THE MAN WHOSE HEART WAS WITH THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

NORTHERN CAPE BAPTIST REGION COME TOGETHER

13/01/2019

THE MAN WHOSE HEART WAS WITH THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

Nehemiah

PREACHER: Pastor John Sigudla

Nehemiah chapter one and chapter two

  1. Introduction.

Toughest situation in the lives of the Israelites taken into captivity and few poor citizens left behind in Jerusalem. Those taken into captivity were well educated and strong people. Amongst those taken to captivity was Nehemiah son of Hacaliah who was well placed in the palace of the king of Susa. A position that might have made him to forget about home, but that never happened.

Serving the king his heart was back home.

Serving the king his whole being was back home thinking about what is happening with the remnants of the children of Israel.

Serving the king, his whole life was not in this beautiful safe place.

Serving the king with his eyes looking back home to see what was happening.

Serving the king with all his ears on the ground picking up what was happening back home.

Serving the king with the heart full of questions about what is happening back home.

We surely need such people that will serve God in spite of what circumstances of comfort we find ourselves in. the comfort from our God is the only one that can give us peace that we need, the peace that passes man’s understanding.

  • THE SAD REPORT NEHEMIAH RECEIVED.
    • Sometimes asking causes lot of more trouble than the present trouble. It is sometimes good not to receive any reports than getting more upset when sad reports are given to you.
    • Reports are both good and bad and your attitude towards both reports is very important and deciding.
    • Other people died because of the good reports, they were so much overwhelmed that they dropped dead.
    • Whiles other people were strengthened by sad reports and they came out of the sad report stronger than before the report. The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want…though I walk through the valley of the shadow of doubts, I fear no evil for he is with me. (Psalm 23)
    • Trouble expands the thinking capacity of some persons, while good news shrinks the thinking capacity of some persons.
  • The prayer of Nehemiah from verse 4-11
    • A very powerful prayer that started with confession.
    • A prayer from a broken heart and contrite[1] spirit.
    • A prayer of an open heart full of sorrow for the sins of the nation.
    • An intercessory prayer for the whole nation.
    • A prayer that never left any stone unturned.
    • A prayer of fasting day and night crying to God.
    • A prayer that changed the situation for the good.
    • A historical prayer of God’s promises to the children of Israel.
    • A very powerful informed prayer about the principles and laws of the God of heaven.
    • Then prayer of petition
    • Prayer of requesting God’s favour in the action to be taken.
    • Prayer of trust and dedication and hope that God will answer.
  • Prayer will expose you what kind of a person you are.
    • 2So the king asked me, “Why are you so sad? You aren’t sick, are you? You look like a man with deep troubles.”
    • Three successive questions were asked by the king.
      • Why are you so sad? That was carrying a death sentence since you do not serve the king with a sad face.
      • You aren’t sick, are you? At least God intervened with a positive thinking of sickness since if one is sick, he will appear sad.
      • You look like a man with deep troubles. This was saying, I see your troubles but they are not ordinary troubles but very deep troubles. This was the readiness for the king to help if there are troubled faced by Nehemiah.
      • When God is in control, he makes your enemies your friends, a free zone to go.
    • That frightened Nehemiah out of his skin when he was asked such questions.
    • Nehemiah had to tell the truth about the house of God and Jerusalem as a whole.
    • The amazing thing is that the king was more than prepared to help if he may be allowed. This is indeed the power of prayer that changes things. Verse 4 Chapter 2.
  • PRAYER IMMENSELY ANSWERED
    • The king and the queen were told about the bad situation back home.
    • The king asked how he may be of help.
    • Then Nehemiah spoke to the king and requested the following:
      • Send me to Judah to go and repair where my families are buried. 2:5
      • He was asked whether he was going to come back and when is he leaving. Verse 6. Challenging concern.
      • He further requested for letters that are needed for go through other provinces. Verse 7
      • Another letter was to be send to Asaph the manager of the kings’ forest for timber to be supplied for the repair of the walls and the gates of Jerusalem. And (a house for myself”) this was quiet disturbing after being asked when are you going to come back and all of a sudden you talk about the house of your own.
      • The king never took that as serious, but granted Nehemiah what he requested.
  • The actual journey had some problems. Chapter 2:9
    • In those days, it was like our days, there was no safety on the roads.
    • Nehemiah was given soldiers for safe keeping on the road since his theology was not the theology of Ezra who said “There is a great God who is taking care of us”
  • Indeed God takes care of us but how?
  • God uses all the possible ways to take care of his children.
  • As a president of the Country, it is a standard requirement to have body guards around you, this is happening everywhere in the world.
  • As a police, you believe in God and the institution require you to have a fire arm for self –protection and protection of the citizens that you are serving against lawlessness people with AK 47’s
  • As you enter an unhealthy ward infested with viruses, you are expected to wear a mask for safety.
  • As a paramedic, dealing with accidents, you are expected to wear hand cloves for prevention against blood that might be HIV infections from the victims of the accident and that is a standard requirement for you to be a paramedic.
  • In the mining industry, going underground as protection measures, you are expected to wear the right attire with a helmet on your heart for falling rocks.
  • What about our houses for protection purposes, burglar -proofs have been inserted.
  • What about our houses, we have ADT security companies taking care of our houses with sirens.  Why protection major.
  • One man was trapped in an island and it was heavily raining and the water was flooding the island and God sent people with a boat to help, and he refused the help, an helicopter was send three times and the man refused to be helped saying that he was praying. He finally died as he was drowned and when he arrive in heaven, he asked God why he failed to rescue him and God said how many people did I sent to you, to rescue you and you simply refused.
    • Nehemiah was not a perfect man, chapter 2:9
  • CONCLUSION.

