16. April 2015 · Comments Off on ENTERTAINING ANGELS‏ · Categories: Deliverance, God's Plan, Healing, Help, Hospitality, Jesus Christ, Restoration

Recently, I went to visit my aunty in hospital where she was telling of this ward attendant that had been taking care of her so well to the point that they formed a close relationship; one where the woman felt free to tell her what she was going through at home. It was so heavy that my aunty couldn’t complete the story without bursting into tears. However, when this lady came around, you couldn’t tell at all. With a massive smile on her face, she was just going round joking with all the patients and making sure they were okay.

My aunty said she was always checking on her to see if she liked her meals and if she didn’t, she would change it. She was that amazing and looked perfectly okay while we were there until my aunty found a quiet time and asked me to pray with her. Hmmm… you won’t believe that immediately I held her hands, this lady burst into tears and I’m thinking… oh my God… where did this come from? It was so heart-breaking.

She cried all through and I’m thinking… you would have had no idea but then it took me back to only a few years ago when I was in the same boat. Everybody knows me as the one that always has a big smile on her face; the one to keep everyone entertained with her jokes and the funny things that she says but like the Bible says… each heart knows its own bitterness… (Proverbs 14:10 NLT)… Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains (Proverbs 14:13 NLT).

Nobody knew I was a cry baby at the time. Only God, my pillow and eventually a prophet of God who singled me out in a meeting in front of everybody to ask why are you always crying… hmmm…

Anyway, because this lady was at work we couldn’t do much but I took her number promising to visit her so I could minister to her properly.

The other funny thing that happened was that while she was with us, my auntie’s son ‎came to join us and upon seeing this woman, they both asked… what are you doing here? Apparently, they knew each other from way… way back but who could have ever known that she would be one day taking care of his mother? What if she was mean to her? What if she wasn’t hospitable to her?

The Bible says…don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrew 13:2 NLT)

Now, I’m no angel but God orders our steps and sends help when we least expect it and I know He wants to begin something when He goes out of His way to meet a broken woman by the well (John 4)

You never know who Jesus might send your way so like the Scripture says…‎ show hospitality because you just might be entertaining your angel.

God bless you
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21. August 2014 · Comments Off on THE LORD HAS ALREADY WORKED IT OUT (PT 2) · Categories: God's Plan, Help, Hospitality, Jesus Christ

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! (Isaiah 65:24 NLT)

On Friday night, I had to call my friend in Africa to see if she could help out with my dad who had missed his flight back to the UK and was stranded at the airport. He was on standby meaning there was no guarantee that he was going to travel. In the end, he wasn’t able to make that flight but I was so humbled at the extent she went to ensure he was okay. She kept on calling me to find out how he was and at one point even asked for his number so she could call him and the next day when she found out that he missed his flight and had to stay in the airport till the next flight at night, she offered to go and pick him up. I felt so bad for inconveniencing her because I know Saturdays were her rest days plus the journey from her house to the airport was a very long one and to do that to and fro twice in one day was a bit much.

However, she went to pick him up from the airport but unknown to her, the Lord had already started working on her own behalf. Immediately they left the airport, she received a phone call. A few weeks ago, she had come to drop her daughter off for summer holidays with the intention that her own parents would bring her back when they came for their own holiday. That was the plan but the phone call was from her parents saying they were no longer travelling because of an urgent matter that just came up.

Anyway, all hope was not lost because another close relative was coming from the UK to Africa in three days’ time, but wait a minute – my friend had taken her daughter’s passport back with her to Africa and was hoping grandma would bring it back. So she now had a case of daughter in UK and daughter’s passport in Africa. So what am I to do? Hang on a minute; Ruky’s dad is in my car and he’s travelling to London tonight.

Hmmm… when she called me to tell me the whole story, the only thing I could think of was that the Lord already saw her dilemma coming; He HAD ALREADY WORKED IT OUT and had set the ball rolling since Friday evening and it helped a lot that my friend didn’t see it as a burden to lend a helping hand and it worked in her favour.

