It does not matter how long we live, we shall one day DIE and “ … EVERY ONE SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF to God” [Romans 14:12] Everything we do or fail to do, including thoughts and imaginations, we shall give ACCOUNT and be JUDGED, “… as it is APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE ….
1. CAN GOD TRUST YOU? The QUESTION is not about TRUSTING God, but God TRUSTING you and the ANSWER is with God, “For the EYES OF THE LORD RUN TO AND FRO throughout the whole earth, TO SHEW HIMSELF STRONG IN THE BEHALF OF THEM WHOSE HEART IS PERFECT TOWARD HIM…“ [2 Chronicles 16:9] The EYES OF THE LORD searches the HEART and SEES what no Bishop or religious leader can see; looking for the HEART that is made PERFECT by FAITH, and TRUST is the FOUNDATION of FAITH, “… WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” [Hebrews 11:6] God alone determines who PLEASES Him; a man may “CAST OUT DEVILS” in the name of God and fail the TEST of TRUST, as it is written: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not PROPHESIED IN THY NAME? and in thy name have CAST OUT DEVILS? and in thy name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY” [Matthew 7:22-23]
2. CAN GOD TRUST YOU with earthly RICHES? Many people work to the point of death to be RICH, but “The BLESSING OF THE LORD, IT MAKETH RICH, and he addeth no sorrow with it” [Proverbs 10:22] Hard work is good, but it is the BLESSING OF THE LORD that releases “POWER TO GET WEALTH”. Let no man say: “… MY POWER AND THE MIGHT OF MINE HAND HAD GOTTEN ME THIS WEALTH. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is HE THAT GIVETH THEE POWER TO GET WEALTH, …” [Deuteronomy 8:17-18] If you are praying and fasting to be RICH, CAN GOD TRUST YOU to be FAITHFUL to SPEND your RICHES on the GOSPEL and His sheep? [2 Corinthians 12:15] At a time like this, when the Church is under siege of CRASS MATERIALISM, CAN GOD TRUST YOU to SPEND and be SPENT for the Kingdom of God? The “LITTLE” you have now, God gave you; how you SPEND it determines the release of POWER TO GET WEALTH, for “He that is FAITHFUL IN THAT WHICH IS LEAST IS FAITHFUL ALSO IN MUCH… ” [Luke 16:10] Brethren , if God cannot TRUST you to be “… faithful in the unrighteous mammon, WHO WILL COMMIT TO YOUR TRUST the TRUE RICHES?” [Luke 16:11]
3. CAN GOD TRUST YOU with His WORD? Abraham believed the WORD of God, left his “COUNTRY”, “KINDRED” and “FATHER’S HOUSE” and “… WENT OUT, NOT KNOWING WHITHER HE WENT” [Hebrews 11:8; Genesis 12:15] After diverse TRIALS in a strange land, God said of Abraham, “FOR I KNOW HIM , that HE WILL COMMAND HIS CHILDREN and HIS HOUSEHOLD after him, and THEY SHALL KEEP THE WAY OF THE LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” [Genesis 18:19] The same WORD Abraham BELIEVED was manifest in FLESH for men to SEE and BELIEVE unto SALVATION, as it is written: “And the WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us, … ” [John 1:14] Friend, CAN GOD TRUST YOU to accept Jesus Christ as the WORD manifest in FLESH and BLOOD, as the Bible says: “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, and the Word was with God, and THE WORD WAS GOD” [John 1:1] If you ACCEPT and BELIEVE Jesus Christ is God’s PERSONAL IDENTITY, you have a relationship with God but TRUST is not earned until God approves your handling of the WORD and says, “I KNOW HIM”. CAN GOD TRUST YOU to handle His WORD with INTEGRITY, rightly dividing the WORD of TRUTH and FEED His LAMBS with the BREAD of LIFE? [John 21:15-17]
4. CAN GOD TRUST YOU with heavenly GIFTS? The summary of God’s GIFT man is Jesus Christ, “For God so loved the world, that HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE” [John 3:16] At His ASCENSION, the GIFT of God was renewed in the Holy Ghost to every man who REPENT and is BAPTIZED in “… the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST” [Acts 2:38] SPIRITUAL GIFTS are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:1-12 and MINISTERIAL GIFTS in Ephesians 4:11-13. MINISTERIAL GIFTS of Apostle, Prophet, Teacher, Pastor and Evangelist are operated by the Holy Ghost, “For the PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST” [ Ephesians 4:12] The FIVE OFFICES of Christ are designed to work in tandem, and the present fashion of disallowing OFFICES outside the purview of the GENERAL OVERSEER is grave error. Dear Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher or Apostle, CAN GOD TRUST YOU to allow all FIVE OFFICES to operate in your parish to EDIFY and PERFECT the SAINTS? My dear brother, CAN GOD TRUST YOU not to turn your SPIRITUAL GIFT into an OFFICE to milk Christ’s sheep, “… following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, WHO LOVED THE WAGES OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS”? [2 Peter 2:15]
