We honor the presence of the Holy Spirit and we thank Him for this great day in which we will rejoice and be glad, and we continue to learn more about the kingdom of love.
"For the kingdom of God is not food and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom 14:17)
Many people doesn't know that the kingdom of God is the kingdom of love, we call it the kingdom of Love because God is love.
"He that loves not knows not God; for God is love." (1Jn 4:8)
If you cannot love someone then you don't know God because the Bible says "God is Love". It is not about loving those who love you but we are called to do the difference by loving those who hate us. And you can only love your enemies when you have the righteousness of God, righteousness is the life of God himself and no one deserves it no wonder He gives it freely to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.
Eternal life is the life of God (in Greek "Zoe" ), the moment you receive Jesus into your life you receive the life of God as a gift. With this life of God in us we are able to live even as God lives.
The death of Jesus was an exchange, He gave us His life hence helped us to become Him.
"That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom 10:9-10)
Just by mouth confession and belief in your heart that Jesus is the Lord and that God raised Him from the dead then you will be saved. And after this you receive the life of God, what makes you receive this life of God is that belief in your heart. Don't believe in your mind believe in your heart, some people are born again but they are still stuck because they didn't believe in their hearts, and when you have this life of God in you; divine health is your right, prosperity is your right, you are not supposed to beg or ask for things which are already yours. Just know who you are, you are a child of the King. God came and died for you, you are too expensive, and your father is in heaven, you have all that you need.
God is righteous and if it happens you sin don't ever listen to the devil. But face your Father ;
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1Jn 1:9)
God is faithful and just and He is the only Faithful and just, so God will forgive and forget your sins though the devil will always come to remind you about it, but never agree to his lies because God forgives and forgets.
"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Mat 5:20)
You are the righteous of God and your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of Pharisees and scribes.let us learn something about the Pharisees and scribes :
Pharisees were religious but also leaders in the society, they were able to reach common people. They also used to interpret the scriptures, But these people were against Jesus and His disciples, because they thought that what they know is the only truth. This pride obstructed/ prevented them from learning from Jesus. And Scribes were writers and teachers of the word of God, they knew the Torah by heart.
But Jesus tells us that our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees and scribes. Here is the meaning ;Don't just listen to the preachers but make sure that you go an extra mile by digging deeper into what they teach you. And when you do that you will be able to enter the kingdom of Love. Many pastors don't do what they Preach but as for you, you must go an extra mile by doing what you hear. And know that God is looking at you as the only person in the world, He depends on you to change the world, no wonder He has given you His life so that you may be able to do all His will. Dear reader I believe that this message has blessed you, I humbly use this opportunity to bless you and to welcome you to Akuzamu International Church at Kinondoni Biafra, see you next Sunday.