YOUTHFULNESS – Fri, Apr 27, 2018

2 Samuel 2:19-21 KJV

And Asahel pursued after Abner; and in going he turned not to the right hand nor to the left from following Abner.

[20] Then Abner looked behind him, and said, Art thou Asahel? And he answered, I am.

[21] And Abner said to him, Turn thee aside to thy right hand or to thy left, and lay thee hold on one of the young men, and take thee his armour. But Asahel would not turn aside from following of him.

Just a few years ago, I remember how energetic I used to be. We could play football for long hours during the vacations. We hardly got tired. Mornings and evenings we were always present on the park.

Now I ask where all that strength has gone to. Playing for 30mins makes me pant like one fleeing for his life.
Youthfulness comes with its pros and cons and it takes a wise youth to perceive them.

Asahel, a much younger lad, wanted to make a name for himself so he took on the army commander of Saul’s army in battle. The experienced general warned him against such folly but he wouldn’t listen. He felt younger and very capable. The rest is history.

Your strengths, abilities, or talents do have their limits and you need to know them. Man, know thyself!
I pray for God to help us know when to carry on and when to call it quit.

Have a blessed Friday.
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NOT WORTH CELEBRATING – Thu, Apr 26, 2018

2 Samuel 1:19-20 KJV

The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

[20] Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

Sunny FM usually plays a short advert of Pastor David Oyedepo reciting these verses on weekday evenings, but it never occurred to me that those were the words of David mourning Saul and Jonathan.

Essentially, David did not see any logic in jubilating over the fall and demise of an anointed man of God, who was his enemy anyway. He won’t even spare the man who came to deliver the news.

For David, King Saul represented the institution of God’s rule over man and so couldn’t take that for granted.
You have no business celebrating the downfall of a man of God, irrespective of the relationship you had with him. Don’t get this misconstrued, I refer to anointed men of God.

Heaven doesn’t celebrate the fall of its warriors and so you shouldn’t. Pray for God’s grace to keep them, and do what you can for the Kingdom to be United, not divided.

Have a blessed day.
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THE END IN SIGHT – Wed, Apr 25, 2018

1 Samuel 31:5-6 KJV

And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

[6] So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

One day my wife asked me this question, “does God know the end from the beginning?”
I knew what questions were going to follow soon as I answered her. In fact, it wasn’t going to be the first time I’ve had to answer that particular question, so I wasn’t going to be caught off guard. 😊

So I started by answering those I presumed would come as follow-up questions.
One would ask that, if God indeed knew this was how miserable King Saul’s end was going to be, why didn’t he avoid it all together. Saul didn’t make himself king anyway, God chose him, so why?

The movie, Bruce Almighty, explains to a very good extent. God has given each of us a gift called FREE WILL. This gift of choice doesn’t permit God to take decisions on our behalf, unless we ask Him to, through prayer. The same gift gives us the power to choose whatever path we prefer.

God knows these paths well enough and so knows the consequences/the end result of those choices/paths we take, but certainly He won’t make the choice for you. You have to make it yourself.
I pray your choices will always be in tandem with His for you.

Have a blessed day.
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INTENTIONS COUNT – Tue, Apr 24, 2018

1 Samuel 30:22 KJV

Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.

David and his men embarked on a rescue mission, but while they were en route, about 200 men grew so faint and weak that they couldn’t make it to the end. So obviously they missed out on the victory and more importantly, the spoil.

Upon their return, the leader in David, ordered that part of the spoil be given to the 200 though the couldn’t make it. As expected many protested strongly against this, but David stood his ground, so that it became a statute in his time.

I believe this move by David pleased the LORD a great deal, being a judge of motives and intents Himself. Once the intention was so clear, though the desired results wasn’t achieved, it was still merited to the 200 as success.

God applies the same principle to us, both for righteous and sinful acts. Whether or not you were able to go the long haul to achieve sin/righteousness, you actually received your reward just when you began… at that point when the motive/intent took seed in you. Wise up, the end doesn’t always justify the means. Intentions too count.

Have a blessed day.
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POSITIVITY AMIDST CRISIS – Fri, Apr 20, 2018

1 Samuel 26:24 KJV

And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord , and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.

A times when things are a bit hard for me, I’m very open about them. I easily tell it as it is, especially to those to expect help from me and feel I’m just avoiding them. Unlike David, I fail to always speak positivity into the situation and declare a turn around.

David had been in the wilderness for sometime and the second time, the King, Saul, had come to hunt him down. The second time he spared the King’s life because he thought it was too precious to take.

So David remarked, “may God see my life as precious, same way I see the king’s life as so precious and deliver me from tribulations.” These words moved the King so much so that he declared, “Blessed be David, You shall do great things and shall still prevail.”

Even in hard times we must learn to speak positively. Such remarks don’t just spur us on but are able to spontaneously yield positivity from even those we don’t expect too, and together these go a long way to bless you and alleviate our frustrations.

Have a blessed Friday.
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NAME SPIRITS – Thu, Apr 19, 2018

1 Samuel 25:25 KJV

Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is , so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

A few weeks ago I attended a child dedication ceremony at a church in Korle Gono. Using the text above (1 Sam 25:25), the pastor gave a few insights into why good names are a necessity.

He said that bad names have influenced people negatively since creation, and that is why God changed the names of some people. Jesus did same and so did the apostles. Names are a covering on their bearers.

So when David sought to attack Nabal and annihilate him, one thing Abigail said was, “…don’t regard this man of Belial (devil) for as his name is so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him.”
These are very strong words.

So next time you want to want to choose a name/nickname for yourself, your child or business, think of the spirit behind the name first. Jacob saw prosperity when he became Israel. Desire good names and go for them, they certainly influence the bearers.

Have a blessed day.
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STRIKING RIGHTLY – Wed, Apr 18, 2018

1 Samuel 24:11 KJV

Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

What would you do when an opportunity to get even with someone who’s been hunting you all along, comes your way? Would you take it?

There are moments in our lives when we have to take decisions that are time-bound, when every passing second counts. And oh, how we wish we could know and even see the consequences in a vision first before making those decisions!!
Unfortunately, life doesn’t offer those fantasies.

Life teaches you to strike while the iron is hot, but a David who depended absolutely on God for direction knew this cliché didn’t apply to him. He struck only when God asked him to, not when the iron was hot. He spared the king’s life.

Absolute dependence on God requires that even when we strongly feel that a thing is right, we still seek the Lord’s approval. Now that is hard and almost impractical, but not impossible. Develop a culture for it and share your experiences with others.

Have a blessed day.
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