I woke up three mornings ago, and the first thought that popped up in my head was: I definitely did not prepare for this. In those split seconds of that thought, I was thinking of how it happened that the weather changed all of a sudden. Yes! It is colder now, but I am still struggling to get a full grasp of how the sun has suddenly taken the function of lighting rather than heat. No exaggerations! True fact.
While I had this thought, that morning, I have had this post budding within me for the past one week, but I have been so exhausted. A lot just seems to be happening, and time is not at a stand still either, so I have decided to do better with my blogging; manage my time rightly and take on less responsibilities.
Oh! And did I miss out this information: My birthday is this week, Wednesday, 7th October, precisely. I am so excited. I do not know why. I am just excited and thankful to God for growth. I am entering into a new year where I am just marveled at how God’s realness has changed my life, that I am just not worried about a thing. I am just full of gratitude. Please pray for me, I am very expectant for this new year, not just expectant for my desires, but expectant in doing purpose and being a vessel for His glory.
Okay, let’s delve into the post of the day…
I am presently chewing on the book of Isaiah, and it is an impeccably book, because everyday that I read it, I am just blown away by how Prophet Isaiah spoke about the future- happenings in the new testament and even now. If I was to talk about this book, I will say so much, but I will just stick to the boundaries of this post.
There’s not a wise man or woman left in the country. If there were, one of them would tell you what God of the Angel-Armies has in mind for Egypt. Isaiah 19 v 12 MSG
Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you now [if they are so wise], and let them make known what the Lord of Hosts has purposed against Egypt [if they can]. AMP
In Nollywood movies, when you have a spokesperson for a diety who is consulted and is able to tell the happenings about to take place or hidden reasons behind physical manifestations, they are referred to as ‘wise one’. But you see, God’s wisdom trumps the wisdom of man-made powers.
As Christian, true believers, we are representatives of God, and as His representative, His heirs, wisdom should not be lacking in our lives. Foolishness should not have a place in our lives.
The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning [the chief and choice part] of Wisdom…… Proverbs 9 v 10a AMP
Fearing [reverencing] God is the building block of true wisdom, but it does not end there. There is more.
There is a part of wisdom in God that is able to see the future and discern seasons, that is what Isaiah was saying in the Word. But not everyone experiences this. Why?
If there is anything I have come to understand that prevents most of us from attaining the heights that God has set for us, it is the ‘successes or triumphs of yesterday’. When we get to a level of experience, and we sit there, feeling we have arrived. So we were able to come out victorious from the times of trial so we settle, because every time we look back at how we fared so well in the dark times, our hearts are full. We need to wake up!
I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us toward.. Philippians 3 v 13-14 AMP
In my head, I imagine that Paul was asked: ‘So how do you feel now, after doing such great works for the Lord, being locked up for His sake and still staying steadfast through it all?’ I just imagine that was his response to the interviewer. And this same thinking and attitude should be the same with us. We don’t rest on our laurels because now w can speak in tongues or interpret tongues. There is so much in Christ. We do not feel fulfilled because we have exceeded the expectations of men for us. That’s where we miss it. God sets the goal, not man.
I read the passage in Isaiah 19, and I had the understanding that wisdom is vaster than we can imagine. That we are able to speak the mind of Christ and speak great words that astounds the philosophy of men, is not all that there is to wisdom. A ‘room’ in wisdom has the unction of seeing the future; having a sensing of the seasons and preparing accordingly.
God revealed the foolishness of the princes and elites of Egypt to Isaiah. They boasted of their wisdom, because they felt a sense of security in that time, that it did not matter if it had anything to do with God. Wisdom in their might. Wisdom as the world [men] sees it.
This sole passage spoke to me, in an unconventional manner. There is more. There is always more in God. Keep hungering for more in Him. You can see visions, praise God; how about laying on of hands and healing the sick. You can prophesy, praise God; how about being able to discern spirits. Yes, the Spirit of God gives this gifts as He decides, but the aim of this post is to set fire on that lethargic feeling that is creeping up on us, believers.
Let us hunger for more, more of God. We may have won souls to Christ, but there are still more souls. There is still more to enter into in Christ. Our now should not prevent us from pressing forward. We should not become full [fool]. We should create space for more of what God wants to do with us.
How do we enter into this, by being intentional in spending time with Christ. No excuse! No excuse is relevant enough to stay away from staying connected with the vine. In that secret place, He reveals deep things. Proverbs 25 v 2 says:
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. NIV
Keep searching! Keep thirsting for Him! Also, we should refuse to be Christians who press through only during trials. We should not be Christians that only look for Christ wholeheartedly when all is not going well. You know what I mean, some of us are very good at seeking God only in the midst of trials. We are to seek Christ in all and every season.
In conclusion, I am reminded of Abraham and Noah, before God did anything, He told them. God could not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah without informing Abraham. He could not flood the earth without telling Noah. I long for this intimacy.
Amos 3 v 7 NIV says
Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets..
Prophets are representatives/ambassadors for God. We are His ambassadors through the work of Christ on the cross, we are supposed to be in the know before it manifests physically.
God reveals this secrets for preparation, but He will only reveal the deep things about seasons to those that stay seated at His feet. I remember Mordecai who sat at the King’s gate, he did not stop sitting at the king’s gate when Esther became queen, he sat steadfastly at the kings gate even after Esther was queen, in his sitting there, he was able to hear the plan of the king’s eunuchs to kill the king. This information that was recorded was rewarded at a specific, important time. We need to stay at The King’s gate steadfastly, in all seasons.
We refuse to be full [fool] already!
Father, we repent of the ways we have settled and rested on our laurels. We ask that you open our eyes to see the goals you have set for us and run steadfastly, with the understanding that the applauds of man is not synonymous to pleasing you. We cry out for more of you, that we may never be full, but always hunger for more and more of you. Amen!
PT TIP OF THE DAY
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision- you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Philippians 3 v 15-16 MSG
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