5. CAN GOD TRUST YOU like Enoch, “And Enoch WALKED WITH GOD: and he was not; for GOD TOOK HIM” [Genesis 5:24] CAN GOD TRUST YOU enough to TAKE YOU at His appearance, to be with Him forever? The ball is in your court, “EXAMINE YOURSELVES, WHETHER YE BE IN THE FAITH … ” [ 2 Corinthians 13:5] If you are not BORN AGAIN, do so today and WATCH with PRAYERS for Christ’s imminent appearance, amen
1. When God said, … Let us make man IN OUR IMAGE, AFTER OUR LIKENESS…”, He knew Satan would interfere and divided the work of CREATION into two MODELS [Genesis 1:26] The FIRST MODEL was Adam, who God formed out “… OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” [Genesis 2:7] The LIVING SOUL was the IMAGE of God, but not His LIKENESS, as it is written: “… GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them… “ [Genesis 1:27-28] God reserved His LIKENESS for the SECOND MODEL, made PERFECT “… in the UNITY OF THE FAITH, and of the KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the FULNESS OF CHRIST” [Ephesians 4:13]
2. Adam was a LIVING SOUL, but the SPIRIT in him was “A LITTLE LOWER THAN ANGELS, as the Psalmist wrote: “… For THOU HAST MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, …” [Psalms 8:4-5] The FIRST MODEL, being a LITTLE LOWER THAN ANGELS, fell to the wiles of his angelic ADVERSARY, as it is written: “… while men slept, his ENEMY CAME AND SOWED TARES among the WHEAT, and went his way… THE ENEMY THAT SOWED THEM IS THE DEVIL… ” [Matthew 13:25&39] God sowed His WORD, which is God, as clearly stated in Genesis 2:16-17 [See also John 1:1] When the Serpent said: “…YE SHALL NOT SURELY DIE. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then YOUR EYES SHALL BE OPENED, and YE SHALL BE AS GODS, knowing good and evil”, the ENEMY sowed LUST, his DNA, in man [Genesis 3:4-5] LUST is THE ENEMY WITHIN, enticing us to “THINK”, “SEE”, “SPEAK” and “ACT” contrary to the WORD of God. No sooner LUST was embedded in her FLESH, Eve began to “THINK”, “SPEAK” and “DESIRE” contrary to the WORD of God; the forbidden FRUIT became “GOOD FOR FOOD”, “PLEASANT TO THE EYES” and “DESIRED TO MAKE ONE WISE” [Genesis 3:6] Through Eve, the present world was infested with the three-headed monster of LUST, “For all that is in the world, the LUST OF THE FLESH, and the LUST OF THE EYES, and the PRIDE OF LIFE, is not of the Father, but is of the world” [1John 2:16]
3. LUST OF THE FLESH is Satan working in man to transform NEEDS to insatiable WANTS. Beloved, God acknowledges our NEEDS but “WANTS” come from the ENEMY WITHIN, enticing us to CRASS MATERIALISM [Matthew 6:32] Remember, “… WE BROUGHT NOTHING INTO THIS WORLD, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And HAVING FOOD AND RAIMENT LET US BE THEREWITH CONTENT” [1Timothy 6:7-8] LUST of the FLESH, if unchecked, degenerates into LUST of the EYES. LUST OF THE EYES is DISCONTENT with what God “SEES” in you and WISH you would become, kindling untamed PASSION to become what you SEE”” and “WISH” to be. Those who go down that road ENTANGLE themselves with “AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE” and do not please God and never made PERFECT in His LIKENESS, for “NO MAN THAT WARRETH ENTANGLETH HIMSELF WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE; that he may PLEASE HIM WHO HATH CHOSEN HIM to be a soldier” [2 Timothy 2:4] The END-GAME of LUST is PRIDE OF LIFE, fueled by STRONG DELUSION in those who FALL AWAY from Christ, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,… PARTAKERS OF THE HOLY GHOST, … IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY, TO RENEW THEM…” [Hebrews 6:4-6] PRIDE OF LIFE is total DERAILMENT from FAITH, with no hope of REPENTANCE, in the LIKENESS of Satan.
