Then Jesus left Capernaum and went down to the region of Judea and into the area east of the Jordan River. Once again crowds gathered around him, and as usual he was teaching them. Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”
Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”
“Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.”*
But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”
Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again. He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.”
I must be noted that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a woman of the word. All she said in her words of praise to the Lord recounted in Luke 1:46-55 could be traced to other verses in the Old Testament of the Bible. It is my honest appeal to all and sundry to be diligent in the study of the Word of God; soon shall it become a part and parcel of us.
Throughout Mary’s words in Luke 1:43, 48, it was as though she was describing her status: a lowly servant, God fearing, humble, hungry… Whoever thought and imagined that the mother of the saviour of the world would be a woman of a lowly status would have been considered senseless. Surely, throughout all the land, the Lord shows mercy to none other than those who fear Him. How amazing how the favour of the Lord considers no class. It is just lovely and refreshing that Mary acknowledges that this blessing did not come her way by dint of her beauty, or whatsoever of hers, but via the Almighty’s very own unquestionable and unmerited favour. It had nothing to do with her, it was simply the hand of God. I pray that this hand of the good Lord will locate you and make you blessed too.
Mary talked of the people who qualified (according to her reasoning): the princesses, the rich, the proud, the haughty… but glory be to God who looks at the heart. I believe somehow that eventhough Mary saw the above mentioned class of people fit to bear the saviour, she prepared herself in the best way possible – perhaps with prayers, studying the word, renewing her mind, planning for the upbringing of baby Jesus. She dreamed it, prepared, awaited it, and ‘BAMM!’ she received it. That notwithstanding, it all happened as a favour from God and she accorded Him the out and out praise. Her dream and desire was not for the fame, neither for the riches, nor the pump and pageantry of outdooring the saviour to the world, but simply being the blessed among all women. Truly it is the blessing of God that makes a man rich (blessed).
Now the race is not to the swift, not the battle to the strong but time and chance happens to us all. Beloved, let us do all that we can to better our generation, to make their lives better for them – the generation of Christians, families, friends, community, nations, etc. according to the help of His dear Spirit. May the Lord take notice of us all and make our generations call us blessed. Amen!
Fervent prayer, study of the word, renewal of the mind, and sincere service to the Lord qualifies you to be called blessed. The Lord does not disappoint those who fear Him as well. (Psalm 34:9-10)
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At what threshold do you stop asking, seeking, and knocking? Not so long ago, I visited one of my grandfathers and he opened my eyes to this amazing truth of asking and seeking from the Lord. He said, “We (humans) are many and God loves each and every one of us equally, so the only way one can get His immediate attention to do what he/she asks of Him is to persistently cry unto Him. At that point He sympathizes and becomes merciful unto us because He realizes, in one way or the other that He has not attended to your needs for long.”
Even after Jesus taught His disciples, in Luke 11:2-4, how to pray, he gave them an instance in the form of a story of some two friends. I call that story the parable of persistence – Luke 11:5-13. We ask, seek, and knock through prayer. Why stop asking, seeking, and knocking? Before pondering on, and attempt answering this question, let me quickly add another one: If even our fathers who art on earth have pity on and sympathize with us when we cry unto them for our wants and needs, how much more the one who is the embodiment of love?
This is a very wonderful revelation/ truth that since I came head-on in contact with I have never lacked anything that I asked God through prayer. Eventhough I am yet to receive the greatest of all my requests, whose provision will certainly make me the most blessed man in the whole universe, I have faith and trust that He will provide for me beautifully in no, and due, time. Don’t stop asking, seeking, and knocking, for a prayer that produces result is the one in tears. Hezekiah had fifteen more years added to his years because He prayed to God in tears, and God was merciful unto him. – Isaiah 38:1-6.
Explore this truth, and you will never be found lacking anything you have petitioned the Lord. Remember to ask showing reverence to the Lord, acknowledging your filial relationship, and letting His will reign at all times. Persist with tears, not crocodile tears – lol.
True wisdom comes from God. Jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
But the wisdom of God has the following traits:
- It is pure
- It is peace-loving and gentle
- It is yielding to others
- It is full of mercy and good deeds
- It shows no favoritism and
- It is sincere.
So if any of you lack this wisdom of God, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because He gives generously and graciously to all. There is a condition though for any one praying for this wisdom from God: You must believe and not doubt at all. For whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the winds. Remember, when you are driven by the wind, you are taken to the direction of the wind, not your own direction. Jehovah God is an awesome provider of all things, yield unto him and He will show you He is indeed the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Seek divine wisdom at all times, irrespective of the circumstances around you. God be with you.
Just writing to encourage all those who were once ‘on fire’ for God but it seems as if now there’s a lot to do to the extent that a very big gap has come in their relationship with God. This is also a word of encouragement to those who are currently ‘on fire’ for God but facing with watery eyes ferocious waves of challenges in their walk with God.
Friends, always remember what Psalm 42:5, 11 says.
The Christian journey is long; sometimes we fall, sometimes we go off track but that’s fine because we have the Holy Spirit to prompt us whenever we go astray, and we are also ready to come back. Some people in such times would speak with the tongue of the psalmist that “I used to go with the multitude: I went with them to the house of God. With the voice of joy and praise. With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast” – Psalm 42:2. Yes, you used to go for the prayer meetings, evangelisms, church services, outreaches, etc. no one challenges that.
The good news is that with a mind-set of pursuing God; though we’ll fall down, we’ll also get up again. So in those times tell your soul this- Psalm 42:11
“Why are you cast down, o my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him.
The help of my countenance and my God”.
Yes, though the enemy will reproach you all day long about your current situation, and it feels like he is breaking your bones: let your soul be calm. For he knows that your desire for God is not yet satisfied and that your soul stretches and reaches out to God’s presence till you are filled. What is more important is that, God is not disappointed that we swayed but rather, more glad that we have come back. Just as with the prodigal son.
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And Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honoured, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.” (Reference: Luke 1:42-45)
The Bible makes us understand that a wise man leaves inheritance for his children’s children, whereas a fool his craving and how to gratify them. A wise man always and at all times considers and holds a priority his generation and the legacy he can leave them. For it took only one man, Abraham, to consider his descendants (upon God’s promise) to render us all blessed with Christ. King David also thought of his people, and Elohim thought of you and I.
God has great plans for each and every one of us and our generations, however, it is our exclusive duty to search it out, believe and uphold it. Bible says, “It is the glory of God to conceal things, and the glory of kings to search it out.” It was only Mary who heard what the messenger of the Lord spoke yet she believed! I believe that the prophecy of a Saviour being born by a virgin was known to almost every Israelite in those times: so the angel appearing to Mary was not the first time she ever heard it. Remember, His birth was prophesied by many. I can imagine some virgins of those days make fun of it, others doubting it, others wishing it could be them – Oh such an honour! Others expectant of it and others, like Mary, praying that the Lord would find them worthy to bear the Saviour of the world in their womb. Let them that want their generation blessed start working for them in prayer. It is only prayer that can create their future. So as we labour in pain to store up treasures for them, let us sow seeds of prayer into their lives, their days even before they are born. Let us win them for Christ while in our bellies. Let us proclaim words of great blessing upon them according to God’s precious Spirit. Our God is faithful. David declared ‘let all that is within me bless the Lord’. He wasn’t just talking of his internal organs but also all the generations unborn- locked up in his loins.
You have to do your part for your generations and they shall surely call you blessed. Some people leave their families with generational curses but may you leave yours with the blessings of Elohim. Heed the Lord’s instructions now and all generations of yours shall be called blessed. Amen!
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