‘And Israel and the Philistines put the battle in array, army against army.’ (1 Samuel 17:21 ASV)
Life and it’s abundance never come without a price. We pay for everything with or without our awareness. We spend energy when we walk, when we eat, when we work, when we talk, and even when we sleep because at that point in time we depend only on our breathe to keep us alive.
Apart from paying, we also have things that tend to work against us. Things or people that we may be aware of or not. Often we ask ourselves why we’ve got this sickness, why these persons hate us for no reason, why we cannot have the best we want, why others do not see us the way we feel we are.
We believe, personally that we deserve the best that life has to offer. We believe we are perfect. We believe that no else is like us and that we are geniuses.
One of the most annoying discoveries is that we do not expect to have enemies. What we have failed to understand is that there is no one on this Earth without someone or something working against him.
It is very sad BUT it is the bitter truth. We all have individual enemies and these do not necessarily have to be human beings. Like I stated before, enemies can come in form of terminal sicknesses, spiritual forces, inner struggles, depression, psychological traumas. Also without knowing, we can be OUR OWN ENEMIES!
God, too has His enemies. Satan is God’s number one enemy. Jesus Christ had countless enemies during His Earth ministry. Prophet Elijah had serious problems with Jezebel. Hannah’s closest enemy was Peninah. David struggled for long with King Saul. Moses was not exempted from Pharaoh’s wrath. Do we know that likewise a new born baby has his own enemy? There are those who will not want the child to be born in the first place, I mean those who wouldn’t want the child’s mother to be pregnant at all, not to talk of giving birth.
However there is GOOD NEWS!!!
There is nowhere in this world that it is known that DARKNESS ever triumph over the LIGHT. It does not matter the length of time, the LIGHT always overcome in the end. God remains forever GOD and unbeatable because He is GOD. Satan keeps trying but he always fail. He knew he is a failure who will never succeed but because of his pride, he does not want of give. And we know that the end of pride is destruction.
Just as the Israelites had victory over the Philistinians so also we will have victories over our enemies in Jesus name. We knew we wrestle not just with mere human being but also against spiritual evil forces. Where God intervenes, there is no evil forces that will not perish.
This is why we must not lose hope. We must never give up. We must maintain our confession in Christ Jesus. We must keep on believing. We must strengthen our faith in God through our earnest prayers and thanksgiving knowing without any single doubt that God will lift us, and help us win the battle against our enemies.
“And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do any obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.” 11 Samuel 15:5
Absalom was a typical example of deception. He did everything he could to overthrow his father, King David and of course, he succeeded. No one except his co-accomplished knew what was going on. He won the heart of every Israelite through kissing, comforting, counselling, and love, which I will refer to here as false love.
There are so many of Absalom here today. To you, they are the best candidates for any position. There is every possibility that people will end up referring to these people as their idols.
Examples of such are found in the presidential race, or any political positions. This is where people will do all they could to vote in someone because they have concluded that this person is going to solve their problem. At the end of the day, all these people would discover they made mistake voting for this person.
Deception is an invisible spirit. You may not believe this but it is a spirit in disguise. It comes to you without your awareness. And it comes through any means. It may be through women, men, animal or whatever. By the deception operates most using human being. This is why you have to be very alert in your Christian life.
It is not enough that you are a believer. You must embrace the Holy Spirit of God with all your heart and your soul. When the Spirit of God is fully in your life and directing you, He will help you to discern any spirit especially the spirit of deception.
There is surely no gain in falling through deception. It ruins life, destroy relationship and can kill as well. Absalom won over his father, David. But then, he did not live long. He died during war. If Absalom knew that his end would be that way, I am sure he would have done anything to avert it.
I would plead with you to avoid any form of deception you have or anyone want to bring you to. And for you to flee from this, please, be consistent in prayer, reading the bible and being in daily relationship with the Holy Spirit. Build your love for God!
I bet you don’t want to ruin your relationship with God. So be very, very, careful with whom you deal with, how you go about your life, to whom you discuss your life with, and what you yourself do with your life.
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves with one another, they do not show good sense” 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NRSV)
Everyone has some elements of pride within, and these show up often in many cases, such as when we achieved something remarkable, and we feel the need to show off, so that those around us can see us.
This is good to some limit, I mean to some point, because when a show off becomes too much, it leads to sin and of course many nasty reactions.
To be happy about something is great BUT to take pride in showing off is very bad. You are a Christian, and for this, your joy must be centred in the Lord, and whatever achievement you have in life, you must boast in the Lord about this.
When you get to the point that you begin to commend yourself, saying that you do all and achieve all by your own power, then indeed, and just like the last words of the verse states, YOU HAVE NO GOOD SENSE.
Learn to boast in the Lord; do not commend yourself to an extreme. Show to God that to Him be all the adoration and honour. He is the one who raises you. It is not by your power or self that you achieved your goal or whatever.
