2 Peter 3:9-The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
It is with a joyful heart that I write to let you know that God our heavenly father has loved us with an everlasting love. Scripture tells us that He proved His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8.
Beloved God is not a task master, He is very different from ur high school class prefect, who stays glued to the movement of ur lips so ur name can be well registered on the list of noise makers for a serious spanking from the class teacher (smiles….those who attended Nigerian schools can relate). Many have taught the faith as though the only business God does in heaven is to monitor our activities and pin-point sin on a daily basis so as to erase people’s names from the book of life at the slightest discovery of their errors. If this is your idea of who God is, you sincerely need a reorientation because this has nothing to do with His nature.
The potency of the blood of Jesus is in it’s ability to eliminate your faults and grant you access by grace to become like God in righteousness, holiness and purity.
Becoming like Christ is procedural hence we are admonished to continually set our gaze on Him as the author and finisher of our faith, Hebrews 12:2. The more we look is the more we become like Him, 2 Corinthians 3:18.
God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. He knows you’re weak that’s the reason He supplied His strength, He knows your abilities are insufficient, hence He provided His grace, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. If your earthly father can condone your weaknesses and help overcome your flaws, your heavenly father can do much more, He’s not seated at the gate waiting to send you packing from His kingdom, He desires that His nature be fully formed in you as you journey with Him bonded in His eternal love.
However if you attempt to succeed on this eternal journey by yourself, you will soon realise the greatest enemy to your pursuit is self not the devil. No wonder Jesus said if any must come, they must first deny themselves, take up their cross and follow, Matthew 16:24.
Denying yourself is simply sacrificing on the altar of consecration everything you consider pleasant to self, for instance, your zeal, ego, intelligence, will-power, choice and desires etc. This in it’s entirety is losing your life, because when your self is gone so is your life.
Beloved it is very easy to say “I am crucified with Christ”, however to live in the reality is a process because many idols will have to physically go down. Only when we are dead to ourselves will the Spirit be fully involved with the work of revitalization, So that like Paul we too can say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” Galatians 2:20.
Always remember this, your heavenly father loves you eternally.
Let’s pray: Father i thank you for loving me eternally, thank you for being a friend i can always confide in, thank you for helping me overcome self, i am so glad that you are my father, Amen.
God bless you richly ma/sir
Have a Spirit-filled weekend.