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Anatomy of Resistance to Positive Change

Voice of Grace (Sunday Spiritual Menu Series)

Delivered by ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, July 23, 2006 

Why would human beings remain recalcitrant and blatantly reject the call unto salvation despite the current explosion of gospel messages through open crusade, the pulpit, electronics media and print media? God Almighty already settled His irreversible verdict. Those who live their lives in fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, stealing, covetousness, malice, envy, wickedness, and as drunkards, revilers, extortionists, (1 Cor. 6: 9) murderers, sorcerers, and liars shall spend their eternity (life after death in this world) with Satan in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Rev 20: 10. Despite this grim fate awaiting disobedience, human beings still chose to remain recalcitrant.

Why? Hereditary Wickedness: The ungodly lifestyle of a number of people can be traced back to their parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, such as all the descendants of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and Ahaziah, the son of Ahab and Jezebel. But you can break the chain. Hezekiah rejected the legacy of ungodliness of his father Ahaz, and did that which was righteous in the sight of the lord and his kingdom was established. You are today soaked and drenched from all sides with the gospel of Jesus Christ’s love, peace, and righteousness. Why would you continue to choose the path of eternal damnation? Whatever you stand to gain from your current act of disobedience to the word of God does not compare with the horrifying punishment of hell fire that is at the door. Pride: Incensed by his position as the king, Saul, disregarded the instruction of Samuel, the man of God, and took it upon himself to carry out the priest-work; offering of sacrifice to the Lord. And Samuel said unto Saul, “for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel forever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue” (1 Sam 13: 8-14). God’s covenant with Saul was revoked and his throne transferred to David the son of Jesse. Similarly, when Uzziah the king of Judah became strong and mighty, his heart was lifted up and he decided to usurp the responsibility of the priests. He was smote by the Lord and was instantly covered with leprosy. He was thrown out of the house of the Lord and he remained a leper till the day of his death (2 Chr. 26: 16-21). Pride of position, power, or wealth has remained a powerful tool in the hand of Satan to bring a number of believers down from glory to grass and from the path of grace to the corridor of destruction. When you are possessed by the evil spirit of pride, the fear of God departs from you, nobody is anybody again before you, while God Himself becomes as an object of convenience.

Freedom of Civilization: The lord Jesus Christ in Matt 13: 22 says that “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word and the care of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.” Civilization, as the mother of social and political freedom, is the bedrock of all forms of social vices, such as violence, crime, homosexuality, abuses, greed, indecent dressing, nudity, drunkenness, and all forms of malady that intoxicate society into an addiction of irreversible ungodliness. As a child of God, run away from them all. The key to success in life is not seeking position, power, or wealth, but rather seeking the Lord in contentment. A mind set on finding material success will miss the spiritually fulfilling path. Amidst the opulence and madness of civilization, try to remain a model of decency, humility, divine love, self-discipline and godliness to be counted among Christ’s own. Ignorance of the Word: A life that is well lived is one in which our eyes are focused upon the Lord, our ears are open to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit and our hearts feast on the Scripture. Without an in-depth knowledge of the Word, the spirit of deception is always around to twist God’s instruction and manipulate us into disobedience. Unto David God said, do not carry out any Census-population count of the Israelites but Satan provoked David to conduct the counting: after all, no sin is committed in counting your people for administrative balancing. David yielded to Satan’s voice and incurred the wrath and instant judgment of God (1 Chr. 21). Do not rely on your wisdom or intellect which is foolishness before the Lord, (1 Cor 1: 19-20) but rather on the prescription from the Bible in running your life affairs. Be sober and humble to hear the right voice. His voice is ever gentle.

Rebellious heart: Sometimes we close our ears and shut down on God because answers to our prayer are delayed, or because the solution provided by God is not the one desired by us. When we are angry with God, we retreat into backsliding. Satan catches on our frustration with God, he provides us with the camouflage or self-destructive solution desired by us and thereby entrenches our backsliding unrepentantly unto the track of eternal doom. Trust on the Lord, He will answer you at the right time and His solution remains the only right one to your problems in this world and key to your eternal glory. Persecution: When we are persecuted on all sides for what we have not done or when our faith is on trial, our impatience or weakness drives us to seek help from sources other than God and in the process we are marked by Satan as his own. Once you receive Satan’s mark the door of Eternal Kingdom of Glory is shut against you. Rev.13:11-18, Rev.14:1-11. Brethren in the Lord, you can tackle any obstacle when you respond with courage, faith, love, and humility. Barriers have a way of testing your resolve, wearing out your faith, or tempting you to seek a quick fix to your situation. Psalm 37 teaches that whether your roadblock involves finances, career, health, or relationships, the Lord can remove mountain from your path if you trust Him completely and submit to His intervention

ASE Joseph Olorunnisola, Voice of Grace Parish, Ewing, New Jersey

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