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Avoiding Pitfalls With Utterances!

It is a wise thing to learn to be careful with our words. To speak without a filter before God shows the level of our reverence for God. If we revere God as we profess, it will show in our actions. We will mince our words especially when it carries grave meaning and consequence in order not to wound others. At the same time, we need to be careful of mincing words so much so that we eliminate truth outrightly. The truth still needs to be told in its truest form.

Leadership with understanding was lacking in King Saul. On the one hand, he wants to be the peoples King, pleasing and accepted by Israel, at the expense of his reverence for God, neglecting the commandment of God. What is popular with the masses does not mean it is sanctioned by heaven. We need to strike a balance between serving people and serving God acceptably.

King Saul did not inquire of the Lord before uttering the vow of abstinence from food. If he had inquired, I believe God would have told him these people are hungry and fearful, placing a curse on them would make their dire situation even worst. King Saul’s utterance that day capped the victory God had earmarked for the whole of Israel that day for they were too weak to pursue Philistines further, and he also made the people sin against God, in that they ate meat with its blood.

1 Samuel 14: 28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, ‘Cursed is the man who eats food this day.’” And the people were faint. 29 But Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. Look now, how my countenance has brightened because I tasted a little of this honey. 30 How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now would there not have been a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?” 31 Now they had driven back the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. So the people were very faint32 And the people rushed on the spoil, and took sheep, oxen, and calves, and slaughtered them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood. 33 Then they told Saul, saying, “Look, the people are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood!” So he said, “You have dealt treacherously; roll a large stone to me this day.” 34 Then Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them, ‘Bring me here every man’s ox and every man’s sheep, slaughter them here, and eat; and do not sin against the Lord by eating with the blood.’” So every one of the people brought his ox with him that night and slaughtered it there. 35 Then Saul built an altar to the Lord. This was the first altar that he built to the Lord.

Father Lord, give us understanding and wisdom to live a life that is worthy of your calling.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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Prayer! Praying Like Daniel!

  • Oh Lord, my God, help me to turn from my iniquities and to understand your truth in Jesus name –  Daniel 9:14
  • Abba Father, you are righteous in all your ways, help me to obey your voice – Daniel 9:14
  • Oh Lord, according to all your righteousness, I pray, let your anger and your fury be turned away from me and my father’s house – Daniel 9:16
  • Oh Lord, my God, hear my prayer and supplication, let your face shine on me and my father’s house – Daniel 9:17
  • Oh, my God, incline your ear and hear, open your eyes and see our desolation and for your great namesake restore us for we do not present our supplications before you because of our righteous deeds, but because of your great mercies – Daniel 9:18
  • Oh Lord, hear us! Oh Lord, forgive us. Oh Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for your namesake, my God, for I and my father’s house are called by your name – Daniel 9:19
  • Father give me skill to understand, for I am greatly beloved of you, give sight to my eyes that I may understand the vision you reveal – Daniel 9:22 & 23

 

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

The Pulpit! Your Platform!

A very dangerous trend in “Christiandom”, an error, a deviation from what “Christianity”- Christlike living is all about is what the pulpit, Christian platforms are been used for these days. I AM ALSO GUILTY! AND YOU!

The pulpit is been used these days to settle scores with those we do not see eye to eye with. Those not on our “good books”!

The pulpit is used to “Call out” those that we differ with on doctrinal issues. This is causing disunity of the body of Christ!

The pulpit is used to market ourselves, not Christ, as alpha and omega, how awesomely smart and perfect we are.

The pulpit is used to flaunt our wealth, pedigree, and our interconnectionism to the high and mighty of our world.

The pulpit is used to manipulate, oppress, oppose, and suppress others for our own selfish gain and reasons.

The pulpit is used to carryout the agenda of Satan, albeit disguised as “the work of God”!

The pulpit is been used to dissuade and persuade those genuinely seeking The Truth, The Way, and Life that there are other ways, and thus led astray!

Who are we deceiving when we discredit everything the true gospel is all about by eschewing humility, justice, and agape kind of love?

It is time we realize that we are doing more damage than repairing the old ruin, building on the solid foundation which is Christ Jesus. For with every one convert we think we may have “won” over to Christ, many more are been discouraged. Every man’s work shall be tested by fire! See therefore that you are not building with straw.

Lord, many a time I have deviated from your will, oh how I have lashed out from a place of anger and not a place of love. Please forgive me.

I have tried to remove the specks in my brothers and sisters eyes while I have logs in my own eyes blocking my views of myself, clogging my ears to hear you clearly, hardning my heart from doing the right thing, to uphold justice, peace, love, and fairness.

Abba Father forgive me. You have forgiven me much Lord, help me to forgive others.

Help me to overlook the fault of others, thier errors, arrogance and boasting, for it is your grace that has kept me humble and makes me boast only of your goodness and love towards me.

Thank you Lord Jesus for your mighty hand upon my life! As your hand is upon me Lord, no other hand shall be upon me in Jesus name, this I know!

May the light of your countenance continuously shine upon me to guide and illuminate every dark places in and around me!

Lord, would you make me terror to the kingdom of darkness? Let your fire come out of this vessel to devour everything that is not of You! Yes Lord, make me a vessel fit for your use in Jesus Christ mighty name I pray. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Dedication And Re-dedication! Are You In?

