THE PREACHER’S UTMOST PRAYER. 1 Corinthians 9:16-27


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1 Corinthians 9:16-27 (KJV)

16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

O’ Lord see me through, Jesus see me through, there is a race that I must run, there are victories to be won! Oh God give me power every hour to be true!!! Lord Jesus see me through!!

As ordained servants of God, there is just one goal. The crown on the head and the voice that says “ Well Done and Welcome Home.”

But how do we achieve this goal? Every true believer is a minister of God and a preacher of the gospel. May I remind you, some people were specifically called, some called themselves and some was just simple availability.

Matthew 19:12.

For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

But I tell you, God Equips the Called, He never calls the Equipped! Availability is a key ingredient in the call of God.

“If God Calls you, He will Provide for the Vision.”

Apostle Paul is our example in this study, and our study is divided into three subheadings.

The Pattern of Self-Denial, 1 Corinthians 9:16-19.
As Christians, preaching the gospel of Christ and everything Christ stands for is unavoidable. We are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

To some, we might look like fools and sound stupid, but whence we know our target and know that our goal is to win them to Christ, we ought to remain steadfast not boasting about it, nor feeling “ I have arrived.” It is a must as true Christians to preach the gospel.

1 Corinthians 1:18

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.

 Jesus Christ said; if anyone wants to be His servant, he must first denial everything including his own self, pick up his cross and follow Jesus. Luke 14:25-33, Luke 9:23.

Self-denial is a must to become a true child of God. We have to deny ourselves a lot of things, from the way speak, to the way we act. We are now a new creature; our old lifestyles have been nailed to the cross.

There’s a reward for selfless service to God and mankind. We should never abuse the gift of God upon our lives. “ Those who preach the gospel must live the gospel”

 

Serving all men, 1 Corinthians 19-23.
As workers in the vineyard, we ought to remember,

“Your Goal is very much more Important than the Role you Play.”

If we have this at the back of our mind, certainly we will preach Christ effortlessly and selflessly. Our utmost desire for should be the desire of total flexibility. I mean we have to be flexible to change in accordance to God’s words and will. Apostle Paul became four different persons on four different occasions.

And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might, by all means, save some.

But notice, he was still under God’s commandments and rules. He did not break any of them to please men.

He talks about becoming a Jew so that he could win the Jews; those under the law so he could win them; those without the law; and to the weak he became weak. At the end of the day, he became all things to men, in pursuit of saving them. As fellow laborers in the vineyard, we need to study our situation before we can lead the situation.

We need to add value to our work as ministers before God is going to give us direction.

Striving for a Crown, 1 Corinthians 26-27.
This is it!

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

There is a race to run, a crown to be worn. If we truly understand this, our walk with God will have a huge impact on our service towards the propagation of the gospel of Christ. We have to run with Focus, Train & Compete with Passion, and Fight with Purpose and Master our Flesh.

 Mr. Flesh!

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Mr. flesh is one entity that refuses to let go without a fight. Romans 7:15-25, Apostle Paul was talking about the power of the flesh confronting him and trying to prevent him from serving God.

Romans 7:15

What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.

Galatians 5:16 give us the Antidote to kill the flesh, we have to walk only in the spirit and do the things that are spiritually minded.

“Watch & Pray!” notice the bible says, Watch first. We need to observe every step we are taking and everything we are doing. Focus on the high calling of God in Christ Jesus lay aside every weight of sin and never pamper our weaknesses. Deal with our internal rubbish, confront our foundation because it will spring up and destroy our calling. We need to set our affections on the things that are above, mortify our body, (fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness). We need to put off the old man, which is lying, anger, lust, greed, pride, and filthy communication. Only then can we safeguard ourselves. It is compulsory we put on the new man and practice charity (love), which is the golden rule in becoming perfect in our walk with Christ. This guarantees our finishing well. Col 3:1-17. 

Col 4:2 &17

Finally, continue in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving. Please take heed to the ministry, which you have receive from God, that you may fulfill it.

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Have great Passion for the Work, which exceeds our Position, Gains and personal Preferences. Remain fixed on our Mission and Flexible in our Methods in Achieving it.

Remember we have to keep under our body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means when we have preached to others, we ourselves should be a castaway.

Our goal and target are hearing those sayings from God when we have gone the last mile of the way, and we are resting at the close of the day. We only want to hear God say.

