Wait……..

Weekly Nuggets August 26, 2019

1 Samuel 13:7-13 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?”…………………
…………” And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.

Key Phrase: Wait……..

Patience is a virtue. Patience enables us to see the full manifestation of God’s glory.

Patience in a fast paced world is considered “old fashioned” and hence the one that is being patient must do so with a word, a knowledge, an understanding, with faith.

In our text we see the fruits of impatience manifesting in the decision of king Saul not to wait. A word had been given – to wait seven days “according to the time set by Samuel”. The account goes on to say “as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came“. Wait seven days, Saul couldn’t hold on for the full wait period, he was nearly there, but ….fear?…. made him give up the wait. just a little more secs, just a few more minutes, perhaps hours… till the appointed seven days was complete. But …….

Brethren, what we need is a word for this season. If God shows us the whole glorious picture we may blow a fuse, so He gives us enough instruction for this season and sufficient grace to obey till we enter a new season.

Father, please send us a word for this season of our lives. Lord, with every word You send, add to it sufficient grace for us to wait obediently until your appointed time. Mostly Lord, I ask, according to Hab 2:3 that every word of fruitfulness, every word of greatness, every word of healing, that You have spoken into our lives will come to pass…. though it tarries, we shall wait with grace because it will surely come, It will not tarry. In Jesus mighty name.

Elozino

Sometimes, God takes us East to get us West.

Weekly Nuggets August 19, 2019

Exodus 13:17-19 NKJV

Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.

Key Phrase: Sometimes, God takes us East to get us West.

When we commit to a journey with God, the only thing we are guaranteed is the destination. The route, the timing is God’s prerogative and He chooses either a short and fast , slow and uneventful, slow and painful, slow but picturesque route based on His infinite wisdom on what personal changes we need in order to be prepared for our destination.

When the children of Israel exited Egypt, we are told “God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near“. God saw a people that needed moulding; boldness, faith, trust needed to be imprinted in their DNA lest the fear and return to Egypt. In Deutoronomy 8:2-5 we see some of these moulding which God needs to complete in our lives;
• to create a humble spirit
• to test what’s in our hearts
• to allow us hunger, and then miracoulously feed us- a lesson of divine provision.
•to remove our focus from what we will wear- remember He clothes the lilies
• to rely on Him for good health
•to understand that He chastens us because He loves us.

This may sound familiar, we have been on a journey for a while wondering why it’s taking so long, or why God chose this dusty or bumpy route… it’s time to reflect instead on what lesson God is trying to teach us. I pray that when we arrive (not if) at our destination, we will look back at the long journey and testify that the detour was required to prepare us for the succeses ahead.

Father, teach us patience, patience that trusts your perfect timing. Lord, teach us endurance that no matter what route you take me through, we do not ‘meltdown’ or ‘go back’. Mostly Lord, I ask, mould us for signs, mould us for wonders, mould us for success. In Jesus mighty name.

Elozino

Greatness starts with a word

Weekly Nuggets April 30, 2018

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 be blessed.

Key phrase: Greatness starts with a word

Puzzles can be fun to unravel but can quickly turn to frustration when the puzzle is complicated. Let’s consider a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, or complex sudoku’s – there are simple rules to follow to get started, there must be a strategy to avoid dead-ends. And to complete, patience, concentration, purpose is required to stay the course.

Life is so similar, several pieces waiting to be put together to create the beautiful masterpiece that God intends for each of our lives. But first, we need direction, we need guidance, we need strategy – that’s where God comes in. We must receive His word to set us on our way.

In Genesis 1, the account of creation presents a complicated puzzle without form or void. But in verse 3 “and God said“. Words that unravelled the strategy and brought together each complicated piece with purpose. We sometimes focus on the end, forgetting how it all started.

Abraham presents a great masterpiece to study; Greatness in spiritual and physical things. Great in hospitality, prosperity – all which started from a word in Gen 12:1 “Now the Lord had said to Abram“. Great in obedience and reliance on God.

