18. August 2017 · Comments Off on DEALING WITH THE “YOU CAN NOT’S” OF THE SEASON  · Categories: God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Supernatural, Trusting God

But when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious, completely enraged, and he ridiculed the Jews. He spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Can they restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the heaps of dust and rubbish, even the ones that have been burned?” (Nehemiah 4:1‭-‬2 AMP)

Beloved, I have a background in project management and one of the jobs of a project manager is to identify and document up front, all the possible risks that could happen on a project. This is so that you can then begin to identify what measures need to be put in place just in case this or that happens.

When I was in full-time employment working on projects, we used to have project teams and I remember making jokes about a colleague who was always talking about what is wrong or what’s going to go wrong and I use to say such a person would be good on your project team so you know you are covered. That’s because they can just help you identify everything that is going to go wrong upfront so you know what to do.

Beloved, have you ever been around people that all they see is problems but never come up with a solution? Those that have a list of reasons why you can’t do what you have set out to do? As I was reading our feature text, that’s what came to mind. Sanballat tried to ridicule the work Nehemiah and his team was doing with all the “can they do…?” He tried to discourage them and he was not alone. Tobiah joined in… and he said, “Even what they are building–if a fox should get up on it, he would break down their stone wall.” (Nehemiah 4:3 AMP)

Well, thanks Tobiah for reminding me that I can’t afford to build this with any kind of material… only the best of best.

Beloved, that’s quality assurance sorted but how did Nehemiah respond?

[And Nehemiah prayed] Hear, O our God, how we are despised… (Nehemiah 4:4 AMP)

He prayed to God and according to my Bible notes… it is difficult to work in a hostile environment. Ambition, courage, and preparation are important in a situation like this, and so is prayer. If we are not careful to ask God to help us, our fear can cripple us as much as the animosity of our enemies. No matter how prepared we may be for a crisis, the power of God is the ultimate factor in determining whether we win or lose.

Beloved, situations like this should only remind us that we need God because He is the One that makes it happen. Don’t give in to “I can’t” or “you can’t”. Remember… I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] (Philippians 4:13 AMP)

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17. August 2017 · Comments Off on THE LORD IS YOUR COMFORT · Categories: Courage, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Joy, Trusting God

Then I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the provinces beyond the [Euphrates] River, so that they will allow me to pass through until I reach Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, so that he will give me timber to construct beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, and for the city wall and for the house which I will occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. Then I came to the governors of the provinces beyond the [Euphrates] River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent officers of the army and horsemen with me. When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard this, it caused them great displeasure that someone had come to see about the welfare and prosperity of the Israelites. (Nehemiah 2:7-10 NLT)

Beloved, anyone that has ever set out to build anything for the Lord can tell you that there are moments when you get so discouraged because of the way the enemy launches an attack on you just to frustrate you but as I started meditating on the story of Nehemiah, the first thing that caught my attention was his name which means “The Lord comforts” or “comforted by YAHWEH”.

This spoke volumes to me because it’s almost as if the Lord was telling Nehemiah that on this journey that I have set you apart for, I would be the only one to comfort you because you are about to confront some things that you never even knew existed.

Beloved, I have shared before how the name Sanballat means “secret hatred” or “enemy in secret” and you would be surprised how many surrounds you. You just start building and see.

Nehemiah said… when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked us and regarded us with contempt and said, “What is this thing you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” I answered them, “The God of heaven [has appointed us for His purpose and] will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build….” Nehemiah 2:19‭-‬20 AMP)

Beloved, do you feel like giving up? Are you feeling frustrated right now and feel there’s no one to comfort you? The Lord is your comfort and He is the One that would give you success regardless of the opposition. When everything was against David, the Bible says… David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all of them were embittered, each man for his sons and daughters. But David felt strengthened and encouraged in the Lord his God (1 SAMUEL 30:6 AMP)

There’s a reason Jesus said… And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever (John 14:16 AMP). Allow Him to comfort you… Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5 NKJV).

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11. August 2017 · Comments Off on ASKING FOR CONVICTION · Categories: Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Repentance, Restoration, Righteousness, Sin, Spiritual Growth

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; LET THEM NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER ME. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression (Psalm 19:12-13 NKJV).

