Message by : Pastor Daniel Bonsu
2 Chronicles 11:4; 1 Kings 12:24; Job 23:14; Proverbs 21:30; 1 Kings 11:31,40
God has made a covenant with His children. Through this covenant, He lays out the condition for our blessings. Whilst He promises to be faithful, we must remain obedient to fulfil our side of the agreement. This is not a superficial obedience; it is, one, a prompt obedience; two, personal obedience; three, practical obedience; four, prayerful obedience; five, peaceful obedience; six, proper obedience; seven, persevering obedience.
Understanding and obeying divine appointment make us enjoy supernatural blessings. These bring peace of mind and open the gate of power, prosperity and fulfilment to us. This year, whatever happens, as believers, we should find out if the “thing is from [God]” or if He is performing “the thing that is appointed for [us]”. This will help clear any confusion that may befuddle our minds. Nothing can change whatever God has ordained for us because “there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD”. Esau, Joseph’s brethren, Aaron and Miriam, Korah, Dathan and Abiram, King Saul, Solomon and Rehoboam failed to understand that God’s appointment cannot be stopped. Therefore, they got into unnecessary conflict. If we do not understand what He has appointed, we will end up fighting unnecessary battles. But as we realise this, every challenge will turn into blessings.
1. FIGHT NOT, THIS THING IS FROM ME
2 Chronicles 11:1-4; Genesis 45:5,7,8; Isaiah 28:29; 46:10-12; Deuteronomy 1:42; 2:4,5; Acts 5:39; 23:9,11; Romans 8:28
“Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.” Although saints of old experienced the oppression of enemies in their lives, they knew that, ultimately, God permitted and used them to achieve His purpose. Therefore, they resolved never to fight any man or make any negative comment. Joseph knew that if it did not fit into God’s plan for him to go to Egypt, his brethren could have done nothing against him. God told the children of Israel to “Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies”. Though they were not in fellowship with Him at this time, because of His plans for them, He prevented them from going to battle to avoid being destroyed.
God is involved in all our challenges. He knows the outcome of our lives, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done”. Between the beginning and the end, He orchestrates everything that happens to us so that we will get to that expected end. Therefore, as believers, we must not fight because everything God has planned for us will surely work out for our benefit. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. Since no one can “fight against God” and prevail, whatever He has ordained for us will surely be fulfilled.
2. FEAR NOT, THY TREASURE IS STILL MUCH
2 Chronicles 11:3,4; Psalms 87:2,3,5; 132:13-16; Joel 2:21-29,32; Matthew 2:6; 13:44; Colossians 2:3,9,10; 2 Peter 1:3,4; Romans 8:32; Revelation 21:1-7
The privilege, provision and treasure that Rehoboam had was much; he had
Judah and Benjamin. “The LORD loveth [Judah] more than all the dwellings of Jacob”. Everything that belonged to the other ten tribes could not be compared to that of Judah. In value, weight, prophecy and profit, Judah was higher and greater because “the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation”. Hence, the Lord instructed Rehoboam and “all Israel in Judah and Benjamin …not [to] go up, nor fight against [their] brethren: [but] return every man to his house”. If we count our blessings which include salvation, answered prayers, miracles, fullness of joy and heaven, we will see that we have much.
As believers, we are admonished to “Fear not…be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things…” We have no reason to regret or be sorrowful. Jesus is our Treasure. Therefore, we have all things. Everything we ask in His name – salvation, healing, deliverance, sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism, provision and “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” – He grants us. As “partakers of the divine nature” who would “inherit all things”, we must not fear because our treasure is still much and available.
3. FOLLOW ON, TRIUMPH BELONGS TO THE MEEK
2 Chronicles 11:4b,16,17; Hosea 6:3; Matthew 5:5; 11:28-30; Galatians 5:22-24;
Colossians 3:12; 2 Timothy 2:21,22,24,25; Zephaniah 2:3; Psalms 147:6; 25:9,10; 22:26-28; 37:1-8,11,18,19,23,25,29-31,34,37,40
The Lord wants believers to be meek in order to benefit from His blessing and provision. Despite the determination of Rehoboam, Judah and Benjamin to fight against their brethren, “they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam”. Thus, the kingdom of Judah was strengthened and “Rehoboam the son of Solomon [was made] strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.” When we are meek in the sight of the Lord, blessings will flow into our lives, family, ministry and endeavour. All the blessings and resources of the earth belong to the meek because “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” The fruit of the Spirit in our lives manifests through meekness. This virtue also makes us to seek the Lord and obtain promotion. “The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground”.
Despite the prevailing situation, “if [you] follow on to know the LORD… he shall come unto [you] as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth”. Instead of being agitated, afraid or anxious about anything in life this year, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” As you keep on following, striving, praying and being active in what He calls you to do, you will triumph.