SIN HAS ITS REWARD – Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Habakkuk 1:2-3 KJV
O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

A man lived in the times when ancient Israel was at the brink of captivity. He was a prophet, yet just could not understand all that was happening. So he took his frustrations to God in prayer, he wanted answers.

He wanted to know how long the pain and grievance was going to last, how long he had to endure the torture of seeing an army totally obliterate his beloved city and do whatever they wanted with it. Why was God silent in all this?
But God had an answer for this man, this prophet, Habakkuk.

God allowed it to happen!
God had foretold this through His prophets and His Word was at hand!
No unforgiven sin would go unpunished, if Israel, that chosen people, was taken captive for the multitude of their sins, so would we if we continue to live in sin.


Sin results in death, and that is why a price was paid to give us liberation from sin and death.


Continuing in sin wilfully puts us in a position to be overcome by death yet again. Sins have dire consequences.
Let’s keep our walk with the LORD upright as we plead His blood daily to cleanse our sins, Amen.

Have a blessed day.

BACKING YOUR OFFERING – Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Micah 6:6-7 KJV

Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

[7] Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

One question that has plagued the thoughts of most believers is what the prophet Micah poses today in the text above. A lot of us have asked and judged whether what we are presenting to Him at a certain time is ok or not.

I personally knew an internet scammer who went all out to make a good offering whenever he was in church, which he often did.
What really pleases the LORD? Many people feel liberated internally, when they finally redeem their pledges, tithes or offerings, especially when the amounts involved are substantial.

The prophet sums it all up in Micah 6:8. The LORD requires three things from you:
1. To live justly
2. To love mercy
3. To walk humbly with your God.
No wonder Jesus told the Pharisees they were hypocrites, giving tithes on everything including spices and seasonings, yet neglecting justice and mercy to fellow humans. (See Matt 23:23-29)

Yes, give to the Lord! But be more concerned about living justly, loving mercy and walking with God, because it is only in doing these that our offerings become acceptable and make sense to Him.

Have a blessed Friday.
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LEADING OTHERS – Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Micah 3:11 KJV

The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us?

I remember a time in Ghana when investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposed High Court Judges who supposed sold justice to the highest bidders.

A goat at a point took centre stage when it was used to facilitate this untoward gesture to a high court judge, who in return denied justice to an innocent man simply because he received the animal.

Before Israel went into captivity they witnessed a similar trend (if not worse) on a wider scale. It involved judges, priests and prophets. All these leaders had their own parochial motives for being in such positions, so threw the real essence of their calling into the ditch. These any many more reasons resulted in the infamous Babylonian invasion that saw a chosen people go into captivity for a long long time.

There is a reason why you are a leader in a certain position. Usually that reason is to make the lives of others better and by so doing yours gets better, not the other way round.
Keep being the true leader you are supposed to be so you can continue to entertain His presence.

Have a blessed day.
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AND GOD REPENTED… – Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Jonah 3:10 KJV

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

I have heard many ask the question, “does God ever change His mind?”

We can look at this in a number of ways: whether we are referring to His judgements concerning our actions OR referring to His Word. Obviously there is a distinction between the two.
When it comes to His Word (Logos/Rhema), we know for a surety that He remains constant. His Word will not change because we are in the 21st century. Neither will it change because we are less privileged than another group. It is what it is.

But the accounts of Abraham and God discussing Sodom and Gomorrah AND that of Hezekiah’s health; not forgetting Nineveh in today’s text, show that indeed God does change His mind/verdict when we put in the ‘appropriate request’ (intercessions).

I pray that like the people of Nineveh, you put in a request before God now. Though you did wrong and invited that curse upon yourself, a genuine and a contrite request can always avert what is bound to happen.

Put in a request now, He is just waiting for you.

Have a blessed day.
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FISH BELLY CONDITIONS – Thu, Jan 09, 2020

Jonah 2:1,10 KJV

Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly,

[10] And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

I needed something very inspirational and prophetic this dawn when I woke up. Somehow I felt a strong desire to speak into certain situations in my life and my businesses.

A lot of thoughts rushed in; who to call, what message/email to send, where to go, etc. In a space of less than 3mins my mind was really spinning at high speeds. If I was a duo or quadcore machine, I’m sure my 2nd or 3rd processor might have kicked into action.
But I had an appointment with my God, so I suspended those thoughts for a moment so I could have my devotion.

Then in about 45mins, I read these words in verse 1 and 10 of Jonah chapter 2. I believe God spoke to me directly and personally. I didn’t need to be too anxious. All I needed was for God to speak into my situation, no matter how hard it was.

If you seek dry land like Jonah did, talk to God about it today. He will speak your way out of the fish’s belly unto dry grounds (appropriate places). I needed this so much and I pray these words will spark an action in your situation now. We will surely experience and see its fruits in due time.

Have a blessed day.
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YET ANOTHER CHANCE – Wed, Jan 08, 2020

Jonah 1:1-2 KJV

Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,[2] Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

Yesterday, I went on and on about the need to exercise self-restraint when calamity hits your enemy, and sought to demonstrate the love Jesus taught us to have for our enemies, when we read the book of Obadiah.

Following Obadiah is the book of Jonah and immediately we see God ask the prophet Jonah to go preach repentance to a wicked pagan nation. How easy is that to understand? Why would God want Nineveh to repent? Couldn’t He have just handled the situation like Sodom and Gomorrah? Perhaps, there were still some righteous bunch in Nineveh the Lord didn’t want to destroy.

Whatever the answers to these questions are, God clearly demonstrated that His true intents are not to immediately condemn a people, but to first give them a chance. For most of us, this chance God gives is not a one off thing. He gives and has given us multiple chances.

This stands to reason that we are not in a position to hastily condemn others at just one offence. It’s a good thing to give others a chance to correct their own wrongs and prove a better version of themselves.

Don’t be too quick to write them off, a different situation may probably have brought the best out of them. Learn to give yet another chance.

Have a blessed day.
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REJOICE NOT OVER THEIR FALL – Tue, Jan 07, 2020

Obadiah 1:12 KJV

But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

I’ve always been of the view that it is not proper to rejoice over the demise of your brother, no matter how much you may not like him.

The whole book of Obadiah focused on one particular nation, Edom.
Edom and Israel (Esau and Jacob) have had small battles over many different issues, as was typical of those days. Indeed they were enemies, though both nations were originally twins from a single womb.

But Edom did the unthinkable. They literally fueled the Babylonian invasion and annihilation of Israel. They even went on to plunder on those who even escaped captivity and gave them away. Edom rejoiced in Israel’s destruction.
No wonder the Prophet Obadiah made these strong declarations against them (see v18).

You may not like another but it is ungodly to go rejoicing over their misfortunes, let alone pulling them down and keeping them there.
I can now understand better why Jesus would ask us to pray for our enemies. True religion is no joke, it’s no lip service. It is taking care of hard stuff like these.
We pray for the strength to remain.

Have a blessed day.
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