“ Well Done & Welcome Home My Good & Faithful Servant!”

Remembers the true Picture, less you lose sight of the Vision. Priority is key, Discernment is Priceless.

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The Valley Of Restoration. Ezekiel 37:1-14


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Can these bones live? Can we actually come back alive from our past and dead self? Can we be totally free from the power of sin? Can the resurrecting power in the Blood of Jesus resurrect us from the grip and power of the grave? Can our dead glory come back alive? Can be breakthrough unto God’s perfect and divine plans for our lives? Can every dry bone in our lives rise again? Only God Knows!

The book of Ezekiel from chapter 36:24-38 was talking about the restoration of the nation Israel. In chapter 37, God gives a vision and symbol of the methods of its accomplishments. Verse 11 of Ezekiel 37 gives us the clue.

  • The bones, which are the whole house of Israel, who shall be living and the graves, are the nations where they dwell.

The order of the procedure is

  • Bringing the people out. (Vs 12)
  • Bringing them in. (vs 12)
  • Their conversion. (Vs 13)
  • The filling with the spirit. (Vs 14)

Resurrection is very important in our new walk with Christ. It means we are dead to sin; we’ve been crucified with Christ. It means we are no more under the law of sin but of Grace. The law is no more our schoolmaster, our flesh is dead to sin and our inner man has risen with Christ. This entails we are a New Creature.

Note: Romans 6:1-2a “ we cannot continue to live in sin, thinking grace may abound. We should not use the liberty we have as an occasion to glorify and satisfy the flesh.

The Valley of Resurrection is a place where:

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  • The resurrection of the soul occurs from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, to a holy, heavenly, spiritual and divine life by the power of divine grace going down with the word of Christ. John 5:24-25.

God took prophet Ezekiel to a valley full of dead dry bones and asked him, can these Bones Live? The prophet answered only for answering sake, so it wouldn’t be as if he lacked faith! “Oh Lord Thou Knowest”

“In life there comes a time when the situations and difficulties we are facing challenges our faith and hope in God. Then we are asked simple questions, but the answer becomes very difficult. Not because we don’t believe in God or we have lost faith. It’s simply because the situation seems impossible. But thank God we have a God that specializes in making the impossible to become possible.”

 Let’s observe the particulars of this Vision.

  • The Hand of the Lord was upon the Prophet and He carried him to a valley full of dry bones, probably the one of Ezekiel 3:22.

When God asked him if the bones could live vs 3? Is it likely? Can thou devise how it should be done? NO said the prophet, “ I know not how it should be done, but thou knowest Lord.” He didn’t say they couldn’t live, lest it would sound a bit insulting and limiting the power of the Almighty.

Faith and hope are two key ingredients in living a life pleasing to God. We have to trust God no matter how hard and difficult the situation might seem.

  • The spoken command word to bring these dry bones back to life. Vs 4-6.

God asked him to prophesy, pray, speak, and issue a command in the name of the Lord. This means using the power of God to speak life.

“ Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”

God is known to speak things to be. Ezekiel prophesying to dry disperses and scattered bones, commanding them to live must have been done only by prophecy. He had to issue a command (preach), he did so and the dead bones lived by a power that went along with the word of God, which he preached.

He must pray, he did so and the dead bones were made to live in answer to the prayer; for a spirit of life entered into them.

Back to us

There are many dead situations in our lives, so many valleys of dry bones. One thing certain and sure, the word of God can bring them back to life.

Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 Jeremiah 23:29

Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Speak the word of God to every area that needs resurrection in your life. God words are powerful; they have the power to bring the invisible things to visible. His words make the impossible to become possible.

Speak the power of resurrection to every dead area in your life, from sin to lust, to immoralities. It doesn’t matter how bad the situation might seem, the power of resurrection can bring you back on track. God can restore you, don’t give up on yourself. There is hope for a better tomorrow. The grace to needed to bounce back from every unpleasant situation must and only be obtained and sought by prayer.

God grace can save us without our preaching, but our preaching cannot save us without God’s grace. You need His grace to resurrect.

We must faithfully and diligently use the means of grace given to us by faith to speak life into every area of our lives. We have to discharge our trust, we must speak life as we are commanded only in the name of Jesus according to Philippians 2:5-11. Only that name has the key to unlock every dead potential in us. The power in the of Jesus makes us dead to sin, that we may have life and live it abundantly.

Speak life and see life in every situation around and within your life.

God Bless.

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