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Your Past in Your Present

We cannot underestimate the power and influence that our negative past has over our present. It is very subtle how it creeps in from time to time. There are many people who have so much complication with their past that their present is a wreck. You must deal with that stronghold if you are to enjoy liberty, freedom, productivity and fulfilment. Many nations, people and individuals are still wallowing with the evil of the past; things that they can’t change and the pains they only play out in their imagination. Year after year nations commemorate catastrophes; re-awakening the hurts of the past to the demise of the present. The following scripture tells the story of people like that and the response that all of us should pay attention to.
“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” Gen. 50:15-19 (NIV)

These were men that concealed their evil deed for several years. They were under a hideous oath not to divulge anything about what happened to Joseph. Now their past refused to go away even after Joseph showed them love. They were not convinced of his sincerity. That is exactly how many of us treat the love of God. Many people keep coming back to God to confess the same old sin over and over, without acknowledging that “God’s mercy endures for ever” They can’t accept that his love is everlasting. In this mood, they fail to enjoy the freedom that salvation brings.

The following scripture speaks about people who find it difficult to accept who we are now. There are many parents who still “babysit” their adult children. They “baby them” all about the places. They are others who cannot bear the site of our new level of life. They want us to still be “old fools” world without end. They see themselves as the “choiced, gifted, born-leaders, etc.” They are quick to play down other people’s achievements in very subtle ways. The Jews treated Jesus like that. The scripture says,

“Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.” Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him,” John 7:26-28 (NIV)

Jesus resisted their backward and parochial mentality. Most times people paint the false humility picture of this evil. However, the question is, would Jesus have been considered “humble” if he accepted their perception of him. Would Jesus have fulfilled his ministry better if he accepted their view about his divinity? While I don’t support pride or arrogance in anyway, I must stress that being who you are irrespective of what other people think of you, is the best life you can ever live.

You cannot make a difference in your generation being someone else. You must discover yourself and live it out. Sometimes, your life might be carved out for a future generation and the present system or community viewpoint cannot understand a thing about you or pay for your worth. Many things we enjoy today sounded foolish to the first people who heard about it. For example, the Wright brothers announced they could fly and were called “foul”; who dares undermined their claim today? You can name others. Many great inventions that were foolish to many people who first heard about them are just all around you (Just look around you where you are now)

Many “school drop-outs” are doing great exploits in many areas of life but their former brilliant old teachers still wonder about “that dull boy” they had committed to “would amount to nothing” garbage bins. You must deliver yourself through the power of God from your negative past. It is time to move on. Forgive those who you need to forgive, leave behind you those that refused to forgive your past. Forgive yourself and move on.

God has made you new. Live it.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:17-21. (NIV)

Your Well-Being Versus Religious Debates

There are a lot of argument about healing and miracles. Many of those arguments are appalling because they come from people who should know better (Christian religious leaders.) They argue that signs and wonders, healing and miracles don’t happen again. I have made up mine mind to distance myself from such circles because such discussions are unbeneficial and boring. However, it is nothing new as you will find in the following scripture.

“On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.” Luke 13:10-17.(NIV)

There are people who have the idea like “I don’t care if and when you are healed (or receive your miracle), for as long as it is not now. Some people consider talk about the Holy Spirit, miracles, healing, signs and wonders as “insanity” or misguided teaching.
My concern is about believers who need to enjoy the provision God made for their well-being. If you don’t believe in the supernatural, miracles, healing, sign and wonders, what are you in church for? If you don’t believe in God’s intervention in human affairs, what are you carrying the Bible for? A believer must come to terms with what the word of God teaches. God wants us to make heaven as well as enjoy his goodness on earth. There are a lot of pressures from the devil and many people need help. We can get help from God as we ask for it in prayers. We must persevere in hope for deliverance and victory over the powers of darkness.

The woman that Jesus healed was described as a “daughter of Abraham”. She must have been fervent in serving God but was content to live with her infirmity for life. The religious leaders of those days were not bothered about people’s problems. Like we read from the scripture, they ended up in embarrassment when Jesus exposed their errors. I believe in the power of God to intervene in human affairs. I have seen and experienced sign and wonders, miracles, deliverance, healing, etc.

Healing, miracles, sign and wonders are your portion. You can receive help now. Ask God for it; it won’t cost you anything; ask by faith. Do it now and never give up.

