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Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. I refused to give up. Beverly Denise Thomas. Here is a cross section of the crowd at the Port Harcourt Civic Centre. Date of Birth:
Below is a pictorial excursion which by itself tells the story of how God snatched a man from the clutches of death, and raised him up to sit with kings and noble men. We pray that as you now read the story in the form of the descriptive captions written by the Archbishop himself, you will be blessed with the knowledge and assurance that no matter your present position in life, God can lead you from Zero to Surplus.
The Lord God Almighty richly bless you. Be- cause of my desire for upward social mobility and my accompanying hard work, coupled with God's favour upon my life, I soon attained a s upervisory pos ition in the company.
As a super- visor in Bata Shoe Company, it was my earnest desire to see that the company reached its peak of achievement With my experience as a super- visor, God taught me the secret of leadership which was to become very useful infulfilling my Call to the ministry. In those days, I used to be very tall, if you know what I mean. Here am I leading a team of the company workers to welcome one of the company's executives.
By , I was set to be an in- strument in God's hand. W hen Margaret sent to me this picture of her- self as a young woman and our friendship began. My career, personality, and this picture won the heart of Margaret, now Rev.
And who would not have fallen for a young man like this! Look at the photograph again. The con- temporary fashion of a path in the hair not withstanding, I was a gentleman through and through. What do you say! I would j Dj usually take a team to a village and begin by making a call on the chief of the place to obtain permission, to preach to the people.
When we begin to sing Gospel choruses, a crowd would gather and I would preach the word and pray for the sick and they recovered. This was the first crusade I held, and it was atAjagbodudu near Sapele in 1 , eight years before I got married.
Note the wonderful platform on which I stood preaching.
It is certainly afar cry from our present day crusade platforms!. This was a year after my first crusade. Here a group of minis- S"" ters pose for a photograph at the conference grounds. You can see that I attended the con- ference in style! This is a photograph of my friend , Mr Edward Ero; he can bear testimony to my early life of struggle because he loaned me the first coat which I ever wore in life.
O JZ5J ere are Margaret and my self as young people. While I confronted reality, looking straight at the camera, she seemed to be gazing far into a better future.
I did not j-] know what she was seeing, but the pres- ent then did not Ojfer much to write home about. This was our first photograph to- gether. There was yet no thought or talk of marriage. One evening, I went to visit her, in a serious mood. We sat in the court-yard behind the house to talk. I went straigth to the point. She had known me as a brother and wanted that status quo maintained. She did not want to be a Pastor's wife. I told her mother my intention and she also began to cry, but for a different reason, "I will be grateful to have you for a son-in-law!
But Margaret held strongly to her bias about marrying a Pastor. However, in the end, my persuasion won the day. On April 6, 1 , we were married in a little store-front building where I had been teaching Bible Studies. My wedding suit was loaned to me by Mr. Edward Ero. We sang praises to the Lord before and during all crusades.
Here, my wife Margaret sings with me on the platform. Her family anxiously awaited word that a baby was on the way, but the word did not come. We sought the help of a gynaecologist who, after all his tests, said that Margaret had an inter- nal heat condition that will never permit her to have children. But having searched the Scrip- tures, and seen God's promises, I believed and assured Margaret that we would have chil- dren. Here now is Feb celebrating his 3rd Birthday anniversary in London.
It was situated at Forestry Road, Benin City. Here, in one of my early crusades, a friend and co-labourer in the Vine- yard, Evangelist Chikezie says the opening prayer. He is the LateRt Rev. Coker, a one time Bishop in the Church of God Mission International Here we are rejoicing over the gift of a motor-cycle from me.
Here I am bap- tizing one of my early converts, now an elder in the church: After encountering a lot of difficulties, I finally met the late Rev. Elton and his wife, who became parents to me in the Ministry, and for whom members of the Church of God Mission and my self had the fond names of "Pa Elton" and "Mama Elton".
