Good morning Father, Son and Holy Spirit. O! Lord, we Thy children are here before Your presence to worship You, to blessed Your Holy Name. Thank You for another bright day ahead of us, we worship You, we adore You. Be Thou be exalted forever and ever Amen.
Eternal King of glory, who is like unto Thee. Heaven and earth will show forth Thy glory. In heaven You are God, and on earth You are God. You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Receive all glory, all honour and adoration in the Name of the Lord, Jesus.
We are God’s children, created in the image of God. We are to fulfill all mandate given to us by our King of kings and Lord of lords. But two cannot work together except they agreed. We are the children of light therefore darkness must not be found in us, for without holiness, no man shall see God.
We are called out darkness unto the marvelous light, we are to walk uprightly before God (Prov 14:17) and be ye reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20) and be ye holy; for I Am Holy (1 pet 1:16). Children of God, we are called out from among them. Though, we are in the world but we are not of the world, we are children of light and not children of darkness. We must not live after the flesh but after the Spirit:
“Be ye separate.” 2Corinthians 6:17
The Christian, while in the world, is not to be of the world. He should be distinguished from it in the great object of his life. To him, “to live,” should be “Christ.” Whether he eats, or drinks, or whatever he does, he should do all to God’s glory. You may lay up treasure; but lay it up in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, where thieves break not through nor steal.
You may strive to be rich; but be it your ambition to be “rich in faith,” and good works. You may have pleasure; but when you are merry, sing psalms and make melody in your hearts to the Lord. In your spirit, as well as in your aim, you should differ from the world. Waiting humbly before God, always conscious of His presence, delighting in communion with Him, and seeking to know His will, you will prove that you are of heavenly race.
And you should be separate from the world in your actions. If a thing be right, though you lose by it, it must be done; if it be wrong, though you would gain by it, you must scorn the sin for your Master’s sake. You must have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Walk worthy of your high calling and dignity.
Remember, O Christian, that thou art a son of the King of kings. Therefore, keep thyself unspotted from the world. Soil not the fingers which are soon to sweep celestial strings; let not these eyes become the windows of lust which are soon to see the King in His beauty—let not those feet be defiled in miry places, which are soon to walk the golden streets—let not those hearts be filled with pride and bitterness which are ere long to be filled with heaven, and to overflow with ecstatic joy.
Then rise my soul! and soar away,
Above the thoughtless crowd;
Above the pleasures of the gay,
And splendours of the proud;
Up where eternal beauties bloom,
And pleasures all divine;
Where wealth, that never can consume,
And endless glories shine.
Beloved, have you ever come to a point in your live where God must do something not for your sake but for His Name not be profane. There are many instance in the Bible where God acted for His Name Sake.
In Exo 14, when the children of Israel were going to the promised land, pharaoh changed his mind and pursue them. Before the Israelite is the Red sea; behind them is Pharaoh and his troops. They panicked and cried unto God, I guessed you know the rest of the story. Again when there was a great famine in the land and women are eating their children and when the king was confronted, He sent for the prophet Elisha who prophesied plenty in land and it came to past (1 Kig 6: 24-33;7).
Quick to your remembrance was when the prophet of Baal engaged in a competition with the prophet of God. The contest was fierce that the prophet of Baal were cutting themselves with knives and they cried from morning till evening. The prophet of God reminded them to keep on calling, may be their gods went to the market or is asleep, all to no avail, now it was the turn of the prophet of God, one prophet versus four hundred prophet of Baal and the bible recorded that the this prophet of God was so confident of His God that he even ask them to pour four jars of water on the offering three times that the altar, wood, and the stones was so wet and as he lifted up his hands to heaven and his voice immediately the Kings of king, the Lion of the tribe of Judea, the Ageless One appeared as fire and consumed the offering both the wood and the stones, the water was licked up.(2 Kig 18:17-40)
There appear to be a battle that must be conquest between you and your enemies, the mockers of your faith, the disconfornter of your life. Hear me child of God, the God of Host must make Name for Himself in those situations, like He answered His prophet, He must answer you that His Name may feared among the pagans and unbeliever who only mock you and your God, He just has Honour His Name not for your sake but according to His Word that He must honour that which He spoke concerning you (Ps 138:1-4) for you will find Him when seek Him (2 Chr 15:4; Jer 29:11-14; Ps 22:19)
“Lead me, O Lord, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies.” Psalms 5:8
Very bitter is the enmity of the world against the people of Christ. Men will forgive a thousand faults in others, but they will magnify the most trivial offence in the followers of Jesus. Instead of vainly regretting this, let us turn it to account, and since so many are watching for our halting, let this be a special motive for walking very carefully before God.
If we live carelessly, the lynx-eyed world will soon see it, and with its hundred tongues, it will spread the story, exaggerated and emblazoned by the zeal of slander. They will shout triumphantly. “Aha! So would we have it! See how these Christians act! They are hypocrites to a man.” Thus will much damage be done to the cause of Christ, and much insult offered to His name.
The cross of Christ is in itself an offence to the world; let us take heed that we add no offence of our own. It is “to the Jews a stumblingblock”: let us mind that we put no stumblingblocks where there are enough already. “To the Greeks it is foolishness”: let us not add our folly to give point to the scorn with which the worldly-wise deride the gospel.
How jealous should we be of ourselves! How rigid with our consciences! In the presence of adversaries who will misrepresent our best deeds, and impugn our motives where they cannot censure our actions, how circumspect should we be! Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity Fair. Not only are we under surveillance, but there are more spies than we reck of. The espionage is everywhere, at home and abroad.
If we fall into the enemies’ hands we may sooner expect generosity from a wolf, or mercy from a fiend, than anything like patience with our infirmities from men who spice their infidelity towards God with scandals against His people.
O Lord, lead us ever, lest our enemies trip us up! (Ps 22:19-22) and so shall the Lord remember you and do you good in the Name of Jesus (Neh13:31) least you profound His Name among the unbelievers (Ps 126:1-2).
Remain blessed in the Lord.