HAPPY EASTER ALL

The word… BUT…always marks the turning point in the life of anyone that submits to God’s plan and it does not matter the deadness of the situation. Jesus Christ submitted to His Father’s will; a plan where God allowed the enemy to think He was in charge for a while. The enemy tortured Jesus and gave Him the death sentence hoping that it would silence Him once and for all.

BUT very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, BUT they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AMONG THE DEAD FOR SOMEONE WHO IS ALIVE? (Luke 24:1-5 NLT)

The enemy thought they could get rid of Him. Acts 2:24 (NIV) says – BUT God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.

WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AMONG THE DEAD FOR SOMEONE WHO IS ALIVE? …This is the testimony of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and thanks to Him, this is also the testimony of many of us today. The enemy’s plan is for people to look for us in the cemetery so that the plan of God will not be fulfilled in our lives BUT if God is for us, who can be against us?

We saw this in the life of Joseph. His brothers thought they could abort his dream…Here comes the dreamer they said. Let’s kill him and then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams (Genesis 37:19-20). BUT many years later, he stop above them and said…You intended to harm me, BUT God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people (Genesis 50:20).

There’s that word again…BUT…marking a turning point in his story.

Today we celebrate Easter; representing the DEATH and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ. This was God’s ultimate plan to save mankind. Somewhere in the middle of this plan was the enemy’s plan which was meant to stop at death BUT…

1 Corinthians 2:8-9 (NLT) says – BUT (There’s that word again…BUT) the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.

God has great plans for His children which CANNOT BE ABORTED. All you need to do is submit to His will…THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. It may look like the enemy has the upper hand BUT if God allows it then there is indeed a BUT… And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT).

BUT very early on Sunday morning…Please claim your BUT…It’s the moment everything turns around and I pray every dead situation in your life experiences resurrection in Jesus Mighty name. Amen.

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Imagine being known as the one that hangs around Jesus. You have made sacrifices and given your all to follow Him and everybody knows it. You are very proud to be associated with the One that you have seen perform many wonderful miracles including raising people from the dead. You just know that things would be different now… I’ve found Jesus. But then, things take a different turn. You can’t understand it. It appears the One you looked up to for help is not able to help you.

It looks like He is in trouble Himself. His name is at stake. You hear people say…He rescued others from death; Himself He cannot rescue from death. He is the King of Israel? Let Him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Him (Matthew 27:42 AMP).

Somehow you still have hope that something can still happen. After all it is Jesus we are talking about… There’s still hope. But then the very One that raised people from the dead, He himself dies and it seems like all hope is lost. Everything He has ever told you does not make sense anymore. Nothing adds up. Why have you left me like this?

After Jesus died, His followers were confused. They thought that everything had failed…But we were hoping that it was He Who would redeem and set Israel free…(Luke 24:21 AMP).

To them all hope was lost. In between the time Jesus died and the time He resurrected, there was complete silence. In fact, they hide from their enemies (John 20:19) because they felt that the enemy had the upper hand now and was out to finish them. The enemy also thought he had the upper hand. He thought his plans had worked out. The disciples were left all alone with no Savour to come to their rescue. They couldn’t see the Lord anymore but then what they didn’t know was that Jesus had gone to fight the ultimate battle on their behalf behind the scenes. And on the third day…at the appointed time, Jesus shows up…and He was like…tell me what’s the latest gist in town…what are you guys discussing? (Luke 24:17)

There are times when everything seems silent in our lives. It seems like nothing is happening. It may seem like Jesus has forgotten you but know that that’s when He is most at work; digging deep and reaching depths that no one else can reach; fixing things right from the very foundation and restoring your life.

The fact that you can’t see or sense Jesus working in your life does not mean He is not working. He is working behind the scenes to perfect every that concerns you. Be patient and wait for Sunday morning when you would realise that He has been perfecting all that concerns you…Oh so that’s what You’ve been up to?

For as many that are living out the silent scene right now, my prayer is that you faint not. Jesus is bound to show up and surprise you in ways you never even imagined possible. Just hang in there. You shall have a great testimony in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen

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Paul said…I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, SO THAT ONE WAY OR ANOTHER I WILL EXPERIENCE THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD! (Philippians 3:10-11 NLT)

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER… KJV SAYS…IF BY ANY MEANS…THE AMPLIFIED SAYS…THAT IF POSSIBLE I MAY ATTAIN…You almost get the sense that Paul is speaking as if there’s a danger of missing and coming short of it and so was desperate to do whatever he needed to do. Please note that this is not because he thought he could do anything to gain his salvation. NO!…He knew that Jesus Christ had paid the ultimate price for that but this is a holy fear of short comings and probably why he urges us to… continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).

