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IS IT A GOD APPROVED MESSAGE?

Be careful to read this, it may just be the message you need as you start the new year.

The 2016 American election is over, the winner has emerged and in the coming week Donald Trump, as controversial as he seems, will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Though the electioneering campaign is over, many events leading to the election date are still very fresh in many minds, including mine. In my last issue on this medium, I shared about political correctness and how thus syndrome has entered the Church of God and in many cases caused an erosion of the word being preached from the pulpits.

One other aspect of this electioneering campaign that I want to reflect on as I share again is my observation on the Television advertisements by the candidates during the period. At the end of each message is a statement attesting the approval of the message. It usually goes thus; I am Donald Trump, or I am Hilary Clinton, and I approved this message. That is a statement, affirming the ownership of the message being passed through the advert. The danger of that ownership is that it is not every listener or potential electorates that agree with the message, but the campaigners stand with the message and are willing to lose voters for aligning with the message. What they were not ready to lose is the core principle they stand for and the basis of their candidacy. They are not out there to please everybody, but to share their vision for the country. The other interesting part of this is that the media network through which these messages are passed may not be in agreement with the policy position of the candidate or the message being communicated, but they share it anyway, unadulterated. Because that is what they have been engaged to do.

As a Pastor, I learned a lot from this and not only for me, I believe all Preachers out there and every Christian should learn one or two things here as well. The sermon we share as Pastors, or listen to as Congregants can also be likened to the messages communicated to potential electorates during the electioneering campaign. This implies that someone should attest to the authenticity of the message preached. Obviously, the Pastor, in this case, is the media through which the message is being passed, and the owner of the message is God Almighty. The question to the Preacher is, would God say concerning that message, I AM THE LORD, AND I APPROVED THIS MESSAGE. As a Pastor, am I too focused of how the congregation would receive my message and less conscious of what God wants to tell them? As a Congregant, am I looking for a sermon that will appeal to me or, do I want to hear the mind of God for the hour? If that message is of God, even though it may not be appealing to me for any reason, would I because of that disapprove of that message? Or, if the message is not approved by God, but it is appealing to me, would it bother me if God says that is not what I want you to hear? In order word, HOW WOULD YOU VOTE, FOR GOD, OR FOR THE MESSENGER - The Preacher (You can comment how you would vote after reading through this piece)

I do not intend to bore you with this write-up, but I appeal to you to read along as I share some thoughts on this critically important issue that have been laid in my heart. There is still more I want to share, at least we need to support the position above with scriptural references. As I do that, let me say this; God’s message for us does not necessarily have to be appealing to us, but it is ultimately good for us. The expectation of God is not for the messenger of the word (The Preacher) to entertain/ please the receiver (Congregants), but to communicate the message of the sender (God). The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12… "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Anytime the message is tuned to appeal to man rather than communicate the mind of God, the characteristics of the word of God enumerated in the scripture above are lost. It is no longer quick, it carries no power, and lost its sharpness. Therefore, the soul is not touched, the spirit remains dormant, and the flesh (represented by the joints and marrows) holds sway. The resultant effect is that the message is preached, but there is no transformation nor renewal of minds (Romans 12:1-2)

It is proper for us to look at examples from the scriptures as we share thoughts on this issue. I have two examples from Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

In the Book of Isaiah 38:1-6 (Please take the time to read this yourself as I paraphrase it here). God sent Isaiah to King Hezekiah who was sick to let him know that the sickness was unto death and he will not survive it. You will agree with me that was not good news to communicate to anybody, talk less of a King who has the power to deal with the Prophet. Hezekiah could have moderated the message and try to reassure the King all was well in order not to face the wrath of the King and be in his good book. But the consequence could have been fatal for the King. He could have died because he was not made aware of what was coming. However, because Isaiah told him as it is, King Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayers and pleaded for mercy for God to grant him more years. God obliged his request, he did not only give him fifteen more years, but he also delivered him and his city out of the oppression of the Syrians. No wonder the scripture says, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
To the Preacher I say, failing to tell the congregation the truth of the word of God is not wisdom but derogation of duty. Our task is not just to fill the earthly Pew but to enlarge the kingdom of God. Just like Hezekiah, many are spiritually sick and needs healing. They would have loved to repent and turn to God if they heard the right message. But if we try to assuage their feelings and fail to deliver the right message, that soul could be lost forever. To the congregants, I say, what you did not hear does not take away the consequence of living a life of disobedience. We should remember the word of the Lord to the Watchman. “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." Ezekiel 33:6
The question that could be asked then is, if the messages have not been life transforming; if we have allowed people to continue in their wickedness in an attempt to roll in the numbers in our Churches; how may people have blood in their hands today? And let us remember, God told David, you cannot build my house because you have blood in your hands. David did a lot of things for the Lord, but God barred him from building the Temple, simply because he had blood in his hands. The Church is doing a lot now, but we can do even much more for this generation if we begin to focus more on the owner of the message rather than the receiver of the message. My prayer is that real revival will start from the Pulpit so that it will get to the congregation. It is then we will begin to breed God seekers and not bread eaters. (John 6: 31-41).

