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There should be no doubt that as long as you are in the confines of God’s grace,His favour is with you. With that, doubt your doubts.
When we remain abound to Him and His righteousness, every second is a time of favour. Favour while walking,favour working,favour in the bathroom,favour in class,favour…favour sleeping.favour everywhere.
The Lord finding favour with you is a great privilege that is unending and unbroken for even a second in His circles. Even through storms,favour is all around.
Surrounding you always is a rear guard of His glorious glory (Isaiah 52:12 & Isaiah 58:8).Before you is His faithful divine guidance that leads unto the very right decisions in times of dilemmas.
Isaiah 58:8-Then your salvation will come like the dawn,and your wounds will quickly heal.Your godliness will lead you forward,and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. (NLT)
His Holy Spirit gives you words to say at the very right time,and all we do is reminisce all these in awe. It is a great thing to have this knowledge of God’s presence in one’s life every time. And to know and have a confidence,brought up by faith,that God is with you. Like seriously,He is!!
Sometimes we don’t always have this confidence and knowledge. And we only come to see how not obvious it was much later,and we appreciate a divinity in action all through.
God’s favour on you is as everywhere as is God Himself. This could be a call to have an unending faith and trust in Him.
You don’t need God physically,or even His angels near you. You just need to look back and around and see Him through all that you could honestly say,”I don’t know how I went through this”.
Back up your present and future hope and trust on His past evidences of favour; with what you already can count on Him.
Isaiah 48:5-therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, “my idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them”.
His favour is true. His favour is right. His favour is faithful to the end.
It is, always. In small and big issues. His favour is true.
Even when it seems delayed,it is calling from somewhere. Only do not loosen you cords with God. (Though there is always a temptation to do so).
It was not very usual that David and his army be defeated. Though a time came when there was a series of defeats. But David worshipfully prayed in a way to imply that the same God who is allowing defeat is the same God who will later on give them success in battle. It was either God or God.
Psalm 60:9-10 -who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? Is it not you ,oh God,you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our enemies? ( NIV)
And when God calls in His favour on you,it will be a big time call. Believe Him.
This time round, Favour called me into the office!!
As long as it is His favour, let it call you wherever and through whatever and/or whomever. Only remain abound in Him.
Psalm 61:7 – May He be enthroned in God’s presence for ever,appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him. (NIV)
Neither is it black, white,purple,pink or your favourite colour.
And you could be wrong if all you have been doing is to look for the favour of God,apparently the one you are familiar with.
I want to remind you that our God is omniscient and at the same time diverse in how He brings forth His blessings to His beloved.
May be this is all the source of our hopelessness in certain times of ‘still waiting for God’. We are sure to be waiting for a miracle,a manifestation of God’s grace unto us in those situations and circumstances , but all we do is specify that it must be in such and such a way.
God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than ALL we can 1. Ask 2. Think. 3. Imagine.
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]–(AMP)
But come to think of it. Our thoughts are lower than our God’s. Our ways are much lower than our Lord’s. This is what He (God) constantly declares. And He remains true,always,to His word.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. AMP
So,sometimes all our expectations and ways are well calculated and even designed enough ,and we do not want anything else apart from whatever is so clear in our stubborn minds. Unless it is that which is in our limited mind,we are not gonna accept anything,and we feel let down to desperation.
God’s favour is just what it is. Coming through through thick when we expect the thins and through the thins when we expect it to come through the thicks. It is black when all we have been waiting for is white,and grey when we expected a white.
Other times it is exactly what we expected, and we find pleasure in this. Most of us are able to adjust in appreciation to such,and is understandable in our mortality.
But,could we be more mature in our faith and trust in God to wait for the Lord’s doing,in whichever way He does it for us?
Could this be what some of us,(actually all of us at least one time in life) be struggling with? Could this limitation be the main limiting factor for us to see God’s work and doing in our lives?
God’s favour could be exactly what you have been waiting about something.
God’s favour could not be exactly what you have been waiting about something.
But all of them have the same name,same description.
Joseph could not have believed the favour of God if he could have foreseen the brothers’ mistreatment, the pharaohs wife,the prison and all his predicament. You could argue that it was expected of him because he had had a good divine dream. But I believe not.
He must have been thinking that the favour of people kneeling before him in another different way. Completely. But that is exactly how God’s favour descended on him. Disguised in unexpected happenings.
So if you are waiting for God’s favour on and in your life about something, be sure not to be so limited,and worse,limiting God.
