HME’S March Message
HME’S March Message.
REPOSITIONING TO FLOURISH IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
My Beloved Children,
We have entered the month of March in the New Year 2018 and towards the end of last year 2017, we made a commitment to God to do all we can to flourish in righteousness, going forward.
Let me remind you of some of the necessary things you need to do in order that you may be able to truly reposition yourself to flourish in righteousness.
The first thing you would need to do is to repent from all your sins and have a complete change of heart towards God and His word.
You should strive to do only the things that please Him; make a firm commitment to Him that you would not offend or betray Him; and that you would not give occasion for the devil to mock Him because of your lifestyle or the things you do.
You should develop the consciousness that you are running a Christian race, which if you win would make you receive “the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to [us] on that Day, and not to [us] only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim 4: 8).
Such attitude would help you to refrain from sin, and then do acts of righteousness. Remember that our Lord Jesus warned us that He is not the Lord and Saviour of people who disobey Him, people who do not take His word seriously and conduct their lives according to what it says, and those who live a lukewarm (Rev. 3:16-18) Christian life.
In Luke 6:46, He says, “Why do you keep on saying that I am your Lord, when you refuse to do what I say?” (CEV). This is a strict warning every Christian should neither forget nor neglect.
You should therefore make the decision to live your life in complete and unalloyed obedience to the word of God.
Fundamentally, it is expedient that you begin to work hard on your mind-set, force yourself to turn away completely from the world and all its pleasures, and reposition your heart and mind to maintain a lifestyle of godliness and righteousness (James 4:4).
Titus 3:8 says, “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.”
People who love God wholeheartedly desire to please Him in all the things they do. They do so when they maintain good works; that is, when they subscribe to holy living.
If you want to flourish in righteousness, you should reciprocate God’s love and kindness for what He did for you on the cross by maintaining the glorious status He gave to you freely through His abundant grace in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He made you a joint-heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17); He made you to sit graciously in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 2:6); and He sanctified and called you into Christ so that you may become a saint and not remain a sinner (1 Cor. 1:2).
If you remind yourself of these things and many more, and determine within you to show appreciation to God you would be inclined to living a life of holiness and righteousness all the time.
The psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous law” (Ps. 119:105-106).
Like the psalmist, you need to take a firm positive stand on the word of God, commit yourself to it, internalise the teachings therein, and practice them. The psalmist also said, “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word” (Ps. 119:15-16).
Like him, take the word of God to heart and love it with all mind, and throughout your entire life; take it seriously.
In all these things and more, do not forget or neglect Apostle Paul’s admonition through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 7:35: “I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord” (NIV).
In other words, if you desire to flourish in righteousness, you must avoid all forms of distractions as you run the Christian race and be diligent in this business; and remind yourself constantly that you owe yourself the responsibility to ‘work out your own salvation’ (Phil. 2:12). No one would do it for you.
May the God of our father Moses Orimolade, the God of heaven and earth strengthen you as you run the kingdom race. May He bless, and keep you always.
Your Praying Father and Prelate Baba Aladura Dr David D. L. Bob-Manuel.