Gordon Lindsay actually came on the appointed day, and before he left, he said to Rev. Often, I have found myself in the midst of the congregation, singing praises to Cod and dancing in our joy for the privilege to worship God. In this crusade a lot 'of people including Rev. Ayo Oritsejqfor received the Lord into their lives and were saved. Ayo accepted the Lord as Saviour on the 4th day of the crusade.
It soon became imperative for us to have an Institute for the training of pastors who would take charge of the various branches of the Ministry, and who would help fulfill the commission of taking the Gospel to every part of the world.
During my many years of learning in Bible Schools, the Lord had impressed upon me the need to establish one which will be a watershed to many Christian ministries across the nations. And so in 1 we started a 3 months Bible course. Here are a group of our 1 Bible School Students, some of their lecturers and myself. And the Lord always honoured us with His presence by miracles.
Here is a lame man healed in our crusade in Mombasa in January, Look at this photograph: Here are our four chil- dren: Felix Idahosa - our kid brother. We are all in the faith serving God in the same ministry. New Orleans, State of Lousiana U. Here Dr. Margaret E. Idahosa, the award of Honorary Doctor of Di- vinity. We did not want to be guilty of winning souls and leaving them behind to struggle on their own. Accordingly, we have established and are still establishing new Churches, as millions of unchurched people continue to be saved.
We do not only establish these Churches, we also help them in building places of worship. It will do you good to have a similar attitude. Let no force on earth, no zero hour or difficult circumstance, deter you from attaining God's best. You will climb the highest peak, go through the deepest valley, if only you believe that there is power set aside to defend you in the tough hours when all else fails you and all others desert you.
So many Christians receive the truths of God secondhand. Try a search today! The Bible will reveal to you a God of majesty, power, and unsearchable accuracy in the management of His creation, including your life. The whole process of your thinkingthe entire working of your mindmust be renewed and regenerated by God's quickening Word made manifest through Jesus Christ.
Then you will be able to align your In many countries where I have preached the Word of God and counseled, one discouraging posture in particular is reflected in the thinking of the people. Millions of people seem to assume that the God of creation has abandoned His works, that He sits back indifferently as the world goes down the drain. That is not my God! He cannot be the God Who sent His Son in love to die for a sinful world. He cannot be the God of the Bible!
You comb your hair every day, don't you?
As you comb your hair, God takes note of every strand that drops to the ground. Luke That is something which even you don't pay attention to. But God cares about even the nonessential things like lost hair. If this is the case, then our God must also be a Father Who delights Himself in the bigger, deeper issues of our daily lives. It is time to get this truth straight. We all agree that certain aspects of our Christian walk upset and shake us.
But does that fact remove us from the presence and love of God? Does it separate us from His strength and power and glory? The walk of faith, hand in hand with God, is the best insurance against But bear in mind that it is only when you are on the path of faith that you are aware of the enemy at work against you.
This is not the hour for foolhardiness or false assumptions. God has admonished us through the Apostle Paul to be on our guard, Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: A short commentary on this verse from Dake's Annotated Reference Bible offers some food for thought: We now turn to search God's Word for scriptures which will minister to your need and open before you new vistas of revelation knowledge so you will be able to deal decisively with every obstacle that comes your way.
Open up your spirit, read the text thoughtfully, and allow the Holy Spirit to imprint its truths in your mind. Dake Bible Sales, Inc. The familiar text we are going to consider is found in 2 Kings 7: If you have a Bible, read the entire passage prayerfully and allow the Spirit of God to bring to light its hidden truths.
The story says that when a certain city came under siege from the Syrian army camped outside, there came a great famine. In the course of time four poor lepers were thrown out of the city gate to wither away and die. Society had rejected them; they had been declared outcasts and left to rot away on the outskirts of a frightened, captive city.
The answer is: God cares. The Bible says that there is a God Who neither sleeps nor slumbers. It is He Who watches over His flock by day and night to bring to pass every plan laid out for the lives of His children. The hour of decision was near for the four lepers. But death was not God's plan for them in their zero hour. Instead He offered them life. It is astonishing to read the faith-filled words they spoke and to note the decisive action they took: Why sit we here until we die?
