LIE BEFORE GOD

“Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.”
1Samuel 3:9KJV
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The child Samuel was very pious, meek and humble in his service to Eli, the priest, before the Lord. Because of how serviceable he was, he never missed a call from his master. He was so much attentive and obedient to everything he was instructed to do. He made his bed very close to where the ark of God was. Because of where he lied, he clearly heard the voice of God. He positioned himself at the exact place where the presence of God can be felt.

He lied daily before the presence of the Lord. There was never a day that he wasn’t before the Lord. No wonder he became one of the greatest prophets of Israel. The problem with today’s Christian youth is the lack of the spirit of serving. Instead of serving, they want to be served. If you learn how to obey and serve, you’ll be fit to rule and lead. God is looking for those who possess a servant’s heart to make them leaders. His heart is after those who will remain in his presence even if they don’t hear his voice. He is seriously searching for those who will wait until they’re truly called by Him without complaining.

Beloved, it’s time to lie before God, don’t just walk before His presence, make your bed there. It’s time to be willing to serve with a pure heart. Serving God and man is the ultimate purpose of every human on earth. Make your bed before the ark of God!
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PRAYER: I will lie continually before you, Lord Jesus. For in your presence is joy unspeakable and eternal pleasures.
AMEN

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BRING THE ARK HOME

“And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?”
1Chron. 13:12KJV
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There was a great solemn of joy and celebration when the Israelites were bringing the ark to the place that David had prepared for it. Then came a moment of sorrow after God instantly killed Uzza upon touching the ark when it tilted. David became frightened so he brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

Let the sin of Uzza warn us all to take heed of presumption, rashness, and irreverence, in dealing about holy things, and not to think that a good intention will justify a bad action. In our communion with God we must carefully watch over our own hearts, lest familiarity breed contempt, and we think God is in any way beholden to us. Let the punishment of Uzza convince us that the God with whom we have to do is a jealous God. *And that the nearer any are to him the more displeased he is with their presumptions.*

Nonetheless, David should have brought the ark home. He shouldn’t have been afraid to do so. Because the ark of God is so pure and holy, those who carry it and the place it dwells must be outstandingly holy. Nothing impure must come near it. There is a heavenly blessing for anyone who welcomes the ark to his house. Is your heart holy for the ark to dwell? _Bring the ark to your heart, yes, bring it home!_
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*PRAYER:* I pray unto thee, Lord Jesus to purge my heart for the indwelling of your spirit in your name.
*AMEN*
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THIS THING IS FROM GOD.

“Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.”
1Kings 12:24KJV

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God had a covenant with David concerning his children that if they’ll hearken unto Him and obey all His commandments, then will He be with them and establish them. But if they forsake Him, He will chastise them with the rod, though His mercy won’t depart from them. When Solomon, the son of David became king, God reinforced this covenant with Him and seasoned it with wisdom and wealth.

Although Solomon fulfilled his purpose of building a house for God, he didn’t follow all the commandments of the Lord as did his father David. As a result, God rented ten tribes of the kingdom from the tribe of Judah and gave it to Jeroboam, instead of Rehoboam, his son. In the aftermath of this, Rehoboam, prepared to battle against the house of Israel to redeem the kingdom back to his tribe out of ignorance; For he didn’t know it was given to Jeroboam in fulfilment of God’s prophecy by Ahijah, the prophet. So the Lord stayed them from warring against their brethren for He said, “…this thing is from me”.

Beloved, there are many things going on in your life that its source is from God. He allows us to pass through the fire to burn all filthiness and makes us shine as the sun. Sometimes we blame ourselves, others or even the devil for the pains we bear, but we must remember that He knows exactly what He is making us to be. We may not understand now, but we will later and will joyfully proclaim in thanksgiving that “this thing was from God!”
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PRAYER: I don’t understand what’s going on in my life, oh Lord. But I do believe your invisible hand is always upon me and moulding me to be a vessel of honor in Jesus name.
AMEN

ELECTED INTO OFFICE

_”Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”_(1Thessalonians 1:4)

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It pays to be elected by God than to be elected by men. *God elects Christians, empower them with the Holy Ghost and then trust in their ability to execute the purpose for which He elected them ahead of their fellows.* On the other hand, those who vote politicians into power, during parliamentary and presidential elections, end up getting disappointed because they usually don’t get the complete results they needed them to produce, according to their campaign messages.