With this, I conclude the first part of this series. In the coming week, we will be looking at other examples relating to God’s Approved Message. Watch out this space for the update. If you have been blessed by this, share with someone and be a blessing to a soul. You never know who may need this at this hour.
Shalom,

Pastor Toks Balogun.
RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary - Canada
Email: pastor@rccgrehobothassembly.org
Tel: 1-403-973-0111

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IS IT A GOD APPROVED MESSAGE?

Be careful to read this, it may just be the message you need as you start the new year.

The 2016 American election is over, the winner has emerged and in the coming week Donald Trump, as controversial as he seems, will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Though the electioneering campaign is over, many events leading to the election date are still very fresh in many minds, including mine. In my last issue on this medium, I shared about political correctness and how thus syndrome has entered the Church of God and in many cases caused an erosion of the word being preached from the pulpits.

One other aspect of this electioneering campaign that I want to reflect on as I share again is my observation on the Television advertisements by the candidates during the period. At the end of each message is a statement attesting the approval of the message. It usually goes thus; I am Donald Trump, or I am Hilary Clinton, and I approved this message. That is a statement, affirming the ownership of the message being passed through the advert. The danger of that ownership is that it is not every listener or potential electorates that agree with the message, but the campaigners stand with the message and are willing to lose voters for aligning with the message. What they were not ready to lose is the core principle they stand for and the basis of their candidacy. They are not out there to please everybody, but to share their vision for the country. The other interesting part of this is that the media network through which these messages are passed may not be in agreement with the policy position of the candidate or the message being communicated, but they share it anyway, unadulterated. Because that is what they have been engaged to do.

As a Pastor, I learned a lot from this and not only for me, I believe all Preachers out there and every Christian should learn one or two things here as well. The sermon we share as Pastors, or listen to as Congregants can also be likened to the messages communicated to potential electorates during the electioneering campaign. This implies that someone should attest to the authenticity of the message preached. Obviously, the Pastor, in this case, is the media through which the message is being passed, and the owner of the message is God Almighty. The question to the Preacher is, would God say concerning that message, I AM THE LORD, AND I APPROVED THIS MESSAGE. As a Pastor, am I too focused of how the congregation would receive my message and less conscious of what God wants to tell them? As a Congregant, am I looking for a sermon that will appeal to me or, do I want to hear the mind of God for the hour? If that message is of God, even though it may not be appealing to me for any reason, would I because of that disapprove of that message? Or, if the message is not approved by God, but it is appealing to me, would it bother me if God says that is not what I want you to hear? In order word, HOW WOULD YOU VOTE, FOR GOD, OR FOR THE MESSENGER - The Preacher (You can comment how you would vote after reading through this piece)

I do not intend to bore you with this write-up, but I appeal to you to read along as I share some thoughts on this critically important issue that have been laid in my heart. There is still more I want to share, at least we need to support the position above with scriptural references. As I do that, let me say this; God’s message for us does not necessarily have to be appealing to us, but it is ultimately good for us. The expectation of God is not for the messenger of the word (The Preacher) to entertain/ please the receiver (Congregants), but to communicate the message of the sender (God). The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12… "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Anytime the message is tuned to appeal to man rather than communicate the mind of God, the characteristics of the word of God enumerated in the scripture above are lost. It is no longer quick, it carries no power, and lost its sharpness. Therefore, the soul is not touched, the spirit remains dormant, and the flesh (represented by the joints and marrows) holds sway. The resultant effect is that the message is preached, but there is no transformation nor renewal of minds (Romans 12:1-2)

