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UNITY IN DIVERSITY :OUR INDIVIDUAL TALENTS CAN BE MISMANAGE PART 2 : BISHOP STEVEN LIBERTY SR

You might say;”but Bishop Mouth did a very great job and should be complimented”. I will than direct your attention to the difference between what God sees and what men sees. Mouth was very talented and a crowd puller but was he capable of exercising the wisdom needed to rule the body. Was it in the original plan of God that he should be the leader of the body? Do we find ourselves here in any way? Are we using the gifts and talents that God give us for its intended purpose? Let’s say you have a nice voice to preach or sing and people are attracted to you for that purpose. Is that reason enough to use it to look down on others or preach division or hatred? Is it reason enough to use it to tear down the homes of others etc? Many of us have to reexamine ourselves and the way in which we use the gifts God give to us. Sometimes we are aware that where we are is a misfit and we can not do our best there, yet we do not try to move forward to the area the God placed us. Ever seen a very good musician who tries to be an usher in a church? Ever spotted a prayer warrior, chorister, etc who is a misfit? I am sure we all have. The result is that you can not get what is needed from that misfit person in that particular area. However if he/she is placed right you will see a new person that you did not know; fresh and blooming; but if the contrary is the case the result is always a disaster.
The next lesson here is: only listening and following the instructions of God who give you those gifts can you be able to exploit them to their fullest. As soon as you become proud and think about only your self interest, you are on the path of self destruction. You fail to take into consideration the feelings of God and your fellowmen. You begin to believe that you are an end within yourself. That is when you die spiritually and physically.
Mouth was so sure of himself/herself that it did not take into consideration the purpose of God for the body. In fact, mouth did not care if there were members of the body that he did not reach. All mouth thought about was how to please the majority. Sometimes in cases like these God takes the side of the minority and they become more powerful than the majority. When the majority relies on their popularity physically and the minority relies on their popularity spiritually, wonders take place that results to everlasting results. Lets take the story of that servant of God, a refugee, fed by birds, housed by a widow, his only physical possession was his staff/walking stick, from a village so insignificant( in his days) mentioned only once in the bible; who was running from the most powerful, popular King and Queen of his day. When it was time for a showdown God came in full and prove that indeed He approved of this minority and the result was wonders never again repeated in the history of man in like manner; fire from heaven, fiery chariot taking a human to heaven.
Stomach was now an outcast, rejected and not even accepted by the members of the body, over thrown from its God given purpose by a misfit, a misplaced talent and a part of his/her family. This was the same situation a friend of God found himself in one day long ago:
• "In 2 Samuel 15:14 David has left the City of David on Mount Zion (where it still sits today now excavated after centuries beneath the dust of time); he walks down Zion to the Kidron ravine, passes over a small brook of flowing water (15:23), follows the pathway up the mountain called Olives (15:30).
• At the very top he pauses (15:32) and offers worship to the Lord. Then he runs into Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth (the crippled son of David's friend Jonathan, son of Saul) who brings food to help David (16:1-4)
David has been joined by his faithful soldiers and mighty men. He has been sought out by the good and godly priests. He has been fed by the humble servants of others. So this next visitor was so unexpected. But so was everything else happening on this fateful day.
David is just reeling from it all. The whole insurrection or coup d'etat was so unexpected. The speed at which a loved and trusted son was able to draw the entire nation away from David was staggering. David's thoughts raced back and forth from all the battles he had fought to save these people of Israel from their enemies. And now those very people's children were the army that had joined his son to kill him.
Then he thought of how he had rescued his own son Absalom so many times. Before he was old enough to even realize it David had kept young Absalom from Saul's hand. Later David had risked his life to attack the raiding bands of the desert peoples and rescue Absalom from their grasp. Then David remembered bringing young and handsome Absalom up to Jerusalem, the City of David, Zion the City of God. How it had thrilled David's heart to build a home and see his wives and children happy and secure in the home that God had provided. But nothing would ever be the same. Tamar was raped by Amnon. Absalom killed Amnon. Now Absalom was seeking to kill his own father David. Nothing was right; nothing would ever make this go away.
Back and forth flew his thoughts, his painful questions--why do the people turn away from me so quickly? Why does my own son hate me? Why does God allow all this?
And then as David looks around at his mighty men marching like a wall of strength around him, that space once occupied by the bravest of the brave, is empty. The same Uriah that went to his death at David's deceitful bidding and murderous plot did so because he was loyal to the death for David--and always had been.
David's thoughts raced back over the years and again smote him with contrition. Yes, again he knew that against the Lord all this had been done. And now David was suffering the consequences.
Somewhere in the midst of thoughts like these, mingled with tears, a barefoot David hears trouble coming. Before he saw him, he heard the hatred of his curses. Coming up from Bahurim, the first village on the downward slope of the Mt. of Olives is the figure of an angry man. Bitter to the point of blindness is this distant relative of Saul. With the poison of a venomous serpent on his tongue-curses, dust and rocks fly from the one man army named Shimei. With every means possible he tries to attack David while he is down.
Isn't that how temptations often come? The devil in alliance with our flesh, the world around us, and the demons--tries to always get us at our weakest moment. It was perfect timing--David was physically, emotionally, mentally, and humanly at his weakest and lowest point. But much to Satan's disappointment I'm sure, David was not at his lowest point spiritually”.