Beloved, these were the words the Lord said to me a few years ago;

“ASK FOR THE CONVICTION OF MY SPIRIT. It is a most precious gift that compels you to be persuaded of any error and to admit the truth. It will benefit you greatly to seek My face and come into My presence, BUT WHEN YOU ARE HINDERED IT IS BECAUSE SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE SET RIGHT. Ask of Me and I will show you the things that HINDER YOUR SPIRITUAL PROGRESSION. Come and see what stands between you and Me, and I WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO OVERCOME”.

…ASK FOR THE CONVICTION OF MY SPIRIT…

Beloved, this has got to be the key aspect of my journey so far and it should be for anyone that wants to take their walk with God to a different level. DON’T BE DECEIVED; God’s standards have never changed. However, He has released grace to enable us to achieve them.

Like Abraham, when God calls anyone, He asks one thing… walk before me and be blameless and because of the kind of Journey that He wants you to take, you must be able to hear His voice clearly.

Beloved, the Bible says… For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL” (1 Peter 3:12)

This is where many may say I’m not ‘THOSE WHO DO EVIL’ but putting this verse in context (1 Peter 3:8-12), you would see that it highlights things like being of one mind, sympathising with and loving others, being tender-hearted, humble, not retaliating evil for evil, insult for insult, keeping your tongue from speaking evil and lies, searching for and maintaining peace… HINDRANCE… HINDRANCE… HINDRANCE.

David was a man after God’s own heart who knew how to quickly repent. He was never presumptuous. He would always say to God… Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you… (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT) … Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10 AMP). The New Living Translation says… Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Beloved, ASK FOR THE CONVICTION OF MY SPIRIT means you become God-conscious not people-conscious. Nobody has to be around for you to want to do what’s right. You know the Lord is everywhere including inside your heart, searching out your motives. And like He told me, it’s for your own benefit. There’s a dimension you want to take with God that you want nothing to hinder you. If you hunger for that dimension, pray like David for the Lord to open up your heart and that He give you the grace and strength to overcome those hindrances.

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23. July 2017 · Comments Off on EXPECT A MIRACLE THAT LEAVES YOU IN AWE · Categories: Agreement, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Praise, Promise, Testimony, Thanks giving, Trusting God

Now after this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, AND FOR FIVE MONTHS SHE SECLUDED HERSELF COMPLETELY, SAYING, “This is how the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor on me, to take away my disgrace among men.” (Luke 1:24-25 AMP)

AND FOR FIVE MONTHS SHE SECLUDED HERSELF COMPLETELY, SAYING…

Beloved, did you read that clearly? Elizabeth received a miracle from the Lord that she never thought was possible and it left her in awe for five good months. This is the kind of miracle that you can’t tell anybody for fear that they would wake you up from a dream. The Message translation says… It wasn’t long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. “So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!” she said.

This encouraged me so good because as I read further, I saw that it was the same miracle the angel of the Lord used to encourage Mary when it was her own turn to expect a miracle that would also leave her in awe.

After telling Mary the ridiculous word that she would be impregnated by the Holy Spirit and would have a child, he said… listen, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. FOR WITH GOD NOTHING [IS OR EVER] SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE.” Then Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel left her (Luke 1:36-37 AMP).

FOR WITH GOD NOTHING [IS OR EVER] SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE…

Beloved, old Elizabeth became pregnant, AND FOR FIVE MONTHS SHE SECLUDED HERSELF COMPLETELY, SAYING, “This is how the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor on me, to take away my disgrace among men. I read this and started counting at the tip of my fingers; we are five months away from the end of this year… August, September, October, November, and December. So, I started to pray that the Lord should give us a miracle in this month that would cause us to ponder for the rest of the year.

Beloved, do you believe this? Mary said… May it be done to me according to your word… It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past. The word of God says… “Do not remember the former things, or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19 AMP).

It didn’t matter that Elizabeth and her husband had served faithfully in the past without anything to show for it. In one moment, the Lord did it. He looked with favor on them and took away their disgrace. You are next in line. May it be done to you according to His word.