It is proper for us to look at examples from the scriptures as we share thoughts on this issue. I have two examples from Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

In the Book of Isaiah 38:1-6 (Please take the time to read this yourself as I paraphrase it here). God sent Isaiah to King Hezekiah who was sick to let him know that the sickness was unto death and he will not survive it. You will agree with me that was not good news to communicate to anybody, talk less of a King who has the power to deal with the Prophet. Hezekiah could have moderated the message and try to reassure the King all was well in order not to face the wrath of the King and be in his good book. But the consequence could have been fatal for the King. He could have died because he was not made aware of what was coming. However, because Isaiah told him as it is, King Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayers and pleaded for mercy for God to grant him more years. God obliged his request, he did not only give him fifteen more years, but he also delivered him and his city out of the oppression of the Syrians. No wonder the scripture says, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
To the Preacher I say, failing to tell the congregation the truth of the word of God is not wisdom but derogation of duty. Our task is not just to fill the earthly Pew but to enlarge the kingdom of God. Just like Hezekiah, many are spiritually sick and needs healing. They would have loved to repent and turn to God if they heard the right message. But if we try to assuage their feelings and fail to deliver the right message, that soul could be lost forever. To the congregants, I say, what you did not hear does not take away the consequence of living a life of disobedience. We should remember the word of the Lord to the Watchman. “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." Ezekiel 33:6
The question that could be asked then is, if the messages have not been life transforming; if we have allowed people to continue in their wickedness in an attempt to roll in the numbers in our Churches; how may people have blood in their hands today? And let us remember, God told David, you cannot build my house because you have blood in your hands. David did a lot of things for the Lord, but God barred him from building the Temple, simply because he had blood in his hands. The Church is doing a lot now, but we can do even much more for this generation if we begin to focus more on the owner of the message rather than the receiver of the message. My prayer is that real revival will start from the Pulpit so that it will get to the congregation. It is then we will begin to breed God seekers and not bread eaters. (John 6: 31-41).

With this, I conclude the first part of this series. In the coming week, we will be looking at other examples relating to God’s Approved Message. Watch out this space for the update. If you have been blessed by this, share with someone and be a blessing to a soul. You never know who may need this at this hour.
Shalom,

Pastor Toks Balogun.
RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary - Canada
Email: pastor@rccgrehobothassembly.org
Tel: 1-403-973-0111

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IS IT A GOD APPROVED MESSAGE?

Be careful to read this, it may just be the message you need as you start the new year.

The 2016 American election is over, the winner has emerged and this week Donald Trump, as controversial as he seems, will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Though the electioneering campaign is over, many events leading to the election date are still very fresh in many minds, including mine. In my last issue on this medium, I shared about political correctness and how thus syndrome has entered the Church of God and in many cases caused an erosion of the word being preached from the pulpits.

One other aspect of this electioneering campaign that I want to reflect on as I share again is my observation on the Television advertisements by the candidates during the period. At the end of each message is a statement attesting the approval of the message. It usually goes thus; I am Donald Trump, or I am Hilary Clinton, and I approved this message. That is a statement, affirming the ownership of the message being passed through the advert. The danger of that ownership is that it is not every listener or potential electorates that agree with the message, but the campaigners stand with the message and are willing to lose voters for aligning with the message. What they were not ready to lose is the core principle they stand for and the basis of their candidacy. They are not out there to please everybody, but to share their vision for the country. The other interesting part of this is that the media network through which these messages are passed may not be in agreement with the policy position of the candidate or the message being communicated, but they share it anyway, unadulterated. Because that is what they have been engaged to do.

As a Pastor, I learned a lot from this and not only for me, I believe all Preachers out there and every Christian should learn one or two things here as well. The sermon we share as Pastors, or listen to as Congregants can also be likened to the messages communicated to potential electorates during the electioneering campaign. This implies that someone should attest to the authenticity of the message preached. Obviously, the Pastor, in this case, is the media through which the message is being passed, and the owner of the message is God Almighty. The question to the Preacher is, would God say concerning that message, I AM THE LORD, AND I APPROVED THIS MESSAGE. As a Pastor, am I too focused of how the congregation would receive my message and less conscious of what God wants to tell them? As a Congregant, am I looking for a sermon that will appeal to me or, do I want to hear the mind of God for the hour? If that message is of God, even though it may not be appealing to me for any reason, would I because of that disapprove of that message? Or, if the message is not approved by God, but it is appealing to me, would it bother me if God says that is not what I want you to hear? In order word, HOW WOULD YOU VOTE, FOR GOD, OR FOR THE MESSENGER - The Preacher (You can comment how you would vote after reading through this piece)

