Who are you?

Weekly Nuggets May 29, 2023

Genesis 27:17‭-‬24 NLT

Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread. So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said. “Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?” Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.” Isaac asked, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?” “The Lord your God put it in my path!” Jacob replied. Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.” So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said. But he did not recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy just like Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob. “But are you really my son Esau?” he asked. “Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.

Key Phrase:  Who are you?

There is a relevant question we all need to answer today, tomorrow and frequently. That question is ‘who are you?’

In today’s nugget, Isaac probed and tested severally….
who are you?
Are you really my son Esau?
But despite the uncertainty, Jacob acted out his part and deceitfully obtained the blessing he sought.

Just like Jacob, we can camouflage to enter the presence of man in order to get blessings or rewards – but thats where it ends, an earthly and temporal blessing. On other hand, to enter the presence of God requires a humble and contrite heart (Isaiah 57:15), it requires separation from falsehood and pretence. In God’s presence, there is no ambiguity, no grey areas, for He alone knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts, He alone is able to reward with eternal blessings that confound man.

Who are you? What act are we putting on for men? Man may miss the plot but God is always spot on.

Father, please create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us (Psalm 51:10). Lord, deliver us from every spirit of falsehood and deceipt that disqualifies our worship and service. Most of all Lord, as we enter your presence with a spirit of truth, humility and brokenness, let blessings which money cannot buy pursue and overtake us. In Jesus name. Amen

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Promises Kept

Weekly Nuggets May 15, 2023

Genesis 12:1‭-‬3 NKJV

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall blessed.

Key Phrase: Promises kept

When Abram left home on the instructions from God, he left with one asset in his back pocket – a promise of God’s blessings.

One thing that you can take to the bank is God’s promise to bless. Proverbs 10:22 tells us that His blessings makes us rich and adds no sorrow. So when you know the voice of God and He says “I will bless you”, know for sure that He means it, know for sure He will bring it to pass, in His time, which is the best time.

Back to Abraham; did God keep His promises?
I will show you a land – kept
I will make you a great nation – kept
I will bless you – kept
I will make your name great – kept
You shall be a blessing – kept
I will bless those who bless you – kept
I will curse him who curses you – kept
In you all the families of the earth shall blessed- kept
Every promise kept.

Father, let this be a season of remembrance for every outstanding blessing. Lord, mark me afresh for new blessings today. Most of all Lord, teach us to recognise your voice, to recognise your promises and to faithfully be in the place of our destiny until the appointed time of our blessing. In Jesus name. Amen

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Seriously, is it right for you to be angry?

Weekly Nuggets May 8, 2023

Jonah 3:10 – Jonah 4:4 NKJV

Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!” Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Key Phrase:  Seriously, is it right for you to be angry?

There are several occasions in life that we find a ‘tree’ to sit under and sulk. Things haven’t gone our way and so we vex, grumble and complain. We forget all the good that God has done and anchor on one thing, self.

The children of Isreal got taken out of bondage but they vexed and sulked because they didn’t have water. They forgot the overall strategy of God and were ready to throw it all away for an inconvenience. This was Jonah, or perhaps this is us today.

The Bible tells us that Jonah was annoyed at God. All the trouble, thrown off a ship , swallowed by a fish, all for nothing? But if we did some deep questioning over the real cause of this anger,  it was because God’s strategy to save 120,000 people was seen as an inconvenience to Jonah. Is it right for Jonah to be angry?

When next we find ourselves vexing, or sulking over what we say God hasn’t done, we must search deep and ask ourselves what exactly is God’s agenda. When we understand the bigger picture, the greater good, then we will understand that He will sometime take us through a season of inconvenience to achieve His master plan.

Father, for every time we have been angry with you, forgive us. Lord, help us to see beyond self, but to see where you are going. Most of all Lord, speak to us through every situation that has driven us to sulk or be angry at you, speak words of encouragement, speak words of healing, speak words of restoration. In Jesus name. Amen

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Good intentions vs. God intentions

Weekly Nuggets April 24, 2023

1 Samuel 13:7-11 NKJV

And some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering. Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him. And Samuel said, “What have you done?”

