Preach the Word
The word of God has spread throughout the world, in the Old Testament God spoke to His children through the prophets and to the Kings through His servants and dedicated men who walked with God. In the New Testament God spoke to us through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ. Through that He left for us an exemplary way of life which we must emulate to fulfill His words. Prophet Isaiah had a revelation which he wrote down in the scripture. The book of Isaiah chapter 61 listed what preachers supposed to do as their job. Amazingly, Jesus starting off His ministry on earth read the same chapter in the synagogue which left the religious sect and the learned men dumb-founded. Looking at the host of preachers, prophets, minor prophets and the bunch of men that God called up for His service, both in the Old and New testament, they had a distinct figure in their work with God, including the men that lived in our dispensation like John and Charles Wesley, Leonard Ravenhill, David
Brainerd, Hudson Taylor; all these men were not different from those men that served God both in the Old and the New Testament because I believe; they read that same book of Isaiah chapter 61 to end and had what it takes to do the work of God. Preaching is not a profession but some people have made it one, with secular qualification(s), attending some kind of school called bible school and seminary where they are thought how to become a preacher. You may attend a Bible school and still remain in sin and you may be a preacher but in contrast, attending Bible school if you have a call from God is good, it is a place you will have time to study the word of God in preparation of God’s service or work but today, people attend Bible school or seminary school without God’s calling. They want to have the knowledge of the Bible to go into ministry which God has not ordained.
Nobody can teach a person to become a preacher; it is only God that makes a person a preacher of His own word. You can study the Bible, have the knowledge of the scripture but may not be a preacher. There are some criteria which a person must have, given only by God. These criteria are only known to God and you can sense it when He has given it to you. An educated man can have knowledge of things around him, and he may be enlightened but preaching is not about secular knowledge or education, it is a passion. I can say that preaching is not a profession but a passion, an obsession of the spirit and I do not need a PhD to become a preacher. The works of a preacher is not done by him but by the Spirit of God that dwells in him. If Jesus being God in the flesh waited for thirty years and the Holy Spirit descended on him and remained before He started off His work, who on earth can preach about Him.
Who do you preach about? Yourself, your church or about the savior of the world; Jesus, if you are a preacher and have not read the book of
Isaiah chapter 61 to the end and discover your work on earth as a preacher, are you a nominal preacher? Verse 1 of the chapter says; ‘the spirit of the Lord God is upon me…’ What is upon the preachers of this age? What is upon them is the knowledge they have gotten from men in the seminary and Bible school, not what the Spirit of God teaches them. All the prophets in the scripture did not attend a Bible school, and they never learn how to preach but who thought them? The Holy Spirit of God that was upon them, thought them the word of God and revealed to them the secret which cannot be bought with money or any precious thing what so ever. Preaching is not a feeling; hmm I can preach today, I have this inner feeling that I can do it, yes you can preach that day with the confidence you have ‘you have arrived’ a hand full of books you have read, you can preach. But sincerely, the words you speak are not from God if you have not His Spirit, the passion and the unction.
The words you will speak that day are your words which come out of your head reaching the head of people and all things seems dead. You cannot be a preacher with your own knowledge, good speech eloquence and good command of the language you speak, these things cannot move God but it can move your church members and it will create an atmosphere full of emotion(s), people shedding tears because of their emotion which the preacher stirred up. In the Bible, you cannot find out where the disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to preach, but they asked Him Lord teach us how to pray.
Verse 1… because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek…’ this is where most of the problems of today’s preachers converge; ‘good tidings’ do you know the meaning of tidings? It means News or information. The news / tidings God has for us is good and not of evil, to give us an expected end; ‘Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11 emphasis added.’ The tidings are for the people but can a preacher who
is not anointed by the Lord preach about good tidings which mean good news of the Gospel? No he cannot, no matter what; the only person who can bring these good tidings is a man the Lord has anointed. Anointing breaks the yoke; can a preacher without the anointing of the Lord Most High break the yoke of sin and bondage. This is the contrast the people that God has anointed make with the fake preachers.
Some people take good tidings to be blessing, although it might be used in-place of blessing at a point because something good is a blessing but tidings which means news / information, is the Living word of God that is quick and sharper than any two-edged sword which can break the bones and the marrow piecing into the hearts of people, renewing their mind and redeeming their souls, who can bring out this word described above? The anointed servants of God, but the preachers of today go their ways preaching about wealth and prosperity without bringing the good news of the Gospel to the people whose hearts is wounded with sin, perplexity and they need the true and sincere milk of the word of God. It is only the good tidings of the word of God can bring the listed supernatural gifts below.
