One with integrity can rise from prison to palace. Integrity is a word that denotes a set of character or behavior pattern or an adorable constant characteristic in a person that conforms with what the Lord demands from human beings in our daily living. The holiness of god can be translated to mean integrity. God’s “Yea is Yea and Nay is Nay”. HE does not blow hot and cold at the same time. A person to be known to have integrity must be able to say or do something and stand by it, even it brings sorrow and anguish but at last one would be vindicated. Thus, one canexplain as inviolable trith that cannot be decicrated.
Let us look at the sweet-sour life of Samson that was born with special anointing to combat and contain the ravaging Philistines. He started well.He later lost focus and was no more able to adhere to the tenets of theanointing upon him even inspite of his parents’ admonition. Judges 13 talked about his miraculous birth while chapters 14-16 how he lost his integrity which was the hallmark of his anointing. Man is prone to sinning but confessing and asking God to return him to the path of righteousness in order to get him saved from eternal damnation.The last minuterequest he made to God gave the anointed power to avenge his ordeal by killing The man more at death than he did in his early life. “The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out”. Proverbs 10: 9.
The life of David is such that his becoming king was based on what God ad seen in his heart and not on his physical attributes. to choose who to anoint king after KIng Saul. God Prophet Samuel who wanted to use physical for choosing the king until young was brought from the wilderness where he was tendering the flock. 1 Chronicles 29:17 says “I know my God,that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity” Joseph’s journey to Egypt and from prison to palace agreed with what the bible recorded. He showed he was a man of integrity by refusing to blot his inviolable character of fearing the Lord and to stand for truth and for honorable character. He refused to sleep with his master’s wife. It could have ruined his destiny of becoming an alien Prime Minister of Egypt. In Psalm 84:11, the psalmist wrote, “The Lord God is a sun and shield,the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless”. It is more or less an epitaph on the life of Joseph in Egypt.
Integrity sustained the life of David long before he became king, especially when he was on the run for dear life. king Saul took 3000 men from the cream of his soldiers to search, find and kill David. In a cave located in the Wilderness of Engedi saw King Saul sleeping defenceless in the midst of his bodyguards who were also fast asleep. Ordinarily, he had every reason to strike King Saul to death but the fear of the Lord prevented him from killing the God’s anointed. he regarded such as most heinous sin. Were he to have seized the possibly rare opportunity kill King Saul his own soldiers would have unconsciously imbibed the culture of killing the incumbent in order to ascend to the throne. He would have unconsciously taught them that such was the best option as road to the throne 1Sam 24. In 1Sam 26: 22-24, we saw David’s integrity at its best. David replied, “Here is the King’s spear!; Let one of your servants cross over and get it.The lord rewards each man for his integrity and loyalty.Even though today the Lord delivered you into my hand, I was not willing to extend my hand against the Lord’s anointed one. In the same way I valued your life this day, may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all dangers”.
Known biblical reference pointed to Achan as one without integrity and it led to Israel’s defeat in the hand of a small town called Ai, whereas with God on the side of Israel, they destroyed Jericho (that was a strongly fortified city) with songs of praises and dancing round it for seven days . On the last day, final action was taken in obedience to God and the Walls of Jericho fell. It is obvious that one with integrity can rise from grass to grace.
At the end of Part Two we saw how God’s providence got extended toa a Moabite, Ruth, the daughter-in-law to, Naomi from Bethlehem in the land of Israel. It is clear that a non-Israelite was not to be reckoned as part of the People of God. Such people are usually counted out of being worthy of God’s favor and compassion, but the unfolding events in the case of Ruth; if an individual, community or nation recognizes the Lordship of the Almighty Jehovah, HE would not count out such person or persons. Those who trust and obey God shall receive God’s favor and grace, as well as His splendor.
It is a common maxim that armament does not literally translate into victory at war. Before every endeavor, one has to talk to God first for guidance, irrespective of adequate or inadequate resources. In Judges 12: 1-25 the Midianites constituted thorns in the flesh of the Israelites. When they truly called on God, the Lord assigned Gideon to lead the war their enemies. At first, he was in doubt as to his fitness to lead in the war. He did seek confirmation and he got it. Furthermore, he armed with God’s choice of the number of men to prosecute the battle in His name. JUdges: 2-3 summarized what conditions Gideon complied with to ensure Israel’s victory over the Midianites. “And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people who with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israelites vaunt themselves against me, saying my own hand has saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return early from Mt Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand and there remained ten thousand.
