Running forward, Running focused.

Weekly Nuggets November 23, 2020

John 21:1-8 NKJV

……. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” …….

Key Phrase: Running forward, Running focused.

Is there a word? Is there a vision? The Lord says to write it down so that “he may run who reads it.” Habakuk 2:2.

The Lord is reminding us to stay focused on the plan which He has given us. He is reminding us to take His word and run with it, unwavering, not slowing down or looking back but forward facing till the work is done.

Today’s nugget starts with a flash back to Luke 5:4-10, we read of the calling of the disciples after a “bad-fishing-night” and how Jesus gave them a hefty catch of fish as a sign followed by a mandate, “From now on you will catch men“. Fast forward to today’s scripture (John 21), and we see an interesting development of discouragement and distraction after the crucifixion of Jesus – Simon Peter and others, contrary to the mandate to be fishers of men, returned to their old business of catching fish. But Jesus in His mercy appeared to them to encourage them with a sign and refocus them on the vision.

When God has decreed a thing concerning us, He expects that we hold unto it and keep running forward until the work is done. When we get distracted (as we most likely will), He will send encouragement to refocus and remind us of the plan, just like He did for Simon Peter and Co.

Father, send a clear word for our ministry, our business, our careers, our families, even our health today. Lord, every word that will turn our situation around and give you glory.. let us receive strength to obey & run the race with grace. Most of all Lord, we ask that every time we are distracted, discouraged or derailed, please refresh our faith with a sign and turn us back to pursuing your word with zeal. in Jesus name, Amen

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Strength in Silence

Weekly Nuggets November 16, 2020

Matthew 27:11-‬14 NKJV
Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Key Phrase: Strength in Silence

The 3rd chapter of the book of Ecclesiastics teaches us about times, seasons and purpose. Verse 7b goes on to say there is a time to keep silence, And a time to speak. A difficult concept to understand in today’s world where oratory skills are considered above competence in many circumstances. A world where silence is sometimes construed as a sign of defeat or lack of competence or confidence. A world that believes the one with the last word has ‘won’.

A lesson we all must learn no matter how long it takes is that there is strength in silence. And as with every strength we possess, we must demonstrate awareness of it, control of it and most importantly the power of it. Not an easy task without the Holy Spirit helping us.

Jesus teaches us in several instances the power of silence in order for purpose to be fulfilled. We see one instance in John 8:6-9, where the woman caught in adultery was brought to the Lord and He did “as though He did not hear”. His silence was staged and gave the accusers sufficient time for self reflection to see their faults. In Today’s text, another instance where Jesus could have spoken, but rather ‘chose’ silence for the fulfilment of purpose.

As we grow physically, spiritually and even in the secular, we are coached constantly on this subject, “its not all the eyes sees that the mouth speaks”, “listen more, speak less”. This call for control applies also to the written & social media – not every thing needs a retweet , a comment on or even an email on. May the Holy Spirit coach us when to be silent and when to speak and how to speak mindfully and purposefully in every situation.

Father, we are here again because through you, our weaknesses are made strengths. Lord, grant us the ability to ‘choose’ silence when the Holy Spirit dictates (even when our flesh resists). Most of all Lord, we ask for the spirit of discernment, that we may understand your unfolding purpose in our lives and learn to speak only in accordance to that purpose, in Jesus name. Amen

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One word, QED

Weekly Nuggets November 9, 2020

Psalm 107:19-20 NKJV
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.

Key Phrase: One word, QED

Life throws us curve balls, some we take in our stride but some with a potential to totally distract us, discourage us or even disgrace us.

In such situations, things that used to work, work no more. The things we could have said, have no impact. The knowledge we previously used to solve problems, suddenly is ineffective… then we enter a place of panic because all we know as ‘normal’ suddenly becomes ‘abnormal’ and slowly things begin to unravel, and we become fearful and despondent.

