Theme: The Turnaround
Text: 2King 4:1-4; Gen.1: 26-31
This is a follow up of the earlier study on the above theme. In my initial write up, I tried to look at the definition of the term Turnaround and the Church’s perception of this meaning, looking at some Bible characters and incidents.
I proffered then that turnaround means different things to different people depending on which prism of the term you are looking at it.
However, I think the most ideal and acceptable form of turnaround should be the one knowing about Jesus Christ; His reason of coming to the world, his ministry as relating to drawing man from darkness and the brink of God’s damnation to the Light He represents; and bringing us to a new relationship with God as the chosen people.
We also look at the trend in society and how the church is unwittingly being drawn into the evils and pleasures of the world. (Rom.1:27-31)
It is necessary now therefore that, the turnaround should start from the church by praying against this evil machination of men and turn them toward Christ.
God Expectation of Man in creation: Gen. 1:26-31
We are continuing from that point in the discourse today. I want to look at the reason of our creation in the book of Gen.1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God, created he him. Male and female created he them…28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth, and SUBDUE IT: AND HAVE DOMINION OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA, AND OVER THE FOWL OF THE AIR, AND OVER EVERY LIVING THING THAT MOVETH UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH’…..31. And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day.”
Awesome, that is. Do you hear what I have just read? God conceived an enormous power and authority for man. He did not only conceive it, But He also did it and handed over to man such great power (Words in emphasis in the above text) to exercise over His creation.
So, what went wrong? Where did we miss the mark and got it all wrong? Why can’t we operate even the minutest power of what God has given to us? Instead, we cringe into our cell at the slightest threat of danger?
Our desire for turnaround should not deviate from this original concept of God in creation.
The story of the Computer:
All of us reading this write up to have one type of computer system we’re reading this with. It may be your desktop computer, or a laptop, or even your smartphone. They are all a derivation of the computer invented by Charles Babbage.
When Charles started with the Abacus to solve the arithmetic solution, he did not realize he was opening the door to a new era of IT revolution. He was merely concerned with a device to help him solve some complex calculations. Even at that, he had a reason for attempting to invent a new tool.
The Computer has since turnaround to become the greatest discovery of man. It has evolved from a mere calculating machine to military war equipment; from the mainframe gigantic machine to a minute device in our palm to solve all things: computing and logical operations.
The computer as a machine cannot function on its own; it will just be a piece of metal, plastic, rubbers, and wires. It becomes effective when sets of logical instructions are inputted into that physical configuration. These instructions are the programs that make the computer to become an effective and efficient device invented to solve all our computing, arithmetic, logical, and information needs.
The inventors and programmers invented the machine (the computer) to solve all complex human needs. When a computer system could not meet these expectations it is no more useful to the user.
When God created man from the dust of the earth, the man was just a mold of tissues without any life, or ability to function, or to execute God’s desire for someone to coordinate His creation in the world.
In Gen. Chapter 2:1-8. “…7. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man becomes a living soul….”
So, we see, man becomes a living soul, and in the image of God with all power to exercise dominion over God creation after He (God) had breathed life to him and he becomes a living soul, to executive God’s desire in the world he has created.
The Virus and computer programs.
Every computer user knows that our system can sometimes become irrational and fails to executive any instruction we input into it. It can boot off at will, change its setting from what we intended it to do and refuse to comply with us.
What causes this is the invasion of our system by Virus. These are malicious programs that invade our system and disable the operations of the original programs we have in the system and making it irrational to our instructions.
A virus is like the operation of the Devil’s influence in the life of believers, or any human being, to disobey and disregard the instructions of God; for him to work in the precepts and order of God, to have dominion in everything He had created.
Man becomes filled in his own ways and a start indulging in acts of evil as the devil becomes his main operating System, having rendered him unworthy before God to exercise his potential, due to disobedience.
The Anti-Virus and Reformatted system:
So, how do we get a system affected by a virus to work again? We install an anti-virus; this is a program designed to search out the virus from our system, so it will become responsive to our instructions and command; once this is done, the system will come back to its normal operational capability.
However, some viruses may be very stubborn that mere anti-virus would not be able to flush them out of the system. When this happens, we have to reformat the system; this is the installation of a new operating system to remove all the programs and applications installed in the system, and re-installing new programs and applications. This will bring the computer set to its default mode.
We now have a system that will work effectively to every command and instruction we input into it. Our computer has now got a turnaround; a reversal to an efficient and effective electronic device, serving our expected function.
God Desires for our Turnaround: Gen.1:26-31; Deu.28, Num.13:23; 14:10-12; Eze.18:4; John 3:23;
Despite this great love and expectation God has for mankind, we allow Satan to influence our soul and control our actions against the love of God. Man becomes the computer affected by a virus that has become erratic to the control and expectation of the owner; in this case, we become repulsive to God’s word and direction, rejecting every move God made to restore us to our intended state.
All through the scripture, we discovered this rebellious attitude of man to God. We moved God to the point of declaring that “the soul that sinneth it shall die.” “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” “The wages of sin is death.” And so many terrifying condemnations and curses God placed upon man, yet man still walks under the control of a virus-infected heart.
The Great Turnaround: John 3:1:16; 2Chrol. 7:13-14; Joel 2:25; Rom.12:1-2.
But God still loves us so much, “He give His only begotten son, whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” How do we get to believe in the Son? “If I shut up Heaven that there be no rain…If my people which are called by my name…”
The first step is to understand your present situation as hopeless and points directly to God’s anger and judgment. We then humble ourselves to God and call upon his name. He is faithful then, to listen to us and turns us around to himself.
When Nicodemus visited Jesus Christ in the night, He made it clear to him that for anyone to comes into God’s kingdom and be endued in the old-time power and authority; he will be “Born Again.”
How’s that possible? As Nicodemus asked the LORD that night, a lot of us are still asking the question today, or deceptively walking as “Born Again.”
It is meant to reformat our heart so that every traced of the old Adamic nature in us be flushed out, so we could regain our default setting; a new man as in the image of God with power and authority to have dominion over everything that walketh on the surface of the earth.
Paul also emphasized the point when he begged us in Rom. 12:1-2, say,”…2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
It is like saying it in another way, to reformat our thinking and thought pattern to what God expects from us, in accordance with His will.
King David says it differently in Psalm 1:1-3. He wants us to stay away from the people that will corrupt our hearts with the virus of disobedient, but instead to “…delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth meditate day and night. 3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
This is the proper turnaround we need in this dispensation. And to walk in that newness, the Preacher gave us a guide in Prov. 4:23. “keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Whatever thing we turn out to be; whatever people reckon us to be; whatever God sees us be, is not the façade we display in public, or in the church. God sees the content of our hearts, the motive of what we are doing. Our turnaround must start from our heard and we should guide it diligently or else it will become corrupted with a virus.
Is your heart corrupted by a virus that you are not obeying His word and keeping His commandment? Pray for a Turnaround today.