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Sunday Covenant Service Message – Giving God our Best for His Best

Gleans from Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi DCLM Worldwide Sunday Covenant Service Message

DLBC IBTC Ayobo, Lagos HQ

28th January 2018

Topic – Giving God our Best for His Best

Text – Malachi 1

This is something we have not done before, because it’s a new year, and a new approach. We’re going to go through the whole Book of Malachi. God calls us into a special relationship, and demands something special from us as well.  Giving our best to get God’s best. If we are going to have the best from God, it requires that we will reciprocal by giving Him our beat as well. He loves us, and He expects us to love Him. He wants to bless us, and He wants us to be a blessing to His Holy Name. He wants to give us His best this year, and we must be willing to give our best to God as well.

As you look at this Book of Malachi, it is the last Book of the Old Testament.

This Book of Malachi is:

  1. A Covenant Book – Malachi 2:5: 3:1
  1. A Connecting Book – This book holds the past, and looks into the future – Malachi 4:5-6,4

This month is a connecting month for you, and you will connect with power, His provision for you. This year, there will be a connection in your life, connection with God, power, the promises of God, and all the goodness of God in your life in Jesus Name.

  1. A Consoling Book – Malachi 3:10b.

All the sorrows and poverty of the past will go away. This year there is consolation, and there is comfort. Solution has come to all the needs of your life. God will wipe your tears away.

This book of Malachi can be summarised as below:

Chapter 1 talks about the burden of entreaty. Israel, a peculiar people, is loved by God and so are you. God has given you a peculiar place in His kingdom, and I pray that this peculiarity, you will not miss it in Jesus Name. As Malachi looked at the people of God, he saw that the peculiarity was fading away; they were just like the other people and nations around them. They were asking themselves, where is our privilege, our peculiarity, and the uniqueness of God for them.

Chapter 2 is on their behaviour in view of eternity. Malachi 2:6. The prophet’s burden was that they were slowly going away from that centre. He said, you are wondering about your peculiarity and uniqueness, but he wanted them to think about their behaviour.

Chapter 3 is talking about blessing in its entirety. All is not lost, something new is coming. Malachi 3:10b-12. An outpouring is coming and all nations shall call you blessed.

Chapter 4 is on the beginning of the end. Malachi 4:5,6

Something new is going to begin in your life. A new provision, a new promotion, a new power is going to come in your life in Jesus Name.

God want us to have His best, but we must be born again, become a real child of God, with sins confessed and forgiven. You gave your heart, your life, your mind to Jesus, so that you can have His salvation. Then you understood that He gave Jesus Christ to you to be your Lord and Saviour, and this is sealed in Jesus name. You don’t stop here at salvation, but press forward to consecrate, and surrender absolutely to the Lord, then you are sanctified. And then you desire the power of the Holy Ghost, tarrying for the supernatural power to come upon your soul. This year, you will have the power of God. After you have got these wonderful experiences, you will keep on in your personal/family devotion, reading and studying the word of God, giving your very best to the Lord, and then His best will come into your life in Jesus Name. And so, you make it a response and responsibility to the Lord that you are always giving, and He is always giving to you as well. And this how you are going to spend this year, and what a wonderful year is going to be for you in Jesus Name.

3 points:

Point 1. The Confirmation of Passionate Compassion for the Sons of God

Malachi 1:1-5;

In this passage, we shall see the following;

  1. Confirmation of love for Jacob – Malachi 1:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Deuteronomy 7:3-9; Ephesians 5:25.

God wants to confirm to you how much He loves you. How do you become a son of God? You repent of and leave your sins behind and come to put your trust in God. Accept and believe in Jesus Christ who died for you. Then you become a son of God. Just like Jacob, as he believed in God, left his deception behind, and trusted in the Lord. Your salvation, conversion and the moment you trust the Lord, that is the gate of Heaven, and from that time, the Lord has been showing compassion, and love to you just as He showed to Jacob. But remember, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17).  It is your repentance, turning away from sin and the world, that makes you a son of God. You don’t want to remain like Esau that sold his birth right, nor like Lot that went to Sodom and Gomorrah; you are to separate yourself unto God. Turn away from your sin, and turn to the Lord, and He will receive you, and you shall become His son, born again. As you turn to the Lord like that, He loved you before and as you responded to that love, He continues to love you. Now that love is special and carries responsibility – that you will not marry an unbeliever nor be friends of the world (Deuteronomy 7:3-9). Unequal yoke will bring sudden destruction and stop the flow of the blessing of God upon your life. It will actually bring His judgement. Have nothing to do with occultism, idolatry and powers of darkness; totally reject everything of darkness now that you are born again for you are now special.

“Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” Then you are to reciprocate this love of God, to love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generation. This year, you will see the practical demonstration of the love of God in your life in Jesus Name.  “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).  If you are part of the Church, the called-out people, the people who have come out and separated from the world, He loves you. And the goal and purpose of that love and you coming into the church is that you will be holy, spotless, unblemished before God. It will happen in your life.

