Topic — Restitution: Evidence of Salvation II — Monday 18, September 2017.
1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I
have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for
sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten
contrary to the law?
4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?
5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for
it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.
Bible in One Year: Ezra 4-6, Ezekiel 42:15-43:12, Hymn: Sing hymn 14 – Take My Life
A sign that confirms whether or not you have experienced genuine
salvation is your willingness to make restitution with your fellow men.
When you are genuinely saved, the Spirit of Jesus Christ in you will
motivate you to right your wrongs and undo your evil deeds. An elderly
judge once attended one of our meetings at the Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja
(Lagos), and he gave his life to Christ. On his way home after the
programme, he just could not contain himself. There was a person he
quarrelled with several years before, and he had a burning urge to
resolve the dispute; so right from the venue of our programme, he went
straight to the house of the person in order to settle the matter. Did
you say you are saved, but you still hold grudges, have bitterness and
manifest an unforgiving spirit? Please examine yourself to be sure you
are truly in Christ.
Coming up next: Open Heavens 19 September 2017: Tuesday daily devotional by Pastor Adeboye – The Ground Is Not For You
Similarly, there was a particular king in Ogun State, Nigeria. For
several months, I went to preach to him and he would tell me “Before
your mother married your father, I have been going to church.” He would
show me a Bible that Queen Victoria gave to his grandfather. Repeatedly,
I said to him, “Your royal highness, that is not what I am talking
about. I am asking you to repent of your sins and surrender your life to
Jesus Christ.” Then one day, he yielded and gave his life to Jesus. By
that time, he had not seen his wife for years, due to a disagreement
they had. Within days of giving his life to Christ, he promptly
contacted her, and they resolved their differences. You cannot be
genuinely saved and refuse to restitute.
In what areas would you need to make restitution today? If you stole
anything from anybody, return it or pay for its replacement if it’s
lost. If you bore false witness against somebody, go and uncover the
truth. Have you fraudulently acquired your academic certificate? Go and
restitute. If you have stolen another person’s passport and impersonated
the fellow, using the passport to move around, go and restitute. Are
you a second or third wife to a man, or have you as a man married two or
more wives? You are living in adultery. Make restitution! Have you
received payment for a contract which you did not execute? Go and return
the money! Have you been falsifying records and stealing money through
that? Go and restitute. If you have tough cases, seek counselling from a
pastor in a true Bible-believing church. Also, ask God to help you. If
you really want to obey God, He will definitely make a way for you.
Key Point: Salvation straightens your crooked paths with God, while restitution strengthens your crooked paths with men.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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