27. October 2016 · Comments Off on BEWARE OF THE CHRISTIAN PLAYER‏ · Categories: God's Plan, Help, Jesus Christ, Justice, Relationship, Revenge, Seedtime and Harvest

Even though they may look or act like godly people, they’re not. They deny His power. I tell you: Stay away from the likes of these. They’re snakes slithering into the houses of vulnerable women, women gaudy with sin, to seduce them. These reptiles can capture them because these women are weak and easily swayed by their desires (2 Timothy 3:5-6 Voice).

Beloved, this post may not be for everyone but it’s something that I’ve been prompted to share. One of the many cases the Lord is dealing with in this season is that of the so-called Christian brothers who go from church to church and like what our feature text highlights, their victim are vulnerable women who in most cases are desperate for love, affection and attention and so would jump on any Christian brother that claims to be single. I say so-called Christian brother because they look the part, talk the talk, even speak in tongues but they are not what they claim to be. Again, like our feature text says… Even though they may look or act like godly people, they’re not. They need to truly surrender to God.

Unfortunately, like the way satan deceived Eve, these men are experts at twisting the word of God and because these vulnerable women are not well grounded in the Word, they fall prey. However, once these men get what they want, it’s good bye see you later and they are on to the next woman who is gullible enough to fall prey.

Beloved, while its had to think that this is happening in the body of Christ, unfortunately, it is and many vulnerable women have fallen victim to it. However, I know when I hear the Lord and He has heard their cries and though He may have allowed you to go through some things just to humble you and get your attention, it’s time for these so-called players to either repent or face the judgement of God. This is a case of how the Lord first used nations like Babylon to humble the Israelites. However, after humbling the Israelites, He then took it in turns to deal with these nations; “How dare you treat My children like that?

Beloved, unfortunately, we tend to do things to God’s children thinking that we can get away with it. We think no one sees us but the Bible says… Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap (Galatians 6:7 AMP) and… Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right [by executing just and righteous judgment]? (Genesis 18:25 AMP). SELAH!

Women, especially single women need to be very careful and be on guard. Like the Bible says… Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 AMP).

BEWARE OF THE CHRISTIAN PLAYER‏

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28. September 2016 · Comments Off on THE ‘HEAPS OF COAL’ REWARD · Categories: Bitterness, Forgive, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Justice, Offense, Relationship, Trusting God

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:19-21 NIV).

Beloved, I’ve previously shared that I used to think BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD meant the more good I did to my offenders, the greater their punishment would be. I was wrong. ‘Heaps of coal’ is about the emotional discomfort one feels when you arouse their conscience about how they’ve treated you with the aim to make them repent.

Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery but when he had an opportunity to revenge, Joseph was kind to them instead. He provided for them and also brought them and everything they had out of suffering to a land where they were well taken care of.

However, his kindness made them uneasy… “when Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father…” (Genesis 50:15-17 NKJV)

Though Joseph told them it was all in the past, they still lived in fear because we always expect people we’ve offended to hit back but Joseph didn’t… Joseph said to them… do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones…” (Genesis 50:18-21 NKJV).

Beloved, can you see how ‘heaps of coal’ works? Joseph’s actions led them to repentance. But what about God? Did God avenge? Oh yeah! However, it was a sweet revenge done in many ways but I like this one. Joseph was forced to leave his hometown on the backs of camels but the first time he visited Canaan again, he came with… all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt… And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering” (Genesis 50:7-9 NKJV).

God definitely knows how to showcase those that leave it up to Him to fight their battles for them. I remember asking a friend whether she was still bitter about what someone did to her and she said its only when you don’t have anything that you are bitter but when God has so blessed you, you have no time for bitterness. Joseph focused on God’s goodness and not his brother’s evil and God rewarded him greatly; far more that he could have ever dreamt of. God elevated him to a place of honour. He is bound to do the same for you if only you let Him.

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27. September 2016 · Comments Off on THE GOD OF JUSTICE · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Justice, Trusting God

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19 AMP).

