Month: May 2014
A lot to think about before you say ‘I do’.
1. If sex is non existent will our love exist?
2. If you could live your life all over again,would you choose the same person?
3. If your partner behaves exactly like you,would you love them?
4. What do I need to start or stop for our love to grow?
5. Will my saying yes to this love proposal birth my destiny?
6. Where is my love going?
7. Is this person the best I can have? Or am I settling for what I think I can get?
THE GREATEST IS LOVE.
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“I go to church, I pay my tithes, I try to live holy, I read the bible, I pray, but nothing good ever happens to me. I might as well go back into the world. I had it better when I was in the world”.
This is what Asaph sounded like. He begins Psalm 73 by acknowledging that God is good to Israel, but he was beginning to think that God was better to the wicked. He was even considering doing what the wicked do because it appeared they didn’t go through anything, they got whatever they wanted and their riches continued to increase. He began to wonder if living for God was a waste of time.
Asaph wrote, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, then understood I their end”. The moment he got in the spirit, his spirit saw what his flesh couldn’t see. He realized that the wicked and what they have will not last. It is temporary, but the only thing that is temporary for the children of God is our troubles. He wanted what the wicked had not realizing that what he had was better.
Although he was very honest about how he felt, he really didn’t understand who God was and what God had done for him. He was complaining to God when he should have been praising God. When he came to his senses, he told God how foolish and ignorant he was. He stopped desiring what others had and made God his Desire.
Asaph teaches us:
- Don’t compare yourself to others. You don’t know their end.
- Seek those things that will last – not things that moth eats, rust destroys and thieves can steal (Matthew 6:19).
- Your praise will defeat whatever is trying to defeat you.
- Know what God has said about YOU and rest in what He said.
- You don’t have to wait until Sunday to go to the sanctuary. The sanctuary should go wherever you go.
- Become a sanctuary where God can dwell and reveal to us the mysteries of His kingdom.
Have you ever thought that maybe Ruth wanted to return to her mother’s house? I’m sure Ruth wanted to be married again and maybe have children one day.
Ruth and Orpah were presented with the same choice: to leave or to stay. When Ruth made the decision to stay, she didn’t know she would later meet Boaz. She didn’t know that she would become a part of the lineage of Jesus. She didn’t understand what God was doing or why, but she knew it was the will of God to stay. Orpah, on the other hand, could only see the ‘right now’. Nothing was happening and she probably thought nothing would ever change. When Naomi told them what she couldn’t give them, Orpah left. Orpah just thought of herself, but Ruth wasn’t selfish. She didn’t stay with Naomi to get something, but to give something.
Ruth trusted in the Lord with all her heart, but Orpah leaned to her own understanding.
If I could have planned my life, I would have planned it differently, but that would mean planning my life without God and I can’t live this life without the One who gives life. When you are where God wants you to be, He is responsible for taking care of you, but when you place yourself where you shouldn’t be, you now become responsible for taking care of yourself.
To obtain the promises of God, you must do what He tells you to do. What people fail to understand is that the will of God is about God. It is about what He wants and not about what we want. What God is about to do in your life is not for you only, but for generations to come. God wants to do something in your life that will last and that can be passed on from generation to generation.
What you sow today, others will reap tomorrow.
If you are in a place that you know God has placed you, but you despise it, it’s because you are only thinking of yourself right now. What you are going through now is going to help someone else later. God has a plan and we should be grateful that He made us to be a part of His plan.
You never read in scripture where Ruth prayed for a husband or for wealth. I’m sure she had desires, but the moment she made God her Desire, He gave her the desires of her heart.
If you’re going to leave anything, leave your old ways and cleave to God’s ways.
Stay and obey.
There have been many stories printed regarding the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls last month, but there is one interview that caught my attention.
On April 30th, Alexis Okeowo posted an interview by one of the girls that escaped the kidnapping in The New Yorker.
According to the 18-year-old, militants showed up at the boarding school at night dressed in Nigerian military uniforms on April 14, 2014. They told the girls that they were there to take them to safety.
These militants came at night. Why didn’t they come during the day? Because every work of the devil is the work of darkness. He hates light because light exposes him. Also, he is always looking for an opportune moment. The bible says that after the devil ended all the temptation in the wilderness, he departed from Jesus, but it was only for a season. The devil waits until you are vulnerable, tired, alone or lonely. Even in the garden, the serpent didn’t come to Eve when she was with Adam. He waited until she was alone.
The militants didn’t come dressed as themselves. They knew that in order for their plan to work, they had to disguise themselves. Otherwise, the young girls wouldn’t have left with them. 1 Corinthians 11:14 tells us that satan disguises or transforms himself as an angel of light. According to the interviewee, these girls were not forced. They willingly left with these men because they believed what they said. Satan never forces anyone to do anything, but he will dress things up to attract you and lure you away from what God said. Be careful.
The girls were told that they were going to be taken to safety. To catch the right fish, you have to use the right bait. Satan’s bait is a lie. Many have been led captive by the enemy today because of a lie. Eve told God ‘the serpent beguiled me and I did eat’. In Eve’s case, she knew the truth. God spoke to her first. Before the serpent presented a lie (‘You shall not surely die’), God presented the truth (‘You shall not eat from it or touch it or you will die’). Eve couldn’t use the excuse, ‘The devil made me do it’. She was drawn away by her own lust. Eve ate it because she desired it.
There are three things I learned from this kidnapping:
- Be careful who you join yourself to. Every person who comes to you is not sent by God.
- Listen to what people say, but watch what they do. Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God (1 John 4:1).
- If you’re not sure about something, you have been given permission to ask. Go in prayer. Acknowledge God. The Spirit of God is also called the Spirit of Truth and He will never lead you wrong.
As for the young girls, my prayer is that the kidnappers will set every one of them free and that they return to their families unharmed, in Jesus’ name.