February 2024 – The Day You Must Not Miss

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,… but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin… while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:7-8,13,15; NKJV)

I want to welcome you to the second month of the year of Divine Repositioning. To reposition is to relocate or change position. God is in the business of relocating you from the unfavorable location you are in or a condition you are under. I prophesy that this leap year will usher into your life and family uncommon grace, uncommon miracles, divine additions, decisive increase, rapid progress, sudden change of levels, a great turnaround, and divine promotion, in Jesus’ Name.

In the first half of this year, we want to focus on winning souls for the Almighty; the focus is Operation America4Christ. Every Redeemite must be mandatorily involved, and our target is only 200,000 souls for the Almighty God by June 1, 2024. Remember, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7, NKJV). That means every message and every project must be to train and raise awareness on personal evangelism.

There is a day in each person’s life that will not come twice. To miss that day is to miss destiny. Unfortunately, there is no alarm to announce its entry, and it does not give you time to prepare yourself. Still, it is the day you must not miss.

A sad story was told of a medical student in the university who was scheduled to take the compulsory major course in his qualifying medical exams. All his student years on that campus had been in preparation for that day. He dreamed of someday becoming a medical doctor and stepping out of poverty. In pursuit of that dream, he had endured sleepless nights, completed all his assignments, and studied hard. He had even gone hungry at times, all for that one day. He had been awake the night before the exam, studying. So, by morning, he had only had a little sleep.

About an hour before his exam, he decided to take a short rest so he would be refreshed. He realized he had slept much longer than expected when he woke up. He hurried down to the exam hall, but it was empty. To his shock and horror, it was all over, irredeemably over. He had been preparing all night for an exam he never got to take. Although he had a chance to repeat the exam the following year, he could not do it with the same motivation and enthusiasm. As such, he failed the course by just one point and could not graduate.

Oh, how he lamented that he would not be the doctor he had always dreamed of becoming because of one small mistake on one day of his life. He still remembers that day – the date, the year, the time – but he can never reverse the error that left an indelible scar on his anguished destiny. It was the day that he should have avoided his bed and stayed keenly aware of the time. An appointed day does not pardon sins that other days may overlook!

  • THE DAY OF ABRAHAM

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:1-2, NKJV)

The day came for God to promote Abraham, but not before He had “tested” him. Strangely, God did not give Abraham any notice about the great exam, the result of which would qualify him to be described as the “father of all them that believe” (Romans 4:11). Examiners who prepare regular exams would issue a date and time. Still, for this seemingly humanly impossible task, there was none.

Three days would pass from when Abraham received the instruction in his tent to his arrival on Mount Moriah with Isaac. This would have been quite enough time for most people to shake off the “strange nightmare” and change their minds. But Abraham did not change his mind. When the day came, he resolutely strapped his son to the altar of sacrificial obedience to Jehovah. Then a voice called out of Heaven, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now, I know that you fear God since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22:12, NKJV).

What did God mean by “for now I know?” Does He not always know everything? Did He mean that all the days before “now” had been of little consequence to Him and the destiny of the man in question? Would the coming days after now be of less consequence? There comes a “now day” in each of our lives when God says, either of our commitment or betrayal, “for now I know? “

For Abraham, the day of his son’s sacrifice marked the turning point in his destiny, for God did credit him with the sacrifice even though it was averted. Generations later, we continue to look back at the day he did not miss. Who knows?  If he had missed that day, Abraham’s story may have ended in that chapter. God does not always tell us when He is about to test us. Sometimes, those things that our commitment to God threatens to take from us are merely the key to greater things being brought to us.

  • THE DAY OF ESAU

This “day” of which we speak often comes as a day of great paradoxes, great trials, and opportunities. This depends on which side of the day a person places himself or herself by their response. The day came for it to be decided in the heavens if Esau, the firstborn of Isaac, was qualified to be invested with the blessings of the firstborn. The testing came in the form of a strange hunger at the end of a tiring day. When he got done, his sly brother was in the kitchen preparing food designated to tempt even a reluctant appetite.

Perhaps, as he often did, Esau staggered over to his brother and asked to be served. But on this day, his brother informed him that the food was for sale in the currency of the birthright of a first son.  The hungry Esau may have dismissed the proposition, thinking that the birthright could not be lost. After all, he was born first, and there was no changing that. He would always be the elder, no matter what he might promise his brother. He wrongly believed that such things could not be undone. So, he sealed the deal with an oath and sat down to eat, never really considering what he had given up.

