MEMOIRS CAST IN STONE..

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Hello my faithful readers, bloggers, and yes.. my random visitors, I see you! I know it’s been a minute since i posted and it is indeed regrettable. Do not throw rocks at me. ;D

However, i am elated to share with you what God has graciously placed on my heart. Recently, i realized that God has been leading me through, a somewhat different direction especially with regards to my writing. I find my content sounding more poetic than usual, and i believe it is for good reason.My prayer is that with every post, someone will be lifted, inspired, blessed and rise up from their ashes. Ashes take many forms and shades, but that does not matter because ashes in the palms of Jesus metamorphose into blooming roses. Now, that doesn’t mean i have abandoned the original arrangement and/or format, this is just my act of obedience.

I’ve always said that Jesus IS the most romantic person i have ever known. This is evident in the way i catch a serious case of the heebie-jeebies when i read about Him in the gospels. He just has a way with his words, how else would you explain how the Pharisees would switch to mute when He spoke? I love the Jackie-Hill Perrys’ of this world, but no one comes close to Jesus. He is the original Poet, and being around Him, no doubt has left a few punch-line marks which i will be expressing soon enough.

This piece appeals to the heart that is distracted. The individual who seems overtaken and keen to forget the finished works of the cross. It is a word for you to keep your focus, maintain your walking shoes even when your tempted to jump ship, keep your head up and your eyes fixed on Him, because His are on you.

 

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Just remind me in case i forget. Just in case my mind slips into the Grecian arenas of amnesia. Just in case my will insists to assault the memories of your faithfulness; to sit obstinately that only my will and not yours be done.

Some days ebb out of the vapors of contrition, which unfortunately seemed closed off to my tongues distaste, i remain tempted to refrain into accapellas of self blame and jails of solitary confinement, disdain for the way life has chosen to up in arms struggle, regrouping to the right heart chamber instead of my left.

My arteries, still remain clogged with the blood clots, frustrating the opening of those ancient gates that the King of Glory may finally come in. A nerve-wracking battle to finally sanction the King’s will to flow yet again through my aorta; not willing to huff and puff, or exhale and breathe in His everlasting air, that clears away my heavily obstructed , abstract windpipes. I did not know breath until He broke through and breathed into mine.

I confess, it is a struggle Lord ; and i know i speak for many people; many sit like cats wrapped in cotton balls in such seasons; where they have not found their feet yet deep-rooted like Sycamore trees, Like Zacheaus..please, you cannot compete with this! They lift up their hands like half-mast flags because they still mourn the loss of their Living King. They hold up picket signs in demonstration of their lack luster frustration, hoping to resurrect the fallen Dr.King as if He can yet march down the streets where Rosa Parked. It is as if Malcolm X could yet again resurrect to say that it would be criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when He is the constant victim of brutal attacks.

With their backs against the wall, they still hope to make a come-back, they still have a dream that they will one day find their identity, identified in their desire to search for worldly things because The world is their comfort zone, their only home. But yet… I..

I still have memories cast in stone, head-phones on the low as i quietly reminisce about the one true Dr and King who lifted up heavy burdens of thankless generations birthed and still oscillating in their mother’s wombs. He lifted up heavy planks carved using weird configurations that resembled the silhouette of a cross. He faced the lashes and back-lashes of bloody executioners unaware of the power that stained their hands. They had inhaled the fallen nature of that fallen angel. Unaware, that they too had fallen. Yet here came a whiff of redemption.. a rare chance of Salvation.

And as He hung there, his blood-shot eyes soaked with the love for his Creation. He was filled with endearment towards their re-generation, as yet again, He had finished his mission; just to be the ultimate and final hero standing, deserving of the “S” on his chest. I said..Finally deserving of the “S” on his chest.. The true Original. The one and only Superhero.