If we say. We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: Strangers to Failure die. And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment In the natural, these men may have been poor lepers caught in the web of certain death from starvation and infected skin, but in faith they were giants.
I repeat those triumphant words, "Why sit we here until we die? These words changed their future! The lepers did not throw in the towel! They believed that something good could happen if they moved forward. The fact is, they had hope, which is the God-factor in every situation.
Refuse to Be Moved Throughout the Bible we see people who never gave upand God never gave up on them either. Is it the same story today? The time of change has come because you now know that there is power beyond measure for your zero hour.
It is heartbreaking to find able-bodied, Spirit-filled believers bowing under pressure when they experience a sudden shift in fortunes. That approach The Bible teaches us to say, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me Phil. Jesus advised us to Have faith in God Mark We need to be reminded that God remains the same, regardless of what conditions are before us.
Someone sang, "When the devil knocks at the door, ask Jesus to answer the call. Make up your mind not to budge or waver in your faith: For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
James 1: Reaffirm your faith in Christ and trust God by believing implicitly in what He has said about you. This can be done only if you understand what the Bible means when it says, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus Phil. Allow the mind of the Master to be the master of your mind.
What does the Bible mean by "the mind of Christ"? Jesus' mind was a mind bent to succeed, a mind in tune with the will of God, a mind of obedience in all circumstances. Let this mind be in you, and you will see hope and victory in the midst of your zero hour. Many believers do not make full use of the treasure of God's love deposited within them.
The Bible indicates that when one door closes against a believer, another door opens up to him by God's grace and power. Believersall children of God ought to hold fast to this noble truth.
I feel so helpless. I hope this is not your viewpoint or confession. If the devil tells you that the end has come, take your case to the LordHe has the final word.
Walking by Faith No force, demon, or power of darkness can stop a person who has faith in God through the allconquering Jesus Christ. Whatever your situation or circumstance, set your eyes by faith on the Lord, keep looking to Him, and continue looking until the tide turns in your favor.
The Apostle Peter did not know or follow this principle at first, as he walked on the Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. Ficklemindedness and wavering faith were the cause of his undoing. In your faith walk you must watch out for these things too. Stay calm and trust in the power of God's might. We Christians are the apple of God's eye, and anything that touches us touches Him.
As children of God, redeemed though the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, we are saved by faith Eph. Many of those Christians who have failed did so because they refused to follow the Biblical standard of walking day by day with Christ, their Savior and Lord, in trusting faith.
God's intention is that we continue triumphantly through every circumstance and situation of life. But is it possible to accept Christ and receive salvation by faith, only to turn around and live through the arm of flesh? Beloved, it does not work: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
Galatians 5: It is clear from the above verses that looking for the hope of righteousness in Christ requires nothing To receive and appropriate the promise of power for your zero hour, you must understand the role of faith in the Christian walk.
The Gospel of John establishes that faith comprises one-half of a formula: When Jesus speaks of faith, He refers to it as being revealed in action. This truth is illustrated by the lowering of the man "sick of the palsy" through the roof by his faithful friends Mark 2: Beloved, as a Christian, a sound understanding of faith will make a world of difference in your life.
Faith Produces Victory Time after time, God has charged me to preach to believers everywhere that to be knocked down is not the end of the fight: God will uplift him with His right hand of righteousness because He has promised that, Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: In your walk with Christ, you need to see the zero hour as a moment of decision: Know within your spirit that, despite outward appearances, the situation is not hopeless.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: We believers are born of God and are regenerated by His Spirit, as outlined in John 3: Get this point established in your mind; it is the solid foundation upon which we will build.
God expects us as His blood-bought children to live an overcoming life, triumphing over every obstacle that blocks the road to victory. I have experienced enough pruning and trimming to know that, clothed in the armor of God, a Christian can survive any onslaught of the enemy.
