“ONLY WITH YOUR EYES”
[A message by PASTOR IDOWU ILUYOMADE at Digging for Gold and Holy Communion Service on Tuesday, February 6, 2018]
JOHN 3:1 – “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.”
PSALM 91:8 - “ONLY with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”
Last week, we learnt that sometimes Irrespective of the happenings all around us, the Lord says only with our eyes will we see the reward of the wicked. God does this to extract gratitude from us. When God does something for you, He deserves a ‘thank You’, which includes sharing your testimonies so that His name can be glorified. Also, there are situations that men have assisted you, and you just forget to say ‘thank you!’
Testimonies Never Shared
“In 2015, I had just given my life to Christ. One day, I was in my cousin’s house alone, I had just finished having my bath, when they took the light and I went out to put on the generator. Immediately, I turned it on, it blew up in my face, and the whole house caught fire. I was asthmatic, and I had to run out of the house, but miraculously, I had no burns or an asthmatic attack, and I never shared the testimony.”
“I converted from a Muslim to a Christian in 2015, and now I see the rewards of being saved.”
“Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me” (Psalm 25:1-2). From this Psalm, God ensures that we will not be partakers of the evil around us because He does not want us to be ashamed. Shame means to be disgraced, reproached, embarrassed, debased or shame-faced. As children of God, we are not supposed to be ashamed; this is why God makes sure that even though you are close to shame, you will not be a partaker. It is God that covers our nakedness, most people you see around that are well dressed have challenges and may not necessarily have money in their pockets; they just recycle their wardrobe. God doesn’t want to expose us. Sometimes, we should have been publicly reprimanded for the things we do, but God saves us from shame. David and his rag-tag army ate the showbread in the temple, but God looked away. King Belshazzar merely drank from the consecrated vessels from the temple and that same night lost his life and his kingdom was divided (Daniel 5). Many people have been close to being ashamed but God covered their nakedness. Below are a few testimonies on being close to disgrace:
“I am presently undergoing my internship at the military hospital. After seeing a patient, I wrote my impression, confirmed with an investigation, and referred her to where she was to be treated. Another doctor saw what I diagnosed and said I was wrong, and made me feel like I didn’t know anything. But there was a senior colleague that saw what I diagnosed and said I was right; I was almost put to shame, but God saved me.”
“I was owing my landlord, and when he called for a reconciliation, I told him that I was owed some money by people I worked for and I assured him that by the grace of God, I will pay him within a month. The landlord was furious I called God into the matter, and I told him that’s my only hope. God showed up for me and I was able to pay him within the time frame I gave him and I wasn’t disgraced.”
When we profess that we are the children of God, people expect the following:
- that if you are born-again, you should be more than a conqueror.
- that if you are born-again, you should be head and not tail.
- that if you are born-again, you should be above only, and not beneath.
- that your ‘yes’ will be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’
- that if you are born-again, you should decree a thing, and it is established.
- that if you are born-again, you should be fruitful, and multiply.
But when the contrary happens, people begin to ask “where is your God?” (Psalm 42:2-3, Psalm 115:2). It happened to David several times: he was a king with no kingdom and a fugitive living in caves even though he was anointed king. He was close to shame, but God covered his nakedness, and he didn’t cross the threshold of shame (Psalm 3: 1-5). In essence, it is not the plan of God for you to be ashamed, this is why 1 Peter 5:10 says “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you.” Indeed, many people are close to shame, but God has sent His word today to encourage you that you will not be ashamed; He’s the glory and the lifter of your head. He will lift you above your problems in Jesus Name! When you are called by the name of God because you are born-again, you are called by your Father’s name, Jesus is your brother, so you belong to the family of God; He will intervene for His name sake (Daniel 9:19, Psalm 109:21-27). Your delay, reproach, shame is ending today in Jesus Name!
How do people know when God takes away the shame?
The testimony that we are believing God for will be seen. For a woman that has been tagged barren, her pregnancy will be visible for all to see, as a sign that something has happened. The Bible says that God should give us a token for good so that those that hate us will see that God has helped us and be ashamed (Psalm 86:17). One of the things that happens when God has touched you is that your hair begins to grow again, like Samson. All those that were laughing at Samson thinking that it was over, didn’t notice when his hair started growing again. May God blind all the eyes of our enemies when the restoration begins, and your hair begins to grow again!
Finally, it’s so important to be on the winning side, Jesus Christ is the dispenser of good – full of mercies and love. He created everything, yet He suffered and died for you, descended into hell and rose again on the third day. He is saying to you: “I AM the way, the truth and the life.” He can lead you because He is the truth and life you’ve been searching for. You need to be born-again to access these benefits (John 3:3, 5). If you are willing to repent of your sins, surrender your life to Jesus Christ and know your eternal purpose, then pray this prayer right now: “LORD Jesus, I come to you right now. I know I am a sinner, please forgive me my sins. With my mouth, I confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord and I believe that God the Father raised Him from the dead. I accept You as the LORD of my life. Change my heart from a heart of stone, give me a heart of flesh. Help me to obey You; fill me with Your Holy Spirit and write my name in the Book of life in Jesus Mighty Name I pray.
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