Then .. My Master’s breath finally gave way. Gave way to victories written in the walls of heaven and gorily echoed in the temple of the abyss; the story where He tugged and yanked the keys of Humanity’s authority from that devil; and only them that accept Him as their savior and King have the rare privilege to be snagged in the latest designer collection only known in heavenly runways; feigning the title, “The Armor of Christ” featuring the breast-plate of salvation.

He reigns now… He reigns in glory, sitting gloriously at His Father’s right hand; as he prepares to come down one final time for us. He is currently engaged in state of the art architecture, creating mansions only measured as a whirlwind fascination; but one day soon, we will get to behold his art. He will come and bring them into the realm of his glory where their mortal bodies will finally have the strength to contain it. In that place where there will be no weeping or gnashing of teeth.

Therefore i choose to remember,lest i forget the banner that covers me today is your love. It is your passion to see me live out your original plan. I, your princess.. yet you remain my one and only King and friend.

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To this day, the echo of that memory upsets the heart beat of my heart, call it cardiac arrhythmia, yet no pace-maker can regulate. Only your heart beat Lord that keeps mine awake. Therefore, remind me, when my heart flutters and attempts to stage a coup, to dictate the direction of my spasmodic emotions; remind me that you won it all. Indeed, you have won me.

Love and Sunshine

Owinyjaber

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MARY, DID YOU KNOW?

 

 

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I speak to Mary, graced with dark hues of glory, i speak to Mary who hides herself in the bossom of emptiness, believing that is her destiny . The essence of she is womanhood. Womanhood goes beyond breasts and curves. Others might love to think so but I beg to differ. Womanhood is more than just painted nails and designer handbags. Womanhood is the glory on our heads, the kindness in our voices. it is about the love in our arms when we hug others. When we let  others feel the love beating in our chests.

I am saying to you Mary, we are about the smiles on our faces. You bring light and joy when you enter the room, clear evidence that Christ has made you his humble abode. There is a grace about you Mary. A grace that cannot be precisely described but it’s all over you. It is an unreserved glory. It is a grace that I haven’t seen on other women. You must be the bride that Solomon was talking about. You cannot be compared to others, wouldn’t that be a disgrace?

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Mary, you have a way with your words. So careful and meticulous. Words so carefully crafted as if with vivid intention to create a lasting impression on the recipient. Young or old, your words are laced with a concoction so aromatic, even the least of them begs to hear. Words laced with profound wisdom. Sitting at the highest places in the town, your influence is well known, nothing gory to the details, but the impact of your words to the lives of the people around is worth taking note.

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Charm is deceptive but a woman that fears The Lord is to be praised. This golden cloth you adorn yourself so beautifully. I genuinely cannot help but keep on staring and looking. The glory of The Lord upon you is so enticing, so attractive. I cannot help but commend God because such a worthy vessel you are that He chose to use you to represent his glory here in this dark earth. Your worth Mary is far more precious than rubies.You have taken your seat amongst the rarest of gems The Lord has ever created. You sit with the highest of the highest, yet you treat the lowest of the lowest even much more highly. Daily, we read of you. We hear of you. Nothing gory to the detail, all things bright and beautiful.

Mary, your beauty cannot be explained. Even as you carry along with that beauty resting on your insides. Well covered up on the outside but then again, you cannot hide. As you subconsciously seek to conceal him, all a matter of motherly instinct. A tongue twisting episode you have come to, though i know troubling. How is it, yet you know no man? I’m just speaking as an outsider, no experience to my name. But I ask myself. amidst all the chaos, are you knowing or merely oblivious of the one you carry within you? Have you chosen to be ignorant of the disposition of the being that you are about to bring forth into this world?

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Have you considered his shape or frame? Maybe she will carry your nose or your dainty thin fingers; i don’t know Mary, but have you considered it? Do you know the strength of your loved one, his countenance. I tend to think He will be strong-willed, very patient and loving.  I believe He will have a beautiful mind, a strong heart, quiet spirit and wisdom that surpasses Solomon. Maybe more.. but i think i am close.

