I disliked reading the book of Revelation because it terrified me but a Paul Washer sermon made me realize that the scariest text in the Bible (to me) was Matthew 7 21-23.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
This refers to us believers; those of us who think everything is perfect between God and ourselves because our prayers are getting answered, we are speaking in tongues, we are healing the sick, always in church, evangelising, tithing, sowing seeds, giving……we are the “Lord, Lord” group. How terrifying to think that all the while you thought you were humbly walking the narrow road, you were actually moonwalking down the broad road.
I fear for us……are we practicing this lawlessness ( 1 John 3 4) which causes our Lord not to know us? Are we doing the will of the Father in heaven? It’s not what you think or feel. Examine yourself (2 Corinthians 13 5) according to the Truth ( John 17 17) EVERYDAY.
Please live according to the whole Truth; not part of it or what makes you feel comfortable.
I’d urge us to write this verse some place where we’d always see it, to admonish us and encourage us. I don’t want to die believing I’d receive “Well done, good and faithful servant” only to hear “Depart from Me, I never knew you”. I’m sure you wouldn’t want same.
How nice to know that irrespective of our wrongdoings and shortcomings, the Lord is faithful and true to His Word; if we return to Him. Great is His faithfulness!
In Matthew 16 17, Jesus blessed Peter and told him he’d be the rock upon which he’d build His church. However, fast forward to Matthew 26 31-35, Jesus predicted Peter’s denial which came to pass in Matthew 26 69-75. He also failed to keep watch with the Lord when He asked him to.
Considering this, we’d think his actions would nullify God’s blessings or cancel His promises. But praise be to God who is ever faithful! When Peter repented and wept bitterly over his actions, the Word of the Lord came to pass; Peter was the first apostle to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10). He also was so filled with the Holy Spirit, he raised the dead! (Acts 9:36-41).
What can we learn from this? God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
The Lord has said: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
All the promises in the Bible are for us; we can’t receive them if we remain disobedient, however. Examine your life and return truly to your first love.
Good morning. Hope you are good.
We often hear about God’s will but some of us are in the dark regarding what it is or what they are. I’d like to share 5 according to His Word (I encourage you to read the Word also as you’d come across others which would help you in your walk with God). I advise that we try with the help of the Holy Spirit to fulfill them.
1) Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5 18)
2) Be sanctified: Avoid sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4 3)
3) Do good (1 Peter 2 15)
4) Share the knowledge of truth so others can be truly saved ( 1 Timothy 2 4)
5) Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6 8)
It is my prayer that God equips us with every good thing for doing His will (Hebrews 13 21).
Let’s start by asking for forgiveness and repenting for we are all with sin (1 John 1 8).
We’ve heard repeated so often; don’t chase money, chase God. Many, if not all, of us would agree to this yet most of the “many” are chasing God for the prosperity/money He can give.
Are you chasing God for the right reasons? Is it so you can have a “better life”, drive a nicer car, have more money, find a better partner?
I’m not saying it’s wrong/sinful to have these things. No please; Ecclesiastes 5 19 makes us understand that the above are gifts from God. However are they what you’ve set your sights on as the goal of your relationship with God?
What happens then if it isn’t according to His will for you to receive these? Will you turn from Him and lose your faith?
Colossians 3:2 warns us to keep our mind on things above, not on worldly things. Don’t live your life striving for things of the world, strive to be among “the great multitude”(Revelation 7 9).
Live your life pursuing God’s will, His agenda; as 1 John 2 17 says, “the world and its desires pass away but the man who does God’s will lives forever.
His will for us is clearly stated in the Bible, which is why I urge us all to take some time out to read it and let it guide our lives. Psalm 119 98-105 tells no lie.
Please try hard this week and the coming weeks to PUT GOD FIRST.🤗
I always wondered why Jesus mostly told those He healed or delivered not to tell anyone what He had just done; Luke 8 56, Mark 7 36……
I’m very much satisfied with the answer I got: He didn’t want them focusing on the miracles but rather on His message, which was the Kingdom of heaven.
It’s pitiful how we’ve become a miracle-obsessed generation, measuring a person’s anointing by the number of miracles he performs or how much he prophesies. We’ve laid the foundation for false prophets to thrive, casting aside the Gospel of how Christ died for us, sanctified us with His blood and made us God’s righteousness so we could live a God-pleasing life with the help of the Holy Spirit. We forget to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God, which is our true and eternal home. We go about our activities totally forgetting that whatever actions we take throughout the day draws us a step closer to Home or two steps back from it.
Don’t be caught off guard when the trumpet sounds. From the Bible, we can judge the time is close.
Please, no matter how busy your life gets, do not forget the message of Christ; the Kingdom of God is near. Genuinely repent and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you through a righteous life, a life pleasing to God. He will take care of your needs, focus on Him and His Kingdom.
Live for Jesus Christ, He died for you💛
We rarely hear this lately but allow me ask: How prepared are you for the afterlife? Your disbelief doesn’t make it nonexistent.
Don’t focus so much on here, your earthly treasures. Because there’ll come a time even here on earth when they will mean nothing. Matthew 6 19-20 advises us not to store up for ourselves treasures here, which isn’t our true home but to store them up in heaven where we truly belong.
This is why Jesus Christ died; that we may be reconciled with our Father and return home to Him.
As a believer, you should know heaven exists, so does hell. Take a moment and question yourself on where you are headed.
Do not allow the devil to use the pleasures of the earth to buy your eternal companionship for hell. That’s his home, you don’t belong there! Do not allow him to blind you nor deafen you with daily business, stress, worries, worldly achievements…….
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4 18 to set our eyes not on things seen but on the things unseen since what is seen is temporary but the unseen is eternal. Earth is temporary, Heaven/Hell is eternal.
The job you have, the money in your account, whom you marry, your children, none of that will matter on the day of judgement.
REPENT, GENUINELY! Please. You could stand before the Judge at any moment.
How prepared are you?
Good morning. I’d like us to consider 1 Corinthians 15 33: “Do not be deceived, bad company corrupts good morals”.
It’s interesting how well we know this text and are quick to repeat it to others yet we fail to apply it to our own lives. As the text says; don’t mislead yourself, no matter how close you are to God or how spiritual you are, a bad friend can corrupt you.
Remember Solomon, he was so loved by God that He named him Jedidiah (meaning loved by the Lord) – 2 Samuel 12 25 . He lived most of his life pleasing God however because of bad company (his wives), he turned from Him to idolatry.
You may think no one can cause you to bow to idols but please note that idolatry is when you put any other thing before God and His word in your life; money, sex, alcohol, a human, weed, the world and its many “attractive” things.
No friend, bf, gf or relative is worth losing the Lover of your soul for. I testify. CUT THE PERSON OFF! Please refer to Matthew 5 29-30
This is why Paul admonishes us in 1 Corinthians 5 11 not to associate with anyone who calls himself a brother yet sins against God.
However, there are some people you cannot avoid because of circumstances. I would advise what Paul did in Colossians 4 5: Live wisely among unbelievers (and ungodly believers also) and make the most of every opportunity (to turn them to Christ Jesus)