31. May 2014 · Comments Off on AVOIDING THE COMPARISM TRAP · Categories: Choices, God's Plan, Humility, Jesus Christ, Praise, Relationship, Words

I was listening to someone say that the reason David got into so much trouble with King Saul was because of people and not anything that David personally did.

David was very faithful to Saul. He went wherever Saul sent him. Saul was very pleased with him and so made him a commander over the men of war. However… When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David (1 Samuel 18:6-9 NLT).

Hmmm… Saul became Jealous and from then on had only one thing on his mind which was to get rid of David. As a result, he began to watch his every move. He followed him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and what have you… wanting to know what he was up to and where he would be so that he could track him down. Poor David who displayed no element of pride was now constantly on the run.

How does this apply to us? We do this every day without realising it. We compare our children to other people’s children and even to one another. We say can’t you see what your sister did yesterday. We compare our spouses to somebody else’s forgetting that the grass always seems greener from the other side. We compare our friends, our staff and other work colleagues to one another and before you know it unhealthy competition starts to lead to something else.

What could the women have done? I’m not saying they should deny the fact that David was successful but they could have replaced “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands” with “David has killed ten thousands”. There was no need for the comparism.

We need to allow people to be the best at their level. Train your child to be the best at who they are. Set them up to run their own race.

As for you, first of all, don’t let people compare you to others. Don’t allow them put you on a pedestal too high for you. They may just be setting you up for a fall. Secondly, don’t spend the rest of your life trying to be who God hasn’t called you to be. Be the best you that you can be. Be happy and content at your level because… [it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain (1 Timothy 6:6 AMP).

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30. May 2014 · Comments Off on LORD PLEASE SHOW ME WHAT IS IN MY HAND · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Revelation, Talents, Wilderness

I’ve found that after experiencing the downside of life, it’s hard to sometimes make sense of your experience. However, experience has taught me that rather than remain the victim, if only you pay attention to what God is up to, you would be surprised at how much He has equipped you. Somehow through adversity, God takes what the enemy plans for evil and uses it to equip us with great and mighty tools which unfortunately we tend not to notice because we are busy crying out “why me?”

Moses protested when God told him what He wanted him to accomplish. I can’t do that! There’s no way I’m equipped to do that but “then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back” (Exodus 4:2-3 (NLT).

Wow! I had no idea my staff could do that! But do you know God did not just put that staff in Moses hands at that moment. Moses already had it in his hands when God called Him. It represents all his 40 years’ experience in the wilderness with all the training that came with it.

Recently, I’ve found myself having to ask the Lord to show me what He has equipped me with because honestly, the path I’m treading on is quite overwhelming. However, ‎when I think of it, it’s funny that I’m yet to see a case where someone comes to me about an issue that I’ve not been through myself in some sort of way. I’ve noticed that I tend to find myself saying I know what you’re talking about… I’ve been there before. Hence, I’m able to give advice from experience; with the help of the Holy Spirit of course.

It’s at times like this that you look back and say Lord thank You. I had no idea I could do that. I had no idea I could talk about that. I had no idea I could write about that.

It has not always being like that though because when the enemy tries to steal from you, he tends to make you feel like you’ve nothing left. But like the story of the poor widow who thought she only had very little oil (2 Kings 4:1-7), it’s only when you start pouring out the oil into vessels that you realise how much God has been filling you up and as far as there are many empty vessels around to pour into, the oil will never run dry.

Do you really know what you’ve been equipped with? Why not ask the Lord to open the eyes of your understanding so that you become enlightened and as you do so, I pray… that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him… (Ephesians 1:19 NLT)

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29. May 2014 · Comments Off on LOVING THE LORD · Categories: Action, Jesus Christ, Love, Obedience, Relationship, Thoughts

And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all our mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment (Mark 12:30 AMP).

If there’s one thing I did to a fault with every one of my worldly relationships was to love to a fault. I used to pour out my whole heart and literally give it my all. In fact, I did it to the extent that close friends and family used to tease me about it, especially when it came back and backfired in my face. However, yesterday as I was praying, I found myself telling the Lord to help me transfer that same passion and effort that I put into those worldly relationships towards Him.

I know this sounds funny but I was serious and even teary about it (LOL… I find myself doing some crazy things sometimes). However, what does this really mean? What does it mean to love the Lord?