As you stare at your reflection in the mirror, the imminent kicking of your little one resounding through your abdomen, tell me Mary have you considered what He will be? A professor, an engineer, a musician? Maybe the President. What was your request to the King when you met Him? Others have asked that their sons sit on the right and on the left of Him. Some considered it indignant but don’t we have the liberty to ask the King for anything we desire when He specifically says.. “Ask and it shall be given?”

Do not be surprised by my sentiments Mary , neither carry yourself defensive but if we serve The King, we must embrace him and his embodiments.  Have you then asked The King whom you carry? In your inner portions lie a progeny whose beating heart resonates to yours.

 

Because I have heard that it was told of old, in hush whispers, He would be the living water. He would be a never ending stream of refreshing open to one and all , only if you would care to take a sip. Your life would never be the same. I heard he would be the Savior of the universe. He would be the liberator to the captives. Yes, even to the last generation, i heard that his name would resound. His Spirit would be poured out to all flesh. Daughters and sons would speak in unknown languages and speak of mysteries only heaven’s walls would care to know.

I heard that his name would be the truth. That in his veins would course embers of honesty and plain truth. His lips would be filled with wisdom that surpassed that of age. His eyes would be fiery, peeking right through the dirty window panes of our souls.Many will try to paint him but have yet to achieve his likeness.

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But then Mary, did you know, the nails that would be driven in his hands? The horror of his scarification, all for the sake of humanity. Did you know, that you would not recognize Him? His death would symbolize the beginning of life for them that believe. Yes, his friend Judas, will be his betrayer but he too would receive his just reward. He is a reckless romantic, one who just cannot be held. Not even your loving arms Mary can suffice. His greatness, his love cannot be fitted. It bursts forth and through barriers and barricades, sweeping over  and through everything in its way.

I just pray you do, before you are overtaken.  Before time slips through your chips fingers.

Love and Sunshine

Owinyjaber

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WHO WILL TAKE ON THE MANTLE?

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First off, this is not your usual blog post. Neither is it another vlog from one of your home girls,

I just had to say  a few things.. If you will let me. See, Who will continue on? Long after the warfare continues to dawn, after the Lord’s generals have rested with The Lord? See, we have become complacent. So used to being spoon-fed, constantly being led. Lazy David in training.

We are so comfortable dragging the servants of God along in our messes, long after they have taught us the art of overcoming the evil one. We still behave as if the day or the hour will not come.. soon enough, my friend, soon enough.

Who will continue on? See, they tried to drag David along in the battle, but He was too weak to fight. Come on now? how many years had he been in the fight? How many days, weeks, hours together with you Israel? How many wars have you seen him fight and win? How many have you stood in the battle in? Yet you still want to drag your master along?

Why so comfortable? Why so comfortable? Haven’t you fed enough already? Haven’t you eaten the plunder silly? Haven’t you caused enough drama … sorry.. trouble already? First it was you Absalom, then now it is you Joab?

Israel, why are you not learning your lesson? You should be his support and not his downfall. Israel, get off the couch before i slap you silly! Have you not considered the future? Your nursing children will soon be walking, running, leaping! What do you have to show for all your lessons? And for all your muscle?

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They have stepped into this ugly, cold world. Look into their eyes…. Take a look into their eyes, Israel as you kiss them goodbye; As you take up your sickle, waving goodbye as He goes. What have you left behind? Who will speak for you Israel?

Did He watch you go into battle with your general David? Did you let him hold the sword with you in the battle? Did he watch you ash your knees in dirt? Did He watch you cry, weep, wail, lie prostrate , crying out to the heavens? Did he watch you clothe yourself in sackcloth and ashes? Israel… did He?

Or did he watch you become a spitting image of the crow. Did he watch hatred and bitterness become your inner core? Israel, did he watch you complain and wallow in the sea of your disdain? Did he watch you open your mouth and watch a bed of roses seamlessly entwine onto the heart of that lowly fellow? Or did he see those words crush him into the lowliest of widows?

