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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

There Is A Gift In You

Exodus 31:1-6
Then the Lord said to Moses, "See I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts - to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you. 

1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 11
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. 

I am still very sorry for the long intervals between my blog post, I pray that those who have been blessed by the word of God that is shared on this blogsite will please bear with me. The message I pray the Lord will open up our hearts to in this post is the truth of the grace of God that has blessed and helped my life for some years now.
Since the 2005, I have lost my job and stopped work and as such I stopped earning meaningful income. Initially it was a painful process for me to go through and it got so bad that at some point I contemplated committing suicide. The loss of my job affected in no small measure the finances of the family and bills where mounting with very little means of meeting up with the financial challenges of the family. My husband was doing his best but the vacuum of my non-contribution to the upkeep of the family was really obvious. I prayed and cried to God and it just felt as though God had His attention somewhere else. 
But somehow I was able to hold on to my fiber of hope in the word of God. My challenges draw me closer to my Bible, and even though I didn't feel much of God's hands to my financial rescue at that time, still He held firm to my spirit and I continued to feed on His word, believing and hoping that His words will come through for me someday. I was convinced that since my challenges had a start date, it sure had an expiry date and all that I was facing will come to an end some day. 
But as I fed fat on the word of God, I began to make discoveries of a lot of truth about God that I never knew before. The revelation of God's word that He is blessing me with is mind blowing even to me. So as I began to apply these truth, I started experiencing changes in many of the troubled areas of my life and of such area was my marital life. And then I began to want to tell people of what I have learned and tested and certified to be effective from the word of God, this was the beginning of the discovery of my gift. In wanting to share the word of God, I began to write and I discovered that I enjoyed writing and felt a form of fulfillment doing so. And God always provides easy platform for me to carry on my new found passion, He has been by my side all through. Now I have discovered my gift and I am very grateful for it. 
Everyone that is created by God has a gift. But most especially those who are true children of God have the gift of God in them. There is no one created by God that has not been endowed with a gift. There is something that God has placed in us in form of talent designed to make room for us on the earth. You have a relevance to God for a specific purpose in a specific area of life. The proportion of your gift in form of skill, ability and knowledge in determined by God, but for us men and women that God created, there is the skill, ability and knowledge that each one possess that makes him/her relevant to God. No one is created redundant or without skill, ability and knowledge. 
There are some gifted to be doctors, some others are gifted to be architects, while some are gifted to be teachers, and yet some gifted to be lawyers, but in all everyone has a gift and a place for them in God's program for the world. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 tells us that there are different gifts, different service and different works all from the same One God. So we know for sure that we all have gifts, though different and diverse, but all from the same God. 

Proverbs 11:24-25
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. 

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.     

When we have well understood and appreciated the truth that we all have a gift of God in us, and we know that we posses skill, ability and knowledge in a specific area of God's program for mankind, the next thing to know is what we are to do with this gift. 
When we consider the parable of Jesus in Matthew 25:14-28, the Lord spoke about the kingdom of God using the illustration of a man going on a journey and entrusting his property to his servants. The Bible said one servant was given 5 talents, while another was given 2 talents and the last was given one talent. Immediately the master embarked on his journey, the first two servants put their money to work. What I am learning here is that the gift of God in your life is meant to be put to work. Your talent, skill, ability and knowledge are meant to be put to work and not left idle or placed within you redundant. And you put that talent of yours to work by serving your gift in the form of skill, ability and knowledge to others. 
The more you serve your gift to other people, the more the gift will yield it returns to you. Solomon in Proverbs 11:24-25 says one man gives freely and gains more; so as much as you are able to give out of the gift of God in your life, the more you get in return. When you serve your gift to others, it does not stay out of your life but rather goes to work on your behalf and comes back to you multiplied. A man who has been gifted with skill, ability and knowledge as a doctor is not yet a doctor if he is unable to treat patients and make them well. He needs to put his gift to work, and when paid for services rendered, the gift and returns to him multiplied. So the more he gives of his gift to others the more he get in return and the more he withholds unduly, the more poverty stares him in the face. 
Jesus said give and it will be given back in a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. This giving is not restricted to giving of money freely to people, but it also applies to your ability to serve your gift to others. By so doing you put your gift to work and it sure will yield it returns to you. When it comes to the issue and discuss of your skill, talent and ability, know for a truth that the more you serve others with your gift, the more it yields to you.
This principle I am also applying in my life. Like I said earlier I discovered that I have a gift of sharing with others the truth of the word of God and I am running with my gift. I didn't know anything about blogging until started pursuing the burning desire within me to share of what I learned in the word of God and without any foreknowledge of blogging, just by touring and making discoveries on the internet the Lord opened up this platform for me and the responses I have enjoyed by those who view my blog and read the messages has overwhelming. I have been so fulfilled serving my gift to others. And though I am still not earning financial returns from it, I still find the desire to write on, the comfort and encouragement the Lord has provided for many through this blog has been food for my soul. 
I will encourage you not to withhold the gift of God in your life, put it to work and it will open the doors of prosperity in your life. 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Lessons I Learned On Prosperity

