A Designed Deficiency


You did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.
Isaiah 22:11

READ ISAIAH 22:8–11

There’s a natural spring that rises on the east side of the city of Jerusalem. In ancient times it was the city’s only water supply and was located outside the walls. Thus it was the point of Jerusalem’s greatest vulnerability. The exposed spring meant that the city, otherwise impenetrable, could be forced to surrender if an attacker were to divert or dam the spring.

King Hezekiah addressed this weakness by driving a tunnel through 1,750 feet of solid rock from the spring into the city where it flowed into the “Lower Pool” (see 2 Kings 20:20; 2 Chronicles 32:2-4). But in all of this, Hezekiah “did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago” (Isaiah 22:11). Planned what

God Himself “planned” the city of Jerusalem in such a way that its water supply was unprotected. The spring outside the wall was a constant reminder that the inhabitants of the city must depend solely on Him for their salvation

Can it be that our deficiencies exist for our good? Indeed, the apostle Paul said that he would “boast” in his limitations, because it was through weakness that the beauty and power of Jesus was seen in him (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Can we then regard each limitation as a gift that reveals God as our strength?

What are your deficiencies? How are they helping you gain trust in God?

By David H. Roper

Source : https://ourdailybread.ca/a-designed-deficiency/

REFLECT & PRAY

God, I’m weak. I pray that others would see that You are my strength.

MONEY CHANGERS

“Thou oughtest then to have put my money to the money-changers, and when I came I should have got what is mine with interest.” – Matthew 25:27 [DARBY]

These were the last words of the Master to the unfaithful servant in the parable of the talents.

BUT DO WE ALL HAVE TALENTS??
The bible says that when Christ ascended on high, He bestowed gifts on men (Eph. 4:8). This is not for some, but for men; all men. Even the laziest servant was given one. Every servant had a number of talents. These talents represent opportunities we have for us to use our abilities. Each and everyone have been assigned our ministries according to the abilities and gifts God has given us.
Our frame was moulded by the Great craftsman and we certainly sparkle the gifts that come down from the Father of lights (James 1:17). We are all lights and have that glow. The only question is “Are we using our rays? ”
Who are these “money changers” and what’s their role or essence in this transaction (in the use of our abilities, potentials and gifts)?

WHO ARE THEY?
Money changers are people who change a currency from one unit to another and make a profit as a result. In today’s setting we see them often at work when we want to change an amount of money from big units to lesser ones or from one denomination to another and vice versa. They may change $100 or ¢100. Occasionally, this transaction may end up as a loss for the client where the client may invest 100 and get 95 back, but it often ends up as a profit for both parties.
They are the Pastors, Music directors, life coaches, investors, entrepreneurs, and evangelists.
God, out of His infinite mercy, placed the money changers for this holy purpose; of converting gifts, talents and abilities we are not using to the benefit of others.

HOW TO TRADE WITH THE MONEY CHANGERS?
God’s gifts and callings for us are irrevocable (Rom 11:29). But in case you are genuinely not able to use these gifts you know are God-given, you must trade it with the money changers or else they’ll stand against you in judgment.
The key to ‘trading with the money changers’ is by “investing in others” and you do this by consulting these money changers who know the stock market best.
A money changer can help you convert your talent into a ready and useable form for the benefit of others without losing your value by connecting you to someone you can mentor or disciple.
The Musical Director can help you train others to be better singers. The Teacher or pastor can convert your fervency for prayer and Bible Study by helping you bring new converts to maturity. The Evangelist can convert the wealth you invest into a harvest of souls, and so on.
Whatever our talent is, there is a money changer we can trade with.
In the end, we may not be on stage and be directly ministering according to our talents, but we will still be doing same with many different bodies altogether. The currency and denomination of our monies will change but the value only increases when we trade with the money changers.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE TRADING OR YOU’VE ALREADY TRADED WITH THESE MONEY CHANGERS?
Someway somehow, we’ll all mentor people. Discipleship is all that ministry is about. In case we don’t want to invest with the money changers and really want to use these talents, what are the signs to guard against?
If you’re a writer and you realize you’ve started proofreading, editing and writing for others at the expense of writing by thy own name, then know for thy self that thou art trading with the money changers
Dear singer, when you stop leading and start backing or featuring in someone else’s songs, then know you’re trading with the money changers. In short, when you stop ‘doing’ and start investing, then you’re trading with these money changers. These are few signs.
Are you trading with the money changers?
Are you ready to use your talent (that gift)? If not, give it to the money changers

Written by Elson

THE SECRET PLACE

He that dwelleth in the SECRET PLACE of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalms 91:1 KJV

The secret place has been likened to a lot of things in recent times but one thing is certain; it is a place of intimacy. God commands us to come out from among them and be separate (2 Cor 6:17). The place of this separation is the place of secrecy.

