One major reason we go to school, go for on-the-job courses, seminars, conferences and trainings is to get to the top in our jobs, in society and in life. We all work to be promoted!
We desire to be taken beyond our present level to a higher one.
To be divinely promoted is to be “taken” beyond one’s present level to a higher one without the promotion being worked for. To be “made” to enter a higher office in power and dignity, even without merit.
“And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:6
In Paul’s time the Ephesians Church was a faith-full Church. They loved the Word and lived it! Paul did not correct them of any particular error or heresy.
He wrote to give them details of what Christ’s resurrection did for the Church.
Paul starts by telling them and everyone of us, that blessings have been made (Ephesians 1:3), and are in heavenly places.
He talked about their eyes of understanding being opened, and of the height to which Jesus has been elevated; raised. Above powers and dominions.
In chapter two, he tells every sincere child of God that we have been raised up, exalted, lifted up: divinely promoted! Not by our work, neither a thing we obtained by merit. This is all a divine gift! Promotion is not a result of man’s labour but of God’s grace. We are not asking to be promoted, raised or lifted. We are already.
This is how we were made the head and not the tail. We are at the top and not the bottom! We are above and not beneath!
We have been raised in all things! All that happen to us physically come through the spirit realm. Being lifted in the spirit means we have been lifted in all things!
We need to know the gift of resurrection! We need to know what He did at death. At resurrection He raised us up.
We are no more at the lowly place! No more in the dust! No more with the losers!
The price has been paid, the work has been done so that we might be above: far above all principality and power and might and dominion! (Ephesians 1:18-21). Hallelujah!
When an aircraft meets rain and its destination is still far, the Pilot would climb higher, above the cloud. Meanwhile everything under the cloud will be beaten by the rain.
Principalities, powers, might and dominion; the powers of darkness, produce the rain of poverty, barrenness, sickness, failure, affliction, etc.
Since we are above the powers that create the evil rain, we are above the evil things they create!
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” – Hosea 4:6
Many are still praying for upliftment! Still praying that God would promote them.
No one prays to be made a man or a woman. We are already what God fashioned us to be. We are born with every features needed to be male or female.
All that you would need as a gender: male or female has been provided. All you need is to eat the right food, do the right things and as you mature, all the features given you develop and become visible!
In Christ, you have been promoted. When you eat the right spiritual food, and do the right things, you grow into the exalted position that has always been yours in Christ!
“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” – Isaiah 1:19
Two things stand out in that scripture.
(1) Willingness, and
These actions are propelled by the Word.
You will have to locate the mind or plan of God written in His word, agree with Him, whether you understand it or not. And, .. do!
Daniel was a slave in a foreign land. But overtime he rose to the position of leadership; even offered to be third ruler in the land.
How did he do it?
He did not scheme to be promoted nor was he ambitious to attain the height. He lived to please God in everything by maintaining his stand on the Word of God. He may not have understood everything, yet he accepted it, agreed with it whole heartedly. He did not try to rationalize or bend it to favour himself.
So did Joseph, who believed the Word of God, trusted it and refused the substitute offered by Portipher’s wife. Again he was not ambitious to be promoted. Rather than accept her suggestion, he fled, acting on what he believed. He proved that pleasing God and seeking after His Kingdom brings promotion.
What about Caleb and Joshua? They heard the Word of God like other spies, saw the giants, but refused what their eyes suggested to them. They held on to what God said, certainly not knowing how victory would come, but believed it shall come; for faithful is He that promised! When others were crying and pulling back, they were itching to move on, not out of ambition, but with the plan of God; His Word. They stood and did what He said and consequently entered the next level.
So did the three Hebrew children: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They defied fear, thoroughly convinced that God would save them. They rejected every other word that suggested deliverance. They knew they already had deliverance! They acted on the Word of God they believed and saw the fourth man; even the Son of God, and were made to defy fire made seven times hotter! They certainly entered a higher realm and their promotion followed immediately.
So did countless others. All attained promotion and exalted positions.
These may be from the Old Testament, the principles of God remain the same, from generation to generation. The methods of God may differ, yet His principles are unchanging.
Man fell because he was ambitiously seeking something he already had. He was already divinely promoted. Adam was god over all of God’s creation. All things were placed under him. That is why the Psalmist asked:
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?……Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.” – Psalm 8:4,6
This is the eternal purpose of God, that Man be promoted. Adam was promoted by the Father, but because of ignorance of the Father’s plan, he tried working his promotion and consequently lost his position.
Most often we want to see how God’s Word would benefit us before we get involved with it, and drop it when it looks hurtful.
This was the undoing of those who died in the wilderness, who cried and refused to obey the Word, choosing to go back to Egypt. They were not willing to accept the Word as it is and so were not promoted to the next level.
It is not just what we do!
Is our willingness, our heart in it? What is the inspiration propelling us to do, or not to do?
We should not be like Thomas who wants first to see before he would believe.
Yes; to the threatening situations around us. Beloved, change the way you think, lift up your eyes and see what the natural senses cannot see: what God has ordained and settled. For beyond what your eyes can see, beyond what your ears can hear, beyond what your nose perceives, beyond what you feel and taste, lies the Truth: what God has purposed.
Yes, there lies your promotion!
Accuracy is described as being precise: correct; to be exact, on target, to be free from error. This is desirable.
Speed means swiftness, rapid movement; haste. This is also good.
“If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” – Ecclesiastes 10:10
When a thing is not accurate or precise on the word of God, we employ and apply natural strength, man’s wisdom, what we “know naturally” either by education, experience or by our connections. These things tire us and if we get results, they do not last. Because by strength shall no man prevail.
