Anything that draws you away from the presence of God is a banana peel. You need to pray these very powerful prayers regularly: –
- Lord, please make it impossible for me to drink the wine of success that will take me outside of your presence in the mighty name of Jesus.
- Lord, make it impossible for any of my children to drink the wine of success that will take them outside of your presence, thank you Father, in Jesus name.
- Lord, do not allow me to satisfy any carnal appetite that would stop me from entering my allotted inheritance in you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, thank you mighty God, in Jesus name.
So, where did the message of once saved save forever come from? True grace is the supernatural empowerment that God gives you to be able to live above challenges, sin, evil inheritance, the giants on the way, the banana peels and so on. I once listened to the preaching of a charismatic preacher on the television set and he said Christianity is not right living but right believing. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Right living and right believing are not mutually exclusive, as a matter of fact, they go together. Many preachers are presenting grace as licence to live anyhow; they present the gospel to mean once you say the sinner’s prayer, you are already in heaven, it doesn’t matter how you live thereafter. This is easy believism. May the Lord help us to look inwards and drop anything that we are carrying that is contrary to his will in the name of Jesus. For king Saul, it was partial obedience.
God gave Moses a very simple instruction – speak to the rock but Moses struck the rod twice. He became over familiarized with the rod; he became ‘rod-centric’. The story is told of a man of God who went to minister somewhere and the Holy Spirit asked him to tell the people to jump seven times. He did, the power of God came down mightily and swept across the auditorium and miracles began to take place. Thinking that he had found a formula for miracles, this man of God went to another meeting and asked the people to jump seven times expecting to see the same result but unfortunately, nothing happened. What an embarrassment! The word that God will back up is the one that he gives. If you decide to do it your own way, it will not work. That is why we need to be very careful.
TO BE CONTINUED.