He is our innovative God. If He could call things into being? If he could create man from dust? If all he did was create a woman from a man’s rib?
He could just say “receive your sight!!”. When all you were keenly looking for is Him making some mud with his saliva and smearing it on your unopened eyes!!
He is this diverse.
We are that limited.
“God’s favour is not red in colour.”
More often than not you have had the rebuke,’devil you are a liar!’,in certain prayer gatherings. At least once, twice,severally or …just most of the time. Or you (like myself) may have used the innocent true statement in such and such situations. When we have wanted to let the devil ‘know’ his real position and attributes. A comfort in our situations,when done with a good understanding.
But little do we know that this is the offensive reaction we have before God in certain times. And in our day to day life activities. And in our walk with Christ.
John tells us that whenever we say we have no sin,we make out our Lord and God to be a liar.
Whenever we think we are sinless for the day,the offensive and blasphemous reaction loudly shouts.
Whenever ,in our evening prayers,just before resting in our beds,look back into the day that has been to see if there be any sin we need to confess and repent,and we find none,we curse God.
We mock Him.
We prove him wrong on His word and predictions of and about us.
We correct Him. We consider Him inaccurate.
We put Him in our long list of those we consider liars.
Truth is,we are sinners. It is proud of us whenever we look back and find no sin. It becomes offensive to God when we think or say how without sin we have been. Even if the analysis be for the past one hour or minute.
In our best righteousness, as far as we are mortals,as far as we are on earth and He is in heaven,as long as we shall be called men,are altogether sinful.
And we need to just do the needful. And the needful needs to recognize our sin and sinfulness as the first step. Confession. Repentance.
The moment the cycle fails to complete,breaks,or a step missed,it just emphasizes the original fact and truth-that so sinful are we! Always!
And therefore in our pursuit of righteousness,even for those who may be considered mature in the walk,the cycle has to be. Lest it is offensive to God.
1st John 1:10-If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Apart from making Him to be a liar,it just confirms the worst that would just be equal to the nonbelievers-that His word has no place in our hearts.
What is better to live for if His word is not in our hearts?
So,is ‘God you are a liar’ what is to continue coming from our mouths and hearts?
Sometimes I just wish that there was a sweet pleasant permanently effective syrup for every good thing that pleases the Lord.
But God’s grace is much more.
Everyone wishes to have a joyful life all the way. I do too. I have at times. Other times it has been extremely hard and has seemed so helpless to keep up with ‘be joyful always’.
Other times I have thought I was joyful,little did I know I was just happy and excited about certain things,and my ‘joy’ and hope is like led me to frustrations and more hopeless hopelessness.
Whoever has a complete joy must be joyful indeed. He should thank God from the beginning to the end.
Experiences of ‘when joy is incomplete’ are not the best to remember or to think of. Some of them are worse than some of the most sorrowful moments we encountered.
It is like ‘incomplete joy’ leads us to moments of negativity of the worst order. Everything,including the simplest happenings seem to go against us. And all things appear to work in synergy to frustrate our efforts to keep up with our search for joy.
They make us even rate our days not okay,moody,worst,ec cetera,and everything seems to have a don’t care attitude in how they deal with us.
The food falls from the spoon just while so near the mouth. The pen runs out of ink while making a letter which we thought could be life changing. The gas runs out before we are done with our recipe. Our best friend opts to move from next to us to the seat directly opposite,innocently complaining of excessive light coming in thro’ the window…
And we wonder whether all these things really know that we are having rough moments. So that they decide to add some salt to our fresh wounds.
Things that promised some relief get to a break and others to a stop and we have to struggle all over again to have this joy. A provision so sure is accompanied by a sickness in the family.
As in two or more parallel things happen too much and almost always,one that was meant to bring joy and another seems to bring your joy down.
When will this joy be complete?
We can tell when our joy has really been made or has just been complete,and,honestly,when we are struggling. Most definitely.
But,may the Spirit of God always give us joy. Joy is born of the spirit.It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
The fact that at times we struggle to enjoy joy does not cancel the fact that God is able to give a level of peace that surpasses the understanding of every man.
Like a bridegroom’s best man (Jn 3:29) whose joy is made complete when the bridegroom arrives,so is my prayer that we may always get complete joy.
John 15:11-I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
John 16:24-You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
1st Thessalonian 5:16-be joyful always.
Finally,I once thought that my teachers must have scored everything in their studies in the subjects they taught me. Until when I understood the system. And I realized that some even do a noble job to pressure students into working hard to attain certain high grades.
