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Spiritual Intelligence: Because Your Love Is Better Than Life, My Lips Will Glorify You!

As a backdrop, let’s consider the following excerpts from John’s revelation in the Isle of Patmos;

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Good morning friends. You will agree with me from these verses that the war of wars (the war between humankind and our adversary the devil), was won by two potent arsenals; the blood of the lamb, and the words of our testimony.

The former is a done deal; Christ came, He preached and performed great signs and wonders. He was crucified, He died and was buried, He rose up on the third day, left His Holy Spirit with us, and He’s now in heaven until the restoration of all things, and His glorious return.

The latter however is an active choice by the believer. A testimony can be defined as a formal written or spoken statement. With that in mind, let’s consider the following prompts; What do we say about our God to friends and colleagues? Are we ashamed of the Gospel? What do we say in our minds when we are faced with challenges?

In the words of the Psalmist;

I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Let us pray. Father, fill us with your Holy Spirit. Empower us to be true and faithful witnesses – amen!

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: How Sweet Are Your Words

But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.

In the midst of a long drawn battle with the Philistines, King Saul made a decision to put his army under a fast (the oath) in the hope that it will get God’s attention and give him swift victory.

In this same chapter we see Jonathan (King Saul’s son) leaving the camp with his armour bearer without the Priest (the seer) even knowing. A roll-call had to be taken before they realised that they had crossed to the other side to cause major damage in the enemy’s camp. The nation was in a mess spiritually and politically. The same Jonathan was unaware of the fast, so he tasted the honey to his delight.

Honey symbolically represents the word of God. Hence the Psalmist wrote;

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Friends as a healthy meal is to our body, so also is His word to our spirit. It provides the spirit with all the vitamins and minerals it needs to function and operate effectively. A well nourished spirit is also like a spring; its source is God’s spirit, its destination – humanity. Hence The Rabbi boldly declared;

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

I have highlighted the word must for emphasis. Worshipping in this fashion is the hallmark of a disciple. This means that our natural environment does not affect or interfere with our lifestyle of worship. So, the seasons, the weather, the economy – has no impact on the quality of our worship. Health, wealth, power, politics – has no influence over the quality of our praise and thanksgiving. We worship regardless of situation or circumstances – glory to the living God!

I pray that your hands are never weary, and your knees are never feeble. Hands to worship, and knees to pray His kingdom on earth.

Go and recover all this week in Jesus’ name!

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~ Sabali