Paul knows that there is some pressing forward to do. He has got to keep on going and needs whatever help he can get from our high priest who has been there, done it, got the victory and has made help available for our own journey (Hebrews 4:15-16).

The whole purpose why Paul makes this statement in Philippians 3:10-11 is to know and associate with Jesus in a way that transformed him both spiritually and morally. He knew this could not be done in his on strength so was willing to do and suffer anything to gain access and experience the mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead. That same power dwells in us and is working in us to change us (Romans 8:11).

Why do we need this change? Romans 8:13 (AMP) says – For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.

For me…this is the message of Easter…Jesus Christ making available for me the power I need to change me into His image and likeness and I don’t want to dance around that power but tap into it and see it working in my life…I want to know and experience all of Jesus and I’m not deceived…It may take some tears, some suffering, letting go of things and dying daily to self.

Finally my dear brothers and sisters…as I round up this 5 part series…

…Not that I have already attained this—that is, I have not already been perfected—but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus Philippians 3:12-14 (NET).

We would not reach complete perfection until when Christ returns to take us into His eternal kingdom but it is my earnest prayer that we ask for the strength and grace to press on and strive towards the price. I pray that God opens our eyes to understand what we need to do to know Him more…the strength to surrender to His will in our garden of gethsemane, carry our cross and to allow what needs to die die so that we can live for Him.

I really hope you’ve been blessed?

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Paul said…I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, SHARING IN HIS DEATH, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! (Philippians 3:10-11 NLT)

Today, let’s focus on ‘SHARING IN HIS DEATH…’

How can one SHARE IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST?

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 (NLT) tells us – 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS MAY ALSO BE SEEN IN OUR BODIES. 11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.

We covered suffering yesterday…Paul wanted to…share His (Jesus) sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death…

Here we see why?…SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS MAY ALSO BE SEEN IN OUR BODIES…

I’ve suffered…YES…indeed I have suffered and YES some of my sufferings were as a result of my own stupidity. However for some of them, I know Satan was out to get me just because I belong to Christ. He has special plans to sift me out. So I can say I’ve suffered a tiny little bit (compared to Paul) for Christ. But then in my head I am wondering, how much of the life of Christ is seen in me?

Do people look at me and recognise the life of Jesus? How much of His humility…obedience…love…do I carry?

As we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ in this season, let’s remind ourselves of this… Romans 6:10-12 (NET) says – 10 For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God. 11 So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore DO NOT LET SIN REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY SO THAT YOU OBEY ITS DESIRES…

It’s one thing to celebrate with someone but its another thing if that person is actually joining in the celebration…Can Jesus look at our lives and say YES I can actually celebrate with them because My death and resurrection is evident in their lives…SIN IS NOT REIGNING IN THEIR MORTAL BODIES…THEY DO NOT OBEY ITS DESIRES…

Someone recently said… ‘Just because you are saved does not make you SINLESS but you ought to be SINNING LESS… Are we SINNING LESS?

When we see someone successful, we want to draw close to them because we want to know what they did to make them successful. This is so that we can apply the same principles and be like them but then they would always ask …are you prepared to go through what I did? This was what Paul was prepared to do…I want to share Your experience so I can be successful like You. I want to know Christ… so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead…stay tuned…

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Paul said…I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I WANT TO SUFFER WITH HIM, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! (Philippians 3:10-11 NLT)

Today, let’s focus on ‘I WANT TO SUFFER WITH HIM…’

Unlike many Christains that only want to be friends with Jesus because of what they can get from Him, Paul wants to know what it feels like to suffer like Jesus so they can share something in common. I’ve observed that I relate more with people when they share their experience and I can say I’ve been there and done that. There’s a kind of bond because we share something in common.

Growing up, I bonded more with my siblings in times of suffering. I was raised by parents that believed ‘spare the rod and you would indeed spoil the child’. Mum was very quick with her hands but dad would wait until he was really provoked and then EVERYBODY would get a taste of his special belt even if you didn’t do anything wrong that day…just know it’s beating for something you must have done in the past.

