A BLANK CHEQUE

God appeared to Solomon in a dream and told him to ask for anything, (See 1 kings 3 vs. 4).
There were so many good things that Solomon could have asked for; peace, prosperity, good health, and long life amongst other equally important things. Surprisingly, Solomon only asked God to give him the wisdom to govern Israel. That was a purpose driven request. I would like to believe that before Solomon could ask God for that, he must have understood that his purpose in life was to govern Israel.
He must have thought about this and wondered how he was going to do it successfully. He must have realized that he needed help; it must have been some sort of burden on his heart. As a result, his heart was conditioned to make that request, when the opportunity presented itself, even in a dream. God was so happy with Solomon’s request that he gave him more than he asked for.

Asking and receiving from God is a wonderful experience, and God has given to each and every one of His children the same blank check he gave to Solomon in a dream many years ago. In Mathew 7vs7 Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That is a blank check that the Lord Jesus has given to everyone who believes in His name, so the question is how have you and I been using this blank check? In other words what kind of requests have we been asking of God? Have we been asking for the right things at the right time? Or have we been asking only for certain things we would love to have while neglecting
other important things that matter to God? Apostle Paul said categorically that if we do not understand the principles of asking we will not experience the joy of receiving, (see James 4 vs. 3). But on the other
hand, if we do understand these principles we would receive more than we bargained for just as Solomon experienced.

As our creator, God has a purpose or assignment for each and every one of us. God wants these assignments to be the most important thing in our lives. When we prove to Him that that is the case, as Solomon did, he will be pleased with us and make our lives beautiful in every way. In Mathew 6 vs. 33, Jesus said, ”Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things will be added to
you”.

The importance of making God and our relationship with Him priority in our lives in order to have access to a spiritual blank check is further emphasized in John 15 vs. 7, where Jesus said; “If you abide in me and my word abide in you, then you shall ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.”

Dear FOJ,
It’s important we spend time in God’s presence praying about our purpose. We need to think about and meditate on the things God wants us to do. As we do that, we will need to ask God for counsel, help and direction in order to achieve our divine purpose. The more we do this, the more we willexperience the power of God helping us serve Him better. And our enormous needs? They will all be met supernaturally because God is faithful. (Read and meditate on Mathew 6 vs. 25-34)

Yours truly,

Moni.

WAITING ON GOD

“In an acceptable time I have heard you. And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Isaiah 49vs8

How do you sit around for twenty-five years and do nothing? Sarah could not comprehend that and so fifteen years after God had promised her and Abraham a child, she felt she had to do something. She said to Abraham, “See now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing children. Please go into my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” Apparently, Abraham was tired of waiting too so he listened to Sarah. For a moment, it seemed Sarah was right because Haggai got pregnant immediately. Abraham was finally going to be a father, now it was certain he would not die childless. (Genesis 16 vs. 1-4) It was a relief but it did not take long before Sarah regretted her actions. When it dawned on Haggai that she was going to give Abraham what Sarah couldn’t, she felt that her position in the house had changed and so her attitude changed as well. She was no longer the humble, obedient servant; she became the haughty, new bride.

Despite the fact that Abraham had accepted Ishmael as his heir and wanted God’s blessings on him as the child of covenant, God said no. (Genesis 17 vs. 18-19) Again God made it clear to Abraham that Sarah was going to have a son and his name would be Isaac. Isaac was the covenant child; there could never be a replacement. However, he was taking so long in coming. Sarah and Abraham thought they could end their waiting period by getting up to do something. They were able to do something and what they did yielded result but neither their action nor the fruit it yielded was able to end their waiting period, Isaac was the covenant child and they had to wait for him even after Ishmael was born.

We cannot make God settle for the alternative routes we take because we got tired of waiting for him. An alternative route is out of the plan of God and so cannot lead to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for our lives. When we want something badly, it makes sense to get up and fight, to push, plan, and do anything possible to get our heart’s desire. If all God wants us to do is believe and wait, anything else we do outside of that will be wasted effort. This was a painful realization for Sarah when Haggai became a problem to her in her own home. Moreover, it did not end there, after Isaac was born, Sarah realized that Ishmael was going to be a problem to Isaac. (See Genesis 21 vs. 8-9) Sarah regretted her actions again; she wished she had waited patiently for God.

