‘By His Grace.’ – Wise Man Racine


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Wise Man Racine mounted the pulpit and delivered a powerful message titled: ‘By His Grace.’ The topic centred on the need for unity in

Wiseman Racine
Wiseman Racine

Christ’s work rather than divisions, saying ministers who cause division and offences contrary to the doctrine of Christ, ‘seek not the things of God but of the world.’

“The Bible says mark them and avoid them,” he said citing Romans 16:15.

Wise Man Racine, who anchored the message on 1 Chronicles 16:22, said everyone, irrespective of one’s stature and status, ‘is a part of the same body, by the same Spirit’. He further stated that ‘there is no division in the body; its different parts have the same concern for one another’, hence the Bible instructs all believers (Ephesians 4:3) to ‘keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’.

“They went to Bible school through their desire but the Bible says in Romans 9:16 that ‘it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy’”.

According to him, whereas man looks at the outward appearance in choosing a pastor or a leader, God looks at the heart. “As a Christian or man of God, you are who you are, what you are by grace. When the Lord calls a man, He knows all his weaknesses. God knows our limitations. God knows our shortcomings; that is why He chooses grace rather than works.  When you receive something by grace, you will be content; you will not compare yourself to others, you will not measure yourself by yourself. Abuse, condemnation, criticism, name calling are products of non-contentment. When the Lord calls a man, He knows all his weaknesses,” said the wise man, citing the calling of Moses and the commissioning of the apostles of Jesus Christ as some illustrations.

Further in the words of the preacher, Wise Man Racine: “When God called Moses in the burning bush for the assignment of leading the people of Israel out of Egypt, Moses expressed his own inadequacies and unfitness for the service, saying, ‘Lord, I am not eloquent….’ (Exodus 4:10). He tried hard to excuse himself because he lacked the power of oratory and boldness (charisma) which is an essential character of great leaders. But the Lord then replied to him: ‘Go, I will be with your tongue and teach you what to say’ (Exodus 4:12); in other words, ‘I will make you fit for the assignment’.

He observed painfully that ‘people always fail to understand that God oftentimes uses His servants as signs to confound the wise’ as was the case with Job where his friends gave a wrong judgement about him over his circumstances. ‘They looked at the situations around him and attributed his misfortunes to sin but Job did not,’ he added.

“LIFE IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE” WISEMAN CHRISTOPHER


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Prophet T.B. Joshua stretched his hand and prayed with worshippers against ‘fleshly lusts, and ungodly thoughts and desires.’ He later on ministered prayer at The SCOAN Prayer Line where demons were cast out and healings declared in the mighty name of the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.

WISEMAN CHRISTOPHEREarlier on, Wise Man Christopher delivered a powerful and enlightening message titled, “LIFE IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE” whose proof text was drawn from Genesis 37:5-11,19-20; Genesis 39-45.The message centred on the need for Christians to begin to look at challenges as life’s lessons – a thing he said is made possible when one relies on the strength of Jesus Christ. Wise Man Christopher drew people’s attention to the Scripture of one of the greatest personalities of the Bible – Joseph, saying the hard times he went through in the dry pit, Potiphar’s house and in the prison, were God’s own way of preserving him for the glory ahead.
He said it was during the dark periods of his life that Joseph gained the necessary experience and maturity to handle the responsibilities imposed by the exalted position in the royal court in Egypt.

“If he had become the prime minister earlier than he did in Egypt, he would have been too inexperienced to handle the position. Ask any successful person in Christ Jesus and he will tell you how much humiliation, hardship, disappointment, disagreement, persecution and rejection he had to endure in order to come to a new level in life,” said Wise Man Christopher quoting the wise words of Prophet T.B Joshua who once said, ‘Successful people don’t just drift to the top; it takes focused action, personal discipline and a lot of energy everyday to make things happen’.

He therefore encouraged Christians to feel strong in challenges if things are to happen, believing that one’s personal improvement and fulfillment in life, comes through the continual process of learning from both positive and negative experiences. He also referred to 2 Corinthians 12:7-12. He said Apostle Paul’s thorns were meant to keep him humble; to keep him from becoming conceited and proud.

“That was God’s own way of expressing His unfailing love towards Apostle Paul by hiding pride from him. Wherever you are, whoever you are and whatever you are going through in life, no matter your physical ability, ethnicity, nationality, race, gender or status stay with one thought in mind, ‘You are loved by God,’” he said.