There is something important that Paul emphasised much towards the end of his life: “Look at my example”, he says, “see how I lived”. This is what he tells Timothy repeatedly. “I thank Christ Jesus…
There is something important that Paul emphasised much towards the end of his life: “Look at my example”, he says, “see how I lived”. This is what he tells Timothy repeatedly. “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me because He considered me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12).
Even though God sovereignly calls people to His ministry, He tests a man before He puts him into the ministry. Paul was tested for a period of 10 years (from Acts 9 where he was converted to Acts 13 where he was sent out into the ministry). What was happening to Paul those 10 years? God was watching Paul to see whether he was faithful in his daily life as a Christian. After God tested him for 10 years and saw his faithfulness, then He said, “Now I will send you out to serve Me.”
If God calls you He will first test you. I know that God tested me for 16 years (9 of them in full-time Christian work), before He opened up the ministry He had for me – to build new-covenant churches. Don’t imagine that as soon as you step out into Christian work, you will have an anointed ministry. God will test you to see whether you are faithful in the little things. If you are faithful in little things, faithful to study His word, faithful with money, faithful with time, faithful in purity, upright, honest, and humbling yourself under the authorities God places over you, then, after 10 years perhaps, He will put you into an effective ministry. When God Himself puts you into a ministry, you will do more in one year than when doing ministry according to your own ideas in 30 years. Paul says, “He (Christ) put me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12). It wasn’t any man who ordained Paul. “Even though I was a blasphemer, a persecutor” (1 Timothy 1:13).
God puts converted sinners who were once wicked into the ministry. That is an encouragement to all who have lived a very wicked life in the past. In one of the writings that have come down from the 2nd century, the author says, that Jesus Christ, in order to show that He came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, picked up some of the worst sinners of His time to become His apostles. Paul was one of them. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners among whom I am the greatest” (1 Timothy 1:15).
So God doesn’t necessarily pick up those who have been brought up in God-fearing homes and who have lived clean lives always. He does use many like that. But He also picks up those who have lived in the depths of sin. He picks up adulterers, thieves, drunkards and drug addicts, and makes them apostles, to prove that sin in one’s unconverted life doesn’t disqualify anyone from even becoming an apostle. Paul, the greatest sinner became the greatest apostle. God can do a lot through any of you, if you will repent of your sins and trust Him.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John15:4
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5;22-23
We have been saved by grace and not by works. Our righteousness is only by grace in Christ and not our work.
This emphasis was laid by Paul epistles to Romans and moreover to the Galatians.
In Galatians chapter 2:21
I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
But by saying this, does Paul mean works amount to nothing? Definitely NO! But what then does he mean?
The only righteousness needed to access God is the righteousness of God Himself which is in Christ and not our own rag righteousness. Every Holy act of the holiest person is just but a rag to God righteousness.
Now what is the place of work? Work is actually the fruit or evidence. Therefore, as we move to Christ, relate with Him as a branch is to a vine we bring forth fruit of His righteousness.
Christ as a vine is full of sap that will definitely produce fruit in all abiding branches. What now happen if a branch is not producing fruit?
1. Either that branch has been cut off by the vine dresser which is God.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. John5:1
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John15:2
We can see from the above scripture that any believer can lost his/her salvation if refuses to bear fruit.
2. It’s a new branch and need time to bring forth fruit that will be evident. This will definitely be possible if it maintain the relationship.
Its therefore expedient that all in Christ must bear the fruit in Galatians 5:22-23.
As this is the evidence that we are in Christ. Therefore, though we are not saved by works but works are the practical evidence of being save by grace.
Legality is not Christianity! We don’t follow rules but when we maintain our relationship with Christ, His nature in us will definitely produce fruit of righteousness!
Righteousness is not in the good or bad we do but in the nature.
God bless you all
I am Adeyinka Ojo
Your Brother in Pilgrim journey.
I know some will not receive what I am about to say, yet many will. I do not believe we have yet seen the glory and fullness of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as prophesied by Joel. What we have…
I know some will not receive what I am about to say, yet many will.
I do not believe we have yet seen the glory and fullness of the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit as prophesied by Joel. What we have
seen are just a few sprinkles! Yes, we have had a worldwide
charismatic renewal and love has brought many together. It has
been an experience shared worldwide, yet it is just a foretaste.
God will permit nothing to hinder what he plans to do. The enemy
is in for a surprise. Just as it appears the church will be inundated
by a satanic flood, the Spirit will raise up a standard. Understand
what that standard is, and you will understand what God is about
to do. The standard is a holy people, pure, undefiled, delivered
from the corruption that is in the world. That standard is a new
breed of sanctified Christians, who will shine forth as lights in the
midst of a wicked and perverse generation. It will not be just a
renewal of love and praise, but a restoration of holiness unto the Lord!