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08. July 2017 · Comments Off on REFUSE TO BE CONFUSED · Categories: Decision making, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Revelation, Understanding

“‘Relax, Daniel,’ he continued, ‘don’t be afraid. From the moment you decided to humble yourself to receive understanding, your prayer was heard, and I set out to come to you. But I was waylaid by the angel-prince of the kingdom of Persia and was delayed for a good three weeks. But then Michael, one of the chief angel-princes, intervened to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia. And now I’m here to help you understand what will eventually happen to your people. The vision has to do with what’s ahead.’ (Daniel 10:12-14 MSG)

Beloved, I have come to realise that one of the greatest tactics used by the enemy against one’s destiny is that of confusion. Oh, how the devil loves it when you can’t see your way through and don’t have clarity about your future or next move.

The prayer and fasting of Daniel is a well-known story in the Bible. We are told that there was a time Daniel waited on the Lord and when an angel finally appeared to him with an answer to his prayers, he revealed to Daniel that he was supposed to have been there sooner but he got waylaid by the prince of Persia. So, the prince of Persia waylaid Daniels answer but the question is what was Daniel praying for and why did the devil not want him to receive an answer?

Beloved, the angel of the Lord told Daniel in our feature text that… FROM THE MOMENT YOU DECIDED TO HUMBLE YOURSELF TO RECEIVE UNDERSTANDING…

This lets me know that Daniel was praying for understanding but the devil didn’t want him to receive understanding. So, you can just imagine that the enemy would rather have you ignorant or confused. The opposite of understanding is misunderstanding and with misunderstanding comes misinterpretation. For some people, it just means they remain stagnant but the devil is a liar.

Daniel knew the importance of getting understanding and that’s why he tarried in a place of prayer and fasting until he received the answer he was looking for.

Apostle Paul (used to be known as Saul) was another person that prayed that the scales in his eyes be removed because he couldn’t see clearly. He prayed and… Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight… (Acts 9:17-18 NLT)

Beloved, there is a war going on for your understanding. The enemy would rather have you blinded but you have to refuse to be confused. Do not be ignorant of the devices of satan (2 Corinthians 2:11). Remember… “The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]! And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation] (Proverbs 4:7 AMP).

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15. June 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT IS ANGER ROBBING YOU OF? · Categories: Anger, Change, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Sin, Spiritual Growth

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil (Ephesians 4:26 NLT).

Beloved, I remember watching a drama about a so-called Spirit-filled Christian woman who had a major issue with anger. She was a nightmare wife to live with and her husband could not control her. She fought with her neighbours and even took great offence when her pastor preached on anger. She was so mad that she walked out of the church and of course continued the fighting with her poor husband at home. How can pastor be preaching about me and you couldn’t even defend me?

The funny thing is that the pastor didn’t even call her name. He was just letting the congregation know that the next seven days were to be dedicated to prayers because God was going to work in a miraculous way. As a result, he didn’t want people to allow things like anger, quarrelling and the like hinder their blessings. But this woman was offended by it.

Anyway, on the final day of the programme, they all gathered in church and as the pastor was praying, the move of the Holy Spirit was so strong that one lady was so taken away. She mistakenly hit this woman with a temper and trouble started in church. This woman was almost fighting in church. Her embarrassed husband‎ had to intervene. Meanwhile, there happened to be an angel on assignment distributing blessings. He was just placing stickers of blessings on people in the congregation. Everybody got one but this lady who unfortunately had been looking for the fruit of the womb and this is because she was busy fighting everybody. Even her husband got a promotion sticker.

In due season, another lady that was looking for the fruit of the womb‎ got pregnant and this woman was left wondering why she was the only one left out. Then she heard the voice of the Lord rebuking her because of her anger.

The morale of the story is that at times we are the ones that hinder our blessings because of our attitude.

Beloved, the Bible introduces us to Hannah who was a woman that was provoked by her rival, Peninah till the point that she had to desperately cry out to the Lord until her pastor said… GO IN PEACE, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him (1 Samuel 1:17 AMP)

GO IN PEACE… If we take that word literally, it means to be at peace in your mind and also with everybody else including the Peninah’s in your life who would probably try to still make life a living hell for you. Off course, let’s not ignore the fact that you should avoid quarrelling with your spouse whom you need to partner with to make things happen. It is called creating an atmosphere for miracles.

