March 16, 2019

Closer to God - Bro. T. Stephen

My dear Brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given you for today is from the book of  Psalms 119:67, “Before I was afflicted I went astray.”  

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, The above verse explains that however, God has dealt, with us, He has dealt with us better than we deserve, and all in love. And for our good. Many have the knowledge, but have little understanding of the snares of Satan. And therefore fail to protect themselves from its attack. Therefore some tend to deviate themselves from God when life is all comfortable in the world. We should always, leave our concerns to the disposal of God. Seeing we know not what is good for us.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, we need to accept and say, “Lord thou art our bountiful benefactor, incline our hearts to faith and obedience.”Thus the Psalmist goes on in his duty with constancy and resolution. The proud are full of worldly things. God visits his people with an affliction that they may learn his statutes. That is why the Psalmist says, It is good for me to have been afflicted that I might learn thy statutes.

God visits His people with affliction, that they may learn his statutes. Not only God’s promises but even his law, his precepts, though hard to understand for the ungodly men they are desirable and profitable because they lead us with safety and delight unto eternal life.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters, thus we see that unless and until we face problems or trials in our life we keep ourselves away from God. We don’t make an effort to seek Him too. We focus on the pleasures of this world. But once when we fall in the hands of God through some severe problems that cannot be rectified except by Him then we begin to look up to God, then we cry to Him, then we search for Him. This is the plan of God to draw you close to Him.  He is concerned about you. He cares for you. He loves you.  So he died for you that you might live with Him forever. Therefore submit yourselves unto God. 

God bless you. 


Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank you for helping us to understand the need to go through troubles and trials. Make us understand that only through trials we can draw more close to God. Thank you for shaping and making us as instruments according to your plan. Teach us to overcome trials through Your Strength.   In Jesus name we pray.


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