It is a common parlance in management that when responsibility is assigned, it must go along with enablement or simply put, the wherewithal to function. I believed man borrowed the concept from God. Obviously, Joshua feared assuming the responsibility left behind by Moses, the great prophet of God of Israel. God had to give Joshua positive reinforcement through Moses.Deut, 31: 7-8 says “And Moses called unto Joshua, an said unto him in the sight of all Israel. Be strong and of good courage: for you must go with people unto the land which the Lord had sworn unto their fathers to give them, and thou shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He it is that does go before thee; He will before thee,He will not fail thee, neither forsake; fear not, neither be dismayed” (KJV)
Much as it is expected of sinners to be penitent and be able to attract forgiveness, the Almighty God that to forgive is divine.Were God to have completely visited the sins committed by the children of Israel they could have been wiped out from the face of the earth. Instead, any time they show remorse, even if they have been enslaved, He would forgive and return them to the promised land. He did it for them in Babylon as per the 70 years in exile.This reminds us of the wickedness of Joseph’s brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt. As at the famine brought them down to Egypt to buy corn, he recognized them and introduced himself and assured them of his unconditional forgiveness. Genesis 45;1-14, and Gen.50:15-21. Praise the Lord.
Jehovah is no-nonsense God, but at the same time He is full of mercy; coming of Jesus to reconcile us sinners with God would not have been required or necessary. Take the case of the woman caught with the sin of adultery even in the very act. She had been humiliated and was about to be stoned to death in obedience to mosaic law. jesus as God incarnate asked them to stone her if there was any who had not committed the sin before. Conscience pricked them all such that one by one thy dropped their stones and left the woman. Jesus rose up and forgave the woman and admonished her to go and sin no more John 8: 1-11 (KJV). God does not abandon anyone even in spite of sins committed. He always make provision for forgiveness. This was amplified in Lamentation 3: 31-33. Another testimony to the fact that God does not forget or abandon those who can confess and stop sinning any more. King Nebuchadnezzar spent seven seasons living the life of animals in the forest but was later restored back into his kingdom ONLY when he realized his folly and learn to honor God. Daniel 4:33-37
It is established that the love of the Lord never ceases. He always provide redemption for all repentant sinners,
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A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL LIFE PROMOTES OPTIMISM AND MAKES HIM OR HER STAY POSITIVE FOR BETTER HEALTH.
SPIRITUAL LIFE PROMOTES OPTIMISM
Research has linked attendance at a house of worship to a longer life expectancy. For a study published in the journal Demography, volunteers who attended church once a week had an average life expectancy that was seven years longer than those who did not attend church. Involvement with a church, synagogue, or other house of worship can improve mood, health and life expectancy through the social support they receive from the congregation. But merely having faith in higher power may also have a positive impact on health.
Investigations at Bowling Green State University in Ohio conducted a study of nearly 600 medical patients and found that those who believed in God had a thirty percent lower mortality rate than atheists. Science has not documented that faith can heal such things as serious injuries, acute diseases, or cancer. But when faced with major illness, some people find that prayer helps them remain healthy. Dr Harold Koenig and his colleagues at Duke University found that religious or spiritually inclined patients had better social support, less depression, and higher cognitive functions than those who were less religious or spiritual.
STAY POSITIVE FOR BETTER HEALTH
TRY THE FOLLOWING STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU MAINTAIN A POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR BETTER HEALTH AND RELATIONSHIPS, AS WELL AS A LONGER LIFE.
LEARN TO FORGIVE. It’s often difficult to let go of resentments. But scientific evidence indicates that letting go of grudges can lower stress levels and strengthen mental health. Making an effort to get over feelings of anger and resentment can have a positive impact on mood and overall well-being.
BREAK NEGATIVE THINKING HABITS. Martin Seligman recommends that instead of allowing themselves to become mired in negative thoughts, people should try to accentuate the positive view whenever possible. For instance: ☺️ If you lost your job, instead of giving up on looking for a new one, think about career opportunities now open for you to explore.
☺️ If your last relationship did not work out, rather than assuming that all relationships are difficult, remember that sometimes timing and chemistry just aren’t right. You may also have learned lessons from the last relationship that can help you navigate the next one.
MAKE GOOD CHOICES: When we help others and support causes we believe in, we generally feel good about ourselves and others. But many people feel remorse if they do something that goes against their moral code. Cutting corners, lashing out at someone in anger, or even breaking a traffic law can make people feel bad about themselves. Anticipating the potential consequences of decisions helps build self-esteem and optimism.
