The Preparation Time…

Moses spent most part of the book of Deuteronomy, speaking to the children of Israel about the Promised Land.

He prepares them for the land by giving an account of what to expect; the good and not so good aspects, encounters they may have, dos and don’ts and a reminder of the Ten Commandment.

I have come to understand that it was very necessary and of utmost importance that the Israelites were prepared for Canaan (Promised Land). They needed to know what was ahead of them, their minds and  and bodies had to be prepared for the task ahead, they needed a reminder of the deliverance they had been through to know the kind of God they served. That was their Preparation Time.

Today, whatever calling is upon your life, whatever God has promised you, just know the He is preparing you for it. He needs you to be ready before He takes you there. You cannot afford to be unprepared when you get to your promised land.

A good friend of mine once said,

“No one prepares for battle on the battlefield”.

Whatever it is that you’re believing God for, He needs to prepare you outside the field before ushering you into it.

Wait on Him and listen to His voice.

Man of God, Larry Titus said in one of his teachings,

“God as the one who knows everything, knows when character has been completed”.

Just know that ‘preparation time is not wasted. He is molding in you a character that can withstand seasons to come.

Don’t forget that even Christ had to go through a preparation time of 30 years (Luke 3:23).

Enjoy your preparation time, you will praise God for it in your next season.

Isaiah 40:31

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

 

Present Land Or Promised Land?..

Numbers 32:5

“Therefore they said, If we have found favour in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.”

The Israelites were getting closer to the Promised Land, suddenly there’s a change of heart from the children of Gad and children of Reuben (two out of the twelve tribes). They saw the other lands nearby and expressed to Moses in the above statement/scripture that they preferred those than Canaan (The Promised Land).

For a second I thought, what’s going on here? Why did they change their minds about entering into the land the Lord Himself blessed? The land which the God of their forefathers gave to them to possess.
Could it be that they were enticed by the appearance of the other land? Could it be fear of the unknown? Or just laziness?

I’m not sure why they changed their minds but one thing is definite; the moment they decided to stay in the east side of Jordan (other land) was the moment they settled. They settled for less.
They settled for less than what God had promised them and in so doing, they forfeited their inheritance.

My question to you today is,

ARE YOU SETTLING FOR LESS?

You know who you are in Christ, you know what God spoke over your life; so why are you deceiving yourself by thinking you’re happy with your Present Land? This isn’t your Promised Land and you know it.

ARE YOU SETTLING BECAUSE YOU ARE TIRED OR FEARFUL OF WHAT YOU MAY ENCOUNTER ON THE OTHER SIDE?

You see, in most cases I don’t buy the saying “The devil you know is better than the Angel you don’t know”. This phrase I believe has “thumbs up” many to be comfortable and not move forward. They ask questions like, “what if the other side is worse? What if it requires a lot of work, what if I die before I get there?”

On the flip side, my question to you again is,

WHAT IF THE ANGEL IS TRULY AN ANGEL AND NOT AN IMPOSTOR?

What if it’s truly where God wants you to be? Do you realise that by settling for less, you are forfeiting your royal inheritance?

At the end of the day we have two choices like the Gadinites and the Reubenites had. We can either trust God that the Promised Land is truly a land flowing with milk and honey and not allow anything to deter us from entering (not even the good appearance of another land) OR we could choose to settle for less and stay in our Present land.

Yes, it wouldn’t be an easy journey. There will be sadness on the way, tears (LOTS OF TEARS), there will be bad times, discouraging times but be confident of this very thing,

HE WHO HAS BEGUN A GOOD WORK IN YOU SHALL COMPLETE IT UNTIL THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST. (PHILIPPIANS 1:6) 

Be encouraged to defeat all with the help of Christ and match gloriously into your Promised Land.
You’re more than a conquerer.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

The Word Over The World…

“Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more”.  Numbers 22:18.

The King of Moab, Balak was distressed and extremely afraid of the Israelites. The children of Israel had destroyed the Amorites with the help of God and Balak imagined his kingdom was next.
He searched for a way to destroy Israel before they destroy him and his kingdom. Balak sent messengers to Balaam, son of Boer who was reputed to be of great powers, to come forth and curse the Israelites.

