It is with joy, I am able to enclose this month's featured sermon, titled "Only God Could Have Done It!". May it be a blessing to your soul.
What farmer sows the precious seed, never expecting to reap a harvest? What fisherman goes out to sea, casting out his nets but never expecting to receive a catch? On the contrary, a vineyard is planted in hope of new wine, and the foundations are laid in the hope of a building being raised. Could you imagine a man going out to find gold with the predetermined mindset of finding only a rusty bit of old tin? Could you imagine a beggar, sitting by the roadside fully persuaded that by the end of the day, he’d be no better off? Why, he wouldn’t bother leaving his shack, he’d give up the ghost there and then! No one operates like this, even in the worst of environments, hope, no matter how small, keeps the souls of men from fainting! If it is thus in the world, why is it that when it comes to prayer, so many of God’s people have cast off this enduring quality? Why is prayer wholly wanting amongst those who profess faith in Christ? No one would be so brash to admit it, but if the truth be told, God’s people don’t pray because deep down they don’t believe in a God that answers prayer.
This sermon is an exhortation to seek the Lord in prayer, and having prayed, to keep praying until God comes through! May you be encouraged to lay hold on God and in so doing, receive as your reward the thing sought.
No one ever plans to go adrift, just like no one ever plans to get lost! Nine times out of ten, it happens through complacency and lack of watchfulness. We take our eye off the ball, we lose sight of the dangers of the environment we’re in, and before long, it suddenly dawns upon us that we’ve lost our way!
In this sermon, a warning shot is fired across the bow, warning the Church against spiritual drift.
What strongholds are you pulling down at present in your life? Does sin reign unchecked in your life? Are you gaining mastery over sinful lusts and passions, or are they gaining mastery over you? Does sin have dominion over you or do you have dominion over sin?
Brothers and Sisters, we must vow to fight! We’re in a war and as God said to Cain, “...sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” (Gen. 4:7). You say, but Brother, the sinful desires are so strong, I can barely resist the pull towards evil! I hear you! But can I ask you this question, which man are you feeding? The carnal man or the spiritual man? Your flesh or your spirit? There’s a principle that holds true, “...whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7). If I sow a field full of tares/weeds, then it should be of no surprise if when I come back after several months, the field is overgrown with weeds!! I’m not going to find a healthy crop of wheat Maize, for that to happen, I need to sow the right kind of seed.
1 Corinthians 4:20
The desperate need of the Church in this perilous hour is not to discover another five-step program for Church growth. See where the arm of the flesh has gotten the Bride of Christ, she looks just like the world!! Where is the cutting distinction? Where is the Kingdom of God in the midst of her? Where is the unfettered reign of Christ and the overflow of His Spirit? Instead, we’ve exchanged divine power for earthly power; God’s wisdom for man’s wisdom, and the saddest thing about it is, God’s people don’t know it any other way!! They’re happy to have it so!! The number one question that should be being asked is not, “How can we get people back into Church; but how can we get God back in!!” FRIENDS, WE NEED GOD!! We need urgently to recover again the power of the Kingdom of Heaven, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Cor. 4:20).