It seems fast that we have gone through the first quarter of the year 2019! Thanks be to God. And I wonder how Christ has been making a difference in our life and relationships so far this year. We all at AEBC know for sure that we make it explicitly clear from our teaching and preaching from the Bible that we are not ordinary, but special people of God. All of us who are God’s children have been graciously redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus shed on our behalf on the cross of Calvary. Through the confession and forgiveness of sins, and by inviting Jesus into our life, we have been made and given a new life. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) “You are the salt of the earth. . . you are the light of the world. . . shining before others so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16). “And God has committed us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:19b-20). That who and what we are in Christ and how our life ought to be positively impacting our family, community and the world.
It is the will, plan and purpose of God to bless and prosper everyone of His children in Christ Jesus. His word assures us that He does not desire anyone to perish, but that all people be saved and come to His knowledge of truth. (1Timothy 2:3). “And His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3). What this means is that if we are struggling in our faith commitment as God’s children, we may need to examine our life to see if truly the Holy Spirit of God is the One we are listening to or our fleshly desire. This is why Apostle Paul urges us to daily walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh because the two are constantly in conflict with each other (Galatians 5:16-17). Please, let us be reminded again that God does not make us an automated robot of one way only. He created us in Christ Jesus with the ability to personally and willingly choose what route we will go, and who we will listen to. The more we practice the habit of yielding to the Holy Spirit voice and direction, the easier our life blossoms pleasing unto the Lord. And the less Satan and/or the flesh has a hold on us. And of course, we have access to the power prayer and Godly wisdom as we desire to do God’s will (Romans 8:26-27; James 1:5). Dr. Johnson Omoni