FEAR GOD AND GIVE HIM GLORY

Revelation 14:6-7

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of Heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on earth, and to every nation, kindred, and tongue, and people. Saying with a loud voice, fear God and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made Heaven and earth, and the sea and the fountains of water”

It is with no tinge of doubt accepted that we are living in the last days, and a question I diligently seek answer to is, “How do we fear God and give glory to Him, so that we can earn His mercy when the day of judgment comes?”. To answer this question is to give you strength to jump over the huddles on your way this week.

Glorifying God means giving evidence of the character of God in our lives, and in this way make Him known to those around us. This is what Jesus says in Matthew 16:24, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” and John 14:15, “If you love me, obey my commandments.”

1 John 2:3-6, says, “And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” This to a very reasonable extent says that to fear God is to obey Him completely.

Fear God and give Him glory, and your life will never be the same in this life and the one to come. God bless you all.

THE IRRELEVANCE OF COURTSHIP

Permission to start by quoting Immanuel Kant, and I quote, “The Bible is an inexhaustible fountain of all truth. Its existence is the greatest blessing humanity ever experienced.” Courtship, defined by the 4th Edition of the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, is “The time when people have a romantic relationship with the intention of marriage.” During this time, the prospective spouses assess each other properly and with thoroughness so as to avert problems like divorce that might arise from issues of incompatibility. In short, courtship is the testing period of compatibility of a relationship between two people of opposite biological orientation.

A great marital life was recorded in the Bible to have existed, and surprisingly it was not preceded by the so called courtship. This actually is the marriage between Isaac and Rebekah. Isaac was the son of Abraham, and Rebekah Abraham’s niece born to Bethuel, Abraham’s brother. Do not be quick to point out that they were related and so they were less incompatible. They never knew each other before they came together and besides, do not we have relatives who are best of enemies today?

Bethuel and his family might have asked those questions we would have asked today, but what is really worth mentioning is their insignificance when God provides. Questions like: In what company does he work and what position is he occupying? Does he limb on any of his legs? What is his height? Has he an enviable physique? Is he a man of repute? Etc. They just believed in the story of Abraham’s servant and trusted in the lord for the best.

Isaac on the other hand, also did not ask those unnecessary questions I would have asked until now, like: Is she a virgin (when we take pride today in ‘de-virginizing’ dozens of virgins)? Has she a voluptuous body? Can she cook good meal? Etc. Isaac on meeting Rebekah just embraced her with so much joy and exhilaration, because he knew that once God has provided it was the best and the best only.

courting couple

Isaac and Rebekah were two perfect strangers who came together in marriage and, as recorded in the Bible, their marriage flourished flamboyantly without traces of infidelity, misunderstanding, physical and verbal abuses, etc. And the Bible says in Genesis 24:67 that Isaac loved Rebekah deeply, and Rebekah was a special comfort to Isaac. What is pivotal in the success of a marriage is recognizing your role and serving/performing it with all your heart, after founding it on God. It is never how long you have courted. That is a great misconception.

Courtship might be relevant to the success of a marriage, but if you believe it is the Almighty God who provides a spouse then courtship is as irrelevant as pacifying a sinful person with the blood of a goat. Because there is no fault in what the almighty God provides

(Scriptural reference: Genesis 24)

GIVE UP SOMETHING

Luke 18:28-30

28 Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, 30 will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.”

Are you scared to give up something? Do not be! The reward and the assurance of the reward is so big that you ought not to be scared. The refreshing thing is that what the Lord Jesus said in verse 29 carried no condition. There was no conditional clause. It was an assurance that once anyone of us has given up house, or wife, or brothers, or parents, or children for the sake of God, that person will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the life to come.

My brother and my sister, whatever struggle you are going through in giving up one thing or another for the sake of the Gospel, just endure and keep your gaze fixed on the rewards, in this life and the one to come, and give up that thing completely.

It is my prayer this week that the almighty God himself gives us that strength to give up those things completely for the sake of the Kingdom. Have a fruitful week.

PEI

pei

Pei, the 17th Hebrew letter is symbolic of the mouth. Research proves that women speak more words in a day than men, of which the virtuous woman is not an exception. But then, the distinctive feature is the content of her words. Proverbs 31:26 teaches that she, the virtuous woman, opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue are the laws of kindness. Psalm 119:129-136 is also represented with this same symbol. Her words are worth treasuring in hearts and minds. Her words bring or complete the solution to problems. Her words bring understanding. Her words are the only encouraging words one could think of in the days of trouble. Simply, her words are a panacea.

Insults, gossips, discouragement, curses, nags, and lies are mostly associated to women. This is not the ultimate picture, the virtuous woman speaks the very words of God; her words are in season. It is not lipstick that makes the mouth beautiful but the words brought forth.

No one can give what he/she doesn’t have. The manifestations of the virtuous woman are stemming from her nature. Bible says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. This means she is full of the word of God, she has the nature of God: this is the secret. She keeps the word of God and not from just memorised words but words spoken from the heart, capable of touching another heart. Halelluah!

By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama

LAY YOUR TRUST IN GOD

Oral Roberts, in his book ‘A Daily Guide to Miracles’, said that “trust is commitment”. If Trust is firm belief in someone or something, and Commitment is a pledge or an undertaking, then, I think, to a very reasonably large extent, it is true. You can never trust in someone without actually being committed to that person. Trust materializes through commitment.

Our ‘Word of the Week’ for this week is lay your trust in the Lord at all times. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” What I see the Bible telling me and you is that, “it does not matter what our worries and cares are, what really matters is us casting all of them into the hands of God for He cares about us”. Have you someone who cares a lot about you? If you do, then you definitely will know how it feels like being cared for by someone. God is not just a someone who cares about you, but the Someone who lacks nothing and gives everything through faith.

Philippians 4:19 ends it all by telling us emphatically and unambiguously what an awesome provider/supplier our God is. It says, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” This is Apostle Paul speaking to the Philippian believers.

Lay your worries and cares in the Lord today, for He who cares about us all will supply us with all we need in the glorious riches of Christ Jesus. I want to conclude with this quote, “If you want to see the rainbow, you must be prepared to deal with the heavy downpours.” Nothing good comes easy, and so in laying our worries in the Lord, we might have to wait, sometimes longer, for the heavy downpour to be over. But I want to tell you that waiting on God for a lifetime is worth it.

May the good Lord be with us all this week in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!

ARE YOU ASHAMED?

I remember I once asked this question on ‘WhatsApp’: what should a child of God be shameful of apart from SIN? The people of the world consider a lot of things to be shameful; poverty, poor academic performance, joblessness, old fashioned car, etc. Why should one be ashamed of family background? The God who created the rich also created the poor, and they are all equal before Him. Truly, aside sin, I don’t know anything a child of God should be shameful of.

The most shameful picture is the picture of the unsaved man – the naked man. Revelations 3:18 reveals that we should cover our shameful nakedness with the purchased white cloth of righteousness. Sin is shameful, let us awake to righteousness through the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:34).

What is going on in your life? Have you had a dream in which shame had wrapped you? A threat of disgrace from a co-worker? An inward fear of shame? Do not worry! As long as you put on the cloth of righteousness given by Christ Jesus’s suffering on the cross, it shall come to pass. Do not lose heart, put your trust in God, believe in Him, and you shall never be put to shame (1 Peter 2:6, Romans 10:11).

Henceforth, let not shame be a threat to you. May the Lord put all your adversaries to shame in Jesus’ name! And the Lord speak on your behalf that your adversaries will be silenced (Luke 13:17). I love you all Amen.

By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama