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National Crusade

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Read >Nehemiah 7 – 8

And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel (Neh. 8:1).

This incident is in some ways a foreshadowing of an event that will happen many years in the future. Both these events brought together a nation to hear from God. Both would contain a call to repentance for the people of Israel.

The future event is found in the Book of Acts. The disciples were in the upper room waiting to hear from God. Just as these Israelites came together as one, the scripture denotes the same unity for those in the upper room.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place (Acts 2:1).

The anointing of God came upon those in the Book of Acts. They came out to preach to all who would listen.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language (Acts 2:6).

The comparison could be made here between Ezra and Peter. Both spoke the words of a prophet that came long before them.

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel (Acts 2:16).

Both men also spoke words that would call others to repent and follow after the Lord and His Word.

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).

The finding of these comparable situations in the Old Testament and the New Testament reinforce the importance of both events. In both events, the Word of God was spoken over a nation. Many heard this and in their hearts they felt the need to turn to God. In the Book of Nehemiah, the people broke out in praise and worship to God. In the Book of Acts, many accepted the free pardon of sin that Jesus offers.

Double Impact 

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Read >Nehemiah 4 – 6

And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah – (Neh. 4:16).

There were enemies that did not want to see the walls of Jerusalem be rebuilt. It was known to Nehemiah and to those working to rebuild that they may be attacked at any time. They had to prepare for this attack, so they divided their forces. One would stand guard and protect the work, while the other would continue the building process. Even with a guard, the builder also would carry a sword on their side.

As is common in the Word of God, many scriptures can have spiritual applications to things spoken of in the physical realm. We can often draw lessons to learn for our day to day living even though the situation might never apply to our lives. These lessons, if utilized, will guide us into a better place with God in our lives.

It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things (Rom. 15:27).

The lesson in this scripture verse can be applied in more than one way. It is not uncommon to discover more than one lesson to learn. There are two clear life applications to this verse.

This verse also applies to the individual believer. Each of us have differing roles we must fill in God’s kingdom. First off, we are all called to be students of God’s Word and soul winners. In addition to this, we all have a specific call for us as individuals as we see in that last verse. Finally, we must be on guard and prepared for the attack of the enemy at any time. The Bible says the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8). The word of God is sharper than any two edged sword (Heb. 4:12).

Mordecai’s decisions

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Read >Esther 8 – 10

And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman – (Est. 8:2).

God had used Mordecai greatly. The course of events of his life had placed him in situations where he could make great differences in the world around him. Mordecai could have decided to go in various different directions in his life. God chose a man that would choose to walk down a godly path.

One of the early decisions Mordecai made would change his life forever. He did the moral and godly thing in taking in his orphan cousin and raising her as his daughter. His adoption of Esther was a decision that had an impact on his life for years to come.

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thy heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man (Prov. 3:3-4).

The next choice Mordecai made would change Esther’s life forever. King Ahasuerus was seeking a new queen. He had put Queen Vashti away for disobedience to the king’s orders. There was a call for young women to come before the king so he could select a new queen. Esther was brought to the palace. The Lord had His blessings on her. The king loved her and made her his new queen. The Lord blesses those who are obedient to Him.

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing (I Pet. 3:9).

Mordecai’s next choice changed the life of King Ahasuerus in that he saved his life. Two of the king’s servants were angry with him to the point they wanted to attack and maybe even kill him. Mordecai heard these threats, and he could have chosen to ignore them. After all, this king held his people captive. He did the right thing in telling Esther so she could warn the king. The servants were hung for their crime before having a chance to harm the king.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matt. 5:44).

Cast Down but not Destroyed 

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Read >Job 1 – 4

And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD (Job 1:21).

The words of Job in this verse are a testimony to the true value of worldly things. This man, in a short period of time, had almost everything of physical value taken from him. Not only that, he had even lost his servants and his own children.

The understanding that Job demonstrated would be tested greatly. He would not only deal with these great losses, but he would face challenges to his faith on every side. He would even be challenged to give up on God.

The true believer in Christ knows that true value is in spiritual things and not physical ones. Job clearly believed this to be a truth. Even after everything that had transpired, he still said “blessed be the name of the LORD”.

During times of loss, it is sometimes very difficult to see things this way. This is even true of the believer. Although in difficult situations we should be even more inclined to look towards the throne of God for answers, we know that is not always the case. At times, we are overcome by the trials that are placed before us. We need to understand it is part of our walk with God to go through both good times and bad times.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you (I Pet. 4:12).

When these difficult days come to our lives, we must learn to place our trust and dependence in God and His Word. The Word of God will always have words of comfort, assurance and advice for those who seek help from the Lord. Times may seem hard. The way may seem impossible. However, the Bible clearly explains the believer can and must overcome. We may be in the midst of the fight, but the ultimate victory is ours.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed (II Cor. 4:8-9).

