Calvary greetings in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has made it possible for us to come to the month of February in our year of Great Abundance. As a church, we have gone through the 21 day Daniel Fast here in Chapel of Grace and we are waxing stronger by His grace in the worldwide RCCG 100 day fast. May your strength be renewed like the eagle in Jesus’ might name (Isaiah 40:31).
In this month we are dwelling on ‘The Secrets of Greatness’. How do we prepare for greatness and what makes some people outstanding or excellent in their callings? Therefore, afford yourself the opportunity to be connected to God’s word as we seek him even in our 6 month Bible Reading Challenge. You shall testify at the end of the journey in Jesus’ name.
Biblically, greatness begins with a divine blessing (Genesis 12:1-3). Therefore, know that greatness is from God for the blessings of the Lord makes a person rich and adds no sorrow with it (Proverbs 10:22). Therefore, you must be connected with the one above. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14 that “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Know that life is a race and it is not the starting point that determines the winner but the finishing point. But the starting point can affect your competitive ability negatively or positively. In all this year, have a vision of greatness and you shall stand out in Jesus’ name.
This year, let the vision of greatness you have be so much in your mind that your spiritual growth will be beyond limitation. Refuse to stop yourself. It is your time and your turn to succeed. Motivate yourself never to accept defeat. Get a firm grip of your future. Know that a future that cannot be pictured cannot be earned. Be focused on the goal. The Message Translation of the above scripture says “friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back.” May you receive visions of uncommon glory and dreams of greatness in Jesus’ name.
Consequently, know that you can make your best better. Your exaltation is determined by your motivation. Paul was consciously motivated to succeed. Be awake to your success by launching yourself into the world of achievement by motivating yourself for the major determinant of your destiny is you. If there is no one that would tell you that you can make it to the top, tell yourself that you can make it to the top. No force is capable of stopping you if you refuse to stop yourself. Romans 1:17 says the just shall live by faith. Therefore, demonstrate great faith and let your expectations be high this year. Our God is forever dependable and reliable. He can bring something great out of nothing.
Again the Bible in Hebrews 1:9 says “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” If you are not prepared to be different, there is no way you can be outstanding. You have to stand out from the crowd. You cannot be in the crowd, remain with the crowd, be like the crowd and do things like them and expect to be outstanding. The summary of Deuteronomy 28:1-13 is that you are meant to be outstanding. Jesus Christ was very outstanding in His ministry. You must have an understanding of who you are and God’s plan for your life.
In Acts 6:1-8, there were seven deacons who were full of the Holy Spirit. They had a good report and were specially chosen for an assignment but two of them – Stephen and Philip were outstanding. They stood out; they were different. You must choose to live the lifestyle of heaven. Holiness is central to being different. A sinning believer cannot be outstanding in any divine assignment. Be highly devoted to whatever is assigned to you. Pay the price of obtaining the best result from every effort. It is well with you in Jesus’ name.
Dr. Akpo Onduku
(Pastor, Chapel of Grace)
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