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Spiritual Intelligence: Do You See What I See?

Do you see what I see my dear friends? Something has badly gone wrong… Our priorities have been hijacked and misguided. Like Naomi, we need to return home, return to our first love, return to power and strength!

As a backdrop, lets consider this passage;

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

I always find this account captured in Matthew’s Gospel fascinating. Even though these men had wealth, honour, power, influence and intelligence, they still recognised the place of God in their lives. So it saddens me to see spirit filled believers, chasing what these fellas had at the expense of what they have.

It was Jesus’ burning desire that we recognise, protect and nurture what we have, so we don’t lose it or have it stolen by our adversary, hence he said:

So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.

We fast forward after Jesus’ death and we stumble across Peter’s stern rebuke to Simon when he tried to offer them money in exchange for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said,

Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!”

Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.

Little wonder why this subject came up again in John’s revelation on the Isle of Patmos, as a note of caution to us:

Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

Lets us pray. Lord help us to recognise, protect and nurture your gift to us. Help us to make the right choices, help us to prioritise our lives, help us to lead praiseworthy lives – amen.

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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

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Spiritual Intelligence: People Power

People Power…

At a networking event last night, I noticed a cross cutting theme with all the presenters. They all used the knowledge, skills and experience of their management team to strengthen investors confidence.

This is not new. In biblical times, talent acquisition was partly responsible for the success of great dynasties. They had programmes for identifying, training, educating and sometimes fast-tracking these individuals into key roles within their government.

Hence we saw the rise of Joseph, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and the beautiful and irreproachable Queen Esther. These all came into prominence by divine providence, owing to their unique skills and talents.

Bill Joy (founder of Sun Microsystems) once said,

No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”

Friends with the right people, you will reach heights and dimensions many only dream about.

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~ Sabali