I do not intend to bore you with this write-up, but I appeal to you to read along as I share some thoughts on this critically important issue that have been laid in my heart. There is still more I want to share, at least we need to support the position above with scriptural references. As I do that, let me say this; God’s message for us does not necessarily have to be appealing to us, but it is ultimately good for us. The expectation of God is not for the messenger of the word (The Preacher) to entertain/ please the receiver (Congregants), but to communicate the message of the sender (God). The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12… "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Anytime the message is tuned to appeal to man rather than communicate the mind of God, the characteristics of the word of God enumerated in the scripture above are lost. It is no longer quick, it carries no power, and lost its sharpness. Therefore, the soul is not touched, the spirit remains dormant, and the flesh (represented by the joints and marrows) holds sway. The resultant effect is that the message is preached, but there is no transformation nor renewal of minds (Romans 12:1-2)

It is proper for us to look at examples from the scriptures as we share thoughts on this issue. I have two examples from Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

In the Book of Isaiah 38:1-6 (Please take the time to read this yourself as I paraphrase it here). God sent Isaiah to King Hezekiah who was sick to let him know that the sickness was unto death and he will not survive it. You will agree with me that was not good news to communicate to anybody, talk less of a King who has the power to deal with the Prophet. Hezekiah could have moderated the message and try to reassure the King all was well in order not to face the wrath of the King and be in his good book. But the consequence could have been fatal for the King. He could have died because he was not made aware of what was coming. However, because Isaiah told him as it is, King Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayers and pleaded for mercy for God to grant him more years. God obliged his request, he did not only give him fifteen more years, but he also delivered him and his city out of the oppression of the Syrians. No wonder the scripture says, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
To the Preacher I say, failing to tell the congregation the truth of the word of God is not wisdom but derogation of duty. Our task is not just to fill the earthly Pew but to enlarge the kingdom of God. Just like Hezekiah, many are spiritually sick and needs healing. They would have loved to repent and turn to God if they heard the right message. But if we try to assuage their feelings and fail to deliver the right message, that soul could be lost forever. To the congregants, I say, what you did not hear does not take away the consequence of living a life of disobedience. We should remember the word of the Lord to the Watchman. “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." Ezekiel 33:6
The question that could be asked then is, if the messages have not been life transforming; if we have allowed people to continue in their wickedness in an attempt to roll in the numbers in our Churches; how may people have blood in their hands today? And let us remember, God told David, you cannot build my house because you have blood in your hands. David did a lot of things for the Lord, but God barred him from building the Temple, simply because he had blood in his hands. The Church is doing a lot now, but we can do even much more for this generation if we begin to focus more on the owner of the message rather than the receiver of the message. My prayer is that real revival will start from the Pulpit so that it will get to the congregation. It is then we will begin to breed God seekers and not bread eaters. (John 6: 31-41).

With this, I conclude the first part of this series. In the coming week, we will be looking at other examples relating to God’s Approved Message. Watch out this space for the update. If you have been blessed by this, share with someone and be a blessing to a soul. You never know who may need this at this hour.
Shalom,

Pastor Toks Balogun.
RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary - Canada
Email: pastor@rccgrehobothassembly.org
Tel: 1-403-973-0111

Post has attachment
IS IT A GOD APPROVED MESSAGE?

Be careful to read this, it may just be the message you need as you start the new year.

The 2016 American election is over, the winner has emerged and in the coming week Donald Trump, as controversial as he seems, will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Though the electioneering campaign is over, many events leading to the election date are still very fresh in many minds, including mine. In my last issue on this medium, I shared about political correctness and how thus syndrome has entered the Church of God and in many cases caused an erosion of the word being preached from the pulpits.

