How excellent is Your Name O Lord! How Excellent, How excellent is Your Name O Lord! How excellent is your name, how excellent is Your Name, how excellent is Your Name is Your Name O! God! 2x. Great is Your Faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see, all that I need Thou Hand has provided great is thy faithfulness Lord unto Thee.
Faithful Father we thank You. You are more than what we called You Father. Goodness and faithfulness is Your Name that standeth sure. Be glorify in Your Majesty O Lord. Thank You for the miracles of the Week. Your provision, protection deliverances and healing. Great are You Lord.
Beloveth, we are at the end of this week, I hope the Lord has been good to you. Are you blessed with the ministrations that came your way? Are set for the victory that you will bag in by the end of month? Is going to be wonderful. Make you visit daily for the tonic that not only refreshes but also energize. Praise God!
Have ever given a thought about how heaven look like and the people that will make it up. Are you one of those that our Lord Jesus will use to make up His jewel at the end? Praise God.
Today’s ministration is addressing you as citizen of heaven. Are you one? Are you living as one of the citizen of heaven? Is your lifestyle depicting same? Apostle Paul advice us to live as an epistle of Christ. to live a life worthy of God’s children.
When Daniel was accursed, the Word of God said that nothing was found against Him except that He worship His God. Can it also be said about you that you own no man except love and worship of God?
Oftentimes we miss what is excepted of us and live falsely. We are good before the brethren but terror at home or at our private places. May God help us in Jesus Name. We must learn to live honorable and be as transparent as possible. We must live in such a way that is pleasing to God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is light to the world and we are His children therefore we must also live in such a way that will depicts us as light to our environment in Jesus Name.
Come dear fellow citizen let’s discover more:
“Fellow citizens with the saints.” Ephesians 2:19
What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: the decrees of the Great King we cheerfully obey.
Then as citizens of the New Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honours. The glory which belongs to beatified saints belongs to us, for we are already sons of God, already princes of the blood imperial; already we wear the spotless robe of Jesus’ righteousness; already we have angels for our servitors, saints for our companions, Christ for our Brother, God for our Father, and a crown of immortality for our reward.
We share the honours of citizenship, for we have come to the general assembly and Church of the first-born whose names are written in heaven.
As citizens, we have common rights to all the property of heaven. Ours are its gates of pearl and walls of chrysolite; ours the azure light of the city that needs no candle nor light of the sun; ours the river of the water of life, and the twelve manner of fruits which grow on the trees planted on the banks thereof; there is nought in heaven that belongeth not to us. “Things present, or things to come,” all are ours.
Also as citizens of heaven we enjoy its delights. Do they there rejoice over sinners that repent—prodigals that have returned? So do we. Do they chant the glories of triumphant grace? We do the same. Do they cast their crowns at Jesus’ feet? Such honours as we have we cast there too. Are they charmed with His smile? It is not less sweet to us who dwell below. Do they look forward, waiting for His second advent?
We also look and long for His appearing. If, then, we are thus citizens of heaven, let our walk and actions be consistent with our high dignity.
Yes! let our walk and action be consistent with our high dignity. Let us live worthy of our calling and not otherwise. More below:
On Maintaining An “Image”
For the past year I have been personally meeting one-on-one with a man who has a reputation in the Christian community as a “SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMAN.”
I can remember on many occasions leaving our times together feeling God was wonderfully changing our lives, only to learn recently from outside sources that his marriage is in crisis, and his business practices are notoriously unethical and exploitive of others.
I have also become aware that sincere Christian friends have attempted to approach him over these issues only to be rebuffed by acrimonious, self-justification.
Yet in certain Christian circles this “SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMAN” is known to be generous with his time and resources for the cause of Christ.
What is going on here? Why the contradictions?
The issue is “IMAGE”: Here is a man who desperately wants to be viewed around town as a “SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMAN”. Therefore:
Maintaining a certain public image is more important than any serious quest for holiness.
By his actions, it has become obvious that he loves the “praise of man more than the praise of God.” (John 12:43)
In retrospect, what was lacking in our times together was:
- BROKENNESS over sin: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart… ” (Psalm 51:17)
- TRANSPARENCY over failings: “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed… ” (James 5:16a)
- The SURRENDER of the mind and will to the Lordship of Christ and His Word: “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ… Listen to the word, and… do what it says.” (2 Corinthians 10:5; James 1:22)
The fact is that God despises our efforts to impress others in order to garner their approval, since “that which is highly valued among men is detestable in God‘s sight.” (Luke 16:15b)
So, what motivates you: The pursuit of holiness or maintaining your public image?
Let have your opinion on the above question.
Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week by God’s grace.
Remain blessed in the Lord.