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Sunday, January 15 2012

To God be the glory for the impact of the past editions of Glory Summit where we have had to examine “Redefining good Success”; “Redefining Greatness”; “Rediscovering true Riches” and “Rejoicing with Joy unspeakable and full of glory”.

 

After I received the inspiration for the theme of this year’s Glory Summit in the middle of last year, I could not readily make anything out of it until I was led to examine an aspect of the life of Apostle Paul in the Bible. There and then the Holy Spirit began to put expressions to my thoughts and hence this year’s theme: “Enthroning the King in His Kingdom”.

 

I have been able to establish a trend from the lives of Paul the Apostle and the other folks who were first called Christians in the Bible. I have come to the understanding that a Christian is someone that has revolted against “Self” – conviction brought about by the hearing of God’s word; has surrendered the reign of “Self” by Self - dethroned himself; and has allowed “Self” to come under the lordship, control and reign of God – enthroned Christ so that the kingdom of God can be set up in his heart.

 

Apostle Paul summed up the three stages in Galatians 2:20 when he says “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  Apostle Paul revolted against “self” – by his demonstrated conviction. He dethroned “self” – by his noticeable repentance. He enthroned Christ as his Lord, Master and Saviour – by his fruit bearing life of genuine salvation.

 

Enthroning the King starts from the centre of our hearts and works outward to the circumference of our beings:  inward change - repentance; outward change - reform. The circumference will never be touched until the centre has a new master that rules. Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  It is in this wise that I believe God has permitted our gathering together once again at this year’s Summit for a fruitful exposition of His Word for our edification.

 

Beloved of God, as I welcome you to “a season of the ministry of God’s Word” at the Glory Summit 2012, let me say that Heaven wants you to sweep your throne room clean by taking out the old sordid throne and throwing it away. The thrones of pride, deceit, wickedness, idols, fear, hate, wrath, lust and evil desires must be removed. The Carnal Christian rules upon these thrones and as long as he does, he will not allow Christ in the throne room. When Christ is enthroned, He comes bringing a new throne, the throne of the Kingdom of God. Christ, ruling from this throne will produce a new, radical change in you.

 

Jesus Christ came to give you a new way of life. Have you revolted against yourself? Have you dethroned your sinful self? Have you enthroned Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? Open the door of your heart for Him today and allow Him to come in. Give it a thought; He is definitely saying something to YOU! It is a year of a new thing.

 

I trust God that in all of the Summit sections, the Lord will do something glorious for all of our lives that will be of a spiritual significance. Welcome!!!

 

JESUS IS LORD.

 

’Sogo Adelaja

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Sunday, January 01 2012

In Matthew 2:1-12 is the amazing record of how the wise men went about enthroning the newly born “King of kings” in His Kingdom. It will interest you to note the nature, the state, the form of “the Kingship” and “the Kingdom” – invincible to the ordinary eyes, meaningless to the canal minds and hidden to those that are perishing.

 

It will surprise you, the effort they made to find Him. The distance they travelled (the great Arabian desert they crossed) to reach Him. The sacrifices they made (the valued gifts they brought Him: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh) to enthrone Him.

 

The question here is why would the wise men subject themselves to all of these, knowing fully well that they were already wise men - teachers, scribes, professionals, wealthy, leaders, and respected men of integrity! The answer to me seems simple: wise men seek to enthrone the true King as it is the highest calling. Those who have true wisdom of any sort know that there is a God in heaven the creator, the owner and giver of all things. Daniel 2:44-45; 4:34-35; 7:27, Isaiah 9:6. The wise men genuinely sought for JESUS to enthrone Him. Are you genuinely seeking Him to enthrone Him?

 

Wise men seek to enthrone Him in worship - in anyway, anywhere and everywhere for the fulfilment and joy it brings.  It will surprise us to note that most present day Christians do not understand worship in the sense of the wise men. After they have left the comfort of their country, the long journey etc, it was written “they opened their treasures”. They gave in great quality, as well as quantity. 

 

Worship involves giving freely. To give to God entails giving Him all of us – Spirit, Soul and Body. All that we have, all that we are— time, talent, treasure etc. Luke 12:34 says “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Mathew 2:10 says “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy”. The whole-hearted joy of wise men is their ability to have the King rightly enthrone in their hearts. Jeremiah 29:13 says “ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart”. Whenever believers come to the Lord, they should return with JOY! As often as we approach the altar of God there should be an exchange.

 

Wise men enthrone Him by honouring His word. They allow God's warning to supersede the word of earthly king/men. A word from God in a dream outweighs the word of a king face to face. They knew the value of listening to God's word.

 

Wise men guide against dethroning the King in their hearts by guarding their hearts with all diligence and increasing His Kingdom by their changed lives. When we come in direct contact with His Kingdom, conversion takes place – 1 Peter 2:9.  One reason we have so much lack of “Kingdom compliant” people in churches of today is because people don't get converted when they come to church.  We can’t enthrone the King of kings in the throne of our hearts and remain the same as before. There must be a noticeable change – Kingdom fruits.

 

Brethren, in this month of “Divine Wisdom”, I will enjoin us to have a look around and we will see that the Almighty God in His infinite wisdom continues to seek to be enthroned in His rightful place in our hearts.

 

Give it a thought; He is definitely saying something to YOU!    

 

JESUS IS LORD.

 

Sogo Adelaja

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