DRAMA’S ROLE – Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Ezekiel 4:4,6 KJV

Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.

[6] And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

When I was a first year student in the university, I witnessed a sketch by the Drama Ministry. While I sat and watched, I wondered what place drama had at a programme such as a Spiritual Retreat. In my narrow mind, drama was merely for entertainment, as often was.

But after that short sketch and a couple more in the course of the semester, I came to learn and understand how valuable such modes of delivery proved to be, in administering God’s word… a necessary tool!

Prophet Ezekiel probably saw more drama than any other prophet. He play dehumanizing roles, just to get God’s message through. From cooking with faeces to lying on one side of his body without moving for over a year, just to paint the picture as vividly as possible. Ezekiel went great lengths, nothing close to the luxuries Christians of today enjoy.

What excuse are you still holding on to? To what extent can you overlook self and put in some sacrifice for His Word to reach others?
How much of yourself are you giving? What tools are you using to get the message through? Man, thou art inexcusable!
I pray for the grace to do!

Have a blessed day.
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KEEP YOUR INHERITANCE – Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Lamentations 5:2,4 KJV

Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

[4] We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

Some Ghanaians feel Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkwrumah shouldn’t have driven away the whites completely. They feel some form of power sharing and a mutual co-existence would have made our country like South Africa by now. Majority of these same people feel the state is a failed one now, since all the ideals of Nkrumah are nowhere near sight.

Nkrumah wanted Ghana to hoard all the cocoa produced in Africa and perhaps control the sale of this cash crop and its derivatives. Unfortunately today, the cocoa is sold back to us at a premium price.

Perhaps, this is what the Prophet Jeremiah felt, a failed state, a time when Israel’s wood was sold back to her, when her inheritance was now ceded to strangers/aliens. Things that should have come to them naturally now came at a price.

Spiritually, this is what happens to us when we dabble in sin. We cede our inheritance and promises to the enemy, the devil. We lose the power to decree and speak over situations. We become a failed people, and begin to beg for what is originally ours. I pray that you and I get delivered from sin and break free from its hold. We are victorious!

Have a blessed day. #TGIF
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DIM GOLD? – Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Lamentations 4:1-2 KJV

How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.

[2] The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

In high school, I remember one of our colleagues so well for his notoriety. He was almost a legend of our time for the wrong reasons. His name was a constant for the disciplinary committee and I’m sure they got tired of seeing him. Everyone knew he wasn’t going to turn out well… at least it wouldn’t have surprised anyone.

Today, he walks about a fine preacher of the Gospel, doing ‘exploits’ some could never dream have dreamed of. Everyone is happy when things turn out this way.
The reverse situation is also true, we are taken aback when the crème de la crème of our time end up wayward. This was the perception of Prophet Jeremiah (of his people) as he wrote this Lamentation.

“How has the gold become dim… The precious sons of Zion, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers?”
Only Christ and His Gospel is able to sustain our lustre, in the grand scheme of things.

Our time here on earth is limited, so may not be the most appropriate judge of how we end up eventually. But in all, at the final curtain call, will we maintain our lustre? My prayer is that you and I would not be found wanting. Be the gold that you are!

Have a blessed day.
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REMNANT MENTALITY – Wed, Oct 09, 2019

Lamentations 3:31-32 KJV

For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

[32] But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

Many times I have read that the Jews were destroyed by a people (whether the Persians, Chaldeans or Babylonians) and were all taken captive. Yet you always see a line like this: “those who were left behind, did this and that.”

Somehow, no matter the level of annihilation, whether total or partial, a remnant is always left behind. Why was this the case? The prophet Jeremiah introduces us to a character of God… His Divine Mercy!

God is never angry with us forever, He always offers hope no matter how much chastisement we receive from Him, as a result of our own actions. Even if our sins cause Him to look away, He still hangs around the corner to hope for your turning point.

His anger is for a moment but His mercies are everlasting. Don’t make anyone fool you not to return to Him. He’s probably been expecting it till now. Make the move, it wasn’t for no reason He always left the remnant.

Have a blessed day.
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IT SHALL COME TO PASS – Tue, Oct 08, 2019

Lamentations 2:15-16 KJV

All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?

[16] All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.

I saw a movie of one of the crusaders of Jerusalem. How he fought with all his life to defend the Holy City, but eventually the City fell. Even he, a renowned fighter, with his entire army, could do nothing to save Jerusalem.

A lot of people asked where the God of Jerusalem was. How had this happened? That beautiful city was now a sorry sight.
Yet all these were foretold. Prophet Jeremiah must have suffered the most: He spoke about it and still lived to see it happen. No wonder his words in this book of Lamentations are so vivid. Detailed accounts of what the streets had become.

Every single Word of God will come to pass. This includes all the blessings/ curses that accompany certain actions of ours. We cannot live as though actions have no consequences.

I pray that we fulfill scripture in positive ways and not otherwise. Ways that will positively impact our families and the generations after us. May our actions be guided by His Spirit, so we can be assured of consequences that will bring joy and laughter, not tears.

Have a blessed day.
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HOW LONG IS YOUR WAIT – Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Jeremiah 42:7 KJV

And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah.

Is there any formula for how soon or quickly one hears a response from the Lord? How long does one actually have to wait? Does it depend on the gravity of the situation/request or on the level of relationship between the one making the request/intercessor and the Lord?

The Jews who were left behind after captivity were terrified as well as confused, especially after the death of Gedaliah. So they went back to the one prophet who predicted all these happenings, Jeremiah, to know what the Lord’s new direction for them would be. Their response came, but in not less than 10days!

Why that duration for a message that seemed like a repitition of the same old instructions? There are lots of questions regarding our period of wait, that we may never find answers to, in this short life of ours. So whether it is a day or a decade of wait, we still need to trust in His goodness.

Sometimes, it may seem like forever, but one thing is sure… those who wait on the Lord shall have their strength renewed.
Keep hope and faith alive as you wait on Him at the crossroads. He will come through in His time, and in that time, He will make it beautiful.

Have a blessed day.
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GIFT OF COMMON SENSE – Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Jeremiah 41:2 KJV

Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.

When the banking crisis began in Ghana, a couple of people had intel on their banks and could have decided to empty their accounts. Well some actually did. For those who didn’t or couldn’t, I’m sure they were the worst hit.

It is one thing knowing a misfortune is just at your doorstep, one you could have probably done something about but did nothing, and another thing experiencing the anguish of your inactions. You curse your stars and never seem to get it out of your head.

Gedaliah suffered a similar fate. A governor who threw caution to the wind and ended up dying by the very hands everyone knew were coming for him. Such folly, such arrogance, his death was a foolish one, which caused the death of many other worshippers.

No matter how anointed we are, we need common sense to operate sometimes. Why? Because common sense is actually a gift from God Himself. Of what use is a gift if it cannot be used by the ones it is gifted to? I pray for a people who will apply some more wisdom even in the expression of their faith.

Have a blessed day.
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