“YOU SHALL NOT HAVE ONLY ONE LOT”

– GOD’S RESPONSE TO A GREAT PEOPLE (JOSHUA 17:17)

Ever heard of the expression: “fake it till you make it”? It suggests an innate quest to become, to aspire, to evolve. And one of the greatest contentions individuals grapplewith is the tension between human potential and self-actualization. In fact, our individual and shared pursuits are attempts to bridge these two states of being. 

Instinctively, we know we were made for something more, and we strive and grope in our various ways to evolve into the best version of ourselves – our actualized selves. And should we get stuck in our present state, this state of unrealized potentials, dissatisfaction, and frustration begin to eat us up from within.

The Christian faith, in some sense, can be viewed through this lens – humanity, through Adam’s sin, fell short of God’s glory (man’s ideal self), sought for this lost glory through self-determination, but then restored to it in the man Christ Jesus, who’s God’s, ideal man. (Hebrews 2:8-9) And God’s promise to everyone who trusts him is that they will evolve into his likeness at the end of the age. (1 Corinthians 15:49)

Promises are the means God uses in bridging the potential-self-actualization gap. You would remember the promise of God in the garden; the promise of the New covenant in the old; the promise of the Messiah to Israel and the world by extension. These promises were God’s way of saying: “there’s more I’m going to do with man”. 

Unlike man, God’s promises are not mere intentions; embedded in them are materials that make for their fulfillment. They cannot but come to pass even in the face of fashioned opposition and well-thought-out fabrications to thwart them. 

But oftentimes, we think that the efficacy of God’s promises precludes us from taking responsibility in God bringing about their fulfillment – that we do not need to fight or contend or make effort for what is already ours in Christ. Some Christian circles even think it a contradiction to work for what is already given by grace. 

And perhaps they are correct in some sense. We have a lot of scriptures to support such a claim; don’t we? Indeed, they speak the truth in saying we do not work to earn God’s promises, but they err in saying that God’s promises given by grace exempt us from any works whatsoever. At least Joshua didn’t think so.

Joshua was a leader whose hallmark was that he warred with God’s promises. He and Caleb were the only persons who believed that the inhabitants of the land God had promised to give them, were displaceable. And after Moses was long gone and seeded the leadership to him, he, through God’s promises divided the inheritance to each tribe, the tribe of Manasseh and Ephraim being one of them. (Joshua 11:23) He was a fierce warrior.

Manasseh and Ephraim, the half-tribes, had come into their inheritance as promised by God and allotted by Joshua. They were glad – they watched the Jordan split when the priest, the bearers of God, as it were, step foot into it; they witness with great amazement how the wall of Jericho fell flat without any man-made ammunition; and of course, they remember how the red sea folded like a scroll for them to pass through. But now this same inheritance that was a source of joy to them, became a source of dissatisfaction; it was too strait. 

Don’t we too often find ourselves feeling confined by blessings we once thanked God for – a ministry, a job, etc. Every cell in our body signals something more, and most times rightly so.

They knew Joshua would have an answer to this. After all, God used him in allotting their inheritance. Their speech was prepared and presented to Joshua: “Why have you given us only one lot and one share to inherit, since we are a great people, inasmuch as the LORD has blessed us until now?” (Joshua 17:14), they said. Joshua did not rebuke them for asking for too much, but rather he challenged them: “If you are a great people, then go up to the forest country and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and the giants, since the mountains of Ephraim are too confined for you.” (Joshua 17:15),

I have good news for you; your inheritance won’t always look like it. That spouse may not always look like the person you’ve always envisioned. That church you pastor may not look like the most mature crop. David’s mighty men lacked direction at some point. (1Samuel 22:2)Hence, you require spiritual discernment. And in addition to discernment, you need courage and faith. 

Both tribes, despondent on account of Joshua’s response, recounted to Joshua how difficult it would be to possess the land he had earmarked for them. (Joshua 17:16) Like the children of Joseph, we too get discouraged when we encounter great difficultly while striving to lay hold on God’s promises to us.

But Joshua, well acquainted with God’s promises, andknowing Jacob’s prophecy concerning them, affirmed what they had said, but insisted that they take the fight to their enemies and lay claim on their God-given inheritance. They would have to possess a mountainous inheritance, and with their own hands cut down the woods, and drive out the Canaanites, who had iron chariots and were strong. 

