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2 Timothy 3:1-3 AMP
V1)“But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear].
V2)For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane,
V3)[and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good,”
APOSTLE PAUL PROPHESIED ABOUT THE SITUATION OF SELF CENT-REDNESS. A PERIOD WHEN MEN SHALL ONLY BE INTERESTED IN THEMSELVES.
Note verse 2 People will be lovers of self. Men will be narcissistic.
Today a lot of believers are happy and contented just to show up for Sunday services,They even belief that for keeping the attendance it is enough service.
This prophesy is so apt today when many believers wallow in self indulgence and self serving without giving a thought to serving the lord who redeemed them from sin and eternal damnation. This unfortunately is the state of the Modern church.
The Christian of yesteryears had a totally different concept of serving God borne out of deep relationship with the HolySpirit.
Even though they had no technological and communication advantage has we do now.
They had no travel facilities that we enjoy today yet the gospel of Jesus Christ reverberated around the world and spread like wild fire such that millions upon millions of souls were added to the kingdom of God.
This missing link is genuine and sincere passion to serve God.
We have become ungrateful and self serving because our love for Christ has become cold!
Matthew 24:12 KJV
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
WE FORGET THAT :
We are saved from being slaves to the flesh and the world but to become servants of the lord.
Romans 6:17-18 KJV
“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
YET HIS YOKE HIS LIGHT..
Matthew 11:28-30 AMP
““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST (renewal, blessed quiet) FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.””
BENEFITS OF SERVICE:
Exodus 23:25-28 AMP
V25)“You shall serve [only] the LORD your God, and He shall bless your bread and water. I will also remove sickness from among you.
V26)No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
V27)I will send My terror ahead of you, and I will throw into confusion all the people among whom you come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you [in flight].
V28)I will send hornets ahead of you which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite before you.”
1)HE WILL BLESS YOUR BREAD AND WATER.
2)HE WILL TAKE AWAY SICKNESS FROM YOUR MIDST.
5)NO PREMATURE DEATH.
6)YOU LIVE LONG AND FULFILL DESTINY
7)YOUR ENEMIES WILL TURN AWAY FROM YOU.
Say after me:
1)Because I serve you lord take barrenness away from my life in Jesus name.
2)Because I serve you lord take miscarriages away from me Jesus name.
3)Because I serve you lord take away this sickness from me now in Jesus name.
4)Because I serve you o lord I shall live long and fulfill my destiny in Jesus name.
5)Because I serve you let my enemies turn back in fear in Jesus name.
Job 36:10-11 AMP
V10)“He opens their ears to instruction and discipline, And commands that they return from evil.
V11)If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasantness and joy.”
8)PROSPERITY IS GUARANTEED.
9)PLEASURES AND JOY GUARANTEED.
Say after me:
1)I am the servant of the most high God therefore my Prosperity is guaranteed in Jesus name.
Matthew 25:23 KJV
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
10)GREATER RESPONSIBILITIES AND MORE TO RULE OVER.
Matthew 25:46 KJV
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
HOW DO YOU SERVE GOD.
1)Serve God by telling others about his goodness in your life so that many more through you are saved and brought into the kingdom of light.
2)Serve God by Showing others Gods love that he shed abroad in your heart.
Matthew 25:34-40 AMP
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me [with help and ministering care]; I was in prison, and you came to Me [ignoring personal danger].’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’”
3)Serve God By living a Holy Life.
Romans 12:1 KJV
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
WITH WHAT DO YOU SERVE HIM.
1)Serve him with your life.Every breath that you take.
My life time our give God my life time…
2)Serve him with your Talents.
3)Serve him with your time .
4)Serve him with your prayers, Praise, fasting and in fellowship with the HolySpirit.
5)Serve God with your Money.
WHERE DO YOU SERVE GOD.
1)In the church.
Galatians 6:10 KJV
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
2)In the world.
Matthew 5:13, 16 KJV
V13“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
V16)Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
CALL UNTO SERVICE.
REDEDICATION AND CONSECRATION.
1)I give myself to you so you may use me.
2)Set my heart on fire for you..
1)O lord change my heart to the heart of service for you in Jesus name.
2)Let my heart and passion burn for you in Jesus name.
3)Break the yoke of self centeredness in my life in Jesus name.