Counsel, rock solid

Weekly Nuggets May 4, 2020

Psalm 33:8-14 KJV
Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Key Phrase: Counsel, rock solid

Counsel is what we seek when we genuinely want to move forward, when we desperately need change, when we want lasting change.

However there are different types of counsel; good, bad, poor, rich, uninformed, informed, uneducated, educated, empty, full, weak, powerful …. all these can be gotten from various sources but there is only one source that gives perfect counsel which lasts the test of time, this is God almighty.

Proverbs 19:20-21 says, “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand“.

I pray that in the multitude of counsel we seek and hear, only the Lord’s voice will stand out, only the Lord’s counsel we will follow and only the Lord’s counsel will stand forever.

Father, speak a word into our lives which our fears and doubt cannot ignore. Lord, let your counsel colour our lives and be the fulcrum for our vision and fulfilling our destiny. Mostly Lord, as we hear & as we obey, let your counsel overrule the counsel of nations and bring forth a lasting change into our lives, In Jesus name.

Elozino

Dont know or dont care?

Weekly Nuggets April 27, 2020

1 Samuel 13:7-13 NLT
Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. 8 Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. 9 So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.10 Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, 11 but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. 12 So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” 13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

Key Phrase: Dont know or dont care?

“Ignorance of the law is no excuses” is a legal principle infering that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating the law because he/she was unaware of its content.

Apart from ignorance, there is also willful disobedience. When for whatever reason, we justify our wrong doing with reasoning that we know will not pass in one-to-one conversation with the Holy Spirit

Whether in ignorance or in willful disobedience the risk of escaping punishment is low, which is why as a believer, daily prayers for grace, wisdom and revelation is required.

Saul had great excuses for offering the sacrifice himself, it could be that he didnt know, it could be that he didnt care but all that didnt matter, he had lost out big time on his calling.

Our prayer this week is inspired by Ephesians 1:17-18, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

Father, uproot the spirit of ignorance and disobedience from our lives. Lord, teach us that sometimes the battle we fight is not external but internal, against self and flesh which speak the language of fear, worry, doubt….words foreign to the Holy Spirit. Mostly Lord, may the eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of your calling, that we will not trade short term gain for the hope of your calling. In Jesus name.

Elozino

How will you come out?

Weekly Nuggets April 20, 2020

Luke 4:1-15 (NKJV)
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil ………………
Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all

Key Phrase: How will you come out?

There are times in life that we need a time-out. It gives us space to cool off, to self reflect, to grow, to develop new habits, to restrategize, to ……
No matter the cause or purpose of the time-out, there is only one expected outcome – that we come out different, better, stronger.

Our Lord Jesus spent 40 days and nights alone, it was a time of fasting, a time of soaking up the word of God, a time of emptying of self and filling up on the Holy Spirit.

Today, many are in some sort of time-out due to the pandemic. Isolated at home with a choice to fill our time with either God’s word or the distractions from social media. A choice to be like Jesus Christ and return a changed person, full of the Power and anointing of the Holy Spirit or to remain the same way we started.

How will we come out? The choice is ours

Father, this season, let your word be like food for us. Lord, empty us of every fleshly desire that does not allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Mostly Lord, we ask that as we spend time in Your presence, we will come out better and stronger, we will come out infused with your power and your glory, In Jesus name.

Elozino

Securing Bragging rights

Weekly Nuggets April 13, 2020

Gen 18:13-15, 21:6 (NKJV)

And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.
This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.

Key Phrase: Securing Bragging rights

A genealogy is a record or account of the ancestory and descent of a person, family, group, etc. It provides a trail of who-is-who in the history of a person and gives one the bragging rights to be called a descendant of an influential person. In some instances persons are conspicuously missing or omitted from a genealogy for several reasons, eg Cain.

1 Chr. 1:1–4 traces the lineage of Noah from Adam, while the genealogy of Jesus is traced in Luke 3:36–38. In both of these Cain is omitted, disregarded, ignored. He lost the position of firstborn to the desires of the flesh. He was cursed by God and was hidden from God’s face (Gen 4:14), disregarded from God’s plans for man.