NEHEMIAH INVOLVED OTHERS IN THE BUILDING.

  •  Nehemiah was aware that the work belongs to God.
    • Nehemiah was a vision carrier and we cannot all be vision carriers.
    • One is a vision carrier others are vision fulfillers.
    • Nehemiah knew that he needed others to fulfil the great work.
    • In the process of doing God’s work, we must expect oppositions from the Sanballat’s and the Tobias.
    • The solution with Nehemiah was his trust in the God of the vision.
    • As the year start, we need oneness of heart, togetherness in whatever we are doing, reading of the vision of the leader, and understanding of the vision of the leader.
    • Get your position to build your portion, never bring something which is not in the vision.
    • We are here for 2019 to win souls; anything in our work must be for soul winning and discipleship, nothing else.
    • Come let us work together as God has called us for his Work. This is God’s work and must be done the God’s way.

[1] Contrite, remorseful heart, repentant heart, regretful heart.

Originally published on https://pastorjohnsigudla.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/the-man-whose-heart-was-with-the-people-of-god/

YOUR DEDICATION TO GOD MUST BE YOUR HEART DESIRE IN THE YEAR 2019.

SHARON BAPTIST CHURCH

YOUR DEDICATION TO GOD MUST BE YOUR HEART DESIRE IN THE YEAR 2019.

HOW TO START 2019 WITH GOD?

PASTOR JOHN SIGUDLA

DATE: 06/01/2019

NEHEMIAH 7:73B–9:21

Now in mid autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled together as one person at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had given for Israel to obey. 8:2 SO on October 8 Ezra the priest brought the scroll of the law before the assembly, which included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand.

3He faced the square just inside the Water Gate from early morning until noon and read aloud to everyone who could understand. All the people paid close attention to the Book of the Law. 4Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform that had been made for the occasion. To his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah. To his left stood Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5Ezra stood on the platform in full view of all the people. When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet.

  1. Introduction

In everything there is a beginning and also as the year start, there is a beginning of new life, new hope, new anticipation, new readiness, new dedication, new looking forward to serve the Almighty God, new respect to one another, new preparation to give more than we use to give in the previous year. Can we look into this new beginning of the year 2019.

