SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY, 2018
COVENANT DAY OF SETTLEMENT, THANKSGIVING/DEDICATION SERVICE
"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, stablish, strengthen, settle you.." ► [1 Peter 5:10 (KJV)]
Dear God, "Why" is there So Much Suffering and Pains?
Nothing discourages and leads one to a state of despondency more than suffering. There is no glory in suffering, neither is there any glory in poverty, shame, sickness or affliction. In the midst of affliction and struggles, we tend to ask WHY?
Of all the questions that trouble the hearts of God's people, none is the greater than the question Why?
Over the centuries the greatest minds have wrestled with the problem of pain and suffering and still the questions come: Why me? Why now? Why this?
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 “refurbished" 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 was 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.
☑ 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!
WHY DIVINE SETTLEMENT?
Divine settlement connotes compensation, honor, promotion, fulfilment, explosion and rest from all struggles. It is that realm of greater gifts, greater blessings, greater heights, greater exploits, greater results, greater profits, greater open doors and greater breakthroughs. According to 1 Peter 5:10,
God settles and establishes His children because of his Great love and mercy for us
He desires that we engage with the first and great commandment, which is, loving God with all our being. Our passion for God is validated by our passion for what he loves – Souls
As believers, when we a genuine passion for God , we will enjoy supernatural blessings, emerge as living wonders on earth and our lives will keep making strange marks on the earth
REQUIREMENTS FOR DIVINE SETTLEMENT::
☑ SETTLE WITH GOD (Joshua 24:15)
☑ SETTLE DOWN WITH THE WORD " - (Psalm 119:89)
☑ SETTLE IN GOD HOUSE (Psalm 92:12)
☑ COMMIT TO THE PROMOTION OF THE KINGDOM AS A LIFESTYLE. - (Hag. 1:5-13; Psalm 102:13-15).
Your Turn: What is your Story?
Are you serving your family, church, organization or nation faithfully? Does it seem as if no reward is forthcoming? Hold on to the faith. Your day of Divine settlement is closer than you think. Consider David in 1 Samuel 16. He served his brothers and father very faithfully and was neither recognized nor rewarded. However, when his day of Divine Settlement came, Satan suffered a startling humiliation and setback as the God of heaven compensated him and He became the king of Israel.
Like Joseph, keep dreaming, keep trusting, keep serving because God is preparing a great victory for you during our Covenant Day of Settlement.
This Service will be the one chance you have been waiting for, for a change of story Come expectant of a touch from God that will settle every age-long issue of concern in your life. . The presence of God will without fail, birth greater gifts, greater blessings, greater heights, greater exploits, greater results, greater profits, greater open doors and greater breakthroughs in the lives of all attendees.
By redemption, God is committed to establish and settle you so get ready because this shall mark the end of ups and downs in everyone's life.
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 10:45am (2nd Service).
Jesus is Lord!!!