It is Day 7 of the 21 day Prayer and Fasting…. (Click HERE to read about it)
This is the second week of the Prayer and Fasting program. Click HERE for previous messages for the first week.
For today, we would be looking at the grace manufacturing factory.
Whenever I look back at my life, where I was and where I am. To the life that I live and lived. To the sins I committed and the ones I continue to commit both knowingly and unknowingly. To the little money I have made. To the small qualifications that I have garnered. To the friends that I loved and lost (including an ex girlfriend who the cold hands of sickle cell anemia took) a couple of years back. To the people that I have touched and those that have touched my life. To all the times I traveled in planes, cars, buses, bikes and even trains. To the days I drove and was driven. To the times I was sick and even admitted in the hospital. To the times that I had unprotected sex. To the times I did things that could have make God give up on me. To the tears that I have cried and the joys I have experienced. To the good, bad, worrisome, joyful, enlightening, happy and sad times.
When I look back at my life in retrospect, it keeps dawning on me that if it were by my power or might I would have been dead a long time ago.
If it were my power, I would have at least had a fatal accident one of the over a thousand times I have traveled.
If it were my might, I would have been stricken and killed by one of the hundred sicknesses I have endured in my life.
If it were my knowledge, I would have run mad or lost my senses by the regular and intense studying and reading during my time in school.
If it were by my parent’s resources and money, I wouldn’t have been able to finish school or even complete my Masters.
If it were by my senses, I would have been afflicted by a sexually transmitted disease or gotten a girl pregnant our of wedlock as punishment for fornication.
If it were my educational qualifications, I wouldn’t have the job that I have with many more qualified people than I am currently jobless.
If it were for my spirituality, I would have been smitten and killed by the numerous blood craving witches and wizards in the underworld.
In all, I have seen that it’s not by my power or my might but by the Spirit of the Lord (Zechariah 4:6).
In all, I am what I am, I am who I am, I do what I do, I am alive today, I have the family that I have, I have the little money that I have not by my power or might but by the grace of God that is with me (1 Corinthians 15:10).
In all, what I will become, places I will go, people I will meet, money that I will make, impact that I will have and the life that I will live will be made available because His grace is sufficient for me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
In all, the battles that I will conquer, the enemies that will trample upon, the possessions I will acquire, the children I will have, the beautiful family and wife that I have, the plenty money I will make, the impact that I will make will be made possible because “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Finally, in all, learn to never ever take credit for who you are or what you are or even what you give. Make it a habit to give credit to who credit is due for its by His grace you are even alive.
Stay grateful to remain graceful.
See you tomorrow.
Message preached by Pastor John Olumuyiwa at Winner’s Chapel, Oghara, Delta State.
Written by Kurtis Smith