BLESSINGS – Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Deuteronomy 28:2,4,6-7,10 KJV

And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

[4] Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

[6] Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

[7] The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

[10] And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord ; and they shall be afraid of thee.

Amen!!!

Have a blessed day.

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PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS – Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Deuteronomy 25:5 KJV

If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.

Sometimes I wonder how it would be like to live in the days of the ancient Jews, when laws like this were upheld religiously.

If you’d recall, Jesus was confronted with this very scripture by the teachers of the Law, when He preached about the resurrection of Life.

Though laws like this don’t hold anyone in Christianity, the intention behind it is very clear. God would not have the livelihoods of others taken away from them. The very essence of their lives and all other things that gives people a reason to live must never be trampled upon.

So that if your actions are legally right but will cause an upset or threaten the survival of the livelihood of your neighbour, then it is godly to reconsider it. God will judge motives, not just actions.

Have a blessed day.
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VOWS, OFFERINGS & PLEDGES – Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Deuteronomy 23:18,21,23 KJV

Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

[21] When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.

[23] That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the Lord thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.

Clearly, when it comes to the vows and promises we make to God, He is very particular about them. These words are still valid today.

Money that is not made in a clean way, IS NO OFFERING to God. So you may give thousands of cedis to the admiration and applause of many, but score no point before God.

Same applies to the lot of us who make many pledges to God before men, and yet never make up our minds to pay them, see v21 & 23. As I write this, some of us have pledges that are 5yrs old. When do you intend to redeem them?

You can’t rob another to pay God, He won’t delight in such an offering. Neither does He delight in your lack of resolve to settle that old pledge. God reckons that as a sin and won’t write it off like you are thinking. Go settle it!!!

Have a blessed day.
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MINDING THEIR BUSINESS – Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Deuteronomy 22:1-2 KJV

Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.

[2] And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.

Back in the days most of us were taught to mind your own businesses, if we needed to avoid trouble.

Probably because our parents had seen enough trouble in the compound houses we grew up in. Fights were very common and one could easily be accused of taking sides.
Some cultures even take pride in minding their own businesses.

But I have come to know taking such a stance robs you of being a dispenser of the Love of God to your fellow man. Moses warned of this in Deut 21:1-2. Your neighbour’s business is actually your business. You cannot be indifferent to their welfare once you are a Christian.

The Love of God is unable to keep you from feeling what they feel. It won’t make you say “I don’t care,” You have to care!
No wonder we are unable to pray for perishing souls around us, at our workplaces and in our WhatsApp groups.
Arise and show that you care. Mind someone else’s business.

Have a blessed day.
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DEALING WITH LIL REBELS – Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Deuteronomy 21:18,21 KJV

If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that , when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

[21] And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

When I was a young boy, we had a chap in the local school whom everybody knew for the wrong reasons. He was my friend!

No single week passed without the mention of his name in school. In the house as well, we heard his tales, they were no good. So you can imagine my mum’s reaction when she was told I was his friend. 😊

When I read about how to deal with rebellious children in Deut 21:18-21 I wanted to know if there was really a single such recorded incidence in Jewish history, where a parent reported their wayward child to be stoned.

We thank God for the gift of the New Covenant and the reforms it introduced. Who knows where you and I would have been, especially considering how ‘religious’ a country like our is. May we find reasons to bless God for giving us Christ.

Have a blessed week.
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POWER THINGS – Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Deuteronomy 17:17-18 KJV

Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

[18] And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites

Can a group of people ever live without a leader? Certainly not!
At any point in time, power must be ceded to one person in trust of the entire group.

But as they say, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
The ‘sweetness’ of power makes one want more just when their tenure is about to expire. No wonder we’ve had serious challenges with our leaders as Africans.

Christians are not numb to the taste of Power. Because Power is sweet, God forewarned kings at a point when they didn’t even have one, not to write their own Law once they became kings.

Abuse of power and leadership privileges prevails in church as well, and we need to guard our hearts against such. In this regard, your anointing may not help as much as your wisdom. Be a better leader, fight your own corruption from within.

Have a blessed day.
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SUCCESS PRINCIPLE – Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Deuteronomy 15:11 KJV

For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.

For the ancient Jews, the 7th year is always a time to cancel debts and free all those who served under others.
So there was a likelihood that those who were rich felt no desire to lend to the needy in the 6th year.

So God would quickly avert such a mindset and make the people understand that giving to the needy is actually an act of love.

Doing charity becomes hard when we begin to rationalise why we should give at all OR make a million deductions from the hidden motives of those in need. God told Moses that needy will forever be in our midst and Jesus would say whatever you do to the least of them you actually do unto Him.

Whenever the Jews gave to the poor and needy, the Lord made sure that ALL THE WORK OF THEIR HANDS were blessed. You may want to try this approach for the success of your business and do away with the Success 101 lectures for a while.

Have a blessed day.
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