Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Stop roaming, stay and cook

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2 Thessalonians 3:10(KJV) “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat"

Rollin's wife traveled for a long seminar. She however stocked their deep freezer with food before she left. There was a little challenge though; their freezer was small, and the piled-up food would not last for all the days that she will be away. So, she went to the market, bought raw foodstuff, and stocked the house with them.

Just as she predicted, the food in the freezer finished but Rollin would not cook. He visited his friends instead where he got some food but he was never satisfied. After doing this for some days, he resorted to cooking his own food. “Why roam around for food when I have my house filled with foodstuff? I will cook" he said to himself. It was after this decision that he again ate to satisfaction.

When a sinner surrenders to Jesus, the initial days are filled with joy, peace, zeal, and fervency. The love of God fills their heart, and they become lost in love for the Lord. However, a time will come when it seems as though all of God's goodness has been depleted. It is at this point that they need to work out their salvation, by following God's instructions and developing an intimate relationship with God. Without this, they risk being overpowered by the sins, habits, and vices they once overcame.

Unfortunately, many Christians begin to move from one man of God to another in search of prophecies, deliverance, impartations, and favor at this point. Meanwhile, God has already loaded them with benefits (Psalms 68:19), just like Rollin's wife loaded the house with foodstuffs. All they have to do is put in some work; cook and eat.

Go into today knowing that the best you will get from another man will not satisfy you if you're not willing to put in the work to know God for yourself. If you want satisfaction, “cook your own food" by learning to know God for yourself.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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