One other aspect of this electioneering campaign that I want to reflect on as I share again is my observation on the Television advertisements by the candidates during the period. At the end of each message is a statement attesting the approval of the message. It usually goes thus; I am Donald Trump, or I am Hilary Clinton, and I approved this message. That is a statement, affirming the ownership of the message being passed through the advert. The danger of that ownership is that it is not every listener or potential electorates that agree with the message, but the campaigners stand with the message and are willing to lose voters for aligning with the message. What they were not ready to lose is the core principle they stand for and the basis of their candidacy. They are not out there to please everybody, but to share their vision for the country. The other interesting part of this is that the media network through which these messages are passed may not be in agreement with the policy position of the candidate or the message being communicated, but they share it anyway, unadulterated. Because that is what they have been engaged to do.

As a Pastor, I learned a lot from this and not only for me, I believe all Preachers out there and every Christian should learn one or two things here as well. The sermon we share as Pastors, or listen to as Congregants can also be likened to the messages communicated to potential electorates during the electioneering campaign. This implies that someone should attest to the authenticity of the message preached. Obviously, the Pastor, in this case, is the media through which the message is being passed, and the owner of the message is God Almighty. The question to the Preacher is, would God say concerning that message, I AM THE LORD, AND I APPROVED THIS MESSAGE. As a Pastor, am I too focused of how the congregation would receive my message and less conscious of what God wants to tell them? As a Congregant, am I looking for a sermon that will appeal to me or, do I want to hear the mind of God for the hour? If that message is of God, even though it may not be appealing to me for any reason, would I because of that disapprove of that message? Or, if the message is not approved by God, but it is appealing to me, would it bother me if God says that is not what I want you to hear? In order word, HOW WOULD YOU VOTE, FOR GOD, OR FOR THE MESSENGER - The Preacher (You can comment how you would vote after reading through this piece)

I do not intend to bore you with this write-up, but I appeal to you to read along as I share some thoughts on this critically important issue that have been laid in my heart. There is still more I want to share, at least we need to support the position above with scriptural references. As I do that, let me say this; God’s message for us does not necessarily have to be appealing to us, but it is ultimately good for us. The expectation of God is not for the messenger of the word (The Preacher) to entertain/ please the receiver (Congregants), but to communicate the message of the sender (God). The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12… "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Anytime the message is tuned to appeal to man rather than communicate the mind of God, the characteristics of the word of God enumerated in the scripture above are lost. It is no longer quick, it carries no power, and lost its sharpness. Therefore, the soul is not touched, the spirit remains dormant, and the flesh (represented by the joints and marrows) holds sway. The resultant effect is that the message is preached, but there is no transformation nor renewal of minds (Romans 12:1-2)

It is proper for us to look at examples from the scriptures as we share thoughts on this issue. I have two examples from Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

In the Book of Isaiah 38:1-6 (Please take the time to read this yourself as I paraphrase it here). God sent Isaiah to King Hezekiah who was sick to let him know that the sickness was unto death and he will not survive it. You will agree with me that was not good news to communicate to anybody, talk less of a King who has the power to deal with the Prophet. Hezekiah could have moderated the message and try to reassure the King all was well in order not to face the wrath of the King and be in his good book. But the consequence could have been fatal for the King. He could have died because he was not made aware of what was coming. However, because Isaiah told him as it is, King Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayers and pleaded for mercy for God to grant him more years. God obliged his request, he did not only give him fifteen more years, but he also delivered him and his city out of the oppression of the Syrians. No wonder the scripture says, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
To the Preacher I say, failing to tell the congregation the truth of the word of God is not wisdom but derogation of duty. Our task is not just to fill the earthly Pew but to enlarge the kingdom of God. Just like Hezekiah, many are spiritually sick and needs healing. They would have loved to repent and turn to God if they heard the right message. But if we try to assuage their feelings and fail to deliver the right message, that soul could be lost forever. To the congregants, I say, what you did not hear does not take away the consequence of living a life of disobedience. We should remember the word of the Lord to the Watchman. “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." Ezekiel 33:6
The question that could be asked then is, if the messages have not been life transforming; if we have allowed people to continue in their wickedness in an attempt to roll in the numbers in our Churches; how may people have blood in their hands today? And let us remember, God told David, you cannot build my house because you have blood in your hands. David did a lot of things for the Lord, but God barred him from building the Temple, simply because he had blood in his hands. The Church is doing a lot now, but we can do even much more for this generation if we begin to focus more on the owner of the message rather than the receiver of the message. My prayer is that real revival will start from the Pulpit so that it will get to the congregation. It is then we will begin to breed God seekers and not bread eaters. (John 6: 31-41).

