Key Phrase: God will remember

Weekly Nuggets February 24, 2020

Exodus 2:23-25 (NKJV)

Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.

Key Phrase: God will remember

Eccl 3:1-8 reminds us that “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” These words serve as a reminder that our God is a God of order and purpose. He has a plan concerning each of us and in the fullness of time will reveal His Glory.

In a season, the children of Isreal felt forgotten and abandoned, but they never stopped crying out to God. In a season, God heard their cry and acknowledged them. Just as there is a time to sow and a time to harvest, there is a time to ask and a time to receive, a time to stand still and a time to run forward, a time to be cast aside and a time to be celebrated, but all according to God’s divine plan.

In the process of time……. God remembered Hannah (1 Samuel 1:20) and turned her season of barreness into fruitfulness.

In the process of time…….God remembered Mordecai (Esther 6) and turned his season of humiliation into honour.

In the process of time…….God remembered Joseph (Genesis 41:9 ) and turned his season of chains into royalty.

In the process of time… God will remember us, dont stop asking, dont stop praying, our season of harvest is certain.

Father, no matter the times we are in, teach us to persevere in the place of prayer, never fainting. Lord, please bring us quickly into our season of celebration- turn every tear to laughter and every seed to fruit. Mostly Lord, let our season of rememberance start now – open every shut book, disturb the sleep of kings, remember every good seed your children have sown and let testimonies be in abundance. In Jesus name.

Elozino

Pay attention to signposts

Weekly Nuggets February 17, 2020

Joshua 5:1,10-12 (NKJV)

So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel.

Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho. And they ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day. Then the manna ceased on the day after they had eaten the produce of the land; and the children of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate the food of the land of Canaan that year.

Key Phrase: Pay attention to signposts

On every journey, there are signs to show progress and most importantly location, with the most looked forward-to sign being the arrival sign. However some people fall asleep along the journey, or are distracted or ignorant and miss the signs causing worry, delay and loss. But for those that recognize the signs, they know, that something is about to happen.

In verse 1 of Joshua 5 the Lord provided a significant signpost – the crossing of the Jordan. Significant because all of the Isrealites who crossed the red sea crossing had died in the wilderness, it was now a story, a fable, a myth. God used this repeat miracle to remind them that the elements are subject to His power. Also significant because God needed to send a warning sign to any potential enemy – “remember Pharoah’s army”.
Some events will happen in our lives that will be a sign to everyone that God is still at work.

From verse 10, the manna stopped. This would have been a cause of concern for many because its the only food they knew. But… before it stopped, God put a sign post in place…the produce of the land was good and they had eaten of it. When God withdraws something, it’s not necessarily bad, it is likely that He has a better alternative in place.

Father, please remove the distractions that blind us to the signs that you are about to demonstrate your power. Lord when the appointed time to set me up arrives, let the world be reminded of the sovereignty of your power. Mostly Lord, just like manna had to stop to declare arrival to the promised land, please close every door that needs to close to herald my entry into my promised land, In Jesus name.

Elozino

An obstacle, A weapon and A testimony

Weekly Nuggets February 10, 2020

Exodus 14:10, 15-19 (NKJV)

And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord……
And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

Key Phrase: An obstacle, a weapon and a testimony

The glass is either half empty or half full is a common expression used to express the fact that we all view life through the lens of perspective.

A perspective of faith swings the pendulum to boldness and testimonies while doubt swings the pendulum the opposite direction leading to fear and dissapoinment. But whatever it is we face, we must believe and trust God that He is setting us up for a testimony.

The perspective on the banks of the red sea in Exodus 14 could not have been funny. It must have been very difficult to have a ‘trust God’ discussion, but a setup is exactly what God was doing. The same sea which stood as an obstacle for the children of Israel, stood as the weapon to destroy their pursuers and also stood as the source of their greatest testimony.

For someone facing a problem today which appears insurmountable, Rejoice! not only will God set up the pursuers for destruction, He will also bring forth a life changing testimony out of it.

Father, when things look dark, show us that You are light. Lord, put an end to every stubborn pursuer taking advantage of the obstacles and bring an end to fear and doubt. Mostly Lord, make a way out for us, in this same situation give us a testimony that will be repeated for generations to come. In Jesus name.

