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Spiritual Intelligence: Blind Faith

who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Good morning friends. Abraham is known to most Christians as the father of faith. His epic story is one that has always been a source of inspiration to pilgrims the world over, and one that still provides that vital boost of spiritual nourishment to trillions living by faith today. He pioneered something new, something different, something extraordinary, something powerful, something of transcending value. He was a seeker; seeking the true essence of his existence, and by divine providence he connected with the almighty. I say by divine providence dear friends because many have embarked on the same quest, only to arrive at the wrong end.

In the words of the psalmist:

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

His faith sparked a flame that caught heaven’s attention; a paradigm shift exemplified by the Canaanite woman when Jesus probed her faith further. This woman had been on the caseload of His disciples, seeking their intervention for her demon possessed daughter, in frustration they were forced to pass her over to Him. When she finally got an audience with Jesus, the following dialogue ensued:

Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Friends, Abraham had an encounter that completely changed his life. One that inspired him to leave his tribe, his people, his past and present; for a future known, yet uncertain. He traded his reality for a big dream, he risked all, living dangerously for something he didn’t fully comprehend himself. But through the process of time, he learnt some invaluable virtues. He had learnt to conquer his fears, starve his doubts, and most importantly; he learnt to be selfless.

Abraham was blind to earthly kingdoms:

for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

So much so that God ratified his faithfulness with a covenant He swore into Himself. So, in closing I am reminded of the words of the patriarchs in honour of his legacy and blind faith:

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: And I, If I

Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

Good morning friends. Jesus made this statement in a bid to explain His death, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; freely available to all who believe. Here the word draw denotes a process that ultimately leads to a divine connection or encounter. These connections or encounters affords us with unique opportunities to have an audience with God, with a view to reason with him and review our lives.

Jacob had this encounter when he turned to God in desperation, when he heard that his twin brother Esau (the one he cheated of his birthright) was chasing hard after him. In fear for his life and his family’s, he turned to God with all his heart. He wrestled with an angel through the night, leading to a change in his destiny. Something significant happened that night, similar to Esther’s appearing before the king, or David confronting Goliath. In the words of Esau:

It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.’

At a crucial time Jacob had chosen wisely. His prayers had provoked God’s intervention, his faith was strengthened, his life transformed – he had been drawn into a more meaningful relationship with God.

Today, we have the some opportunity dear friends. The choice is ours, but consequences are out of our control.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Our True Definition

Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.

As I ponder over this statement by The Rabbi, the life of the biblical character Joseph comes to mind.

The first child of dearly loved Rachel, he had a special place in the heart of his Dad (Jacob). Jacob’s love was expressed in the beautiful coat of many colours he got for Joseph.

His Spiritual IQ was far more advanced than his siblings’, evident in the futuristic dreams that finally landed him in hot water.

He was sold to slavery by his siblings who were envious of him, and his death faked to their father. While in slavery he maintained his values even in very deep waters, taking no offence against God or his siblings.

Over time his dreams became a reality; his ascendancy was swift, he became the most economic savvy and influential prime minister of his era.

In the words of Rapper, Producer and Political Activist – Wyclef Jean on the subject;

It is not what you own but what you value that defines who you are

Friends, Joseph’s heart was in the right place.

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~ Sabali