MEMORISE - JOHN 15 vs 24 : If I had not done among them the works which none other man did they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
Read: Matthew 9:14-15
Bible in one year:
If you are doing anything
for God, you must be in a hurry, because if you are too slow, your sacrifice,
obedience or gift might become irrelevant or unacceptable in His sight.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 says,
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with
thy might: for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the
grave, whither thou goest"
Work when you can because a day is coming when
you will be unable to perform the same work here on earth.
9:14-15, Jesus gave a profound illustration in which He said, there was no need
for the children of the Bridegroom to fast while the Bridegroom was with them,
but that when the Bridegroom leaves, they will be required to fast. It takes an
understanding of the value of the times you are in to exploit this. The Lord's
statement clearly speaks of two scenarios - a time in which He is physically
present and the other without His physical presence. In the first scenario,
because of His physical presence, the Lord supported the disciples with His own
faith. Anytime they had to exercise their faith and failed, He was there to help
them out and make them learn from it. While He was present, they could ask
almost anything they wanted. In fact, He pointed out that they had not even
utilised the opportunity they had to ask in His Name (John 15:24).
second scenario is a time without His physical presence - a time where they had
to live by their own faith. Under this period, situations would resist them to a
point where they may have to fast frequently. Given the same opportunity, at
what period would you make your requests? - Is it when the Lord is physically
present or when He is not? Would it be when grace is available or when it is
not? If you have an understanding of time, you will know when to ask what.
During large meetings such as the Special Holy Ghost Service, the Convention and
the Holy Ghost Congress, the presence of God is awesome and available. It is
wisdom to key into such programmes in order to contact the current of the Holy
Spirit that is moving at such times. Unfortunately, some people remain
complacent because they do not know the difference between such gatherings and
smaller gatherings at their local assemblies. If you are wise, when you attend
such programmes, ask all your big requests including those that appear
impossible and believe, and God will answer you. Maximise God's presence that
you have access to!
Key point: If you are making simple requests when God is mightily present, you undermine His ability.