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No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.
Hebrews 5:4, NIV

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March 31, 2016

CALLED

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Hebrews 5:1-10

No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was.
Hebrews 5:4, NIV
 
Entrance to ministry must be through the call of God. The door to ministry is the call of God.

“And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron” (Hebrews 5:4).

If you do not have a divine call, you are not supposed to be in the ministry. You must have a personal conviction of a call which sets you apart for the ministry.

Your call to ministry is the foundation of your ministry. It defines everything that you will ever do in the ministry.

The door to ministry is different from the door to other professions. Your entrance to the medical profession is by graduating from a medical school. The entrance to the legal profession is by graduating from a law school. The entrance to the accounting profession is by obtaining an accountancy certificate. However, the entrance to ministry is not by acquiring a certificate from any school, including a Bible school. The entrance to ministry is by receiving and obeying a divine call.

“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count your worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right” – Martin Luther King Jr.

March 30th, 2016

TIMING

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 2 Samuel 17:1-14

I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him…
2 Samuel 17:2, NASB
 
A crucial aspect of Ahithophel’s plan was to attack David at the right time.

King David was a strong fighter but was not invincible neither was he immortal. That means, given the right conditions, he could be defeated. Ahithophel knew exactly when David could be defeated and he said so. “Ahithophel said to Absalom, Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight” (2 Samuel 17:1, NASB).

The key word here is “tonight”. It was important that Absalom pursue David at that particular time. Ahithophel knew that conditions were favourable only for that night.

What conditions made that night favourable for Absalom? David was weary and exhausted and Ahithophel wanted the attack to come on during David’s weariest moment: “I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone,” (2 Samuel 17:2). Hushai also knew that David was weary and exhausted and he wanted to buy some time for David. That is why he asked for him to wait till thousands and thousands of troops could gather. Can you imagine how long it would take to assemble all these troops?

Dear friend, there is a time to every purpose. If you miss the timing, you are not likely to succeed. Whilst you are on this earth, everything you do will depend on doing it at the right time.

You can’t fall if you don’t climb, but there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.

March 29, 2016

SEEK HIM

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 2 Chronicles 26:16-21

…now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
1 Samuel 8:5
 
People enter the imperfect will of God because they want to be like others.

Wanting to be like others is the most dangerous desire a man of God can have. Wanting to be like others will lead you to reject God and His will. Jesus said, “I receive not honour from men” (John 5:41).

To be presumptuous is to arrogantly assume that privileges must be given to you. Uzziah wrongly assumed that because he was the king he had the right to do the work of priests. We often assume that we know the will of God because He has used us in the past. When we become presumptuous, we assume that our ideas are God’s ideas and our will is God’s will. Arrogance and pride lead us into error and into the imperfect will of God. No matter who you are you are still a man and your will is not necessarily God’s will. You must seek the will of God.

But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men: And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the Lord God.
2 Chronicles 26:16-18

“If you mentally believe it will happen, your body is going to find a way to make it physically happen” – Greg Plitt