As a Christian, the battle for survival is not a personal challenge but one against God. It is an opportunity to honour God before men. Upon our
own strength we cannot rely. It is only upon God’s strength that we can go forth and go on. Our natural strength is as perfect weakness. Our natural courage is as perfect cowardice. All our sufficiency is of God. When you read the Bible, you will notice that God always seemed to chose the weak to put to shame the strong; He choose the foolish to put to shame the wise.
In the book of 2 Corinthians 12:8-9, we read that God’s strength became perfect in Paul’s weakness. All Biblical characters if they did not make God their strength would have ended up living their lives unnoticed, uncelebrated and in obscurity. This explains why the young, rustic and seemingly inexperienced and tactless David could defeat Goliath, the giant, in battle. This explains why Moses, the son of a Hebrew slave could stand before Pharaoh and make known the will of God concerning his people.
After reading the book of Ephesians 2:8-9, makes us understand that no one is too good or too bad to qualify for God’s grace. If the weak come to God, He is ready to help them just as He is ready to help the strong.
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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
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 inRomans 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.