The General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi delivered a very important message on Monday, 19th April, 2021. The Bible Study was transmitted live from Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos State, Nigeia via satelite and across all social media channels.
He titled the message- “Living Only For The Glory of God”. The main Bible text was taken from the book of 1st Corinthians chapter 10 verses 23 to 33.
He expatiated that God, our Creator and Redeemer merits and deserves our hearts, attention, and in everything we do, we should consider Him, exalt, honour, lift and glorify Him in all things we do, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
He went on to divide the message into three parts:
1) The Practical Purpose of Glorifying God and Edifying Others: 1st Corinthians 10:23-24; 6:12-14; Romans 14:16-19; Ephesians 4:27-29; Matthew 5:13-16; John 15:8-14; Romans 15:2,6; Galatians 1:23-24; 1st Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 2:4-5; John 5:30,44; 1st Corinthians 14:12.
2) The Personal Price of Glorifying God, Eating Without Offence: 1st Corinthians 10:25-30; Romans 14:20-21; 1st Corinthians 8:9-13; Revelations 2:14,20- 23; Genesis 25:32-34; Hebrews 12:15-17; Philippians 3:18-19; Proverbs 9:17-18; Psalms 106:13-15; Matthew 24:37-39,48-51; Luke 12:19-21; John 6:25-27.
3) The Pleasing Pattern For Glorifying God and Evangelizing Others: 1st Corinthians 10:31; 2nd Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 3:17,23-24; Matthew 7:12; 1st Corinthians 10:32; 2nd Corinthians 6:3; Philippians 1:10-11; Acts 24:15-16; 1st Corinthians 10:33; Romans 10:1,9-10; 1st Corinthians 9:19-22; 2nd Timothy 2:10.
Pastor Kumuyi explained that the only way a child of God is to live is to always glorify and honour God. You always let your light so shine so that people will see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
There are times you seek your own comfort or profit, but if you are seeking your profit to the detriment of other people. Don't enjoy yourself at the expense of other people.
There are times we develop a habit (habit are easy to form but difficult to break) that is crushing other people.
You might die before your time because you have taken things you ought not to take.
What glorifies God is that you glorify God with your body.
You must evaluate those things that you are doing that are good but are evil spoken of.
Every time you consider righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. You must do things that help the righteousness, peace and joy of others.
Do everything and be transparent.
Children of God do not live an isolated life.
Do not do what is not beneficial to other people.
It is not enough to be zealous or passionate, we must consider what edifies other people.
In everything we do, we must do it without generating offence to others.
Whatever you buy, check your conscience. Anything we purchase we must consider the glory of God.
We destroy the conscience of others because we do not think about what we say.
I'll deny myself from whatsoever will bring an offence. I pray that food will not destroy the fellowship of God in Jesus name.
There are things that people do that they enjoy but those things bring leanness unto their souls. That's why we should not just be centred on things that are physical like food but on things that are eternal.
Our purpose matters; are you seeking God because of job, money or material things, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed" (John 6:27).
God doesn't want us to live on material things alone that come from Him, let's pray and labour for things that glorify God.
The commitment we ought to have is to please God and glorify Him.
We are not thinking of what pleases us but what pleases God all the time.
Whatsoever you do, do it on purpose to the glory of God and for the development of the Church of God.
Everything you do whether in church or outside the Church, individually or collectively should be excellent.
When the sinner sees the lifestyle, action, behaviour or character of the preacher, that lifestyle should lead the sinner unto repentance, backsliders unto restoration, the believer to want to endure unto
the end that they may have the final salvation.
Always consider the ministry; our actions and behaviours may destroy the people here, therefore we comport ourselves so that we gain others.
We endure all things for the salvation of all those who are to be saved.
What are you willing to endure or give up that the people around you might be saved, the saints to be sanctified and everyone will be ready for the coming of the Lord.
We are living for the glory of God, the salvation of sinners,
the edification of others, and evangelize as many as possible.
May God help us to be doers of his word in Jesus name.
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