The Single Life (4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo-Flatimes

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Single Life (4) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo


Topic: The Single Life (4)

Dear Reader,

For the past three weeks, I have showed you what the single life is all about. I taught on how you can be connected to your creator and Godly character.

Many single persons make the mistake of putting their lives on hold, until they get married and get a real life. This is not supposed to be so because the Word of God makes it clear that you are to redeem the time because the days are evil.  In other words, unless the season of your single years is redeemed, it stands a chance of being caught up by the evil of the day. God’s Word speaking says: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).

This Week, I will be sharing on “Redeeming the Time.”

Life is actually timed! On the other hand, time is life. This explains the reason for the popular phrase “life time.” Life is tied to time. In essence, it means the way you handle your time is a pointer to the way you handle your life. To waste time is to waste life and to invest time is to invest life.

Many young people spend time hanging out with friends; very few actually invest it. Your tomorrow is determined by what you invest in your today, so invest your single life well today and tomorrow, you will reap your reward of investment. It is very interesting to note that time can neither be stored nor held back. To be uniquely different as a single, you must redeem your time, investing rather than spending it.

To redeem time actually means to make it deliver its worth, honour and reputation to you. It means to take control of it and making the most of it. If you lose control of time, you lose control of your life.  The truth is, the best time to make this a lifestyle is while you are still single.

The single years are a colourful and beautiful season, loaded with abundant benefits and opportunities. Thus, you need an understanding of how to make the most of your season now. You really cannot make much out of life without understanding the power of your now and effectively putting it to work. Even faith, by which we live, is a now substance (Hebrews 11:1).

You cannot afford to tiptoe through life! The best of life is yours for the taking – now! You can actually give your life its best now. Don’t be careless or live life with a non-challant attitude. Get hold of your life and create a great future for yourself. Your single years are your best opportunity to lay a solid foundation for your future life, especially in marriage. Wake up, and do something worthwhile with your life now!

Furthermore, take practical steps to ensure that you make the most of your single season, by locating the plan of God for your life and fulfilling it. To fulfill God’s plan and purpose for your life, you must understand the season that you are in.  Understanding makes one to be outstanding. God’s Word speaking about Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26:5 says: And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper. The single life is actually a time to seek God’s vision for your life, not a time to indulge yourself in sin.

Look at this testimony:

“I got born again in September, 1998. It was an encounter I had when I arrived at a friend’s office and met some pastors discussing the Word of God, and God touched me as we prayed together. I gave my life to Christ and got invited to church.

Since then, the Lord has made me to abide here in this church.  And today, I’m a protocol officer in this church. God has really increased me greatly.  I must say I have seen changes in my life.

When I got born again, it’s not as if I was told what to do and what not to do. But I discovered that by the Spirit of God, I discarded so many things I was indulging myself in. As I was moving closer to God, He was revealing Himself to me. I have several encounters with God using me to do so many things. Miracles are happening through prayer and the laying on of hands, which I contacted when I went to the Bible School.

God has been so marvellous. Also through me, many who have seen the changes in my life were brought to church too.” – Orie, K.

Your single season is a time to discover God’s plan and purpose for your life and to begin to walk in it. What are you doing with your single life? Are you investing or wasting it? Think of it! May the Lord grant you understanding!

Therefore, to maximize your single years and redeem your time, the first step to take is to identify yourself with God, the Author of life and Creator of all living. To do this, you surrender by confessing your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this simple prayer of faith with me: “Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the living God. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”

If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, congratulations, you are born again! You are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name. Call or write to share your testimonies with me through contact@faithoyedepo.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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