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Are You A Joseph๐Ÿคต๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™?

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Hey there!

I trust that our God who never sleeps nor slumbers has been watching over you. Am glad you have taken the time to not only read but also hear from Him. May He truly meet you at your point of need! Amen

So am still stuck in the first few chapters of Matthew and today’s post is really on Joseph’s first actions. Am truly intrigued by the role he played in Mary’s life and by extension in Jesus’ life thereof. At first, my curiosity was where he disappeared to as I moved on in reading but my eyes opened to the great value he brought instead. So am back to chapter one, specifically verse 18 to 25.Did you know he was only mentioned in Matthew and Luke seven times each while twice in the book of John? Did you also know that an angel of the Lord appeared to him, and not just any angel, one of the three in the Bible mentioned by name. The three angels mentioned by name are:

(1) Michael, the Archangel in Jude 1:9

9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses,did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, โ€œThe Lord rebuke you!โ€

(2) Abaddon in Revelation 9:11

11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

(3) Gabriel in Luke 1:19

19 The angel said to him, โ€œI am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

He was actually recorded as the first man to see an angel in the first book of the New Testament. Of course the Old Testament had several others such as Abraham, Hagar,Lot,Joshua, Gideon, Balaam, Zechariah, Manoah and his wife who were parents to Samson.

Given that I do not believe in coincidence or luck I write with absolute awe of God’s perfect ways in Mary’s life. Imagine if Mary would have been betrothed to another man, would that man have taken the path that Joseph did? Or what if Joseph chose not to marry her even after an angel spoke to him? Why was Joseph chosen to assist Mary in fulfilling her purpose in giving birth and raising the Son of God? Well my personal response would be in Matthew 1:19..Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and… I want to truly believe that Joseph’s way of living prepared him for the journey ahead of him. It allowed his heart and spirit to be in a position ready to discern what and when God is directing him in a certain path. I do not feel that the appearance of an angel changed who he was but rather confirmed the fear of God in him. His mind may have conceived to divorce Mary quietly but his heart and spirit made a complete turn around upon receipt of the direction he ought to take. And that was to marry Mary….ululation please๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿค—!! This was not only courageous but obedient too. The Bible states that when he woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and he took Mary home as his wife...verse 24.

Verse 20 of Matthew chapter one states that the angel called Joseph(Mary’s husband) the son of David while his father was actually called Jacob. I guess the culture of calling children after their forefathers was existent from long ago๐Ÿ˜‰. I find the angel to be very intentional with his choice of words. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear or read of King David? Well for me, it is the fact that he was a man after God’s own heart. So out of all the names of Joseph’s ancestors that he was a “son of”, the angel chose to pick out David. I want to believe there was something inside of Joseph that was also in David that was significant enough to call for such relation and distinction in who he really was….as God saw him. A righteous man. A man faithful to the law!!

Joseph can be any of us in the present time. Righteous. Faithful. Obedient. Courageous. It must have made the angel’s work much easier to deliver that kind of overwhelming message to a person whose heart was ready to obey despite previous considerations. Joseph’s response to the message from the angel must have put a smile on our Heavenly Father ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‡!!

This post today is a calling to you and me to possess more of Joseph’s attributes. Those that will position you to be ready to not only hear but act as God instructs. Despite our past failures, it is still possible to get back up again and continue running the race once more. This is a calling to desire more of what the Spirit says rather than our own understanding. This sometimes can be difficult given what the physical circumstances are presenting but Joseph’s actions and the results thereof are a proof that God’s wisdom is no match for any mortal. His plans are perfect. So won’t you be encouraged that there is hope and great fulfillment in obeying God?He is calling us with a desire to plant us in various parts of this world to display his splendour. May we be counted faithful!!

God bless and see you next week Friday ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡!!

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Does Your Family Lineage Really Matter ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘ด ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค”?

Hey there!

Hope you had a blessed and fruitful week indeed! Well I thank God for my life even as I spent most of this week unwell and had to take time off work. The headache still present as I type this but I know my God is faithful. I guess that is what is called encouraging yourself in the Lord ๐Ÿค’๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‰!! So here we go! Karibu sana (You are welcome in Swahili)

As I finished the Book of Ezra in my personal reading, I felt the Spirit move me to proceed to the New Testament instead of the next book of Nehemiah. It was a push to help me also appreciate the life of Jesus on earth just as I have done with the kings and events in the Old Testament. So obedience was a virtue that needed to rise to the occasion ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜Š!!

