Thursday, 11 October 2012

Not ready

2 Timothy 4:5 -But you watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fully carry out your ministry.

I have always loved the Boys Scout Motto which says “be prepared”. The cost of been un-prepared or not ready is very high because costly mistake is inevitable. Been unprepared can deny one of everlasting joy. If you do not believe me please ask the five foolish virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. The opportunity they had waited all their life came and because they were unprepared i.e. failed to bring extra oil for their lamps in case the bridegroom delayed they lost the opportunity of a lifetime. I pray that the lack of adequate preparation will not deny us of the opportunity we have been waiting for in Jesus name, Amen.

Been ready implies preparing oneself to receive the blessings of God. By preparation we mean working on oneself, shedding the weights of bad habits or character defects in our life. Hebrews 12:1 says therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. From studying the life of Gehazi you will notice although he desired to take the mantle of Elisha that will fall later, he was not ready. Why? Because he failed to take care of the character defects in his life and he had so many. One of them was love for worldly materials another one was his uncaring and unloving nature. In 2 kings 4:27 a woman whose only son had just died held on to the feet of Elisha to please help her, what did Gehazi do? He started pushing her away, the fact that the woman had just lost her only son did not bother him. God will never use such cold people or people who don’t show sympathy at all .Anyone in ministry must be extra caring and loving. The reason why God has not released the blessings of some is not because they do not desire it; it is because they are not ready yet. There are one or two things they need to deal with first and most of the time they are character defects or little sins. Anyone praying for promotion or expansion and his not ready to put extra effort or work harder is not ready . A man that is stingy, lazy, can’t take decisions or not responsible is not ready for marriage. He can desire it and pray all night but he is not ready. So also is a woman who is not submissive, lazy, and impatient or gets angrily easily. Such woman will spend the rest of the marriage fighting with the in-laws. A fellow still suffering from pride or anger or believes tribalism is not ready to be a leader. Anointing in the hands of a fellow who cannot forgive or gets angry easily is disaster. Anointing in the hands of such a man or woman is like giving a rocket launcher or sub-machine gun to a fourteen year old. Many of us talk of heaven and want to go to heaven but we are not ready, how many can beat their chest that if they stand before the throne of God this minute God will not find any fault in them? 1 Peter 1:13 says Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

PRAYER POINT; Father , help me to lay aside every weights and little s

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