August 23, 2015 – Sunday Inspiration By Bishop David Oyedepo: Experiencing The Wonders Of Settlement In The Word Part 2
Last week, we began this topic and we established that any issue of concern that has lingered beyond a moment is anti-covenant; it must not be permitted and should be resisted. A moment in this context means now, today, overnight or maximum three days. We also looked at the Bible as a Book of covenants and how to engage the Words therein to establish our settlement. This week, we shall be examining the Covenant Requirements that guarantees our Settlement? They include:
Be Born-again: Only those who have answered the call of salvation are candidates for settlement.We cannot be settled until we are saved, because settlement is God’s provision for the redeemed (1 Peter 5:10).
Understand that peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit. When we are saved, the Prince of Peace comes into our heart, establishes His throne of peace, and we enjoy peace that passes all knowledge (Galatians 5:22, Isaiah 9:6, Philippians 4:7).
We must also know that unsettlement is part of the curses of the law, but Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Redemption is what rescues us from the curse of distress. Therefore, until we are redeemed, we are not candidates for His settlement (Deuteronomy 28:14-16, 53-57; Galatians 3:13-14).
Go after the Word: Peace multiplies by knowledge. As it is written: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. It is also written that Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them (2 Peter 1:2, Psalm 119:165).
It is great peace that keeps us in command and at rest in the midst of challenges. The battle of unsettlement is a battle with the power of darkness and God’s Word is the light that disarm every force of darkness (Romans 13:12, John 1:5).
Be Planted in the House of the Lord: If you want to be settled by God, be planted in His house. The Psalmist said: Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him (Psalm 92:13-15; Psalm 16:11, Psalm 122:1).
Furthermore, the Bible says: For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy (Psalm 132:13-16). Zion in the Old Testament means the Church of Christ. Therefore, we must not be mere visitors to His house, but become established members of God’s family, and then we can begin to experience His amazing provision of settlement.
Make a Choice to Serve God: Serving God is not a calling or a gift; it is a choice. Joshua said, if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
When Israel chose to serve God, He also vowed to settle them. In six separate scriptures, God demanded for the deliverance and settlement of His people from Egypt, based on their commitment to serve Him. The same God said, “I am the Lord, I change not” That means that He can do same for us, when we serve Him. (Exodus 4:22-23; Exodus 7:16, Exodus 8:1, Exodus 9:1, 13; Exodus 10:3; Malachi 3:6).
Remember, one does not have to be a pastor to be called a servant of God. A servant is anyone that serves the interest of another. For instance, Abraham was called a servant of God and he was a businessman. Daniel was also a servant of God, but he was a politician. Therefore, serving God’s interest is what makes a servant of God, not the title we bear.When we make a commitment to serve God, we have committed Him to settle us in a grand style.
Furthermore, when Israel under king Asa entered into a covenant to serve God, God gave them rest roundabout and there was no more war in the land (2 Chronicles 15:3-5; 12-15; 19). Therefore, it is not enough to make a choice, it is important to upgrade our choice to a covenant as Paul the Apostle said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Making a covenant to serve God is the gateway to a world of settlement and all-round rest.
Are you born again? This means, have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord? If you haven’t, you can do so as you say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
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