Christians should make testifying about Jesus good works in their lives a common practice. Luke 8 verse 38 and 39, tells a story of a man that had been set free from evil spirits. Jesus instructed the man to go back home and tell the news about what Jesus had done for him.
It is true that God does not hear you if you are a sinner, no matter how loud or the method you use in an attempt to talk to Him. It sounds rude but it is true. If you go to your Bible and check John 9: 31, you will find this fact spelled out in black and white. According to this verse, God only hear prayers from people that keep His commandments.
It is however very confusing to hear people confess having had their prayers answered while they openly confess that they are sinners. Then a few questions come to mind; did the positive response come from God or the devil or its simple a fortune? Can it be the devil that provides good gifts? Does the Word of God ever lie? All these are relevant questions that got me worried enough to sit down and study this phenomenon to come up with the answer I’m giving in this post.
Once in a big city was a great wedding for a well-respected man. It is reported that all business activities were put on halt such that shops were closed so that people may attend the wedding. One rich fellow had planned to attend the wedding as well but had to withdraw a huge sum of money before banks close on that day. In the city, banks closed earlier on Saturday, the day of the wedding. This rich man put the money in the inside pocket of his jacket.
The route via the bank delayed the man such that he was late for the wedding and came at the peak of the event. He got so overwhelmed with proceedings such that he forgot about the money he has put in his jacket. Next to him was a young man that noticed the that the jacket was stuffed with some notes in the inside pocket. This young thief took chances and succeeded to steal the money without being noticed. now that the man is overwhelmed. This young man successfully stole the money.
Do not leave the place or position that God has put you in, even when you are faced with perilous times. Your position is your job, marriage, works of service in church, etc. This applies to all people; young and old, popular or not, Pastors or not, rich or poor. Perilous times match individual statuses and positions. It is a pity that perilous times are times that each and every one will have to face a couple of times in their lives.
Perilous times can wound you spiritually as well physically. The versions of the Bible differ in the interpretation of the verse. The New International Version (NIV) says that ‘if a ruler’s anger rises against you’, the Living Translation’ says ‘if your boss is angry with you’, English Standard Version’ says, ‘if the anger of the ruler rises against you’ and SiSwati version says ‘nangabe intfukutselo yembusi ikuvukela’ and Zulu says ‘uma umoya wombusi ukuvukela’. Some other versions say ‘King’s anger’. The common factor in these versions is that the peril comes from someone superior to you. Unfortunately, the devil is also a ruler, according the Mathew 4:8 – 9 and 1 John 5:19 (…the world is under the power of the wicked one). Therefore, the verse could also be referring to the devil as the ruler or king.
We all know God’s instructions are comprised in this one command; “Do not Sin” for sin is the dare of His justice. However, God does speak a Word that will make you better; He can say ‘be healed’, ‘be rich in wisdom’, ‘be wealthy’, ‘be promoted’, ‘be satisfied’, be delivered’, ‘be clean’ and many good things He can say to your situation. We, as humans, must know that nothing just happens. Our God is in full control of everything.
This being the first post of a long journey of preaching holiness to the world, it would be good to start with the expected Christian conduct from each of the believers as they interact with the world in all their circles and communities.
Christians should be known by their conduct at their homes, family and in the community. Worship should be part of a Christian’s lifestyle. The Christian can know the secrets of God’s kingdom that Jesus shares in secrete with him or her (Matthew 10:27). Such secretes Jesus encourages the Christian to share them openly with the world. The New Living Translation says such secretes should be shares when daybreak comes. No wonder there is so much revelations from Jesus shared in many ways with the world today. These testimonies are in order and they are the will of Jesus and surely the will of God the Father.