God Cannot Deny Himself

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.
If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2Tim.2:11-13 (NIV)
I have always found this scripture very interesting every time I read it. And the part that holds my attention most is verse 13.
I am reminded that God is faithful, no matter the situation or circumstance. His faithfulness is not measured by whatever we choose to do. We did not make him God and we cannot demote him. The views of people do not diminish him. We cannot add to him to make him who he is. He once told Moses; “I AM who I AM.” Moses was to tell the Israelites that that was God’s name.

“God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14. (NIV)

He is God and that is it. There had been many attempts to describe God (or define him). All those efforts, even in the Bible, were just reflections of him through what he does.

God is faithful. The scripture says that God cannot deny himself (He cannot disown himself). That is awesome. Jesus proved this before his crucifixion
Matt. 26: 62-65, says,“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.”
Jesus knew the intention of the high priest, he knew he was sly and evil. Jesus answered to who he is. He did not deny himself. He cannot deny himself.
What does this mean? It means that you can count on God to live up to his name. You can trust his faithfulness. It means that his promises are sure and reliable. What he says is trustworthy despite the lies of the devil. God is not out to make empty promises; he is not a politician. He does not cow people into serving him; as much as God wants people to be saved, he doesn’t cajole people into it.

He cannot deny himself. Assuming everyone refuses to accept him; that is a pity but God still remains who he is, – faithful and graceful. It is wonderful to know the unchanging God. He cannot be modified and he cannot be bought over. Those that put their trust in the Lord should rejoice because they have come to a sure place; a foundation that cannot be moved.
Times and seasons cannot make God to change. He made them and controls them. Leaders come and go. Great people live and die but the Lord abides for ever. His mercies endures for ever and his people will not continue to suffer and live in shame. The word of God says,
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
You can rely on God, you can count on his promises and his love for you will never diminish. Trust the Lord even if things are tough for you now; problems don’t last for ever. The scripture says,
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:1-4, 6-7. (NIV)
Be strong in the Lord.

What is wrong with giving?

It is natural to hold on to what we have.

It can make “economic sense” to take from others to increase what we are holding on to. That’s being “smart”.

However, It is a blessing to give from what we have – it is scriptural; it is noble.

There are many reasons to argue against giving – however, they don’t change the need to give.

Giving brings blessings – it is scriptural; expect to be blessed (not by the persons you gave to).

You don’t have to own the world to give – give from what you have. It might be little but it shows you can give more when you have more.

Whatever you choose to do, it is okay; there is nothing new about it.

  ” Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

God is Not Policing You.

Read this and you might be surprised how God relates with you daily. He loves you dearly and wants to help you always. Patiently read the following and be comforted. He is not looking for how to punish you.

Psalm 103:2-14 (NKJV)

2 Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Do not forget all his kind deeds!

3 He is the one who forgives all your sins,

who heals all your diseases,

4 who delivers your life from the Pit,

who crowns you with his loyal love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your life with good things,

so your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.

6 The Lord does what is fair,

and executes justice for all the oppressed.

7 The Lord revealed his faithful acts to Moses,

his deeds to the Israelites.

8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful;

he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love.

9 He does not always accuse,

and does not stay angry.

10 He does not deal with us as our sins deserve;

he does not repay us as our misdeeds deserve.

11 For as the skies are high above the earth,

so his loyal love towers over his faithful followers.

12 As far as the eastern horizon is from the west,

so he removes the guilt of our rebellious actions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,

so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers.

14 For he knows what we are made of;

he realizes we are made of clay.

 

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The Prayer of Faith

Faith is the most important aspect of our lives as believers. Heb.11:6, says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV). The prayer of faith is the prayer of an absolute trust in God. Absolute “abandonment”  in the hand of God, because you are persuaded:

Cover for a NIV Bible

Cover for a NIV Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. That God loves you in a personal way
  2. That God is all powerful and able to meet your needs
  3. That God’s promises are true and trustworthy
  4. That God is faithful and dependable
  5. That God is good and will not deny his word

Prayer of Faith is not just about the length of time or passion in prayer as much as it is about trust in God’s faithfulness. It is important to spend quality time in prayers often; however, doing so without a comprehensive active faith in God makes praying a frustrating experience. Heb.11:1, says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV).  

You can build your faith in God through:

  • Studying of the word
  • Meditation in the word
  • Obedience to the word
  • Believing the word
  • Taking action on the word
  • Focusing on God all through a faith thrust
  • Praising God for everything (big or small)
  • Believing that God is Holy

Faith is not about seeing the things you asked for before you know you’ve got it. It is about knowing that you’ve got it because you have asked God for it; and you have asked according to his promises. (You have asked for what you need – Phil. 4:19.)