*Instead of these politicians to formulate timely, social interventions and pragmatic policies for the betterment of the lives of the masses, most of them fail their constituents and the general populace.* They are caught up indulging in corruption and bribery, nepotism, misappropriation of funds and a whole lot of immoral behaviours that are deteriorating the society at a faster rate. *By the time they are done with deliberations on how to fulfill what they have on their manifesto to move the country forward, propaganda and arguments must have brought the citizens into disappointment and so many socioeconomic problems.*

At the end of it all, the tenure will be a flop and the people will be marching backwards without any experiencing the development for which they voted. *It is a shame to know that this vicious cycle never ceases to end as we experience them from one government to another. *Transparency, effectiveness and accountable governance* are hardly achieved in such countries.

*In our case as Christians, God is the only eligible voter who has provided us with all the human, natural and divine resources that we will need in order to produce for Him righteousness and holiness. *These  resources are mainly the Word of God and the Holy Ghost, with our souls as the raw materials.* At the grassroot level, which concerns our own lives we are to work fervently for the complete transformation of our souls and body without any stain of sin. Secondly, we are tasked with the winning of souls into the Kingdom of God because He that elected us is in dire need of their salvation together with us until we eventually enter into Heaven. All Christians are Ministers of Righteousness and Holiness.

*Fellow Ministers of God, our portfolio is concerned with how to work out our salvation with fear and tremble until righteousness and holiness are maintained in the Body of Christ, so as to get rewarded by Christ Jesus, in the Kingdom of Heaven.* It is a great thing to be elected by the Most High God to serve Him. The reason why our policies are centered around individual and corporate righteousness and holiness is that, Jesus Christ, from whom we all came into existence, wants us to come back into Him to complete His joy in making us come out of Him. *We are to return in His original state of holiness and righteousness, in order to fit into Him as the perfect rib. Enjoy your incumbency as a Divine Minister in Charge of Righteousness and Holiness.*

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*PRAYER*: My Father in Heaven, grant me more grace to perform the responsibility you have given me as your Minister of Righteousness in Jesus name. *AMEN*

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TURN BEFORE RESPONDING.

_”Jesus saith unto her, Mary. And she turned herself and saith unto him, Rabboni, which is to say, Master.”_(John 20:16)

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One’s standpoint determines his viewpoint. *Until a person’s gaze is fixed at the right direction, all his descriptions and answers to questions relating to the opposite direction, will definitely be wrong.* Our Lord Jesus Christ had resurrected with a glorified and new body which manifested the superhuman countenance He obtained from His Heavenly Father. Due to that, Mary Magdalene, who had so much love for the Man who rescued her at the point of death when she was guilty of prostitution, could not figure Him out.

She took Him to be a gardener but didn’t know that such a glorified being was too higher in description, than a gardener. *Fortunately for her, a Word of recognition from Jesus turned her away from her ignorance and confusion.* Therefore, she offered the risen Lord her right gift in her acknowledgment of Him as the wisest Teacher and the greatest Master over humankind. *This same Word is calling us out of depravity into new creations without any previous stains of condemnation.*

It is the exact Word which is calling us from the wrong viewpoint in order to know the purpose of our calling us children of God, and it is followed by our reverence to keep His name holy in our deeds and reactions to His call (2Timothy 2:19). Mary Magdalene was bold enough to call Him Master because she was obedient to Him as a servant and follower of His. *As she turned before according Him the right response to her calling, she was also able to give the correct description of the Saviour’s identity.* 

She was familiar with the Voice of Christ because she knew that was the particular Voice which exorcised seven devils from her and gave her a new direction. It is not astonishing to hear that Mary Magdalene became an Evangelist who proclaimed the resurrection of Christ to the disciples. *She was a holy witness whose name wasn’t only famous in the Gospel because of the expensive oil she used to anoint the feet of Christ before His death.*

Beloved, if Mary Magdalene didn’t turn back to prostitution as a vomit to lick it up, then nothing former or evil must be found in our new lives in Christ. Turning away from Jesus before answering Him is wrong. *When we turn to Jesus, let us stand before Him alone and accord Him the righteous life commanded and conferred on us by the character in His name, before we can be known by Him.* Until we turn away from the world of filthiness, we cannot call Jesus Christ the Master and Shepherd of our lives.

