God requires Christians to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ without hesitation.
We must inform people about Jesus’ gift of salvation, and punishment that will come on people who refuse to believe Him.
The scripture stated, “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand”— (Joel 2:1 NIV)
Lesson for Christians to Preach Gospel
This present world will remain a temporal home for all people.
Everyone will migrate from here to a permanent destination.
However, not all people will end at the same place.
Some people will end up in heaven while others will end up in hell.
People who would be qualified for heaven are those who have believed in Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.
Unbelievers will end up in hell fire where there shall be everlasting torment (Matthew 25:41).
Hence, anyone who is yet to establish a good relationship with Jesus Christ should not hesitate before it is too late.
Since the danger of hell is imminent on the unbelievers, Christians are mandated to go out of their way to share their faith with unbelievers so that they can have a chance to gain salvation.
It is written,
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word!
Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5 NIV).
Prayer for God’s grace to Preach the Gospel
Dear God, please let your fire of evangelism burn in me to preach the gospel.
Empower me to ceaselessly proclaim your gospel so that unbelievers can come to the knowledge of your Son Jesus Christ. As I preach, let people respond.
Give them the grace to change their mind so that they can escape the punishment of hell, but be qualified for blessings of heaven. Please keep your people fit for your kingdom.
Some bible patriarchs made unpopular decisions through faith, and God stood by them to honor himself in their situations.
The Creator was ensured to honor them since they put their faith into practice to glorify his name.
We have read in the scriptures about how God turned difficult situations around for people who exercised faith.
We’ve read about Daniel in the lions den, Three Hebrew boys in furnace fire, Esther and Mordechai in Shushan Palace, David combating a giant, and much more.
If Christians serve the same God who reigned during bible time, will he be willing to help them today as he did for bible patriarchs? Absolutely yes!
The same God of Daniel, Shadrak, David, and Esther is still alive, and he is very much available and willing to help people who exercise their faith in him.
Faith is all it takes to tap into God’s resources! The bible patriarchs practiced stubborn faith and it worked for them, similar faith will also earn present days believers their expected testimony.
Faith in God is what makes Christianity meaningful. Without faith being part of an equation, Christian religion will not be exceptional from other religions. In fact, the absence of faith will equate Christianity to paganism.
Any believer who hopes to receive God’s full benefits must be ready to operate in defiant faith that the devil cannot overcome.
In order words, Christians must live by faith, walk by faith, and act in faith.
Surely, an affirmed faith exercise will turn things around for believers.
It will subdue mountains and level valleys until a believer can triumph to share a testimony.
Easier said than done, it may not be that easy to exercise faith during difficult situations except some important factors are put into place.
Those details that will help anyone sail unto victory during difficult situations are therefore scheduled to be unraveled in December edition of Trumpet Media newsletter.
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Expect more in the next edition on “Faith That Works Than Charms!” Until then, I wish you God’s mercy and grace.
The fact about God remains that he will keep his sincere friendship with us – Even when any earthly friend has deserted us.
Learn from David in the Bible
The crisis forced him to recognize his true friends.
David who had wrongly assumed that all people loved him got to know the reality of life when his own son deposed him and his trusted friends followed suit.
David, while escaping from his son Absalom got to know the true color of a friend called Shimei who summoned courage to curse him to his face, and cast both stone and dust at him to customarily express his dissatisfaction to his government.
The scripture reported,
“Now when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there.
He came out, cursing continuously as he came. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David. And all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
Also, Shimei said thus when he cursed: “Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you rogue! The Lord has brought upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son. So now you are caught in your own evil because you are a bloodthirsty man!” (2 Samuel 16:5-8).
Although Shimei later apologized, the lesson is already learned! (2 Samuel 19,20; 2 Samuel 19:18-20).
Learn Lesson from Affliction
Life is all about learning, and children of God must attempt to learn from every situation that we may be experiencing.
God does not afflict anyone, but he sometimes allows his children to pass through difficult moments so that we can learn some necessary lessons that we would have preferred to avoid, but which are necessary for our growth and success.
God teaches lessons in afflictions, and he uses uncomfortable situations to stiffen our loose ends for the purpose of blessing us and glorifying His name in our lives.
Christians must learn how to trust God during the affliction period. We must learn how to interpret God’s voice through our afflictions, and we must learn how to listen to his voice and obey it!
