Scriptural reference(s): Isaiah 29:22-24; 51:1-8; 56:1&2
In rounding up the series which began a couple of weeks ago “The Gateway to Success,” this sermon aims to point out to you the keys and combination to accessing the blessings that God has in store for you. Success often eludes many believers because they do not have the right combination of the key and access codes to their blessings. The right combination of certain spiritual experiences is required to access these blessings and these experiences are
Certain attributes accompany those who are saved, sanctified and separated unto God and you cannot fully experience the magnitude of success God has for you without all three being present. Salvation without sanctification or both of them without separation are inadequate to grant you the access you require.
The question now is, WHO ARE YOU? Do you really know who you are? Having a full understanding of who you helps to access the things God has prepared for you. As a seed, you must flourish wherever you are planted. You must have the mind of a servant and a steward. Servanthood is greatness and a steward recognises that all he has was entrusted into his hands and he must give account.
Being a seed, son and servant prepares you for being a soldier who is dead to self and always ready under the command of his Master. Having achieved all these, becoming a shining star and winning souls for the kingdom, Heaven recognises you as a stakeholder entitled to all benefits.
Here are three truths we must embrace;
1. With your redemption, your understanding becomes fruitful. Navigating through life stops being guesswork because like the sons of Issachar, you have an understanding of the times. [Isaiah 29:17-19; Luke 24:45]
2. There will be no more shame, your face will not go pale as the very purpose and essence of redemption will be manifest in your life [Isaiah 29:22]
3. Those who have been redeemed, whose understanding has become fruitful and know how to represent God everywhere they go will change society. Whatever they touch, prospers. [Isaiah 32:1-3, 16-18; Psalm 1:1-3]
This begs the question – Are you saved? If Yes, where are the fruits of your salvation?
In truth, Hebrews 6:9&10 establishes that there are benefits that accompany salvation so if truly you are saved, these benefits should be evident in your lives.
These benefits are:
Reconciliation with God [2 Corinthians 5:14-20; Colossians 1:19-22].
Right standing with God. The evidence of which is the favour of God.
What others struggle for comes easily to you.
Examine yourself, knowing all these things is what gives us the confidence to come with boldness to the throne of grace in times of need [Hebrews 4:14-16].