It means to put Him first in everything you do. It means to think about Him all the time. It means to always want to be close Him, spending intimate time with Him. You know that with your worldly relationships you are always checking where they are; looking for any reason to call; spending endless hours on the phone; cancelling other plans in order to see them and in my days, writing endless love letters and listening to love songs. Is there any wonder why I love listening to and meditating on worship songs?

Loving the Lord means doing what God has commanded us, and He has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning (2 John 1:6 NLT). This means loving and caring for those He loves…HOW DO YOU TREAT GOD’S PEOPLE? Do you care for those in need; the homeless, those in the prisons and even those that are unsaved?

Loving the Lord means to obey Him. … In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands… (1 John 5:3 NIV)

Jesus also told His disciples… If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands (John 14:15 AMP). The Message translation says… If you love me, SHOW IT BY DOING WHAT I’VE TOLD YOU.

So how are you doing in your love relationship with the Lord? Why not meditate on and pray using Deuteronomy 30:6 (AMP)… And the Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with all your being…

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28. May 2014 · Comments Off on STOP LOOKING DOWN AT OTHERS · Categories: Humility, Jesus Christ, Mercy

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ (Luke 18:9-13 NIV)

I was just thinking about the fact that the above was written about the self-righteousness of the Pharisee many thousands of years ago but it still applies to many of us today. If you don’t believe me, what’s your attitude when certain people walk pass you in church? Maybe you heard something about them during the week and immediately they step in to church, you look at your spouse or your friend and then you smile at each other and it’s even worse with the technology that we have today. You start to send whatsup, blackberry or text messages under the pretence that you are reading your Bible or taking down notes that go something like… Can you imagine that he or she showed up in church today after everything they’ve done or look at how they are walking or look at how they are dressed?

However, while you are there sending messages back and forth, this person could be on their knees pouring out their souls before the Lord… God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Who do you think benefited more from that service? Jesus said… “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14 NIV)

I love King David, the man after God’s own heart. He is the one that you would find in the corner, at a distance praying quietly, saying… Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24 AMP).

That’s when the Lord will start to highlight the gossiping, the malicious behaviour, the jealousy, the pride etc. And that is when we would realise that it is by His mercy that we are all able to stand before His presence.

Is looking down at others preventing you from looking down within? The Lord loves when we humbly come before His presence. How have you come before Him today?

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27. May 2014 · Comments Off on LET GOD BE THE ONE TO PROMOTE YOU · Categories: Humility, Jesus Christ, Pride, Promise, Seedtime and Harvest

…What exalts someone doesn’t come from the east or west; it’s not from the south either. Rather it is God who is the judge. He brings this person down, but that person He lifts up (Psalm 75:6-7 CEB).

I was listening to the testimony of a lady who shared about a time she attended a tailored mentorship programme. She said in the room, she was surrounded by people with such big titles that she kind of felt out of place. As a result, she didn’t think she would have the chance of ever meeting with the mentor on a one to one basis so immediately the meeting was over, she took her bags and left.

However, in the hall way, while she was on her mobile phone, this well-known and established mentor came walking by with his huge entourage. He had already walked pass her, however, about a few seconds later, he turned back and according to her, offered her an opportunity of a life time. Immediately, she heard the Lord tell her that “I told you that you don’t have to manipulate your way into what I’ve got planned for you. You don’t have to beg nobody; you haven’t got to drop no complimentary cards”. She said she was so glad that she stayed in her place because when God is ready for you, He knows where to find you.

It’s interesting to think about all the things we do to exalt ourselves and get recognised but Jesus teaches us a simple lesson in humility. He said… “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:8-11 NIV)

Hmm… Promotion comes neither from the east nor from the west but from the Lord. Dont’ loose sleepless nights over your next move. Why not just continue remaining faithful and see how the Lord directs your steps. He knows which doors He has opened for you and He knows where to locate you. He is the one that will usher you to the front seat.

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26. May 2014 · Comments Off on AN OPEN DOOR NO ONE CAN CLOSE · Categories: Blessing, Covenant, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Obedience, Patience, Power and Authority, Reward, Seedtime and Harvest

…These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open: I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. SEE! I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU A DOOR WIDE OPEN WHICH NO ONE IS ABLE TO SHUT; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name (Revelation 3:7-8 Amp)

One of the great things I like about the word of God is that there’s nothing misleading in it. If you read it and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, then be sure to be well informed. For example, I like that the word of God warns you that… INDEED they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake (Isaiah 54:15 NKJV).