Exodus 35:4-9, 21-23, 29
Moses said to the whole Israelite community, "This is what the Lord has commanded: From what you have, take an offering for the Lord. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the Lord an offering of gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cows; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.

And everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewellery of all kinds; brooches, ear-rings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the Lord. Everyone who had blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen, or goat hair, ram skins dyed red or hides of sea cows brought them.  

All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the Lord freewill offerings for all the work the Lord through Moses had commanded them to do. 

Exodus 36:3-7
They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning. So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work and said to Moses, "The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done."
Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: "No man or woman is to make anything else as offering for the sanctuary." And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work.

Its been a while since I shared a post, please bear with me for the break. I am just trying to work on my fourth book and prepare it for publishing. Its a self-publish project so it takes a lot of effort and time. Though I am not done yet, but I miss sharing a post. 
What I will like to share with my readers today is about what I am learning as I am trusting God for breakthroughs in my financial life. Quite a lot of people are struggle with one financial need or the other. There are people who so strongly need the intervention of God on their finances and if I have to be truthful I am one of such people, but I am confident God will definitely come through for us all in Jesus Name.
But just as I am seeking the intervention of God in my finances, I have decided to search the word of God on the principles and the things I need to apply in my life to activate the release of heaven's resources on my finances. One of such things I learned in my search is the secret of investing in God. The secret in this approach is that God never owes, and you can never trade with God and arrive at a loss. And so whatever investment you have made in God is one that is bound to yield return in multiples of what has been invested. No investment made in anything else or anyone else yields nearly as much as that made in God. 
Considering the passage above, Moses declared a command made by God to the people of Israel, it was a command that required that they bring an offering for the construction of the Lord's sanctuary. This command was not for everybody, but just for those whose heart moved them to give, for the men and women that were willing to give. So the Lord gave the children of Israel the freewill to make a choice of investment. So the wise ones among the Israelites began to make investment, they began to give of the substance they had in gold, silver and all that Moses asked them to bring. The women put themselves to work and began to spine yarns and fine linen and brought all to Moses. This set of people did not stop giving until all the craftsmen left their work and went to Moses to instruct the people to stop bringing more supplies because what they had brought was more than enough to do the work.
One thing that caught my attention in the story above is that the Israelite gave and didn't stop giving until they were forced to stop. The situation was such that the entire workforce of the craftsmen and not just a delegate had to leave their work to meet Moses to tell the people to stop giving. So I wondered that what was it that kept compelling the people to give? There must be a return of yield for the children of Israel that motivated them to continue to give to the point that the entire workforce of the craftsmen had to leave work to tell Moses to instruct the people to stop bringing in more supplies. 

Malachi 3:10-12
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruits," says the Lord Almighty. "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land," says the Lord Almighty.  

In this passage above I have found the reason why the children of Israel could not stop giving, it was because they had learned the secret of investing in the house of God and as they continued to invest, their supplies never went dry. They triggered the opening of the floodgates of heaven with their giving and as such they had the outpouring of God's blessing on their lives such that their storehouses could not hold. The more they gave the more they were replenished, and so I will refer to this people as wise investors. They invested in the storehouse of God knowing fully well that their investment was secured as a bountiful returns on investment was guaranteed. 

