Thursday, February 9, 2023

The right response to God's word 2

Broadcast 3572
 

Luke 12:47-48 (NET) That servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or do what his master asked will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know his master’s will and did things worthy of punishment will receive a light beating. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.

Itopa began asking for mercy after he realized that his closed heaven resulted from his refusal to respond appropriately to God's word. As soon as he made up his mind that he was going to repent and stop being worldly, his peace was restored and his affliction ceased.

At some point, he started wishing he had never been to church that day and heard that word that demanded so much of him. Little did he know that the level of revelation he had could not sustain him in the next seasons of his life. He was going to contend with real principalities when he entered politics and public office. If he had not received that word and grown the way he did, his enemies would have made mincemeat of him.

As Itopa made the adjustments in his life and stopped being worldly, he realized that he had been missing so much all this while. He now enjoyed a level of communion with God that he didn't know he could experience. The peace of God and the security of God he felt were unparalleled. It was so superior to the peace and security that came with having lots of money.

Every new revelation of truth through God's word that comes to you comes to lift you up and bring about growth. If a believer fails to grow spiritually, he will start dying and diminishing. Believers experience spiritual fatigue and lose their first love when they stop learning and growing.

Go into today remembering that as long as you are in this body of flesh, your growth in the knowledge of God should never cease. 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me continually grow and become like Jesus. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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