According to Scripture, victory for a believer is a foregone conclusion. This is why Jesus said, We can understand why the Apostle John believed that the victory has been won for every Christian.
Calvary was a place of victory, and victory in the name of Jesus enabled His disciples Acts As believers, you and I share in that supreme victory won at Calvary!
We can go on, confident that through implicit faith in the name of Jesus Christ, victory is assured. Victor Frankl gives a moving account of how he survived the horrors of imprisonment in the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Dachau. Although Dr. Frankl did not have a Christian faith, he held stubbornly to the hope of victory through all the torture.
With his loss of belief in the future he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline and became subject to mental and physical decay. Hope is a life resource, like food, water and air.
In its absence, life ceases to have meaning and sometimes even ceases to be. Hope enables persons to rejoice in suffering.
Frankl's observation on how you can survive your zero hour, the inevitable period of distress and hardship that comes to everyone at one time or another.
Beacon Press, Sometimes I have wondered how the three Hebrew children stood firm in that hour of conflict and crisis when they knew the drastic consequences of disobedience to Nebuchadnezzar's decree. Today, the secret is in my heart and engulfs my whole being. As believers we stand on solid ground in these last days when God has spoken to us by His Son, The greatest bulwark of Christian hope in any area of endeavor, including the ministry, is the absolute certainty of final victory, the unshakable knowledge that in all things we are more than conquerors through Christ.
The full realization of this truth will turn you around full circle and open to you vistas of courage and indomitable faith through the power of the Son of God, enabling you to rise up out of the quagmire of depression and despair and soar to the heights of hope and joy where God wants you to live.
Do you know Who God is? The effectiveness of the power of God in your life depends on how well you understand Him and His sovereignty. I want to give you a glimpse of our God according to the Scriptures so you will be able to tap into His marvelous power and limitless resources. With the omnipotence of God in mind, along with his omnipresence and omniscience, let's think briefly about some of the practical implications of these attributes of God.
But then, let's also consider how God Is Ready, Willing, and Able A proper understanding of God's omnnipresence, His omniscience, and His omnipotence assures us that no situation exceeds His reach, no circumstance escapes His attention, and no experience is beyond His control. God is with us wherever we go, knows everything that happens to us, and, on our behalf, is able to remove every obstacle and solve every problem that faces usno matter how great they may be.
My knowledge and understanding of this great truth makes a tremendous difference in my Christian living. I know a God Who knows me! God is allseeing, all-wise, and all-powerful, and He is able and willing to deliver all those who put their trust in Him.
That basic truth comforts every trusting child of God. Remember, whatever your circumstance, condition or situation, you are never alone, never forgotten, never beyond hope or help. Let us remind ourselves that nothing is too hard for God! The psalmist asked, O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee?
If all other Scripture escapes your mind in the turbulent hour, my dear friend, remember this: Great is our Lord, and of great Whatever our location or situation, we can be confident of God's power and His presence with us. To be assured that God sees and knows and cares brings comfort and joy to our troubled hearts.
Whether you are in a hospital room, lying upon a bed of affliction, broken-hearted over the loss of a loved one, or shaken and disillusioned because your dearest friend has rejected you, you can still say with Hagar, Thou God seest me You may be reading these words in some remote area of the world or you may be feeling alone in a crowd.
You need to know that there is power for the zero hour. God not only sees you, but He is on your side, in every needno matter what it is. I owe all my success to knowing God and what He can do. This knowledge is what drew the line between failure or success, between falling by the wayside or moving on in the power of God's might. You must also know this truth about God for yourself. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is of greater value in life than knowing God and the power of His might. He is the pivot around which all else revolves.
Yet the majority of people, even many confessing Christians, fail to know Him as they should. When I speak of knowing God, I have much more in mind than knowing things about Him. Many people read about God and the power of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in newspapers, magazines, commentaries, booksand they have a shadowy image of the Lord.