Proverbs 3:9-10
Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruit of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  

When investing in God in your giving, you also honour the Lord when you make your wealth available for His use. Know this for sure that whoever honours God, to them He will repay with honour. So with your investment also comes honour. The more you learn to honour God, the more the Lord will ensure that you are honoured in return. Nothing gives you a sense of fulfillment as to be honoured by the Lord, because when God honours you man has no choice to follow in same line. 

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your Labour in the Lord is not in vain. 

One more thing we need to know and appreciate is that our investment in God is not limited to our wealth or money. Our investment  in God is also seen in our work for Him and this investment Paul says is not in vain, it is bound to yield positive returns on investment because God never owes anyone. 
To conclude this, whether you invest in God with your wealth or with your works, I congratulate you because you have made a very wise investment. You have sown a seed in the right place that is bound to yield it returns to you. When you give God your substance or you give God your time, you trigger the opening of the floodgates of heaven that results in the out pouring of God's blessing on your life that you don't have room enough for. That is the standard of God and it is not about to change in your life, you just test the Lord in this and watch Him do what He alone is best at doing.

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Friday, 16 August 2013

The Praying Father

Judges 13:2-10
A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was sterile and remained childless. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, "You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines."
Then the woman went to her husband and told him, "A man of God came to me. He looked like an angel of God, very awesome. I didn't ask him where he came from, and he didn't tell me his name. But he said to me, 'You will conceive and give birth to a son. Now then, drink no wine or other fermented drink and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite of God from birth until the day of his death.'" 
Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, "O Lord, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born."
God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her. The woman hurried to tell her husband, "He's here! The man who appeared to me the other day"! 

It is the common thing that wives and mothers tends to worry more about their children. The Lord has equipped their hearts such that they are able to carry so much emotions in them which in turn aids them as they take care of the home and the children as a suitable help for their husbands. The huge emotional capabilities of the mothers pushes them on their knees in prayer and supplication to God on behalf of their husbands and children. And that is why we see Hannah worry more about her childless situation than her husband Elkanah. 
But when we look into the Bible and observe the pattern of God properly we will notice that it is the father who is the head of the home that has been saddled with the responsibility to train his children after the Lord. It is the father's responsibility to impress the word of God on his children while his wife who is the suitable help is assigned to help and assist in this task as in all the other task that the Lord has assigned to the man. 

Genesis 18:19
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised. 

Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 

There are so many other Bible passages where we see things like this in the Bible, but from the passages above we will observe that God didn't call Sarah but Abraham, and one of the major reasons for this call was because God wanted him to train and direct his children and household after him to follow the Lord. The father is the head of the home, he holds the staff of authority of the home in his hands, he calls the shots while the rest of the family follow in his line of authority. And so in line with this order the Lord says the father who is the head is to lead his children and household in the direction of the Lord. 
And so we are now understanding and appreciating that the assignment to train and discipline the children is that primarily given by God to the father and not the mothers. So unlike the assumption that it is the mother's duty to train the children, based on Bible principle, it is the other way round. The father trains the children with the assistance and help of his wife. The father is the commanding officer in the family unit while the wife is the second in command. In the Nigerian Army the Commanding Officer of any unit is refereed to as the CO while the Second In Command is refereed to as the 2IC. So the father is the CO while the mother is the 2IC in the unit of the home. The father gives the commands, gives the instructions and leads the family in the direction they should go while the mother implement the instructions and commands of the father and takes over the leadership mantel in the absence of the father. This is God's pattern for the home. And that is why the fathers are mostly held responsible by God for the misdeeds of their children unless they have proven to God that they lead the family well.
Going back to the passage theme of this message we will notice some things there, but the highlight for me in that passage was the reaction of Manoah the father-to-be over the news of him going to be a father of not just any child, but the child that would deliver the whole nation of Israel from the hands of the Philipines. The Bible said immediately he heard the news he prayed that the angel of the Lord will come again and teach him how to be bring up the boy to be born. 
It's no mistake that the angel of the Lord appeared first to Manoah's wife, this had to happen because the Lord needed her to prepare adequately for the task ahead, she needed to purify herself and abstain from certain unclean things so as not to contaminate the Nazirite in her womb. Just in like manner the Lord appeared to Mary the mother of Jesus so that she might be prepared for the task ahead. But when Manoah received the news from his wife, he didn't throw it off as nonsense, he didn't assume that since God didn't deem it fit to appear to him also then his wife should just carry on as she was told or as she wished. 
But instead the Bible said immediately Manoah began to pray. He sought clarification from God not as to whether what his wife said was true or not, but he wanted God's guidiance on how to bring up the child. Manoah understood the huge responsibility being laid on him. The child to be born is to bring about the deliverance of his nation from the bondage of the Philistines and if he failed to train this child well to fulfill his God given assignment to delivery the nation from bondage, he will not just fail God as a father, but will also deprive the nation of the one who is to deliver them from bondage. He knew he could not afford to get it wrong, so the Bible said he prayed. He sought help from God, he didn't assume he knew what to do. 
As fathers do you just assume that you know how to raise children or you are daily seeking the face of God on His help to teach you how to raise His generals for Him, knowing fully well that the generals of God under your care are the ones to bring down the kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven. Those generals of God under your care are the ones to crush the head of satan and fulfill the words of God in Genesis 3:15. The children under your care are the seed you planted in the woman that the Lord has said will crush the head of satan and so they need to be trained and equipped for this task. Are you praying to God for help to teach you to train and prepare these children for their God given assignment or you are prepared to forfeit on potential general assigned to crush the head of satan? 
Every child is unique in himself or herself, no two people created by God are created exactly alike, and that is the awesomeness of God. And so there is the need to handle and treat each child according to their uniqueness and in this you need the help of God. There are some disciplinary measures that can be generalized, but definitely not all and in this regard you need to always pray to God for help as you carry on your divine assignment as a father. Are you a praying father?  

