MORNING VISITS – Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Job 7:17-18 KJV
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?

[18] And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

I think it a mystery, how a Great God like ours would be interested in the affairs of men like you and me. Well, Job was in a state you could describe as traumatized, yet what he said could not be trivialized.

He could confess that God visited him every morning, a thing I want to believe He still does in the case of you and I. Our challenge is that we are unable to meet Him at all those times He visits. 😐

Arising to meet Him in the cool of the morning, though some might argue otherwise, in my opinion is by far the best encounter one could bargain for in each day. The benefits are tremendous and far reaching, I must confess, when you go about it diligently and consistently.

Don’t often let Him come and find you sleeping. Discuss what time is best for you too and keep to it faithfully, and call me, Carlos, a liar if you don’t experience a difference in the rest of your days.

Have a blessed day.
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MISAPPLICATIONS – Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Job 5:25-27 KJV
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

[26] Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.

[27] Lo this, we have searched it, so it is ; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

Not all Job’s friends were abusive and judgemental after all. At the end of Eliphaz’s submissions, at least he spoke some life into Job’s situation.

Most important in all he said, in my opinion, is found in v27, and confirms what St. Paul wrote in Rom 8:28, “…all things work together for good to them that love God…” He knew Job would be victorious after all this.

You may easily console yourself with such scriptures when the going gets tough, i.e. Rom 8:28 or some words of Eliphaz (see v17 – 24). But you may still end up dying in your misery and pain and call God a liar.

Remember God’s word is true for those WHO WALK WITH HIM. There’s no guarantee of victory in these battles no matter the number of scriptures you have heard, if heaven cannot prove your identity.
Let’s be consistent in Him.

Have a blessed day.
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WHO DO YOU HAVE? – Tue, Apr 14, 2015

Job 4:3-5 KJV
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

[4] Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

[5] But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

One of Job’s friends, Eliphaz by name, decided to speak and a few of his words caught my attention. See v3 – 5.

Apparently, Job had consoled many people in their darkest moments and helped others in their weakest moments. He had appeared a tough guy to many people who sought advice and help from him.

Let’s fast forward to Jesus on the cross. People asked him to save himself, having witnessed Him heal many people and even bring back the dead. It is a bit disturbing to see people who appear to the epitome of solace, need help themselves.

But a believer, in my opinion, needs to always be in a position to receive help from others when the need be. Irrespective of your clouts, you may still need help someday.
Job had his three friends, Moses had Jethro, Paul had Lydia and co.
Who do you have?

Have a blessed day.
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SACRIFICING AMISS? – Sat, Apr 11, 2015

Job 1:5 KJV
And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

The bible didn’t describe Job as an upright man for nothing. He did the unthinkable… what some parents didn’t or don’t do for their children. As if providing for them wasn’t enough, he went further to atone for their sins.

And this he did every time his children feasted. Job feared that in their merry moments they could have easily sinned against God and incurred His wrath. Job never wanted he himself or his seed to be in the bad books of God.

But the worst happened! Job’s worst nightmare became a reality. All the sacrifices he made for his children, could not prevent his loss after all. He lost all of them in very gruesome ways; ways Job never ever anticipated.

Your commitment and consistency in your walk with God doesn’t guarantee immunity from attacks or exemption from the enemy’s hit list. But it surely and most definitely guarantees triumph and victory in all scenarios.
Keep the walk with Him tight.

Enjoy the weekend.
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CELEBRATIONS – Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Esther 9:18 KJV
But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

What else could be on the minds of the Jews who were almost completely annihilated. Nothing but celebrations.

Celebrating a success, victory or a milestone in one’s life is not that carnal after all. I’ve met many believers who just seem to have a problem with celebrations.

Of course, when we miss the whole reasons for celebrating, so that our celebrations become an avenue for drunkenness and gross misconduct, then we were better off not celebrating at all. This is the danger we should avoid. (See a related reflection merry moments).
Too many celebrations have rather ended up pretty badly.

Celebrations must neither draw us away from God nor jeopardize our relationships with one another. They must foster unity and fraternity between ourselves and remind us of His goodness in our lives. Feel free to celebrate your successes and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Have a blessed day.
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HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? – Thu, Apr 09,2015

Esther 8:8 KJV
Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.

These were the very words of King Ahasuerus to Esther and Mordecai, more like a blank cheque. Eventually the king granted the two a request that opposed what he himself had sealed. This had never had never happened in those days, kings never went back on their words.

Esther and Mordecai mustered the confidence to make yet another bold request even though the pagan king had granted them a first already. Indeed ‘the heart of the king is in the hands of the Lord and He turneth it whithersoever He willeth.’

But all these were made possible because both Esther and Mordecai trusted and depended on God.
Never think you are asking too much or making too many demands from the Lord. Job 21:28 says that ”…decree a thing and it shall be established.”

With God, MORE is still never enough because you can never exhaust His reserves with your many requests and demands! Let’s desire to walk rightly with Him so our requests could be legitimate.

Have a blessed day.
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SENSITIVITY TEST – Wed, Apr 08, 2015

Esther 7:10 KJV
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

Take your minds back to the story of Daniel, where his detractors, who intended him to die in the lion’s den, found themselves rather there eventually. You can imagine their first reaction when they saw the jaws of the lions in the den!

We’ve heard and read of many such stories where people who carefully orchestrate evil are given a taste of their own medicine, and oh, how bitter they seem to taste. Haman was one such person; he died in the gallows he built for another man.
Nigerian movies give you many more examples.

Why should an armed robber beg for mercy when he’s about to be lynched by an angry mob?
Or a trickster be furious that a friend duped him? Each of them never thought deeply about the consequences.

Before you take time to plan evil for another, it is always good to substitute yourself into their position first.  Jesus said that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
A believer must be sensitive to the feelings of others and desire to be just in all his dealings.

Have a blessed day.
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