BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS

1 Chronicles 28:20

“David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”

Each and everyone has a purpose to accomplish on this earth, and once that purpose has been revealed unto you, be strong and courageous in accomplishing it. The word of this week is, “Do not be scared of anything or habour fear for anyone or thing because, the Lord who has called you to this work will never forsake you as you do His work.”

Challenges and discouragements will definitely come, but rest assured that God will be with you throughout. He is in front of you, behind you, and by your sides all through the journey all day all night. Just recognize His voice and heed Him. 1 Chronicles 28:9 tells, “If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”

Just in case you are unaware: the reward of working for the Lord is so handsome and generational. Your children’s children’s children’s children, and on and on and on, will reap the fruits of your service to the Lord.

​BE SEXUALLY PURE

The kingdom of Christ and God is the eternal dwelling place of the believer. And so as you carry yourself about as a believer, my dear, do not allow the perishable desires of your flesh lead you to sin and consequently deprive you of your place in the kingdom of God. It is not only a sin against God, but your body too, when you indulge in sexual sin. 
When you sin against your body, you’d pay dearly on this earth; whereas, your sin against God will deny you your dwelling in the kingdom of God and eternal life. Do not forget that the sins committed against God might be forgiven, but when you sin against your body you will live with its bitter punishment for the rest of your life. Contract STD or the others from your sexual escapades and see how your life will be like. So brothers and sisters, be sexually pure.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:3-4, “It is improper for God’s Holy people to be sexually impure, or greedy. There must not even be a hint of it amongst you. Moreover, there should not be obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” Give thanks!

​PREPARE, AND BE EVER-READY FOR NO ONE KNOWS WHEN

Scriptural reference: Matthew 25:1-13
“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaids* who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 

6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ 

7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 

9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 

10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’ 

12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ 

13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return. 
The message in this text is laconically the title of this post. But a talkative as I am, I beseech your kindest permission to add small to it. Thank you, and May God Bless you.

When the bridegroom (Jesus) comes and you miss out, I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve missed out completely. Bottom-line. There is going to be no reason acceptable to Him like, “I’ve been waiting for you all this while, but I just went out there to make a point to those haters and distractors that I can also be as bad”, “It’s just a slip”, “I did not know it’s going to be this soon”, etc.

Like the Bible tells us, the enemy comes only to rob us of our goodies and impoverish us, so be prayerful, watchful, and tactful in your dealings in this world. Brother, light the fire and have everything to keep it burning at all times so you do not miss out like the five ‘foolish’ bridesmaids in the reference above for no one knows when the savoir will be coming again – not even the savior Himself – Matthew 24:36.

THE TWELVE CURSES ON MOUNT EBAR

​15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen.

18 Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.

19 Cursed be he that perverteth the

judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.

20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father’s wife; because he uncovereth

his father’s skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.

21 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.

22 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

23 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen.

24 Cursed be he that smiteth his

neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.

25 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.

26 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

BELIEVE AND OPERATE IN YOUR BELIEF

   
Matt 21:28-32
Parable of the Two Sons
28 “But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. 30 Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.
31 “Which of the two obeyed his father?”
They replied, “The first.”*
Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. 32 For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.

HAVE FAITH AND DON’T DOUBT

(Matt 21:21-23)
21 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. 22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”