A bell is not a bell till you ring it
A song is not a song till you sing it
Love in your heart is not put there to stay
Love is not love till you give it away
(1 Kings 3:3-5)
“That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ’what do you want? Ask and I will give it to you’”.
After reading verse 3, understanding’s gotten as to what duty or service earns one the privilege the Lord had granted Solomon to ask whatever he wanted. Such an act is the public showcase of the love you profess for the Lord God. Solomon showed his love to the Lord by sacrificing to Him 1000 burnt offerings. This privilege given Solomon is given you only when you show your love for the Lord.
But, when asking the Lord for anything, ask for things that will benefit the children of the Lord at large, not things that will gratify your insatiable selfish needs/cravings. Solomon asked, but he only asked for an understanding heart so that he can govern the people the Lord has entrusted into his care as the King of Israel. It pleases God so much whenever His servants asked like Solomon, and He gives bountifully whatever that was asked for and many other things that were not even asked for. In Solomon’s case He added riches and fame. Your case, it might be that lady/gentleman you have been praying and fasting diligently to marry; that job position you have been dying to occupy; the fulfilment of that dying-out dream of yours; etc.
It is as well conspicuous the humility with which Solomon made his request to God. He simply asked in humility (1 Kings 3:7-9). Solomon is who he is in the Bible, and in the fabric of History and Literature today because he showed his love for the Lord in public and without shame. And the Lord God of Abraham also, with so much joy, blessed him beyond his request.
People will be in awe for you when you act as Solomon. This is what the queen of Sheba said about Solomon in 1 Kings 10:6-9, “everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true! I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of it! Your wisdom and prosperity are far beyond what I was told. How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom! Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel.”
Show the Lord your love, and He will, with joy, grant you whatever you asked and many more. I pray for good tidings this week. AMEN!!, , 1 Kings 10:6-9, Solomon showed his love to the Lord by sacrificing to Him 1000 burnt offerings,
The Christian kind of suffering is not disaster, poverty and/or disease. Jesus came to heal, deliver and set us free from those kinds of suffering. It is rather satan who attacks us with those things, and we have to take them and be with them, but only for a short while, whilst we wait on God to deliver us from them; but that’s not the kind of suffering that God wants us to endure permanently. Job’s case should be a typical example and a case study. Christianity wants us to be long-suffering with each other.
Our spirit fellowship with one another can be consumed, jeopardized if we get into strife. Walking and living habitually in the Holy Spirit demands laying down the habit of hurting others. Evidently, walking in the flesh would not grant us this luxury because the flesh (our nature) demands to have its own way about everything. The flesh is self-centered and selfish. If we walk in the flesh, we will never act like Jesus Christ.
Hence, the Christian kind of suffering is long-suffering, yielding to others, denying oneself of the desires of the flesh (sexual sin, adultery and fornication, greed, drunkenness, prostitution, etc.). Realize that in order to follow God, the flesh must be told no, and when that happens the flesh suffers.
Since you believed in the Gospel and have laid down your life for its cause, do whatever He (Jesus) tells you. The reward at the end of it is just immeasurable. God speaks to us mostly through the Bible, the Bible is our book of instructions.
John 2 verse 9 tells us that, when the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from, he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine, but you kept the best until now.”
This is to tell you that your acceptance of Christ is just the first step to bringing the best out of you. Irrespective of who you were, what you used to do, where you come from, now that you have accepted Christ and the spirit of God is in you, you shall be spoken of like the water Jesus turned wine. Remember Jesus made the wine out of an ordinary water.
Again, when Jesus was instructing the maids as to what to do, they put away their doubts, none asked questions, and the Lord stunned them all. Just avail yourself unto Him without asking questions, and your doubts miles away, and you shall be a blessing upon blessing unto your generation and even generations to come. He is our King of kings, and His words have we vowed to heed to without challenge or murmur in all instances.
