As we commence this series of studies, permit me to make a few clarifications:
The study is structured in such a way that you do not have to suspend your personal Bible study/reading commitments for its sake. All that is needed from you is the patience of sitting down with the writing, meditating on it and praying. We believe that God has lots of things to say, and it is important you listen for His voice (not necessary my writings).
Secondly, I do not know how long this series will last. This is the first time I am attempting something this big since I officially took up the writer’s inkhorn. However, I strongly encourage that you will spare time to download any additional resources which I recommend for further studies, so that you can go through them and receive further help.
Thirdly, I pray that going through this study will not make you think too highly of me. I do not count myself to have apprehended. Some of the things I may be writing will be new to me, and the thought is quite scary. But, I owe a debt to the truth, to say it, no matter how it hurts me. I pray that you will look beyond the man, and see the Lord God speaking to you. I pray that you will hear the roar from heaven, so that you will be able to follow God as He leads us together.
Finally, please share. You do not need my permission to share. In a world where so many things are flying around on the social media, it is time for men with the writer’s inkhorn, to pick up their pens and write; and those of us who are not graced in this field can help to spread the word by sharing. My prayer is that the knowledge of the glory of God will cover the whole earth in our time. Amen.
The times we are in are seasons of strange happenings. This year seems to have been full of great events; from the COVID-19 pandemic (and its attendant rumors and conspiracy theories), to the issues of racism, rape, etc. that are rocking the world all over in recent times. It is in times like these that we wonder, “Where is God in all these?” “What happened to God’s world?” “Is there any solution at all to the challenges faced in our societies today?” Protests and more protests are going on, decrees and more decrees are being passed, but we seem to have forgotten one thing: this is God’s world, and He actually has a stake in it all.
Nothing is really new under the sun. The things that are now have been before. That is the purpose of history, which was why the Bible was given us. Most times as we face these things, we are tempted to react like every other normal person in this world, and we see ourselves getting angry, trying to employ one earthly means or the other to bring an end to these events, forgetting that they are all arising from one thing: evil in the heart of man.
So, the wise man should ask, have the church been in a situation like this before? What was their response? How did they handle it? This is the bone of our discussions on this subject. We bless God for brother Luke (a Medical personnel with the gift of a special writer’s Inkhorn), who took the pains of giving us an account of how the first church started, and how the early church fathers coped with social realities, governmental overtures and all the other forms of challenges in the life in society.
We must remember that the things that were written before now were written for our learning, so that employing these principles gleaned from the account; we will fight well in life’s battles. So, I encourage us in these seasons, to go through the book of Acts of the Apostles again, and to ask God to open our eyes to see and to hear the Roar from Heaven, so that we will not be intimidated by what we are seeing around us, neither will we be pushed into using the arms of flesh to get our point across. May God help us to see that we can, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, stand victoriously over all these challenges in our world today. Amen.