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Against You??? (Hardly)

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“Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
Genesis 42:35-37

Have you ever looked at your circumstance and situation and thought every thing is surely working against me or at least going against what I planned and expected. You are probably right it is. However, if you are the redeemed of the Lord and you love, trust and obey him, then He is more than able and sure willing to flip things around and bring a smile to your face. The book of Romans says: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:27-29.

God is obligated to make sure things are tidied up for your good, simply because He has called you for his purposes. You were made to be a light to this generation and subsequently or simultaneously bring glory to His ever worthy name! Will the enemy cause havoc, heart ache and chaos? But of course, that is his job. But your job is to focus on the Faithful and True One and praise him as you go along.

Jacob (Israel) will eventually see that the temporary loss of his son was to fulfill thousands of years of prophecy. God had allowed Joseph to be a victim of his brothers envy and jealousy to make a way for the immigration of the Israelites to Egypt. This paved the way eventually for the ‘GREAT I AM’ to be introduced first to the Israelites through Moses and Aaron, their surrounding neighbours and enemies alike, and then the rest of the world. Then from the ‘plagues’ through to the Passover and the Exodus, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was God indeed!

So, I ask you; do you still feel disadvantaged? Hold on in faith and expectation and watch the Almighty God flip things in your favour.

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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!!!

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…

The INTOLERANCE of the TOLERATED

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Bible“If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervour at a white heat, it is concerning missions to the heathens.” (Charles Spurgeon)

It is easier to preach ‘to the choir’, or in a soup kitchen as you dish out food to the hungry. They are both compelled to listen and respond howbeit, dishonestly at times. The human nature responds well to familiarity (as in the choir) or when down-trodden (as in a down, out and helpless disposition – in the soup kitchen). The real test is in the reality of the world today. That is why God usually allows trials to humble us and get our attention. However, you need a special dose of anointing and Holy Ghost infused power to convince a human being who lacks nothing materially, physically or economically to name a few, that they are in dare need of a Savior and a life change. Or better still to approach and advocate for ruthless and rough gang members who could have snapped your neck in a minute… (CHIDIWE)

“In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.”  Mark 3:26-28

Imagine a world where every one spoke tongue-in-cheek, made all their comments and judgement behind closed doors and then cowered in fear when it came time to back their beliefs. My imagination would only run for two minutes before I throw up in disgust (please forgive the graphics). A former great nation is slip-sliding into a hopeless time of turmoil, travesty and torment, and those that have the resources, tip-toe around the real issue pointing fingers at the wrong people and topics. They know to exercise their powers at little defenseless people, but are nowhere to be found when the rubber-meets-the-road with the power brokers.

A very famous political Conservative Commentator’ died suddenly last week at a young age, his friends and foes alike had a remarkable amount of respect for him. Simply because he stood unflinchingly for what he believed. Most people did not agree with his conservative rhetoric. Even some so-called conservatives and christians whose boast is to bury their head in the sand and then pull it out to rant at random, thought he was boisterous. Really? Well I don’t know what his spiritual inclination was (saved or not). But for someone channeling the cause of conservative and moral issues in a nation bullied and dominated by liberalism and the ‘gospel of anything-goes’. I was grateful. You don’t see the people who you would expect to take a stand making any difference, they are all bunched and hurdled at the jury bench throwing darts.

While we the people of God are in the closet (praying), God forbid someone ventured into Hollywood to distribute Jesus, or stop by Washington to provoke a sense of accountability to truth and while they were at it, threw a ball of conviction into the basket ball court as they continued to score touch down for the name of Christ in the ‘American football field’. The closet crusaders will become all miffed and mangled in their hapless comments and powerless raves. As long as they are not comfortable with what is going on, or what is going on is beyond their sphere of influence then it is wrong. Those who claim to speak for God, should know about the heart of God and His revealed plan. And they sure should be able to raise some dust for what they want to represent. Doing this though, could crack many a picket fences.

