The strategy of God’s presence

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And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. [ Luke 5:5 KJV ]

Peter and his had toiled all night at sea but caught nothing. They were experts in the fishing industry. They understood the terrain very well. But then, on this fateful night, they caught nothing. Experience is good but there is something more advantageous than having mere experience. It is the strategy of having God’s presence. This strategy works in and out of season. And so, what Peter needed that day was the presence of God and not technical knowledge or skills. Not every challenge needs the push and pull of mental strength. Some challenges only need the presence of God to be fixed. When Peter said they had toiled all night, but caught nothing, he meant they had tried every possible combination of ideas and strategies known to fishermen but it didn’t work. They tried every other options they could find. But what they didn’t know was that, the solution was not hidden in different strategies. You see, familiarity with routines creates a sense of dependence on activities and skills alone. The solutions to the challenges you face are not encrypted in the many things you could do. Rather, they are hidden in the instructions received in the presence of God. Like Peter and his colleagues, many of us have toiled all year round but have nothing to show for it. But if we will abandon our expertise and depend on the instructions of God in His presence, we will equally have the kind of testimony that Peter and his colleagues had afterwards. Diligently search for the present revelation and instruction from the Lord and obey them promptly.

Prayer_Bead: Great Monarch of Zion, thank you for the grace to learn this truth. Help me to trust the word of your presence rather than my skills.

Wisdom_Quote: Skills and experience cannot beat the voice of God.

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How many times did you hear?

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God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. [ Psalms 62:11 KJV ]

If you checked, you would discover that very few people ask God for anything. And fewer people ask for a confirmation of what is claimed to have been said by God. David, the author of the Psalms above is known to always seek confirmation on any matter. No wonder he was a wise king. From his youth, he was known to always seek a second opinion. For instance, when he came to visit his brothers on the battlefield and discovered his nation needed a man to face Goliath and that there was a prize for the man who conquered Goliath, he asked twice. (See 1 Samuel 17:27;30). Whenever he faced an army he will always enquired of God to be sure God was leading him there. And often, he enquired twice. When the Amalekites burned his city and took his wives, he didn’t impulsively chase after the Amalekites even though the lives of his wives were at stake and his properties were taken. He waited on God. He sought for confirmation before he pursued the enemy. (See 1 Samuel 30:8). The natural response to such a situation would be to chase after the enemy without thinking twice about it. But that style is the reason why many people are frustrated and upset with their lives. Nothing is what it is at face value. Many things only have the appearance of what we may think or desire, but not exactly those things in themselves. God speaks once, but we can hear Him twice if we ask for confirmation of what He had said. Don’t assume what you think God said is what God said. Ask again. Seek clarity, confirm it.

Prayer_Bead: God of Wonders, thank you for the wonder of your personality. Help me to always seek confirmation on every matter so that I will not be deceived.

Wisdom_Quote: You cannot be too sure, confirm what you heard.

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Avoid distractions

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The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD. [ Joshua 9:14 NIV ]

God had informed Israel not to ally themselves with countries that were close to them, such countries were supposed to be destroyed as they pose a threat to Israel. The Gibeonites who were close neighbours to Israel however, came to form an alliance pretending to have come from a far away country. This was after they heard what the Israelites had done to Jericho and Ai (verses 3 & 4). From fear that they would be destroyed like the other close nations to Israel, they decided to deal craftily with the Israelites. Now, the Israelites were not distracted or deceived because the Gibeonites were more crafty. They were distracted because they did not discern nor seek God’s opinion on the matter (verse 14). The fact that they had been given a template—an instruction on what to do—was not enough to make decisions without the involvement of God when He could be reached. God does not look on the outward [appearance] to make judgements. God looks beyond the exterior to examine motives and hearts. Appearances can be deceptive. And because as humans (mere observers) it is impossible to tell the motives of people, we need to consult God to avoid distractions. The Israelites judged the Gibeonites by their appearances, and they were misled. In making any decisions that matter to your destiny and wellbeing, decisions such as marital decisions, among others, consult God even if you have a pattern or an inkling of what you want. Stay alert and lean not on your own understanding. Lean on the perspective of God through His word and guidance. Be discerning, be willing to listen to God rather than to your eyes and ears, and you will not be distracted.

Prayer_Bead: Dear Lord, thank you for your truth, help me to stay alert. Keep me from distractions. In Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: Leaning on God kicks deceptions and distractions away.

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A great gain

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But godliness with contentment is great gain. [ 1 Timothy 6:6 NIV ]

In a world of many alternatives, discontentment is the reason why many people don’t live to see the things they chase after. The availability or abundance of something is not a license to abuse them. It is rather a call to manage and protect them from going extinct or harming us. Take for instance, our water bodies or green vegetations. We abuse them because we think we have them in abundance and now, see the struggles we face. Their extinction and destruction is posing as a threat to humanity. If only we were content with what we had and managed it, the story of the world would have been different. The deception of social media and the illusionary lifestyles displayed by many celebrities on these platforms have made some discontent with what they have and could afford or manage. Their appetites are insatiable, their desires like an endless pit. They go on and on, gathering for themselves what they will not live to enjoy. The Bible says “godliness with contentment is great gain.” Godliness without contentment is a great loss and a waste of time. The seed of discontentment is sown by lust and pride, and bears the fruit of instability. This instability has robbed many of privileges reserved for those who are content in God. This is why discontentment has become the shovel that digs the grave of many people and the scissors that cuts short destinies that could revolutionize our world. You can gain or lose, the choice is yours to make, but to gain, you need to be content. The world and everything in it does not satisfy. Only by leaning on Jesus and trusting Him for everything can you find peace; the great gain of contentment.

Prayer_Bead: Lord Jesus, our Redeemer and strength, thank you for all the things you have entrusted to me. Help me to be content. In Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: Godliness with contentment is great gain.

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”One thing” habit.

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Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [ Philippians 3:13 KJV ]

The people we see everyday as successful don’t always see themselves as successful. They see themselves as people who are daily pursuing something. The result of their pursuit is what we see as success. These people exchange their time for that one thing. They have a compelling focus that serves as the starlight to which they are drawn. The compelling focus is something or someone that absorbs their attention and directs their energies to the goal they want to achieve. F. M Alexander said that people do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. What we do everyday, every time is the brick that builds the future we see tomorrow. The future is not a monument that is carved or erected by a one time act. It is laid brick by brick by the habits we keep. This is why training is needed to have a guaranteed certain type of future. Training simply means installing a set of habits into a person. These habits become the guide for the certain future we arrive at. When the apostle Paul said “but this one thing I do,” he meant this one thing he does, continuously. There is no successful man, secular or religious who succeeds without a predictable lifestyle. These lifestyles are the habits that stuck with them over the years. The apostle Paul could tell what exactly he did that guaranteed the results he got. If anyone replicated his formula, they will have his kind of results too. Find the one thing that can draw you closer to your destiny’s goals and stick to it. Develop that “one thing” habit and watch your life turn around like a dream.

Prayer_Bead: Father in heaven, thank you for the privilege to learn this truth. Help me to develop and stick to one thing that will draw me to your plans for me. In Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: A one-thing habit is the hook that brings many things.

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