What does indeed mean? It means Definitely, Certainly, Undeniably, Surely… This means some people are bound to contend with you concerning the doors that have been open to you but He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open says He… HAVE SET BEFORE YOU A DOOR WIDE OPEN WHICH NO ONE IS ABLE TO SHUT.

Who is talking here? The Master Jesus! He introduces Himself as the one who can unlock the treasure house which means pouring out blessings and opportunities. He has the key to all the riches in heaven and on earth and by His sovereign authority and power, He can open up its riches to those He chooses. He can determine who gets into the treasure house to experience the blessings.

He has complete control of the entrance to David’s house; that is to the kings palace… (Isaiah 22:22). This means He has the key of government and authority and He is saying because you have been faithful; Because you have been patient; Because you have endured; Because you have held on to My word; Because you did not deny or renounce My name; Because you have been tested through the fire and have been purified like pure gold, the door is wide open

Forget about those that gather together to stir up strife. This is about a covenant between you and the Lord so no one can contend with it. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you. However, please also listen to this; Jesus is also the one that shuts and no one shall open so trust that the doors, opportunity and also people He shut out of your life are for a reason.

Receive this word today

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25. May 2014 · Comments Off on GATHERING OF CHAMPIONS · Categories: God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Restoration

Yesterday, during my ‘meeting by the well’, I had a young lady share her story of how the Lord delivered her from all the things that she experienced in her childhood. It was amazing to hear what she had been through and to now see how the Lord was using her to minister to people. On our way back, we started to discuss of a particular ministry whose leader has a very special anointing to attract broken people and develop them until they discover God’s purpose for their lives and immediately the thought of David when he was running away from King Saul came to my mind.

…David got away and escaped to the Cave of Adullam. When his brothers and others associated with his family heard where he was, they came down and joined him. Not only that, but ALL WHO WERE DOWN ON THEIR LUCK CAME AROUND—LOSERS AND VAGRANTS AND MISFITS OF ALL SORTS. DAVID BECAME THEIR LEADER. THERE WERE ABOUT FOUR HUNDRED IN ALL (1 Samuel 22:1-2 MSG).

David officially an outcast was joined by others in similar circumstances. It is safe to say that because of their similar circumstances, these people were naturally attracted to him so that he began to develop a military power-base that would sustain him throughout his military years as king.

i was reading in my study Bible that… David’s control over this group of men only goes to show his resourcefulness and ability to lead and motivate others. It is difficult enough to build an army out of good men but it takes even greater leadership to build one out of the kind of men that followed David. This group eventually formed the core of his military leadership.

The morale of this story is not to write people off. You never know their future. You never know what the Lord can do with a life that has been rejected by society. In fact, those are the people the Lord targets because, most times, the reason they find themselves in such circumstances is because the enemy is fighting their destiny.

Have people frowned their faces at you because of your history? Don’t get depressed about the rejection. Turn to the Lord. I love the song by Marvin Sapp that says… “He saw the best in me… when everyone else around could only see the worse in me”.

Also, find yourself a good mentor… All who were down on their luck came around—losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts joined David and he became their leader and they ended up being the core of his army. Read 2 Samuel 23:8 to find about David’s Mightiest Warriors.

Today, I pray that the Lord who specialises in making ALL things work together for our good (Romans 8:28) turn things around for you.

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24. May 2014 · Comments Off on CONTINUE PUSHING · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Patience, Prayer, Promise, Reward, Seedtime and Harvest

…Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they SHOULD ALWAYS PRAY AND NOT GIVE UP. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow KEEPS BOTHERING me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”(Luke 18:1-5 NIV)

The Parable of the Persistent Widow is one we are quite familiar with and honestly, I’ve nothing new to tell you but I was reading this passage and it suddenly hit me again that as far as the Lord has given us a promise and as far as we can get on our knees to pray, we really have no business giving up. Jesus said it Himself.

Prayer and persistence is what it takes. Praying until something happens. Can you imagine a woman in labour suddenly deciding that she’s not going to push anymore just because the baby is not coming out yet? That she decides to stop pushing does not mean that the baby is not inside her womb. However, except the doctors help her out, it may mean death for either her or the baby or even both. And I believe that is what we sometimes do to our promises. We kill it inside us because we give up pushing.

