It Will Fit in Due Season – Part 2

Aligned

As I stood reviewing my 2019 vision board, I felt a bit saddened by the fact that I had not made significant progress on my number 1 goal. This goal I had simply labeled “House” to indicate my desire to own my own home.

As I stood in my disappointment, the Lord spoke to me:

God: “Are you sure what you wanted to be done regarding house aligned with my intent?”

Me: (confused) “Lord, what do you mean?”

He then reminded me that at the beginning of 2019, I had expressed a strong desire to move from the house and area in which I was renting because I did not like the landlord/his son and disliked the surrounding area and what it represented. He then guided my thoughts to the fact that I was now standing in a different house. After house-hunting for 3 months, He had guided me to an apartment that I fell in love with on sight. He had also provided the means to ensure that I could afford to live there comfortably.

At the reminder, I paused, stunned. My perspective of the goal had not been realized but God’s has. Not only that, I had wasted an entire year trying to make my version of the goal fit in a season that it was not meant to bear fruit. It was then the thought dropped in my spirit: “When writing and acting on the vision, ensure your version of the goal aligns with God’s.”

So often in our haste to achieve what God has promised us, we fail to confirm that our version of the vision aligns with His. In that moment, I could relate to Abraham whom God had promised would become the father of many nations. To fulfil this promise, God intended to give Abraham and his wife a true heir, a legitimate son, in the right season.

However, it would seem that Abraham and Sarah’s desire did not align with God’s. Tired of  waiting for the true heir, their desire centered on just getting a “son”. Similar to my definition of “house” that misaligned with God’s seasonal intent, Abraham’s definition of “son” misaligned with God’s intended season of provision. Their desire for that son led to them “helping” God out. So, Abraham had an illegitimate son (Ishmael) with Hagar, his wife’s handmaid.

The story doesn’t end there! In due season, just as He had promised, God gave Abraham and Sarah the promised son (Issac) and Hagar and Ishmael are sent away when Issac is weaned.

Today, the repercussions of that misalignment are still evident. The descendants of Issac and Ishmael still disagree over who is the true heir to Abraham’s Covenant blessings. From this disagreement stems the Middle East conflict between the Arabs (Muslims) and the Jews.

Wouldn’t you agree that it would have been better if Abraham had waited? I am happy that my reprecussions were just limited to roadblocks and disappointments.

Don’t rush the process. Take time to consult God and trust the pace of Grace. Ensure you and God are aligned on the goals He wants you to work on. Don’t miss God’s season of provision because you focused on the wrong goal. Once God has ordained it, whatever you are waiting for will fit in due season.


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Saucy Digicel Look

I have been experiencing so many changes lately that my head has been spinning. But through it all, I must say that I’ve been incredibly blessed. Get this! I’ve changed jobs twice in the last 3-4 months! For both, I was headhunted, the second one, quite aggressively after I had refused them in early May 2019.

Anyways, that’s a story for another day. Let’s get to the meat of what’s on my mind today. I started at Digicel, a top telecommunications company in my country, on September 2. I’m still trying to figure out how I agreed to this when it involved moving from my remote job and doing a longer commute. I must say they and God are quite persuasive 😅.

On September 3, I had a weird experience. Yes, weird! I had just gotten off my bus and was making my way towards the office when a red car passed me and a voice yelled “Digicel!” My initial reaction was that this must have been one of the many persons I had met on my first day so I waved and smiled. To my surprise, the car stopped at a Stop sign a few meters away, waiting. A man stuck his head out and asked “You’re not coming?”

Curious, I walked closer to the vehicle to check if I recognized the face. Two men sat in the vehicle. I recognized neither. The driver repeated his former question. I stopped puzzled until I felt an internal prod telling me to go. I got in. Obviously I’m crazy 🙄.

A snippet of our discussion:

Me: “How do you know I work at Digicel?”

Driver: “Because you have the Digicel saucy look…”

Me (puzzled): “Saucy look?”

Driver: “Yeah. I don’t know how to explain it but you have that look.”

Me (still puzzled and looking down at what I am wearing): “That’s weird. I don’t see how I have a Digicel saucy look when I literally started yesterday. No man! You must have seen me at Digicel!”

Driver’s Friend: “No man! You just have that look.”

Driver: “Congrats on the new job.”

It turned out that even though these men weren’t going my way, they dropped me off at my destination before continuing on their way.

Now let’s get to the why of this story. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that I have a look. When I taught Sunday School and volunteered as a teacher, I was often referred to as “teacher” or “missionary” by strangers. Before taking this job or even agreeing to talk with my future boss, I prayed and utilized the Gideon technique to ensure I was in alignment with God. Honestly, I was reluctant to switch jobs twice within a short period! God gave me the go-ahead each time I enquired and so here I am today with the “Digicel-saucy” look.

That’s the thing about purpose alignment. It brands you properly. When you are aligned with God, even strangers will see and recognize the label that God has deemed fit for you during your current season. Have you ever had an experience in which you were recognized by your current label? I would love to hear about it. Tell me about it in the Comments section below.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 110

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 2
  • 2 Samuel 3:1-5
  • 1 Chronicles 3:1-4
  • 2 Samuel 23:8-17
  • 1 Chronicles 11:10-19
  • 2 Samuel 23:18-39
  • 1 Chronicles 11:20-47

 

Standout Verse(s):

2 Samuel 2:1-4 NLT

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

“Yes,” the Lord replied.

Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

 

Observation (s):

  1. David enquired of the Lord to confirm the timing of his intended next moves aligned with God’s.

    After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

    “Yes,” the Lord replied.

  2. Following God’s answer to David’s enquiry, David posed another question to ensure God’s directives covers the “where” of his next “perfectly timed” move.

    Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

    “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

  3. David moved as the Lord directed. Following David’s move, he was appointed king.

    David’s two wives were Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel. So David and his wives and his men and their families all moved to Judah, and they settled in the villages near Hebron. Then the men of Judah came to David and anointed him king over the people of Judah.

     

Application:

Throughout our lives, we make many different kinds of moves. We change jobs. We change schools. We change relationships. We change friends and acquaintances. We change churches. We change ourselves. Like, David we change addresses.

The “when” and “where” of our critical planned moves must always be verified with God. Before David makes his move, he consults God to verify that the timing is correct. When God responds to his initial question, David asks another question, verifying where God wants him to go. When God’s directives cover these two components, David makes his intended move; relocating his family and his men and their families. As soon as David settles, the next part of God’s plan falls into place. David is appointed king!

We should always consult God to ensure that our intended moves align with His plan. We should not move without God telling us that it’s time. We should not relocate to a place that God has not ordained. The timing and location of our plans must align with God’s for us to see fruition of the next phase of God’s plan in our lives.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 84

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Focus Chapters:

  • Joshua 10-11
  • Joshua 12:1-6

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

Joshua 10:8, 12 NLT

“Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”

On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said,

“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”

 

THE REACTION

Joshua 10:13-14 NLT

So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.

Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day. There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the Lord answered such a prayer. Surely the Lord fought for Israel that day!

 

Observation (s):

  1. Before the battle, God gave the Israelites the victory over their Amorite enemies.

    “Do not be afraid of them,” the Lord said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”

  2. Joshua’s request for the sun to stand still aligned with God’s plans to give his people the victory.

    On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said,

    “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
    and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”

     

Application:

I like pendulum clocks, especially the elaborate cuckoo clocks that is designed so that a bird pops out and sings on the hour. However, in order for the clock’s time to be accurate and the bird to pop out and sing, all the levers, gears, springs and pendulum, within the clock, have to be aligned and committed to the “accurate-time-telling-bird-singing” mission. Similarly, unfathomable feats occur when our intentions aligns with God’s plans.

Joshua’s battle and intentions to wipe out the Amorites aligned perfectly with God’s vision to give him the victory over his enemies. Due to this, in the midst of the battle, when a committed Joshua cried out for God’s divine intervention, an unfathomable thing happened. The sun stood still and prevented the night from coming!

What plans are you executing or planning to execute? Do they align with God’s plans for you? If yes, move in and declare victory by faith and watch God move in unfathomable ways.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 58

Day 58 We accomplish our spiritual strategic purpose when we are aligned with and positioned by God.

Focus Chapters:

  • Numbers 2-3

 

Standout Verse(s):

Numbers 2:2-3; 9-10, 16-18, 24-25, 31 NLT

“When the Israelites set up camp, each tribe will be assigned its own area. The tribal divisions will camp beneath their family banners on all four sides of the Tabernacle, but at some distance from it.

“The divisions of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun are to camp toward the sunrise on the east side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners. So the total of all the troops on Judah’s side of the camp is 186,400. These three tribes are to lead the way whenever the Israelites travel to a new campsite.

“The divisions of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad are to camp on the south side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners. So the total of all the troops on Reuben’s side of the camp is 151,450. These three tribes will be second in line whenever the Israelites travel.

“Then the Tabernacle, carried by the Levites, will set out from the middle of the camp. All the tribes are to travel in the same order that they camp, each in position under the appropriate family banner.

“The divisions of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin are to camp on the west side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners. So the total of all the troops on Ephraim’s side of the camp is 108,100. These three tribes will be third in line whenever the Israelites travel.

“The divisions of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali are to camp on the north side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners. So the total of all the troops on Dan’s side of the camp is 157,600. These three tribes will be last, marching under their banners whenever the Israelites travel.”

 

Observation (s):

  1. God specified the position that each tribe would take while at rest and travelling. It was not left up to Moses or any other person to decide.

    The divisions of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun…These three tribes are to lead the way whenever the Israelites travel to a new campsite.

    AND

    The divisions of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad…These three tribes will be second in line whenever the Israelites travel.

    AND

    The divisions of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin…These three tribes will be third in line whenever the Israelites travel.

    AND

    The divisions of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali…These three tribes will be last, marching under their banners whenever the Israelites travel.

  2. The tribes were positioned in relation to the Tabernacle, that represented the presence of God.

    “The divisions of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun are to camp toward the sunrise on the east side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners.

    AND

    The divisions of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad are to camp on the south side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners.

    AND

    The divisions of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin are to camp on the west side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners.

    AND

    The divisions of Dan, Asher, and Naphtali are to camp on the north side of the Tabernacle, beneath their family banners.

     

Application:

The role of Chief Operating Officer (CEO) is very critical. The CEO is responsible for making strategic decisions, managing overall operations and steering his organizational resources in a way that is guaranteed to fulfil strategic objectives. In order for the CEO to be effective, all his direct reports must be aligned with him.

God, as the CEO of our lives, has a similar and more complicated role. With His All-Knowing capabilities, it is God’s responsibility to strategically and proactively equip and steer us towards the fulfillment of our purpose. For the Israelites, the strategic objective to be met was to enter Canaan and drive out its inhabitants. As the Israelites slowly made their way towards Canaan, God called for a reorganization of the way they positioned themselves, aligning them to tabernacle that represented his presence. Similar to the CEO and his direct reports, God requires for us to be positioned by Him to ensure our alignment with Him. Only when we are on one accord with God can our strategic purpose be accomplished.

So I have two questions for you:

  1. Who is the CEO of your life?
  2. If you said God to #1, are you aligned with and positioned by Him?

 


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