Categories
#spiritualintelligence

The Words of Our Elders: Susan B Anthony

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences”

~ Susan B. Anthony

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Categories
#spiritualintelligence

Spiritual Intelligence: Get Mark, And Bring Him With You

Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments.

Good morning friends. Prior to this letter from Paul to Timothy, very little is known of John Mark (referred to as Mark in our opening verses) before the quarrel between Paul and Barnabas. Some theologians claim that he was in fact a nephew of Barnabas; which probably explains Barnabas’ position on Mark’s involvement in subsequent missionary exploits. See below Luke’s account of their wrangling:

Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John called Mark. But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work. Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Both men had their views, they agreed to disagree, but the work continued. Interestingly, this same Barnabas was one of the first people who received Paul with open arms after his damascene conversion. You will recollect that Saul (as he was first known) was involved in the brutal killing of Stephen by Joint Enterprise, due to his role as a key instigator. Shortly afterwards, he secured a mandate from the authorities for the persecution of other Christians. So, with a track record like his, most Christians then were not warm towards him. In fact, Ananias was initially reluctant in responding to the prompt by God to visit and restore Paul’s sight, after he lost it due to the heavenly lights that he saw on that faithful day.

Barnabas was to demonstrate similar faith in Mark, at a time when his reputation had hit an all time low. He saw what took Paul many times to see, he saw in Mark a man with a willing spirit but a weak flesh. He knew that with a bit more prayer, encouragement, coaching and mentoring; Mark had the potential of eventually becoming very within the ranks of God’s army. Hence Paul’s desperate plea to Timothy for reinforcement from none other than once AWOL soldier – John Mark! His letter to Timothy captures it with these words:

…Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.

As for Mark, he owed it all to the man who stood by him when no one thought anything of him, to a man who believed in him in-spite of his shortcomings. If he were a footballer, he would have dedicated his golden boots to coach Barnabas! So, dear friends, allow me to crystallise this thought with a statement from our; Chief Rabbi, High Priest, King and Captain of our salvation – Jesus Christ:

… For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

Barnabas’ high risk investment in Mark yielded some really healthy dividends over time. So hold on! Your labour of love will be rewarded someday soon.

20140517-080858.jpg

~ Sabali

Categories
#spiritualintelligence

Spiritual Intelligence: Whoever Reads, Let Him Understand

Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

Good morning friends. Based on these scriptures, and events unfolding, I foresee a season of persecution and great tribulation. In the words of prophet Malachi, this coming season will be the dividing line between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God, and one who does not serve Him.

To be forewarned, is to be forearmed

Dear friends, the day of battle is not the day for preparation. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Preparation, practice, drills and training should be done before battle. David knew this, so he declared; “He has guarded me with strength for the Battle“. The physicians (apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors, teachers), have to arise and seek leading from God on how to apply the balm in Gilead (the word and its power), effectively on the church for her recovery, and now is the time!

Let us pray:

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble;
May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And strengthen you out of Zion;
May He remember all your offerings,
And accept your burnt sacrifice.
Amen

20140412-082224.jpg

~ Sabali