THEME: SIGNS OF A PROPHET
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
-John the Baptist a prophet of the Lord was called to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. He was consumed by the message of repentance like other prophets including:- Jeremiah, Isaiah, Joel, Daniel, Zechariah, Jonah and many others. A prophet should then lead fellow men to repentance and warn them of the consequences of sin. He/she should lead a holy life and focus on the holiness of God. Even though sometimes he may be seen as judgmental and could be rejected for being outspoken, he should always speak the truth as the Lord instructs. Like Stephen and John the Baptist who were persecuted for speaking the truth, a prophet should stand firm in faith. A prophets main message should lead people to Christ and focus on His second coming. According to Acts 10:43, all prophets should witness that, through Jesus’ name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins. A prophet should also be led by the word of God and reveal the mysteries of God as instructed. He/she should be led by the Holy Spirit and pray for His impartation on the people.
Lord You are slow in anger and not slack in Your promises but wish that all men should come to repentance, forgive us all our sins and bring us all to life everlasting. Your love and mercy consumes our hearts, thank You for loving and giving us Your only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sins. No one can love us more that You do Jesus, thank You for loving us. Help us to love You and one another as we love ourselves; through the perfect love that You have given us. Your perfect love cast out all fear and creates in us confidence of living with You forever. Thank You for loving us Father. Give us the grace to forgive all those who have offended us and renew Your steadfast spirit within us. Unite us loving Father with our family members, friends, neighbors, spouses and colleagues according to Your will. We humbly ask You to instill in all those who do not know You with the gift of salvation that they may come to repentance and eternal life with You. All souls belong to You Jesus, thank You for loving us. Baptize us with Your Holy Spirit and fire, and fill our hearts with Your gifts and fruit that we may bear much fruit according to Your divine will. Thank You for loving us Holy Spirit. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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