WRONG REJOICE – Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Psalm 38:16 KJV
For I said, Hear me , lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.

Isn’t it interesting that way back in the days of David things like these were   happening; that people would be happy rather when another person fell or encountered a problem?

I was born in such a community so have seen various degrees of this.
Police swarmed the residence of a rich man in the neighbourhood one morning when we all woke up and word took the winds,  that he was being rested. A number of people seemed happy!

We later found that he they were his former colleagues who had brought good tidings on the occasion of his birthday, how about that?!!!
A lady in the compound burnt her stew once and a number of the women felt good about it. Apparently, among the lot in the house, she was the only one whose marriage was working properly. Guess what, her husband came home with Payé (fried rice from a popular local restaurant) that day.

There is an intrinsic device in each of us that may just turn-on and make us jubilant when our neighbour is down, especially when we see them as life competitors. We need to kill these innate desires as believers and desire to be like the master.

Have a blessed Fridayyyyy!!
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ENVIOUS BELIEVERS – Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Psalm 37:1 KJV
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

Have you ever come across Christians discussing the success and wealth of other brothers (who seemingly are less spiritual than they)?
Well I have chanced upon such convos once or twice and you should see the faces of such discussants.

In a former office I worked in, I remember we have even discussed the some ‘unbelieving’ Europeans who are just doing so well irrespective of their religious stand. The general conclusion we came to in most of those chats is quite interesting.

That the devil is more interested in believers, because he knows unbelievers are already his,  so he’d rather frustrate believers with poverty.
Finding consolation is such a school of thought is so wrong!!!

Believers must not by envious of the ‘ungodly,’ but rather strive for the best in life. Hating, calling unbelievers names and envying them unknowingly do not change a believers economic status. Let’s take risks and push ourselves to do more,  this way there’ll be little time for all the envious convos.

Have a blessed day.
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CHURCH WRECKERS – Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Psalm 31:13, 18 KJV
For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

[18] Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

In my opinion, one of the powerful weapons the enemy is using against the church is lies or slander. I hate to say that he has achieved some results with this.

Even in the church, there are too many lies than one can bear these days. I speak about no particular denomination, I make reference only to the body of Christ,  the universal church. Slander and lies against fellow members only corrupts the church and ruins hard earned reputation.

Jesus said that, “he who gathers not with me scattereth abroad.” So if you succeed in peddling lies among fellow Christians you only make yourself an enemy to Christ. You are scattering what He has gathered!!!

Be wise, identify peddlers of ‘filla’ about others in the church and rebuke them when they come to you, for this is scriptural! Don’t make your head a storehouse for slander, they only make you an accomplice to the demise of another.

Have a blessed Friday.
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SINGING CONTINUA – Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Psalm 30:11-12 KJV
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

[12] To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Psalm 30 is another very popular chapter with verse 5 being one of its most quoted verses.

Don Moen also sang the latter portion of the same chapter in a beautiful way in one of his hit releases. Many people are familiar with such music tracks but not necessarily with the experience.

Indeed a gloomy moment could be transformed into one of the brightest 🔆 in one’s life, but this is not guaranteed for all and it is not the case in everybody’s situation. Far too many have felt let down by this scripture because it didn’t happen on their account.

But such verses are rather supposed to encourage us and urge us on even in the rough and tough moments. Your mourning may not turn to dancing,  but do not stop singing.

Have a blessed day.
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YOUNG BLOOD – Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Psalm 29:1 KJV
Give unto the Lord , O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Majority of people prefer younger spouses or partners when they’ve had to choose between two or more. I’m not surprised that companies generally prefer strong youthful and energetic staff to older ones.

All over the world in every institution, a substantial percentage of the driving workforce is youthful.
No wonder King Solomon admonished us to remember the Lord in our youthful days (Eccl 12:1). Why would we think God prefers us when we are much older?

It is not very prudent to postpone or defer active service to God to a later time in your life. God also likes good things! He wants you to give your strength and your glory, and that’s why He addresses you as, “O ye mighty.” (see intro verse)

Indeed God doesn’t despise the old 👵.  He only wishes to do more with us while it is still day. “For the night cometh,  when no man will be able to work.” Let’s take a stand to put our energies to some good productive use in His vineyard.

Have a blessed day.
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THE PIT – Tue, Jun 16, 2015

PitPsalm 28:1 KJV
Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

For many people who doubt or disregard the existence of hell, well… this is one scriptures that proves otherwise.

In different parts of the Bible different names have been assigned to the dreaded place; Hell, Hades,  Sheol and the Pit. Yet anointed ministers like Pastor Benny Hinn have taught that these are various levels of the same one place.

And each of these level depicts varying degrees of torture and anguish.
Whichever of these arguments is true, David would not bother much about them, his desire was to completely stay away from place.

So David would ask God not to be silent 😶 in his affairs. You cannot have God leave you and let you be. In fact you cannot afford that! That would be too dangerous and yet some have already chosen this path. Live and let God.

Have a blessed day.
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CLEAN HANDS, PURE HEART – Fri, Jun 12, 2015

clean-hands-pure-heartPsalm 24:7-8 KJV
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

[8] Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

First thing that dropped into my spirit when I read Ps 24 was Don Moen’s song ‘Lift up your heads,  Oh ye gates.’ The tune kept reverberating upstairs! as I even wondered how David sang it in his time.

This Psalm has portions of Psalm 15 in there,  emphasising the need to have ‘clean hands’ 👐 and a ‘pure heart’ ♥. Such a lifestyle automatically attracts the ‘righteousness of God’ on your life, irrespective of your own personal opinion of your righteousness.

And then this in turn opens up those ‘ancient gates’ in your life that would have otherwise prevented the King of Glory in your life. You actually opened them without even knowing you did,  just because of your ‘clean hand’s and ‘pure heart. ‘

So the King of Glory comes in and and He is proud to name you as part of the ‘generation that seek Him.’ You did just one thing, and yet the consequences are for a lifetime.
Let’s desire those hands and that heart and open up ourselves for His goodness.

Have a blessed Fridayyyyy.
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