Faithful God, The Great I AM, The Alpha and Omega, The Ancient of Days, You are the Lord, there is no One to be compared with You, receive all the glory, all honour, all adoration. We praise Thee forever and ever, Amen!
Beloved, the long awaited week is here and it’s promising to be a joyful week. A Saviour is born unto us, promise fulfilled. When Adam and Eve fail in the garden, God promised us a Saviour, who will come and redeemed mankind and unite us back to the Father, years after years, generations after generations, century after century, prophets after prophets but the messiah was yet to come. People became desperate and their hope wearied off.
However, there was a pious man named Simeon, whom the spirit promised that he will not see death until the birth of the Lord’s Christ and there was also a prophetess named Anna, who served in the temple with fasting and prayers night and day and was at her very old in age. God fulfilled His promised by granting them the grace to see the Saviour when He was brought to the temple for dedication.
Beloved, I don’t know what you might have been believing God for up until this time, I want you to believed God that it is well and at the fullness of time, it will surely come to past.
Why are we saying these? is possibly you are thinking of a way to bring it to pass since God is not able to bring to past either what you desired of Him or even what He had promised to do.
Expect it is not God, expect there are sin that are hindering you, aside these, what the Lord said concerning that situation must surely come to past, it might not be the way you want it but God will bring it to pass His own way. For He knows the end from the beginning. Praise the Lord.
Now, can I asked you these question, are you tempted by shortcuts? Read on, we meet after the first message to reason together:
Then Abishai said to David, “Today God has handed your enemy over to you. Let me thrust the spear through him into the ground just once. I won’t [have to strike] him twice!”—1 Samuel 26:8
You will sometimes be tempted to take shortcuts to your destinations in life. David faced this temptation numerous times before he finally assumed the throne. Samuel, God’s prophet, had anointed David and prophesied that he would be the next king of Israel (1 Sam. 16:12–13). Yet, while David waited on God’s timing, he watched in frustration as a crazed King Saul brought the kingdom into jeopardy. Saul pursued David to murder him, forcing David to flee for his life.
Then an incredible opportunity presented itself to David. David found Saul in a vulnerable position, sleeping with his army. Abishai, one of David’s warriors, offered to kill Saul. It seemed to make perfect sense. Saul had tried to kill David on numerous occasions. God had said He intended for David to be the king. By taking matters into his own hands, David could bring an end to his exile and assume the throne as God’s anointed servant. Yet he refused to compromise his integrity in order to become king, even though he wanted the position and it was rightfully his. Accomplishing God’s will in any manner other than the way God prescribed was unthinkable.
At times you may face similar temptations. Well-meaning friends advise you to hasten God’s will for you rather than waiting upon Him. You may be sorely tempted to take control of your situation, assuming the end will justify the means. These are the times when you must trust God’s perfect timing. God may plan for you to attain a certain position or take a new direction, but the timing may not be right. Watch over your heart. Don’t allow others to persuade you to compromise your integrity as you follow God’s will.
Are you here with me? okay, there are so many others in the bible who were also tempted to bring the promise of God over them to fulfillment such like Joseph, if he had slept with Potiphar’s wife, though he will not have gone to the prison, he will never have smelt the position of a prime minister. Abraham though he was tempted but God still give him the promised child – Isaac. What have you say about Daniel, and the three Hebrew boys, they waited in the midst of their trial and God recused them. Moses like Abraham tried bring about the promise of God before time but failed until such a time, the fullest of time you may say, he was commissioned to bring the Israelite out from Egypt. You can add the rest you remembered as well.
However, the next message is advising us having been called into the ministry of God, to make sure that we uphold the calling on us by living a life worth of emulation. Jesus our Master is a model likewise we are excepted to be as well. Let us consider the advice of Paul to timothy as it will help us to live as servants of the Most High God:
No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.—1 Timothy 4:12
Timothy was a sincere young man who earnestly desired to serve the Lord. Yet certain weaknesses in Timothy’s life hindered him from serving God confidently. Timothy was very young to be a religious leader, and apparently some doubted his abilities. Timothy had a tender nature and was sickly (1 Tim. 5:23). His was an inauspicious beginning for a young minister of the gospel in an age of persecution!
Paul urged Timothy not to allow his youthful insecurity to blunt his zeal and faithfulness in doing what God had told him. Rather than arguing with those who criticized Timothy, Paul urged him to live as an example of godliness. Paul advised Timothy to live a life that was so spotless in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity that his life could serve as a model for others in the church to follow. Timothy’s life was to be the evidence that God had called him. God looked beyond Timothy’s youth, timidity, and physical weakness and saw his sincere heart.
As you seek to follow God’s will, you may identify with Timothy. Perhaps some things about you seem to disqualify you from serving the Lord effectively. You may be sensitive because you are a new Christian or because you come from a sinful past. Perhaps you have little education or money or social status. You may have previously experienced failure in your service for God. Don’t allow this to intimidate you from following God’s will. Your area of weakness may be God’s means of demonstrating His strength (2 Cor. 12:9).
Allow God to demonstrate His call upon you by transforming your life into a model of godliness. Let your light so shine that men may see the wonderful work of God and glorified your heavenly Father.
Good way to start the week, may the blessings of these week not elude you in Jesus Name.
Remain blessed in the Lord.