The invitation has been sent. Have you received yours, my friends? Here it is!

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Don’t tell me you don’t have any burdens for that would be a lie! Yes, and that my friend is a burden! Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. There is need to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ this moment.

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Are you in the faith? There is a need for the rededication of our lives to the Lord. 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.   Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 

Matthew 28:16 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

My True Status! Not What My Adversary And Circumstances Says!

Brethren, do not be bewitched to disobey the truth. No one shall be justified by the works of the flesh/law! Christ Jesus died for You! Faith in Christ’s birth, death and resurrection is what justify you Galatians 3:1 -9

It is that same faith in Christ Jesus that excludes you from the curse of the law. For Christ bore the curse on that tree at Calvary. He took upon him your curse, so you are free of curses by faith in him alone! That’s all! Faith in Christ excludes you from the curse of the law! Don’t you let anyone deceive you that you are cursed as a believer! Galatian 3:10-14

By faith in Christ Jesus you enter into the changeless promise God made with Abraham. You shall be blessed and be a blessing. By you all the nation’s of the earth shall be blessed and much more.

The covenant between God and Abraham belong to Christ, and since you have faith in Jesus, all the promises belong to you too! Brethren, you are joint heirs with Christ, the seed of Abraham, a child of promise!

May this truth permeate your being. May the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus birth confidence and courage in you!

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Relationship On My Mind!Making It Home! Successfully!!

Some hours ago, while writing about “Relationships on my mind! Cleaving as a pair!” I prayed that God will gived us peace in our marriages, calm the storms, grant us grace to weather the storm, and restore broken hearts and homes.

You see friends, holy matrimony, marriage is the most important relationship apart from our relationship with Jesus Christ, the success of which can make us or mar us.

However, the success of your marriage or its failure is not the criteria for hearing that phrase, “well done, good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord. Matthew 25:23.

Paul was never married, the Samaritan woman had one too many, yet she met with the Lord, she became an evangelist! The only criteria to hear Matthew 25:23 like Billy Graham just heard few hours ago is to believe in the Lord Jesus, his birth, life, and death, faith in the finished work at Calvary.

Friends, don’t let anything that is transient cheat you out of your eternity! Give your life to Jesus Christ today! Put your trust in Jesus totally, lean on him.

Employ your talent, skills and all, live your life for his glory! Eternity is real! Soon enough you and I will be on our way in our 100th year, if Christ tarry! Which will it be? Heaven or hell!!

Choose ye this day whom he shall serve – Joshua 24:15. Nothing in this world is worth your eternity! Your relationships, your worldly achievement, career, accolades, looks, money, power, influence, whatever, it is transient my friends!!!!

Reflect on the truth you already know! Take a stand! Seek to please him – Christ Jesus! Seek the good of His kingdom.

Jesus Christ is Lord! He is coming soon! Are you prepared?

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Relationship On My Mind! Cleaving As A Pair!

This is a sequel to Relationship On My Mind!

The lack of truth and trust in our interaction with each other most often spills over into the marriage relationship.” Relationship On My MindTransparency – Truth, And Trust 

Many have no idea of what is expected in the marriage relationship. Marriage is the first institution ordained by God between a man and a woman as long as they live. It is the most intimate of human relationships, and as much as it is plainly defined in the scriptures, it is the most complicated of all relationships.

Why complicated? Complicated in the sense that “they two shall become one”. Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called woman because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

To cleave(verb) as defined in The Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus has two meanings. One is to divide by a blow: split; sever, and the second meaning is to adhere: cling to, and to be faithful to.

Friends, would you agree with me that it is easy to adhere, cling, and be faithful to one partner as long as they live? This should be the most natural act, like breathing!. You don’t learn how to breathe! On the other hand, cleave as in to divide by a blow, split, or sever, needs exertion, a force has to be applied! You would also first have to decide the spot, stage, and time to apply the force. This should be difficult and as such should not be preferred. Right?

The reality of life is that cleaving, as in to sever seems to be the order of the day. When a man cleaves to his wife, he is meant to cleave, cling, adhere to the totality of her being, all others not existing, and so also for the woman. She is to embrace and cleave to her husband, all others not existing. This, however, is far from what it is. Couples come together these days and jump ship at the slightest smell of wind. And for many more, marriage has become an “act” where a mask is put on for the world, to hide the gloomy hearts. This has resulted in different kind of infirmities- Proverbs 17:22

There is no fortitude to ride out the storm anymore – lack of trust, truth, honesty, faith in God and in each other, desire to please God in obedience to his will, perseverance and determination to work it out has resulted in breakdowns across every demography.

We must remind ourselves that God’s plan trumps all other plans, and life, living, itself is a storm! Since we can not jump ship when living life becomes stormy,(though some do by suicide, that is a totally different topic) we must, therefore, resolve to weather the storm together for calm is promised, its a guarantee for no matter any storm it must cease. That is the order! The question then is, are we ready to hold on till the storm ceases?

I pray Lord for every troubled mind, hearts, and homes. Let there be calm Lord. Peace be still to every union tossed to and fro by storm. To the ones that have shipwrecked Lord step in and do that which only you can do. You, Lord, can salvage anything and make it new. You are the restorer of old ruins – Isaiah  61:4. Most of all Lord, we pray for a fresh encounter with the person of the Holy Spirit. We want to hear you say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things” Matthew 25:14-26

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!