God’s Providence

Posted: June 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Read >Esther 4 – 7

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this – (Est. 4:14)

The providence of God is clearly shown in the Book of Esther. This is not to say that we don’t see God’s providence throughout the entire Word of God. There are examples of such from the beginnings of the Old Testament in the Book of Genesis until the close of the New Testament in the Book of Revelation. The Book of Esther simply shows providence at work to save the people of Israel in one clear timeline of events.

The Lord began this work all the way back when Nebuchanezzar and Babylon took the people of Israel into captivity. Mordecai and his family were obviously part of the Jews that were taken to a strategic place in Babylon to provide service for the king. This placed Mordecai where he would need to be.

The fact that Mordecai remained here shows God at work. As time went on, another Babylonian king rose up. The Babylonians were then conquered by the Medo-Persians. Mordecai had seen the reigns of Cyrus and Darius pass by and now was ruled over by Ahasuerus. God truly had a purpose for this Jewish family.

For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth (Rom. 9:11).

God then began to show the same workings in the young cousin that Mordecai had raised as a daughter. Esther found favor first with the king’s steward, Hegai, who was in charge of the king’s women. She then found favor with the king himself as he loved her above all others. She became his queen.

The wicked Haman had no idea the queen was Jewish. This was also part of God’s providence. Surely, if this had been public knowledge, Haman would have had a much more deceptive plan to destroy the Jews. God knew well beforehand what Haman would try to do and set in motion a plan to stop it.

And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God (Rom. 8:27).

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Read 1 Chronicles 24

Highlights:

Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD (I Chr. 26:27).

A good portion of a soldier’s income in ancient times came from the spoils they might take in battle. There may or may not have been any sort of salary for being in the army at that time. Men would fight for a number of reasons. They might have fought for national pride or patriotism. Some may have been forced to fight. They might have been drafted or sequestered to the military of their own nation or a nation that conquered them. Some were even slaves and were fighting for their freedom.

It is obvious then that the spoils of battle were very important to the soldier’s income. Those spoils were often limited as commanding officers might take certain items for themselves. The average soldier might only be able to take from what was left over.

Therefore, this donation of the spoils taken in battle to provide for the upkeep of the Lord’s house was a sacrificial gift. These items could have easily been kept for personal gain. However, they were dedicated for the use of the Lord.

This could be looked at in a way, as a tithe and offering to the Lord. There is a difference between the two. Many know this, others may not. The tithe is the giving back of a percentage of what God has given us. The scripture reveals that percentage to be a tenth. It is a must to tithe if we desire our life to be in right standing with God. And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly (II Chr. 31:5). And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at Him(Mark 12:17). The offering is what we might give above the required tithe.

Read 1 Chronicles 8

Highlights:

They arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days (I Chr. 10:12).

Many might ask because of the way Saul’s life ended; is there importance to this scripture? It is true Saul’s last days did not see the blessings of God on his life. He spent them chasing after David trying to kill God’s anointed. He was rebellious to God’s plans and went his own way many times. He even ended up consorting with a witch.

It is sad that most are remembered for the way they end instead of the work of their entire life. There was a time that God’s anointing was upon Saul. Many argue this fact. God did not want Israel to have a king. But, the king they had was chosen by God. The blessings of God were upon this man in his early years. They were taken away when he became disobedient to God. We are serving what we obey.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Rom. 6:16).

The verse above (I Chr. 10:12) is looked at not so much about Saul as it is about the valiant men spoken of here. No one would have faulted these men for not going to rescue the bodies of Saul and his sons. Who today undertakes a cause such as this? Most would argue with you for even calling it a rescue. It was really just a recovery.

These men showed a dedication that is not often found today. There was something inside them though that caused them to rise up to this task. This greatest of heroism was a repayment to Saul for rescuing them many years before (I Sam. 11). Many might question the choice of facing an army to retrieve a dead body. They may have been honoring this debt or it could have been an act of patriotism or it was a dedication to God. Maybe, it was just the right thing to do.

But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye (Acts 4:19).

Change Begins With PMB

Posted: December 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

Change Begins With PMB
Where does one start from on the issue of the SGF, Babachir Lawal?

He should be sacked for gross incompetence.
Even without allegations of corruption the SGF should have been sacked a long time ago along with so many that dot this administration. President Muhammadu Buhari’s biggest challenge is that he seems incapable of firing outrightly incompetent & corrupt people he himself hired! Mind boggling!

If Goodluck Jonathan had Alison Deziani, Dasuki, Bala Mohammed etc, @MBuhari has a man who packs all their evil in one body: Babachir Lawal If Mr. President needs proof of his SGF Lawal’s corrupt escapades, the proofs are right there inside the Presidential Villa. Mr. Nigeria President your supposed war on corruption is DOA (Dead on Arrival) if an obvious rogue like Lawal remains in government.

Mr. Nigerian President, before we talk about prosecuting him, which should happen in a state that cares for law and order, PMB must sack him. This is the SGF, Babachir Lawal and I will reel out some of the reasons why he must be fired immediately and prosecuted. The reasons are in two broad categories; SGF Lawal’s corruption escapades, and then his refusal to do his job as SGF.

Those of you who understand the role of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) will agree with me that he is like the engine of a car. If the engine is useless, the car is also useless.

