Monthly Archives: August 2013
Often time, the Holyspirit acts as an alert producer. In the midst of our thoughts, and desicion making process, He delights in guiding our choices- I believe His slogan would be “follow my instruction and you wouldn’t loss a dime”.
Last week Thursday, I went to the bank to carry out some transactions among which was paying for an ebook. As I took out a deposit slip to fill, I had this nudging in my spirit (fear/anxiety,which manifested as an increased heart beat), it was His warning alert going off on my inside. But I stubbornly waved it off.
“I was doing the right thing”, I thought …really, tell me what could have been “wrong” with paying for an ebook?
“Stop making me scared” I said, speaking to Him. That was where I missed it.
The Holyspirit is not the spirit of fear, and the red alerts He gives are for our good, to prevent us from wasting resources and wishing we hadn’t made foolish decisions. I made one on Thursday.
Apostle Paul, in his address to Timothy, pointed that the Holyspirit is the spirit of power, love and sound mind.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
How would I have known that I was making an overpayment, depositing an extra N2000 into the seller’s account, but He (who is the source of infinite wisdom, intending to lead me into all truth) knew. I had paid in the money before I later checked my email, only to discover that the seller was giving a 50% discount. I quickly informed the seller about my overpayment, but he ended up sending me the ebook and said nothing about refunding the extra money.
I felt it was unjust, but I couldn’t blame the young man (who was only trying to make more money), I had “me” to put the blame on…me (who had the spirit of truth on the inside), for disobeying the voice of the Holyspirit.
The Holyspirit was given to us for out profitting and His instructions are for our greatest good. Although most times, His instructions doesn’t always seem to make sense, it is foolish to doubt Him “who was” even before the very “beginning”.
If only we will listen to Him ( to His red alerts,His gentle voice, that inner witness, that nudging in our hearts, etc), we will live life to the fullest- in joy,peace and plenty, not lossing a dime!
Although we might not have all the answers to our questions, but we know the singular reason for His death; you and I
Read: Job 4:1-7:21, 1 Corinthians 14:18-40, Psalm 37:30-40, Proverbs 21:27
Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant my desire. I wish he would crush me. I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me. (Job 6:8-9)
Relate: I’m allergic to raccoons. Not just raccoons, cats and dogs, mostly dogs, cows and horses, even pigs. I know all this from exposure. Even the raccoons.
It was the summer between sixth and seventh grade. We were living at a campground for a couple months because we had sold our house but were still waiting to close on the house we were to purchase. So in the intervening time I lived a junior high boy’s dream. From around Labor Day to Columbus Day my home was a tent, my oven a campfire and my backyard the mountains and trails and lakes that were Green Lakes State Park.
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Living in the days of Jacob(son of Isaac) must have been very funny. They had traditions that just wouldn’t have worked in our time, especially as regards marriage.
“Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.” Genesis 29:11
At least, “kissing” as an act of greeting still made some sense, but sleeping with a woman(her face covered up; in essence you simply can’t say who she really is) isn’t really a nice idea. That was the tradition as regards marriage in the family of Mr. Laban.
” And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.” Genesis 29:22-23 KJV
How was Jacob suppose to know that Leah was the woman on the bed,not Rachel? He was probably drunk after the feast his father-in-law organised…only God knows?
All the while, Jacob had related with Rachel in love and sexual purity, he had never slept with her and therefore, couldn’t have known what her skin felt like- he just went in and slept with the woman he found on the bed.
Jacob woke up the next day(after sleeping with Leah), and just couldn’t believe his eyes. “What are you doing on my marital bed”, he must have asked….”how did you get in”. Still sitting in bed, she replied “Is anything the problem honey? Everything was wrong!
Jacob’s situation, unlike what we see in our world today- where a guy meets a lady,and that same night they end up in bed together,was quite decent and godly. He was a man that feared God, somehow he knew that pre-marital sex wasn’t God’s desire/will for his people(regardless of how close the wedding date is or how deeply in love they are with each other) but while Jacob was in courtship with Rachel he didn’t do his home work; obviously he forgot to do some background checkup on his wife to be hence,lacked vital information about her and her people’s tradition/custom.
‘Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.” ‘Genesis29:26
The period of courtship is actually a time for discovery, not for making love. It’s a time for building and sustaining friendship, getting to know our intending spouse, guided in reality and not assumptions. It’s not a time to build sexual intimacy as it’s being eronously displayed in our world today. In his book, “boy meets girl”, Joshua harris pointed out the fact that courtship is a relationship between a man and a woman who are actively and intentionally together to consider marriage. He went on to say that “before a heart or body involvement, there is need to take time getting to know each other’s mind and character.”
Sex is not a proof of love, neither is it what an unmarried man and woman should be having. God created sex for the married not for the unmarried, it was designed to build intimacy between husbands and wives, and not as a compatiblity testing adventure for the unmarried…in fact, it is the wrongest test for compatibility!
Many young folks(and even couples) have found themselves in Jacob’s shoes, they suddenly wake up wondering where on earth they met the person they had slept with. That’s because, they choose to make the bed their central stage for discovery, and all they probably ever discovered was how sexually active the person is; that’s the best that can come out of such research, an information that can’t sustain a godly long term relationship. My dear, you aren’t a cheap piece of trash and you shouldn’t allow any impatient fellow(who claims to be in love with you) to lead you into fornication.
WARNING! WHILE YOU ARE YET UNMARRIED, STAY OFF THE BED. IT’S THE WRONGEST PLACE FOR DISCOVERY!!!
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Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
Relate: I have a guilty pleasure. I like to read a lot. No, that isn’t the guilty pleasure. It is just setting the stage. If you jump down on the right side of this blog you can see stuff on my “to read” list. Feel free to buy me some books. I will love you forever.
No, reading isn’t my guilty pleasure. Reading Nicholas Sparks is my guilty pleasure. I don’t know too many guys that are willing to admit to something like that. Once or twice a year I’m going to get my hands on a Dear John or A Walk To Remember or A Bend In the Road and lose myself in it for a day or two. I don’t…
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Before any father would make a promise to his son, he had better have a sure means of fulfilling it. For a monetary promise, it’s either he has the money at hand or plans to fulfill his promise based on the receival of his salary- anyway, a wise father would rather not make a promise at all or when he does, has the ability to fulfill it, because not keeping his promise would:
1. Be disappointing to his son
2. Make his son lose trust in him
Though earthly, a father is careful to make a promise because he wouldn’t want to disappoint his son. For example, my dad has never made a promise to us hr couldn’t fulfill, even if it meant going all out to borrow the money; he was going to keep his promise first then bother about his debt later…it was as though the promise he made was a greater debt to him, greater than the money he had borrowed to fulfil it.
This I speak of an earthly father, how much more our loving heavenly father? He is the all sufficient God, having all things at his disposal…I want to picture him as a father who would rather have the very thing(s) he is about to promise us in his full possession(without having to borrow from any man).
As a wise father, and inorder to avoid any form of disappointment and/or distrust, He goes before hand to purchase as it were the very thing(s) He is about to promise before He ever makes one, such that it would be absolutely impossible to fail.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
I remember as kids, we did always say that ” a promise is a debt” but with God, it’s much more. It’s his commitment to us, an unbreakable OATH sealed with the precious life-blood of his only begotten Son, Jesus.
Hold on in faith my dear,
God CAN NOT FAIL!
IF HE SAID IT, IT’S A DONE DEAL.
He will SURELY keep his promise. HALLELUJAH!
Goodmorning friends, hope you were blessed?
Have a great new week.
God loves you!