A Challenge to Our Christian Authenticity in 2019

Weekly Digest - Wed, 9 Jan, 2019

As I welcome us to the first Sunday worship service of 2019 as your beloved Pastor, there is one very important and powerful word I pray and encourage to be on our heart every day. The word is “Integrity!” This is the word that best describes who and what we are as God’s children and beloved disciples of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Because of what Jesus Christ has done for us, having been redeemed by the grace of God through faith, we are no longer ordinary people but have been branded with new nature with the Holy Spirit of God indwelling us. We are no longer merely and continually controlled by our fleshly worldly desires and emotions. Rather, we have made a decision of surrender to the authority of God’s Holy word and Holy Spirit, our Source of power and Enabler who we listen to living in obedience (2 Corinthians 5:17, John 1:12, Romans 6:1-4, 11-14, Galatians 5:16-26)

                I pray and encourage us not to keep allowing the devil to deceive us in defiance to God’s instructions like our first father and mother, Adam and Eve who paid deadly consequences for it (Genesis 3). We have been set free from the bondage of sin and Satan and now alive in truth and righteousness, holiness and purity, faithfulness and loyalty to God in Christ Jesus. The word of God through Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32). I pray and encourage we not  engage in a double life of neither hot nor cold, but be a person of integrity of letting our “Yes” be “Yes” and our “No” be “No” even in little things as well as big things (Matthew 5:37). We must be people of our word because we are children of light and we have the mandate to let our light so shine before men in such a way that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Let us not love money over our love for God like Ananias and Sapphiras in the early Church but be an encourager like Barnabas (Acts 4:36-5:11). Finally, God is giving us a new lease of life in 2019 as His beloved children, which we do not deserve. Let us live a life of authentic integrity so we’ll be recipients of His bountiful grace and abundance.                                                – Dr. Johnson Omoni