Jesus is a Winner Man x4, A Winner man all the time. Blessed be the Name of the Lord, He is worthy to be praise and adore. Lord we lift our holy hands in one accord; singing blessed be the Name of the Lord. Worthy, You are Worthy, King of kings, Lord of lords, You are Worthy. Worthy, You are worthy, King of kings; Lord of lords, we worship You.

Yes! Lord we worship You, we bless Your Holy Name, we adore You, we give You praise, we give adoration, we magnify You, we worship You, for whom You Are, let all the glory, honour, adoration be ascribe unto You forever and ever in Jesus Name.

Beloved, looking back at your life style will you confidently say that you are walking worthy of your calling as child of God? or you are living your life the way is pleasing to you? Was that the original intent of God during creation? It’s good to note that our great grandparents (Adam and Eve) missed the mark. God than planned a way out for us through the birth and death of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (1 Pet 3,4).

Then having justify us through His death on the cross, we’ve come to accept the salvation wrought for us through the Supreme Sacrifice on the cross. The parting of a dear one is so touchy and painful in the case of physical death but Christ did that for you and I. He died on the cross that we will no longer be counted unworthy before God but through His blood we are welcome back to the household of God.

The Blood of Jesus atoned for our sins and make us worthy to be called the children of the most High God. But the question is ‘are you willing to be part of this big family of God by walking worthy of Him?’

Some of us walk hypocritically of the gospel of Christ. We comport ourselves very well before the brethren and live differently from our calling outside the body of Christ. That shouldn’t be. Living a double standard live. May God help us in Jesus Name.

How do we know when we have fallen into such sin? Let us consider the message below:

Just one thing: live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith of the gospel. . . —Philippians 1:27

Paul never lost his wonder at having been called by God. He understood that the way he lived ought to be worthy of the King who had chosen him. He knew that the mystery of the gospel had been hidden for generations and had only been revealed in his day through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:26–27). Paul also understood that until people accept the gospel, they are spiritually dead and therefore without hope (Col. 2:13).

As a result of God’s plan of salvation, those who trust in Jesus are not only made alive in Christ but are also adopted as the Father’s children (Rom. 8:16–17). Paul recognized that though the Gospel sounds like foolishness to the world, it is the power of God that brings eternal life to those who accept it.

Because Paul’s life had been radically transformed by the gospel, he was intent on living to honor the gospel that gave him life. It would have been tragic to receive the riches of the gospel and then to live as a spiritual pauper. It would have been disgraceful to be saved from death by the blood of Christ and then show no reverence for that sacrifice. It would have been foolish to accept such love from Christ and then to resent what He asked in return.

The way you live your life ought to be a tribute to the matchless grace that your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has bestowed upon you. Glory be God!

Beloved, let consider what Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Tim 4:16- Paul admonished Timothy to keep a close watch on how he live and on his teaching (NLT). Another translation said ‘Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching (Holman).  While another translation says ‘be on guard as to yourself and to your teaching (Weymouth). A fellow up on this said ‘persevere in these things; for by doing this you will make certain your own salvation and that of your hearers.’

The word of God is telling us to walk worthy of the salvation we have received. That is both the gospel we received and the one we are professing to make sure that they are consistent and we are not either hearers alone or teachers alone but that we also live a life that will depict in good light the gospel we received and preach/teach. Further consideration on this is Act 20:28 and 1 Pet 5:1-7; 1 Tim 3:2. We must live worthy of our calling so that we will save both our life and that of our hearers.

Let’s consider one individual who received the salvation of Christ and walked worthy of all the teachings she received of Him and that made her a fore runner of Christ. Praise the Lord:

“He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils.” Mark 16:9

 

Mary of Magdala was the victim of a fearful evil. She was possessed by not one devil only, but seven. These dreadful inmates caused much pain and pollution to the poor frame in which they had found a lodging. Hers was a hopeless, horrible case. She could not help herself, neither could any human succour avail.

But Jesus passed that way, and unsought, and probably even resisted by the poor demoniac, He uttered the word of power, and Mary of Magdala became a trophy of the healing power of Jesus. All the seven demons left her, left her never to return, forcibly ejected by the Lord of all. What a blessed deliverance! What a happy change! From delirium to delight, from despair to peace, from hell to heaven!

Straightway she became a constant follower of Jesus, catching His every word, following His devious steps, sharing His toilsome life; and withal she became His generous helper, first among that band of healed and grateful women who ministered unto Him of their substance. When Jesus was lifted up in crucifixion, Mary remained the sharer of His shame: we find her first beholding from afar, and then drawing near to the foot of the cross.

She could not die on the cross with Jesus, but she stood as near it as she could, and when His blessed body was taken down, she watched to see how and where it was laid. She was the faithful and watchful believer, last at the sepulchre where Jesus slept, first at the grave whence He arose. Her holy fidelity made her a favoured beholder of her beloved Rabboni, who deigned to call her by her name, and to make her His messenger of good news to the trembling disciples and Peter.

Thus grace found her a maniac and made her a minister, cast out devils and gave her to behold angels, delivered her from Satan, and united her for ever to the Lord Jesus. May I also be such a miracle of grace!

The miracle of grace indeed! Beloved, the race before us does not count where you were found but what you do after you have met with Christ, the lady we just met was not just possessed by one demon but seven but when she met with Christ, and was made whole she never looked backed, she was on the ‘go’ for Christ and that made her a fore runner of Christ to the disciples of our Lord Jesus. She had no title but because of fervency in her followership with Christ, she took the goodnews to those who were taught by Jesus.

God, as we learnt yesterday can use anybody that is available for His service. There is no title before Him because He made you what you are. The Spirit of God in you is what made you that ‘Great Man’ , ‘Prophet’, ‘Apostle’, ‘Bishop’, ‘Reverend’ you think you are or that ‘Great Man or Woman of God’ your congregation is clamoring or hailing, so beware.

Finally brethren, let us walk worthy of the calling we received from the Lord. We are the ‘bible’ someone might read and come to Christ. Let our lives depicts godliness and not emptiness or be adorn with outward adorning of braiding of hair and wearing of jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel (gold or garments) (1 Pet 3:3; 1 Pet 1:22-23; )

In conclusion, remember that all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withered, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (1 Pet 1:24-25).

Remain blessed in the Lord.

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IFEOMA OHONDU is the founder of the MattersoftheHeart foundation, a platform where issues affecting our everyday life are discussed and where necessary proffer solution. She is part of the end time army, who will not break their rank to fulfill the urgent call of God upon her life by declaring His word to the helpless, the doubting, the comfortless and the dying world. The world will experience great restoration and healing in the Word of God through her ministration. She is a voice to emphasize key spiritual truth about Faith, Healing and Encouragement.