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How to Experience God’s Goodness

English: Scroll of the Psalms

English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can’t experience God’s goodness living in doubt and unbelief. The scripture says in Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.” (AMP).  If you must taste anything, you must get a real contact with it and touch it with your tongue (a very vital part of your body). In this case, this scripture means we must believe and trust God to experience his goodness.

Psalm34:4-6 says “I went to the Lord for help. He answered me and rescued me from all my fears. All who look to him will be radiant.Their faces will never be covered with shame. Here is a poor man who called out. The Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles. (NIV) Those who want to experience God’s goodness must learn to go to God for help. You do this by praying and telling God about what you need. You must look unto him with faith and trust, all the way. When you do, like this scripture says, you will never be put to shame. I have had many occasions where I had very serious issues to tackle and very serious decisions needed to be made; all I could really do was call on the Lord. One of such occasion was about a business issue; I prayed and trusted the Lord and he sent someone to me. The person did not know what I was going through and I never told him anything even till now but as we discussed he said things that helped me figure out what to do.

Matthew 11:28 says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (KJV).  You don’t need to suffer alone; let God help you. Take your trouble to him.  Psalm 37:4 says “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” (NLT)

Act in obedience. Naaman was in such a situation where he nearly missed God’s goodness but for his servant’s intervention.  Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.” 2 Kings 5:13-14 (NIV)

Keep this in mind always; Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever. The wicked will not rule the land of the godly, for then the godly might be tempted to do wrong.” Psalm 125:1-3.

 

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What are your motivations as a Christian?

Resurrection of Christ

Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I listened to Jessy Dixon‘s song recently – “I am Redeemed” and it got me reflecting over this issue again – What is my motivation as a believer?

Some years ago, a branch of Christian Corpers’ fellowship   published an article from a guest writer titled “Christianity ….one mile wide and one inch deep” He wrote about the spread of the gospel in that part of the world. That statistic has changed such so much now. I guess it might be something like 10 miles wide and zero inches deep. (Sad, isn’t it?).

The spread can be attributed to a lot of things, zeal, motivation, life challenges, etc. (mind you, I love soul winning, church growth and dynamism of the faith). If you love Soul winning these books will be of great delight “Soul Winning: A pleasant Experience” and “Lovely Feet on the Mountain”.  A lot of gospel push produced that staggering number of people who confessed Jesus as their Lord.

The lack of depth is very disturbing though and results are that while many people confess to be Christians the impact of it on the society is actually abysmal. The question we should ask is what makes believers different? There are a lot of things people and religion fake but one thing that we hold dear is the fact that we are redeemed. In Jessy Dixon’s song “I am redeemed”, dedicated to new believers, he said “if anyone asks you who you are? Say “I am redeemed”

It is a very personal question we should ask ourselves and go on to live it out. Am I redeemed? What are my motivations? Christianity is not a club and true faith is far removed from religion. It is a personal commitment of one’s soul to Jesus Christ. It is a relationship with a living God. The scripture says in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (NIV) so while enjoying the blessing associated with Christ, it must be made clear what Jesus said “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (NKJV)

Make 8:36 says, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (KJV)

Many people have attained great heights using Christianity as their ladder but it should never be assumed that the grace of God could be taken for granted. I read some time ago of a Bishop who said he was not sure Jesus rose again. I have met people who are so zealous in gospel work whose motives are not clear. I encountered a pastor who was not certain whether it was only Adam and Eve that God created first. According to her, God must have created other men and women (Sick! Isn’t it?) Such believe customises sin to certain people and absolves others of the need for repentance from sin. It promotes racial discrimination and degradation.

Whatever goes on anywhere and for whatever reason, it is our personal responsibility to ensure that we believed right. The believer’s life is a continuous faith fight against the forces of darkness but it is worthy to remember that the battle is won already. It is our firm dependence on Jesus that gives us continuous victory. We must keep on claiming that victory.  Don’t forget, if you are a believer, that you are redeemed.