  • The people came forward to the Priest Ezra and it was not Ezra who went to the people.
    • When the people were settled in their towns. Verse
  • We are all from the year 2018 and it has treated us differently from our different lives.
  • We are now over with 2018 and 2019 has come and let us welcome his coming in style.
    • The people gathered together as one person at the squire just as we are gathered together in this church this morning, first Sunday of 2019, which we normally do not spend it with you.
    • Why were they gathering? That is the question and why are we gathering in the beginning of the year in this place?
    • They gathered together for the Book of the Law of Moses which is the Bible. “They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses,”
  • That means they were thirsty for the Word and not full of all the festive season’s food and good time.
  • They wanted to hear afresh for the new beginning of the year.
  • They were thirsty to hear from above, Can we be like this people in the beginning of this year, seeking for the Word of God rather than concentrating on their New Year resolutions.
  • Let the Word of God be our first New Year resolution and we will see how great things is God going to accomplish with us in the year 2019.
    • Ezra the Priest never disappointed them, but he brought the book of the Law before the people.
      • I beg to bring to you and submit to you for this year 2019, that the Word of God is the only remedy of our lives if we put it into practise.
      • It is easy to hear the Word and that is not enough, we need to put that into practise in our lives. I urge you to go home and make a resolution that this year I want to see only 5 things to happen in my life about others, such as:
  • Bless someone with eternal life, winning a soul for Jesus this year.
  • Visiting 10 people with the gospel of Jesus Christ every month.
  • Visiting 5 Christians for prayer every month.
  • Praying for my Church and my spiritual leaders every day, morning and evening and during the night.
  • Give something practical to someone that will change his way of thinking and love God more than he did before.
    •  The congregation composed of all the people.

“This included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand.” Verse 8:2

  • As the year start, Sunday school, you are needed.
  • As the year start, Fathers, men you are needed.
  • As the year start, Mothers, women
  • Young people and young adults you are all welcomed.
  • No one is supposed to be left outside of what God is just about to do for all of us in this beautiful year of 2019
  • EZRA TOOK HIS POSITION. Verse 3.
    • Please as the year start; let every one of us take his/her position in the church, at home, at your working area, and in the community.
    • The church exist to impact the communities where the church live.
    • You cannot take a position that you don’t know, therefore know your position first and thereafter, occupy your position without fear.
    • Move away from other people’s positions please and stick on your position.
    • Ezra knew his position and he went straight to his position. God is going to use you mightily if you stand on your position not on other people’s positions.
    • Worshippers enjoy your worshipping as you lead us, you are doing a terrible and destructive work in the kingdom of the devil as you praises God. The devil hates you that is why you are under attack always.
    • Ezra read aloud the Word of God. Verse 3
    • The people listened attentively to the word, as much as today we see people listening attentively to lies, we need to change the culture of listen, that we make a resolution of listening to the Word of God attentively rather than listen to lies and gossip.
    • We must make a decision of reading and studying God’s Word more than spending our time on the social media. The highest percentage should be the Word of God more than the social media. That is a decision you ought to make intentionally.
    • Monitor that decision closely and gauge whether you are winning or you need more help. We are available to help you.
  • THE PLACE OF THE PULPIT AND CHURCH ORDER.

4Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform that had been made for the occasion.