These occasional, partial glimpses are no substitute for a person-to-person relationship with the living God. Go to the Bible and find out what He has promised; that knowledge will stand you in good stead in the zero hour. Many incidents which have confronted me as a believer and minister have shaken me to the foundation, but they could not cause my downfall, because I knew God and His power on a personal basis.
Do you? Choose to put God first and He will give strength and direction to your life. This choice becomes a compass by which the course of life and its victory is charted. Every other decision ought to be secondary to that of choosing God. If you make the Lord your first and best, He will make you His first and best any hour, any day. To put God first adds strength to one's character.
It provides assurance of God's help in doing right. So also it adds a quality of life which cannot be destroyed. I speak from experience, because at a turning point in my life and ministry, God helped me around every tight corner. I grew up in Benin City, Nigeria, many years before independence came to that African nation. In many areas of my life, I had every encouragement one could possibly lay claim to.
But life was not easy in my family although I tried to make the best of it. We were poor and the future looked bleak. I was never one to indulge in wishful thinking, but deep in my heart I knew that a change had to come some day, some how. I had convinced myself that hard work would bring a good harvest to anyone, so I put all my energies into my job of transporting goods in a wheelbarrow for a fee. Every morning my mind would go to the success that lay ahead of me by God's grace in my daily work as a barrow-boy.
It was not easy, but there has never been an easy way to success; it has always been a hard road to travel. Someone has noted that since we expect to spend the rest of our lives in the future, we ought to be assured of what kind of future it will be.
Do you want to be sure? The answer is straightforward hard work and the abiding grace of God. Benin City, capital of Bendel State, Nigeria, has, since my youth, gone through a massive facelift, and has undergone vast social change; it found new prosperity as a result of the oil boom. Today, it is characterized by beautiful mansions and well-kept lawns, first-class roads full of modern vehicles, and The Benin City of today is not the Benin City of old; civilization has given it a new coat.
Every morning I would be on my waywith a determination to succeed where others had failed. I pushed my way through the morning crowds with my wooden barrow. If I could work hard, and do as much as my strength permitted, God would add His grace. This was my firm conviction and my charter of service. I allowed nothing to distract me as the day went on, believing that as God was with me, success would be waiting for me at the end of the way. It has been said that true vision is an inspired look at reality.
And some time ago Bob Mumford wrote in a Life Changers newsletter: Vision is seeing in our mind's eye the present as God sees it, as well as seeing the future of God's purpose as an accomplished fact. It is the ability not only to look at an empty field and the hidden treasure, but also to see how to acquire that field and obtain the treasure. And new vision opened up with God's help.
One day I painted the word "Opel" on the side of my cart, so that traders looking for quick service could easily identify it.
Before long, I had effectively Market women sought me, and traders longed to see me at dawn behind my "Opel" truck. In all this, God was weaving a new pathway to greater heights. Many nights, as I lay in bed counting the ceiling nails to while away the time, I would feel exhaustion in my body and excruciating pain in my aching back; fatigue was taking its toll on me.
Another holiday arrived, and I made my decision: I was following a demanding schedule, dividing my time between selling newspapers and rushing over to push my barrow at the market as the early traders arrived.
Though I worked long, hard hours, day after day, giving up was not a part of my vocabulary. I knew everything about success, but nothing of failure. And on the day I married, I knew that God had blessed the work of my hands through the labor and toil of the past.
From the black moments in the mudthatched classroom through to the scorching sunfilled months of pushing my barrow at Oba market, everything worked together by God's grace to lay the solid foundation for a better tomorrow.
That's how God dealt with me. How did He deal with people in Bible days; what lessons are learned from their lives?
You will find out later in this book when we begin to examine in detail the examples of several Bible characters whose faith and devotion are worthy of our study and emulation. Reading through Hebrews This glorious chapter is God's hall of fame and faith! Often I have read and meditated upon it; occasionally I have preached on it.
Its impact, impression, and influence on my life and ministry have grown with every sermon. Hebrews 11 makes fascinating reading as it presents a stirring account of the toils, trials, and tribulations of the Biblical saints: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens, Strangers to Failure Hebrews Perhaps you are wondering what lay behind these fabulous testimonies?
