We are grateful to You Lord for Your goodness and mercies in the lives of Your children. What a privilege to be called Your child. So many are happy when they identify themselves, children or spouse with the high and mighty of this world but we are happy Lord, to be called Your Own. Father, You have No Equal; No Match. We return all glory and honour to You in Jesus Name.
Children of God, is time to praise the Lord, for His matchless grace, victory, joy, peace, deliverance, love above all things He made available for us. We are thankful for Your power in hour of our need to defect Satan and his agents.
Beloved, we spent time yesterday talking about “intercessory prayer”, our Jesus model of prayer. Hear me child of God, the Lord will bless you beyond your imagination when you spend time interceding for others, those going through things, your love ones who you want repented and come to Christ. The prayer of the saints availeth much (Jas 5:16).
Probably, you have been praying and trusting God for a particular need that you don’t know how you will come out it (we all have), and God has given you His Word concerning it but you chose to fret. Why are afraid? Do own your life? Why doubt you the Lord?
Listen, He is more than able to save you and fulfill all your heart desire (that is my portion). What about you? C-o-m-e –o-n, let’s take a walk down the street of meditation, and see what surprises the Lord have for you and I this day:
So the disciples came and woke Him up, saying, “Lord, save [us]! We’re going to die!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, you of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm.—Matthew 8:25–26
It is by faith that God’s mighty power is released into the life of a Christian (Heb. 11:33–35). The fact that you have doubts indicates that you do not know God as you should. If your prayer life is infiltrated with doubts, you have denied yourself the greatest, single avenue of power that God has made available to you. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). God never comforts you in your doubt. Jesus consistently rebuked those who would not believe Him. He had revealed enough of Himself for His disciples to have believed Him in their time of need.
God wants to build your understanding of Him until your faith is sufficient to trust and obey Him in each situation (Mark 9:23–25). The moment you turn to Him with a genuine commitment to rid yourself of doubt, God will match your doubt with a revelation of Himself that can convince you of His faithfulness. When Thomas doubted, Jesus revealed Himself to him in such a way that every doubt vanished (John 20:27).
You can only resolve your lack of faith in God’s presence. He must reveal Himself in such a way that any doubt you might have is removed. Jesus did this with His disciples. He involved them in a consistent, growing relationship with Himself. Jesus took them through teaching, to small miracles, to large miracles, and to the resurrection.
Jesus knew that the redemption of the world rested on His disciples’ believing Him. What does God want to do in the lives of those around you that waits upon your trust in Him and the removal of your doubts?
Come, let us search it and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord:
“Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40
The spouse who fondly loves her absent husband longs for his return; a long protracted separation from her lord is a semi-death to her spirit: and so with souls who love the Saviour much, they must see His face, they cannot bear that He should be away upon the mountains of Bethel, and no more hold communion with them. A reproaching glance, an uplifted finger will be grievous to loving children, who fear to offend their tender father, and are only happy in his smile.
Beloved, it was so once with you. A text of Scripture, a threatening, a touch of the rod of affliction, and you went to your Father’s feet, crying, “Show me wherefore Thou contendest with me?” Is it so now? Are you content to follow Jesus afar off? Can you contemplate suspended communion with Christ without alarm? Can you bear to have your Beloved walking contrary to you, because you walk contrary to Him? Have your sins separated between you and your God, and is your heart at rest?
O let me affectionately warn you, for it is a grievous thing when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Saviour’s face. Let us labour to feel what an evil thing this is—little love to our own dying Saviour, little joy in our precious Jesus, little fellowship with the Beloved! Hold a true Lent in your souls, while you sorrow over your hardness of heart. Do not stop at sorrow! Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross. There, and there only, can you get your spirit quickened.
No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition. Let us clasp that cross, let us look into those languid eyes, let us bathe in that fountain filled with blood—this will bring back to us our first love; this will restore the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart.
Wait not a minute longer, go immedaiatly and you will be glad that you took such ahurried step forward to seek out your Lord.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang. Ifeoma Ohondu