THE WAY OF ESCAPE-20/03/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “NOURISHED BUT FRUITLESS? ”. Today’s message is titled “THE WAY OF ESCAPE” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Acts 2:21:: "YAnd it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." and read Matthew 24:29-30. The Bible in one year for today has been taken from Ezekiel 7-9 and Psalm 66:7-20 (Adeboye, 2014).
The message is quoted below. God bless you for your contribution
"The Bible predicts that a lot of problems and calamities will befall the world as the judgment day approaches. For example, Prophet Joel in Joel 2:30-31, predicted that the Lord will show divers wonders in the cosmos and on earth:
“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ also did not hide this reality from us, as we read in today's Bible passage. The apostles also were not kept in the dark concerning the pending doom that is to come upon the earth and its inhabitants. Peter in 2 Peter 3:10 wrote that:
”But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
The fact therefore is: there shall be tribulation. The question then is: ”ls there no way of escaping these calamities since the word of the Lord cannot but come to pass?” We may need to ask another question and that is: ”What can one do to escape these inevitable disasters that are not only gathering momentum but are already here with us?” Glory be to God Almighty, who is full of tender mercies and loving kindness. He provides a way of escape in Joel 2:32:
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: ”
The onus therefore is on us to cry to him for pardon if we do not want to be part of the terrible happenings in these last days. How then should we call upon the Lord? We should call upon the Lord in repentance and holy living. Every man and woman, boy and girl must repent to escape from the wrath to come. The Bible in 2 Peter 3 :11 says that:
”Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,”
Father, I don’t want to perish with the world. Help me to live right, and spare me me afﬂiction of the ungodly.
I pray that whatever it will cost us to make heaven, the Almighty God will give us the grace to pay the price in Jesus Name, amen.
God bless you all in Jesus Name
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.