“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” (Matthew 7: 24-25)
My year of Divine stability means there is nothing to worry about. It means we have the backing of God and there is no need to panic. Of course, the year will throw up some challenges, great and small. This is normal. The sunny sky can’t but harbor some dark clouds. Life is coloured with trials and testimonies, storms and calm, tribulations and triumphs, crosses and crowns, sighs and smiles. However, with absolute trust in the Lord our solid rock, we are assured of divine intervention in every unpleasant situation.
To be stable in the Lord this year, I want to reiterate that our faith must be firm. We must not allow the troubles and challenges that characterize our society to weaken us in our faith. One imperative thing that will also aid our stability in God is to set our eyes only on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12: 1&2), avoid distractions but continually occupy yourselves with the work and service of God. How solid we are in Christ especially in the face of challenges will determine our stability in Christ and eventually inform our emancipation and victory.
Jesus Christ, our Saviour did not promise us a trouble or challenge free life (John 16: 33) but He has made all necessary provisions available for us to be victorious over all challenges. Fervent prayers, a living Faith, the Word of God, a life of holiness etc. are required of us to face the troubles of life which would have no choice but to bow to us in the name of Jesus Christ.
According to Matthew 7: 24-25, a great storm arose against the house that was built on the rock but it stood because it had a sure foundation. Our life as Christians is just a replica of what happened to this house built on the rock. The devil comes to test the stuff we are made of. This is why we have to be on our guard at every time. In 1 Corinthians 10:12, the Bible says: “So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.” Many Christians have failed and fallen this way. They had thought they were standing and stable. They never knew that they needed a proper spiritual examination of their lives. This was the very costly mistake that Samson made in Judges 16: 20. The Bible says “But he did not know that the LORD had left him.” As a result of this, in the next verse, the Bible says: “So the Philistines seized him.” Not being stable spiritually makes us a prey for the devil. There are many like that today who are just spiritual corpses walking about with no life in them. I pray for you that in this New Year, the devil would not disgrace you. He would not make a mockery of your Christian faith in the name of Jesus. God would hold you and never let you fall in the name of Jesus.
Brethren, I want you to know that both believers and unbelievers face troubles and challenges but their victory is determined by their relationship with the one who has power over every storm and trouble – JESUS CHRIST.
Have A Wonderful Week Ahead.
Your Vicar & Your Friend,
Ven. A. G. Odubena