We are in the dispensation of grace and all things are possible to them who believe. God’s grace is available to meet all needs, change all situations, and possess all possessions. The believing Christian should never give up hope, because with God all things are possible. Wherefore, lift up the hands which hang down and the feeble knees; and make straight part for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed (Heb 12: 12, 13). Yes, choose rather to be forgiven, healed, strengthened refreshed, renewed and restored rather than to be rejected and-turned out of the way.
A great time of opportunity is still available for you. Our God is a God of restoration. He delights to restore. The whole dealing of God with man from the Garden of Eden until now and even until the physical manifestation of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, is for the purpose of restoration. What was lost in Adam is being restored in Jesus Christ the last Adam. The sinner can be forgiven and restored, the backslider can be cleansed and reconciled to his saviour and into the fellowship of the children of God. ‘Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Saith the Lord: and not that he should return from his ways and live? Repent and turn yourself from all transgression, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed, and make you a new heart and a new spirit for why will ye die? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God, wherefore turn yourselves and live. (Ezek 18:23, 30 – 32)
Christians who are in the race for life to win are encouraged to keep looking unto the Author and Finisher of their faith and to run and fight purposefully: ‘know ye not that they which run a race run all, but one receive the price? So run that ye may obtain. ” I therefore so run, not as uncertainly, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air’ (1 Cor.9:24,26). How have you been running? Are you making any progress? Are you running to win? Are you in the kingdom of God? Are you certain of making it into God’s eternal habitations? Are you moving at a winner’s pace? Rev. 20 11 -15
This year gives you yet another chance to re-valuate your position in Christ. It’s another chance to re-examine your life and, where necessary, to make amends before the curtain is drawn and before it is too late. Believers have been called out of the world into the kingdom of God. We are called, out of the darkness of the satanic world system, into the glorious light of God’s family; from the bondage of sin, the flesh and Satan into the liberty of the Spirit in Christ Jesus; we have been called out of sinfulness and its accompanying death, into godliness and its promises for this life and for that to come.
The serious Christian will not rest until he has possessed all his possessions made available by the finished works of Jesus Christ. Just like the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land, we have been called out to overcome all that will stand in our way to hinder us from inheriting God’s promises. We are here to enforce God’s kingdom principles in our lives and in our spheres of influence. Not only have we been called, we have also been equipped with all that is necessary to guarantee victory. You must take hold and win.
There is only one life. Once born, an individual’s journey on the time-train of life begins. This time-train, like a river, moves on unceasing. Each New Year brings the end of the road nearer and the past cannot be returned to. We will never go back in time. The wise will take this to heart and make the best of this one life.
The daily seeds of words, deed, and actions we sew unto this our present life are so important. They determine what we will reap in future and more importantly in eternity. ‘Sow to yourselves in righteousness and reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till he comes and ruin righteousness upon you’ (Hos.10:12).
‘Be not deceived; for God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting (Gal 6:7, 8). We must not live carelessly. The first priority of the serious Christian is to make his calling and election sure, by running to win in the race of life. There is a way that seems right to a person but the end may be losses and destruction.
Dr. Ajayi-Majebi, a Mission Minister, is the Medical Director of Mediservices Community Hospital, Lagos.
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