Bible in 365 Days – Day 176

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 12
  • Isaiah 17
  • 2 Chronicles 28:16-21
  • 2 Kings 16:10-18
  • 2 Chronicles 28:22-25
  • 2 Kings 18:1-8
  • 2 Chronicles 29:1-2
  • 2 Kings 15:30-31
  • 2 Kings 17:1-4
  • Hosea 1
  • Hosea 2:1-13

 

Standout Verse(s):

Hosea 1:2 NLT

When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshiping other gods.”

 

Observation (s):

  1. Hosea’s marriage to a prostitution was used a real-life scenario that depicted how Israel stepped outside their covenant relationship with God.

    When the Lord first began speaking to Israel through Hosea, he said to him, “Go and marry a prostitute, so that some of her children will be conceived in prostitution. This will illustrate how Israel has acted like a prostitute by turning against the Lord and worshiping other gods.”

Application:

Prostitution refers to using yourself or your abilities or beliefs in a way that does not deserve respect. In the movie Blue Streak, Miles’ response to his police partner, Carlson’s, request for him to share more about his life, like a marriage, is: “This is not a marriage. It is a one-night stand. Wham! Bam! Thank you ma’am”. Pleasurable for the moment but useless and worthless in the end. Prostitution, like one-night stands, is something that is looked down on in polite society and viewed through lens of disdain. Why then do we prostitute ourselves out to other gods and things by stepping outside our intimate relationship with God, for “Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma’am!” unfulfilling moments?

Hosea’s and Gomer’s marriage was utilized as a depiction of Israel straying from the intimacy of their relationship with God. Gomer’s profession was a prostitute. She was out in the world selling herself. However, when she got married, her culture dictated that she leave behind her profession and cleave to her husband, Hosea. Instead of doing this, Gomer chooses to continue on the prostitution path although she has a husband who loves and cares for her and she has no need to continue in her profession. She rejected the intimacy of her marriage and its benefits for the “Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma’am!” moments of her profession. Gomer’s profession became her god. However, her god came with consequences and soon she returns to Hosea with the fruits of those moments, children.

When we enter a covenant relationship with God, we are expected to leave behind things that are outside the covenant of that relationship. However, like Gomer, some of us want to have our cake and eat it. We keep and even acquire new gods and the fruits of these ties and bring them back to our relationship with God, for Him to handle.

What “Wham! Bam! Thank you, ma’am!” moments have you sold out your intimate relationship with God for? What fruits have they yielded? Was it worth it?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 78

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Focus Chapters:

  • Deuteronomy 26-28
  • Deuteronomy 29:1

 

Standout Verse(s):

Deuteronomy 26:6-9 NLT

When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves, we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey!

 

Observation (s):

  1. The Israelites cried out to the Lord, the God of their ancestors, in their moment of oppression and humiliation.

    When the Egyptians oppressed and humiliated us by making us their slaves, we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors.

  2. God heard the cry of the Israelites, saw their state and intervened. His intervention included demonstrating who He was, removing the Israelites from the state that they were in and placing them in a better location.

    He heard our cries and saw our hardship, toil, and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey!

     

Application:

The relationship status feature on Facebook allows persons to publicly declared their close connection to individuals that are critical to their lives. Through that feature (if people choose to use it), you are able to see all the members of a family. The message is clear, these connected individuals are owned and have a relationship that goes beyond friendship, acquaintanceship, fans or followers.

The Israelites called on the God of their ancestors because they did not yet have a personal experience or connection with God. They had only heard of Him. While God heard their cries for intercession, saw their distress and intervened, He also, gave them a personal experience of who He is by demonstrating His strong and powerful arm and His miraculous nature. Through that experience, His relationship status changed to the God of the Israelites who guided His people to a land flowing with milk and honey!

It is quite interesting to hear when long-standing Christians pray and call God: Daniel’s God, the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, etc. Is it that the only experience you have with God is through the experiences of persons in the Bible or your ancestors? Does this mean you don’t consider God, your God? If no, it is time you start owning Him privately and publicly! On the other hand, if you said yes and you are one of the persons who only know God through your ancestors, it is time for you to have a personal experience with Him. He eagerly awaits that upgrade in relationship status because He is proud to be your God.

P.S.: Personally, I love the ring that Chañel‘s God has to it. 🙂


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 75

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Focus Chapters:

  • Deuteronomy 13-15
  • Deuteronomy 16:1-17

 

Standout Verse(s):

Deuteronomy 13:4 NLT

Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God wants us to listen to His voice, obey His commands and cling to Him.

    Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

  2. God wants us to fear and serve only Him.

    Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone.

     

Application:

I recently received a call from a stranger who strongly believed I knew him. Following my thrice insistence that I didn’t know him, I quit listening and hung up the phone. The stranger called again and I ignored the call.

I have a friend who enjoys prank calling me at the weirdest moments. However, no matter what accent my friend uses or when he choose to do the prank call, I always recognize his speech patterns or mannerisms and call him out by name. If he refuses to quit joking, I would threaten to hang up. At that point, he would relent and tell me not to hang up and I would refrain from executing my threat. It was simple, I had a relationship with him and hence, recognized and listened to his voice and obeyed his commands. No matter how many times he has prank called, I was never tempted to change my friend. I cling to him. In fact, our relationship have stood for years.

Similarly, God wants us to have a relationship with Him. Through this relationship, He is able to speak to us and we will listen His voice and obey His commands. Until we have a relationship with God, we will not be motivated to serve and fear only Him or cling to Him. What is your relationship with God like?


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Kings Exist! They Are Not Dead.

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A dedication to J, a king who loved me and taught me to love wholesomely.