Elozino

The seeds of opportunity

Weekly Nuggets February 3, 2020

Exodus 4:1-2 (NKJV)

Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”

Key Phrase: The seeds of opportunity

There are times we set out searching for things that the Lord has already provided. Struggling with stuck windows when there are doors that the Lord has already opened. Forgetting to ask, to seek or to knock.(Mathew 7:7)

So many times, it turns out that the seed of opportunity we need is already in our hands, waiting to be planted, waiting to be nurtured, waiting to bring forth bountiful fruit.

For Moses, that rod, which he had carried for years became the key to fulfilling his destiny.

For the widow of the prophets in 2 kings 4:2, ‘but a jar of oil’ presented the seed of opportunity she needed for breakthrough.

For the servers in John 2:7, ‘waterpots’ turned out to be the opportunity to serve the best wine.

The common denominator is hearing and obeying in faith. The same way Jesus took ‘just’ the lunch of a little boy and over 5000 people were fed, He can use that thing, that little, ignored, seemingly unimportant seed in your possession to turn around your situation and glorify His name.

Father, we are asking, seeking, knocking, reveal to us every seed in our possession which has been ignored or considered irrelevant till now. Lord, those seeds of opportunity we have withheld from you – bless them and turn them into door openers in Jesus name. Mostly Lord, show us where/when to plant our seeds, Guide us when/ how to reap the fruits, such that your name in our lives will be glorified.

Elozino

The ways of the ant

Early this morning on my walk, I came across this colony of ants crossing my path like a well oiled machine, I hopped over them (careful not to disrupt them) minding my business until I heard them call my name, so I turned back and stopped.

I stopped and watched this highway of at least 1 gazillion (?) ants in a perfectly synchronised operation. Everyone of them seem to carry a tiny piece of something and moving briskly, none breaking the ranks. It was amazing.

I watched and understood what Proverbs 6:6-11 teaches us.

I saw order, I saw precision, I saw purpose, I saw structure, I saw unity, I saw obedience. They have a master plan and work this plan so they do not starve in the raining season. Each one carrying his tiny grain and marching forward.

What is your plan? what is your purpose? What are you doing to actualize that plan? Are you sleeping, slumbering expecting tomorrow to suddenly bring forth a harvest? or are you rising early to things done before the distractions of the world start? Are you taking purposeful little steps, no matter how small, always inching forward towards the goal?.

The ants said to me, stop staring and go set your own goals and work your own plan, take a step each day no matter how small – just do it!

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.

Don’t be like them

Weekly Nuggets January 27, 2020

Mark 13:10-17 (NKJV)

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Key Phrase: Don’t be like them

This word from the Lord Jesus concludes this series on divine seeing and hearing. In His words “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

This is a newsworthy statement… that every disciple has been appointed ab initio to know the mysteries of the kingdom while to ‘them’ no such a privilege has been given. This news flash serves as a reminder to be on the right team.

Those who align with Jesus, embracing His presence, walking with Him, following in His footsteps as true disciples will be the first partakers of what He is about to do (insider privileges). They will receive the mysteries and walk in the power of that knowledge. But there are those, who do not have Jesus and neither see nor hear things of the spirit, dont be like them.

Father, grant unto us the grace to follow Jesus diligently. Lord, bless us with eyes that see and ears that hear mysteries that can be found only in your presence. Mostly Lord, for every delay to our understanding, every hindrance to our perception and every dulling of our hearts – let there be a restoration today. In Jesus name.

Elozino

Stay in Sync with Jesus

Weekly Nuggets January 20, 2020

Mark 8:22-25 (NKJV)
Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

Key Phrase: Stay in Sync with Jesus

Still on seeing. What do you see? Are our decisions and actions driven by what we see with our flesh or what the Lord wants you to see? Is our vision blurred seeing “men like trees” or do we see “everyone clearly“.

In today’s nugget, Jesus asked to the blind man what he saw. Jesus needed to be sure that the man could see what he was supposed to see. From the first response, it was clear the man had not yet synced with Jesus…. and then Jesus put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.

There is so much that God Knows and sees but we cannot see because of our physical, spiritual and emotional limitations. And therefore to remain constantly synced with the plan of God for us we have to be willing to patiently stay close to Jesus and receive His touch again and again and again until we sync and ‘see’.

Father, open our hearts to accept that though we are limited, we are children of an unlimited Father. Lord, help us to hunger for what is beyond our blurred vision and strive to see clearly. Mostly Lord, increase our faith to walk in the word you have spoken concerning us, not by our blurred vision but by faith in Your word and You see in our future. In Jesus name.

