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5. CONTROL YOUR FEELINGS
Most godly people are made or marred by their emotions. The way we feel about a particular thing can make us be condemned or congratulated. Some godly people in the scriptures were dealt with on their feelings. Adam and Eve were the first human beings on earth. They lost their fellowship with God when they ate the fruit, which they were instructed never to touch let alone to eat. As soon as they sinned, by eating the fruit which they were asked not to eat, they ran away from the fellowship ground from God, when they should have waited to tell God that they were sorry for disobeying Him. When God came to fellowship with them, He discovered that they had sinned, and He asked Adam what happened and they explained that the serpent deceived her (Eve). Both of them were finally pushed out of fellowship which they were having since with their maker. Read Genesis 2:15-17 and Genesis 3.
It was disobedience to the instruction of God and an unremorseful attitude to sin that destroyed Adam and Eve. The next person was King David. He had everything he needed as a king. He lacked nothing! However, because of the lust of the flesh, he committed a crime that left Israel with a curse till today. David indirectly killed Uriah because he saw the nakedness of Uriah’s wife and he determined to have her as a wife. David conspired against Uriah and Uriah was killed in the battlefront. He took Uriah’s wife to be his. When he discovered that God was angry with him because of what he had done, he confessed his sins and God transferred the punishment of David’s sin to the Israelites and that is why Israel is fighting incessant wars with other nations. Read 2 Samuel 11 & 12.
Another person was Samson. Samson was created for the deliverance of Israel but lost his ministry on the laps of Delilah. He was thinking that sexual immorality has no negative effect on his life. When the signs of losing his strength were shown to him, he did not pay attention to them. He was lost in love with Delilah who tried on several occasions to know where his strength was. Little did Samson know that one of the things that could destroy the ministry of a man is a strange woman? A strange woman possesses a strange power that could strangely destroy a man without mercy.
The Bible says, “Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded yea, many strong men have been slain by her, her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.” ( Proverbs 7:25-27 KJV)
When Samson had finally and foolishly revealed the secret of his strength to Delilah, he was shaved and had his eyes gouged out, then they made a mockery of him. Before he could save his life, he had died with his enemies. Read Judges 13 & 16. Be careful with your feelings. Do not reveal your secrets to people unless your secrets will take them to their destiny, or else you may ruin your destiny and lose your life as well.
Ananias and Sapphira were among the early Christians. They sold some property. Ananias brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. Then the Holy Spirit struck him and he died. When Sapphira was asked about the money his husband brought to the apostles, she claimed the money was the full amount and as a result, she died. Read Acts 5:1-10.
Having studied the episode of Ananias and Sapphira, you can understand that insincerity and greed were the traits that destroyed them. It is as if God is exercising much tolerance with the present-day Christians than the early ones because the sin and the evil that is increasing in the church presently starting from the pulpit to the pew are appalling. If God should react to them in ager, Christians will become afraid of getting involved in evil and sin intentionally. But I know that when Jesus comes back, He will reward everybody according to our deeds.
The amendment time is now. Beloved, do not say tomorrow you will turn to God because tomorrow may never come your way. In Revelation 22:12 NLT, Jesus said, “Look I am coming soon, bringing My reward with Me to repay all people according to their deeds.”
So let us be mindful that one day we shall be rewarded for all that we have done. If our work is good, our reward will be good but if our work is bad our reward will be bad.
May the grace, the peace, the favor and the glory of God keep you and I firm in the faith till the arrival of Jesus Christ our Lord Amen!
THE TIME TO PRAY ABOUT YOUR SALVATION IS NOW, LET US PRAY.