- Holy Spirit baptism
And many more if I continue to list them, I will not finish them because there are many unsearchable riches and blessings in our Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 1…He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted…’ the
heart of a man without God is broken with sin and he needs not only to be told, he needs pardon, and not only that, he needs forgiveness of sins, more than that; he needs cleansing and indwelling of the Spirit of God in him. The preachers are sent already to proclaim these to the people but they have failed because they do not know their job.
The message of today does not lay emphasis that the preachers are sent to bind up the broken-hearted but the preachers tell them about Jesus Christ of utility that will pay their physical debt but will never tell these people that Jesus Christ had paid their spiritual debt on the cross to comfort their hearts that seek peace and joy everlasting. If your pastor has never told you that Jesus died to set you free from your broken heart, sins and to give you peace and everlasting joy while keeping God’s commandments, precepts and ordinances, please detach yourself from the pastor and the church. Seek where the true is being divided for both the poor, rich, saved and unsaved that will be saved.
Verse 1…to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound…’ liberty comes from the Lord and where ever the Spirit of the Lord dwells, there is liberty ‘2 Corinthians chapter 2 verses 17 emphasis added.’ A preacher cannot proclaim liberty if he is not delivered from his own captivity of sin. The lord Jesus had no sin, he is everlasting clean, tempted and yet without sin. He is our High Priest but the preachers of today do not want to take after him. Jesus led captivity captives, He opened the prison to them that where bound with sins, sickness and name it.
The Lord showed us the way we should follow, to do great things; even greater things compared to what He has done, oh pervert generation of ours that seek their own has followed the way of Baal to get powers from devil and his agents for healing, signs and wonders. The pastors and the so called preachers of the devil who got their powers from evil
spirits and sold their souls for an exchange of fame, to set up a church (building) because God never called them to any ministry will be dammed by God if they did not repent from their wickedness and sins. The preachers with genuine call from God can do great things which our Lord Jesus did to the needy while He was in the flesh on earth. The proclamation of liberty and the opening of the prisons are by the powers of God, given to the true and obedient servants of God that will bring all the glory and honor to God. Shattering the shackles of sins, liberating people from the plans of the devil and his agents, saving their souls from eternal damnation in hell cannot be done by a man who is using some kind of spiritual formula. In the Acts of the Apostles chapter 19 verses 13, 14, 15 and 16 says; ‘verse 13; ‘then certain of the vagabond Jews exorcists took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus saying; we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches, verse 14, ‘ and there were seven sons of one sceva, a Jew and the chief of the priests which did so, verse 15, ‘and the evil spirit answered and said; Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?.
Evil Spirits recognize people that are with the true word of God? If I may ask, does it mean that the evil spirit has beaten Paul the Apostle that it recognized him? I do not think so, rather Paul has beaten the spirit in one or two occasions he had while preaching the good tidings. In verse 16; ‘and the man in whom the evil spirit was, leaped on them and overcame them and prevailed against them so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.’
What do the preachers of the word (scripture) have today? Can an evil spirit recognize one of the preachers of today; Jesus I know, and what is the name of that preacher? They know the word in the scripture but they do not know the God of the word. Beware; all of you that run after a preacher; pray for me and bless me. The hour of false prophets which
the scripture made us to understand is at hand; there will be deceivers who will come in the name of the Lord but follow them not for they are ravening wolves. The book of Matthew chapter 7 verses 15 says; ‘beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly, they are ravening wolves.’ It will not take time for these people running after these false preachers to be deceived; those preachers are not from the Lord but from the pit of hell. They have come with the powers of satan to steal, to kill and to destroy. Any man that claims to be a preacher of the word of God and does not have any working relationship with God no matter how he relates with God in that relationship is Fake to an extent.
Isaiah chapter 61 verses 2 says; ‘to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.’ Preaching about the acceptable year of the Lord, in the book of Luke chapter 4 verses 19; ‘when our Lord Jesus Christ read from the book of Isaiah on the Sabbath day, in the synagogue saying; ‘to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.’ The Lord Jesus proclaimed the hour of our redemption has come and that came through Him who is the savior of the world, our paschal lamb. He gave up Himself for our sins so that we might have life eternal with Him. In order words, the preachers of today, what make up their preaching?
The acceptable time of the Lord which has come and gone but His work on the Cross saved us and it is still saving people but millions if not billions are not aware of this marvelous work which was done by our Lord for the remission of sins and to teach us the way to our God for eternal glory. The cause of this ignorance is as a result of the preachers which have never preached on the acceptable year, when our Lord washed away the sins of the world; also the weak and sloppy evangelism of this era has contributed a lot to the present ignorance which the world