PARENT’S GRAPES, CHILDREN’S TEETH – Wed, Oct 30, 2018

Ezekiel 18:20,32 KJV

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

[32] For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God : wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Sometimes when I watch the History Channel on BBC and see some of the things Hitler and his generals did, I wonder what his “enemies” actually did to him to merit such response from the fuhrer.

The kind of things you see, portrays a hatred and anger that is so deep seethed, which was meted out to so many people who had nothing to do with it.
Christians sometimes feel like this when things happen to us.

We are told that what we suffer is probably a result of some sins of our parents or their parents through some blood covenants. True as this may be, God Himself too spoke through both Prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah. The children’s teeth won’t be set on edge jut because their parents are sour grapes.

Take God by His Word, you won’t die for the wrongs of others, neither should other die for your wrongs. Above all, His desire is for you to live, and to live eternally. Shake off the old and embrace the new. Your soul belongs to Him.

Have a blessed day.
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THEY HAVE SEEN NOTHING – Fri, Oct 25, 2019

Ezekiel 13:3,6 KJV

Thus saith the Lord God ; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

[6] They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.

It’s rather interesting that I get to read a chapter like this today, just after a friend and I discussed it yesterday. A video of a prophet in Ghana who blamed himself and other prophets for some of the woes that has befallen Christians, had gone viral on social media.

The whole import of his message was that the more people are exposed to prophesy, the more susceptible they are to attacks from the enemy, which in the long run, does no good to the Body of Christ. The prophetic ministry, apart from being exploited by liars in clerical collars, has had its fair share of damage to the Body. It didn’t start today!

Prophet Ezekiel had strong words for the prophets of his time who only spoke their own minds. Those who white-washed doom and made it look like paradise. Saying what God hadn’t said and making people “receive” them. Such ones, God says He will delete from His Register (see v9) – whatever that means is for another day.

In these times, people will do anything to make a living, and this includes dabbling in the Prophetic. Don’t just be fooled by “prophetic words” because they bring you a sense of hope. Receive declarations but also subject them to scripture.
I pray for a discerning spirit in these times.

Have a blessed Friday. #TGIF
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ADULTERY – Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Ezekiel 6:9 KJV

And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

On a radio programme I was listening to yesterday while driving home, a woman complained to the host about how her husband’s desire for her had diminished.

According to her, childbirth had changed her looks and so didn’t feel she had that appeal anymore, which was making her husband look elsewhere.
Adultery in marriages is an age old problem, a thing I doubt will ever end. Whichever way you look at it, the other partner is usually left broken, especially when they have both come very far.

Israel dealt a lot with God on this level. Prophet Ezekiel would describe God’s heart as broken at this point, because of their adulterous lives. This kind of adultery was with other deities and not man. Other powers, forces, objects, etc that took their worship of God away from Him and rested it in the bosom of that which couldn’t even save themselves.

God hasn’t changed. His delight is for you to return His love for you in worship of Him. Don’t hand your love over to a phone, a TV show, money, food, fashion, or a group/society at His expense. That is whorish, that is adulterous.
Let’s make the effort to love Him with all of our hearts.

Have a blessed Friday. #TGIF
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HELL, EMPTY THREAT? – Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Ezekiel 6:7,10 KJV

And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

[10] And they shall know that I am the Lord, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

I’ve heard many schools of thoughts that seem to suggest that a loving God like ours, would never hurt the very people He made.

Such folks erroneously substantiate their claims with the first coming of Jesus. “He came into the world to save it, not to condemn it.”

This was the position of most of the Israelites before captivity in Babylon. The prophet Ezekiel, on the other hand would speak God’s mind on the matter to them: “…and you will know that the Lord has not said in vain that He will do this evil…”

Though God is love, He is a fair judge too and will recompense unto each one of us our due. Living outside His Will has one end eventually, so is living in His Will. His Will is for you and I to be saved. Be reminded daily that hell is real! Your love for the Father is enough to keep you from eternal damnation.

Have a blessed day.
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MULTIPLY, INCREASE, BUT REMEMBER – Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Ezekiel 5:7-8 KJV

Therefore thus saith the Lord God ; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments;

[8] Therefore thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.

Recently, I read a post on social media, which comments were supposedly made by Sadio Mane, the in-form Liverpool FC Forward. Though I had seen the post before, I took time to read it again.

Essentially, he didn’t want to be consumed by all his wealth. He always remembered where he came from and would rather channel his resources into worthwhile projects that will transform the lives of his people back home.

Prophet Ezekiel, the drama minister that he was, portrayed the reality to his people. Their successes, compared to the neighbouring nations, had made them completely forget who they were or where they had come from. They had forgotten their God and His ordinances because “they had multiplied.”

Success can be delusional sometimes. I pray that as you “multiply” you still remember who you are, how you got there and what is more, who got you there.
I pray for more successful people among us, succesful people who have and maintain a memory!

Have a blessed day.
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DRAMA’S ROLE – Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Ezekiel 4:4,6 KJV

Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.

[6] And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

When I was a first year student in the university, I witnessed a sketch by the Drama Ministry. While I sat and watched, I wondered what place drama had at a programme such as a Spiritual Retreat. In my narrow mind, drama was merely for entertainment, as often was.

But after that short sketch and a couple more in the course of the semester, I came to learn and understand how valuable such modes of delivery proved to be, in administering God’s word… a necessary tool!

Prophet Ezekiel probably saw more drama than any other prophet. He play dehumanizing roles, just to get God’s message through. From cooking with faeces to lying on one side of his body without moving for over a year, just to paint the picture as vividly as possible. Ezekiel went great lengths, nothing close to the luxuries Christians of today enjoy.

What excuse are you still holding on to? To what extent can you overlook self and put in some sacrifice for His Word to reach others?
How much of yourself are you giving? What tools are you using to get the message through? Man, thou art inexcusable!
I pray for the grace to do!

Have a blessed day.
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KEEP YOUR INHERITANCE – Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Lamentations 5:2,4 KJV

Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

[4] We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.

Some Ghanaians feel Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkwrumah shouldn’t have driven away the whites completely. They feel some form of power sharing and a mutual co-existence would have made our country like South Africa by now. Majority of these same people feel the state is a failed one now, since all the ideals of Nkrumah are nowhere near sight.

Nkrumah wanted Ghana to hoard all the cocoa produced in Africa and perhaps control the sale of this cash crop and its derivatives. Unfortunately today, the cocoa is sold back to us at a premium price.

Perhaps, this is what the Prophet Jeremiah felt, a failed state, a time when Israel’s wood was sold back to her, when her inheritance was now ceded to strangers/aliens. Things that should have come to them naturally now came at a price.

Spiritually, this is what happens to us when we dabble in sin. We cede our inheritance and promises to the enemy, the devil. We lose the power to decree and speak over situations. We become a failed people, and begin to beg for what is originally ours. I pray that you and I get delivered from sin and break free from its hold. We are victorious!

Have a blessed day. #TGIF
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