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips (the Bible); meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 

About four days ago another believer in Jesus Christ, Kirk Cameron, a talented and fine actor (see ‘FIREPROOF’), a brother and a true crusader of the cross I might add simply stated what the word of God the Creator said. He as a Christian upheld and honored the word of God (the Bible). The Bible being the very foundation of his belief, he is entitled to quote it “in the land of the free”. All hell has broken loose again (it seems the hemlines (of hell) was not tightened from previous outrages). He has been bashed in the media, critiqued unfairly and ridiculed for believing and expressing what the Bible says. And all these done, by those that cry out about ‘intolerance’. Same was the fate of the beauty contestant Miss California 2009. Regardless of what you think of her and her mission then, the principle remains the same. She was beloved by the judges and on the verge of winning until she took a moral and an anti-liberal stand. I do not know what her status is right now, but I pray she does not change course due to popular pressure.

Remember the conservative commentator I talked about in an earlier paragraph; Here is a clip from his book that ran on his web site: The statement on his sites quoted the concluding passage from his book, Righteous Indignation

“I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and — famously — I enjoy making enemies. Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands — who knows? — of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night,” Breitbart wrote. The statement ended: “Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.”

I am in agreement, I could have made that statement myself. At the end of the day; it is peace and joy unspeakable in my heart. How refreshing to have had someone who even had the guts to propagate the fundamentals of a troubled and confused nation. He was and is not the Messiah, but the truth he believed, he fought for – simple! Yes there were controversies and accusations of inaccuracies, but what better side to err and falter on than that of conviction and righteousness. I like to know that some day the pursuit of liberalism and godlessness will not stifle my speech and worship in this country. We as Christians are mistaken, if at the end of the day we had no impact on the world at large as we cramp our ‘holy selves’ inside the church closet and play politics instead. If everyone else is free to promote their mission and agenda; we as lovers of Christ should be able to promote His plan on earth. “… Though none go with me, still I will follow”.

“Doin’ what I can with what I got.” (BG)

Today I take this course of action and rhetoric; because at one point or another, just like the Camerons, Prejeans and many more religious and political right-wingers.  I  too was ostracized and cut short in momentum for daring to bring conviction first to myself and later to the people and situation at hand. Occasionally, this still happens every now and later. I am received and beloved by skin and mind deep values and then dropped like ‘hot potato’ when I exalt the One who really rules and reigns in me. I am not the least bit intimidated to change course; CHRIST IS LORD and that settles it. Very soon and I mean sooner than we expect, every knee will bow to the soon coming King of all kings.

Make no mistake about it, the time is coming when your little secure arena of influence, religious or not, might become unlawful. When the very mention of truth and justice will instigate a riot. Are you ready? Or would you keep playing it safe, until ‘safe’ becomes endangered…

Let us pray.

THE RIDICULED, REVILED AND REPROACHED RELIGION

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A man is never more God conscious than when he is in touch with his humanity and relevant to his world. He is able to translate the in filling of the Holy Spirit to bread for those that hunger, light to those in darkness and salt for those on the verge of losing their thirst. Any other use of that revelation is ‘redundant religion’, confined to the four walls of the church and its only effect is the thumping behind the pulpit. Christ Himself inquired of the multitude, was accessible to them and then fed them… I have never been more aware (than at this time) of my inspiration which directives are from the Holy of holies’. CHIDIWE 

 “He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.” Mark 8:5-7

“He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.”
Deuteronomy 4:12-14

Domus Galilaeae Latin Ten Commandments.

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God Bless America,
Land that I love. (And land of my birth- Chidiwe)
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home  

Do these words sound familiar? Oh well, they are now fading sentiments, as America kicks and thumps her nose at the God on which she was founded and blessed. From the mockery of the Christian church and spiritual activities as was portrayed in an unnecessary and over-the-top performance in the GRAMMYS to the new show on T.V. that cast shame on being a Christian woman and even gone as far as rewriting the ‘Ten Commandments’.