With this, I conclude the first part of this series. In the coming week, we will be looking at other examples relating to God’s Approved Message. Watch out this space for the update. If you have been blessed by this, share with someone and be a blessing to a soul. You never know who may need this at this hour.
Shalom,

Pastor Toks Balogun.
RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary - Canada
Email: pastor@rccgrehobothassembly.org
Tel: 1-403-973-0111

Post has attachment
IS IT A GOD APPROVED MESSAGE?

Be careful to read this, it may just be the message you need as you start the new year.

The 2016 American is over, the winner has emerged and in the coming week Donald Trump, as controversial as he seems, will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Though the electioneering campaign is over, many events leading to the election date are still very fresh in many minds, including mine. In my last issue on this medium, I shared about political correctness and how thus syndrome has entered the Church of God and in many cases caused an erosion of the word being preached from the pulpits.

One other aspect of this electioneering campaign that I want to reflect on as I share again is my observation on the Television advertisements by the candidates during the period. At the end of each message is a statement attesting the approval of the message. It usually goes thus; I am Donald Trump, or I am Hilary Clinton, and I approved this message. That is a statement, affirming the ownership of the message being passed through the advert. The danger of that ownership is that it is not every listener or potential electorates that agree with the message, but the campaigners stand with the message and are willing to lose voters for aligning with the message. What they were not ready to lose is the core principle they stand for and the basis of their candidacy. They are not out there to please everybody, but to share their vision for the country. The other interesting part of this is that the media network through which these messages are passed may not be in agreement with the policy position of the candidate or the message being communicated, but they share it anyway, unadulterated. Because that is what they have been engaged to do.

As a Pastor, I learned a lot from this and not only for me, I believe all Preachers out there and every Christian should learn one or two things here as well. The sermon we share as Pastors, or listen to as Congregants can also be likened to the messages communicated to potential electorates during the electioneering campaign. This implies that someone should attest to the authenticity of the message preached. Obviously, the Pastor, in this case, is the media through which the message is being passed, and the owner of the message is God Almighty. The question to the Preacher is, would God say concerning that message, I AM THE LORD, AND I APPROVED THIS MESSAGE. As a Pastor, am I too focused of how the congregation would receive my message and less conscious of what God wants to tell them? As a Congregant, am I looking for a sermon that will appeal to me or, do I want to hear the mind of God for the hour? If that message is of God, even though it may not be appealing to me for any reason, would I because of that disapprove of that message? Or, if the message is not approved by God, but it is appealing to me, would it bother me if God says that is not what I want you to hear? In order word, HOW WOULD YOU VOTE, FOR GOD, OR FOR THE MESSENGER - The Preacher (You can comment how you would vote after reading through this piece)

I do not intend to bore you with this write-up, but I appeal to you to read along as I share some thoughts on this critically important issue that have been laid in my heart. There is still more I want to share, at least we need to support the position above with scriptural references. As I do that, let me say this; God’s message for us does not necessarily have to be appealing to us, but it is ultimately good for us. The expectation of God is not for the messenger of the word (The Preacher) to entertain/ please the receiver (Congregants), but to communicate the message of the sender (God). The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12… "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Anytime the message is tuned to appeal to man rather than communicate the mind of God, the characteristics of the word of God enumerated in the scripture above are lost. It is no longer quick, it carries no power, and lost its sharpness. Therefore, the soul is not touched, the spirit remains dormant, and the flesh (represented by the joints and marrows) holds sway. The resultant effect is that the message is preached, but there is no transformation nor renewal of minds (Romans 12:1-2)

It is proper for us to look at examples from the scriptures as we share thoughts on this issue. I have two examples from Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