WHAT IS IT??
It is a place of solitude.
It is a place of shelter.
It is a place of rest.
It is a place of God’s presence.
Jesus left men and went into a solitary place every morning to pray. The trek to the secret place starts with a solitary walk with God. Its a personal pursuit, that ends with a group procession.

WHAT HAPPENS AS WE ABIDE??
Usually nothing happens on the outside (physically) as we tarry, but as we abide in the secret place, it becomes a public place, so much so that wherever we go, the atmosphere changes. Some call it “carrying the presence of God” but it is just the results of abiding in the secret place for long.
As we continue in the secret place behind the veil, we’ll get to separate the physical secret place of fellowship from the spiritual, so that even though we may not be at our places of prayer, we can enter the secret place anytime and anywhere because we’ve found the route there.
We get to know that there’s no difference between the atmosphere of a prayer meeting and that of our kitchens. God’s Omnipresence is substituted for His Very Presence. Everywhere then becomes the secret place.
As you abide, just like Elijah, you’ll become conscious of the supernatural without having to physically see them.

WE HAVE COME TO MOUNT ZION
Hebrews 12:22 tells us about Mount Zion to make us “know” what is there and not to “see” what’s there. The writer wouldn’t have described what’s there if we could all see it. Mount Zion is the place of walking in the consciousness of God, and the heavenly host.
But what do we experience at Mount Sinai? Mount Sinai is the place of dramatic encounters. The place we hear and see God for ourselves and tremble. But as we get down from Mount Sinai, we must not refuse to walk in its consciousness.

THE SECRET PLACE IS OUR SOIL
We are like seeds. The soil of personal fellowship is what will make us sprout. Men may not see us as we’re planted in the earth nevertheless the more we remain in the soil, inevitably, we’ll sprout and men cannot but notice the change.
The secret place is our soil. The secret place is a little farther than a Bible study and prayer life.
We should not only visit the secret place frequently; we must abide there in order to ever grow.

Written By Elson

Got Questions: What Is The Gospel?

Question: “What is the gospel?”

Answer: The word gospel literally means “good news” and occurs 93 times in the Bible, exclusively in the New Testament. In Greek, it is the word euaggelion, from which we get our English words evangelist, evangel, and evangelical. The gospel is, broadly speaking, the whole of Scripture; more narrowly, the gospel is the good news concerning Christ and the way of salvation.

The key to understanding the gospel is to know why it’s good news. To do that, we must start with the bad news. The Old Testament Law was given to Israel during the time of Moses (Deuteronomy 5:1). The Law can be thought of as a measuring stick, and sin is anything that falls short of “perfect” according to that standard. The righteous requirement of the Law is so stringent that no human being could possibly follow it perfectly, in letter or in spirit. Despite our “goodness” or “badness” relative to each other, we are all in the same spiritual boat—we have sinned, and the punishment for sin is death, i.e. separation from God, the source of life (Romans 3:23). In order for us to go to heaven, God’s dwelling place and the realm of life and light, sin must be somehow removed or paid for. The Law established the fact that cleansing from sin can only happen through the bloody sacrifice of an innocent life (Hebrews 9:22).

The gospel involves Jesus’ death on the cross as the sin offering to fulfill the Law’s righteous requirement (Romans 8:3–4; Hebrews 10:5–10). Under the Law, animal sacrifices were offered year after year as a reminder of sin and a symbol of the coming sacrifice of Christ (Hebrews 10:3–4). When Christ offered Himself at Calvary, that symbol became a reality for all who would believe (Hebrews 10:11–18). The work of atonement is finished now, and that’s good news.

The gospel also involves Jesus’ resurrection on the third day. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25). The fact that Jesus conquered sin and death (sin’s penalty) is good news, indeed. The fact that He offers to share that victory with us is the greatest news of all (John 14:19).

The elements of the gospel are clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3–6, a key passage concerning the good news of God: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living.” Notice, first, that Paul “received” the gospel and then “passed it on”; this is a divine message, not a man-made invention. Second, the gospel is “of first importance.” Everywhere the apostles went, they preached the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Third, the message of the gospel is accompanied by proofs: Christ died for our sins (proved by His burial), and He rose again the third day (proved by the eyewitnesses). Fourth, all this was done “according to the Scriptures”; the theme of the whole Bible is the salvation of mankind through Christ. The Bible is the gospel.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is a bold message, and we are not ashamed of proclaiming it. It is a powerful message, because it is God’s good news. It is a saving message, the only thing that can truly reform the human heart. It is a universal message, for Jews and Gentiles both. And the gospel is received by faith; salvation is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8–9).

