LITTLE JUDGES – Thu, Jun 30, 2016

​Jonah 3:10 KJV

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
You don’t often see or read about a pagan king heed to the words of a prophet of God like the king of Nineveh did.
Though most of us have read this scripture countless times, we probably never thought of Nineveh as a Assyrian City and so wasn’t anything like the Jewish people. They had their own gods and they did what pleased them like most other pagan nations
So why would God desire repentance from the most unlikely of places? Why the ‘sudden’ interest in Nineveh?

Whatever these reasons may be, God is still God and He does what pleases Him.
It is not your place to condemn what God hasn’t. God would never transfer His responsibility of being a judge to you and I, so let’s refrain from being just that and allow Him to do His work.
Have a blessed day.

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BY ALL MEANS, EVANGELISE – Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Jonah 1:6 KJV
So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

Jonah’s story, one of the very popular bible stories, bears some similarities with Jesus’s. Both were asleep when their boats were tossing on the tempestuous seas.

At the end of the day, both Jonah and Jesus found a solution to the precarious situation. One spoke to the sea and the other was tossed into it, and yet both yielded similar results; the faith of the onlookers were deepened.

Even in Jonah’s disobedience, he got to minister to pagan sailors about his God and they all vowed to serve Him thereafter. (1:16)

The opportunity to evangelise to someone may present itself at an inopportune time. Perhaps, it may occur to you even in very hostile conditions… but by all means, talk about your God. Your decision to do this brings so much joy to Him and shifts his focus to your other predicaments.

Have a blessed day.
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SHOCK ABSORBERS – Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Amos 7:12-13 KJV
Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

[13] But prophesy not again any more at Beth-el: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

This text obviously pre-dates the Exile period. We are made to take another look at it as recorded by the prophet Amos himself; his ordeal with Amaziah the king.

In typical Ghanaian fashion, the king restricts the prophet’s movements only to Judah, he was not to be seen anywhere near Israel.
Many people have suffered such fates because of what they stood for, probably because of their social or religious affiliations.

But one thing is for sure, those who suffer for the sake of Christ always have a better end than otherwise. Too many examples solidify this assertion. You may rather be helpless in such situations if you are not on God’s side.

Choose wisely which side you want to belong. On other sides, you get no hope of recovery when you do get hit. On our side, our eventual victory is assured.

Have a blessed Friday.
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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Joel 3:18, 20-21 KJV
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord , and shall water the valley of Shittim.

[20] But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

[21] For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.

Joel ends with some very good news; Blessings for God’s people.

And rightly so, God’s people always have the last laugh. Even if not here on earth, they always do in the afterlife. I’m too certain of this even though I haven’t been there myself 😊

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem is our ultimate goal in our walk with God. These days, whenever I read about The New Jerusalem from the prophets, I remember Max Lucado’s track “Golden City.”

Find time to listen to it one more time and ponder on the words therein. You’d want to be there as much as I do.
Have a blessed Friday.

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THE KING WHO RESTORES – Thu, Jun 16, 2016

Joel 2:24-25 KJV
And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

[25] And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

One theme that I became very exposed to as a young christian in my Senior High School was that of Restoration. And Joel chapter 2 seemed like a repository of such a theme to us back then.

For any group of people who have been struck by some calamity, mishap, deadly disease or any hard blow, the idea of Restoration is absolutely in good taste.

For the Jews,what was left of their farms by the locust was devoured by the canker worm, what they left was devoured by the caterpillar and what they too left was devoured by the palmer worm. Nothing was left but the rubble! No sign of hope whatsoever remained.

You need God to salvage what is left of your life, i. e. if you haven’t done so. What is more, He even restores all that is lost in the past and ushers you into a garden of Eden, full of hope. Be restored now in Jesus’s Name.

Have a blessed day.
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THE RIGHT RESPONSE – Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Joel 1:14 KJV
Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord.

About a year ago in my country, a natural disaster dominated the headlines for more than a week in the capital, Accra. Lots of property and more than a hundred lives were lost in the floods.

As expected, all manner of reasons were attributed to this great loss, chief of which was behavorial, yet one year down the line not much has been done to avert yet another episode.

The prophet Joel called his people to action after a similar terrible natural disaster. But his response to the plague was rather a spiritual one. He saw the locust invasion as an act of God and so called for a deeper relationship with God through a spiritual awakening.

When hit with a crisis in our families, work places, etc, it is prudent for the Christian to ALSO consider spiritual interventions, amidst other options. Never rule out the reasons you cannot see or those that seem illogical, they may be the key to your solutions.

Have a blessed day.
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NOT JUST ANY HELP – Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Hosea 14:3 KJV
Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

Usually when troubles seem to overburden us, we are tempted to welcome help from any where. Anyone who hasn’t had this thought hasn’t really been pushed to the wall yet.

I know Christians, even those in ministry, reconsider God’s existence when the going got really really tough. The thought of embracing help from ‘just anywhere’ may occasionally might have crossed their minds.

This was case with Israel when the world seemed to crushing on all sides, but God through prophet Hosea wouldn’t have them welcome help from Assyria and her gods.

If God didn’t want it then, He doesn’t want it now! Be careful in your choice of source when it comes to welcoming help in desperate times. You may put yourself in a deeper trench.

Have a blessed day.
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