Preacher: Pastor Yakubu Yola
References: 2 Timothy 3:1-7, 13-17; Hebrews 12:1-3
The Bible says it will be difficult to be a Christian in the last days given the challenges of this age which we have discussed in the last 7 weeks, but it is still possible to live successfully as Christians.
Romans 5:20 says “…where sin abounded, grace abounded much more…”
So, when things become perilous, it means there is much grace to succeed.
Another fact we have is that God will always be greater than the devil; good must overpower evil. So, remain good, stay with God and you will succeed. But, how do you stay successfully?
To live successfully is to follow the footsteps of One who has lived successfully. If we take a study of the Prophets/Men of God in the Bible in search of a perfect successful Leader, Jesus will be the perfect example.
Jesus? Yes, Jesus! He lived a simple but successful life.
The Bible calls Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith; the Starter and Sustainer.
We will be examining how Jesus lived on earth to learn how we ought to live in order to be successful. The same grace and wisdom is available to us today. Jesus was faithful here on earth, doing the same, simple things over and over again. And He is still faithful.
How Jesus lived a simple and successful Life
1. He walked in Love: He walked in Love by doing the following
a) Forgiveness: Jesus forgave and still forgives. We must learn to forgive.Luke 22:31-32; Luke 23: 34
b) Giving: He loved us so much that He gave Himself as a sacrifice. John 3:16
c) Kindness/compassion: He was always moved with compassion for the people. Matthew 9:35-36; John 8: 1-12
d) Visitation: He visited people in their houses. Mathew 8:14-17; Mathew 25:31-35
e) Intercession: Jesus prayed always. John 17
2. Jesus was always in Fellowship
a. Fellowship with brethren. Luke 4:16; John 2:15-17 Hebrew 10:25, Psalm 122:1, 133:1
b. Fellowship with God. Mark 1:35, 38
3. Associations: Jesus was always in the company of people (mostly His Disciples).
We have a duty to influence people we relate with for good that they make heaven. Any association that does not allow your light shine should be put aside.
Jesus was more concerned about God’s business and not His; like Jesus you must be about God’s business and not your business.
What is God’s business?
a) His church: God’s business is His Body; the Church. You must find a place to serve in Church; this is service to God. 1 Corinthians 12:18 &27; Acts 20:28; Malachi 3:10; Ephesians 4:15-16
b) People: God’s business is People. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (TLB)
Therefore no matter how evil increases it will never get to the point of being greater than the power of God, for light will always shine in darkness (Isaiah 60:2-3)
Jesus did the little things mentioned above and these led to Him having a name greater than all names; you too can succeed, just do the things Jesus did.
Read more: 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 John 2:6; 1 John 4:7,8; Romans 2:4; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Luke 2:48-49; John 4:34; Revelation 4:11, Ephesians 2:10
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