ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 59

Lessons from the Book of Joshua

​Joshua 24: … the seed of Terah …

Since it was God speaking and He mentioned Terah, Abraham’s father, it confirms to me that God had dealings with Terah much like He had with his son. 

Genesis 11:31-32  And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt [settled] there.  And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran. 

I’ve had course to study the maps and it was clear that a journey towards Canaan beginning from Ur could very well pass through Haran. 

Genesis 15:7  And He said unto [Abraham], I [am] the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 

God said He brought Abraham out from Ur but it was from Haran, Abraham must have started. It would mean that the initial directive to move to a place unknown was given to Terah who came upon Haran and decided to settle there. However, God who always works all things to His plan was actually calling Abraham through his father but Abraham didn’t hear God until after his father died and left him in charge.

Terah settled for less than what he potentially had access to. Who knows, maybe we could have been referring to Terah as the father of faith, the temporary holding place for the souls of dead saints before the cross of Christ would have been called the Bossom of Terah rather than the Bossom of Abraham and we would have been called the seed of Terah.

Anyway, it’s quite clear that God will accomplish what He set out to do. He invites us to partner with Him but should we drop the ball, His plan will not be stopped, He’ll simply call another to take our place.

1Kings 19:14-19  And Elijah said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, [even] I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.  And the LORD said unto him … yet I have left [me] seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.  So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who [was] plowing [with] twelve yoke [of oxen] before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. 

1Samuel 13:13-14  And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee. 

1Samuel 15:26-29  And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent.  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, [that is] better than thou. 

1Sa 15:29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent. 

My prayer, for myself and for you, is that God will not have a reason to replace us in His glorious eternal plan. 

Do not settle; I know I won’t.

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ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 58

Lessons from the Book of Joshua

Joshua 23:15-16 … The good land

Many years back, when I was posted to a region I’d never been and that most people in my life would avoid like a plague, I prayed and God said to me, “Anywhere you go with the promises I have made to you becomes your promised land”. Folks are fighting Israel for their land thinking it’s the land that makes them great but it’s the other way round; it’s the blessed people working the ground that make the land great. Baalam said, “I cannot curse those whom God has blessed” and David said of such blessed people, “Anything he lays his hands upon shall prosper”.

This was the story of Joseph in Egypt; he never let go of the promises of his God and he didn’t let go of the God of his promises and, therefore, he prospered in everything and in every place. “The passionate longing of all of creation is the manifestation of the Sons of God”. The earth, the land, the world is waiting for those who know what to do to make it blossom to step up and step in. It is those of us who walk in the consciousness of the promises that God has made concerning us in the scriptures that have access to the wisdom of God to bring out the best of anything.

Perhaps, the reason I am struggling is not because where I am is not good but because I am not good. It’s not because the land is not good for me but because I am not good for the land; I have not been good to the land; I have not be fair to the land; I have failed to help the land achieve its fullest productivity.  He said “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land but if you rebel, you shall be destroyed. These are the options, God has said so”. If you think and operate like this, you would realize quite quickly that God is everywhere and you can prosper everywhere but far beyond that, everywhere can be made to prosper once you get involved … once you get the divine aspect of your life involved.

The prosperity of your family is in your hands, the profitability of your place of employment is in your hands, the prosperity of your locality and your nation is completely up to you now. 

“Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”.

The blessing is literally everywhere you go. Numbers 23:8, Isaiah 1:9-10, Psalm 23:6

PS: I am still living in that much avoided region, God told me to stay and, till date, I have no reason to regret it. I am eating the good of the land. When He decides it’s time to move, I will follow Him.

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 57

Lessons from the Book of Joshua

Joshua 23:14b-16 … Mr. Nice God

How do I put this? The good God promised and He fulfilled. He promised good and also promised bad things. If you follow what He told you, you get the good stuff but if you don’t, you not only miss the good He promised but you get bad stuff He said were the consequences of not following what he told you. Joshua didn’t mince words when he told Israel this, there was too much at stake.

Sometimes, I see and hear people trying to defend God’s stand on things and trying to make him seem less rigid, more permissive, less offensive and more politically correct. But I think it’s a mistake that would lead us into a trap of our own words somewhere down the line. God does not have a stand, He is. God is never right or wrong, He simply is. We are the ones who must choose whether to stand with Him and live or stand against Him and be ultimately destroyed. We are the ones who either agree with Him and thus be right or contradict Him and become wrong. 

Unfortunately, once this authoritative, unflinching position of God is presented, we immediately think of Him as being callously judgmental, uncaring and mean; that’s our training in fear kicking in. Although, God said of Himself by Himself that He loves judgment and will punish evil, the bible never says “God is punishment or judgment” or any of those dark things we fear, rather the bible says categorically that “God is love” and says also “There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear.” We forget that as unflinching as He is in judgment, so He is in love.