And for Joshua. this means did not in any way belittle God’s promise to deliver their inheritance to them, thus emphasizing again that God’s promise does not preclude human responsibility, but rather incorporates it as a testament to God’s commitment to restore man to his ideal state- the crown of God’s creation.

Child of God, this too must be your disposition when faced with contrary tides, and hurdles – you steer throughthem, and you jump over them. No, you don’t fight the enemy with a physical sword, you fight with a spiritual sword- God’s word. Paul writing to Timothy said: “This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare.” (1 Timothy 1:18) And how do we wage this war? By putting God’s word on our lips and by much prayer. 

Dear Christian, settle it today: it is only through fervent prayer and much meditation on God’s word that you can have what is already yours in Christ. (Joshua 1:8-9, Ephesians 6: 17-20)

Finally, let us hear Paul: “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always laboring(striving) fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” (Colossian 4:12) We too must be like Epaphras, must possess what is rightfully ours on our knees.


P.S- Please feel free to share your thoughts with me – okeowotimothy@yahoo.com

God be with you.

@timokeowo

HANNAH WAS YOU!

“And her face was no longer sad”– 1Samuel 1:18

Sorrow, for many persons, is a familiar emotion- even though one that they would rather not feel or experience. But its reality, though unpleasant, is starker than our desire to avoid or merely wish it away.

Hannah was you. The deep-seated sorrow which her condition of barrenness engendered could not be wished away or even pacified with the double portion given her by Elkanah, her husband, or more so by his love for her (1Samuel1:4-7).

And the same is true of many- present with us are problems that make us inconsolably sad. It could be a long-awaited desire for a spouse, or, like Hannah, for a child. Perhaps, it is a destructive habit that persists even despite following all the rules you know to follow. Again, Hannah was you.

Truth is: God has not left us without an answer. May I put it to you that joy is God’s will for his children(Psalm 16:11, John15:11). Not only is joy God’s desire, but He also delights in lavishing it on his children. God’s work in Salvation is to the end that He be glorified and that you, his child, be full of joy.

John Piper puts it beautifully when he said: “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him”. In other words, there is no tension or conflict between God’s glory and your joy when He is the object and source of your joy. And one of the means through which we access joy is prayer.

Prayer is fast becoming a desolate territory, an unfashionable adornment, an archaic weaponry. Unlike Hannah who, despite her bitterness of soul, retained and then launched the pitcher of prayer, today’s believer has jettisoned this tried and trusted drawer of joy for earthly cisterns that can hold no water. And this is rather pitiable.

How was Hannah able to break into joy- a joy that altered her countenance? She prayed to God, despite her anguish and bitterness of soul. Her intensity in prayer was such that Eli, the priest, reckoned her a drunkard. It was heartfelt; there was nothing flippant or superficial about it (1Samuel 1:12-16).

Believer, you too must take advantage of this rugged, yet reliable fetcher of joy called prayer. You often shortchange yourself and entertain misery because of your lack of stamina in the place of prayer. Jeremiah beckons on you today to ask for this ancient path and continue in it

(Jeremiah 6:16).

Finally, our Lord Jesus Christ gave us an open cheque note: “ask until your joy is full” (John 16:24). Is your joy full? Why then have you stopped asking? This week, commit yourself to prayer like never, and experience unprecedented depths of joy- such that your very countenance exudes it. Consistency and heart-felt fervor is the key (James 5:16). Jesus is waiting- not only to hear you but to answer you.

God be with you.

Timothy.

LOVE ESCAPADE – My Love Story

An escapade is usually an adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct. It is also an act involving some danger, risk or excitement, because it is different from usual or expected behavior.

This is a love story of an unexpected conduct.

We are used to love stories that ended because the parties were though in love, but not compatible, and due to their differences, the relationship was broken. Yeah, but this is different. Join my ride😉

I layed down smiling, the grin was so wide and then I thought to myself, “am I not just loved?”

I remembered how it all began. I remembered all that transpired. I remembered all he did to get my attention. I remembered when he told me he loved me. *sigh*

While I stared deeply at the ceiling, it occurred to me all the things I did and how unworthy I was to be in this very “love web”. I mean I don’t deserve him, I don’t, I said to myself. And right there I knew I was privileged.

