THE MESSAGE NOW
Vol. 3, No. 44 – Monday, 29th October, 2018
(Is.26:20, 1 Kings.17:1-3, 1 Sam.17:22, 40, 48, 51, 1 Thes.4:3, 2 Tim.2:22, 1 Cor.6:8, Ps.46:10)
HIDE, RUN, FLEE, BE STILL, REVERENTLY FEAR AND SOLEMNLY PRAY
The Holy Scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:1 informs us that there is a time allotted to everything and of course, there is a purpose for everything in God and by God. However, not all things are designed by God to happen to man.
Therefore, such things require wisdom and immediate obedience in dealing with them. As such times and in such situations where God is not the orchestrator of any such things, to stay back in the battle or in the situation in order to fight it through by means of effective and/or fervent prayers will only lead to disaster and misery for such a disobedient man. How?
In 1 Kings chapter 17, after Elijah’s proclamation, God asked him to go and hide himself by the brook. Was he not a very powerful prophet? Could he not pray his way through to victory over Ahab and Jezebel? Yes, certainly Elijah could.
But although Elijah was a very powerful prophet, he was not the all-powerful One. Neither was he the Almighty. Ask yourself: what is God asking you to hide from? The reason He is asking you to cut off that friendship is best known to Him. Why He is requesting you to change that accommodation can only be explained best by Him.
There are many sins to run away from. But three sins out of the lots stand out in this respect. First is the sin of fornication and adultery (be it in the laboratory of the heart or in reality). Second is the sin of leaving God’s house uncompleted. The third is the sin of failing to pay tithes.
The question is why the particularity of these three? Because these are the only three types of sin that the Almighty specifically noted that those who fall short of them He will personally destroy them (see 1 Cor.3:17, Hag.1:1-11, Mal.3:8-12).
Is anyone seducing you, and you still keep him around you? Why don’t you remember Joseph in the Bible? Understand that that seducer (whether in the heart or in reality) is about to steal the best out of your future.
Apart from this, understand that that seducer is planning to tie you down to the rail line where God’s crushing train is passing-by; and what will that mean? It is final destruction looming in your direction. Therefore, beware.
Why are you God’s child and yet robbing your father? Is that the extent of your love for Him? What is your contribution to the building of your local church or fellowship?
Finally, being still in the midst of adversity is a most difficult thing to do. But it remains a requirement of the Almighty when one is in the midst of life’s storm. By men’s calculation, 2018 is already ebbing towards its closing moments. And so, to most men, the year has gone like many other years of the past.
But understand that in God’s calculation, a day is the same as a thousand years and a thousand years is the same as a day. So, your expectation can yet happen and will happen. Have no fear. You are not forgotten. Your good dreams and expectations will see the light of dawn even in 2018. So, look ever to Jesus who never fails.
IN THE END, BY WISDOM AND COMMITMENT TO DIVINE INSTRUCTION, THE TOMORROW OF EVERY MAN IS DETERMINED FROM TODAY, AND THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST ARE ALWAYS THEIR OUTCOME. BY HASTINESS AND DISAFFECTION FOR WISDOM AND FOLLOWERSHIP OF DIVINE INSTRUCTION, TODAY AND TOMORROW ARE REPEATED HISTORY OF A DARK KIND.
Question and Answer Section:
Question: Which prophet in the Bible was requested by God to remain naked for three years?
Answer: Prophet Isaiah (see Is.20).
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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: Yield Not To Temptation
1. Repent from every way in which you have or are flouting divine instructions
2. O God, give me wisdom to scale through in the battle and storms of life.
3.Encourage my heart with miracles.
4. O God, even as the year is fast running to a close, let my change come.
5. O God, confirm Ps.65:11 in my life.
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