ENQUIRIES – Fri, Oct 31, 2014

2 Samuel 5:23 KJV
And when David enquired of the Lord , he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.

No one who has done a good study on the character David could ever miss the phrase “And David enquired of the Lord.”
Even at this point when his reign over Israel has just began, we’ve read countless times of how he consulted God for almost every move he made.

I’m sure in his days, at times, in the eyes of his men it looked so obvious that David would be victorious in a particular battle, but David would still go out of his way to seek God’s opinion.

No wonder no strategy of the Philistines worked against him. He was just on top of each situation.
Same way we can all be on top of the situations we find ourselves in if we learn to enquire at all times.

Developing an art of hearing from God is very crucial for the survival of every Christian, especially in our terrains that are plagued with so many attacks.
You just NEED to hear from Him to be on top of each situation. And note that no two situations are the same….u just need to enquire each time.

Have a blessed Friday

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INEVITABLE FIGHTS – Wed, Oct 29, 2014

2 Samuel 3:6 KJV
And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul.

After Saul’s death, one would not expect David to have an easy and smooth transition to the throne, especially when one of Saul’s sons and army commander were still alive.

This was the very reason Jonathan and David swore that there should be no bad blood between the two, while they were both youth. But some things can never change. A fight is inevitable when one needs to make a claim to something of high value.

Jesus said that “since the time of John the Baptist the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence…”
Though God has promised that thing to you, sometimes you need to take it with some amount of effort. You’ve got to travail in prayer and make some declarations.

Sometimes your seriousness in prayer shows to what extent you really want that promise. You just have to put in a fight to make things right, not all of them come easy.
Spend some more time in prayer. PUSH!!!

Have a blessed day.

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SHARING THE LOOT – Sat, Oct 25, 2014

1 Samuel 30:22 –
Then all the wicked and worthless fellows among the men who had gone with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may lead away his wife and children, and depart.”

I find it very difficult to understand, when people don’t want others to prosper. What at all could be wrong if both are prosperous?

David had some worthless fellows in his camp as well. On his way back to Ziklag where he was living, the Amalekites raided them and taken away so much spoil. On his pursuit of them, some of his men grew faint so had to wait at a point, but David continued, found the enemies and struck them

Bringing back the spoil, some ‘worthless fellows’ with David didn’t want those who waited behind to have any of the spoil. But David rebuked them extensively and even went out of his way to give to other neighbouring tribes.

A godly person is not only the man who prays and worships, but also the man who delights in the prosperity of his neighbour/friend.
You have a wicked spirit if you glory in seeing your buddies kowtow to you because you are better off than they.
Be like David, let others share in the spoil.

Have a blessed weekend.

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PRECARIOUS WATERS – Fri, Oct 24, 2014

1 Samuel 29:11 KJV
So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

For fear of Saul, David had fled entirely from Israel. He was now living with one of the lords of the Philistines called Achish, in whose eyes God had granted him favour.

But now the Philistines were about to attack Israel and David’s allegiance was going to be put to the test. Would he join the ranks of the Philistines in battle against his own people, or he’d make an excuse to avoid killing his own.

God comes into the picture yet again, just like he’s always done for David, who loses favour in the sight of the other lords and is sent packing home. Whew!!! What a close shave.

These and many other scenarios established David in the eyes of many as one chosen and accepted by God.
You and I are even better off than these generals, in that we have the Holy Spirit who not only delivers us but also prompts us in such precarious waters.

God still delivers and you’ve got to try Him and give Him more room to operate in your life.

Have a blessed Friday.

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UNHOLY CONSULTATIONS – Thu, Oct 23, 2014

1 Samuel 28:15 KJV
And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

Saul needed to hear from God concerning the impending battle but God wasn’t responding thru any of the means He used to; neither by dreams nor by the prophets. Saul was distressed.

He remembered Samuel and decided to invoke Samuel’s spirit thru a medium/witch. He did and Samuel appeared.
So many questions flooded my thoughts as I read this passage yet again.

1. Samuel’s spirit arose out of the earth. (see v13). Why the earth?

2. He was covered with a mantle. (see v14) Was he still in his old mantle he died with?

3. He was invoked by a witch. To what extent was the power of this witch so that she could sermon a high prophet like Samuel?

You may want to ponder on these questions too or share your own questions the way they come to you.
What do you make of the afterlife, especially all those who died before Christ’s coming?
What’s your opinion of purgatory?

Good morning and have a blessed day.

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UNDUE ADVANTAGE – Tue, Oct 21, 2014

1 Samuel 26:8-9 KJV
Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.

[9] And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?

For the 2nd time Saul had come out into the wilderness to seek David’s life, and for the 2nd time he had failed. In fact, he had fallen into the hands of David yet again.

But David would not take any action against Saul. See David’s response to a very logical suggestion from Abishai, “…for who can stretch forth his hand against the anointed, and be guiltless?”

Success is also a function of how we treat God’s people, especially his anointed ones.
We are in no position to castigate, chew out or dress down men of God just because we heard something about them in the news. Such matters are best left to God to handle.

Neither is it prudent to take advantage of the opportunity to get back at them for what they did to you in the past. David left Saul to his own fate (see v10), he wouldn’t have a hand in it.
Be wise in dealing with the Lord’s anointed.

Have a blessed day.

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THE PHILISTINE INFLUENCE – Sat, Oct 18, 2014

1 Samuel 23:14, 27 KJV
And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.

[27] But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.

How could Saul have fallen to so low a state? To search for David EVERYDAY just so he could kill him and protect his lineage, wow! But God had other ideas!

Even at a point when David could not escape, when he and his men had been surrounded by Saul and his men, God still had other ideas…

…THERE CAME A MESSENGER (verse 27).
He who formed this universe is never short of ideas, especially when it comes to saving you and getting you out of a very bad situation. He could even use a Philistine (your enemy) to achieve what He wants.

On Monday, He delivered me out of some bad shame I probably never would have recovered from, a very bad situation…He sent a messenger…
And He still does in our lives.
Your condition is not yet hopeless until He has said it.

Have a blessed day.

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