God Guides

A tourist who chooses not to follow the tour guide soon finds himself lost in a strange city  – worse still he may end up in the wrong neighbourhood. A child who refuses to hold on to Mommy’s hand could end up reported missing in the evening news.  

The Holy Spirit is our guide and we cannot afford to go about our lives without His leading. Every day, He speaks, He directs.  

He spoke to Noah about the flood (Gen 6). He shared His plans with Abraham about Israel’s future (Gen 15:13-14) and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18). He gave Daniel a timeline of future world government. Jeremiah knew Israel would spend 70 years in captivity because God told him so. He also knew what he and the people of Israel were to during these 70 years in captivity.  

It’s only if you are seeking God, looking into His face that you can receive His instructions. You need to be alert, on the lookout for His next instruction. Be in a position where you can hear Him. God is not secretive – He talks. Are you listening?

  Further Reading (Psa 25:9; Psa 32:8; Isa 58:11; John 16:13).

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Why Worry?

Our situation doesn’t improve or get better by us worrying (Matt 6:27). All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]. Prov 15:15 AMP

Doctors usually encourage patients to have a positive outlook because the state of their heart can either speed up their recovery process or their downslide. A man that is sick and also battling condemnation is a man about to die. Proverbs 18:14 says, the spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

Whatever valley of the shadow of death you may be walking through today – make your heart glad by remembering the promises of the One called Faithful and True. The Almighty who says ALL things work together for your good.

Not One Jot, Not One Tittle

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved (Matt 5:18 NLT).

Time does not change, overrun or overcome what God has said. God is not a man, that he should lie…hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Num 23:19)

In the days of Joshua God said that Jericho should not be rebuilt..years later a man ventured to build Jericho in defiance and did it at the cost of his sons’ lives.

At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: “At the cost of his firstborn son he will lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest he will set up its gates” (Josh 6:26 NIV).

In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken by Joshua son of Nun (1 Kings 16:34 NIV).

This is not the time to scoff saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Remember that the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord WILL come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Pet 3:4,9,10).

Listen to God

In Exod the Israelites told Moses, “You speak to us and we’ll listen, but don’t have God speak to us or we’ll die” (Exod 20:19).

Today we have people who want their pastors to hear from God on their behalf. People wait in line after service just to ask their pastor, “Do you have a word for me?” Such people may soon end up in delusion because some men posing as servants of the Most High God are like Jeroboam I, with their own agenda.

Jeroboam made a fort at Shechem in the hills of Ephraim, and made that his headquarters. He also built a fort at Penuel. But then Jeroboam thought, “It won’t be long before the kingdom is reunited under David. As soon as these people resume worship at The Temple of GOD in Jerusalem, they’ll start thinking of Rehoboam king of Judah as their ruler. They’ll then kill me and go back to King Rehoboam.”

So the king came up with a plan: He made two golden calves. Then he announced, “It’s too much trouble for you to go to Jerusalem to worship. Look at these—the gods who brought you out of Egypt!” He put one calf in Bethel; the other he placed in Dan. This was blatant sin. Think of it—people traveling all the way to Dan to worship a calf! And that wasn’t the end of it. Jeroboam built forbidden shrines all over the place and recruited priests from wherever he could find them, regardless of whether they were fit for the job or not.

To top it off, he created a holy New Year festival to be held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month to replace the one in Judah, complete with worship offered on the Altar at Bethel and sacrificing before the calves he had set up there. He staffed Bethel with priests from the local shrines he had made. This was strictly his own idea to compete with the feast in Judah; and he carried it off with flair, a festival exclusively for Israel, Jeroboam himself leading the worship at the Altar   (1 Kings 12:25-33 MSG).

No man of God should take the place of the Holy Spirit in your life. Deuteronomy 4:33 shows that people survive encounters with God.

God is inviting you to come into His presence. He’s willing and ready to teach you His will. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psa 32:8 NLT).

Spend time with God today. He’s expecting you.

Live Intentionally

Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a cointerfeit] (1 Cor 9:24-27 AMP).

Hell wasn’t where the rich man in Luke 16 wanted to end up…but that’s where he ended up. His every day choices led him there…Why? Because he did not live intentionally.   God commands us to work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation (Phil 2:13 AMP).

Live intentionally. Jesus is coming back soon.

Discernment

Jesus said of the devil, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

In Matthew 4, Satan quoted from Psalm 91 when he tempted Jesus, but whatever he had to say was not God-breathed (inspired). Take heed how and what you hear. Even when what Satan says appears correct…Jesus says he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own.

In Acts 16, the girl possessed with the spirit of divination said these men are the servants of the Most High yet Paul was grieved. Why? What she said was correct – they were the servants of the Most High God.

God commands us to test every spirit. Prove all things. Take heed what and how you hear (1 John 4:1; 1Thess 5:21; Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18)

The gift of suspicion is not the gift of discerning of spirits. Everyone has the first only the Holy Spirit gives the latter.

Redeeming the Time

Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is (Eph 5:15-17 AMP).

In Lagos, a lot of man hours are spent daily in traffic. One of the ways to redeem time is to use time spent commuting daily to work or school reading books or listening to sermons stored on your phone (that is if you are not the one driving).

How do you redeem the time? Please share.

Knowing God

by Yewande Olamiju

As you start the 2nd month of this year, don’t fall again into the rut of merely following a list of dos-and-don’ts you read in the Bible.Why? Because…a written letter does not take the place of a relationship. Relationships are built on communication and interaction. Jesus said in John 17:3, “this is eternal life, that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” Apart from communion with Christ we can’t live (John 15:4).

The Israelites in the wilderness were satisfied with just hearing about God (much like reading His autobiography). They knew His acts but not His ways (Psa 103:7)…and we know how they ended. The Bible records that with many of them God was not well pleased. Be like Moses who longed to gaze into God’s face and not just read or hear about His mighty acts.

The Ephesian Church were good in doctrine but had left their first love, Jesus Christ (Rev 2:4, 6).

John 14:16; 15:26; 16:13 and 1 John 2:27 show that we need the Holy Spirit for every single area of our lives. Sometimes an option or a decision seems right but …there is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death (Prov 14:12 AMP). If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit is sayING (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13,22). What’s important is to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s those that are led by the Spirit of God that are the sons of God (Rom 8:14).

Jesus, the author and captain of our faith, was completely dependent on the Heavenly Father (John 5:30). Prov 3:5 says lean not on your own understanding…in ALL your ways acknowledge Him – care about what God thinks on every issue. Ask for His will.

God still speaks. He still leads. He still gives directions (Rom 8:14; 1 John 2:27 AMP, Amos 3:7 AMP).

Like Paul, our cry should daily be – that I may know Him (Phil 3:7-10).