BY: VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Bible in Matthew 7:1-5 states as follows;
¹ Judge not, that ye be not judged.
² For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
³ And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
⁴ Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
⁵ Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
This justifies the theme of Friday’s Service at God’s Arena Of Liberty aka “Enough is Enough” “No one fights Grace and goes scout free”.
It was a talk that touches the marrow as almost every believer is a culprit because at one point in time or the other, we have directly or indirectly fallen victim ignorantly by looking down, mocking or gossiping our General Overseer, Bishop, Unit heads in our churches etc,
These actions of ours amount to underrating the Grace attached to that office which God “unconditionally” gave to that leader.
It is not about his name, but about that office he is holding in the church, which was bestowed on him by God as a way to glorify His Holy Name.
Also, Grace is not just the basis for our right standing with God, but everything we do in life is grounded in grace.
Factually, “it is by the riches of God’s grace that we receive forgiveness, and it is His grace that moves us forward in our Christian walk”.
The Bible tells us in Titus 2:11-12 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”
Understandably, “Grace transforms our desires, behaviors, and motivations. Grace enables and powers everything in the Christian life. Grace is the basis for our identity in Christ.
1 Cor. 15:10/2Tim.1:9/2:1/Heb13:9 and Rom5:21 can be of tremendous help spiritually.
It is by God’s grace alone that we can participate in what God is doing in the world through our various Churches. By his grace, God calls us to be a part of his mission, a part of what He is doing to bring about redemption and restoration to the world.
Having understood what Grace is all about, it behoves on us as believers not to fall into sin by underrating that man with Grace. If you do, you are attracting curse for yourself. Mocking and speaking evil against a man with Grace is a grievous sin before God. Leave judgement for God. He is all knowing and knows what to do and when to do it.
The service started with few worshippers but this did not perturb the Servant of God, God’s General, Prophet Sunday Obi as he went on to speak the Word as directed by His Master Jesus.
Spiritually, he began to prophesy in the lives of believers whom God had shown him. And he danced with joy and happiness all over him returning Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for assembling us again for another wonderful service.
He thanked God for last week’s Service and the successful wedding of her daughter and their Thanksgiving service today.
Prophet and Rev. (Mrs) Sunday Obi jointly expressed their unconditional love to the congregation for supporting them during their daughters wedding,
To be the Glory for He is the one that did all that. Alleluia!.
He warned against people looking down on a man with Grace for the repercussion is death. Obi prayed for the grace of God to cause such people to repent in Jesus Name Amen.
Prophet Obi says when grace begins to speak, one has to be very careful. It is the office that is speaking and not the name. No one fights Grace and goes scout free.
He warned against gossiping a man with Grace. Don’t underrate a man of God. There is always a curse. So many of us are guilty of this. We gossip in the church of God. Repent and confess to restore your salvation.
Then came the Intercessory prayer points to properly fortify the ground as presented by Officer Omini Ojah (Pst) who described grace as “unmerited favour of God bestowed upon a man freely, undeserving and generous
He prayed “Oh Lord my Father, make me an instrument of your divine mature, a carrier of your grace, in Jesus Name, Oh my Father my God, give me the spirit of discernment, to know that carry grace that I may not be tempted to fight such persons at my own detrimental (IJN), Oh My Father, have mercy upon my life and take away disgrace from me, if I have ever fought a man that carries grace directly or indirectly IJN.
Furthermore, he prayed that Oh Lord God, forgive me and show forth your mercy, if I have ever talked down on a man that carries grace or gossiped him behind in Jesus Name Amen and
My Father in Heaven, have mercy on me, if I have lied to or lied against a man that carry grace, in Jesus Name Amen.
The Word was anchored by a man with an unusual grace, Pst. Ubong Thompson who took his teaching from 2 Tim.3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
Said he, “this message is for you and I. No exceptions. We are all guilty. By having the Holy Spirit in us, we all have the grace of God. Grace is something that is above man’s comprehension.
All units heads in the church or in an office carries grace. Don’t look down on a the man of God because you saw him commiting sin. Don’t judge him because you are not God. Grace is about an office not about the name. You must respect that office he is occupying.
It is sucidial to insult a man with Grace. The fastest way to kill yourself spiritually to fight or insult grace. It is God that will take action against you when you indulge in insult, mockery, gossiping against a man with Grace
No this, if you insult the General Overseer, you are insulting the office. It is God that judges. Judge not for you have no power of your own to do so spiritually.
Don’t be familiar with the man of God. Grace is the decoration from the Holy Spirit. It is about an office not name.
For further studies read the following scriptures: Nu.12:1/Exd.14:14/Ps.1:1/2king.2:23-24 and 2kings 1:10
Joshua.6:26/1kg.16:34/Isa.44:26/Acts.5:1and 2kings 5:20-27.
The service was great and awesome in the sight of God. There were healing, Deliverance and prophesies. As many that believed in Our Lord Jesus Christ, got their instant blessings therein.
The highlight of the service was the Thanksgiving by Prince and Princess Charles Edet Oqua. The couple appreciated the congregation for the gifts and support during their wedding.
The Arena Echo International choir was handy to render beautiful rendition to the admiration of the congregation.
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