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BE COMMITTED

“Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.”
Luke 22:54‭-‬55 NIV

When Jesus was arrested in the garden, Peter attempted to fight physically to save himself and his master. But it did not work. Note that, he had early on said that even if it meant death, he was ready to die with the Lord.

But when Jesus was being taken away, he decided to FOLLOW AT A DISTANCE. Why, because what was going on was not child’s play. Fear and uncertainty I believe, caused Peter to follow at a distance and eventually denied his master.

I notice that, when you follow Jesus at a distance;
• Fear is likely to take control of your life.
• Your commitment to him become weak. No motivation to be committed.
• Because you are not close to the master, the temptations to do wrong things increases.
• You sit with the enemy and by the time you realise
• You have finally denied your faith.

How closely are you following the Lord Jesus Christ? How committed are you to the things of God. Some of us are more committed to social groups, families, businesses, even the church than Christ. Economic hardship is also causing some people to follow Jesus from afar. They are thinking that, serious commitment to him will hinder their interests.

Anything you love more than Christ is an idol and will affect your commitment to him. Anything you allow to keep you temporarily away from the master could eventually take you away permanently. When your commitment is weak, you become an easy target for the devil.

What in your life is preventing you from being committed to the Lord? Friend, you better deny that thing and be more serious with the Lord before whatever it is takes over your life.
Jesus said anyone who loves himself or herself more than him is not fit to be his follower.

As the song writer wrote;
“I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back,” let us be more committed and ready to “die a little” for him. May the Lord help us all on this issue of commitment in the mighty name of Jesus.

Shalom.

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GET UP AND EAT

 

1 Kings 19:7-9

7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.
NIV

In this world there will always be challenges and difficulties. W hen you face these challenges where does strength come from to deal with them. You need the strength that comes from “eating” the word of God. Get up and eat, for the journey of life is long. You cannot make it on your own. You need the bread of life to strengthen and energize you to make it to the end.

John 6:35

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
NIV

You can make it. Don’t give up yet until God says so.

YOU ARE BLESSED!

Gen 1:27-28

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
NIV

Don’t let the devil lie to you. God has blessed you so much in every aspect of life. Take your rightful place in him and have your possession in his inheritance. Stay blessed!

1. Why are christians not interested in reading and studying the bible anymore?

2. Why are christians not praying as they used to pray?

3. Why are believers dressing as the world does today?

4. Why are believers relating to each other as the people in the world do? Love? Marriage?

5. Why are miracles more important these days to church goers than a relationship with God?

6. Why has the prophet and prophecy become more important than the word of God?

7. Why has money and wealth become the main concern of the church today?

8. Who cares about witnessing and evangelism?

9. Where is respect, reverence and fear of God gone to?

10. Is holiness still alive? Truth

11. About God’s money? How is it being handled? Accountability? tithes and offerings

12. Commitment? Suffering and Endurance?

13. What went wrong with discipleship?

14. What went wrong with the youth?

15. What then shall we do?

 

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John 1:12

12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. NIV

John 1:12

12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name

AMP

You have to know who you are. When you don’t know who you are you are just like a prince who does not know his inheritance.

Having the legal right to be a child of God gives you so many advantages.

1. Spiritual adoption

Rom 8:16-17

16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

1 John 3:10

10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

Gal 4:7

7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

2. Become an heir with Christ.

Gal 3:29

29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Gal 4:7

7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

Rom 8:17

17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

3. Become part of Abrahamic seed and heir according to all the promises given to Abraham.

Gen 12:2-3

2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Some characteristics of Abraham that will help you enforce your power as a child of God.

1. Obedience

Gen 12:4

4 So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran

2. Selflessness

Gen 13:9

9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”

3. Courageous

Gen 14:14

14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan.

4. Benevolent

Gen 14:20

And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

5. Incorruptible

Gen 14:23

23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.

6. Mighty in prayer

Gen 18:23-33

 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing — to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” 31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”  He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”  33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

7. Great in faith

Heb 11:17-19

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”   19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.

YOU ARE BLESSED AS A SEED OF ABRAHAM. Think about this and exercise your authority with confidence.

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Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
NIV

Who are your friends and associates? What contributions do they make in your life? Do their contributions help you to draw closer to God or go further away from him? Our friends and close associates many a time have a very high degree of influence  on our lives. I remember when I was in secondary school, I had a close friend who was a smoker. For a long time I resisted all  attempts to get me to smoke, however, during our last year in school, I could not resist anymore. The reason why I could not resist anymore was that since I was completing school, the devil made me believe that I was a grown up and could do what I wanted.

Sometimes we believe in our ability to resist temptation, but the bible warns us that if we think we are standing  then we should take care otherwise we may be overtaken unaware.

When you make the ungodly your close friends, you are likely to do things their way. After you have gained experience in their ways, you will begin to sit with them in counsel ignoring the counsel of God. There is a better person to relate with, Jesus Christ. He will watch over your ways and help you to pursue righteousness and purity. Godly friends and associates will help you to stay on course with the Lord.

Prov 27:17

17 As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
NIV

YOU CANNOT BE CRUSHED

2 Cor 4:7-10

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
NIV