Did you know that there were 42 generations from Abraham to Jesus? Distinctively, there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to Christ…Matthew 1:17.The first chapter of Matthew clearly details them by name. Moving to chapter two and three only made me more curious and thus took me back to chapter one, specifically to the genealogy of Jesus. There should be some significance to this list as it begins the history of a new era. A new dispensation of the impact of the Son of God here on earth ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™!!

It was quite conspicuous to me that the end of each set of fourteen generations, began and ended with such a significant happening or descendant. The first set began with Abraham, the Father of Faith and ended with Jesse, the father of King David who was the man after God’s own heart. The second set began with David and ended with Josiah at the time of the exile to Babylon. Remember King Josiah was the one stated in 2 Chronicles 35:18 as: The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem. He was key to many reforms in his time and the Book of the Law given through Moses was found during his time. The third and final set began with Jeconiah (Jehoiachin), son of Josiah and ended with Jesus Christ.

It is without a doubt that God orchestrated this list for His glory. Yes, it does point out that God is in control of our lives and He knew us before being created in our mother’s womb but what else does the list show us? That God’s ways are better than ours. Yes, what else? That He is the Creator and Giver of all things; that He is mindful of man despite our failures; He still works out a plan for our salvation. That it was never a mistake that we were born in the family lineage we currently come from, whether evil or good, whether rich or poor, whether famous or unknown, whether religious or not. Rahab was the prostitute in Jericho who aided Joshua’s spies to bring down its walls and she became the great great grandmother of David. Am sure you heard a preaching of Rahab by now but that is not entirely my focus in this post.

What is the message that the word of God exactly trying to pass across by deliberately listing down the family lineage of Jesus Christ even before it details his birth and life? After reading this post, it confirmed my thinking that genealogies were important to Hebrews as it served as identification for them as Jews and the related inheritance of their specific tribes. I now recall Ezra 2:61-63
61 And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.63 And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim.

Yes, it was that serious then ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š!! What of today? Do we know our ancestors past our grandparents names’? Of what importance would it be to know your family lineage? It is vital to note that the ancestry line of Jesus was not full of perfect people. Not all of them had their lives detailed past the mention of their names. Your family lineage does not have to be perfect, for me it matters that it is a line. That is what stands out for me. Let the line of history exist whether of good people or not. As long as I am confident in God’s wisdom in placing me in that specific lineage, then I choose to remain hopeful. Hopeful for significant happenings in my lineage. Hopeful of the future. Since I have no control of my ancestor’s actions, my heart believes in hope for my descendants.

God is my witness of the number of times I have prayed for my generation who will come before me one after another until the day Jesus comes. That is how far my faith and my eyes see. I see my descendants being used of God way after my death and the lineage will never be cut even after the last trumpet call ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™!! My purpose in life will transcend from generation to generation, all the to the glory of the Author and Finisher of my faith. My purpose needs therefore be combined with actions to keep this hope alive. Tragedies will come for sure but the victories will definitely override the pain and loss๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ!! What do you desire for your descendants?

Am amazed at how much grace has been released for me as I type this on my bed this Friday morning. Read a Biography on Queen Victoria and Lee Kuan Yew, great leader in Singapore yesterday and I guess their resilience is rubbing on me. It may also be my current reading of the expeditions of Alexander, the Great of Macedonia which inspired me so very much this morning. Hope to write a post once am done. Was actually tempted to repost a previous post or share another blogger’s post but God is faithful!! Thank you Jehovah Rapha for your healing over my body. Am grateful for you are ever watching me to ensure your word that you sent fulfills its purpose in my life. You have brought me from this far, my Ebenezer and greater is my future in you Oh Lord. Thank you for being my Heavenly Father who never gives me a stone when I ask for bread or a snake when I ask for fish. After all is said and done you still remain to be God.

Am a lover of tea and need I mention the main ingredient of milk is vitalโ˜•๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š!! So the kitchen is where am heading next after clicking “Publish Now” on this post. Thank you for your time. God bless and see you next week Friday๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡!!

#Hopeforyouandme #FamilyLineage #Geneology #Abraham #David #Jesus #Abraham#UnchangeableGod

What If You Could Have Back What You Lost๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿค”?

Have you ever lost something dear to you ? That pained you when it got lost ? That treasure that left some empty space in you ? Well, what if I told you, that you could get it back ? That there is hope for restoration ? What would you give to have that loved,precious, valuable treasure back in your possession? How wonderful does that sound ? Definitely music to the ears if you ask me๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜Š!!

