Be watchful and strengthen things that remain – Part 2
Dan. 5: 27, “TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.”
Mal. 3:7-12, “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”
Zech 1: 3 says, “Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.”
The Reasons And Warning For The Heavenly-minded
Everyone, particularly believers, ought to know that the next agenda on God’s programme is the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is referred to as the rapture of the Saints. No believer should feign ignorance of this great event, because nobody that is a true Child of God should have any reason not to be prepared. This is the importance of this message, and that is why the Scripture deliberately makes it clear that we should not be ignorant of it.
1Thes. 4:13, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”
The Scripture admonishes us not to mourn the dead like people who have no hope of resurrection. This is because we’re going to meet again with these people that died in the Lord in the air at the time of rapture. Our consolation could be found in what the Scripture says in verses 14 and 15, which say, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
The Scripture is clear on what becomes of those that died in the Lord. It says they will rise first before the living. So, we should not bother much about when a believer departed, for we shall meet again in the air and together be with the Lord forever. We should know about this, so that we don’t go about crying over a believer, as if we are not going to meet again. If anybody sleeps in the Lord, God’s Word has assured that he/she will be resurrected on the day of the rapture.
Many believers, who are still influenced by the pleasure of this world, have become preys to the devil’s antics because they are ignorant of the fact that there is resurrection for the dead in Christ. And that is why this message is necessary to warn them to be mindful of their relationship with the Lord, so that they don’t miss the rapture. We all should understand that we are not of the world and thus, shouldn’t be attracted by the things of the world.
1Jn 2: 15-17 says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
We’re advised not to give ourselves to the pleasures, glory, pride and attraction of the world. Rather, we should keep far away from them because we’re not of them. The Word of God says, “He that does the will of God abides forever.” If you want to live with Him and the saints in eternity, you must endeavour to live your life for Him.
James 4:4 says, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
You can deduce from the above context that the Scripture called all those who are claiming to be believers but love the world adulterers and adulteresses. Why are they called such names? Because we’re married to Jesus, and as long as we are married to Him, we should live for Him, not having anything to do with the world. Any believer, who is attracted to the world to the extent that he does not do what is expected of him, is assumed by the Lord as being unfaithful to that marriage. If you are not faithful to your marriage, you’re an adulterer or adulteress. God wants you to understand that your friendship with the world is enmity with Him. We need to examine ourselves to know if there’s any way we have been entangled in the pleasure of the world, so that we can return to the Lord and avoid missing the rapture.
Many believers have forsaken their first love in which they pledged to make heaven at last. They no longer love the Lord as they ought to, and even that love which made them to consecrate themselves to the Lord in the beginning is now lacking. Many of them have abandoned God because of the things of this world, thereby eating what they have vomited. That’s why we must return to the first love, which made us proclaimed forward ever and backward never. And ready to perish rather than compromise our faith. And because many have left the first love, God therefore decided to bring this message, so that those who felt they are among the people mentioned above will do something before it’s too late. If your love for God, zeal for His work has faded, you need to have a rethink and return to the Lord.
Rev.2: 1-5 says, “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
Brethren, the Lord wants you to return to your first love that made you to separate from ungodliness, righteousness or that makes you to compromise. Many people have gone into compromise, living in the sin of anger, lies, murmuring, backbiting, love of money, covetousness, hatred, immoral thought, watching home video and football matches like people of the world. Are you like that? You’re a Heavenly Candidate, who loves not the world because you are not in the world.
Testimony Of The Lord’s Doing
Seven Years Prostitution Jettisoned For Christ
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:33
THE devil does not plan anything good for the people of God, but the intervention of God cancels the devil’s plan and gives us life in abundance. God’s intervention in my life helped me to stop the evil work of prostitution and made me give my life to Christ. My parents rejected me and that paved the way for me to go into that illicit business. It happened that my parents sent me out of the house at the age of 13, on the ground that the man l called my father claimed he was not my biological father. According to my mother, she was already pregnant with me when she got married to the husband. After they got married, she gave birth to me. They brought me up to the age of 13, when the man decided to stop feeding and training me. Both the man and my own biological mother threw me out of the house
I became homeless and helpless. In my frustrated state, a girl called me and suggested that both of us should go into commercial sex work. In that state, l could not think of any other option than to go into prostitution.
So, both of us took oath to go into the business. She sponsored our travelling expenses and we went to Port Harcourt. She also paid for the initial hotel accommodation, though I repaid her when I started getting money. Circumstances beyond my control made me leave Port Harcourt for Lagos, where I stayed in Phase 11 Hotel in Ajegunle near Boundary Bus Stop.
As my profile was growing in the profession, I started nursing a plan of travelling to Burkina-Faso for the same work. While the preparation to travel to Burkina-Faso was in top gear, I met one brother who is a member of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement. His name is Brother Martins. He preached the message of salvation to me and in the course of my interaction with him, he learnt of my plan to travel to Burkina-Faso. He told me that the trip would not favour me, since the purpose of the trip is against the Will of God. He urged me to repent and give my life to Christ. He invited me to worship at The Lord’s Chosen. During one Sunday, I followed him to The Lord’s Chosen Service. It was at the service that I heard the message of salvation preached by the Pastor. After hearing the message, I repented and gave my life to Christ. Now, I have said goodbye to prostitution. Now, l reside in Cotonou (Republic of Benin) and work with one woman at the park. I am grateful to God for my salvation.
To God be the glory! Sister Patience.
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