ADVANTAGE YOU – Fri, Jan 29, 2016

advantageIsaiah 55:6 KJV
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

This chapter of the book of Isaiah has many verses that are very common and almost like clichés. Talk of verses 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 & 11. Yet today, I find v6 very deep.

Why would Isaiah say call on the Lord “while He is near” or seek Him “while He may be found.” Is God ever going to get lost or disappear? Will there truly be a time when you as a person may not find Him even when you look for Him?

Really, your only chance to do anything worthwhile for Christiandom or for yourself is while you are still living. Death also comes like a thief, very unexpected and you may not know how much you could have achieved for God until you’re probably gone.

So your real and only chance to seek God and do His bidding is now, because you may be no more at a point, NOT God. He isn’t going anywhere. At this point, it’s advantage YOU (as applied in Tennis)

Have a blessed Friday.
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gather together.jpgIsaiah 54:15 KJV
Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

These latter chapters of Isaiah are very pregnant with hope and so make reading much fun. Yet verses like this very one make me think a lot about a other messages I’ve heard in the past.

Because of Job’s account, most people have concluded that God always consents even to the negative happenings in our lives. This could be true to some extent, yes, but Isaiah reveals another twist to it we probably never looked at.

You must know that there are a number of queer meetings/assemblages for your sake, in which God does not sit nor is He consulted. But glory be to Him that in all of these we are not consumed.

In fact, all such meetings fall at the end, even without our knowledge, when we remain faithful to the Lord. They’re all taken care of behind the scenes. Keep your relationship with him alive to keep enjoying some of these lifetime benefits. 😉

Have a blessed day.
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TELLING OF HIS DEEDS – Wed, Jan 27, 2016

testify.jpgIsaiah 53:1 KJV
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

Isaiah in this chapter gives a very vivid picture of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. I’ve read that no other prophet came close to him when it came to prophesying the Saviour’s life and death.

The Saviour has come already and is long gone! But in our generation, His Holy Spirit empowers and has worked many wonders in our lives.

The arm of the Lord indeed has been revealed to many of us reading this reflection, but have failed to talk about it. The report can not be heard if you decide NOT to talk about it.

When so much has been done in your life by the power of His Spirit, you carry a responsibility to let others know. Reveal that Arm of the Lord to another, that Faith may flourish.

Have a blessed day.
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New-media-jpgIsaiah 52:7 KJV
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

The advent of Social Media, in my opinion, has made some aspects of life much easier, in my opinion. You could now put across anything you had wanted to say and still get an audience, no matter how little sense it made.

Opportunities like these make me believe that we have no excuse at all NOT to speak good tidings unto people.

Isaiah is saying we need to publish salvation, and what easier, cheaper ways are there to do this than to use New Media.

Now, more than before, you have no excuse not to talk about your salvation to somebody else. “Thou art inexcusable son of man.” Take advantage while you have life.

Have a blessed day.
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LOST CAUSE? – Fri, Jan 22, 2016

lost causeIsaiah 48:1 KJV
Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.

I don’t know if you have also noticed this on TV; One evening while I was flipping through the channels looking for something good to watch, I realised a good number of the digital stations had sermons going on.

I was a bit confused at first because it seemed like that time-belt had been allocated to pastors across the various digital platforms. I asked myself, “with all these messages from men of God, how come our country is not doing so well?”

A good percentage of the population of this country is Christian, and I know that yet a good number of this percentage is Holy Ghost filled, tongues speaking. Definitely something must not be right somewhere.

Could Isaiah’s words in Is 48:1 (See above) provide some insight into this? Are we a people who do just lip service and only exemplify the people Isaiah described above?

Meditate on these as you enjoy your Friday.

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OTHER COUNSELORS – Thu, Jan 21, 2016

african deityIsaiah 47:13 KJV
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

We all need counseling at one point or another. There’s always a need for another person in our lives. I believe that is why God welcomed the idea Jethro suggested to Moses in the wilderness.

But because God “seemed” too slow, his children began consulting astrologers, stargazers and monthly prognosticators (seers) as my version would put it.

Today people still have many other ‘counselors’ in place of the ‘slow’ God. But actually none of these can deliver us from the power of the ‘flame.’ (see v14).

It is not a wise thing to consult what cannot save you. In the end, both you and your consultant shall be fuel for the flame. In difficult times, let’s still hold on to our faith in Him, it pays to wait.

Have a blessed day.
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OLD-TIME RELIGION – Wed, Jan 20, 2016

old time religion.jpgIsaiah 46:9 KJV
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.

I am reminded of a song I heard the first time when I attended a church at Kaajaanor, around South La Estates some years ago. The song is titled “Give me that old-time religion.”

Words like these make up the lyrics: “It was good for father Abraham, It was good for brother Paul, so it is good enough for me” (paraphrased).
Isaiah compared the gods of Babylon at the time to the God of the Jews (see v9 and 10 above again), they were making a grave mistake.

In my opinion, the gods of our time are even more complex and subtle at the same time. They cut across fashion, technology and the airwaves and so may not be easily identifiable. You may serve them without even realising.

There’s but one God, and He’s as old as He’s young. Don’t be ignorant of the devises of the evil one. I pray God gives you the eye to identify lesser gods the enemy brings into your life, to take away that time you should spend with God.

Have a blessed day.
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