See, Israel your words, your thoughts, your actions. The future is watching. The future is not watching the bible. You are the canvass that they wait on as it unravels. Who holds the brush Israel? or do you paint yourself? Is that even humanly possible? Have you stepped out of the Great painter’s hand? Is he still interested in you Israel? or has he began another project? because he projects there is…. no future, no hope in you Israel. Have you asked yourself if that is indeed the state? What about him whom you said your goodbyes to? when you held your sickle, thinking it will only be a few. I’ll be back soon.

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I REALLY need to go now…. by the way this emanated from 2nd Samuel 21:15-22. Who will take over from you? A generation comes after you. Will they find you still attempting to find your footing; tip toeing here and there? Will they find you solid. A real genuine reflection of the Christ that you serve. His imminent nature already ingrained. Maybe with a little scarring? But then again,  what’s wrong with scars? The Lord bears them to this day. When you hold your little one in your hands, and as he peers intently into your knowing eyes. As he looks at your beautiful scars almost bemused, your smile will assure him that it was all worthwhile.

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Love and Light

Always,

Owinyjaber.

PS- Check out my last post here. Happy reading. 🙂

 

 

BECAUSE YOU HAVE LOVED THEM.

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Hello… *waves hysterically* and thanks for taking the time to read this post. 🙂 . I pray you will be encouraged and lifted in your Spirit.

It’s been a while since i poured out my thoughts on this forum.  Well, The Lord has been given me deep revelation reading the story of David from 1st Samuel and 2nd Samuel, but before i do, let me give you a short run through. It’s amazing this man David! The Lord prepared Him for Kingship from the wilderness as he tended to His father’s sheep, where He faced lions and bears. Little did he know the battles that He would face later on in His life. As time goes on, we see The Lord dealing pruning him and dealing with his character, all in a bid to prepare him to take the position of Kingship over Israel and Judah. Was it easy? Not by any means. He faced many back stabs, insults and curses from the very people He was leading and even from His own family as Absalom his son overthrew him in Chapter 15 of 2nd Samuel after showing him kindness.

The battles we face earlier on in our lives are God’s actual training ground for the battles that we will face in the future. Psalms 18:34 says

” He trains my hands for battle, my arms can bend a bow of bronze”

Why did David say these words? Because of the fire  The Lord allow him to pass through and the many battles He faced in His life, He could now steadily stand and fight in the battles that came along his way. Question is, How many are willing to allow The Lord take them through the training? Because God’s ways are not our ways and yet again He uses yielded and willing hearts. There’s no experience that God allows in our lives which is not for our good in the long run. One thing that is certain is that God’s training steadies our feet for the battle. We cannot be shaken, therefore lets yearn to have a teachable spirit like David’s and willingness to go through it with our Lord as Captain of our lives for His glory.

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Now, i shall delve into the topic…. 🙂

This emanated from reading 2nd Samuel 18. Absalom, David’s son in Chapters 15-17 had overthrown his father David with the help of Ahithopel, one of David’s right hand men. The word says that Ahithopel’s counsel was ever considered as if The Lord himself had spoken. 2nd Samuel 16:23 .This just goes to tell you how David genuinely trusted this man.

Word had come that Absalom had been cornered and of course David as King gave orders that Absalom should be captured but not a finger laid on him. Joab,on the other hand,being the leader of the army feigned heeding to the instructions, seizing the opportunity to kill Absalom soon after.

David’s reaction was appalling to me. Knowing the character of David from times past, case in point, his encounter with Nabal (1st Samuel 25). David was a man who acted in the spur of the moment. It took Nabal’s wife Abigail through the supernatural intervention of God to calm him. I do not ignore the fact that Nabal was no better either and deserved the hell that was about to rain on him. However in 2nd Samuel 18, we see a refined David. We see a man with a heart of flesh and a heart that could break before The Lord and people.The Lord had tamed his steel-like nature.David was changed. Anyone would expect Him to go after Joab and orchestrate his death but far from it. Even after Joab flouted the clear instruction of King David and confronted King David in 2nd Samuel 19:1-8, David did not do a thing to him!

