A Season of Compensation

Weekly Nuggets December 12, 2022

Isaiah 61:6‭-‬7 NLT

You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God. You will feed on the treasures of the nations and boast in their riches. Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

Key Phrase:  A season of Compensation

The Bible teaches in Psalms 30:5 that ‘Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning‘.

As sure as the sun rises in the morning, a time of compensation is confirmed for those who believe and trust in the Lord.

This is the power of this week’s nugget, that a season of compensation is ahead. That times of lack, shame and dishonor will pass away to be replaced by times of double honor,  double prosperity and everlasting joy.

Father, we thank you because you have loved us with an everlasting and unquestionable love. Lord, for everyone waiting for the sun to rise in their situation – we ask for grace and strength to hold on for sunrise. Most of all Lord, we declare the begining of our season of compensation, our season of peace, our season of honour, our season of Joy. In Jesus name. Amen

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He Never Forgets

Weekly Nuggets December 5, 2022

Isaiah 49:14‭-‬18 NLT

Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins. Soon your descendants will come back, and all who are trying to destroy you will go away. Look around you and see, for all your children will come back to you. As surely as I live,” says the Lord, “they will be like jewels or bridal ornaments for you to display.

Key Phrase:  He Never Forgets

Everyone has seasons when it looks like God has forgotten us and we are literally just ‘coasting’ along on our own. For some these seasons are rare, for some these seasons are frequent and for some these seasons appear perennial.

God has our names engraved in the palm of His hands. In His mind is the constant picture of the challenges and trials we face. Though God may be silent today concerning that difficult, rough, toxic & dry season, there is an assurance in His word He has not forgotten.

This week, the Lord is reminding us that no matter where we are, no matter what we feel,  no matter what we see – He has your back and is working out a fresh season of rejoicing and thanksgiving for us.

He also gives a bonus nugget for anyone struggling through a difficult season concerning their children,  He says “all your children will come back to you

Father, thank you for the assurance  that you know where we are and hear us always. Lord, thank you for the assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and that you will always work things out for our good. Most of all Lord, restore the joy of every crying parent, restore our children and cause them to be restored and to stand as a testimonial of your remembrance. In Jesus name. Amen

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Focus, Diligence and Favour

Weekly Nuggets November 28, 2022

Ruth 2:2‭-‬5 NLT

One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.” Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.” So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech. While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The Lord be with you!” he said. “The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied. Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?”

Key Phrase:  Focus, Diligence and Favour

When Ruth went out to work that day, her objectives and motives were clear. It was to find a field where she could glean wheat safely to sustain herself and Naomi.

Rather than sit home and dwell on her challenges, Focus on God brought her to Judah and led her to find work in the fields (Ruth 1:16, your God will be my God) ; Diligence got her noticed by Boaz who happened to just stop by from out of town, Favour got her a permanent invitation to keep working in the fields of Boaz (verse 10), complete with refreshments and security!

This week’s nugget is a reminder that seeking the approval of man is not the secret of success. It is a reminder that whatever or wherever we are diligent, God’s favour will identify and elevate us. A reminder that David was ‘called’ to be king while working as a diligent shepherd. A reminder that “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” Ecclesiatics 9:10a

Father, help us to focus on the things of the Kingdom. Lord, please give us the spirit of diligence, that in any situation our work will always glorify you. Most of all Lord, Favour! Let your favour find us, promote us and celebrate us. In Jesus name. Amen

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If…Then…

Weekly Nuggets November 21, 2022

Leviticus 26: 3-6 NKJV

If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them, then I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing; you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none will make you afraid;

Key Phrase:  If…Then…

A Conditional statements is one where a hypothesis is followed by a conclusion. It is also known as an ” If-then” statement. This is a mathematical theory that can be applied in every area of our lives and a theory which parents have an innate skill to apply to get the best out of their children.

If you get good grades, then…….
If you eat your vegetables, then……
If you tidy your room, then……

Its a simple structure of clear expectations and even clearer outcomes and rewards. This week’s text sets a simple expectation (of Obedience) from our Heavenly Father  followed by multiple rewards; Prosperity,  contentment,  satisfaction, safety, peace……. what a simple formula to unlock.