Balaam refused as the Lord told him not to curse the children of Israel for they were blessed by Him (God). Balaam then sent the messengers away.
Balak stubbornly sent his men a second time to Balaam, this time, bribing him with riches. The above scripture/statement was Balaam’s response.                                  (Full story Numbers 22:1-21).

Reading this chapter made me think about the present state of the kingdom of God. I’m here asking questions like, do we still have men/women of God who are rooted in the word enough to refuse bribery and riches from the world? Do we still have Christians who refuse to compromise the truth for fame and “likeness“?

Sometimes I feel the “faithful church” is fading gradually. We are loosing our integrity as a church. We seem to run from the word of God at the first bribery. Many are loosing the anointing due to greed and selfishness. We yearn to be liked by people than to be faithful to our God.

Nevertheless all is not lost; Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “…. and on this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it”.

No matter how appealing riches of the world are, we must never compromise or twist the word of God.
We must let our nay be nay and our ye be ye. It is not always an easy ground to stand on but the Bible says “He who endures till the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13).

Fight the good fight of faith and you will be rewarded in the end.

Today, ask God to help you exercise the good fight of faith He has placed in you. Do not compromise the word for riches, fame or likeness.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Control Your Anger…

Anger is an emotion we all feel sometimes. As believers, it is very important for us to learn how to control this emotion, as it could lead to regrettable consequences.

In Numbers 20:2-5, the Israelites complained (once again) of thirst. They had no water to drink and as always they contended with their leaders, Moses and Aaron. The leaders went before the Lord and were given clear instructions on what to do. Due to anger and frustration, Moses disobeyed and did his own thing. Even though provision (water) was granted, in the end it cost Moses EVERYTHING he had worked for; he would not lead the Israelites to the promised land.

“And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not believe me, to hallow me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land of which I have promised them”            Numbers 20:12.

How sad it is, to allow a moment of anger to cost you your future and blessings. One could say Moses had an excuse in versus 1 of same chapter, he had lost his sister, Mariam. However, there isn’t an excuse good enough to disobey God’s instructions. 

You may think you have an excuse to stay angry but the Holy Spirit is telling you to let go of that anger, lest it cost you your blessings.

“Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools”
Ecclesiastes 7:9.

Today, ask God to remove and replace the anger in your heart with love and obedience.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Tame Your Mouth And Discipline Your Attitude…

I have come to realise that some of us Christians have grown wings. We feel that, because the resurrection of Christ gave us the opportunity to come to the Father without the help of a Priest, we don’t regard Leadership. I’m sorry to disappoint, but Christ did not come to abolish leadership.

We must be very careful how we treat and speak against Pastors and people in authority.
All through the Bible, people who stood against leadership were not spared; God caused Miriam to become leprous for speaking against Moses’ choice of a wife (Numbers 12:1-10). Korah, Dathan, Abiram and 250 other leaders rose against the authority of Aaron and Moses, they were swallowed up by the earth (Numbers 16:1-33). A lot more met destruction for going against the authority of God.

What most people don’t know is, when you go against godly leadership you are going against God; you are basically calling God unwise for making that person ‘head‘. God certainly would not take this lightly. Romans 13:2 says “So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished”.

One may ask, “What if one’s doctrine is questionable?” I understand this as the Bible says “……….. many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). My answer to that is, apply the spirit of discernment and PRAY FOR THEM. If you’re been led to correct, by all means do so in love however, make sure your heart is clean, meaning have a pure motive. Don’t speak out because you enjoy shaming your brother/sister. As mentioned in my previous post (You Need Help!), we are one body of Christ, therefore we should pick each other up when necessary as we all stumble in many ways. (James 3:2)

Avoid becoming overly friendly with leaders as this could cause boundaries to be crossed.

I remember a few years ago, I was traveling with some friends and a man of God’s name came up in our conversation. They spoke badly about him and his family. I wasn’t saved at the time but I knew it was wrong. Not correcting them, I knew that made me just as bad.
I realised later that, because she felt she knew the Pastor quite well (not necessarily in a bad way), she belittled his anointing. I really hope I’m not misunderstood here as I’m not insinuating everyone would do this. My point is, familiarity could open doors for disrespect, intentionally or unintentionally.