But out of every darkness and despair, God’s word brings forth light (Gen 1:1-3) and what we need is just a word from God to restore hope. He alone knows the peculiarity of the situation and He alone knows the specific word to send for our healing, our restoration, our breakthrough, or our deliverance. All we need is to cry out for a word from God.

Father, we lift our voices to you in the midst of our peculiar situations, send us a word. Lord, the children of Isreal cried out and you sent a word of freedom through Moses, please raise a helper to bring your word to us. Most of all Lord, according to Isaiah 55:11, let your word concerning us never return to You void but let it accomplish the purpose for which you send it, in Jesus name. Amen

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Multiplication with Addition

Weekly Nuggets November 2, 2020

Matthew 25:26-29 NKJV

But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

Key Phrase: Multiplication with Addition

In Gen 1:28, God said to man, “be fruitful & multiply“. It is therefore expected that in everything we do, fruitfulness and multiplication should be front and center.

Our Lord Jesus emphasises the need for fruitfulness and multiplication in the parable of the talents. We won’t dwell on the servants with the ten or five as these delivered 100% profit. Instead we shall look at the servant with one talent.

The Lord said to him “you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest“….Interest, a concept of returning value over a period of time. Thus, whatever is committed to our hands, the Lord expects it must multiply in value in the time until His return, and in reward more will be added to us.

How are we spending the gift of time? Building up? Marking time? or tearing down? Are we developing/improving self and others for God or do things remain the same around us year-on-year? As we work to yield increase in God’s kingdom, may His reward of abundance be our portion.

Father, we pray that everything committed into our hands will multiply and bring forth an increase. Lord, we silence every spirit of stagnancy and fruitlessness in our lives. Most of all Lord, teach us how to prosper, in the physical, spiritual and financial… and as we bear fruit for your glory, reward us with abundance, in Jesus name. Amen

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WWW … (We-Will-Wait)

Weekly Nuggets October 26, 2020

Exodus 32:1 NKJV
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

Key Phrase: WWW … (We-Will-Wait)

There was a time, when enjoying a wholesome meal was preceeded with planning and patience. Sometimes the prepping took days with the anticipation and excitement building towards D-day. But today, all that is gone with most foods now available in a box, in a can, ordered or in extreme cases in a “Just add water” form.

What has changed? Its the lack of patience and perseverance to wait for something good and healthy, preferring the joys of instant pleasures that appeals to a fast paced world.

In our text, Moses went up the mountain to bring back a word from God…the children of Isreal knew where Moses went and what the objective was (24:12-15) BUT, just after a few days of waiting, they grew impatient, Perseverance dissappeared, waiting for a word from God became tedious and people who were just released from 430 years of bondage were suddenly in a hurry. They chose to forget the wonders God had demonstrated in their lives and follow their own devices by making their own god.

Before we cast the first stone, let us pause and consider our ways. How many times we have ‘forgotten’ God’s wonderful intervention in our lives? How often do we grow impatient waiting for a word from God or divine direction? How many times have we allowed the flesh to take control and built ‘idols’ that say what pleases us? How many times have we looked to man for a ‘fast answer’ when God has said “WAIT”.

How many? I pray that we will dismantle every idol and return to a place where we are patient for Gods direction no matter how long it takes.

Father, we uproot every spirit of impatience that is in operation in our lives. Lord, we ask for a heart that daily remembers your miracles, your wonders, your love, your power, may we never forget that you are Yaweh. Most of all Lord, in every area we need to wait for the manifestation of your glory- personally, in our family or as a nation…. grant us the grace to wait on your counsel, to wait for your move, to wait on your wonders, in Jesus name. Amen

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Favour, turns things around

Weekly Nuggets October 19, 2020

Exodus 12:35-36 NKJV
Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

Key Phrase: Favour, turns things around

When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. This what the Bible tells us in Proverbs 16:7, that God creates the right conditions for favour to manifest through our obedience.

