SOAR HIGH ON WINGS
Isaiah 40:27-31“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:3,1NLT Eagles soar high rising to thousands of feet into the air. But it is not the ability to fly that makes eagles go so far. Rather it is their potential to use their wings to capture the upward drift of the wind with their outstretched wings that makes the difference. The ability to use their wings is the reason why they are able to go as high as they do. Isaiah notes that those who wait on the Lord will equally soar high. In other words, they will be able to get to the highest mountains and topmost peaks. When we trust in God’s unfailing love and kindness, we can be sure that we will soar high. When we trust in God, He will help us develop faith and capacity to climb heights. Our trust in God, gives us the access to wings that can catch the upward drift of God’s wind to lift us above our limitations. As Christians we need to know that we have no capacity to surmount the challenges of Satan, sin, and self. But when we spread our wings of faith, God will take us where we cannot go by ourselves. Are you weak, failing, oppressed, troubled or persecuted? Just open your wings and catch the wind of God by trusting Him. He will take care of the rest.
- Birthday Blessing: “...That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season...” Psalms 1:3
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
1 Kings 19:4-9
“There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:9, NLTOne day I went to a place for an event. While waiting for my contact to show up, someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked, “what are you doing here?” His question sounded normal. But on this day, it bothered me. I wondered why! Was it the environment? Was it what I was wearing? The question seemed to bother me a bit more than usual. Then I realized it was deeper than that. He was asking me about my purpose. What I was hoping to achieve. Elijah was asked the same question. “What are you doing here?” Remember, after the victory at Carmel, he suddenly lost faith and gave way to fear. He chose to retreat rather than advance God’s agenda. As a result, God asked him to go to this location. Each of us needs to think carefully. What are we doing where we are? Why are we there? What is our purpose? What factors led us there? Has God assigned us with a responsibility that we are yet to finish? Have we changed course because of certain circumstances in our lives? It is a question that should provoke our thoughts and minds. May God help us to be exactly where He wants us to be rather than where we have allowed circumstances to lead us to.
- Birthday Blessing: “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4
ARE YOU LISTENING?
1 Samuel 3:1-9“So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’ So Samuel went back to bed.” 1 Samuel 3:9 One day, Charles Swindoll's daughter came to speak with him and said: “Daddy, I want to tell you something and I'll tell you really fast.”But he answered, “Honey, you can tell me -- and you don't have to tell me really fast. Say it slowly.” To his surprise, his daughter replied, “Then listen slowly.” Clearly, he had not been listening. For many of us today, the problem we have is listening to the right things. The world is filled with distractions of different kind. Things like the media, mobile phones, the Internet, etc have taken over the lives of some people. These things have made it so difficult for some people to recognise the voice of God. For Samuel, he just started learning how to identify God's voice. Each time God called him, he went to Eli. Eli had to counsel him to listen patiently. Many of us are like Samuel, we find it difficult to recognise God's voice and so we run to men instead of God. Consider your attitude to listening to God and to those around you. It is possible that you are missing the point because you are not listening to God. Many misunderstandings that we face in relationships today could have been avoided if we had only listened more attentively. Today, take the time to actually listen to God and those around you.
- Birthday Blessing: “I will bless you with a future filled with hope-a future of success, not of suffering.”Jeremiah 29:11
Genesis 27:5-10, 18-19, 21-29“But are you really my son Esau?” he asked.“Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.” Genesis 27:24 Some people were in a vehicle travelling from Lagos to another city when one of the passengers picked a call on his mobile phone. While speaking, he reported that he was only a few minutes away from the Lagos Island office of his caller. A few minutes later, another passenger also took a call and said that he was rushing a sick relative to the hospital. Finally, a third passenger reported that he was in Abuja trying to conclude a business transaction. Confused, a young boy asked his father, "where exactly is this bus heading to?" Falsehood is an act of saying things contrary to the truth. It is the misrepresentation of information with the aim of misleading others. People lie for different reasons; some for personal interest, some for fear of being punished, some for money, etc. Jacob deceived his father by pretending to be his brother, Esau, in order to take the blessing that belongs to him. He did everything he could to make sure that he was not discovered. Eventually, his deception was discovered and he became a fugitive. There is no amount of lie that can cover the truth. The truth will always prevail. Consider your lifestyle; would you say you are being truthful or deceitful? Can you honestly say that your life is devoid of falsehood? Ask God to help you get rid of all falsehood.
- Birthday Blessing: “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times...you will abound in good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
THE RIGHT PARTNERSHIP
Genesis 27:46-28:5“So Isaac called for Jacob, blessed him, and said, “You must not marry any of these Canaanite women.” Genesis 28:1 A partnership is a relationship involving two or more people. Different types of partnerships exist such as business partnerships and marital relationships. Whatever the nature of your partnership, it needs to be with the right person as determined by God. As Christians, we need to know that whoever we partner with will have direct impact on our lives. Partnerships have the ability to change not only the lives of the people involved in them but also the lives of all those around them. Isaac understood this principle and instructed Jacob accordingly. He told him not to marry any of the Canaanite women. In other words, they were not the right partners to consider for marriage. As you reflect on your relationships, consider carefully if you have the right kind of partners in your life. Are you committed to a business relationship with people of questionable character? If you are currently in a love relationship what kind of person is your patner? Is he or she a Canaanite? What about your friends, would you say they are doorways of God’s blessings? When people consider your place in their life, do they see you as a Canaanite? Are you a blessing to your friends and colleagues? Think today about ensuring you become a right partner to someone in your life.
- Birthday Blessing: “He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground...” Deuteronomy 7:13