ALL THAT GLITTERS – Fri, Aug 31, 2018

2 Chronicles 28:23 KJV

For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

I know a lady who quit fellowship with us, because somehow she got convinced our leader was not powerful (anointed) enough. She approached the leader and encouraged the elderly woman to delve more into powerful areas of ministry.

Since things didn’t turn out how she wanted, the younger lady quit and joined a more powerful group. Little did she know this was not just going to end her blooming career but also rob her of her life-savings. Things turned out very bad at a point so that all who knew her could only pray.

King Ahaz of Judah treaded a similar path, he gave up the God of Judah for those of Damascus, simply because he presumed those gods were more powerful and had granted them successes in war. The king had only deceived himself and was on a trajectory of demise.

Just when you want to consider another alternative to a tested and proven solution, please pause and think first. Even when you think you are so sure, it pays to proceed with caution because not all that glitters is gold.

Have a blessed day. #TGIF.
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DOUBLE STANDARDS – Tue, Aug 28, 2018

2 Chronicles 25:2 KJV

And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord , but not with a perfect heart.

One of the areas I struggled with growing up as a young believer was living a clean life of no double standards. My intentions to do what was right was very clear in my mind but often never truly made up my mind to carry out those intentions.

I remember that encounter I had with with Pastor Ransford Abossey that shook me up and woke me from my sleep. It is one thing to know God and another to follow in His precepts, the two are entirely different.

King Amaziah listened to God in one moment and showed an amazing display of faith. He cut down a large army to size and faced the enemy with only a fewer number, by a prophetic direction. Indeed he was victorious, but he returned with the gods of those he had just defeated, so he could worship them… yes, such nonsense and foolishness!!!

We make ourselves of the stock of Amaziah, when we live lives of double standards. We don’t mock God, we rather look foolish in His eyes and He feels pity for us.
Align your actions with your knowledge of Him, the two should be inseparable.

Have a blessed day.
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HIS WORD TO PERFORM – Fri, Aug 24, 2018

2 Chronicles 21:7 KJV

Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.

Some situations get so bad that you wonder whether God would truly keep His Word. A typical example is the account of Jehoram the son of King Jehoshaphat, who suddenly meted out evil to his brothers.

Soon as he became king, he killed all his other brothers, in a bid to secure his position. In fact, he behaved just like the kings of Israel in the North, whom God had rejected, following in the actions of Ahab and co.

But because of that promise that God had made to king David… for the sake of His Word to perform, God would still not do away with this wicked king completely. God was bound by His Word. The power of His Word makes it impossible for He Himself to deviate from it.

So don’t be worried by what you see or by present circumstances. He is bound to perform His Word and to ensure His Word is not void. Only believe and keep hope alive because in due season, you will see that light He promised.

Have a blessed day. #TGIF
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NOT WORTH YOUR SUPPORT? – Wed, Aug 22, 2018

2 Chronicles 19:2 KJV

And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord ? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.

As a believer, you may still have to be mindful of whose campaign you fuel or which cause you support with your resources.

Once you subscribe to the truth that all you have is a blessing from Yahweh, then you need to be mindful of whom/what you channel them to for support. God made this point clearly to Jehoshaphat through Hanani the seer/prophet.

Jehoshaphat was a king who loved the Lord. Judah saw prosperity in his days, yet he helped Ahab, the wicked king of Israel in battle and the Lord didn’t take kindly to that. Though God loved him, he never approved his relationship or dealings with Ahab. He almost lost his life as a result.

God’s cover of protection over you is not greater than His Word. You expose yourself to danger when you wrongly affiliate with those He deems unfit, so seek His opinion at all times.

Have a blessed day.
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DISTRESS PRAYER CALLS – Fri, Aug 17, 2018

2 Chronicles 14:11 KJV

And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord , it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord , thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

Last night I received a distress call from a relative at about 11pm. He wouldn’t tell me what the issue was but he needed some good amount of cash ASAP… an amount I didn’t have in my mobile wallet.

I told him I couldn’t provide that much so I transferred the little I had to him.
This morning, he and I had a little chat and he told me he didn’t know why he never thought to pray about his situation but chose to buy his way out, in the heat of his predicament. He lamented that he had not brought out the believer in him at the time.

Many of us put our faith aside when trouble hits us instantly. The first resort is to look for human interventions, forgetting we are spirit beings. I’m not disregarding what help your neighbour can provide, I’m suggesting to you to pray about it as a first option, not a second or third.

King Asa thought of only one thing when he saw the multitudes against him.
I pray for a heart that is able to remember God as a first option in times of crises, a heart that considers sending distress prayer signals to heaven first before any other interventions.

Have a blessed Friday. #TGIF
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GODLY LEADERS – Thu, Aug 16, 2018

2 Chronicles 13:20-21 KJV

Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah: and the Lord struck him, and he died.

[21] But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

It is interesting how the measure of the successes of kings in the past was not only a function of the vastness of their kingdoms but also the size of their families.

The number of wives and children (especially sons) a king had, was definitely a sign of his wealth and power. And for Jewish kings, this was supposed to be precipitated on the rule of the Law of Yahweh. David, Solomon, and the rest of the kings of Judah, justified this assertion.

In our days, such assertions have rather brought more trouble than good… only the God-factor has remained. Greatness has been achieved equally by leaders have solely relied on God, irrespective of the expanse of their territories or family sizes.

Leaders who have waxed strong in the Lord their God.
I pray God establishes your leadership in this order, and bring you successes that are devoid of anything incriminating.

Have a blessed day.
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ALLOWED TO STAY – Wed, Aug 15, 2018

2 Chronicles 12:5 KJV

Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord , Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.

The definition of success should always include a successor, in my opinion. We established this when David was leaving the scene for Solomon. For once Israel knew no wars. Solomon’s reign saw no bloodshed… but only for that generation!

Wars resumed with Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, and the gold and treasures Solomon had decorated the temple with, were all taken away. The third generation did not see any of them. They were all gone. How could this happen so quickly?

Hadn’t God come down in His glory when the temple was dedicated? How is it possible that just after Solomon, the same temple gets desecrated and looted by an infidel? Where was God?

Whenever I get clothed in sin, I struggle to pray. I go days struggling to get back to my usual prayer schedules. There is always a shake up, it takes time to recover. That is one of the powers sin holds, it is capable of driving God away from the very place He has promised to dwell.
We need His presence in our homes, offices, etc. Let’s make Him stay!

Have a blessed day.
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