Early last year, I grew to love someone romantically for the first time in years. He was perfect not because I couldn’t see his imperfections but because I did and I still wanted him. He made my day brighter just by being in it. He had the incredible ability to frustrate me in equal proportions as his ability to do something totally ridiculous that would have me squealing with laughter until tears ran down my face or smiled until my jaws hurt. He loved to make me smile! In his words, “What’s the world without the prettiest smile from the prettiest girl?”

He was the first man I’ve been involved with who wanted to pray with and for me. Although most of the times, he was thousands of miles away, travelling, there was never a night that we did not speak or a journey that he did not call to check that I had made it.

He understood that I wasn’t perfect but still he saw perfection in me despite my imperfections. He listened when I spoke. We spoke about the hard topics. We learned to agree to disagree on stuff that we both felt strongly about. He supported, motivated and pushed me to my limits. He was the type of guy who would spend hours learning and quizzing me about a topic that he knew nothing about just because I had an exam coming up. He made me want to be a better person on all levels. He forced me to be brave and let my voice be heard. He made me see the world in a more different and exciting way.

This guy was perfect! Incredibly, we synced and fit on everything but one…the one thing that turned out to be the deal-breaker. Before I knew it, I was planning to let my perfect guy go, overruling his protestations that he wanted me more than some childhood dream. Yet, I couldn’t bear the thought that maybe, just maybe, one day that special glow in his eyes, when he looked at me, would die when the conclusion sunk in that I was really serious and wouldn’t give him the one thing he has yearned for for as long as he could remember. And so, dying a little inside, I let him go and I walked away without looking back. We haven’t spoken since…

My heart aches whenever I hear a woman say that there are no good men out there. I know that’s a lie because I had one and he treated me as his queen. The queen in me rose and aligned to the king in him. But, before I could get there, the queen in me had to be readied so that she would see, acknowledge and respond wholesomely to the king he is. Only then did the incredible and rare thing occurs where we both connected, fitted and synced on another level. This is an experience I wish for all ladies. Only, when you find him, may you get to keep him.

 


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 11

Focus Chapters:

  • Genesis 30:25-43
  • Genesis 31

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

Genesis 30:25-26 NLT

Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. Let me take my wives and children, for I have earned them by serving you, and let me be on my way. You certainly know how hard I have worked for you.”

 

THE REACTION

Genesis 30:27-30 NLT

“Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you. Tell me how much I owe you. Whatever it is, I’ll pay it.”

Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?”

 

Observation (s):

  1. Jacob was committed to the task he had undertaken. His efforts were blessed by God. Through his efforts and God’s blessings on Jacob’s life, Laban became a wealthy man.

    Jacob replied, “You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done.

  2. Laban acknowledges that his wealth has increased because of Jacob and God’s blessing on Jacob’s life. He knows that God blessed him because of Jacob’s commitment to God.

    “Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you.

     

Application:

It is quite lovely the way God works. Imagine through His guidance and blessing on Jacob’s life, favour filtered down to Laban who became wealthy. While the Bible speaks of physical wealthiness, I cannot help feeling that it also meant spiritual and intangible wealth. It is heartening to know that when I follow God, the fruits of my labour not only multiplies but also become blessings not just for me but the persons around me. Just imagine it! You are blessed because of someone else’s connection to God! Similarly, others are blessed because of your connection to God!

But wait! This is the interesting bit! Through this, God receives the glory because the people who are blessed acknowledges that their blessing is not through anything special they have done. Rather, it is God blessing them through you. They acknowledge you and your relationship/connection to God! They acknowledge God! I don’t know about you but that’s definitely a deal I can live with. I will definitely work with God to be in more positions for God to use as a blessing to others. I want to make others rich.

 

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Chañel

Je Ne Regrette Rien! (I Don’t Regret Anything!)


I sat at my desk working while listening music and the strangest thing happened! James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful started playing and immediately I had a flashback concerning my ex that left me with the hugest grin on my face.

It was two weeks before my 18th birthday at 2am. We were up on the phone again after I had weaseled him into staying up, for the third night in a row. I still can’t believe how he always yielded to me. This time, he was the one asking me to do something. He wanted me to sing him something before we headed to bed. I refused as a plan formulated in my head. The next morning, as I headed off to school, I called him and sang him a rendition of “You’re Beautiful.”

In the early stages of the last few years, my brain focused on the ugly aspects of my past relationship. I was hurt and angry and so, my heart focused on all the reasons he was the enemy. I forgot our good times and the lessons these experiences taught me. Here are a few lessons these better moments taught me:

  1. He gave me my first impromptu driving lesson although, I didn’t get far before he started yelling at me to turn the wheel correctly and I yelled back. That was my first and last lesson from him but it taught me the importance of helping your partner in anyway you can. This means that you should always be open to teaching your partner because neither will know everything.
  2. The first time we met, he tried to flirt with me but called me the wrong name. I ignored him. Later in the day, being the tomboy I was, I climbed up to a cliff only to realize that I couldn’t get down by myself. He ended up being the one to lift me down. That bit of kindness opened my mind to him. This taught me the importance of being careful of how you treat people. You never know when you will need their help.
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Relationship Security should be the New Rage

I had a conversation with one of my best friends the other day. During this conversation we touched briefly on the fact that while I was heading towards broke, he was at broke. When I heard, I had no qualms or reservations about offering my aid until he got paid. What struck me was his reply, “No man, I’m good. *Name of fiancée* has got me.”
You can just imagine my wide-eyed response. I was shocked! I found myself musing over that response for a few days and even now I am still shocked by it.

I have always said that I would never choose a partner on the basis of his wealth. In fact, I can honestly say that I find the idea of gold-digging quite distasteful. Having a partner who you know has you locked spiritually, mentally, emotionally and financially, if needed or he/she wants to, should be the rage.

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