Who is like unto Thee O Lord! Who is like unto Thee O Lord, among the gods who is like Thee You are glorious in holiness fearful in praises, doing wonders alleluia,// What shall I say unto the Lord, all I have to say is Thank You Lord 2x Thank You Lord 2x all I have to say is Thank You Lord.
Father we come to say Thank You for Your protection all through the week, Your guidance, Your love, Your peace, in the life of Your children blessed be thou Holy Name. You who sittests above all that You have made and said we should rejoice and be glad indeed. Thank You Father for favours unmerited bestowed on us. You are a good God. Receive all our praise and thanks and adoration in Jesus Name.
Beloved, what a wonderful time we had all through the week in the presence of our Father. I hope you are blessed with messages that proceeded from this altar. I am seeing a new you as the day go by. You will move from one glory to another glory as your Faith is displacing fear in your heart, I see you taking mountains for the Lord.
Beloved, another PCL is here again and we are eager to bring forth the teachings of the day as it is going to be impactful and save you a lot of stress hitherto you have been going through.
Life is full of choice no doubt, the difference is what choices are you making? The choice of today will have a greater impact on your tomorrow. The choice you fail to make today will one day in future be staring you at your face. So what is the best way around it? What shall we do to ensure that we do not fail God as we journey along. Also in this package is a message that will help you see who you are in God’s kingdom. Interesting I tell you
Do you know that you can choose between getting out of your bed this morning and stay there all the day. The difference of idling away today will surely meet with you when deadlines are not met, cancellation of appointments and ofcourse the bottom line is showing a figure that will put you on the edge. Beloveth, we are confronted by so many choices as we said earlier it behold on us to make sure that we are making it right at each point in time.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you, to guide you and to make you stand at the end.
Let get into the teaching of the day and the last of it this week:
By the time you notice this page, you may be already screaming through your day.
Pressure. The incessant telephone. Deadlines. Unsolvable issues. Perhaps a temptation or two. Today, as His follower, you and I are faced with choices on how we will respond to the pounding pace and pressure. The demand for decisions. And so I will choose:
I CHOOSE LOVE…
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose to love. Today I will love God and what God loves. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
I CHOOSE JOY…
I will invite God to be the God of my circumstances. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God. (1 Peter 1:8)
I CHOOSE PEACE…
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live. (Colossians 3:12-14)
I CHOOSE PATIENCE…
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage. (Ecclesiastes 7:8, 9)
I CHOOSE KINDNESS…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God treated me. (Ephesians 4:32)
I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS…
Today, I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. My children will never fear that their father will not come home. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
I CHOOSE GENTLENESS…
Nothing is won by force; I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it only be of myself. (Titus 3:1, 2)
I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL…
I am a spiritual being. After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control. (Titus 1:8)
This list is not exhausted yet, so you can add the area you want and you will be better for it. I also made some choices recently that with the help of the Holy Spirit I believe I will be good at the end.
However, we are still in the business of making choices, the next message coming up is to help you determine who you are in God’s kingdom, come along as we consider it further:
Are You A Gladiator Or A Spectator?
Tom Landry, the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once commented on the “walk-ons” who showed up each spring to try out for the team. Talent, he observed, was in abundance. Intense passion and desire were not. And passionate desire is what God longs for in us who would seek to know Him, “Devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God… ” (1 Chronicles 22:19a)
In our striving to grow spiritually, Peter tells us to, “make every effort… ” “[Apply] all diligence… ” “Work hard… ” (2 Peter 1:5a – niv, nasb, Living). That is, we are to make constant moral and spiritual progress similar to an army that is steadfastly marching toward its objective: Determined. Progressing. Undaunted.
Thus, “the Christian life must not be an animated spasm, followed by a chronic inertia.” (Moffat) Rather, we are to be resolute in our intention of reaching spiritual maturity.
In our quest, it would help us to keep in mind the fact that “faith is not only a commitment to the promises of God, but also to the demands of Christ.” (William Barclay)
A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of leading a 50 year old businessman to Christ. Talk about a man with a passionate desire to know God! The guy attacked the issue of spiritual growth with the ardor of a Roman “gladiator”!
- Immediately he started studying and memorizing the Scriptures, devouring Christian books, downloading Christian material each morning off the Net, etc., etc.
- Soon he initiated a Bible study with his old college drinking buddies, keen that they too would know the Savior.
By way of contrast, I recently attempted to help a man who had supposedly recommitted his life to Christ after squandering millions of dollars on women and gambling. Late for the appointment, he declined my offer for assistance, lamely explaining that he just could not get over his habit of chasing women. Sidelined for his lack of passion to follow Jesus, the Christian life for him will probably remain a “spectator” experience.
QUESTION: So tell me, do you have the heart of a gladiator or a spectator? Are you passionately pursuing God? Or are you like most of the guys showing up for the Cowboys’ tryouts: Talented, but mediocre in spirit. For talented, but dispassionate walk-ons, participating at the “gladiator” level will remain an unfulfilled dream as they join the ranks of faceless spectators.
Beloved, having seen the picture painted, here is a question for you. Who are you in God kingdom? Whichever you choose, your action will depict it even when you are saying otherwise.
Beloved, let us make the right choices as we go along our paths in life. May God help us like Joseph to stay pure, like Daniel and the three Hebrew boys not to defile themselves, like Mary to believe God, like Caleb to trust God, Abraham to be faithful and our Master Jesus to be obedient.
Have a wonderful weekend. See you next week by God’s grace.
Remain blessed in the Lord.