Listen more, speak less.

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, ( James 1:19 )

It is amazing to discover that if you really listen, so much is being spoken. Heaven is always sending out coded messages and keys that we need for life and godliness. But it is difficult or rather impossible to hear someone while you are talking. This crisis is the reason why we are unable to hear the voice of the Father on a daily basis. Apart from the destructive noise in the world, we are always speaking. The world is now driven by the culture of commentary rather than the culture of listening. It is very likely to be caught in the web of anger if one is not a good listener. Many people who got angry at some point later discovered that they could have saved themselves from anger if they had listened well enough. Listening well to people when they speak is a good attitude that help avoid so many dangers. We are admonished to be slow to speak and quick to listen. In listening we increase in knowledge and wisdom. Instead of rushing to talk, let us listen more to people. And most importantly, instead of always talking and asking God for things in prayer, let us go to the presence of God, only to listen and to know the mind of God.

Prayer_Bead: Good Lord, Precious King, thank you for the opportunity to reflect your glory and life. Help me to be slow to speak and swift to listen. In Jesus name, Amen.

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The wrong motives.

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When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. ( James 1:3 )

Everyday there are people who continue to pray and ask for things they will not receive. It seem rather common in our day how such prayers continue to be unanswered. The verse of scripture explains why. Most of us will only pray for certain things because we want God to “shame” some people for us. It is common to hear some people say that “I want God to do this for me so that some people will know that I have a great God.” The scripture says that is a bad motive. Having desires to discomfort other people and make us feel better than them. Motives are very important if our prayers will be answered. God knows our hearts and the secrets of our mind. Before we ask for anything from God, we must align our motives with the word of God and the desires of heaven. Why would you want to be blessed? Is it to impress someone or provoke them to jealousy? Everything exists and is sustained in Christ. Whatever we desire that is not having a bearing on Christ will be rejected by heaven. We are not here to serve our selfish needs but to satisfy the desires of God through our desires.

Prayer_Bead: Impartial Father, Gracious Lord, thank you for your grace. Help me to live selflessly to the benefit of others and your glory.

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Be a solution to your world.

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Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.” ( Daniel 5:16 )

King Belshazzar had seen a writing on the wall of his palace but the writing was mysterious in to him; it was difficult to interpret. He called all the wise men and the magicians of his land to interpret what was written by the hand that appeared like a human hand but none could. At this point the king was very disturbed and terrified because he didn’t know what the mysterious writing was. Alas, his wife remembered Daniel and told the king to send for him. Now, Daniel had a track record of interpreting dreams and solving difficult problems ( verse 12). Daniel would never have been sent for if the magicians had interpreted the writings. It was the inability of the magicians and wisemen to interpret the writings that offered Daniel that golden opportunity to be the third highest in the kingdom. It is the gifts of a man that brings him before kings indeed. Whatever gifts we have must be maximized and until we maximize our gifts and the grace upon our lives, we will not be recognized. There are too many problems in the world seeking solutions but only few people have sharpened their gifts enough to be recognizably useful to others. The world, like king Belshazzar, is looking frantically for solutions, let us align ourselves with God and the world will have no option than to chase after us for solutions.

Prayer_Bead: Glorious King, Omniscient God, thank you for the opportunity to be a solution to my world. Help me not to disappoint you but rather sharpen the gift you gave me through adequate preparation and dependence on you.

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The manifold wisdom of God

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So that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.( Ephesians 3:10 )

God has hidden within Himself a mystery that our forefathers in the Lord sought diligently to see. The mystery being that even people that are not Israelites, to whom the promise was made, have become partakers of the inheritance and members of the body of Christ. And to prove this reality, there is the need to display something of God that man does not naturally have in himself. This attribute of God—when displayed, becomes a stamp that says, “these are one with God”—is the wisdom of God. In any case, it is only God who should be able to display His wisdom, but then now we have the mind of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:16) and so we share in the wisdom of God through the connecting tube of grace and truth by the Spirit of God. This grace is the love of God that is shared abroad in our hearts. God’s love, displayed through the conduit of grace and truth in Christ has opportune us to be vessels that will make known what God hid in Himself all these years. And now, we know that this wisdom is displayed by the church; by the unity of the Believers. Our oneness as a body is the power that makes known the glory and wisdom of God. The church is a reflection of God if indeed we remain one in Him. And then we will be able to announce to authorities and rulers what that mystery contains. Let us unite as believers for the expression of the wisdom of God.

Prayer_Bead: Heavenly Father, Gracious Spirit of God, thank you for the wisdom of God that is being made known through the church. Help me to remain aligned to you now and always.

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Discover the plan of God.

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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ( Ephesians 2:10 )

Before a manufacturer begins his/her design process, they are guided by a purpose that the product should serve. And it is this purpose in the mind of the manufacturer that guides the design process and all the individual little details and designs. So that by reason of the purpose of the product in the mind of the designer, before the product is finalized, it is already fully functional and existing in the mind of the designer. Likewise, in Christ Jesus, we were also created to fulfill a particular purpose. And even before we became conscious, God had a well crafted plan for the fulfillment of that purpose. And by reason of this foreknowledge, God knows our end before He created us to fit that purpose. God told Jeremiah, “before you were a clot of blood in your mother’s womb, I knew you.” God was not being idiomatic when He said these things because He is the creator and before He created Jeremiah or anyone of us, He had in mind through Christ, what we should do. This also supposes that we cannot fulfill our purposes independent of God. The surest and most genuine way into purpose is through the door of Christ Jesus. We are God’s handiwork (creation, craft) created with destiny (good works) to bring glory to God. Are you trying to find out what it is that you were created for? Find out from the manufacturer, God. You have a unique purpose, discover it in prayer and the study of the word.

Prayer_Bead: Father, Creator, Lord and sustainer of all things, thank you for the grace to come into the world. Unveil it to me, your purpose for my life, that I may live a life of destiny.

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