What had changed in David? What did The Lord do in His life, because it was clear that something incredulous had occurred in his life. By what strength was he able to love his enemies and even weep for them that pursued his life?

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The Real Test that you love is your ability to love the unlovable.

Is not this a representation of the love of Jesus Christ for man-kind. The kind of sacrificial love that Jesus Christ displayed on the cross for His persecutors, mockers and the lost. Agape love… That’s what it is called. A self-less love that forgave the worst of the worst, loved the unlovables and touched the untouchables. The love that caused him to face the worst perecution ever known, yet all the while aware, that they might never love or acknowledge Him as Lord. The kind of love that dragged Him to the ugly pits of Sheol, to take back the keys of our salvation from the devil himself. The King of Kings.. royalty. The one who deserved to adorned in royal robes,and feet laden with golden sandles, saddled himself with the filth of our sins on his back. He left his glory for a wretch like you and me.

Joab said to David :

” …………….You have today covered  with shame the faces of all your servants, who have this day saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and your concubines because you have loved those who hate you and hate those who love you..” – 2nd Samuel 19:5-6

Because David refused to go with the norm. What is the norm? Hate your enemies, love them that are good to you. The norm is the pharisaic belief that an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. Sad to say that is the current situation of humanity’s hearts. Bitterness and unforgiveness is the order. There is no place for love. At least not the Jesus kind of love. People want to love only them that are good to them; they want to love them that get them nice gifts. But how about the drug-dealer in the corner? Doesn’t he deserve love too? I write this not because it is a walk in the park, but to challenge me and you to think about the love of Christ. Because he loved, we are. Because He loves, we can.

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“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be the sons of your father in heaven. For He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust..” -Mathew 5:44-45

All too familiar words that our Lord Jesus gave us, almost too easy to read and internalize until presented with an actual situation where you have to apply those words. You see, that’s the test. The word is not just mere words but a code that God gave us to live by, knowing that we would encounter the situations presented therein. As long as your Christian, testing is a must.

The world has become cold. The love of many has grown cold and hatred has snowballed to magnanimous proportions. There is no differentiation between the church and the people in the world, because the church has forgotten to love. The Church has forgotten their first love. The Joabs’ of the world are having a field day propagating hate and death while the Davids’ either have cowered opting for silence or have been silenced.

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Because you have loved them, you will face criticism and tribulation. But then again, who do you stand accountable to? You can choose to heed to the call; to stand out and let God use you, or be miserable with hate churning in your heart;or you can choose love and be free. A heart that is able to love someone else, is a heart that is free.

Take the bold move and choose to love because your Savior has loved them.

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Finally, to let the point sink deeper, Listen to the song called Others by Israel Houghton.

Love and Light,

Always

Miss OwinyJaber.

 

 

THERE IS ONLY ONE ME.

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I thank The Almighty God for yet another opportunity to share on this platform a few of the things God has been teaching  me on this journey of salvation. Walking on this narrow road,  is just as scripture describes it, tough! But when we look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, then it is well with us.

I dedicate this post to My Father,  My Lord Jesus Christ who has been so patient with me especially this week, when so much was not making sense to me. When for the first time, in a long time, i felt alone. With so many people around me, i felt alone. I know and actually believe that so many people in this world, could be in the very same shoes, feeling like there lives have come to a standstill, feeling like people are moving forward, but it seems like you’re in the same position you were 3 years ago. Same face, same story line, same shoes, nothing seems to have changed.There could  be someone feeling like The Lord has remembered others and forgotten them. I am the stranger here, saying to you, He has not forgotten. He has NOT forgotten. He is just waiting for the opportune time to show forth.

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I have learned from The Lord, in my state of despondency this week. The Lord has taken me through some gruesome experiences to get me to understand that I am not like other people i was comparing myself to and never will i be like them. My experiences and stories may not always resonate with others. My relationship with Him will never be like His and someone else. My encounters with Him won’t necessarily resemble other people’s encounters with Him.

