MESSAGE TITLE: FINISHING WELL BRINGS GOOD BEGINNING
BY: BISHOP DR. S.I OKELEZOH
TEXT: Lev. 23, Hebrew 12:1-3, 1 Cor. 9:24-27, Luke 14:27-35, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Roman 1:16, 2 Cor. 3:18, Romans 12:1-2, Genesis 12:1, Eph. 3:15, Psalm 22:27, Rev. 15:4. Isaiah 37:3, Psalm 25:1-5, John 4:22-24, 3 John 1:2, Job 22:29, John 7:37-39
There are phases in life: the particular phase you are in, you must finish it well to enable you enter into a good platform of good beginning. Finishing well births good beginning: If you finish well, you will start well. We are all in a race; God called us into the race of life: the race of how to worship Him and be blessed (Lev. 23). If you don’t know how to run, you will miss salvation and the blessings following it. For every race, there are set of laws, starting point and finishing line. The reason we have to run and finish well is because a good finishing in 2018 will bring to you a good starting point in 2019.
WHAT DOES “FINISHING WELL” ENTAILS
• To get your best to the finishing line.
• To reach the mark of the price for the High calling.
• To finish the race with joy. It was not man that set this race but God Himself (Hebrew 12:1-3). The race we are running is meant to generate the riches in which the kingdom of God can spread all over the world.
• To fight the fight of faith and to finish the cause with joy.
“A man who started a race must not only run but to run well and get to the finishing line in order to obtain a prize” (2 Timothy 4:7). No prize is received without a price: you must pay the price for the prize which is crown.
There is a regulatory process in the race of worship. “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all” (Eccl. 9:11).
It is forbidden among God’s people to come to labour point of delivery and there is no strength to bring forth their children. God gives strength, favour, and grace to His children. “And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day [is] a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and [there is] not strength to bring forth” (Isaiah 37:3).
When you are have the desire and thirst to finish well, it shows in your soul. A thirsty soul can lift itself up; God acknowledges a thirsty soul. “Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul . . .” (Psalm 25:1-5). What is the difference between a soul that is lifted up and that which is cast down? “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, there is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands” (Job 22:29-30).