This week, may the grace to be obedient be sufficient for us all

Father, we pray for grace, extraordinarily grace to be attentive and obedient to your word . Lord, arrest every spirit of the devourer and spirit of fear operating around us. Most of all Lord, as we obey, let your numerous blessings pursue, overtake and establish us. In Jesus name. Amen

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Travel light

Weekly Nuggets November 14, 2022

Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Key Phrase:  Travel light

“Sorry, check in is closed”

This is not a phrase any air traveller likes to hear, but the airlines need to stop checking luggage at some point to enable them process the luggage for the flight. In some instances, considerations could be made if the traveller is already checked-in and has only a light carry-on.

The benefits of travelling light are too numerous to discuss,  but worthy of mention is the fact that we can be nimble, we can move with ease and speed to the boarding gate. A lesson that we must always apply to our daily walk with God.

Today’s nugget is to exhort on the need to unpack and reduce the weights we carry around in life. Strife, anger, chips on our shoulders, long standing ‘cold wars’ aka malice etc. “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us“. 

May the Lord help us to identify every weight which hinders our ability to board the “flight” of  eternal life.

Father, open our eyes of understanding to identify every weight in our spiritual journey. Lord, grant us grace to not only number these weights but to set them aside. Most of all Lord, guarantee our boarding and grant us strength to run with focus, not distracted, not weighed down. In Jesus name. Amen

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Why? Where are you running?

Weekly Nuggets November 7, 2022

2 Kings 5:20‭-‬27 NLT

But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, the man of God, said to himself, “My master should not have let this Aramean get away without accepting any of his gifts. As surely as the Lord lives, I will chase after him and get something from him.” So Gehazi set off after Naaman. When Naaman saw Gehazi running after him, he climbed down from his chariot and went to meet him. “Is everything all right?” Naaman asked. “Yes,” Gehazi said, “but my master has sent me to tell you that two young prophets from the hill country of Ephraim have just arrived. He would like 75 pounds of silver and two sets of clothing to give to them.” “By all means, take twice as much silver,” Naaman insisted. He gave him two sets of clothing, tied up the money in two bags, and sent two of his servants to carry the gifts for Gehazi. But when they arrived at the citadel, Gehazi took the gifts from the servants and sent the men back. Then he went and hid the gifts inside the house. When he went in to his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” “I haven’t been anywhere,” he replied

Key Phrase:  Why? Where are you running?

Several people run on the same track of life, but not all have the same motives. For some it’s a simple quest for their daily bread for others it’s a quest to mischief, to oppress, covet and annexe territory. On the surface,  we may all look the same, but beneath, the soul tells a different story for some run a race of mischief and evil.

In Proverbs 6:16-19, the bible tells us of 6 things that God hates, 4 of which we see in our text today;
• feet that run to trouble
• A lying tongue
• A heart that devises wicked plans
• Feet that are swift in running to evil

Gehazi scores a 4/6 on the things which God hates. A disappointing score for one who has lived and served the great Elisha. But his motive was clearly not of God as he said “I will chase after him and get something from him”.

Gehazi’s running took him away from the presence of God and seperated him permanently from every potential blessing of being Elisha’s spiritual heir. What are we running after today, the Lord is asking us to pause and check our motives -why? Where?

Father, Examine me and prove me; Try my reins and my heart (Psalm 26:2) and let my motives be pure. Lord, uproot every spirit of deceit and of the lying tongue from us. Most of all Lord, in every race we run in this life, let it be one that brings us closer to you and our divine inheritance of eternal salvation. In Jesus name. Amen

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He has said it

Weekly Nuggets October 31, 2022

2 Kings 2:19-22 NKJV

Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.” And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ ” So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.

Key Phrase:  He has said it

Somethings change, somethings remain the same. Times and seasons change but God remains the same. Problems and challenges vary but the power in God’s word is a constant.