  1. Consideration of less love for Esau – Malachi 1:3-4; Matthew 5:45; Hebrews 12:14-17; Obadiah 6,10

God had limited love, less love for Esau. This, to Esau, was like hatred. This is not hatred of bitterness or anger but hatred of comparison. Just like we love God more than our earthly parents. That is hatred of comparison, not of bitterness, punishment or antagonism. “And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness” (Malachi 1:3). 

God loves everyone and that was why He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life, but He loves the church more than the world. This love is a comparison not hatred. “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). There are things He gives to the sinner and the unjust, but then when it comes to the just, the believers and the children of God, He now gives special blessings unto them that, to the people of the world, will look like God has not shown them enough love; but it is limited love for them like that of Esau. There is limited love for the people of the world. You see Jacob supplanted Esau but he repented, and even wanted to do his restitution but Esau rejected this, and was still nursing his hatred for Jacob. However, Jacob did not nurse any hatred, he repented. Esau did not follow peace nor holiness with anybody, that was why he could not experience the fullness of the love of God and His provision, unlike Jacob. He did not bring himself to place of repentance, always seeking hatred, animosity and vengeance against Jacob (Hebrews 12:14-17). That was why God had limited love for him. You will not be like that.  “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever” (Obadiah 10). There was no repentance, but only bitterness, anger, animosity against Jacob his brother who was making a move for reconciliation.

  1. Commendation of the limitlessness of God – Malachi 1:5; Deuteronomy 11:7,21; Luke 10:23-24,19

Your eyes will see the glory of God this year.

Your eyes shall see the goodness of the Lord, the benefits of the kingdom, the blessings of the gospel, and the joy of serving the Lord this year, your eyes shall see. Our God is unlimited, limitless and He will do great things in your life this year in Jesus Name. Turn to the right, to the left, move forward and all around you, and you will see the blessings of the Lord. “But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did” (Deuteronomy 11:7). All that your eyes will see this year, you will be so surprised, because of the limitlessness of God.

Point 2. The Condemnation of Polluted Contemptible Sacrifices for God

Malachi 1:6-8; Deuteronomy 15:21; 1 Samuel 2:17; Ezekiel 22:26-27; Hosea 8:8,12

This is the controversy that the Lord had with the children of Israel, and with so called contemporary Christians.

Polluted and contemptible. “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 1:6-8). They took the love of God for granted. They misinterpreted, misconstrued, misplaced and misconceived this love of God. They wanted the permission to sin, and to offer polluted and contemptible sacrifices

The lords will love the subjects, but the subjects must also show loyalty, obedience and responsibilities as citizens in their communities. The father will love the sons, but the sons are to respect and honour their fathers. God condemned polluted, contemptible sacrifices to Him. He wanted them to understand that –

  1. God is Father – Malachi 1:6,7; Deuteronomy 32:6

As a Father, He wants affection, relationship and honour between Him and us. He wants us to honour Him. “Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?” (Deuteronomy 32:6). 

  1. God is Master – Malachi 1:6, John 13:13,14: Ephesians 6:6-9

As God is Master, He wants responsibility from us as His servants. We are to do the Will of God not with eye service, but doing all as unto the Lord. Love God with all your mind, heart and life. As His servants we are to fear, obey and be responsible unto Him. “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men” (Ephesians 6:6-7). 

  1. God is Governor – Malachi 1:8, Psalms 22:1,7-8,15-16,27-28

He wants loyalty from us His subjects. “For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations” (Psalms 22:28).

God was telling them they were doing evil, not giving the best to Him. God has given us the best already. He gave us Jesus Christ, Christian experiences, promises, great things and even gone to prepare heaven for us. How are you returning those favours back to Him? In their own case they expected great blessings but were not offering their best, but the worst; they were not offering the first, but the leftovers unto God, and God says that is not acceptable. Why don’t we take time to meditate on what we offer unto the Lord. Do you offer your best unto God? For the children of Israel, they were offering polluted and contemptible sacrifices unto Him, and these are not acceptable unto God. Is what you are offering the very best thing you can offer unto the Lord? Whatever thing you do in the house of the Lord, try and measure that service with what you are doing in the world. Make a comparison between your service in the house of the Lord and what we do in our secular employment.  The best and not the worst, the first and not the leftover, the clean and not the corrupt, the pure and not the polluted, the costly and not the cheap, that is what we should offer unto the Lord. “And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, or have any ill blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 15:21).  You cannot offer anything blemished unto the Lord.  The Lord wants the people to show some love, respect, honour and glory due to His name. “Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand” (Malachi 1:10). There must be a purpose when you render your service unto the Lord. The story is told of a man that dived into the water 17 times to rescue about 17 people, and yet even he was exhausted, he was still considering those left in the water that needed to be rescued, asking himself, have I done my best? This is what the Lord wants us to do as well. Always examine what you do, have you given your best for the Lord. Have I done my best? God has no pleasure in you when you are a sinner, a robber, disobeying God’s commandments, ill-treating your wife, into dark powers, sorcery, occultism, gossiping, backbiting and speaking evil against leaders, a backslider, telling lies, worldly man or woman. God cannot accept your person neither will He accept any offering from your hands. Malachi had this burden of entreaty, that you live right because of the love of God for you, and that you treat Him as a Father, with honour and respect for Him; as a Master, with obedience and service, and as a Governor, you give Him your loyalty, dedication and consecration. With that attitude and being saved and maintaining that righteousness in you, and not counting the service and sacrifice of God as a cheap thing, you can then come and offer your sacrifices unto the Lord. Otherwise, he has no pleasure in you.

