Wondering or Pondering?

I’ve been pondering on the scripture we read as a family last night in Luke 2. It was recorded twice in two different circumstances that Mary “….kept these things in her heart” Luke 2:18-19 and Luke 2:51. Hmm… what a woman worthy of emulation who kept good things in her heart, pondered and acted on them with love. Where others were busy wondering, she was busy pondering. Imagine if she had kept the ‘not-too-good’ stuff in her heart, it would have exploded when Jesus was a boy and went missing in Luke 2:46-51 . What do you think her reaction would have been? Or maybe when Jesus said, ‘Behold my mother and my brethren!’ when he was told that his mother and brothers were looking for him? Mark 3:31-35. Doesn’t it sound insultive? Not to Mary! Sometimes I tend to overreact and think beyond what I ought not to and I know this happens to you too sometimes. Or maybe you’re just like Mary? Thank God for your life. But for me, I’m still working on it.

Remember what we need to think of in Philippians 4:8, “… whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report ….. think on these things”. We are encouraged not to keep grudges, gossips and negative thoughts within but to meditate on His word. Sis, please rise from the wondering level to the pondering level and I believe the Lord will help us all.

My break time is almost over and I need to zoom off now. Shalom.

Prayer 1: Father, I ask for your mercy now. Forgive me of any filthiness within my heart that might hinder your pure love from flowing through me in Jesus’ name.

Prayer 2: I release my thoughts, mind and heart to the Holy Spirit to restructure and remould into the perfect image of God. I put every negative thought under subjection now in the name of Jesus.

 

Procrastination is…

“I’ll do that later”. Does that sound familiar? “Procrastination is the thief of time” says Edward Young (1683-1765). This intelligent man also quoted the popular saying, “Be wise with speed. A fool at forty is a fool indeed”. Wow…this is what I call HEAVY WORD!!! After I had Rebecca (my first child) in 2005, I thought to myself, “I need to start some postnatal exercises to get my tummy back.” Guess what happened? After 5 good years, I’m still dilly-dallying. I’ve read the postnatal handbook over and over and …..over again, that I know exactly what to do but didn’t do it. I can almost hear you say, “guilty”. We are all guilty of these things in one form or the other. I rose up this morning and started the tummy muscle stuff. “Easy peasy lemon squeezy”, I thought aloud. No wonder some mothers have flat tummies few months after giving birth. Did I hear you say “Liposuction”? Not at all. I mean non-celebrities that discipline themselves to do exercises. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to continue till my desired change comes.

There’s great harm in delay. Little wonder Jesus talked about settling scores with our brothers/sisters as a matter of urgency before offering ANY gifts at the altar (Matthew 5:23-24). Also, we must deal with our anger as quickly as possible before the sun goes down (Ephesians 4:26)

James 4:13-14 and Hebrews 3:12-15 explain it more. Take that first step like a child learning to walk and start that exercise too. Or maybe yours is a business proposal you’ve suspended for too long, or that career upgrade you talked about and you kept thinking of the perfect timing for years, or that visit or call to a friend you haven’t seen in a while or maybe a change in your diet that has tarried for too long. Have you made up your mind to witness to someone close but haven’t got the courage to do so? Have you heard the gospel several times and you concluded that there’s still time? Or have you been invited to worship your Maker in a church but you have decided to make the money first and when you retire, you’ll have all the time to serve God. Hmm… remember He is the Potter and you are the clay. He can do and undo!!! Wake up bro, arise sis, take the bull by the horn because time waits for no man.

How time flies!!! Ahh.. It’s almost bible study time. I mustn’t fall victim of procrastination this time. I think I must stop because I’ve got some cooking to do. Shalom!!!

Prayer 1: Holy Spirit, my Counsellor and Teacher, please teach me how to set my priorities right. I also receive courage to face and defeat that giant of procrastination. I submit my will to you in Jesus’ name.

 

……..Bad Company Corrupts…

Did I hear you echo “…good manners”? Definitely, bad company corrupts good manners. I just finished discussing with someone over the phone about a heart-aching situation. At the end of this mind-blowing discussion, this old English proverb came flooding into my mind and kept re-echoing deep down in my spirit. My heart was so heavy that I had to check it up online if it was an English proverb or a biblical proverb. Here! It’s actually both secularly and biblically correct. I guess that makes it also politically correct. (1 Corinthians 15:33) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners [New Scofield: Evil company corrupts good morals; RSV: Bad company ruins good morals]. Another English proverb says it in another form “Better be alone than in bad company”. So whichever way you look at it, we all need to choose a friend, mentor, partner, buddy, amigos, allies, chum, mate, pal, acquaintance –or whatever word you decide to use- with great care. I haven’t got a formula for that, but you know from within you when you are being led into morally unacceptable principles that struggle with the truth within you. Since when is fornication or adultery an acceptable way of life? Hmm… run for your dear life, from unfriendly friends and from the snares of the devil because you need not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy to get you entangled in his web. Others might do things unpleasant to the ears and escape but I assure you that when you try it, it back-fires. We are all unique beings. Bad company is likened to a little leaven that leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:7-9) and like a word that eats as a canker (2 Timothy 2:16-18). It is that strong force that encourages a youth to carry knife around and commit crime undermining the consequences. It is what makes a child bully another helpless child just for the fun of it.

