A MESSAGE FROM AGO
MAY 2020 —MONTH OF UNCOMMON GRACE , POWER AND INTERCESSION
But grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be glory now and forevermore. 2 Pet. 3 18.
We bless the Lord for the events of the last couple of weeks. News of disease and death filled the air space on socia/secular media. Many people across the world were in panic and fear. But the Lord out of His mercy kept us all alive and well. He is indeed a faithful God who gave us new beginnings last month.
The Apostle Peter in his second and last epistle to the church discussed the events of the last days and the need for every believer to be prepared. His last sentence is our theme of this month. He appealed to His readers to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord. The Lord is urging us to move from theory to practical knowledge of His grace and power in these last days. Both would be needed due to the strange events of these last days such as the ones we are witnessing in respect of COVID-19. Fortunately, both are available in portions.
Pastor Dele Olowu
Assistant General Overseer
To enter into the Lord’s UNCOMMON GRACE, we must make the best use of the grace He has already given us. We are enjoined not to receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6.1). This means it is possible that we have not used grace for the purpose it was given which is to make Christ known. In order to be effective witnesses, the Lord also made provision for power. He declared to us His disciples that we would receive POWER after the Holy Ghost has come on us (Acts 1.8)—power to heal, overcome every Satanic manifestation (Mk 16: 17- 18). More power is given as we pray and make an effective demand backed by holy living and effective use of the power He already gave us (Heb 1.9, 1 Pet.4.10, 2 Tim.1.6).
Surely, there must be a reason for the Lord preserving us at this time. It must be that He wants us to be the generation that declares His greatness and glory with power to a world that has rejected Him and His love. Notice that the Lord gave the revelation of His glory to only three of His disciples who separated and took to the Mountain of His transfiguration (See I Pet 1: 16-18, Mk 9: 1-9).
Just as Peter and two other Christ’s disciples were recipients of uncommon grace and power, the Lord also calls us all in this new month to a season of uncommon prayers, introspection (inner searching) and intercession for ourselves, family/church members and nations as the day of the Lord approaches. It was uncommon grace that made Peter and his two fellows see the kingdom of God with power (Mk. 9.1).
It is the same grace and power that the Lord is making available to us as we pray and cry to Him for mercy for ourselves, our friends and brethren as well as our nation. He is calling us to align our lives to His demands and to cry to Him night and day to make our Jerusalem a praise on earth not the literal hell that it is fast turning into. (2 Ch.7.13-14, Is. 62: 6- 7).
Welcome to the Month of Grace, Power and Intercession.