Pastor Toyin Olugbemi, PhD

The remaining of seven persons as examples of men who shone in their life and time are Daniel, Peter and Paul.

  1. Daniel

Daniel was a gifted and wise statesman. The word of God says that the gift of a man makes room for him and brings him before great men (Prov. 18:16). Even in a foreign land, the grace and gifts of God in Daniel’s life distinguished him and made him shine in an enduring manner that made him serve as a minister or special adviser to at least four eminent kings in the kingdom of Babylon and Persia – Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius and Cyrus. He, much more, enjoyed good standing as a major prophet to whom the Lord bared His mind extensively about the events of the last days and this reflects in his writings. He shone so much that he became the envy of his compatriots in Babylon (Daniel 6:1-4).

May your light so shine that you become the envy of your competitors and peers in Jesus name. May your case also be like Isaac’s when he flourished so much that he became the envy of the entire nation of the Philistine in Jesus name. (Genesis 26:12-14)

That is what the grace for the double portion that has been generally pronounced on the church in this season will do for you in Jesus Name.

2. Peter

Here was a crude, illiterate fisherman, an impulsive, loud-mouthed individual that went through the Lord’s refining fire of leadership development and personality rejuvenation and came out glittering brighter than gold! Indeed, if any man be in Christ, he is undeniably a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). Peter became a well-polished and enlightened person, quite knowledgeable and erudite in the word of God.

His first and second sermons in Jerusalem were too hot, fruitful, and loaded! Many thousands were converted to Christ. His preaching was highly fruitful and too anointed for the so-called scholars of scriptures – the high and mighty men of letters and members of the Council in Jerusalem in those days – to contest. Yet, they were too afraid of the revival movement that the disciples of Jesus Christ have initiated that they went out all in arms against their preaching in the name of Jesus Christ. The radical preaching of Jesus as the Messiah sent from God which was led by Peter did not abate in spite of very serious persecutions. Be ready for persecutions if you want to shine (2 Timothy 3:12).

May you never bow before persecution, resistance, and opposition to stop preaching the gospel of Christ in Jesus name (Acts 5:14-42).

Peter shone so mightily that people came from far and near, bringing their sick ones to Jerusalem so that Peter’s shadow might fall on them for their healing. May you receive such a healing anointing that will make you shine so greatly that your shadow will be healing the sick and the diseased in Jesus Name.

3. Paul the Apostle

Paul was a peculiar disciple and apostle of Jesus Christ. He started off as a great persecutor of the way of the church of Christ, but by the time Jesus Christ got hold of him, he became perhaps, the foremost missionary and most aggressive church planter. Paul became an apostle of Christ who shone as the arrow head of the church’s ordained mission to the Gentiles. May the Lord use you for His glory in Jesus name.

The calling of Paul in which he shone brilliantly as an outstanding worker with unalloyed commitment to spreading the gospel of Christ is indeed a paradox and an irony of the Lord using the most unusual instrument for perhaps the most highly prized honourable work in the early church. Nonetheless, the wisdom of God is clearly shown in the rather unparalleled contribution of Paul to the growth of the early church and his being credited with the writing of about two thirds of the New Testament Scriptures. Yet, his description of himself in many of his epistles show a man that has been thoroughly broken and transformed by the Lord. He is humble, committed, selfless and totally sold out to preaching the gospel and building up the church of Christ (1 Corinthians 9:16).

His purity and sanity disposition are not in doubt. He was an excellent teacher, and a great, selfless and strategic church growth leader. Here are some scriptures that he authored which give some personal descriptions of him. (Romans 1:5, 11:13, 1 Corinthians 9:1-2, 1 Corinthians 15:9-10, Ephesians 3:8, 1 Timothy 2:5-7, 2 Timothy 2:1-3)

It is evident from the scriptures that Paul the Apostle ran the race of preaching the gospel, winning souls and advancing the frontiers of the church worldwide in his days. He himself made this abundantly clear (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

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