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Spiritual Intelligence: Foolish Pride

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Good morning friends. In these verses from the psalms, the writer expresses gratitude towards God for forgiveness, and the role we might adopt in order to experience it’s blessings.

An acknowledgement of our shortcomings and inability to measure up to God’s standards is always the starting point. For genuine repentance can only take place when our hearts are opened, and the scales of deceit falls off our eyes. In the process our true state is revealed, and our quest for answers begin. We suddenly realise that we are lost in a lost world, so we start seeking for direction from extraterrestrial forces. Then like one trapped deep underground in a cave, we hear the faint voices of the rescue team, we shout back with all that is left within us, the ropes are dropped, we reach for it; desperate to get out of cold and darkness, into the marvellous lights and warmth of salvation!

In the words of the psalmist:

When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.

So dear friends, we all need help, but allow me to stress at this juncture that these are issues of life, and as such it is supremely important that we are looking in the right direction for help. In the words of Jesus:

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

The wide gate epitomises short term fixes. Foolish pride…. Instead of reaching out to The Hand of love from a loving father, we turn to cheap substitutes. Like drugs, and the buzz fades away in passing time. Like events and seasons, and they quickly change. Like money, unable to afford those intangible realms; which sadly are the very essence of life.

Please allow me to close this morning’s thought with some excerpts from another psalm, which sheds some light on where we ought to be looking:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

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~ Sabali

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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: We Have, As We Have Received Mercy

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully;

but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Our opening quote is an excerpt from Paul’s letter to his friends in Corinth. Like most of his letters, it was written to the leaders and aspiring leaders within the body of believers in the community.

Friends in our walk with God, and as leaders in our own right, the need for transparency cannot be overemphasised. Jesus is the light of the world, so as children of the light, we must also shine. The more transparent we are, the faster and brighter His light shines through us. As His light radiates through us, it permeates every matter we come in contact with. It permeates our families, friends, neighbours, communities…

Our service to God and humanity (ministry) should be replicated by the mercy we have received from Him. He demonstrated His mercy through His painful and shameful death on the cross; He died to redeem us from our sins. So also we ought to demonstrate our appreciation through our various ministries. And as we do, we grow in grace (the power to function in ministry). In the words of Jesus on this same subject;

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

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~ Sabali

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