(Saturday August 25th 2018)
TOPIC — A Change Of Mind: A Blessing or Disaster
(Mountain Of Fire And Miracle Ministries )
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Matthew 21:28-31
MEMORY VERSE: “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62
The Fire Scripture is a parable that speaks expressly to all those who have heard the gospel. Hearers of the gospel fall into two groups. The first group consists of the unbelievers who say no in the first instance but afterwards repent and come to Jesus. The second group consists of those who hurriedly say yes without knowing the implication of their ‘yes’ but afterward, turn their backs against Jesus. Both groups had a change of mind, which obviously leads to different destinations. In Matthew 3:4-6, we find the first group responding to the message of repentance by John. They came to John after their change of mind and regret for their sinful way of life. They feared that the Messiah would have nothing to do with them, so they willingly surrendered to His call and obeyed His voice.
In Matthew 3:7-10 are the religious characters which parallel the second son in the parable who said he would obey and yet, in the end, did not. The call is for everyone to come to Jesus. If you respond instantly and say yes to Jesus but afterwards turn back against Him, your initial prompt reaction will bring joy to heaven, but when you turn back, your change of mind will bring pain to heaven. This is the peril of the backsliders. They put their hands on the plough and later on look back. Jesus said in Luke 9:62 that no one having put his hand on the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Whoever is not fit for the kingdom of God is definitely fit for hell fire. Whoever rejects Jesus will be rejected by heaven. Even though he freely exercises his right of choice here on earth, it is not so after death. This free choice of rejecting Jesus will bag him free entry into hell fire; this is when changing your mind becomes a disaster. If you initially said no to Jesus but afterward change your mind and say yes, and you fulfill His will to the end, you bring joy to heaven and everlasting joy to yourself in eternity; this is when a change of mind results in true repentance. It means to change one’s mind, which involves an instantaneous change of heart, a regret for unbelief and sin, and a determination to change direction. True repentance results in the forgiveness and removal of sin (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3; Acts 2:38). This is when a change of mind brings blessings in the present world and in eternity.
Which category do you belong? Was your initial response to Christ, ‘no’? Change your mind today and become a candidate of blessing. Do it today for tomorrow may be too late. On the other hand, was your initial response to Jesus a hurried ‘yes’ without sufficient thought? Have you found that no fruit has come from your flippant ‘yes’? Change your mind today by allowing the gospel to take root and bring forth fruit, and the blessings of God shall come your way, in Jesus’ name.
TRUE REPENTANCE RESULTS IN THE FORGIVENESS AND REMOVAL OF SIN.
The mercy of God will locate you today for a positive turn around.
1. Mercy of God, locate me for a positive turn around today, in the name of Jesus.
2. Lord, heal me of every hypocrisy in my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Unproductive Christian life, your end has come, die now by fire, in the name of Jesus.
4. I shall not change my mind unto perdition, in the name of Jesus.
5. The devil shall not write the last chapter of my life, in the name of Jesus.
6. Lord Jesus, uphold me to the end doing Your will always, in the name of Jesus.
7. I am an overcomer, I shall not be a victim of backsliding, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE by Dr. D.K Olukoya