Continued from Last Week
By Pastor Aderemi ADELUGBA –
I Peter 5:10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settles you.
Grace is a requirement for setting-up. In 1 Peter 5:10 above, Peter gave a mathematical equation, with consideration for “Grace” as a major factor. He gave four excellent outcomes, despite the issue of “suffering”. The outcomes were:
Therefore, no matter what you may be planning to do, or set to achieve, it can only be possible by the GRACE of the God. Like we discussed last week, things like business plan, finance, and strategies e.t.c. can only be possible by the grace of God.
Grace is God’s unmerited favour. It is the kindness received from God that we don’t deserve. GRACE means God’s Riches at Christ Expense. Grace represents the attitude and manner in which God provides for our salvation and supplies all our needs.
Psalm 102:13 – But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
How can the grace of God set you up? Eccl 9:11: 11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Basically, the time and chance here is the grace of God. In the case of Joseph, his brother could perceive and feel where God was taking him, and they tried to kill his destiny. But because God has granted him a sure end, he still got to where God wanted him to be in life.
1) TIME – “IN THE PROCESS OF TIME”, THERE SHALL BE MANIFESTATION – Peter states 1 Peter 5:10 “Having suffered a while”. Whatever God has done, he would perfect it in his own time. Therefore, regardless of the afflictions, or stripes or joblessness or rejection, you will fulfill destiny by the grace of God. In Judge 11:2 – Jephthah was thrown out of his father’s house, because they did not want him to partake in the inheritance. But the scripture states “IN THE PROCESS OF TIME” – The business that Jephthah was going to start in the house, that people thought was terminated, began to grow. He became established in land of Tob. He found support network in the land of Tob, people fed him, trained him and he grew to become their leader, even in the camp of those vain men. Finally, those who threw him out went back to fetch him to be their captain. So enemies can only delay your establishment. They cannot stop it. The grace will carry you through.
2) OBEDIENCE: When you obey the Lord, things will start to happen for you. Even though, Abram had been told about his greatness and settlement, there were still some conditions that were necessary for him to meet. In Gen 17:24 – The scripture states, “and Abraham was 99 years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin”. After this event, In Genesis 18: 1-14, Abraham suddenly received three visitors to finalise his set up. Your set up and establishment can only happen when you have cleansed yourself. In fact, you can only receive “GRACE” to be established after cleaning, purification and washing.
3) Grace brings about visitation: For your set-up to happen, the Lord will direct helpers your way. Abraham was only seating in the tenth door when the three visitors appeared. Where are you seating now? Abraham could well have been seating in the beer palour, or, in the house of a prostitute, or even in a place where the presence of the Lord does not dwell. But He was seating and waiting for the Lord. For your establishment to happen this season, you must need to be seating right with God.
4) Grace will sustain the business: One of the things we talked about last week was the fact that, only God can establish a business, and that, He will also sustain the business. In 1 King 17: 1-16, when the Lord used Elijah to pronounce judgement upon King Ahab. The Lord kept Elijah away from all of the suffering; He sustained him, and commanded the ravens to feed him. I don’t know if you have been hungry before now, the Lord will surprise you, and all your helpers will come and feed you in Jesus name. Elijah was fed constantly by the fresh food delivered by the ravens, and when the waters dried up at the brook, his steps were ordered to the house of the Zarepath woman. Even though, there was no rain in the land, Elijah received his sustenance throughout the period of dryness. You business will not dry up in Jesus’ name.
Delivered on May 11th, 2014.