Thought For The Day: August 24, 2015

Today’s prosperity messages have led many people to the Broad way that leads to destruction. Gone are the days when people weep and turn away from their old sinful lives when they hear the Word from the pulpit. Poverty is now referred to as the Old Life whereas riches and power are termed as the New Life. 

What happened to the messages about Purity, Holiness, Sanctification, Repentance, Prayer, Fasting, Forgiveness, etc? Jesus is coming again and what account are we going to give if we shun the message of the Cross?

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭13-15‬ KJV)

Praise the Lord!

Who can be compared with the LORD our God, who is enthroned on high? He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, even the princes of his own people! He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother. Praise the LORD! (‭Psalms‬ ‭113‬:‭5-9‬ NLT)

KEEP CALM, GOD IS IN CONTROL

imageSince the Lord is directing our steps, why try to understand everything that happens along the way? (Proverbs 20:24, TLB)

The Scenario:

I have been aboard many flights to different destinations and one thing that I have observed from pilots and Cabin Crew is that they assure passengers of smooth flight before the flight takes off. They give passengers hope that they will reach their destinations safely.

Another observation that is quite intriguing is that majority of the passengers don’t see the pilots, neither do the pilots show their certificates to passengers that they are qualified to fly the plane. All they (passengers) hear is someone mentioning his name and telling them to relax and observe safety instructions.

The third observation is that passengers who trust the pilot’s words and probably the airline company enjoy their journey, sometimes above 40000 feet, although there may be turbulence, diversion, or emergency landing. Chesley Sullenberger saved 150 passengers aboard US Airways Flight 1549 in January 2009 when he safely landed the plane on the Hudson River in New York. However, passengers who try to understand everything that happens along the way get frightened and act like dead fish with the least incident.

The Broader Picture:

  • God has good plans for you

I say this because I know the plans I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ERV)

The basis of the Christian journey is that God has plans to give His children hope and a good future. As a matter of fact, He knows the end from the beginning and he planned all your days before your conception. Thus nothing you have been through, or you are going through, or you would go through, can surprise Him. He has plans to give you good health, good breaks, prosperous life, great ideas, promotion, wealth, success, power to defeat your enemies, to spend eternity with him, etc. This confirms what the scripture says that “Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” (Job 8:7, NIV)

  • God directs your Steps to achieve His plans for your life

The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take.” (Psalms 37:23, TLB)

The next point is that since He knows your future, couple with his plans for you, he directs your steps to the attainment of his plans for your life. God knows the right path you should take and he guides your steps along that path when you are obedient to His Word.

The Reality:

God always promises a fruitful end. He doesn’t tell his children how the journey will be like but He does promise that He will never leave them nor forsake them, whether they go through fire or storms. Note that storms of life are inevitable. No man can skip that. Thus what you should do as a child of God is to trust that God is able to do what He has promised. The frustration, stress, or depression comes, like the passenger who acts like dead fish on planes, when you try to understand or figure out everything that happens along the way.

In Isaiah 55:8-9 (TLB), the scripture says that “This plan of mine is now what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours! For just as the heavens are higher that the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.”

Your mind is limited to understanding everything the Lord does so you’ve got to trust His Word that All things are working together for your good. And in all things, give thanks. When things don’t happen the way you planned them to be, give thanks and believe that God has your best interest at heart and he is directing your steps to a good future.

Someone once said that “there are so many things in your life now that you don’t understand but one day you will. One day you will understand that they were part of God’s plan for your life.”

Be encouraged that God is in control and He is directing your steps to achieve His plans for your life. Keep Calm

I will close with this:

As the rain and snow come down from heaven and stay upon the ground to water the earth, and cause the grain to grow and to produce seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry, so also is my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It shall accomplish all I want it to and prosper everywhere I send it.

You will live in joy and peace. ThGe mountains and hills, the trees of the field – all the world around you – will rejoice. Where once were thorns, fir trees will grow; where briars grew, the myrtle trees will sprout up. This miracle will make the Lord’s name very great and be an everlasting sign of God’s power and love. (Isaiah 55:10-13, TLB)

You Can’t Hide It From God

20121030-083012.jpgWhat do you do when no one is watching? You may cover your sins that no one else would know but you cannot hide it from God.

Our God is Omnipresent and Omniscience. He is everywhere and He knows all things. His word says “our secret sins are in the light of His presence“. I believe sometimes He laughs when He sees us closing doors and windows trying cover the things we do. It is very funny because we cannot hide it from Him. In Acts 5, Ananias and Sapphira thought they were keeping a secret. Hardly did they know they were digging their own graves.

You cannot hide your sins from God.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13, NIV)

What account are you going to give on the judgement day?

When Satan tempts you to close doors, windows, or run away to sin, remember that Nothing in all creation is hidden from His sight.

“He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

Every person has got weight, and sin that easily beset him/her so Paul said “since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12, NLT).

What are you hiding from the public?

What sin(s) is/are slowing you down from running your race?

I don’t have any idea but I will encourage you to tell it all to Jesus. He has the Power to save you today.

if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9, NLT)

A song writer once said that;

You cannot hide it from God

You may cover your sins that no one else would know

You cannot hide it from God