Spiritual Intelligence: Open Doors

I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Good morning friends. John wrote to the leadership of the key churches in existence in his era while he was in solitary confinement on the Isle of Patmos, exhorting them to be faithful to Him who called them out of natures darkness into His marvellous light. He wrote to them through spiritual intelligence with a view to prune and cut-off their branches; thereby, enabling them to grow and bear much fruits.

These churches were made up of pockets of believers mostly meeting homes, sharing the gospel and breaking bread together. They were under immense pressure from: the authorities, who were out to extinguish the flames of their new found faith; false teachers who were victims of the devil’s deception; popular culture; and their customs and tradition. This cocktail of obstacles were there to stifle their growth, and ultimately cause death.

With this in mind, the words of our opening verses begins to make more sense… The faithfulness of the audience in question was the catalyst for the Open Door set before them by the almighty Himself. In the words of Jesus:

He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

Dear friends, as we draw close to the feast of Pentecost or Whitsunday (June 8th), The Lord drew to light the following verses to inspire prayers for Open Doors upon His church. These doors are for the corporate and individual advancement of His kingdom. Simultaneously, doors opened by the devil will start to get shut even as we see the rays of light from the doors of The Lord. These verses are excerpt from Paul’s letter to his friends in Corinth:

But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

So, as we tarry into Pentecost, we will begin to witness a paradigm shift in the church. The veil of lies, fear, deceit and deception will be lifted off His church, and we will go on to posses our inheritance. Just as Joshua and Caleb brought good news from Jericho amidst fear from the other members of the team of spies, we ask in line with your word as recorded by the psalmist:

Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.

Glory to God! Amen.


~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Do You See What I See?

Do you see what I see my dear friends? Something has badly gone wrong… Our priorities have been hijacked and misguided. Like Naomi, we need to return home, return to our first love, return to power and strength!

As a backdrop, lets consider this passage;

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

I always find this account captured in Matthew’s Gospel fascinating. Even though these men had wealth, honour, power, influence and intelligence, they still recognised the place of God in their lives. So it saddens me to see spirit filled believers, chasing what these fellas had at the expense of what they have.

It was Jesus’ burning desire that we recognise, protect and nurture what we have, so we don’t lose it or have it stolen by our adversary, hence he said:

So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.

We fast forward after Jesus’ death and we stumble across Peter’s stern rebuke to Simon when he tried to offer them money in exchange for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said,

Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!”

Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.

Little wonder why this subject came up again in John’s revelation on the Isle of Patmos, as a note of caution to us:

Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

Lets us pray. Lord help us to recognise, protect and nurture your gift to us. Help us to make the right choices, help us to prioritise our lives, help us to lead praiseworthy lives – amen.


~ Sabali