Connected Quotes: Finding favor from God

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn ( Proverbs 12: 2, NKJV)

for

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
But trouble will come to him who seeks evil (Proverbs 11: 27, NKJV)

therefore

Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God…(Proverbs 3:3-4)

and also, get wisdom

for

For whoever finds me(wisdom) finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord (Proverbs 8:35)

Finally

Don’t forget, that

He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22)

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Source; https://viva-naija.com/he-who-finds-a-wife/

 

Related article:

Scriptures on the favor of God: http://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2016/04/scriptures-on-the-favor-of-god/

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Connected Quotes: Christianity and Wealth

The bible says;

The blessing from the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to it (Prov.10:22 NET).
The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself (Proverbs 11 vrs 25 NKJV)

He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 10:4 NKJV)

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Source: https://steemit.com/life/@kentura/difference-between-the-rich-and-the-poor-on-steemit

However,

A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him (Proverbs 28: 22 NKJV).

For

…he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished (Proverbs 28:20 NKJV).

True Humility???

 

Like many Christians, I guess, I have had the question of what ”true humility” is on my mind for a while now. One interesting part of this question has been the fact that I have always taught to myself that the answer laid somewhere in the lines of Philippians 2 verses 5-8

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

But yet,

I was never sufficiently satisfied with the answer in its plain texts, that is

God

Lowering himself to the state of man (servant)

Dying the death of a cursed man (Gal 3:13)

The same text in January, 2018 however took on a deeper meaning to me;

It was not just the death of a cursed man but it was an unjust humiliation of a sinless Son of God, for an offence he did not commit but was willing to bear “silently” (Acts 8; 32) for the purpose of God.  Eureka!, I said to myself (or at least I feel more satisfied now).

True Humility is the willingness to endure unjust humiliation (without murmuring) for the sake of God (or His is purpose).

This is what I found. I will be glad to know what you have found.

Happy New year!!!

Acquiring Divine wisdom

In the book, The Extraordinary Gentleman: A Handbook for Christian Men , we discuss the interesting concept of the various stages of a man’s life. This article is intended to focus on one key ingredient that a man’s life must have at stage forty (not age forty); and that key ingredient is Wisdom. To give you a little background, the book discusses stage forty as the stage in a man’s life when a man would have demonstrated to himself, his ability to conquer. A man at stage forty will therefore be willing to take on bigger challenges and move from conquering goals he has set for himself to conquering goals set by society. Responsibility to society is therefore attracted to stage forty. The book therefore argues that, wisdom is an important ingredient at stage forty especially in selecting goals that are worthy of pursuit.

Wisdom, the book argues, is of three kinds, divine wisdom (Jas 3:17), human wisdom (1 Co 2:5) and devilish wisdom (Jas 3:15). Divine wisdom refers to knowledge of the will of God for the moment and the situation. Devilish wisdom is wisdom that opposes divine wisdom. Human wisdom is knowledge of the current state of human learning and experience considered appropriate for the moment and the situation.

Divine and devilish wisdom are independent of each other; however, every piece of human wisdom is influenced at any moment in time by either divine wisdom or devilish wisdom. Therefore, human wisdom can either be divinely or devilishly inspired.

According to the book, at forty, a man should have gathered adequate human learning (from stage twenty) and experience (from stage thirty) to make wise judgement in moments and situations. However, at every moment of decision making where there is a clash between human and divine wisdom, divine wisdom must prevail.

How then can a man acquire divine wisdom?

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The first source is through the word of God. As the bible says, the entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:30, NKJV). Or in a more interpretive language, Your instructions are a doorway through which light shines. They give insight to the untrained (Psalm 119: 130, NET).  The bible also says, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (119: 105, KJV). Essentially, the word of God gives at its entrance, light that   indicates to a man, his current position (lamp unto my feet) in life or in a situation and what lies ahead of him (light unto my path). Additionally, the word has the ability to equip the naive or inexperienced man with insight into matters that he is confronted with.

To put it into more details, the bible says in Psalm 119 vrs 98-100, Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for I am always aware of them. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your rules. I am more discerning than those older than I, for I observe your precepts (NET). In essence, reading, meditating on and observing the word of God are key sources of divine wisdom.

