Sunday, 9 October 2016

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Looking For A Man - Ezekiel 22:30

"And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."




Removing letter 'n' from the word 'none' gives us the word 'one'. God is looking for the one He will use - a man, a woman, a youth, a boy or a girl.

In their own time, God found:
- Joseph
- Moses
- Esther
- Deborah
- Samuel
- Jeremiah

Today, God is still searching, looking for a man to use for His holy purpose.

A. THE MAN GOD SEEKS FOR HIS USE
God is looking for a man who can do something unusual, wholly surrender himself, set himself apart, set a standard for others to follow, a unique and different man. Our prayer should be, "Lord, if I knew the kind of man you want to use, I want to be that person!"

The man God would use must be of:
- Secured Pardon: Rom 4:7-8. He must be born again.
- Secret Prayer: Isaiah 59:16. Men and women of secret prayer understand that without God, they cannot go far, hence, they withdraw to the secret place of prayer to draw strength. They bathe their messages, converts, plans and aspirations in prayers continually.
- Sanctifying Purity: A vessel, instrument, tool God would use must be one who desires to be holy as God is holy. II Timothy 2:21

- Supernatural Power: God doesn't use natural, fleshly people. He uses those who are saturated with the power of the Holy Ghost, who can confront the devil headlong without cringing, without holding back.

- Steadfast Persuasion: They have ability to persuade sinners about the way of the Cross. Luke 9:51. People who accept that they have special assignment to do.
- Soul-searching Preaching: A straight to the point/target mode of preaching that makes effective impact on sinners. Acts 2:37.

- Superior Purpose: He knows and believes that he is born for a purpose, and he will not die until he has fulfilled that purpose. As a member of this living church, he is convinced that he has a specific purpose which must be fulfilled in the congregation where God has placed him. Acts 26:16-18.

B. THE MESSENGERS GOD SELECTS FOR THE UNUSUAL
With all these qualities in place, we are praying to God to fulfill His holy purpose in us.
Who are the messengers God selects for His holy purpose? They are:

1. Uncompromising: In our body, blood, veins, there is no iota of compromise. A strength that yields no ground to the devil, not minding a million enemies, even the fire of Nebuchadnezzar, and others. I Kings 22:6-9, 13-14.

2. Uncommon: They are not common, they can't be bought with money, they are precious, different, unique, Daniel 6:1-3. They come from the back row to the front row to do great exploits. When things go wrong, they don't sit back and complain, but they rise up and effect changes. They are change agents. God, the church and the nation need such men.

3. Uncomplaining: Leviticus 10:1-3

4. Unconditional: they render services to God without complaining, not waiting for the praises of men, their encouragement come from within - God, not from outside - men. Luke 10:33.

5. Unconquerable: As bold and courageous as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They stood up to Nebuchadnezzar and his fiery furnace, and God honoured their uncompromising stance: Jesus came to be with them in the fire!

6. Unconnected: As in the case of young David standing up to Goliath even though his brothers did not support his coming to the war front and King Saul did not think he could do anything. They said he was unconnected whereas, he was connected vertically: to God. He actually came to fulfill his God-given purpose, (and I add, he came to teach Goliath and the Philistines a serious lesson), which he did.

7. Unconsidered: David was not considered fit to be anointed king, yet, he was the choice of the Almighty God. He was the chosen one, the man after God's heart. (He was called from the back of the desert to be anointed as a replacement for erring and rejected King Saul).

C. THE MINISTERS GOD SATURATES FOR USEFULNESS. Job 2:3;
God spoke to Satan glowingly about the steadfastness of Job. Hebrew 11:6. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. (We will consider the word faith as an acronym).

Faithful as Abraham. Genesis 22:1-3
Available as Joseph. Genesis 37:13;
Invincible as Moses. Exodus 3:4, 10
Teachable as young Samuel. I Samuel 3:4,6,8-10
Holy as Isaiah. Isaiah 6:5-8.

We pray earnestly to God thus:
* Separate me
* Set me apart
* Search me
* Stretch me, make me elastic, not rigid
* Sanctify and purify me, make me holy
* Sharpen me when I'm dull so that my words make impact
* Saturate me with the Scripture, the Spirit
* Stir me up when I'm sitting idly like a log of dead wood
* Send me!

Prayer:
- May God do all these and more in us
- May God find us qualified for His holy purpose
- May God bless and keep our father in the Lord, may His protection be sure over him!

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Written By:
 Kemisola Omoyiola is a born again, heaven-bound daughter of the Most High God, a worker in Deeper Life Bible Church, who earnestly desires to win souls through her write-ups.

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