AS LONG AS YOU WAIT ON HIM – Fri, Feb 27, 2015

2 Chronicles 26:5 KJVwaiting-2
And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord , God made him to prosper.

Uzziah was a good king in his days. In fact after David, only very few kings could rule that long. Uzziah did 52years, quite impressive, and he for the first time we see a man who “loved the soil.”(v10)

His reign saw some innovation in technology; bows that could shoot arrows, trebuchets and many more (see v15), and his fame spread abroad.

But as written in verse 5, all these happened AS LONG AS HE SOUGHT THE LORD…
In his strength, his heart became lifted up and forgot about who he was, and quickly came his demise. We saw a similar situation in the piece, “THE REAL DANGER OF MERRY MOMENTS – Tue, Sep 09, 2014 – http://wp.me/p479BW-1y

Your success is a direct function of your wait on the LORD. The two are just inseparable and that is why we need to REMAIN in Him. You cannot disappoint yourself by falling off along the way. Please REMAIN!

Have a blessed day.

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PERFECTION – Thu, Feb 26, 2015

2 Chronicles 25:2 KJVperfection
And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord , but not with a perfect heart.

Usually when I come across verses like this, I ask myself if it is possible to attain perfection. Amaziah was good but the scriptures say he didn’t go about his things with a perfect heart.

By definition, perfection is a state of being without a flaw or defect according to my offline dictionary by Nicolas Guillaune.
So can one really be perfect?

Matt 5:48 entreats us to be perfect as God is, but more importantly I’m drawn to what we read in 2 Chr 16:9 some few days ago. “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro the earth to show himself strong on behalf of those whose heart are perfect towards him.”

You see, so in that context, a perfect heart is not necessarily one that doesn’t sin, but one that is completely and consistently reliant on the power of God and attributes his successes to it. Your time for perfection is here!

Have a blessed day.

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ENDING WELL – Wed, Feb 25, 2015

2 Chronicles 24:17-18 KJVending well
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

[18] And they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.

Joash was such a good king during the days of Johoiada the priest, his advisor. He served the LORD and did His bidding, till the priest died, then the worst happened.

I remember in one of our evangelism campaigns way back in Kumasi, Adom Fie, I came across a man who talked a lot about his past and much fire he was on in his days. Somehow he could no longer keep that flame burning.

A lot more friends and older folks have behaved similarly when we I had raised a discussion on a topic like salvation or another. They often go like, “do you know when we became christians? You were not even born then”

Salvation will not have a retrospective effect when the end goes sour. God expects us to be faithful…even to the end. So your past cannot really save you as much as your present. In this race of ours, the end really matters!
Keep the flame alive.

Have a blessed day.

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REAPERS – Tue, Feb 24, 2015

2 Chronicles 23:13b KJVSheaves with Reap
…Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.

An old wise saying goes like this: He who fights for equity MUST come with clean hands.
Athaliah, had ascended the throne through very very foul means.

Yet when she realized she had lost it in a similar manner, though less bloody, she thought it treason.
Indeed, she was right, it was treason! But did she have the right to make such a claim? No not at all.

God is an EXPERT at dishing out a harvest of what you have sown to you. Irrespective of your religious affiliations, you are usually a result of what you sowed. Of course there are exceptions.

But note that consequences are usually almost irreversible or irrevocable. Beware of your ownselves and the seeds you sow, for in due time you might be reaping a bumper.

Have a blessed day.

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UNGODLY ASSISTANCE – Fri, Feb 20, 2015

2 Chronicles 19:2 KJVhelp
And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord ? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord .

King Jehoshaphat was a good man. He wasn’t like the other kings of Israel who did much evil in the sight of God… yet the wrath of the Lord visited him through Jehu, the seer.

What did Jehoshaphat do wrong?
He supported wicked kings like Ahab and Ahaziah who were very sinful and acted wickedly in God’s sight.

Those who condone evil or act indifferently to such causes are equally guilty. God would not have any of that. The excuse that “but I am not the one doing it” is not a valid claim and God would hear no such whimps.

A believer is expected to shun evil and speak against its appearance in any form.
In this season of lent, let us not only desist from all forms of wickedness but also strive to stay away from ungodly company.

Have a blessed Friday.

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THE TIME FACTOR – Thu, Feb 19, 2015

2 Chronicles 18:23-24 KJVtime
Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the Lord from me to speak unto thee?

[24] And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.

I still remember the caption I gave to my reflections on this when we read this text sometime last year.
(see the link: https://carllyjay.com/2014/12/10/heavenly-conspiracy-wed-dec-10-2014/)

Zedekiah, one of the chief prophets of the time was not so pleased that another prophet had dismissed his prophesy in such a casual way. Pay attention to his remark and his physical reaction in v23.

We all know how it feels when another dismisses your claim, especially when you are convinced about it. Micaiah’s response to Zedekiah in v24 today admonishes us to exercise a lot of restraint in such situations when we feel slighted.

Time has a way of revealing truths. Your claim may be the truth, but painful as it may seem, you might just have to hang in out there a little longer for Time to tell. Patience should be our forte!

Have a blessed day.

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A BETTER PEOPLE – Wed, Feb 11, 2015

2 Chronicles 10:4 KJVbetter people
Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve you.

I belong to the school of thought that believes children NEEDS be better than their parents. I have come from a home where I was the first in my nuclear family to see the walls of a tertiary institution; a first generation kid.

Obviously right from the word go, too much was expected from me, even though when I compared myself to my colleagues back then in school, I could have sworn that what my parents did for me was nothing near extra-o.

But that is exactly where the danger lies. Different people see things differently, and that is why such subjects must not be taken out of context.
The people expected Rehoboam TO BE BETTER than his parents and rule them in a more humanitarian way. But that was not to be, and his demise came much much quicker.

Irrespective of your background, you are expected to be a better version of your parents. You are the BETTER generation and you must strive to make this happen. (Read Rom 8:19)

Some of us have had the opportunity not only to be more educated than our folks but even encountered Christ in a way they never did. We cannot fail or disappoint them. Let’s strive to be BETTER.

Have a blessed day.

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