We miss it when we become agitated, worried and fretting about our needs. Most times people never care about some of their needs until they are in the “worry zone”. There are issues that just take us unawares and get us panicky but it is important that at such times we must resolve to turn them over to the Lord and hold on to his promises and integrity.

In the prayer of faith, you do your part and allow God to do his part. You never worry that God might act too late. You believe that he makes all things beautiful in their time. God never fails.

After the prayer, you thank God for answered prayer and go away rejoicing.

In the prayer of faith you don’t go to God on your own terms; you don’t approach him on your “righteousness”. You go to him through Jesus Christ. You trust in his love and care. You believe in his faithfulness without wavering.

God said in Jer. 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (NKJV)

People are sometimes tempted to believe that their goodness is what will move God. (That thinking comes from Old Testament mentality – The New Testament is based on Jesus’ finished work)

There are people who think that fasting or a certain length of time spent in prayer is the most important thing in prayer. The Bible did not say so. We can pray and fast as much as we wish, but we always prevail through faith, as we pray. That is the way to do it.

People of faith

Heb. 11, lists people who lived by faith; trusting God at various times for various things. They were not disappointed.

You too can be part of them.

*Some important scriptures that will aid understanding are James 5:13-15; Heb. 10:22-23; James 1:5-7; Heb.11:6. Please take some time to read them.

 

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Leadership: The Power to Take Up New Responsibilities

We all love to be lifted and to assume higher responsibilities especially if they are honourable and very rewarding. Sometimes we are called to take up responsibilities we are not fully prepared to (in our own eyes). These responsibilities can be in the family, in the community, at work or in the place of worship; they can pose a very big challenge really if you are the kind of person who is mindful of what is expected of you. Joshua, the son of Nun found himself saddled with such a responsibility and was very troubled.

English: Moses Blesses Joshua Before the High ...

English: Moses Blesses Joshua Before the High Priest, as in Numbers 27:22, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:  “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:1-9 (NKJV).

Joshua knew all the troubles Moses passed through leading the Israelites and had never imagined the mantle would fall on him to carry on the job after Moses. He was aware of the external pressures and wars ahead; the assignment was overwhelming.

Solomon had the same concerns stepping into the shoes of David. Who but Absalom and Adonijah could assume that it was an easy job leading Israel? ( they were two young men who saw only the glamour of leadership without a thought about the responsibilities that goes with it).

1 Kings 2:28-35, says, “Then King David answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. And the king took an oath and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, just as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so I certainly will do this day.”

Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and paid homage to the king, and said, “Let my lord King David live forever!”

And King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” So they came before the king. The king also said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”

You may want to read the whole story in 1 Kings Chapters 1 and 2.

Solomon had to turn to God for help. 1 Kings 2:3-15, says “And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.

Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Then Solomon awoke; and indeed it had been a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, offered up burnt offerings, offered peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.”

Many times, some people get carried away with self and make erroneous presumptions that they can handle life challenges on their own. They trust their training, exposures, counsellors, human wisdom and strength to see them through but the word of God says, “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” Ps. 33:16-19. (KJV)

  • It is not weakness to turn to the Lord when you find yourself saddled with a big responsibility, especially when it involves leading and handling people. God strengthened Joshua and Solomon when they assumed enormous leadership responsibilities. God helped them. Joshua said later in life, “Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14 (NKJV) If the wisdom and ways of humans were enough there won’t be many crisis in the world today; whether they are political, economic or social problems.
  • There is need to study and patience in the new assignment committed to you. The internet provides good access to do research and get vital tools to work with. Study the word of God and appropriate his promises.
  • There is this uneasiness to look behind one’s shoulders to see who might be monitoring your efforts secretly. It is important to be courageous and boldly go about your work.
  • It is not everybody that will appreciate your new lifting. You will have to go on with it; your success doesn’t even guarantee the approval of everybody.
  • You need to do your work with the fear of the Lord. Don’t be carried away with pride or undermined others.
  • Don’t waste your time criticizing your predecessors. Whatever thing they did or fail to do is part of history. You are now in charge; do your job.
  • Learn to carry other people along. Synergy produces better results.
  • Learn to create a balance between work and other aspects of life. Avoid burn-out.

If you have accepted the Lord as your Lord and saviour, you need to allow him to take control of every aspect of your life. He is able to help and comfort you. If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and saviour, do it today and you will have access to his limitless grace and power.

God will give you the power to succeed in every new responsibility; trust him.