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*PRAYER*: Hallowed be thy name Oh Lord Jesus Christ. Make me qualified to mention your name, all the days of my life.  *AMEN*

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THE HOLY CITY OF FREEDOM

_”So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”_(Joel 3:17)

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Oral tradition and written sources, happen to be two of the ways of obtaining history about how our forefathers waged wars of conquest, put in their best resources, before they could establish our countries and towns of origin. *Indeed, blood was shed and sacrifices were made by some warlords and freedom fighters, who had to sacrifice their lives for the independence of their lands at last.*

More than such an earthly city or kingdom is here with us. *Until Jerusalem could obtain peace before the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, so many strange attacks and idol worships had ceased this great city from enjoying its original status as a holy city.* It was so because of the disobedience of Judah, whose kings turned to follow strange gods and did strange things to provoke the anger of God. As the jealous God, He punished them to face the repercussion of their idolatrous ways by allowing instability, slavery and incessant wars to take away the glory of the City, and the Land was not ceased from punishments.

The battle over our lives have been won by our Lord Jesus Christ, who has proven beyond all reasonable doubts that He has the power to restore beauty and growth to our bodies and souls which together comprise the Spiritual City. He shed His precious blood for us before He could build us like His Jerusalem on a hill that cannot be hidden. We are the fortified and and invincible cities where the world has to find Jesus and obtain love, peace, and a life without sin. *As cities on the Hill of Righteousness, where the Spirit of the God of Israel dwells, we are not to allow any backsliding or worldly knowledge to come near our dwelling. Yay, we are the Zion of Yahweh !!!*

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*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, dwell in me as in Zion, your holy mountain. *AMEN*

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OBEY THE VOICE TODAY !

_”Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To-day, after so long a time; as it is said, To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”_(Hebrews 4:7)

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According to the world’s mortality rate, multitude of people die across the world in every minute. Had it been that they could delay the date of their death by any means, they would have gladly done so. One undeniable thing that is worth noting about all these people who are passing away is that, not all of them could live their lives according to the Voice of God.

Obviously, some of them have their lives to Jesus Christ, walked in the light of His Word and finally entered into their rest after death. On the contrary, others did not allow the Voice of God to show them the way to eternal rest in Heaven: that is the more reason why they will also be in eternal disaster after death. Success in life is based on man’s ability to pay heed to the Voice of God which is His Word.

*Procrastination is the thief of time.* There are some people who keep on postponing their repentance, while others have professed Jesus Christ as their Lord without following His Word. It is very dangerous for us to live without overcoming our weaknesses as Christians. Time is not on our side at all. There are some people who wished to hear the Voice that we are hearing today but they didn’t. As Christians, we hear the Word of God every day on so many platforms but due to hardened hearts, we procrastinate the time we will need to turn away from what the Word detests.

None of us will have any excuse to give because the Voice of God comes with His Spirit to assist every man to obey Him. We shouldn’t forget that we can die at any moment from now, even as we read this. A hardened heart is the one which has rebelled against the Voice of God, and is always unwilling to accept any transformation. In fact, it is an indication which can lead one into seared conscience and apostasy.

In obeying this Voice, we have to close our ears to any other voice and get the full concentration to live for a divine purpose. He who hears this Voice will not be as a reprobate, whose heart cannot be fit for any good message. One who despises this Voice and rather gives so much attention to other voices, is a failure and disappointment to life.

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*PRAYER*: Let your voice penetrate my soul and quicken me to act obediently, Oh Lord Jesus. *AMEN*

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