“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).
For the year 2015, by Divine direction, our theme for the year is DIVINE STABILITY. This is to charge and encourage us that what we have received since we started our journey IN A NEW WAY as a church, we must go the extra miles to consolidate on them. This could be achieved by standing firm in the Lord Jesus, working very hard, showing genuine love for God and His work committed to our charge. We must be stable in the strength of the Lord, knowing-fully-well that the arm of flesh will surely fail us. We must be immovable, and showcase our spiritual stamina in the Lord.
Let us not look back with the intention of going back to “Egypt”. Let us not be distracted or attracted by the things of the world that has no eternal value. Let our “YES” be “YES” and our “NO” be “NO” as our Saviour Jesus Christ taught us in His Holy words. I encourage you all, never to play down or trade our integrity for material profitability, especially in this era of election in our nation. Listen to how someone puts it: “IT IS BETTER TO STAY HUNGRY THAN TO EAT POISON”.
I want to you know that year 2015 is not just an ordinary year. It is a year that will launch you into uncommon peace, unequalled purity, unparalleled joy and unprecedented prosperity. Fold up the ugly past. Lift up your eyes in faith and behold the black clouds of uncertainty and mishaps giving way for the sun of righteousness with restoration, recovery and healing on its wings. This is a year of breakthroughs, triumphs and monumental accomplishments for you.
The Master builder says “…The winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall because it had the foundation on the rock.” This is a reference to the fact that in life, there would be storms but in Jesus we shall remain stabilized. Psalm 125:1 says “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”
Happy New Year to You All and Have A Wonderful Week Ahead.
Your Vicar & Your Friend,
Ven. A. G. Odubena