Where Do You Belong?

Where Do You Belong?

Where Do You Belong?

Ten little Christians standing in a line,
One disliked the pastor, then there were nine.

Nine little Christians stayed up very late,
One slept in on Sunday, then there were eight.

Eight little Christians on their way to heaven,
One took the low road, then there were seven.

Seven little Christians chirping like chicks,
One disliked the music, then there were six.

Six little Christians seemed very much alive,
But one lost his interest, then there were five.

Five little Christians pulling for Heaven’s shore,
But one stopped to rest, then there were four.

Four little Christians, each busy as a bee,
One got her feelings hurt, then there were three.

Three little Christians knew what to do,
One joined the sports crowd, then there were two.

Two little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done,
Differed with each other, then there was one.

One little Christian can’t do much ’tis true;
Brought his friend to Bible study, then there were two.

Two earnest Christians, each won one more,
That doubled their number, then there were four.

Four sincere Christians worked early and late,
Each won another, then there were eight.

Eight little Christians, if they doubled as before,
In just a few short weeks, we’d have 1,024.

In this little jingle, there’s a lesson true,
You belong to the building or the wrecking crew.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.Matthew 28:19

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If You Know the Beginning

If You Know the Beginning

I know He is the beginning, so why do I worry about the end?
I know He is the creator, so why do I wonder who will destroy?
I know He has forgiven me, so why can’t I forgive myself?
I know He is a healer, so why do I speak of sickness?
I know He can do all things, so why do I say I can’t?
I know He will protect me, so why do I fear?
I know He will supply all my needs, so why can’t I wait?
I know He is my strength and my salvation, so why do I feel weak?
I know that everything and everyone has a season, so why when someone’s season is over do I weep instead of rejoice?
I know He is the right way, so why do I go the wrong way?
I know He is the light, so why do I choose to walk in darkness?
I know that whatever I ask of GOD, GOD will give me, so why am I scared to ask?
I know tomorrow is not promised, so why do I put off for tomorrow what I can do today?
I know that the truth shall make me free, so why do I continue to lie?
I know He gives us revelation knowledge and understanding, so why do I lean on my own understanding?
I know I should live in the spirit as well as walk in the spirit, so why do I choose to live in the spirit but walk in the flesh?
I know that when praises go up blessings come down, so why do I refuse to praise Him?
I know I am saved, so why do I refuse the word He has given me?
I know He has a plan for me, so why am I rushing it because I am eager to do His will, when it is His time not my time?

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.Matthew 13:58

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How Do You React When Hit By The Truth?

How Do You React When Hit By The Truth?

Below is a Daily Dew insight on the advised disposition to take when confronted by the truth, no matter how long you have lived or operated in error.

Now…Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses…Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes.2 Chronicles 34:14, 19

The passage above presents us with a scenario; the people of Israel and Judah had lived for so long without a knowledge of the commands of God. They had done things and inter-related the way they thought best for years without recourse to the tenets of God. To them, ignorance was indeed bliss.

Then, out of the blue, a priest stumbled on the Book of the Law, which they read and then realised that they had been living in error for so long and had severally offended God beyond endurance. They saw all the divine injunctions they were meant to live by in black and white as well as the specified retribution for violating them.

Meanwhile, once the contents of the Book of the Law was made known to King Josiah, he became broken and agitated, considering the number of years they had lived in impunity. He immediately sent emissaries to hear from God and make entreaties to Him, so that he and his people would not be consumed by wrath. When God saw his earnestness, He decided to suspend the judgement that was about to fall until later when he (Josiah) would have died.

The attitude of Josiah is our learning point today. His response, when he encountered the truth, was both spontaneous and instantaneous. There is no doubting his sincerity. He wanted to make amends immediately; he wanted to appease God and prevent a divine judgment from pouring upon his people.

The question is how do you respond/react when you are confronted with the truth about any aspect of your life? Do you become earnest enough to change your ways like King Josiah or you are the type that rationalises, excuses, jokes or explains their inabilities away?

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Has God Let You Down?

Has God Let You Down?

One day a local evangelist bragged during a crusade that his God was more powerful than all the other gods in the town and the powers that the villagers worshipped put together. Just then, rainstorm started sounding overhead, threatening the progress of the crusade.

