In HIS Presence


Read: Philippians 3:14-15

Meditation verse:

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 4:13).

Are you in the habit of focusing solely on what is wrong in your life? Do you often ponder on the many ways you have failed? Do you fuss or put yourself down when you fail to meet up with certain standards? Wait a minute, read through your bible and you would discover that most of the heroes mentioned for their great acts of faith, failed at one time or the other.

Jacob was a supplanter until God change His name.
His brother Esau sold off his birthright for a morsel of porridge.
His father Isaac married two sisters.
His grandfather Abraham, slept with and Impregnated the maid.
King David committed adultery and murder.
Jonah ran away when God told him to preach to the people of Nineveh. He ended up inside the belly of a whale for three days and nights.

Moses killed an Egyptian and went into exile.
Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, hiding in fear from the Midianites.
Sarah laughed in unbelief when she was told she would have a child at ninety.
The woman at the well who evangelized a village had been married five times.
Mary Magdalene who anointed Jesus’ feet was delivered from seven demons. All the disciples abandoned Jesus Christ when He needed them most, except Peter who followed closely, but he eventually denied Jesus in the courtyard. Saul who became the great Apostle Paul, had slaughtered many Christians.

How could God still go on to accomplish great things through these people? God does not grade people, He justifies them. He does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. If God is not in the business of grading others, you shouldn’t either. Give yourself a break. Your errors and failures are not enough to stop God’s hand over your life. His love and grace will make up for all your mistakes. Inside God’s garden of grace, even wounded trees bear fruits.

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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