THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 3 No. 24 ; Monday, 11th June, 2018.
(Gen 2: 8-17, John 8: 29-30)
THE WORLD, THE CHRISTIAN AND THE DISCIPLE.
Everything God created is good, even the world with its nature well embellished with perfect touch of glamour to make the world habitable for all creatures. A brisk knowledge of Genesis 2:10-20 informed us the natural endowment and how God values man (Adam named all the animals in the world).
Further enquiry revealed that God hates loneliness and He made help meet for the man.
At creation, God pleased His creatures, at this juncture, I heard a voice with question; “how is man pleasing Me(God) in this worldly world?”
The world accommodates anything you can think of; recollect vividly the mixed multitude in Numbers 11:4. They couldn’t please God. God has always been mindful of creatures especially man and wants him to fulfil purpose hence He sent His son into the world.
Today, many so called Christians by nature possess not the virtues of Jesus. You will agree with me without reservation that the assertions at Antioch was true(Acts 11:26). Acts 26:28 says “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Read Paul’s reply to Agrippa in Acts 26:29 “And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds”. It connotes that Christians by nature of Christ are to share in His suffering, pains, persecution, peace and joy.
To this end, the diligent, the disciplined and the determined who constantly go with Christ are His Disciples. God had made many His disciples; Abraham(Gen 12: 1-4. He was obedient to instruction with the view to pleasing God). Moses, Jeremiah, Paul and Ultimately our Lord Jesus Christ.
In our contemporary society, there are disciples known and unknown to you. What makes a disciple is not just being a Christian but availability of such unique persons in which Jesus Christ has set apart as vessels for His glory. Understand this brethren that “the brighter the Light, the thicker the darkness”.
Many years ago, I always lay emphasis on both the strengths and weaknesses (Food, Money and Sex. Acronym FMS) of a leader, I strongly admonish people of equal mind to concentrate on The Word, Prayer and Fasting which are the spiritual tools to become and fulfil God’s purpose in your life.
The answer to the question asked in second paragraph (as regards pleasing God)is unfolded in John 8:29 “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”
If you pleased Him, I affirm it boldly and courageously that He will always be with you. This is the confidence and assurance of a disciplined disciple of Jesus Christ.
IN THE END, THOSE THAT ADHERE STRICTLY TO DIVINE INSTRUCTIONS ARE THE TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST. ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?
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Backslidden – living in sin – needing fresh recommitment (say):
Christ Jesus, You are the Anointed One of the Most High. I come to you today as I am. In your mercy, help me out of my situation. Heal my soul, my spirit, my body, my life and my destiny. I acknowledge you as the only true lover of my soul. Please, deliver me on every side and save me through and through. I promise from the depth of my soul to be yours from henceforth, in Jesus name. Help me now O God. Be my Lord, my Saviour and my all in all from this day. Thank you Lord (read Ps.54 in closing and pray more).
HYMN: Stand up for Jesus.
1. God, make me your disciple indeed in Jesus Name.
2. Father, fulfil John 8: 29 in my life.
3. O God,the creator of heaven and earth, make everything work together for me to fulfil purpose in Jesus Name.
4. Father, every root in my foundation pointing to the wrong direction, O God, let your invisible hand turn them to the right direction in Jesus Name.
5. Ancient of days, fulfil your promises, prophecies and everything good about my family, ministry and career this year.
6. God of all gods, anywhere my identity or that of my wife and my children are mentioned, answer by what makes you God.
7. Father, any person planting evil against Express Image Glory Ministries, make them your enemies in Jesus Name.
8. O Lord, envelop your disciples especially Pastor Mike in an unusual way, place your right hand on Him like the days of old in Jesus Name.
9. O God of creation, fulfil Deuteronomy 1:11 in my life, family and ministry this year.