God created each one of us uniquely. Our desires will never be like other people’s desires. God created one me, and one you. *same case applies to twins.* He created us with different DNA’s and Blood groups. He gave everyone different talents and gifts, all to be used for His glory and His glory alone. I am reminded of the parable of the talents in Mathew 25:14-30.

The Master gave each of his servants talents according to ” Their ability”, meaning we all have various abilities and operate on different grace. To one, the master gave 5 talents, to another 3 and to another 1. He expected each to use what He had given Him but the one that received one talent chose to bury it in the ground like a witch instead of using it.

I have learned that  we need to focus on  being thankful for what God has already given us, instead of focusing on what we do not have. Focus on the talent that God has given you, expending it for His glory instead of focusing on the guy with the 5 talents whose using theirs and is well  on the way to receive 5 more for a job well done.

I have learned in maintaining focus on what we do not have or the state of our lives, then we give the enemy a door-way to discourage us and make us believe that God does not care for us, and that He loves others more than He loves you, which is not true. He loves ALL and has no partiality. When we allow ourselves to feel unloved and rejected, then we become inefficient and we become like the One-talent servants, burying our gift of service to God. I use myself as an example, because of allowing this lie, it became so hard to minister. It became difficult to worship and praise God. I was ready to give up on God, which is the ultimate goal of the enemy, to discourage us and get us away from God.

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Now, it makes sense why the servant with one talent got cast to outer darkness. It is when we know what we have to do, but we do not pursue it. When God has given us a task to perform but because of our slothfulness, our self- condemnation and our failure to do what He has called us, then souls are lost to the enemy. The blood then is on our hands.

Therefore, let it sink in your minds, that You are not Obama, as much as you would admire Him and all that He has. You are not Hillary Clinton, neither are you Donald Trump. You are the daughter, you are the son of The Most High God, specially crafted and handmade by Him. If you are the 5 talent, be the best 5 talent you can be. If you are the 3 talent, be the best 3 talent you can be, and if you’re the one talent, don’t look down on yourself. The Lord may have given you the one because you need more grace than the 5 Talent servant. Allow God’s will in your life to be done. Do not force your way through, because, you will not succeed. We do not get to tell God how to do things in our lives. It may not be a comfortable process getting there, but in the long-run, it will be for your good. All the same, do not forget to thirst and desire more of Him.. We are assured that He will fill us.  We have to examine ourselves and our faith, to ensure that The Lord we speak of so highly  in the good times,the  same input i will use to speak of Him in the tough times.

Do not be consumed by looking at what God is doing in other people’s lives such that you miss what God is doing in yours.

Let your soul, then find Rest in God and God alone. The Alpha and The Omega. He knows what is best for each of His children.

“FOR WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD, TO THEM THAT LOVE THE LORD.TO THEM, THAT ARE ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE…” Romans 8:28

Always,

LOVE AND LIGHT

OwinyJaber. 😉

HE WANTS IT ALL………

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I bless The Lord God almighty for another chance to share another illuminating post on the goodness of God and the power of Sacrificial giving.

Yesterday was a mind blowing day for me. A day that i will live to tell my seed. I experienced first hand, as i lay on the altar my sacrificial gift, the expression  in Leviticus 1:9 ” The priest is to burn all of it on the altar,. it is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to The Lord.

I left with a few lessons in my mind concerning sacrificial giving:

a) A heart and  a mind that is WILLING and CHEERFUL to give is a requirement. God wants us to love giving to Him because He freely gave to us withholding nothing. He spared no expense when He gave His all to us and that is His son, Jesus Christ.

b) Purity- That is purity of heart, mind and soul. Check the condition of your heart before going to the altar to sacrifice. Remembering that He does search our hearts and our minds. He sees and hears it all. The eternal difference that determined whose sacrifice was acceptable with respect to Cain and Abel was the Heart of Abel. Abel was always determined to give God the very best and God blessed Him in return that He would be able to give more. As for Cain, it was a tug of war within Himself, coupled with greed and jealousy that caused him to always give God lousy sacrifices. YET, The Lord still reached out to Him showing Him the error of His ways. The Lord still gave Him another chance to do better, warning him that sin was crouching at the door but bitterness and jealousy had already taken over His heart. He missed his opportunity for blessings.

