Happy Sunday brethren! Hope you are having awesome time in the presence of God, I am. Let me share this with you:
Its been a while I mixed with sunday sunday gatherings of believers. Today, I woke up around 4am and while I was trying to read my Bible, taking warm lemon water and charging my phone; it impressed on my heart to join other children of God for a worship service. I lingered a little bit at home watching CNN to listen to the news around the world, but I finally made it on time to the gatherings of believers which is very close to my place. I don’t believe in travelling from Judea to Jerusalem to worship God according to the Lord Jesus when He said, “Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:21-24 NKJV
Yes It is better you fellowship around your neighbourhood, where people can know your character outside of church service, not by crossing seven land and seven rivers to where you will go and pretend to be who you are not at home for some hours like actors and actresses. Again, I do not have preference as in the name of a gathering centre, so far they believe in what I believe in, it is about Jesus Christ, it is fine by me. So, this morning, as I trecked along the road and greets my neighbours nicely and invites passersby to join me in a friendly chitty chat to follow me to worship, I arrived at the hotel that housed the gathering on time to sit in the front seat and we truly enjoyed His presence in worship. After a while, an usher whispered into my ears to leave where I occupied in the front seat to the back, I told him if he was not kidding I would be heading home; so he simply let me be, I am in my Father’s house damn it, if it is in your house, you may tell me where to seat. Anyway, Service progressed nicely with prayers, announcement, and we got the shortest sermon I’ve ever heard by a gentleman who said he was in a hurry to go somewhere as if he was hired to make appearance. I thought within me why they did not engage someone like me who have all the time to talk about His Kingdom.
Then it happened before the speaker stepped down from the podium,,, he said the spirit of God told him to invites people who want this year to be memorable for them in terms of financial blessings to the altar area for prayers if they are ready to give money in return even if they don’t have the money he called out right there, they must bring the money to the Pastor latest 12pm tomorrow afternoon or else God will not take it from them again, the blessing will be revoked. He said It is this giving that will make their 2017 great. This man strategically targeted three levels of individuals; the poor, medium class and the rich as he apportioned three package of levies on them. In no time the gullibles as usual quickly rushed out. He promised them great fortune in return. I asked myself if God has turned to money doubler? What is this evil in the holy place? What is wrong with believers? What is wrong with the preachers? Must you con people of God or armtwist them because you have need? For mutual respect, understanding and openness, why can’t you just ask in accordance to Matt. 7:7? What about those who fell for his gimmicks and schemes, don’t they read their Bibles? Where was it written in the Bible to peddle “thus says the Lord”? These kind of people must have been patronizing casino as they are looking for a quick rich avenue. Hummmnnn….. My heart went out to those who do not know their right from their left because they are lazy to test all spirits with the infallible Word of God which they don’t have time to read, and if you don’t read it, how will you know the Truth, how will the Truth sets you free? I became restless in my spirit, and I turned to the man that sat beside me who is one of their ministers, and asked; Sir, may I ask you something? He obliged. I said according to the Bible which says, ” know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. I Timothy 3:15 NKJV
If this place is the pillar and ground of truth, Can you point to me where this kind of event is written in our constitution (The Bible). He mumbled some things he was not sure of, and I said to him, sir, why could he not have taught the people the principles of giving according to the scripture, and leave the rest to their conscience, the message of Jesus Christ according to Matthew 6:33 says, “seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and your needs will be automatically met (paraphrased). This man does not even care how people live their lives for God, both believers and unbelievers were invited to take part in this money doubling exercise inside the church because he did that before making altar call without warning those that have not received Christ that if they are not living right for God, His blessings is not meant for them. Why must we deceive people to give inside the church? The man quickly excused himself from me that he was to take Sunday School class. On my way out, I engaged another couple which I saw amongst the gullible that went forward for the exercise. We chat about the event and I see that they are not grounded in the Word to know better.
THE FEAR OF THE LORD
For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31). For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer’s fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’” This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe.
Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom. True wisdom comes only from understanding who God is and that He is holy, just, and righteous. Deuteronomy 10:12, 20-21 records, “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Fear the LORD your God and serve Him. Hold fast to Him and take your oaths in His Name. He is your praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” The fear of God is the basis for our walking in His ways, serving Him, and, yes, loving Him.
Some redefine the fear of God for believers to “respecting” Him. While respect is definitely included in the concept of fearing God, there is more to it than that. A biblical fear of God, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment on sin—even in the life of a believer. Hebrews 12:5-11 describes God’s discipline of the believer. While it is done in love (Hebrews 12:6), it is still a fearful thing. As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some evil actions. The same should be true in our relationship with God. We should fear His discipline, and therefore seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.
Believers are not to be scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe.
We asked when will deception stopped? When there is no fear or love of God, we degenerates to the level of animals that were created on the same sixth day with man; living in the jungle of survival. This should not be so. Read The Word Joshua 1:7-9, so that no one will rip you off. Please Do not allow anyone to deceive you in the name of the Lord.
Do not hesitate to share your thoughts after reading. God bless.