Friday, November 26, 2021

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Then Samuel said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. You have indeed sinned. However, don’t turn aside from the LORD. Serve the LORD with all your heart. 1 Samuel 12:20.

Thought of The Day : God doesn’t reject penitent sinners; He forgives because He cares.

LISTEN : Repentance attracts forgiveness. When you turn your back on evil God turns His face of mercy towards you. As a matter of fact, where repentance is on ground forgiveness is possible. God forgives the penitent sinner. He never bears anger forever where there is brokenness and repentance. The Bible says,

“My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.”

Psalms 51:17 (GNB).

My dear, have you done something that you wonder if God would ever forgive you? No doubt, man may refuse to forgive you but God will willingly forgive when you return to Him in obedience (Acts 3:19). He says,

“Only admit that you are guilty and that you have rebelled against the Lord, your God… and that you have not obeyed my commands. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Jeremiah 3:13 (GNB).

God is too righteous to be angry forever towards the penitent. Couple of months ago I told a story about a man known for his unrelenting criminal activities, who approached a certain nobleman of his community and asked him thus, “Sir, would God ever forgive me for all the evil I’ve done against humanity?” The nobleman man replied, “I don’t know, because your sins are numerous.” With much frustration he left the nobleman and went to the church. When he saw the Pastor of the church who equally knows him for his notoriety, he asked him, “Sir, will God ever forgive me for all the evil I’ve done against humanity?” The Pastor smiled and replied, “My dear, God has been waiting for you to return. He’ll surely forgive you (Psalms 86:5 ; Isaiah 55:7). Only if you won’t go back to your evil ways.” Immediately he screamed, “Pastor, I’m happy! I won’t go back to my vomit.” When the Israelites sinned against God by asking for a King over them. Samuel was displeased, and God was angry too. Yet, Samuel encourage them to stick with God and not backslide because of their sin (1 Samuel 12:12-25). No doubt, sin makes people to lose confidence and feel so unworthy to come to God. But the right time to come to God is when you feel unworthy of His mercy. He will show you mercy when you realise that, you’re not worthy of it. So, come to Him today. Remember, repentance attracts forgiveness. Be wise!

What Should You Do With This Message?

1. Boldly come to Jesus Christ as you are, and He’ll forgive you.

2. Overcome your shame and pride and come back to God for mercy.
3. Don’t allow the guilt of sin to steal your joy, instead, confess your sins to God.
4. Don’t run away from God because you sinned, instead, come to Him and be free.

Prayer : Dear LORD, I thank You for Your word today. You’re good and merciful. I confess my sins today and ask for mercy, in Jesus’ name, amen.

A Word Of Blessing : Today, I speak on your life. Receive grace to enjoy forgiveness and restoration for your sin. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Reflection : God is too righteous to be angry forever towards the penitent. He is too holy to be made unholy. And too true to be untrue.

Quote : “Where genuine repentance is available, sincere forgiveness and mercy would be released.”

Biblical Fact : Did you know Nehemiah is the son of Hachaliah? (Nehemiah 1:1).

Stunning Fact : Did you know the Unicorn is the National Animal of Scotland?

Bible Quiz : How many times did God call Samuel before Eli recognized it was God that called?

God bless you!

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