Good morning sunshines!
I trust you are all having a blessed Easter Holidays despite the current state of the whole world.
Thousands of lives have been lost this year since the corona virus outbreak as well as other causes. Death is like a bad shadow that keeps following people around reminding them at some point they too, shall meet the same fate.
Everybody is afraid to die and more than that people are more frightened by what happens exactly after death. Where do people go? Is there life after death, do I get to meet my loved ones again? What really happens? Many questions, many questions, no answers, nothing but fear, pushing the thoughts aside once you feel your heart weighed down even more by the uncertainty and terror of it all.
There was a time I lived in constant fear of death, in fact I remember saying to myself in 2014, “I might not make it to next October”. I was afraid to die and more than that I was even more scared because I felt deep down I hadn’t lived a life that was worthy of truth if I died.
I was reading the Bible recently and I saw this verse that moved me to tears thinking about the grace of God since then till now. I thought, “had I died then, I would have been lost to eternal damnation”.
There is nothing as worse as having no hope and living a life that is filled with anxiety. In fact, I believe that it is better to be asleep than to be awake meditating on how hopeless life is and at the end of it all, the fate being death and to some even a cruesome death.
In retrospect, I believe God had His eye on me and knew I was destined for greatness. He had purposed an assignment for me that would alter the destinies of billions of lives and had I stayed stuck, I would have never come to its realization and ultimately fulfillment. Even in the midst of fear, cares and anxieties, He was patiently waiting for me to seek Him and find Him I did. When I had tried all ways, researched nearly all things and I was at the brink of concluding the meaninglessness of life like the Ecclesiastes writer. “All things are vanity, even my beauty which I took much pride in was vanity”
So how do we overcome these chocking thoughts? Do we have to suffer them some more then die? What happens really?
I will tell you what I discovered. I discovered how to beat fear. I remember thinking, “Eureka! I have got it! I have the answer! Now, I can tell everyone else and they too, can have the answer.” Little did I know that what I had discovered was not visible to the human eye and even if I shouted and shouted at the mountain tops, still men would not see nor hear it. The scripture say, “but the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”. (1 Corinthians 2:14) I learnt that only the Holy Spirit can reveal the Kingdom of God.
I discovered the love of God. I found treasure. I found free treasure but discovered as well that it was found only by few men because just like a chest of gold, I sit here and behold all types of gemstones, coins, sapphires, diamonds, pearls, emeralds, rubies, turquoise and unsearchable riches, watching men pass them by day in, day out and not really seeing them. Even before I began writing here just now, I asked God, “what’s the point God, still they do not see, still they do not understand, “ and He said, “still, I want you to write”
How do you overcome fear? The question so many battle with.
You see, I get tired, I get weary, I give up, I can stop hoping for someone or something and I can step aside. But God cannot! Even if I am faithless, He remains faithful because He cannot disown Himself. God is not after my dedication, He is after you and He is using me to get to you.
He is so patient with you, that He is willing to make other people go through some discomfort and hardships to get to you. Now, do not get me wrong, when somebody is going through hardship, it is not a punishment, but it is chastening and training by God; the Potter working and perfecting the clay.
Today, He is saying to you.
So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert,
God does not want men to die in sin because where you go, He shall not be there if you call upon Him. Now is the time to rend your hearts, today when you are alive. If you have read the story of the rich man and Lazarus, you remember the rich man pleaded that he return to warn his family of the fate of those who died in sin and Abraham told him, they have Moses and the prophets, if they listen not to them, they will still not be convinced even if somebody rose from the dead.
This goes to show how hardened our hearts are towards God. Even if somebody rose from the dead we would still not believe! Some of us have hardened our hearts towards God, some of us towards our parents, our friends, our neighbors, we have hardened our hearts with jealousy, pride, beauty, stubbornness, selfishness, self righteousness, drugs, fornication, pornography, masturbation, deceit, covetousness, lasciviousness, murder, adultery, slander, idolatry, adoration of religious practices, worship and flattery of men, disobedience, cares of the world and many other vices that do not give God glory.
My prayer to you this Easter is that today, you hear His voice harden not your hearts. God is able to remove fear from your heart. I know. I know very well. Through Jesus Christ, He washes every stain and gives you new life. His love is so deep that once you encounter Him, all you want to do is tell the world. “I met a man named Jesus and He saved my life, He can do it for you too.”
Maybe you have been a christian all your life but you have never had any depth, any real relationship with God. Today, you can pray with me as we join together to pray for many as well,
“Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, I desire a true relationship with You, I am coming to you by faith with repentant heart, wash me clean this day and help me renew my mind in You everyday. Thank you for dying for me on the cross. Amen”
I believe if you said that prayer God is going to work with you in His own way to build a relationship with Him.
Have a blessed Easter Holidays.
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