BE MORE OUTGOING: Pessimists tend to focus inward and often feel that they have no impact on others. Making a conscious effort to be more extroverted and energetic will create a sense of empowerment and connection with others. Spending time with positive people helps you feel more positive, and reaching out to others will bolster your mood.
Don’t hesitate to ask others for support and so get professional help if you need it. Research at Wake Forest University found that study volunteers who acted more extroverted by singing aloud, being assertive, or walking over and talking to someone actually felt happier. Experiencing good feeling can be contagious. You may even lift the spirits of friends and family around you. In turn, their positive feelings will further improve your own mood.
Text culled from Dr Garry Small’s MIND HEALTH REPORT Dec. 2014.
Anyone who doubts the providence of God should ask the Hebrews in the days of Moses while in the wilderness on their journey back to the promised land after about 430 years sojourn in Egypt. The children of Israel murmured and accused Moses of weaning them from the Egyptian foodstuff only to waist them in the desert. God in his infinite mercy provided manna for them for forty years. They complained of not having flesh or eat in their menu. HE gave them qual birds in such an overwhelming number to the extent of falling sick having over-eaten the provided meat. Exodus 16: 1-30.
Providence of God is in two forms. One is that which you solicit for through fasting, prayers and supplications. The other is through God’s grace. It is often times an unmerited favor. At times,
Man is fond of saying that help just came from the unknown rather than making reference to the help provided by the Almighty God. There are personal experiences from people who are at their wits end. In that state of helplessness or in desperate mood, people usually call on God for help and the help would miraculously come from “no-where” or from unknown source.
The features of who God is does explains clearly or gives us an insight as to how and why God’s Providence does come to us irrespective of our righteousness or sinful nature. HE is not dependent on us rather we are the ones who cannot function should he withdraws his grace and steadfast love from us.As much as God is merciful, we cannot stampede Him to Acton our behalf against His holy will. In His sovereignty, He is King of kings, Lord of lords, The Omnipotent and the Omniscient as well as the maker of heaven and earth. By these attributes, He has designed everything in existence such that they all function as programmed. We see that in Ephesians 1: 10-11, as it concerns man it says “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him. In whom we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (KJV). God rules over all things. For instance, He cares for the birds of the air as well as all animals or the lily, plants and not human beings alone. Romans 11: 25-34
During the reign of King Ahab, God caused Elijah to get rid of over four hundred prophets of Baal. Consequently, Jezebel swore to kill Elijah within twenty-four hours. By human nature, Elijah, he who in spirit did God’s justice to sinners had to run away for dear life. God had to send a raven to feed him as a fugitive. Elijah went for forty days and night in the strength of the food. 1 Kings 17: 1-6. It is obvious that God’s sovereignty is extremely composite in nature forHE superintends over all things. Feeding the children of Israel with manna for forty years in the wilderness revealed clearly that HE is faithful, powerful, and possesses unalloyed love for all in existence. Exodus 16: 2-4
God’s providence is not food and drink only, it includes among others, saving one from death
that was planned out in secrecy but by divine providence revealed to save Paul’s life. In the case of Paul’s trial, it was his sister’s son that God used to reveal the plot to the garrison commander who quickly arranged to foil the plot before it could materialize since Paul was not only a Pharisee but also a bonafide Roman citizen. Acts 23: 1-30 (KJV) God is Jehovah Jireh, our provider of both spiritual and physical needs.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” John 1:1 There is more to “The Word” than merely describing it as speech. There is therefore duality of purpose in our understanding of the word. Thus “The Word” of God is divine and was manifest in our Lord Jesus Christ. It can be understood as the eternal wisdom of God, that is eternally true and unbendable. At the time of creation, the bible recorded that God spoke to bring all things into being from a formless void. Genesis 1-29. The Gospel of John does corroborate Moses’ account on creation as divinely revealed to him. “The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him and without him was not any thing made that was made, In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” John 1: 2-4 (KJV). Jesus being The Word of God is interpreted in John 10 : 9 as “I am the door: if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture”. There are many phases to the Word of God. It heals, soothes, rewards everybody according to his or her intension and action, conquers the devil, enlightens the seeking hearts and teaches man how to make wealth and many more.
Words form the basis of exchanging ideas among we mortals. The words we speak in our everyday life is not comparable to The Word of God. God speaks to people by seeing visions, dreaming dreams or hearing audible divine voices 1Samuel 3:1-10. The Words of God are forever true as read in verses11-14 of the same chapter. Abraham received Angels of God physically and welcomed them with hospitality. At the end of the visit he got the prophesy of bearing the promised son, Isaac. The promise of 25 years got fulfilled by the message the Angels delivered to him. The promise began in Chapter 15: 2-4 “And Abram said, Lord GOD, what will thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou has given me no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.”
