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Spiritual Intelligence: And, If I May boast

Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

Good morning friends. By bringing these verses into context, we capture the essence of the word glory. For a minute, let us substituted it with the word boast… Then it sounds like this:

“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, nor let the rich man boast in his riches; but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord

In our walk of faith there seems to be no room for pride or ego. As one reads through the leaves of the holy writ; time after time references are made by different contributors in successive generations of their destructive attributes.

So, the writer of the proverbs noted:

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

The psalmist penned this line into the lyrics of one of his songs:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.

James took his cue from the book of proverbs as he encouraged his friends in the faith:

Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.

So, if ever we boast it should be in honour to God, and as thanksgiving for His lovingkindness and tender mercies. The New Testament church had an acute understanding of this truth, hence Paul’s evaluation of his achievements and accomplishment were capture with these words:

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

They were simply nothing to be compared with his new found knowledge of Christ Jesus.

In the same vain I pray dear friends: that the we live the same experience as Paul; that we are immersed in God’s service, and that we dispense the fragrance of His love through our lives. Not in riches, not in might, not in wisdom. So like the psalmist, we will have the freedom to boldly declare:

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: By My Spirit

Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth.”

But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed.

And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.” But he denied it again.

And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”

Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”

A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.

Good morning friends. The story of Peter’s denial of Christ substantiates the argument for Jesus’ resurrection, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Without a shadow of doubt the disciples had an encounter that empowered them to be described as being in this world, but not of this world. An encounter that transformed them to God agents, forsaking worldly pleasures and false comfort for the transcending glory of the kingdom of God. This was only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Hence Jesus said to them;

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit worked on all Jesus’ modelling, preaching, teaching and demonstration of power, that the disciples had been witnesses and partakers of; making them true and faithful witnesses. In the words of encouragement from prophet Zechariah to Zerubbabel (the governor of Judah under the Persian rule), during the building of the temple, at a time when the challenges were overwhelming, and the work of rebuilding almost grinding to a halt;

Not by power, nor by might, but by my spirit

Friends, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit! We need to pray, fast and wait on The Lord to be fortified by His spirit for the coming season of tribulation and persecution, and it starts now.

In the words of king David;

For You have armed me with strength for the battle;
You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

In the principle of types and shadows; Strength for the battle: Old Testament, power to be witnesses: New Testament!

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: A Few Good Men

The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.

Isn’t it just lovely when we complete our task or project? There is this sense of accomplishment beyond human comprehension that takes over as we reach the finish line. Difficult to articulate in words, so I lend from Peter’s lexicon – joy unspeakable and full of glory!

Friends it’s great to start, important to finish, and wise that we finish well. As difficult as initiating a start is, some still step-up to the challenge. In fact on the subject of starting The Rabbi’s declared to His audience;

Many are called, but a few are chosen.

But in between starting and finishing there are many casualties. The pain, the mundane, the failures, the disappointments, the weather, the oppositions…, are all strategically arrayed like an obstacle course – all reasonable excuses for not finishing or perhaps not finishing well.

However we find the key to finishing well just before the verses quoted in my opening line;

This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

In our connection to The Lord, we find the blueprint for building. It’s like a state of the art Satnav that leads us with clear instructions, correcting us even when we go astray; precept upon precept to that finish line.

For some start, few finish, but only a handful finish well… So I pray for the strength to start, the courage and determination to press to the finish line, and most importantly the wisdom to finish well in all our endeavours.

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~ Sabali