Calvary greetings in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and I welcome you to the month of June which has been declared unto us as a season that we shall Arise and Take Charge. The Scripture instructs us to “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it: for I will give it unto thee” (Genesis 13:17).
In simple terms, arise means to ‘get up’. The above scripture commands us to take possession of territories. God has already giving us the land. Don’t be afraid of the seeming giants for the victory is already ascertained. In 1 John 5:4, we are reminded that “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” Our faith in God should be absolute for all things are possible to him that believes (Mark 9:23). Faith will move God and man; it will take you through when everything else fails. In faith lies victory. Let me quickly point this here, others can help you release your faith, thereafter, you must put it into action yourself like the encounter of Peter and John with the lame man at the Beautiful gate (Acts 3:1-11). After Peter had taken him up by the right hand, the man started leaping, walking and praising God all by himself. Faith accomplishes things only as it is released.
In Judges 7:15b, the scripture states that “Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian”. Gideon observing the finger of God pointing him to this very place, at this very time, to hear this dream and the interpretation of it, was exceedingly encouraged by it against the melancholy apprehensions he had upon the reducing of his army. One sure way to a victorious Christian walk is obedience. Gideon obeyed God against all strategic military calculations by reducing his army and God granted him victory.
In the case of the prodigal son, he said, “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.” (Luke 15:18). No matter how far you have gone astray, we serve a God that is very merciful. Your mess today can become a message tomorrow. God is a merciful God only if you can realise that it’s time to arise and go back to Him. Your seeming hopeless future can be restored. God is a great restorer. He said in Joel 2:25 that “And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” The Lord will enable us to even be restorer of the lost souls in the land when we begin to arise and shine (Isaiah 60:1).
In order to arise and reclaim the land we must be a people of prayer. The scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” A persistent prayer life and holiness are a necessity to enable us fully spread the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ across the cities and nations of the world. There is no short cut, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). It’s my prayer that you will experience a closer walk with God this season in Jesus Name.
Dr. Akpo Onduku
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