What’s the lesson here? The Lord is always one step ahead of us and so we should learn to trust Him. In the meantime, let’s not… get tired of doing what is good (Galatians 6:9-10) because it will pay off.

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22. June 2014 · Comments Off on RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS · Categories: Action, Hospitality, Jesus Christ, Praise, Worship

Yesterday, I had my very first ‘Meeting by the Well’ outside of the UK and I must say, it was the best one to date. Questions were coming from everywhere and by the time it was over, I knew that virtue had gone out of me. I was drained.

‎There was a particular question a lady asked; how do you advise or support someone who has given up on waiting on the Lord? They have been praying and waiting on the Lord for a long and with no forthcoming answer, they just couldn’t be bothered anymore.

I came up with a number of things they could do but what I think was the most important (or should I say best advise) was to just focus on praising and worshipping God. There are times when words fail you and like Mary, all you can do is to fall down at the feet of Jesus and worship Him (John 11:32).

Also, the thing that fell down the walls of Jericho‎ was praise and nothing else. We are told that… When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it (Joshua 6:20 NLT).

One final thing which the Lord just dropped in my spirit as I was typing this; the Shunammite‎ woman had given up on God but it was when she showed hospitality that her long lost dream of having a child was fulfilled (2 Kings 4:8-17). Same thing with Abraham; He showed great hospitality to the three men that came visiting and they left with a promise that God would visit his household (Genesis 18:1-15).

Are you running out of options? Why not try focusing on these and just‎ see what happens? As you do so, I pray that the Lord that raised Lazarus from the dead; the same Lord that made the walls of Jericho to fall down flat; the same God that gave the Shunammite woman and Abraham a child in their old age would also meet you at your point of need.

God bless you
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28. April 2014 · Comments Off on A ROLLER COASTER JOURNEY · Categories: Blessing, God's Plan, Hospitality, Jesus Christ, Restoration, Reward, Suffering

We’ve been looking at the Lord’s reward for faithful service in church. The shunammite woman was rewarded for looking after God’s servant. She told her husband… let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us” (2 Kings 4:10 NIV). As a reward, the Lord blessed her with a child.

Isn’t it just nice when God rewards you for your faithful service? But then I began to think of her roller coaster journey. No doubt, she must have felt really blessed but then, the child dies. OK… I didn’t see this coming but I can handle it. Elisha, fix this. And he did. Thank God.

So she thought it was all over until she now finds that due to a famine, she has to leave her nice home. To make it worse, Elisha was the one that came to break the news and I’m sure by this time, she’s thinking what kind of trouble have I brought upon myself? All because I opened my home to you. I was content with my life when you came to tell me that God will give me a son. Then the son died. Then you raised him up. Now, it’s famine. So I now have to leave my home for 7 years. What’s my crime Elisha? Was it a bad thing that I opened my home to you?

Has God ever put you on a roller coaster journey while you are doing all you can to be faithful to Him? I’ve been there so I know what I’m talking about but God never forsakes the righteous. He took this woman full circle and at the end of her 7 years of sojourning in a foreign land, she comes back to appeal to the king for her possession. But what she didn’t know was that conversations were already taking place behind her back.

The king wanted to know more about this popular Elisha so… Gehazi was telling the king about the time Elisha had brought a boy back to life. At that very moment, the mother of the boy walked in to make her appeal to the king about her house and land. “Look, my lord the king!” Gehazi exclaimed. “Here is the woman now, and this is her son—the very one Elisha brought back to life!” “Is this true?” the king asked her. And she told him the story. So he directed one of his officials to see that EVERYTHING SHE HAD LOST WAS RESTORED TO HER, including the value of any crops that had been harvested during her absence. (2 Kings 8:5-6 NLT).

Hmmm… Nothing was lost. Does it feel like you’re on a roller coaster journey? Please know that… the steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step] (Psalm 37:23 AMP).

