A writer once wrote, if you want to be a writer, write.
It’s been a while since I pieced together my thoughts. I took sometime this Sabbath to have a moment with God.
(Written in February 2017)
I must say as a Christian, the walk hasn’t been easy. I haven’t done so well. And I know I would do better. So today I took a pause and chose not to be predictable and normal with my Sabbath errands. But this weekend had long painted as different from the others since last weekend. Much was to happen. But God has his plans.
So as I pen down today’s piece, that’s my current state. Dressed up but not going out. Rested and refreshed. Hanging out with my brother. Big brother.
So as I laid this morning on the couch, an easy day, I turned to a sermon by Randy Skeete: God and God Alone. It would be my third time to listen to it. You can find it on lavingtonsda.org.
I had had quite some heavy breakfast and heard lots of music. And as noon was drawing in I fell asleep somewhere between listening to the sermon and it’s close. Not to say that the sermon is in any measure boring. No. You need to listen to it. Spare some time and do. Might share the link below.
So my lesson today from God, a reminder, a refresher, was on God’s mighty works. Am going to join up this sermon with another I heard from Pastor Wamalika.
God, when He calls you to stand on His side, He demands of you on nothing other than obedience. Total Obedience. No need to say that no relationship stands without obedience to each other. Should I expound on that? I don’t think so. It’s the basic classical common sense.
When God called Abram (later on called Abraham), His call was classical. In Abraham, we find all the nations of earth called. And looking at Abraham’s call will clearly tell us what God expects of us. Of me and you. Genesis 12 reads:
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country , and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
In these very first verses we learn something about God. He doesn’t place the dependence of success on the works of Abraham. All He requires of Abraham is obedience and He will do all the rest! Mmmmmh…
We also learn that in the call, we leave everything that is pagan and ungodly and focusing by faith on the leading of God.
What God demands of us is not measured by human strength of such a measure. But Faith and Obedience.
And God goes ahead to tell Abraham what He will do. God does not say, And I will help you get a land or I will help you do this and that. But He puts the charge on Himself that He will personally see to himself that the promises will come to pass.
God, through His Word, has put a charge in Himself. He requires nothing of us but Faith and Obedience. He has done the rest.
Second example: The Ten Commandments. Pr. Wamalika painted it so well. These are 10 promises. God as he starts the commandments, He makes one powerful statement that changes how you read the following chapters carrying the promises.
2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
God starts with a remembrances of who He is. A Savior of mankind. A deliverer from Sin and bondage. The one who sets free. He’s powerful and Almighty. The journey from Egypt was mark with great and powerful manifestation of who God is. And because of His love to us and the relationship he’s building again with us, we shall have no other God. We shall not make any graven image as God. We shall not take His name in vain. We shall always remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy since God created us and rested on the day as a remembrances of who He is, our creator. We shall love our neighbors and other mankind and hence obey our parents, not kill, steal, lie or covet. Why? Because God has delivered us from sin and bondage and given us love inexplicable.
These are promises that God promises to achieve in us when we get to know Him and love Him and obey Him.
Finally, looking at the ultimate deliverance that came through Jesus, the promise at Eden. Getting to understand Christ’s missions and Love (which will take eternity to understand); we will voluntarily love and obey Him. We struggle with our own righteousness just because we haven’t understood who Jesus is and what He did.
When Christ writes to the Laodecian church, the last church in earth’s history just before Jesus comes, he say some very solemn messages:
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
We are lukewarm because we haven’t accepted the Gold of Christ has has been tried and tested and withstood the requirements of the Law. In Christ we find true righteousness and every need to pay for our salvation. But we struggle daily boasting of how learned we are in spiritual matters, how rich we are in wealth are blinded by earthly blessings equating that to salvation; not realizing that Christ is not even in all that. He is outside knocking at the door waiting on who will hear His call and open the door and let Him in.
It is Christ’s gold, Christ’s righteousness, that offers us salvation. It’s our love for Christ that leads us to have Faith and Obedience unto sanctification. This love on beholding what Christ has done that will move us to claim the promise and desire of walking away from Sin. It will lead us to hate sin and what it does to men. Yes, we will join the ranks of warring with the flesh since we have chosen to walk by The Spirit. And so close will be the war. Close as on your own skin and flesh. For the flesh you will fight the temptations and desires to sin and you will have to place this body under and let not it’s opinions and desires win over what the Spirit say. For we have chosen to walk after the Spirit. It’s a war we will carry to the last day of our lives on earth. And what happens in war is that we get hurt and injured quite often but when hurt, we don’t give up until the end of the war. Yes we might fall, we will fall in the Christian walk, but what matters is on whose side you are fighting. Under whose banner are you fighting. Who is your Captain and what are your marching orders. We are in a war that Christ has already won. Let’s not be discouraged to think that we are in this alone. Let’s not be discouraged that your salvation depends on the kind of fight you will make but who is fighting with you that fight against the enemy.
Let’s not be discouraged when we fall down in the fight but let’s remember to spring back up fast before the discouragement hits hard at you and give up. God has made a promise that He will keep if we Trust and Obey. Let’s agonize with God. Let’s fight faithfully. Don’t give up when you fall. There is still hope. It’s not over until the Father says, it’s time son, go get the Church.
God shall accomplish the promise if we remain faithful.