LOVING THE ENEMY – Wed, Jan 30, 2019

Psalm 69:22-23 KJV

Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.

[23] Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.

There’s a lot of emotion bottled up in this Psalm of David. Also present is some resemblance to what Jesus Himself did while on earth.

But what caught my attention well enough was how much David wanted these enemies of his eliminated. So much so that he wanted their names blotted out of the book of the living. 🤔

But Jesus, in His time on earth, would have none of that. He preached a striking message that was and still is difficult to take in: love your enemies and pray for those who curse you. I honestly don’t know how well I have done with this, but certainly can’t remember how often I have prayed for even those who I know don’t like me. 😔

This is one of my spiritual objectives for this year. To make an effort each day to pray for those who don’t wish me well. I believe you can take up this challenge too. We may redefine Christianity in our homes with this approach.

Have a blessed day.
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HIGHER ROCK – Tue, Jan 22, 2019

Psalm 61:2 KJV

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

A higher rock or a strong tower, usually served the same purpose of protection and preservation.

For people like David who were domiciled in the wilderness for obvious reasons, they couldn’t do without a higher rock. In fact, a higher rock was a key pre-requisite in the choice for a hiding place in the wilderness. Watchmen observed and warned of attacking bandits from such spots, making it by far one of the most important locations of every camp.

Figuratively, YAWEH assumed this role in the life of David, so far as he was concerned. In verses 1 to 4 David found ways to communicate this truth he had come to accept, and that is why God became his first point of call in every situation.

Who is your high tower?
Who has assumed this role in your life?
Who would you turn to first when life hits you hard?
Make YAHWEH your high tower.

Have a blessed day.
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DAILY PROTECTION – Fri, Jan 18, 2019

Psalm 57:6 KJV

They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

This chapter of Psalms is one of the many David wrote well before he became king. For the fugitive that he was, he found himself hiding in caves and strongholds from time to time.

So clearly David could personally testify of the protection of God each day. He knew it was no cliché, but very real, especially since we had established a few days ago that he had a number of snitches/informants working against him in his own camp.

You may not see it for what it is, but the forces of heaven actually protect us daily. If this was not the case, we would have fallen into many more pits than we actually do.

Don’t wait to be in the position of being pursued like David was, to know and believe this. Each day you pray, be careful to thank God for that protection you receive, don’t take this for granted. Just like His Love for you, His protection is priceless!

Have a blessed day. #TGIF
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MR. SNITCH – Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Psalm 55:13-14 KJV

But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

[14] We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

One thing that is common in movies like *”Hotel Rwanda, Sometimes in April, Beast of No Nation and Tears of the Sun,”* is the work of informants and inside-men.

Inside-men can be very counter productive to the team. While you try to escape the enemy, they give away your location and make you an easy target. Running all your efforts to make progress into the drain.

But things get very emotional when such informants are your very very close buddies. This was the case with David, he couldn’t bottled up his feelings, he talked to God about them; he wanted them buried alive (v15). How painful it must have been.

This year we pray that God will turn the hearts of all our close pals who only live in pretense; whose real motives are to make us retrogress and see our downfall. May God expose their actions and bring their efforts to naught, in Jesus’ name.

Have a blessed day.
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ALL ARE HIS – Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Psalm 50:11-12 KJV

I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.

[12] If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

The first time I got to be part of a finance and fund raising committee many years ago, I was surprised by a list I chanced upon. It comprised names of people who had pledged from 5yrs back. Many thoughts started rushing through my mind.

Clearly something was not right, I thought. Were they expecting some monies that never got into their hands? Were their pledges a form of showmanship, did they only want to impress people? Were they ‘bribing’ God to do something for them in return?

Some old testament folks also behaved in a similar way. They sacrificed big time to ‘manipulate’ God to do their bidding, even when their motives were wrong. No wonder these powerful and majestic words came from the Lord (see v8 -12).

Offer your thanksgiving to God as an act of commitment and fellowship with God. Your vow to Him is important, but the motives behind must be equally clean, else you are only throwing away your pearls.

Have a blessed day.
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