I heard, “I AM giving you favour in the sight of men.”
The door of promotion has being opened, The LORD is promoting many in the BODY right now, which is the reason for the intense warfare. It is a strategic moment to avoid discouragement, spiritually you are stepping on new ground.
Yes, gleanings from The Book of Galatians, yesterday we saw that only one Gospel exists in Heaven and on the Earth, The Gospel of God’s Grace. And we saw that the apostle put a double curse on anyone preaching anything outside of the grace of Christ.
Then he opens up something very important and worthy of note in the next verse;
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ,” Galatians 1:10.
Doing God’s pleasure, following God’s will is antagonistic to persuading or pleasing men. It is either you are pleasing men or you are pleasing God.
The Apostle asks, “do I seek to please men?” Then he answers with an eye opener,” for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
I have learnt this by Revelation and experience, hence I do not commit myself to anyone, neither do I seek to be accepted by anyone, even if people cheer what I say a thousand times.
I am only following my Master and He may some day lead me to say some things that may be offensive to your doctrine, but scriptural and beneficial to others.
If I am committed to you, your withdrawal (just like they did to Christ when he spoke on eating his flesh) may affect my emotions. Hence, the doors of my heart are permanently shut to man’s approval.
I am a slave to Jesus. I want to be free to say what He wants me to say, how and when He wants it, regardless of man’s opinion or acceptance.
Look at this Wonderful quote from Charles Spurgeon;
“You and I cannot be useful if we want to be sweet as honey in the mouths of men. God will never bless us if we wish to please men, that they may think well of us.” Charles H. Spurgeon 1834-1932.
This is not just for preachers, it is an escape route from being in bondage to man’s opinions. Man pleasing is slavery. It will help you overcome heart breaks from people’s disapproval of you, consequently you will be over depression.
Then Apostle goes on to to say;
“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man,” Galatians 1:11.
Observe carefully the last part, “not after man…”
Until God deals with a man, The Gospel is never pleasing to man’s ego. We all have an inborn desire to be successful at all we do. If any man desires to be a failure in life, there is something wrong with him.
Hence, we do not readily accept a Gospel that tells us we are completely unprofitable — except for The Cross. This Gospel is after God, after the exaltation of the name of The Most High God and not after the encouragement of self righteousness. It diminishes the works of man and exalts the righteousness of God.
Then the Apostle says;
“For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ,” Galatians 1:12.
Wow, the apostle says he did not receive this Gospel from man, that he was not taught it. Then how did he get the gospel? He says “by the Revelation of Jesus Christ.”
This is why we hear him praying for the church at Ephesus;
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him,” Ephesians 1:17.
I used to be against what I preach today. Very highly against the gospel of Grace. I was taught it was a license to sin — until my understanding was opened, until I had an encounter with The LORD which totally transformed my life, which I will share with us as we progress.
Until The Spirit gives the Revelation, the original Gospel cannot just be accepted through teaching. Until Jesus reveals himself to a man, he will forever be blind to The Gospel — even when saved.
I pray The LORD reveal himself unto us even more. I pray The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of The LORD be granted unto as many as are right now reading this, in The Name of The LORD Jesus Christ.
See you tomorrow….
In an encounter with The LORD I saw some people held hostage by a kidnapper. These people were helpless under his power and threats, but there was one among them he had great favour towards. I saw this one picked out for favour from the rest of the hostages.
“But The LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because The LORD was with him, and that which he did, The LORD made it to prosper,” Genesis 39:21-23.
Then The LORD said, “Do not be afraid, your God is with you. I AM showing you Mercy, giving you favour in the sight of men.
This is the moment of your lifting, I say to you, I have placed you in My Mercy and favour and now all you do shall prosper.
I AM making whatsoever you do to prosper for your God is with you.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.