Power to withstand comes only through knowledge of God, which in turn gives rise to faith in Him. Daniel Trust in the Lord This is the age of cynicism, discouragement, doubt, scepticism, uncertainty, and unreality, but you will not get far in your walk with God if you allow these negative forces to control you and become part of your speech. Cynicism is born out of disillusionment which hoped for an immediate answer, but found nothing. Things may not always turn out as we expect, but that does not alter the fact that as God's dear children, He is in control of our lives.
Trust in the Lord. Look not at circumstances. Do not judge God by your feelings, but by faith, for The bizarre and hazy ideas that occasionally float into our heads are all efforts by the enemy to sow seeds of doubt in our minds which he hopes will germinate and grow into unbelief.
Do you sometimes feel uncertain? You may, but that experience changes neither the fact of God's sovereignty nor the strength of the power which He puts at our disposal. Uncertainty is the inability to find something secure on which to place one's faith.
A believing Christian has something secure upon which to anchor his faith: The name of the Lord is a strong tower: An inability to discern God's goals and intentions through the circumstances which He permits to come into our life acts as a hindrance to spiritual growth.
Picture a new Christian who has just accepted the Lord. Rapidly and unexpectedly, everything in his life starts to go haywirethe bills begin to pile up, he has trouble with his wife and children, and a good neighbor suddenly becomes aggressive.
The new believer begins to wonder if he has made the right decision in accepting Christ. But no one can convince me that these developments are outside of the knowledge, concern, or power of God. The new Christian should simply settle down and take it easy, secure in the fact that as he follows the Lord in full faith and confidence, all these things will sort Often God uses circumstances to help us find Him or His will for us.
If we are unable to discern what God is trying to do in our lives, we will spend years being miserable and defeated. Every problem you face has a purpose. It moves you one step ahead. It builds you up so There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: Beloved, there is power for your zero hour which enables you to master your problems, bring back life, restore the wasted years, and nourish new hope.
This power gives you the privilege of knowing that God is taking you into His confidence. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
This is what the ancients were commended for. Several years ago the Lord gave me a new insight into the subject of faith. The Holy Spirit led me to the thirteenth chapter of Genesis, where we find an account of the patriarch Abraham. Every story about Abraham reveals a consistent faith-walk with God. It is therefore no exaggeration when he is called the "father of our faith. Abraham also had the singular privilege and honor of being called the "friend of God. Abraham was mightily blessed of God and was exceedingly wealthy.
God honors and blesses all His people, but Abraham was prospered of the Lord in a dimension and magnitude which is almost beyond our modern-day comprehension.
He had no equal in all the world! The Faith of Abraham The finest thing about Abraham was his faith. But let us not think of faith as magic, as a charm by which Faith is not a magic wand with which to bring God under a spell and get from Him that which satisfies us. Instead, as Abraham discovered, faith means approaching God with firm confidence, humility, and submission, asking for the blessing that is needed in order to fulfill the purpose He has for us, or to carry out the mission He has assigned to us.
This kind of faith is the key to abundant blessing, greater blessings than we even imagine. God blessed Abraham beyond measure: In Genesis And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. The people of his day looked to Abraham as a symbol of God's provision; and, sure enough, he lived in abundant prosperity every moment of his life. But many Christians miss one prominent point about Father Abraham: Abraham was aware of God at all times and remained constantly in submission to Him and His divine will.
Abraham was a great man of faith and obedience.
These two grand principles controlled his life. God called Abraham in much the same way as you and I receive the call to do one thing or another for Him today. When we consider what Abraham was being called from a good land, friends, kith and kin, But the Almighty also gave Abraham great and precious promises. So Abraham was willing to break the ties of his former life and move on in faith to a new experience.
The mountaintop of faith on which Abraham dwelt was at far too high an elevation for such a man as his nephew Lotand would be too high for many Christians today. Abraham might have looked up into the starry sky and sighed, "What a mighty God we serve; heaven and earth adore Him.