Years later, the day of reckoning eventually came when the blessing of the first son was to be pronounced. That day, the meal deal of long ago loomed large, and Jacob got the blessing. Esau lost out on everything because of one hungry day (Genesis 25:29-26; 27:30-45). After losing the blessing, Esau probably became more careful, but he was too late (Hebrews 12:16-17). Had he not blundered on that day, we might now be speaking of “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Esau.” When Esau traded his eternal blessing for a temporary meal, he lost the blessing for his own life, his children, and his grandchildren down through the generations.  

Forgiveness is God’s promise to the one who would repent, but sometimes, even a profound confession comes too late to repair the ruins of a deliberate barter of the soul.

  • THE DAY OF SALVATION

The key scripture references were previously quoted from Hebrews 3:7-8,13,15. Additionally, Hebrews 4:7 says, “Again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”” These Bible passages appear to be saying, “You may harden your heart for fifteen or even fifty years and get away with it, but, for every person, there comes a designated day when that same apparently harmless rejection of God’s salvation spells eternal disaster. This is a day beyond which free salvation does not come so freely anymore. Hebrews 3:13 appears to add that after that “day,” there comes a hardening of the heart through the satanic instrumentality of the deceitfulness of sin. A hardness, by which the rainbow of grace loses its appeal and seems rather like a log of repugnant lies.

I read a sad, true story a few days ago. In Lagos, Nigeria, a young Christian man was preaching in one of those often-crowded sixty-seat intracity commuter buses. The bus had just stopped to pick up passengers and had hardly resumed its journey when a young man who had boarded with his girlfriend announced he intended to disembark at the next stop. His reason was that the preacher’s words were making him uncomfortable. The girlfriend protested, but the young man overruled her. As they were getting off at the next stop, the lady said to the preacher, “I enjoyed your preaching while my short trip lasted I wish I could hear more.”

A few meters further, the driver pulled into a gas station to refuel. While waiting to get gas the same young man who had alighted from the bus some minutes earlier ran breathlessly to them to narrate his story and confess his guilt. In the hurry to go across the busy expressway, with the many speeding cars characteristic of Lagos roads, they had not looked carefully enough for oncoming vehicles. A speeding car hit them, and the lady died on the spot. She missed her last chance that day.

According to the calendar of eternity, she never knew that day was her designated day. God saw the end had come for her and sent her a preacher, but she failed to avail herself of the opportunity. They heard His voice and hardened their hearts, but it was not without severe, irredeemable, and eternal consequences for at least one of them that day.

The prophet warns in Isaiah 55:6 saying, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” This seems to be saying that there will come a time when God, who is now so close, will be so far away that even the loudest megaphone will not be able to get His attention. It will be a time when the God, who is now so present, would have disappeared so abruptly that He can no longer be found even with the aid of the best telescope.

There is a day of salvation with your name attached to it. That day, if missed, could have eternally grievous consequences, and that day may be now. As long as Jesus tarries, tomorrow will always come, but tomorrow does not come for everyone. For many, the hoped-for tomorrow is a bounced check, because there are no more tomorrow days in their “time account.” Our days are numbered (Psalm 90:12).

Time will not permit us to talk about the day of Joseph or the day of Jesus. So, I will simply highlight the cogent points for both. Joseph was divinely informed through a dream that he would be in such a high position of power someday that even his parents and brothers would bow down to him. However, he had to pass through his day of temptation to get to the accomplishment of his dreams. He passed the test by choosing integrity over momentary pleasures because he eventually became the Prime Minister of Egypt after going through the pit, slavery, and prison (Genesis 41:39-41). In the case of Jesus, both Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5 appear to speak of a day in God’s calendar that can be described as the Day of Jesus. We can never imagine the universal damage if that day of being “begotten” as God’s Son had come and gone in vain because the Son had failed to recognize the day of His visitation.  

CONCLUSION

There is a day in every person’s life that presents a peculiar opportunity that will never come again. To miss that day is to miss destiny. Unfortunately, that day will not announce itself to afford us the time to prepare ourselves for it. Yet, it is the day we must not miss. This day of which we speak is a day of many paradoxes. It is a day of eternal destiny; a day that holds the double-edged sword that may cut in either direction. It is a day that may pass away without fireworks but may leave an eternal trail of pain and irredeemable sorrow.

PRAYER POINTS

  • Dear God, please grant me discernment from day to day that my day may not pass me by, in Jesus’ Name.
  • Oh, LORD, for what I may have lost already, please pardon my ignorance and renew my days, in Jesus’ Name.
  • Help me, LORD not to play the proverbial “Russian Roulette” with my days, in Jesus’ Name.
  • LORD, help me to win souls for You so that I can be counted as wise in Your kingdom, in Jesus’ Name (Proverbs 11:30).
  • Father, help me so that I am not guilty of not declaring Your good news to those in my spheres of influence (Ezekiel 3:16).