This week, I’m challenging us to lay down that struggle to complete (or even understand) the puzzle life presents. I’m challenging us to step back and seek God’s strategy. What is God saying?

Father, I pray that life’s challenges will not overwhelm us. Father, I ask that you will send forth a word into our lives and reveal the unique strategy for each masterpiece. And Lord I pray, that as you reveal, we will be obedient, patience, purposeful, deliberate to stay the course and unravel the beautiful and great future you have spoken into each of our lives.

Elozino

Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? 

God is looking for who to elevate 

​Matthew 16:13 -19 (NKJV)

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

I pray that our eyes of our understanding will be open to know who Jesus really is. That revelatiom will set us apart for divine promotion.

Weekly nuggets September 11 2017

Genesis 22:13-17  (NLT)

13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”……… 16 “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.

Key Phrase: Show up when He calls

This account I like to call Abraham, Isaac and the ram. It’s a story that solicits diverse reactions; unbelievers can’t wrap their minds around it while to believers it is an ultimate example of true fellowship between God and man, a story of hope, total trust & absolute faith.

There is one fact we can’t deny – Abraham entered his season of abundance because of this (crazy?, bold? Holy spirit inspired?) concious and deliberate decision to meet Jehovah at the agreed meeting place of sacrifice.

I visualize Gen 22:8 “And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together“. And I see a man that has an appointment with God, knows that God will be there and will ‘deliver‘. I see a man with plans to show up even though God’s plan isn’t obvious to him yet.

Have there been instances when God asked us to meet Him someplace, sometime, somehow with a sacrificial offering but we over-analysed, over-engineered the process and never showed up because we couldn’t comprehend how God would do it?

This week, God is asking us to JUST SHOW UP!. I’m praying for grace not to over-analyze every divine test that will seperate us from our season of abundance. I pray for boldness to bring out that sacrifice God is asking for, knowing that He doesn’t need it for sustainace  (He is God all by Himself). And mostly I ask, that as we come boldly to meet with God at the appointed place and time, our coasts will be enlarged and the wind of abundance will blow over every area of our lives. Amen

Elozino

Weekly nuggets September 4 2017

​Matthew 16: 13-20


When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Key Phrase: Revelation before power

The quest for power has always existed right from the stone ages. From our waking moments each day to the time we go to bed, we need power; physical, emotional, spiritual and financial. However, power doesn’t come for free, it takes dedication, skill and knowledge – ask the average marathoner.

This week I ponder on the power (not ordinary by any scale ) that Peter exhibited after this encounter with Jesus, and I begin to understand the source …”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” – Peter had a clear revelation straight from the Father. 

Jesus is seeking who to hand over the keys of the kingdom today, the access card to all power and authority.But first, He asks us “Who do you say that I am?”

I pray that this week, God will show and teach us who Jesus really is. I pray that our revelation of Jesus will no longer be based on what ‘some’ say, but based on what God has shown us. And most of all I pray, that as the revelation of Jesus becomes clearer, His power within us will enable us to go places we never dreamed and do things thought impossible for mere men to achieve. Amen Elozino

Weekly Nuggets August 28, 2017

Exodus 31:1-5 (AMP)

1 Now the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom and skill, in understanding and intelligence, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 5 and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, to work in all kinds of craftsmanship.

Key Phrase: Coveting the Bezaleel differentiator

In every walk of life we need creativity, we need new/fresh ideas, we need to be several steps ahead of the rest. This applies to students, to employees, to business owners, to stay at home parents….. every child of God needs a differentiator that sets them apart from the rest.

God declared of Bezaleel , “I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom and skill, in understanding and intelligence, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship“…. oh how I covet that my name is quoted in this declaration.

For every gift of God, there is purpose and a responsibility attached.
For every gift of God, there is a willingness to give and a reciprocating willingness to receive.
1 Cor 12:11 (But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills) teaches us that God is willing to distribute the gifts of the holy spirit to us. Big question though is, are we willing and ready to receive His gifts and the responsibility that come with them?

