Thought Leaders Series: 2017

Time is only a human invention. The 31st of December and 1st of January is an illusion.

Unlike the concept of Jubilee in Judaism where the economic and social slates are wiped clean with a view to give everyone a fresh start, largely, 2018 is a continuum, hence a direct product of 2017.

The present is explained by analysing the past, therefore at 11:59 when the dials of the clocks move to what we have agreed to call a New Year based on our calendar system, after the fan fair, pleasantries, excitement; our material existence will still be the same.

In other words, you will still be in the same house, contracted to the same employer, running the same business, in the same relationships, have the same social and financial commitments etc.

Interestingly, our metaphysical existence is not altered either – this dear friends is the crux of the matter. Therefore, except we are intentional events on their own do not posses any power to bring about any meaningful change or transformation.

So I urge you to envision new possibilities, but perhaps most importantly – live intentionally! Start now!

Reachout | Revive | Recover

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The Words Of Our Elders: Lee Roberson (1909-2007)

“Nothing but encouragement can come to us as we dwell upon the faithful dealing of our Heavenly Father in centuries gone by. Faith in God has not saved people from hardships and trials, but it has enabled them to bear tribulations courageously and to emerge victoriously.”
~ Lee Roberson

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom

The Words Of Our Elders: Deborah Lapidoth (1200 BC-1124 BC)

6 “In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
In the days of Jael,
The highways were deserted,
And the travelers walked along the byways.
7 Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel,
Until I, Deborah, arose,
Arose a mother in Israel.
8 They chose new gods;
Then there was war in the gates;
Not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.
9 My heart is with the rulers of Israel
Who offered themselves willingly with the people.
Bless the Lord!

~ Judges 5:6-9

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Spiritual Intelligence: A Kiss With Destiny

Early in the morning David left the sheep with another shepherd. He took the food and left as Jesse had told him. When David arrived at the camp, the army was going out to their battle positions, shouting their war cry. The Israelites and Philistines were lining up their men to face each other in battle.

David left the food with the man who kept the supplies and ran to the battle line to talk to his brothers. While he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out. He shouted things against Israel as usual, and David heard him.

And David heard him… Just allow those words to sink into your spirit for a minute. Can you hear anything?

Good morning friends. David’s story is one that truly inspires me. It’s a story that epitomise a beautiful tapestry interwoven with threads of faith, humility, courage, zeal, humility, wisdom, kindness, and passion. Each one radiating it’s own colour while complimenting the others. And like a true masterpiece, it has a cute element of imperfection; evident in the episode when his passion was misplaced. The same passion that made him stand out from the rest; sadly, was also his thorn in the flesh.

So, here lies the conundrum. Should we rise up and walk by faith in-spite of our weaknesses, or do we sit down and wait till those weaknesses becomes strengths? With this in mind, I am reminded of a line from one of the psalms:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

When we realise the truth behind these words, it changes everything dear friends. When we realise that it’s not just about us, when we realise God’s all sufficiency, when we catch a glimpse of the awesomeness of His grace and mercy; then our strength is renewed like an eagle. At this juncture, I am also reminded of the words of Paul in a letter to friends in Corinth:

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

There is no mention of David’s mentor or teacher anywhere in the Bible, I’m not even sure how devoted Jesse (his father) was to God. In his early days all we are privy to is his extraordinary strength of character; demonstrated in his faithfulness to Jesse, and his commitment to the flock he was assigned to shepherd.

As I draw this thought to a close, let’s have another look at this line from our opening verses – I am still intrigued.

… and David heard him.

So, be mindful of what you hear, and be careful of what you say. Goliath spoke that day and he met his demise; David heard that day, and it led to a kiss with sweet destiny.

Out of all the conversations he had that day, this one just stood out for David. Thank God he recognised destiny on the day their paths crossed.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Think Again

Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known?
Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Wow! Some really reassuring words.

Good morning friends. In my experience there have been moments when I feel weary, times when I have staggered, times when I couldn’t see the woods from the trees. These are times of doubt, frustration, disappointments, unbelief, despair… Times when I just feel like hiding under my duvet, times when I feel under the weather, times when I feel physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted.

Therefore, faith and knowledge in a supreme being who neither slumber nor sleeps, one who neither faints or goes weary; gives me the courage to keep pressing on when I hit hard times. So, because of His almightiness; we can sleep knowing He neither slumbers nor sleep, we can ask for our strength to be renewed when we are tired and weary.

