FROM THE PULPIT – By Rev Mike Nwanyanwu

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TOPIC: REDISCOVER YOUR GOD

TEXT: Isaiah 55 v7 – “Let the wicked forsake his ways. And the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”.

When a nation seeks the true God, they would find him, but when they reject him, he leaves them to face the music.

Repentance and Restoration are two fundamental experiences a man needs to have before he can be separated unto God. When these happen, he is considered saved by God in readiness for a life – long journey of sanctification. This is the challenge of being saved by God.

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Our God is ready to save the backsliding child after unbridled ambitions. Nigerians today are a replica of the Biblical prodigal son. Could we find the courage to return into the hands of the waiting Father? Nigeria is unfaithful Nation like the Israelites of old who were God’s own people by his unmerited favour chosen for a divine destiny called His Son (Heb. 11V11), the church in the wilderness  (Acts 7v38) with high expectations (Jere 13 v 11) not merited (Deut. 7 v 6-9).

Unfortunately, they continued to fail God who out of his holiness and impartiality had exposed them to experience aimed at preparing them for repentance and return unto God.

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What is happening to Christians in Nigeria today needs a sober reflection if we are truly worshipping that true God or are we paying lip service to this. I discovered that we have alienated ourselves from God (II Chronicles 15 v 1-8) “For a long time Israel has been without the true God, without a teaching priest and without Law”.

This is our ordeal, if not, why should we suffer and indirectly becoming slaves in our own land. Who then will bail the cat? Our ministers, God’s prophets, the kings and self-appointed and divine appointed. We have all compromised.

Israelites of old were lucking to have God-fearing leaders as Judges, Priests, Prophets and Kings, but here in Nigeria who should we follow? In the Christendom, the quest for earthly material things is on a rampage to the extent that one should acquire more than he needs in this life – the way of the unbeliever.

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How then shall we catch the wildfire of revival that can unite this Nation?

The Nation is full of greed, idolatry, anarchy and all forms of ungodliness. By God’s grace, the Israelites of old were lucky to have kings like Asa the son of Abijah (II Chronicles 15).  Other nations now are lucky too, to have gotten God-fearing leaders to salvage their battered nations. But in Nigeria where are we? Who will lead this Revival war to take us back to God in genuine repentance that can culminate in a huge celebration and worship?

Even though Asa failed as he approaches the end of his life but my focus is the way God used him to bring about the true revival that led to the return of God’s people. Brethren this is the challenge for the Church of God and her leaders, (General Overseers) in the present prevailing situation in Nigeria.

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God would not abandon his people forever. May be present, our rebellious tendencies have attracted this discipline such as Boko Haram, Insurgence, Insecurity because we have been “Giving” to the less righteous gentile group let us pray harder and act faster so that God would invite and cause us to have peace.

Who among the Church leaders would be counted as a relatively known priest, who will bring the word of God unadulterated with utmost boldness and clarity?  We reap what we sow.

Where are the prophets of this generation? A prophet is that man of God who brings people and himself close to the true God.

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When a man refuses to serve the true God, he would serve things and persons (II Chronicle 12v8). By their fruits, we shall know them. Leaders of today decide what they want. They have buried the laws of God, despising and misinterpreted it.

When God is absent in a nation, untold hardships, damnable and inexplicable accidents, insurgencies and insecurity become the regular experiences (PS 9v17). So many reasons maybe advanced but the primary cause is lack of regard for God. In Nigeria, Christians (the people of God) had been exposed to divine embarrassment. God is troubling us because we have rejected him and his offers of blessing and peace.

The Boko Haram, the Gentile nations around, insecurity, Poverty etc. were the means by which we are being disciplined.

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God rewards righteousness and unrighteousness. So shall we then rise as godly leaders of the church and keep remembering his covenant with David. God recognizes and rewards obedience.

A practical way of being estranged as we are witnessing today in Nigeria that cut us off from God is serving the things He created and embracing wrong teachings from the ungodly priests and ministers.

When people are estranged from God, no amount of rituals, fasting or lip services can prevent them from being embarrassed by God.  This is what we are facing in Nigeria today.

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Leaders are men of influence. Godly leaders would lead people to the true God, and vice – versa. He is not the one that majors in the state of the economy or takes the ignorance of the people to enrich himself.

Asa in the Bible (11 Chronicle 15) by his life has clearly demonstrated that our success is dependent on how frequently we hear from God and obey God. What about you? You can be that teaching priest. Who will be the balm of Gilead or Nigeria to this ugly situation?

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Queenta N. Duru Irukahttp://www.evergreennewsonline.com
A certified Senior Reporter/Advert Executive Evergreennewoline, Creative Writer/Graphic Designer/Political Analysts/ Entrepreneur & Fashionista

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