The faith school

[The Glory Unveiled]

God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. ( 1 Corinthians 1:28-29 )

Once we have migrated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s marvelous light, we begin an education which seeks to acquaint us with the ways of heaven. The general way of life in the kingdom of God as we all know is faith. Faith is the only means by which heavenly realities become tangible on earth. It is a translation system where we convert invisible, intangible expressions to visible and tangible manifestations. On that tangent let’s see how God does the education. God’s methodology is expressed in our verse of Scripture thus choosing the things which are not in order to nullify those that are. He chooses the weak to shame the strong. And God implores this approach for the reason that no man will glory in themselves but in God. A typical student in this school was Gideon from the Old Testament. Gideon was the lowest, weakest, “non-essential”, unrecognizable person in his family (Judges 6:15). But God chose that weakling and made a mighty warrior out of him. Now, do you think that Gideon will brag about how strong he is? He would have been foolish to do that, knowing from whence he had come. Some of the unbelievable circumstances of our lives are lessons in the faith school. We must stay committed to our lecturer if we will graduate gloriously. So instead of complaining and murmuring, we should focus on the Author and Finisher.

Prayer_Bead: Author and Finisher of my faith, Redeemer and Friend, thank you for calling me into your kingdom. Thank you for calling me from the miry clay and setting my feet upon a rock.

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Friends of God

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Then the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? ( Genesis 18:17 )

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets ( Amos 3:7). Before God takes an action that may be consequential to the people on earth or the earth, He reveals it to His servants the prophets. His prophets [messengers] are like the ambassadors of his Kingdom. In Genesis 18, God had planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. But God decided to tell Abraham about it because Abraham was a prophet of God and a friend. Eventually, God spared the family of Lot because of Abraham’s intercession. God will not hide His deeds from us but we must posses the traits of His prophets to compel God to reveal His plans to us. Abraham didn’t pray that God should reveal His next plan to him. God decided to tell him because of the intimacy and friendship. God is not partial to restrain this grace from us when we become intimate with Him as His prophets usually are. Intimacy is the passcode to receive the current affairs of heaven as readily released by the Holy Spirit. But whether God will hide what He is about doing from us or not, our closeness to Him by intimacy—constant fellowship (becoming like God) and knowing of God—will determine it._

Prayer_Bead: Father Almighty, Ruler and the Rule for all generations, thank you for this grace to know what you intend to do on earth before you actually execute it. Thank you.

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Candidates of His presence

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Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place? ( Psalms 24:3 )

The man or woman who qualifies to ascend the mountain of the Lord has very peculiar qualities. The Psalmist asks “who” because the individual who attends this venture must meet some uncompromising requirements. The question does not end at ascending but also the ability to sustain that ascension in the holy presence of the Holy One. Before we look at the response to this question, let’s look at the man, Moses who had been in the presence of God. Moses had first encountered the Lord on mountain Horeb where God told him to take off his sandals for where he stood was holy ground. Holiness then is a prerequisite for coming to the mountain of God. Another day, when God wanted to meet the Israelites on mountain Sinai, He instructed Moses on how the people should consecrate themselves before they came to the mountain. The verse 4 of Psalms 24 also enlists the same qualities as the requirement that allows a man to come to the mountain of God. “The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” (Psalms 24:4) Now we know the kind of man or woman that may ascend the mountain of the Lord and stay in God’s Holy presence. Holiness [separation unto God from every other thing] is what is required. And nothing separates us unto God like the blood of His son that carries His life. Glory!.

Prayer_Bead: Holy Father, Prince of Peace, thank you for the opportunity to be called into your family. Thank you for separating me unto yourself through the life of Christ Jesus. I am holy unto God.

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Serving the vision of others

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Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses.( Exodus 38:22 )

Moses had just visited Sinai, the mountain of God where he was shown the template of the tabernacle of meeting. God expressly told him to replicate what he had seen when he returned to the Camp. But there was another man at the Camp of the Israelites who had not gone up the mountain with Moses but then God mentioned him as the one to design what God had shown Moses. There are some of us who are destined to serve the destiny (visions) of others while some people are to carry the vision itself. In the scenario above, Moses had the vision, the plan of what should be done but Bezalel was given the ability and the grace to do it as if he had seen the blueprints himself ( Exodus 31:2-5). It is not the destiny of everyone to carry a vision of their own, some of us like Bezalel or Joshua or the disciples of the New Testament are to help carry the visions of other people. So that our part in making the vision of other people a reality becomes our corporate purpose and responsibility. Usually, whoever is destined to support another person’s vision will only be very effective when they do that. They will keep hitting at the rocks when they try to pioneer their own course. Their strength is in helping others. Where is your strength?

Prayer_Bead: Jehovah Adonai, thank you for my destiny and calling. Thank you for my purpose in the corporate purpose of the church. I yield my abilities to the grace of God to do what I have been called to do for the glory of God.

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Look beyond what you already have.

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At this, the [kinsman] guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it.” ( Ruth 4:6 )

The verse of scripture for today’s devotion is an excerpt from a conversation between Boaz and the kinsman redeemer of Ruth. Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi, whose husband had died. And according to the custom of Israel then, a close relative had to buy any property of the late relative and if he had a wife, marry her to continue his family lineage. In that line of succession, there was a man who was supposed to redeem the property of Mahlon, Ruth’s dead husband. But because he was only concern about himself and his estate, he rejected Ruth and shunned the responsibility of taking her as wife. He thought marrying Ruth will endanger his estate but that would have rather permanently inscribed his name in the records of Israel and history at large because Ruth became the mother of Obed, grandmother of Jesse [the father of David] and the great ancestor of Jesus Christ. Today, whenever the story of Jesus or David is told, she is mentioned and Boaz who was second in line but took upon himself the responsibility of marrying her is also mentioned every time the story is told. Imagine the dozens of great and life altering opportunities that we turn down because sometimes we are unable to see the bigger picture of destiny. The little, seemingly inconsequential causes of life are the pixels that put together a beautiful picture of destiny. Instead of shunning responsibilities and pushing it around to others, we must muster courage and do what is right.

Prayer_Bead: Eternal Kinsman, Gracious Redeemer, order my steps in your ways. Teach me to take the responsibilities that will lead me to the next phase of my destiny. Thank you for what you will do in my generation through my obedience.

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