Commands of God to All Willing Vessels
Preaching by Sis Jasmine Magcalas
Summarised by JILC Publishing Ministry
Scripture: Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law.
Vision is a perspective that is directed by God’s heart. It enables us to behold and see tomorrow from today. To see the ending from the beginning. God always unveils his heart through vision. The question is are we willing to be a vessel of God’s vision? Like the many characters in the bible such as Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, and all the prophets and the disciples, they have received visions from God. Although, the process was not easy as they faced oppositions, God fulfilled what they were called to do. God provides, protects and preserves those willing vessels until such vision is fulfilled.
If you have been doubting yourself whether God can use you and doubt your capacity, remember how Nehemiah responded well and allowed himself to be a vessel of God.
Perhaps you have received vision from God but unsure of when it is going to be fulfilled. But remember Habakkuk when He trusted God’s promise, “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
If you are still questioning the timing when to act and when can God use you to fulfill the vision for your life, family, church and ministry, the answer is ‘Now”. We must act and move now.
- Activate your faith and believe NOW.
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the men of old gained [divine] approval.
Everything starts by having faith. Through faith the men of the bible gained approval. Through their faith, they pleased God. Faith is a switch that opens the source of power and anointing. If during the course of pursuing the vision, you got tired and lost, activate your faith and believe, not tomorrow, not next month, but NOW.
In Mark 9:14-24, Jesus heals a boy possessed by an impure Spirit. In the story, Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this? “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
The Lord put emphasis that if we believe, everything is possible. Thus, whenever we approach God in our prayers, we have to come in faith and ask God to help us with our doubts and unbelief. If God has given us vision for your life, family and ministry, yet still have doubts, worries and uncertainties, pray to God to activate our faith and help us to believe again.
FAITH IS THE HAND WHICH TAKES WHAT GOD OFFERS.
FAITH MAKES THE GRACIOUS HANDS OF GOD TO MOVE.
2. Submit and obey NOW.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
It requires full submission in a form of full obedience to the Father so that we can be part of the mission and see the fulfillment of the vision. Delayed obedience is still disobedience.
We are all familiar with the story of Jonah. He was commanded by God to go to Nineveh to announce God’s judgement, but he went exactly in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. What happened next was the consequence of his actions. A violent storm came that threatened to break the ship apart. We probably all can relate to Jonah that at some point we have disobeyed, hence, we suffer the consequences of our own disobedience. Jonah was swallowed by the big fish, and for us it can come in different forms, yet the root always comes from disobedience.
Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose]. –1 Corinthians 15:58
3. Stoked the fire NOW.
Stoked means to put coals and woods, you pay attention to make sure that your fire in you will not die. We have the responsibility to take care of our fire.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions regarding the burnt offering. The burnt offering must be left on top of the altar until the next morning, and the fire on the altar must be kept burning all night.
Leviticus 6:8-9 When God called us, He has given us fire in our spirit… that compels us to move… that excites us to encounter to know, fire in us that makes hungry for him.
2 Timothy 1: 6 That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination.
GOD wants a never ceasing worship. He requires a never ceasing worship