Bible quotes: from www.biblegateway.com

A Traumatic Tragedy – Praying To The God You Don’t Believe In

"Praying Hands" (study for an Apostl...

“Praying Hands” (study for an Apostle figure of the “Heller” altar) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Praying to the God you don’t believe in, is one of the worst things you can ever imaging. People who pray to the God they don’t believe in waste their time and energy in a fruitless exercise.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Heb. 11:6 (NKJV)

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jer.29:13 (NKJV)

The Scripture says that those who go to God (for anything), must believe that God exists and that he rewards (helps) people who call on him for help. That is the fundamental principle in seeking God. The second one is that those seeking God must be focused and committed to it. There are no half measures.

There are a lot of challenges confronting people every day ranging from the most basic things like health, food, water, housing to ostentatious life-style. There are relationship challenges and economic pressures driving people “mad” on constant basis; these things push people to seek for help from others and from God. Challenges of life are common to all, including kings and nobles. (Daniel 2). (See my article “Someone to interpret your dream”.) I believe that no person is stupid because they are going through challenges of life. Those who run to God for help in their time of need are blessed.

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” Jer. 17:7 (NKJV)

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Ps.34:8 (NKJV)

He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer.” Ps. 102:17 (NKJV)

Praying to the God you don’t believe in or who you don’t trust to help you is a dishonour to God and weariness to the soul. Time is very important; you can never recover lost time; in that sense, time is life. Prayer requires energy and concentration; praying to the God you don’t believe in is a waste of energy. It ends up in frustration. It is a tragedy.

Granted that there are people who are confused and traumatised when they are in trouble and runs to and fro looking for solutions, there are many people who are in church, who doubt God. They attend church services and prayers meetings but don’t really believe in God as a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. There are many people who are in church today who don’t delight in God’s words or his ways – it is difficult to figure out what they are seeking for. The scripture says:

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Ps.34:4-5 (NKJV)

God loves you and wants to help you. God wants to be your friend and his demands are not grievous, it is important that all who comes to God must believe there is God, they should trust in his grace and goodness. Jesus loves you.

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Love – Delilah’s Way

Samson and Delilah (2009 film)

Samson and Delilah (2009 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love is one thing that has been expressed in many ways; it has been described and interpreted in numerous ways both by saints and villains. Sometimes you hear of some instances of love like Romeo and Juliet and you are moved with emotions close to tears; at other times you hear love stories like that of Samson and Delilah  and you freeze with anxiety and fright. The question here is what kind of love is Delilah love for Samson?

“Afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.” Judges 16:4-5 (NKJV)

Samson fell into the category of men who could do anything for the women they “love”. In his first love attempt, the father of the lady tricked him and it end up in catastrophe.  His search for love continued and when he met Delilah, he devoted himself to be a good lover despite the apparent danger; however Delilah could not resist the love for money against the love for Samson.

Delilah plotted schemes for the Philistines to catch Samson. Thrice she failed to trap him and questioned Samson’s love. – Judges 16:15. (Great demonic deceit), I have always wondered why Samson was so daft that he could not see through Delilah evil plots; we must never toy with demonic schemes.

“So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and with what you may be bound to afflict you.” And Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, then I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” So the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings, not yet dried, and she bound him with them.  Now men were lying in wait, staying with her in the room. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he broke the bowstrings as a strand of yarn breaks when it touches fire. So the secret of his strength was not known. Then Delilah said to Samson, “Look, you have mocked me and told me lies. Now, please tell me what you may be bound with.” Judges 16:6-10 (NKJV)

How do you react to threats to your life? I have heard many stories of people who ignored danger signals until it is too late to do anything; they fail to deliver their lives from an avoidable danger. There are people who tolerated people who pointed guns at them several times. The “hunters” usually said it was just a joke until they became victims of horrible killers. People have ignored threats of knife crime until they lay still in the pool of their own blood.

“When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him. Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison. However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.” Judges 16:18-21 (NKJV)

A lot of people have been destroyed in domestic violence, office squabbles, and political intolerance etc, when they could have walked away. The Christian community is not speared of unholy plots against other fellows, for whatever reasons. Many believers have fallen victims of plots they apparently saw coming but ignored. It does not do anyone any good when the evil matures and results in horror. Why do they do it? Why do bullies thrive? Love? Do we need to raise Samson to marry Delilah?

