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Spiritual Intelligence: Behold, I Stand At The Door And Knock

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

The word Behold means to see or observe (someone or something, especially of remarkable or impressive nature). With this in mind we understand that we have to be watchful and observant at all times for the still small voice of Jesus Christ. This action is not a one-off exercise; but one of a continuous nature. It’s the gesture of a friend or relative, it’s an experience to look forward to; one to be enjoyed. Good morning friends. It’s interesting to know that we mean so much to God, and that He enjoys our company. In the words of the Psalmist:

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen— even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.

In our opening verses, we are presented with a people who were in love with themselves. A people who had been distracted, and blown completely off course with the pleasures and leisure of this present world. A people who’s vision had become blurred, a people who had become drunk with the wine of Babylon. In their drunkenness, they believe the lies of the devil; they believe they have it all. But, in-spite of this we see a loving God knocking at the door of their hearts, hoping to be received and invited to have dinner; reminiscent to what He did when He caught a glimpse of Zacchaeus perching on the branch of that famous sycamore tree. In demonstration of the depth of His love towards us, He made this statement:

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.

His love makes the journey to our hearts seem like a walk in the park… Just picture how you feel when you are at the door of a dear one. So, will you listen for the door? Will you let Him in? Will you take time to wash His traveling feet, recline at the table, and have dinner with Him? 20140501-054855.jpg ~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: X-ray Vision

So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”

And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart… Wow! What a statement.

I love the bible. I love its contents. And I love the spirit behind its contents. In the words of Solomon: there is nothing new underneath the sun
. If I had the privilege to rewrite that statement, I would add another line with these words: and you can find it all in the bible. Keeping inline with biblical instructions and tradition, I don’t need to. It is all sufficient in itself. On that note, I’m reminded of the words of the Psalmist: Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. Its indeed the owner’s manual.

Good morning friends. In an era when looks, appearance and charisma have taken centre stage in all works of life including the church; the bible once again provides us with wisdom, insight, and the correct perspective. Samuel almost fell victim of this problem at the appearance of Eliab; he looked the part, he ticked all the boxes; so he said emphatically: “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

Surely? Lord have mercy… Have mercy on us for the decisions we have taken based on what we know or think we know. Have mercy on us for the choices we have made, opinions or counsel we have given to others based on our worldview or biases. Help us to see things your way. Help us to listen out for your voice, help us to wait in patience. Amen.

Dear friends. When Esau discovered the value of his birthright, he sought after it with tears and groaning; sadly it was all to no avail.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Axe!

The Lord replies,

“Write down the message I am showing you in a vision.
Write it clearly on the tablets you use.
Then a messenger can read it
and run to announce it.
The message I give you
waits for the time I have appointed.
It speaks about what is going to happen.
And all of it will come true.
It might take a while.
But wait for it.
You can be sure it will come.
It will happen when I want it to.

Our minds conceive ideas, our spirit drive ideas. In accelerating the reach and increase the surface area of the idea, people of like minds are connected. The job of the leader is to communicate, inspire, and empower these people to harness and maximise their potentials through the delivery processes.

In my opening quote from the book of Habakkuk, we see clear instructions to the prophet on how to get the job done which I have summarised in these words;

Write it, Tell it to stakeholders, Work on it, and Be Patient.

A cross cutting theme here is Communication, this includes; oral, visual and written elements. So, we need to find new ways of communicating, while we keep fine-tuning existing channels.

Emotional Capital is not an infinite resource, if your stakeholders hit empty they will simply stop running. This creates a drag in the system – much effort but slow progress. So sharpen your axe!

In the words of our wise friend Solomon;

If an axe is dull
and one doesn’t sharpen it first,
then one must exert more force.
It’s profitable to be skillful and wise.

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~ Sabali