Mr. Anti-corruption Muhammadu Buhari ‘s SGF Lawal awarded a N200 million contract to himself to clear ‘invasive plant specie’ in Yobe State. The contract was awarded WHEN Babachir Lawal was still a director of the beneficiary company. He remains a signatory to its accounts to date! By awarding a contract to a coy. in which he is a director while being SGF, he already contravenes the 1999 constitution’s code of conduct! The company, Global Vision is an “ICT Services’ company. But it got paid over N200m to clear grass. Real grass. Not virtual grass. Normal grass!

While NGR President is out there looking for the corrupt, he actually meets with the current VC of National Corruption University, Lawal! Not only is President Buhari’s SGF Babachir Lawal corrupt, he is the embodiment of evil. He stole from those already battered by Boko Haram! Those Boko Haram could not kill with their evil via bombs and bullets, Babachir Lawal killed by stealing their livelihood!

All donor agencies & partner governments must back off until the Secretary to the Govt. of Nigeria is sacked. Otherwise, you wasting money!

It’s 1 thing to be stealing from the rich & working, it is another thing to be stealing from displaced people & not even getting stuff done. Dasuki stole pre-war & during the war, Lawal stole (and is stealing) during and in the post-effects of the war. They are both war criminals! Babachir Lawal is the Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on the Rationalisation of Agencies and Parastatals. A dead body! This committee is dead, not because the members don’t want to work but because Lawal doesn’t have time for them to meet!

As a student of history, politics, and strategic foresight, I am convinced that there are four alternative future scenarios before us. The actions, inactions,
decisions, or the lack thereof, of our leaders will determine where Nigeria will be 10-20 years from now.

The choices we make are collectively ours.
SCENARIO 1: “Status Quo Jaga Jaga” – All we need to do is continue to live, lead, and govern the same old way, with no tangible changes at all. The end result will be the same status quo jaga jaga that we have become accustomed to for decades.

SCENARIO 2: “Rumble in the Jungle” – If Boko Haram and their Fulani militant cousins are not effectively disarmed and completely defeated, and if the religious mindsets and ideologies of our political and traditional elite remain the same, it essentially means Nigerians can no longer live in the same space as a united nation. Ultimately, if the killing sprees continue unabated, at some point, there will be a tipping point that forces Nigeria into an abyss from which it will be difficult to come out of.

SCENARIO 3: “Danfo Gedegbe Breakaway Republics” – Since 1960, Nigeria’s tribal and regional groupings have never had a truly honest discussion about the way forward. In the event that such a discussion takes place, it could lead at best to increased regional autonomy within a federating unit, or at worse, breakaway republics signifying the breakup of Nigeria. It has happened in the Soviet Union. It has happened in Yugoslavia. It is happening before our eyes in Libya, Iraq, and Syria. There is nothing to suggest that it cannot happen in Nigeria. Only a fool would suggest otherwise.

SCENARIO 4: “The Nigeria of Our Dreams” – the Nigeria of our dreams is one that is devoid of violent conflicts, tribal/religiously motivated killings, political oppression, corruption at the highest and lowest levels, justice, equal opportunity, brotherliness, good governance that benefits all and not a few; and a nation in which our faith in God brings out the best in us and compels us to be our brother’s keeper even though tribe and tongue may differ. Seeing the future before it arrives is not rocket science.

Simply put, Nigeria’s future will be pre-determined by the actions and decisions of our leaders. The future is simply the culmination of all the political, economic, religious, military, and security plans, strategies, decisions, and actions that we employ and deploy in the days, months, and years ahead.
May God Bless Nigeria and grant great wisdom to those who have been thrust into positions of authority.

Train it up.

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

RHAPSODY OF REALITIES TUESDAY, 21ST JUNE.

TRAIN THEM WITH THE WORD.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

It’s the responsibility of parents to train up their kids in the way of the Lord. That’s what the Word says: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Some parents would say, “We try not to impose anything on our children; we just let them make their decisions themselves.” What an error! The Bible says, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15). Children aren’t allowed to make their own decisions; they need to be trained and guided. Parents have a responsibility to know through the Spirit of God, what their children should be, and raise them in that direction.

Some parents act as though God said, “Leave the children to me, and I’ll determine how they’ll grow up”; He didn’t say that. Rather, He said parents should train up the child in the way he should go. If you already have children, let the Holy Spirit guide you in bringing them up in righteousness. Keep training them in the Word. Even when it looks as though they’re not imbibing the culture of the Word, keep at it, and don’t despair. Give some time; the results of the training will be evident. Soon enough, they’ll come into the right place, and be all that God destined for them to be.

PRAYER
Dear Father, I thank you, for your Word has in it, the ability to make me what it talks about, and
produce in me, and in those you’ve placed in my care, an unalloyed commitment to you. We’re yielded to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and to the guidance, and tutelage of the Spirit, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Proverbs 23:13 NLT
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Proverbs 29:15

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 9:32-43, Ezra 1-3
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
2 Corinthians 7:1-8, Isaiah 8

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