“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”
One of the things that keep relationships strong is agreement. When two parties come together in one accord, it promotes unity and bond. This isn’t any different with our walk with Christ. God has great plans for us however for manifestation, we ought to be one-minded with Him.
Our heavenly father is a gentleman not a dictator and as such, He has given us free-will. His desire is for us to choose and agree with His will for our lives. When we loose hope and turn our backs on God, we disagree with Him and a house divided against itself will not stand (Matthew 12:25).
God knows the strength and power that comes with unity. Remember the Tower of Babel? The people had strong bond and agreement that God had to intervene before the tower reached Heaven.
Genesis 11:6 & 7
“And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. (7) Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
I pray you agree with God’s language; the language of His will. No matter how bad or good last year was, continue to remain in one accord with Him for you remain in His thoughts.
“Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you”.
I’m praying for you.
As I read through the book of Ezekiel 8, I felt a way about God I’ve never felt before. I felt the pain, anger, sorrow and sadness in His words.
The Lord was hurt.
The children of Israel in the Old Testament proved to be one of the most rebellious group of people to ever live. God gave them everything they asked for; great leaders, kings, food, water, peace, dominion etc. Their daily needs were provided yet they rebelled against God.
God lifted up Ezekiel at a point and showed him what the Israelites were up to.
What they did in the dark when no one was watching; the incense they burnt to lesser gods, the idol worshipping and all sorts of abomination. God was hurt and disappointed. He was angry and promised judgement on Israel.
He handpicked Israel out of many nations to be His people, they were close to His heart yet they neglected God. How painful?!
It was not God’s intention to be angry with His children. He loved them very much that even in His anger there remained compassion; He had strong fatherly love for them.
“Oh how can I give up, Israel?
How can I let you go?
How can I destroy you like Admah or demolish you like Zeboiim?
My heart is torn within me and my compassion overflows”.
Our generation is no different, if not worse. Just like the children of Israel, we are playing the harlot; running to everything but God for solution. Seeking contentment in material things; worshipping our houses, money, cars, titles, fornication, adultery, malice, unforgiveness etc.
Do we realise that the King of kings Himself handpicked us from the lot? Do we know that we are dear to His heart and called according to His will and purpose?
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim His praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”.
It is heartbreaking even as human to give your all to someone and not have your love reciprocated. I believe it hurts God too when we turn our backs on Him. I don’t know about you but the thought of my actions grieving God carries an unpleasant feeling to my heart. We shouldn’t take God back to when He regretted creating man (Genesis 6:6).
Christ desires to be pleased with us and not to feel hurt by us.
When we truly know who we are in Christ, there would be no desire in us to go against His will, we would love Him and reject the world. I pray that we return this amazing love given to us by God through His son Jesus Christ.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.”
I’m praying for you,
1 Corinthians 7:23
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.”
There are a lot of things we do or say (knowingly or unknowingly) as believers that could cause our fellow brothers and sisters to stumble.
I’m sitting here wondering the amount of times I have imposed my “beliefs” on others.
You see, the amazing thing about Christianity is, it is not a religion. Christ did not die so we could be chain-bound by rules and regulations. On the contrary, He came to give us freedom, freedom from sin and our mortal selves. Of course our freedom is not an excuse to indulge in fleshy desires but to be humble in love (Galatians 5:13).
We have been set free by the cross therefore, we should not overwhelm ourselves or others with non-biblical beliefs.
Apostle Paul elaborated this point in 1 Corinthians 7:19. He explained that circumcision or uncircumcision, it means nothing; the most important thing is obeying the commandments of God.
The act of cutting a piece of flesh does not make one holier than another.
Let’s highlight a few practical points, shall we?!
Some christians choose not to eat certain foods as they deem unholy. If that is how you feel, well it’s okay however, you are not to impose this on other believers in hope of making them feel bad or ‘less unholy’; that is putting their mind into slavery which is not the message of the cross. Walk in love at all times (I Corinthians 1
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Simple put, you don’t get brownie points from God for eating or not eating certain foods. Those are just preferences.
Another example is day of worship. Now, I know most people have a lot to say about this so before I go any further I would like to put this across; this post is not to condemn anyone.
So, some believers deem one day more holier to worship than the rest. If this is the case for you, then it’s fine. Again, this should not be imposed on others.
It is better to recognise everyday of your life as a day of worship unto the Lord than just a day of the week.
We must stop imposing our cultures, traditions and preferences on others. It causes a lot of damage in people’s lives especially new believers and gives false outlook on the kingdom of God.
Whatever message you put out there either by words or actions, make sure they are in line with the word of God. Many have been confused and subsequently left the kingdom because they felt suffocated with non-biblical rules. I know that because I have been there. As mentioned above, Christ came to give us freedom not slavery.
It is all about your faith and obedience.
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”
I’m praying for you.
There will always be an attack from the enemy when a believer is set in doing the things of God. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t deter you from accomplishing what God has placed in you.
One thing you must know is, you possess everything required for the task/journey ahead, through Christ.
Colossians 2:9 & 10
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; (10) and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
The enemy knows this, hence his continuous attack towards you.
Nehemiah knew the hand of God was on his life. He recognised the task placed on his heart by God; which was to rebuild Jerusalem after its destruction. Like you and I, he encountered adversaries. His enemies made a mockery of him and his team, yet he was not moved (Nehemiah 2:17-20).
