Saturday, 19th February, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"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" (Ephesians 5:15-16 AMPC)
Recently, the devil desperately attempted to force the world into the environment of the Antichrist, resulting in so much deception and destruction of lives, livelihoods, and businesses. But thanks be unto God! The Church rose to the occasion and truncated all of Satan’s plans and stratagems. Hallelujah!
But why did such things even happen at all? It was because many of God’s people were learning the principles of the Kingdom to consume upon their lusts, measuring their successes with earthly things. They began to live as though this world is all there is, not realizing that life on earth is short.
Whether you’re a politician, an entrepreneur, civil servant, whoever you are, and whatever activities you’re involved in, the end of all things is at hand. Live purposefully. Refuse to allow anything to take your attention away from the Lord. Gain isn’t godliness (1 Timothy 6:5). Don’t think that since you’re acquiring possessions and recording success with earthly things, that means you’re fulfilling God’s will. No, don’t use earthly things to measure God’s approval.
Also, never think you lost anything for following and serving the Lord with all your heart and with all you had, just because you don’t seem to have much of this world’s goods. The greatest thing in this earth is to serve the Lord with your life and fulfil His purpose for your life.
Free yourself of all forms of entanglements and encumbrances and serve the Lord joyfully with a pure heart. Don’t associate success with God with the world’s symbols of success. Serve God with a perfect heart and be excited to praise Him, irrespective of the challenges you might be facing.
"Irrespective of the difficulties in today’s world and the challenges that may come my way, I remain excited about Jesus, about the Holy Spirit, about the Word of God, and about serving the Lord! By the guidance of the Spirit, I serve God joyfully and with a perfect heart, prepared and alert, as the coming of the Lord draws near. Amen."
2 Timothy 3:1-2; Deuteronomy 10:12; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Mark 4:1-20 & Leviticus 15
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 19:30-41 & Psalm 29-30