Key Phrase: Good intentions vs. God intentions

The Bible account in this week’s nuggets causes me to pause and reflect on how many times we want to ‘help’ God.

We read about Samuel’s promise was to return within seven days. It appears that Saul was counting the days on his fingers and with each day of the countdown, the voice of impatience got louder. We also read that Saul made the decision to perform the sacrifices himself (despite not being a Levite), maybe at the end of the seventh day or a few hours after the countdown but Samuel showed up just soon after.

Before we judge and start to ask, “What part of seven days did Saul miss?” Or “why did Samuel leave it till the last minute?” Remember that we have all been here before and equally guilty. On one hand, we know what God’s mind is concerning a matter, but on the other hand, we hear the noise of the world around us fanning our impatience.

One could join Saul and write an epistle on all the good reasons for his decisions, but alas, disobedience is always a one-sided coin.

Father, we ask for the spirit of obedience, patience and wisdom to wait on your appointed time. Lord, help us not to miss your plot by running ahead/behind of you – because you are never late, always on point and on schedule. Most of all, Lord, wherever our disobedience or naivety has interrupted your purpose for us, let your mercy restore and perfect every good and perfect plan. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Powerful First Words

Weekly Nuggets April 11, 2023

Matthew 28:9‭-‬10 NKJV

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

Key Phrase: Powerful First Words

Still on Easter and the significance of the ressurection to all who believe.

There are so many important messages that we can glean from the Easter reflections; from the cross of calvary to the empty tomb – it is victory all the way. However, this week, I want us to focus on the very first words our Lord Jesus spoke after the resurrection, very instructive.

Three statements I wish to anchor this week’s nuggets on, and none are circumstantial or conditional, they don’t depend on the time of day;
•”Rejoice” – The Lord has issued a simple yet profound commandment. “Rejoice”!
•”Do not be afraid” – The Lord provides a deep assurance that in Him, fear has no place.
•”Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” – The Lord was saying, go ahead, you’ll see me waiting at the destination. Pause and reflect for a moment what this instruction / promise means for us today….. As long as we are in located in the place of our purpose, He will be there!

Father, we thank you for the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for the power we have through Christ. Lord, in every circumstance teach us to Rejoice and resist the spirit of Fear. Most of all Lord, we ask for your leading, that we may be found only in our places of destiny and most importantly that we will see Christ there, perfecting our purpose. In Jesus name. Amen

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Inexhaustible Grace

Weekly Nuggets April 3, 2023

1 Kings 4:29-34 NKJV

And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men—than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

Key Phrase:  Inexhaustible Grace

In a recent visit to a beach, the extent of the sand on the shoreline made such a huge impression on me that 1 Kings 4:29 began to get a deeper meaning. Everywhere one looked was sand, and as far as the eye could see, sand.

Our nugget this week reflects on the inexplicable breadth and depth of Gods grace upon Solomon. The Message translation of the Bible reflects it this way – “God gave Solomon wisdom—the deepest of understanding and the largest of hearts. There was nothing beyond him, nothing he couldn’t handle”.

There are several ways we see God’s grace in operation in Solomons life; “wisdom, exceedingly great understanding and largeness of heart”. And these are differentiated and emphasised so we can seek God’s face to operate in that same grace.. wisdom, knowledge, empathy and generosity.

Father, we thank you for your word. Lord, your word says in James 1:5 that we should ask – today we ask not only for wisdom but also for the spirit of knowledge empathy and generosity. Most of all Lord, please let your grace upon us be as the unlimited sand on the seashore which cannot be counted or exhausted. In Jesus name. Amen

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More than milk

Weekly Nuggets March 27, 2023

Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil

Key Phrase: More than milk

It’s interesting how the Lord uses food analogies to drive home a point. One of the things we know about babies is their dependency on milk. They need milk, they crave milk, they literally rely on milk to survive and GROW.