You could take me as the teacher.As you read this,you’re my student. I have not scored nor did I score everything in the subject of joy,nor have I,even at this time mastered it.
Still,I want us together by the grace given by our unfailing God,the keeper of promises and the giver of joy to find joy from the only Place it can be found and to be joyful always.
Romans 12:12- be joyful in hope,patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.
Divine favour,divine mercy,divine healing,divine help,ec cetera.You just want to bow,and let it be. It has nothing to do with you nor any body mortal.
If you are a beneficiary of any kind of these divines,your enemies have no say. Your closest friends have no explanation either. You also are left overwhelmed,and if you are the good kind, you can only give yourself to worship and praise in relief.
2nd Peter 1:3-New Living Translation
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
Because divine is just divine. No better words can replace anything described as divine. I am referring to the divinity of the only true God,creator and the Biblical faithful God;absolutely.
A divine ‘something’ can never be corrected. It is already perfect from the seat of mercy. You can never try fix your knowledge and think,’I wish it happened in such and such ways’.
You can also never attach a reason for its happening unless you want to say,’God is amazing,He only can know how he did it,and why’.
Dear fellow scientists, hear or see any divine thing,and bow. Specialist doctors (you are all amazing),hear of and witness divine healing,and instead of so much,go back to your office and rethink of the divine healer.
Dear seekers of sound doctrine and sobriety of scriptures ( I included),divine things have no explanation apart from,’this can only be the finger of God!’ Please don’t struggle against such,especially if you can already see it. Don’t let it prove you a fool.
Divine healing is real. Regardless of the so much drama that is prominent in most ‘healing services’. Divine favours are real,those that just seem to call you by name from their hiding places. Divine help in times of trouble and confusion is so real. Divine power is equally real.
Anything can be divine. From God. Including punishments, trouble and tribulations.
It all depends on which receiving end of the divinity you are. Both are perfect,and powerful too. Too bad if divine punishments, trouble and tribulations are directed towards you. Too blessed if the divine good come.
As you see,no better words can emphasize a divine happening. May be,”it is God!”as an answer comes closer.
Whenever you hear ‘divine’,let your knowledge and wisdom give way.
Isaiah 35:3-4 strengthen the feeble hands,steady the feet that give way;say to those with fearful hearts,”Be strong,do not fear;your God will come with vengeance;with divine retribution,He will come to save you”. (NIV).
Every day I wake up with a new complain. Before my worship ,I open up my eyes checking what has come into my ‘IN’ tray. And because I have already specified the ‘what should come’,worship fades away from my heart.
My prayer life quickly turns into a life of wishes. Wishes just made into ‘an unknown recipient’. Wishes just made into the thin air.
What I have claimed to be ‘biblical complaints’ and their justifications definitely do not give glory to you. I have found myself in doubtful moments. (Foolish me for the (justifiable-as I think) reasons of doubts).
I have heard my own self asking (an unknown recipient) whether it is life,fate,nature or God. Who of the four (as I have heard them differ) is in control. (What is nature just specifically?,what is life,if at all is in control?).
I have known that my moments are in your hands. Should I confirm one more time? Who is just in control?
I know that you do all things with a reason. Other times I wish I could know the reason for some happenings. (I am not sure how I would react-just may be, don’t allow me know).
Other times I feel like I could try my best to be a quick learner,that the period of these moments (which they say are learning moments) may reduce. (How do you determine when we are ready for an elevation and pass us through the ‘season of reasons’?)
Sometimes I quote the Jabez’ s prayer especially every time I want God to ‘act soonest’.
Other times when we think He has forgotten our service of Him in previous times,we claim the portion of Jabez with all expectancy. We even go an extra mile of repeating the specifics to God,at least to see if He would do something and intervene in our situations.
And it is not anything evil,or so I believe.
We turn our cries to a level of complaints. From,’if God you could only remember..’, to ‘why,oh God,can’t you remember…’. Our mortal language can even tell the difference. We don’t need the ‘language of the angels’.
I remember my very first days of faith. I remember the first condition of the kingdom. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all other things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God<sup class="footnote" value="[d]” style=”line-height: 0; color: rgb(255, 0, 0); font-family: serif; text-align: justify; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);”> above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT).
But seek ([z]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([aa]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [ab]taken together will be given you besides.(AMP).
May be this is what I have not been hearing in the midst of my loud noises of complaints. Or may be I forgot about the operating procedures and criteria of the kingdom.
