TOPIC: VICTORY THROUGH THE YOUNG MEN
TEXT: I Kings 20: 13 – 14
By: Moses Akinyetun
Meanwhile a prophet came to Ahab king of Israel and announced, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do you see this vast army? I will give it into your hand today, and then you will know that I am the LORD.’” But who will do this? Asked Ahab. The Prophet replied, “This is what the Lord says: ‘The young officers of the provincial commanders will do it.’” And who will start the battle?” he asked. The Prophet answered, “You will.” – I Kings 20:13-14
King Ahab was one of the prominent kings in Israel. Every Bible student knows him as a blood thirty king who did and wrought evil in the Holy land of Israel. His reign was marred by evil and bloodletting.
Verses thirty of I Kings chapter 20 paints his evil reign in dark black.
However, the text in focus is a complete departure to his evil records.
The entire chapter twenty tells us how Benhadad waged a bitter and unwarranted war against him and how he kissed the dust of defeat. The chapter opens with how the King of Syria led a collation of thirty kings against the heritage of God. The purpose was to cause genocide – wiping Israel from the map of the world as Arabs planned in the historic 7-day war.
In verse 13, an unknown and unnamed prophet allayed the fear of King Ahab that the war would be fought and won by the young people of the princes of the provinces.
The actions of these youths (young men) revealed three points:
1. They believed the unknown prophet
2. They believed the contents of the prophecy
3. They believed prophecy without action is impotent.
The incidence that happened in this Chapter is akin to what God is about to do in our Mission. The three points I raised about the young men that fought and gave victory to King Ahab are also applicable to us.
1. These young men believed the unknown prophet:
In Israel, the pronouncement of any prophet of God is seen as the pronouncement of God. He is seen as the representative of God. The office is so celebrated and honoured above that of kings. The kings always called Prophet. “My Father’, “Shall I kill them, my father” – (I Kings 6:21). By calling Prophet Elisha, “my father”, the king demonstrated that the office of a prophet is higher than that of a king and he, the king is under the tutelage of the prophet. So, when a prophet speaks, everybody pays attention. King Ahab and the youths believed the personality of the prophet.
At the Diamond Jubilee of the Mission in 2016, Bishop (Prophet) Francis Wale Oke prophesied that God is pouring His anointing upon the youths of the Mission for the end-time harvest. “The Lord is set to hand over the baton of leadership to the younger generation in GOFAMINT, who will go all over the world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to spark up a massive global harvest”
I want all the youths of this Mission to believe this great Prophet of God. We should not doubt him and what He said. He did not speak about himself or his ministry but about a different DENOMINATION, which is ours. In Israel, anybody that doubted God’s prophet risks God’s judgment. The man in whose arm the king was learning paid the supreme price for not believing the Prophet of God. By the time Samaria had overnight economic turn-around, he was trampled to death by the hungry citizens.
Let us embrace the man of God as the Prophet sent to us.
2. King Ahab believed the contents of the message:
Kings, Ahab and the youths of the Land did not engage in irrational thinking of how the prophecy would come to pass. They have faith in the CONTENTS of the prophecy. The contents of the prophecy is that God would use the youths to subdue the well-armed and trained army of king of Samaria. The king did not think about the ill-equipped and ill-trained young men. He just believed in the contents of the prophecy.
The prophecy has come out to us as youths of this Mission. We should not doubt where the money that will enable us to engage in global harvest will come from. Let us just believe and have faith in God. As far as God is concerned, he has chosen the present generation of GOFAMINT as His JOKER and last CARD in the game of life. Evangelism is a game of life because it has to do with life. It is also a battle between God and Satan. GOFAMINT youths are the ELITE TROOPS OF GOD prepared and stationed for the last battle that will usher in the arrival of our King. God has spoken! I want to assure us, money will not be the obstacle! It will flow! Visas will not be the problem! God will give us the VISA of any country we approach! The earth is the Lord and its fullness thereof. The Ruler of the whole NATIONS has sent us out. He will definitely open the gates of every Nation to us for evangelism. We would go to those Nations for evangelism. We shall not be denied of any visa. The truth of the prophecy is that God has chosen the youth of this Mission to go to all the Nations of the world. Yes, we have our problems, but God has appointed and anointed us. The Scripture is being fulfilled in us: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world, and thing which are not, to bring to naught things that are: I Corin. 1:27 – 28”
– We are the foolish youths of world
– We are the weak youths of the world
– We are the base youths of the world
– We are the unrecognized youths of the world
Our manifestations w0ill confound the wise, shake the mighty and cause the Kings of the world to open their mouths in amazement.
3. They believed the contents of the prophecy:
“The young officers of the provincial commanders marched out of the city with the army behind them” – I Kings 20: 19
So, these young men of the princess of the provinces came out of the city, and the army which followed them.
After the prophecy dropped from the lips of the unknown prophets, the youths of the land did not hesitate, they did not drag their feet, they did not develop cold feet, they trooped out in large number to face Benhadad and his army.
I am using this medium to call upon the youths of this Mission to come out from their Assemblies, Districts and Regions for this end-time war. The Chief Commander has given out the ORDER. Our captain is with us.
At the 19th Edition of the Strategic Summit of Youth Stakeholder (SSYS), I unveiled two operations that will PUSH us out to nations.
– Operation Youth Outreach: a programme of reaching out to 30 million youths in five years.
– GOFAMINT Youth Praying Forces: a crack intercessors for every, assemblies.
Let us plan multiple youth outreaches for our communities, villages, towns, cities and nations. Let youth intercessors pray to bring down the power of God, to incapacity the operations of the enemies and to possess the land. The war has broken out….
The numerical growth and extensional growth of GOFAMINT are in the hands of our youths. What are we waiting for?