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July 2014 Theme – Vigour and Strength for Service

Our theme for the month of July focuses on our relationship, commitment and commission to serving our Lord Jesus Christ. This month is about renewing our vigour and strength for Christ. As Christians, it is important to take stock, reflect and review our salvation and our responsibilities. Think on how the Lord has saved your soul and took away your sins. Think on how He blessed and established you. Think on the unmerited rewards and favour, and, let us measure our performance against His standards. To achieve a new level of relationship means to bring others to Christ, to evangelise more, to be ready to renew your strength and vigour. I pray the Lord will help us to achieve this level in Jesus name.
The meaning of vigour is to have an active strength or force. It is also to have physical and mental power, and the vitality to push further. If you must serve God according to His expectation, your energy level must be high, which means, you would definitely need the Holy Spirit, and you must be focussed.
In Acts 1:8, the Apostles were given the blueprints of how their ministerial journey would look like, however, they could not do it without vitality and vigour. The vigour they needed was the power of the Holy Ghost. It was after they had received the power of the Holy Ghost that, they were able to preach and evangelise in an extraordinary way.
In Judges 6: 13-14, Gideon was such a timid man, hiding in the cave, but when the power of God came upon him, he became the one that liberated the Israelites from the hands of the Midianites.
In 1 Samuel 17:45-49, David in his youth could do nothing of his own accord, but when the Holy Spirit showed up on the battle field, his vigour to conquer Goliath was renewed, and, He could see the Holy Ghost holding the head of the Goliath while he fired a stone into it. A lot of people honoured the God of David on this day.
Brethren, our friends and families, work colleagues and people around us needs to meet Jesus Christ. Therefore, we need to evangelise more, serve Him more, dedicate ourselves more and move the church of God forward. To be able to reach out and preach the message unto others, you need the power of God. Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Also, the book of Zech 4:6 teaches us that, it is not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” The Lord will grant you more strength and vigour for His service in this month of July in Jesus name.

Called to be a worthy vessel

By Pastor Aderemi ADELUGBA,

Our theme for the month of July focuses on our relationship, commitment and commission to serving our Lord Jesus Christ. This month is about renewing our vigour and strength for Christ.
The meaning of vigour is to have an active strength or force. It is also to have the physical and mental power, and the vitality to push further. If you must serve God according to His expectation, your energy level must be high, which means, you would definitely need the Holy Spirit, and you must be focussed.
Vessel is a hollow container, especially the one that is used to hold liquid. So biblically, to be a vessel, it simply means to be the person who possesses some really important Christ-like qualities, which can attract others to Christ. In 2 Timothy 2: 19-21 19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
As God’s vessel, if you want to be the one that would be used of Him greatly, you must be like Jesus Christ. For you to make an impact in the life of others, you must first of all become a vessel full of impact yourself, and, your life and service would move to the next level. The Lord will grant you the vigour and strength to continue.
For you to become a worthy vessel, you must be ready to do the following
You must first be Empty, Clean and Available. It is only those who have purged themselves that the Lord would use. If you have not emptied yourself, you would be too full for the use of God.

You must be well fed by the word of God, be ready to Arise and Go. In Acts 2:2-3, the Apostles were waiting to receive greater strength, and while they were still seated in one accord in one place, the Holy Spirit came upon them from heaven as a rushing mighty wind, and the power filled the house where they were dwelling. Lo and behold, their ministry moved beyond all understanding. They launched out like never before, healing the sick, preaching like they never did. Also in 1 King 19:1-8, Elijah was growing weary and tired. He needed the strength to carry on. He needed God to give him a new vigour, so that the assignment God has given unto him could be finished.

You must be ready to do the extraordinary: In Acts 19:11-12, Paul was able to do great and mighty things, simply because he allowed himself to be used of God. In Acts 19:11-12 11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

You must be ready to pray: When you pray, you pray for others, pray for the work of God, and pray for the Ministers of God. Then you are fulfilling the purpose of your calling.

You must be ready to fast: Another way to become a vessel unto honour is to continue to seek the face of the Lord with fasting. In 2 Corinthians 11:27 – Paul states I fast often. 2 Gal 5:17 – The flesh lusteth against the spirit, that is why you have to fast often, because the flesh is at battle with the Holy Ghost, but when you fast, you will receive the extraordinary strength to continue to serve God.

You must be ready to be strengthened: In all of the points made above, it is important to be ready, if you must become a worthy vessel. You need to empty out all filthiness, all sins, and purge yourself. So that you can become fit for purpose, and fit for the master’s use. You must understand the need for constant worship (2 King 3:15-19). If you must minister unto others, you need to know how to ask the power of the Holy Spirit to come into your life to help you. When you are ready, and focussed, the Lord will make His power to come upon you, and you will go forward and perform greater assignments, minister unto souls, and be blessed of the Lord. So shall it be in Jesus’ name.