TO YOU, WHO IS GOD? – Fri, Jul 19, 2019

Isaiah 40:18 KJV

To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

The question in today’s scripture verse is one that man has been attempting to answer for many many years. Even in Jesus’ time, He would pose a similar question to His disciples, “who do men say that I am?”

Our perspective of who God is matters a lot. In fact, it defines the kind of worship we offer and the type of relationship we keep with Him.
Isaiah mentioned different groups of people who would make a graven image of gold or wood, depending on their social statuses, just to reach Him (v19-20).

In like manner, most of us have very erroneous perspectives of the Father. We twist His concepts of love, holiness, etc, to forms He may not approve of, in an attempt to understand Him better. But Isaiah stated that “there is no searching to His understanding.”

No matter how hard we try, we may never fully comprehend Him or understand everything about Him. But alas, we know He gives strength to those who wait on Him (v29-31), strength to practically do anything physical or spiritual. Strength to know Him deeper today than yesterday.
May He shape out our perspectives of Him in the way that it right and true, so we can tap into His strength and soar with wings like eagles.

Have a blessed day.
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REVEALING TOO MUCH – Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Isaiah 39:2 KJV

And Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

Learning from ones own experiences is not a pleasant move, though one learns a lot in the process. I personally prefer learning bitter lessons from the experiences of others.

In my quest for sponsorship I discussed a concept in its entirety with a good number of people. We had come far with this and only needed some good money to execute. Before we could say Jack, an ally of one of our potential sponsors was rolling out our idea. What was worse, the wording was not even touched, everything came out exactly the same way we had planned it, word for word!

Hezekiah made a terrible mistake, after the Lord had blessed him with 15 extra years. He showed it all to the enemy! He showed it all!!!
True… he didn’t know they were going to be enemies to the kingdom at the time, but that was no excuse, judgement followed later, through the prophet Isaiah (v5-7).

I pray God gives us the wisdom to know what to reveal and whom to reveal it to. Too many of us have crushed/truncated destinies simply because we said so much to the wrong people.
Shakespeare said “there’s no art to find the mind’s construction on the face.” May He deliver us from those who come to rob our futures.

Have a blessed day.
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PRAY ALWAYS – Wed, Jul 17, 2019

Isaiah 38:1-2 KJV

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.

[2] Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord,

My spiritual director was relocating to the United States. At His send-off party, he was asked to say a few words. After thanking all the people who had contributed much to his life, he had this to say:

“When you are happy, pray. When you are sad, pray. When you don’t feel happy or sad, pray.
When you don’t feel like praying, pray.
The one thing you can’t stop doing is prayer.”
I find his words useful today because of Hezekiah’s story in Isaiah 38.

What comes to you naturally when such bad news hits you? First reactions may be crying, that of shock, surprise, etc, then follows complaints. They are the natural things we do. Yet Hezekiah gave us a more productive response to such situations, a response that merited immediate results for him. He prayed!

You may have known all this while, but true to self, you know how much prayer hardly crosses your mind at the moment when challenges hit you head-on. Let’s make the effort to shift from the norm of complaints to a new norm of prayer. We can if we put our minds to it. Let’s do it!

Have a blessed day.
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NOT YOUR FIGHT – Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Isaiah 37:7-8 KJV

Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

[8] So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.

Indeed there is a time for everything. Sometimes there really is no reason to fight at all. Sometimes there’s just no need to waste resources in order to protect what you have.

Israel and King Hezekiah were in a time when the talk of the town was King Sennacherib and his Assyrian army, plundering down anything that stood in their way. Nothing survived, except who/what they wanted to. So their threat on Israel was a real one, no one took it lightly… none, except the LORD of Hosts.

Impossible situations need a God of impossibilities. Israel never lifted a finger to fight this Assyrian Army. They only woke up to hear that 185,000 soldiers failed to wake up. How? They had no clue how! Jehovah Hamassiyah took care of the challenge. It wasn’t theirs to fight.

May Yeshua Ha-Mashiach come through for you and take care of your battles before you even realize it. I pray He recognizes your predicaments, and moves in your favour before you know it, bringing down any power intends to bring you shame and misery.

Have a blessed day.
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KARMA – Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Isaiah 33:1 TMB

Doom to you, Destroyer, not yet destroyed; And doom to you, Betrayer, not yet betrayed. When you finish destroying, your turn will come – destroyed! When you quit betraying, your turn will come – betrayed!

Karma is one philosophy that seems to sit down well with people from various religious backgrounds. I’ve heard many, Christians and Moslems alike, make statements to suggest they believe in this old Indian philosophy.

Rightly so, each of these religions, as do most others, have some parallels to portions of the Karma philosophy. No one gets away with his actions eventually. Even if one isn’t rewarded here or now, he gets his due in the afterlife or the re-birth.

Isaiah didn’t mince words. In this piece to his people he admonished them to live right, despise exploitation, etc. (v15) because their actions would come back to haunt or bless them, no matter how long it took.

Everybody’s turn will come, so if you keep betraying but haven’t been betrayed yet, just know you are on a time bomb, the clock is ticking. In good time all you’ll hear is kaboooom!!!
Let’s treat others well, so we only reap a good return in time of need.

Have a blessed day.
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TRUST ISSUES – Wed, Jul 10, 2019

Isaiah 31:1,3 KJV

Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!

[3] Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

Why is the Lord not so cool about our reliance on others for help?
I can put across a number of scriptures that are parallel to this:

“Cursed is the man whose trust is in man…” – Jer 17:5
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there’s no help” – Ps 143:6
“The fear of man brings a snare, but he who puts his trust in the Lord is safe” – Pro 29:25
I could go on and on, and time without number we’ve heard exhortations on same.

But truly can one live without ever trusting another man? How would businesses and relationships survive without trust or faith in each other?

How possible are these words of the prophets and how relevant are they in our time? Think about this and share a comment or two when you can. We would be grateful to read.

Have a blessed day.
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ITCHY EARS – Tue, Jul 09, 2019

Isaiah 30:8-9 KJV

Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:

[9] That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord :

I was told a story of a gentleman who kept jumping from one prophet to the other, till he heard what he wanted to hear.
Sometimes I wonder why in our time, people want to hear a particular message from a pastor/prophet concerning their own lives.

Once we don’t hear that message, we think the man of God is not anointed enough. This is what the scriptures describe as having itchy ears. People have had such desires even in Isaiah’s time, paying prophets to speak a word in their favour, a total abomination to the Lord.

According to Isaiah, such people are rebels, liars, whose end isn’t gradual but instant! Like a wall with a defect in it, that suddenly falls in a day, without warning. Like a piece of pottery smashed into pieces, with nothing to salvage!

But the ears of those who wait on the Lord, shall catch a word, “this is the way, walk in it.”
I pray that there will be more prophets among us than those who seek the prophet. I pray that God tunes your spiritual antennae to hear from Him in person and deepen that relationship you have with Him.

Have a blessed day.
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