The word of God is therefore able to equip you with the wisdom that is needed to excel as a man.

The Four Types of Friends; Confidants, Constituents, Comrades and Commanders.

People that come into our lives or people we choose to be part of our lives are chiefly of four kinds; Confidants, Constituents, Comrades and Commanders (the first three were proposed by Bishop TD Jakes).

 

Confidants are people who are around you because they are into you. They buy into you as a person and therefore are willing to be by your side whether you are up or down, in victory or defeated, right or wrong. They are however wise enough to tell you when you are wrong.

Constituents on the other hand, are those who are around you because they are for what you are for. They are people pursuing the same destination that you are pursuing, are going the same place you are going and are therefore travelling the same path you are travelling. They are only with you because you both have the same destination in mind.

Commanders on their part, are in your life because you have a resource that can take them to where they are going. They are not in your life because you are going where they are going but because you have a resource or skill that they consider important in helping them arrive at their destination.

Comrades, finally, are those who are around you because they are against what you are against. They are those who are around you because you share the same enemy. They are only with you to see the greater enemy fall. As T.D. Jakes describes it, they are like scaffolding that is put in place to put up a building. Once the building is done, the scaffolding is removed. Once the enemy is down the comrades leave.

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Unlike Comrades, the Confidants as T.D Jakes puts it, are in for the long-haul. They are there to be with you, in essence, to the end of your life. They are not in your life to help with a particularly defined ‘mission’ but have come into your life because they have bought into you as a person. Constituents on the other hand are in your life because you are going where they are going and when they find somebody else or something else that promises to take them there faster than you, they will leave you for that person or something. Like Constituents, Commanders leave you when they find someone or something that promises to take them to their destination faster than you would. They may also leave you when they no longer need your resource or have found a resource of higher quality elsewhere. A key characteristic of Commanders is the loyalty they require and from you at the time they need your resource.

Wisdom, is to be able to categorize your friends or the people around into Confidants, Constituents, Comrades and Commanders, to love all of them as God has commanded us (Matt. 22:39) and to handle them as their categorizations demand.

Comrades are with you until the enemy is brought down, so be ready to let go of them in love when that time comes. Constituents will leave you when somebody or something better comes their way; no matter the time in your life that may be. Therefore, do not build your life plan around them. Commanders will demand your loyalty at the time they need you, your duty is check if they are entitled to it. If they are, be a faithful servant (1Peter 2:18). If they are not, give off your time and resource, only what you are willing to give them out of love. Confidants however, are in for you, so the only time they may leave you is when they cannot have sufficient supply of you or your friendship. Therefore, do not neglect your Confidants.

 

When God is a “blind man”

There is an African proverb that says this;

“if a blind man tells you that he will throw a stone at you, he probably has his foot on one”

When it comes to faith, we do not have to worry about how God will be able to do what He says he will do.

He is

Omnipotent

Omnipresent

Omniscient

And,

He is

Able to do far more than you can ever think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)

We just have to believe!

Or on a less serious note,

If God says He will throw a stone at you, He surely has his foot on one.

Blessed day!!!

When men fall short

Today, I will like to share with you this message (link below) by TD Jakes and some key quotes from the message that I found interesting. Some of these quotes touch on the dilemma of being a man, especially in the 21st century and some possibly providing “answers” to some dilemmas. Enjoy

When Men Fall Short

“Has society set us up to fail?”

“How can I be a good man to a woman who enjoys being a good man?”

“When you pride yourself on doing what I used to do, have you not worked me out of a job?”

“You have moved into the positions we used to have and we don’t have a role to play and yet we are commanded to be on the set?”

Why do you need us?

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“It’s hard to be a good man to a woman who never had a man in her life at all, because you have to live up to what she   imagined”

“There is not a good man in this room who is not trying to who you love, “there”…”

“…the dilemma of the man is;

if I manage to have progress, I do it by not being present, and if i am present with you, then I have to leave the horses and give up on progress…”

Jesus hates fruitlessness

In today’s post, I would like to share with you a summary of a message preached by Reverend Balisasa (if I remember the name right) that has stayed with me for about 7 years. I cannot remember the title he gave to the message, but what I remember is this; he explained to me why Jesus cursed the fig tree…, it was not because of His hunger, it was because the fig tree deceived him.