Jeremiah 9:24  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. 

1John 4:16-18  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

God is good, yes, but God is not a nice guy. He’s not doing good stuff just so we can like Him. He’s not afraid for His reputation. He simply will not deny himself. He’s faithful … period. He is faithful to do you good and fulfill His promises of good to you if you stand with him and walk with Him but, should you choose to be against Him, be prepared for the consequences … although I much doubt that we can ever imagine the severity of the consequences just as we can’t comprehend the dimensions of His love.

Romans 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 

2Corinthians 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. 

If you ever get the chance to speak with people, tell them the truth; there is too much at stake to be pursuing niceness and political correctness. You don’t have to be mean and unfriendly to tell even the bitter truth. Just say it as it is, prophesy as you have been commanded, step back and watch God work. 

ISRAEL: SECOND REPUBLIC … PT 56

Lessons from the book of Joshua

​Joshua 23:14a – All Aboard!

 … the way of all the earth …

This scripture could have easily read “the end of all the earth” but instead it says “the way”. Death has never been the end, it is merely the beginning of another phase in our journey of life. It’s like taking a bus or train to a major terminus so you can board another going on a much longer journey. Joshua knew this. As inevitable as death is to all of us, it is not the end of our existence.

Since this is so, it is not enough to have lived long and well, it is also important to leave well … to leave something behind that is worthy of emulation, commendation  and our intended destination. Since we know that we are going to meet someone who will assess and reward us for our time well spent here and a job well done, then we must live by the standards and syllabus of where and to whom we are going and not of where we are leaving behind.

2Corinthians 5:9-10 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad. 
2Peter 3:11-14  [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 

What will be in the history books concerning me? What will I be remembered for? Once I am gone, people would choose to make of my life what they would and interpret my actions one way or another but I can make that choice for myself today, while I still have the chance to influence my legacy by my own hands. 

Proverbs 10:7  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. 

The journey to eternity begins now; my next step matters.

Q & A with Dr Linda … 3

Q

I have always desired a very good relationship with my in laws….anytime they come visiting, my home will not be comfortable for me. My husband has really been trying to make them Understand. I am yet to have a child but I am trusting God. I am also very worried when talks of going to visit his family comes up. I am really trying to be a very God daughter to them but all my efforts seem to go down the drain.

A:  

I don’t really know what they do to you but I will advise that you should try to be patient.  Many Nigerian families (not all ) see son or daughter in laws as intruders. It is made worse when a child is yet to arrive.

Bear with them, trust God for a baby, try to make your visits short but never prevent them from coming and do not stop going to them.

Q & A with Dr Linda … 2

Q: Please what do you advise a woman to do if her husband is a womanizer and he tells the wife that girlfriends give him luck and that it’s what make him happy and that every man has a girlfriend. What do u do as a Woman in that situation?

A: 

First thing. 

With God, all things are possible. All things are possible to them that believe. Do you believe it is possible to get your husband back?

If you do not believe, then there is nothing anybody can do for you. 

Secondly, it is time to fight for him; not the girls. You have no business with the girls. You can’t kill a tree by cutting down the branches. You go for the root. The devil is the root. 

Remember too that you are more than a conqueror; you are fighting a battle that you have won. The man is yours. So you have every right in heaven and on earth to claim him. God is your witness. 

The day you got wedded,it was you, him and God. There were no girlfriends added to the list. Go before God and claim the right of a wife. Stand before the devil and rebuke him. 

A pastor’s wife I know told women in church having this problem to stand naked before God and PRAY. 

Claim your right. Another said anoint yourself, pray and sleep with him, anoint his boxers and claim him. You will be surprised that the desire for other women will die a natural death. 

Meanwhile, treat him well. Cook for him. Do what a wife should do but take the battle to the spiritual realm.

Q & A with Dr Linda … 1

Q: Please how do you view this? A wife staying in a different state far from her husband and home (Abuja-Kaduna) because of a state govt work of 31 thousand a month. Is it advisable? Do you advice work making a woman stay away from her husband?

A: Personally, I do not advice it. Although, some people will say they don’t have an alternative cos they need the money she is also making. Her family is more important than 31k. 

There are things she can do to make even more income if she is with her husband. 

The major problem is that everyone wants a white collar job. We feel too big for some businesses. There are some things I can do and get tab 31k in a week or even fewer days. 

She has to open her mind to possibilities. 

Did you hear the story of a woman whose family was broke and God told to make moi moi and sell?

Michelle Obama ate her moi moi. 

No matter how much you make on a job, except you are making serious millions monthly, it only locks down your potential.

It gives false security.

If her husband gets involved in adultery now, that 31k will suddenly lose value.