GOD IS GENEROUS.............Be Diligent and your labour will be rewarded!

Serving God is so rewarding for man, both in the present and in the time to come.  Why is that - Because God is God!  Creator of all things and with whom nothing is impossible.  In Hebrew 11, made it clear that God is the rewarder of those that diligently serve Him.

So, diligence is required to receive reward for our services.  Diligence can simply be said to mean, 'serving God on His own terms'.  Diligence means to run the race according to the rules and not for us to serve God as we like...NO! 

If we are not diligent receive instructions from Him and run with it, or if we decide to serve Him on our own terms, our services are not accepted and no reward will proceed from the heavenly storehouse to us.  Serving God diligently and faithfully brings several blessings like protection from untimely death, healing, deliverance and fruitfulness in every area of life.

When you serve God with a perfect heart, then your soul will be secured in Him.  Perfect heart means that you are doing those things which please the Lord always and you are thinking what the Lord is thinking.  He wants people to go out and win souls, and you are also think and so the same thing. Good!

In 2 Chronicles 25:2, the bible recorded that  Amaziah served God with an imperfect heart. And because his heart was not perfect with God, he did those things which were right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.

Amaziah was the King of Judah and in order to protect the people from the idolatrous Edomites, he needed to raise an army. He managed to enlist 300,000 men of Judah for the fight, but felt as if he still needed more help. Israel was a divided kingdom. Amaziah agreed to pay to the ten tribes of the King of Israel 100 Shekels of Silver if they could muster another 100,000 men to join with Judah in the battle.

The people of Israel had also become idolatrous. God sent a "Man of God" to Amaziah and commanded him to send the Israelite army back home. If he allowed them to join him in the battle, they would lose. Amaziah obeyed God. But after God gave Amaziah the victory over the idolatrous Edmonites, he brought their very same idols back to the land of Judah and began to worship them! What a bewitchment!

As believers, I wonder how many times we do the same? We know that the wages of sin is death and yet we persist in doing the very things that we know as sin. Many of us are believers, but the old man is still very strong in our lives as to determine what we do from time, especially on things that affect our emotion...we are still lusting.

One thing that is important with serving God is diligence. We should endeavour to be in the will of  God always.  Sometimes you never understand certain aspects of the will of God, yet, you are expected to follow through, resting in His ability to save and deliver you from trouble.

A Pastor once had an interesting encounter he never thought has anything to do with the will of God, but alas, God was in the midst of it all.  This Pastor's wife was a medical doctor.  Over the years, the Pastor had built up his faith  and had enjoyed divine health.  But one day he took ill and his wife insisted he should go for medical checkup.  After much resistance, he agreed and was confined to a hospital bed.

While on the bed, he observed a man was keenly looking at him studying the bible and he asked if the man was a christian.  He said he used to be. Used to be?  What happened?  The man revealed that he was an evangelist who was committed to the things of the gospel, but fell into sin.  He could not forgive himself and the devil capitalized on this and kept telling him, he would never restored to faith again, given that he had crucified Christ a second time.  He believed the lies of the devil and backslided and contacted a terminal illness and was now waiting to die.

The Pastor immediately swung into action and showed him scriptures that God would forgive him if he could confess his sins. He did and reconciled with God.  He became happy and joyful as all the gilt and fear were gone.  The following day, the pastor's medical report showed he was healthy and free to go home.  Just before he left the hospital, he asked for the evangelist and was told he died  that night.  It was then that the Pastor realized that God had sent him to the hospital bed in order for him to restore a backslider...so the backslider could come home.

You will be faithful and diligent, and your service will count for you in the future.

What the bible says about God’s Promises

1. Word is filled with promises from our Creator to provide and deliver us from diverse situations. The following  promises and more are available for those who can access His presence.  

2. Exodus 14:14 - 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

3. Exodus 20:12 - 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

4. Isaiah 40:29 - 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

5. Isaiah 40:31 - 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

6. Isaiah 41:10 - 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

7. Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

8. Isaiah 43:2 -  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

9. Isaiah 54:10 -  Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

10. Isaiah 54:17 -  No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.

11. Isaiah 58:6 -  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

12. James 1:5 -  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

13. James 4:7 -  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

14. 1 John 1:9 -  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

15. 2 Chronicles 7:14 -  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

16. Deuteronomy 31:8 -  The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

17. Jeremiah 29:11 -  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

18. John 3:16 -  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

19. John 3:36 -  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

20. John 8:36 -  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

21. Malachi 3:10 -  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

22. Mark 11:24 -  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

23. Joshua 1:9 -  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

24. Philippians 4:19 -  And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

25. Psalm 23:4 -  Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


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