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c) Sacrifices quickens breakthroughs- Sacrifices are naturally painful to give. There has to be an element of discomfort laced with assurance and expectation that what God will release to us will be much greater than what we actually perceived as loss. Reason is God is no debtor to any man. Everything in the world and beyond belongs to Him.

d) The enemy will always attempt to stop you- The enemy will not idly stand by as you prepare to offer on The Lord’s altar. He may even try to second guess you by throwing in ” Did The Lord really say?” But if you know the voice of The Holy Spirit who constantly communes with us, He will always confirm His word for He does not lie.

e) The Sacrifice to God is partaken by the servants of God – Now, i already know that some people do not get particularly excited that their gifts to God are actually eaten by their servants. But the reality is, it is true. Leviticus 6: 8-30 provides a detailed explanation/ instruction of how the offerings were to be made and even records the fact that a portion of the sacrifice would be eaten by the priest and his sons.Why? Because God has called upon us to take care of His servants. Does this scripture apply in modern times? Absolutely. It is unfortunate that in the times we are in, some “priests”  are not genuine and are about themselves and not fulfilling the will of God, but God in Deuteronomy 12 directed The Israelites that there was his choice place of worship where they and their children would go and make their sacrifices. The same applies to us, there is a choice place of worship for each one of us, depending on our various localities. God is not limited by time or location. The Lord has a remnant everywhere in this world. The question is have you asked Him where to go? Have you asked him where you belong? Because unless we connect to that place, then, we cannot receive the blessing accompanied with the sacrifice we make in His choice place of sacrifice. It is only when the sacrifice is complete, and all the requisite steps followed, and “Aaron and His sons” receive their share, then will The Lord accept our sacrifices as pleasing aromas. Then ,will The Lord release our blessings.

We have to train ourselves to get our minds away from the attitude of stinginess and meanness. If you know, and truly comprehend what God has done for you, then you will not hold back anything if He requests it of you. Giving to God is an act of service for we serve God through man (His servants).

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d) Sacrificial giving grows our faith and dependence on God – It is in that altar of sacrificial giving that our faith and dependency on God is actually tested.Abraham was tested at this point and at 11:59, God showed up providing a ram.When we live it to God, to take care of us when we give our best to Him, at the opportune moment when it seems there is nothing left for us, He will provide the ram.

What/Who  then is your security? is it the 100,000/= in the bank or Jesus Christ? Who takes priority in your life? Whom do you chase? The richest man who ever lived, Solomon, gave himself a test (Ecclesiastes 1,2). The test was to gauge how much he could enjoy the wealth and wisdom bestowed upon Him but even He felt like all was vanity and a striving after wind, there was nothing to be gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11). What are the odds that the wisest man that ever lived comes to the realization that all his wisdom is vanity and the fate of the foolish man is the same as the wisest man. Based on this reasons, what should hold us back from giving to The Lord our all. Why do we hold back? Why do our faces suddenly become sullen when asked to give yet God wants to release even more to us? Is it even worth holding on to anything in this temporary life? Why are our minds so fixed on what we want than what God wants? Why are we constantly concerned about our financial image (the flesh) than God’s image in us? Why do we embarrass God and treat Him like a debtor yet He is no debtor to any man?

Give and it shall come back to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. The Lord of Hosts who holds the heavens and the earth and all that is in it surely knows the needs and desires of His children. He only desires that we TRUST Him and Him alone. A trust so deep and immense, that if He stripped away everything, we would still be in  total peace and loyalty to Him because He is worth everything to us.

cheerful

Love and Light,

OwinyJaber.

