SUNDAY 22th August, 2019
COVENANT DAY OF SETTLEMENT
God Settled them..,
☑ In 1 Sam. 13:1-12, we see David as the last of Jesse's eight sons. No more than the family's errand boy,David looked after the family's herd and was the one to be forgotten whenever a blessing arrived at Jesse's family. He was despised, undermined, neglected and forgotten but God was watching. When his day of Divine Settlement came, Satan suffered a startling humiliation and setback when God sent Samuel for his compensation and his father, Prophet Samuel and all his seven brothers could not sit down until David arrived from the field. He was crowned the king of Israel. God settled him!
☑ In Ruth 1, Ruth, a Moabite, breached cultural boundaries and married an Israeli man. After 10 years of marriage, her husband (Mahlon) died and there were no children in that marriage. No Moabite man was ever going to want this “second hand" woman for a wife and now, her mother in law and only companion wanted to return to Israel. Naomi persuaded her to stay back with her people but she declined and followed her back to Israel. By divine programming, Boaz showed up and Ruth became the great-grand Mother of the Messiah – Jesus (Matt.1:5). God settled her!
☑ In Gen. 39, we are introduced to Joseph whose life was one of great problems and trials. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, the Bible describes him as competent, confident, and good-looking. His sterling attributes made Potiphar put him in charge of his entire household. His good looks and qualities were also not lost on Mrs. Potiphar but when Joseph rebuffed all her advances, she was so humiliated that she falsely accused him of rape. It was a false charge but Potiphar believed his wife and had innocent Joseph thrown in prison.
All through the dark road of servitude (Gen. 39:1-3), the seduction by Potiphar's wife (Genesis 39:7-19) and many days of suffering (Gen. 39:21-23); Joseph kept believing, trusting and dreaming. When he would not compromise, Joseph journey which began from the Pit to Potiphar's house and then to Prison finally ends in a Palace - He became the commander of Pharaoh’s house; the Controller of Egypt; and an in-law to the Priest of On – the most revered man after the king. What a great God! - He settled him!
☑ The book of Job introduces us to the man Job who underwent so much suffering that no mother on earth would ever give her son Job's name. Job was nearly crushed by the pain of suffering. His physical ailments were painful (Job 2:7); yet in the midst of such pain and heartache, Job responded with great faith and issued some of the greatest statements of faith ever heard. (Job 1:21/Job 2:10). Job faced a perfect storm yet he hung on to one truth. "I know that my Redeemer lives" (Job 19:25), and in Job 42:10, God settled him, his health was restored, his joy was full and he made wealth twice. Satan lost because Job lived another 140 years. God settled Him!
☑ In Luke 5:1-10, Peter and Andrew had toiled all night and caught no fish. As they were washing their nets to go home, Jesus asked that they allow Him the use of their boat to preach. After preaching, He asked them to launch out in the daytime to catch fish. They caught so much fish that their boats began to sink! God settled them!
The Siege is Over!
As we prepare for next Sunday's Covenant Day of Settlement, your Mahlon or Chilion may have died but Boaz is coming. In 1 Samuel 13, Saul suddenly became the first King of Israel, in 1 Sam 16, David was anointed King to replace Saul - suddenly, in Gen. 41 Joseph became a prime minister in Egypt - suddenly. There is no doubt that your grief is real, and loss hurts but this Sunday, You will realize that the chains are suddenly broken, the siege is over and your season of disappointments, dryness, drought, emptiness, afflictions, rejections, loneliness and wastage have suddenly become history ...all because the God of Sudden Acts is at work. God does not need to rehearse His wonders to make them happen: He is God,He can make anything happen at any time and He is preparing a great victory for you.
Regardless of what the situation you are agonizing over is, come expectant of a touch from God that will settle every age-long issue of concern in your life and be sure to invite and also reach out to the unsaved and bring them along for the service together with your friends and family.
The service times are 9:00am (1st Service) and 11:15am (2nd Service).
Jesus is Lord!!!