When the Bible said “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm” in Psalm 105:15 and 1 Chronicles 16:22, I believe it applies to every born again Spirit-filled/led Christian; from the cleaner of the church to the Bishop, therefore we must be very careful how we relate to the ‘least‘ in the Kingdom. The fact that one do not carry a ‘huge’ title, does not make them any less anointed.

Our walk with Christ isn’t a competition to see who sins the least nor who criticises the more. It amazes me how some folks spend their entire day monitoring and looking out for one another’s sin. This isn’t Christ-like at all. We get too much of this from unbelievers, we don’t need our very own to treat us the same.

Today, ask God to help you TAME YOUR MOUTH AND DISCIPLINE YOUR ATTITUDE.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.

Who Have You Chosen To Listen To?..

In the book of Numbers 13, God commanded Moses to send spies to the land of Canaan to have a view of what the promised land looked like.

Twelve leaders (representing each tribe of Israel) were sent. They saw the same things in Canaan yet only two returned with positive feedback. All the other ten could think and talk about were the negative. They were filled with such fear that they began to moan; “The people are too big, they look stronger than we are, we’re like grasshoppers in their sight”. The Bible says they gave the children of Israel a bad report.

Caleb and Joshua (The two) on the other hand said, “The land is exceedingly good, if the Lord delights in us then He will bring us into this land and give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord nor fear the people of the land for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them and the Lord is with us, do not fear them” (Numbers 14:7-9).

So, there are two sides here; good and bad reports. The children of Israel could’ve chosen to listen to Caleb and Joshua but rather, they listened to the ten. As a result, they began to complain, cry and wish for another leader to return them to Egypt, their land of slavery.

I had a few questions in mind while studying these passages. How many times do we choose to believe the negative rather than positive? How many times do we choose to accept and grieve over the bad rather than rejoice over the good?
I use the word CHOOSE because we are presented with choices everyday; we can either trust God and His word or follow satan’s lies.

We must not entertain negative and carnal thinkers especially when faced with trials and tests. How do we expect to grow in our relationship with Christ if we choose to discredit His word over satan’s?!               Yes, that’s exactly what we do when we choose to listen and entertain anything that goes against His word for our lives.

Today I ask, WHO HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO LISTEN TO? The ten or the two? It’s true, number-wise the ten are more but you don’t need the whole world to agree with you when applying faith.
Hebrews 11:1 explains faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of THINGS NOT SEEN…

So if you’re not seeing things working out, great, you’re in the best position to exercise the FAITH in you.

I’m praying for you.

Blessing,

LadyEuny.

You Need Help!…

“So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me, seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them: bring them to the tabernacle of meeting that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk to you there. I will take of the spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone” Numbers 11:16 & 17.

Moses became tired and frustrated with the Israelites’ constant complaints (Numbers 11:10-15) and called on God for help. The Lord sent him the above message/command.

As a leader, do not be ignorant to think you are able to carry out ministry work all by yourself. YOU NEED HELPERS. Moses was highly anointed by God to lead thousands of ‘unappreciative’ people, yet he cried out to the Lord for help.

Hey, you can’t blame Uncle Moses, he was human too. He needed HELP and so do you. “No man is an island” A friend of mine would say.

You’re very much anointed, I know. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, I know that too but everyone needs help at some point. And that’s okay. It isn’t a sign of weakness at all but rather strength.

The King of Kings (Christ) could’ve completed His mission on earth without any input from the twelve disciples, yet He wanted to show us the strength of unity in the body of Christ and the importance/benefits of helping one another.

This pretty much sums up what Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:11 & 12.          “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”.

YOU WILL NOT BE ANY GOOD TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD, IF YOU OVER WORK YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO REJECT HELP FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST.

When we focus on the ultimate goal which is, the Glorification of Christ by seeking the Kingdom of God above everything, then we would be more than happy to RECEIVE and BE help to one another.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” Ecclessiates 4:9 & 10.

Ask God to teach you how to be a good team player in the body of Christ, if you’re struggling with this.

I’m praying for you.

Blessings,

LadyEuny.