In the Book of Isaiah 38:1-6 (Please take the time to read this yourself as I paraphrase it here). God sent Isaiah to King Hezekiah who was sick to let him know that the sickness was unto death and he will not survive it. You will agree with me that was not good news to communicate to anybody, talk less of a King who has the power to deal with the Prophet. Hezekiah could have moderated the message and try to reassure the King all was well in order not to face the wrath of the King and be in his good book. But the consequence could have been fatal for the King. He could have died because he was not made aware of what was coming. However, because Isaiah told him as it is, King Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayers and pleaded for mercy for God to grant him more years. God obliged his request, he did not only give him fifteen more years, but he also delivered him and his city out of the oppression of the Syrians. No wonder the scripture says, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
To the Preacher I say, failing to tell the congregation the truth of the word of God is not wisdom but derogation of duty. Our task is not just to fill the earthly Pew but to enlarge the kingdom of God. Just like Hezekiah, many are spiritually sick and needs healing. They would have loved to repent and turn to God if they heard the right message. But if we try to assuage their feelings and fail to deliver the right message, that soul could be lost forever. To the congregants, I say, what you did not hear does not take away the consequence of living a life of disobedience. We should remember the word of the Lord to the Watchman. “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." Ezekiel 33:6
The question that could be asked then is, if the messages have not been life transforming; if we have allowed people to continue in their wickedness in an attempt to roll in the numbers in our Churches; how may people have blood in their hands today? And let us remember, God told David, you cannot build my house because you have blood in your hands. David did a lot of things for the Lord, but God barred him from building the Temple, simply because he had blood in his hands. The Church is doing a lot now, but we can do even much more for this generation if we begin to focus more on the owner of the message rather than the receiver of the message. My prayer is that real revival will start from the Pulpit so that it will get to the congregation. It is then we will begin to breed God seekers and not bread eaters. (John 6: 31-41).

With this, I conclude the first part of this series. In the coming week, we will be looking at other examples relating to God’s Approved Message. Watch out this space for the update. If you have been blessed by this, share with someone and be a blessing to a soul. You never know who may need this at this hour.
Shalom,

Pastor Toks Balogun.
RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary - Canada
Email: pastor@rccgrehobothassembly.org
Tel: 1-403-973-0111

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IS IT A GOD APPROVED MESSAGE?

Be careful to read this, it may just be the message you need as you start the new year.

The 2016 American election is over, the winner has emerged and in the coming week Donald Trump, as controversial as he seems, will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Though the electioneering campaign is over, many events leading to the election date are still very fresh in many minds, including mine. In my last issue on this medium, I shared about political correctness and how thus syndrome has entered the Church of God and in many cases caused an erosion of the word being preached from the pulpits.

One other aspect of this electioneering campaign that I want to reflect on as I share again is my observation on the Television advertisements by the candidates during the period. At the end of each message is a statement attesting the approval of the message. It usually goes thus; I am Donald Trump, or I am Hilary Clinton, and I approved this message. That is a statement, affirming the ownership of the message being passed through the advert. The danger of that ownership is that it is not every listener or potential electorates that agree with the message, but the campaigners stand with the message and are willing to lose voters for aligning with the message. What they were not ready to lose is the core principle they stand for and the basis of their candidacy. They are not out there to please everybody, but to share their vision for the country. The other interesting part of this is that the media network through which these messages are passed may not be in agreement with the policy position of the candidate or the message being communicated, but they share it anyway, unadulterated. Because that is what they have been engaged to do.

As a Pastor, I learned a lot from this and not only for me, I believe all Preachers out there and every Christian should learn one or two things here as well. The sermon we share as Pastors, or listen to as Congregants can also be likened to the messages communicated to potential electorates during the electioneering campaign. This implies that someone should attest to the authenticity of the message preached. Obviously, the Pastor, in this case, is the media through which the message is being passed, and the owner of the message is God Almighty. The question to the Preacher is, would God say concerning that message, I AM THE LORD, AND I APPROVED THIS MESSAGE. As a Pastor, am I too focused of how the congregation would receive my message and less conscious of what God wants to tell them? As a Congregant, am I looking for a sermon that will appeal to me or, do I want to hear the mind of God for the hour? If that message is of God, even though it may not be appealing to me for any reason, would I because of that disapprove of that message? Or, if the message is not approved by God, but it is appealing to me, would it bother me if God says that is not what I want you to hear? In order word, HOW WOULD YOU VOTE, FOR GOD, OR FOR THE MESSENGER - The Preacher (You can comment how you would vote after reading through this piece)

I do not intend to bore you with this write-up, but I appeal to you to read along as I share some thoughts on this critically important issue that have been laid in my heart. There is still more I want to share, at least we need to support the position above with scriptural references. As I do that, let me say this; God’s message for us does not necessarily have to be appealing to us, but it is ultimately good for us. The expectation of God is not for the messenger of the word (The Preacher) to entertain/ please the receiver (Congregants), but to communicate the message of the sender (God). The Bible says in Hebrews 4:12… "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Anytime the message is tuned to appeal to man rather than communicate the mind of God, the characteristics of the word of God enumerated in the scripture above are lost. It is no longer quick, it carries no power, and lost its sharpness. Therefore, the soul is not touched, the spirit remains dormant, and the flesh (represented by the joints and marrows) holds sway. The resultant effect is that the message is preached, but there is no transformation nor renewal of minds (Romans 12:1-2)

It is proper for us to look at examples from the scriptures as we share thoughts on this issue. I have two examples from Old Testament and one from the New Testament.

