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Psalm 1: 2-3

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

 

There is a day of reckoning!

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For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10.

The message conveyed to us by this passage remains one of the core truths upon which the Christian faith is built and one which every believer must strive to keep to heart at all times making sure that they do not lose sight of.

Concerning this truth, i want you to know that like everything that is the word of God,

 it shall also come to pass, it cannot be altered or hindered. It may be delayed, but it shall surely see the light. No amount of making light of this truth can negate it, no amount of doctored doctrine can expunge it, no amount of living in denial can invalidate this eternal truth, as a result every mortal, both the ones who rejected Christ as well as those who receive him shall have a day in the court of the Most High, and the presiding judge is Jesus Christ.

Why Jesus? You may ask...well to begin with, the scripture makes it abundantly clear, that there is no other name given under heaven for the salvation of man, other than the name of Jesus. Testifying of his ministry, our Lord declared, i am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through the son. He also declared that all judgment has been committed to the son, the one who was judged for the sins of the whole world.

The lives and ministry of the saints of old as well as the early fathers of our cherished faith was shaped by this truth, it inspired them in their holy quest for God through Christ. It was this truth that inspired their selfless devotion, not the reward of any earthly material. It was this truth that brought about hope in the face of despair, courage in the face of intimidation and persecution. It was this truth that instilled a godly fear in them, strong enough to deliver them from the temptations that came their way. It served as a constant reminder, that there remains a day in the court of the Lord a day of reckoning and with a reward far exceeding in measure than any there is in this world, because of its eternal nature.

Some say, this is just an attempt to instill fear in men.. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as revealed to us from the testimony of one of the models of our faith:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.- 2.Timothy 4:7-8.

 

Now i want you to know that men have shown all manner of courage in the face of death in the past, especially those who have resigned thmselves to the inevitable conclusion that awaits all mortals here on earth, doing so with hardly any hope left to exercise or celebrate about life. Not so for those whose life is shaped by this profound truth of our Christian faith as revealed by the testimonies of the heroes of our faith, the lives of men and women who overcame fear driven by this truth.

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. Hebrews 11:13-14, 36-38.

These were not men and women cowered by fear, not at all! Lord strenghten us by your truth, so that our joy may be made complete in you

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Hebrews 12:1
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”

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