“But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD” (Malachi 1:12-13). The Lord is saying with your attitude of no respect, no obedience, no honour, devotion, no affection, He will not accept these sacrifices. There are people in whom God does not have pleasure in – a backslider, a false prophet, people that are not retaining their salvation, and He will not accept any sacrifices from them. You must count your relationship very important in the sight of the Lord. As you come into the house of the Lord, anything you are offering unto the Lord, your heart is important. You must be single-minded, right with God and do it for His honour and glory.

Israel counted the word of God, His commandments and all the sound doctrines of the word of God, as a strange thing. So, God says that He cannot accept any sacrifices from them. When you count the word of God and the things that are important to Him and His glory as a strange thing, He cannot accept your offering. You must consider the Personality, Position and Glory of God whenever you come to offer your sacrifice and service unto the Lord.

Point 3. Consecration of Pure Commendable Service to God

Malachi 1:11,14; Leviticus 21:17,21,23; 22:20-21; Ephesians 5:25-27; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24

You are coming back again to giving your very best to God.  For this year to be different, then our commitment, responsibility, lifestyle, behaviour, conviction and character must be different. “For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 1:11). Understand that He says that His Name will be exalted. And everything you do, everywhere you go, every steps and decision you take, you must show that the Name of the Lord is greater and exalted above the fathers, masters and governors in the world. Bring only a pure offering before Him.  Whatever you do for the Lord, you must be conscious that you are offering it to God. You come to the service of the Lord, to His worship, and in ministering, you must be conscious that ‘I am offering this to God’, and it must be the very best, pure, holy and righteous that you offer unto Him. “But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen” (Malachi 1:14).  The one that offers the unclean deliberately is cursed. Someone said, ‘You offer something to God that is worth nothing because you think that your God is worth nothing and He is underneath your feet.’ You must offer something good and the very best to God.  How is it that you don’t count your service to Him more important than that you do in the world? Our God is a Great King. He merits and deserves the very best, and our best we will give unto our God.

If you are going to offer anything unto the Lord, you yourself must be right, pure and be saved. If you are not born again, don’t offer anything unto the Lord. If your life is not right before the Lord, you cannot teach the word of God. If your life is not right, you cannot come and offer anything unto the Lord. If you do not show respect for God, the Church or leadership in the church, you cannot come and offer anything on the altar of God.  This is the word of God. We are people that want to give our very best unto the Lord, and after we expect the best from the Lord. This year will be a year of real consecration to the Lord.

Do you understand that your family life affects your service unto the Lord? And your obedience to the word of God affects your ministry in the Church. Serving the Lord does not rest on passing an interview in the Church. Although, there is human recommendations, but your life, family life is important in the ministry. It is not just paper work, it is Spirit’s work. It is not automatic that because your husband is the Pastor, that you, as his wife, are the women leader. Your life matters in the work. Ask yourself this question, If everyone in the Church were like you, will this church be a glorious church? The Lord is coming for a glorious church. The Lord will purge and cleanse us and that we become people that are focussed on heaven. Our goal is to make heaven not just the work in the church.

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings” (Philippians 2:14). Whatever you cannot do without murmuring and debating, disputing drop it, because it is not going to be blessed of the Lord.  If you are not keeping your salvation, our labour is in vain. I pray our labour over this church will not be in vain in Jesus Name. For it not to be in vain, it is by the life we live, that there is honesty and transparency.  To offer anything acceptable before the Great Governor and King, our God, abstain from all appearance of evil. Give Him the best, He merits, deserves and demands the best, then you will have His best. The harvest of the blessings of God will be the very best in your life this year in Jesus Name.

 

Ponder on this!  Our God is a Great King. He merits and deserves the very best, and our best we will give unto our God. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

Reflections – The best and not the worst, the first and not the leftover, the clean and not the corrupt, the pure and not the polluted, the costly and not the cheap, that is what we should offer unto the Lord. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.

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