Without God by your side, I bet you wouldn’t have make it this far, so do not be so ungrateful but comment God and avoid boasting. It is not for the child of God.
“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous are taken away from calamity, and they enter into peace…” Isaiah 57:1-2a (NRSV)
It is not surprising that many people have no idea about the ways of God. They talk anyhow, insult God the way they want, and in fact, denounce the Lord, as they like.
When calamity comes, such as the earthquake in Haiti, you need to see and hear how people condemn God. Some said why did He allow this to happen. Some cursed Him. Others even got to the point where they said God is a cruel God.
I must tell you that apart from this, many people don’t even have any tangible relationship with God. They don’t believe He exists and for that, there is every notion that they use their months as they like.
In the face of disasters, it is not only the unbelievers that perish. The righteous ones go too. And for this, the question will be ‘ why must God allows His people to die?’
Please do not forget that God is not the author of confusion. He has no interest in anybody’s downfall. He is loving, caring, and always working for our own good.
It is only God who knows why the righteous must die alongside the unbelievers. Just as the sun, shines, the moon gives us light and the rain, falls upon the good, so also they fall and shine upon the bad.
In the world, the good and bad must live together, which is for the time being. And, It is God who decides.
Look at the verse in Isaiah, when the righteous are taken, you don’t need to ask God why. They are taken away, through any incident, by any forms, for their own sakes and it is for them to avoid future calamity.
Someone says, many believers die so early in their faith because if they don’t go away at that time, they may end up blaspheming in the future, and for them to return to God might take time, or they may never return.
I agree with this person. God sees us, He knows our hearts, and He knows what we are capable and incapable of doing. He will do anything to preserve our faiths in Him.
Many years ago, I had a very good sister and friend. She was a strong devotee, and I love her faith in the Lord. Then one day, she died. I, personally, did not understand why, until years on. And I just have to thank God she’s gone.
What if she’s still here, and then loses her salvation. God preserves her from future calamity.
Please, do not join the ignorant in questioning God. You do this at your own peril and of course, your own foolishness. God is not a dummy that He will not know what is happening.
The righteous ones die and go away for them to be at peace. They can go away in whatever forms, whatever means. It is God who knows why such paths are chosen.
Stop, I implore, stop questioning God.
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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” John 14:27 (NRSV)
Everybody is afraid! Believe it or not, the entire world is panicking! Every individual just want to find the meaning to the events happening around.
Have you ever heard someone says; ‘why is this happening?’ This is because many sad, worrisome events going on in the world, the earthquakes, the wars, the terrorism, the suicidal rates, the murders, and several crazy issues, are indeed, very scaring.
Often, if you are not careful, you will found your faith, shaking. It is normal because you are human. You have feelings, you understand everything, and you have the ability to discern between good and evil.
And Jesus Christ knows how much we are going to pass through on this earth; this is why He leaves us this beautiful assuring message in the verse above.
There is the world peace, such that your government promises (but never fulfil), the one from your social leaders, from your banks, your office, your clubs and lots of them, BUT the Peace that comes from God is completely the opposite.
When the Peace of God is upon your life, it surpasses all human understanding because everyone around you will see the impact of this Peace on you. The Peace of God is durable, comforting, assuring, and life changing. You won’t feel any fear, or worry about anything, because you have the assurance that God is in charge.
Don’t listen when you hear the entire world leaders coming together, in bide to bring world peace. This is just human arrangement, and no matter how they try, they will end up wasting so much time and energy for nothing.
Can you ask yourself; ‘what is the tangible result of last year Copenhagen Global Warming summit?’
Jesus says in the book of Saint John 14:30, (NRSV), “I will no longer talk much with you, FOR THE RULER OF THE WORLD IS COMING. He has no power over me.”
The attempt to find world peace is okay, but looking for such through 100% human effort, is entirely a waste of time. Every leader must come to realise how much the presence of God is needful right now.
We can’t bring in world peace all by our own human efforts, because the devil will not watch us succeed in that. Devil is the ruler of this world, and he is meant for destruction, for war, for bad, for sadness, for calamity. Nothing good comes from the devil. He hates peace so much that he would do anything; I mean absolutely all in his strength to eradicate peace. He is a creator of confusion.
We need God right now, to help us, to bring us His peace.
It’s so sad that the leaders overlook God in this current issues happening around. You can’t put God aside, and expect your situation to improve. It’s like filling up a basket with water.
What a depressing waste!
I repeat, forget about world peace! Come to God; ask Him to fill your life with His peace. Pray to Him, for you, for your loved ones, for your neighbours, for every area of your life. Don’t stress yourself about the issues going on right now, rather, be at Peace, do not be afraid, and do not panic, because with the Peace of God upon you, you have nothing to worry about.
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