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05. November 2013 · Comments Off on THE MAKING OF A BLESSED MAN · Categories: Blessing, God's Plan, Hospitality, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Salvation

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I WILL MAKE YOU INTO a great nation. I will bless you and MAKE YOU FAMOUS, and you will be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:1-2 NLT).

We all love to be blessed and we do well to claim Abraham’s blessings. In fact, there’s this popular song that says… Abrahams blessing are mine… I’m blessed in the morning… I’m blessed in the evening… and while this is true, I remember someone asking if we can do what Abraham did. The first thing Abraham had to do was to let go. The Lord said “I WILL MAKE YOU INTO…” This process started when the Lord asked Abraham to leave something’s behind and like someone said, “a man’s greatness is measured by his willingness to let go of things”. We’ve got a few examples. Abraham is one. First of all, he let go of his homeland. And then when tested, he was willing to let go of his blessing… By faith Abraham, when he was put to the test [while the testing of his faith was still in progress], had already brought Isaac for an offering; he who had gladly received and welcomed [God’s] promises was ready to sacrifice his only son (Hebrews 11:17 AMP). He chose the One that blesses and not the blessing there by allowing God to make him a blessing.

Moses is another one. In order to be a great leader used mightily by God, he had to let go of royalty. Moses… refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter (Hebrews 11:24 NIV). He didn’t let the glamour of this world hold him back. Instead he allowed God make him into a blessing.

Apostle Paul is another one. He said… I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13 NLT). We are still being blessed by his writings today.

Jesus… stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave)… (Philippians 2:7 AMP). Jesus let go of His throne, humbled Himself and as a resulted we blessed with the gift of salvation.

What we have in common here is obedience, humility and dying to their own will. They had to let go of the things that we would naturally want to hold on to but then, these are the things that make it difficult for God to make you into the blessing carrier that He wants you to be.

Do you know that that thing you are holding on to may be the exact thing that is holding you back? Though Abraham obeyed God by leaving his native country, this was initially partial obedience because we are told that… he took… his nephew Lot (Genesis 12:5 NLT)… an act that delayed him until he eventually let go. What’s holding you back (Hebrews 12:1)?
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11. June 2013 · Comments Off on ENTERTAINING ANGELS · Categories: Action, Blessing, Choices, Hospitality

A few months ago I attended a conference and I remember there was this very huge guy wearing a football jersey who came up to the row I was sitting and passing everybody, he came and sat next to me. There was nothing wrong in that except for the smell that oozed out of him. Everybody was carrying their noses and I tried my best not to look in his direction. However, there was powerful praise and worship going on and every now and then he would scream out some words like he was following the song and I just couldn’t help but look at him. He would look straight back into my eyes and off course I planted this fake smile across my face as if to say don’t worry… everything is all right. God loves everybody…

In my mind I was thinking, behave yourself Ruky. Maybe this is an angel sent to deliver your blessing because the verse that kept coming to my mind was… Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrews 13:2 NLT)

I remember thinking to myself… Lord why do you keep having to test me like this? At least allow me pass one test before moving on to another. Anyway, after about 10 minutes or so, the guy got up and left and I said thank God… At least I don’t have to put up with this smell all night. The whole thing was very strange but till date, I can still remember those eyes.

I’m not saying he’s an angel but then who knows? Recently this verse has been ministering to me and I remembered Abraham

One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground (Genesis 18:1-2 NLT).

Abraham showed them great hospitality and then just as they were about to leave… one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” (Genesis 18:10 NLT).

Who knows… what if Abraham didn’t show hospitality?

Yesterday someone was sharing with me how a guy he’s never met before walked up to him on his way back from church, greeted him and then started asking him some questions… how genuine are you about your Christianity and all that. Somehow it has opened some doors for him.

What am I trying to say? Dear friends, let’s be mindful about how we treat people. You never know if that person you’ve just looked down on was sent by God. The Amplified Bible says… do not forget or neglect or refuse to extend hospitality to strangers in the brotherhood—being friendly, cordial, and gracious… for through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. Don’t allow your blessing pass you by. Be nice.

God bless you
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