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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

THE LAME SHALL TAKE THE SPOIL – Bishop Pride Sibiya | Holy Ghost Revival: May 2013

God does not call the qualified. He qualifies those he calls!


Tapiwa Zuze

Jesus Christ chose twelve disciples (who became Apostles) to assist him in his earthly ministry. But before he chose them, he had to go into the mountain to pray for wisdom for that tough assignment. 

“Now it came to pass in those days that he went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called His disciples to himself; and from them he chose twelve whom he also named apostles”Luke 6:12-13. 

The name Apostle comes from the Greek word Apostolos, which means “God's Messenger” or “Ambassador”. The job of an Ambassador is never an easy one. Especially if you are to represent God’s interests on earth. In principle, Apostles had to be people of high resume and societal recognition. 

However, after praying for so many hours, I am baffled by the kind of people Jesus Christ chooses. Given our canal mindset, the Apostles that were chosen by Jesus were actually “mistakes”. How could Jesus choose such people of low standing to be his lieutenants? 

Take for instance Peter, he was one person who would speak before thinking! He had a quick temper, very talkative, uneducated and above all just a simple fisherman. 

If we look at the Sons of Thunder, James and John, they did not have a heart for people. At one time when Jesus had been rejected in Samaria, they wanted to call fire from heaven to destroy the same people Jesus came to save. 

If you look at Andrew; he was an unlearned fisherman. Phillip was very inquisitive. Matthew was a tax collector, and these were the biggest thieves of that time. Simon the Zealot was very physical in nature. Thomas was a doubting Apostle. He wanted to see and touch first before believing. 

Then comes the most surprising of them all, Judas Iscariot. The Bible clearly says that Judas was a thief! “This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it”John 12:6. Jesus chooses a man like Judas, ordains him to be the treasurer of his ministry! How could Jesus do that? Are we missing something here? 

The answer to all these questions lies in the conduct of Jesus. He was always on record saying to his father in heaven “Let your will be done”. His entire assignment on earth was conducted in line to the will of the father. And his father in heaven has a tendency of using the despised of this world even on special assignments! 

“And the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. That no flesh should glory in his presence”1 Corinthians 1:28-29. 

When you take time to look at this example of the twelve Apostles, you will begin to realise that God’s wisdom is totally different from man’s wisdom. His thinking is supreme and his conduct is sovereign. 

Tapiwa Zuze

God does not call the qualified, but he qualifies those he calls! Even if you look at yourself, you will also see that you were not worthy to be raised to that standard where you are today. You stole from your workplace, fornicated in church, aborted five times, lied to your parents, tricked your friends, but today God has raised you to another level. It is all by God’s grace so that no one will boast of their mighty. 

Remember this: … The lame shall take the spoil” – Isaiah 33:23. 

Message preached by: Bishop Pride Sibiya (www.pridesibiya.com) – Founder, President and Presiding Bishop of Glory Ministries. Bethel Worship Centre – Holy Ghost Revival – May 2013 

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