Elozino

God can show Freedom from the figs

Weekly Nuggets January 13, 2020

Jeremiah 24:3-7 (NKJV)
Then the Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.” Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.

Key Phrase: God can show Freedom from the figs

Still on the subject of hearing and seeing. What do you hear? What do you see?
A basket of figs or a revelation?
Captivity or liberty?
A lifting up or a pulling down?
A planting or an uprooting?

There are times that God uses the most random thing to speak and pass across a strong message. It may be a short video clip on social media or it could be that short outburst that you shouldn’t have permitted, or even that brief transaction in the market place. But once our spiritual Eyes and Ears are open, we will see him move, hear him speak in situations.

Jeremiah had an encounter with a basket of figs and the Lord spoke a word to those in captivity. Captivity is a state of imprisonment or confinement. It is not only physical, but can also be emotional, financial, spiritual. Captivity breeds fear, breeds stagnancy or even progression, it brings fruitlessness and limitations. In captivity one is limited by the desires of the captor. But today God is saying to those in captivity, trust me, For I will set My eyes on you for good.

For someone in any state of captivity today, God is set to release, to restore, to build up and to replant in green pastures.

Father, your word says the Son has set us free, let that word free us today. Lord, as you revealed your ways to Jeremiah through a simple basket of figs, let our eyes and ears never be closed to your revelations in our lives. Mostly Lord, set your eyes upon us for good, turn our hearts to know you as our only God. In Jesus name.

Elozino

20/20 vision

Weekly Nuggets January 6, 2020

2 Kings 6:14-17 (NKJV)

Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Key Phrase: 20/20 vision

It’s a new year and what better way to start off todays nugget with a loud Happy new year! May we experience an even higher impact of His word in our lives in 2020.

This first nugget of 2020 is inspired by the medical definition of 20/20; this connotes visual acuity ie sharp/clear vision. My prayer is that this year, our spiritual eyes will be open to clearly see the Lord’s ways.

In the Account of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6, we see how fear takes centre stage when spiritual visual acuity is lacking. Elisha could see but his servant could not until Elisha prayed …. “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.

Today, by faith, let us put our names in that prayer and believe that our spiritual sight will be sharpened to see.

Father, we thank you for the opportunity to start again, strengthen us for the journey ahead. Lord, in this new year, open my eyes, open my ears, open my heart to see, hear and perceive those deep things that you are doing on our behalf. Mostly Lord, as we begin to see and hear you more, let faith replace fear, let hope be restored. In Jesus name.

Elozino

Access your open doors…. by all means.

Weekly Nuggets December 30, 2019

1 Corinthians 16:9

9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (NKJV)

9 There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me. (NLT)

9 because a wide door for effective service has opened to me [in Ephesus, a very promising opportunity], and there are many adversaries. (AMP)

9 There is a real opportunity here for great and worthwhile work, even though there are many opponents. (GNT)

Key Phrase: Access your open doors…. by all means.

It’s the last week of 2019 and both hearts and eyes are focusing on the new year. Whilst we ponder over what has been and speculate over what may be, one certain thing is the land lies before us with opportunities to claim for God’s glory.

To deepen our understanding of today’s nugget, we look to different scripture versions and focus on two words; door & effective.

Door: a passage, a gateway marking an entrance or exit from one place or state to another. An opportunity

Effective: accomplishing a purpose; producing the intended or expected result, successful or achieving results or bearing fruits

As we enter 2020, a door, not an ordinary one but an effective door has been opened to us;
• We must spend time in prayer to access those new opportunities that the Lord has gone before to prepare.
• We must overcome every spirit of “just a little sleep & slumber” that clouds our spiritual sight and hearing.
• We must be diligent in the place vigilance as there are many adversaries (with diverse tricks and devices) opposed to the success ahead.

God has gone ahead to open the doors of opportunity, may we not miss them. We shall enter the places of opportunity which God has prepared for us – by all means.

Father, we receive your open doors in thanksgiving, please keep them open until we have reaped the full benefits. Lord, we pray that no opportunity will be missed due to eyes & ears clouded by the world. Mostly Lord, we know the adversary cannot shut a door you have opened, but can only distract and delay us with his devices, so, we pray according to Job 5:12 that in the new year you will disappoint every device of the adversary. In Jesus name

Elozino