Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me bless His Holy Name. I am not worthy Lord but only say a Word and my soul shall be healed. Thank you father for answering my prayers and receiving the praise of our heart this day. Amen.
In the presence of God there is fullness of joy. Beloved, is that your experience? Today is another Friday, we are here again for another take home message.
That is, a message you ponder over the mind all through the weekend, which the fuller understanding comes with the help of the Holy Spirit like the one we have before you today. Sometimes also, we come up with a project message – something you have engage in or work at during your weekend example “let go fishing” – that is evangelism.
However, today, we want to find out how you are faring in your walk with God? Are enjoying it? Is it so pleasant or you would have preferred it the other way round?
That is why we all need each other to support us in our walk with God. Sometime, you are overwhelmed with what you are going through or doing that you overlook so many other good things the Lord is bestowing on your life, family, career, business and ministry.
Now! Straight on to the matter of the day;
How Is It Going In The “Time With God” Department?
Or do you have it under control with:
- Quality time…
- Regular time… At the level where the tap roots of your soul are being fed?
- M. Bounds cautions us that “TO BE LITTLE WITH GOD IS TO BE LITTLE FOR GOD.”
Keep in mind: Satan’s strategy is to dull your spiritual hunger by playing upon your inclination towards:
- Over work
“Take care… lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:12, 13).
Let’s be honest enough to admit that basically we do exactly what we want to do, finding time for:
- Favored friends
And let’s be reminded that a casual approach to knowing God simply won’t cut it:
“You shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:1)
Passion and pursuit are the criteria for knowing God. Are you man or woman enough to rise to and sustain the challenge?
Like the Apostle of old, can you beat your chest today and declare is going on well in my dealings with God. It is a sweet experience ever since I gave my life to Jesus. Though challenges comes once in a while but am happy with myself knowing that God is with me.
In furtherance of our understanding of these topic, we will be considering one off the heroes of faith, a great apostle of the bible times. The bible is incomplete without his work, was once a persecutor of the same gospel of which he suffered so greatly. Come as we see how he fared in his department with God while it lasted:
“I know how to abound.” Philippians 4:12
There are many who know “how to be abased” who have not learned “how to abound.” When they are set upon the top of a pinnacle their heads grow dizzy, and they are ready to fall. The Christian far oftener disgraces his profession in prosperity than in adversity. It is a dangerous thing to be prosperous. The crucible of adversity is a less severe trial to the Christian than the fining-pot of prosperity.
Oh, what leanness of soul and neglect of spiritual things have been brought on through the very mercies and bounties of God! Yet this is not a matter of necessity, for the apostle tells us that he knew how to abound. When he had much he knew how to use it. Abundant grace enabled him to bear abundant prosperity. When he had a full sail he was loaded with much ballast, and so floated safely.
It needs more than human skill to carry the brimming cup of mortal joy with a steady hand, yet Paul had learned that skill, for he declares, “In all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry.” It is a divine lesson to know how to be full, for the Israelites were full once, but while the flesh was yet in their mouth, the wrath of God came upon them. Many have asked for mercies that they might satisfy their own hearts’ lust.
Fulness of bread has often made fulness of blood, and that has brought on wantonness of spirit. When we have much of God’s providential mercies, it often happens that we have but little of God’s grace, and little gratitude for the bounties we have received. We are full and we forget God: satisfied with earth, we are content to do without heaven.
Rest assured it is harder to know how to be full than it is to know how to be hungry—so desperate is the tendency of human nature to pride and forgetfulness of God. Take care that you ask in your prayers that God would teach you “how to be full.”
“Let not the gifts Thy love bestows
Estrange our hearts from Thee.”
With this we draw our curtain close for the week and by God’s grace we will be hearing from each other from next week God’s willing.
Remain blessed in the Lord.