WRONG DEEDS, CLEAN MOTIVES – Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Numbers 25:7-8 KJV

And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it , he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;

[8] And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

Some months ago in my country, the former president rewarded a brave taxi driver for driving into a couple of robbers who had just robbed a lady. The driver received a lot of public attention and rewards for his bravado.

Driving into people is not right, it could land anyone in serious trouble another day, but on this occasion, the Law thought it right, simply because the motives of the culprit were genuinely clean. 🤔

Phinehas took a javelin and run it through an Israelite (v7-8) killing he and a midianite woman instantly. What was God’s response? Generational blessings of peace to that man Phinehas and an everlasting covenant to the priesthood.

God blessed Phinehas because He believed the man was zealous for Him. Every deed genuinely done for God has its reward, no matter how ‘good or evil’ it may seem.
Get rewarded for the right reasons not the wrong ones.

Have a blessed day.
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THE HEDGE AROUND YOU – Tue, Dec 19, 2017

Numbers 23:7-8 KJV

And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying , Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel.

[8] How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied?

In a Nigerian movie I watched some years ago, a man who had killed most of his relatives, using “African electronics,” met his match when one dude’s image gave him trouble in his demonic mirror.

Though the supposed victim was unaware of what was happening in higher realms, he was still protected. Our assailant’s mirror got crushed and he himself lost his life a few days after.

Sometimes, these movies are either too scary or graphic I must admit. But they do depict snippets of what happens in real life, irrespective of what we believe.

You cannot be cursed or eliminated if the covering of God is upon you. Video game players see this a lot, when their shield always protects them from enemy fire.
Develop a relationship with Him to upgrade that shield.

Have a blessed day.
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PURIFICATION RITUALS – Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Numbers 19:17-18 KJV

And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:

[18] And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:

The terms “clean” and “unclean” were very common to hear in the days of the Israelites. Coming into contact with anything/anyone declared unclean could just make you unclean.

You had to use the Water of Purification on the 3rd and 7th days to cleanse yourself and make yourself clean again. The manner in which this ‘special water’ is prepared in itself is a subject for discussion another day. (See v2 – 10)

In my opinion, things didn’t come that easy at all to the ancient Jews, than they are to us now. Most of us would reject a ritual like this allday, and tag it ‘demonic,’ all because we have a much simpler routine now.

All you need is a simple prayer to cleanse yourself. These are some of the privileges we the new borns have in Christ. Don’t wait till it’s too late to appreciate these privileges.

Have a blessed Friday.
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REBELLION – Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Numbers 17:10-11 KJV

And the Lord said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

[11] And Moses did so : as the Lord commanded him, so did he.

I’m tempted to make this a sequel to yesterday’s reflections.
Moses had collected all the rods/staff that each leader written their names on and had brought them to God’s presence.

By the next day, only Aaron’s had blossomed beautifully, signifying God’s approval of Him as their religious head.

The anointing the other leaders carried was very relevant, but God wanted them to still have Aaron for a leader.
You may be more anointed than you head pastor, or spiritual director… but God wants him to lead you. You may be more gifted/ technically skilled than your boss, but he is your leader.

I’ve heard many say that, “But I’m the one who does all the work, yet my boss gets all the pay.”
These are childish rants that only give way to rebellion. Why won’t we just wait for our own time to shine.

Have a blessed day.
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THE CALL TO STAY – Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Numbers 16:2-3 KJV

And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

[3] And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord ?

I met a young man preaching to a barber while his hair was being cut. His message was indeed on point. I asked him a few questions when he was done and realized he had recently started his own church.

His reasons were that he felt he was being sabotaged in his former church. His head pastor was stifling his progress, according to him. 😎

In our day and age, I’m sure we make God wonder whether he made the right choice to bless us with a gift or not. I’m not judging the young man’s actions, but I feel his reasons for leaving are what has resulted in many break-away churches these days.

Every gifted person feels the call to begin a new ministry. Korath, Dathan and Abiram thought same when they approached Moses, but God thought otherwise.
Grow your present church with your gifts, don’t fragment it. You may have God to answer to.

Have a blessed day.
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IS GOD REAL? – Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Numbers 9:16-17 KJV

So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day , and the appearance of fire by night.

[17] And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents.

What more proof would you have needed if you saw at night, a pillar of fire, and a pillar of cloud during the day, right above your place of worship.

Surely, you wouldn’t take that lightly, would you? You would have believed that God was in such a place if you were told so, and would have conducted yourself well.

What we see has always formed an integral part of what we believe. Yet, the patriarchs of our faith advised against this. We may not need to see first to believe what is. So Jesus would say, blessed are those who haven’t seen and yet believe.

Nonetheless, God’s presence is still made manifest in many things around us today. You may choose whether or not to see them… but just remember that whatever choice you make, has consequences.

Have a blessed day.
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