It’s a natural progression, as they progress from sitting, crawling, then walking, milk is no longer sufficient and they even begin to lick their lips or salivate when they see adults eating. Milk does not sustain growth to full maturity and every child must eventually learn to feed by himself/herself.

This week’s nugget is a call to maturity for believers. We can only be fed with the milk of the word for a season, after which we must be weaned off milk and unto solid food (hard teachings) that supports our spiritual development. We must move from being spoon-fed to being chasers of the word and will of God. By this, we develop spiritual maturity and exercise our minds to discern both good and evil.

Father, thank you for sustaining us always with your word. Lord, help us to understand that though your word will not always be’sweet and convenient’, its purpose remains to bless and prosper us. Most of all, Lord, grant us the grace to be counted amongst the ‘full of age’, manifesting the gift of discernment in all things. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Fret less, Trust more

Weekly Nuggets March 20, 2023

Psalms 37:5-8 NKJV

Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Key Phrase:  Fret less, Trust more

Trust is defined as “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing”

There are some traits or characteristics of the one who we put our trust in…and all these can be found in God the Father.
•Reliable : whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:16)
•Strength: Power belongs to God (Psalm 62:11)
•Ability: is anything too hard for the LORD? ( Gen 18:14)
•Surety:  Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 11:8)

Why then do we fret and worry? Why then do we constrain God to the limit of our finite imaginations? This week,  God is saying to someone “Trust me, it’ll be OK”

Father, please turn every thing causing us to fret into subjects of praise and thanksgiving. Lord, give us a heart that trusts in you no matter the circumstance.  Most of all Lord, grant us wisdom to trust & wait on you until our Joy is full. In Jesus name. Amen

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Grace to succeed & abound

Weekly Nuggets March 13, 2023

Deuteronomy 30:8‭-‬10 NLT

Then you will again obey the Lord and keep all his commands that I am giving you today. “The Lord your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors. The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.

Key Phrase:  Grace to succeed & abound

Success is very much desired in every area of our lives; whether in the market place, in our studies, in our careers, in our social life, in ministry ….. the list is endless, we all anticipate the outcome of success as a reward to all our labour.

God has given us an absolutely fantastic offer in today’s nugget, just obey all His commandments in exchange for success we seek. As we obey, God makes His grace available to us and according to 2 Cor 9:8, His grace makes us abound in every good work.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work “

Father, we ask for an abundance of your grace in our lives. Lord, we ask for overflowing grace – grace to succeed, grace to abound, grace to overcome , grace to obey.  Most of all Lord, we commit all that concerns us into your able hands; the fruits of our body, fruits of our hands, fruits of our intellect …… may the grace to succeed be our portion. In Jesus name. Amen

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God Will Endorse You

Weekly Nuggets March 6, 2023

Joshua 3:5-7,16,17 NKJV

And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.

Key Phrase: God will endorse you

Every product, especially new ones require some marketing or advertising to make it attractive to consumers. However, advertising alone is not sufficient for discerning consumers and more is usually required to convince such to switch allegiance from a tried and trusted brand to a new product.

This is where endorsements tip the scale, an endorsement from a credible, reliable and undisputedly trust worthy figure demonstrates that the brand is the real deal.

In this weeks nugget, Moses was a hard act to follow. Everyone knew Moses, they knew his history with God and how the red sea parted for the Isrealites to cross on dry land…… so, now Joshua? God’s endorsement in Verse 7 is very powerful…”And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel”. And God did

God stopped the waters of the Jordan for Joshua and the people of Isreal to cross (again) on dry land, to show the world that indeed, this Joshua has my mandate (Joshua 3:16,17).

Father, please as You were with Joshua, be with us. Lord, demonstrate you power and glory through us as you did through Joshua. Most of all Lord, endorse us, endorse our families, endorse our ministries, endorse the works of our hands, let it be known to all who come across us, that we are the real deal. In Jesus name. Amen

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