THEME :WORD, MESSAGE AND MESSANGER.
BIBLE TEXT : 1 Samuel 3 vs 1-10
Memory Verse : Psalm 119 vs 130
This session is to charge us and draw our attention to things that has been fading away. I really want us to really know that there is a clear difference between the Word , Message and Messenger. So by no means should any of it take the place of Another .
The Word of God is a striking force that has been in place from the beginning of Creation. The Greek meaning of the Word is Rhema and Logos. Our Ultimate dependent should first be on the word because that's the genesis of all things that existed. The Word has a power to make and build things. Not until we understand this word, message can't be clearer to us in this dispensation.
1 Samuel 3:1-4 " And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I."
The very first thing that came so strange to Samuel was the Living word of God that he heard. The Word must come first before His message. The Word open you up to the message that God has for you and the generation. The Lord didn't give out the message to Samuel not until He understood the ethics of the Living Word that was calling Him and a response.
You need to know that the Word of God demand a response from you Before He can give you a message. The Bible says and God called Samuel and He said Here I Am. The Living Word is Saying here I am but where are you Samuel, where is your response to this Word that has come forth. Listen Sir/Ma, we don't move further not until we understand the perfect response to give the Word that speaks.
The Word is what produces the Message , but we need to respond to the word before a message can be given
Your response can take you days, weeks, month, even years before your message can be given. In the realm of God there is no time so even if the response takes you ten (10) years there He still wait for you. It is within the days of response that men are built. Then Eli told Samuel and to tell God that "Speak Lord that your servant hears ". Your response is what make Him speak the Message, because your response showcase your readiness for the message that God want to pass. It is when the word of God has being passed that there can be message.
Exodus 2:11-12 " And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he Killed the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. " .
Though Moses saw flash of the message from the way the way the Egyptian was smiting the Hebrew but the word hasn't come. Your message can be ammeded, can be broken even it can hit you if the Word of God dont come. The Word of God can't be broken, can't be modified , cant be adjusted for our own suit because it is completed and sent already. That the Word of God should be primary and the first we must proclaim to receive in the Archis and dealings with God. Once you have perceived the word of God then cry for your message. This is not a issue or a Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist or Pastors . You must wait for the word before passing any message.
Psalms 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. The Word giveth Light to the message, it paves waybfor entrance of any good thing in this Kingdom. There is a light that must meet your message for effectiveness and this come from the message.
The Word of God must first give you stability, it would change your posture before any message can be awarded to you. Ask Moses, he was compelled to put off His shoes before the Word is Operating before the Message . Samule need a stability and that's one of the reason why God called Him thrice , before he can awarded the message.
Welcome to the 21st Century where many are rushing for the message without the entrance and unfolding of His words . The Words you have encountered, is a proof that you have received the message. Show me a man that can discern relma and the voice of God then I show you a man that truly had received a message.
2. MESSAGE .
The Message is given, conceived and discerned through the Word and the Spirit of God. The Message is the sent word from God that has been given to men for execution. It takes deeper understanding and clearer view to get the real context of the message. The Message might not need an immediate action to commence a ministry because that's where many youths get it wrong today. The message given to you must have a aim of saving even you from the territory that you currently occupy.
The Real Message for the World is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and Remission of Sins. The message that Christ himself commanded His disciples to hasten the work He came to do. The message is always complete , yours is to help circulate the message for as many that hasn't received it.
Mark 16:14-15 " Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. " . This message can't be manipulated or altered because it is the biggest message of All commanded by Christ to save the entire universe.
The Message is still spreading but means of spreading it is declining day by day. I am not being sarcastic, even the social media that should serve as means of circulating the message has been overcrowded by the things of the world. The Message is still crying for men and means by which it can be broadcasted.
1 Samuel 3:8-11 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel.
Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.There was a way by which Samule obtained the message that God has for him at that present point. Eli tod him to lie down and when the word comes again then he shall say Speak for thy servant heareth. Their is a cardinal point at the phase of receiving the message that all you have to do is to lie down ( open your heart ) for the entrance of the messsge. The message that came searching for samuel was not a message that he can beckon action on instantly , but a message that give him spiritual alertness for things coming upon Israel soon.
