Triggers Of Change
A Message by Pastor Remi Olumuyiwa at the Sunshine Service on Sunday, June 18, 2017
Reference Text: 1 Kings 18:1-2 and 18:41-44 [KJV]
If you must trigger a change according to the Word of God, you must be ready to take a step of faith, and have confidence and boldness to step into the unknown. To trigger change, you need these 5 P's;
1. Personal Revelation (1 Kings 18:1): Exodus 3:6 says "Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God." And in Jeremiah 1:5, God says "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." You would notice that both Moses and Jeremiah complained about the ability to accomplish God's purpose, but God was more interested in getting them to see things from His perspective rather than their own. Why? Because, when you see, you will accept and want to go with what God is saying. The seeing being referred to is, revelation. In Jeremiah 1:10-11, the Bible says "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree." Here, God was asking Jeremiah what he saw. What do you see in this month of Positive Change? You must begin to see things from God's perspective. In other words, you must renounce and reject anything that is contrary to change. You need to see in order for you to possess (Genesis 13:14). You don't have to see with your physical eyes, all you need is for you to allow your spirit man to receive what God has given you; because the Word of God is forever settled, and God watches over His Word to perform it.
2. Passion: Elijah was passionate about God and his service to God (1 Kings 18:1). He was passionate about what God wanted to do which was an imminent change from famine to abundance. Elijah was very zealous; he had a zeal for God. You might ask why passion is important. It is passion that drives your commitment; and your commitment in return, develops courage. Elijah was ready to obey God's Word and do God's will regardless of what he faced. Passion drives commitment, commitment develops courage, and courage gives birth to obedience. Without courage, you might not obey what God is saying to you or go to the place that God has revealed to you. Elijah obeyed God even at the risk of his life. Elijah was bold; his boldness was a function of the knowledge of God. Nothing is accomplished without hope or confidence. Boldness can also be referred to as confidence, courage, fearlessness, daring, etc. In Scriptures, Elijah dared the prophets of Baal to an open contest. He knew God was about to bring about change, hence, he was passionate about what God wanted to do, and he was daring. If you must experience a Positive Change, you must be daring and challenge all the false prophets operating around you, and bring them to submission. The person who does not dare, will not get his or her share; because if you dare nothing, you will get nothing. If you are looking for change, you must not be afraid, follow the passion and vision of God in your heart, and God will empower you in the Name of Jesus. To get change, you must do something. Change does not come to the person who is sitting down doing nothing. You must be ready to do something; for it is better to fail doing something than to excel in doing nothing. You can only accomplish in proportion to what you attempt. If you don't attempt anything, you get nothing.
3. Prayer (1 Kings 18:41): When God declares a Word to you, accept it and pray about it. What Elijah heard was the sound, and he alone heard it before the rain started. The sound was in the realm of the unseen. There was a gap between the sound and the rain. What bridged the gap between the sound and the rain was prayer. It was prayer that bridged the gap and converted the sound to rain. You must birth the sound of change that you have heard in the place of prayer. Elijah was intentional about prayer. What converts the sound of change to reality is the persistent prayer you engage in. Elijah moved from hearing the sound to converting it from the unseen realm into the seen. Following Elijah's example, begin to command that your change has come in Jesus Name.
4. Persistent Expectation (1 Kings 18:43): Expectation is defined as an act of expecting or looking forward to a future event with the belief that the event will happen. The basis of foundation of every expectation is the Word of God. God told Elijah to show himself to Ahab, and God promised that He would send rain upon the earth. Elijah already knew that God would send rain, and his basis of expectation was that God said He would send rain upon the face of the earth. What Elijah was seeing was a clear sky, but he went to the place of prayer to pray. The Word of God changes things. Your prayer or praying the Word of God will change and bring forth the thing you are believing God for. In every expectation, you must learn to fight the good fight of faith (1 Kings 18:1). Elijah was persistent in his prayer and expectation. Know therefore that there is the place of prayer as well as the place of expectation. Those things that you believe God for exist, only that you don't see it but it is in the realm of the spirit (2 Corinthians 4:18). Hence, it is your prayer and faith that you use to draw those things that is not visible to your realm, and you call them in, into your realm. Hebrews 10:38 says "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." God has promised that change is coming, and the change coming is a positive one. When you are waiting patiently on the LORD, do not murmur or complain. Don't let your words be used against you, because that is what satan wants you to do. Elijah knew that the famine was subject to change. Hence, if you are believing God for abundance and you are currently experiencing poverty, that poverty is subject to change.
5. Preparation (1 Kings 18:44): To prepare means to make ready, to put things in order, or to take necessary measures. Whatever you need to get ready for the change that has been spoken over you, you must do it. If you want change, you must prepare for it because your preparation is a demonstration of your faith in the fact that, that change will come. Hebrews 11:7 says "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Based on what God said to Noah, the Bible says Noah moved with fear and he prepared an ark. This means that Noah believed what God was saying to him. If you believe the Word of change, you must prepare for change. Isaiah 54:2-3 says "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited." This implies that you must be prepared for enlargement.
1 Kings 18:45-46 says "And it came to pass in the meanwhile, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel." Ahab had gone ahead of Elijah, but when the hand of God was on Elijah, he was able to outrun the chariots of Ahab. I declare over you that you will outrun everyone, every competition or any adversary that has gone ahead of you in Jesus Name. When the hand of God rests upon you, He will not only shorten the distance, He will make that distance interesting for you.
In conclusion, the first change that you need to get involved in, is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ. If want to receive Positive Change, you need surrender your life to Jesus Christ and make Him your personal LORD and Saviour.
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