Thursday, 28 January 2021

Promiscuous Posters

Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

      I'm borrowing a saying from my friend Jasmine, who calls people who post hearsay and nonsense  on social media platforms, "Promiscuous posters." I could not have said it better. Prov. 29:11 A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.  
      I have been a little embarrassed and amazed at what some of our Christian brothers and sisters have posted and reposted on social media platforms. Some of the material they believe to be sound information has turned out to be nothing more than rehashed memes, debunked nonsense, and mindless drivel. No wonder we Christians are laughed at and seen as people with no integrity or spiritual sense. There is a difference between faith, foolishness, and presumption. 
      Just because we have an opinion on a subject does not mean we are truly informed on the matter, or, actually have all the information to make a worldwide declaration of validity of so-called importance. Now, I know, this might be hard for some to believe, but true nonetheless. The world does not want to know everything you think you know. In a lot of cases, our opinions are just that, a particular bias we have turned into a personal belief that some will defend regardless of whether it is true or not. 
      Most promiscuous posters are always against something. Rarely are they for anything of worth or lasting value. They just seem to vent what they are all against with no answers for fixing what they protest. The problem escalates when someone who is informed on the subject tries to reason with them, and they get shut down as a promoter of fake news. Then, a whole new bunch of regurgitated gibberish hits the social media platforms. Prov. 26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.
      In the book of Nehemiah, we have a couple of promiscuous posters. Sanballat and Tobiah were against the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. A smear campaign was organized against the people who actually had the right information and the mandate to fix the problem. Neh. 4:1 When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious. He mocked the Jews. Sanballat posted some rubbish and started attracting other promiscuous posters. Neh. 4:3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” They started exaggerating misleading information that got traction amongst some of the disgruntled populists.
      Anyone can curse the darkness and point at what is wrong. However, if that is your only response to what irks you in life, then at least have the fortitude to bring a solution to fix the mess. As the saying goes, "When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail." To continually hammer away at something you only have bits and pieces of factual information on is ludicrous. Then, to put your whole trust in the half-truths you have picked up here and there, can leave you in a precarious situation. 
     Don't become the tool of the worst promiscuous poster of all. Satan, the enemy of our soul, is belly-laughing at the rubbish he has got people promoting. The Lord gives us a simple instruction. He says to come out from among them who are walking according to the spirit of this world. 2Cor. 6:17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. If you want to post something, then post within the context of what God has sown in your heart from His Word, and bring that solution to the worldliness that is all around you. Be God's hand of grace that is extended to bring people into the truth of God's salvation. Amen!

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Unchoosing Your Choices

Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD.

      We have no problems when it comes to making up our mind to unsubscribe from a website or channel, unfriend a toxic person on a media platform. Why then, not unchoose a terrible choice we once made? Changing our minds is a God-given blessing. As a matter of fact, it is how we repent. We change our minds after God has shown us the truth on a matter.
      The interesting thing about changing our minds is that we are imitating God when we do it. Ex. 32:14 So the LORD changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people. Even God can repent or change His mind. It's not that God needs to repent of sin, because He has never sinned or ever will. However, He can change His mind, and when we come to Him in prayer, and we have reasoned with Him through His Word, a change for our destiny is possible.
      Saul the Pharisee became Paul the Apostle after he did some unchoosing of his previous choices. It started to change for Saul when the Lord asked him why he was persecuting Jesus by persecuting the church. Saul had to answer the question from a humbling position after falling to the ground. Acts 9:4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” It's as if Saul's choices had brought him to this fallen state. Saul immediately changed his mind concerning Jesus. He repented by unchoosing his old choices concerning the Lord's church. Acts 9:6a So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
      We have all made bad choices that have brought sadness, despair, and damage to our lives. We have felt the result of terrible choices in relationships that have hurt so many people. How many people have expressed the desire to hit a reset button on the choices they had made because they had rejected the advice of God, friends, and their own hearts? Prov.1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD.
       We were created in God's image and given the ability to choose what is right and true. It may take time and some turns here and there, but with God's help, we can make righteous choices. Like anything in life, there is a learning curve. There are ups and downs but eventually, we will become familiar with what the Spirit of God is saying. We can learn how to unchoose a choice after we have received God's wisdom and knowledge concerning the situation.
      Unchoose a choice, changing your mind, repenting of your actions. No matter how you want to say it, we can bring our problems we created by our choices to God. We can ask God to help us overcome the effects these choices have brought in our life. The Lord is not bound by time, He can go back to where the bad choices were made and bring His healing forward to this present day. 
      The instruction in God's word is simple. He said to choose life. If we would choose life in the first place, there will be no need to unchoose bad choices later on. Deut. 30:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Dreamscape

Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.

