Friday 1, March 2013
Bible Passage(s): 1 Timothy 6:6 - 19
Memory Verse: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But God laid upon him the iniquity of us all”. – Romans 3:23
The plan of God for man is that he be saved from his sins. His purpose is for man to be reconciled to Him, so that he can have eternal life. In fulfilling His plan and purpose for humanity, God raised His Son, Jesus Christ for us as an atonement for our sins, so that we can be reconciled to Him, and not be eternally lost on account of our sins.
Adam and Eve sinned, and thus temporarily derailed the plan of God for mankind. However, to fulfill His purpose, God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ into the world in the form of man to bring man back into line with His eternal purpose.
Jesus Christ came and lived a lowly life. He died eventually on the cross, thus offering His life as a sacrifice for man’s salvation. One cannot therefore really lay any genuine claim to godliness if the fact of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is not fully appreciated and accepted.
God’s plan for humanity is for His Kingdom to be manifest in all ramifications of his life. Godliness implies that the Kingdom of God has come in the life of the godly man. A man of God or a godly man, is that man whose life, behavior, comportment, demeanor, character, attributes and utterances point to a man in whose life the kingdom of God permanently resides.
I wish to leave you with these words from the explanatory notes on Ecclesiastes 12: 13 and 14 contained in The Life Application Bible: ‘… Solomon shows us that we should enjoy life, but this does not exempt us from obeying God’s commandments. We should search for purpose and meaning in life, but they cannot be found in human endeavors. We should acknowledge evil, foolishness, and injustice in life, yet maintain a positive attitude and strong faith in God.
All of us will have to stand before God to be judged for what we did in our lifetimes. We will not be able to use life’s inconsistencies as an excuse for failing to live properly. To live properly, we need to:
(1) recognize that human effort apart from God is futile;
(2) put God first – now;
(3) receive everything good as a gift from God;
(4) realize that God will judge everything both evil and good;
(5) know that God will judge the quality of every person’s life;
(6) recognize and accept His son, Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour of your life.
How strange that people spend their lives striving for the very enjoyment of what God gives freely as a gift! In case you have not yet given your life to Jesus Christ, but upon reading this message, you have been challenged and have a conviction in your heart to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Saviour, please say this prayer sincerely in your heart: ‘Lord God I ask you to forgive my sins through the instrumentality of the blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ I invite you into my life as Lord and Saviour. Thank you for hearing me. Amen.’
Now that you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you have to begin living life true to your confession and profession of faith. It is no more ‘business as usual’, but you have to start to seek a daily walk with God and seek a close relationship with Him. Then you will no more be concerned with the mundane issues of life, but living to satisfy your God and creator everyday of your life.
The Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore. Amen.
Have a wonderful month.
This message is an excerpt from the book: Godliness with Contentment, Great Gain! by the author.
Prayers for the month
1. Thank the Lord for a new month, the month of March.
2. Pray that as you march on this month, the Lord will make His face to shine upon you and grant you fulfillment in all that you do.
3. Ask for peace of mind and rest for you and your nation around your borders.
4. Receive the gift of forgiveness and ask God to help you stand perfect and complete in all your ways throughout your life.