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10 Things God Wants from Single People

For Singles Ministries’ Weekend, we were blessed to have Bro. Garry Graham on Friday February 18th to discuss just a few of the things God expects from His children, more specifically the men.

10-Get your education. You can’t rely solely on your talent. Getting just a Bachelor’s degree isn’t going to be enough. Go for your master’s degree or higher. If you’re deficient in something, get help to improve it.

9-Marry for love, not money. It’s not always going to be a consensus on whom you choose to marry. If you marry for money, what happens once it’s all gone.

8-Every female cannot be your woman. People come into your life for a reason. You can’t date every woman you see. She may prepare you for the next woman or introduce you to your wife. You are there to learn something from that person, that you will take to the next level. Ask God to reveal His plan to you.

7-Define your relationships. Differentiate your relationship with individuals. Don’t get the lines blurred. Rank people where they are.

6-Set your standards for yourself high. You should exceed the standards you expect for others. Don’t lower your standards, open your horizons. Be motivated to push forward.

5-Your culture is an asset. Don’t be ashamed of your culture, but remember what’s appropriate in the workplace and at home.

4-Date around. Never stay in one place. Visit other churches, interview for other jobs even if you aren’t looking for a new position, form new relationships. Explore so that you can discover your strengths and weaknesses.

3-Dedicate yourself to your ministry, cause, and career. God something for all of us to do. We all play a role in the ministry of the kingdom. We can’t all be leaders–doctors or lawyers. We must identify our purpose in order to fulfill it.

2-Time and attendance. Be on time. Enough with the excuses.

1-Commit to Christ. Consecrate yourself in him everyday through devotion, family worship, and how you conduct yourself daily. Read Steps to Christ. Take time to commune with God.

The Book Opener

Speaker: Pastor Jenks Brutus, Friendship SDA Church in Elmira, NY

Scripture Reading: Revelation 5

1And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Are you saved? Have you turned your life over to God? Will your name be written in the Book of Life? As the final days of Earth pass us by and the time of probation nears its end, we ought to begin to ask ourselves these questions. Can you confidentally say that your relationship with God is right?

For those of us who were raised in the church, this message is not strange to us. We have heard the same message over and over. For those who have been raised out of the church, now is the time to really listen. The second coming of Jesus Christ is near. Sadly, many of you have not sealed your decision with Christ because of fear. You must give up certain things, attitudes, behavior. As a true Christian, you must undergo a complete transformation. However, you fail to realize that this change is a gradual process, it doesn’t happen overnight.You must first make the decision and have both the faith and desire to change before you can truly accept the message.

Change takes place before and not after you get into the baptismal water. Many of us go into the water hoping that our lives will be turned around from that very instant. No, your life actually becomes more challenging as a Christian, but with the strength of Christ you will endure and overcome every obstacle thrown your way.

Nothing can touch you without first having receive permission from God. Before it comes to you, it must go through the righteousness of God. So by the time it reaches you, it becomes a little thing. Just like the ozone layer protects the Earth from objects of space, Jesus is our spiritual layer to ensure that we do not endure more than we can bear. Jesus always take the brunt of our trials.

We can’t give up sin before coming to Christ. That’s what makes it difficult. Only Jesus can help us overcome. There are hundreds if not thousands of men and women who have yet to come to this realization. When you confess your sins and surrender to Christ, you will get your peace. That confession is your relinquishment of the very sins that would have barred you from entering into His eternal Kingdom.

In order to live a Christian life, we must surrender our will daily. Proclaim today that you want Jesus to live in you and He will help you transform into a new creature.

6And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  7And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.13And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.14And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

While You Were Sleeping

Speaker: Edsel Cadet from Beraca SDA Church Queens, NY

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

As we go about our daily lives, we pray for directions, for signs that will allow us to navigate the path meant for us. Sadly, the signs are there, but we walk right past them. Most of us are sleepwalking.

We learned that Samson was such an individual.  He was born to Zorah and Manoah. (Read Judges 13) God gave them specific instructions. He was not to let a razor touch his head. He was not to eat anything unclean, nor consume wine or any strong drink. Samson was a Nazarite unto God. Samson was a man of extraordinary strength. No one knew that the source of his strength came from his hair. He was charged with the responsibility of delivering Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.  In Judges 16, we discover his story, a recollection of his demise.

Remember the special instructions God had given Manoah. Samsonn had put those guidelines aside to pursue a Philistine woman. His parents had warned him time and time again, but their counsel fell on deaf ears.  He had willingly chosen to ignore their warnings and live his life. He had set aside his divine calling for the love of a woman. He was originally going to marry one woman whose hand was given to another, because she had revealed the answer to a riddle he posted to the Philistines and he had walked out as a result.

In Judges 16: 14, we see that Samson fell in love with another woman, his former fiance’s sister. She could not be trusted. Shw wasn’t in love with him. She was bought by the Philistines who wanted to kill Samson.

14And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.   5And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

We learned that true love doesn’t ask you to compromise your godliness. Samson did. You must always be a witness unto others. You shouldn’t be with someone you don’t trust. Samson was. Delilah was determined to learn the source of his strength. He gave her instructions that would temporarily appease her. She literally told him what she wanted to do and yet he didn’t listen. Judges 16:6 says, “And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.”

Time and time again, he “slept” in her bed and never realized she and the Philistines were plotting against him. Then it was too late.

God will not put more on you than you can bear. It is true that God will free you, but many of us take on these challenges. Don’t take upon yourself more than you can bear. Don’t test your ability to withstand temptation. You may be strong now, but it may not last over time, leaving you to fall victim.

There ought to be no intimacy without commitment.  Marriage is commitment, nothing less than that. We pray for something or someone and we accept what may look like our answer, but isn’t. God didn’t choose this or him/her for you.  You did.

Adam slept as well.  He trusted God who had him rest as he created Eve from his rib bone. (Read Genesis 2)    21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; Adam had no doubts at all. He slept and out of it came good. We need to fall asleep in order to see what’s been right in front of us all along, to keep us out of trouble, focused on God alone.

God gave Adam a home, a job, and a ministry. (Genesis 2:15) Many of us are running after the opposite sex when we need to work on ourselves, preparing for that future.

The act of resting in God is a form of trust that God will do what He wants for us and it’ll be good. Learn from Samson’s mistake. Rest in Him. Let Him guide you on the path that has already been paved for you.

If we don’t have faith in God to order our relationships, we can safely say that we don’t have faith in God as our Savior. If you see that you have not been trusting God to order your relationships, do you really trust Him to save your soul?  Many of us stay in sin because we don’t truly believe in God and we are living by routine. It was by faith that Adam and Eve were able to live after they sinned. We should submit these smaller things to Him so that we can submit greater things to Him. Let Him be your guide.

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!