EGYPT – Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Isaiah 19:2 KJV
And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.

Egypt has been known for a number of things. Even in the history of civilisation, Egypt has played a key role. Spiritually, Egypt has offered a lot and those who desire to study about this ancient nation are always surprised at how much there is to know about it.

One time I read about ancient Salem, in Egypt, which was like the hub of all sorcery and witchcraft. The movie, “The Mummy,” even paints a picture of a high level of Voodoo practise in Egypt.

In verse 3, Isaiah makes mention of charmers, mediums and wizards. All these are usually consulted to bring bad omen or an ill foreboding to men. Egypt represents all these in the realms of the spirit.

But Isaiah had a declaration for Egypt!
For the sake of God’s love for you, He “will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians.” (v2) so that all those who have thought ill of you this Christmas would have themselves to contend against. This is your portion in Jesus’ name.

Have a blessed day.
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JUST DO IT! – Wed, Dec 23, 2015

Isaiah 18:1 KJV
Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

I watched an American movie some years ago whose title I cannot remember. In that movie, the main character had served in the army for a good number of years and was asked to return home to a new schedule.

This new schedule was easier, he thought. He didn’t need to fight Afghan rebels or Iraqi militants anymore. He just had to deliver news of fallen soldiers to their families.

After doing his new schedule for just 2months, he opted to go back to the battle field!!! He just couldn’t do this “easier” job.  He couldn’t stand the pain and emotional traumas that came from the reactions of families he delivered bad news to.

This was Isaiah’s major pre-occupation. Much as he hated it, he had to do it, why… because God said so. What’s He asking you to do? What God may be asking you to do today may be very hard, but you’ve just got to do it. Just do it!!!

Have a blessed day.
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DO YOU REMEMBER? – Tue, Dec 22, 2015.

Isaiah 17:10-11 KJV
Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:

[11] In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

Isaiah must have had a lot of difficulty prophesying against all these nations. One time it was Assyria, another time it was Israel themselves. Then Philistia, Moab, and today Damascus. God must really be pissed off with a lot of people during his time.

Most of us today think of these as old testament palaver and so very far from us new testament folks. But listen, God’s words are eternal. No wonder Isaiah’s words in verse 11 of our scripture still happens today.

If you are toiling so hard and yet can not boast of a bountiful harvest, perhaps you may want to re-consider that relationship with Him. Do you REMEMBER the God of your salvation? Do you REMEMBER the source of your strength?

These pointers may look very trivial, but I believe our success here and the hereafter is a function of  how much of Him we retain (remember) in us. May your memory of Him and the strength of His arm cause you to flourish now and evermore.

Have a blessed day.
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PRIDE CHECK – Mon, Dec 21, 2015

Isaiah 16:12-13 KJV
And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

[13] This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.

Isaiah continues his prophesy against the nations. The last time we saw what message he had to deliver to the Assyrians, from God. Today his focus is on the the people of Moab.

There comes a time when it seems God does not listen to your prayers, especially in your time of distress. Why should this be the case. Moab found themselves in this same situation. Too much had gone wrong, they had pushed the Lord to the wall. They had been too PROUD. (v6)

Pride has the ability to neutralize God’s compassion for us. In all of scripture, one of the foremost attitudes the LORD loathes is pride. In fact, too many scriptures communicates this. This is what brought down Lucifer, the Morning Star, according to Isaiah 14:12

You may not notice pride in your life due to its subtility, but others may. As you take stock of your life as the year ends, remember to do a ‘pride’ check, and let your friends tell you how you are doing on that score.

Have a blessed day.
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THE WICKED’S DOOMSDAY – Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Isaiah 13:10-11 KJV
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

[11] And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Isaiah’s message of doom to the Babylonians, as we read in this chapter, bears a lot of similarities to prophesies of the End of Time. For me,  Christmas 🎄 drums this home ever better.

Though Christmas reminds us of the coming of the child Jesus into the world as a Saviour, it should also remind us of Jesus’ coming as a Judge of the world to pronounce judgement on all evil and wickedness (v9, 11).

I know a number of doctrines interprets scriptures like these differently and claim Jesus is too good a person to mete out such an end upon men. But I’m convinced it’s safer to believe this will happen than not to.

Believing the end will come in itself is not enough anyway, living your life in a way that shows you believe, is a better proof.
The end will come, Jesus will come, let’s prepare to meet Him.

Have a blessed Friday.
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SING PRAISES – Thu, Dec 17, 2015

Isaiah 12:4-5 KJV
And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord , call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

[5] Sing unto the Lord ; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

Isaiah 12 is entirely a song/songs of praise, and I see traces of what we sing in our time today in some of the verses. (See verse 2b)

Isaiah admonished the people to sing praises to the Lord because He has done excellent things, and this is not made known to just them or any one particular people, but to ALL.
Meaning that even if you an individual fail to see this, it still doesn’t change the fact.

Praising God doesn’t actually have a particular formula and so you do not need to let anyone determine how you get yours done. But by all means, praise Him.

Praises communicate value so the more we praise Him, the higher the premium we place on Him in our lives.
Go on and praise Him even for what you believe He’s yet to do in your life.

Have a blessed day.
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A REMNANT OF ISRAEL – Wed, Dec 16, 2015

Isaiah 11:1 KJV
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Just when Isaiah was speaking about how God was going to use a remnant of Israel to save His people, Isaiah names the tribe of Jesse.

Jesse’s household was nothing extra-o. We may not compare them to the Rawlingses, the Ahwois or the Tsikatas. Yet the Jesses found favour with God and He engrafted them into the lineage of His dear Son.

Just like Him, “May the Spirit of the Lord rest on you who are lowly. And may the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord be your portion NOW, in Jesus’ Name.

May He make you of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and may you not judge after the sight of your eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of your ears: but with righteousness shall treat the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek. (v2-4)

Have a blessed day.
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