This was the same case with those who mouth overlooked and left out of his governmental set up. Besides stomach there is this part of the body which is an outlet for all refuse of the body. It placed at a spot where it is not too visible to everyone and its outward appearance is very small. The refuse that passes out through this part of the body does not have a good odor and it does not enjoy sunlight. Its name is as ugly, anus. Anus was very mad that it was left out of the government of the body and said to stomach its closest friend; "but big brother these guys have no respect for us and even God who made us the way we are. I think we should teach them a lesson. It must be a lesson that they will remember as long as we exist as a single unit”. Stomach listened to Anus and laughingly asked: "Big brother what can we do? Mouth has already won the elections and we must get use to it. We are not a part of his government. Anus replied: Brother I might be small and hidden here at the bottom of the body but I know I am very important to God. He created me to be important where ever I am, regardless of where I am located. This is what we are going to do and we will prove to the body that it takes our combine efforts to keep this unit functional and moving. "You are speaking in riddles Anus,” said Stomach "Spell it out”.
God wants the treasure that He is within us to spill and shine out from our lives. That of course is humanly impossible. That is why David spoke of the power of the Holy Spirit within him (II Samuel 23:2) in his final words; so we echo Paul's words of the precious Spirit of the Living God within us. It is God's grace and power through His Spirit that is our only source of strength to live and die this way. - during. (Young's Literal Translation, 1862) (Discover The Book). Regardless of who we are, God is able to direct our thoughts in times of problems if we really trust in Him. Deep within us lies the power of wisdom to overcome any circumstance if we put our trust in Him. The song writer wrote:
"Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, why should my heart be lonely and long for Heav'n and home, when Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
"Let not your heart be troubled," His tender word I hear, and resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears; tho' by the path He leadeth but one step I may see: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know we watches me.
Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise, when songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies, I draw the closer to Him; from care He sets me free; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Refrain: I sing because I'm happy, I sing because I'm free, for His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
Twenty-seven hundred years ago when Israel was in a steep decline and headed for national ruin, defeat and deportation to Babylon--the prophet Habakkuk wrote one of the most hope filled paragraphs in the Bible:

Habakkuk 3:17-18
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls--
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Cross Walk Devotional)

Anus looked at stomach and said: "I was given charge of the borders of the body. I am going to close the border at this end and all you have to do is to return every substance/food/water that comes through mouth. Do not allow it to settle and the same route it used to come in should be the same route it will use to go out. Let’s see if the body can stand this for a week.” Stomach laughed and laughed: "Oh yes Brother in that case we will prove to them that God created us all equals with individual differences, strength and weakness. They will learn that only God saves”.
That is exactly what happened that day after the victory of President Mouth. Anus closed the border and stomach began to return everything that was send down to it. You my dear readers are in a better position to tell me what began to happen to the body after a week. Mouth wanted to put up a fight and try to encourage everyone to remain strong and courageous. By the middle of the second week the situation was a different story. As you are already aware everything send to Stomach through mouth was returned through the same route. Gradually brain began to experienced memory loss, ears (Ministry of information) began to experience hearing problems, Eyes and nose (the security network) began to experience false signals; because they were growing dim. Hands (Ministry of defense) could hardly lift up itself, and legs (Ministry of Transportation) were now short of fuel. Fellow believers’ ugly things happen when a body is not together, when talents are misplaced and there is disunity.. So the big question was: what could the President do to remedy this situation? What means did he have to force stomach and Anus to corporate with the body? The way things were going if care was not taken the body would have collapsed and die. Something had to be done.
Our God always gives us a chance to come back to our senses and correct our mistakes. That is if we are willing to accept our mistakes and turn back to him. Forgiveness is the greatest gift that man has ever received after the gift of life from God. "Mark 3:20-30
The New Testament records 37 miracles that Jesus performed during His earthly ministry. These include sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, life to the dead, health to the sick -- and many other tremendous miracles supernaturally performed by Christ.

