2 years ago, I decided to join the members of our Seventh-day Adventist community in reading the whole Bible each year, every year. So we read a chapter a day and when the year finishes, we start again. I enjoy reading the book of Hebrews so around the time they started reading Hebrews, I decided to join in. I’m glad I did and it’s been a great experience.
Last year I decided to create a WhatsApp broadcast list where I’d share these Bible readings with family and friends but I want to admit that making that decision, to share, was difficult. I was afraid of how people would begin to look at me or think about me and that did not sit well with me so I started with a few people and their responses gave me strength to add more. Currently I’m sharing God’s word, each morning, 50 people at a time. I can only say that that’s God. People are appreciating the word.
This morning, I was doing the usual routine. Go online, share the word. I copied the message and pasted it. I pressed send and just after I did, I realized that I had sent the wrong message. I froze. I thought of deleting it but I remembered my cousin telling me that even if I deleted it on my chat, the message couldn’t be deleted from the individual chats on my broadcast list. I decided to do “damage control” and said, “Apologies, I copied the wrong message however, the videos are still a good watch” then I sent my usual reading.
The message wasn’t bad at all. My family and I have been watching sermons from an SDA week of prayer conducted in Atlanta in the USA last year and they are eye opening. I had been copying the links and sending to fellow SDA friends to watch with their families too.
However when that message got sent on that broadcast list, I was afraid of how some of my contacts who aren’t Adventist would take it. Would they understand? If they asked questions, would I have the answers? This scared me so much, but in that moment, after the message was sent, I remembered something, and I’m grateful to God for that thought.
I’ve been watching a TV show called, ‘God friended me.’ It’s about an atheist young man who is friended by someone calling themselves God on Facebook. I know there’s a misconception that the secular world has nothing useful to offer those who profess to be believers but I don’t agree. The secular world is full of useful information but it’s just not complete. It’s ever in a state of half true half lie but that’s an opportunity for a believer to expose the lie with the truth but as believers we hardly get excited to do that. Anyway, on this show, they always say one thing, that the ‘God account doesn’t do anything for no reason’. Sounds familiar?
The Bible says,
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.
Romans 8:28 AMP
So it got me thinking that sending that message was no coincidence. I believe that there is someone on my broadcast list who is supposed to receive the timely message in that video and when I spoke with my sister she agreed with me and said I should not feel bad because I didn’t send inappropriate information.
The Holy Scriptures say,
God gave us his Spirit. And the Spirit doesn’t make us weak and fearful. Instead, the Spirit gives us power and love. He helps us control ourselves.
2 Timothy 1:7 NIRV
Today I learnt what fear can do. It can jeopardize a good thing. I am grateful for what God did today. I learnt of a weakness I have, I got encouraged and the way I share God’s word will never be same again.
What happened today, that was the Spirit of love. I say this because what says love, more than pushing for another person’s salvation.
I don’t think it’s also a coincidence that I started reading a Bible plan (YouVersion Bible app) today titled, ” how to love people you disagree with,” after that message was sent. It was to tell me that what happened was the right thing to happen. The disagreement, they said, isn’t just about quarreling but even differences in beliefs on the political, social, economic and spiritual spheres of life. I should not have frozen in fear because others who aren’t Adventist received the message. No. We share different beliefs in faith but that doesn’t make them less important or less worthy to know what I felt useful for salvation. God created us all, loves us all and needs us all to be saved. Heaven is for everyone.
The Bible says,
After these things I looked, and this is what I saw: a vast multitude which no one could count, [gathered] from every nation and from all the tribes and peoples and languages [of the earth], standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Christ), dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands; and in a loud voice they cried out, saying, “ S alvation [belongs] to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb [our salvation is the Trinity’s to give, and to God the Trinity we owe our deliverance].”
Revelation 7:9-10 AMP
God loved and so He sacrificed so that anyone who believes can be saved and have eternal life. Imagine, today fear was about to take away the chance to salvation for all those 50 people on my broadcast list.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
John 3:16-18 MSG
My prayer is that God carries all this through and the evil never has the chance to jeopardize anything.
Below are the YouTube links to these sermons, preached by Pastor Jeremiah Davis, that I now believe did not go out by mistake :
They are listed in the order that they should be watched:
1) Wake up
2) The real issue
3) The great clock of time part 1 & 2
4)Great work little time
5)Bell and pomegranate
6) Duty of the congregation on the day of atonement
7) Spiritual amnesia part 1 and part 2