Before I get misquoted, there is need to point out that some things and some people are just best left where they are. God in his wisdom has clarified that for me in my own life. He has helped me differentiate between what I have lost that deserves to be lost from what I need to have back in my life. The latter sometimes stays lost out of my own pride or lack of effort and some times even lack of desire/will. As I worked on this post, a former close friend called and my pride definitely did not allow me to pick. And I know and I know and I know that God has been speaking to me about walking in the path of forgiveness and reconciliation and this friend is definitely on that list. The long paragraph is evident of how much emotion this topic raises in me. And how much my heart desires to see this process to the end. Can I say this is where the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡? I stretched out of my comfort zone and did call back..Story to be continued๐Ÿ˜‰ !!

This week in my church has been a prayer and fasting one seeking for revival/renewal/restoration. The theme is based on Psalms 85:6Won’t you revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you ? It is evident between the Holy Trinity and I that a special part of my spiritual life was lost and my mind has knocked on that door of old memories quite often. So this week for me served as such an opportune moment for me to pour out my desires for restoration to God, my Heavenly Father for what I lost.

Loss brings with it sadness, tears, regret, pain, anger, resentment and even depression. For the loss brought by death, hope lies in meeting the dear ones in the afterlife. Others have lost materially for what they have worked so hard for. Some have experienced emotional and spiritual losses while others have lost parts of their bodies through sickness or accidents.

Focus for me this week has been to admit and confess that I did lose a former precious part of me that I truly need back to help me fulfill the purpose of my life. Am more than convinced that my purpose lies in a revival in the insides of me. From my thoughts, my mind, my heart, my words and in relation, my life. My inner man desires a renewal that can only come from the fire of the Holy Spirit. And as a result every sphere of my life will be positively impacted.

I am taking the step of faith on this mountain for repentance and confession of my sins combined with rebuking every wicked scheme of the evil one. Am taking the minutes to whisper my a thousand and one prayers combined with shouting of praise and worship to the Kings of Kings.

So what makes me so sure that my prayers will be answered ? Well, the beauty about this is that am asking from the source of all things. The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, Yahweh, the Great I am. He is God of Abraham, God of Jacob and God of Isaac. He is the Author and Finisher of my faith. And am very much aware that God remains to be God. He is Sovereign and I trust His wisdom. His ways have always been better than mine. The truth be told, whether I receive or not, God still remains to be Jehovah. He is changeless. I might as well be grateful that my actions have moved me closer to Him. And maybe that was the whole idea in the first place ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™‚!! You see, I told you, God knows what exactly He is doing. He got this !! He got me !! He got you !! Isn’t it better to walk with the Creator of all things than the things themselves ?

This post is to acknowledge loss does occur in each one of us. Is there hope for recovery ? God has the full answer to this. You can choose to ask of Him and let His Sovereignty reign in your life or you can choose to continue with life as it comes. The former does seem wiser and really is the best for you. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be open unto you (Matthew 7:7). One thing is certain God hears and answers prayers, sometimes not the way we want, but the fact remains is that He does. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!(Matthew 7:9-11)

My hope is renewed that my Creator is truly my Heavenly Father. Am not sure what you have lost or what you desire back. One thing that am confident of is that God knows and He desires for you to talk to Him about it. Let Him be your light. Let Him make your paths straight to your destiny. Let Him lead you to your purpose. Be encouraged that He has the best of intentions for you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‡!! It is written that many are the good thoughts He has for us that they would outnumber the sand.

God bless as you take time to seek for restoration, revival and renewal in all areas of your life !! See you next week Friday๐Ÿ™‹!!

#Hopeforyouandme #UnchangeableGod #Restoration #Revival #

The Huge Man With 12 Fingers and 12 Toes………!!!

In studying the Word, I got to 1 Chronicles chapter 20. Reading this full chapter which consists of just eight verses (yeah, I know very few, further detail necessary so as not to puff myself up as so spiritual ๐Ÿ˜‰…this is really for my own good!!…let those with eyes read in between the lines!!), what pulls me into deep thought is verse 6 and 7. 6 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each footโ€”twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 7 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, Davidโ€™s brother, killed him.

