How you do it matters

[The Glory Unveiled]

He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. [ 2 Chronicles 25:2 NIV ]

The quality of our actions is measured by the level of commitment attached to them. In the considerations of God, all actions are not the same, even if the outcomes seem the same. This means that even though two people may do the same task, one person’s action may differ in merit due to commitment. Cain and Abel both made sacrifices to God. Yes, they made sacrifices, but when God looked at what they had done, one person was more preferred. God considers the attitude of our hearts when we act, so it would seem that we have done something, whether we did it wholeheartedly or not matters to God. Whenever we do anything, it must be done wholeheartedly with full commitment as if we were doing it unto God. As a general rule, if it must be done, it should be done wholeheartedly. Otherwise, you might do it, but it will have no consequences or yield any spiritual impact. How you do anything matters because it suggests how you do everything. If you do it with full commitment, you are sending a signal to God that you can be trusted with more. The parable of the talents affirms this claim. The one who had five invested what he was given and made more. But another person hid the one he had. His attitude towards what he was given speaks about his untrustworthiness. In our anchor text, King Amaziah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord but not wholeheartedly. So, even though he did what was right in God’s eyes, how he did it nullified his efforts. You may do something in the name of God or for God, but unless your heart is fully committed to it, it wouldn’t count.

Prayer_Bead: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for grace to obey you wholeheartedly. I am fully committed to doing your will in Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: How you do anything tells how you do everything.

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Without Excuse

[The Glory Unveiled ]

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they [men] are without excuse: [ Romans 1:20 KJV ]

You cannot make excuses for something that is readily available. Some people offer numerous excuses for their disbelief in God, despite the abundant evidence of His existence evident in creation. His eternal power is showcased on the canvas of creation, with His divinity unmistakably embossed upon it. What then could our excuses be for not acknowledging His power and divinity? If we ever need a witness to the divinity and power of God, we need not look far. We are surrounded by the declarations of God’s creation. Consequently, we are without excuses, and God’s wrath and punishment can come upon those who ignore them. Just as students are tested on what they know, likewise, we will be judged by the things God has made available to us. Psalms 19:1 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” The voice of creation echoes throughout the earth, its message reaching to the ends of the earth. For those who wish to perceive what God is like, the things He has made clearly reveal His nature. God’s image is displayed through His handiwork. Therefore, to perceive God clearly, we must carefully examine His handiwork. The invisible attributes of God are expressed through creation, their meanings conveyed by the things that are made. By carefully examining your world and the works of God, your excuses will disappear.

Prayer_Bead: Creator of the Universe, what can’t you do? Thank you for the manifestation of your invisible attributes through the things you have made. Glory be to your name.

Wisdom_Quote: Creation mirrors the attributes of God.

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Darkened counsel

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Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? [ Job 38:2 KJV ]

Counsel has a fine and well-defined line, but this line can be erased or darkened by words lacking knowledge. The most effective tool advancing the erasure or darkening of counsel is social media. The facts presented to us on these platforms often contradict the word and will of God, leading many naive young people to be unclear about the right path. They begin to believe the false reports of such systems rather than the truth of God’s word and become messengers of these “words without knowledge” to others. All of this begins with the casual and unconcerned way we handle our everyday lives, including the things we watch and read. What we hear has the power to darken or brighten counsel. “For that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard” (2 Peter 2:8). Lot damaged his soul by absorbing information lacking in knowledge. Words, images, and sounds have the ability to lead us down a dark path. Over time, our speech and language reflect the patterns of what we have been exposed to. The world promotes lawless deeds, hoping that through ignorance we will torment our righteous souls and become disconnected from our heavenly Father. By the grace of God, we can identify this trap, through the knowledge of God when we identify what the enemy throws at us, aimed at darkening counsel. Don’t be misled by the lies of the enemy. Embrace God’s truth.

Prayer_Bead: Gracious Father, thank you for the knowledge of your word. Keep me from every contrary words without knowledge. In Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: Words without Knowledge darkens counsel.

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Stop observing, make a move

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He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. [ Ecclesiastes 11:4 KJV ]

The wise sayings of the preacher explain why many destinies are held in a stationary position. It is normal to observe the wind before you put a seed in the soil or the clouds before you harvest your crops, but sometimes you cannot be sure what the weather will bring and you may have to take a chance rather than wait forever. Oftentimes, procrastination gives us the evil lecture that you don’t have the right materials to start, you don’t have the numbers to begin, you can do it at a future date when you are better prepared, or when circumstances align in your favor, etc. All these beautiful excuses come from the chief steward—procrastination—in the camp of delay and stagnation. Unknown to many people, these suggestions are the reason they are still where they have been. Many times, the favourable conditions may be absent but we must still make the move. The army of Israel kept looking at the stature of Goliath and as a result couldn’t make any move to fight him. They were stopped by what they saw. David, on the other hand, brought a historic breakthrough to Israel when he decided to make a move. He knew that the situation he faced was very uncertain but he didn’t consider defeat as probable as it was. If you’ve been watching the wind for months or years even, it’s time you sow your seeds. And if you’re afraid the clouds will pour rain, and so, you’re holding back on harvesting then please ignore the clouds and reap your harvest. Your testimony is overdue. Let the world see the glory of God through you.

Prayer_Bead: Father, thank you for showing me the agenda of procrastination in my life. Help me to make the necessary moves. In Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: Your outcome is changed by your move, not your observations.

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Stop searching

[The Glory Unveiled]

Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.” [ 1 Samuel 9:3 NIV ]

Saul and a servant went out to search for his father’s missing donkeys. For days they combed the streets of towns and villages to no avail. All the while, the donkeys had already been found, unknown them. They continued looking for the donkeys that were not missing any longer. “As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?” (1 Samuel 9:20) Saul and his servant were searching frantically for something that was not missing. But they didn’t know because Saul was still who he was [in knowledge (about the donkeys)] when he began his journey. What you lost will not return to the same state you were in when it left. It will only return when you upgrade yourself. Many times, we lose things because of who we are in that moment; we lose things when the things we possess outgrow our experiences, skills or knowledge to handle them. That gap takes our possessions from us, whether they are material or immaterial. But when Saul encountered Samuel and he came to another awareness of who he was, he discovered that, what was missing was found. We search for missing things that are not actually missing because of a gap between us and the knowledge or skills necessary to keep that thing. And so, to find it, we need to update our knowledge and skills. Stop searching and start growing your awareness and knowledge and every lost thing will return.

Prayer_Bead: Father in heaven, thank you for showing me this truth. Help me to enlarge my knowledge and capacity to keep what you have given me. In Jesus’ name.

Wisdom_Quote: Stop searching and start growing capacity.

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