  • Each and every platform has something to do in the lives of the people. E.g. when a politician addresses us, he stood on something like a platform, elevated to be seen, above everyone as a point of attraction.
    • Same in the house of God, the pulpit must be respected and not each and every person can stand on the pulpit. We are going to account of whatever we say on the pulpit.
    • Pulpit derives from two words ‘PUL’ and PIT. Meaning the person standing on the pulpit has the great work of Pulling people out of Pits. In English we don’t use the word such as Pull if it goes with another word such as Pit. We omit the last L since there are two LL then it becomes Pulpit not PULLPIT .
    • These pits which stand for holes are many, some for Christians and some for sinners. All of us have some holes that the devil has thrown us in as Christian such as :
  • Excessive hatred to others that is a pit.
  • Broken communication between couples.
  • Broken relationship between children and parents.
  • Broken relationship between Christians of one denomination to another.
  • Broken relationship between Christians of the same denomination/church. Etc.
    • The preacher has a great work to accomplish, pulling the people out of all these holes and this is a serious process. If you don’t get out, and run away from this church, God is waiting for you, where you are going, same message you run away from is waiting for you where you are going.
    • Please pray for the pulpit ministry, it is a very serious and most hated ministry by the devil. Why do people sleep during preaching? Why do people leave the church during preaching, why do children make lot of noise during preaching time, why do babies cry during preaching time?, why do we have disturbance during preaching time? Those that were with me in Marapyane they know what happening during preaching time. Why do people curse and make lot of noise during preaching time.
    • Why after preaching everyone cooperate as if we are all Christians, have you heard people speaking positively about the message after a funeral or a church service. Praise and worship team will not be blamed but the pastor with his message from God will be the point of discussion as they will be eating at home.
    • All the people paid close attention to the Book of the Law. Verse 3.
  • This is my prayer for this year that you pay attention to the Book of the Law. You can disrespect me as a mere servant of God, would you please pay attention to the Book of the Law. Why!!! Because we are what we are because of the Book of the Law. 
  • You can disregard me as a pastor, but please don’t disregard the Word of God.
  • When God speaks to you, you better respond regardless of who is preaching the Word of God to you.
  • If God says “Come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest…” He really means that, there is rest in God.
  • When God’s Word says Luke 6:38 “Give and it shall be given to you…” he really means that.
  • All the people paid attention to the Word of God during the time of Ezra, to whom are we paying the attention today, man or God!!!!?
  • Conclusion.
    • 6Then Ezra praised the LORD, the great God, and all the people chanted, “Amen! Amen!” as they lifted their hands toward heaven. Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
    • People stood as the word was being read, they were not told to stand on their feet, but as a reference to the Word of the Master, they willingly stood up.
    • When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet.
  • When they saw Ezra reading the Book of Law, they stood up.
  • This means we need concentration in the Church, not our minds being torn around by many things, more especially our Cell phones that are being visited time and again when the service is on.
    • Ezra praised the Lord, the great God.
    • Al the people chanted, Amen! Amen” as they lifted their hands towards heaven and not towards an individual.
    • The people bowed down and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
  • What a powerful way of worshipping God.
  • All hearts concentrated on what was happening as they worshipped the living God.
  • No person looked at another person, but they were all clued to God their hope.
  • This is exactly that I am appealing to all of us this year 2019; let us look unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith.
  • Let us please god rather than pleasing one another, then we shall be friends to all.

LET OTHERS BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF.

BIBLE STUDY

06/01/2019

By Pastor John Sigudla

LET OTHERS BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF.

24 Don’t think only of your own good. Think of other Christians and

what is best for them. 1 Corinthians 10:24

  1. Introduction

The secret of Indians, Pakistanians, Chinese, and many other nations from outside South Africa, is the importance of supporting one another.

When anything happen to another fellow brother or sister, they all meet there and help the situation out without any charging. They buy stock for each other and boast each other without expecting any from the one they are helping to stand. These are Christian principles and not foreign principles.

  • Christians living in the year 2019.
    • Don’t think only of your own good.
  • That is called selfishness.
  • That is called narrow mindedness.
  • That is called individualities
  • That is called living a lonely life as an individual.
  • That is called self-sufficiency and that is very dangerous.
  • That is called isolationism
  • That is called living a life of an island, caring for you alone.

That is indeed a serious dangerous spirit that is going to destroy you at the end of the day.

  • Life is all about other people.
  • Making others happy is all what God want from us.
  • When you make me happy, you will be made happy too.
  • Love is beyond hatred, as it covers many sins and many wrong doings.
  • The family is sustained not by lot of money, food or education but love keeps the family together.
  • You can have all the money of this world but without love your family wouldn’t stand.
  • Let us serve one another in the year 2019.

Think of other Christians and what is best for them.

  • This is an intentional decision that you take, thinking of others rather than thinking of yourself.
  • You purposely do that without someone telling you to do so.
  • You look around and discover someone in the church who needs your help.
  • You do not tell others, but you take action to help the situation alone with God.
  • By so doing, you will see the mighty hand of God upon your life and people rejoicing in the Lord because of you good heart.
    • Let us make 2019 an enjoyable year that will bring glory to God.
  • Let us live selfless lives towards one another.
  • Let us love without conditions.
  • Let us go all out to help others spiritually and materially.
  • Let discipleship be a lifestyle of all of us.

Originally posted on https://pastorjohnsigudla.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/let-others-be-better-than-yourself/

Shiloh Baptist Church building

Beloved in the Lord.

17/08/2018

Greetings in Jesus name.