How can he find me? How can he love me? How can? How can..? How can someone so good, choose me with lots of faults? Only to go extra mile in order to redeem me from my evil ways.

Not just that, he says.. “Just accept me and I will give a new identity and wipe away all your evil deeds like it never happened”.

Wow! So good to be true I must add.

He went on to say,” I will not only wipe it off like it never happened, I will make you righteous and absolutely whole in me”.

“Haaaa! Omo! You say what? Do you know what I have done, I thought. Do you know where I have been to? Please oh! Leave me where I am. I have gone too far. I don’t want issues”, I said to him.

He replied,” I know, I was there with you even in those times of your evil deeds but I choose you still”.

I stared for while, dumbfounded and in total astonishment thinking of the next excuse to give. It was like he knew I wanted to give another line of excuse and then, he went on to say,” I know you, I know you so well. I have known you even before you were born”.

I thought, “ Okay? How na?”

He went on to say,” I orchestrated the steps of your mum and dad, all because I had you in mind”.

International Standard Version

“I knew you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart for me before you were born; I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” – Jer 1:5

He knew me before my parents even met. Wow!!!, am I not so loved? I thought to myself.

“Accept this love today, let’s have the best times together”, he said.

I didn’t want to let this pass, this is mind blowing. I quickly replied, “ Let’s have this ride forever, be mine”. Help me, teach me, make me into the very woman you want me to be. I give up trying, just do it, just do it Lord”.

This is the beginning of an unending journey of my walk with Him.

Just as you have read, He feels the same way about you.

Let Him in and He will change everything. I mean everything.

This kind of love conquers all!

Jesus Loves You.

The quest for love

In a journey to find love and be loved, we forget the source of love. In Him is the foundation and beginning of love. He does not only produce love or give love, He is love.

No one can love effectively if they do not have Him. It is His love for us that gives us the capacity to respond to any expression of love.

I mean, can you love more than the foundation of love? The question I ask every day.

“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

1 John 4:16 KJV

So pay attention!!! If you have God, you have love and should exhibit the character of Him to everyone around you.

Loving yourself is the beginning of any quest for Love. Truth be told, we only give what we have, if you have not loved yourself enough, it may be difficult to love another or respond in such matter.

Having understood that the foundation of love is God, if He resides in you, then His presence as love should naturally flow from you. Nobody is perfect but the porter made you just the way you are, for the very purpose you have been called to, in the very world you have been given access to dominate.

There is so much peace in knowing how valuable you are and understanding that the value will be extended to the people around you as well.

The quest for love!!!

As you search high and low for true love and it’s expression, you must begin with :-

1. God- the founder and totality of love.

2. You- one of the expressions of Gods love to the world.

3. People- knowing yourself will help you appreciate others as they are also an expression of His love to the world.

As the quest begins, we must have these foundations, it most likely will attract like minds. Let God begin with you on this. He knows the desires of your heart and He will meet you at the very point of your need.

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”

Matthew 5:3 MSG

There is always more of/from God for everyone that believes Him.

Let the quest begin!!!

OUR PRESENT HELP

Few minutes of meditation, this line came to me ” our present help at all times” and I laughed.

I laughed because I got a different picture to this statement. I suddenly remembered a popular fiction comic series/movie – Superman.

I mean superman comes through for any one in need and he is man.

He paints a picture of what a present help in time of trouble is but he is still a man.

He comes through and always saves the day but he is still a man.

He appears to always dispel evil as his aim is to help the world, but he is still a man.

“God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable], A very present and well-proved help in trouble.” -Psalm 46:1 AMP

In many cases, our friends and family tries to be our very present help in time of trouble but its not often achievable because they are human. The human nature, be it portrayed as a superhuman is still man with very limited capacity.

When we call on the masters name, when we understand His omnipotence and excellence, when we realize that He made all things and He has absolute control over them then we can be sure that He will come through for us.

We will not just say, ” He is our ever present help”, we will understand and know that He will always come through for us.

We serve an Amazing God, thank you Lord.

PRAYERS:

◦ Lord help us this day to see that you are good and you are also willing to do us good.

◦ Lord help us to run to you when we are in need.

◦ Lord help us to trust that you will always come through for us.

