LOVE SHOWERS; SOLOMON DIDN’T GET THE BEST OF IT!

100_0551_1383665698096_lLOVE SHOWERS; SOLOMON DIDN’T GET THE BEST OF IT!

Love unparalleled, love unbeatable, love unsurpassed, love coveted is what I thought, for a breathless moment, that Solomon received from God. Adonijah couldn’t stomach it and I wouldn’t be surprised if gorgeous Absalom had groaned and turned in his grave.

In spite of the ignoble way in which his parents became man and wife, God loved Solomon. Despite the fact that the right to be king after David should naturally fall upon Solomon’s older siblings, God chose him to ascend the throne. Solomon didn’t just become king, God exalted him above his predecessors and none that came after him matched him in wisdom and greatness. Solomon’s fame spread to all the corners of the earth, kings and queens sought his presence and good will, they brought him gifts and when he returned the favor, it was in greater measure. He was lavish and flamboyant in his use of gold, silver, bronze and precious stones.

Though David desired it, the honor of building the Lord’s house fell on Solomon.  However, the details of design and structure was meticulously put together by David under inspiration of the Holy Spirit Solomon was not just instructed to build; he was adequately empowered to do so successfully. He had great wealth delivered into his hands by his father David; he had the support of the whole nation of Israel as well as that of foreign nations. Solomon was prepared and programmed for great success, and the amazing thing about it all is that he did nothing to merit it. God chose to love him, and bestow on him unequaled riches, wealth, honor, glory and fame.

The only thing God asked Solomon in return was love, (see 2 Chronicles 7:16-18). Solomon did his best to express gratitude to God; at the dedication of the temple he offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand bulls and a hundred and twenty-two thousand sheep.  Great sacrifice, so great I wondered what its equivalent would be in today’s world.  Yet, great as it was, without keeping the statutes and commandments of God, it would amount to nothing.

I marvel at the magnitude of God’s love showered on Solomon, with a pinch, no actually a large dose of envy, and the Holy Spirit reminded me gently that greater love than that the Father has showered on me and indeed the whole world. The record is there in John 3:16 and in Romans 5:8 and in John 15:13 and several other scriptures but three witnesses will suffice. The love that God has showered on me, on the whole world, cannot be quantified in gold, silver, bronze and precious stones. Undeserving though we were, God gave us His Son who  died for us, He used his blood to pay the price for our salvation, deliverance, justification, redemption, peace, prosperity, health, joy, eternal life. God used the life of His Son to redeem ours from the power of sin and death.  Jesus gave His life to change our status from “sinner” and “condemned” to “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, called out of darkness into His marvelous light.” God’s love for us changed our status from nobody to children of God, who have obtained mercy, (see 1 Peter 2:9-10)

And the glory is still rising, here’s why; as a children/heirs of God all things are ours, (see Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Corinthians 3:22-23). If all things are ours, then God has not withheld anything from us and if so then a greater than Solomon is here and that is me and you. God loved us so much He didn’t withhold the life of His only begotten Son from us. There is no greater honor, no greater glory, no greater riches, and no greater love than this. We are blessed! Halleluyah!

The only thing God has asked in return is that we love Him back by keeping His commandments, (see 1 John 2:3-6). And that we love each other as He has loved us, (see 4: 7, 11, John 15:12).

Yours sincerely,

Hephzibah Gia

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Just Another Ordinary Day

JUST ANOTHER ORDINARY DAY

It was just another ordinary day in the life of the lame man who begged for alms at the gate of the temple called beautiful, suddenly something happened.

It was just another ordinary day in the life of the man with a thirty-eight year old infirmity waiting helplessly by the pool called Bethesda. Suddenly, something happened.

It was just another ordinary day in the life of the Samaritan woman who went to the well which Jacob had dug many, many years back, to fetch some water. Perhaps she had plenty on her mind, having had five failed marriages and was now making do with a lover. Suddenly, something happened.

It was another ordinary day in the life of Moses. Out with his father-in-law’s sheep, he saw a bush on fire but strangely the bush was not consumed. He turned aside to take a closer look and suddenly, something happened.

It was just another ordinary day in the life of David, suddenly something happened. He was summoned from looking after his father’s sheep into the presence of Samuel the prophet of God, who poured oil on his head.

It was just another ordinary day in the life of Elisha when suddenly something happened! Elijah threw his mantle on him.

Great things happen on ordinary days when God is on the move.

