LOSING YOUR BEARING? – By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 13:5:“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
Read: 2 Corinthians 13:3-5
2 Corinthians 13:3-5:“Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
“Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” Matthew 12:33
Anyone in authority that lacks the fear of God is of great danger to the populace. Going by the above scripture, we have an obligation to such persons – be they in the church or in the secular world – to lead them to Christ. There are some of us who have those in authority as friends, relations, spouses, etc. Ensure you pray and lead them to Christ because, as you make a tree good, the fruit will also become good.You may not believe this but I discovered a long time ago that it is possible to become a General Overseer or District Overseer without even knowing Christ. I once preached in a church on what it means to be born-again, after which I made an altar call. The pastor approached the altar followed by everyone else. Surprised, I said, “Sir, this is not an altar call for transfer of the anointing or power”. He replied, “Now that you have explained what it is to be born-again, I have realised the need to return to the altar”. Thank God for people who are honest who are ready to amend their ways when they realised they have missed it. Even today, many ministers will need to pay a visit to the Cross of Calvary, because this is an era of holiness. How can you be holy if you are not born-again? Some people gave their lives to Christ but presently, they have withdrawn their commitment to Him. Are you still saved? To lie is the easiest sin for some ministers and their wives but they have forgotten that just one lie is enough to drown a soul in eternal hell. One lie a couple told in Acts 5, led to their untimely death. If you are a bona fide minister of God, your mouth will feel very heavy if you want to tell a little lie. But if you say it with nothing pricking you, it shows your heart is already hardening. Run to the Cross and begin again. Some people think they are still running the race but they have lost their bearing.
- Father, in any way I have lost my bearing, in your mercy, bring me back to the right path.
Bible in one year: Psalm 97-99