Or may be I thought this was a principle for beginners in the kingdom,only.
I can never seek you and your kingdom enough. Having not, is the enough evidence.
I have never sought your kingdom and it’s righteousness enough ,if at all I will not continue to seek you daily,at least as long as I remain mortal. Good thing (or so unfortunately,) is that you never gave us a timeline of when we should seek these two,before adding us ‘everything else’.
So Dear Lord,you are still the king. My moments are in your hand.
Remind me that I haven’t gotten hold of the Kingdom as yet. I should seek you daily. I should not give myself a deadline. At the same time,I am waiting on You. Please help me.
You will find the story of Abimelech in both Genesis chapters 20 and 26 ;involving him and both Abraham and his son Isaac respectively.
He,most interestingly, engages himself with the two men,two consecutive generations in a single lineage ,in very similar encounters.
This is about taking away Abraham’s wife Sarah,and almost taking away Isaac’s wife Rebekah. The Bible’s most vivid reason for the wives being taken away,and these husbands risking death,is because the wives were beautiful!!
And each of these stories is most stunning,and we see the beautiful attribute of God where He keeps us from sinning,even as He demands us to be holy. Indeed,He is a God who is holy and a God who sanctifies us! (Leviticus 20:8).
But,apart from these most curiosity-building stories, Abimelech exhibits something that I could not just miss. That was so much to just relate. This is between him and Isaac.
Isaac,after a decree of protection from this same king,was blessed by God,even much exceedingly. He harvested a hundredfold of what he planted. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him.
Remember this is in an alien land,where God had instructed him not to move;similar commands given to his father.
And Abimelech, a king,could not bear the excessive wealth. I imagine that for the king to be so much intimidated and insecure,Isaac must have been richer than the government.
Genesis 26:11-17 Then Abimelech issued a public proclamation: “Anyone who touches this man or his wife will be put to death!”12 When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. 14 He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. 15 So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.16 Finally, Abimelech ordered Isaac to leave the country. “Go somewhere else,” he said, “for you have become too powerful for us. 17 So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. (NLT)
The money power. I imagine a powerful kingdom without financial power. I imagine a powerful king without financial power. This would be a frail king. An ideal one,somewhere in an unimaginable world;or is it an only imagined world.
Show me a powerful person without a commanding wealth and I will show you a non-existent world in which he exists. Show me a powerful kingdom without money,and I will show you an ideal empire.
King Abimelech could not have been without wealth. Only that the Isaac exceeded what he and his kingdom had,most predictively. He could not have beared with him lest he could be the king,may be by the citizens. He sent him away.
The order of this world has a pattern that allows wealthy people to have some power and influence over the less wealthy. True thing is that money and wealth bestows power. May be come to think of it. What is the basis of the world super power countries?
This,if not well taken care of is dangerous,and much more to those redeemed. To us the Christians. Wealth power makes even the anointed of God who are not as well privileged to be less respected. And even much more dangerous,have less worth of themselves,because ‘the Isaacs they shepherd are more powerful’.
When anointed intercessors look at their power in the mirror of the world’s wealth power,they can’t engage in the next scheduled prayer. How can they? This is how they,if not careful,will find themselves calculating their worth.
How will the Christians remain unashamed of the gospel of Christ which is the power of God before those who do not believe,yet they are less worldly-powerful?
How will the Abimelech’s syndrome,if not carefully observed, allow a minister proclaim without fear the gospel to those powerful than he is?
This that I choose to call Abimelech’s syndrome is so real in our midst as believers. I choose not to ignore.
Money-power,however much is a top unit of measurement should not be a hindrance in our costly faith. The faith that cost somebody’s life.
Life-power,I believe,is more powerful. However,may be that could be a good reason where the apostles always encouraged the ministers to work with their hands and not so much depend on their flocks.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
But,let’s beware of the syndrome similar to king Abimelech’s.
Do not switch churches because the rest are more financially powerful than you are. Do not plan to not go for that prayer meeting. Preach the word to even the worldly powerful.
Do not trade your inner power with the money-power. Money power is there. But the grace-power is there too.
If you ever feel a sense of confidence (though is also human),only in moments of this kind of power, that moment you can as well stand as the rest,that end month when the salary has been deposited in your account,that time you get a better paying job,that time you have better grades and when your children are doing better;and you find a fluctuating attitude in opposite moments as these,you could be suffering from this syndrome. The ‘good’ moments could be moments of self pride.
Do not send the good,harmless Isaac away.