What if I told you, you possess the same attitude like Nehemiah? What if I told you their gossip and disbelief in you could be used as a ‘strength-booster’ to get to your destination? What if I told you, you have already won the battle and you need only to believe?
It is very easy to cry and moan over who doesn’t appreciate your calling, gift, work etc, however, this benefits you nothing. Standing up to the enemy through prayer, being focused and disciplined, now that gets the goal achieved.
It is okay if they laugh, let them. You don’t need to explain yourself to every single person. God gave YOU that vision/word not them. So run with it.
In His own time, your work will speak for itself.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I’m praying for you.
It is difficult to go down a painful route more than once. It feels like old wounds are being exposed when you find yourself battling with a familiar spirit/situation, you are always left to feel helpless and drained. It is my prayer that by reading this post, you will be encouraged enough to continue to rely on the Lord.
During the reign of king Asa in 2 Chronicles 16, he discovered that Judah was being invaded by Israel’s king, Baasha. However, instead of running to God for help, he took treasures from God’s temple to king of Syria, Ben-Hadad in hope of rescue.
As I read through the scripture I thought to myself, king Asa had such short memory. How could he run to a mortal being for help when God rescued him from a much bigger situation?! He delivered him from a million men and three hundred chariots (2 Chronicles 14:9-15).
So, why then did the king put his trust in man this time and not God? Knowing very well that he would face the consequences in the end, which he did.
I have realised that many of us believers are giving away too much of ourselves to people or things in hope of been delivered from whatever mess we find ourselves in. In some parts of the world, people are giving away properties just for a “prophet” to tell them they will get married soon, their finances will increase, they will get pregnant etc.
I am in no way suggesting prophecies are bad. Not at all! They are good, however, no human should take God’s place in your life. You should not be relying on the words of men; especially when they are not producing the fruits of the spirit. It never ends well.
“Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a lair”.
Why can’t you rely on God like you did the last time? What makes you think or feel this situation is too big for Him to handle?
O Human beings! We are so unreal; it’s scary. God could rescue one from death-bed yet doubt Him to heal mere headache.
You have no idea what relying on God brings. It is the best thing one could ever do. It calms you, brings peace, takes away fear, it gives hope and increase of faith. His burden is truly light like the bible says. Let me drop this scripture before I continue.
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him”.
I always say this; we need to stop thinking we can make life on our own. If we could, what would be the significance of God’s existence? We just can’t! Which is why we should always submit our ways to Him and allow Him to work. It is not easy, I know. Moreover, that is where the application of hope and faith comes in.
The relevance of hope is when one desires something they do not have. If you had that job or opportunity you are looking for, what then would be the point to hope for it? None at all, as you already have it.
So, you see how all things work together for your good? That desire of yours, the “bad” situation you find yourself in, is to help exercise/activate the faith and hope you have in God. (Gosh! I wish I had a microphone to shout this out loud… never mind!).
Today I say, Rely On The Lord, Again! Some of us it’s our 100th time relying on Him, and since He has done it 99 times, this proves He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think of according to the power that works in me.
So I rely on Him, again, again, again and again.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”.
I’m praying for you.
God loves us so much and truly want the best for us. Every word in the bible isn’t to condemn but to bring out the best in us, therefore we shouldn’t have the mindset of doing God a “favour” when working for Him. Infact, it is a privilege to work in the Kingdom of God. From the head pastor to the cleaner; same privileges come to us when we play our part with all of our heart.
In the bible, David passed on the building of God’s temple to his son as per God. (1 Chronicles 28:3 & 6).
When time came for Solomon to build the temple, he understood the importance of the task. He was overjoyed that he was chosen to build a dwelling place for the most high. He didn’t think he was doing God a favour neither did he murmur excuses. He knew mere earthly materials would never be befitting for the dwelling of the King of Kings, nevertheless with a humbled heart he honoured God by choosing the best materials to build.
1 Kings 8:27 & 28
“But will God indeed dwell on earth? Behold, heaven and the heavens of heaven cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! (28) Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication…….”
Solomon was humbled in his work for God. We rarely see this kind of attitude in the church these present times. A lot of us are stingy with our talent and gift because we feel it benefits the pastor or someone else (I’ve been there). We unashamedly express our arrogance towards ministry work.
Who are you really working for? Yourself or God? Never forget the talent was given to you by God to honour Him in the first place. Don’t be so caught up with exaltations from men that you loose sight of your purpose.
If your ego won’t allow you to do the work of God selflessly, honey let go of that position and allow someone else to bless the kingdom with their gift.
Also know that, it is not about the quantity of work you do for God, but the quality.
For instance doing charity work is great however it is the heart behind that counts. As a believer, it is ungodly for one to do charity work solely for the purpose of self recognition or fame. On the other hand, when one carries out the smallest kindness yet with a heart filled with love and to the glory of God, it automatically becomes a blessing.
“I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind. Even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings”.
Working in the Kingdom of God can be challenging at times hence why one must pray for strength daily. Feeling overwhelmed? That’s okay, just focus on loving God and you will be filled with the joy to do His work.
May we always work to the glory of God and not ourselves.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going” .
I’m praying for you.