Then there was peace for the rest of the day…no quarrelling or fighting. We would all sit together in one place recounting the experience, comparing notes and laughing at how we cried and ran around the house.

We also bonded when we were hungry. On a full stomach, everybody went about doing their own thing but when hungry and there was no food, we came together to reminisce about the good times…times we had roost chicken… My brothers would mime to Boys to Men…Although we’ve come to the end of the road…We would share jokes and laugh until we fell asleep… Those were fun times.

Paul sees suffering as a way of bonding with Christ and someone jokingly said when Paul arrived at a city, the first thing he wanted to know was where the prison was located because he knew somehow he would end up there. To Paul that was a small price to pay. It even gave him more time to spend with Jesus because he got inspiration to do most of his writing from prison.

What’s more…? The Amplified Bible says…I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even]…so Paul’s thinking was…Jesus, since You learned obedience from the things You suffered (Hebrews 5:8)… I too can learn obedience if I go through a similar process until I become like You.

So every betrayal, false accusation, rejection or hurt you experience is really an opportunity to draw close to Christ to learn how He handled the situation and through it, you progressively become like Him.

Paul said we have been given the privilege of suffering for Christ (Philippians 1:29). We would probably need a whole lot of renewing of the mind (Roman 12:1) to be able to see suffering as a privilege but I’m reminded of a time when the apostles were flogged because of Jesus and…they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name (Act 5:41).

As Easter draws near, can you think of a time you SUFFERED FOR JESUS? What was the result? Did you see it as a worthy cause? Has it transformed you in anyway? Remember, this whole process like Paul said is so that one way or another You will experience the resurrection from the dead…stay tuned…

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Continued from yesterday…Paul said…I want to know Christ and EXPERIENCE THE MIGHTY POWER THAT RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! (Philippians 3:10-11 NLT)

Today, let’s focus on ‘EXPERIENCE THE MIGHTY POWER THAT RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD…’

Having a common ground is always a good starting point when you want to know someone. Put two people in a room and the quickest way to get them talking is if they can talk about a common experience. So, I’m guessing this is what Paul is saying here. His next step in wanting to know Christ is to experience that MIGHTY POWER and common sense tells me that you may have to die to be RAISED.

The Bible introduces us to Lazarus a very close pal of Jesus who died and EXPERIENCED THE MIGHTY POWER THAT RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD. In fact in John’s account of the death of Jesus, it was Lazarus’s event that set the ball rolling for the plot to kill Jesus (John 11:46-57). Also, as Jesus made His way to the cross, He just happened to stop by Lazarus’s house to hang out and catch a quick snack while Mary (his sister) anointed His feet in preparation for His burial (John 12:1-7).

They were that close but when Jesus got the message that Lazarus was sick, four days had passed by the time Jesus arrived at the scene and it was intentional. Jesus was waiting for him to die so that He could demonstrate His resurrection power.

While the resurrection of Lazarus is symbolic of the final resurrection of our imperishable, spiritual bodies (1 Cor 15:42-44), let’s look at the physical side to it; the resurrection of something that was dead and already decaying.

Are you waiting for Jesus to HEAL things in your life while His plan is for you to experience a RESURRECTION? Jesus had his eye on Lazarus’s situation the whole time but He was waiting for him to die first before He made a move (John 11:7).

Maybe you are asking the Lord to heal a relationship but Jesus is waiting for your pride and temper to die so that the relationship can be resurrected. Maybe you have been saying Lord, use me for your mighty work but He is waiting for your selfish ambition to die so that He can resurrect His purpose in your life. You say…Lord I want to get married or I want a happy home to come back to but He’s waiting for that lifestyle of sexual immorality to die.

Jesus died to give us life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) says… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY… Now, when someone dies, we say they have PASSED AWAY. Paul used to be known as Saul but when he became born again, Saul passed away and Paul was resurrected.

As Easter draws near, why not take time to reflect on how you’ve responded to Jesus’ death and resurrection. How much of that old man has PASSED AWAY? Is BEFORE and AFTER still the same? Would people give up if they tried to play the ‘spot the difference’ puzzle on you? What needs to die so that you can experience the mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead…stay tuned…

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This happens to be the week leading up to Easter and many are looking forward to the bank/public holidays. Children are looking forward to Easter eggs. There’s going to be a lot of religious activities in this season and many churches would be recounting stories of Jesus’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem; how He made His way to the cross, died and was resurrected.