The evangelist lifted up his voice and declared with confidence that if the rains fell, then he wasn’t a man of God; he would stop preaching. Before he finished speaking, the rains began to hit the crusade grounds so vehemently, without regard to his declarations. The whole town left the crusade ground for their houses, shaking their heads in dismay.

The evangelist, so distraught and angry, packed his belongings and left the town the next day. On his way through the next town, he checked into a local bar and drank himself to stupor. As he laid on the ground cursing God, an old seedy looking man tapped him gently on the shoulder.

“Man of God”, the old man began. But the evangelist quickly cut in, “Don’t mention the name of God to me. He is fake. He is unreliable. I am no longer a believer in this God. A God who chooses to disgrace his servants. Leave me alone!”

But the old man would not let him be. He continued, ”I am the fetish priest in the village you preached yesterday. During your one week stay in my village, you destroyed all the charms I had made on the people for 45 years. Your prayers and your words always came with some fearful fire and power. I tried so many times to eliminate you but I couldn’t. My last chance came yesterday. I had loaded my gun with gunpowder lying in wait on the mountaintop where I had a very clear view of you.

My plan was to shoot you from a distance since I couldn’t get close enough to you due to the fire around you. But just when I lifted the gun, the rains came from nowhere, wetting my gunpowder and covering you in a cloud so that I couldn’t even see you. All I saw was a bright man holding a sword in front of you.

I was so terrified. I concluded that your God was indeed all-powerful and Almighty. That is why I’ve been looking for you since then. I want to follow this your God!”

The ex-evangelist bowed his head in shame.

Sometimes, it is just wise for us to believe that our Father knows the way He is taking us. We should just trust His leading. Let our boast be in the Lord, not in ourselves. If we decree a thing and it doesn’t happen, let us not see it as disappointment or dishonour from the Father. Let us just believe that the Father wants His perfect will to be done in all things.

Meditation: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6

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How Not to Provoke God to Anger (4)

How Not to Provoke God to Anger (4)

Below is the final instalment on the series of how not to provoke God to anger to a devastating effect in our choices and doings.

…You provoke Me to wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have gone to dwell, that you may cut yourselves off and be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth? Jeremiah 44:8

Idolatry is another way by which we instigate the anger of God to a harmful effect. Now the Dictionary describes idolatry in two broad ways; on one hand, it is “the worship of idols or false gods”, which is a common definition. In a more contemporary term, idolatry is defined as “excessive admiration or love shown for somebody or something.”

The Israelites of old usually set themselves on a collision course with God by their habitual deviations to worship articles of gold whenever they were at ease. And God never took it kindly for once, neither did He leave them unpunished for such disregard, because He had drummed it into their hearing that He is a jealous God, who does not like to be undermined, ignored, denied or replaced.

In contemporary times, while there may not be a widespread practice of the first definition of idolatry whereby folks pay obeisance to idols of various forms – indeed, some still do out of ignorance; but it is a fading practice. However, the second definition of idolatry, which borders on ‘excessive admiration or love shown for somebody or something’ is what we need to be very careful about, so that we do not run afoul of God’s command.

Having created us for His own reasons – primary among which is to worship Him – God has the prerogative of discretion as to how we live and what we do. In fact, He has his opinion about everything we do; this we can only know when we take time to read the Bible and ask for His counsel. And, where the issue of worshipping idols is concerned, He clearly states that “you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God” (Deuteronomy 5:9).

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Prayer Changes Things

Prayer Changes Things

They say that prayer changes things; but does it REALLY change anything?

Oh yes! It really does!

 

Does prayer change your present situation or sudden circumstances?

No, not always, but it does change the way you look at those events.

 

Does prayer change your financial future?

No, not always, but it does change who you look to for meeting your daily needs.

 

Does prayer change shattered hearts or broken bodies?

No, not always, but it will change your source of strength and comfort.

 

Does prayer change your wants and desires?

No, not always, but it will change your wants into what God desires!

 

Does prayer change how you view the world?

No, not always, but it will change whose eyes you see the world through.

 

Does prayer change your regrets from the past?

No, not always, but it will change your hopes for the future!

 

Does prayer change the people around you?

No, not always, but it will change you – the problem isn’t always in others.

 

Does prayer change your life in ways you can’t explain?

Oh, yes, always! And it will change you from the inside out!

 

So does prayer REALLY change ANYTHING?

Yes! It REALLY does change EVERYTHING!

 

Meditation: Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. – James 5:17

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