There is the way that attracts blessings and secures our position in the lineage of God, guaranteeing our right to call God Abba Father. And then there is the way that attracts curses and removes/revokes the right to be called a child of God.

I pray that we choose to walk the way of blessings and secure the rights to be called children of the most high God.

Father, create in us a clean spirit that yearns to obey you. Lord, silence every voice of the flesh that tempts us to stray into paths which lead to curses and damnation. Mostly Lord, we plead for your mercy, let your mercy speak always over judgement. For anyone of us hidden from your face because of the sin of error, please let your mercy find us and restore us today. In Jesus name.

Elozino

Laugh again, with Joy

Weekly Nuggets April 6, 2020

Gen 18:13-15, 21:6 (NKJV)

Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!” ………
And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”

Key Phrase: Laugh again, with Joy

Laughter is an outward expression of an emotional state of mind. It usually reflects a positive state of happiness and joy, but it can also be the opposite where it reflects confusion, embarrassment or sarcasm.

But whenever time we laugh, it’s always better, no, best to laugh after the Lord has done what man said was impossible.

In this week’s bible passages, 2 accounts of Sarah’s laughter stood on both sides of impossibility. First she laughed in disbelief and sacarsm then she laughed in Joy and Thanksgiving. God placed a testimony in-between which changed her story and made her laugh again.

This week, I pray we will laugh again.

Father, in your presence there is fullness of Joy, fill our lives with your presence. Lord, for everytime we have laughed in disbelief or sacarsm, intervene and turn those seemingly impossibilities into possibilities. Mostly Lord, we want to laugh again, a laughter of testimony, an infectious laughter that will cause people who hear to laugh with us, In Jesus name.

Elozino

Peace to Flourish

Weekly Nuggets March 30, 2020

John 14:25-27(NKJV)

These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Key Phrase: Peace to Flourish

There is only one topic on the mind of many today – the spreading plague. It has brought mankind to a halt and all we hear is doom and gloom, bad news and stories that could lead to depression, preventing us from flourishing as He intended.

But Psalm 92:12-13 says, The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.

God never intended for us to live an anxious life, because anxiety keeps us from blossoming or flourishing. And that’s the point, God wants us to flourish in EVERY situation, not some, not many, but ALL. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to minister peace in every situation, because out of peace comes a flourishing.

Father, we ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to constantly remind us that Jesus is the Prince of peace. Lord, help us to remain firmly planted in your word so that we will flourish even when the world is in chaos. Mostly Lord, I pray that in this season, your Holy Spirit will descend on every city on earth to propagate your peace and healing. Let the earth flourish again, In Jesus name.

Elozino

God has a soft spot for humility

Weekly Nuggets March 23, 2020

Luke 15:11-24  (NKJV)

And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’

Key Phrase: God has a soft spot for humility

A familiar parable. This child was renegade, impatient, discontent, restless, unsettled, wasteful, insensitive you name it. He lived large, a man under no authority, choosing his own path, rejecting the voices of reasoning…. until everything spiralled to a halt.

At last on his knees, humbled and longing for the food of swines, it hit him!. “I will arise and go to my father

You see, Our Father is very loving and wants us home. He has enough room for every humble and obedient child, such become sons (Gal 4:6-7) and earn the right to call Him Abba father.

The Lord is reminding us this season, that He is waiting for us to reach the end of our rope and fall on our knees to reconsider our ways. He is waiting with open hands to welcome us back home. He will put our renegade behaviour behind and consider only our humility and obedience.

He never left and is always waiting to welcome son’s and daughter’s back home.

Father, please uproot every spirit of rebellion from our midst. Lord, for every time we have acted in our own understanding, believing only in our intellect and ability – have mercy. Mostly Lord, I pray that for everyone on their knees asking for forgiveness, please take us back, restore and lift us up. In Jesus name.