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Monday, 12 August 2013

The Effective Discipline

Proverbs 23:13-14
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Proverbs 29:17
Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.

Proverbs 19:18
Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be willing party to his death.

Proverbs 13:24
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him. 

I believe by the special grace of God my readers had a very restful and beautiful weekend, and they are alive and on alert to receive the abundance of God's blessings for their lives this new week. If there is any book on the face of the earth that is rich and full and not lacking in content, it's this wonderful Bible, the life Manual that the Lord God Almighty has blessed us with. 
In today's post we will continue how search of God's word as we strive to be better parents approved of God . As I take time to read through the news on a daily basis, there is always something of concern about the children, and it's been more on the negative than positive. I am not sure if I am the only one observing this trend, but this tells there is a need for a major awakening for us as parents. There are major cases of evidence of lack of training and proper discipline in the home as much as there are cases of child abuse. In Nigeria of today, I am beginning to read of cases of little children been beaten to death for cases as flimsy as been unable to count 1 to 10 or a 3 year old girl beaten and pushed to her death for vomiting and passing stool on her body while burning up with fever and high temperature and overwhelmed with diarrhea. 
Although in most of the cases (and that is to say nearly all of the cases) I have read about on such things as this, the children in question are not the biological children of those who abused them to the point of their death, but all the same these so called care givers did what they did in the name of disciplining or training the children. It was always in the name of correction, discipline and training. But this said, do we now do away with training our children and just let them pick up their values their own way and form? In the light of this we will want to know and understand what the take of God is on this matter.
The Bible said when you discipline your child with the rod you save his soul from death. Based on what the Bible tells us in the passages above punishment and even punishment with the rod on our children is suppose to give life and not death. And this makes me wonder that the rod that produced the death that we read about happening in some communities is actually suppose to produce life based on Bible standard. So we are now to know and understand that there is a difference between children abuse and child discipline and more so child discipline with the rod.
The Bible recommends so strongly that we discipline are children, in fact Solomon said once we train them in the way they should go, when they grow up they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). The wise Solomon said the your future peace that spring up from the life of your child rest in your ability to discipline him. In fact he will delight your soul is what Solomon said.
Some major lesson I have learned from this subject of disciplining our children from the passages above are that: 1)It saves their lives and soul from death, 2) It guarantees peace of mind for us as the child becomes a delight to our souls, 3) In the act of discipline there is hope, 4) It expresses our love for our child when the discipline is carried out with care.
The last point mentioned above highlights for us the difference between child abuse and discipline. The one factor that draws the line between child abuse and careful discipline is the substance called love. Once you remove love from discipline you arrive at child abuse. 
To now remove the act of discipline from a society or term it wrong to discipline a child as we are beginning to experience in today's world is writing a welcoming heart warming letter to the future destruction of our children. The absence of discipline in a home, community, society or nation is a big invitation to chaos and disorder. 
Unlike what we have made ourselves to believe, the Bible says when you truly love your child, you will discipline that child, and when we wish for peace in your mind and soul when you are old and grey, then make it a priority task to discipline and train your child now that you can. There is no other way to gain so much peace when you have not invested in it when you have the strength to do so. 

Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.      

I still can't fathom how complete this Bible can be, but there is no book like it on the face of the earth. In the passage above, the writer of the book of Hebrews says "No form of discipline is pleasant at the time but painful." To now understand that what will produce the preciousness in the lives of your children and bring out the great value that they carry within them is a painful process, but this though painful process needs to take its course to birth the preciousness in your child.
As a parent you never want your child to experience any form of pain and as a parent myself I understand what that means, even God has a parent never wants us to go through any form of pain, but in truth the pain of good and careful discipline is required to produce for us the godly children the Lord seeks. The experience they go through and learn from endows them with wisdom that no money on the face of the earth can buy for them. Pain is indeed painful (Lol), but it brings forth a matchless glow and shine in the lives of those who have been trained by it. From what we are learning in the book of Hebrews, the pains of discipline produces in us the righteousness and peace that the Lord seeks in us and that is needful for our smooth ride on the face of the earth.
In conclusion I will say this to all parents seeking peace in old age, take the pains to discipline and train your children even though its painful for you as a parent and also for the child as one been trained. Look beyond the lies of the society you live in, the government will not be as injured emotionally over the moral death of your child as much as you would. The peace and righteousness of your child and your joy and delight in old age over that child hangs on the fact that you discipline him now that you have the strength.

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Father In Job

Job 1:1-5
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and there daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. 
His sons used to take turns holding feast in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom. 

This post will still talk about parenting, and I think we need to get some examples of fathers or maybe I should just say parents in the Bible and learn from their experiences. I have heard a quote that says "a wise man is one who learns from the experiences of others," so we will do ourselves a lot of good by learning from the experiences of those in the Bible. 
From the intro given in the Bible about the man called Job, there are several interesting characteristics of this wonderful man of God. He was a very wealthy man, in fact the Bible calls him the greatest man among the people of the East in his lifetime. So he was very rich and great and that most likely will make him a very busy man. For him to be able to attain and retain greatness it really takes diligence and consistence in his work. His schedule must have been a very tight one owing to his riches, greatness and influence. 
He was also a righteous man, he was a man who was very God conscious. He was godly to the point that God Himself made a proud declaration of this man saying there was none like him on the face of the earth. For God to make such a declaration, Job must have been assessed inside out by God and not found wanting in anyway. 
But for the purpose of this message we will look at the life of Job as a father. The Bible said Job will wait till the feasting period of his sons were over and will send for them to have them purified. He had to make sure that his sons did not sin against God even as they feasted and this was his regular custom. 
Owing to Job's status as a rich, great and busy man one would have assumed that he had every reason to overlook the deeds of his children and their attitude towards the things of God, but Job understood better. He knew that in order to have an excellent score card before the Lord, the lives, attitudes and deeds of his children was of great importance and in his very busy lifestyle his children's life took center stage. It was not just his own personal life that he needed to watch over but that of his ten children and Job did this as a regular custom.
Another thing to note about Job and his children was that his children were not young. In fact they were already living in their individual home as the Bible records that they took turns to hold feasts in their homes. So each one in his home would hold a feast and after the feast, Job will send for them from their individual homes in order to be purified.
Noting all that we have seen from the life of Job and his children, we will notice that his wealth, affluence, busy schedule and even his righteous walk with God did not affect or disturb or hinder his role as a father. And also the age of his children did not stop him from purifying them after each feasting period. Job did not assume that since his children were old they could take care of themselves and develop their own relationship with God with no contribution from him. But instead he ensured that he still did what was needful as a father whether or not his children were old enough to show restrain towards sinning against the Lord or not. This was the life and regular practice of Job as a father.
In my last post we saw that no ministerial call of God on our lives is more important to God than the ministry of home management and children management. In addition to that, we are learning from the life of Job as a father that our wealth, riches, greatness, work-life, busy schedule and whatever reason we might come up with is good enough reason for us to fail as parents. In fact the age of our children no matter how they may have grown to be is not enough reason for us not to purify them before God in good counselling, training and even discipline. And just like Job, the Lord expects that to be our regular custom and not a one-off habit. Your task as a parent ends the day your exit the face of the earth. But as long as you are still living you owe God the responsibility to produce for Him the godly offspring that He seeks from your marriage union.
Looking at the life of Job, was there any gray area of his life that will make not God say to satan "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no-one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil"? Job was not just a blameless man in his walk with God, he was also a blameless man as a father.
If we seek such testimony as that of Job's coming from the mouth of God and not man, then we need to start emulating the life of Job and seek perfection not just in our personal relationship with God, but also in our responsibility as parents. Our work-life and pursuit of wealth, our political life and our ministerial calls are no reasons at all to fail God as parents.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Sin Of Prophet Eli

