October 28, 2021

Be Righteous - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The Blessed word that the  Lord   has   given   for  you  today  is  from  the  book  of  Philippians 2:6,7, “Who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to  be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant and coming in the likeness, of men. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death. Even the death of the cross.”

From the above context we learn   that Jesus humbled Himself   in obedience to God until death.  While Jesus lived on the face of this earth, He set an example in all things before us. He was obedient to His parents until He was 30years of age. Then for three and half years he began to do His father’s will and fulfilled His Fathers plan and purpose on the face of this earth, obeying the words of the Father. He humbled Himself, until death on the cross of Calvary. My dear children of God, today God is giving you a commandment to follow, because many times we face failures in our life. And we never realize the reason for our failures and sufferings. We often think why when, we take one step forward, we go behind four steps backward. What is the secret of our downfall? We need to look into this matter seriously. Why do I face loss after loss? Why do I face so many problems?  Why am I facing sorrows, pain and agony? Debts, after debts,   shame after shame, what is happening behind my back?  When will I live in peace and happiness?

Today God is going to teach you the secret,   as to how you can live a victorious   life,   from the scripture so that you can correct yourself, and live a life of peace and joy. Yowill experience a blooming life. God is speaking to you about obedience to God in this message. Jesus was a role model before us in every aspect of His life. We read about Abraham   in the Bible.  God called Abraham alone from the city of Ur,  and    exalted him . He made him a rich man. He had name, fame and wealth. He had herds of cattle   and number of servants but he never had a child. He was hundred   years old. God told Abraham I will certainly return to you. According to the time of life, and behold Sarah your wife shall have a son. Abraham believed but Sarah had passed the age of child bearing so she wondered how this could happen. So God said, “Is anything too hard for the Lord.” Abraham believed and it was counted to him as righteousness. He waited patiently. The Bible says, He received the child of the covenant. The child grew.  

One day, God called Abraham and asked him to sacrifice his only son, on mount Moriah. Abraham did not hesitate to obey God. He never grumbled or murmured but prepared himself for the task. He took with him two servants, a donkey and climbed the mountain. His son Isaac asked him “Father you have the wood and the fire but where is the lamb to be sacrificed.” His father replied that God will provide. “Isaac did not know that he was the lamb to be sacrificed. When His Father bound him and laid him on the altar, he never jumped down or cause confusion. Like Jesus Christ   he was willing to be sacrificed. Thus we see both the father and son had the same spirit of obedience.    Thus Abraham, obeyed God by   taking his son to be sacrificed on mount Moriah. But just when he was about to put the knife on the boy,  God spoke to Abraham saying, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld, your son, your only son from Me.”

If you obey God like Abraham then   you shall be blessed. God wants you to be blessed like the banyan tree that gives shelter to many birds.   God wants to bless you among all the members of your family. You might have seen such a person   in the family where all the other members would give more importance to him. He would have been well placed   in life. He would be holding a high post in the society.   If they conduct a function or a marriage they will go to him to take his advice. They will call him to preside over the function. He will be respected by all.  None of them will do anything without his knowledge. They will even take his blessings,   hoping to be blessed like him.  All the members will take shelter under his shade.   God wants to bless all the members of your family through you.  So this is possible only if you obey and submit yourself to God.   May the Lord help you to obey God like Abraham, without    doubting   God’s power   and   authority.  God Bless you.

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father,   we   thank   You   for this blessed day. Dear Lord teach us to obey You like Abraham. May we be like the Banyan tree that gives shade to all the birds that come to rest on  the  tree.  Help us to be a blessing to   all around us. Give us the honour and respect in the society, so that others can depend on us.   Improve our status in life among others, that others may see Christ in us.

In Jesus Name We Pray.


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