Monday, September 14, 2009

Presumption is not faith; it is unbelief.

“Est-ce qu’il y a une distinction entre la présomption et la foi?”
In 1998 in our Full Gospel Mission Nsimeyong 2 church, we felt the pinch of presumption. We always insisted on our youths staying in school and providing good scholastic results before participating in our church activities. This year it would not be so because there was a new doctrine: Name-It-and-Claim-It making wave in town. When I cautioned the youths to study rather than come to the evening meeting, an elder exhorted them with James 1:17 to just pray, and God will give them knowledge and wisdom.

During the Thursday prayer session, the young people were made to pray and claim their success in the Baccalaureate and Probatorie Exams. I heard a young man say “Seigneur je prend ca qu’avec la main gauche” (Lord I am taking it with the left hand). Another one said “Seigneur voila je sors avec la mention très bien” (Lord I will pass with excellent grades). I bowed my head down and grinned in disbelief. I could not fathom if they are the same youths I have been bringing up. Months after the tests scores came out, everyone failed. I told a friend: “I hate to always be right”. It was the first time we ever experienced such bad results in that church. The next year, most of the youths learnt their lesson to study rather than come to church and claim “Seigneur je prend ca qu’avec la main gauche”.

The dictionary defines presumption as the act of overstepping one’s bounds .
Take for example that you decide to ride a boat in a sea without a life jacket because you are a child of God. Or as a student you forego reading to going to church because God gives wisdom and knowledge. I hear people say that rather than pray for protection go and confront your enemies. Did you not know, did you not hear that we wrestle not against physical but spiritual powers (Eph 6:12)?

Perhaps I should tell you what presumption could do. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abihu presumed that simply because their father was a priest they could offer incense too. Mistake; they were struck dead for presumptuousness (lev 10:1-2). That is because they were crossing their boundaries. They were not priests to offer the good sacrifice of incense.

Another example was Uzzah. While they were leading a procession to take back the Ark of the Covenant, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah fearing the Ark was going to fall, held it with his bare hands. At once the Lord Struck him dead (2 Sam 6:2-7; I chr 13:7-10). The first mistake was that the Ark was on a cart rather than on poles carried by people and the second was that of touching that Ark as if to help God. It is sinful and unbelief when we try to help God in our problems. That is contrary to faith because “faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11: 1). You see the river does not flow backwards simply because a king is dead. That means without you the work of God will still go ahead. The natural order of things will not be altered simply because you do not help God.

God will raise a prophet and put what to speak in his mouth. However if that prophet presumes for God then they trespass (Deut 18: 18-20). Presumption sets you out of divine boundaries and exposes you to danger (Num 14:44-45).

Another example is Lev 10:1-2. At times even by doing the things we think are for God, it may not be well. In this case, these kids were not supposed to offer that sacrifice. By doing that they presumed they had the right too as children of the priests. Since presumption is a sin those who are presumptuous actually grieve the Holy Spirit as any sin does (Eph 4:30). The devil tries to coerce Jesus into a presumptuous act to jump from a tall building so that the Lord will catch him. Jesus rejected the bait Mt 4:6-7).

Acts of presumption are really acting against the word of God (Deut 1:43). The psalmist prayed for God to keep his servant away from the sin of presumptuousness because it kills (Num 15:30; Ps 19:13). As a matter of fact, even human beings do not tolerate presumption (Esther 7:5). When we presume speaking for God we are actually speaking for the flesh (Deut 18:20). People who are presumptuous are merely geared by their self-will (2 pet 2:10). They want to do it their way rather than wait for the intervention of the Authority. God is able to carry out his plans and does not need your help!

Until then, beware of presumptuousness!

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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