YOUR SHIELD – Fri, May 22, 2015

shieldPsalm 3:3 KJV
But thou, O Lord , art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

David perhaps wrote this Psalm (i.e. Ps 3) at the difficult time of his life. A time he had to face his own son in combat. When I read it I remember the movie, ‘Three hundred.”

In the movie a lot of focus is made on the ‘shields’ of the Spartans, and so many of their successes were attributed to the Spartan Shield.
Paul the apostle couldn’t have put it any better. He likened the faith of a christian to a shield. (Eph 6)

David didn’t mince words when he wrote Ps 3:3. He likened God’s role in his life to a shield.
You cannot engage in warfare without a shield. Even if you did, you may not last many battles. Christians must develop their shields in these turbulent and perilous times.

The more we develop our faith, through fellowship, reading the Word and Christian literature, consistent prayer life, etc, the more we fortify our shields.
Your shield protects you from the fiery darts of the enemy, don’t look less concerned!

Have a blessed day.
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THE KING SPEAKS – Sat, May 16, 2015

podiumJob 38:18-19, 22-23, 31 KJV
Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

[19] Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

[22] Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

[23] Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

[31] Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

I couldn’t just wait to hear God speak, after all the comments that had come from the different people, i.e. job and his friends. And man, see the sheer display of God power. Who else can speak when God speaks.

The list is endless. I couldn’t help but read this chapter a number of times this morning, even in different translations. He alone knows where He hides the snow and the hail till they are needed….can you imagine.

I’m sure Job was utterly speechless as these questions were thrown at him by God. Even a colossus of righteousness like Job himself was nothing before the LORD of Hosts. What a God we serve!

We may not be like Job but I tell We are the righteousness of God, meaning we the Saints militant are better of than all these people and we have this Same God’s backing all the time.
Arise my brother and rejoice for the Lord of Hosts is with us.

Have a blessed weekend.
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SURE WORD – Thu, May 14, 2015

cautionJob 36:2-4 KJV
Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God’s behalf.

[3] I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

[4] For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

Can anyone truly act or speak on God’s behalf without His permission? Well, this question has bothered me for a long while because countless times, I have heard people speak for God as though He gave them a sure word.

I don’t despise prophesy, neither do I doubt that God can speak directly to whoever He chooses to. But when almost every statement in one man submissions seem to go like “God says…” I left to nothing but wonder.

Apparently, God is speaking to more people than we know. Should the believer be able to differentiate between words resulting from the speaker’s emotions rather than a directive from God?

Many men of God abound in our days than any other generation, so we need to be extra cautious of what we take in…2 Pet 1:19-21.
Holy men of God will only speak as moved by the Holy Spirit and not by personal emotions. God doesn’t need any man to defend or protect Him.
Let’s guard our hearts with all diligence.

Have a blessed day
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LIFE LESSONS – Wed, May 13, 2015

Job 34:31 KJV
Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement , I will not offend any more :

One thing I’ve said many times after I had experienced what I felt was God’s chastisement was the same statement Elihu put before job in our verse for today.

The English Standard Version puts it like this:
Job 34:31 – “For has anyone said to God, ‘I have borne punishment; I will not offend any more;

How many times haven’t we all, while experiencing the pain or the consequence of our actions, said we will NOT offend any more? And yet when the pain is all gone we just simply forget and return to the very things we vowed not to repeat.

Most at times, pains last only for a moment, but are themselves suppose to be perfect reminders of our own limitations and who we are as mortals.
It takes the matured to see each painful occasion in our lives as Lessons which MUST be benefitted from.
How much are you learning?

Have a blessed day.

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RUBIES VS WISDOM – Thu, May 07, 2015

Job 28:12, 20 KJV
But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

[20] Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

Make some time today to read the whole of chapter 28 of Job, such a beautiful discourse on Wisdom and Understanding he puts out there.

Job compared wisdom to rubies, pearls and expensive minerals of the earth like gold and diamond and still concluded that these precious minerals were no where near Wisdom and Understanding.

Alas, he ended in a very remarkable way by confessing that Wisdom is actually the fear of the Lord (v28), as King solomon himself put it.
It is a wise thing to fear the Lord, needless to say the contrary is also true.

Our daily toils (going up and down just to make ends meet, etc) may suggest wealth and affluence is a good thing. Indeed they are! But it is a wiser thing to fear the Lord. This is real Wisdom and it is accessible to all who desire it.
Be wise!

Have a blessed day.
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WHERE’S GOD? – Wed, May 06, 2015

Job 27:2 KJV
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

I had a friend who went through a lot of difficulties as a young man. His issues never seemed to subside; one trouble came after another each day. Mostly financial though, but they came in drones.

Occasionally, I’d meet him in my neighbourhood in the evenings after a short prayer session and he’d ask why I bothered at all to attend. He was convinced God wasn’t alive. “There’s no God,” he’d simply say.

He wondered why he had to ‘suffer’ that much if there was a God who could hear prayers. I was too young in the faith to convince him, but I thank God he’s a believer now. Job’s statements in 27:2 today reminds me much of this old friend.

Does God really vex our souls like Job said?
Like my friend’s sister, why should a believer die after many years of struggling with an unknown disease even though she served the Lord faithfully even in her condition?

Let’s discuss, and oh have a blessed day.
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REAL POWER – Tue, May 05, 2015

Job 26:7, 11, 14 KJV
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

[11] The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

[14] Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

I used to wake up to the tune of Reggae music every morning when I was a teenager. My dad loved them! And he played and sang along each one of them each day for a very long time.

One track titled ‘The Wonder of God’ by Jimmy Cliff, I guess, appealed to me most. The writer talked much about how God is well represented in nature and how much of Himself is exposed therein.

God is worshipped when we declare His Glory and Wonder openly, not just secretly. Job in chapter 26 went on and on about His power and majesty. Whether Job saw these in a vision or he was inspired, the bottom line is that he wasn’t mute about it.

Don’t just wait for an opportunity before declaring His Power, it may never come!
Worship His Majesty and place His adoration on your lips and in your hearts.

Have a blessed day.
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