I have sent you out to fulfill a purpose and the plan that I have for you. I tell you that the field are wide but the laborers are few because only few are fulfilling the purpose and the plans that I the Lord has purposed for them. I tell you that many are those who have lived partially fulfilled lives. Many are those who have lived totally unfulfilled lives. I want to ask you that, “what is your stand in me?” Many are those who have slept from their work that I the lord have entrusted in them and many are those who have wandered from the working zone to comfort zone and because of that they do not see what I the Lord do in my church and what am about to do in my church. I want to admonish you that gird up your loins and I the lord am open to receive those who are willing to come back to receive and accept the work that I the Lord has entrusted in their care so that you will live a fulfilled life, fulfilling the purpose that I the Lord has for you. Amen.
Pastor Abraham Sefa Sarfo has been the minister for today, the 1st of May, 2016. The topic he ministered on was “Hearing and Obeying God’s voice in my generation.” The main scripture readings were taken from 1 Samuel 3:9-10 and 2 Timothy 2:20-22.
It is very important to be able to hear God’s voice, especially in our generation where there are lots of messages coming to the hearing of Christians. We have to make sure we are not led by the enemy but by God. In the Bible, Samuel also lived in a similar setting where the people around him were corrupt. However, due to his ability to set himself apart unto God, he was able to hear the voice of God.
Samuel became a very useful instrument for God because he did not allow himself to be influenced by Eli’s children. This is reiterated in our theme song, “If I daily keep your ways and I am obedient to you, I shall be a vessel of honor prepared for every good work.”
Eli’s children had traits such as: going with forks to take meat which was against the will of God and sleeping with the women at the entrance of the auditorium. But while they were doing all these and treating God with contempt, Samuel kept the being committed unto God. (1 Samuel 2:12, 22)
There are some hindrances to hearing God’s voice and they include:
In the case of Samuel, God was initially speaking alright but he could not discern that it was the voice of God due to ignorance. In our time, we can clear this ignorance by constantly reading the word of God. Ignorance also limits the manner in which God wants to use us. But then, we need to know our purpose and bearing in life so as not to be swayed by any wind at all.
- The pressure of people ( Numbers 20:8-12)
Moses was a victim of this. The people pressured him so much that he forwent the voice of God. This happened when God instructed him not to hit the rock a second time which he did not listen to.
- Sin (Isaiah 59:1)
If we live in sin, even if God speaks, it will be inaudible for us. It is required of us to walk in perfection so we are able to receive blessings from God. This explains why after Abraham returned to God’s ways from sleeping with Hagar, he was able to give birth to Isaac.
Even if we are of common use today, we can become vessels of honor to God when we cleanse ourselves.
God bless us all!