By Maliseni Banda
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Many Christians in the world are familiar with the words of
One such verse is
However, having said this, I must point out that when forming a nation, God has in mind a good purpose for its existence; but His initial plans for every nation are set on the principle of moral prosperity as a way in which any nation can position itself for His favor to be showered on it. Remember what the Lord said of Abraham in Genesis: "Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great nation, and all the nations shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgement; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him" (KJV). The nation which was to come from Abraham's loins—Israel—was to see the Word spoken about it come to pass only if it walked in the way of the LORD as directed by Abraham.
Likewise, every nation needs an Abraham to direct it. Indeed, God raises men and women, His prophets, to direct nations in the way they should go. To this end, Jehosophat the king of Israel, a man who sought God's direction in his acts, could tell his countrymen, "Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful" (
The problem in the modern times in which we live is that nations no longer listen to the prophets God has appointed for them. This is because men no longer listen to the Word of God. What they call enlightenment, the modern intellectual reasoning, has veiled their minds to the wisdom and knowledge of the Word of God. To this end, they ridicule the Bible, calling it outdated, fictious supersticion and not relevant to our times. Man has become so proud of his wisdom and knowledge that he has begun to belittle God's wisdom and knowledge. What a tragedy. What is even more tragic is that we have in our time men and women who call themselves servants of God who are following the world in this deception. They no longer hold the Word of God in high esteem. They may not say so, but their attitudes in the way they preach it gives them away. When they preach it, they do not treat it as the ultimate authority on life but use it to endorse modern man's wisdom. In other words, they twist Scripture to suit their misconceived ideas. So in essence, we have seers who no longer see but who lay claim to spiritual enlightenment.
Jesus often warned His followers to be careful how they listened when they heard preaching so they would not end up being robbed of the wisdom and knowledge of God they had acquired. He was hoping they would recognize the real truth from the perceived truth. The warning has a greater relevance and urgency in our day when men have become extremely cunning at twisting the truth. Sometimes it is important to consider how you hear yourself. When your words no longer have appeal where it matters the most, it may be that your preaching has been corrupted by corrupt peers.
So people who preach human ideas have lacked power because they have lacked divine support—that is, God's intervention. Truth is the channel in which the river of providence flows into our lives. Therefore, it is time to get back to preaching the truth. It is time to break away from the stray pack. "this is what the LORD says: 'If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve Me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be My spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you not turn to them'" (
To be the Lord's spokesman, you need to be a true prophet of His. You have to be a person of integrity—one who is not swayed by the opinions of men, but who teaches the way of God in accordance with the truth. So many of the Lord's servants in our day are victims of popularism and political rightness. They seek to please everybody except the Lord. "How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?" Jesus asked people in
If you are truly sent from God, you won't find your satisfaction in the neatness of your sermons but in what they are able to do for people. We are called to change lives, not to perform for people. It is by changing lives that we change nations. Hence, every Christian who is able to change a life is making a contribution to the turn-around of his or her nation. The church in every nation is the prophetic voice for that nation, but she can only be so if she is heard; and she can only be heard if she does not shrink back in fear of the uproar of the unbelieving masses. The good news is that God has not given us the Spirit fear but of power (