In this weeks text, the people of Jericho faced diverse challenges; a pleasant city but with bad water. Bad water results in poor irrigation, poor irrigation leads to poor crop yield. Poor crop yield results in hunger, deaths and also economic depression. A whole lot of issues for one community.

But the word of God stepped into their matter (just as it will step into somones matter today) and changed everything. The narrative changed; fruitfulness, fullness, life, prosperity became common place. And because of the one who spoke, there was no contest. It was done, it was sorted for good.

Father, thank you for the power in your word which has existed from the beginning. Lord, let  your word turn around everything in our lives that does not glorify you. Most of all Lord, as healing and restoration comes through your word, let it be permanent. In Jesus name. Amen

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Small but Mighty

Weekly Nuggets October 24, 2022

James 3:8‭-‬12 NLT

but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

Key Phrase:  Small but Mighty

Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. James 3:5

Like a coin, the tongue has two sides. As small as it is, can be a source of great and mighty works. But unfortunately it can also be a source of bad counsel and destruction.

The word ‘tame’, is used in describing the control of the tongue. A word which connotes a change from a wild or savage state to a domesticated one. A clear indication that left by itself, the tongue could be a weapon of mass destruction. 

That’s is why as believers, we need the daily help of the Holy Spirit to bring the tongue under subjection. To enable us speak life instead of death. To speak light instead of darkness. To speak peace instead of strife. To speak blessings instead of curses. To speak faith instead of doubt. To represent the God we serve in every situation.

Father, we commit our tongues under the control of the Holy Spirit. Lord, by your grace, strengthen us to deliberately make choices that edify. Most of all Lord, with every opportunity we have, let our choice be to bless with our tongues, to uplift, to praise. In Jesus name. Amen

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Restart & Recover

Weekly Nuggets October 17, 2022

Isaiah 1:18-19 NKJV

Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land

Key Phrase:  Restart & Recover

From the beginning of time, God’s desire is for us to abide where we can thrive and prosper. But while by our sinful nature, we would sometimes fall out of grace, God by His divine nature will always show mercy and give us a chance to repent and restart.

Think about it, Adam and Eve, Jonah, Paul (Saul), Mary Magdalene….. God’s mercy allowed them to restart and recover. To return to the place of grace.

Our scripture this week highlights the reconcilatory attribute of Jehovah.  “Come” He says…..

•Lets  reason together
•Let’s discuss where the challenges are
•Let’s talk about where you’ve gone wrong
•Let’s talk about how I am full of forgiveness
•Let’s talk about how my love covers any sin
•Let’s talk about the restoration that happens after you press the restart button.

He says come, and He awaits us to take trusting steps towards Him and receive the restoration He promises.

Father, today, may we hear your voice as you call. Lord, silence every voice that says we are beyond restoration, silence every counsel that says your love cannot redeem us. Most of all Lord, help us to start afresh in you and let your mercy restore all that we have lost to sin. In Jesus name. Amen

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GRACE – an antidote

Weekly Nuggets October 10, 2022

II Peter 3:13‭-‬18 NKJV

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Key Phrase:  GRACE – an antidote

The believer’s journey is one of faith. By faith, we look forward to eternal life reconciled with the Lord. But, while we live and work on this side of eternity,  we struggle with distractions caused by the world, flesh and also by the enemy.

Our bible text calls us to remain focused and to be steadfast lest we get led away. It gives us an antidote to distractions; “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”.

2 key Theological definition(s) of Grace are;
• the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
• the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.

Grace is divine, a free gift from God which enables us to operate beyond our human capacity.  The more we allow the Holy spirit to ‘influence’ us, the more God’s grace is available to operate in our lives and the more we receive strength to run the Christian race with excellence.

Father, today we ask for the Holy spirit to have free access in our lives. Lord, we ask that by Your mercy, Your Grace will be multiplied dailý over our lives. Most of all Lord, we ask that as Grace increases, let divine strength increase to overcome the distractions and obstacles that stand in the way of eternal life. In Jesus name. Amen

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