How many times have we created a mess for ourselves just because we could not wait? When we create a mess, we get hurt and people get hurt. Eventually we have to clean up the mess, no matter how painful it might be. Ishmael was Abraham’s first son; it was very painful for him to send the boy away with his mother. (Genesis 21 vs. 9-12) However, he had to do it because he needed to focus and align himself with the perfect will of God.

Dear FOJ,

The idea of waiting when time is seemingly, already gone is never easy on the human soul, but each one of us must come to that point in our lives where the Word of God is enough for us. This is a place of trust, the kind of trust that makes us realize there is no need to try to make happen for ourselves what God has specifically asked us to leave to Him.

Yours truly,

Moni.

THE NEXT LEVEL

In the beginning when we are introduced to the ministry of John the Baptized and that of our Lord Jesus Christ, certain names were mentioned. Names like Simon Peter, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Mathew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Theddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. See Mark 3vs 13-19. All these men walked with Jesus and played prominent roles from the beginning of His ministry on earth, to the end. But there were other men who were there but nobody mentioned their names. The spot light was not on them because Jesus did not give them any prominent roles to play. They were as good as nonexistent; they could have come and left quietly without anyone taking note of their exit. Except the Lord of course, He knows all things.

But these men never left. They came, and they stayed put because they believed in Jesus and they loved Him. Their names were Joseph of Barsabas and Mathias. These men didn’t get any special attention or recognition from Jesus while He was on earth but the moment He left, He demonstrated from heaven that He knew them. He had taken note of their steadfastness, their faithfulness, their commitment.

Are you committed to Christ? You may not look important but be rest assured that HE KNOWS YOUR NAME!

When we have a small role to play, whether in a relationship or on a project, it is important that we show commitment. That is what prepares us for bigger responsibilities in life.

Moreover it shows that we are reliable, dependable, and responsible and as such neither God nor man will be afraid to entrust important or sensitive assignments to us.

To fill the vacuum created by the fall of Judas Iscariot in the prophetic number of the Apostles of Jesus, two faithful men were proposed. There must have been others but Joseph Barsabas and Mathias were selected and out of these two, Mathias was chosen and honored with the office of an Apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ. See Acts 1 vs. 20-26.

To be esteemed by God as one fit for honor is a great thing. We cannot buy it with silver and gold, and all the diamonds in the world are not enough to trade in for it. Commitment is the key. Apart from Mathias, it took Cornelius and his household to the next level in their relationship with God, see Acts 10 vs. 1-6.

Dear FOJ,

It is true that promotion is as the Lord wills, but commitment prepares and positions us for consideration. The year 2013 is still very young, in your walk with the Lord this year, be committed. Your name will be mentioned for honor, amen.

Yours truly,

Moni.

Opening the year with Psalm 23

God is responsible for me, He will provide everything I need therefore I will not lack anything.

Good quality, top quality, premium quality; God will provide only the best for me.

God does not want unrest for me, only peace and quiet.

If ever I feel tired, drained, burnt out, frazzled, God will pump back strength and vitality into every part of my being.

God wants me to be like Him. He is Holy, but I am human. I don’t have the wisdom or good sense to be like God, so He teaches how. He shows me how; He guides me so that I can be Holy like Him.

If life brings my way challenges or difficulties that I find overwhelming and that makes me feel alone, I will strengthen my heart with the knowledge that God is always with me. I will find comfort in His word, in His wonderful promises to me.

The LORD will bless me, even if some people object. He will honor me and for that reason I will enjoy abundance of good things in life.

Life will be beautiful for me; life will be rich and satisfying for me, because through God’s mercy I will always find favor.

I belong to the LORD and He belongs to me. We will always be together, forever.

Dear FOJ,

I pray that the Spirit of God will minister to you, all through this New Year with this anointed psalm, amen.

Yours truly,
Moni.