  • “YOU SHALL NOT HAVE ONLY ONE LOT”
    – GOD’S RESPONSE TO A GREAT PEOPLE (JOSHUA 17:17) Ever heard of the expression: “fake it till you make it”? It suggests an innate quest to become, to aspire, to evolve. And one of the greatest contentions individuals grapplewith is the tension between human potential and self-actualization. In fact, our individual and shared pursuits areContinue reading ““YOU SHALL NOT HAVE ONLY ONE LOT””
  • HANNAH WAS YOU!
    “And her face was no longer sad”– 1Samuel 1:18 Sorrow, for many persons, is a familiar emotion- even though one that they would rather not feel or experience. But its reality, though unpleasant, is starker than our desire to avoid or merely wish it away. Hannah was you. TheContinue reading “HANNAH WAS YOU!”
  • LOVE ESCAPADE – My Love Story
    An escapade is usually an adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct. It is also an act involving some danger, risk or excitement, because it is different from usual or expected behavior. This is a love story of an unexpected conduct. We are used to loveContinue reading “LOVE ESCAPADE – My Love Story”
  • The quest for love
    In a journey to find love and be loved, we forget the source of love. In Him is the foundation and beginning of love. He does not only produce love or give love, He is love. No one can love effectively if they do not have Him. It isContinue reading “The quest for love”
  • OUR PRESENT HELP
    Few minutes of meditation, this line came to me ” our present help at all times” and I laughed. I laughed because I got a different picture to this statement. I suddenly remembered a popular fiction comic series/movie – Superman. I mean superman comes through for any one inContinue reading “OUR PRESENT HELP”

THANK YOU LORD

My thoughts are far..
My mind is pondering 🤔..

I am looking back at all the happenings in this year 2020….. Sigh 😏

The fear…
The mental torture from the daily NEWS,
The indoor experiences,
The fights and panic attacks,
The burden in the hearts of many,
The days where lots of people had to find God for themselves because the church buildings were locked 🔒.

The questions,
Will life ever be normal again?
Will people still be normal again?
Will the pain ever go away?

We began by giving it titles:-
The New normal
The New beginning
The Paradigm Shift etc.

And now…
Look at us, not that it is exactly over but His Mercies, yes God’s Mercies kept us.

We simply say” THANK YOU LORD!!! 🙌🏾.

Yes, He kept you not because of you but because He is Merciful, because He still has a plan for you, because the essence of your existence is not a reality yet.

His mercies saw you worthy and kept you, His mercies sustained your mental space, His mercies shielded you. The happenings of the world did not consume you.

Lamentation 3:22-23 -It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

We say to you our Lord, THANK YOU.

The power of ME!

Yes!!! I mean the power of me.

I heard in my spirit, wake up!!!!

This is who you are:-

You are a force, an energetic one at that. You are an embodiment of treasure, a total agenda created to illuminate a dark world.

“Wow, me?” I said,

And I got the reply.. “yes you!”

You are a full package of excellence, remember when you were made? He said you are good, I mean all His creation including you is good. That means there is no form of malfunctioning with you. You are a perfect piece with an expression of His love.

“I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!” – Psalms 139:14 TPT

From another version:-

“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”

– Psalms 139:14 AMP

This is you. I mean the power of you.

He not only said you were/are good , He gave you power and authority in His name. I mean all power is in His name and that name was given to you.

He did not only give you His name, He gave you His spirit to live with and in you. That’s it, you an expression of His good works.

The world received goodness the moment you came into existence by God’s breathe.

You have His name.

You have His power.

You were created in His image.

You have been given His spirit.

“Yes! Yes!! This is who I am” I replied. That’s the power of me as His.

I am God’s best. I am the apple of His eyes. I am Light , I illuminate the world. I am salt, I give seasoning to the world. I am an expression of His person. I am the potter’s masterpiece.

The is the power of me. The power of me in Him.

Are you in Him? In Jesus I mean, (the reason for the season and every other seasons).

You are still here, why?

The recent happenings in the world today is a thing to be concerned.

The economical challenges of nations, the fear of the deadly disease covid-19, the cry of leaders, the uncertainty of life is a reason to ask yourself again “ why am I still here”?

The fact that I wasn’t swallowed up by the world’s crisis is a reason why I ask, “why am I still here”?