Elozino

Going fast or Going empowered?

Weekly Nuggets March 16, 2020

1 Kings 18:42-46  (NLT)

45 And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. 46 Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt[a] and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.

Key Phrase: Going fast or Going empowered?

Speed is a ‘characteristic’ of man. The need to be in a hurry to get there first, to get there ahead of the rest. Man wants to fly and fly at supersonic speeds.

While speed in itself is not a bad desire, there is often an unhealthy attitude of greed and other selfish desires associated with speed. A need to do it all for self, sometimes unethically just so we can take all of the glory.

When Ahab left for Jezreel, he left in full glory in his chariot, with all pomp and pageantry. God is telling someone in a big hurry today that time and seasons are in His hands and unless His hands are upon us we race in vain. Unless His spirit is with us, our speedy arrival is futile.

While Ahab took off fast, Elijah was still praying. But when it was time, Elijah received special strength and ran (on foot) and overtook Ahab. He ran empowered by the spirit of God, with the hand of God fully upon him. For someone wondering why things are not moving as fast as they had dreamed, God is saying have patience. It’s not in the chariots neither is it in the horses, it is in the timing which God has purposed for us.

It’s ok for others to speed past today, our God who knows the end from the beginning is working out a perfect and celebrated time to empower us.

Father, remind us daily that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong but to those whom have received your power. Lord, Elijah was focused on your work while Ahab went ahead, teach us always that completing your work should be our primary focus if we want to go far. Mostly Lord, I pray that when our season comes, you will empower us, strengthen us to run and to overtake. In Jesus name.

Elozino

The sign that silences the enemy

Weekly Nuggets March 9, 2020

Numbers 17: 1 – 10 (NKJV)

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod. And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. …… And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you.” …… Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod. And the Lord said to Moses, “Bring Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, …… Thus did Moses; just as the Lord had commanded him, so he did.

Key Phrase: The sign that silences the enemy

When the voices from the enemy’s camp is loud, it is difficult to focus on the work God has given us to do. These voices distract, they confuse, they even affect our confidence, preventing us from raising our heads in public.

In the account in Numbers 17, the voices were loud, very loud. They challenged the authority of Aaron as a priest and God needed to send a strong message to silence them. God said, “get a rod from each father’s house“, 12 rods, old sticks used for shepherding, dry and devoid of life. But God put life in the rod of Aaron and it Sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.

When God wants to silence our enemies, He does a thing that confounds the world. He gives us a testimony that immobilizes every distractor and shows that we are His own. This is the kind of testimonies we need in our lives today.

Father, arise on behalf of your children and save us from every device of the enemy. Lord, for every assignment you have given us, grant us grace to complete it without distraction. Mostly Lord, I pray, for every voice raised against us, against your authority in our lives, bring forth an unexplainable testimony, a mouth shutting testimony, In Jesus name.

Elozino

The big picture? follow God

Weekly Nuggets March 2, 2020

Psalms 139: 7 – 10 (NKJV)

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.

Key Phrase: The big picture? follow God

Is there anywhere God’s presence is restricted? Is there any situation God’s power is limited?

Even when we stray and follow the desire of our hearts, He watches protectively, waiting for us to reach the end of our rope and return to Him.

When God leads, there is a guaranteed outcome. It may not be apparent to us today, but in the bigger picture His plans are perfect and following diligently brings us to our expected end.

Ruth followed God and choose to go with Naomi, the future looked bleak but the emerging big picture was perfect.

David followed God to the war front, it appeared it was just the errand off the shepherd boy to drop provisions for his ‘more important’ older brothers, but the bigger picture was perfect.

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 23, “He leads me …………“, and so my prayer this week is – Father, lead us daily through still waters to calm our souls. Lord, grant us humble heart and enlarged faith to understand that like David, a leading to serve is also the pathway to greatness. Mostly Lord, I pray that when You lead, we will follow and when You speak, our flesh will not drown your voice. In Jesus name.

Elozino