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The Words of Our Elders: Dr Myles Munroe (1954-2014)

People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.

~ Dr Myles Munroe

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

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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: The Valley Of Tears

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

Good morning friends. As long as life spares us, there will always be challenges in between our seasons of breakthrough or rest. So much so that without these challenges, we cease to grow and blossom spiritually. They afford us with rich opportunities to experience a deeper and closer relationship with God, if we can learn a lesson or two from the story of these pilgrims.

If we can see beyond the pain and suffering as they did, if we can learn some valuable life’s lessons, if we can build those vital muscles and stamina for the weights of life, especially the heavier ones which lie ahead of us. Alluding to this, Paul writes concerning Jesus:

though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Without compromise, these Valleys of Baca are passages we need go through, much like the cross with Christ; as our hearts are set on the heavenly kingdom. They are important milestones in our pilgrimage, each one providing unique opportunities to refine and define the believer for greater exploits in this world and the world to come. But the key here dear friends is what we make of them. Although arid and barren to vegetation, these pilgrims created cisterns; and as a result, The Lord poured down rain. Instead of having a pity party and drowning in their tears; they raised their prayers, worship and thanksgiving to the almighty. They deployed their knowledge and skills to make something out of a very bad situation; thereby, leaving behind spiritual monuments for future pilgrims. Now, that is something!

So they grow from strength to strength until they fulfilled their earthly purpose and destiny, until they appear before God in immortality.

In closing, I’m reminded of a verse from John’s revelation at the Island of Patmos; a verse that crystallises today’s thought, offering courage, strength and inspiration to fellow pilgrims reading this thought now, and stretching beyond the curtains of time to those even yet unborn:

And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

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~ Sabali

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