The path of destruction

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Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, ( Psalms 1:1 )

Habits are not developed overnight. They are the little intentional and unintentional things we do everyday. Some of which may be inconsequential to us or our environment. But in time, they accumulate, sometimes into very serious problems. In today’s verse of scripture, we see three verbs; “walk”, “stand” and “sit” that lure men into dire and irrecoverable habits. Habits employ our desires by walking with us in our daily activities. After sometime, it stands with us and then before long, we are sitting in the laps of what we once thought we would never do. So in order to avoid sitting with evil, we must watch carefully to avoid walking with the fleeting desires of evil. This is particularly necessary because the blessings of God will only find us on the path of righteousness.

Prayer_Bead: Lord Jesus, thank you for the grace to live for you. Keep my gaze on you and my desires pruned from toxic enticements.

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Anxiety; a killer disease

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ( Philippians 4:6 )

Anxiety is one of the six killer diseases in adults. It has lured many to an untimely death. So here, we are given a panacea; one that will silence anxiety and its effect. And thus, avoiding the anxiety itself. Anytime we are told in scriptures not to do something, it means we have the ability or knowledge not to do it. So in the verse of scripture above, we are shown how to avoid anxiety problems. It says we should pray our worries and needs to God with thanksgiving. If we do that, faith tells us that God has taken over the burden and if God has taken it we needn’t worry again. Worrying after handing over our problems and worries to God is an indication of doubt. But if we believe in God, we would also believe that our burdens are taken care of and we will not be anxious again. And then the results that will ensue is peace; the kind that transcends all understanding. And where peace dwells, anxiety cannot stay.

Prayer_Bead: Father in heaven, thank you for showing me the way out of anxiety. Guide my mind and heart and help me to lay my needs at your feet in prayer.

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Lost Opportunities

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The LORD said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. ( Exodus 34:1 )

Sin drives opportunities far away. Anger has the tendency to resist and shut our eyes from seeing the opportunities that lie right in front of us. Moses was given the tablet of commands by God. The prophet didn’t contribute anything to it. The tablet and the writings were the work of God (see Exodus 32:16). Everything was done by God and only delivered to Moses. But upon his return to the camp, Moses was angered by the people and he broke the tablet. Now, God asks him to come again for the commandments but this time around he was supposed to chisel out the stones himself. Whereas God chiseled out the stones for him the first time, he is asked to chisel them by himself this time. And in fact, the scripture says in verse 28 of our anchor chapter, that Moses actually wrote the words as well. He had lost that opportunity that was given him first because of anger. Many of us have lost opportunities and friends because of anger or an unhealthy lifestyle. Opportunities abound but we need the right mental and emotional setup to maximize them. Don’t lose a good opportunity to your emotions. Be sober.

Prayer_Bead: Father in heaven, thank you for the opportunities in my life and those that will still come. Teach my heart to maximize them and give me faith to stand strong.

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The treasure house

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ( Matthew 6:21 )

The verse of scripture above is an excerpt from the Lord Jesus’ sermon on the mount. In this verse, He was drawing the attention of his audience to the fact that, ultimately, our hearts are drawn to where our values and things of great worth (rare and precious items) are. Because of the value we attach to them, our hearts remain with such things, no matter where they are, to “safeguard” them. In the preceding texts, Jesus teaches that there are two destinations for all hearts. Either our hearts are held up in earthly things or heavenly things. He further explains that, what sponsors these destinations is not necessarily the fact that these things are secure in one place or the other but that they gather where our desires abide. So that the carnally minded man will store up his/her treasure in earthly things while the spiritual man stores in heaven where they cannot be destroyed nor broken into. We can safely say that, ones heart is not far from what they esteem and value, whether it’s a good thing or not. To avoid the ultimate destruction, we should treasure the things of God, intentionally. Love the Lord and His works, and then your storehouse and heart will be at the same heavenly destination.

Prayer_Bead: Treasure of my heart, Awesome God, thank you for your love. Keep my gaze on you through the desires of my heart.

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Conditional delivery

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Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. ( Psalms 37:4 )

God grants people their hearts desires. Yes, you know He does, but we see here, a condition that cannot be skipped. To receive our heart desires, we need to delight in the Lord. The next verse of scripture (see verse 5) explains what it means to delight in the Lord. It says we should commit our ways to the Lord; we should trust in the Lord, and He will make our righteous reward shine like the dawn and our vindication like the noonday sun. God is able to do whatever He says and He will do it. But sometimes, as in this case, where God puts the fulfillment of His word at the mercy of a condition, it will only take compliance to that condition to have the experience of that word. Whatever we truly delight in, we will without hesitation make some commitment. Commitment is the voice of desire, satisfaction and pleasure. The size of our desires does not matter once we commit to God. What is important is our willingness to commit to God—and then it wouldn’t matter how many or how small the desires are, the only condition that will allow fulfillment or performance is our delight in the Lord.

Prayer_Bead: Thank you Omnipotent Father for your graciousness and love. I commit my ways to you Lord, direct my path and teach me your ways.

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His presence or nothing.

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The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” ( Exodus 33:14 )

Moses met the LORD on their way to Canaan. But before this encounter, Moses had met God a few times. Yet at this point he was tired of the routines and the fact that nothing was significant about them. God had been telling him to lead the people to the land of promise. Moses wanted the other nations to know that the Lord is their God. So God promises him that His presence will go with him. This statement is a heavy package. As Believers in these times, we need nothing more than we need the presence of God. The presence of God guarantees rest. The presence also reveals and announces the glory of God over our lives. Without God’s presence, His glory cannot be seen nor felt. In these days, we need to secure the presence of God with us and then watch every other thing fall in place. The presence of God is the present that announces the absence of labour. Moses said, without the presence of God, he will not go on the journey. Beloved, have we embarked on any journey that God is absent from? Without the presence of God our efforts will amount to nothing. Anywhere the presence of God is scarce, the voice of the devil is present.