Your prayers are hereby being greatly appreciated. Until thus far we say Ebenezer. He has been so good to us. started the entire building without enough cash in our Fellowship Coffers, Shiloh Baptist Church. We had to sell winter water bottles that can be recharged to people as fund raising for the building. We bought these winter hot bottles that are rechargeable from Johannesburg and started selling them to our community. The miracle of the Father happened that these water skin bottles were sold like hot cakes and we so ourselves being able to carry the work of this building forward. We are still selling them as they are re-usable for next Winter season, they are also massaging people against RAMATIKI join problems because of having worked in cold areas and used cold water in the past.

 

Would you please continue to pray for us for the completion of this project. We are almost 80% near completion. You can contact the Treasurer for any financial assistance @ 0609888083 being Mrs. Thukgwi Lovedalia and she will be glad to assist you with the bank details of the Church for the building. We need at least R25,000.00 to complete the remaining work respectively.

 

Thanks for your help in anticipation.

 

Be forever blessed.

 

John Sigudla

Senior Pastor

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Originally published on Pastor John Sigudla’s site

THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU THINK! By Pastor Vusimusi John Sigudla

THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU THINK!

By Pastor Vusimusi John Sigudla

 

  1. My debt is paid, once and for all

“So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28)

 

  1. I am justified

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. “ (Romans 5:9)

 

  1. I am forgiven

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7)

 

  1. I am spared from God’s wrath

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. “ (Romans 5:9)

 

  1. I am being spiritually healed; one day even my flesh will be replaced with an incorruptible body

“…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (I Peter 2:24)

 

  1. I am spiritually alive

“Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53)

 

  1. My judgment has been satisfied and I am at peace with God

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

 

  1. The bloodstream of His people Israel will be purged

“For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwells in Zion” (Joel 3:21)

 

  1. I am cleansed

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:7)

 

  1. I have the power to overcome the enemy

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

 

  • I am no longer under the curse of the law

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).” (Galatians 3:13)

 

  1. I have been reclaimed from the enemy

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

 

  1. I am no longer a stranger to the covenant of promise

“…that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:12-13)

 

  1. The final act of public expiation has been made on my behalf

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11)

 

  1. I have been moved from the enemy’s kingdom into the kingdom of God

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)

 

  1. I have gained the unmerited favor of God

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)

 

  1. I have been declared righteous

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

  1. I have been justified (just as though I had never sinned)

“being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed…” (Romans 3:24-25)

 

  1. I am able to come close to God

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)

 

  1. I can participate in the sweet communion of remembrance of His sacrifice

“Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:20)

 

  1. My redemption will never perish

“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

 

  1. Jesus testifies on my behalf that I am clean

“…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood and has made us kingsand priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5)

 

  1. I am free

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)

 

  1. I am protected from judgment

“that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.” (Exodus 12:27)

  1. I am freed from a conscience defiled by guilt

“let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)

 

  1. I am no longer condemned

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

 

  1. I have been separated from the world and declared holy (wholly) to God

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

 

  1. I can proclaim total victory

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11)

 

  1. I can enter boldly into the holiest of holies…and live

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)

 

  1. I have further revelation of who God is

“Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published on :

Pastor John Sigudla’s Site

MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN By Pastor John Sigudla

12/08/2018

MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN

By Pastor John Sigudla

    • The calling of god has been extended to all the people on earth. We are called from utter darkness to the marvelous light of the Almighty God.
  • We called to be obedient to our creator.
  • We are called to be the light of the world.
  • We are called to be the salt of the world.
  • We are called to represent God wherever we go and are working.
  • We are called to be the ambassadors of Christ in our communities.
  • We are called to take care of our neighbours through our God given lives.
    • BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.
  • This is an extra-mile of God’s choice in the life of a person.
  • Here we see people who leaves everything and serve God full time in their ministries that God has called them to do.
  • Here we find full time workers for God such as pastors, evangelist, prophets, apostles and Teachers of the Word.
  • This is the most difficult task to be in the hand of God full time. Not all are called and chosen in this category. Hence the lesson here below.
  • Others are calling themselves in this very difficult God’s work, and I called them SAP’s Self-Appointed Pastors, Self-Appointed Prophets, Self-Appointed Priests, while others are Self Appointed Bishops, SAB.