I have heard “love” preachers who are as “blind” as Samson in his relationship with Delilah. Samson ignored the word of God in the first instance; various attempts to save him fell on deaf ears. “Flesh” ruled over him. He had a “love” preacher who destroyed his life. Sometimes people think they can love people more than God does (John 3:16). Today, a lot of people want to re-write the Bible in the name of love. There are demonic compromises that are destroying the church in the name of love; in many places people want to drag God into unrighteousness as if he is blind or has lost all his attributes. There are people who pray hard to “muscle” God into their mould of “anything-goes”; after all, prayers can do anything.

Samson lost his eyes, grinded at the mills as Philistine’s slave and died because he gave his love to an undeserving person. I was taught that when you make mistakes you seek to correct them. If you find yourself playing around threats to your life or well-being, keep off. If people have plotted against you (including “religious brethren”), if you kept quiet at the first attempt and then survive the second one, if you don’t do something about it, (at least tell God about it), you are at risk (High risk). If it happened to Samson, it may happen to you.

God loves you and wants all to go well with you. Commit you relationships to him; listen to him and handle things as he leads. God cannot mislead you. Don’t trust in the arm of the flesh and don’t allow the flesh to have dominion over you.

 

Scripture quotes are from http://www.biblegateway.com

 

It Was Such A Bad!

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-...

Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-20 Français : Jésus et Saint Pierre, Évangile selon Matthieu 4.18-20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of us are familiar with situations where expectations fail to come through as planned. There were days when things went haywire and everything fell apart.  It could be such occasions where an unguarded moment of “madness” made everything to break and fall at the wrong places.  Many of such experiences usually linger around longer than we hope they should and many people struggle to recover from them for a long period of time. It reminds me of the day Peter had an encounter with Jesus.

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” Luke5:4-5 (NKJV)

Peter and his friends were fishermen and were at work throughout the night in the lake. It was a day that their skills did not yield any good return on investment. Their expectation failed, their plans and hopes were dashed and their customers had nothing to buy that day and were extremely disappointed. Frustration was written all over them as they washed their nets. You can comprehend their level of frustration from Peter’s word in the scripture quoted above; “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing.” It was such a bad day.

When Jesus came and the multitude gather the scripture said, he “saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.” Luke5:2-3 (NKJV)

It was the boat that must have received a lot of backlashes from its owner (you know how we heap blames and hisses on people and things to easy our frustration – call it transfer of aggression, if you like). It was one of the boats that their owners had quickly forgotten its usefulness in the good old days. It became the Master’s vessel at the time Jesus borrowed it. Peter must have been consumed in the gracious words that proceed from the graceful voice of Jesus. The crowd that followed Jesus swallowed up the usual fish buyers and transformed the negative atmosphere created by unfruitful labour. Peter’s pains suddenly resurfaced when Jesus turned to him and said ““Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  He retorted “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” His heart was full of faith in Jesus because of the words he heard him speak but his head was full of pain and doubt because of his bad night at work. He was at a cross-road.

Peter’s faith in Jesus prevailed; he said “nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” I am glad he did. It was a bad night but the day needn’t end like that! Every bad experience is always in the past, the future has no records except the ones people export into it. The future is a gift from God and there are gracious words from the Master that we can act on, regardless of our bad days. You may have a head full of fears and doubt but you can nonetheless choose to heed the graceful voice. Sometimes, people assume that where there is faith, there should be no struggles with doubt; but that is not the reality, the truth is that faith is, a trust in God in the presence of great evidence of a likely failure and embarrassment.

I don’t know what you are going through at the moment; there is hardly any person without a life challenge. Some people, despite their great fame and wealth are being eaten up by sickness; sickness that the very best of medical personnel has no solutions for ; Like the woman in Luke 8:43, “And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any” (KJV). There are people who have been blessed with children and are struggling to feed them while some people are traversing land and sea looking for the fruit of the womb. Many young people are looking for jobs while many others are fed up with their jobs. Many marriages and relationships are in shambles and many governments are helpless about the situations in their countries. Who does not have a need?

You may be wondering who cares and why is it my concern? God cares. God loves you and I am sent by God to reach you with this message. I want to be your friend. We may never meet but I will be praying   for you that God will visit you and turn around the bad day. Psalm 30:5 says, “…….His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”

You may wish to hear God speak to you; why not read the Bible? Read the Book of Mark and see the things Jesus did. He can do something for you too.

You may wish to tell God about your challenges; God is already waiting for you to come.  Matt.7:7-11; Matt. 11:28 (NKJV)

God fixes bad days. Those who turn to him always come through with a smile and surprise. Peter did. Luke5: 4-8, says, “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (NKJV)

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All scriptures used are from www.biblegateway.com

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