Dear brothers and sisters, “Fear not, for the Lord is with you, do not be dismayed, for the Almighty is your God. He will strengthen you and help you; He will uphold you with His righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
So much is happening around us and in our world that should energize every follower of Christ to be all God has called us to be. The days we live in are prime opportunities for the life of God in us, to be fully manifested. After last week’s SCOTUS decision, my encouragement is in the reality and assurance of God’s presence in you, for you and through you. Let’s be reminded that God has not lost any control of His universe, He is in total control. The state of our world and the decision does not change who we the body of Christ are. The decision only makes us, as the light of Christ shine brighter for the glory of God.
After two days of intensive prayer preparing for our summer board retreat, the Holy Sprit affirmed some things in the days we live in. I share them with you not as a prototype but that your resolve in Christ will be encouraged and strengthened in fulfilling God’s mandate.
1. Biblical Authority: we have to make a daily choice what will be the influence in our lives. In essence as God’s ambassadors, we are confronted with the choice of what we will believe or not believe as our final authority.
2. The Reverential Fear of God: we need a fresh visit of the awe of God in our midst. That awe that makes our hearts yearn to always please God. That awe that is birthed out of our relationship with Christ. That awe that makes us grateful sons and daughters that respect God, obey Him, surrendered to Him and worship Him in dazed adoration. We need that kind of awe in these days.
3. Scriptural Conversion: as we seek to restore people back to their Creator and equip them as followers of Christ, the distinguishing mark of being a Christ follower is crucial. Acts 4:13 sheds light on the truth that people could tell Christ’s disciples had been with Jesus. It was not a hidden fact that Christ’s disciples were known one way before and another way after their conversion. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind about their salvation experiences. They were indeed born again.
4. Infilling of the Holy Spirit: we are powerless without the Holy Spirit. We are fruitless without the Holy Spirit. The disciples were nothing before the Pentecost experience in Acts 2:1. They were everything after the infilling of the Holy Spirit. They also continued in the things they had learned and stayed filled up with the Holy Spirit.
Beloved, brothers and sisters, as we navigate each day we are privileged to see; I pray the following scriptures will be a source of fortification:
When in need of stability that will keep you from falling, remember that God’s word is a rock beneath your feet; stand upon it. “ Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24 NKJV)
When in need of divine inspiration to make decisions that will keep you from darkness, remember that God’s word is the light that shines upon your pathway; walk in it. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NKJV).
When in need of guidance to speak boldly about what you believe, remember that God’s word is right and true; proclaim it with love. “My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.” (Psalm 119:172 NKJV)
We have a living God who reigns in the affairs of men. Because of Jesus, our hope is not just here on earth but an eternal one. Stay faithful to Jesus Christ. Stay faithful to the word of God. Be committed in your walk with God. Transforming love begins where all fear ends.
For The Cause of Christ,
Dr. Johnson Obamehinti