ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Isaiah 66:7,9-10 KJV

Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

[9] Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord : shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb ? saith thy God.

[10] Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

One of the clich├ęs I remember very well from my Physical Chemistry lectures is “out of chaos comes orderliness.”

Israel went through many years of turmoil, in their own land and those of others. Messages from various minor and major prophets usually spelled doom for them, but in Isaiah’s final words, he made them understand that all were for their own good.

No form of chastening or chastisement seems cool in the beginning but we know what the intended purpose is. These are words I console myself with when the times are really hard. I know that in the end, the elect of the Lord will always prevail.

As we end the book of Isaiah and prepare for Jeremiah, my prayer for you is that God brings an end to your pains/troubles as you wait on Him. And that the joy of a new birth will visit you as He promised through Isaiah, erasing all the days and months of toil and pain.

Have a blessed day.
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NEW HEAVENS, NEW EARTH – Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Isaiah 65:17 KJV

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The promise of new heavens and a new earth has always been a subject of debate among various denominations of Chrisianity. Every group of believers have interpreted these words from Isaiah and that from John’s Book of Revelation, in their own way.

Some have argued that newness here doesn’t necessarily refer to the replacement of the physical earth but a refresh of the individual living in it, purging it of any form of corruption, restoring the original purpose for which is was initially created.

Whichever school of thought you belong to, we can all agree that at least, evil will not co-exist with good in the eventual picture. Wherever or whatever the new heaven and a new earth represent, will be totally void of evil and its perpetrators.

This is definitely a place I would want to be and I know you’d fancy same. Let’s look ahead to that place where pain and loss will be a thing of the past; where joy and love will be truly experienced; where life will be lived at its fullest.

Let’s seek this new place.

Have a blessed day
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SINS AND SAINTS – Wed, Aug 07, 2019

Isaiah 59:12-13 KJV

For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

[13] In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

I think we live in a time where a lot of evil is underrated. Very nice names have been given to certain sins and by so doing have watered down the weight they carry as sins. For instance, one indulging in fornication could easily be described as having an affair. Nice and cute, isn’t it!!

But sins are sins, and no matter how we colour them, they still carry their potency.
Yes, they are potent enough to cause a separation between us and the most powerful being alive, Yahweh (v2). This is no small feat.

If anything has the power to cause the Almighty Himself to look away from His most beloved creatures, then that one thing must not be underrated. This is one of the reasons Yahweh is always in need of intercessors to stand in the gap (v16).

The weight of sins beset us all the time (Heb 12:1) and put us in a very vulnerable position for attacks of all manner. Sin makes us defenseless before the enemy, isolating us from the innumerable company and making us cheap shots for the enemy. Don’t be fooled by how society labels sin now. They are still potent and can bring you down.

Have a blessed day.
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THE TRUE FAST – Tue, Aug 06, 2019

Isaiah 58:6-7 KJV

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

[7] Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Many people know how powerful fasting is, when they require a thing or two from their god/diety. It is one common denominator across all religions, sects and secret groups, and I want to believe that their actions give them results, else they would have stopped.

For Christians, this chapter of Isaiah has become a cardinal one in all scripture, when it comes to fasting the right way. Jesus would later come to explain this in toto.

But Isaiah’s focus, as directed by Yahweh, was more on our actions that leverage the fast and make the fast meaningful. These actions he spells out in v6, 7, 9 & 10, focus more on the other person than on ourselves. These are the actions that give our fast substance and command a response from God.

Your fast could easily be a wasted time, like that of David, when he wanted to save his son with Bathsheba.
Back your fast with the right actions, so that your light will break forth as the morning… and the glory of the Lord be your rear guard (v8).

Have a blessed day.
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GOOD PEOPLE DIE – Mon, Aug 05, 2019

Isaiah 57:1-2 KJV

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

[2] He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

One of the questions that baffle a lot of people, Christians alike, is why some good people die the way they do. I remember when we heard Dr. Myles Munroe had died in a plane crash, when we heard Rev. Eastwood Anaba’s daughters had died in a car crash, we were really crashed too.

At a recent funeral of a school colleague’s wife I attended, the reverend minister spoke of the unwavering faith of the deceased, how she checked on the welfare of others even in her sick bed and ensured her friends kept to the faith.
It hurts to hear and see ‘good’ people die.

Isaiah makes a good revelation to help us understand the phenomenon better: Perhaps, “God is taking them away from an evil yet to come.” “He ushers them into His eternal rest in peace.”

The death of a loved one is a bitter pill to swallow, but when we take the whole panoramic view of seeing it as transition to a better place and rest from our labour and toil on earth, we are appeased to an extent, and strive to live righteously.
I pray your transition will be to the better place.

Have a blessed day.
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HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, MINE – Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Isaiah 51:1 KJV

Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord:..

I have a friend who got a lot of money while he was doing his national service. He surprisingly turned down an offer to continue to work in this place. Obviously, he was even going to make more money if he had taken the offer.

Later when I found out, this is what he had to say: “I can not continue at that level of corruption. My soul won’t be able to take it at point anymore. Righteousness has no place there.”
I found his statements very revealing. His personality had never struck us in that way!

Isaiah in today’s text addressed a people like that. Though the Jews were notoriously rebellious, there was always a crop of them who pursued righteousness. A people who won’t bend, no matter what.
This is extremely difficult in times like these, but thanks be to God for His intervention.

What He does in our time is to replace our efforts with the righteousness of His son. So that you are now acceptable to Him, not because of your own doings, but because of His son, so that none of us can boast, except in His grace. This is one privilege we should never lose sight of. His righteousness is what we are now.

Have a blessed day.
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HIDDEN TREASURES IN THE DARKNESS – Wed, Jul 24, 2019

Isaiah 45:3-4 KJV

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

[4] For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

These words attributed to God in the entire chapter of Isaiah 45 reminds me of a character in that old Ghanaian movie titled, “I told you so.” This character kept on uttering the words, “upon the recommendations of my own krachi powers, I don’t fear whooo.”

Such majesty, such display of power, such reverence, God displayed all these through Cyrus, a pagan king, to being Israel out of captivity in Babylon. Cyrus knew this power was so real so would not strive with God (v9-10). And because Cyrus obeyed, this is what God had in store for him:

“The labour of Egypt, and the merchandise of Ethiopia and the Sabean, men of stature, shall come over unto you, and they shall be yours. They shall come in chains and fall down unto you and make supplications unto you!!” (v14)
God swore by Himself and saw these words come to live, proving His authenticity and sovereignty over all the gods the people knew.

No matter the situation, know we are not poor people at all. He has already “given us the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places (v3)”
May these blessings come unto those who believe and make Jehovah their God.

Have a blessed day.
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