Pastor’s Corner

PREPARATIONS FOR GLORY 2016 (Part 1) 

         

Introduction 

 

We all went through 2015 and came out with different experiences. Some of us have regrets stemming from not having achieved what we wanted to, some are full of excitement, some nostalgia (feeling of pleasure and sadness), some are simply not bothered, and some are full of disappointment and pain, while some are thankful anyway. 

 The proclamation concerning 2016 is that it is a new dawn of God’s glory upon us.  The theme is GLORY 2016!  The thrust at this point therefore, is what can you do to make GLORY 2016 a reality?  What does 2016 have in stock for you?” What are you expecting God to do and are you properly positioned for what God wants to do? When you take stock on the 31st of December 2016, will you be able to say that it has been GLORY all the way?

 To help us answer the above questions let us look at Ephesians 5:15-17 in three translations:

 –  Ephesians 5:15-17 KJV

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

 –  Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”

 –  Ephesians 5:15-17 AMP

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”

 We need to understand some basic facts from the scriptures above, for GLORY 2016 to be a reality:

 1.   We need to understand that our time on this side of heaven is short and as such we need to pay special attention to how we live our lives.   Ephesians 5:15: To live like a fool, is to live your life devoid of understanding and independent of God. Psalms 39:4, 90:10.

 Psalms 39:4 NLT  ““ LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.” THIS SHOULD BE OUR PRAYER

Psalms 90:10 NLT – “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.”

Matthew 6:34 NLT – So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Each day has enough evil, trouble, and problems, of its own. So take each day as it comes, and by God’s grace, deal with things as they arise.  Do not worry about things beforehand. The Lord will supply whatever you need to go through each day, be it wisdom, knowledge, faith, power, help, etc.

 2.   We must make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil – Ephesians 5:16

We spend valuable time on less valuable or least value adding issues. Talking about others, gossiping, getting involved in unprofitable things thus allowing Satan to steal our time. Time remains the most valuable asset we have as humans. The billionaire and the pauper have access to 24 hours every day. Sometimes, we get involved in things that look good but end up wasting our time. Luke 10 tells the story of Jesus, Martha and Mary.

 Luke 10:38-42 NLT  – “As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.””

While Martha was preoccupied cooking, she forgot that the Lord was in her sitting room. Mary discovered the one thing that is the essence of living, which is, to seek God, serve God and obey His commandments.

Matthew 6:33 KJV – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Having dealt with the issues of the time allocated to us here on earth and putting that time into good use, we now go to the 3rd issue.

 3.   Understanding what God’s will is – EPH 5:17

What do you think God’s will is for you this year? To understand God’s will for your life this year, you need to do the following:

 3.1.  Get your priorities right. Who occupies the topmost position in my life? Is it God, my work, sin, pleasure etc. If it’s God, then your worship of God this year must be first. Come rain or shine, I will be found in His house. If it’s work then I need to move God to that position.

MATTHEW 6:23

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:33 KJV

 3.2.  Set aside definite time for prayers, studying the Word, praying for the church and the leadership, praying for your family and loved ones, praying for harvest of souls, and also, spend time with the family. Take the kids out and make time to go out dining with your spouse. After God, comes family. For singles, spend time with children of God, loved ones and don’t be found in the congregation of the ungodly. GLORY 2016 is for REAL and it is serious business. Make sure you get connected and move with the cloud of glory.  Do not be left out.

 3.3.  You need to be a diligent workman at your duty post, be it in your place of work, church, home, etc. Stop playing truancy and making excuses. It’s a sin to expect to be paid  salary at the end of the month for doing a shabby job or to expect God to bless you when you have not served diligently.  It is a labourer that deserves to be paid.  Therefore, if you are a cleaner, clean well, if you serve as an usher in church, usher people with excitement, if you are a teacher, teach well, if a Doctor, doctor well.  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your heart, as if Christ where physically supervising your work/service.

 In summary:

 1.  Number your days, because the time we have on this side of life is short. Be wise in your dealings; do not live without understanding and wisdom.

 Psalms 1:1-3 NLT – “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

2.  Make the most of every opportunity. Stop majoring on minuses. Don’t waste your time on things that do not have eternal value. Live a life of godly purpose, for God is a God of purpose.

 3.  Understand God’s will concerning you. Let God be first in your life.

 4.  Be wise, watch the company you keep.  A companion of fools shall be destroyed- Pro 28:7, Pro 28:7, Psalms 26:4-5.  Therefore avoid ungodly association.

 5.  Don’t get involved in anything that will hurt you e.g. alcohol, drugs.  Stay away from attractive things that destroy – PROV 23:31-32.

 6.  Don’t expose yourself to compromising situations. Whatever God forbids, don’t excuse it or attempt to justify it.  Let your moral values be sound and uncompromising.

 Conclusion

 Romans 13:11 KJV  – “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

Romans 13:11 NLT – “This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”

Time is running out, you cannot continue to live the way you lived last year, with very little regard for the things of God. The Bible says WAKE UP!  Enough of slumbering and playing Church.  You cannot continue to waver or swing between two opinions.  I pray you will make up your mind now to seek God and His righteousness and to walk closer with God this year, giving time and energy to the things of God.

 May God give you grace to serve him better this year.  May your heart be more and more devoted to God and the things of God in Jesus Name.

 

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