I am sure that if you have lived a few decades on earth already, you may know that old saying; all that glitters is not gold” or more importantly, you may be getting used to the fact that most people are not what they appear to be once you get closer to them. But if there is something I have come to understand about the Lord Jesus, He never seemed to get used to that, in fact, he seems to have hated it.  For example, He called the Pharisees “whitewashed” tombs, white on the outside, but inside was dead man’s bones. And from Reverend Balisasa’s expose’ on the fig tree, Jesus cursed the fig tree not because of His hunger but because it did not have what it claimed to have.

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In his message, Reverend Balisasa highlighted some important characteristics of the fig tree that helped to expose a deeper understanding of what Jesus did in cursing the fig tree. Firstly, even though figs bear fruit twice or thrice a year, depending on the climate and other conditions of the area, figs can fruit up to ten of the twelve months. Secondly, an interesting characteristic of the fig tree is that its fruits appear before its leaves. Finally, because its fruits remain green for a long time and its leaves were broad enough to cover them, the fruits can easily blend into the leaves. (supporting sources:https://www.gotquestions.org/curse-fig-tree.html, http://www.bibleplaces.com/fig-trees/)

Since I promised you a summary, I will make it this way; 1. Since the fig fruit appears before fig leaves, it is easy to assume that a leafy fig tree is a “fruity” fig tree.  2. Since some fig trees could fruit early and some almost throughout the year, a leafy fig tree should be either one of those early fruiters or prolific fruiters, yet this one, in Jesus’ case, was none of the two.

The Lesson: Jesus may be attracted to our visible display of religiosity (prayer, church attendance and contribution and may be evangelism) to look for fruits (love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, patience, faithfulness and self-control) on the day of His hunger, and as true fig trees, let’s be sure to bear  fruits before our leaves.

 

 

An Open Letter To The “Godly” Man Who Didn’t Want Me

I liked this piece because I believe it will be of great help and encouragement to the true christian gentlemen who may have to do this to ladies they otherwise truly loved…

Return of the Godly Woman

[For the purpose of this letter, let’s call him Michael.]

Dear Michael,

You’ve been on my mind lately.

Almost three years ago, we met and instantly I was attracted to you. There was something about you that I noticed from a distance–something special. It wasn’t until we began to communicate that I realized it was God.

The two of us could talk for hours about pretty much anything and I was captivated by how smart, friendly, and gentle you were. I could spot you in any crowd of our college campus because you didn’t look like everyone else, didn’t speak or walk like everyone else. You were salt. You were light. You were bearing fruit.

And I liked you. A lot.

But you checked me for fruit and couldn’t find any. I wasn’t ready for someone like you, and you knew that, even though I didn’t. So you never let me…

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You will not understand the world and the world will not understand you II

I will like us to begin this new year with a look at another form in which living on earth may seem to be a hectic task for a true Christian and this has to do with dealing with people who do not appreciate your Christian nature.

One of the most difficult kinds of people to deal with are those who do not see your value. Indeed, these may be people you care about dearly but who do not value what you value. They are those who do not see you for what your are; a true Christian, and deal with you as if you are like everybody else. They will treat you as a liar because every person they may have met has lied to them and as such may not believe the truth you tell them. They may doubt the truth  of your qualities and capabilities and may even seem to be consciously searching for any sign of weakness or failure in your character or person. They may be quick to express their disappointment in you at the least show of blemish. How are we to deal with these people? Let me share with you a simple lesson I learnt- You are primarily accountable only to God and then to godly people. Not ungodly people; they cannot understand you. As indicated in the translations below;

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man

(1 Corinthians 2 vrs 15, KJV).

The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one

(1 Corinthians 2 vrs 15, NET Bible).

 

“But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature].”

(1 Corinthians 2 vrs 15, AMP) 

The only question is this; are you a spiritual man?