4. When we come to God through Jesus Christ our SINS are forgiven and we are RE-CREATED, but not yet PERFECT in His LIKENESS. The Bible says: ”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is A NEW CREATURE: old things are passed away; behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW” [2 Corinthians 5:17] Listen closely, the “NEW CREATURE” retains the OLD BODY and LUST is at work in the pastor as well as his congregation. PERFECTION in this mortal BODY is a continuous BATTLE to MORTIFY LUST and live by FAITH in the WORD of God. This is easier said than done, even as Apostle Paul admitted: “… to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the GOOD THAT I WOULD I DO NOT: but the EVIL WHICH I WOULD NOT, I DO” [Romans 7:18-19] Beloved, let us humble ourselves before God as Paul did and acknowledge the pockets of LUST in us, “… for GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD, and GIVETH GRACE TO THE HUMBLE” [1 Peter 5:5] The ANTIDOTE to LUST is the SWORD of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD of God, cutting deep “… to the DIVIDING ASUNDER OF SOUL AND SPIRIT, and of the joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART” [Hebrews 4:12] Brethren, the FIRST MODEL was weakened by DISOBEDIENCE, the SECOND MODEL shall be made PERFECT in strict OBEDIENCE to the WORD of God.
5. Brethren, let us give room to the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT to cut and purge us of every SPOT and WRINKLE of LUST as we look forward to the coming of the Lord to receive for himself, “… a GLORIOUS CHURCH, NOT HAVING SPOT OR WRINKLE, …” [Ephesians 5:27] If you are not BORN AGAIN, do so TODAY and be purged of LUST in readiness for His glorious appearance, amen
1. It does not matter how long we live, we shall one day DIE and “ … EVERY ONE SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF to God” [Romans 14:12] Everything we do or fail to do, including thoughts and imaginations, we shall give ACCOUNT and be JUDGED, “… as it is APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, but AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT” [Hebrews 9:27] Those who DIE without sorting out their ACCOUNTS with Jesus Christ shall be JUDGED “… out of those things which were written in the BOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS” [Revelation 20:12] Those who accept Jesus Christ as LORD and SAVIOUR and SETTLE their ACCOUNTS with Him have their WORKS approved and shall receive His REWARD, as it is written: “And, behold, I COME QUICKLY; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, TO GIVE EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HIS WORK shall be” [Revelation 22:12] If you “KNOW” not the Lord Jesus Christ and refuse to SETTLE” your ACCOUNT with Him, thus shall He say to you on the DAY of JUDGMENT, “… I KNOW YOU NOT whence ye are; DEPART FROM ME, all YE WORKERS OF INIQUITY” [Luke 13:27]
2. WORDS emanate from within and CLEANSE or DEFILE, as it is written: ”But those things which PROCEED OUT OF THE MOUTH COME FROM THE HEART; and they DEFILE THE MAN” [Matthew 15:18] When a man CONFESSES Jesus Christ as LORD and SAVIOUR, his SINS are erased and his ACCOUNT CREDITED with SALVATION, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and WITH THE MOUTH CONFESSION IS MADE UNTO SALVATION” [Romans 10:10] If you have not confessed Jesus Christ as LORD and SAVIOUR you are DEFILED; every WORD out of your mouth is IDLE TALK and for “… every IDLE WORD that men shall speak, they shall GIVE ACCOUNT thereof in the DAY OF JUDGMENT” [Matthew 12:36] IDLE TALK is not limited to SINNERS; when the PREACHER “SWEETENS” the GOSPEL for material gain, he is guilty of IDLE WORDS and “SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT”. When we spend hours CURSING perceived enemies in the name of the Lord, it is IDLE TALK. Brethren, WORDS are so important, “… IF ANY MAN OFFEND NOT IN WORD, THE SAME IS A PERFECT MAN, and able also to bridle the whole body” [James 3:2] I charge you to EXAMINE your speech and let your mouth be filled “… with GRACE, seasoned with salt, that ye may KNOW HOW YE OUGHT TO ANSWER EVERY MAN” [Colossians 4:6] Beloved, if we have OFFENDED God or man in WORD, let us REPENT and SETTLE the ACCOUNT and we shall be blameless when we are CALLED HOME.
