ENDURING DECISION TO CLEAVE UNTO THE LORD Acts.11:22-23 Then the tidings these things came unto the ears of the church which were in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad and exhort them all, that with purpose of heart, they would cleave unto the Lord. The exhortation and the command to cleave unto the Lord are all over the bible both in the old and the new testaments. The Lord does not want us to just have a loose relationship with Him, but close and intimate relationship. He wants us to have an enduring and perpetual relationship that is He wants us to cleave and to glue unto Him. The call to cleave unto the Lord comes to both old and new converts. All true children of God are expected to cleave unto Him in love and loyalty. To cleave unto the Lord implies. (1) To keep and obey all the commandments of the Lord as we have been taught. (2) To be dead to the opinions of men and stand on the unchanging word of God. (3) To supremely love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, spirit and mind. (4) It means to hate the world, worldliness and all things that God hates and to deny ourselves. (5) To walk in all the revealed will of God and to obey His voice in everything. (6) To obey and do God’s will and word even when it runs contrary to common sense, wisdom, popular opinions and prevalent practices. (7) To separate ourselves from false prophets and false ways and to follow the path of truth and holiness. We must be willing and ready to cleave unto the Lord till the end. We see a lot of challenging examples of men and women who clave unto the Lord despite the danger and threat to their lives. We see the example of Joshua and Caleb even when all the other spies were on the other side of unbelief and backsliding they cleaved unto the Lord in faith. We have the example of three Hebrew children Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego even when Nebuchadnezzar threaten to throw them into the fire they did not shake but kept on cleaving unto the Lord. Also we saw the example of Ruth even when Orpah her sister in-law went back she continued cleaving to the Lord. John.6:66-69. When the multitudes of Christ’s disciples went back from following Him the twelve remained. These and many more examples challenge us to cleave unto the Lord whatever betides. Under rain or sun shine, wind or storm whatever is happening cleave unto the Lord. It is in doing this that we will get to heaven at the end. Daniel.3:13-25. The Lord wants us to make up our mind and to have an enduring decision to cleave unto the Him. The bible says who shall separate us from the love of Chris? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution, or famine or nakedness or perils or sword? – Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. As we cleave unto the Lord our God by the grace of God we shall be more than conquerors. And when we get to heaven there are great and marvelous blessings that await all who will cleave unto the Lord till the end. Rom.8:35-39. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution, or nakedness, or peril or sword? As it is written for thy sake we are killed all the daylong: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rev.3:11. Behold I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast that no man take thy crown. MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO CLEAVE UNTO THE LORD YOUR GOD UNTIL THE END.