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Barren Because You Have Forgotten

Barren Because You Have Forgotten

Scriptures: 2 Peter 1:8-9

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things are blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Reflection.

Forgetfulness

Most of the church has forgotten how it came into existence. There is no church expansion without sacrifice. Almost every church and ministry came into existence through the blood and sacrifice of somebody. People are only saved when other Christians take up their crosses and follow Jesus. We have forgotten how salvation came to the peoples of this world. We will have to do what others did for them to be saved. We will have to give up our lives for the cause of the Gospel.

Missionaries travelled to Ghana, Nigeria, Malaysia, China, and India giving up their lives for the cause of Jesus Christ. That is why there are Christians in these countries today.  Much blood has been shed for the advancement of the message of Jesus Christ. 

Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary to China, spent sixty years in China so that the Chinese people would know about Jesus Christ. He lost four wives and six children on the mission field! That is a lot of precious missionary blood to shed!  Those are a lot of loved ones for one person to bury!  That is a mighty high price for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be preached. 

But there is still a call for missionaries to be sent out.  There is still a call for lives to be offered up. There is still a call for people to die serving the Lord!  If you think that the day of dying for God and dying in His service is past, then you are deceived with a mighty delusion.

Do not forget this basic Christian principle:  The cross of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice of our lives are the only ways for the true advancement of the church.

The prosperity, success, safety, and security gospel will never save the world!  It is the same message that is preached by banks and insurance companies. It is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ and will never be. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is to die and to lose and to give up so that the Kingdom of God can advance. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).

Jesus Christ Was Not Forgetful

Even though most of us forget the basic truth of the cross, Christ never did.  He never lost sight of His mission to lay down His life for the world.  The crowds, the successful ministry and the miracles did not obscure the fact that He needed to shed His blood on the cross for mankind.  He stopped His ministry of preaching and teaching and marched valiantly to Jerusalem where He knew He would be crucified. 

On two different occasions, Peter tried to stop Jesus from going to the cross. He did this because he did not remember nor understand how salvation came through the blood sacrifice. On one occasion, Jesus called Peter the devil for trying to prevent Him going to the cross. “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (Matthew 16:21-23).

On the second occasion, Peter actually took a sword to prevent the cross experience from coming on. This is exactly what Christians are doing today as they indirectly oppose and prevent young people from giving their lives for the work of God. 

But Jesus had only one question to ask Peter: “SHALL I NOT DRINK THE CUP THAT MY FATHER HAS GIVEN ME TO DRINK?  “Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  Then said Jesus unto Peter, put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?  Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus and bound him” (John 18:10-12).

Prayer.

May we not forget the goodness of God in our lives. May we be always grateful and with thanksgiving appreciate all the Lord has done, amen.

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REF: BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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