November 8, 2020 by Kgalalelo
This day we were supposed to be celebrating the birthday of a brethren who has gone to be with the Lord three months ago. It was a sad moment indeed when the wife announced his passing peacefully at home. He had been suffering with great pain for almost two years now, however, we know that despite our loss, that he is sitting in the bosom of the Father. I have another friend also overseas who informed me that she would be having a remembrance ceremony for her child who died a long time ago. Death is painful for those who are left behind and have to deal with the loss of a loved one.
On a positive note, I have been immersing myself lately in the teachings about the favour of God. I have been a Christian for years but every time I hear revelation from the Word of God, I get excited and when I listen to messengers of God sharing the revelation that they have received, the excitement is still the same. God uses us in the body of Christ to help each other.
No one knows everything and even preachers are given the anointing for certain subjects or themes. It is therefore beneficial to hook yourself up with those with the anointing of that which you wish to perfect in your life. Many preachers have developed series on various topics from the Bible to teach and train the body of Christ.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:11-13, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
In our workplaces as well, we all specialise; we can’t all be engineers or human resources practitioners. We need property developers, scientists, marketers and the like. God has given each of us a skill or gift that we have to share with the world and some of us are keeping our light underneath the table.
We are not even close to fulfilling the purpose that God has set for us. Jesus says in Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”.
I often wonder if it’s true when I hear people at funerals say that the deceased has fulfilled their purpose or what they came to earth to do. I’m struggling to understand that because some lives seem so unfulfilled. Some people leave this earth abruptly, either through being murdered, die in a car crash or any other unexpected way and at the prime of their lives.
We are called to live life abundantly, so says Jesus in John 10:10. His mission was to give us this plentiful life and most of us are not receiving it nor understand that we actually have it when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. We have the favour of God once we accept Christ in our lives.
This is one subject that most of us don’t seem to grasp, we go about living our daily lives defeated. Jesus says in Luke 12:32, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom”. The kingdom of God has everything we need and He delights in sharing it with us. The Bible says that we do not have because we do not ask God (James 4:2). Even though everything has been made available for us, we still need to ask God for it because God is happy to give it to us.
God is a giver. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. God gave His greatest gift, His only Son, something that we won’t easily do. We are saved by that act of God’s giving. God still had the desire to give to all of us with the prerequisite that we believe in Jesus Christ. Everyone is given a chance to believe in Jesus and receive all that God has in store for them. We are called as believers to go into the nations and preach the good news to everyone that we may all share in the glory of God.
God is good and most of us utter those words without believing or having the revelation of His goodness. It sounds like something good to say because we don’t look around us and see what He has done. Rather, we focus on the difficulties of our lives without looking to God as the source of supply for our every need. We think that we can ask for certain things and not some whereas God has given us permission to ask for everything. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”.
Our life on earth is not meant to be difficult. We are not here to suffer. When you believe that you are meant to suffer, you will suffer but when you believe in the goodness of God and petition Him per His word, He will answer. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Only focus on what God says and His promises and you will live a good life that He has called you on earth to live. God has good things for us and we don’t have to wait to get to heaven to enjoy them otherwise there is no point in living on earth. No one wants to live a difficult life even the thieves. They lack the revelation of the goodness and favour of God who can do for everyone more than they can imagine. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”.
God’s abundance is available for us but we need to get the revelation of His goodness and favour to walk in it. Favour is not for the chosen few but for all who believe.
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