Once when someone made a comment about Mohammed that was not in line with the Quran, all hell broke loose. A few burnt buildings, cars and flags later; the offender recanted. Right now we are in the throes of a riot and unrest because of the (unintentional) burning of the Quran in Afghanistan last month. Here are some of the headlines so far; (1) The recent burning of Qurans at a NATO base in Afghanistan involved five American servicemen and a local translator, according to a NATO official familiar with the investigations. The Qurans burned were among religious materials seized from a detainee facility at Bagram Airfield last week. Throngs of outraged Afghans took to the streets following the incident, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to apologize to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, calling the burning an inadvertent error. Furor over the burnings have fueled a string of protests and attacks that have left at least 39 people dead, including four American soldiers. Hundreds more have been wounded in the attacks. CNN (2) A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield on Monday, an attack the Taliban called revenge for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops there last month. CNN

Christians have their special guidelines from God re-written and mocked. The only person that even raised an eyebrow or moved a muscle as far as I know, was a councilman in Queens,  New York. He called for the show to be boycotted. While we have been subject to a certain sphere of influence and no further as some within and without the body might think, the bible is being ridiculed as Christians cower and shuffle in the closet for more prayer time. Which I must say serves as great convenience for the devil. That is as long as Christians remain in church comparing ‘holy notes’, then he (Satan) can saturate and do with the world whatever he wants sans interference.

Children are being taught ‘diversity ‘ in school alright, but it has nothing to do with accepting someone of a different race or economic disposition. Deafening silence. In California,  “where two or three are gathered…” is now against the law;  more silence and extra prayer time. I wonder what would have happened if when Jesus came into the temple as the people converted the house of God into a place of commerce, He had taken some more time to pray about the pigeons defiantly flying and flapping around the temple roof to avoid being sold. Or He had gone to the corner to find out what God would have Him do as the goats urinated on the altar, ate the ‘shew bread’ and bleated loudly in His (listening-to-God) ears.

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.” Matthew 21:12-14

I guess the religious leaders would have hung Phinehas for being overly zealous, even though that zeal of his, stayed a plague that had devoured almost 25,000 people. And in the end God had blessed him and made a ‘covenant of peace’ with him. The well-meaning conservative commentators that would attempt to make a difference regardless of their spiritual state are either shut down and criticized by the church itself or they are dead. Slowly but surely I as a lover of Jesus Christ have become a target and an endangered citizen. Anyone can take a swap at me, dishonor my beliefs, use my Saviours name in vain, mixed along with a string of profanities and go scott free…

“When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. ‘… Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped;  but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. The LORD said to Moses, Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal.” Numbers 25:7-12

Yes I am called to pray for my enemies, but what will it take for those that call themselves Christians to be proactive as opposing to sitting back as children are subject to try anything and experiment with everything to find their identity. Below find out the creed patterned after this new tv show titled GCB: Good Christian B—–. I hate to pollute my page with such travesty, but you have to see this to believe it. And if it just makes you shrug and move on to the next thing, then I suggest you check  the temperature of your ‘assumed’ relationship to Christ.

‘The Ten ‘GCB’ Commandment as recited and published by the new tv show: Thou shalt add bling to everything, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours husband… unless he’s really hot, Thou shalt love a C cup unless you fit into a D cup, Remember the spa and keep it holy, Thou shalt know it is wrong to expose your thong, Honor thy manis and pedis, Thou shalt not bear false designer labels, Thou shalt not wear it if it’s under a carat, Thou shalt match the volume of thy hair to the size of thy handbag, Thou shalt not mess with Texas.

That is what God’s Holy word has been reduced to. Since they did not want it in government buildings, classrooms and public places, they can re-write and irreverence it. This is exactly why the Lord is saying we have to permeate and saturate our society with Christ. If people are not beating down our doors to come and hear us in church, then we have to make sure our life and message is powerful and bears relevant light and salt to the world we live in (specifically).

Go ahead and chew on the messenger…

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine! 

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PEACE TREATY? (Not This Time…)

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“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Matthew 10:33-35

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”
Luke 12:50-52

I remember when I first read this scripture many, many years ago (well not that many, so don’t get carried away please). I was like ‘say what!’ the Prince of Peace came without His ‘peace portfolio’, we might have to shut down the United Nations/General Assembly and call it an onset of a life of woes and turmoil. Well those were my rampant and ‘hungry for knowledge’ thoughts, until the Lord of all Peace gave me an incredible revelation which became painfully real and personal to me might I add.

