HONOURARIUM – Thu, Nov 27, 2014

1 Kings 9:11 KJV
( Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.

Hiram was the King who practically did much of the work, if u followed the story. You’d realize how much of his own resources went into building the temple.

So I wasn’t too surprised when I read that Solomon gave him 20 cities, he deserved it… But in the next verse we are told Hiram wasn’t happy with the offer. They were worthless cities!!!

With great wisdom, comes the tendency to be shrewd and cunning in your dealings with your fellows. For us Christians this is one thing we need to gaurd against. A labourer is worthy of his reward.

We need to develop a character of paying people what they are worth and not short-changing them.
True christians are good rewarders, so check your payment or reward system again.

Have a blessed day.

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TOTAL DEDICATION – Wed, Nov 26, 2014

1 Kings 8:43 KJV
Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

Solomon dedicated the temple he had built to God and made quite a lengthy prayer. The long and short of the prayer was for God to consider the temple as a “second heaven,” so that anyone, not just jews, who went there to pray would be heard by God.

God listened to that prayer, and it was so. No wonder Jerusalem became what it became. Do you remember Jesus encounter with the Samiritan woman?

God’s presence filled the temple and was so because it was dedicated to Him with very pure intentions.
Now Jerusalem lives in our hearts and so does the Spirit of God.

But this is only true if we continue to live out our dedication, a thing we did when we got baptised in the Lord.
We need to live as though we are constantly aware of this fact and do well not to grieve Him.
Have a blessed day.

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MADE OF MORE – Tue, Nov 25, 2014

1 Kings 7:48 KJV
And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the Lord : the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was ,

King Solomon was very careful to use very expensive materials for the vessels of the temple, i.e. bright bronze or pure gold.

He understood what vessels meant to God. They just had to be made of more! The censers, the altar, even the door hinges were made of pure gold. Now you can imagine how expensive that should make the temple. Magnificent was one word that came close to describing it, all because of the quality of its vessels.

You are God’s vessels and God expects you to be equally made of more. You should bring significance and magnificence to God when others see and interact with you, not shame and disappointment.

Refrain from corrupting yourselves, because you are not made of ordinary stuff, you are within the ranks of gold, silver and bronze.
You are simply made of more!
Have a blessed day

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WISDOM & DISCERNMENT – Fri, Nov 21, 2014

1 Kings 3:27-28 KJV
Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.

[28] And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.

Sometimes, I really wish I could jump back into time to witness some of these bible stories just like it happens with “Super Book.”

I wish I knew what was going on in King Solomon’s head when the two women were telling their sides of the story.
But Wisdom (God) won at the end of the day. Solomon was far too discerning than the wicked woman could imagine. See verse 12

The Spirit of discernment is still available in our time and God gives it freely through the power of the Holy Ghost. Unfortunately, you and I desire less of this gift and often choose to be guided by our own senses.

The ability to discern made Solomon so wise that all feared him and knew outrightly that God was with him as well. Our expression of such a gift equally glorifies God and makes Him proud.

I pray God gives wisdom and exceeding great understanding to as many of us that desire.
Have a blessed Friday.

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AVOIDING THE SECOND BITE – Fri, Nov 14, 2014

2 Samuel 20:6 KJV
And David said to Abishai, Now shall Sheba the son of Bichri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.

David was still recovering from the loss of Absalom but he would not lose focus. He had also learned a lot from the experience, though he knew he was very much a part of the blame.

Another man by name Sheba takes to the path of Absalom and begins a small revolution. David quickly reacts and gets him annihilated before it got worse. The Absalom experience would not be repeated.

Some people say neither the 1st fool, nor the 2nd fool is a fool, but the 3rd fool is.
Christians must definitely learn from experience. In my opinion, we shouldn’t fall for the same thing twice. Of course there could be exceptions, but we need to think straight and avoid ‘2nd and 3rd bites.’

We most easily fall when under pressure or in distress, but as Christians we need to put ourselves together in those times and think right. It is my prayer that God will grant us the wisdom to identify such situations even when disguised.

Have a blessed Friday.

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SIN AND YOU – Fri, Nov 07, 2014

Samuel 12:13-14 KJV
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord . And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

[14] Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

The bible never failed to mention the great deeds of its mighty men of valour, it never failed to talk about their faith and exploits in the LORD… but unlike any other book, at the same time it never concealed the wickedness and shortfalls of its heroes.

It is The book of Truth, whose main subject, The LORD, is no respecter of persons, so that He even rebuked people like David and struck him.

Indeed sin is a reproach to the Lord. God forgave David alright but see verse 14…when we sin, we give occasion for the accuser to hit at God and point fingers at us.

Another thing sin does is to open more doorways for demonic attack. We break our spiritual defenses and become more gullible when we keep indulging in sin. I’ve had my fair share of attacks these past few months so I know exactly what I’m talking about.
It is His desire that you and I shall walk free of sin, so He can operate more freely in us.

Have a blessed Friday.

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WRONG ASSOCIATES – Wed, Nov 05, 2014

2 Samuel 10:3 KJV
And the princes of the children of Ammon said unto Hanun their lord, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not David rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?

It is easy to point out so many adages, clich├ęs,  scriptures and local proverbs that admonish forming the right associations or having good company.

“Show me your friend and I will show you your character;” “Bad company corrupts good morals;” etc, etc, etc.
But how easy is it to break off ties we’ve formed for so long a time, especially when your geograhic locations hasn’t changed?

David attempted to extend a kind gesture to a new king, but things went sour and many people had to pay with their dear lives, just because the kings had the ‘wrong associates.

We don’t just need friends! We need like-minded friends who can understand or rightly interprete the circumstances we find ourselves in and make very reasonable (if not godly) recommendations.

Have a blessed day.

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