Sup with the devil with a long spoon means if you keep bad company you will need to be on your guard. Sharing a meal with someone usually means you are already on quite good terms with them or that you want to get to know them better. If you agree to partake of the devil’s hospitality, you are on dangerous ground and need to beware. The reference to a long spoon is obscure; probably it emphasizes the distance it is necessary to keep from the potent contamination of the devil. The proverb was current in the fourteenth century. From the “Dictionary of Proverbs and their Origins” by Linda and Roger Flavell (Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 1993).

Are you entangled in this mess already, are you contemplating compromising that moral standard you have kept for years or you have a close friend in the web of a bad company, please take that bold step without giving it a second thought. Seek counsel from the Holy Spirit on how to break the bond amicably. Remember that it was a company of strange women that led Solomon- the wisest man that ever lived- into a shadow of himself ( 1 Kings 11:1-4, Nehemiah 13:23-27) when he disobeyed God’s instruction in Deuteronomy 7:1-4. The ball is in your court so play it well. Proverbs 13:20-He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. You must not take it lightly at all. Deuteronomy 7:1-4 tells you how to deal with it. Don’t have mercy on bad pals. You can’t afford to trade your relationship with your Saviour for a temporary bowl of pottage. Don’t get me wrong. You cannot be a hermit or an island. The only business you have with bad company is witnessing through your lifestyle and not being deceived into joining the band wagon heading for a damned destination. Also, this has nothing to do with marriage because this is a ‘for better for worse affair’. That is why you needed to have prayed and be convinced before getting into a marriage relationship. Beloved, don’t be companions of those who say “if you can’t beat them join them”. If you join them you will be doomed..oops! Have you been a victim of bad company, you have an opportunity to come before the throne of mercy to ask for forgiveness. His alms are always open wide to receive you. Help someone today with prayers and godly counsels.

In summary, Leviticus 25:18, Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgements, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. Why try having dinner with the devil in the first place?

Prayer 1: I receive grace and wisdom to recognise unfriendly friends in Jesus’ name.

Prayer 2: Lord, connect me to friends who will link me up to my destiny in Jesus’ name

 

……..Who Was Called Barren…

We just finished reading Luke 1: 1-38 for our night prayer. Verse 36b-37 says of Elizabeth in her old age, “and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible”. My heart goes out to anyone who has been called barren, childless, sterile, unfruitful, unproductive, empty etc. This is a name given by humans and not by God because right from the foundation of the earth, in Genesis 1: 28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”.

That name has to change for He is the unchangeable Changer who renames Mrs Impossibility to Mrs Possibility. The unfailing Word of the Almighty God says in Psalm 113:9, “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD”. Exodus 23:26 confirms the message of the ever-living King to you that “There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil.” He is ready to give you fulfilment. With God ALL things are possible. Impossibility is not in His dictionary. I mean, childlessness in not an option for you. It goes on further in Deuteronomy 7:14 to say, “Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.” This applies to males and females, animals or humans. There is nothing new under the sun. A man can be impotent but the Omnipotent can turn the story around and Mr Impotent can become Mr Potent. You might say, “What does she know?”, “Do you know how many mighty men of God that have laid hands on me?”, “I have seen the best of the best medical consultants” and the list of all the efforts you have made in the past flows to your memory. You might be right. I don’t know all of these men you have talked about but I know the one who has attended to worse or similar cases in the bible. Out of the seven barren women (Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Samson’s mother, Hannah, Michal and Elizabeth) recorded in the Bible, only Michal, David’s first wife, remained barren. Others had their names changed. Michal’s case was an exception because she brought this upon herself (2 Samuel 6:20-23)

The Lord God who is faithful to His promise says in Isaiah 62:2b,”and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name”. Don’t let your case be an exception. You’ve got the time to turn things around by asking the merciful God to show you mercy as you confess your sins. Get a constant prayer partner today who will be there to encourage you and seek the face of God with you in prayers. He has done it before, He is doing it in our days and HE CAN DO IT AGAIN!!!

Prayer 1: Lord, just as you proved yourself in time past in the lives of your children, make me another showcase of what you can do in Jesus’ name.

Prayer 2: I decree today that I am called Fruitful, A Joyful Mother of Children and A Mother of Generations in Jesus name.

Prayer 3: My case shall not be an exception because I have been crucified with Christ and I bear upon my body the mark of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am free from the curse of the law or from any inherited problem in the name of Jesus.