TEXT: PSALM 2:1-3; JOHN 1:6
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful./But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night./And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." (KJV)
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John." (KJV)
"A man came to be (was birthed), being one having been sent forth with a mission, as an apostle, from God’s side (or: having been commissioned as an emissary and sent forth from beside God; having been sent forth to the side, whose source was God); a name for him: John." (JONATHAN MITCHELL)
Serving or doing anything for God without grace is punishment! If the difficulties that involve in moving an automobile without fuel are understood well enough, then we can realy know what it means to serve God without grace.
Who is a man of grace? A man of grace is simply a man that God helps and assists...God usually showed up at his instance. David says he is like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruits in its season. Also its leaves do not weather. This is a vivid description of a man that has grace. Always fresh...he does not run out of anointing, wisdom and insight. Such a man prospers in whatever he does because he is planted by the rivers side...there is a river, whose stream makes the city of our God glad...and I saw a pure river of living water flowing from the throne.
So, whenever God gives a man grace for any assignment, such man executes his assignment without stress and strain because he has the full backing of God. Whatever God does not engraced a man for, would be attempted without visible and lasting effects. The reason for the numerous abandonment of Devine services is the lack of grace...to a man of grace, God's mercy are new every morning...even though God is the ancient of days, to a man of grace God is ever young and ever ancient. This man remains a continuous wonder to men around him... A thousand shall fall at his side, and ten thousand at his right hand; but it shall not come nigh him. Others run out of blessing and anointing but he runs into blessing and favour.
As minister of the gospel, where duty or danger calls he would not be wanting there. This minister does not need to think hard and long before he has what to feed the flock under him with. He is a ready scribe! Grace is poured into his lips:his utterance, like arrows, are sharp in the hearts of the his king's enemies; whereby the people fall under him. What about insight? He is a seer of revelation...to him, it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. The chiefest thing in the life of this man is that unto him is committed the oracle of God..he has the skills to rightly divide the word of God...his Bible is an open Bible...he is mighty in scripture.
A man of grace would have a pulpit with grace, a graceful pulpit is a blessing to any pew. A graceless pulpit would bring perpetual disgrace to any pew. Brothers and sisters, God must give us grave if ministry must be a pleasure instead of a pressure! A Minster that is dis-graced, that is, robbed or derobbed of grace, should retire forthwith because he is no longer in God's pay row...let him look for grace from God otherwise he may be advised to go and pick a secular jobs and therewith serve God.
God took Moses, Aaron and Eliezah to a mount, there, God derobbed Aaron of his priestly garment. As the priestly outfit was been removed off Aaron, life or his breath was going away. So when he was finally derobbed, Aaron died and Eliezah was robbed as the new priest. His father was lying down with a lifeless body but he was standing tall with the priestly garment. A graceless man is a dead man. He knows nothing than to just remain inactive in the grave. When we begin to gasp for breath, it shows that out grace is been removed gradually. Anytime we see ourselves struggling, it shows that our grace is leaking away.
So, grace was removed from Aaron on that mountain: if he came down without the garment he would become an ordinary man. A man without grace is an ordinary man. The bells at the hems of his garment that announced his arrival before he actually arrived were no longer with him. The attention now is on Eliezah. A man derobbed of grace is an outdated man...a man of grace is the current man.
It was better that God took his life than to allow him lived without grace. It is a wonderful favour from God to die than to be alive and somebody else is wearing your grace and priestly garment. God was actually right to have called Aaron home than to allow him see shame. If a man is praying for death, let it not be for lack of money or lose of relationship...if it is because of lose of touch with grace, we may safely bid him farewell: because to live without grace is to live without a defense. What a defenseless head! To live without grace is to exist without God, hope and having nothing to look up to. Business, relationships and everything would be at risk without grace. To lie down in green grass is to have grace.
If Aaron had come down without the priestly garment on him, the people would not look up to him again but to eliezah. He would have to take order from his son. This is not humility but humiliation. Do not expect respect and submission from the church of God if you are not a man of grace. The church of Christ responds only to grace, for she was saved by grace...she has access and boldness by grace...and grace would lead her home to the safe habour. For here to be built up and secure her inheritance in her lord, she must be commended to grace. To get her affection and attention, a man must have grace from her Lord.
Dearly beloved, it is not face but grace that would guarantee pace among any race under the sun!
Would you have peace and power at thy bossom?
Would you have all foes of thine consume?
Would you have all that you do to blossom?
'tis possible and here with grace at thy bossom!
Seek graceful bottom at the tent of a graceful bossom!
Run after grace! To need continued
Emeka Joe Uzosike