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Spiritual Intelligence: Tune In

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”

And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.

Good morning friends. Our opening verses has layers of prophetic references that highlights the spiritual state of the nation of Israel at this juncture in their history:
– the word of The Lord was rare in those days,
– the eyes of the priest was growing dim, that he could not see,
– the lamp of God was about to go out in the tabernacle.

Oftentimes, God steps in when the situation seems hopeless; when the devil thinks he finally has the upper hand over the believer, when he is just about to send that deathblow. I suspect Hollywood copied this idea from the bible for most of their movies – and that’s okay, they are only helping us preach the gospel.

All through scriptures, we see this pattern of events, and it poses major problems for most believers. Job was left for dead after the barrage of assaults he received from the devil; Samson’s eyes were plucked out, and he was badly beaten up and left for dead; the traveller enroute to Jericho was attacked by robbers and left for dead before the Good Samaritan intervened; and our lord Jesus Christ was beaten, crucified, He died on the cross and rose again on the third day.

In the words of prophet Joel:

Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’” Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord

I love those words, “let the weak say, I am strong”. Those words sum up the mental attitude we ought to portray, regardless of how gloomy the situation looks, or the level of devastation the enemy has wrought in our camp. What matters most is the what The Lord says concerning our circumstances. For ultimate, He has the final say. Just when the enemy thought he had a foothold over the nation, God anointed and appointed young Samuel to step into the picture. See below this beautiful account from the book of Samuel:

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’”

So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

Wow! This same Samuel would go down in history as the last Judge of Israel, and perhaps the most influential prophet and priest in living memory. In the words of prophet Isaiah:

The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.

God still speaks, and He is speaking even now. Therefore I say, tune in friends, say these words after me:

Speak lord, for Your servant hears

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~ Sabali

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Clem

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Spiritual Intelligence: The Inkhorn Of Life

Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand.” And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.

Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.

The more I study the holy writ, the more I get the impression that God is very clinical in His operations. He is a holy God; whose chief guiding principles are love, order and equity.

Good morning friends. These traits (although to a lesser degree) can also be found in the people He partners with over the course of history. For instance, He gave Noah the exact measurement and details of the ark; He gave Moses precise details of the ark of the covenant; He gave Joshua clear strategy for the campaign to dispossess and claim the promised land; He gave Jeremiah dates of the captivity and return from exile, He gave Daniel indicators and time stamps for future events… Even though they staggered in faith sometime, I get the feeling that these people where the best in their time for His missions. He said concerning Abraham:

For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

With that in mind, let’s have another look at our opening scriptures. First, a quick timeline of events; the prophets had warned, mercy had been exhausted, and it was time for judgement to run its course. And in the spirit of equity; judgement will begin in His house first. Even then there had to be accountability, so a witness was nominated (the man with the Inkhorn); with clear instructions to mark the foreheads of those that were not at ease with the status quo. Those that cried unto The Lord day and night in prayer for Justice for the poor, widows, oppressed; those that stood up and spoke against the ills of their time; those that denied themselves any part in the worship of the gods of this world and the fleeting pleasure they had to offer. Finally, their time of vindication had come.

In closing this thought, let’s consider a parable that links seamlessly with our opening verses by Jesus:

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

The last sentence is worth pondering upon.

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~ Sabali

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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