Let me take a paragraph and address an issue that just popped into my mind right now. I heard a bunch of people snickering about an incident they felt they were better qualified to handle. Maybe because the person God used shared a race, country, gender, ministry or what have you with them. So they humphed, rolled their eyes until they severed an optic nerve and waited with hands on their waist and a dangerous pose for the next windfall. Let me explain something to someone out there, if you notice in the first paragraph, I said that after God gave me the revelation it became personal. Meaning you will not see all that ‘heavenly secret’, without being tested on it. So next time you wish it were you getting attention, go back to the last thing God asked you to do in ‘1668, or 1984’ or maybe 2003 I don’t know. Did you do it and did the upheaval that comes with it hit your very existence, if not please take a tranquilizer (though I don’t condone the misuse of drugs, but at least this will get you of my back) and a back seat and ‘put a winter sock in it’. Every revelation and promotion from God will always hit you on a personal level. That is why I get overly excited and sick to the stomach when people attempt to preach what they know nothing about how be it practice it. Any way so much for a little detour, I shall return to my story.

Further down in the book of Matthew Chapter 10, the Lord goes farther to make a shocking and seemingly out of character statement. “For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” Matthew 10:34-36  At this point, I bet those who feel themselves more righteous than God will be in a tiff. How can God say that? Has He not called us to be peace makers? as in “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:8-10  Why then is he turning family members against each other. Surely we are to live peaceably and appeal to everything that moves and breathe. “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” Isaiah 48:21-22

Here is my personal story: I come from very large and extended families on both my parents respective sides.  Both my grandmothers were dearly adored by their husbands (my grandfathers). I guess the day they (my grandfathers) stopped loving their wives or treating them with care, God killed them (just saying…). See Abigail and Nabal (the fool). I never knew both my grandfathers, yet my maternal grandmother lived to be about 98 years, and my paternal grandmother is 100 plus in years and still kicking her lovely self along praise God! I had posted on my Facebook wall the other day, about the longevity in my genes and told them I would be around a very long time to keep crushing the ‘serpent’s head’. The response was sweet and overwhelming; they wanted me around for as long as I could and the Lord permitted. So if you are reading this now and disappointed that I will be around for the long hurl…

Anyway back to my family tree. I have a lot of  uncles and aunts biologically. Even though most of them have me marvel at the connection we might have. Of the troupe, I have four favorite uncles. They are favorite, just because they treat me like a princess, just like my daddy did. They are not favorite because of their achievements (though that be many), they are simply special because they make me feel that way. I love them, just like I did my daddy because they first loved me – simple! “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:18-20  Uncle H is fun-loving, a go getter, very family oriented and a hustler. He was my mother’s (self alloted)  body guard and brother (now he is mine). He studied Business and served as a Major in the US Army. When I am with him, it is grab it and I will pay for it baby! He still calls me his little girl. Uncle U is very gentle but effective non the less. He actually used to baby sit me when I was a very little girl. So more than most he knows what went down in my growing years. He is an incredible provider. A Chemical Engineer by profession he respects my daddy (his brother) a lot. Uncle E is like a daddy #2 to me, but he is mummy’s baby brother so that is not allowed traditionally. My father’s people are very sensitive about being overlooked when it comes to me. They feel that in the absence of daddy, the last name proves that they have to step up. Uncle E is a Medical Doctor, very well-known among  his peers. When I was in boarding school; he would turn our school ‘visiting days’ into a carnival. He would show up with the whole village lots of  food and a tent to see me and proudly proclaim, ‘anything for my lovely niece’. I was mortified at first, but learnt to appreciate his grand gesture of love. Last but not the least is Uncle S an Architectural PhD . Still thinks I am the little girl he used to log (carry on his shoulder) around many moons ago and always call me “mi nipote, amore mi’. He is very fluent in Italian and we like to talk about the rest of them when we are together!

