Sunday Message Summary, 21 November 2021
GOD expects us to remain faithful even when we are under trials (James 1:12 GNB). There is still an expectation of seeking, believing, doing the Word, bearing fruit & growing, and our prevailing circumstances cannot stand as an excuse in the Kingdom of God. Just because we find ourselves under pressure, doesn’t mean that God’s expectations of us drop. Like when Jesus looked for fruit on a fig tree knowing it was not the season for figs (Mark 11:12-14), GOD is watching us, looking for fruitfulness, particularly when the conditions are most unfavorable or uncomfortable for us. When we are unemployed, ill, going through relational trouble, undergoing legal battles, when we are under discipline, suffering persecution and the likes, GOD is looking to see whether we would still be faithful in doing the Word and bearing fruit. GOD expects us to be fruitful at all times because despite what we are going through, the Word remains working in and out of our various seasons. We need just need to be patient, steadfast, and faithfully endure doing the Word.
The presence of tears does not have a bearing on the spiritual process GOD is taking us through. Just because we may be feeling pain whilst we are sowing does not mean that we will not reap a harvest (Psalm 126:5-6). The key is in continually doing the Word of God even in the worst, toughest and most painful seasons of our lives. It is when we stop our focus on the Word that we drift away with the floods that we are going through. There promise in Scripture is that if we continually go forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, we shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us. GOD does not stop blessing us even in the storms of life, but we remove ourselves from the pipeline of blessing when we cease continually doing the Word. We need to be ready to wage war with the Word, enduring to fight to do the Word.
The question of faithfulness under trials is a question of character. This is spiritual character to believe the Word and do it even when everything suggests forsaking that Word. When Jesus was praying in Gethsemane amidst His season of exceeding sorrow (Matthew 26:38-41), He revealed to His disciples that under trials, our real enemy is the flesh. In every single trial, the devil will attempt to use the discomfort of the flesh to stop us from doing what GOD wants us to do. We should therefore not be like Moses, who because of anger, defied the instructions of GOD and forfeited the fulfilment of his own ministry (Numbers 20:2-12). We should instead be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, so that we may produce the righteousness of GOD (James 1:19-20).
Every season of heightened discomfort has an end date and it is an indisputable fact that when we remain faithful, even in the face of the fire, we will succeed (James 1:12 GNB)! The only variable is our faithfulness, our steadfastness, our perseverance, and our endurance.
Like when Jesus looked for fruit on a fig tree knowing it was not the season for figs, GOD is watching us, looking for fruitfulness, particularly when the conditions are most unfavorable or uncomfortable for us.