Beloved, yesterday evening during our prayer meeting, we spent a considerable amount of time talking about how the devil makes it seem like the Lord does not hear our prayers nor does He see the injustice that His children are facing. However, as we began to pray, the Lord took us to the portion of scripture where He appeared to Moses concerning the suffering of the Israelites in Egypt.

The Lord said, “I have in fact SEEN the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and HAVE HEARD their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I KNOW their pain and suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand (power) of the Egyptians… Now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me; and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them (Exodus 3:7-9 AMP).

Three things were highlighted in this text. The Lord said I HAVE SEEN, I HAVE HEARD and I KNOW…

Beloved, this blessed me so much because most times, when we narrate a story to someone else, they only get to hear our own side of the story but God doesn’t only hear, He sees and knows exactly what took place between both parties and in His own time (which I agree sometimes feels like forever), He SURELY intervenes.

The Lord then took us to the portion of Scripture where He sent Nathan to king David because it’s one thing when the person that did you wrong is an unbeliever. However, what about if they are one of His own children? Well, …God shows no partiality [no arbitrary favoritism; with Him one person is not more important than another] (Romans 2:11 AMP).

David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22), performed an evil act against Uriah, his loyal servant and it looked like he got away with it but we are told that… the Lord was displeased with what David had done (2 Samuel 11:27 NLT) and so…the Lord sent Nathan to David… (2 Samuel 12:1 NKJV)

Uriah was dead and so had no one to speak up for him but David did not get away with what He did. God SAW, HEARD and KNEW the injustice that took place and He stood for justice

Beloved, I’m great at forgiving and that’s the part we all have to play and like our feature text says, we are to take our hands of the case which then means that it’s now up to God who says… “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay”. What this means is that it’s now between that person and God.

Many have cried and have said they feel cheated but… Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right [by executing just and righteous judgment]?” (Genesis 18:25 AMP)

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27. May 2016 · Comments Off on THE THINGS ONLY THE LORD SEES · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Justice, Relationship, Trusting God

‏All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions], but the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth] (Proverbs 16:2 AMP).

Beloved, I was reading the story of David, a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22). Everybody knew him to be a humble and faithful leader. However, when he was supposed to be leading his men, he stayed behind to mess with one of his men’s wife and then when she became pregnant, he sent for Uriah and told him‎… “Go on home and relax.” David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept that night at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard (2 Samuel 11:8-9 NLT) and… when David heard that Uriah had not gone home, he summoned him and asked, “What’s the matter? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?” (2 Samuel 11:10 NLT)

When he sees His plan did not work, he arranges for Uriah to be killed after seeing that his plans didn’t work…Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he couldn’t get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard. So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver (2 Samuel 11:13-14 NLT) and we know the rest of the story.

Now, judging from the outside, people may have said “isn’t David kind? Look how he is so interested in Uriah’s welfare”. To people, it looks like David is a good leader interested in Uriah’s welfare sending him home to rest and be with his wife but it was far from it. David had a hidden agenda but the thing is that because he already has a good ‎reputation, nobody would ever suspect this but according to my Bible notes…. “even when someone has a reputation for good character—and David must have one, since he is beloved of God—temptation can lead him to act totally against his own values. David takes Bathsheba because he wants her and because he has the power to do so; he orders her husband into battle to be killed” and in so doing, “he exploits a loyal servant and wreaks havoc on his house”.

Unfortunately, David took advantage of Uriah’s loyal service and his plan worked and it went unsuspected but we are told… the Lord was displeased with what David had done (2 Samuel 11:27 NLT)

Beloved, when you are under such influence, even if you sense something isn’t right, who would you tell? It would be difficult to be understood because they generally have a good reputation but I love that God who is the defender of the oppressed (Psalm 140:12), who according to our feature text, weighs and examines the motives and intents of the heart and knows the truth, never allows injustice to go on for too long and in the end He will speak on your behalf.

SELAH!

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