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The power and authority
The power to heal

For the ones oppressed.
The ones still under the fear of death
It was the accompanying sign
Of the good news
Of the Kingdom of God

When it was given, the disciples were sent: from village to village, from town to town, that was all they had. No fanfare, no celebrity status, simply as they are they went.
You see the excellence of them was off Him not of themselves. Having nothing else besides what they had been given, it was easy to understand they were the vessels through which he touched them.

The gifting and talent
The gifts diverse

For the body of Christ
The edification of the saints of God
That we all might grow into Him
Showing forth His glory
Showing forth the kingdom of God

When He gave, it was that we all would yet function fully in our roles in the whole. For the whole is a beacon yet still. The blinding lights, the stage, were to point to Him never to the vessel.
You see the excellency is not of the possessor of the gifting. It is a pointer, a sign post to the One over All and above all. That men may see and be drawn to Him. Not to create super stars as the world.

© 8th January, 2017

To yield to a higher authority or to submit one’s own ideas or desires for a superior one is a trait of humility or the state of humbleness which we chose right from our minds and hearts and thoughts.
The choice for obedience most especially when doing so makes no sense to human logic or reasoning is the fruit of choosing obedience in the basic and simple things .

I’d call such basic and simple things the revealed will of God which is explicitly stated at some point in all chapters of the Bible. To obey is better than sacrifice, than large offerings and doing things aimed at man’s approval. Obedience is the way of showing we love the Lord. Funny right next to the much quoted lines of obedience is better than sacrifice goes: stubbornness is as the sin of worshipping idols…

No one’s character is rock cast in cement or granite, we have a choice to mold it, grow, refine and shape it (under the mastery of the Holy Spirit)
Which do you choose today?

“But Samuel replied, ‘what is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshipping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, He has rejected you as King. I Samuel 15:22 & 23.

Copyright Itse Tosan

With the rise in social network, and the discovery of most users of social networks sites in Nigeria of freedom of expression, I’ve come to note the high rise in the choice of disrespectful phrase and expression of the feelings and thoughts of the populace mostly geared towards people in authority. The hardest hit of late has been the President GEJ. From disparaging to outright insolence people have referred to him in the course of expressing the opinions they held.

The reverence with which David referred to Saul even when it was clear Saul preferred him dead seems unreal when reading commentaries referring to President GEJ.

Yours truly has been guilty of this too, but as I learn and actually relearn under the wisest of Teachers that this is wrong I choose to share.

Surely we can express out displeasure at authorities without being disrespectful. For I’ve noticed that the disrespect is not limited to only secular authority which President GEJ represents but also spiritual authority which the Pastors and GOs represent. The respect for authority is a scriptural obligation which should not be ignored under any circumstances. It was not provided that we respect them only when they did what we think is right. Rather we have been called upon to respect them as long as they hold that authority for they enjoy (or enjoyed) God’s pleasure to have gotten the authority.

Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. Romans 13:1

Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters, Fear God and respect the king. 1 Peter 2:17

© Itse Tosan 19th January 2012