This week I ask that God will prepare us a worthy receptacle of His gifts. I pray that He will prune us, weed around us to remove every habit of the flesh that will not allow His gifts in us to manifest. Most importantly, I pray that by His mercy, He will select us for a special gift, unique understanding, intelligence, knowledge, outstanding craftsmanship …… that will differentiate us from the rest. Amen

Elozino

Weekly Nuggets August 21, 2017

Luke 8:54-55 (NKJV)

54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.

Key phrase: Then her spirit returned!

The account of Jesus raising Jairus daughter from the dead can be found in Matthew 9:25, Mark 5:41-42 and Luke 8:54-55. But in this account in Luke, there is a use of words that inspires me – at the word of Jesus, “her spirit returned“!

The psalmist sang in psalm 42 ” Why are you cast down, O my soul? …… Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” I am asking myself the same question the psalmist asked… why are you down cast oh my soul? Why? When my God is an all sufficient and all powerful helper.

This week, I ask that everything causing us to be downcast will hear the word of God. I pray that as we hear and receive today’s word, our spirit will be rekindled and re-energized , our faith will be strengthened and our hope will be restored. Amen.

Elozino

Weekly Nuggets August 14 2017

2 kings 3: 15-16 (AMP)
15 But now bring me a musician.” And it came about while the musician played, that the hand (power) of the Lord came upon Elisha. 16 He said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Make this valley (the Arabah) full of trenches.’ 17 For thus says the Lord, ‘You will not see wind or rain, yet that valley will be filled with water, so you and your cattle and your other animals may drink.

Key Phrase: Bring down a praise.

Life often throws distractions at us, unplanned events that bring confusion, darkness, uncertainty; instead of being weighed down- bring down a praise.

Elisha was in a position where he needed to hear a word from God. Three kings paid him a surprise visit and now stood before him expecting counsel, 2 of which he personally didn’t want to see – a perfect scenario for flesh to speak. BUT…. he stepped back and asked for a minstrel, a musician, a praise leader. Elisha knew that praise brings down the presence and power of God. Elisha knew that when the presence of God comes down it brings with it revelation, light and clarity.

Never allow the distractions of life take you out of the presence of God and cause you to walk/ talk in the flesh. Rather, in spite of the distractions bring down a praise. Bring down a praise when afraid, when lonely, when anxious. Need a revelation- bring down a praise. Need a miracle- bring down a praise. Need a swag- bring down a praise.

This week and all the days of our lives, let our first reaction to challenges be a song of praise.. and as we do so may the presence and power of God be ever present in our every situation. Amen.

Elozino

Weekly Nuggets May 22 2017

2 kings 7:3-7 (NKJV)
3 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” 5 And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there.6 For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” 7 Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives.

Key phrase: Every hostage will be freed

There is 1 major sign of the enemy’s attack. It’s called Hostage taking – body, soul and spirit.
In the account summarised by our text today, the discouragement is palpable. 2 Kings 6 describes the major famine caused by the seige. No food. No money. No hope. When a mother boils her son for food, that is the enemy taking hostage of the mind. When a word of God sent (2 Kings 7:1) to bring light to the dark situation is brushed aside, that is the spirit in bondage. When there is a lock down, preventing physical progress, the enemy has taken hostage of the body.

But in all this, God is at work. He knows the battles ahead, He knows the devices of the enemy and uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Where might & power failed, God used 4 lepers to break the seige.

4 lepers, tired of being held down, broke protocol and just moved. They didn’t know what was ahead, but they didn’t like what was behind, so they moved. God took their footsteps, amplified and transformed them to a fearsome sound resembling the noise of a great army…. the enemy arose, fled leaving their camp intact..horses, silver, gold everything!.

This week I pray that for every spirit, soul and body taken hostage, the Lord will lift up a standard against the enemy and effect a release. I pray against the spirit of despair that causes us to stand still and give up. I ask for boldness to take the steps to pursue every small opportunity and I pray that as we step out in faith, the enemy will hear is the sound of a great army approaching and flee. Have a blessed week.

Elozino