‎Beloved, the Lord is still in the business of blessing people. Don’t hinder yourself. Why not ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and help you deal with anything that may be causing a hindrance to your breakthrough?

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07. June 2017 · Comments Off on THINGS LOOK SO TINY FROM ABOVE · Categories: Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Peace, Relationship, Spiritual Growth, Victory, Worship

I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me… said, COME UP HERE, AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT MUST TAKE PLACE IN THE FUTURE. At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit’s power… (Revelation 4:1-2 AMPC).

Beloved, I recently heard someone says that it was only when they started flying that they saw that all the buildings that looked so massive from the ground level became very tiny from above and the size decreased as they went higher till they could hardly see anything.

So true and probably why John who wrote the Book of Revelation was shown great revelations about things to come from above. He said… INSTANTLY I WAS IN THE SPIRIT (NLT)… I WAS CAUGHT UP AT ONCE IN DEEP WORSHIP (MSG) and his eyes were indeed open to the kind of worship that takes place in heaven. In fact, the whole of Revelation 4 is dedicated to describing it but then the next chapter records John crying over NOTHING. John said… I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it. But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, HAS WON THE VICTORY. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:4-5 NLT).

“Really? Oh Okay”. I’m sure he must have asked himself… “why am I crying then? Everyone here is busy worshiping God and I am here crying over nothing”. The Amplified translation says Jesus has… OVERCOME AND CONQUERED…

Isn’t this what Jesus was trying to tell John and his other disciples when He said… I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” (John 16:33 NLT)

Beloved, for John to get a revelation like this, he was not walking in the flesh but in the spirit. The flesh will tell you all the things that are wrong now but working in a spiritual dimension gives you insight into what the Lord is doing and the unstoppable victory that’s ahead regardless of your situation. WHILE JEREMIAH WAS STILL CONFINED in the courtyard of the guard, the Lord gave him this second message: “This is what the Lord says—the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord: Ask me and I WILL TELL YOU REMARKABLE SECRETS YOU DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THINGS TO COME (Jeremiah 33:1-3 NLT).

Beloved, the Lord wants you to come higher because those things that have blinded your vision looks tiny from above. You need to engage yourself in true worship; allowing the Holy Spirit to guide your life. You need to focus on developing your spiritual man so you are not tossed about by things going on around you.

Remember, things look so tiny from above.

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04. June 2017 · Comments Off on YOU HAVE BEEN FILLED TO FUNCTION · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Pentacost

AND when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind… And they were all FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4 KJV).

Beloved, ‘AND’ is a part of a speech that connects two words or phrases together suggesting here that something happened before that connects to the above text. So, what happened before?

Well, just before Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised that the apostles will receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them to enable them witnesses to the end of the world and then He was taken up into a cloud (Acts 1:8-9).

Wow! That must have been a sight. This was someone that used to eat and talk with them. They stood there staring until two white-robed men had to interrupt… “why do you stand gazing into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was caught away and lifted up from among you into heaven, will return in [just] the same way in which you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11 AMPC).

This was almost like saying; common guys, stop wasting time staring into space. He’ll be back but right now, there’s loads of work to be done. So, they started preparing – praying together, getting their team back in order and bonding and … AND when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place… and after they were filled with the Holy Spirit, work began. Peter began to preach and 3,000 people got saved in one day (Acts 2:14-41).

Following that, he and John healed the crippled beggar (Acts 3:1-11) and many more great works followed. Why? Because Jesus made it clear that they were to be FILLED TO FUNCTION and not gaze into space.

Beloved, unfortunately many Christians are still gazing… either at the cross or into space; that is looking at where Jesus was when He’s moved on and now lives inside us? We’ve been filled with the Holy Spirit. The same Jesus that walked the earth now lives inside of us… and as He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17) and there’s work to be done; greater works than He did because there are now many of Him working around.

The apostles began to speak as the Spirit gave them utterance. Utterance is the release of the word. However, many are mute. If it’s the same Spirit that spoke in Genesis 1; and spoke in Jesus (and the Word became flesh); why isn’t He speaking through us?