In the Book of Isaiah 38:1-6 (Please take the time to read this yourself as I paraphrase it here). God sent Isaiah to King Hezekiah who was sick to let him know that the sickness was unto death and he will not survive it. You will agree with me that was not good news to communicate to anybody, talk less of a King who has the power to deal with the Prophet. Hezekiah could have moderated the message and try to reassure the King all was well in order not to face the wrath of the King and be in his good book. But the consequence could have been fatal for the King. He could have died because he was not made aware of what was coming. However, because Isaiah told him as it is, King Hezekiah went to the Lord in prayers and pleaded for mercy for God to grant him more years. God obliged his request, he did not only give him fifteen more years, but he also delivered him and his city out of the oppression of the Syrians. No wonder the scripture says, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
To the Preacher I say, failing to tell the congregation the truth of the word of God is not wisdom but derogation of duty. Our task is not just to fill the earthly Pew but to enlarge the kingdom of God. Just like Hezekiah, many are spiritually sick and needs healing. They would have loved to repent and turn to God if they heard the right message. But if we try to assuage their feelings and fail to deliver the right message, that soul could be lost forever. To the congregants, I say, what you did not hear does not take away the consequence of living a life of disobedience. We should remember the word of the Lord to the Watchman. “But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand." Ezekiel 33:6

The question that could be asked then is, if the messages have not been life transforming; if we have allowed people to continue in their wickedness in an attempt to roll in the numbers in our Churches; how may people have blood in their hands today? And let us remember, God told David, you cannot build my house because you have blood in your hands. David did a lot of things for the Lord, but God barred him from building the Temple, simply because he had blood in his hands. The Church is doing a lot now, but we can do even much more for this generation if we begin to focus more on the owner of the message rather than the receiver of the message. My prayer is that real revival will start from the Pulpit so that it will get to the congregation. It is then we will begin to breed God seekers and not bread eaters. (John 6: 31-41).

With this, I conclude the first part of this series. In the coming week, we will be looking at other examples relating to God’s Approved Message. Watch out this space for the update. If you have been blessed by this, share with someone and be a blessing to a soul. You never know who may need this at this hour.
Shalom,

Pastor Toks Balogun.
RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary - Canada
Email: pastor@rccgrehobothassembly.org
Tel: 1-403-973-0111

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Finally, I am excited to let you know that the book is out, and you can buy the paperback online on Amazon and Createspace. eBook version available on Amazon Kindle as well. Formal Book Launch on 18th December 2016 at RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary. Place your order today and I can tell you-you will enjoy every page you open in this book. It is deliberately written to engage you and let you have a thoughtful reading. God bless you All

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Finally, I am excited to let you know that the book is out, and you can buy the paperback online on Amazon and Createspace. eBook version available on Amazon Kindle as well. Formal Book Launch on 18th December 2016 at RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary. Place your order today and I can tell you-you will enjoy every page you open in this book. It is deliberately written to engage you and let you have a thoughtful reading. God bless you All

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Finally, I am excited to let you know that the book is out, and you can buy the paperback online on Amazon and Createspace. eBook version available on Amazon Kindle as well. Formal Book Launch on 18th December 2016 at RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary. Place your order today and I can tell you-you will enjoy every page you open in this book. It is deliberately written to engage you and let you have a thoughtful reading. God bless you All

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Finally, I am excited to let you know that the book is out, and you can buy the paperback online on Amazon and Createspace. eBook version available on Amazon Kindle as well. Formal Book Launch on 18th December 2016 at RCCG Rehoboth Assembly Calgary. Place your order today and I can tell you-you will enjoy every page you open in this book. It is deliberately written to engage you and let you have a thoughtful reading. God bless you All
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