Not so long ago, a friend of mine from a different religious background, called and told me one confusion of his with regards to my belief. It is in this category – ISSUE – on this blog because, we think, it is an issue that needs immediate attention and address, and you, together with us, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit will solve the issue for not only my friend, but the numerous others whose understanding has been clouded by this confusion. This is what ensued between us. For the reason that I have not informed my friend of putting our conversation here, I will plead, with all due respect, to withhold his name. Permit me to refer him GENTLEMAN.
GENTLEMAN: Hello, Atteh?
ATTEH: Hello, my paddy (the way I refer my friends)
GENTLEMAN: Is your knee the reason for your absence at the beach today?
ATTEH: Not really. I have been busy trying to get words from the Lord to post today on my blog. I guess you guys had so much fun.
GENTLEMAN: Yeah, sure. I hope your knee, too, is getting better, anyways
ATTEH: By the Grace of God
GENTLEMAN: We thank God. Talking of your blog even reminds me, I have been wanting to ask something.
ATTEH: My brother, I’m all ears talk to me. After all, what are friends for?
GENTLEMAN: You know the story of Jonah in the Bible?
ATTEH: Very well.
GENTLEMAN: Can you briefly run me through what happened to him?
ATTEH: Jonah was just a man sent by God to warn the people of Nineveh to desist from their evil doings lest disaster, anarchy, destruction will befall them soon. Jonah knew within himself that the people he was supposed to go and warn will never pay heed to his words and therefore he decided to go the opposite way… blah … blah .. blah …(I believe we all know the story, if not then please read the book of Jonah 1-4)
GENTLEMAN: Did Jonah die in the belly of the whale?
ATTEH: No! God took good care of him because he had a special purpose to serve for Him.
GENTLEMAN: You see, Atteh, this is where my problem lies. You mean to say Jonah did not die at all?
ATTEH: Yes of course, he didn’t.
GENTLEMAN: I hope you can be resourceful to me here. Why do you people say Jesus died and resurrected when, when the Pharisees enquired for signs of His authority, he himself said in Matthew 12:40 that, “For as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days so will the son of man also be in the heart of the earth for three days” If you mean Jonah did not die then Jesus too did not die let alone resurrect. If you claim He died and resurrected then Jonah too did same. What do you have to say about that, Atteh?
Frankly, I told him I was going to check the scriptures to get back to him. Wonderful friends, followers and visitors of our blog, let’s together dissect this issue and in so doing remove the mask of confusion over this statement of Jesus’ for my dear friend which will stand to go a long way to save his soul and some others with this same problem. Let’s get talking!
What is your reason for denying the faith of our Lord Jesus? He who touches the plough and looks back deserves not the Kingdom of God. Who are you? What did you have? What did you lose? What have you gained after?
Have you considered job? The richest and most righteous man in His days (Job1:1). He had 7000 sheep, 3000 camel, 500 oxen, and 500 female donkeys. Many servants, sons and daughters with each child having a mansion. But just in a day he lost all his possessions. Not to end there, he had sores all over and was reduced to the worst of man; scrapping Himself with broken pottery, betrayed by friends and family.
It’s normal to be angry with God because we are human beings, but in exercising your rage or venting your spleen on the Lord God, be careful you don’t blaspheme. In his pain he rebuked the woman he loved Job 2:10) – “must we receive only good things from God?” If you understand what you’re in for, you’ll rejoice. The walk of a Christian is not an assured smooth journey. He said, “You’ll face many tribulation”. And Apostle Paul encourages us to count it all joy when these flimsy troubles come upon us (James 1:2-4).
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. After the test, you will be made complete: lacking nothing. In the end, after 9 month, Job’s health was restored, as well as acquiring a double portion of all that he had possessed. If you’ve not reached the level of Job’s possession then your suffering is no news, because even the rich are suffering. Be humble and fix your eyes on Jesus. Trust in Jesus, that’s all.
By: Ameyaw Bernice Ama