GIVING THE GIFT TOO – Fri, Jan 30, 2015

1 Chronicles 26:27 KJVgiving the gift
Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the Lord .

This verse brings out a very interesting point for discussion; What is worth a tithe or an offering?

I have heard many people say that “my tithe is a tenth of my net slalary.” and “I can only give an offering on what I earn as income.” These comments usually suggest that gifts and donations are not ‘tithable,’ if there’s any such word, or must not be given as offering.

We read in 1 Chr 26:28 that Samuel, Saul and others even gave a part of what they won in battle to the Lord, for the upkeep of His house.
If it is within your means to give something extra aside what you earn, let no man talk you out of it.

Releasing a part of what you have to God is an expression of Faith, and surely opens doors you even never knew existed.
Give part of your gifts, bonuses and all…if only you can.

Have a blessed day.

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CASTING LOTS – Thu, Jan 29, 2015

1 Chronicles 25:8 KJVcastinglots
And they cast lots, ward against ward , as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.

The last time I spoke to a gentleman about quitting gambling, because I thought it was impoverishing him, he replied, “Osofo, even people casted lots in the bible!!!”

Yes, lots were cast, and one could cite examples of Jonah when the waves were turbulent; or this very verse we are looking at today. But one needs to know that that system is different from present day “gambling or betting.”

Casting of lots was the sole prerogative of the priests and chief priests, and the practice was adopted as divine intervention in times of uncertainty or ensuring fairness. God abhorred it when it was abused or used for divination.

We could go on and on but the bottom line is very clear. Don’t justify betting and gambling by calling them casting lots. They may bear similarities but certainly not the same.

Have a blessed day.

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WORTHY OFFICERS – Wed, Jan 28, 2015

1 Chronicles 24:30 KJVworthy officers
The sons also of Mushi; Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after the house of their fathers.

The Levites were not priests themselves. In fact, only the sons of Aaron, the brother of Moses, were bestowed this privilege.

Yet the Levites played very key role in the day to day worship. In fact they were: those who looked after the work of the house of God, officers, judges, gatekeepers and those who played instruments.

The priests on the hand  burnt the sacrifices and offered up incenses, and above all went into the holy chambers. Their role was a more precise and delicate one. Yet they never looked down on the Levites, because their partnership ensured a successful celebration each time.

You may not be a key or lead figure in your church or your office. Probably, someone who works behind the scenes. Your true worth can be manifested only when you begin to see and appreciate the substance of what you do without prejudice.
Keep being what you are made to be.

Have a blessed day.

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GOD’S IDEALS – Tue, Jan 27, 2015

1 Chronicles 22:8 KJVideal_manager2
But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

In what was his fatherly advise to Solomon, David assured him God was going to make him rule in his place and urged him to pray for wisdom and understanding to rule God’s people.

Furthermore, David told Solomon how much raw materials he had stocked up for him to build the temple, revealing his original intention to build the temple.

But why would God not want David to build the temple? Was not God with David in all those battles? And were some of those battles not ordered by God himself?

In a commentary I read sometime, the writer said this this not suggest David was wrong in fighting those wars, but that “war and bloodshed, even when neccesary, fall short of God’s ideal.”
Now that is deep.

God still desires Peace over wars, rest over confusion, calmness over chaos, humility over pride and arrogance.
He still prefers the sheep to the goats so do well to stay within his reach.

Have a blessed day.

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COMPASSION – Fri, Jan 23, 2015

1 Chronicles 19:2 KJVcompassion
And David said, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father shewed kindness to me. And David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. So the servants of David came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him.

Sometimes I am tempted to think all that matters as a Christian is to show kindness and compassion to people, especially to those who are in most need of them.

And why won’t I think so?
We all know how Jesus will address the ‘sheep and goats’ on the last day; predicted in Matt 25:31-46. I deduce that compassion and kindness to others are almost the ultimate requirements, of course if they are founded on love!

David used this strategy to cement his rulership and avoid unnecessary enemies. Unfortunately, this one didn’t turn out so good, but his initial intentions were very clear.

Kindness and compassion to another won’t go unrewarded. God has a special package for you and I, who make these our core calling. Never cease to show kindness and compassion when the opportunity brings itself.

Have a blessed Friday.

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A STAND TO BE JUST – Thu, Jan 22, 2015

1 Chronicles 18:14 KJV
So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among all his people.

I believe one of the reasons why David was one of the most successful leaders of Israel and Judah was because he administered justice; he was a just king.

That is not to condone the Uriah-Berthsheba saga! Those were his flaws, otherwise you’d have thought him a god. He was human afterall. đŸ˜‰

I checked out ‘justice’ from my dictionary this morning:Just_logo
the act of determining rights and assigning rewards or punishments.
A true believer is just in his dealings with his fellow believers

…rewarding the deserved and speaking against what is wrong.
Being mute or taking a stand of indifference is nothing near justice.
Take a stand to be just.

Have a blessed day

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WHO AM I? – Wed, Jan 21, 2015

1 Chronicles 17:16 KJVwho-am-i
And David the king came and sat before the Lord , and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

Don Moen has a song that with lines like this: “Who am I that you are mindful of me, who am I that you set your love on me, my Creator King.”

In the song ‘Casting Crowns’ the writer wrote, “…not because who I am, but because of what you’ve done, not because of what I’ve done, but because of who you are…”
He recognised that men are like flowers quickly fading, here today but gone tomorrow.

All these songs replayed in my head when I read this verse today, and I could find the parallels in my own life. Who am I?
When David heard of God’s blessings through Nathan the prophet, he couldn’t hold himself.

The Twi rendition is even better: 3de3 b3n ni mi fie? (Hope I got that right) What is my house, that you have brought me to this.
I don’t know how far in life you have come, but I know it is the Lord’s doing. Make time to take stock of your life and appreciate Him.

Have a blessed day.

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