Beloved, the apostles functioned as a result of the filling of the Holy Spirit and if there’s no difference in your filling, then there should be no difference in your ability to function. Like someone once said; no one puts petrol in a packed car. Are you packed? Or are you more interested in owning 10 packed cars? Is this the time to be gazing at what the world is gazing at?

On this Pentecost Sunday, let our prayer be simply; Father please show me how to use my filling to function.

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29. May 2017 · Comments Off on EMBRACING GOD’S WISDOM‏‏ · Categories: Glory, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Suffering, Wisdom

No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—His plan that was previously hidden, even though He made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord (1 Corinthians 2:7-8 NLT).

Beloved, have you ever questioned God’s wisdom? Perhaps, you are going through something devastating right now and you just can’t understand what God is up to? Well, He is always up to something even when we can’t understand it.

Referring to the conversation Jesus had with the disciples on the road to Emmaus‎ (Luke 24:13-35), I read a book (Healing the Eight Stages of Life) where the writers said “the despairing disciples began by talking about the tragic death of their friend whom they had counted on to be the Messiah. The disciple’s attitude was “don’t talk to us about God’s wisdom. We haven’t seen much of it in the death of our friend. JESUS SIMPLY SHARED FROM THE SCRIPTURE AND SHOWED HOW EVEN THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR FRIEND’S DEATH WAS TO BE LIFE-GIVING, PART OF THE WISE PLAN THAT GOD HAD FOR THEIR LIVES””.

It took Jesus to make sense of it and I for one know that it would be so great to just sit down and hear the Lord make sense of our experiences. Something along the lines of… “this is why that happened and this is why this had to happened… and more importantly, where do we go from here?” This is exactly what Jesus did to these disciplines. He opened the Scriptures and started explaining to them that His death was a part of God’s plan all along and they must have been like “I get it now. Lord, You are indeed the wise master planner. You had it all planned out all along and even when the enemy thought he was winning, our feature text tells us that he soon realised that he got played big time.

‎Beloved, we have got to get to the point where we move from despair to embracing God’s wisdom. Joseph told his brothers… you intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people (Genesis 50:20 NLT). When Joseph was going through his ordeal, he had no idea that things would turn out the way they did in the end but he finally got to that place where he embraced God’s wisdom. You too need to do the same even when it doesn’t make sense.

According to one of my bible notes; “One can agree with all the truths in the Bible and still miss the power of God… [which]… cannot be fully grasped by our eight-pound brains. We must approach God humbly as creations, not as those aspiring to fully explain the Creator of the universe.

Beloved, it’s time to… trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT).

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28. May 2017 · Comments Off on A PURE HEART‏ WITH PURE MOTIVES‏ · Categories: Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Motives

BUT there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. Then Peter said, “Ananias, WHY HAVE YOU LET SATAN FILL YOUR HEART? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” (Acts 5:1-4 NLT).

Beloved, because there’s a ‘BUT’ at the beginning of our feature text which apparently is how the Chapter starts, it’s only wise to rewind a bit to the previous chapter and you’ll find it recorded that… there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”)… He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles (Acts 4:36-37 NLT).

This got me thinking; perhaps Ananias and his wife saw what Joseph did and how the people reacted to what he did (to earn the name ‘Son of Encouragement’) and most importantly, how the Lord must have blessed Joseph and so they decided that they wanted the same praises and blessings but like Peter said, they allowed Satan fill their hearts. Their motives were wrong. As a result, what was supposed to be a blessing became a curse… As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died… (Acts 5:5 NLT)… and same thing happened to his wife (Acts 5:10).

Unfortunately, many fall into this trap. We do things because others are doing it but I long decided that I’m not going to do anything just because I see someone else doing it regardless of the guilt trip game because while people may look at what is given, the Lord looks at the heart of the giver.

We see this with the case of Cain and Abel… When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted ABEL AND HIS GIFT, but he did not accept CAIN AND HIS GIFT. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis 4:3-7 NLT)

Beloved, you will be accepted if you do what is right… that’s what the Lord is looking for in your giving and sacrifice… DOING IT FROM A PURE HEART‏ WITH PURE MOTIVES…

SELAH!

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