3. Whatever we have in this world, we received by DIVINE PROVIDENCE, “… and WHAT HAST THOU THAT THOU DIDST NOT RECEIVE? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” [1 Corinthians 4:7] We received ALL THINGS from God and must give ACCOUNT, “… For unto WHOMSOEVER MUCH IS GIVEN, OF HIM SHALL MUCH BE REQUIRED… ” [Luke 12:48] The Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples the PARABLE of a STEWARD ACCUSED of “WASTING” his master’s goods. The master “ … CALLED him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF THY STEWARDSHIP; for thou mayest be NO LONGER STEWARD” [Luke 16:1-2] God is the MASTER who gives material and spiritual riches to men according to His PURPOSE. Take note, the STEWARD had an ACCUSER, as we also do, “ … for the ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN is cast down, which ACCUSED THEM BEFORE OUR GOD DAY AND NIGHT” [Revelation 12:10] The ACCUSER is Satan, watching how you spend “YOUR MONEY” and exercise “YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS”. When you neglect the poor, refuse to spend for the cause of the GOSPEL and or monetize SPIRITUAL GIFTS, you yield advantage to the ACCUSER to DEBIT your ACCOUNT. Beloved, AUDIT your RESOURCES now, SETTLE your ACCOUNT with the Lord and give no room to the ACCUSER.
4. Perhaps the only thing the rich and poor have in common is 24 hours in a day, and we shall give ACCOUNT of every second to God, “… who without respect of persons JUDGETH according to EVERY MAN’S WORK, pass the TIME OF YOUR SOJOURNING HERE in fear” [1 Peter 1:7] What you do with your TIME determine the WORDS of your mouth and how you allocate your RESOURCES. Your TIME, WORDS and RESOURCES amount to your WORK and “EVERY MAN’S WORK SHAL BE MADE MANIFEST: for the day shall declare it, because IT SHALL BE REVEALED BY FIRE; and the FIRE SHALL TRY EVERY MAN’S WORK…” [1Corinthians 3:13] If your TIME is frittered on “EARTHLY THINGS”, your WORK has no ETERNAL RELEVANCE; you are sowing to your FLESH and “… 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” [Galatians 6:8] Listen carefully, no man can deceive God with ecclesiastical titles or religious activities; God JUDGES the HEART and shall “… bring to light the HIDDEN THINGS OF DARKNESS, and will make manifest the COUNSELS OF THE HEART: and then shall every man have praise of God” [1 Corinthians 4:5] I challenge you to scrutinize your TIME, that your WORK be not in vain.
5. Brethren, let us AUDIT and SETTLE our ACCOUNTS before it is too late. If you have no ACCOUNT in Jesus Christ, I plead with you to accept Him today, as your LORD and SAVIOUR, amen
1. ABIDE IN ME is a PROPHETIC INSTRUCTION to the BRIDE to return and be made ready for the imminent appearance of the BRIDEGROOM. It is the heart cry of the GOOD SHEPHERD to gather His FLOCKS and prepare them for the DAY of His VISITATION. ABIDE IN ME, says the Lord to the GENTILE CHURCH, so you will not be overcome by DESOLATION, as the JEWISH Church to whom the Lord lamented, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, HOW OFTEN WOULD I HAVE GATHERED THY CHILDREN together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and YE WOULD NOT! Behold, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE” [Matthew 23:37-38] ABIDE IN ME, says the Lord to His SHEEP, FOLLOW my INSTRUCTIONS and ride to GLORY over looming TRIBULATION, as it is written: “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and THEY FOLLOW ME” [John 10:27]
