Saturday, 8 June 2013

STAND OUT IN THE CROWD

 TEXT: ROMANS 12:2
As I was watching a programme on one of the God’s channels TV on the sky satellite. The preacher was preaching to a congregation of more than one thousand people. The people in the church were radiantly dressed in different shades of different colours.
Something caught my attention when watching, a woman from the congregation stood out from the rest of the people. She was the only one wearing yellow in the congregation. As I was wondering how that could be possible in a congregation of over a thousand people.
As I was still thinking and admiring the uniqueness of the lady, the Holy Spirit said to me, “That is how I want you to stand out among multitude, let your light shine conspicuously in the midst of darkness.” It takes the grace of God to be able to withstand the spirit of compromise. The bible says he that is standing should take heed lest he fall.(1 Corinthians 10:12) Many of spirit filled believers have fallen victim of compromise, it is by the grace of God that we are standing. The spirit of compromise is tough and it takes the grace and power of God to conquer it. In this end time, believers find it easy to compromise their stand in Christ due to the things that are happening around them. The pressure of this world has made a lot of people to compromise their faith, even when they know it is not right.
The devil is using different problem and challenges of life to make believers to change their mind against God. The scripture says we are the light of the world, where there is light, darkness disappears. Darkness can never overshadow light. As the woman in yellow was conspicuously noticed from all angles in that very big congregation, so also should our light shine in everywhere that we find ourselves. Romans 12:2 say we should not conform with the pattern of this world, but we should be transformed by the renewing of our heart.
Conforming with the pattern of this world means that you are compromising your stand in Christ to do things in the way of the world, but if your heart is transformed, you will be able to stand your ground not to do things the way people of the world are doing it.
Believers are light and salt of the earth. Light is used to expose what darkness is concealing. As light of the world, we should use our lives to expose the wrong doings of the world (Ephesians 5:11) In the same vein, salt is used to give taste and to preserve, as spiritual salt of the earth, we should be able to preserve the world from moral decadence. We should be able to give taste (meaning) to the tasteless (meaningless) world.
The world is looking up to believers for the change needed for the world to be a better place. We should not allow situations and circumstances to pull us into the world. If salt loses its taste, it has no value anymore.
 For the fact that everybody is doing what is wrong does not make it right for you to do. God put us into this world a light and salt to correct the wrong doings, we should be careful not to fall victim ourselves.

Daniel and the three Hebrew boys refused to compromise their stand in Christ even to the point of death! At the end of it, all glory was ascribed unto their God, because they refused to compromise.

I pray that God will give each and everyone of us the grace to stand for Him. He would help us to be able to be rooted and be grounded in Him on Jesus name. Those that have compromised their stand due to one reason or the other, I pray that the Almighty God will reinstate them back on track in Jesus name.

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