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Not Fooled and Not Bowed

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“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
1 Kings 19:17-19

By the anointing and enablement of the Most High God (God of Israel), Elijah had just accomplished a great feat for the kingdom of God. Four hundred and fifty prophets of baal had been put to an open shame. When it came time for the idol that the false prophets worshipped to come through for them, he was a no-show. Maybe he was tending to his needs in the lavatory. Makes me want to shout alleluia for serving a God Who neither slumbers nor sleeps and Who is always present. No sooner had the prophet of God Elijah dismissed his victory party, than Jezebel the queen threatened his very life. Elijah became distraught, fearful and ran for his life.

When Elijah got to the wilderness, he cried out to the Lord that he had enough and wanted to die. The man of God was tired discouraged and felt alone. With all those myriads of churning emotions, the prophet subsequently fell asleep. An angel of God woke him up twice, fed and strengthened him for the journey ahead. As God assured him that He still had faithful people who had not bowed to falsehood and idols, and who knew about Jezebel, her evil tactics and threats.

Thank God, we know how the story ends and what becomes of Jezebel and her household. Child of God are you weary, tired and feeling all alone in the ‘righteousness movement’? Know for sure that the Lord our God, He is God and there is none besides Him. And with Him are thousands of other faithful saints and warriors, who have not bowed. You can only be VICTORIOUS!!!

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NEW YEAR, NEW ERA, NEW METHODS…

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WELCOME TO THE SECOND YEAR AND PHASE OF ‘OFGODTHEGOSPELANNDGRACE’. THANK YOU FOR THE PAST YEAR AND THANK GOD FOR ALL HE DID. THOUGH THE JOURNEY CONTINUES AND THE INTENT REMAINS CHRIST EXALTING, THE METHOD AND MISSION IS SLIGHTLY ALTERED. ALL IN ALL THE AFTER TASTE LEFT IN OUR SPIRITUAL PALETTE WILL BE OF GOD THE GOSPEL AND DEFINITELY OF GRACE.

BE BLESSED AS WE JOURNEY TOGETHER MY FELLOW SOJOURNER.

CHIDIWE

The Memorable Memorial (A Piece of Flash back…)

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This section was culled from the original published May 9, 2011.

Glory to the most High God, for His faithfulness to His humble servant now in glory. “For those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.”  1 Samuel 2:30 (NASB).  We saw that portrayed in its entirety today.  What God sees in secret, he rewards openly. Not what is displayed openly is necessarily the real deal, but what is in the hidden man.  Not that we needed any further proof for the kind of person our Founding Pastor was. So we came in droves, the young and not so young, the rich, the poor, the exiled(they came because he had nothing to do with their exile, there was quite a number of them) the simple and the coiffed. They traveled as far as from Africa (shows you how color blind he was) to bid this beloved man adieu at least for now; till we meet again.

The packed auditoriums spoke volumes about how much this man was loved. People stood in line, prepared and geared for however long it would take to get in, honor the servant of God and pay their final respect to a righteous man indeed.  This man who ran his race by the grace of God and had everyone from his family, friends and the rest of us agree in unison, that he was a just man!

 

 

 

One Year ago…

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David Wilkerson during a Conference in Chile, 2008

David Wilkerson during a Conference in Chile, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One year, one memorable death, 180 posts and almost 26000 visitors!!!

OFGODTHEGOSPELANDGRACE will be one year this week. It has been a year of obedience, revelation, deliverance  and of course God‘s unfaltering faithfulness. I have always been a writer amongst other things. You can definitely call me ‘Jane of ten (10) trades and master of five (5) :). I remember that for a couple of months prior to the creation of this site, the Lord had been speaking to me about starting a blog. It was not for lack of what to write or how to construct the necessary sentences, but I was in need of a motivational jolt. That unfortunately came in form of a temporary and tragic occurrence. My dear pastor was killed in a tragic car accident and suddenly a surge of emotions triggered years of church and ministry. And with it came everything in between, imaginable and unimaginable.

This week will also mark a year that my Pastor went to be with Jesus. I was compelled to write two tributes to this Spiritual Fatherly figure, because of  how God had used him to frame my spiritual walk. He was not responsible for all of it, but a huge part of his gifts, insight and style will always be a part of me. For example; he was a very kind and understanding man but he firmly believed that sin needed to be dealt with and not brushed aside. He believed that man should put his complete trust in God and not flesh. In fact, I remember seeing him recoil or flinch ever so subtly when something was not a result of the Holy Ghost. I loved that attribute so much, I asked for it from the same God who gave it to Him. God warned that it would cost me; and it did cost me, but in the end I got it – Thank You Jesus!