There will still be shouting and praise, but it will be the shout of
victory over sin and compromise, fulfilling the purpose of the last
outpouring: That all who call on his name shall be delivered
(Joel 2:32). Delivered from what? From sin! From the spirit of the world!
We will not have had the fullness of the Spirits outpouring until
baptized people separate themselves completely from the world.
We must emphasize separation and purity of heart. The purpose
of the Spirits coming is to sanctify and prepare a people for the
Lords return, a people without spot or wrinkle.
When the fullness of the Spirits outpouring comes upon all flesh,
conviction for sin will be everywhere. He will convict the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). That is
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
Tragically, too many speak with tongues, but then live like the devil.
Sin was never uprooted and all they received was an experience of
ecstasy. God blessed them just enough to call them into a deeper
life of holiness and submission, but they stopped and went about
saying, Ive got the Holy Ghost.
Oh, there is so much more! I thank God for the privilege of praying
in an unknown tongue; it is my way of releasing all the pent-up
praises to God in a communication beyond my understanding. But
you can speak with the tongues of men and even angels, and
without charity, you have received nothing. But I say it goes even
deeper. You are not truly baptized with the Holy Spirit until every
hidden part of your soul has been exposedand every sin
confessed and forsaken.
Nothing is impossible for God – not even to bring us into His perfect will, after we have failed miserably and repeatedly. Only our unbelief can hinder Him. If you say, “But I have mess…
Nothing is impossible for God – not even to bring us into His perfect will, after we have failed miserably and repeatedly. Only our unbelief can hinder Him. If you say, “But I have messed up things so many times. It is impossible for God now to bring me into His perfect plan”, then it will be impossible for God, because YOU cannot believe in what He can do for you. But Jesus said that nothing is impossible for God to do for us – if only we believe. “Let it be done to you according to your faith”, is God’s law in all matters (Matt.9:29). We will get what we have faith for. If we believe that something is impossible for God to do for us, then it will not be fulfilled in our lives. On the other hand you will discover at the judgment seat of Christ that another believer who had made a greater mess of his life than you, nevertheless fulfilled God’s perfect plan for his life – just because he believed that God could pick up the broken pieces of his life and make something “very good” out of it. What regret there will be in your life in that day, when you discover that it was not your failures (however many they may have been) that frustrated God’s plan in your life, but your unbelief! “The reason the Son of God was manifested was to undo (dissolve) the works the devil has done (1 Jn. 3:8 Amplified Bible). That verse actually mean that Jesus came” to untie all the knots that the devil has tied” in our lives. Picture it like this: When we were born, we could say that God gave each of us a perfectly rolled ball of string. As we began living each day, we began to unroll that ball of string and we began tying knots into it (sinning). Today after many years of unrolling the string, we despair, as we see the thousands of knots that we see in it. But Jesus has come to “untie the knots the devil has tied”. So there is hope even for those with the most knotted strings. The Lord can untie every knot and give you a perfect ball of string in your hands once again. This is the message of the gospel: You can make a new beginning. You say, “That is impossible!”. Well then, it will be done to you according to your faith. It will be impossible in your case. But I hear some one else whose life is worse than yours, saying, “Yes, I believe that God will do that in me”. To him too it will be according to his faith. In his life, God’s perfect plan will be fulfilled.
In Jeremiah 18:1-6, God spoke His word to Jeremiah through a practical illustration. Jeremiah was asked to go to a potter’s house, and there he saw the potter trying to make a vessel. But the vessel “was spoiled in the hand of the potter”. So what did the potter do? “He remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make”. Then came the application: “Can I not, O …………… deal with you as this potter does?”, was the Lord’s question (v. 6). (Fill in your name in those dotted lines, and that would be God’s question to you). If there is a godly sorrow in your life for all your failures, then even if your sins are like scarlet or red like crimson, not only will your heart be made as white as snow -as promised under the old covenant (Isa. 1:18) – but God promises even more under the new covenant: “I will not remember your sins any more” (Heb. 8:12).
Whatever your blunders or failures, you can make a new beginning with God. And even if you have made a thousand new beginnings in the past and have come to failure, you can still make the 1001st new beginning today. God can still make something glorious out of your life. While there is life, there is hope. So, never fail to trust God. He cannot do many mighty works for many of His children, not because they have failed Him in the past, but because they will not trust Him now. Let us then “give glory to God by being strong in faith” (Rom. 4:20), trusting Him in the days to come for the things which we considered impossible up until now. You can have hope, no matter how much you may have failed in the past, if only you will acknowledg