The gospel is the good news that God loves the world enough to give His only Son to die for our sin (John 3:16). The gospel is good news because our salvation and eternal life and home in heaven are guaranteed through Christ (John 14:1–4). “He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3–4).

The gospel is good news when we understand that we do not (and cannot) earn our salvation; the work of redemption and justification is complete, having been finished on the cross (John 19:30). Jesus is the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2). The gospel is the good news that we, who were once enemies of God, have been reconciled by the blood of Christ and adopted into the family of God (Romans 5:10; John 1:12). “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1). The gospel is the good news that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

To reject the gospel is to embrace the bad news. Condemnation before God is the result of a lack of faith in the Son of God, God’s only provision for salvation. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:17–18). God has given a doomed world good news: the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Recommended Resource: What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

Credit: Gotquestions.org

Effective Bible Study

My utmost desire and prayer is that these few words will help us read our Bibles effectively and enjoy it more as I have come to and our soul, mind, heart and strength be drenched in the presence of the lord even as we read.

Do take your time to read 🙂

Many of us, genuinely want to read our Bibles. We know the benefit of it; reading our Bibles have the ability to make us wise, teach us, rebuke us, correct us and train us in righteousness, so that we are thoroughly equipped for every good work. (See 2 Timothy 3:15-16)

The importance of an effective bible study, cannot be overemphasized but we do struggle to find our feet in this enormous book. This write up is one dear to my heart because the key to our growth as Christians lies in a quality Bible study. The keys to developing prayer, overcoming sin, fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, faith, hope, love and all Christian virtues are all clearly outlined in our bibles.

There are awesome bible study resources online and even applications on our mobile phones. I have tried most of them, from trying to read the bible in one year to countless other good bible plans to no avail. Why? It felt forced and not natural, I was gaining information but missing out on the most important aspect; fellowship with the Holy Spirit, experiencing the love of God and the grace of our lord Jesus Christ.

In my growth as a Christian, I have come to love my personal bible study now because of a wonderful truth I discovered in John 10, The Good Shepherd and his sheep.

Jesus Christ is our shepherd, and we are his sheep. Recognizing this is very key in our Christian walk. It helps us understand that we cannot lead our souls, Jesus is our soul’s trusted Lord.

 The one who enters by the gate is the Shepherd of the sheep. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10)

This scripture teaches us a lot about this shepherd-sheep relationship & the leadings of the Holy Spirit;

He calls out his own sheep by name, he leads them out, he goes on ahead of them and the role of the sheep is to follow.

Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near – We live and move in him, can’t get away from him. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

. (Acts 17:24-29, MSG paraphrase & NLT)

Picture this, in the morning you wake up your whole heart’s desire is to seek the Holy Spirit, you hear his voice and he leads you out; into his word, into his will, into his plans and into his heart. He gives you the direction you seek.

This year, I started a bible plan; The Bible in one year. It was not that smooth because all along the Holy Spirit wanted me to study the book of Colossians.It has been superb because I have been led me to various portions of scripture to help me better understand what Paul was telling the church in Colosse. In the end, I might end up reading the whole Bible.

The Holy Spirit is an amazing teacher, don’t miss out on the amazing time in God’s Word because you try to make sense of the bible according to your own terms and methods.

The leadings of the Holy Spirit coupled with all the good bible resources is a key in having an effective personal bible study.

 

 

God bless you and may the eyes of our understanding be enlightened;

CON.

WHEn I QUIt The EARTh – AAT

 

I live but to meet my end someday

When?……. I do not know. 

How?………I do not know.

Where?….. I do not know.

All I know is, I will quit this earth Someday.

When I quit the earth 

I shall never take

Things of silver and gold I make.

All that I cherish and hoard away

After I leave, on earth must stay.
Though I have toiled for a painting rare

To hang on my wall, I must leave it there.

Though I call it mine and boast its worth,

I must give it up when I quit the earth.
All that I gather and all that I keep

I must leave behind when I fall asleep and forget to wake up again.

And I wonder often, just what I shall own

In that other life, when I pass alone.
What shall He find and what shall He see

In the soul that answers the call for me?

Shall the great Judge learn, when my task is through,

That my soul had gathered some riches, too?

Or shall at the last, it be mine to find,

That all I had worked for I’d left behind?

             Colossians 3:2(KJV)

 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

AAT ~ To God, the glory be.