Eyes That Sees, Ears That Hears, Give To Us Lord!

Discernment will guide you from sharing your dreams with your enemies like Joseph did with his brothers – Genesis 37:5 Even those that should love and celebrate the fact that you can dream at all may kick against your lofty dreams like Jacob did. No matter how Jacob kicked against it, regardless of the evil schemes of Joseph’s brothers, the Word of God came to pass. So shall the Word of God concerning you come to pass for the glory of His Holy name. Amen

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Saul was smart enough to keep the part about the anointing from his uncle. He took a cue from 1 Samuel 9:27 As they were going down to the outskirts of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us.” And he went on. “But you stand here awhile, that I may announce to you the word of God.” Many lack discernment and would ignore cues to avoid pitfalls. May the Lord himself guide us all. Amen

1 Samuel 10: 14 Then Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” So he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they were nowhere to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15 And Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me, please, what Samuel said to you.” 16 So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said.

discernment-is-fundamentalBeware of those that act like they care for you and you know, kind of, its all a facade. They are only acting as such to know your plan so as to jeopardize you. Pray for discernment to see through such, but more importantly yourself, for the heart of man is desperately wicked, who can know it.

Revelation knowledge brings assurance, confidence, and peace. Lord release unto us access to hidden secrets that will accelerate the fulfillment of our destiny today in Jesus’s name. Amen. —- Culled from Pastor E. A. Adeboye, Open Heavens Devotional, May 2nd, 2018

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

The Man/Woman Preferred Of God!

When God has chosen you, heaven and earth can do nothing except to oblige. The Lord will order your steps through the mountains and hills, the plains and the rough places for He is the I AM! He will guide you to your desired place.

The I Am will do wonders in your life that will baffle all including yourself. Note that you did nothing to attract God’s anointing, it was His prerogative to choose whom He will, and looking through the Scriptures and history, there’s none called by God without a hitch. For Saul, it was low self-esteem. He was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward – 1 Samuel 10:23, yet he was so unsure of himself even after having been anointed secretly, and prophesying publicly, he hid among the equipment!

light in the clayNothing can hide you if God has chosen you. The failed marriages of the Samaritan woman did not hide her, it led her to the well that day. I know that there were many married women in that city. Many wives of the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Scribes, but none went down to the well to meet with Jesus. The facts of your life cannot stop you fulfilling what the Lord ordained for you either. Satan will whisper though, he will taunt you no doubt about that! Don’t allow your mind to play tricks on you, neither allow any human to limit you. Fight for your destiny. Resist till the end!

How often have you and I looked at ourselves and think, maybe God made a mistake? Every single Prophet and deliverer in the Scriptures thought so about themselves except a handful. God is not looking for perfection in human character or personality, He looks for the availability of the soul. Unfortunately human look at what can be seen with the eyes. Only the discerning can see as Samuel did and foretold accurately!

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1 Samuel 10:1- 11 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? 2 …………….Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. You shall go down before me to Gilgal, and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” So it was when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them11 And it happened when all who knew him formerly saw that he indeed prophesied among the prophets, that the people said to one another,What is this that has come upon the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 12 Then a man from there answered and said, “But who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.

Be encouraged and ask God to show you a true picture of yourself. Ask God to open your eyes to the secret things that will make a difference in your life, and help you to make a difference in your community like the Samaritan woman. — Culled from Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, May 2nd, 2018.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Were You Prepared And Equipped!

The Lord our God is Sovereign- Psalms 115:3, Isaiah 43:13, Acts 5:39! We often do not understand the depth of God’s Sovereignty, so we struggle against the tide of destiny- Isaiah 45:9-10.

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Before we were born the Lord knew us – Jeremiah 1:5. He is the master strategist and thus has a blueprint of our sojourn in this life.

Looking at 1 Samuel 9. Before Saul’s dad donkeys were missing, there was 1 Samuel 8. Here the sons of the Prophet did not walk in the ways of their father Samuel and the people were displeased, rightly so and demanded a King. I also wonder why God chose to destroy Prophet Eli’s sons and not Samuels? What is the difference in the sins committed by these children? Was God partial? A digression, pardon me!

