Bad start to your day? Change your focus and take a praise break. Thank God for his love, kindness, light, and blessings in your life. Then view the circumstances through eyes of faith. Remember, you have a choice on what you focus your attention.
Raise your praise to God, and enjoy his presence. Refocus!
But Youareholy, Enthroned in thepraises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. (Psalm 22:3-4 NKJV)
Let nothing stop you, from fulfilling what Yahweh placed in yourheart or told you, directly. After all, it’s not what you’re eating but what’s eating you. It’s not your weight but what’s weighing you down. Sometimes, we are wanting to deal with everyone and everything else, but not wanting to deal with ourselves…Selah
We the Bride of Christ, are in a new place and great change is upon us.
Previously, the church was like the woman with the issue of blood for twelve years, suffering many things and not getting better. The woman had spent all she had but could not be healed.
She said within herself, “If I may but touch his garment, I shall be made whole.” Immediately, after pressing her way through the crowd and touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, her blood stanched, she was made whole.
The church has been in the same position or spiritual stupor, preventing her from being intimate with the bridegroom because of her many issues. We have tried many programs, systems of man, and substitutes, for the pure glory of God. Nonetheless, the tables have turned, we have been shifted from the old, and…
And SUDDENLY, God Changed EVERYTHING! …But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were [WORSHIPPING] God, and the[other] prisoners were listening to them.SUDDENLY, there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains came loose. (Acts 16:25-26)
Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel, therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, thou shalt surely die and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness and commit iniquity and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die, because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous ma, that the righteous sin not and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned, also thou hast delivered thy soul – Ezekiel 3 : 17 – 21.
Most problems we have today as Christians is the issue of not obeying God’s instructions. We always choose to obey man more than God. The above bible verses talked about both the righteous and the unrighteous. No matter how small the instruction might be, all God expect from us is to obey. I want us to ask ourselves the following questions.
Why do we always refrain from obeying God’s instructions? How many people have God sent you to that you refuse to deliver the message? Was it because of the position the person holds in the society? Was it because of the position the person holds in your church? Was it because the person is not a believer? Was it because you doubted that person will not believe you that God has sent you to him? Are you doubting if that voice you heard was the voice of God? Or was it because you doubted yourself that you are not capable to be a messenger God can use?
What ever your answers might be, rethink about the consequences of not obeying that instruction. Any weaknesses that might have been responsible for your disobedience, go back to God and plead for mercy because it is better to be late than not to obey. For us to know the seriousness, of this warning, it was repeated in other two chapters in the same book of Ezekiel – chapter 18 : 23 – 28 and chapter 33 : 6 – 9 and in other part of the bible as well.
You might say O we are in the period of grace because Jesus Christ has come to set us free from any punishment for not obeying God’s instructions in the old testament. Brethren, we should wake up from our slumber because it is not too late for us to restart where we might have missed it because Jesus Christ said that He has come to fulfill the word not some part of the bible but every part of the bible. Some people might say that God forgave Jonah when he refused to go to Nineveh although he later went. Let me ask you, do you have the same grace as Jonah? There is age mate, there is school mate, class mate, street mate but there is no grace mate brethren.
There was a time God gave me a message to one leader, by God’s grace, I did my part by delivering what I was instructed to do but the other person refused to take it. I am not happy to see what has happened to the person and what is still happening to the person till now.
People of God there are great consequences in disobeying God’s instructions. Do your part no matter how you feel about the person. Don’t look or classify the person instead, take it that it is God that is speaking to you. Even if the message dosen’t sound logical and reasonable just obey because in one way or the other, we might be saving a soul and a generation.
PRAYER: O Lord, we don’t have any power of our own. Forgive us in any way we have disobeyed Your instructions. You are a God of first chance, second chance, third chance and fourth chance. By Your mercy, give us another chance my Father and give us the grace to deliver any message You will give to us as from now in the name of Jesus Christ.
The word persistence means continuing without change in function or structure. Most of the times our persistence is complain. Words like I pay my tithe, I perform all my duties as a child of God, why can’t You answer me Lord?
The word of God cannot lie. The scripture says, ‘‘And He said to them, which of you have a friend and go to him at midnight and say to him, friend, lend me three loaves for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey and I have nothing to set before him and he will answer from within and say, do not trouble me, the door is now shut and my children are with me in bed, I cannot rise and give to you? I say to you, though he will not rise and give because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence…
Upset that God has not done what you desired, to right evil? You asked in believing prayer and await your answer. God wants everyone to know that he alone will get the credit, in his answer. When the children of Israel were delivered from slavery in Egypt, they had groaned with the hard labor and poor treatment. At the right time, God delivered them. On the surface it did not look promising. They left Egypt and had Pharaoh and his army pursuing them. The Red Sea was in front of them and the army behind them. God performed a miracle and parted the sea, so everyone could walk through the sea on dry ground. When the Egyptians tried to do the same thing, God fought against them. The people were told they would not see the ones who were cruel taskmasters again. Then the Red Sea closed…