There are so many examples in the bible where anointed men of God made proclamation that came true. Our Lord Jesus performed so many miracles through such divine Words backed by individual’s faith. The woman with the issue of blood wiggled through the crowd to touch just the tip of Jesus’ garment. Jesus knew someone tapped power from Him and inquired from His disciples the one who touched his garment. They, in their mortal experience, felt it was impossible to know such in view of the teeming crowd. When He asked again, the woman owned up because she believed that if only she could touch the tip of His garment, she would receive her healing. Jesus then said; “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith has made thee whole and the woman was made whole from that hour.” Matthew 9: 22b. Also in Matthew 4: 4, (KJV) we see how Jesus defeated the devil the tempter by his utterances which were the WORDS of God. “….It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.
The life of Prophet Elijah was full of issuing the Words of God and coming true. His encounter with King Ahab in his proclamation of “There shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my words.” Thereafter, there seemed to be dialogue between Elijah and God directing his every step until the end of the famine. The encounter with the widow of Zarephath that ended in the famous words of God for provision of food to the widow until the famine shall be over; “For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail according to the word of the Lord which he spake by Elijah” 1 King 17: 1-15. The Word of God is usually instantly efficacious. Judas Iscariot led those the High Priest sent to bring Jesus for his trial and crucifixion and identified Jesus to them clearly with “an unholy kiss”. John 18: 6 revealed thus: “As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground”. This shows that there is power in the Word of God that came to the agents of wickedness in high places. Also in John 4: 49-51 “The noble man saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith , Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was going down, his servants met him and told him, Thy son liveth.” We can see clearly that the YES from God is forever YES, same goes for his NO, since HE is not man that can lie.
This post is essentially a follow-up to series number 8. it talks to christians whose hearts are right with the Lord that they need not fear today’s Haman Esther 6: 11-13. In our present age, such breed of Haman be warned that those who really gave their life to Jesus are already covered by the ‘Blood of the Lamb’, are at such are the end time Jews. No present time Haman can ever get rid of them. Jesus saves but one has got to seek Him first diligently in thought, words and in deed. Both Esther and her mentor, Mordecai fitted perfectly into this virtuous mode.
It would appear Pontius Pilate, a Roman military Consul in Jerusalem needed not fear his so-called subjects as his being there made him representative of the Roman Emperor. He bowed to the wishes of the Jewish Synagogue rulers in their demand for the death sentence for Jesus Christ, the “King of the Jews” who he said was sinless. Pilate’s washing his hands off the matter of death penalty by crucifixion did not vindicate him because handing Jesus over to the Pharisees, Sadducees and indeed the Sanhedrin constituted tacit support for the ignoble demand. In Roman history, Brutus to Julius Caesar was a second in command to the Emperor. Brutus led a cabal to assassinate Julius Caesar. In other words, Brutus by his action dented his greatness. Equally, the past Liberian Head of State, Sergeant Doe was first seen as a liberator from the descendants of American liberated ruling elites in the country. It is believed that he was there to make Liberians free from the American culture oriented leaders in government like late President Tubman Goldie. He, Sgt Doe was accepted and dignified but turned into unacceptable behavior which was later cited as corruption of unimaginable dimension. It was like nature thrusted greatness on him and he dented it through greed and lack of moral rectitude to manage the greatness. He was in no way different from Jeroboam in Northern Israel Kings 13: 33-34; or Rehoboam in the kingdom of Judah 1Kings 14: 22-24
There is time for everything, so says the bible. There is time to come together for the preservation of the group and time for dissolving it based on the prevailing circumstances II Samuel 5: 1-5. The reign of King David brought together all the twelve tribes of Israel; while the reign of King Rehoboam caused the Northern Israel with 10 tribes to opt out of the Union to become separate autonomous kingdom with capital in Samaria I King 12:1-16. The Northern kingdom under King Jeroboam went to replicate the God of Israel as known by the Patriarchs with “The Golden Calves” which are mere man-made gods, rather than maintaining theocratic relations with Jerusalem I King 12: 21-24
Between Kings Rehoboam and Jeroboam, can it ever be said that their concept of national pride was in consonance with peaceful co-existence? Definitely not. They both negated the good governance that helped King David to earn the unification of all the twelve tribes of Israel and sustain as well as bequeathed the united kingdom to KIng Solomon. One can easily identify in the two leaders the interplay of pride, intoxicating power or “absolute power that corrupts absolutely”; listening to bad advisors in the case of King Rehoboam and vendetta as it was with King Jeroboam. They forgot the lessons from their historical antecedent. They never remembered and were neither advised nor reminded to recall the harrowing experiences of Jacob and Joseph followed by the 430 years in servitude plus the great deliverance from bondage. A forty-day journey turned into forty-year God-guided journey coupled with the wasting away of erring generation. For the sake of Jewish corporate existence, Joshua sent home the eastern tribes of the Reubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh after their patriotic fighting along with other tribes to establish them on Canaan land. They had the apportionment of land “on this side of Jordan” but refused to relent effort until all tribes were settled down Joshua 22: 1-6. To me, fighting for the common good signifies national pride.
