I Am Persuaded, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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Romans 8:35&36, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword, vs. 36 As it is written “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”

A while back a lady emailed me to share her concerns in regards to the messages I share. she felt many of them were too strong to which i replied, it’s good to have baby food, but there comes a time when we have to have meat, this is to our growth and maturity. Imagine if we don’t start preparing our children for life, how will they make it when the time comes? If you prepared them, they may not like you now but eventually appreciate you. If someone is sick, the medicine they need to cure them might not taste or feel good but it’s effective. Therefore, some of the devotionals may not taste sweet but God is using them to cure, grow and prepare us for the things to come. Life is not fair but God is good. Praise His name.

Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? This is the end result that should always ring in our minds and hearts as believers. Look at where Paul puts the vs. at 31, and then follows with hard truths in vs. 35.

We are in a fast forward mentality era. By this I mean we want everything either ready or can be ready in a short time (the microwave generation). We are in a hurry and can’t wait to make the next move, if we could get rid of patience we would. The mentality we have, my way or no way, or like burger king, “have it your way” (sad but true), trickles down to relationships and marriages. Easy come, easy go and so are many marriages today, the Hollywood style. People are in a hurry to be in relationships and also in a hurry to be in marriage. We love convenient things even when it asks for more. We are in a hurry to get new appliances to work without reading instructions. In a hurry to sign a contract, get a promotion, and even in a hurry to be used of God. The same drive we had before salvation we find it still very present even after we get saved. Things are not happening fast as they should or as they were anticipated. Someone received a word from the Lord that He was going to do something, they find that they can’t wait to see the Lord do it, constantly checking, being anxious as though the Lord forgot His word. Kids are in a hurry to grow and can’t wait to be adults. We are all guilty at some point of being in a hurry to do something or be in something. The problem of being in a hurry, many times it does more damage than good. Hurrying does not allow you to look before you leap to see if that is the path you want to follow and if you are ready to take it no matter the cost. The Bible says, “He who is going to build must first count the cost” and this is not the case in our time. There are a lot of exits on the highway in our days so that if we don’t like it anymore, we don’t have to struggle to work on it, just take the next exit.

Another thing that does damage apart from hurrying is the order of affection, for example; being interested in what someone else has rather than what you have. The problem with this is that things can easily come and go, whereas people and values last. I have seen people leave because what they based their relationship on was no more. Last but not least, the Bible puts emphasis on Soul, Spirit, and Body, man has changed it to body, soul, and spirit. God is the lover of my soul. It doesn’t matter what I look like, God loves my soul first. Today body gets the first priority and we know the body is always in a hurry. I believe the order of the affection has a way of affecting us in this life and we need to be very careful not to put emphasis on the wrong thing. Having set the ground for sharing, I will dig into this passage in the next message. blessings Ev

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