Which one was the greatest? If you analyze them they were wonderful but ALL were only temporary.
o The paralyzed, lame, mute, and blind that Jesus gave back eyes, fingers, toes, and skin eventually lost them all again when they got sick and died some years later.
o Peter's mother-in-law was miraculously set free from a fever but years later died of other causes which may also involve a fever.
o The food miraculously created by Jesus was consumed by the five and four thousands, and used up -- and hunger returned the next day.
o The eyes restored to blind Bartimaeus were used, worn out, and dimmed by the time he died.
o The hearing that the deaf received were subject to the natural downward slide of the human body and faded most likely by their death.
o Those dancing feet after Christ's touch that the lame possessed, soon turned to a shuffle and then stopped working altogether as they lay in bed awaiting death many years later.
o Lepers who found fresh new skin and limbs saw them again return to wrinkles, weakness, and finally immobility as circulation, respiration, and digestion all slowly were assaulted by the weight of many years.
o So yes, Jesus performed many miracles -- but all of them but one were TEMPORARY.

The answer is the one that never faded, never aged, never ended. It was the miracle unladed by time, untouched by health, unaffected by circumstances. That miracle, the greatest miracle is the one that Jesus Christ is still doing in our midst today. It is the miracle that I have personally experienced. It is the miracle that most of us in this room have also experienced. It is the greatest of all Christ's miracles -- the miracle of complete forgiveness.”
President Mouth saw no way out of this doomsday that he/she had brought upon the body through selfishness, pride, greed and the misplacement of his/her God given talent/gift. The members of the body had no other choice than to appeal to stomach and Anus for forgiveness. Did the friends agreed to forgive them and if so ,on what grounds? Before we discuss the conclusion of this matter, it is also necessary to returned to the two Kings that we contrasted in part 1 of this message. It is time to take another look at that matter;
"So dies Saul, an apostate. One who experienced the Word of God, the Spirit of God, the power of God and the leading of God - and willfully turns from it! Apostates know the truth and have received knowledge from God, but then turn from it.
From his last supper King Saul completes his despair and defeat by his death. So he dies in his sin, a murderous, wicked, bitter and angry old man. He is slain by one of the very people he was to exterminate, the Amalekites! He like so many others came so close to God and ended so far from God eternally!
What about that other man who sinned? How did David do? Where are the lessons David learned in this horrible pit of sin? Forever recorded in Psalm 32 "The Song of a soul set free"
• David sings with DELIGHT when his SINS WERE CLEANSED v. 1-2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
• David sings in DESPAIR when his SINS WERE CONCEALED v. 3-4 When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
• David sings of DELIVERANCE when his SINS WERE CONFESSED v. 5-7 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
• David sings about his DESIRE that his SINFUL WAYS BE CRUSHED v. 8-11 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart! "
David was wise enough to repent and asked for forgiveness of his sins to God. I will not say much about David than the fact that he was humble enough to cry to God and he was saved. President Mouth asked for forgiveness first to God and his fellow members and give up the position to stomach. In his/her acceptance speech, stomach thanked God for creating all of them equal in His sight; for giving each person a unique gift, that once combined can bring about the best results for everyone. He/she left the governmental setup as it was with the inclusion of two additional post. Mouth (Ministry of immigration) in charge of testing every substance that enters the body and Anus (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in charge of everything that leaves the body. From that day forth Stomach was made King. Everyone to this day work very hard to please the King. Everyday the greatest need man has physically is to maintain the stomach. When it is filled and healthy it distribute what is necessary for the body. Yes every member now strives to satisfy the King. Mouth now used its voice to speak when items are needed (ie. in the Market) and is the one who sample and satisfied the supply going into the stomach. With each part of the body combining their various talents and uniting to supply the King in order to be supply themselves, the result is a strong healthy body. When one member is sick the body is sick.
In conclusion, I will advice that we seek to know and use our God giving gifts/talents for the Glory of God. That is why it was given to us for. We must understand that no tree is a forest and our gifts can only shine brightest if in the right place and united with others. I challenge you this day to check yourself properly to see if you are where God intended you to be or a misfit. Check to see if your gift is shining to its fullest for the Glory of God and the betterment of everyone. If not remember that God is faithful and ready to forgive you if you just desire change. In our diversities lies great strength if we unite. The sky becomes the limit to what we can achieve with God on our side. Unity in Diversity equals strength; unity in diversity equals breaking down impossibilities. We were each given a piece of the puzzle to the key of break through and life and with God on our side, when combine there is instant rewards. It is my prayer that after reading this message you will find something valuable to take along with you. May God richly bless you my beloved.

NB: As I mentioned in part 1 of this message I used the quoted text from Cross Walk Devotions (Discover The Book). I did not change them in any way but used them as they were send to me in the devotionals.

 

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