Aharit An Entreaty to Holiness
by Ayodeji Jeremiah
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Are you living out the Church? Is your coming to Church affecting your relationship at home, with your family, at your place of work, in your business and in your life generally? The people of Israel had the Ten Commandments, all the promises concerning the Promised Land, the tent of meeting, the tabernacle and the priests right in their midst but they still murmured, grumbled and sinned against God. From the problem of the golden calf at Sinai to their unbelief and refusal to enter the Promised Land at Kadesh Barnea, they just never changed. God allowed them in his anger and wrath to spend thirty-eight years in the wilderness and destroyed every member of that sinful generation leaving only Moses, Joshua, Caleb and the young children. Why? Because they refused to live the kind of life, which they should have been living.
Remember Ananias and Sapphira; do you wonder what today’s Church will be like if things like that start happening again. Will we still have people remaining in the Church? Think about it. Remember Solomon and his latter days, his aharit. He built a beautiful and magnificent temple for God but did didn’t live out the Church in his latter days. We are supposed to be living out the Church. We are supposed to be changed as we come to Church. More of God is supposed to be seen in us. We are supposed to be living the Zoë kind of life. Is that happening in your life? Think about it.
Aharit is the Hebrew word that literally stands for ‘back’ and it stands for your final consequences, your after effects, that which comes after. It doesn’t matter the number of years you’ve been attending Church, It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are, what matters is how the Church is affecting your life, what and how you are doing right now and the consequences of those actions that you are carrying out in your life right now, now and in the future. How is your end going to be? Your aharit.
A lot of people do whatever they like and come to Church to raise up holy hands. We disobey the Bible and instructions from the men of God that minister to us. We do not see any wrong in a lot of things that is happening in the world around us. You see when you become born again, you have a part to play, which has to do with obedience and making His will your will. As free agents with a free will, God sometimes allows us to have our ways when we insist on having it but in the eternal scheme of things, you cannot choose or change the consequences of your choosing. The aharit of your choosing.
God says, “Be holy for I am holy” He says, “purify yourself even as the one you hope in is pure” He says, “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” God says His soul has no pleasure in those that shrink back. He commands us that we should depart from iniquity those of us that call His name. He commands us to abstain from every form of evil. He says we should not submit again to any yoke of slavery but the life we live now should be lived in Christ Jesus. He commands us to cleanse ourselves of every defilement of body and spirit and to make holiness perfect in the fear of God. He says for us to glorify Him in our bodies, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He asks us to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. He appeals to us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. He asks us how we can still continue to live in sin when we have died to it. He commands us not to allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies but to yield our members to Him as instruments of righteousness for sanctification.
Today we pray and fast so much for wealth and God’s blessings in our lives. Nothing wrong with that. God is the one that gives us the power to get wealth. But that same God can take that wealth away if we forsake Him, if His holiness is not in that wealth, if we do not keep to his words. God knew even before He took the children of Israel into the Promised Land that they were going to turn away from Him notwithstanding all the warnings, chastisements and curses of disobedience and He foretold His judgements that will come upon them because of that (Deuteronomy 31: 16-21). Hear God speak “I would heap evils upon them, I will spend my arrows upon them. I would have said I will scatter them afar, I will make the remembrance of them cease from among men, for they are a nation void of counsel and there is no understanding in them. Their grapes are grapes of poison, their clusters are bitter; their wine is the poison of serpents and the cruel venom of asps. They shall be wasted with hunger and devoured with burning heat. I will send the teeth of beasts against them, with venom of crawling things of the dust. If they were wise, they would understand this, they would discern their latter end! (Their aharit) I will hide my face from them; I will see what their end will be” Again their aharit. (Deuteronomy 32: 23, 26, 28, 32, 33, 24, 29, 20). Moses also warned them before his death in Deuteronomy 32: 46-47. He said they should not trifle with these words, which they had heard for it is their life. The children of Israel entered the Promised Land and what did they do? Read Ezekiel 16 to know what they did. What will your aharit be? Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8) Remember the aharit!
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