By Mike Bamiloye
SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY, 2019
DRAMA MINISTERS “YEAR OF OVERFLOWING EXPANSIONS”
“BECAUSE OF THE VISIONS YOU CARRY”
1 Samuel 30:6
- Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
Another Secret of Entering into the Covenant of Overflowing Expansions is Perseverance and Endurance.
This man had been anointed as the next King of Israel. He was not craving to be the king, but was called to lead Israel. God called him and anointed him through his servant, Prophet Samuel. This man was anointed amidst his brothers as king over Israel. But the moment he was called by God and anointed, his persecutions, predicament and afflictions began.
The anointing and calling brought to him immense persecution and afflictions.
He had been running away from King Saul who wanted to assassinate him the moment he knew The Lord had anointed him as the next king. He had made several attempt to kill him but had failed, including mobilizing a whole battalion of army to look for him in the caves of Adullam.
Several times, he had escaped death by whisker. He cheated death on many occassions. To add more to his burden, the distressed, oppressed, the debtors and homeless thugs of the land had gathered behind him and submitted themselves to him as their leader. So he moved about from caves to caves with this group of misfits.
In hunger and thirst, in wandering about with his men, he had come to live in the territory of his enemies, just to escape the constant pursuit of Saul. He had offered to fight beside the Philistines against Israel, just to keep the body and soul together. But the Philistines had refused the offer of David and had sent him and his men back to their base in Ziglag.
The men had returned dejectedly in hunger and thirst. They had hoped to come back from the war, with much spoils and food. But now, they had been turned back empty-handed.
On their return, they saw that calamity had befallen them: their base had been raised down by fire and all their wives and children had been taken captives by some invading enemies. That was when they all burst into tears and wept like babies. They were completely depressed with sadness.
Out of frustration and anguish of soul, they wanted to stone David for leading them into this calamity. He led them to an unsuccessful journey, and they came back to meet devastations. David was confused, sad and absolutely depressed. But in the midst of this, the Bible says: “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” He encouraged himself in The Lord. He refused to be cast down. He encouraged the people, and gathered them together again, and pursued the invaders. He overtook them, overpower them and recovered all their belongings and carried much spoils.
In Genesis 37, when did the troubles of Joseph began? When The Lord showed him the visions of his future and he believed it and began to share it. That was when The Lord called him to lead a poeple. When his brothers heard his visions, they knew what it meant:
And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed Have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
When he had the first dream of his assignment for the future, and shared it, the Bible said, his brothers HATED him for this. When The Lord repeated the dream for him in a greater way and saw the sun, moon and eleven stars bowing to him, His father interpreted the dream straight away:
10So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”
From thenceward, his persecution and troubles began. The calling and the visions had provoked afflictions, persecutions and troubles. The next verse read that his brothers ENVIED him the more. Then, in verse 18, when they saw him coming to them, the Bible said, they CONSPIRED against him to put him to DEATH, in order just to ABORT THIS DREAM.
They said: “We shall see what will become of his dreams!” Genesis 37:20c
Next, they STRIPPED HIM NAKED and after that, CAST HIM INTO THE PIT, and sat down to eat the food he had probably brought for them.
Then, in verse 27, the final move came when they declared: “Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites” And they sold him away to get rid of his visions of future assignment. That was what his vision and calling brought him.
They hated him for his dreams.
They envied him for his dreams.
They conspired against him to abort his visions.
They stripped him naked for his visions
They attempted to even kill him for his Visions.
They sold him away for his visions.
and separated him from his loved ones because of his Visions.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT ALL THESE MEAN? Hatred, Envy, Jealosy, Betrayal, Persecutions, Hunger and thirst all always trail behind Visions and Calling. Visions provoke persecutions and afflictons. When God gives you a calling and vision to fulfill a purpose for Him, be ready to fight for it, because all Hell would be set loose after you. Therefore, to abandon that vision and calling is a bad option.
This is Paul’s submission, about the dynamics of ministry:
Philippians 4:11-13 KJV
 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
The Lord who visited the land of Egypt with astounding signs and wonders and did an inexplicable miracle at the Red Sea and brought waters out of the rock for millions in the desert was and still is God of Israel. He transformed Himself to cool pillar of cloud in the day and warm pillar of fire in the night.
He deliberately subjected the whole nation to Manna everyday till the Israelites were fed up with that one kind of food. He could give them varieties. He could give them a buffet daily. He could give them Oriental, African, and Continental dishes everyday. He could give them assorted meat and with various fried chicken and roasted fish every day.
This Master of the Universe could provide for them cakes, ice-cream, fried rice, salad and turned the water from the rock to sweet fruit wine for them. Oh! This King of the whole World, who created the world with the words of His mouth could command and a dinning table of Chinese Buffet would appear before the people every day. But, He did not do so. He supply them only one type of food every day. Manna. Not for one week or one month. FOR FORTY YEARS.
- And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way
these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what
was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
- So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which
you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know
that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
That is the answer to this puzzle of calling and ministry. He could do it, but did not do it. He made them walk in the wilderness to humble them and test the intents of their heart whether they would keep His words or not.
HE ALLOWED THEM TO HUNGER AND THIRST and fed them with only one stable food for those long years to humble them and make them know that you don’t live for comfort and delicacies alone, but by every Word The Lord commands from time to time.
What have you been passing through that makes you begin to doubt the call and the visions of the work you have received? That the Lord called you and anointed you for His service does not mean that you will not face a lot of financial lacks at times. That you have answered the call of God into service do not mean you will now begin to have everything easy for you, because you will continually be tested for your faith.
However, the Lord has Promised us that things shall be better in 2019. He said there shall be an Overflowing of Expansions.
God would not use a man He has not tested and proven. He will not commit into the hand of a man He has not prepared in the furnace of afflictions. No one can graduate from the School of Wilderness. Because even in Canaan Land, there are some dry ground there; though it is the land flowing with milk and honey, but it contains mountains too. No amount of prayers would make you escape from lacks absolutely, there will always be greater visions to accomplish for the Lord.
Because, before The Lord can give you Ten Million naira, He must have given you an assignment that would gulp Twenty Million, so that, while thanking Him for the ten million, your face will still be looking up to Him for other supplies. That is the Psychology of Ministry.
Is your heart fainting already because of financial lack in your ministry? Is your heart doubting the call of God because things have not been easy? Are you contemplating dropping this calling and ministry because of a lot of unpaid debts and embarrassing unmet needs? That is part of the game.
The first test Satan gave to Jesus was to turn stones to bread. The first test Satan gave to Eve is to taste the fruit. The first challenge that faced the Israelites in the wilderness was what to eat. But, Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-33
31“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
- For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
- But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
If you are planning to drop your ministry dreams and visions, HOLD IT! After every examination is always a celebration and graduation. Have you dropped the calling and faced something else? No! It is like jumping out of the boat into the sea. Get in the boat again.
YOUR CALLING IS YOUR MAIN ESSENCE FOR LIVING…
THE PURPOSE FOR YUR CREATION…/
THE REASON FOR YOUR EXISTENCE.
Are you passing through some difficult times in ministry? Press on. Joy comes in the morning.