 

 

  1. TWO MESSENGERS WHO TOOK THE MESSAGE TO DAVID AFTER THE DEATH OF ABSALOM.

One was Chosen and the other called himself.

2 SAMUEL 18:19-35

 

19Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the LORD has saved him from his enemy Absalom.” 20“No,” Joab told him, “It wouldn’t be good news to the king that his son is dead. You can be my messenger some other time, but not today.” Sam 18: 19-20

 

THE APPLICATION OF THIS STORY

  1. Ahimaaz self-appointed messenger
  • Ahimaaz was not called, he called himself. Verse 19.
  • Ahimaaz was stopped from his calling to take the so called Good news to David. Verse 2.
  • He was not thrown away that he cannot be a messenger, but he was told that not now. Verse 20.
  • He ignored the secret and power of waiting or patience. He wanted to serve during his own time and not the appointed time according to the divine appointment.
  • One man was called by God and he said to God “Not now, I am still busy working and later on I will respond. He indeed responded and bought a big tent and instruments and went out preaching and nothing happened. Then he asked God why nothing is happening and God said to him “You responded at your own time and not at God’s appointed time.”

 

  1. THE MAN FROM CUSH [ETHIOPIA] DIVINELY APPOINTED MESSENGER.

 

21Then Joab said to a man from Cush, “Go tell the king what you have seen.” The man bowed and ran off. 22But Ahimaaz continued to plead with Joab, “Whatever happens, please let me go, too.” “Why should you go, my son?” Joab replied. “There will be no reward for you.” 23“Yes, but let me go anyway,” he begged. Joab finally said, “All right, go ahead.” Then Ahimaaz took a shortcut across the plain of the Jordan and got to Mahanaim ahead of the man from Cush. 2 Samuel 20: 21-24

  • When the man from Cush was sent he responded immediately. Verse 21
  • This man had no name, he was called the man from Cush. Cush stands for Africa. He was a man from Africa, who took the message to David the King and not a man from Israel Ahimaaz.
  • God has his own way of doing things beyond our own understanding.
  • The man from Cush bowed down and ran off. Verse 21. We need to run when God calls us and sent us out to serve him. We don’t have to drag our legs when God sent us, but we need to run, criminals are running, bad people of all types are running in order to fulfil their bad intentions, witches are not even running, they are flying using any means of airplanes to fulfil their darkness assignment given to them.
  • The man from Cush ran with the clear message, that Absalom is dead.
  • Ahimaaz insisted that he wanted to go too, verse 22.
  • Ahimaaz was told that there was no reward for him to go there. Verse 22.
  • Ahimaaz admitted that there was no reward for him but still he wanted to go. Verse 23.
  • Ahimaaz was eventually allowed to go on his own accord and not as supposed to be. Verse 23.
  • Ahimaaz since he know that the man of Cush was almost half way, he took a short cut to the place where the message was supposed to be taken.
  • Let us by all means avoid serving God through short cuts.
  • Ministries started yesterday and they took short cuts and they seem to be flourishing and you go there.
  • The work of the Lord need patience and process.
  • God is interested in our character building rather than our eloquence, talent and gifting. They are all needed but the godly character is what is needed.
  • Because of the short cut he took, he arrived first and started giving the message that was not clear. Verse

29“What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?” Ahimaaz replied, “When Joab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn’t know what was   happening.” 30“Wait here,” the king told him.

  1. Conclusion

Ask God to call you to serve him by serving your pastor through prayer and many other ways that I cannot specify, only the Holy Spirit can specify those tasks for you.

  • The Holy Spirit has already given you the way you need to be supportive to the work of the Lord in your local church.
  • The Holy Spirit is not quite about what we are supposed to be doing for him in a local church.
  • Ministry amongst the elderly is a very serious ministry for the elderly to die in the Lord.
  • Ministry amongst the youth is a very important ministry and in big churches in South Africa and Europe, they have full time pastors in this position.
  • Ministry amongst our children is very important as I saw yesterday how the children ministry unfolded with great results, thus Boipelo keep up the good work and may others join you.
  • Music ministry that goes with praise and worship is a very important part of the church ministry that deals with spiritual war-fare. Thus worship team you are doing excellently very well.

 

 

 

Originally published on Rev John Sigudla’s Site