Depending on any given situation, we may not necessarily need to seek for a quick breakthrough until we have learned enough lessons that God desires.
No doubt that God will turn our afflictions to triumph after we have learned and appropriately responded to his teachings.
God will turn our trying moments to our advancements. Our lives would become better, and his name will be glorified.
Some principles must apply before a person can successfully make his or her faith work to a good advantage.
A practicable approach to understanding how this can be achieved could be learned from the bible patriarchs that exercised their faith and make it work to their advantages.
Some bible iconic figures that prevailed with faith include Daniel, Shadrak, Meshak, Abednego, David, and others. Daniel was defiant to his king’s national call not to serve God; his action landed him in lions’ den, but he came back alive unarmed (Daniel 6:19-23).
Shadrak, Meshak, and Abednego stomped their feet against a king that ordered them to serve his idol; they were cast into the furnace of fire, but they came back alive and unarmed (Daniel 3:26-27).
Mordechai refused to worship a king’s most prominent chief; he was summoned to die, but he lived to see his enemies die instead (Esther 7:10).
A shepherd David challenged a giant for defiling God’s name; he engaged him in battle and prevailed against him (1 Samuel 17:50).
The bible patriarchs mentioned above had one virtue in common: Faith!
They exercised their faith to prevail over adversity with three major principles that are summarized in an acronym GLP.
G – Look Unto God
L – Look Into God’s Laws for Promises
P – Look “Not” at the Problems
The bible patriarchs – Daniel, Shadrak, Meshak, Abednego, Mordechai, David, and others obtained their victory by observing GLP principles.
They looked up to God; they looked up to the promises of God, and they refused to look at their problems.
To clarify, Daniel kept his cool and maintained confidence in God when his jealous counterparts plotted to kill him.
He watched the people manipulating King Ahasuerus to issue a decree that would force him to compromise his devotion to God.
With full awareness of the consequences involved, Daniel chose to violate the king’s order to honor his God.
He willingly walked to the enemies’ trap and observed his customary three-time daily prayers. Why?
Daniel had his mind focused on God – Dirty politics had no effect on him.
Daniel understood that God’s laws must be observed to earn his benefits.
Daniel considered lions’ brutal attacks as insignificant. He would rather suffer bodily pain than to sin and bring God pain.
Shadrak, Meshach, and Abednego chose to disappoint King Nebuchadnezzar that trusted and appointed them as provincial governors.
The men refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image; they responded to his threat,
“If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king” (Daniel 3:17).
The trio rejected the king’s order with full awareness of the consequences involved basically for the sake of GLP principles!
Shadrak, Meshach, and Abednego
Had their minds focused on God –Not on Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image.
They considered God’s laws as supreme –Nebuchadnezzar’s laws must be subject to it! (You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3)
They care less of the promised punishment of furnace fire for their defiance –They were willing to die if God chose not to rescue them.
Mordechai – being a mere exile slave – had no voice in Babylon.
His status demanded that he must honor whatever any higher authority presented to him, but he rebelled against the ungodly practice of human-worship.
He acted against the culture and remained unbent to worship the king’s most prominent chief – Haman.
Mordechai knew his action was suicidal, but he was determined to honor God and suffer any consequences that may follow. Why?
Mordechai had his mind focused on God –Not on any popular opinion.
Mordechai considered God’s law as prime –All people must serve him only.
Mordechai considered the consequences of his action as secondary –God’s interest must remain primary.
The three GLP basic principles that bible patriarchs exercised to have their groundbreaking success remain available for today’s believers to explore and benefit.
For children of God to live triumphantly in every situation, they must learn how to focus on God; they must consider God as the supreme authority, and they must consider their circumstances as secondary while God’s interests remain primary.
By the way, what would God have done when those reputable people honored him during their difficult moments?
Should he have ignored them and let them suffer shame?
No, he wouldn’t! God will not abandon anyone who honors him under whatever condition, but he will make the individual’s face shine to bring him glory.
If I may ask, do you look at God or you look at your problems?
I encourage you to look at God.
A person whose mind remains focused on God will win his or her life battles to glorify God.
Remember: GLP will always earn you victory!
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Till next month when you read from me again, I say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!