When my Pastor died, I balked at the fact that there were so very few of him left and that the church age was going haywire. But God reminded me that David Wilkerson was a part of His work, just as I am a part of His work. He had not stopped working so I was to commence with what had been handed to me. I know of no better way for those that claim to love Pastor David Wilkerson to honor his memory than by upholding that which he upheld. He exalted Jesus above all and upheld the need for living righteously and seeking God’s will. Today I am blessed to know truth, and to stand for it! I am more assured and secure in who I am in Christ Jesus. I have been divinely kept and protected and the best is yet to come…

In the coming year, may ‘OFGODTHEGOSPELANDGRACE’ live up to its name and creed. Which is the LORD He is GOD indeed!!!

God bless you for visiting and reading.

The subsequent blogs are the archives of this beautiful past year.

The Real Picture of Humble (And The Typo in Pride)

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“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-8

When I was a tad bit younger than I am right now :), being ‘humble‘ was in the eyes and perception of the beholder and perceiver. It had absolutely nothing to do with the only ONE who would have the accurate definition. As the scripture verse above detects, the heart which is seen by God alone determines a person’s state of humility or the lack thereof.

So human beings chose to attribute humility to the person that least intimidated them. Or better still if you purposely chose tattered apparel over good existing ones and walked around with a mope, then you were humble. If you chose a state of misery with disregard to God’s offer of  ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’ and perpetually embraced a disposition of failure then you were humble.

“Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate…” Joel 2:12-14

Based on the above scenario; picture what could be attributed to someone who was the opposite of that description. The blessings and the favor of God on their life would be a constant  force of contention with those who had not learnt who they were in Christ Jesus. Their obedience to “… take no thought of what…” becomes disdained by others. Their desire to be all that the Lord has ordained for their life is described as pride…

“So that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Luke 2:34-36

Let us find out once and for all from God’s own words how to detect and promote humility while dealing a death-blow to pride in all its forms, camouflage and deceits.

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…”  2 Chronicles 16:8-10

“Has not my hand-made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
Isaiah 66:1-3

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-7

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord…” 1 Peter 3:14-16

“Acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:8-10

Now is that not a great promise to hope for…

PRAISE THE LORD!!! (2)

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1 Praise the LORD.

   Praise the LORD, my soul.

 2 I will praise the LORD all my life;
   I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, 
   whose hope is in the LORD their God.

 6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
   the sea, and everything in them—
   he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed

1 Praise the LORD.

   How good it is to sing praises to our God,
   how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
   his understanding has no limit.
6 The LORD sustains the humble
   but casts the wicked to the ground.

 7 Sing to the LORD with grateful praise;
   make music to our God on the harp

8 He covers the sky with clouds;
   he supplies the earth with rain
   and makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He provides food for the cattle
   and for the young ravens when they call.

 10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
   nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the LORD delights in those who fear him,
   who put their hope in his unfailing love.

 12 Extol the LORD, Jerusalem;
   praise your God, Zion.

 13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
   and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
   and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

1 Praise the LORD.

   Praise the LORD from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
   and you waters above the skies.

 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
   for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
   he issued a decree that will never pass away.

 7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
   you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
   stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
   small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
   you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
   old men and children.

 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn, 
   the praise of all his faithful servants,
   of Israel, the people close to his heart.

   Praise the LORD.

1 Praise the LORD.

   Sing to the LORD a new song,
   his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

 2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
   let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing
   and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD takes delight in his people;
   he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
   and sing for joy on their beds.

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Excuse me while I go dance for my God…

When God Repents (And A Prophet Cries)

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The arrogant and rebellious Saul:

10 Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: 11“I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.

 12Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”

 13When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.”

 14But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”

 15Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”

 16“Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.”

   “Tell me,” Saul replied.

 17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 19Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?”

 20 “But I did obey the LORD,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal.”

 22But Samuel replied:

   “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
   as much as in obeying the LORD?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
   and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
   and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
   he has rejected you as king.”

 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the LORD’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD.”

30 Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.” (Repentance or ‘saving face’?)

Samson and Delilah:

18 When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. 19 After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

 20Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”

   He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had left him.

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