The key to drinking from this fountain of life dear friends is our positioning. In order to receive from Him, we need to be within the right; dimension, space and time. It was said of John the Baptist, that he was in the wilderness until the time of his showing. The wilderness was a place of obscurity, a place of preparation where he had God’s undivided attention; a place of refuge from the storms of life, the psalmist called it – the secret place of the most high. So, locate those coordinates and lock-in accordingly for your time of refreshing!

In the words of king David:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever. Amen.

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~ Sabali

Spiritual Intelligence: Occupy Planet Earth

I open up today’s thought with this question: Who has the final say?

Well… In a football match the referee, in the courts of law the judge, however in the affairs of life I submit to you – almighty God!

In one of Peter’s letters of encouragement and profession of his faith in the Unchangeable Changer, he used these words to his audience:

For all power belongs to God, now and forever

With that in mind, we are called to be steadfast and unmovable in our; vision, values and beliefs. To be trusting in faith and to exercise laser focused precision in our determination as He unfolds our destiny.

Friends as our spirits mingle with His Spirit through; worship, devotion and service, we become His representatives here on earth – manifesting His power and love through our various vocation.

And as we do, we contribute our quota in the fulfilment of the heavenly mandate to Occupy till He comes!

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~ Sabali

Essay: Strange Love

One has my name (the other has my heart), Nat King Cole

This song was originally released by Eddie Dean, and co-written by Eddie Dean, Hal Blair and Lorene Donnelly. It was later recorded by Jimmy Wakely, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Willie Nelson and a host of other artists.

It is a track on one of Dad’s Nat King Cole albums — entitled’s Rambling Rose. I can still remember the sky blue sleeve and a picture of the young artist with a jolly smile on his face! I never got to hear the original version until much later, as a result Nat King Cole’s version will always have a special place in my heart. As the title goes, so does the tale. A man in dilemma between two women; one he was married to (has my name), the other he was in love with (has my heart).

What correlation has this got with matters of the spirit you might be wondering — well some theologians have described the bible as an epic love story. The story of a creator in love with His most precious creation — humankind. A love that leads to incarnation, birth and ultimately death for our sins. It can be encapsulated in these words from John’s gospel;

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

In the Old Testament the Prophet Hosea was commanded to go and search for his long lost wife who had given herself to prostitution. Once she is found, re-new his vows towards her and forgive her of all the hurts, pain and shame she caused him. A symbolic gesture typifying God’s undying love towards us, even though we turn our backs on Him in pursuit of other gods — self, money, sex and power.

Perhaps the most inspiring account can be found in the book of Ruth… In the days of the Judges there was famine in Judah. A man named Elimelech, his wife (Naomi) and their two sons; Mahlon and Chillion decided to relocate to Moab in the hope of a better life. They settled into life in Moab, their sons got married; Mahlon to Ruth and Chillion to Orpah. Sadly Elimelech dies, to compound matters both sons also died, leaving Noami with her daughter-in-laws.

Amidst this all Naomi gets wind that the famine was over in Judah, so she decided to head back home in the hope that she might be able to cope better with her misery. To her surprise, Ruth and Orpah decided to go back with her. On getting to the major road leading to Judah, she said to them;

Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the LORD show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.

Both women wept aloud clinging unto Naomi. But after much persuasion, Orpah decided to return, she kissed her mother-in-law and said her goodbye with a very heavy heart. With Orpah gone, Naomi continued diplomatic talks with Ruth, but the lady was not for turning. Her eyes were fixed on Judah, her spirit would only be separated from Naomi’s in death — wow! In defiance, Ruth went on to make this profound statement;

Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.

On that note Naomi rested her case, Ruth had won, she was coming to Judah — and the rest is history. In Judah she got back far more than she bargained for – she was blessed beyond measure!

Every now and then human radicals emerge demonstrating strange manifestationsOrdinary people doing Extraordinary feats. You see friends, Orpah had the lord’s name, but Ruth — His heart. Ruth went far beyond the call of duty! She made a vow like Orpah, however she chose to esteem hers — even after her husband’s death. In the words of her great grand son;

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you oh Lord

Little wonder how this woman ended up in the chronicles of time and the lineage of Jesus Christ.

~ Sabali