2. ABIDE IN ME is the REBUKE of the GOOD SHEPHERD to His SHEEP, for we all “… LIKE SHEEP HAVE GONE ASTRAY; we have turned every one to his own way; …” [Isaiah 53:6] SHEEP by nature are wont to wander away from the SHEPHERD in search of food and water and so have we, “For ALL SEEK THEIR OWN, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s” [Philippians 2:21] Some of us left sound principles of Christ to forage on “… Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS … ” [1Timothy 6:5] We were enticed by WORLDLY LUSTS to dine on doctrines of devils, “… GIVING HEED TO SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS” [1 Timothy 4:1] We were BEGUILED and fell away from “… THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST” [2 Corinthians 11:3] We went from being humble DISCIPLES to become MASTERS and sit as gods over the Lord’s vineyard. We no longer SERVE in the HOPE of ETERNAL GLORY but fight tooth and nail for filthy lucre. Brethren, the Lord is calling YOU and I to REPENT and return as NEW BORN BABES, putting away, “… all MALICE, and all GUILE, and HYPOCRISES, and ENVIES, and all EVIL SPEAKINGS, As newborn babes, DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD OF GOD…” [1 Peter 2:1-2]
3. ABIDE IN ME is the Lord telling the ELECT to “Be SOBER, be VIGILANT; because your adversary the DEVIL AS A ROARING LION, walketh about, SEEKING WHOM TO DEVOUR” [1 Peter 5:8] Beloved, present DISTRESS in all nations shall not abate as we press further into the 21st century and in the CHURCH, there shall “… arise FALSE CHRISTS, and FALSE PROPHETS, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT” [Matthew 24:24] That is not all, Satan has a SHORT TIME, “… to MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS, and to OVERCOME THEM: and POWER was given him OVER ALL KINDREDS, and TONGUE, and NATIONS“ [Revelations 13:7] It is scary, but TRUE and prophecy shall be fulfilled, saying: “… the time cometh, that WHOSOEVER KILLETH YOU WILL THINK THAT HE DOETH GOD SERVICE” [John 16:2] ABIDE IN ME is the Lord calling YOU and I to examine the FOUNDATION of our FAITH as the STORM breaks on this generation. Every FOUNDATION not anchored on SURE “… FOUNDATION of the APOSTLES and PROPHETS, JESUS CHRIST himself BEING THE CHIEF CORNER STONE” shall not stand [Ephesians 2:20] The Apostles did not build Cathedrals or mansions, but “… FORSOOK ALL, AND THEY FOLLOWED HIM” [Luke 5:11] ABIDE IN ME is the Lord Jesus Christ asking His SAINTS to return to PRECEPTS of ACTS OF THE APOSTLES and be established in STANDARDS of the EPISTLES.
4. ABIDE IN ME is Jesus Christ inviting YOU and I to a deeper relationship than of SHEEP and SHEPHERD. Remember, as SHEEP we went astray and when we ought to be mature in the likeness of Christ, we were “… become such as HAVE NEED OF MILK, and not of strong meat” [Hebrews 5:12] ABIDE IN ME is the Lord inviting YOU AND I to the fellowship of BRANCH to the VINE, saying: “IF YE ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” [John15:7] As the BRANCH ABIDES on the VINE and feeds on the LIFE of the VINE, so is the Lord calling us to forsake denominational creeds and ABIDE in the WORD, which is the “… BREAD WHICH COMETH DOWN FROM HEAVEN, that a man may eat thereof, and not die” [John 6:50] That BREAD is the REVELATION of God’s PERSONAL IDENTITY manifest in FLESH and BLOOD. The REVELATION of God’s PERSONAL IDENTITY in Jesus Christ is the LIFE of the VINE, which we must EAT to LIVE and DIE no more, as it is written: “Whoso EATETH MY FLESH, and DRINKETH MY BLOOD, HATH ETERNAL LIFE; and I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY” [John 6:54] ABIDE IN ME is Christ calling YOU and I to go beyond being SHEEP and be transformed to BRANCH in the REVELATION of God’s PERSONAL IDENTITY.