We are told of the great prophet Elijah who took the birthing position and refused to give up when he was praying for rain… Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”… (1 Kings 18:42-44 NIV)

Imagine if after the sixth time, he gave up, we definitely won’t be reading of his testimony today.

Our job is to continue praying and it doesn’t even have to be a long prayer… Grant me justice against my adversary was all the widow kept saying… And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, WHO CRY OUT TO HIM DAY AND NIGHT? WILL HE KEEP PUTTING THEM OFF?” (Luke 18:6-7 NIV)

Grant me what You promised Lord… Can you keep saying this until He does? Will God not bring about His promises for His chosen ones? I think He will. Why not get on your knees and lets push that baby out?

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23. May 2014 · Comments Off on CALLED TO WITNESS · Categories: Action, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Seedtime and Harvest

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road…” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch… The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “HOW CAN I,” HE SAID, “UNLESS SOMEONE EXPLAINS IT TO ME?” SO HE INVITED PHILIP TO COME UP AND SIT WITH HIM (Acts 8:26-31 NIV).

Yesterday, I had a brunch meeting with someone planning a great revival meeting later in the summer and wanted me to be a part of it. As I made my way down to meet with this person, right in the middle of the streets, I could hear him screaming at the top of his voice. He was trying to evangelise to someone but this person was not having any of it so they started exchanging words and I could hear my crazy white boy shouting… “BUT HE WOKE YOU UP THIS MORNING”. I call him crazy because he’s got such a great passion to see souls won for the kingdom.

As I heard him shouting, I’m thinking; oh my God, this is going to be one of those days. Help me because I don’t know how to do that kind of evangelism. However, by the time I got to him, the guy he was trying to convience had gone his way and he was now chatting with a young lady. She had heard his conversation with this other guy and so walked up to him.

She told him that she had been longing to experience God for herself. She said she’s tried to read the Bible but couldn’t understand it. She also said she didn’t want to know what people said about God but wanted to experience Him for herself. I was so surprised to see the passion with which she spoke.

She was in a hurry to catch her train but before she left, they exchanged numbers and my crazy white boy promised her that she was going to experience God as desired. He was so excited. He said our meeting was divinely planned because he would never have had a chance to meet that lady at that time.

I have no doubt that God is going to touch that lady’s life but it really left me thinking that there’s indeed so much work to be done. Didn’t Jesus tell His disciples… OPEN YOUR EYES AND LOOK AT THE FIELDS! THEY ARE RIPE FOR HARVEST? (John 4:35 NIV)

This lady needed a ‘Philip’ to help her understand the gospel and as Christians CALLED TO WITNESS (Matthew 28:16-20), we are all called to strategically position ourselves as ‘Phillips’. Do you know how many opportunities we miss each day because we’ve not made ourselves available? May God help us all.

Why not have a rethink today and pray for strategic positioning?

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22. May 2014 · Comments Off on ARE YOU GIFTED BUT FRUITLESS? · Categories: Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Joy, Patience, Peace, Self Control, Spiritual Growth, Talents

I’m inspired to write on this topic because based on what I wrote yesterday, someone said they learnt something new about spiritual maturity.

The gifts of the Spirit or the fruits of the Spirit… Which do you think is more important to God? Literally speaking, a gift is something free given to someone…

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have (1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NLT).

While Apostle Paul says… you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. [He also says]… but now let me show you a way of life that is best of all (1 Corinthians 12:31 NLT).

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is PATIENT, love is KIND. It DOES NOT ENVY, it DOES NOT BOAST, it is not PROUD. It DOES NOT DISHONOR OTHERS, it is NOT SELF-SEEKING, it is NOT EASILY ANGERED, it KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Love DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL but rejoices with the truth. It always PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUSTS, ALWAYS HOPES, ALWAYS PERSEVERES (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NIV).

Love is a fruit of the Spirit but unlike a gift which is freely given, a fruit is produced from within… the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [THE WORK WHICH HIS PRESENCE WITHIN ACCOMPLISHES] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence)… (Galatians 5:22-23 AMP).

What am I trying to say? The fact that you are heavily gifted doesn’t mean you are spiritually mature. If truly your life is not governed by love, joy, peace, patience, an even temper etc., you’ve got some growing up to do. You have the Holy Spirit right? Why are you slowing down THE WORK WHICH HIS PRESENCE WITHIN ACCOMPLISHES?

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