Our obedience is like a fertile land, a good land rich with nutrients and potential

God’s word is as a good seed seeking fertile land.

The HolySpirit is as water which falls upon good seed planted in good land.

Favour is the enabling environment which differentiates the seeds, causing one to bear ten fold and another a hundred fold.

In our text, favour was what restored the wealth of the children of Isreal. They came into Egypt full, lost all they had including their dignity, and would have returned empty but Gods favour spoke, and their situation was turned around.

Father, give us favour in the midst of every dfficult situation. Lord, let the spirit of obedience be a permanent resident in our hearts to make a way for your favour. Most of all Lord, because you alone can turn the heart of any man to fulfil divine purpose, touch every situation we face today with your favour and let things begin to turn things around, In Jesus name. Amen

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Relevance – an exemption from the rule

Weekly Nuggets October 12, 2020

Genesis 46:33 – 47:7 NKJV

So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, What is your occupation?’ that you shall say, ‘Your servants’ occupation has been with livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers,’ that you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”…….. Then Joseph went and told Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my brothers, their flocks and their herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan; and indeed they are in the land of Goshen.” ………. Then Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you. Have your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know any competent men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock.”

Key Phrase: Relevance- an exemption from the rule

The rise of Joseph’s in Egypt never ceases to intrigue. A young boy gifted with knowledge and walking in the fear and favour of God. Joseph stood out always; as a sibling, as a slave and as a leader under Pharaoh. His management of Egyptian famine is epic and should be a case study in MBA classes. Joseph stood out because he was relevant, a solution provider, a profit maker…. However, Joseph was a Hebrew.

For several reasons, the Egyptians considered the ways of the Hebrews an abomination (Gen 43:32, 46:34), but Joseph was exempt. His relevance was a VIP pass from that rule.

In today’s text, Pharaoh made an offer to expand the sphere of relevance beyond Joseph. Pharaoh was looking for competent herdsmen to oversee the Egyptian livestock. We are not told if that offer was taken up, but its doubtful as we do not have a record of how any other Hebrew positively influenced the fortunes of Egypt.

Where are we landing this? In Exodus 1:8, a new Pharoah arose that didn’t know Joseph. There was no other Hebrew that stood out as a game changer or a solution provider, no Hebrew stood out as relevant in the Egyptian corridors of power. All Pharaoh saw were Hebrews in the land, all he saw was abomination in the best part of the Land.

I pray that whether in friendly or enemy terrain, the Lord will gift us a spirit of knowledge to be the game changers and solution providers that sets us apart for exemptions.

Father, we are created in your likeness, cause us to bring light and order into every difficult situation. Lord, whether in the dwelling place of friends or strangers, set us apart to be sought after as solution providers and game changers, let our relevance exempt from every law of stagnation and destruction. Most of all Lord, gift us with the unique gifts of Joseph; patience, wisdom, knowledge, understanding and most of all a deep reverence of the sovereignty of God, In Jesus name. Amen

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While we wait…we grow

Weekly Nuggets October 5, 2020

1 Samuel 16:13 – 20 NKJV

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. A Distressing Spirit Troubles Saul But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him. ……………..” So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me.” ………” Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”

Key Phrase: While we wait…we grow

“Can you wait?” This a question no one likes to hear. Whether on a queue, or waiting at a restaurant, or in a Dr’s reception. Whenever, wherever, a waiting period can be difficult.

“How long?” This is a question that follows a wait request. We ask to manage our expectations, manage our impatience, manage our anxiety… then we choose to either wait (patiently or impatiently) or abandon the wait.

The wait, however becomes worthwhile only if we are deliberate with what we do; a good book, some music, learning a new skill, writing our thought’s in a journal… all these makes the time pass quickly.

David was anointed King, the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, but he went back to keeping sheep because it wasn’t yet time. He chose to wait, and he chose to use the time wisely. He read the word, he wrote music, he played music, he perfected his battle skills (with the sling, with the lion and bear), he learnt to listen, he learnt obedience. He grew.