5. ABIDE IN ME is Christ’s FINAL CALL to the BRIDE, and “IF A MAN ABIDE NOT IN ME, HE IS CAST FORTH as a BRANCH, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast into the fire, and THEY ARE BURNED” [John 15:6] Return and ABIDE IN ME, says the Lord, amen
1. PREPARE TO DIE, some may find this topic morbidly offensive, as DEATH is a taboo in many cultures. It is a journey we must undertake and every breathe we inhale is one less to exhale, as “… IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN ONCE TO DIE, but after this the judgment” [Hebrews 9:27] Man is like a spaceship programmed to TRAVEL through TIME to ETERNITY. Few minutes after takeoff, the liquid fuel rocket falls off as the ship escapes the pull of GRAVITY and sails into space. In the same way, DEATH is the shedding of FLESH to escape the pull of MORTALITY as we sail to EVERLASTING LIFE or PERDITION. No matter how long a man lives here, it is “FEW MINUTES” compared to ETERNITY and it is these FEW MINUTES we all have to PREPARE our TRAJECTORY to ETERNAL GLORY or EVERLASTING SORROWS. When you take a life insurance policy and or write a WILL, you are not PREPARING TO DIE, but making arrangement for those you shall leave behind. To PREPARE TO DIE is a personal decision to understand the mystery of DEATH, nature of LIFE after DEATH and take deliberate steps to ensure your trajectory after DEATH leads to ETERNAL GLORY, therefore, “… Set thine house in order: for THOU SHALT DIE, … “ [Isaiah 38:1]
2. PREPARE TO DIE and save yourself the agony of SECOND DEATH, “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 6:23] Satan is the father of SIN and from him SIN passed to all men through Adam and Eve [John 8:44] Our physical BODY was conceived in SIN and the one who wields the sword of DEATH over the FLESH is the devil, as the Bible says: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy HIM THAT HAD THE POWER OF DEATH, THAT IS, THE DEVIL” [ Hebrews 2:14] The demise of the FLESH is the FIRST DEATH and there is SECOND DEATH which is incarceration in the LAKE OF FIRE. The LAKE OF FIRE was originally prepared for Satan and his angels, but shall also accommodate the “… fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH” [Revelation 21:8] I charge you, therefore, PREPARE TO DIE and escape SECOND DEATH.
3. PREPARE TO DIE and you will inherit a BODY designed for LIFE after DEATH, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTN SON, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOUJLD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE“ [John 3:16] It is certain this terrestrial BODY shall one day DIE, if the Lord tarries. When it does, God has MANSIONS ready to house the SOUL and SPIRIT of those who BELIEVED the GOSPEL preached in the name of His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. Thus, said the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples: “In my Father’s house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU” [John 14:2] These MANSIONS are not castles made of glass or stones but CELESTIAL BODIES which neither age nor DIE. They are SPIRITUAL BODIES equipped to shine as stars, forever, as the Bible says: “There are also CELESTIAL BODIES, and BODIES TERRESTRIAL: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another” [1 Corinthians 15:40] Only those who PREPARE TO DIE in line with the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ shall receive CELESTIAL BODIES in the likeness of Jesus Christ, and “… we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] Beloved, PREPARE TO DIE, not in fear of DEATH but in accordance with the GOSPEL of GRACE and HOPE of ETERNAL LIFE.
4. PREPARE TO DIE in the WISDOM of the only ONE who ever came down from heaven and ascended to heaven, as it is written: “And NO MAN HATH ASCENDED TO HEAVEN, BUT HE THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, even the Son of man which is in heaven” [John3:13] Jesus Christ is God MANIFEST in FLESH to demonstrate His POWER over SIN and DEATH and show us the trajectory of FAITH to ETERNAL LIFE [1 Timothy 3:16] To PREPARE TO DIE, therefore, is not about building grandiose mausoleums to house rotten flesh and bones, but choosing the path of POWER and WISDOM of God, that is “… CHRIST the power of God, and THE WISDOM OF GOD” [1 Corinthians 1:24] Christ is the POWER OF GOD, by which when He died on the Cross, He overcame DEATH and “… DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY” [1 Corinthians 15:54] Christ is the WISDOM OF GOD, by which those who receive SALVATION by GRACE through FAITH in His NAME receive ETERNAL LIFE, “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might GRACE REIGN THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO ETERNAL LIFE BY JESUS CHRIST our Lord” [Romans 5:21] I admonish you, therefore, in the NAME of the Lord, PREPARE TO DIE. Take up the offer of GRACE through FAITH in the NAME of the Lord Jesus Christ and LIVE FOREVER.