1 Samuel 2:22-25, 27-33
Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all people about these wicked deeds of yours. No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the Lord’s people. If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?” His sons, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the Lord’s will to put them to death. 

Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your father’s house when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? I chose your father out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your father’s house all the offerings made with fire by the Israelites. Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honour your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’
Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel declares: ‘I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me for ever. But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honour me I will honour, but those who despise me will be disdained. The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be a old man in your family line and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done in Israel, in your family line there will never be an old man. Every one of you that I do not cut off from my altar will be spared only to blind your eyes with tears and to grieve your hearts, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life. 

1 Samuel 3:11-14
And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against    his family - from beginning to end. For I told him I would judge his family for ever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”

In my last post I wrote about the instructions of Moses to the Israelites and to all the people of God all over the world, to impress the commandments of God on their children and household, then will they and their children be able to live long on the land the Lord promised to give them. In continuation to the revelations we got from the last post we will be looking at the effect that the characters and attitudes of our children have on our own life and walk with the Lord.
In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the ripple effects of our deeds and actions on our children, but this post will be the other way round. What the Bible is revealing to us is that just as much as we take the time to reverence and obey the commands of God, it is of high priority that we teach and ensure that our children after us follow in the same manner. 
Looking at the passages above, we will notice that Prophet Eli understood the ways of the Lord, he knew the word of God and had inherited a priesthood that the Lord had promised his father’s house. I want to believe that Eli’s father must have taken time to train and prepare him to continue in the line of that promise, otherwise he would have not been eligible to take up the mantel of priesthood after his father. So Eli in himself, his personal attitude and character did not commit any sin before the Lord. 
But Eli’s sin was his inability to raise a successor in the life’s of his children who will diligent respect the Lord’s altar and treat it with reverence and dignity. Eli did not train his children right. As a priest he was a okay, but as a father he was a failure. 
We will note that when report started reaching Eli about his children’s attitude he was already old. He rebuked them as much as his strength could permit (or so I think), but if he had trained them well when he was much younger when he had the strength to impact proper discipline in them, the children will probably have grown up to be better adults than they turned out to be. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” The adults that the children of Eli turned out to be reflected the training they got from their father when they were young or the absence of a training at all. 
And then following the caution of God for Eli through the man of God in 1 Samuel 2:27-33, the Lord expects that Eli will take some stern measures on his sons to check their misdeeds and give honour to the Lord's altar, but he did no such thing. He had already given up on his sons and accepted his fate. The sin of Eli were not the sins he committed himself, but the sins of his sons that he knew about and failed to restrain them. 
In the last blog post we saw the Lord instructing the parents to impress His commandments on their children. Making a mark of God’s word on their hearts and mind such that it is not easily removed. And that instruction is still applicable to all godly parents today.  The numerous stories of moral decay we hear and read of in our world today is largely due to the lapse on the parts of the parents to impress the word of God in the hearts and minds of their children as the Lord instructed through Moses. 
The Lord will not come down from His throne to train our children for us, but He will leads us in the direction and manner to train them such that they will be generals usable by Him for good works and help birth the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven if only we call on Him for help and direction and also follow His leading. 