By faith in God, he saw only glory, glory, glory. Then, with the swiftness of an arrow through a dark night, the crisis came. Abraham ran into rough waters, and uncertainty marred his glorious view. The riches and blessings suddenly became a burden: And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife Is not the whole land before thee?
Genesis Every word speaks of absolute submission on the part of Abraham. There was no trace whatsoever of panic or anxiety. Oh, how I pray that all believers will take his cool-headedness as their example.
Many Christians run around in fear and panic when a crisis comes; they make wrong decisions and ruin their lives. Father Abraham gave Lot the opportunity to take the choicest portion of the land. He had no fear. Immediately after Abraham had made this agreement with Lot, we read these words: And the Lord said unto Abram The reason Abraham was so confident and so free of fear and anxiety was because he knew that God was right there beside him to guide, protect, and bless him whichever way he went.
There are certain hidden truths in the nature and character of the two men, Abraham and Lot, which we must take note of. These truths are as relevant in our day as they were in the days of the Old Testament.
Abraham, in his wisdom, represents the truly faithful, obedient follower of the Lord. He was growing in grace and following the Lord every step of the way. As with Abraham, God still wants to reveal Himself to His people through everyday circumstances and happenings. It is His purpose to do so, and we must be aware of it. Lot represents, no doubt, those who believe and These, the worldly-minded, God has to continually push forward to keep them moving in the right direction, as the angel did with Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Lot chose for himself: God chose for Abraham. Which of the two received the most in the long run? Abraham, by far. In this crisis-infested generation in which we live, it pays to let God do our choosing and provide our solutions. Are you one of them? The answer to God's divine choice and call is remarkably evident in Abraham's case: And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth Arise, walk through the land Now I pose the inevitable question: When the peace is broken, the The psalmist wrote of those among whom he dwelled: I am for peace: The world has not changed, man has not changed, but those who change the world are the ones who hear from God.
Abraham found his shelter in the Lord. David had the same answer. After all the trials he had endured in life, the "sweet singer of Israel" wrote of the Lord: He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust This psalm, notably verse 4, reminds me of a scene I once came upon during a rainstorm.
The raindrops were hitting me with the force of arrows, and since home was far away, I decided to seek shelter behind an old school building. As I wiped off the drops of rain, I saw just a little distance away a hen perched over her chicks to protect them from the rain and cold. By fluttering her wings, the hen warned me to keep away, which I did.
During the long period I stood there, the hen preached a whole sermon to me. Even a hen takes needless trouble to protect her chicks and keep them safe.
Yet we serve an Almighty God Who has the whole universe in His hands. Twelve Gates. Michael P Green. Prayers and Promises for Christmas.
Jennifer Hahn. Faith to Change the World. Benson Idahosa. Helps to Intercession. Belgic Confession. Guido De Bres. What does God think about Me? Christian Apostasy Biblical Warnings. James Lowrance. Coming out of Poverty into Your Wealthy Place. Apostle Willie Eady. End Time Revelation of the Seven Churches. Apostle Bolatito Idowu. Dwight L. The Wisdom Of Israel. Edwin Collins. Spiritual Warfare. Janice R. Why should I? Cheryl A. Love Letters to the Bride. Beverly Denise Thomas. The Stewardship of Life.
Clarence Sexton. Symbols of Hell. Kevin Simpson. Power Demonstration. Charles Agyinasare. Fruitful Prayers. Moses Anyanwu. John Wesley.
The Holy Communion: David Odunaiya. How to Thrive in Perilous Times. Happy Caldwell. The 3 Stranded Cord: Getting God to Hear Your Prayer. Glenn Brown. The Meaning of the Cross. Terry Pitcher. No Lack: The Truth about the Law of the Tithe. Crystal Braxton. Collected Writings On Exploring Biblical Hope. Hayes Press. First and Second Timothy Commentary.
Derrick Holyfield. Purify YourSelf. Pastor Paul Rika.