5- It is never too early to PREPARE TO DIE, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today. Remain standing in FAITH until His appearance, when we “… which are ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and SO SHALL EVER BE WITH THE LORD [1Thssalonians 4:17] Amen
1. The FOUNDATION of man’s ETERNAL FELLOWSHIP with God is FAITH, and by FAITH are we God’s ETERNAL HABITATION, as it is written: “Know ye not that YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” [1 Corinthians 3:16] When you turned your life over to Jesus Christ, you became a TEMPLE for God’s habitation. That TEMPLE was built on the FOUNDATION of what you believed to be TRUTH. Over the years, I guess you have adorned the TEMPLE with religious piety, ecclesiastical titles, gifts of the spirits, fame, etc. Do you check your FOUNDATION to see if it is strong enough to carry the TEMPLE? Do you regularly examine the FOUNDATION of your FAITH to see if it is standing or DESTROYED? Take note, “If the FOUNDATIONS BE DESTROYED, WHAT CAN THE RIGHTEOUS DO?” [Psalms 11:3] Beloved, FOUNDATIONS built on TEMPORAL things are susceptible to destruction, “… for the THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL; but the THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL” [2 Corinthians 4:18] I charge you, therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; build your TEMPLE on the infallible tripod of ETERNAL FOUNDATIONS laid FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.
2. ONE, make the FOREKNOWLEDGE of God the FOUNDATION of your FAITH, “According as he hath CHOSEN US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” [Ephesians 1:4] God chose us in HIMSELF before the devil had access to man, and those “… HE DID FOREKNOW, HE ALSO DID PREDSTINATE to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” [Romans 8:29] You are not BORN AGAIN by coincidence, but the predeterminate counsel of God, “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the PURPOSE OF GOD ACCORDING TO ELECTION MIGHT STAND, not of works, but of him that calleth;) … As it is written, JACOB HAVE I LOVED, but ESAU HAVE I HATED” [Romans 9:11-13] God allowed Judas to be ordained an Apostle but in the end was cast out, because he was not CHOSEN from the beginning. as it is written: “… those that thou gavest me I have kept, and NONE OF THEM IS LOST, BUT THE SON OF PERDITION; that the scripture might be fulfilled” [John 17:12] If you are genuinely BORN AGAIN, God FOREKNEW you, hold on to your FAITH. But to all pretenders, He shall say at His coming, “… I NEVER KNEW YOU: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” [Matthew 7:23]
3. TWO, build your FAITH on sure FOUNDATION of the “… LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” for our SIN [Revelation 13:8] God, knowing we shall contend with SIN on earth offered HIMSELF in Jesus Christ as propitiation for SIN before Satan had a chance to bring SIN into the world. The BLOOD of the SAVIOUR shed from the FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD was activated in Eden, when a lamb was slain and “… the LORD God MAKE COATS OF SKINS, and clothed them” [Genesis 3:21] In the fulness of time, the LAMB OF GOD was MANIFEST on earth in FLESH and BLOOD and John testified: “… BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world” [John 1:29] The LAMB OF GOD is God OFFERING HIMSELF in CHRIST to give us victory over SIN and DEATH. Brethren, we are BORN AGAIN not because we pray or fast round the clock, but God showed up in CHRIST to save us; and the revelation of God manifest in CHRIST is the ROCK and ETERNAL FOUNDATION of the Church, as it is written: “… THOU ART THE CHRIST, the Son of the living God. … and UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” [Matthew 16”16-18] Build your FAITH on the ROCK, and the GATES OF HELL shall not prevail against you.
4. THREE, establish your FAITH on solid FOUNDATION of membership of the “… CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, …” [Hebrews 12:23] CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN is the FELLOWSHIP of men and women whose names are “… written in the BOOK OF LIFE FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD” [Revelation 17:8] There are many enterprises masquerading as Church, but it is all a scam if your name is not written in heaven. Do not build your FAITH on miracles or the working of gifts of the spirit, but ”Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather REJOICE, BECAUSE YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN” [Luke 10:20] Listen closely, Jesus Christ came into the world to seek His SHEEP whose names are written in the BOOK OF LIFE, FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. If your name is there, you will hear His VOICE and it does not matter who you are or where you are, as it is written: “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I KNOW THEM, and THEY FOLLOW ME” [John 10:27] If you have heard His VOICE, come out of the maddening crowd and be established by FAITH in the CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, as it is written: “… COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” [Revelation 18:4]
5. Beloved, it is not too late to examine yourself and build your FAITH on ETENAL FOUNDATIONS, “… But LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH thereupon. For OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST” [1 Corinthians 3:10-11] Amen