Yours sincerely,

Hephzibah Gia

God of Mercy

100_05Dear FOJ…. I believe that the best thing that could happen to any of us is experiencing “The mercy of God”, especially when it comes as a pleasant surprise. In this letter my thoughts are inspired by the story of the lame man who sat at the temple gate called “Beautiful,” you will find this story in the book of Acts chapter 3. God demonstrated mercy to a man who was lame from birth and who had been in that unfortunate condition for over forty years. Here was a man who had suffered the misfortune of being handicapped from birth, a man who had lived with his limitations for half a life time. This was a man who must have known various degrees of shame, sorrow and frustrations as a result of his condition. This was a man who must have asked all manner of questions because of his predicament. But I imagine that as years come and go, he was finally able to make peace with the situation. He was lame, he didn’t know why, what was clear was that he would never walk like all the “lucky” people trooping in and out of the temple every day. But he could at least survive. By soliciting for the mercy of that privileged lot; he would be able to feed, clothe and have a roof over his head. The world is a tough place and a lame man could easily be despised or ignored, so asking for alms and receiving is a miracle of some sort. It was something to hope for and be thankful for, if gained. But to rise up and walk? With many people, many, not all, (for there will always be exceptions) there are places a man’s mind just never wonders to. That is the realm of no, that’s just not possible! The realm of rise up and walk didn’t exist to the lame man, (this is not the same as the realm of wishful thinking, where o f course anything can happen for anyone) only the realm of please help me with my daily bread. Though a difficult realm, it doubtless saved him the agony of hoping that by some act of God he would just wake up one morning and find himself able to walk, only to live out his life and not experience it. So this man’s hopes and expectations were limited to his basic needs but the God who says I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, decided to surpass his expectations. God came to him and said, I can give you more than your daily bread, in fact I want to give you what you never imagined was possible. You need it, you’ve desired it, but you never thought it was possible; RISE UP AND WALK! Rise up and walk means I set you free from your limitation; I give you the power to dream and achieve your dreams. I give you the power to do all the things you’ve desired to do for over forty years but simply couldn’t because you couldn’t walk. Nobody’s going to carry you anymore, nobody’s going to look down on you anymore, nobody’s going to get to step on you only to look down and say, “Oh, you’re there? I’m sorry I just didn’t see you.” Dear friends of Jesus, the gift of God’s mercy and compassion that is beyond our wildest imagination is just awesome, just reading about it is such a wonderful experience. How much more receiving it? May the Lord visit you and visit me. May His visitation revive dreams we have lost and birth the ones we have been too afraid to dream, Amen. Yours sincerely, Anu-moni Agbedeh (Hephzibah Gia) Hepzibah4eva@gmail.com 51_1383665698096_l

Dear FOJ….

I believe that the best thing that could happen to any of us is experiencing “The mercy of God”, especially when it comes as a pleasant surprise. In this letter my thoughts are inspired by the story of the lame man who sat at the temple gate called “Beautiful,” you will find this story in the book of Acts chapter 3.

God demonstrated mercy to a man who was lame from birth and who had been in that unfortunate condition for over forty years.

Here was a man who had suffered the misfortune of being handicapped from birth, a man who had lived with his limitations for half a life time. This was a man who must have known various degrees of shame, sorrow and frustrations as a result of his condition. This was a man who must have asked all manner of questions because of his predicament. But I imagine that as years come and go, he was finally able to make peace with the situation. He was lame, he didn’t know why, what was clear was that he would never walk like all the “lucky” people trooping in and out of the temple every day. But he could at least survive. By soliciting for the mercy of that privileged lot; he would be able to feed, clothe and have a roof over his head. The world is a tough place and a lame man could easily be despised or ignored, so asking for alms and receiving is a miracle of some sort. It was something to hope for and be thankful for, if gained. But to rise up and walk?

With many people, many, not all, (for there will always be exceptions) there are places a man’s mind just never wonders to. That is the realm of no, that’s just not possible! The realm of rise up and walk didn’t exist to the lame man, (this is not the same as the realm of wishful thinking, where o f course anything can happen for anyone) only the realm of please help me with my daily bread. Though a difficult realm, it doubtless saved him the agony of hoping that by some act of God he would just wake up one morning and find himself able to walk, only to live out his life and not experience it. So this man’s hopes and expectations were limited to his basic needs but the God who says I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, decided to surpass his expectations. God came to him and said, I can give you more than your daily bread, in fact I want to give you what you never imagined was possible. You need it, you’ve desired it, but you never thought it was possible; RISE UP AND WALK!

Rise up and walk means I set you free from your limitation; I give you the power to dream and achieve your dreams. I give you the power to do all the things you’ve desired to do for over forty years but simply couldn’t because you couldn’t walk. Nobody’s going to carry you anymore, nobody’s going to look down on you anymore, nobody’s going to get to step on you only to look down and say, “Oh, you’re there? I’m sorry I just didn’t see you.”

Dear friends of Jesus, the gift of God’s mercy and compassion that is beyond our wildest imagination is just awesome, just reading about it is such a wonderful experience. How much more receiving it? May the Lord visit you and visit me. May His visitation revive dreams we have lost and birth the ones we have been too afraid to dream, Amen.

Yours sincerely,

Hephzibah Gia More