NO TARRYING – Tue, July 28, 2015

Psalm 70:5 KJV
But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord , make no tarrying.

Have u ever heard anyone say God is too slow? I bet you have and not just once but severally. I have heard too many times, too many people complain of how slow God can be in responding to them in their time of need.

This is not to say, I personally haven’t felt that experienced. In fact, a lot of times I had preferred God intervened much quicker than He did in a situation. Such a thought never made anyone anti-God, carnal or less spiritual.

Thrice in this Psalm, David petitions God to act with some speed on his behalf.
Indeed, God works in His own time as many of us are aware, but even in that He expects us to learn and develop one powerful character… PATIENCE.
I know how awkward such a suggestion sounds to someone in dire need of INSTANT help, but I have come to learn that God’s timing is most opportune.

When God seems to delay, just trust that it is in your interest, because His expertise in ‘Perfect Timing’ is just phenomenal and unmatched.
Hold on just a while, help is on the way.

Have a blessed day.
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PRAYERS & SINS – Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Psalm 66:18 KJV
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me :

Too many of us Christians are well familiar with scriptures as such. We even might have been taught this in Sunday School, that God doesn’t answer the prayers of a sinful person.

I took time to look at a few similar verses this morning:
Prov 28:9… If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,  even his prayer is an abomination to the Lord.

Is 59:2… Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you.

Jn 9:31… We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper and does His Will, then God hears him.

We could go on and on but one thing stands out in all these: Your prayers amount to nothing if you are clouded in sin

It is important that before we put our requests before God each day, we cleanse ourselves with the blood of Christ to make us worthy candidates for His responses. The only prayer of a sinner He listens to is that of repentance.
Pray… but pray wisely.

Have a blessed Friday.
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INSATIABLE MAN – Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Psalm 63:1-2 KJV
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

[2] To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

I read in a book sometime ago about how a young man desired work all his life. When he started earning some good salary, his desire shifted to having a wife. That he got too in a few years, then his desire shifted to raising his family.

Babies came in and they started planning for their primary education, etc, etc, etc. It never ended. Our man’s desires kept shifting and changing with time till he died. He was insatiable!

King David experienced a similar thing with God. His love for God and desire to seek Him could never be quenched. He was never satisfied with his present state of God’s knowledge. The same could be said of Paul the apostle, he always wanted to know the Lord and the Power of His Resurrection (Phil 3:10). There was never a point of satisfaction.

It is my prayer that God will increase your thirst for Him daily, so that each day your soul will know no peace till you have fellowshipped with Him and filled with His power.

Have a lovely week.
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TRUST ISSUES – Sat, Jul 18, 2015

Psalm 60:11 KJV
Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

I’ve always found this verse and it’s analogues a bit interesting, and I know most people have misquoted them a number of times. The ESV Bible puts it this way: “…for vain is the salvation of man”

Indeed, man’s help is vain but tell me, how does God help us oft times? Isn’t it through the same man?
The bible says ‘cursed is the man who trusts his fellow man.’ These, among many others, if not put into perspective could always be misinterpreted.

Indeed God does not expect us to put our hope of survival and existence on any other man, more especially our salvation, but He sure needs us to trust and depend on each other for the growth and progress of the church. This kind of trust is based on love and it is godly.

We may not be God to carry the burden of Trust He alone bears, but in love, we can create an atmosphere of trust that can HELP a brother grow and be strong in the Lord.

Have a blessed long weekend.
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ULTIMATE PROTECTION – Fri, Jul 17, 2015

Psalm 59:11, 13 KJV
Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.

[13] Consume them in wrath, consume them , that they may not be : and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.

David wrote this Psalm at a time when Saul had sent men to lay ambush at David’s house to capture him. It must have been a terrifying time for David.

A rich old man told me about the days in Ghana when it was almost a crime to be wealthy. He was picked up from his house by soldiers and was brutalized each day to confess how he made his wealth.

In David’s case, he never got caught. But even in those fearful moments he was able to pray that God would not completely destroy his enemies. He actually wanted them to live to see him become prosperous.

This is my prayer for you this Friday. That all who seek your downfall or retrogression would live to see you prosper and flourish in Jesus name. What they have set out to achieve will never materialize because He who keeps Israel (you) never sleeps nor slumbers.

Have a blessed Friday.
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REDEEM THE WICKED – Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Psalm 58:3 KJV
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

My first reaction when I read this verse was that of laughter. What a way to describe the wicked. But after a little more meditation I thought the writer could be right.

Why should he say the wicked go astray soon as they are born, speaking lies? I want to believe the writer used this expression to symbolise how early and quickly such ill-yearnings appeal to the wicked.

Generally, their tendencies are borne early enough to incite and urge them on, though sometimes this could be through no fault of theirs.
Fast forward to post-Jesus era, it might interest you to know that the scriptures refer to those not in the Lord as wicked!

So that even if we seem to be good people but are not in Him, we share the same fate with the wicked, those described in Psalm 58. This is why it is your responsibility to talk to your friend about Jesus. Only the wicked shall perish in the end, so make an effort to snatch yet another out of the Lake and stay out of it yourself.

Have a blessed day.
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WHO’S GOT YOUR BACK – Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Psalm 56:9-11 KJV
When I cry unto thee , then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

[10] In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.

[11] In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Like any other King, David had many adversaries. Be it internally or externally, people would always find reason not to be on his side, or simply hate him. It comes to everyone in an enviable position.

This was evident throughout his life, especially when he became king, even though he was anointed. And one thing we know for sure is that David trusted God fully. His Trust in God for protection against such close and far ‘enemies’ was so tangible that they all saw it.

In fact, ALL those who found themselves around David knew that if he cried out to God on any day, God would lift His eyes against them and all others in any such plot, and that would spell disaster for them. (see v9)

It is very important for every believer to make his close associates KNOW who’s got his back. Not everyone should be able to mess you up, no not at all. Establish that and make it work for and on your behalf.

Have a blessed day.
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