At the very last moment the thief that was beside Jesus cried out to Him in repentance. He humbled himself and acknowledged his guilt in sheer contrast to Jesus’ innocence. He pleaded to be part of Jesus’ Kingdom and was granted a spot in paradise with Jesus!
Luke 23:42-43; Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” It just shows you that it is never too late to repent. The bible says that all who come to Jesus, he will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).
God says in 2 Chronicles that “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I receive for you from God’s throne of grace a repentant heart in the mighty name of Jesus.
The prayer this thief prayed beside Jesus made him to make heaven! Brethren, contrary to the lie of the devil, it is NEVER too late to repent. The road to hell fire is very wide while the road to eternal life is straight and narrow. We all need the special grace of God to stay on the straight and narrow.
You may currently be as sheep going astray; NOW is the time to return to the Shepherd and Bishop of your soul (1 Peter 2:25). Now is the time to return to your first love. I hope and pray that like Paul, you will press on toward the mark of a high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).
Prayer: Lord anything that stands in the way of my salvation, take it out of my life. Make my path clear and my eyes seeing and looking to Your glorious inheritance.
“There is a great difference between belief, the Faith we say we have and the action Faith we really have.”
The measure of our faith is not in our “Talk” but in our “Walk”. It is more in what we do and not based upon what we say. We need to live faith and not just talk about it. The actions we partake in shows whether we believe in God who we pray to and verify His existence. He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM.
“Abraham was called the father of faith, by what name are you called or known?”
James said “show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18) – Are you taking action that is in conjunction with you faith? Your faith is only as good as the object in which your faith is placed.
Where you spend your free time, your talent, your treasure and your thoughts will inadvertently determine your faith. Acts 4:12 says “Nor is there solution in any other, for there is no other name under heaven…..by which we must be saved.”
Prayer: Father help me to completely rely, believe and trust in Your sovereign guidance and direction. Help my belief in the fact that You have given Your rod and staff to comfort me wherever I am in Jesus name.
Recorded: Sunday 24th February 2013
The essence of paying attention and fastidiously running from sin is because you do not know which one will lead unto DEATH. Beloved , FLEE from the devastating, destructive and shaming effects of sin.
“He chose to be mistreated along with people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” Hebrews 11:25
Lord purify my heart from every form of lust. Enable me to pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.
The spirit of every man is what sustains him regardless of the onslaught from the enemy. Therefore exercise yourself in godliness. There are some attitude in our lives that hinder spiritual growth, such attitudes are complacency, procrastination, weariness and most times taking God for granted because of His love for us. You must put all these aside and take your place and stand in God seeking Him earnestly with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mouth.
Ephesians 3:16-20 prays for us.
Prayer: Lord strengthen me in my inner man, establish me in Your love, empower your church and help us to appreciate your love which passes all understanding. Allow Your power to work through me and enable to cooperate with Your Holy Spirit in the manifestation of Your power in Jesus name. Amen.