As the Word of God upholds all things, He has set time and stages for everything: a time to be born, a time to die, a time to gather, a time for everything. he spoke characteristics and time into every seed. He controls time and stages! (Dan. 2:21).
Today man thinks of changing the times and seasons (Dan 7:25) with education: science and technology – man’s methods – speed!
“Thinks”, because we seem to be succeeding, but, the end justifies the means. We seem to be speeding up everything but not precise or accurate on the plan of God! That explains the decay despite breakthroughs in science and technology. We are in the age of speed: from analogue to digital, from home cooked food to fast food. Today, people eat week-old chicken, and not precise on the word or season of God for chickens, they lack vital health nutrients.
Parents hurry kids into adult life, skipping adolescence; the stage of truly knowing what life is all about and making the right choice. This has led to a drop in moral values, and the growth in confusion. People do not know what gender they belong to, or whether they are humans or animals!
In job, business and career people are in a hurry to make money, to make it big within the shortest possible time.
“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. ” – Prov. 13:11 (NLT)
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” – Prov. 28:20 (KJV)
Even in the things of God. We have sandwich services (less than one hour Church service). Result? Half baked Christians!
Let us slow down!
“Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.” – Prov. 19:2 (NLT)
Kings do not rush! If the world is rushing we can understand. But for kings (Christians)?
Slowing down shows our confidence in God, in His Word, and in His plans for us.
And this in turn, makes us thorough.
Remember, MORE HASTE LESS SPEED!
“And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God. And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me? So David brought not the ark to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that he had.” (1 Chronicles 13:10-14).
David knew God was angry so he did not take the Ark with him. He was afraid of what the Ark could do so he left it. Everyone also abandoned the Ark. David dissociated himself from it handing it to Obededom because he was a Levite.
David was like saying “it is your business, not mine. Take care of it. Even if the Ark will kill you let it kill you! If anyone will die let it be you!”
Sometimes men expect you to die. They push what they feel is evil, bad, deadly or poisonous toward you. As far as they are concerned you do not deserve to live.
Perhaps Obededom would have abandoned it too but the King’s command forced him to take it into his house. What could have been going on in Obededom’s mind knowing the Ark just killed his friend and colleague Uzzah? How would he regard the Ark that was forcefully entrusted into his care? Would it not wipe out his entire family? But the King’s command?
It is possible he had resigned his fate to death; and maybe believing that he was not good enough for the earth. Maybe he was just an “addition” to mankind, you know one of those “mistakes” of nature and consequently insignificant to human progress and well-being. The King had written him off! Else why would he ask that the Ark which had been on rampage and killing spree be brought to his house!
There are certain situations and circumstances you cannot run from because our King and Lord commands it. People may have been used to push those situations and circumstances to you. They may not be convenient and may threaten all of you: your home, marriage, job, business, etc. Do not murmur! Do not complain! For there is a reward! Obededom did not know that blessings were coming when a life-threatening situation was placed on him!
Nothing takes God by surprise. He rules in the affairs of men. He knew the Ark would be taken to Uzzah’s house. He knew everyone would run from it. He knew Uzzah would be afraid of it. Yet He was watching if Uzzah would receive the Ark into his house. To Uzzah, this was a great challenge!
Look at Joshua and the Captain of the LORD’S host. (Joshua 5:14)
“I’m neither for you nor for your enemies. I am here to do the will of God”, the Angel seemed to say. Even the challenges that come your way, come to do the will of God!
People have their expectations for you. They push you with advice on who to marry, what to do and where to go. Because its your life, if you refuse they expect evil to befall you! From corners and windows they peep like rats through holes, at your home, job, business, marriage, ministry, health, etc. They meddle indirectly in your affairs! And like Sanballat and Tobiah laughed at Jeremaiah, they will laugh at you and riddicle all you do!
Their expectations shall be cut off! And rather than see you fall, they will see you get better and better and better! For the glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former! Despite his fear, Obededom took the Ark (the will of God)in. He “loved not his life unto the dead” – Rev. 12:11
When people force things against you, they move you to the place of blessing! God can use the devil to push you to the place of blessing! Joseph was pushed by his brothers, Jephtah was pushed by his brothers, Mordecai was pushed by Hamman. They all were pushed to places of blessing! If you could just shut your eyes to and receive the “evil” situation, abandon yourself to the love of God and let the will of God unfold, you will come out of the situation smiling and fired up with blessings!
When people expect you to die, know that God is still at work ” in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13). That is why you should not be angry when people push you!
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” – Psalm 111:10a
When we talk about the fear of the Lord, we do not refer to phobia, the fear that comes from outside us because of an evil done. Rather, we refer to the inner state of having a reverential trust in the Lord; an honour to the Lord which humbles us as human beings in the presence of a loving Father, with a total hatred for sin and evil, born out of a contrite heart.
Today, many fear man and not God. We may have respect for man, we are not asked to fear man. God gave Job a passmark in that he respected his friends (Job 12:1-3) but he feared God.
“And the LORD said to Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and shunneth evil?” (Job 1:8).
We are also enjoined by the bible, not to fear death, sickness, trials and challenges, or anyother thing that has no power to kill the soul.
“And fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28).
When we fear God, we will:
(A) HATE EVIL.
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13).
(B) HAVE WISDOM.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.” (Psalms 111:10).
(C) BE WORTH MORE THAN TREASURE.
“Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble with it.” (Proverbs 15:16).
(D) HAVE A FOUNTAIN OF LIFE.
“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:27).
(E) BE CLEAN
“The fear of the LORD is clean.” (Psalms 19:9a)
(F) BE SECURED FOR ETERNITY.
“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalms 19:9).
Beloved, what things do you think should motivate us to fear Him?
I would like to hear from you.