OTHER BOOKS OF THE BIBLE – Wed, May 30, 2018

1 Kings 11:41 KJV

And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

Have you ever come across verses like this (1Kings 11:41) in the bible that suggest that there may be other books/material that have some biblical historical records of interest?
Certainly so!

We saw a similar verse while we were studying the book of Joshua (10:13), and now we hear the mention of the Book of the Acts of Solomon. Any student of the bible would love to lay hands on these materials.

When subjects of this nature come up, some of us Christians are quick to dismiss them, because we believe the Bible itself is enough to drum down the message of the Gospel and Christ’s teachings of love. I agree perfectly, but nothing should stop any Christian, who wants to learn, from accessing those historical records that couldn’t be contained in the bible, but were only mentioned or cited.

This link will give you a simple write-up on some of these books and their biblical references I chanced upon:

Other Historical Books referenced in the Bible

Study to show thyself approved of God… (2 Tim 2:15). Make use of the resources available to learn more about your God.

Have a blessed day.
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ORDERLINESS – Tue, May 29, 2018

1 Kings 10:4-5 KJV

And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built,

[5] And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord ; there was no more spirit in her.

I once visited a friend’s church. He had invited me to a programme that was going on for a number of days. I couldn’t help but notice how orderly things were done.

In my own church, I know there is a lot of order. But what I came to see at my friend’s was at another level. “Perhaps, it was a special occasion,” I thought to myself.

The Queen of Sheba could not contain herself when she had an experience in the courts of Solomon. I can imagine her reaction, because there was no social media to give her heads up even before she traveled there. Orderliness, in some cases, may be an indicator of God’s presence.

Even though there is liberty in the presence of God, there is also orderliness. Things MUST be done right!
So start that prayer meeting on time, finish it on time. Don’t say you were led by the Spirit to carry on. Avoid the unnecessary haphazard movements to and fro for no special reasons. Our God is also a God of Order.

Have a blessed day.
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SPECIFIC ALLIES – Thu, May 24, 2018

1 Kings 5:1 KJV

And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.

When you listen to the stories of most successful people, you’d always find that one ally they had somewhere who made doors open when they needed it the most.

These may neither be their regular buddies nor “divine connectors” as many have come to call them. No, these are allies who spring up to achieve a single important purpose in your life.

In Solomon’s case, this ally was Hiram, the King Tyre. I’d even dare to say that Hiram built the famous Temple in Jerusalem. He wasn’t Solomon’s, Hiram was a friend of David and he loved the former king well enough to make his son’s requests good.

May God release and reintroduce allies of our predecessors into our lives so we can fall on their experiences and resources to achieve specific purposes He has for us. And may we have the eyes to see these ones when they show up in our lives. Amen!

Have a blessed day.
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WHEN BAD TURNS GOOD – Wed, May 23, 2018

1 Kings 4:22-23 KJV

And Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,

[23] Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl.

Sometimes, I think about how much love God has for mankind and humanity and I’m just not able to understand how one could love so much.

Solomon was the 3rd king of the Jews. Remember God wasn’t in favour of the whole idea of a king and what He told the people is exactly what we see in Solomon’s time. The king’s daily provisions were unimaginable; somewhere on that list was 100 sheep!!!

Even though this was not the perfect will of God for His people, He still made a way for them to be able to cater for the excesses of the king’s household. He gave them enough, every man had enough (see v25).

Even when we have fallen out of His perfect Will, His LOVE for us still finds a way to sort us out and make things work out someway somehow, so that no situation is a totally lost one. Somehow, hope finds its roots in His love. We have a great lover.

Have a blessed day.
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MAKE THAT SACRIFICE – Tue, May 22, 2018

1 Kings 3:4 KJV

And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

A former work colleague of mine spoke to me about something crazy he did some years ago. He said that in the midst of some crisis he went through, he was advised to make a good sacrifice to begin with. After careful thoughts, he sacrificed all of his salary for that month.

When I heard of his story at that time, I was only asking myself how I could ever get to such a level of thinking.
The account of King Solomon and his wisdom is widely known, one of the few accounts in the bible that needs no introduction to anyone irrespective.

But we lose track of verse 4 above which stated what exactly Solomon did to provoke the LORD Himself to visit him. Note that the LORD did not send His angel as He normally does, He came Himself. No other king, no other person had ever sacrificed a thousand burnt offerings.

The LORD had no choice, He was moved by the offer and He came down. If you are not prepared to make a “God-come-down” sacrifice, you may keep knocking on that door for long. Consider Solomon’s approach. His wisdom did not just drop from heaven, he provoked it.

Have a blessed day.
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WHO ARE YOUR MIGHTY MEN? – Fri, May 18, 2018

2 Samuel 23:8 KJV

These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.

I attended a friend’s wedding just a couple of years ago. When I got there I decided to look through the programme and what I saw made me smile. I realized the groomsmen had been put under the title, MIGHTY MEN. Just then, I remembered King David’s mighty men and what they stood for.

King David has a very powerful support squad. He had whom you could call, the 3 musketeers, solidly behind him anyday. Adino, one of the three, killed 800 men in one battle alone. Eleazar and Shammah were the other two. Each of these could win battles on their own, with strength from the LORD, yet none of them was brought into the spotlight.

Yet still there were many other warriors who wrought many conquests and attributed it to David, because he was their leader. Loyal faithful warriors, fearless in battle, Mighty Men they were. God had deemed it so.

You don’t need to fight all the battles in your life, NO!!!
David didn’t, yet the victory was attributed to him. Avoid unnecessary battles even if you are a prayer warrior or business tycoon. Some can be won on your behalf. Be wise!

Have a blessed Friday.
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YOUR STRENGTH, HIS DELIGHT – Wed, May 16, 2018

2 Samuel 21:16-17 KJV

And Ishbi-benob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword , thought to have slain David.

[17] But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.

One footballer that I respect and admire for his dedication and attitude towards training and getting better each day is Christiano Ronaldo.

Because of his winning mentality, he would train hard all the time. But age won’t allow him to do this for the rest of his life, so the man is taking to different strategies lately. Now he rather choses to prowl around the opponents danger area and attack when the opportunity presents itself. This is very unlike him in the youthful past.

David had a similar challenge. His skill on the battlefield was unquestionable in his youthful days. But age almost got him killed in battle against a younger giant. And that was it, his career as a warrior ended there and then.

Age is one of the few constants of life. Irrespective of the anointing on your life to ply that career you so much cherish, there will still come a time when you can only look on and reminisce. What will you do in those days? Know God now, don’t give Him your retirement. He needs you strong, not retired.

Have a blessed day.
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