And then, I wonder when I hear people complain of how they lost this and that or how they didn’t achieve all their plans. They angrily say “ I really planned for 2020, all just didn’t go as expected”. My consistent response to their complaints is “why are you still here”?

If those who lost their lives could take turns in requests, they probably would prefer to loose business plans than to loose their lives.

Psalm 43:5 KJV- “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God”.

And then I remember the scripture in psalm 43:5 of God being our salvation. You are still here because the mercies of God sustained you. You are still here because God has it all figured out, you are still here because the reason for your existence is yet to be fulfilled.

Our hope and anchor is in the lord, things didn’t go as you planned but things can turn around for your good, that is why you are still here.

Abba (Father God) has good plans for you, He got it all figured out, that’s why you are still here.

Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

This is the word of the lord for you, He is always present even in the midst of crisis, that’s why you are still here.

God is still in the line of helping and blessing His own and you are not an exception.

That’s why you are still here.


The divine placement

A generation is a set of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.

You are born in a time where you either make an impact or you don’t, a time to either serve your generation or not.

You cannot live in every generation, you can only live in your own generation, this is the divine placement from the Lord. This simply states that there is no better time to serve than this time, there is no better time to make an impact than now.

For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: Act 14:36

The Bible explains that David served his generation according to the will of God before he passed on. He lived a life of purpose, he gave his all through service to God and humanity. David risked his life severally, in other to save his generation. He saw a need to fight for his people using resources he had and God helped him.

“Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?’” Esther 4:13-14 (NASB)

Esther needed to be reminded by Mordecia. There is a reason why you are here at this time, there is a reason why your present life condition is like this, there is a reason why you get broken by some happenings in your world,

You need to realize that you are born for such a time as this. You cannot give up on your generation when the heavens is demanding of you service to God and humanity, a change can begin with you. Start with your immediate community and trust God for a change according to His power at work in you.

She was compelled to risk her life, her inheritance and position with no guarantee of a positive result. That’s the “for such a time as this” Mordecai challenged Esther to take up.

Service to God and humanity is what ministry is about. We must not get too caught up in personal agenda that we forget the kingdoms agenda. Kingdom agenda is not only seen in the four walls of the church but can be seen outside the church as well.

Lives can be spared in our culture today, when we step to true service even if entails you sacrificing a lot.

God placed you here for such a time as this, live like you are the solution to the problem, serve your generation heartily and trust God for a change.

Prayer:-

Lord turn my heart to you and help me to live the life that you have called me into. Help me to walk in your ordained purpose and will for my life. Help me to serve you and my generation genuinely in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

5 TRUTHS ABOUT GOD’S MERCY

Mercy is compassion shown to someone who deserves to be punished. Mercy at its peak is forgiveness. The greatest expression of “Mercy” is shown by God through His love for us.

Romans 5:8 Scripture Frame – Bible Verse.

 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

The truth about God’s mercy is that;-

  • God’s Mercy describes His personality;-

Deutoronomy 4:31 ESV

For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.

We only display our character, we only display what we have on the inside of us. God shows “Mercy” because that is who is He is, Merciful. God’s decision is always in line with his character, He has all power but still decided to be forgiven.

  • God’s Mercy displays His Love;-

John 3:16 ESV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are    saved;)

God’s Mercy and compassion is birthed from His love for humanity, despite all our shortcomings, despite our failures and inconsistencies, His love has been consistent. Out of his love for us, He came down to earth to live a life we could not live on our own. What manner of love is this?

  • God’s Mercy is unending:-

Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

God’s Mercy is unlimited and never ending. His Mercy is forevermore. It is totally not dependent on what we do, because it is an expression of the person of Jesus. God’s mercy never ends, it keeps running after us.

  • God’s Mercy is Free:-

Romans 9:16

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

God’s Mercy is free but not cheap, it is not dependent on what we do or did not do, it is priceless.  It is totally based on what Christ did for us on the cross of Calvary. God’s Mercy is for you.

  • God’s Mercy is timeless:-

Psalm 23:6 KJV

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

The Mercy of God is not affected by the passage of time, it is effortlessly consistent. It is not dependent on how far we have gone from God. God in himself is infinite and totally timeless, so are his attribute. God’s Mercy is meant to be seen in his people throughout their lives. Mercy is not a feeling with God, it is an expression of his person.

The Mercy of God is not affected by the passage of time.

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