1 Timothy 3:2-5, 12
Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and household well.

What I see from this passages above is that no ministerial assignment that a man receives from the Lord is far above the ministry of home management and children management. The first point of test for a man who is to be used by God for mighty works is his ability to do well in managing the small unit of his home and his children as his first disciples. If he has excelled well in this regard, then he has shown God his readiness to do exploits for Him. 
When we start to desire a better environment and a better world to live in, then we need to start to put ourselves to work in creating a better home that we have to manage, and then imbibe good discipline and training in the children that the Lord has entrusted under our care and as the population of these glorious upright and wonderful children start to grow, in no time we start to have a better world as a whole. 
It’s not just our misdeeds that affects our children either negatively or positively, but the sins of our children will also affect our effectiveness in our service for the Lord. The training of our children also impact on our score card before the Lord. The sins of our children can erase all our good deeds before the Lord if we are not careful, so we cannot afford to take this matter lightly. It is time to start to act right in this regard if we have not be up to God’s standard before now. May the Lord help us.      

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Bringing Down The Kingdom Of God Here On Earth

Matthew 6:9-10
"This, then, is how you should pray:
"'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Deuteronomy 6:4-8
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 

Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Fix these words of mine in your in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heaven are above the earth. 

I bless the Lord for another wonderful opportunity to share a post on my blog. Much has been shared on the issue of marriage and I had been trusting God for the grace to share other topics that bothers on the home other than marriage. In answer to my prayer, we are moving on from the man and his wife in marriage, it's time to turn our flash lights to raising the children. The next important issue I believe is that of raising godly offspring. In the book of Malachi 2, when God addressed the issue of man and his wife, He mentioned that the reason why He is watching over the union was because He the Lord was seeking godly offspring from that union.
We are all very familiar with the Lord's prayer found in the book of Matthew 6, from verse 9 to 14. Verse 10 of that passage says "your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven," and I am most positive that many parents still don't realize that the answer to that prayer lie in their actions; in their ability to produce the godly offspring that the Lord seeks from their marriage union. 
Now the more the godly offspring we produce from our marriage union, the more the population of God's generals carrying out the will of God here on earth just as it is in heaven. And so God instructed through Moses that as we stamp the commandments of God upon our hearts and souls, being careful to follow and carry out these commandments, we should also teach and impress them on our children and sustain the growth of the generals of God on the face of the earth. 
There are many lessons to learn from the instruction of Moses in the passages above, but for the purpose of this blog post, I will like to fix my attention on the part of the passage that says "Impress them on your children." The Lord is not requiring that as parents we just present His words to our children, but that we impress His commandments on them. Then we will be able to produce for Him the godly offspring that He seeks from our marriage union. 
In order to understand what God requires of us concerning the instruction in this passage, it will be of advantage that we understand the dictionary meaning of that word impress. From the discovery I made the word impress has the following dictionary meanings: 1) to affect deeply or strongly in mind or feeling; influence in opinion, 2) to fix deeply or firmly on the mind or memory, as ideas or facts, 3) to impose a particular characteristics or quality upon (something), 4) to produce ( a mark, figure etc.) by pressure; stamp; imprint, 5) to apply pressure, so as to leave a mark, 6) to subject to or mark by pressure with something. 
These are some of the meaning of that word impress that I have been a able to find in the dictionary. But what caught my attention in all of these meanings is that in order to impress the words of God in our children and produce the godly offspring who are the generals of God that will cause the will of God to be done on earth as it is in heaven then the task requires pressure. It is not just buying them a Bible as a gift, it requires continuous teaching monitoring and mentoring until the mark of God becomes visible in their lives. You are required to fix those words in them deeply and firmly and this requires pressure such that it is not easily removed. Despite the challenges they may face in their lives from time to time and from phase to phase, still the word of God in them remains deep and firm. When all true Christian homes begin to produce offspring in whom the word of God is deep and firmly rooted, then in multitudes we begin to have the physical manifestation of God's kingdom here on earth as it is heaven with the generals of God doing His will in all seasons and at all times.