I mean, this man had an extra finger on each hand and extra toe on each foot. Occasionally, I have seen someone with this occurrence on one hand or one leg but not in all. Why did God create this man so? In addition he was of great stature. Please remember that this battle took place at Gath, the same town that Goliath came from. Yes, that same Goliath you know that was defeated by David...some little ululation there please!!!!!!!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

As I type this words, it is amazing how I can create hyperlinks to the Bible without hesitation. Am literally saying to myself if it is written in God’s word, then you can take it to the bank. My apologies for diverting but I need to express what I feel right now. I feel this assurance that comes from just simple faith. We were not all there when the writings were made or even the decision to arrange the books in the order that they currently are, leave alone choosing what books should be included or the titles/names of each book. It is only by faith that I have this confidence that my Sovereign Lord was in charge of the whole process for my sake. To guide me when I needed Him. To offer a place that I can hear from Him when am in need of answers. He is such an All-Knowing God that He foresaw this need in me right now right here. How grateful I am…How loved I must be. But even the more humble I need to be to request for an increase in my faith as He is the founder and perfecter of it.

Given the long paragraph, you can tell I express myself better in writing…at least I know that!!๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜„

Okay, now back to this huge man who was in the same town that Goliath (nine feet tall) came from. Given he still wanted to fight David and his men, I doubt his parents gave him a bedtime story to help him learn what happened earlier, you know!!!๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰. He should know people ๐Ÿ˜‰, especially the ones that he should not have dared to fight. Because they were likely to kill him…not with their physical strength but because of the special favour and anointing from the Creator Himself. And just to display this fact, this huge man was killed by Jonathan,David’s brother and not even David himself.

For me, this first speaks of how David’s anointing spread to the people who were on his side and especially those who fought for him which meant fought for the God of Israel. The huge man had taunted the people of Israel which meant he had troubled the people who were chosen by God.

Ever heard of how one would want the blessings of one person to rub on them on the basis of them hanging around such a person? Or how families can get reluctant to seek God just because the mother of such a house is so prayerful and God fearing? Well I know I sometimes fall in the second category. I cannot reiterate more how I am very much aware that my mother’s prayers have contributed greatly to where I am in my life and the far I will go. Despite the need to work harder on my own spiritual walk, this is one factor of the little success in my life I can never ignore. Thank you Mum!!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’– #MothersDay

So far, we have two examples of people using their “higher” positions to positively influence those under them. And we also have an example of a person who used his “higher” position to bring pain to those they viewed less privileged. I am still trying to figure out why he even needed twelve fingers and twelve toes in the first place. The rest of us have ten each while others have less and our lives are still very much okay…relatively speaking! So why did he need twenty four?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ™†

Anybody with answers?? Don’t forget he was also a huge man meaning more physical strength. Okay, I will stop with the questions and suspense and pretense that I have the answer myself. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know…why do I ask the questions if I do not have the answers myself? Well, I do not have answers par se, but rather just my two cents. So here it is!!

The focus for me is not why he had to have the extra features unlike the rest of us, but instead my interest is more of what he did with the privilege or power that the average man does not have. There are so many unanswered questions as I write this post and even more by the time you get to read it, that even the brightest of scientists have no solutions to. In addition, there are questions that need answers that no one on earth has even thought of asking. So I will not attempt to try and understand God’s mind as it is unfathomable.

All I know is that just like Goliath, this huge man, whose name was not deemed important for us to know, went fighting smaller people instead of choosing the winning side and supporting the good cause. I guess they were both great in stature but poor/small in wisdom, favour and anointing. Which one would you choose? Great physical endowment or God’s favour? At least I know there is no choosing for me as the physical endowment part was not in my answer choices..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‡

Okay, am serious now ๐Ÿ˜ ..what are your strengths? Remember SWOT analysis?Strength..Weakness..Opportunity..Threat..? There is need to evaluate ourselves and see what areas in our lives give us a relatively higher position of power/skill to accomplish certain tasks. And afterwards, the need to use these endowments in a manner that does not harm others, which I find very vital while fulfilling one’s purpose.

I now need to stop typing..am almost at a thousand words but you can guess by now am in a really good mood today. I must confess am in a place of complete surrender to God’s will for my life and have let go of the driver’s wheel. This is a position that I have to deliberately come back to if I want my Heavenly Father to keep smiling at me from above. And yes, I have to get back as often as possible given that I sometimes tend to deceive myself that I can drive to my life’s exact destination using the right path. Driving I can, but definitely not in the way that my Omnipresent God would desire!!..and at this point am itchy for an emoji to fully express my gratitude to God’s grace and mercy in my stubborn moments…hehehehe!!

How I pray that this post has stirred up your thinking. And may I be counted faithful in using this “higher” skill not to harm you but encourage you in your path and pray you get closer to fulfilling your own purpose as much as I ought to with mine. May our legacies be more than four sentences in the history books…may it include our names and our works for the sake of humanity๐Ÿ™!!

God bless. See you next week Friday. I have had so much fun writing this one ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰!!!

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