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God’s Tools On Earth

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. —Genesis 1:1-3


For everything God has accomplished on earth, He has always used three basic tools: His Spirit, His Word and His man.
At creation the Spirit of God hovered over the chaotic mess that was the earth, preparing it for the Father’s creative input. Then God sent His Word and order emerged from the chaos. But the truth is, without man it would be impossible to maintain order. So He created the first man, Adam, and gave him authority over the earth. Man therefore became the tool through whom God’s creation would be preserved.

God’s Man

Even today the Spirit of God still prepares, His Word produces and His man–not any man–preserves. You are God’s tool for maintaining divine order on earth. You stand in the place of God on earth and He has given you dominion. This explains why Jesus referred to you as the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
As man you came into existence by a distinct act of creation. You bear the image and likeness of God. You possess a spiritual nature that ranks you above the rest of creation. You alone of all creatures are truly rational, moral, religious, and are capable of communion with God. Even in a fallen state you were the object of God’s redemption; He sent His most precious Son to redeem you.

The truth is, you were created to do God’s will and work on earth. You were created in His image so you would ‘have dominion’ over the rest of creation or perform His work of ruling the creation in His place. Indeed, you are God’s representative on earth.

Well, in case you consider yourself too weak and feeble to fit into the above-painted scenario, take one more critical look at God’s pattern of exploits since creation. One case in point is that of the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt. God sought out the weakest of all mortals at the time. As a baby, he was rejected and hopeless. His last hope was the Nile River, with all its carnivorous animals. Moses had been under severe incarceration for the first three months of his existence on earth following Pharaoh’s sentence of death on all male children of the Jews. He was tucked in a basket, thrown into the river and left to fate. But because God had destined him as the deliverer of His people, the Spirit guided Moses into the care of the same Pharaoh who sought his life. That was partly where the Spirit prepared him for the work ahead.

The truth is, God usually searches out base mortals like you and me. Having sought them out, He prepares them appropriately. Joseph, David, Jeremiah and Amos are few examples of physically weak men who God sought out for His purpose. In very a unique manner, He prepared each of them for his specific ministry.

God desires to use you also for His purpose. All you need to do is surrender to Him. Whatever you are going through right now—your trials, temptations, sicknesses, diseases or lack—are necessary platforms for God to step on and work out His purpose, using you. You are His chosen vessel, by virtue of your being called out as a believer. God is ready to use either your weakness or strength for the actualisation of His purpose.

There is always the temptation however to abandon God’s will. It is important to note though that while God respects your will, He is still sovereign. That is why Jonah, in spite of spending three days in the belly of a fish, still had to carry out the divine mandate of going to Nineveh.The will of God is therefore incontrovertible, whether man likes it or not.

The Holy Spirit: Your Helper

You must never submit to the misguided view that you have been abandoned, because you are not. While some may believe that they are lone-rangers, abandoned on the face of the earth, you must realise that you are in a world of warmth and love. In fact, the Holy Spirit offers Himself to you as your ever-abiding

HELPER.

When the Lord Jesus walked the face of the earth, He preached the good news to the poor, healed the sick, comforted the downcast and proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favour. He was indeed the Comforter. But before His ascension, He promised not to leave His own comfortless (or abandoned). He promised to send the Holy Spirit! Jesus referred to Him as another Comforter, who would abide with us forever (John 14:16).

Acts Chapter 2 saw the fulfilment of this promise as the Holy Spirit descended on the believers. The impact was tremendous! Peter who was naïve and could not as much as identify with Jesus before a maid got the boldness to preach this same Jesus to thousands of people. Soon after, when confronted by members of the highest ruling body in the land and ordered never to preach the Lord Jesus, he stood his ground. Even their threats did not make any impression on his Spirit-inspired boldness.

The truth is, the Holy Spirit has not departed since the day of Pentecost—the day the promise was first fulfilled. If you are a Christian, that is, you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then He dwells in you. His grace becomes automatically functional in your life.

Now, the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal with them in power and glory. He has been referred to severally as the expressed power of the triune family, and comes to you in ways you need Him the most. In a difficult situation, He comes to you as an articulate Advisor. Tormented and scarred by the arrows of the enemy, He comes to you as a comforting Healer. He understands every battle you will ever fight in life and offers a helping hand. All your challenges matter to Him. Your winning is always on His mind. That is why He puts His weapon, the Word of God, in your hand.

You have all you need to succeed in life? Use them! You will succeed as a true representative of God on earth in Jesus’ name.

The Holy Spirit reveals to you the things that are rightly yours as a child of God. He helps you pray effectively and talks to you about the specific steps you should take. He also intercedes for you according to the will of God. Any wonder the apostle Paul said, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”(Romans 8:26-27 NIV)

Do you now see that you are not alone? You can never have a better companion than the Holy Spirit. If you recognise this and learn to walk with Him, He will help you out of every ugly situation, and usher you into a life of exploits.

To move of your own volition without any recourse to the Holy Spirit on any issue is the same as shunning your very Helper. The moment you consult Him, He will spring into action on your behalf. You have a trusted Helper who will deliver you from all evils. He is always ready to stand together with you to counter any attack or overcome every challenge. But the question is: will you give Him the pride of place in your life? Will you let Him fight your battles? Will you allow Him reveal Jesus to you in a way you never imagined possible?

In my several years of counselling, I have discovered that people who acknowledge the Holy Spirit and yield to His leading move faster and make more progress than others in their areas of calling. The interesting thing is that although He is always ready to stand together with you, He does not usurp. He helps only as much as you allow Him.

It does not matter your endeavour, success is guaranteed if you surrender the sails of your ship to the Holy Spirit. And I believe God you will, in the name of Jesus.

Give Attention To His Word
The most effective instrument for changing any situation in your life is the Word of God. It is the basic tool in the hand of the Holy Spirit that nurtures and furnishes you with all you need to succeed on earth.

It was the apostle Paul who said in his epistle to the Corinthians that “…the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). What he meant was that we must never make the mistake of sticking to the logos (the Greek term for the ordinary word) without reaching out for the rhema (the spiritual substance of the word for necessary application).

Whereas the letter has the tendency to kill, there is a creative power resident in the Spirit that produces life. The Spirit of the Word has a mysterious potency that automatically spins life out of a death situation when accurately spoken into existence. Therefore, the Spirit must inspire the Word to produce life. It is the Spirit that prepares the action for onward substantiation by the spoken Word. Thereupon, it is the duty of the chosen man to put the life-producing Word into action. No one who understands this mystery ignores or jokes with the Spirit.

Every believer must pay attention to the Word of God by speaking positive words that have the capacity to change lives. The Holy Spirit cannot engage the Word except as He engages it through our lips. If the Spirit is present and you declare His Word; if you know His will in a matter and declare it, then you are certain to see results.

Can you see you have all you need to succeed in life? Use them! You will succeed as a true representative of God on earth in Jesus’ name.

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