BEHIND THE SCENES – Fri, Jun 29, 2018

2 Kings 19:25b-26 KJV

…now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

[26] Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

Sometimes when good things come our way, we are tempted to think our efforts resulted in those glories. It is very easy to miss the Hand of God in these successes, especially when you know you put in a lot.

The King of Assyria, Sennacherib had destroyed many kingdoms. Until his encounter with Jerusalem, he probably never knew that God had used him as a tool all this while to bring judgement on some nations. Moreover, he was a pagan king, what would God want from Him?

Unfortunately for Sennacherib, he bit more than he could chew. His lack of knowledge of the source of his own successes, cost him a lot more than he could ever had asked for. I like the Message Bible’s version of this:
“Did it never occur to you that I am behind all this?… using you as a doomsday weapon…?”

It is a good feeling to bask in your personal achievements and take delight in the fact that you did it all. At least let it remain there, don’t take it out on the Supreme God who got you there without your permission or knowledge. He may turn you around by the nose when you least expect.

Have a blessed Friday.
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THE LAST STRAW – Wed, Jun 27, 2018

2 Kings 17:5-6 KJV

Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

[6] In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

A friend of mine broke up with his fiancee some years ago, just weeks before their traditional wedding. Later, when I got the courage to ask him why, he simply replied, “charley, enough is enough.”

Apparently, he had been putting up with infidelity for a while. But each time, he and his fiancee found a way of patching up things and beginning on a fresh page. However, after one incident, he couldn’t pursue the agenda any further, he felt that was the last straw. In local parlance we say, “her cup got full.”

Israel had tested a patient God for too long. The day finally came, when God also said, “enough is enough.” The Assyrians came and the predictions of the prophets materialized. Only Judah remained!

Even the patience and mercy of God has a limit. His doors are opened to you for as long as you are alive. So you can please yourself and do all manner of things, but when body, soul and spirit separate, when death calls, would that be your last straw? Would He say enough is enough or welcome you with outstretched arms?

Have a blessed day.
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POWER – Tue, Jun 26, 2018

2 Kings 16:3-4 KJV

But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

[4] And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

I’m reminded of a character in the Game of Thrones franchise called Shireen. She was the daughter of King Stannis Baratheon, yet was burnt alive at the stake by Melissandre, the priestess of the god of light. The princess’ father gave his consent.

Those scenes were not too pleasant, even though I knew it was only an act. Unlike images I remember from the old Joan of Arc movie, Shirleen’s screams and facial expression define how much she was tortured, all for the sake of power… power for her dad the king!

King Ahaz of Judah found himself culpable for this kind of worship. He had gone so low so far as God’s standards were concerned that he even had shrines under every tree. He did anything to hold on to power… absolutely anything… so brought down untold judgement on Judah.

It’s amazing what men would do to be powerful and hold on to power. You may not commit horrific practices, like child sacrifice, to gain power. But soon as you begin to do unthinkable things you know you otherwise wouldn’t have done, then you should know the path you are charting.

Have a blessed day.
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FIX THINGS – Fri, Jun 22, 2018

2 Kings 12:7 KJV

Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.

Usually when I go round the office and see things that are broken down, I get a bit upset. This is not something I do deliberately, I’ve realized over the years that it just happens that the mere sight of such generates some anger in me.

So whether it is a swivel chair, computer, toilet seat, door handle, A.C., TV remote, louvre blades or window blinds, I’d rather not see them, especially if they have been in that condition for a while. They should have been fixed immediately they got broken!

King Jehoash felt a similar pressure. So he took action for house of the Lord to be fixed.
Not all broken down things can be fixed with money, unfortunately. While others are emotionally broken, others are in a state that seem irreparable, and we need to be there for all such people. Our mandate as Christians is to ‘fix things.’

Christ came to fix a lot of people. He dedicated much of His time doing this and expects us to do same if not better. Don’t just look on like you don’t care. You just can’t be indifferent. You’ve got to ‘fix things.’

Have a blessed Friday.
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KONONGO KAYA – Thu, Jun 21, 2018

2 Kings 11:1 KJV

And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

“Konongo Kaya,” is a term Ghanaians use to describe people who are not in a position to undertake a certain task or activity and yet will do all it takes to sabotage or prevent another from performing that task.

This popular term is also ascribed to young men who are unable to propose to ladies they are interested in, but are able to show their intents all the same.
So in every sense of the word, Konongo Kaya, is not so cool and people hate to be called that.

When a Christian acts in such a capacity to make Christianity a hard thing to be grasped by others, he only makes himself an enemy of God. If you won’t be the music director, don’t make the choir ungovernable! If you won’t be a youth executive of your church, don’t undermine the activities of the youth association. Queen Athaliah did same and her end was a sorry sight.

Do all in your power to support others on a good cause, especially those of the household of faith. Desist from the Konongo Kaya syndrome, God is not pleased with such.

Have a blessed day.
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WHAT’S YOUR PURPOSE? – Wed, Jun 20, 2018

2 Kings 10:11,30 KJV

So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men, and his kinsfolks, and his priests, until he left him none remaining.

[30] And the Lord said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

In the early 2000’s when Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven books hit the scene, they became the most talked about pieces of literature in most Christian circles. I had not read the books yet but I could talk about them because I had heard just a lot.

I’d like to quote from my signed copy of a book on purpose, titled “Purpose Unlocked” written by my good friend Apostle Peter: A purpose-driven life is the ONLY source of true fulfilment in life.
This statement is too thought provoking and I believe that was what Jehu in today’s text (2 King 10) thought about.

The man had an assignment from God to exterminate the house of Ahab and Jezebel, and that was all he lived for. He identified his purpose on this earth and he lived for it. So if you thought he was a wicked man, then see what God to say about him in verse 30.

Every one of us needs to know what our God-given purpose is, and live a purpose driven life. This doesn’t come easy I must admit, but the tools are so available. Don’t just pass through life, fulfil that purpose.

Have a blessed day.
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BURDEN OF GUILT – Tue, Jun 19, 2018

2 Kings 9:26 KJV

Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the Lord ; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the Lord . Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground , according to the word of the Lord.

Some actions give ‘sweet’ gratification to the body to the extent that offenders often overlook the fact that someday, they will have to pay back for all that was done.

This was the case with Ahab and his wife Jezebel, the duo had single handedly wiped out God’s prophets from the land and ‘taken care’ of Naboth’s family because of his vineyard. Their end was predicted much earlier and God ensured it happened to the letter.

But the burden of this guilt was placed on Jehoram. He suffered for what his parents did. Now we can go on and on about whether this was deserved or not, (See v26-28) but one thing is certain, your bloodline is capable of holding a burden of guilt (judgement) or a blessing on you.

Thankfully, the blood of Christ is able to break us free from such a jinx.
It’s good to enjoy the effects of another person’s blessings but don’t pay for someone’s ‘crime.’ The Blood of Christ frees us from such unnecessary burdens, take advantage!

Have a blessed day.
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