The message is not properly channeled because most of the upcoming ministers think the message is at the pulpit. No sir, No ma. The pulpit is just one of the portals where the message can be communicated. We have left the message all alone for the Apostles, Prophets, Envagelist and teachers, leaving our role too for them take and execute. The message is not self saving one , meant for you alone and your jurisdiction. Our Lord Jesus had the expand the capacity of the disciples wider by telling them to go to all cosmos.
I think we are going to continue to live in error if we really think the message is at the pulpit. God gave Moses a message without a pulpit, He gave Samuel without a pulpit, He even gave Elijah message without a pulpit, . The pulpit is really good and not being sarcastic about this, but we should create too much attachment to it because is just one of the portals of communicating the message but not the only portals. Where are the other portals?. Does the message pass through them . Check the global world an how many people come online on Social networks during church service , where are missing links to channel the message to this portals. If Our Focus Alone is to pass the message at the pulpit alone they we should be ready for a big challenge. The Lockdown came and robbed many of the chance to climb the pulpit but can they still give the message. Let's Wake up and finance the outreach of this message that is struggling to enter certain portals.
Psalms 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God . What will take God to look down from Heaven is divine, He is still looking for men to send the message. He question is, can you stay first to receive the Word before the Message
I fear stage lite, I fear pulpit not because the grace for the outspeakings of the word is not there but I don't want to reach a point where my message will superceed the message of God for His people. It is very easy to climb the pulpit but a lot of things would have been transacted when he is about to get down. The message is crying for men and not pulpit.I am still learning Sir, Ma
The Message is not in the pulpit but the message can be found in the word of God. That a man can even give and resemble the message before getting to the Pulpit of dispensation. The Light from the word hit the message and at that point the message look exactly like word.
The messengers are those that are sent the message for the purpose of execution of the sent word. The Meesanger are not the owner I'd the message but stewards of the messages. A messenger is a pregnant being because he/she has a message to deliver in accordance to the purpose that is fulfilling .
The real entity that is moving is the Word but it must find means as a message through the messenger before it can be communicated for those that need it.
Ezekiel 22:29-30 " The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." . The bible says the people of land has oppressed the less privilege but still God is looking for men that would stand the gap ". The message is available but where are the men. The Lord God said I sought for a man among them not outside that coast but within that can deliver the message to them. You're only a messenger when the message have been commissioned into your hands.
Listen to this we young men of this generation . The first entity we need as a messenger is not title, not recognition , not Apostles and Pastors. The first thing we need is the message flooded by the light of His Words to b transited at the perfect time to save and deliver many that are slippering. The Cap on your head is not of good use when the head is faulty. Your destination matters as a messengers, and as a believer we have one or two things to do in making the work of the messenger effective.
The Stage of being a Messenger is an office in the Kingdom that must be managed in accordance with the will of God.Where are the writers God is sending as messengers, where are the envagelist , where are the teachers and Kingdom envoy.
1 Kings 19:16-18 " And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. "
The Mighty God has reserved some unsent messengers for His works. Not in case should the messenger act as the message or the message act as the word. The systems are to dispense what they represent. The work of the messenger is making sure that the information communicated is properly carried out. The information is settled but where are the settled men that can push for risk of carrying on with the message. Make yourself a steward of message given to you once you have being appointed by God.
We must get clearer view of what we are sharing before we are sharing it. The teaching is not only meant for those that are called alone but also for those trusted with one or two deposit . Don't just move with an empty message without the deposit of His word. The word of God that you have heard is much like a back up to what has been given to you.
Philippians 1:6-7 " Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ . Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. ". The Mighty God has started a good and marvelous work in you, His word has started the message he weant to pass you .Stay with Him and trust His words because that's where you can get the message for your Life.
The Word is paramount and you must seek by all means to move in this Kingdom. You have a message for your Children, your family. What will you tell them about Jesus, even if you're sent across all cosmos, you still have a domestic assignment to give a message of the Lord to your Unborn child. The bible says those that wait upon the Lord shall their strength be renewed. Walk and stay with Him as you trust Him for something tangible. This Lockdown period is a time to get your message from the Lord and ask Him where is sending you to now.God bless you as you Adhere .
ARASI KEHINDE ABIOLA