However, striping off all these layers, how should we really respond to the death and resurrection of Christ experience?

In one of Paul’s profound statements, he said…I WANT TO KNOW CHRIST and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! (Philippians 3:10-11 NLT)

Today, let’s focus on Paul beginning phrase…I WANT TO KNOW CHRIST…

Paul’s first step in wanting to know Jesus was to forget his past. Actually, it’s more than that…he had to unlearn everything he knew from childhood (renew his mind). Paul looked at his education, his tradition, his religious background and said…I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.

How much of your past have you left behind? What or who do you need to let go off?

Now, I’m not saying some of these things don’t have their value but when you really experience Christ, you start to see things differently. Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector climbed up the sycamore-fig tree and after seeing Jesus from that height, he was ready to give half of his possessions to the poor (Luke 19:2-8). The sycamore-fig tree produces a fig-like fruit of an inferior quality to the real fig fruit so maybe he caught a bug from the tree and saw everything he once had as inferior compared to the real value of knowing Jesus.

Paul said…the very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. (Philippians 3:7-9 MSG)

Paul also said that after he became born again, he didn’t consult with anyone about Jesus. He went to Arabia where he spent some years in the wilderness getting to know Christ (Galatians 1:15-18).

Somehow, I’m finding that you can’t separate really experiencing Christ from a wilderness experience. Show me a person that has really been converted by an experience with Christ and I would should you a person that has spent time in the wilderness…just them and Jesus. This is normally characterised by a period of loneliness, separation and brokenness. It involves long periods of waiting on the Lord for something to happen but CHRIST says get to know me first.

As Easter draws near, let’s take time to reflect on our knowledge of CHRIST and how we have responded to His death and resurrection. This is the first step to experiencing the mighty power that raised Him from the dead…stay tuned…

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Someone probably needs to hear this today.

I once heard a pastor say that the easiest way to go to hell is to be a pastor. I laughed when they said it but they must have known what they were talking about because James 3:1 (AMP) says – Not many [of you] should become teachers (self-constituted censors and reprovers of others), my brethren, for you know that we [teachers] will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity [than other people; thus we assume the greater accountability and the more condemnation].

Reading the final moments of Moses journey, kind of brings some sadness to one’s heart.

Moses was forbidden to enter the Promised Land and you can see how he pleaded with God.

He said…At that same time, I begged God: “God, my Master, You let me in on the beginnings, You let me see Your greatness, You let me see your might—what god in Heaven or Earth can do anything like what You’ve done! Please, let me in also on the endings, let me cross the river and see the good land over the Jordan, the lush hills, the Lebanon mountains.” (Deuteronomy 3:23-25 MSG)

And then he turned to the people and said:

But God was still angry with me because of you. He wouldn’t listen. He said, “Enough of that. Not another word from you on this. Climb to the top of Mount Pisgah and look around: look west, north, south, east. Take in the land with your own eyes. Take a good look because you’re not going to cross this Jordan. (Deuteronomy 3:26-27 MSG)

Because of you all…I missed it. How sad…

Isn’t this the same thing Paul said…I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT). He must have said this knowing God would not take the “it was the people that made me do it or I didnt have time for myself” excuse.

No one can be more compassionate than Jesus. He saw the needs of the people but He also saw the need to take out time to refresh Himself, spending quality time with His Father. He also didn’t get distracted…While it was still night, way before dawn, He got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with Him went looking for Him. They found Him and said, “Everybody’s looking for You.” Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” (Mark 1:35-38 MSG)

This is not just a message for pastors. It is for everyone in any sort of leadership position and I even dare say parents…You can’t give what you dont have.

Today, let’s pray a simple prayer for the grace for self-control; the wisdom to manage self; the ability to focus and the wisdom to say I’ve had enough…I need timeout to take care of self

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Ever found yourself in deep trouble and out of desperate you start making all sorts of promises to the Lord?

O Lord, if You do this thing for me…if You heal me or get me out of this mess, I promise to take my relationship with You more seriously; I would spend more time praying, praising and worshiping You; I promise to tell people of Your goodness; I promise to obey You for the rest of my life; I’ll never commit that sin ever again.

