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Spiritual Intelligence: We Don’t Need Another Hero

And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

Good morning friends. Prophet Samuel delivered a task to King Saul. The instructions were simple, utterly destroy the Amalekites. Before we delve any further, allow me to add at this point that this project originated from God, so Samuel was only his mouthpiece. It was presented to Saul with clear instructions, goals and outcomes. God even went the extra length to highlight the reason and importance of this mission.

Sadly, Saul did not deliver with the seriousness that the mission required. He set out, but decided to make modifications along the way. He never sought approval, as he didn’t think it was necessary. He felt he knew better, so he did it his way – and here lies the conundrum dear friends. We see this same error in different guises as we read through the leaves of the holy writ. Different people, different era, different situation – but same problem.

Not too long after the Israelites were delivered from Egypt, a stern warning was issued to them by God on the dangers of slipping into this same compromising position. At this point they were still in the wilderness, but even then God provided them with insight and guidance through prophetic instructions, with a view that they avoid the pitfall of the garden of Eden, when the tempter asked:

Did God say?

This killer punch of a question came unexpectedly, landing Eve on the floor, leaving her wide opened to further assaults from the enemy. She didn’t see it coming, she was caught completely off-guard! So, Moses presciently relayed these words to them in the hope that they stay faithful to God: in sickness and in health, for rich or poor, forsaking all others.

when you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Wow! How amazing… In the words of the psalmist:

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Friends, the mission was carried out Saul’s way, instead of God’s way. The design, and specifications of the originator was shelved for a hybrid that was too expensive and simply not fit for purpose. The project went over budget, Samuel had to be drafted in to carry out a mop up operation. The project had been poorly executed – it was a disaster.

Therefore Saul was called in for a project evaluation meeting with Project Director Samuel, needless to say that it was a heated meeting, here is a snippet from Samuel’s angle:

So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel? Now the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?”

Those words:

When you were little in your own eyes…

Friends, God is not after another hero, He paid the ultimate price through the death of His son. All He desires is our obedience and the rest is history.

~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Don’t Wanna Be A Jesus Freak, But I Can’t Help Myself!

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

This is it guys! Here it is – right there, the mystery of predestination. Jesus made this statement to his beloved friends, I guess as a gesture of reassurance. These ordinary, regular, everyday people like you and I; suddenly hijacked from their earthly vocation and lifestyle for a greater calling. The didn’t feel worthy, didn’t feel qualified, didn’t feel deserving of this privilege position. It’s like being called upon to play for Athletico Madrid! You are there in the dressing room thinking, my goodness; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, Esther, David, Samuel, Daniel… Then you look at the bench, the reserve team, the coaching staff, the management, the operations team, the fans – you feel like a fraud; you want to runaway. Then suddenly, a tap on your shoulder; you turnaround and it’s that firebrand himself – Paul of Tarsus, and he says:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

He explains to you how he felt so unworthy after all he had done to stop the good news; then each player with similar story but varying intensity, then the staff, then the fans…

Wow! You say to yourself – I’m in good company. Now you can see how I caught ADHD. These days dear friends; I can’t sit still, can’t sit down, can’t keep quiet. I just find myself seeking people’s attention so I can tell of the goodness of Jesus. Don’t wanna be a Jesus freak, but I can’t help myself!!!

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: The Strength Of Israel Will Not Lie Nor Relent!

But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”

And as Samuel turned around to go away, Saul seized the edge of his robe, and it tore.

So Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.

And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.”

The plan of God for humanity cannot be delayed or held to ransom by man, governments, institutions or spiritual forces. Hence He boldly declared through the prophet Samuel at a time when it seemed like all was over; “the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man, that He should relent.” Although these words were directed to king Saul, ultimately dear friends, it was an edict to the kingdom of darkness at a time when the devil thought he had scored vital points against God. At a time when the host of hell thought they had succeeded in derailing the plan of God for our redemption!

Good morning friends. In the spirit of types, shadows, metaphors and symbols, our opening passage prophetically points to the rejection of our lord Jesus by His own, and the new covenant with non Jews (Gentiles). In the writings of John, Jesus is described as the word that was made flesh, that dwelt among men. With this in mind we have a better understanding of Samuel’s statement;

I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.

So John continued in the spirit of prophecy and revelation;

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And in the spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving, I join the host of heaven in worship singing a new song ;

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

Amen.

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~ Sabali