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Spiritual Intelligence: And, If I May boast

Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

Good morning friends. By bringing these verses into context, we capture the essence of the word glory. For a minute, let us substituted it with the word boast… Then it sounds like this:

“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, nor let the rich man boast in his riches; but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord

In our walk of faith there seems to be no room for pride or ego. As one reads through the leaves of the holy writ; time after time references are made by different contributors in successive generations of their destructive attributes.

So, the writer of the proverbs noted:

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

The psalmist penned this line into the lyrics of one of his songs:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.

James took his cue from the book of proverbs as he encouraged his friends in the faith:

Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.

So, if ever we boast it should be in honour to God, and as thanksgiving for His lovingkindness and tender mercies. The New Testament church had an acute understanding of this truth, hence Paul’s evaluation of his achievements and accomplishment were capture with these words:

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

They were simply nothing to be compared with his new found knowledge of Christ Jesus.

In the same vain I pray dear friends: that the we live the same experience as Paul; that we are immersed in God’s service, and that we dispense the fragrance of His love through our lives. Not in riches, not in might, not in wisdom. So like the psalmist, we will have the freedom to boldly declare:

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Mutual Symbiosis

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Good morning friends. Moses commanded the people to love God will every facet and fibre of their being: spirit, soul and body; no stones unturned, no room for laxity. You may be thinking this is old school, but I hear Paul writing to his friends in similar vain:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

He went on to strengthen this thought in another letter, with these words:

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain

Unlike other beings, we are hybrids, comprising of a spirit, a soul and a body. We posses the highest form of intelligence on planet earth. We posses the ability to live in the past, present and future. We have the capacity to share knowledge with each other, and pass it on to our offsprings. As a result, we can build upon knowledge, and increase in understanding.

With this in mind, God admonished His people through Moses, not only to play their part in their lifetime; but also to pass it on to their offsprings. This was to be made possible through the family. So dear friends, the family has a critical role in the grand scheme of things; it is a platform for the posterity of the faith.

In Jesus’ effort to explain this very unique mutual symbiosis or co-decency, He encapsulates it with these words:

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

This is the life my friends! This is the purpose of our existence, this is the life we were called out to lead; one where our worship is central, and, it finds expression in every sphere of our influence.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: The Truth, The Pain, And the Lies

“In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow — and that is likely to hurt.” ~ Wei Wu Wei

Good morning friends. With this as backdrop, let us now consider the scriptures below:

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

Some heated arguments transpired as it drew closer to Jesus’ death. Most stemmed from the apparent divide among his audience; there were those who believed, those who were unsure, and those who disbelieved his ministry. To give you an idea of the nature of these tussles, at one point a group of leaders walked up to Him and asked, “Tell us, by what authority do you do these things?”, for many took offence at His demonstration of authority, wisdom and power.

The truth pierced through their evil hearts, and like in the case of Stephen when they had to close their ears to what he was saying before he was dragged and stoned to death; they could not bear the voice of Jesus any longer. Paul explains it this way:

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Dear friends, like today their evil hearts found the truth unbearable, It exposed them for who they were inspite of their best efforts to fit in. They could not allow the truth to penetrate like an arrow, they could not bear the pain. The pain of change, the pain of transformation, the birth pangs of eternal life.

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