Well, you are not alone. We all tend to make bargains with God when we are desperate. However, as soon as help comes, the vows are forgotten and we immediately turn to our old ways.

Psalm 66:13-15 (NLT) says – 13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you— 14 YES, THE SACRED VOWS THAT I MADE WHEN I WAS IN DEEP TROUBLE. 15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you— the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma, and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats.

The Psalmist made a SACRED VOWS WHEN HE WAS IN DEEP TROUBLE and he remembered and was prepared to carry it out.

God is a good God. He remembers His promises to us and answers us when we come to Him. In the same way, He remembers our promises to Him. We may forget but He doesn’t.

I remember watching a movie once and in it this couple were in so much debt that they cried out to the Lord. They made a commitment to wait on the Lord in prayer. They gave Him the exact times and venue…everything…and the Lord took record to the last detail.

They started well…As promised, Friday night was night vigil and the angel of the Lord would turn up at the exact time specified with his pen and paper ready to take their requests to God. However, they started slipping. The angel of the Lord would turn up on time as agreed but they would either turn up late, sleep half way through or not turn up at all.

They did this for a while and found that their situation did not change. So in frustration, the man cried out to the Lord…What is going on? I have been praying…why are you not answering? The Lord replied…no you haven’t. The Lord then opened his eyes to see that He kept His own side of the bargain…You on the other hand said you would meet in church certain Saturdays to pray between the hours of 10-12 and I assigned my angels to be there at 10-12. It’s not my fault that you turn up late. And even then…you start chatting with people at the door about the football match. Yes, you eventually start praying at 12:30 but by then, the angel has gone.

Get the message? What vows have you made in your time of need? I would devote my life to you? I will never commit that sin again? Hmmm…Jesus told the lame man by the pool of Bethesda…“Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14 NLT).

Thank God we have a merciful God because I don’t think I can remember all the unredeemed vows I have hanging over my head and I know I’m not alone so I pray that He indeed has mercy on us and that as He starts to remind us of those vows we have made to Him, we receive the grace to fulfill them in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

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Sometime ago, I saw this caption outside a church that said; ‘YOUR TIME SPENT IN THIS WORLD IS THE TIME GIVEN TO YOU TO DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO SPEND ETERNITY’

This is Food For Deep Thought because when the time comes, you would either hear Jesus say something along the lines of “Well done, good and faithful servant…COME IN” or “DEPART FROM ME, I NEVER KNEW YOU”.

It’s that simple. Right now, we can choose to make it as complicated as we want; making use of all the grammar in the English, Hebrew or Latin dictionary. We can try to define what grace is or isn’t; what sin is or isn’t; who’s a sinner and who isn’t. We can spend all the time we want debating about doctrine but at the end, it all boils down to one of these… “COME IN” or “DEPART FROM ME” and now is the only time we have to decide which one it’s going to be.

Now, God’s word says…There is a way that SEEMS RIGHT TO A MAN, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25 NKJV).

SEEMS RIGHT TO A MAN means you may be ignorantly or innocently going down a path that appears to be right…fully convinced that you are on the right track but THE END…not the MIDDLE where it’s possible to rectify things…THE END IS THE WAY OF DEATH.

That’s why I love King David. Though king, he never complicated his life. He had an open heart before the Lord never wanting to take anything for granted.

With so much zeal for God, he once said… Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And am I not grieved and do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with perfect hatred; they have become my enemies (Psalm 139:21-22 AMP).

But then, in his next sentence, maybe just to be sure he’s not part of God’s enemy, he says…Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, AND LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING (Psalm 139:23-24 AMP).

You will also hear Apostle Paul who wrote more than half of the New Testament say…I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT). At the time Paul said this was he born again or not? Did he really think that there was a possibility that he could be disqualified or was he just being humble? Did he think once saved always saved?

A WAY THAT SEEMS RIGHT…Jesus said many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name drive out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ (Matthew 7:22-23 NIV).

‘YOUR TIME SPENT IN THIS WORLD IS THE TIME GIVEN TO YOU TO DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO SPEND ETERNITY’. Philippians 2:12 (NIV) says…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…This isn’t something you want to take likely. As for me…now is the time to say…search me [thoroughly], O God…

Dear Lord, please show us what’s in our hearts. Help us make the right choices while we still can. Please make Your way VERY plan before us.

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