Europe had seen centuries of wars and had adjusted the people’s psyche to a level that they never considered war as the first option, especially at intra-national level. Kudos to the Scottish people for choosing to seek their desired opting out of the union by ballot box and not by the barrel of gun. The options in the present age include diplomacy, negotiated settlement possibly after civil disorder, but short of fratricidal war. Nowadays, it often involves trading in and out certain conditions to avert ravaging wars and consequent colossal loss. Civil disorder could bring economic loss but would never be comparable to fighting in the present age that now could involve use of weapons of mass destruction. This was why the world rose against Syria when she used chemical weapon against her kith and kin that rose in rebellion against the State. Russia , the strong ally of Syria joined the world to condemn the use of such weapon and advocated diplomatic solution to the problem.
The United kingdom must have to identify reason(s) for Scotland’s request for separate nation to be independent of the United Kingdom. The problem has to be solved through feasible diplomatic solution in truth and in spirit. For a tiny instance, how is the Scottish pound viewed at the malls or on the Streets of London even though it has the same value as the pound sterling. They are all accepted as negotiable instrument on equal basis.
I want to believe that Great Britain scored first place among equals in terms of honoring the course of history in shaping their future. United Kingdom is a union of nationalities that was able to hold its own for 300 years. The feat is unique and I fervently hope the union is not allowed to crumble. May God save England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, from apparent and real “Berlin Wall of Separation” threatening the United Kingdom. May “Shibboleth and Sibboleth syndrome” Judges 12: 1-6 that can cause possible break-up of UK be nipped in the bud by divine intervention. Humility, tolerance, sense of equality without superciliousness among members of the union, and altruistic love of one another need be re-awakened among the component parts. Let there be put in place internal healing of sociopolitical strained nerves, if any, and reform processes to re-solidify the basis for the age-long unity in the kingdom. There are innumerable advantages for staying together because ” united we stand, divided we fall”. The Parliament and the citizenry must rally round the monarch and ensure that the fore-going maxim concerning United Kingdom remains universally and perpetually valid. United Kingdom should not be allowed to become the next Tower of Babel.
Sinfulness in our life started with mankind’s first parents – Adam and Eve. For man to engage in iniquity was very painful to God. If man were to be God, the most likely thing to do would have been to destroy Adam and Eve and just wipe them off from his memory or eternal record. From human angle, it would have been as a result of the greatest level of disappointing behavior of the most blessed of all that God did create. Indeed, HE created everything in heaven and earth and saw that they were good before creating man lastly on the sixth day and gave the ruler-ship over living and non-living things to man on ‘a platter of gold’. He then rested on the seventh day. Gen. 1: 26-31.
In contemporary age, one would say that God provided them food, clothing and shelter as well as every opportunity of companionship and to reproduce. Indeed HE endowed them with every conveniences we can think of. HE created for them to enjoy. If there is no law there is no sin hence God gave them injunction not to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil or else they would die Gen 2 : 16-17. Adam and Eve kept the word of God until the serpent came with ‘tongue in cheek’ to psyche Eve into tasting and even eating the forbidden fruit and the rest became history. The result was their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3 : 9-24.
Were the present day police to apprehend them, they would have slammed them with such charges as : 1. Breach of trust 2. Abuse of rare privilege 3. Trespassing set boundary 4. Gross ingratitude 5. Abuse of benefactor’s largesse 6. Defiling the sanctity of the Garden of Eden 7. Felony with attempted secession 8. Adoption with subscription to illegal constitution to the detriment of the subsisting divine laws 9. Conspiracy with and yielding to enemy combatant 10. Self endangerment and many more
Adam and Eve were so much blessed and were not billed to die until after they had sinned. It is regrettable . How great would it have been if man were to remain eternally. There would not have been any need for commissioning Lord Jesus to come, suffer and die for man’s sin and redemption. The status of man prior to sinning was really great before being dented.