Spiritual Intelligence: RIP To The Man I Used To Be

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Jesus made this profound statement after He had revealed His death and resurrection to His bewildered disciples.

Good morning friends. The cross was given to Jesus by the Roman soldiers assigned to flog, brutalise and crucify Him. It’s a symbol of pain, suffering and shame. Its a burden, a cause, a mission, a passion, a purpose, a destiny…. Suffice to say that if you haven’t found yours yet, I pray that God almighty will begin to stir up your spirit to; discover, harness, and deploy it in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dear friends that is the starting point of discipleship, for each disciple must follow Jesus with their own cross. Unlike The London Marathon, no amount of training, coaching and nutritional programme can prepare you for the challenges of discipleship. It cannot be simulated, it is our daily choices of denying our present self for the transcending glory of our future self.

Discipleship is costly. It might cost you “friends”, family; hurt your “reputation”; life can be a little tougher sometimes, but exceedingly rewarding in the end. In Paul’s long walk to freedom, he made this statement in a letter to his friends;

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

So, in closing this morning’s thought, I leave you with this beautiful hymn by Fanny J Crosby.

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain—
Free to all, a healing stream—
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.

Happy Palm Sunday!


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Spirit To Spirit

If my people called by my name, humble themselves and pray, seek my face and depart from their wicked ways. I will hear from heaven and heal their land.

Friends, it is the start of a new week, and the last day of the month; a good time to take stock and carry out self appraisal. The Rabbi expressed this to His first set of disciples in these terms;
Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

I’ve come to realise that its one thing to know what to do, another to do it, and expedient to start early. So, we start from where we are, and we grow in grace as we follow. We follow by doing away with those things that impede our progress, replacing them with spiritual foundations, pillars and building blocks. As we grow, our lives become attractive to other seekers, suddenly we realise that we have become change agents in our own rights.

So, back to my opening verses, the called ones (my people) are to stand in the gap as living sacrifices through their lifestyle and prayers. Their sacrifices ascends to heaven as a sweet smelling aroma through the Holy Spirit, heaven receives it, and He returns bringing; righteousness, peace and joy.

For God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

I pray that this week our growth will be enabled, and our progress will be evident. I pray that God’s glory will be revealed in every facet of our lives, and our lives will be attractive to those around us. Amen.


~ Sabali