the strength he had would make him to arrive in Tarshish without hurt, he made a big mistake. Please let us rely on the Lord for His strength and vigour as we enter the new phase of the service unto the Lord.
So What Should I do to regain strength: The simple answer is summed up in Micah 6:6b answers it –
“To Act Justly, To Love Mercy, and, To Walk Humbly with God”
Sermon delivered on July 27th, 2014