Happy New Year and welcome to the beginning of 2010. May the good Lord grant you your heartfelt desires and may your joy be full in Jesus name. Amen.
By the grace of God, you shall witness phenomenal growth this year but you have to be very vigilant, firm and strong at all times. You can achieve these by paying close attention to the words of God e.g. 1 Corinthians 10:12. In it, Apostle Paul said ‘’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’. Please respond to his advice appropriately. You can do this in many ways but for the purpose of this write up, we shall consider only three of them today. And as our references, we shall look at the activities of three Kings as recorded in the book of 2 Chronicles. It is hoped that at the end of the exercise, we shall be better motivated. The ways are to:
1. Listen to the call and then ignore it. Some people petitioned King Rehoboam to remove the burdens placed on them by his father, King Solomon (2 Chronicles Chapter 10). He listened to them and even sought advice from some elders about what to do. The elders, no doubt, knowing the significance of the petitioners and their capacity to make or mar any regime, encouraged caution and advised the King to grant their petition. This position is synonymous with saying ’’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’. Unfortunately, the King ignored it instead; he gave the petitioners more hardships on the recommendation of his peer group. And in anger, they (the petitioners) and their linage opted out of Israel and the King’s power and influence became greatly diminished. That is, he fell hugely! Friend, if you don’t want to fall this year then, take heed. Please listen to this advice; don’t ignore it.
2. Listen to it and take it on board partially. In 2 Chronicles Chapter 18, Jehoshaphat King of Judah visited Israel and his host, King Ahab, solicited his support in waging war against Ramoth Gilead. Jehoshaphat agreed but on the condition that the views of all the prophets in the land would be sought as a precautionary measure. That was an indirect way of saying ’’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’. Ahab listened to the request and took it on board partially by seeking the views of the Prophets loyal to him only and excluding Prophet Micaiah whom he considered his enemy. As expected, his loyal prophets nudged him into war and lied that victory was in the offing. But at the insistence of King Jehoshaphat, Ahab sought the view of Prophet Micaiah who advised against the war and for that reason, he was jailed. The King went on to war as planned but lost his life in the process. Friend if you don’t want to fall this year then, take heed. Listen to this advice and please don’t take it on board partially.
3. Listen to it and take it on board fully. Jotham was a King in Judah. In 2 Chronicles 27:6, it was recorded that he: ‘’… became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God. His success story may be as a result of taking on board fully an advice akin to ’’…let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall’’. No wonder that he succeeded brilliantly. He was prosperous and mighty, built super structures for God, fought many wars and won them, reigned for 25 years, died respectably and was buried with his forebears. Friend, if you don’t want to fall this year and beyond then take heed. Listen to this advice and please take it on board fully.
What then should you take heed of? Well, most importantly, take heed of your God. Love him (Luke 10:27), trust him (Proverbs 3:5) and pray to him incessantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Take heed of your salvation too; guard it jealously (Philippians 2:12b&c). Also, take heed of the words of God (Joshua 1:8) and your general wellbeing (3 John 2). If you do all above and more in 2010 then, you can be sure that you will stand and not fall. Remain blessed and lifted in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!