Jus' Break It Up

Jus’ Break It Up

Jus’ break it up

This is another day; hope your week was fine? Thank God for His mercies..

Let me share this scripture in Hosea 10:12 “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you”

This is a properly and freshly plowed land but left unseeded during the growing season. It is ground that is unfruitful and unproductive. Familiar, isn’t it? When we compare the fallow ground principle to the spiritual condition of the church today, it’s very easy for us to see the similarity in the lives of many of us Christians. The prosperity message seems to have replaced the full gospel. No more proper worship of God in Spirit and in truth. How sad to think that many of us are unfruitful and not producing the fruit of righteousness that Jesus requires of us.

Hosea also mentions the fact that it is time (right now) to seek the Lord. He is speaking of a present tense situation. Right now is the time for us to seek the Lord with all of our hearts, souls, and minds. Today is the day for a spiritual breakthrough, not tomorrow or next year.

2 Corinthians 6:2 “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”.

Today, the Lord is calling us to seek Him. He is calling us to break up our fallow ground and begin to sow the seeds of righteousness in our lives.

How long should we seek the Lord? Is five minutes good enough? What about ten minutes? The Scripture specifically tells us to seek the Lord “till He comes!” Hosea 10:12 we can’t afford to draw back from seeking the Lord just because our flesh gets tired or because we have become despondent and discouraged. We can’t afford to stop pressing in to the fullness of what the Lord has for us. Christianity is a lifetime commitment to fulfill the call of God in our lives.

We cannot continue our ice cream and lollipop type of Christianity to press in only when it feels good to us. We must rebuke and repent of that mentality and press in for all that God has for us.

Our spirit man should be dictating to our flesh and not the other way! Amen! It’s our duty to follow the Lord and do His will no matter what. There is a great price to pay when it comes to following Jesus. Christianity is not all fun, games and the cry of “gime gime” like a spoilt child to the mother, but it’s worth every second of labor and travail that we go through.

Isaiah 64:6-7 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities”

Isaiah makes a very strong statement in this Scripture. He is basically saying that sin separates us from God. At this particular time in Isaiah’s writing, he was declaring that no one had been calling upon the name of the Lord. No one had been stirring himself or herself up to take hold of the one who had the power to both deliver and save. Sounds like a complacent dead church to me. Everyone seemed to be doing their own thing, making money and acquiring new things (there is nothing wrong with money in itself but THE LOVE OF IT) living unrighteous before their Maker. No difference between you and the unbelieving infidel. 2 Corinthians 6:14, 15

If we want to see renewal and revival, we must understand that God demands holiness, obedience, and repentance from His people. The righteous are the ones who will receive the blessings of God upon their lives.

We are not always going to be blessed with wonderful church services and powerful preachers. As a matter of fact, we can be sure that there will come a time in all of our lives when Brother Emeka, Jide or Hassan will not be available to saturate us with the “anointing oil” that he just purchased in Jerusalem. I’m sure that we will also find out that Sister Sola, Amaka or Zeinab will not always be available to counsel us on what we already know is wrong to do nor will there be a pastor Chris, Adeboye or Taiwo to pray with us or for us when we call on the telephone.

The Lord is declaring to us in His word that it’s time for us to stir ourselves up in the things of God. It’s time for us to seek the Lord on our own and press in to all that He has awaiting us. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”

We are told to come BOLDLY to the throne of grace. Not to our brothers, sisters, friends or pastors but to the throne of grace where we MAY OBTAIN MERCY AND FIND GRACE TO HELP IN TIME OF NEED. The word MAY there is the Greek word lambano, pronounced (lam-ban’-o) it’s a prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; meaning to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively (properly objective or active, as in to get hold of. It is what we can do and have to do, BY OURSELVES.

We can’t always depend on others to give us a quick fix and help us out of difficult situations. Let’s face reality and get a grip on our Christianity. We are soldiers of the Christ. It’s time for us to shake off complacency, pick up our armor and get down to doing real battle to posses our possession.

In 2 Timothy 4:16-18 we read “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion”

The Apostle Paul knew what it was like to be forsaken by those who once were his friends. He understood how it felt to have absolutely no one around him. We must be able to continue in our walk with God no matter what is going on around us. The Lord has promised us that He will never forsake us. Hebrews 13:5 “… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” He’s the friend that sticks closer than a brother. He’s the mighty fortress of safety and strength, the high tower of refuge from every storm that may come our way. We must learn to run to Jesus when the trials of this life seem to be coming against us from every direction. God is for us, not against us! He had said in Isaiah 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee”

You see, those times will come for sure but He had promised that the hard times will not consume us. The times have to come for our sake. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 30:5 “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” Be patient and “…let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” James 1:4 just keep at it, for in due course you will build up the kind of fellowship God requires from you

Don’t allow your mind to wander and get off track. It’s time for you to “seek the Lord till He comes and rains righteousness upon you” It’s time to reach out and take hold of the Lord’s nail scarred hand. Allow Him to pull you up out of that pit of miry clay and set your feet upon the rock. (Jesus) He is the “…vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing John 15:5. We serve The Mighty God! He is able to deliver us and cause us to rise above every circumstance that we may be facing. As we seek Him, He will respond. But first, it is our duty to make up our minds and determine to make a change about that lazy habit, our fallow ground. There is no other choice if we must excel in God than to JUS’ BREAK IT UP. Do have a good life.

 

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