God in His sovereignty orchestrated events to bring Saul to Samuels presence. It was not a coincidence or a happenstance. God told the donkeys to wander off and hide somewhere, and I believe somewhere close in plain sight, in order to send Saul and a servant to journey over mountains and hills in search of them, to ultimately meet with Samuel. Most often the missing link is close by and we perceive it not!

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Why would a loving God do such? Why trouble this young man? He had to get some training to be toughened up! He had to leave his comfort zone! He had to learn to seek for what is lost or missing. Saul had to meet Samuel where his true identity is not known.

God always meets us in secret places, one on one! David while tending his father’s flocks, Jabesh, Elisha, Moses and the burning bush.

Where was your meeting place?

  • The plains
  • On the mountaintop
  • In the valley
  • The middle of the storm!

God also told Samuel, the King to be will be here tomorrow, go prepare a sacrifice. Everything was preplanned, Saul just walked into it! 1 Samuel 9:15. Nothing takes God by surprise!

Saul was ill-equipped for he had nothing to bring to the seer to inquire of the Lord! Still, God accomplished his mission! He was probably playing on the field with his friends or maybe chasing a damsel on the plains when Father Kish called out. Saul, Saul, come over here. We are missing donkeys from the pen and you are playing, “Please take one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.””

  1. Where were you when you started your journey?
  2. What prompted this phase of your life?
  3. How prepared were You?
  4. How equipped were you?
  5. What was missing in your life that prompted this trip?
  6. Was it your choice or were you “sent” into it!
  7. What could you have done differently?

Brethren, the Lord is Sovereign and we have been predestined – Romans 8:29, Ephesians 1:11! Nothing can change that to an extent! Except the extent to which we are willing to cooperate with God to walk in His will. Everything then will be to our advantage, both the good, the bad, and the in-between!

Abba Father, have mercy on us and bring us back to your will. Set our feet on your path and keep us in your presence we pray in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

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!

To Bless Those Who Persecute You! Only By Grace!

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Friends, I don’t know about you but it’s somehow a struggle to abide by this scripture with those that have done you grievous harm when you have the means to hurt them back badly. Am being honest! Struggle for sure, ‘cos I want to give them a dose of their poison too! But then, what’s the difference between us? Go higher!

It’s even more tempting not to jubilate when God start dealing with them. And He let you in on it! Sweet hey? Na na na! Pray for them!

Yes, you understand that they allowed themselves to be used of Satan, but they could have resisted right? For the Scriptures says offense will come, but woe unto whom it will come through – Matthew 18:7

Yoruba will say, “omo ti ko ni je ki iya oun sun, oun nan ko ni fi oju kan orun” Meaning, a child that says she will not allow her Mom to sleep definitely will not sleep herself.

If you continuously work against someones peace, peace will elude you too. Isn’t it better to forgive them and let God deal with them as He is doing already!

Vengeance is the Lord and He knows much better how to deal with those who troubles you – 2 Thessalonians 1:6. He knows where to deal the blow for the best result than you could ever imagine.

You must ask for grace to forgive, let it go! I know it is tough, especially when it’s from professing “believers”. I mean those “working” the Scriptures, like second nature yet act wickedly towards others! I mean, they should know better right?

Do your part, forgive and let God do His part. He is doing it better than you’ll ever imagine or know!

Lord, help me to forgive and let go of those that are hurting me right now so I may receive forgiveness for my own sin. You have helped me to overcome past hurts, thank you. Abba Father, according to 2 Thessalonians 1:6 trouble those that troubles me with tribulations. Let them be caught in their own snares, disappoint their scheming heart. Father, deal with them ruthlessly if they refuse to repent. Saul pursued David to his own ruin. Every one standing between me and my next level, let the hands that is not of mortal uproot them from my path. Every soul, those who have lent themselves to Satan, that want to stand in your place in my life Oh Lord my God, like dagon let them be bowed down, let them be crushed by your mighty hands in Jesus mighty name.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!