Saturday, July 23, 2022

How to Identify Children of God 2

Broadcast 3372

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1 John 3:10 (NET) By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian – is not of God.

Jane was 17 years old, innocent, and naive when she got into campus. She was very trusting and quite carefree. Bernard, her classmate who invited her to join his campus fellowship also wanted to be her boyfriend. He was much older than her and she wasn't comfortable with his request because she wasn't sure the relationship wouldn't end up in immorality. She was brought up to keep herself pure.

It was June 13th and Bernard's birthday was approaching. He threw a big birthday party and Jane was his special invited guest. Freda had agreed to join Jane to attend the party, but she saw the party flyer on Facebook and decided such a party was not appropriate for a daughter of God. Jane was offended at the last-minute cancellation by Freda and wasn't ready to listen to her explanation. She went with Memunat instead (her other roommate who was more than happy to join her).

Unknown to Jane and Memunat, Bernard and his friends had drugged the food and drinks they were served at the party. In a matter of minutes, Jane and Memunat were drowsy and lost control of their faculties. Bernard and his friends took advantage of this and molested them. Jane woke up in Bernard's bathroom by 3:30 am the next morning. She wept for days, realizing what had been done to her. Memunat was more experienced with that kind of life. She found her way to the hostel after realizing what was happening.

Two months later, Jane found out that she was pregnant. She didn't know the father of the baby because she was raped by Bernard and all his friends. She also later found out that she had contracted HIV. The once innocent, brilliant, and cheerful Jane became a depressed suicidal maniac because she trusted a classmate who professed to be a believer, but who didn't demonstrate any corresponding fruit.

Bernard was a very committed tongue-speaking member of a popular campus fellowship. But he was also living a life of unrighteousness. All his friends were "Yahoo Boys" and cultists– he did not love the brethren but loved [to keep company] with unbelievers. He was not a child of God but Jane was deceived to think he was one because he spoke in tongues.

Go into today remembering that the way to know a true child of God is by his fruits of righteousness. Don't be deceived, a good tree does not produce bad fruits. 
—Abraham Dami Arigi

Bible in 1 Year: I Kings 14-18 (in today's audio)

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