The best and most influential sermon we can ever preach is the message of our lives
Greetings, dear friends! Welcome to „Daily Word for Spiritual Edification”! May God’s grace follow you throughout this day! I thank God for the opportunity to share with you the world of revelation God has placed in my heart.Our whole life is tied to change that begin with the transformation of our character. The best and most influential sermon we can ever preach is the message of our lives.My life preaches even when I don’t know about it. This is why it is so important to be changed so that our lives reflect what we say and comply with it. Our lives must be our loudest sermon and not our words. It is the will of God for us.God changes us not only through trials and hardships, but also through His grace and mercy. That is what it says in the Epistle to Romans:
«Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?» (Romans, 2:4).The word «repentance» in this verse implies change. God through His grace leads us all to change. If God blesses us but at the same time we still walk in our old habits, – it is not the sign of His approval of your bad actions. Quite the opposite; God wants us to come to repentance and change our ways based on His gracious and merciful generosity.But if we despise the riches of His goodness and keep walking in our old, shameful ways, then we will cause God’s wrath to come over our lives.
«But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart your are treasuring up for yourself the wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honour, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honour, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God» (Romans, 2: 5-11).In his Epistle to Philippians Paul writes:
«Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me» (Philippians, 3:12).Paul says that he is working and pressing forward to match God’s design that He has prepared for him in Christ. Paul wanted to be perfect in Christ, so he was striving to reach that goal. When God looks at your life and my life, He sees us as being totally different. God thinks better of us that we think of ourselves or others think of us. God sees me perfected, free, happy, fruitful and satisfied with my life. He sees me as being like His Son Jesus Christ. Sure, we might be far from it, but as Paul says, God desires us to work and strive to grow into people He wants us to be. God will help us in it, if we will allow Him to change us.I am inviting you to pray this prayer out loud:«Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for not letting me die in this world of sin; I am in Your hands and You are helping me to change! I am asking You, Lord, to work with me as a potter works with clay. I am clay in Your hands! I thank You, Jesus, that the process of change won’t stop until I become a vessel You have planned me to be. Change me, Lord! Thank You, Jesus, for the power of Your righteousness that is working in me! Thank You, Lord, for the power of sanctification that works through Your Word and the Holy Spirit. I declare by faith that each year I grow in God and that the fruit of the Spirit are more and more manifested through my life. I become more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank You for everything, my God and my King! Amen!» May God help us all!Till tomorrow!Pastor Rufus Ajiboye
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