      We do not know much about Pontius Pilate's wife, but her profound statement should have been heeded by her husband. Matt 27:19 While he was sitting on the judge’s bench, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for today I’ve suffered terribly in a dream because of him.” Pontius Pilate's wife got a clear message in a dream but was not able to convey the seriousness of it to her husband, and therefore, her fears were not eased.
      It is a blessing when we get a clear direction from God in a dream. We wake up knowing what to do. There is an assurance in our soul that what God has sown into our hearts during the night will work. Job 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds. 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 He makes them turn from doing wrong; He keeps them from pride. Someone might ask, “Why does God wait until we are sleeping to sow His instructions within us?” Probably, if we were awake, we would argue with Him all night, and there would be no end to our asking, "Why Lord?"
      God said our sleep would be pleasant and not nightmarish. Prov. 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant. This pleasantness of peaceful sleep will coincide with the assurance that when God comes and talks to us in our dreams, we will get clear instructions for life and the growth of our faith.
      Joseph got clear instructions from God to get out of town to keep Mary and Jesus safe from being murdered. Matt. 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Joseph could trust the dream because he had already been approached by God in a previous dream, to take Mary as his wife. God assured Joseph that he could trust Mary because God was doing a great work through her. Matt 1:20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 
      Not only does God protect us by warning us in a dream, but He also leads us on our life's path and directs the course of a nation's history. King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream that shook him to the core. Dan. 2:3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” Nebuchadnezzar wanted the magicians and astrologers of his realm to interpret the dream, and also describe the dream itself without any explanation of the dream from the king. This caused a crisis among the soothsayers because they would have to know the dream to give their so-called readings.
      Daniel said, "Is not the interpretation of dreams for God?" Daniel seeks God's wisdom and understanding of the dream and brings clear answers to the king. Dan. 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. Daniel describes the future events that will take place and affect nations and kingdoms from that day forth. The king makes an incredible declaration as to the power of Daniel's living God because of the true interpretation. Dan. 2:47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.”  
      God is always trying to get His word to us and into us. The Lord will use every imaginable method He deems fit for us to understand what He wants for our lives. Do not dismiss the power and effectiveness of dreams. We should embrace with assurance the revelatory instructions that are delivered to us in this amazing way. Keep all channels of communication open with God. The Lord promised that He would reveal mysteries to us through dreams in these last days. Acts 2:17 And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Embrace God's goodness and ask God for a dream.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

It’s Not My Only Memory

Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

      Quote: Forget what hurt you in the past. But never forget what it taught you.
      Why do some people only focus on bad memories? The misery of continual existence within a memory of hurt and anger will eventually drain a person of life. These people will not have the capacity to recognize or enter into a blessing when it comes. Their vision will be skewed by the constant numbness of living in a hurt that cannot be fixed because the hurt is in the past. Living out of the past keeps the mess alive in this present day. Eccl. 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
      How were so many of the survivors who came out of Nazi concentration-camps able to live a fulfilled life after such heinous crimes were committed against them? The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, has brought a lot of healing of memories to their nation by exposing the evil that took place during apartheid. While confronting the perpetrators of apartheid, the survivors used open dialogue to express the horrific suffering and pain they went through. With honest, direct, and sometimes kind words of forgiveness, they were able to find healing for their hearts and lives. Prov. 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.   
      The enemy of our soul will either keep reminding us of past hurts or future fears because he knows we will not live for God today when preoccupied with events we can do nothing about. By constantly reminding a person of their past hurts, the enemy will keep them bound to their past. When Satan exaggerates the anxiety for the future, again, the person remains paralyzed because the future is out of everyone's control. We can make plans in life but we cannot plan life's unveilings.
      What is the secret within those who can move on after suffering some of the greatest traumas or violations experienced? The Apostle Paul was treated terribly on all counts. He was beaten physically, he was lied about, and he was chased out of town, yet, he was able to move forward. Phil. 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Not only forgetting the past but forgiving the past will also free up a soul from the bondage of emotional captivity.
      Many of my childhood memories are horrible, but I have been able to forgive the past because those terrible events are not the only memories that I have. I choose to be encouraged by the good memories of my life. I have allowed God to define who I am, rather than let hurtful memories define me. The bad times that I had are not my only memories. I venture to say the hurt in your life is not your only memory. Yes, we may have experienced some brutal and fearful injustices in our lives, but, if we really think about it, we have made a lot of good memories since. Therefore, we should focus on the good memories rather than the ones that can cripple a soul. 
      When a terrible or lousy memory comes sneaking into your thoughts, overlay it with a good one. When the enemy reminds me of the brutality that my father lashed out on me, I remember the kindness and love I gave my sons. When the enemy reminds me of my brother's death, I remember the birth of my grandchildren. When the enemy reminds me of how he shut the churches down with a virus this year, I remember all the quality personal discipleship meetings, video ministry productions, a new book published, and many more blessings. So, I shout, "Thank you, Lord." 1Thes. 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
      Why can we overcome our horrible memories? Because those hurts are not our only memories. If you want to heal, then do what the word says to do. Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Think about these things!