Are we waiting? do not waste time grumbling or complaining, embrace the opportunity to grow and come out prepared for the purpose of your anointing.

Father, deliver us from the spirit of impatience which distracts us from your plans. Lord, when you ask us to wait, help us to hear, trust and obey. Most of all Lord, teach us to embrace every opportunity to grow and perfect the skills we need to enter the purpose of our calling. In Jesus name. Amen

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He alone, is more than the strength of many Kings

Weekly Nuggets September 28, 2020

Genesis 14: 8-16 NKJV

And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five …. Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed …. Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan …… So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

Key Phrase: He alone, is more than the strength of many Kings

King’s (Presidents) do not move alone, they move with a retinue of support staff; admin, security, hospitality, medical etc. In times of war, the situation is same, Kings go out with their best army with the intent of demonstrating their might. Where a nation or a people are disadvantaged in strength of their army, they loose the battle before it starts due to fear. They get run over, bought over, colonized, enslaved, defeated.

In Exodus 14: 9, we see Pharaoh practicalizing this concept when he pulls out all the horses and chariots of Egypt. Intent was clearly to terrorise the children of Isreal with fear and win the battle before it even starts…he nearly succeded …. but God was fighting for His people.

In todays text, five kings (Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Bela) joined forces in battle against four kings. Intuitively we expect that they would win the battle… but no!… they had to retreat, loosing everything. But Abraham intervened, getting involved because his nephew Lot had been taken as a prisoner of war. With only 318 men, Abraham pursued, overtook the army of four King’s. He recovered Lot and all that belonged to the 5 (King of Sodom and his 4 allies)… because God was fighting for Abraham.

Battles are won when God is on our side, not by numbers or might of the enemy.

Father, for every situation where the enemy has gathered against us, give us peace in place of fear. Lord, teach us not to trust in the horses and chariots (Psalm 20:7) but in your name. Most of all Lord, we ask for an intervention today, just as Abraham intervened in a situation that was considered game-over, intervene and overturn every defeat, loss, destruction which the devices of the enemy have staged in our lives, In Jesus name. Amen

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Show me your friends…..

Weekly Nuggets September 21, 2020

2 Chronicles 20: 5-9 NKJV

Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?

Key Phrase: Show me your friends…..

There is a popular quote, “Show me your friends…”, this can be completed by any of the following phrases-

  1. …. and I will tell you who you are
  2. …..and I will tell you your future
    Both endings make sense because we are who we associate with and given sufficient time we will become like those we have chosen to call friends.

Friendship is a 2-way relationship, mutual love, mutual respect, mutual trust. A one-way relationship where only one party derives joy or benefit can be referred to as parasitic. But true friendship produces peace, success & progress.

In the midst of many good friends, there is one friend everyone must strive to have and please – God. He is loyal, faithful, understands our short comings and knows how to give us good success. God demonstrated true forever friendship (BFF) with Abraham and we see that even today, we children of Abraham claim rights to that friendship. Abraham loved God and God loved Abraham. Abraham trusted God and God trusted Abraham. Abraham believed in God’s promises and God delivered on His promises to Abraham.

Abraham, was a friend of God indeed (James 2:23). Jehoshaphat in our text understood and laid a claim on Gods friendship as a descendant of Abraham. Today, who is our friend? Who do we run to in trouble? Who do we trust with our secrets and fears? Who do we rely on to save and deliver?

Father, on a daily basis help us to choose the company of friends that know You and understand Your plan and purpose for our lives. Lord, the best friend to have is You, grant us the wisdom to build a lasting relationship with You and separate ourselves from anything that causes enmity with You. Most of all Lord, just as we enjoy the benefits of Abraham being your friend, let our descendants be able to boldly hold claim to the fact that we are friends of God, In Jesus name. Amen

Additional reference – Proverbs 13:20, James 4:4

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