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Spiritual Intelligence: Is There No Balm In Gilead?

“The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!” For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt. I am mourning;
Astonishment has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead,
Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no recovery
For the health of the daughter of my people?

Is there no balm in Gilead? A rhetorical question by Jeremiah as he ponders over the state of a nation that once knew God… Gilead was blessed with a tree that had a very unique compound with healing capabilities. For years, this very unique balm was sought after by the nations of the world for relief from all kinds of pain.

Good morning friends. I’ve come to realise that no man, people, denomination, nation etc., has a monopoly on God. In the words of the prophet Azariah;

The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

If this statement was an equation, God will be the Constant and humankind the Variable. His position does not change. He is not like humankind who waiver like the branches of a tree, but He is faithful in all seasons, situations and circumstances. A friend that sticks closer than a brother.

So, back to the thought at hand. We are posed with a situation where the healer now seeks healing, the lawgiver now seeks Justice, the delivered now seek deliverance – for the people of the almighty God were in captivity. They have been taken captive by the enemies of Jehovah – Lord have mercy!

This my friend explains the state of the church today. We have gone astray, we have departed from His precepts. We say we are rich, we say money answers all things; but we have missed the context of that scripture. As a result we are busy chasing money at the expense of our souls. We have neglected the weightier things, we have ended up spiritually poor and powerless. The Rabbi said, “You can’t serve God and money”, one has to give way for the other. The enemy has crept in unaware, infiltrated the system, rose up to the ranks of leadership, and like the Trojan horse sabotaging our efforts from within. He has sown tares among our wheat crop!

Wake up!

Breakup your fallow grounds. It is type to seek The Lord!

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Two Turtle Doves

If she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves, or two young pigeons; the one for a burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

With those words from Leviticus as backdrop, let’s fast forward thousands of years to the presentation of Jesu to the priest. Evidently we see that God uses

the simple things of this world to confound the wise

First we see Jesus (the very essence of life) born in a manger as there were no rooms in the inns. Then we see His parents turning up to the temple with Two Turtle Doves in compliance and adherence with the requirements of the law.

They were so ordinary that the priest lacking Spiritual Intelligence just blessed baby Jesus like any other child. The hierarchies have once again been bypassed, this time for two ordinary people with extraordinary spirits (Simeon and Anna) to rise to the occasion – Glory to God!

Friends we have what money cannot buy – we have in us the very life of God. As demonstrated by; Joseph, Mary, Simeon and Anna, lets stop chasing shadows at the expense of that which is transcending.

Break up your fallow grounds, for it is time to seek The Lord

Yes, thats what Time it is.

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~ Sabali

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Essay: Epiphany…

A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something

One of many qualities that sets humankind apart from other living creatures is our ability to radically change the course of our lives.

A plant stays stationed within the sphere its planted all through its life span. As close as domestic pets are to humans, I have not seen any evidence of a radical change in their habits and instincts. All other animals have shown no significant sign of incremental development through knowledge transfer in comparison humankind’s.

From small changes to our daily routine or habits, to radical ones that lead to; healthier lifestyle, better relationships, or completely different vocational or career path.

And we have not stopped! From the Garden of Eden to; caves, huts, villages, cities and mega cities. We have defiled gravity with airplanes, conquered the seas with vessels, and space with rockets and satellites.

We are able to achieve all this because we posses the ability to ask questions, envision possibilities, process and pass on knowledge to our off-springs. Our quest for knowledge is the main catalyst for these epiphany moments.

Most change-makers encounter this experience at a crucial point in their hunger and thirst for answers to life’s questions, thereby leading to various degrees of change or re-orientation from their original path.

As a result, these people were able to challenge the status-quo and turn their world upside down. They challenged; stereotypes, cultural norms, traditions, ideologies, institutions, popular culture, life styles, political systems, theories, spirituality, science, authorities etc., compelling others to re-think their position and re-align their paradigms.

I firmly believe that this experience is not reserved for a handful of “special” people, but available to all seekers.

In The Rabbi’s own words;

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Wow…! In our quest for more, the gateway to Epiphanies is opened.

So friends, as we yield our lives for the greater good, we open our hearts and minds to sudden manifestations of the very essence or meaning of life.

~ Sabali