Prayer_Bead: Shepherd of my soul, I give you full control, wherever you will be, I will go, wherever you will lead, I will follow. Let the glory of your presence punctuate my life.

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Amplified Confidence

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The field commander said to them, “Tell Hezekiah:
“‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? ( Isaiah 36:4 )

Hope is the voice of faith in the distance. So that before we could meet with the realities that are not immediately within our reach, we need to hear the whispers of hope. The King of Assyria had captured so many kingdoms and even all the fortified cities of Judah. This time, he had turned his face towards Jerusalem, threatening to destroy them unless they surrender voluntarily. But the leader at the time, Hezekiah, instead of shivering and shrinking into the hollow pit of fear, he turned to hope. And hope directed him to God. In that space of time, the enemy brought a lot of enticing offers to the people dwelling in Jerusalem. You see, the enemy will always present a counterfeit offer when your genuine package is closest. This is why we need patience and absolute trust in what God promises no matter what else comes our way. Later, King Hezekiah will turn to God with a broken heart and absolute dependence on Him. And then God intervened. Your testimony is in the same neighborhood as your step of faith. Take a step of faith, even if it will make no real sense to you. The king of the Assyrians noticed one thing about Hezekiah even though he was at the “weak” end. And that was his confidence. Let us amplify the voice of our confidence in God.

Prayer_Bead: Father of all spirits, King of all Kings, thank you for your immutable and infallible words. Order my life in the trajectory of your glory and your purpose for your Kingdom.

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The glory is in Christ

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Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ( 2 Corinthians 3:15-16 )

The acts and deeds of God in the Old Testament was veiled because the minds of the people were blinded in their stiff-necked rebellion and unbelief. And for that to be communicated to them in pictures, Moses, when he descended from the mountain in the glory of God, veiled his face so that the people could not see the glory in their unbelief. Indeed whenever one turns to look upon Moses—without faith in Christ—they miss it. The only one who is capable of taking away the veil is the Lord Jesus. So that we come into that openness to see and display God’s glory when we accept Jesus as Lord. We have been called to display the glory of God to a lost world. And how best could we do this except in Christ. Because in the strength of our flesh and earthly standpoint, instead of showcasing God’s glory, we hide it from the eyes of the people. And then we begin to magnify the creation rather than the creator. The lens of Moses (unbelief of the people, not Moses) cannot interpret the New Testament truth, neither can it reveal the Christ. Christ is only revealed to the world by the Spirit of faith.

Prayer_Bead: Father in heaven, thank you for the special grace of your word. Keep my gaze on You, and order my steps in your word. Make me a true reflection of your glory.

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God remembers

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Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive. ( Genesis 30:22 )

Jacob loved Rachel so much and wanted to marry her, but his uncle Laban, tricked him into marrying Leah, Rachel’s elder sister. But that didn’t stop Jacob, he had to work for seven more year for Rachel. After his wives came to stay with him, Rachel could not conceive. And even though Jacob loved her more, because she could not conceive, it seem to her that her sister was getting all of their husband’s attention. In order to correct that, she turned to God. Challenges have a way of showing us the gate of priesthood; challenges drag us to the feet of God. But for sometime it seem that God had forgotten about her or couldn’t hear her. Along the way, Rachel, like Sarah tried to help the situation by allowing her servant to sleep with her husband to raise children for her. But this temporary solution didn’t take away her misery and so she continue to look to God in prayer until the scripture above; God remembered Rachel and opened her womb. No prayer is ever wasted because heaven has zero tolerance for waste. The prayers of the past are not wasted. Prayers can be stored up until their appointed time or when enough demand is made on heaven for the release of their answers. God remembered Rachel! Her secret and silent prayers were not in vain. Likewise, your prayers never fell to the ground, they will be remembered and you will conceive the blessings you have been carrying all along.

Prayer_Bead: Merciful Father, Gracious Lord, thank you for not forgetting my silent and secret prayers. Satisfy my heart desires by your loving kindness.

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Accept God’s verdict

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And God came to Balaam [again] at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise and go with them; but only the word which I speak to you—that you shall do.” ( Numbers 22:20 )

In our fast food, fast cars and “fast everything” world, we are always pressured to want things done very fast. Impatience with God has become our totem of “faith”. So that we desperately force our will on God and demand that things be done our way whether the Lord is in it or not. In the verse of scripture above [read the full account], we see Balak play out the 21st century order of most church goers. Balak had a desire to have the Israelites cursed by a prophet so that they could be overpowered by his army. Balak’s first delegation of messengers, were asked by the prophet Balaam to tell Balak that God would not allow him to come to him. But Balak, like most of us will not take a “no” for an answer. The truth is that “no” is also an answer from God. Balak just wanted God to do what he wanted, the way he wanted it. As a result, he wanted God to alter his plans to contain his arrogance which was actually very dangerous. We are in a season where we need to take divine directives and instructions seriously. We must avoid the attitude and spirit of Balak. Whatever God says to us in any situation is the best even if we don’t understand why. So instead of trying to force things to work our way at all cost, let us look through the silence and rejections of God to see the bigger picture of His love for us.

Prayer_Bead: Lord of Lords, Zion’s King, thank you for the advantage of the Cross. Give me the spirit of faith to accept and obey your word and your will.

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