GATEKEEPERS – Tue, Jul 31, 2018

1 Chronicles 26:12 KJV

Among these were the divisions of the gatekeepers, even among the chief men, having wards one against another, to minister in the house of the Lord.

One group of people that is not talked about much is the GATEKEEPERS. These were very trustworthy Levites who guarded the gates of the camp and most importantly, significant places of worship.

Due to the sensitivity of their job, they certainly had to be incorruptible valiant men, whose interests were in every matter pertaining to God (v30, v33). In his time, David used these to guard the temple treasuries.

In a book entitled “Holy War,” the author, John Bunyan speaks of the need to have a spiritual gatekeeper. He mentioned five gates: Ear-gate, Eye-gate, Mouth-gate, Nose-gate and Feel-gate, which are usually the entry points for all manner of jeopardy we put our souls through.

A firm Christian doesn’t disregard these gates, but employs a spiritual gatekeeper (Holy Spirit) to keep his soul safe. Never overlook the promptings or warnings of your Gatekeeper, the consequences may be too grave.

Have a blessed day.
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KNOW YOUR ENEMY – Thu, Jul 26, 2018

1 Chronicles 21:1 KJV

And Satan stood up against Israel, and incited David to number Israel.

Either satan’s access to people seems to have no limits or he is given access to almost everyone. Verses like these freak me out a lot.

It is sad when some people feel they are immune to the devil and his ways. One aspect of the Lord’s Prayer, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” is one of the most vital all-time phrases.
Satan got access to Jesus to tempt Him, but thousands of years before then, he got access to Adam and Eve. Today we read he got access to incite David. Jesus Himself would later say Satan got permission to sift Peter.

I don’t intend to highlight the power of the devil. No, far from that. But I wish to suggest to you that you live a life of folly if you think your anointing will prevent the devil’s access to you.

In 2 Cor 2:11 Paul the Apostle admonishes us not to be ignorant of the devices of the devil, lest he gets the advantage over. Let he who stands take heed, lest he falls.
The evil one never relents in his pursuit of you, don’t take him lightly through complacency or arrogance. Stay alert!

Have a blessed day.
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NO HIDDEN CHARGES – Wed, Jul 25, 2018

1 Chronicles 20:5 KJV

And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver’s beam.

Most “sakawa” tales have one thing in common; those who get involved usually are not able to appreciate the extent of their commitments at the onset, so get shocked at a point when a certain demand is made of them. They never saw it coming!!!

It is the craft of most deities to be cunning and never present things the way they really are: Superficial beauties with embedded thorns, so one can only regret when one has gone in deep, usually with no opportunity to return.

The same cannot be said of Jehovah God, the triune God. When He, through David, got Goliath out of the way, he made sure Elhanah dealt with Goliath’s brother. In fact all the other giants were taken care of by David’s men. No chance for surprise attacks and other reprisals. 1 Chr 20:4-8 details this out better.

It is refreshing to know that what/who you chose to believe in, takes care of your back, so you can sleep with your eyes closed, not with one eye opened. Choose wisely, only Jesus gives you this kind of insurance.

Have a blessed day.
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FOLLY OF NOT YIELDING – Tue, Jul 24, 2018

1 Chronicles 19:19 KJV

And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with David, and became his servants: neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon any more.

The story of Hanun and David is a very interesting one we encountered earlier in the 2nd book of Samuel, where a very unnecessary war broke out between the two, just because David’s good intentions were misinterpreted.

At the end of the day, that hand of peace David intended to offer initially to the Ammonites, was finally accepted, but at the cost of more than 47,000 souls; a very avoidable and foolish endeavour.

When we fail to yield to the call/invitation of Christ and submit to His will, we put ourselves in a similar position to the one Hanun and the Ammonites found themselves in. You may not know it now but the story at the end could be more disastrous.

Lessons from this account must save us from the spirit of foolishness and teach us to save a situation while we still can. Make that decision now to save your soul. Make Him your friend; accept His offer; no need to fight Him; you won’t win.

Have a blessed day.
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DISRUPTIONS IN THE CHURCH – Fri, Jul 20, 2018

1 Chronicles 15:2,13-14 KJV

Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.

[13] For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

[14] So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel.

In my opinion, one of the things that made David such a special leader was how quick he was to admit fault.

A couple of days ago when we discussed the death of Uzzah, who died in an attempt to prevent the Ark from falling, some of you still had your misgivings. In 1 Chronicles 15, David had done his homework this time and knew exactly what to do.

Now the king knew Uzzah’s death was his doing. He had not consulted the Lord nor his prophets. He was just out of ORDER. Law and Order are also indicators of the presence of God in a place.

Though it is good to be yourself and flow freely as one wills, it is also prudent to know what the prescribed order is, so your good intentions don’t defy what is or what should be. Disruption is good when done in the right context.

Have a blessed Friday.
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GET IT RIGHT – Wed, Jul 18, 2018

1 Chronicles 13:9-10 KJV

And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

[10] And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.

Just this morning I woke up to see a message a friend had shared with me last night; it was the sermon from his church last Sunday, he had forgotten to post on the page on Monday. Interestingly, we read the same text today.

Most people who hear the story of how Uzzah died at the threshing floor of Chidon, get angry about it, just like David, and feel sorry for the dude who thought he was helping, probably out of instinct/reflex. A little reading I did around this revealed a good number of reasons, which together brought Uzzah’s demise.

1. The ark was never to be carried in a cart. Remember the Philistines did same.
2. Only Levites could carry the ark.

So touching the Ark was more like the last straw; a sign of total disregard to the things of God, even if done unknowingly.

Contrary to popular opinion, you can’t worship God anyhow you feel. God has standards and He expects those who worship Him to know and comply. The consequences can be dire when we act in ignorance. Worship… but get it right.

Have a blessed day.
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ACCEPT HELP – Tue, Jul 17, 2018

1 Chronicles 12:38 KJV

All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.

In the movie Poseidon, the hero wanted to escape alone without anyone’s help. He told those who had wanted to help that it was best for him to work alone. As things turned out, he got all the help he needed to make it out alive.

Though David was the chosen one, he was in hiding and he needed all the help he could get. Many many people got unto his side, so that what God had said about him would be established. He had many warriors in his camp, aside his three mighty men.

Each tribe had ‘David-faithfuls,’ as I prefer to call them, and they were all of one mind: to make David king. These even included the sons of Isacchar (v32), with their special abilities, all all other like-minded people who were not even of Jewish stock.

God has placed a burden of help/assistance on some people to get you where you must. Don’t resist them when they come. No need to play Superman, he is only alive in Hollywood. Accept help, especially when it is god-sent.

Have a blessed day.
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