THE ONLY POWER – Tue, May 31, 2016

Daniel 7:13-14 KJV
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

[14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

If you never believed in supernatural powers, the existence of life besides what is physical, and life after death then I recommend the book of Daniel for you.

His visions of four beasts have had many varying interpretations by many religious sects so far as I can remember. I had a friend in High School by name Marion Wood, who’d discuss Daniel’s prophesies with me all day.

Graphic as his visions are, Daniel’s dream is very conclusive. None of the four beasts, who wielded so much power was given the ultimate power, save the Lamb of God. All other powers will definitely end, only the Lamb’s power is timeless.

Same way whatever power you pay allegiance to will fail someday if it isn’t to the Lamb of God. I write this specially to all those who consult other dieties, it is only a matter of time for you to realise you’ve been wrong all this while.

Have a blessed day.
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A BANTER WITH THE KING – Fri, May 27, 2016

Daniel 3:17-18 KJV
If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

[18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

A friend told me yesterday that Nebuchadnezzar was a very unreasonable king, I couldn’t agree more. In what we read today, he commands all to worship his idol at a time he the king wants.

Interestingly, Daniel’s buddies were bold enough to stand him in his face to diaregard his foolish requests in some very good drama; a clear contradiction to the adage “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”

A quick recap of the criteria used for recruiting Daniel and his colleagues states that those recruits should also be able to stand before kings (See 1:4). This therefore doesn’t make them rebels, it was actually expected of them!

I pray God gives you the spirit to stand before great men of our time and still make your case; and the wisdom to challenge the status quo without muddying the waters.

Have a blessed Friday.
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KINGS, DREAMS, GOD – Thu, May 26, 2016

Daniel 2:11-12 KJV
And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

[12] For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

We see in Daniel today another dream interpreter. The last time we read of such a person was in Genesis when Joseph did same for the pharoah.

But what Nebuchadnezzar asked his magicians was more than Pharaoh’s request. Not only did he want an interpretation, but he wanted the dream retold because he didn’t remember. Now that is one difficult task and a seemingly foolish one too.

But even in that, God had a plan, and just like he did in the case of Joseph, He would steal the opportunity to elevate the 4 Hebrew lads who had purposed in their hearts to live for Him.

No matter the situation, those who identify with God always come out tops in the long term. Indeed, material gains may elude them for now but what they stand to gain later is unimaginable, Because the revealer and interpreter of dreams is still in business.

Have a blessed day.
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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT? – Wed, May 25, 2016

Daniel 1:8 KJV
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

We begin the book of Daniel today with the training of 4 young men; Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, in Babylon, after Judah had been captured and sent into exile.

Their story reminded me of a senior colleague I met in the university. Before then we had attended the same High school where he was the head of one of the students’ religious fellowships. I held him in high esteem.

But not in the tertiary! When I met him again, he was in very bad company and did a lot of immoral things. He had been ‘infected’ with the way of life of his new environment.
Daniel and his friends would not have any of this, to the extent that they wouldn’t even eat what was offered.

It is easier to conform to a depraved environment than to stick to what we know and are convinced is right. In most cases, people don’t dare to be different, like water they choose the easier option, the path of least resistance.
Challenge yourself and live the way you ought to as a believer, not how ‘they’ want you to.

Enjoy the holiday.
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SHAMMAH – Tue, May 24, 2016

Ezekiel 48:35 KJV
It was round about eighteen thousand measures : and the name of the city from that day shall be;

In what was Ezekiel’s last recorded vision, he saw the gates/exits of the new Jerusalem, on each of the four sides, of course with specific dimensions, and the name of the city boldly written thereon in Hebrew, JEHOVAH SHAMMAH.

I can imagine why most people (especially non jews) wanted to be there. In old movies of Crusaders, I always wondered why the heathens wanted to take over that City.

“Jehovah Shammah,” translates “The Lord is there” and so drew a lot of inquisition and curiosity. Everybody wanted to know and experience what indeed was there. Kings, wanderers, adventurers, champions, historians… the list goes on

Today “Jehovah Shammah” is inscribed on the hearts of those who will it, whose deeds clearly portray the presence of the Most High, which needs no crusader to defend.
Can you confidently make this profession?

Have a blessed day.
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LOYALTY REWARDS – Fri, May 20, 2016

Ezekiel 44:15-16 KJV
But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God:

[16] They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

Though we read from many passages how idolatrous and rebellious Israel and her priests have been, Ezekiel opens our eyes today to yet a group that never got themselves defiled, the sons of Zadok.

They never conformed to the sayings of the time; _”oh, but everyone is doing it..”_ neither did they forget what they had been taught by their predecessors. They just stuck to what they knew and never jumped unto the bandwagon.

I guess in their quest to remain loyal, they might have thought at a point that God had even forgotten about them and counted them with the lot… but hey, our God rewards Loyalty. (See v16)

Remain loyal to Him irrespective of what you think and see society is becoming. Be under no pressure at all to succumb to all the nonsense. At the end of time, the reward of the sons of Zadok, will be yours too, up there in His Holy Sanctuary.

Have a blessed Friday.
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NARROW PATH – Wed, May 18, 2016

Ezekiel 42:5-6 KJV
Now the upper chambers were narrower: for the galleries were higher than these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building.

[6] For they were in three stories , but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the upper chambers were narrowed more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground.

Ezekiel ‘bores’ his readers yet again with some more detailed description of the New Temple he saw in his visions.

I took a minute to read a footnote from the previous chapter (i.e. Ezekiel 41) from my NKJV Bible yesterday and came across a striking revelation, which I see repeated in today’s.

The temple gets narrower and narrower at the upper chambers, suggesting that the nearer one got to God’s presence, the narrower the path one had to follow.
Jesus will later say that narrow is the road that leads to eternal life.

God has been consistent with His Word from way back, and though we may not notice, His consistency is manifested even in the simple things around us. Shine your eyes and see Him in and around you.

Have a blessed day.
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