As The Year Ends…

To the glory of God, if the Lord tarries, the year 2012 is winding up. Our sincere prayer is that we will go through the rest of the year without any mishap and enter the year 2013 prepared like conquering warriors. If I may ask, under God, how did you fare in your walk with the Lord from the beginning of the year till date? You might argue – only God knows! That is not true and will simply not do! The Bible tells us to examine ourselves to see if we are still in the faith. You don’t need someone else to examine you; you can, with the help of the Holy Spirit know your stand with God. However, if we lack this knowledge and refuse to examine our past and present walk with God then we are bound to repeat the same cycle again. So many desire to serve the Lord better and have a better grip on their life in Christ but if such lack knowledge then it will just be a mere dream that will not see the light of day. “Therefore My people go into exile because they lack knowledge; the dignitaries are starving and the masses are parched with thirst. Therefore Sheol enlarges its enormous jaws and down go Zion’s dignitaries, her masses, her crowds and those who carouse in her.” Isaiah 5:13-14. This Scripture paints a grim but realistic picture. A lot of God’s children are living below the standard of God physically and spiritually and they wonder why. Of course they lodge the blame firmly at the front door of the enemy. But from the above Scripture the basic foundational reason why this is happening is because those that ought to know lack knowledge, as a result they are starving and walk into hell unsuspectingly. They are pushed off their stability and head for exile! This is sad and all the more so because it could be avoided. The desire of our God is not for us to barely live and then end up in hell. If that is His desire, then His death would have been in vain. He actually came to give us life abundantly – to enjoy on all fronts; and at the end to reign with Him. However, my friend, it is not something we can wish for, dream or yell about but something we will make a conscious effort to purposefully go and get. Christ had this in mind for us when He admonished us to “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14. It is easier to relax in a lifestyle that negates the word of God than to go in pursuit of the knowledge of God. But to be among the few that would find the road and remain on it, we must rise up and make a conscious effort to break free from the status quo of a form of religion but denying the power. Friend, coming to and living for Christ is not business as usual, we must daily live a life that is worthy of Him or will be in danger of walking in ignorance in regards to the Kingdom dynamics. The Bible tells us to buy and not sell truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding. How do we sell – by compromising the truth of God for fleshly gains. How do we buy – when we consciously and purposely chase after God to know Him more. Will you be among the few that would find this life and purposely live for Him? Rhetoric, head knowledge and pretence will not cut it but a conscious standing up to go and get the truth and live by it, then we are assured of a victorious and glorious 2013 (if He tarries) in Jesus Christ name! God bless you.


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