 

 

 

 

 

ROOTED AND GROUNDED VESSELS.

” I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. – 1st Corinthians 3:2

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Centenarian tree with large trunk and big roots above the ground

Hello. I am so excited to share this post with you. Isn’t it amazing how the word of God can bring such joy and light to someone’s life? i mean i remember a time when i used to struggle reading God’s word, i almost gave up. The Holy Spirit then showed up and started revealing and showing me Christ in the scripture. The Holy Spirit literally brings life to the scripture, and this only happens when we have a close and personal relationship with Him by accepting Jesus into our hearts and allowing The Holy Spirit to reveal Him to us.

Okay.. back to the main story. i was reading the scripture in Leviticus 19: 23- 25 where the Lord was giving the Israelites instruction, now that they were heading to Canaan (Promised Land).

“When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, then you shall regard it’s fruit as forbidden. three years it shall be forbidden to you,it must not be eaten. And in the fourth year, all its fruits shall be holy, an offering of praise to The Lord. But in the fifth year, you may eat of it’s fruit to increase it’s yield for you: I am the Lord your God.”

I wondered why The Lord would  tell them not to eat the fruit that they have worked so hard for? I mean sometimes, it’s alright to question what was in the mind of God when He gave the Israelites the commandments.

YOUNG ROOTS:

When God told the Israelites not to touch the trees for the first three years, it was His process of separating the old from the new. It was his way of establishing his ways and doing away with the old. The Israelites while in Egypt followed the customs and practices of the Egyptians. Additionally, as they were going into the Canaanite land, God wanted to establish his own roots in that land, and do away with old ones (signifying the Old Canaanite ways.)

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A young tree is similar to the life of a new born Christian. I remember the time when i re-dedicated my life to Jesus, that moment when i got saved FUREEEALS! i didn’t know much. All i knew was that i was saved, delivered ,God is real and His power is real. I needed someone to help and guide me through this new journey of salvation. I knew at that point in my life and from what i had gone through, i would immediately receive the giftings, that i would be walking in the  power of God. I mean i was really hungry for the manifestation of the power of God in my life.Everyone else seemed to be operating in the giftings and God was using them mightily. Day after day i waited, but things were happening little by little. And at some point, i felt frustrated and confused. I then i realised that I am not in the same level with these people. i needed to go at the pace God wanted me to. I wanted to grow up too fast.

Paul wrote a letter to the Hebrews and He told them in Hebrews 5 :12-14:

” For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

See, God cannot give you more than you can handle and you cannot rush God. It doesn’t matter whether you cry tears of blood. You just have to wait for his appointed time. And it might take long before you can eat the fruit. It might take a while before He uses you. I found out that He must purify his vessels before He could ever use them. He is too Holy. He must try his vessels. He must mould His vessels before He could ever keep them for active service. That’s why just like trees, He plants us and establishes us in the faith but He must ensure that our roots are deeply and firmly rooted in the ground before He could taste of the fruit and see whether we are ripe enough. Only then will He use us.

THE PROCESS:

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So what happens as our roots are being grounded in Him? God puts us through the fire. He prunes us and churns us, and How painful it is. I am currently in that season where God is literally molding me and dealing with me. No flesh can glory in his presence.This is the process where He molds the broken parts, cuts off the bad parts, burns of the irreparable parts and makes us a new. it Hurts… It hurts. The beauty is in the end of it all. We  will find that we are stronger and better. We will find that we are established in his word and our faith has  grown to magnanimous proportions.

 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”  – 1st Peter 5:8-10

Question is then, are you willing to wait for Him to establish you so that He could use you? Are you willing to go through the tests, trials, tribulations? Are you willing to go through the fire? through the pruning process? He only uses vessels that are READY.

Prayer:

Lord, give me the grace to go through the fire that i may become a worthy vessel to be used by You for your glory and Honor.

Amen

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As always…..

LOVE & LIGHT

X Miss OwinyJaber X