Because of Who You Are, we give worship not because of what You have done for us. You are so Mighty, so Wonderful, so Gracious, so Powerful, so Loving, so Excellent, there is no one like You, You are Greater than what we can call You. Lord, we reverence You, we glorify Your Holy Name forever and ever.
Beloved, we have two days to end of 2014 and we have dwelt so much on Christian life- “New Birth” which I believe X-rayed the lives we are living in line with what God wants from us. In some, we are have grown excellently, some we are still struggling to imbibe fully while some we wish had never been. We don’t want to come to terms with it. We wish God does not required it from us.
Not worry, it so important I remind us of something very important that has helped me over time. Something I don’t feel I should do some certain things but because it was God Who is directing my affairs, I have no other choice than to obey Him, is not about me but all about Him. (Phil 3:8; Rom 1:16; Phil 1:27).
When you consider (Matt 5:43-48), it will take God to live out that kind of love, but when you ask Him to help you, it will be so natural to you that you won’t feel you are doing anything extra ordinary than living out the Christ-like life you been commended to live as we discussed yesterday.
Also, during the month, we encouraged those who are yet to accept Christ or have backslidden to come back to the fountain that cleanse and make whole and drink free from it without charge- Jesus Christ.
Beloved, the message before us would have been for tomorrow but tomorrow is Wednesday and for us as ministry, we dwells mostly on prayers and the last of it in the year, we cannot afford to miss it, so we move it forward.
During the month our discussions majorly centers on how to improve our lives as children of light, however, if all we have been discussing did not make any sense to you or you are still cherry-picking the scripture (selecting the portion of the Word that you like) hear what our Lord Jesus got to say to you:
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink.” John 7:37
Patience had her perfect work in the Lord Jesus, and until the last day of the feast He pleaded with the Jews, even as on this last day of the year He pleads with us, and waits to be gracious to us. Admirable indeed is the longsuffering of the Saviour in bearing with some of us year after year, notwithstanding our provocations, rebellions, and resistance of His Holy Spirit. Wonder of wonders that we are still in the land of mercy!
Pity expressed herself most plainly, for Jesus cried, which implies not only the loudness of His voice, but the tenderness of His tones. He entreats us to be reconciled. “We pray you,” says the Apostle, “as though God did beseech you by us.” What earnest, pathetic terms are these! How deep must be the love which makes the Lord weep over sinners, and like a mother woo His children to His bosom! Surely at the call of such a cry our willing hearts will come.
Provision is made most plenteously; all is provided that man can need to quench his soul’s thirst. To his conscience the atonement brings peace; to his understanding the gospel brings the richest instruction; to his heart the person of Jesus is the noblest object of affection; to the whole man the truth as it is in Jesus supplies the purest nutriment. Thirst is terrible, but Jesus can remove it. Though the soul were utterly famished, Jesus could restore it.
Proclamation is made most freely, that every thirsty one is welcome. No other distinction is made but that of thirst. Whether it be the thirst of avarice, ambition, pleasure, knowledge, or rest, he who suffers from it is invited. The thirst may be bad in itself, and be no sign of grace, but rather a mark of inordinate sin longing to be gratified with deeper draughts of lust; but it is not goodness in the creature which brings him the invitation, the Lord Jesus sends it freely, and without respect of persons.
Personality is declared most fully. The sinner must come to Jesus, not to works, ordinances, or doctrines, but to a personal Redeemer, who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree. The bleeding, dying, rising Saviour, is the only star of hope to a sinner. Oh for grace to come now and drink, ere the sun sets upon the year’s last day!
No waiting or preparation is so much as hinted at. Drinking represents a reception for which no fitness is required. A fool, a thief, a harlot can drink; and so sinfulness of character is no bar to the invitation to believe in Jesus. We want no golden cup, no bejewelled chalice, in which to convey the water to the thirsty; the mouth of poverty is welcome to stoop down and quaff the flowing flood. Blistered, leprous, filthy lips may touch the stream of divine love; they cannot pollute it, but shall themselves be purified. Jesus is the fount of hope. Dear reader, hear the dear Redeemer’s loving voice as He cries to each of us,
“If any man thirst,
let him come unto me
Dear reader, are you yet to be saved, don’t miss this last opportunity to give your life to Christ (click here) do so now! It might be late after today. Don’t allow Satan to confuse or deceive you any further, see:
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8:20
Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead.
The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All these hopeful seasons have come and gone—your summer and your harvest have past—and yet you are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved.
Let me ask you—will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it? Already the most propitious seasons have left you unsaved; will other occasions alter your condition? Means have failed with you—the best of means, used perseveringly and with the utmost affection—what more can be done for you? Affliction and prosperity have alike failed to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart.
Are not the probabilities dead against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that you will abide as you are till death for ever bars the door of hope? Do you recoil from the supposition? Yet it is a most reasonable one: he who is not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never has come, why should it ever come?
It is logical to fear that it never will arrive, and that Felix like, you will find no convenient season till you are in hell. O bethink you of what that hell is, and of the dread probability that you will soon be cast into it!
Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, your doom no words can picture. Write out your dread estate in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth: you will be punished with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. A brother’s voice would fain startle you into earnestness. O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost.
Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it lead to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all. O see to it that this year pass not away, and you an unforgiven spirit. Let not the New Year’s midnight peals sound upon a joyless spirit! Now, Now, NOW believe, and live.
“Escape for thy life;
Look not behind thee,
Neither stay thou in all the plain;
Escape to the mountain,
Lest thou be consumed.”
Like Lot, the Spirit of God is beckoning on you to escape lest you will be destroyed (Lk 17:29). Will you heed to His call. (Click here to accept Jesus Christ) now!
We are looking forward to first day of January 2015, then imagine, the sudden appearing of the Son of God to take His bride to the weeding feast, will you be ready, are your garments washed? Are they clean and without stain? Click here to escape the fire burning with sulphur (Rev 21:8).
Finally brethren hold back Your profession (Heb 4:14), for the end of everything is at hand (1 Pet 4:7), He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded (1Pet 2:6) and your labour in Him shall not be in vain (1 Cor 15:58) and shall not lack bread (Ps 37: 25-26 ).
Remain blessed in the Lord.