A CALL TO WORSHIP – Tue, Jan 20, 2015

1 Chronicles 16:37 KJVWorship-sm
So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required:

I like one of the Responsorial Psalms we used in church last year (2014) taken from Romans 11:29, ‘The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.’

I believe one such call is the ‘Call to Worship.’
David had returned the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, after a brief spell in the house of Obed-Edom.

Suffering a little casualty (death of Uzzah) in the first attempt, David was bent on getting it right this time. He accompanied the entourage with Worship.

As we see in the verse above (i.e. 16:37), this did not stop even when they got to Jerusalem. It continued everyday!
Each of us believers, is called to Worship, and we can’t afford to deprive our souls from connecting with Him everyday via worship.

Lift up your hands each day and cause some incense to rise unto Him from your chambers, through worship.
He’s already expecting it, what are you waiting for?

Have a blessed day.

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BEHIND THE SCENES -Fri, Jan 16, 2015

1 Chronicles 12:22 KJVbehind-the-scenes
For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.

If anyone was to become a king in those days, he needed a very powerful army. The kings knew this but more importantly God knew that very well.

So God prepared an army that was compared to the armies of heaven (see v22)for David even when he was not yet king; when he was hiding from Saul.

Scripture says the ways of the righteous are ordered by God.
God knows all you NEED (pre-requisites) to become what He has destined you to be, and trust me He has put all in place already.
You just need to believe and show that faith by action. All will fall in place in due time.

David had no hand in God’s success plan for himself. He only believed and walked in His ways and all fell through.
This is your heritage. No need to struggle, just believe. Blessed are they who fear the Lord and walk in His ways.

Have a blessed day.

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MIGHTY MEN – Thu, Jan 15, 2015

might-men-21 Chronicles 11:10 KJV
These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel.

It is interesting to know that scriptures kept record of a good number of the people who helped David to be successful.
There was a first group called “The 3 Mighty Men” and there was ‘The 30’ as well. Other valiant men were also named.

All these were loyal to David and played a very significant role in ensuring that the Word of the Lord concerning David, came to pass. They chalked a lot of successes all in the name of David.

Every one of us who desires to make it to the top would definitely need some ‘mighty/valiant men’ by your side. They could be your divine connectors or people on whose shoulders you can find comfort or solace.

But the responsibility to identify such still remains yours. No man is an island.
My prayer for you is for God to help you locate your mighty men and above all help you bond in well with them, for your own good.

Have a blessed day.

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LOYALTY – Wed, Jan 14, 2015

loyalty1 Chronicles 10:4 KJV
Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

We came across this story when we read through the book of Samuel. Saul knew he was about to die but he did not want to give credit to the Philistines.

His request to his armourbearer, to slay him before his enemies got there, was denied. The lad could not point his sword at his master even at the point of death. He didn’t see as an opportunity to get even with his boss, for probably all the hardtimes he’s given him. This is loyalty!

Loyalty to our leaders is loyalty to God. God expects us to be loyal at all times to those in authority, even if their plans are not in line with your own personal vision.

Stay loyal to your church, your business and your community leaders. It doesn’t make you a foolish man, it opens doors in places you least expect.

Have a blessed day.

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WHAT MATTERS TO YOU? – Tue, Jan 13, 2014

Jerusalem%20800x2851 Chronicles 9:1 KJV
So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they were written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah, who were carried away to Babylon for their transgression.

From Chapter 1 to this very chapter we’ve been reading about the geneologies. Boring as it may seem, it still holds a lot of information for us Christians.

This very verse (i.e. 9:1) signifies a very important landmark in Jewish history, as well as the history of the bible.

Some theologians say that not all the books were carried into exile in Babylon. Others say all were carried but not all were returned. And yet these books alltogether form a greater chunk of the scriptures we read today, in our time.land-of-babylon

God won’t judge you for knowing which of these books should or shouldn’t have been there, but you’d be required to account for how much work you did with the little you heard.
Concern yourself with the things that matter, the things that will bring you into his eternal bliss in heaven.

Have a wonderful day.

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MANOEUVRES – Tue, Jan 06, 2015

room_for_manoeuvre_plan11 Chronicles 2:34-35 KJV
Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.

[35] And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai.

The first few chapters of 1 Chronicles may seem boring and does not make interesting reading, predominantly geneology!

I read in verses 31-35 that some of the characters had no sons. One such a person was Sheshan, see 34&35.
Sheshan could have ‘disturbed’ God with constant prayers about his situation.

Instead, he found a way around the problem because he realized there were others who died without children at all. See 31-33.
His case was much better than others!

Accepting a situation doesn’t necessarily open the door for mediocrity as some might put it.
If we can find a godly way around each seemingly negative situation, then we are definitely exemplifying our Saviour.
Pray to God for wisdom to circumvent those challenges not just for Him to take them away.

Have a blessed day.

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