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Spiritual Intelligence: Behold, I Stand At The Door And Knock

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

The word Behold means to see or observe (someone or something, especially of remarkable or impressive nature). With this in mind we understand that we have to be watchful and observant at all times for the still small voice of Jesus Christ. This action is not a one-off exercise; but one of a continuous nature. It’s the gesture of a friend or relative, it’s an experience to look forward to; one to be enjoyed. Good morning friends. It’s interesting to know that we mean so much to God, and that He enjoys our company. In the words of the Psalmist:

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen— even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.

In our opening verses, we are presented with a people who were in love with themselves. A people who had been distracted, and blown completely off course with the pleasures and leisure of this present world. A people who’s vision had become blurred, a people who had become drunk with the wine of Babylon. In their drunkenness, they believe the lies of the devil; they believe they have it all. But, in-spite of this we see a loving God knocking at the door of their hearts, hoping to be received and invited to have dinner; reminiscent to what He did when He caught a glimpse of Zacchaeus perching on the branch of that famous sycamore tree. In demonstration of the depth of His love towards us, He made this statement:

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

His love makes the journey to our hearts seem like a walk in the park… Just picture how you feel when you are at the door of a dear one. So, will you listen for the door? Will you let Him in? Will you take time to wash His traveling feet, recline at the table, and have dinner with Him? 20140501-054855.jpg ~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Food For The Soul

In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”

Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

Jesus said this emphatically to His audience, in a view to paint a mental picture in their minds of true worship, and His assignment while on planet earth.

Good morning friends. I submit to you this morning that some people know what they ought to be doing, but they lack the will and knowledge of how to accomplish it; for these people life is evidently frustrating. Some see life as a collection of experiences; to them life is just an experience to be occupied with fleeting pleasures and vain toil. And finally, there are those that are clear on: what life is, the seasons and times, and how they fit into it all.

With this in mind you might be wondering what your purpose in life is. Well, let me stir you a little using Jesus’ response to a certain lawyer who asked Him the same question; sadly, with the wrong motive. In any case, Jesus replied:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and ‘your neighbor as yourself

So dear friends the key to a purposeful life can be found in the key to eternal life. And we can achieve this by denying ourselves the “pleasures” and vain glory a spiritually bankrupt life has to offer, and apply His guidance and teaching in our lives daily. Jesus sets a precedence, His life was a life of love demonstrated in service to God and humanity.

In closing, let’s ponder over this paradigm shift from our opening verses:

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

Get up and let’s start now, what are you waiting for? Stop procrastinating, the time is drawing near, and Jesus is coming soon. He comes with judgement and rewards. Judgement for time wasters, and rewards for true and faithful witnesses.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: How Sweet Are Your Words

But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.

In the midst of a long drawn battle with the Philistines, King Saul made a decision to put his army under a fast (the oath) in the hope that it will get God’s attention and give him swift victory.

In this same chapter we see Jonathan (King Saul’s son) leaving the camp with his armour bearer without the Priest (the seer) even knowing. A roll-call had to be taken before they realised that they had crossed to the other side to cause major damage in the enemy’s camp. The nation was in a mess spiritually and politically. The same Jonathan was unaware of the fast, so he tasted the honey to his delight.

Honey symbolically represents the word of God. Hence the Psalmist wrote;

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Friends as a healthy meal is to our body, so also is His word to our spirit. It provides the spirit with all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function and operate effectively. A well nourished spirit is also like a spring; its source is God’s spirit, its destination – humanity. Hence The Rabbi boldly declared;

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

I have highlighted the word must for emphasis. Worshipping in this fashion is the hallmark of a disciple. This means that our natural environment does not affect or interfere with our lifestyle of worship. So, the seasons, the weather, the economy – has no impact on the quality of our worship. Health, wealth, power, politics – has no influence over the quality of our praise and thanksgiving. We worship regardless of situation or circumstances – glory to the living God!

I pray that your hands are never weary, and your knees are never feeble. Hands to worship, and knees to pray His kingdom on earth.

Go and recover all this week in Jesus’ name!

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~ Sabali