About five (5) years ago, up until Thanksgiving week 2011, none of these Uncles were speaking with me. In fact they were so enraged that if you told them I was dying, they would probably be like ‘okay when?’ It was a very hard season to see these men whom I knew loved me dearly to be so incensed against me. What was the problem? The Gospel of Jesus Christ uncompromised and living for the glory of God. They were disgusted to say the least, and thought I was wasting my very talented and heavily awarded life. I was disgusted (then) too, but hey what could I do? Wrestle the God of the universe all night or for the rest of my life? Two of them were heavily invested in and part of a prestigious ‘Secret Society’, they were harder than every one else. One was in a cult and once told me he was more spiritual than I could ever dream to be as he almost burned down the house with his candles. Their absence in my life almost took a detrimental turn, but God held on to me. The devil being the opportunist and coward that he is moved in with such ferocity that I was convinced that God had given up on me. But God held on. I was so exhausted I became like a baby again. The Lord logged me around on His back changed my diapers and fed me oatmeal, since I was too tired to chew the bones I was already accustomed to chewing. I rested; and learned something new in that season.

There was a dying world out there that needed to see authenticity and Christ with arms and legs. Not a bunch of Church revelers and defrauders who felt they were exclusive to the rest of the world. So exclusive that their dealings always had to be ‘an unexplained mystery’ and a ‘picture of befuddlement’ which is a breathing ground for wickedness and sin. If as a minister and representative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, people cannot confidently say they know what you are about, then you are a fraud. The devil flourishes in darkness, confusion and religious exclusivity. Let the people see you practice and live out (for real not for stage) what you are professing. For example, the people around me, even strangers know what I am about. Yet I am a very private person. They are not likely to see me break out of the ‘fold of fellowship’ to sneak into a forbidden place. If I break out on my own, they will see where and what I am about even if I don’t indulge them in my minute by minute business.  

 In the book of Joshua, when all the enemies of Israel heard how God had fought for them; they joined forces with other enemies (“ites’) for a stronger army to be able to come against Israel. God still gave Israel the victory, whether they were plenty or few. But there was one way that tripped up the Israelites, and by that way they had moved away from God’s protective guidance. The Bible said when the Gibeonites heard how God had led Israel to defeat Jericho and Ai, they came by a ruse, disguise and craftiness to get Israel to fight their battles for the rest of their existence. “However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,  they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended.  They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy.  Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.” Joshua 9:3-13 It is much like a stranger getting you to agree to pay their debt for as long as both of you live and then it will be transfered to your descendants (the bondage never ends!). They said to Israel, we are one, by vocation, one by status, one by color, one by achievements, or one by alliance and goal. Make a pact with us, we are supposed to be together in this. We have the same title and curriculum, let us make a ‘peace treaty’. Beloved you know what happened, they did not ask the Lord and they ended up deceived and trapped for the rest of their lives. “The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.  Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.” Joshua 9:14-26  It may have looked like they were helping out or being kind. No, they had been played, and there was now a big ‘L’ sign on their forehead.

Earlier last month, my ‘spiritual’ uncle got plugged into the Kingdom of God and he is now the first in every prayer meeting. The other two that were in the ‘Secret Society’, are now on fire for Jesus that I can hardly keep up! All of our conversations now end with to God be the glory!!! Once again I am their little girl and we share a greater, stronger and eternal bond in Jesus Christ. It was worth the anguish. That I did not compromise Christ to get a cheap and fake peace. Any alliance, bond or union that does not have Jesus as the foundation, source and future is bound to fail. And in failing might serve as a major setback and bondage for all concerned. Watch that union…

“Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.” Joshua 9:16

“If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.”  Isaiah 48:17-19

Rocks of Refreshment (A flow from an unlikely source)

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Coool!

Between a rock and a hard place? We have all been there at some point or another, could still be there and/or getting ready to go there for a bout of hard knocks. We don’t have to wait or take an arduous journey from our hard places to be refreshed by God. He is so awesome, He can make the rock bleed water to refresh our battered and scorched souls. I was going through some old files and came across these. They are all mine , taken by me and copyrighted! Let the scenery refresh and ignite the hope in you that no matter what the daunting issue is, God is more than able to move, remove or liquefy your mountain. Hallelujah!!!

Rocky Refreshment

 “And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.”
Nehemiah 9:14-16

“And a man shall be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.”
Isaiah 32:1-3

An oasis

“Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?”
Jeremiah 18:13-15

“Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.”
Exodus 17:5-7

“And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.”
Numbers 20:10-12

Cooling cave

Solid and safe

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