September 12, 2019

Be Of Good Cheer - Bro. T. Stephen

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of Matthew 9:2 , “Son, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you.”

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, From the above context we understand that it is necessary to be cheerful as our sins have been forgiven. Jesus spoke these words to the Paralytic who was brought to him while he was ministering to the people in a cottage. In the word of God it has been recorded that there were many characters who have been too timid initially but gradually became strong and powerful because Jesus strengthened them while He went about doing good for the people. One such person was the paralytic.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, four men from the city of Capernaum brought a paralytic lying on a bed. They tried to bring him through the door but they were hindered by the crowd. So they got upon the roof and removed part of the roof and let him down with the ropes through the opening into the midst of the crowd. Just in front of Jesus. This implied faith in His power to heal on the part of both the sick man and the bearers. When Jesus saw their faith He was moved with compassion and said to the paralytic, “Son be of good cheer your sins are forgiven you.” Immediately the paralytic took his bed and walked to his house. He was delivered from his sickness. This was to indicate that Jesus had the power to even forgive sins.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus always, displayed his compassionate way of dealing with all those who came to meet Him. Some of them, He touched while others He spoke words of faith. Words of kindness and sympathy In this case He looked with infinite tenderness on the dejected sufferer who had almost lost their hope. Jesus knew that the disease of the soul must first be removed and then would come the time for healing or restoring strength to the body. So He said, “Son be of good cheer your sins are forgiven”. This was to indicate that Jesus, the Son of God had the power to even forgive sins.

My dear Brothers and Sisters, today many of you experience the fallen state of life in your business, in your studies and your ministry. Surrender your life to the Lord Jesus Christ. May be some sinful deeds in your past life has been the cause for your fallen state. Ask God for forgiveness of your sins. The Bible says, though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land. You shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. May God help you to receive forgiveness of sins in order to be healed of all your disease. God bless you.

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank you for helping us to realize that sin is the cause of our sickness. Teach us to be aware of our sinful ways and try to avoid wrong ways of life. Make us to know that God forgives our sins and cleanses us from all our unrighteousness. And help us to enjoy the free gift of God and live liberated.

In Jesus name we pray.


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